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Monday, March 16, 2015

St. Patrick's Day is tomorrow. Here are some places to party

Posted By on Mon, Mar 16, 2015 at 2:34 PM

Holy cow! - KCIRISHPARADE.COM
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  • Holy cow!

The official Kansas City St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins tomorrow at 11 a.m. It'll run south from 33rd Street and Broadway to 43rd Street and Broadway. The grand marshal is Gone Girl author and KCMO native Gillian Flynn, who is in possession of an impressively Irish name. 

Looking to have a tipple before, during or after the parade? Many joints in town are happy to serve you. Here are some spots likely to draw green people: 

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Friday, March 13, 2015

Where to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Kansas City this weekend

Posted By on Fri, Mar 13, 2015 at 12:13 PM

Snake around in downtown NKC this weekend.
  • Snake around in downtown NKC this weekend.

St. Patrick's Day falls on a Tuesday this year. Unfortunately, not all employers will allow their workers to slip out of work at 11 a.m. to attend a parade and sample Irish whiskeys all day. It's bad for productivity on March 18 when you go to bed like:
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We'll have a post early next week about where to celebrate on March 17, but for today, here are some ideas for St. Patrick's Day festivities happening over the weekend.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Valentine's dinner out? Stay home, say these restaurant veterans

Posted By on Wed, Feb 11, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Valentine's Day isn't always so sweet. - ANGELA C. BOND
  • Angela C. Bond
  • Valentine's Day isn't always so sweet.

Saturday is Valentine's Day — one of the busiest nights of the year for restaurants. Your romance is their money. But would anyone working at a restaurant that night rather be eating in one with a date?

Don't bet on it.

"If you really loved someone," says Succotash owner Beth Barden, "you wouldn't subject them to going out on Valentine's Day. You would stay home, have a light meal and put the phone off the hook. Who in the hell wants to be crammed in a dining room between a bunch of people hoping to get laid?"

Well, when you put it that way.

I asked a few other restaurant pros for their Valentine's Day advice, and I ended up with three great reasons to stay in Saturday night.

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Monday, February 2, 2015

At Southside Wood Company, an eccentric Groundhog Day tradition

Posted By on Mon, Feb 2, 2015 at 6:00 PM

Frank Schloegel III, Frank Schloegel IV and the recently returned Southside Wood Co. groundhog.
  • Frank Schloegel III, Frank Schloegel IV and the recently returned Southside Wood Co. groundhog.
The annual Groundhog Day celebration at Southside Wood Company dates back 58 years, according to Frank Schloegel III, who owns Southside and co-owns Woodyard BBQ, both of which sit on the same piece of property at 3001 Merriam Lane, in Kansas City, Kansas.

“The old police chief in Fairway, a man named Brazelton — he’s dead now — saw a bunch of smoke coming out from the old Southside location, off Merriam Lane and Roe,” Frank III, who is 73, said on Monday afternoon. “He stopped by and found my dad, Frank Jr., smoking some meat. They got to talking, he stuck around and ate some barbecue, then they invited some more people and did the same thing the next year on Groundhog Day. It’s been going ever since.”

“It was a big deal with my dad and his friends,” Frank III continued. “Then it fell off, and me and my friends resurrected it. We’d have a couple hundred people here every Groundhog Day, eating barbecue, drinking beer. Now my friends are all dying. So I guess now it’s up to my son and his friends to keep it going.”

On Monday, it was closer to 50 or so folks that passed through Woodyard BBQ starting around noon — a family-and-friends mix of old-timers (contemporaries of Frank III) and the thirty- and forty-something members of Frank Schloegel IV’s generation (he’s 37). Free ribs, burnt ends and Miller Lite cans were consumed, and donations were accepted to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Frank III moved from room to room, chatting with pals and distributing the traditional beverage of Southside’s Groundhog Day party, a harsh-tasting creation known as a “grundy.” Though both Frank III and Frank IV evaded questions about its ingredients, the grundy seemed to contain whiskey, as well as raisins, which sunk like rocks to the bottom of the dentist's-office-sized paper cup in which they were served. Guests grimaced as they politely washed down their grundies. 

