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Culinary Curiosity

Culinary Curiosity – Mattie’s Foods & The Fix

Beginners, be not afraid! Neophytes, knowledge is everything! Bravely go where others have tread and embrace the new, the tasty, the vegan. The land of all things vegan doesn’t mean that beef must be banished, it just means that eating a plant-based meal or two can be pleasant, nay – delicious! For those committed to […]

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Culinary Curiosity – Va Bene

“All is right,” is the Italian translation of the name Va Bene – the newest restaurant member of Corinth Square at 83rd and Mission Road. With Kristi Burns (formerly of Webster House fame) and Kevin Fossland (J.J.’s) at the helm, this new laid-back eatery defines itself with a comfortable atmosphere and authentic, fresh Italian dishes […]

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Culinary Curiosity – The Town Company

All good artistic endeavors start with setting the stage, appealing to all of the senses… immersion. Let’s set the stage for The Town Company, the signature restaurant in the Hotel Kansas City. The former Kansas City Club is the backdrop for this newly-opened, significantly-renovated, yet historically-preserved hotel at 13th and Baltimore. Once inside the original […]

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Culinary Curiosity – Duck and Roll

Let’s start with a confession or a few. They had me at the name – Duck and Roll redefines clever, and I fell for it. Second confession: going to Duck and Roll I had some preconceived notions regarding Asian-style food. Boy, was I wrong! The idea, the name, the food, the owner, all threw me […]

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The Dish With Ann – Billie’s Grocery

Billie’s Grocery is, in Ernest Hemingway’s inimitable words, the epitome of a ‘clean, well-lighted place.’ (Think Meryl Streep’s soaring, white restaurant in the movie It’s Complicated.) Located in a turn-of-the-century building that Kansas City architect Nelle Peters designed, it was many years in the making with the help of architectural historian Cydney Millstein and Owner […]

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The Dish With Ann – Thelma’s Kitchen

The guiding principles of Thelma’s Kitchen are dignity, community, and advocacy, according to Kyle Smith, social innovations and marketing director. It is a non profit and was inspired by Thelma Gardner. She met her husband, David Altschul, who, at the time, was selling insurance and bringing food and assisting families at LaSalle Apartments, where Thelma […]

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The Dish With Ann – Marina 27 Steak & Seafood

All of us out at Lake Lotawana have been watching with anticipation the transformation of longtime lakeside eatery, Marina Grog and Galley, into the stunning new Marina 27 Steak & Seafood. (The number 27 stands for how many miles of shoreline are at Lake Lotawana.) Jack Schwindler, who had been a lake resident since his […]

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The Dish With Ann – Tie The Knot 2020

No matter what size or style your upcoming rehearsal dinner and wedding reception is, everyone has to eat. Right? So what are some of the food trends wedding planners, restaurants, and caterers are seeing?  Wedding Planner Sarah Quinlivan of Quintessential Events said, “People want food that matters to them, whether it’s an homage to their […]

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The Dish With Ann – Blackhole Bakery

Since Chef/Owner Jason Provo opened up Blackhole Bakery in midtown on April 1st, lines have been around the block, and his baked goods have frequently sold out by 11 a.m. “I would describe our pastries as classic French but not intimidating. They are eclectic with nostalgic flavors. Our most popular item has been the brioche […]

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