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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Four questions for award-winning student chef Matt Phillips

Posted By on Thu, Jun 25, 2015 at 11:31 AM

Chef Matt Phillips will be competing in Budapest. - SUSAN MCSPADDEN/JCCC
  • Susan McSpadden/JCCC
  • Chef Matt Phillips will be competing in Budapest.

June has been a very good month for Matt Phillips, a  22-year-old student in the hospitality program at Johnson County Community College. Phillips traveled to Las Vegas on June 14 to compete in the national Chaîne des Rôtisseurs young chef competition and won first-place honors.

Phillips' win will give him the opportunity to represent the United States in the international competition sponsored by Chaîne des Rôtisseurs this September in Budapest, Hungary. Chefs from 20 to 24 countries will gather in Budapest to be named "the best of the best" during an intense competition; Phillips will be the first JCCC student ever to participate in this prestigious international competition.

Phillips, who has been studying at JCCC for the past three years, was also a member of the JCCC culinary team that won first place last summer in the American Culinary Federation Student Team Championships. In addition to his studies, Phillips has been an apprentice chef for three years at the Blue Hills Country Club, where he still works.

The Pitch asked Phillips a few questions about competing solo in Las Vegas — where each chef was given an identical "mystery market basket" and a limited amount of time in which to design and create a three-course meal — as well as his upcoming trip to Budapest and his future plans.

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Join us June 12 for the Raucous Caucus, a new kind of KCMO election forum, at Barney Allis Plaza

Posted By on Thu, May 28, 2015 at 1:28 PM

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We have no problem with candidate forums as a general concept. While it's a tall task for aspiring Kansas City, Missouri, City Council candidates to make the seemingly endless list of forums prior to the elections, any excuse to get would-be politicians in front of interested voters is a good thing.

But many forums follow the same model: Candidates sit on a stage like museum exhibits, a moderator poses a litany of questions and, if there's time at the end, the audience lobs a query or two.

We're going to try something different this year. Ahead of the June 23 primary, The Pitch, along with LiveKC, mySidewalk, genKC, 90.9 the Bridge, and KCPT Channel 19 are hosting the Raucous Caucus from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 12, at Barney Allis Plaza.

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Get pie-faced at 4th annual Sugar Rush event

Posted By on Mon, Jan 12, 2015 at 2:38 PM

You'll get a Rush, all right. - TIPPIN'S
  • Tippin's
  • You'll get a Rush, all right.


One of Kansas City's most beloved pie producers, Tippin's — the pies outlasted the local restaurant chain by more than a decade — will be a first-time featured vendor at this year's Sugar Rush, an event sponsored by The Pitch on Thursday, January 29, that combines sweets, coffee and liquor in a setting both congenial and confectionary.

Tippin's plans to serve sample-sized portions of its most famous signature pies, including strawberry-rhubarb, apple, pumpkin, Dixie, and blackberry.

The sweets-and-dessert expo, which begins at 6 p.m., will be held at the Promise Wedding & Event Space (1814 Oak), and advance tickets cost $12. Featured vendors will bring a luscious display of delicious treats to sample. For ticket information, see pitch.com or call 816-561-6061.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Nick Malgieri talks — and makes — pastry at Jasper's Restaurant tomorrow

Posted By on Wed, Dec 10, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Chef-author Nick Malgieri knows his pastry. - COURTESY KYLE BOOKS
  • Courtesy Kyle Books
  • Chef-author Nick Malgieri knows his pastry.

Nick Malgieri, the former pastry chef for Windows on the World and the author of 12 popular cookbooks (including this year's Nick Malgieri's Pastry), is the featured guest at a cookbook signing and dinner tomorrow at Jasper's Restaurant (1201 West 103rd Street, 816-941-6600). Reservations are still available for the event, which begins at 7 p.m.

Malgieri, director of baking at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York, was driving from St. Louis to Kansas City today when I reached him by phone.