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Dietrich's: potato pancakes, bacon-wrapped brats, and Black Forest cake

Posted By on Wed, Dec 17, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Dietrich's in Lee's Summit has thin, crispy potato pancakes.
  • Dietrich's in Lee's Summit has thin, crispy potato pancakes.

Last night was the first night of Hanukkah, a holiday that all but demands fried potato latkes as part of the menu. If you're craving the dish but not so interested in actually making the potato pancakes, it's not so easy to find this delicacy on local menus; Grunauer in the Crossroads offers them, but only on special occasions, according to Nicholas Grunauer.

I did discover a pretty damn satisfying version of the dish at the three-month-old Dietrich's Modern German Cuisine and Biergarten at 1313 Northeast Douglas Road in Lee's Summit; the restaurant opened in the location formerly occupied by Monetti's Taste of Italy.

Dietrich's is a family affair: Owner Randy Schulenberg operates the front of the house while his 28-year-old son, Craig Dietrich Schulenberg, oversees the kitchen as sous chef. Dietrich is a family name. Randy's great-grandfather, Dietrich Schulenberg, immigrated to the United States in 1874. A former IT consultant, Randy Schulenberg says he was looking for a new career opportunity when he decided to open a German bistro in Lee's Summit.

"Before we did, we met with restaurateurs like Martin Heuser from Affare and Nicholas Grunauer from Grunauer for ideas and suggestions. Martin Heuser has been a great mentor to Craig," Schulenberger says. "So much so that we buy our bratwurst from Affare. Our customers love them."

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Thanksgiving: where to go when you don't want to cook

Thanksgiving: where to go when you don't want to cook,

Posted By on Wed, Nov 19, 2014 at 12:46 PM

The French Market in Prairie Village is taking orders for  holiday pumpkin pies. - FRENCH MARKET
  • French Market
  • The French Market in Prairie Village is taking orders for holiday pumpkin pies.

One of my favorite Thanksgiving memories dates back to my earliest years in Kansas City, when I dined by myself at a Chinese restaurant and ordered all the dishes I loved — and a few exotic cocktails. I had to take a taxi home, but that was its own pleasure. There's nothing better than a mess of cold Szechuan beef to sober you up the next morning.

On that note, I could find only one Chinese restaurant open this Thanksgiving: the ABC Cafe at 10001 West 87th Street in Overland Park, which is open from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. (If I'm missing something, please tell me in the comments.)

But plenty of other restaurants are serving meals on Thursday, November 27. In all cases, it pays to make a reservation. We'll be updating this post frequently, but feel free to add your suggestions in the comments.

Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar, 4814 Roanoke Parkway, 816-437-7940. The six-week-old Plaza restaurant marks its first Thanksgiving on the Country Club Plaza by hosting a "Thanksgiving Stone Crab Celebration." That means stone-crab claws served with lemon, Jax mustard sauce, whipped parsnips, red-cabbage slaw and a roll. The restaurant serves food from 4 to 10 p.m. The regular Jax Fish House menu is also offered that night as well as happy-hour food specials available all night. The crab claws cost $18 each; side dishes are a la carte.

Lidia's Kansas City, 101 West 22nd Street, 816-221-3722. The restaurant serves from noon to 6 p.m., and reservations are still available. The meal — priced at $45 each for adults and $15 each for children — includes a family-style antipasti, a choice of a primi course (three salads or soup) and a choice of one entree from four options, including a roasted turkey breast with sausage-and-apple dressing and mashers. There's also the pasta-tasting trio, the herb-roasted pork shoulder, and a grouper a la Matalotta. A family-style dessert platter is included with the meal.

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Farm to Market's Banana Nut Bread is on sale until Easter

Posted By on Mon, Apr 7, 2014 at 1:19 PM

Kansas City's Farm to Market Bread Co. is selling a moist, sweet banana nut bread to coincide with the Easter holiday. - FARM TO MARKET BREAD CO.
  • Farm to Market Bread Co.
  • Kansas City's Farm to Market Bread Co. is selling a moist, sweet banana nut bread to coincide with the Easter holiday.

