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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Uberdine to serve its first brunch on May 25

Posted By on Tue, May 6, 2014 at 3:13 PM

One of the eight courses served at the May 25 Uberdine brunch is a pan-seared scallop on Farm to Market brioche with a fried quail egg, dusted with bacon powder. - JEFF AKIN
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  • One of the eight courses served at the May 25 Uberdine brunch is a pan-seared scallop on Farm to Market brioche with a fried quail egg, dusted with bacon powder.


Chef Joe Shirley isn't ready for his real restaurant yet - he and his wife, Carolina, want to wait until their only child, a sixth-grader, goes to high school - but his nine-month-old pop-up dining concept, Uberdine (which The Pitch named "Best Restaurant Experiment" in last year's Best of Kansas City issue), is giving the young chef the opportunity to keep his day job as the executive chef for a major financial institution and express his culinary creativity on his own terms.

Since launching Uberdine last July, Shirley has mounted four very different dinners in unique locations, including a coffee-inspired meal at the Roasterie and a Japanese-style meal at the Filling Station coffeehouse in midtown. Uberdine's first brunch is to be held Sunday, May 25, at the Farm to Market Bread Co.'s headquarters at 20th Street and Walnut. Tickets are still left for the brunch, which has two seatings (at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; for prices and reservations, visit the Uberdine website here).

The eight-course brunch will, like the previous four Uberdine events, be a showcase for Shirley's creativity: one of the courses is described on Shirley's menu for the event as "Mac and Cheese": truffle, cheddar, explosion.

Explosion

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

The Boot now serving brunch, Italian-style

Posted By on Thu, Jun 21, 2012 at 1:29 PM

An Italian-style doughnut, frittelle di mele, and a cup of espresso is the way to begin brunch at The Boot.
  • An Italian-style doughnut, frittelle di mele, with a cup of espresso is the way to begin brunch at the Boot.

The best way to start brunch at the Boot, the cozy Italian restaurant in Westport created by Aaron Confessori and Rich Wiles, is with an order of frittelle di mele, the airy but yeast-free (who knew?) fried apple fritters, each glazed with a spoonful of a sugar-and-orange-juice icing. I could eat a plate of them by myself. In fact, I did last Sunday, dining after church with my friend Martha who refused to sample even one of the warm pastries.

"I'm on a diet," she said.

Well, I am, too, but it's a diet of my own creation that luckily includes apple fritters, lemon ricotta pancakes, brioche French toast and scrambled eggs - all of which are served at this restaurant's one-month-old brunch, served both Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Monday, May 23, 2011

Lidia's Brunch Theatre needs a tastier show

Posted By on Mon, May 23, 2011 at 2:44 PM

At Lidia's Brunch Theatre, the pasta is more theatrical than the show.
  • At Lidia's Brunch Theatre, the pasta is more theatrical than the show.


A creative collaboration between Lidia's Kansas City and the Living Room theater troupe, Brunch Theatre, kicked off last Saturday and Sunday with a show that the director, Alex Espy, calls an "environmental experience." It's a comedy about a restaurant that's set in a restaurant featuring a waiter who isn't really a waiter. It's really a play that isn't really a play in any traditional sense, but a very raucous and very physical cartoon.

I liked the brunch a great deal, the show not so much. But I'm thinking that I'm not the right demographic for a folly like The Accidental Waiter. The Lidia's brunch on Saturdays and Sundays is designed for a relatively sophisticated and adult palate. The play, however, is for children.

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Grunauer Restaurant starts Sunday brunch this month

Posted By on Wed, Mar 9, 2011 at 8:30 AM

Kansas City's Viennese restaurant, Grunauer, opens for Sunday brunch on March 20.
  • Kansas City's Viennese restaurant, Grunauer, opens for Sunday brunch on March 20.















Nicholas Grunauer says that his father, chef Peter Grunauer, was ready to start serving a Sunday brunch soon after the Viennese restaurant opened in the Crossroads last year.

"But we needed to get a Sunday liquor license first," Nicholas says. "Once we had that, we had the menu ready and just needed to finalize our plans."