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Boozefish will reopen, temporarily, for Beaujolais Nouveau celebration on November 20

Posted By on Thu, Oct 30, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Restaurateur Maija Diethelm-Floyd has a glass -- or bottle  -- of 2014 Beaujolais Nouveau for you on November 20 when she'll reopen Boozefish for an event co-hosted by the Alliance Française de Kansas City. - CHRIS MULLINS
  • Chris Mullins
  • Restaurateur Maija Diethelm-Floyd has a glass -- or bottle -- of 2014 Beaujolais Nouveau for you on November 20 when she'll reopen Boozefish for an event co-hosted by the Alliance Française de Kansas City.

Boozefish Wine Bar, which officially closed in September (after a sale and a bittersweet au revoir party), is still a rental venue until the former restaurant's owner, Maija Diethelm-Floyd, packs the last suitcase to take with her when she moves to France with her husband, Steve Floyd. It's a project that Diethelm-Floyd has been planning for over a year.

The one-night-only celebration of the vin de primeur, a wine made from hand-harvested Gamay grapes grown in the Beaujolais region of France, will be held Thursday, November 20, from 5:30 to 11 p.m. at Boozefish, 1511 Westport Road; cost of admission is $5 at the door.

The admission includes hors d'oeuvres. (A special a la carte menu featuring quiche, crepes, tapanade and soup will be available for a more full-bodied meal). Beaujolais Nouveau by the glass and bottle will be available for purchase.

"It's not a fundraiser for the Alliance Francaise," Diethelm-Floyd says, "just a nice soiree of wine and food."


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Friday, October 17, 2014

Tippin's celebrates the Royals with a blue French silk pie

Posted By on Fri, Oct 17, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Kansas City's Tippin's Gourmet Pies is offering a Royals blue French Silk pie -- only the whipped cream topping is tinted blue -- during the World Series games. - TIPPIN'S
  • Tippin's
  • Kansas City's Tippin's Gourmet Pies is offering a Royals blue French Silk pie -- only the whipped cream topping is tinted blue -- during the World Series games.

Kansas City's blue fetish — in honor of the Royals making it to the World Series — continues everywhere, including in the local culinary world. This morning, for instance, Tippin's let us know about a blue version of its French-silk pie.

The Kansas City, Kansas-based company (a subsidiary of Balls Foods) is delivering the pies to almost all of the Hen House supermarkets in the metro. It features a blue-tinted whipped topping. Underneath all that baby-blue stuff, though, is a traditional chocolate silk pie.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Watching the Royals game? Think blue food and drinks

Posted By on Wed, Oct 15, 2014 at 2:45 PM

There might be some royal-blue cupcakes left in the pastry case at the Plaza Bo Lings tronight. But you'll have an easier time finding a celebratory cocktail and sushi. - ANGELA C. BOND
  • Angela C. Bond
  • There might be some royal-blue cupcakes left in the pastry case at the Plaza Bo Lings tronight. But you'll have an easier time finding a celebratory cocktail and sushi.


In 30 minutes or so, the Wednesday-afternoon Royals game — playing the Baltimore Orioles — is starting, but Richard and Theresa Ng, the owners of the Bo Lings restaurants, are still working with their bartender at the Plaza location to come up with an appropriate cocktail-and-sushi combination special to serve to customers who come in to watch the game on TV in the restaurant's bar.

A few other local restaurants have already decided what they're planning to serve...

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Saturday: Free mini-meat pies and beverages at the Pie Fest Block Party

Posted By on Sat, Oct 11, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Three kinds of Australian meat pies, including steak, mushroom and gravy, will be given away at Pie Fest today at a block party at 58th and Holmes.
  • Three kinds of Australian meat pies, including steak, mushroom and gravy, will be given away at Pie Fest today at a block party at 58th and Holmes.



To celebrate the kick-off of their new food truck, the Pie Hole, owners Chris Knowles and Tim Moore — who are also neighbors in the Rockhill Ridge neighborhood just east of Brookside and both stay-at-home fathers — are giving away three kinds of Australian-style baked meat pies today at a neighborhood block party called Pie Fest today from 4 to 7 p.m.

