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  • Porto do Sul

    Brazilian Steakhouse

  • Harvest Table

    with an array of hot and cold items

  • Traditional Brazilian Steakhouse fare

    full Churrascaria experience

  • Offers a menu in the bar area

    for those in the mood for a lighter meal

  • Newly renovated second private dining room

    for your groups of up to 140 guests


In November 2009, only three out of 10 consumers (30%) reported that they used social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Yelp, YouTube and MySpace to learn about restaurants. One year later, there has been a seven percentage-point gain in consumers who indicate that they use social media to learn about restaurants.

Of those who follow or learn about restaurants via social media sites, two-thirds report that they do so in order to get promotional deals (67%) or to learn about new items (66%). Fewer consumers use social media to find out where free food is being offered by restaurants (37%), learn about new restaurant locations (29%) and check out new advertisements (25%).


In both November 2009 and November 2010, approximately 40% of consumers indicated that they consulted online sources for restaurant reviews. Over the course of the past year, however, online reviews appear to have gained clout with consumers. In November 2009, approximately three-fourths of consumers (77%) who consulted online reviews trusted them completely or somewhat, but by November 2010, the proportion of consumers with partial or complete trust in online reviews had risen to 85%.

Consumers report that they use online reviews mainly to learn about the restaurant in general (77% in both 2009 and 2010). Other top reasons for consulting such reviews are to make sure the restaurant is worth the money that would be spent to go there, and to learn which dishes are best to order (52% for both in 2010).

Harrah’s Helps Car Santa

On Wednesday, December 22, 2010 from 6am-9am, Harrah’s North Kansas City Casino and Hotel will host Cars 4 Christmas as the Car Santa gives away approximately 20 vehicles to community families in need of transportation. The Caesars (formerly Harrah’s) Foundation will present the Car Santa and founder of Cars 4 Christmas, Terry Franz, with a charitable donation of $10,000. Harrah’s North Kansas City will provide breakfast for the families and volunteers.

Cars 4 Christmas is a not-for-profit organization that provides free basic transportation to disadvantaged individuals who are not able to obtain it on their own. They receive over 20,000 requests every year and give cars away all year long.

Caesars Entertainment (formerly Harrah’s Entertainment) is governed by a Code of Commitment which includes a commitment to make our communities a healthy and vibrant place to live and work. Harrah’s North Kansas City is proud to honor our Code of Commitment with this donation to Cars 4 Christmas.

Located in the beautiful Midwest, Harrah's North Kansas City offers the most exciting hotel and casino in the heart of America. We have over 392 luxurious rooms, five restaurants, the best nightlife and live entertainment in town, 10,000 square feet of convention center space, an exclusive World Series of Poker® room, and a gaming floor of over 60,000 square feet.

Harrah’s North Kansas City Casino and Hotel is an operating subsidiary of Caesars Entertainment. For more information, please visit: For more information on Caesars Code of Commitment, please visit:


It is time for Champagne and Fun!
An interesting wine shop? Ensminger's Wine Liquor Store has over 1 600 SKU's - over 800 wine sku's! Not bad.

What to chose for Christmas or NY? Depending of your budget! Of course!

You have the beer! Anchor Brewing Company! Beautiful bottle.

You have after some reasonable price Blanc de Blanc - Gruet. Can't beat the price :)

After I like the Feuillate Rose. A well balanced and elegant Champagne.

After you have one of the finest Champagnes - Roederer Cristal 90 points Wine Spectator. Enjoy!

Mezzaluna Italian Restaurant

This distinguished restaurant offers gourmet Italian Cuisine described as a "culinary work of art".

Relax in an elegant country Italian dining room where Christian will welcome you like he would into his home!

Christian has spent time cooking in Italy, France and Romania will dazzle you with some amazing dishes like his

Shrimp Vezuvio: shrimp wrapped with bacon in a spicy butter sauce with blue cheese. Delicious! Mezzaluna Café is open for lunch and dinner as well as private parties. For an incredible value with a unique ambiance, Mezzaluna is a wonderful choice.

