Thursday, August 27, 2015

Head on up to Gladstone tonight for Rollin' Coal Truck Night and oh no what is 'rollin' coal'?

Posted By on Thu, Aug 27, 2015 at 11:51 AM

Just havin' fun. - GLADSTONE DODGE, CHRYSLER, JEEP AND RAM FACEBOOK PAGE
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  • Just havin' fun.

People who don't believe in climate change are wrong, but not necessarily dumb. (They're probably dumb.) 

People who "roll coal" — that's a different story. "Rolling coal" is one of the dumbest acts yet invented by human beings. 

In case you've not yet come across this deeply American phenomenon, here's a 50-second video for you:

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Throwback Thursday: 'Band Night' at Lawrence High School, 25 years ago

Posted By on Thu, Aug 27, 2015 at 9:47 AM

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Grady Reid sat on this VHS footage from 1990 for years, then edited together four hours into a half-hour documentary. Shot on the evening of January 12, 1990, this footage of two high school bands — Still Thinking and Renegade Blue, in the cafeteria of Lawrence High School — is like a time capsule of the era.

Be it the music or the fashion, these sounds and images distill the early '90s into thirty minutes that should fascinate younger viewers — and will likely instill a mix of heartwarming nostalgia and cringing embarrassment in the older ones.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Uber's contract with KCI amended

Posted By on Wed, Aug 26, 2015 at 3:43 PM

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An amendment in Uber's contract with the Kansas City Aviation Department, executed this week, means Uber drivers will not have access to the staging lots used by taxi and limo drivers at Kansas City International Airport. They will still be allowed to pick up passengers at KCI, though. 

Some background: A few weeks ago, Mark VanLoh, head of KC's Aviation Department, signed an agreement with Uber whereby the transportation company would pay the Aviation Department a $3 fee for every airport pickup. In exchange, Uber would have access to the staging lots. 

As we noted, missing from this contract was a security clause requiring drivers picking up at the airport to obtain airport IDs, a process that entails submitting fingerprints for a background check at a cost of $31 to the driver. If limo and taxi drivers are required to go through this security check, we asked, why not Uber drivers? Especially given the tide of recent stories illuminating Uber's less-than-rigorous third-party background checks. 

After word got out that Uber had rolled VanLoh on the contract, the city, Uber, and representatives from taxi companies met to discuss how to fix it fairly — by adding an amendment requiring Uber drivers to undergo the security check, perhaps, or by eliminating it for taxi drivers. (A 30-day cancellation was built into the agreement.) Uber objected to such an amendment. 

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Green Room taps Papa Louie’s Bird Lives double IPA, Boulevard beer dinner at Bluestem and more events

Posted By on Wed, Aug 26, 2015 at 1:35 PM

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 27
Papa Louie’s Bird Lives double IPA tapping, at Green Room Burgers and Beer (4010 Pennsylvania), 5 p.m.

Sierra Nevada Nintendo 64 Mario Kart tournament, at Up-Down (101 Southwest Blvd.), 6 p.m.

Tappings of Pretty Things Fumapapa and Pretty Things Fringe, at Flying Saucer (101 E. 13th St.), 7 p.m.

Blue Moon paint-the-glass night, with local artist Scribe, at Fric & Frac (1700 W. 39th St.), 6:30 p.m.

New Belgium Rolle Bolle tournament, meet brewer Tamar Banner, and tapping of Oscar Worthy Coffee nitro, at Char Bar (4050 Pennsylvania), 6:30–9 p.m.

KC Wine Opener, at Union Station (30 W. Pershing Rd.), 5 p.m.

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Hearth Bakery in Weston now called — very accurately — Hearth Bread Co.

Hearth Bakery in Weston now called — very accurately — Hearth Bread Co.

Posted By on Wed, Aug 26, 2015 at 8:30 AM

At Hearth, it's all about the bread.
  • At Hearth, it's all about the bread.

When Dylan Low opened his first business last month, he called it Hearth Bakery. But he’s already changing the name.

"My focus is on bread," says the 21-year-old graduate of the Napa Valley branch of the Culinary Institute of America. "I'm not a traditional bakery. I don't sell cookies or pies."