"We've gotten permits to block off Holmes Street between 58th and 59th streets," says Knowles, a native of Brisbane, Australia. "We're expecting as many as 300 and 400 people and we'll be serving 800 meat pies."

That will give the neighbors — and everyone else who shows up — a chance to experience the new Aussie meat pie company that Knowles and Moore (and their wives, Laura and Mary, respectively) have started; they'll be selling pies out of the candy-apple-red  1969 Ford F-100 truck that they've tricked out with a stainless steel catering box on the back.

"We'll have the Royals game on on a big TV in my driveway," says Knowles, who wound up in the Midwest, he says, "after I married a corn farmer's daughter from Iowa."

Knowles and Moore, who work at home raising their children — Knowles has two youngsters; Moore has three — while Laura Knowles works for the U.S. government and Mary Moore handles marketing for Dunn Construction, will be serving three kinds of meat-pastry pies today: steak, mushroom, onion and gravy; a green chili pork shoulder pie with sun-dried tomatoes; and a steak, bacon, cheese and gravy pie. Beer and soft drinks will also be served.

The Pie Hole's next event will be The Pitch Crafts & Drafts on November 2 at the Uptown Shopping Center.



Saturday: Local baking experts selling sweets for charity until 2 p.m.

Posted By on Sat, Oct 11, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Catering By Design's Gina Reardon has a coffee cake -- and lots of other sweets -- for you today.
  • Catering By Design's Gina Reardon has a coffee cake -- and lots of other sweets -- for you today.


There are a couple more hours until caterer Gina Reardon — of Catering By Design —  and her volunteers start packing up the tables and the leftovers at the bake sale that Reardon organized for the charity No Kid Hungry program today on the green space just south of the Brookside branch of Commerce Bank (6336 Brookside Plaza). Reardon and company began selling the coffee cakes, cinnamon rolls, and a variety of other beautiful sweets this morning at 8. The sale continues until 2 p.m.

Many of Kansas City’s best-known chefs, bakeries, specialty bakers, pastry chefs, restaurants and caterers have joined forces to help end the problem of chronic child hunger. Among the participating vendors: 3 Women and an Oven; André's Confisserie Suisse; Brown Sugar Bakes; Nancy Stark of Chef's Shop;Coffee Girl's Café; and many others.

The Roasterie has donated a signature No Kid Hungry coffee blend, which will be served and available for sale at the bake sale. A silent auction includes items from Jonathan and Camille Justus of Justus Drug Store in Smithville.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Green Dirt Farm one-day tour tickets go on sale tomorrow

Posted By on Fri, Sep 26, 2014 at 5:45 PM

If you've ever wanted to experience a working sheep farm and cheese kitchen, Green Dirt Farm is offering a tour. But on one day only in October. - PAUL M. INGOLD
  • Paul M. Ingold
  • If you've ever wanted to experience a working sheep farm and cheese kitchen, Green Dirt Farm is offering a tour. But on one day only in October.


Green Dirt Farm, the award-winning sheep dairy and cheese maker based in Weston, Missouri, doesn't offer tours of the farm very often, so the autumn tour — scheduled for Sunday, October 19 — is a big deal for fans of the popular local cheese-making facility founded by Sarah Hoffman and Jacquie Smith.

Tickets cost $15 in advance for adults, and kids under 12 are admitted for free (up to two children per adult). Day-of tickets, if still available, will be $17. Tickets are required for the tour, and space is limited. The tour day ticket will feature guided tours of the farm and Cheese Kitchen. Visitors will also be permitted to take a hay ride from the sheep dairy to the open-air events barn where samples (and products for purchase) of Green Dirt Farm’s cheeses and yogurts will be displayed along with selections of locally produced bread from Fervere bakery, jams from Our Sassy Pantry, and beverage pairings including Boulevard Brewing Co.’s Tank 7, as well as local wines.

Tickets to this event will go on sale Saturday September 27, at 10 a.m. They can be ordered online by clicking here or by calling 1-800-838-3006.

For more information on Green Dirt Farm, visit the Green Dirt Farm website.

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