Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue

most popular restaurant in Kansas City

3 Ways to enjoy

lunch, happy hour or dinner

highest rated barbecue restaurant

in the country by the Zagat Survey

cooked to perfection over hickory wood

in an authentic brick oven pit.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Drunken Fish Food Drive

Drunken Fish is hosting a canned food drive at both of our KC locations during the month of November.

Both locations, all November long. Throughout the month, Drunken Fish will offer a 15% discount to all those who bring in a minimum of 5 canned goods during lunch and dinner hours.  All collections will benefit Harvesters. Harvesters' mission is to feed hungry people today and work to end hunger tomorrow.


Also, for every 5 canned goods donated, you will be entered to win a pair of NYE Live! tickets at the Power & Light District!  

4331 West 119th Street
Leawood, KS 66209
Ph. 913-339-9335

14 East 14 Street
Kansas City, MO 64106
Ph. 816.474.7177
           

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Deal - Coupon

Donate $5 to Melting Pot’s charity of the month and receive $10 off the Ultimate Four Course Dining Experience for Two Diners
(regularly $98)

Includes: A Bottle of Wine Pinot Grigio, Moscato, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir (Mezzacorona)
 -OR-
2 Specialty Cocktails
-OR-
2 Beer Flights
Your choice of 3 draft beers

 Shared Combo Entrée Platter:
Filet Mignon
Basil Pesto Chicken
Pacific White Shrimp
Teriyaki Marinated Sirloin
Breast of Chicken
Mushroom Sacchetti& endless Seasonal Vegetables

Select any Cheese Fondue Appetizer

Select any 2 Salads Select any cooking style

Select any Chocolate Fondue Dessert
 *Multiple dinners allowed per coupon One time use per split table check.


 Valid only for Kansas City Dine in. Cannot be used with any other promotional offer, for tax, or gratuity. No cash value. Contact store for details or restrictions. 

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Providence New American Kitchen is promoting Burger Blast Wednesdays!

At the Hilton President downtown, Providence New American Kitchen notes the promotion of Alejandro Diaz to Executive Chef. 

Born and trained in Mexico City and having worked at the Waldorf Astoria, at Bite Bistro in San Diego, and then as the culinary supervisor with Princess Cruise Lines, he brings an international focus to "new American cuisine" and his steaks, chops and seafood all bear his signature. Their famous (since 1926) Drum Room bar features handcrafted cocktails and and Happy Hour from 4 – 6:30 p.m. In addition, there's a nice feature for downtown: complimentary valet parking for Providence guests.

EVERY Wednesday they offer a great deal on a great gourmet burger. Just $8 for a 6 oz. burger topped with extra sharp white Cheddar cheese, Brisket jam with lettuce, tomato and pickles, served on a Brioche bun with French fries on the side. You can’t get a better burger for the price, so go in any Wednesday from 11a.m. to 2 p.m. to savor this burger and save $3 too!


1329 Baltimore 
Kansas City, MO 64105 
Ph. (816) 303-1686 


Providence New American Kitchen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Kansas City Artist in Residence | Hotel Phillips

Art Comes to Life in Kansas City

Right beside the Hotel Phillips who has won the ArtsKC Impact Award, 12 Baltimore is doing something different and intriguing.  At least I must admit I didn’t know about it and it’s been going on for awhile.  

They have announced their fifth artist-in-residence, sculptor Megan Lou Gallant.  Her art is on display throughout the hotel and restaurant and seems to me to be a combination of the natural world, whimsy, and imagination.  Her work has been exhibited at lots of different places, including the H&R Block Artspace.   

I love the idea of art with food and drink and her studio/storefront will often have its door open, and you are welcome to join her, look at a current work in progress, and interact with her.  And don’t forget to eat before or after at the restaurant, which has a new chef and menu which incorporates new and favorite items – and one of the best brunches in town!  And they have a loooong happy hour, too and a new cocktail list. Their half price appetizers during that time are delish and there are specials every day.    



If you like art, if you like food and drink, you should definitely check out all three at 12 Baltimore, next to the Hotel Phillips in the heART of downtown.   