Banana nut bread - that moist, sweet bread that has more in common in taste and texture with cake than with traditional bread (although it's usually baked in a loaf pan) - is a tradition that dates back to, at least, the Great Depression. At a time when frugality was more than just a virtue, overripe bananas could be used in a simple recipe that could serve as a breakfast bread, a coffee-break snack, or toasted and topped with a scoop of ice cream or a spoonful of tapioca pudding for a pleasant and uncomplicated dessert.

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Farm to Market's Irish soda bread makes a tasty breakfast sandwich

Posted By on Fri, Mar 14, 2014 at 2:12 PM

Farm to Market's sugar-glazed Irish soda bread makes a tasty Irish breakfast sandwich -- with the right ingredients. - ASHFORD STAMPER
  • Ashford Stamper
  • Farm to Market's sugar-glazed Irish soda bread makes a tasty Irish breakfast sandwich -- with the right ingredients.


If you're longing for a traditional Irish breakfast in the days leading up to St. Patrick's Day - Monday, March 17 - but don't want to actually make the combination of eggs, bacon, bangers (British slang for sausages), Irish soda bread, fried potatoes and Irish tea, the iconic Browne's Irish Marketplace (3300 Pennsylvania) begins serving its version of an Emerald Isle-style breakfast beginning at 8 a.m. tomorrow.

Browne's breakfast includes all of the above and coffee, orange juice and tomatoes, and you can have it Saturday, Sunday (beginning at 10 a.m.) and Monday - the actual feast day of the saint - from 7 to 11:30 a.m.

But if you'd rather avoid the crowds, particularly on Monday, but you still want to use one of the round, scone-like loaves of limited-edition, sugar-glazed Irish soda bread made by Kansas City's Farm to Market Bread Co. through Monday, we have an idea for you.

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Farm to Market's chocolate cherry bread makes a romantic dessert for two

Posted By on Mon, Feb 10, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Farm to Market's limited-release chocolate cherry bread can be eaten on its own or used to make a silky, custardy chocolate bread pudding.
  • Farm to Market's limited-release chocolate cherry bread can be eaten on its own or used to make a silky, custardy chocolate bread pudding.


There are only four days left to purchase Farm to Market Bread Co.'s Valentine's Day specialty bread - chocolate cherry - a 14-ounce round sourdough loaf baked with cocoa, semisweet chocolate chunks and Michigan-grown tart dried cherries. It can be eaten as is, with cheese and wine, or with coffee, but it also makes a sensational fudgy bread pudding for two (or more, depending on the baking dish).

The Pitch asked two of Kansas City's favorite bakers - Chelsea Williams and Susan Welling-Sanchez - to collaborate on a dessert using the bread (and a couple of other aphrodisiac ingredients); their Chocolate-Cherry Bread Pudding makes a sexy - and not too sweet - finale to a romantic Valentine's Day meal.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Fervere is taking orders for its Valentine's Day loaf

Posted By on Tue, Feb 4, 2014 at 1:08 PM

Fervere Bakery and Bread Studio is still taking orders for the annual cranberry-almond and Christopher Elbow chocolate loaf available on Valentine's Day. - FERVERE
  • Fervere
  • Fervere Bakery and Bread Studio is still taking orders for the annual cranberry-almond and Christopher Elbow chocolate loaf available on Valentine's Day.



When Fervere Bakery and Bread Studio's owner and baker, Fred Spompinato, says his February holiday bread is a pain to make, he means pain - not pane (pronounced pahn-nay) - as in Pane e Cioccolata, the 1974 Italian comedy called Bread and Chocolate in the United States.

Why pain? Fervere's upcoming limited-edition holiday loaf, which is only available on Valentine's Day, is a variation on the crusty almond-and-cranberry bread that the bakery has been making since November. For the Valentine's Day loaf, the Fervere bakers add pieces of Christopher Elbow chocolate to the dough, And not just any chocolate, but a chocolate created by Elbow that melds well with fruits and nuts.The difficult part, Spompinato says, is breaking the chocolate into the even pieces required for each loaf and distributing them evenly through the dough.

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