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Six KC Live! venues participate in fundraiser for The Marine’s Toys-for-Tots

The holiday season is here and with it, comes the second annual Secret Santa Sip N’ Crawl at KC Live! in the Kansas City Power & Light District. The annual pub crawl encourages participants to donate toys for local children and come downtown for a festive night of fun.

Participants will check in at McFadden’s Sports Saloon, located at 1330 Grand Blv, and drop off their new and unwrapped toys with U.S. Marines, who will be at the event collecting the toys for Toys-For-Tots. The first 200 registrants will receive a free event t-shirt.

Once registered, participants will visit each of the participating restaurants and bars for great drink specials, festivities and to get their Secret Santa card stamped. Participating KC Live! venues include: McFadden’s Sports Saloon, Pizza Bar, Tengo Sed Cantina, Maker’s Mark, PBR Big Sky and Shark Bar. Participants who get their Secret Santa card stamped at the six participating venues and donate a toy may qualify to win prizes.

Prizes will be drawn at 10:30 p.m. at McFadden’s. The grand prize is $500 in cash and a $500 Power & Light District gift card, good at any of the Kansas City Power & Light District merchants and restaurants. The second place prize is a snowboard. Participants are also encouraged to dress in their best Santa costume and be entered to win a $100 cash prize for “Best Santa Costume.”

The first annual Secret Santa Sip N Crawl was held December 11, 2009. The KC Live! event raised more than $500 in cash donations and more than 150 toys for local children of the U.S. Marines Toys For Tots program.

KC Live is proud to partner with the U.S. Marines and provide holiday wishes for the Marines’ Toys For Tots drive. The second annual Secret Santa Sip N’ Crawl is sponsored by Miller Lite.

Pryde's Old Westport

Enjoy practical shopping at Pryde’s with complimentary gift wrapping! Special holiday sale:

12" All Clad stainless steel fry pan with lid on sale for $89.99. (reg. $140)
11" square griddle $54.99 (reg. $145
Non-stick grand griddle with ladle and cookbook $79.99 (reg. $180)

(While supplies last).

115 Westport Road,
Kansas City, MO 64111
Ph: 816-531.5588

Mention RGKC




“We are delighted to have such a professional, talented and accomplished bartender working behind our bar” said Frank Sebree, who co-owns The Majestic Restaurant with his wife, Jolyn. “We think Shawn’s interesting and classic cocktails will be the perfect complement to our fantastic dry-aged steaks and nightly live Jazz. As a native of Kansas City, I can’t imagine a better ‘Kansas City’ experience than drinking Shawn’s classic Old Fashion while eating a perfectly dry-aged KC Strip and listening to Bram Wijnands, Rod Fleeman and Tommy Ruskin play KC’s best live jazz in the historic Fitzpatrick’s Saloon Building. We think Shawn will be a terrific addition to our team and are very much looking forward to his arrival!”

Shawn Moriarty has been a professional bartender for more than 20 years, including head bartender at Jazz A Louisiana Kitchen, The City Tavern and most recently at The R Bar. Shawn’s skill behind the bar has earned him numerous honors and his hand-crafted cocktails have earned him high praise in both local and national media.

For further information, please contact Frank Sebree at 816-805-4461.

Power Light District

Thanksgiving Eve is KC's Biggest Night Out of the Year!
Make sure your plans include Downtown Kansas City for a free concert by The Zeros!
Plus, enjoy the party atmosphere at KC Live! with 14 of Kansas City's best and craziest bars, restaurants and nightlife establishments!
The Zeros play the KC Live Stage from 8 to 11 p.m.
No cover; Must be 21 or older to attend
For more information, visit