12 Baltimore

106 W 12th Street
Kansas City, MO 64105
Ph. 816.221.9292
Located at 12th and Baltimore

Thursday, October 15, 2015

DINING FOR HEROES: More than 100 Kansas City area restaurants to donate 10 percent of sales Saturday, Oct. 17, to support fallen firefighters

DINING FOR HEROES: More than 100 Kansas City area restaurants to donate 10 percent of sales Saturday, Oct. 17, to support fallen firefighters


In response to Monday’s tragedy that took the lives of Kansas City firefighters John Mesh and Larry Leggio, the Greater Kansas City Restaurant Association (GKCRA) and the Kansas City Originals are bringing together area restaurants and diners on Saturday, Oct. 17 to raise funds for the families of these fallen heroes. For one day only – Oct. 17 – participating Kansas City restaurants from across the area will donate 10 percent of sales to the Dining for Heroes Fund, a support account dedicated to the families of John Mesh and Larry Leggio.


In the past 24 hours, more than 100 Kansas City restaurants have signed up to participate; the GKCRA anticipates this number will continue to increase through Oct. 17.

Participating restaurants include:
1.   12 Baltimore 106 W 12th Street       816-889-7037
2.   54th Street Grill & Bar  12130 South 71 Highway Grandview, MO 64030
3.   54th Street Grill & Bar   303 NE Englewood Rd.  Kansas City, MO 64118
4.    Affäre 1911 Main Street  816 298 6182  reservation
5.    Barrel 31 400 E. 31st Street
6.    Blanc Burgers + Bottles 10583 Mission Road 
7.    Bonchon Chicken 1710 NW Chipman Rd. Lee’s Summit, MO 64081
8.    Bristol Seafood Grill 51 E. 14th St.    816-448-6007
9.    Bristol Seafood Grill 5400 West 119th Street     913-663-5777                  
10.  Café Trio 4558 Main Street (816) 756-3227  reservation
11.  Café Verona 206 W Lexington Ave. Independence, MO 64050 816.833.0044 Reservation
12.  Cascone's Italian Restaurant 3737 N Oak Trafficway Kansas City, MO 64116
13.  Cleaver & Cork 1333 Walnut Street Kansas City, MO 64106  816-541-3484
14.  Coach's Bar and Grill 414 W. 103rd Street Kansas City, MO 64114 (816) 941-2286
15.  Coach's Bar and Grill 9089 W. 135th Street Overland Park, KS 66223 (913) 897-7070
16.  Coal Vines 616 Ward Pkwy. Kansas City, MO 64112 (816) 912-2690
17.  D’Bronx 3904 Bell Street Kansas City, MO 64111  (816) 531-0550
18.  D’Bronx 2450 Grand Blvd. Kansas City, MO 64108 (816) 842-2211
19.  Eggtc 5107 Main Street Kansas City, MO 64112 (816) 561-0116
20.  Eggtc 7182 Renner Road Shawnee, KS 66217 (913) 631-4400
21.  El Maguey 119 Crown Hill Road Excelsior Springs, MO 64024
22.  Em Chamas Brazilian Grill 6101 NW 63rd Terrace Kansas City, MO 6415 816-505-7100
23.  Fuzzy’s Taco Shop 10157 Wornall Road Kansas City, MO 64114 (816) 943-8226
24.  Fuzzy’s Taco Shop 13386 Metcalf Ave. Overland Park, KS 66213 (913) 814-8226
25.  Garozzo’s Ristorante 526 Harrison Kansas City, MO 64106 (816) 221-2455
26.  Garozzo’s Ristorante 9950 College Blvd.    (913) 491-8300
27.  Garozzo’s Ristorante 1547 N.E. Rice Road   Lee's Summit, MO 64086 (816) 554-2800
28.  Grinders Kansas City 417 E. 18th Street Kansas City, MO 64108 (816) 472-5454
29.  Grinders Lenexa 10240 Pflumm Road Lenexa, KS 66215 (913) 888-2000
30.  Harry’s Country Club 112 E Missouri Kansas City, MO 64106 (816) 421-3505
31.  Hawg Jaw Que & Brew 4403 NW Gateway Ave. Riverside, MO 64150 (816) 741-4294
32.  Hereford House 19721 East Jackson Drive   Independence,  (816) 795-9200 OpenTable
33.  Hereford House 5001 Town Center Drive    Leawood, KS 66211 (913) 327-0800 OpenTable
34.  Hereford House 17244 Midland Drive    Shawnee, KS 66217 (913) 268-800 OpenTable
35.  Hereford House 8661 N. Stoddard Ave.  Kansas City, MO 64153 (816) 584-9000 OpenTable
36.  Houlihan’s 2820 W 53rd Street, Suite 123 Fairway, KS 66205 (913) 789-0808
