The idea of Twenty20 makes sense. A caterer has everything that one would need to operate a luncheonette and represents another use for a space that would just be a commissary for evening events. The dining room is predominantly a second-floor alcove where you can watch your sandwich being made in the kitchen below.
Pint bottles of Shatto's Whole Chocolate Mint Milk - the second of five planned specialty releases (Chocolate Cherry was the first for Valentine's Day) - are in stores now. A tasting panel spanning three decades of humanity thought the milk reminiscent of everything from mint chocolate chip ice cream to the (as yet uninvented) highest end version of Ande's Candies. Of Shatto's first two efforts at doctoring up its chocolate milk, this is the more successful concoction.
The bread begins as Farm to Market's sourdough. Then they add cocoa, semisweet chocolate chunks and dried tart red cherries. The end result is a dessert bread that you may end up eating for dinner. The limited edition chocolate cherry bread will be available at Hen House, Cosentino's Markets, Hy-Vee in Prairie Village and Overland Park (135th Street and Metcalf) and Whole Foods.
There are plenty of opinions on who serves KC's best tamales. Former restaurateur and cookbook author Lou Jane Temple, who frequently travels to Mexico, insists that there are no better tamales in the metro than those served at KCK's Tortilleria San Antonio.
"They're not heavy or doughy," she says, "but made with a light hand. The texture and feel of the tamales are amazingly light and satisfying."
I can't disagree, but my own vote goes to the freshly made pork tamales at El Patrón Cocina & Bar on Southwest Boulevard. They're addictive, with or without the creamy queso that accompanies the fragrant, corn-wrapped comfort food. And maybe even better than the pork tamale is the meatless version - no lard ever used, promises manager Jim Nimmo - with a fluffy, masa-dough wrapper enfolding cheese and strips of spicy jalapeño peppers. On a bitter-cold afternoon, tamales turn out to be not just nourishing but also warm comfort.
First up is Chocolate Cherry milk. Shatto is making only 2,000 bottles of the flavor. Bottles will be identified with the word 'SMOOCH' on the side (a nod to Valentine's Day) and are expected to be on shelves by this weekend (stores are getting deliveries today and tomorrow). If you're committed to getting a bottle, it's in stock at the dairy farm in Osborn, Missouri, right now. Each of the next four releases will have a signature flavor and theme.
The Tamale Collaboration, as they've taken to calling it, is a different kind of buy-one, get-one offer. For every dozen sold at the Local Pig, a dozen will be donated to Harvesters to be distributed Christmas Eve.
"I was driving an order of sausage over to Port Fonda, and the idea popped in my head," Pope says, "Patrick's a big believer in collaborations, and the Christmas tradition of Latin American families having tamales just worked."
In stark contrast to its ill-conceived brethren, the cake is not mono-textured. A rush of cinnamon in the soft buttery top gives way to a crunchy under layer that is lady-in-a-commercial-relaxing-in-a-bathtub moist. Frannie Franks' cakes (original and pumpkin) are available at the Roasterie Cafe (in Brookside, Leawood and the West Side), the City Market on Sundays (from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and the Hy-Vee bakery department in Liberty. For those with a gluten allergy, Frannie Franks also makes gluten-free coffee cakes.
The garlic knots at the Art of Pizza (1801 Baltimore) are fine examples of what you should order from the appetizer menu at a pizza shop instead of toasted ravioli (assuming you're not in St. Louis). A clever use for scraps of pizza dough, garlic knots done poorly can be teeth crackers or chewy dough blobs. But these have just enough crust topped with parmesan, oregano, basil and a generous gloss of garlic oil. Just a note: Have a bit of stainless steel at the ready because the garlic smell can stay with your hands well into the next day. Grab an order on a Friday between 4 and 6 p.m. when the Art of Pizza has a cheese pizza for $12 as a to-go special. That offer isn't available on First Fridays, so you'll have to wait until next week.
Slow down. I'm referring to the dressing of my lunch, not my attire. The sausages, courtesy of the Local Pig, outshine the house-made toppings. Two come free with your order. While the grilled onions and sauerkraut were fine, their tepid temperature and the contrast with the flavor of the sausage meant they weren't bringing anything to this sandwich.
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