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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The Dead Girls may have the worst tour van in music history

Posted By on Wed, Oct 9, 2013 at 2:23 PM

The Dead Girls take a moment outside of the band's battered tour van.
  • The Dead Girls take a moment outside of the band's battered tour van.

... But at least they're doing something about it. 

Local indie-rock veterans the Dead Girls have the opportunity to win a brand-new, tricked-out tour van through FanAddict, and the members made a clever little video documenting exactly why they deserve such a prize.

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Friday, September 27, 2013

Defining Diva: The 32nd Annual Miss Gay Kansas City Pageant is this weekend

Posted By on Fri, Sep 27, 2013 at 10:04 AM

Loreal, a.k.a. Jeff Hickman, in a quintessential glamour shot.
  • Loreal, a.k.a. Jeff Hickman, in a quintessential glamour shot.

Emerging from a fabulous cloud of glitter, feather boas, and lip-synced Katy Perry songs, Miss Gay Kansas City 2014 will be crowned this weekend. The winner will take the reins from 2013 champ Christa Collins (Christopher Barksdale-Burns), a two-decade veteran of the Kansas City Ballet. Christa nabbed the title on the strength of a modern dance performance and went on to win Miss Gay Missouri.

Now in its 32nd year, the Miss Gay Kansas City America Pageant is one of the oldest continually running female-impersonation pageants in the country. This year's two-night event will take over Missie B's on Friday and Hamburger Mary's on Saturday.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Win a copy of Bon Appetit's The Grilling Book

Posted By on Tue, Jun 4, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Youre clever...win this book!
  • You're clever...win this book!
If you're passionate about summer grilling but would like to up your game, a new book from Kansas City-based Andrews McMeel Publishing, The Grilling Book: The Definitive Guide From Bon Appetit ($45) has 432 pages of grilling tips, cool cocktail ideas and recipes (including lobster paella).

The Fast Pitch will award the book to the first contestant to correctly figure out which single ingredient in this recipe for "Red Wine Marinade" (the unadulterated recipe for which is featured in the book) is not supposed to be there. The altered recipe follows after the jump.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Roll for a delicious prize: Win a copy of I Love Cinnamon Rolls cookbook

Posted By on Wed, Nov 14, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Three autographed copies of Judith Fertigs new cookbook will be awarded to the winners of the contest on Fat Citys Facebook page.
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  • Three autographed copies of Judith Fertig's new cookbook will be awarded to the winners of the contest on Fat City's Facebook page.

The ideal way to greet out-of-town relatives or friends on a chilly Thanksgiving morning is with a cup of strong coffee and a pan of freshly baked cinnamon rolls. But not just any cinnamon rolls. We want to give our Fat City readers an opportunity to be really creative in the kitchen, so we're offering an opportunity for three of you to win an autographed copy of I Love Cinnamon Rolls (Andrews McMeel Publishing, $19.99), local cookbook author Judith Fertig's new book.

Three questions, all having some connection to the word cinnamon, are on the Fat City Facebook page. The first three commenters to correctly answer these questions - only one try per commenter, please - will be selected as the winners. The answers will be posted on Fat City tomorrow at 9 a.m., and the three winners will be notified at that time.

All answers must be made in the comment section on the Fat City Facebook page only by 7 a.m. Thursday, November 15, 2012. No answers will be accepted as comments on this post. No substitute prizes will be awarded. Winners must come to The Pitch offices at 1701 Main to pick up their prize.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

And the winner is......

Posted By on Tue, Jul 24, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Cafe Trio will offer slices of contest winner Kevin Bogans cheesecake for a month.
  • Cafe Trio will offer slices of contest winner Kevin Bogan's cheesecake for a month.

The number 1111 (which numerologists believe means "a new start in life") was a lucky one for cheesecake-loving Kevin Bogan, who won the "Great 8" Dessert Competition hosted by Cafe Trio (with assistance from The Pitch). His recipe for Bananas Foster Cheesecake received the greatest number of votes online — more than 2,000 people cast votes — from among the recipes submitted by the seven semifinalists.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Choose the prize-winning dessert for Cafe Trio

Help pick the winner of the Cafe Trio Great Eight Dessert Competition.

Posted By on Tue, Jul 17, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Only one recipe can win the Cafe Trip Great Eight Dessert Competition
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  • Only one recipe can win the Cafe Trio Great Eight Dessert Competition

To celebrate the eight-year anniversary of Cafe Trio, the stylish boite on the Country Club Plaza, the restaurant is hosting a "Great Eight Dessert Contest" (with help from co-sponsor The Pitch) that boasts a payoff of $800 worth of prizes and the opportunity to have the winning dessert featured on the Cafe Trio menu for one month.