37.  Houlihan’s 8660 Boardwalk Ave. Kansas City, MO 64154 (816) 584-9910
38.  Houlihan’s 11851 W 95th Street Overland Park, KS 66214 (913) 492-3926
39.  Houlihan’s 4900 W 119th Street Leawood, KS 66209 (913) 663-2161
40.  Houlihan’s 16411 W 119th Street Olathe, KS 66061 913) 738-3406
41.  Houlihan’s 625 NW Murray Road Lee’s Summit, MO 64081 (816) 524-2572
42.  J. Gilbert’s Wood-Fired Steaks and Seafood 8901 Metcalf Ave.   (913) 642-8070
43.  Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar 4814 Roanoke Pkwy. (816) 437-7940 reservation
44.  Jess and Jim’s Steakhouse 517 E 135th Street   Kansas City, MO 64145 (816) 941-9499
45.  JJ’s 900 West 48th, Ste. 110 Kansas City, MO 64112 816- 561-7136
46.  Johnny’s Tavern 6765 W 119th Street Overland Park, KS 66209 (913) 451-4542
47.  Johnny’s Tavern 13131 Shawnee Mission Parkway Shawnee, KS 66216
48.  Johnny’s Tavern 11316 W 135th Street Overland Park, KS 66211 (913) 851-5165
49.  Johnny’s Tavern 8626 Mission Road Prairie Village, KS 66208 (913) 901-0322
50.  Johnny’s Tavern 10384 S Ridgeview Road Olathe, KS 66061 (913) 378-0744
51.  Johnny’s Tavern 1310 Grand Boulevard Kansas City, MO 64106 (913) 962-5777
52.  Johnny’s Tavern 8719 W 95th Street Overland Park, KS 66212 (913) 948-9500
53.  Johnny’s Tavern 1660 SE Blue Pkwy. Lee’s Summit, MO 64063 
54.  Johnny Cascone's Italian Restaurant 6863 W 91st Street (913) 381-6837
55.  La Bodega 703 Southwest Blvd. Kansas City, MO 64108 (816) 472-8272 Reservation
56.  La Bodega 4311 W. 119th Street Leawood, KS 66209 (913) 428-8272
57.  La Costa Mexican Restaurant 5 E Kansas Street Liberty, MO 64068 (816) 883-8355
58.  La Fuente 917 NE Woods Chapel Road Lee’s Summit, MO 64064 (816) 524-2722
59.  La Fuente 899 SW Le Mans Lane Lee’s Summit, MO 64082 (816) 623-9494
60.  La Fuente 105 S Jefferson Street Kearney, MO 64060 (816) 903-9922
61.  La Fuente 1255 NE Douglas Street Lee’s Summit, MO 64086 (816) 524-4666
62.  La Fuente 2325 S Route 291 Independence, MO 64057 (816) 3508060
63.  La Fuente 101 N 169 Highway Smithville, MO 64089 816-873-3101
64.  La Fuente 10839 E US 40 Hwy Independence, MO 64055 (816) 353-5100
65.  La Fuente  10901 W 75th Street Shawnee, KS 66214 (913)217-7417
66.  Le Fou Frog 400 E 5th Street Kansas City, MO 64106 816.474.6060 Reservation
67.  Longboards Wraps & Bowls 6269 North Oak Trafficway Kansas City, 816-454-0008
68.  Longboards Wraps & Bowls 1173 West Kansas Street Liberty, MO 64068 816-407-9528
69.  Longboards Wraps & Bowls  5415 Johnson Drive Mission, KS 66205 913-236-2523
70.  Los Compas Mexican Restaurant  18011 E US 24 Hwy. Independence,  (816) 796-0298
71.  Los Compas Mexican Restaurant  9055 W State Rt. 350 Raytown, (816) 353-4277
72.  Lulu’s Thai Noodle Shop 2030 Central Street Kansas City, MO 64108 (816) 474-8424
73.  Lulu’s Thai Noodle Shop 2701 W 47th Westwood, KS 66205 (913) 677-5858
74.  Manny’s Mexican Restaurant 207 Southwest Blvd. Kansas City, MO 64108 (816) 474-7696
75.  Mi Hacienda Mexican Restaurant 290 S State Rt 291 Liberty, MO 64068 (816) 792-2737
76.  Minsky's Pizza 7007 NW Barry Road Kansas City, MO 64153 (816) 741-2737
77.  Minsky's Pizza 221 NE Barry Road Kansas City, MO 64155 (816) 436-8818
78.  Minsky's Pizza 205 N 291 Highway Liberty, MO 64068 (816) 407-9000
79.  Minsky's Pizza 427 Main Street Kansas City, MO 64105  (816) 421-1122
80.  Minsky's Pizza 5105 Main Street Kansas City, MO 64112 (816) 561-5100
81.  Minsky's Pizza 2201 NW State Route 7 Blue Springs, MO 64014 (816) 224-1001
82.  Minsky's Pizza  551 S State Route 291 Independence, MO 64057 (816) 478-8666
83.  Minsky's Pizza 632 NE State Route 291 Lee's Summit, MO 64086 (816) 524-3112
84.  Minsky's Pizza 812 W Foxwood Drive Raymore, MO 64083 (816) 331-1700
85.  Minsky's Pizza  921 Tomahawk Rd Prairie Village, KS 66208 