Eat Local

.— If you’re not traveling for the holidays, why should your food? The Greater Kansas City Food Policy Coalition is once again challenging the community to Eat Local for the Holidays.
The Food Policy Coalition is encouraging people to pledge online to have at least one local food item as part of a holiday meal. It could be the sweet potatoes, or the pecans in the pecan pie, or even the turkey itself. Many items used in a traditional holiday meal are raised locally and are becoming easier to find as the local food movement grows.
“We are fortunate have a vibrant agricultural community here in Kansas City,” said Beth Low, director of the Food Policy Coalition. “More small and medium-sized farms growing produce and livestock naturally and organically are popping up every season, as are outlets for those farmers to sell their food to consumers. It’s easier today to purchase local food in Kansas City than it has been for a long time.”
According to Low, buying local food is good for the economy, the environment and your health. Foods that are picked ripe use less fossil fuels for transport, are generally more nutrient-dense, have more flavor and use fewer, if any, chemical preservatives.
“We are asking people to make a small step this holiday season by adding just one local food item to their holiday table,” said Low. “It can be something as basic as milk or bread or as holiday-specific as a heritage turkey. But those small purchases can add up and support our local farmers and food system.”
People can pledge online to Eat Local for the Holidays by visiting Those who take the pledge will be entered in a drawing for local food prizes.
The website includes helpful information about what is in season in the Greater Kansas City area and where people can buy locally grown items. It also includes recipes using items that are available locally during the holidays, such as apples, herbs, pecans, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, cheese, eggs and poultry. For those who prefer to have someone else do their holiday cooking, the Web site also includes a list of area restaurants that specialize in local foods.

About the Greater Kansas City Food Policy Coalition
The Greater Kansas City Food Policy Coalition is a group of individuals, organizations, businesses and government representatives committed to ensuring there is a healthy, sustainable, accessible and affordable food system for Greater Kansas City. The coalition promotes food policies that positively impact the nutritional, economic, social and environmental health of Greater Kansas City. More information is available at

UNESCO adds French food to cultural heritage list

The "gastronomic Meal of the French" has just been registered to the intangible heritage of the Humanity by the experts of U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) at Nairobi in Kenya this week. It is the first time that a gastronomy in the world attains this statute.

The adults love, the children are bored often in front of the unending parade of plates: appetizers, entree, cheese, dessert, liqueur... Today a French art distinguished as heritage of humanity.

This tradition to muster itself around a meal would date back to the XVIIe century. What it is a matter of the dinner daily, sometimes of the lunch in the countries, of the meal sunday or of the one linked to the events religious or other festive or not as a marriage or a death. It is therefore the meal linked to the French cultural identity that is put forward, in all its composing including the art of the table, the quality of food and this community notion linked to the gastronomy.

Communities to the different identities, the French meal is as well Provençal as Norman or again linked to the immigration. The couscous having become the one of the dishes more popular in the Hexagon.

This classification of the French gastronomic meal as intangible heritage of humanity should thus put in value quality of food and allow preserve it against the bad eating linked to the globalization.


The Kansas City Power & Light District invites members of the media, Kansas City Chiefs fans and all football fans downtown this Sunday, November 14, 2010, for the City’s largest watch party, as the hometown Chiefs takes on division rival, the Denver Broncos.

Kick off is set for 3:05 p.m. but fans are encouraged to arrive early. The watch party is open to the public of all ages and free to attend.

The KC Live grills will be revved up grilling a variety of brats and burgers. Beverages and other food will be available for purchase at KC Live and the many bars and restaurants located at KC Live, including Johnny’s Tavern, McFadden’s Sports Saloon, Pizza Bar, Tengo Sed Cantina, Raglan Road Irish Pub, Gordon Biersch Brewery, Maker’s Mark and Lucky Strikes Lanes. Guests may watch the game from KC Live or one of the many bars and restaurants, and have the ability to move around throughout all venues during the game.

Fans may register to win great Chiefs’ prizes, including t-shirts, game tickets and more! Coca Cola will be raffling off a VIP Chiefs Experience four-pack for the December 5th Chiefs vs. Broncos game at Arrowhead Stadium. The VIP Chiefs Experience includes: four game tickets, four field passes, a parking pass and a $100 stadium gift certificate.

Metro Sports will broadcast their post-game show from KC Live immediately following the Chiefs/Broncos game and will be taping footage periodically throughout the afternoon.

As a covered, outdoor venue, KC Live provides the perfect game-watching, tailgate-like atmosphere for football fans. The game will be shown live on the outdoor big screen. If the forecast is cool, KC Live has large, powerful overhead heaters.

KC Live is home to some of Kansas City’s biggest and best watch parties, fan fests and pep rallies, including the nationally broadcasted World Cup watch parties (June/July 2010), college basketball watch parties and fan fests, Kansas City Royals and college football watch parties.

