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Friday, May 21, 2010

Widgeonwood Market is back in Prairie Village

Posted By on Fri, May 21, 2010 at 12:07 PM

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Widgeonwood wares include canned salsas and jams
David and Sally Calvin of Widgeonwood Farm in Jefferson City take up their Saturday-only spot in the enclosed courtyard at Prairie Village Shopping Center at 71st and Mission Road tomorrow.

They'll be selling their produce, jars of home-made jams, jellies, salsas, soups and such.

Sally Calvin says she's also bringing a few special things: parmesan spinach herb quiche, and two-layered sugared sponge cake, fresh pesto, olive tapenade, veggie foccaccia, caramel pecan rolls, banana pecan or apple raisin bread -- which, she says, "makes the best French toast."

The Calvins have their wares set up by 8 a.m. and usually stick around until 2 p.m. or so -- or until everything sells out.

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Treehouse Berry Farm salsa: Time for a dip

Posted By on Fri, May 21, 2010 at 11:00 AM

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Tomatoes have it good right now. It's early in the season, everybody's neighbors and farmer's markets aren't yet inundated, and it's been just long enough since last season to miss a ripe, juicy tomato.

Treehouse Berry Farm is ending the drought. The Linwood, Kansas, berry farm is mostly known for jams, chutneys and fruit butter, but it also make a fresh salsa that's full of chunky cuts of tomato. And it's back on the shelves.

With just 10 ingredients (listed in the picture), the tomatoes are the star of the show, alternately enhanced by cilantro, onion and garlic. It helps to turn the salsa over with a spatula to redistribute the lemon juice and vinegar, which had settled a bit in the plastic container.

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Fresher Than Fresh looking for funding, flavors

Posted By on Thu, May 20, 2010 at 3:00 PM

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When Lindsay Laricks files her tax returns next year, she'll get to write "snow cone vendor" under occupation. She left her job as a graphic designer in January to concentrate on Fresher Than Fresh Snow Cones, the frozen creations she sells from her restored Shasta teardop trailer.

To turn her operation mobile, Laricks hired C&G Construction to make the 13-by-8-foot trailer into a rolling snow cone distribution center. But retrofitting a 1957 trailer is a lot harder than buying a prefabricated pushcart. Laricks came up $6,300 short, even after cashing in her 401(k) and using her personal savings.

That's when she discovered Kickstarter -- an online fundraising site where business and artistic ventures seek contributions for specific projects. Like rehabbing a Shasta trailer. 

"It's amazing that people in other cities have popped up to show support for my project because they love what I'm doing," Laricks tells Fat City.

To date, 110 backers have pledged $2,911. But Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing deal -- either the project is entirely funded or it's back to the drawing board for Laricks. She has 26 days to go to reach her goal of $6,300.
 
"It's been a bit of a roller-coaster," she says. "I'm just finding ways to keep the momentum going and hoping things pick up in the last few weeks."

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Napoleon Bakery keeps moving around

Posted By on Thu, May 20, 2010 at 11:00 AM

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Napoleon has marched out of Westport
Two weeks ago, pastry chef and restaurateur James Holmes opened a new Napoleon Bakery in Overland Park. He took over a long-vacant location at 6759 W. 119th Street that had most recently been occupied by the excellent Artisan Francais: A French Bakery. Holmes also closed the old Napoleon Bakery, the iconic cafe in Westport that he bought from the Schanzer family and re-opened in late 2008.


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Friday, May 14, 2010

Now you have plans for the weekend

Posted By on Fri, May 14, 2010 at 2:00 PM

The sign for Dunkin' Donuts at 75th and Metcalf went up on Wednesday. The location opens next Wednesday.
  • The sign for Dunkin' Donuts at 75th and Metcalf went up on Wednesday. The location opens next Wednesday.

You need plans. Fat City has a recycle bin full of listings. In this post, all our problems are solved.

How good is your chili? If you want to find out, bring a pot down to the Kansas State Open Chili Cookoff Saturday in Overland Park. The cookoff is being held at VFW Post 846 (8804 Grant), with both homestyle and Chili Appreciation Society International (CASI) categories. It's $20 to enter your chili, which must be turned in by 1 p.m. for homestyle and 2 p.m. for the CASI category. If you just want to attend, organize ask for a $3 donation, which benefits the VFW.

Celebrate the reopening of Mike's Tavern (5424 Troost), which has a completely new interior and upscale pub fare. The new menu includes smoked sausage sandwiches and fish and chips. It's good to see the bar on Troost back in business.

The Pitch's Taste of KC comes to the Power & Light District on Sunday. Pizza and pierogi are among the choices from 23 restaurants. Tasting starts at 5 p.m., and the event is 21-and-older because beer and cocktails are part of the admission price -- you get three drink tickets. It's $35 in advance, $40 at the door.