I was one of three judges — along with Cafe Trio executive chef Leon Bahlmann and Cafe Trio co-owner Chris Youngers — to narrow down the dozens of submitted recipes to the seven finalists. Those seven recipes are currently receiving votes online — you can vote by clicking here — until noon on Monday, July 23.

  • Help pick the winner of the Cafe Trio Great Eight Dessert Competition.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The winners of our cheeseball competition

Posted By on Wed, Dec 21, 2011 at 5:32 PM

Jacquelyn Brittains first-pace-winning Deconstructed Cookie Ball is pictured in the foreground.
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  • Jacquelyn Brittain's first-place-winning "Deconstructed Cookie Ball" is pictured in the foreground.

The panel of judges has voted, and the three winners of the first annual Pitch cheeseball competition are officially elevated to cheeseball history. After careful consideration, Jacquelyn Brittain's sweet "Deconstructed Cookie Ball" was chosen as first-place winner, receiving a $50 gift certificate to Pryde's Old Westport, for a dessert-style holiday ball that can be served with fresh fruit and cookies.

Aaron Shrum's "Give 'Em Hell, Harry" cheeseball recipe — a recipe created and prepared by his grandfather during the Korean War for visiting commander-in-chief Harry S. Truman — getting second-place honors, receiving a $30 Pryde's gift certificate. The third-place honors in the contest went to Celeste Lindell's "Garlic Cheese Ball." Lindell received a $20 Pryde's gift certificate.

Special honors go to all of our other contestants, including Barb Beavers, Kathleen Leighton, Sandy Smith, and Brian Spoonemore.

Each of these cheeseballs makes a great addition to a party tray or as a culinary gift item. The winning recipes follow.

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Friday, June 24, 2011

Cooking tonight? It's not too late to enter Community Picnic recipe contest

Posted By on Fri, Jun 24, 2011 at 1:30 PM

There will be judges, who look nothing like the folks in the picture, judging recipes tonight in Loose Park.
  • There will be judges, who look nothing like the folks in the picture, judging recipes tonight in Loose Park.


There will be prizes tonight for the culinary winners who enter the recipe competition at the "Get Your Grow On!" Community Picnic and Potluck, held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Pavilion at Loose Park, 51st Street and Wornall; the event is part of this weekend's Urban Farms & Gardens Tour.

"We haven't gotten as many recipes as we would like so far," says volunteer Bonnie Winston, who encourages local cooks to bring their favorite dish (it needs to serve at least five people), plus a printed recipe and, maybe, a serving spoon, to the Loose Park Pavilion no later than 6 p.m. There's also a $10 entry fee.

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Name Game: Pick the wrong restaurant names from an eccentric list (Update)

Posted By on Thu, Jun 23, 2011 at 4:49 PM

Every restaurant has a story, but only one local venue is named Story.
  • Every restaurant has a story, but only one local venue is named Story.


UPDATE: So you want the answers to this quiz? You'd like to know which five of the restaurants were totally phony? Well, we're going to tell you ... on the Fat City Facebook page!


The new hot boite in Prairie Village, Story, is the featured restaurant in this week's Pitch Cafe review. I have to admit that when I first heard the name of the venue, which is the creation of chef Carl Thorne-Thomsen and his wife, Susan, I thought it sounded just a shade precious. Why not Poem? Novella? Haiku? And then again, Story is short, sweet and easy-to-remember. What more could a restaurateur want?

Interestingly, I've heard a half-dozen incorrect variations on the name Tavern in the Village: that other new restaurant in the Prairie Village Shopping Center. Since it opened, people have told me that it's called the Village Green, the Village Tavern, Tavern on the Green, and my current favorite, Tavern on the Range.

Over the years, Kansas City has had its share of unusual and eccentric restaurant names and a couple of real clinkers. In the latter category, I'd nominate the ill-fated Segafredo Zanetti Espresso, the Machine Shed, and the Raisin Rack.

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Friday, February 4, 2011

Valentine's Day dining: The good, the bad and the ugly

Posted By on Fri, Feb 4, 2011 at 12:29 PM

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It's all about happy endings, right?
One of my favorite Valentine's memories is of the night I was working in a restaurant, trying not to lose my mind over the owner's decision to offer one of the most ridiculous prix fixe packages ever conceived. (I can't recall the actual menu, but there was a bottle of really cheap sparkling wine included in the deal and, I think, a couple of slices of stale chocolate cake.)

One of my tables was occupied by a particularly attractive couple who came into the dining room late, already well-lubricated and radiating hostility to each other. I was terrified that someone might get hit with the wine bottle, including me.

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