Eat local for the Holidays

Support your area farmers and “Eat local for the Holidays!”

Why choose food that has traveled hundreds or thousands of miles before it reaches your table when you can get fresh selections right here in your own town?

A local group, the Kansas City Food Policy Coalition is helping to raise awareness regarding all of the tasty selections that are available here and where you can purchase them. They are asking that Kansas Citians pledge to have at least one local food item as part of a holiday meal. Those who take the pledge will be entered into a drawing to win local food prizes.

Go to to register your pledge. According to this group, fresh foods are generally more nutrient rich, have more flavor and use fewer if any chemical preservatives. Choosing locally grown is good for you, the environment and the economy!

Diners love local and hate texting

A new Zagat survey tracks American dining out trends and behaviors

New Orleans diners tip the best, Hawaiians the worst, diners think that texting at the table is rude and that food should be locally sourced, organic or sustainably raised.

Those were among the findings of Zagat's survey of 153,000 diners as it compiled its 2011 America’s Top Restaurants guide, which was released Wednesday.

Sixty-eight percent of participants in the survey said they thought it was important for the food they eat to be locally sourced, organic or sustainably raised, and 60 percent said they would even pay more for such food. Nearly a third, 31 percent, said they sought out restaurants specializing in such “green” cuisine.

Most diners — 85 percent — said it was fine to take pictures of food and each other at restaurants, but 63 percent said texting, tweeting and talking on cell phones was rude and inappropriate.

Diners are eating out a little less than before the recession — 3.1 times per week, compared with 3.3 percent. Thirty-nine percent said they are paying more attention to price, 33 percent said they’re eating in less expensive places, 17 percent said they were cutting back on alcohol, and 21 percent said they were ordering fewer appetizers and desserts.

Still, the national average price of a meal rose 2.2 percent in the past year to $35.37. New Orleans, where the average tip is 19.7 percent, has the lowest average meal cost among Zagat survey participants — of $28.36.

Right behind New Orleans diners in tipping are Denver, Detroit, Philadelphia, St. Louis and Ohio, where tippers leave an average gratuity of 19.6 percent

On the low end, Hawaiians tip 18.4 percent on average, and diners in Sacramento and San Francisco tip an average of 18.6 percent.

Las Vegas is the most expensive city to eat in, with an average meal price of $44.44.

As is usual in the Zagat survey, diners’ biggest complaint was poor service, although in the most recent survey just 67 percent said service was the most irritating thing about eating in restaurants, down from 72 percent in 2006. Picking up the slack in top complaints are noise and crowds, which are the pet peeves of 14 percent of diners, up from 12 percent in 2006. Complaints about price and food quality also rose from 5 percent to 7 percent

The New Drum Room Sizzles

The Drum Room in Kansas City’s Hilton President hotel has a brand new beat. The Drum Room proudly introduces new Chef Eric Carter along with a new menu specializing in the finest steaks Kansas City has to offer, along with a variety of Chef Carter’s culinary specialties, including fish and seafood choices, as well as chicken and pork Osso Bucco.

Executive Chef Eric Carter recently joined the Hilton President and has created a unique yet familiar dining experience for the famous Drum Room restaurant. Using only 100% Natural Angus Beef along with the freshest regional ingredients available, Chef Carter has created dishes using familiar styles of simple Midwestern cooking and presents them with a unique contemporary flair.

The Drum Room lounge, with its famous Happy Hour appetizers and renowned drink specials, is the only place to be for after work cocktails or for a sophisticated evening in the Power and Light District. On Friday and Saturday nights, jazz entertainers such as Meagan Birdsall, The Grand Marques, Anna Lee and the Lucky So & So’s, along with other leading Kansas City favorites perform. The Drum Room restaurant and lounge is located in Downtown Kansas City at the corner of Baltimore and 14th.

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Technomic finds dessert more popular than ever

It is no secret that the foodservice industry has suffered recently through a bleak economy; but the silver lining of the cloud could actually turn out to be icing. Technomic’s newest study finds that for the past three years, more consumers have consistently eaten more dessert. Occupying the smallest portion of most restaurant menus, dessert presents a strong growth opportunity for operators looking to increase sales.

