Monday, October 18, 2010

Chef looking for long-lost recipe collection

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The case of the missing recipes
  • The case of the missing recipes
The case of the missing recipes
One of the most popular restaurants in the Kansas City metro during the Reagan administration was the Prospect of Westport, a stylish bistro in the heart of what was then Kansas City's only true entertainment district.

This week, veteran local chef Richard McPeake e-mailed me with a request for a long-forgotten recipe collection with roots at the Prospect.

The restaurant's menu was by Bonnie Winston, a local culinary consultant

who created recipes for a much-imitated carrot cake and a wildly

popular Sunday-night pasta buffet.

McPeake -- now the executive chef at Jack Gage American Tavern -- worked with Winston in 1980, when Plaza III was undergoing a serious menu change.

"She's very talented," McPeake says. "In the early 1980s, the Prospect put out a booklet of recipes -- not a cookbook, but more like a pamphlet -- from the restaurant's favorite dishes. A friend of mine, Dan Durrick, a former Kansas City chef, was looking for the booklet, but I couldn't find one online anywhere."

I called Winston to find out if she knew where one could locate this out-of-print recipe packet.
"You can't," she explained. "They're like collector's items now. They're very, very hard to find. Just tell Richard to call me. I'll give him the recipe that he wants."

The rest of Kansas City will have to hope McPeake is up for meeting at Kinko's with a roll of quarters.

(Image via Flickr: Marcin Wichary)

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