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Monday, February 7, 2011

Alternatives to Valentine's Day: Lunch on Saturday or romantic Sunday brunch

Posted By on Mon, Feb 7, 2011 at 3:04 PM

Forget champagne and toast romance with this kick-ass juice medley from Succotash.
  • Forget champagne and toast romance with this kick-ass juice medley from Succotash.

The downside of the Valentine's Day holiday falling on a Monday evening is that after a night of dining and drinking champagne -- and whatever else follows that behavior -- you'll have to stumble into work the following day, maybe a little worse for wear.

Another potential negative is that Valentine's is, traditionally, the night that everyone goes out to eat, including folks who may not go to a restaurant the other 364 nights of the year. It can be a very busy night.

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Hamburger Mary's is moving, but that didn't stop Sunday's drag brunch

Posted By on Mon, Feb 7, 2011 at 12:07 PM

Jessica Dressler's "Dirty Dorothy" won't permit f-bombs if there are kids in the dining room.
  • Jessica Dressler's "Dirty Dorothy" won't permit f-bombs if there are kids in the dining room.

If Dr. Eric Christensen, the managing partner of the one-year-old Hamburger Mary's restaurant, was concerned about the report in last week's Kansas City Star about his restaurant possibly having to move out of the big purple building at 101 Southwest Boulevard, he didn't seem remotely flustered yesterday.

Christensen was on hand to handle musical duties for the restaurant's fifth weekly "Sunday Drag Brunch" hosted by local performer -- and real live girl -- Jessica "Dirty Dorothy" Dressler.

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Friday, December 17, 2010

To hell with brunch -- a simple breakfast will do

Posted By on Fri, Dec 17, 2010 at 11:45 AM

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Just wear pants and shoes, you'll get served...
If you have the money and the time, a leisurely brunch -- like the ones in this week's Pitch review -- can make a pleasant weekend diversion. But sometimes, it's just about eating a simple morning meal with no fuss, no annoying trips to a buffet, no hair-of-the-dog Mimosas. Just bacon, eggs, toast -- or something along those lines.

So, for all of you weekend breakfast fans in Fat City who simply won't do the brunch thing, here are our top five recommendations for a no-frills morning meal guaranteed to satisfy both the appetite and the budget.

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

You know it's brunch when...

Posted By on Wed, Dec 15, 2010 at 10:45 AM

The joy of overeating at brunch.
  • The joy of overeating at brunch.

Breakfast can be brunch, but brunch isn't always breakfast. Brunch comes with liquor and pancakes and buffets in a dazzling array that is never as simple as one dish. The Pitch's Charles Ferruzza reviews brunches around town in this week's column.

In an effort to define the meal, I have tried to compile a list of indicators that let you know when you are indeed sitting down to brunch and not a leisurely eaten breakfast masquerading as the best part of your weekend.

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Cafe Roux now serving Cajun-style brunch on Saturdays and Sundays

Posted By on Thu, Dec 9, 2010 at 11:10 AM

Cafe Roux is serving real biscuits and gravy
  • Cafe Roux is serving real biscuits and gravy

We'll be making a serious exploration of brunch in next week's Pitch, but just recently discovered a brand new player in this town's brunch game: Leawood's Cafe Roux (11554 Ash, in the Park Place development) began serving brunch last weekend.

It's serving an authentic Southern-style breakfast, according to executive chef Josh Reese. And he should know his southern fare, he says, because he's from southern Missouri.

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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Mother's Day: Where to take Mom (cheap edition)

Posted By on Thu, May 6, 2010 at 1:00 PM

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Joan Crawford, Kansas City's perennial "Mother of the Year"
​You love your mother, of course. Everyone knows that. But in this economy it may not be the right time for an elaborate meal to celebrate Mother's Day. Here in Fat City, we can suggest less costly alternatives that are much more special than dashing into QuikTrip and picking up a couple of corn dogs and a package of Marlboro Lights for the old girl.

Here are a few tasteful suggestions.

The First Watch restaurants won't just be serving their modestly priced breakfast and lunch items (the check average is about $8.50 per person). On Mother's Day, First Watches will offer each mom a box of Kansas City's own Russell Stover chocolates.

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