“Dessert is unique, because it not only involves sensory appeal, but also sparks strong emotional drivers,” says Technomic EVP Darren Tristano. “If someone wants to reward themselves after a bad day, they might splurge on a dessert to feel better; but if they want to celebrate after a good day, they might do the same thing. Motivations for craving dessert run the gamut." Tristano added that only 1 percent of Technomic's survey respondents said they did not eat dessert, and 70 percent eat dessert at least once a week.

What Restaurant's Dessert do you enjoy?

Growing Market

According to Iremam (the French Institute of Research on Arab and Muslim civilisations) there are over 5 million Muslims in France and the halal market is four times more valuable than the market for organic food. Etude Solis, a market research firm specialised in ethnic marketing, are more modest in their estimations stating that it is at least twice the size of the organic market and are forecasting that by the end of 2010 it will be worth €4.5 billion, of which €1 billion will be spent in foodservice.

With eight million Muslims in the US, and the average family in the country spending around $2100 on food yearly, Chaudry estimates the US Halal market to be worth $16bn.

Quick, McDonald’s key competitor in France, announced that their sales in the eight outlets running a halal trial since November 2009 have doubled to date.

Carrefour Malaysia becomes the first hypermarket to offer full halal products within the three main sections of the supermarket chain.

The halal industry was a highly profitable sector and it had been acknowledged as an emerging economy that could not be ignored especially in Europe, deputy chairman of World Halal Forum Europe secretariat Jumaatun Azmi said.

Starbucks To Offer Beer and Wine

From One Addiction to the Next: Starbucks To Offer Beer and Wine
By: Megan Gibson (21 hours ago)
Topics: alcohol, beer, business, franchise, Seattle, starbucks, wine

Starbucks patrons could soon be riding an entirely new kind of buzz.
In an effort to attract more evening customers--reportedly, Starbucks gets 70% of its business before 2 p.m.--the coffee franchise is looking to offer regional beers and wines.

A location in Seattle is the first to offer alcohol in its newly revamped store. Kris Engskov, a region vice president for Starbucks, said, "What we've done is we've tried to create a variety of options that you might find in more of a restaurant at night."

(Check out TIME's Q&A with Starbucks founder, Howard Schultz.)

If the Seattle location does well, it likely will only be a matter of time before other locations start offering beer and wine, as well as a wider variety of food. And don't worry about feeling out of place in a traditional Starbucks with a glass of cabernet in your hand--the stores are reportedly being remodeled for a decidedly un-Starbucks look.

So could there be any new-Starbucks drawbacks (or drawbucks, as NewsFeed likes to think of them)? Definitely. It's largely thanks to Starbucks that paying $5 for a cup of coffee became normal--who knows what could happen to the cost of a pint. (via USA Today)


More than 1,000 years ago, a goatherd in Ethiopia' south-western highlands plucked a few red berries from some young green trees growing there in the forest and tasted them. He liked the flavour and the feel-good effect that followed. Today those self-same berries, dried, roasted and ground, have become the world's second most popular non-alcoholic beverage after tea. And, as David Beatty discovers in words and pictures, the Ethiopian province where they first blossomed "Kaffa " gave its name to coffee.

Ethiopians have harvested and enjoyed coffee for many centuries. Their love for coffee leads them to develop strict coffee preparation rules. Over time, this practice becomes a daily ritual in contemporary life. The coffee preparation and ceremonies are a unique cultural heritage of Ethiopian society that can’t be found anywhere else in the world.

To find and appreciate a good expresso or coffee, Revocup is providing you some of the best coffee in Town! 11030 Quivira Rd., Overland Park, KS 66210
(913) 663-3695

Nara 4th Anniversary!

Nara 4th year anniversary is coming in October. Plan to make your reservations on the 14th, 15th and 16th.
Their unique "body sushi" will be on display Saturday, October 16 at 9pm. The "Nara Sake Barrel" will be out for sake shots. $4 drink specials: Plum Pao; Sake Bombs; Nara Canes; Autumn Apple Martini will be available all three nights.