So Low — rhymes with loud — has changed the name of his shop at 17985 State Route 45 North in Weston to Hearth Bread Co. It's a more fitting moniker for a place that sells four varieties of bread each day, baked in a brick-and-concrete, wood-burning oven that Low built himself. He does offer pastries — apple or blueberry fritters, beignets, brioche morning buns — on Saturdays. Get up early. Those sweet things tend to sell out fast.

"There's usually a line out the door on Saturday morning," Low says.

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  • Hearth Bakery in Weston now called — very accurately — Hearth Bread Co.

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Glen Dakan, founder of Pure Pursuit Automotive, talks loving whiskey, being a cabana boy in Vegas and more in The Pitch questionnaire

Posted By on Wed, Aug 26, 2015 at 7:21 AM

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  • Glen Dakan, founder of Pure Pursuit Automotive

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: Glen Dakan

Occupation: Founder of Pure Pursuit Automotive, a boutique sports-car dealership, which recently opened in the Crossroads (1619 Walnut).

Twitter handle: @GlenDakan

Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada (Moved 15 times while in the Navy.)

Current neighborhood: Brookside (Moved to KC two years ago and not looking back!)

What I do: Former Naval aviator turned tech entrepreneur. Gentlemanly interests in cars, planes, boats, music and spirits, just not all at once.

What’s your addiction? Things that go fast.

What’s your game? Football to watch (go, Chiefs!), racquetball to play, skis or wakeboards to ride.

What’s your drink? Anything with whiskey in it, from Scotland, Ireland, Japan, the U.S. or anywhere else.

Where’s dinner? My wife cooks great fresh meals, and we love to check out any and all ethnic places like Indian, Vietnamese and Ethiopian. The more it looks like a gas station and less like a restaurant, the happier we are!

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Season + Square's owners ready their nearby Plate for a fall opening

Posted By on Tue, Aug 25, 2015 at 1:30 PM

There's still a wait for Plate.
  • There's still a wait for Plate.

Most Kansas City diners have never heard of Valter Nassi, the Italian-born owner of the celebrated Salt Lake City restaurant Valter's Osteria.

But Nassi's presence will be felt when Andrea Morrow Joseph and her husband, Christian, open their East Brookside bisto, Plate, at 6201 Oak, later this year. "We're pushing for early November," Christian Joseph says. "We have some of our permits already."

Christian Joseph worked with Nassi when he lived in Salt Lake City and was so inspired by the larger-than-life restaurateur that he's sending the chef he has hired for Plate — the Josephs won't reveal who it is because he is for now employed at another restaurant — to work a stint at Valter's Osteria.

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Savory Spice opens first Kansas City store in Brookside

Posted By on Tue, Aug 25, 2015 at 12:10 PM

Chris Curtis has a spice blend for you.
  • Chris Curtis has a spice blend for you.

A friend of mine, a professional chef, once yelled at me for purchasing spices at any venue but a true spice shop.

"If you buy them at a supermarket or, even worse, a dollar store, you have no idea how old the spices are," he says. "They do get old, you know, and it affects the flavor and the potency. I've seen spices at discount stores that look like they could have come out of the tomb of Tutankhamun!"

Chris Curtis, the manager of the three-day-old Savory Spice store at 6245 Brookside Boulevard, agrees.

"A safe amount of time for storing spices," he says, "is three to six months. Some spices, like cinnamon, can lose their flavor faster. We tell our customers to store their spices in a cool, dry place. But not the refrigerator."

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Ryan Heinlein debuts KC Bone Company at Westport Coffee House on Thursday

Posted By on Tue, Aug 25, 2015 at 11:49 AM

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If you missed our cover story on the major Charlie Parker Celebration currently underway, you might not know that starting last Thursday — and continuing until Sunday, August 29 — some of the area's finest jazz musicians are filling rooms across the city in homage to a legendary Kansas City original. 

Among the participating artists is Ryan Heinlein, trombonist and organizer of the Project H, who this Thursday debuts a brand-new ensemble called KC Bone Company with a show at Westport Coffee House. Ahead of the gig, I chatted with Heinlein about the origins of this project. 

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