86.  Minsky's Pizza 12920 State Line Road Leawood, KS 66209 (913) 317-9965
87.  Minsky's Pizza 7198 Renner Road Shawnee, KS 66217 (913) 631-0059
88.  Minsky's Pizza 13400 College Boulevard Lenexa, KS 66210 (913) 491-5252
89.  Minsky's Pizza 15983 S Bradley Drive Olathe, KS 66062 (913) 780-9922
90.  Minsky’s Pizza 934 Massachusetts Street Lawrence, KS 66044 (785) 856-5252
91.  Nara 617 Main Street Kansas City, MO 64108 (816) 221-6272 Reservation
92.  Night & Day Gourmet, 4747 JC Nichols Parkway Kansas City, MO 64111
93.  O’Neill’s Restaurant & Bar 9417 Mission Road  Leawood, KS 66206 (913) 648-4900
94.  Ophelia’s 201 N Main St.Independence, MO 64050 (816) 994-8800 reservation
95.  Osteria Il Centro 5101 Main Street Kansas City, MO 64112 (816) 561-2369
96.  Parisi Café Union Station 30 W Pershing Road   Kansas City, MO 64108 (816) 569-2399
97.  Pierpont’s at Union Station 30 W. Pershing Rd.   816-221-5111 Reservation
98.  Piropos 4141 N Mulberry Drive Kansas City, MO 64116 816- 741-3600 Reservation
99.  Ricco's Italian 11801 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS 66210 (913) 469-8405
100.  Rhythm & Booze 423 Southwest Boulevard Kansas City, MO 64108 (816) 221-2669
101. Seasons 52 340 Ward Pkwy. Kansas City, MO 64112 (816) 531-0052
102. Senor Tequila 6502 N Oak Trafficway Kansas City, MO 64118 (816) 420-0640
103. Sol Cantina 408 E 31st Street Kansas City, MO 64108 (816) 931-8080
104. SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza 6501 W. 135th Street     913) 897-7746                 
105. SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza 8224 Mission Road            (913) 341-7746              
106. SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza 2450 Grand Blvd.      (816) 221-7746                   
107. SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza 1808 NW Chipman Rd.   Lee's Summit, MO 64081
108. SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza 9474 Renner Blvd.      (816) 246-7746               
109. SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza 14230 W. 119th Street    (913) 764-7746                   
110. SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza 6541 W. 119th Street     (913) 451-7746                 
111.  SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza 4950 Main Street        (816) 561-7746                  
112.  Talk of the Town Grill & Bar 5201 W. 135th Street   Leawood, KS 66224 (913) 851-7444
113.  Tannin Wine Bar + Kitchen 1526 Walnut Street   816.842.2660  Reservation
114.  Tavern at Mission Farms 10681 Mission Road Leawood, KS 66206 (913) 213-6588
115.  Tavern in the Village 3901 Prairie Lane Prairie Village, KS 66208 (913) 529-2229
116.  The Alamo Restaurant & Lounge 5010 NE Parvin Road  (816) 452-2600
117.  The Capital Grille 4740 Jefferson Street Kansas City, MO 64112 (816) 531-8345
118.  The Drop Bistro 409 E 31st Street Kansas City, MO 64108 (816) 756-3767
119.  The Jacobson 2050 Central Street Kansas City, MO 64108 (816) 423-2888
120. The Roasterie Café 4511 119th Street Leawood, KS 66209 (913) 428-8270
121. The Roasterie Café  6223 Brookside Blvd. Kansas City, MO 64113 (816) 333-9700
122. The Roasterie Café 1204 W 27th Street Kansas City, MO 64108 (816) 931-4000
123. The Well Bar, Grill & Rooftop 7421 Broadway    (will donate 25%)       (816) 361-1700          
124. Trezo Mare 4105 N Mulberry Drive Kansas City, MO 64116 (816) 505-3200
125. V's Italiano 10819 E US Hwy 40 Independence, MO 64055 (816) 353-1241
126. Waldo Pizza 7433 Broadway Street Kansas City, MO 64114 816.363.5242 Reservation
127. Waldo Pizza 1543 NE Douglas Street Lee’s Summit, MO 64086 816.875.2121
128. Zarda’s Bar-B-Q 214 North 7 Highway Blue Springs, MO 64014 (816) 229-9999
129. Zócalo 620 W 48th Street Kansas City, MO 64112 (816) 756-5555