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Save Folgers coming to a bumper near you

Posted By on Thu, May 13, 2010 at 9:30 AM

This taxi driver will apparently miss the smell of Folgers in the morning.
  • This taxi driver will apparently miss the smell of Folgers in the morning.

This bumper sticker was on a taxicab heading through the Plaza. The effort to save downtown's Folgers plant has gone from a Facebook campaign to bumper stickers. Next stop, City Hall?  

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Sugar Mamma's Bakery opens in Briarcliff

Posted By on Tue, May 11, 2010 at 1:00 PM

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The official Sugar Mamma of Briarcliff Village

The storefront at 4173 N. Mulberry Drive in the Briarcliff Village Shopping Center hasn't had great luck with bakeries so far. The Pastry Goddess and a second location for Westport's Napoleon Bakery did not succeed in this space.

But Kelly Hagan, along with her daughters Jordan and Peyton and her mother Barbara Hagan, believes she has the right recipe for success. She's been operating Sugar Mamma's Bakery since March.

"We bake everything on premises," says Hagan, who uses family recipes for her cinnamon rolls, cakes and cookies. Her grandparents used to operate a famous Kansas City, Kansas catering facility -- Hagan's Manor House -- in the 1960s and '70s.

Kelly Hagan is so trim and lithe that it's hard to believe she ever tastes anything she bakes -- though she insists that she does. But her mother also does a lot of the baking.

There aren't many tables and chairs in the combination bakery and restaurant, a pretty, girly place done up in shades of turquoise with chandeliers and tufted chairs. But the Hagans do serve light lunches (panini sandwiches and wraps) and several breakfast items. On Saturday mornings only, Kelly serves homemade sausage gravy on freshly baked biscuits.

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Friday, May 7, 2010

Now you have plans for the weekend

Posted By on Fri, May 7, 2010 at 2:00 PM

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You need plans. Fat City has a recycle bin full of listings. In this post, all our problems are solved.

The official first day of spring might have been March 21 elsewhere in

the country, but it's Friday, May 7, in Kansas City. That's when Fresher Than Fresh Snow Cones opens for the season at First Friday in the Crossroads. You can try Blackberry Lavender and Espresso & Mexican Cane Sugar-flavored snow cones.

Owner Lindsay Laricks will also be unveiling T-shirts based on her cartoon drawings that represent each flavor. If you can't make it to First Fridays, Laricks will be out selling her unique snow cones for Mother's Day on Sunday from 12 to 7 p.m. in the garden at the corner of 17th and Summit. This season, Fresher than Fresh will be at the garden on Sundays, instead of Saturdays.

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Saturday is Polish Day in KCK!

Posted By on Wed, May 5, 2010 at 1:00 PM

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Margaret Czuczejko wants to give you a nice cabbage roll

Last year, the committee organizing the annual Polski Day in Kansas City, Kansas, cooked up enough food to feed a small town: 1,000 cabbage rolls, 350 pounds of sausage, 220 pounds of sauerkraut and 1,500 pierogies stuffed with potato and cheese and sauteed in butter. And more than 800 visitors to the festival ate it all up.

On Saturday, May 8, the Polski Day folks will do it all again.

Once the hub of the Polish community in Wyandotte County, St. Joseph Catholic Church (which merged with a German Catholic Church, St. Benedict's, in the 1970s to become the St. Joseph-St. Benedict's Parish) at 801 Vermont Street began celebrating the neighborhood's Polish heritage 26 years ago with a parade and a breakfast of eggs and Polish sausage at the now-defunct Gossip Inn saloon.

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Cinco de Mayo: Where to celebrate

Posted By on Wed, May 5, 2010 at 11:45 AM

The shrimp tacos at 12 Baltimore are good enough to eat every day, not just on May 5.
  • The shrimp tacos at 12 Baltimore are good enough to eat every day, not just on May 5.

With no shortage of options for Cinco de Mayo events in town, the only question is how many can you attend? As for the history of the actual day and where it stands in the current political climate, ABC News has the breakdown -- Fat City will just stick to the festivities.

Southwest Boulevard is probably the first place that comes to mind. Margarita's (2829 Southwest Boulevard) celebrates its 20th anniversary and always hosts an annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta. Just down the street, Ponak's Mexican Kitchen (2856 Southwest Boulevard) will have free T-shirts along with specials on margaritas and tacos. La Bodega (703 Southwest Boulevard) might not be as jam-packed, and its happy hour goes until 6 p.m. We recommend the tortilla espanola -- a Spanish omelet of potatoes and onions with a red pepper aioli -- or patatas bravas (potatoes in a spicy tomato sauce). 

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