130 Sullivan's Steakhouse 4501 W. 119th Street 913-345-0800  Reservation
Alamo Restaurant & Lounge 5010 NE Parvin Road
Anton’s 1610 Main Street Kansas City, MO 64108
Arris Pizza & Pub 12812 West 87th St Parkway Lenexa, KS 66215
Aixois 251 E. 55th Street Kansas City, MO 64113
Bar Central 200 W 12th Street  Kansas City, MO 64105
Boulevard Brewing Tasting Room 2501 Southwest Blvd. Kansas City, MO 64108
BRGR Kitchen + Bar 11 E. 14th Street Kansas City, MO 64105
BRGR Kitchen + Bar 4308 W 83rd Street Prairie Village, KS 66208
Cafe Italia 160 English Landing Drive  Kansas City, MO 64152
California Pizza Kitchen 11655 Ash Streeet Leawood, KS 66211
Capital Grille 4740 Jefferson Street Kansas City, MO 64112
Crazy Good Eats 16695A W. 151st Street Olathe, KS 66062
Gram & Dun 600 Ward Parkway Kansas City, MO 64112
Ingredient True Eatery 11563 Ash Street Leawood, KS 66211
Joe’s Kansas City 11950 South Strang Line Road Olathe, KS 66062
Joe’s Kansas City 11723 Roe Avenue Leawood, KS 66211
Kelso’s Northtown 300 Armour Road North Kansas City, MO 64116
Kross Lounge & Restaurant 605 N. Sterling Sugar Creek, MO 64054
La Costa Mexican Restaurant 5 E. Kansas Street Liberty, MO 64068
Lidia's *will donate 10% of 3-course pasta meal and seasonal sippers  101 W. 22nd Street
Louie's Wine Dive 7100 Wornall Road Kansas City, MO 64114
MetropolitanKC 200 W. 12th Street Kansas City, MO 64105
Michael Forbes Bar & Grille 128 W. 63rd Street Kansas City, MO 64113
Nick and Jake’s 6830 W. 135th Overland Park, KS 66223
Nick and Jake’s 6325 Lewis St. Suite 110 Parkville, MO 64152
Nick and Jake’s 5031 Main Street Kansas City, MO 64112
Paradise Diner 5501 W 135th Street, Suite 2310 Overland Park, KS 66223
Paulo and Bill 16501 Midland Drive Shawnee, KS 66217
Popeye’s 3100 Prospect AvenueKansas City, MO 64128
Popeye’s 6300 Troost Avenue Kansas City, MO 64131
Popeye’s 10125 State Line Road Kansas City, MO 64114
Popeye’s 23 E. Linwood Blvd. Kansas City, MO 64111
Pizza 51 5060 Oak StreetKansas City, MO 64112
Pizza Shoppe7687 NW Prairie ViewKansas City, MO 64151
Pizza Shoppe17041 Bel-Ray Blvd. Belton, MO 64012
Pizza Shoppe 9329 N. Oak Trafficway Kansas City, MO 64155
Pizza Shoppe 8584 N. Church Liberty, MO 64157
Pizza Shoppe 921 W. 92 Hwy Kearney, MO 64060
Pizza Shoppe 3504 SW Market Street Lee's Summit, MO 64082
Pizza Shoppe 13612 Washington Ave. Kansas City, MO 64145
Pizza Shoppe 2437 N.W. Prairie View Rd. Platte City, MO 64079
Pizza Shoppe 410 Court Street Savannah, MO 64485
Pizza Shoppe 101 N. 169 Highway, Ste. A Smithville, MO 64089
Pizza Shoppe 2229-C N. Belt Highway St. Joseph, MO 64506
Pizza Shoppe 22014 W. 66th Street Shawnee, KS 66226
Pizza Shoppe 8915 Santa Fe Dr. Overland Park, KS 66212
Pizza Shoppe 12750 S. Pflumm Road Olathe, KS 66062
Pizza Shoppe 1805 S. Ridgeview Olathe, KS 66062
Pizza Shoppe 736 W. Park Street Olathe, KS 66061
Pizza Shoppe 7908 W. 151st Street Overland Park, KS 66223
República 4807 Jefferson Street Kansas City, MO 64112
Rhythm & Booze 423 Southwest Blvd. Kansas City, MO 64108
Taco John’s of Olathe 18617 West 151st Street Olathe, KS 66062
Taco Republic 500 County Line Road (47th Street) Kansas City, KS 66103
Tanner’s Bar and Grill 10146 W 119th Street Overland Park, KS 66213
Tanner’s Bar and Grill 14337 Metcalf Ave Overland Park, KS 66223
Tanner’s Bar and Grill 22374 W 66th Street Shawnee, KS 66226
Tanner’s Bar and Grill 7425 Broadway Street Kansas City, MO 64114
Tanner’s Bar and Grill 12906 w 87th Street Lenexa, KS 66215
Tannin Wine Bar + Kitchen 1526 Walnut Street Kansas City, MO 64108
Urban Table 8232 Mission Road Prairie Village, KS 66208
Webster House *lunch only 1644 Wyandotte Street Kansas City, MO 64108
Ya Ya's Euro Bistro 7021 W. 135th Street Overland Park, KS 66223
Yard House  1300 Main Street Kansas City, MO 64105



Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Ashleigh’s Bake Shop opens in Pryde’s Old Westport

New Bakery Ashleigh’s Bake Shop


In delightful addition to one of the favorite K.C. places to shop, Pryde’s Kitchen & Necessities in Westport, you can now find Ashleigh’s Bake Shop which is offering all kinds of goodies on Thursdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 


Cookies and pies and apple galettes, oh my. And much more. Call 816.598.3283 for large orders or stop by, shop first, then eat. Or reverse.     

        

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Cheers to 40 Years at The Melting Pot!

Cheers to 40 Years at The Melting Pot! 

SEPT. 22 - NOV. 17, 2015
We’re celebrating 40 years of fondue with special menu items including 40-Award-Winning Cheese Fondue, Ruby Salad and Anniversary Edition Surf & Turf… Don’t forget dessert!

Our Limited Edition Molten Lava Fondue is a unique chocolate you’ve just got to try. Also, try new twists on classic cocktails of the last 40 years including a Must-Have Mojito and a Fuzzy Navel!

Make your reservation today: 816-931-6358 or Open Table




Wednesday, October 7, 2015

GKCRA presented 15 scholarships

Kansas City culinary students awarded nearly $34,000 in scholarships in preparation for next generation industry leaders
The Greater Kansas City Restaurant Association continues its commitment to education and leadership with scholarship presentations

The Greater Kansas City Restaurant Association (GKCRA) presented 15 scholarships to area culinary and hospitality students at the 2015 Gilbert Robinson (GR) Leadership and Awards Dinner presented by Sysco on Sept. 30. The scholarships will help prepare Kansas City’s next generation of hospitality and restaurant leaders as they continue restaurant-industry education.

The GKCRA presented scholarships ranged from $250 to $2,000, in addition to matched funds through the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation and the Missouri Restaurant Association. Because of these matched fund contributions, the GKCRA was able to award a total of $33,900 to Kansas City students seeking a degree or certificate in a hospitality or restaurant-related field.

Scholarship Recipients

James H. Block Scholarship: Named after a Kansas City icon in commercial real estate and restaurant development, Jimmy Block was a pioneer responsible for building, opening and operating franchised restaurants in and around the Kansas City area. Block owned and operated more than 50 restaurants in the Kansas City region and Nevada, including Kansas City’s original franchises for Pizza Hut and Taco Bell.
·         Rateb Aburas

Jerry Vincent Scholarship: Jerry Vincent has served the industry for four decades. He started the Hospitality Management Program at Johnson County Community College in 1965 and previously worked as the Membership Director for the Missouri Restaurant Association.
·         George Spotswood

Joe Adelman Scholarship: The Joe Adelman Scholarship is dedicated to encouraging the growth of minorities in the hospitality industry.
·         Kayla Jones

John Joyce Scholarship: As a mentor to many students, John Joyce truly believed that students are the future, therefore creating the scholarship to fund future students’ education in the restaurant and hospitality industry. Joyce is an internationally known chef and is a judge for the American Culinary Institute.
·         Hannah Morales

ProStart High School Scholarship: The ProStart High School scholarship is awarded to multiple Kansas City-area ProStart students attending a post-secondary hospitality or culinary program upon graduation.
·         Holly Bennet
·         Brianna Lambert

Kevin Timmons Scholarship: From a young age, Kevin has worked in the restaurant industry, from washing dishes in the kitchen to opening restaurants. Locally, Kevin opened Nick and Jake’s in July 2001, and has since opened two additional Nick and Jake’s restaurants in the greater Kansas City area that give back to the community. 
·         Shelby Fahrni

Excel Linen Scholarship: Founded in 1931, Excel Linen has been owned and operated by the Joseph F. Brancato Family since 1974. With the help of his boys and many great employees, Excel Linen has become a leader in the Kansas City hospitality linen rental industry. Today, Excel Linen serves a 100-mile radius of Kansas City businesses, including 16 routes with more than 1,200 customers.
·         Rebecca Shields

Maxine Elizabeth Accurso Scholarship:
·         Alexis Hazen

Patricia Hill Scholarship:
·         Kathryn Ratzleff

GKCRA Scholarship: 
·         Isaac Dominguez
·         Sarah Wright
·         Billie Chamberlin

GKCRA Text Book Grants:
·         Albertina Savage
·         Presley Wehrle


About Gilbert-Robinson
The Gilbert Robinson Dinner celebrates a standard of excellence set by former Kansas City restaurant firm, Gilbert-Robinson. Founded in 1961, the Kansas City-based restaurant company became a national leader in the industry with distinguished innovations in menu, decor and service. The group created several legendary concepts in the Kansas City market including Houlihan's, Bristol Seafood Grill, Fedora Café and Bar, Plaza III and Fred P. Ott's.

About Greater Kansas City Restaurant Association
The Greater Kansas City Restaurant Association (GKCRA) is a trade association with more than 600 members consisting of restaurants, caterers, hospitals, schools, institutions, clubs and in-plant cafeterias as well as vendors serving the local restaurant industry. Members work together to represent, educate and promote the restaurant and hospitality industries in the Missouri counties of Cass, Clay, Jackson, and Platte and Kansas counties of Johnson, Leavenworth and Wyandotte.

Brew at the Zoo & Wine Too


Just a few tickets remain for the third annual Brewat the Zoo & Wine Too on Saturday, October 17. From 6 to 9 p.m. enjoy an evening of live music, delicious bites, and a variety of beer and wine from local breweries and vineyards. 

This event is for ages 21 and over. Appetizers,  music, beer and wine samples as well as two drink tickets are included with your ticket.

Last year's event sold out, so don't delay! Tickets are $35 for FOTZ Members and $45 for Non-FOTZ Members. Sign in with your FOTZ Member number to receive your discount.


Brew at the Zoo and Wine Too proceeds benefit Kansas City Zoo's conservation programs at home and abroad.