Berkshire Pork Chop served with wasabi mashed
potatoes and spring mix salad (Dinner menu)

$4 Sushi Anniversay Specials: Cajun Crawfish Roll and Baked Shichmi Spiced Green-lipped Mussels.

Always uniqueness at Nara. If you have not been to Nara - you will not be disappointed. Koji and Fumi always love to entertain and provide you the best quality sushi in town. Say hello to them at the sushi bar! More informations

Oak Room has new chef de cuisine

Oak Room has new chef de cuisine; new expanded menu to follow soon

Eric Dunn, executive chef Chris Hall’s newly appointed chef de cuisine at the Oak Room, signature restaurant of the InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza, is already making a difference. “Chef Dunn has brought a lot of excitement, creativity and energy to the Oak Room kitchen,” said Don Breckenridge, the hotel’s general manager. “He is young, he’s on the cutting edge of food and the staff has faith in his leadership.”

Oak Room regulars have already noted Dunn’s influence through subtle refinements he has made to the current menu and his nightly specials. Oak Bar and Oak Room patrons will see his imprint on new menus set for October release. His new bar menu debuts October 4th with a selection of appetizers that includes potato and goat cheese croquettes with spicy tomato sauce and herb oil; yellow fin tuna tartare with soy marinade, sriracha and wonton chips; white wine, swiss and parmesan cheese fondue with assorted breads; and a cured meat plate with apple and peach moutarde. His expanded Oak Room menu debuts October 18th will feature heartier dishes for the fall/winter season. It pays homage to classics such as coq au vin, cassoulet and trout almondine, but with a “revived and relived” execution. “It won’t simply be Escoffier’s coq au vin,” says Dunn. “For example, I’ll braise a more tender chicken instead of the traditional rooster.” His favorite meat, pork, is also new on the menu: a braised Berkshire pork ragu with pappardelle pasta.

Dunn is a hands-on chef who is highly involved in the food he prepares. He is a devotee of a Lawrence community service garden and regularly shops area farmer’s markets where he buys fresh, local produce to incorporate in Oak Room dishes. He personally butchers the chicken used for coq au vin on the new menu. “I’m picky,” he confesses. Dunn’s cooking style is steeped in classic French fundamentals he learned at Johnson and Wales culinary school and working in French bistros, but stirred by the energy and inquisitiveness of a new generation of culinarians. He eschews trends that unnecessarily complicate cooking. “I like simple, pure flavors that nature gives us,” says Dunn. “Quality ingredients is key.”

More informations about Oak Room.


Saturday 10.02.2010
Rex Hobart and The Honky Tonk Standards
09:00pm - 12:00am

Their songs are right out of the Buck Owens songbook, and will break your heart, if you have one. They're decidedly reverent, but definitely not an aping museum piece, either. You have not heard straight up honky tonk done like this in decades.

Wednesday 10.06.2010
The Fabulous Ginn Sisters
08:00pm - 11:00pm

The Fabulous Ginn Sisters have made a career of breaking hearts in clubs across North America. Their already constant touring schedule recently ballooned to include touring as part of the Fred Eaglesmith Band. Backing up the iconic Indie artist led to a collaboration with Eaglesmith’s band in their opening sets. Eaglesmith was struck by the new band’s rough, rawboned sound and invited them to record the new Fabulous Ginn Sisters CD in his Port Dover, Ontario studio. The result is a smoky, drunken stumble through a broken-heart junkyard.

Thursday 10.07.2010
08:00pm - 11:00pm

A profound connection with Afro Latin music along with a constant desire for breaking new ground are the fuels behind this highly successfull and fast moving Afro-Latin combo. As seen in their bios, each member is highly acclaimed in many diverse fields of music, which comes through in their songs very clearly. At a typical show, in less than an hour, one is likely to hear (among others) traditional African music, Salsa, Cha-Cha-Cha, Samba, and Funk.

Friday 10.08.2010
Grand Marquis
09:00pm - 12:00am

The Grand Marquis have that classic, timeless 'straight-from-the-Kansas City-speakeasy' sound while injecting a vibrant relevance into their brand of hot swinging jazz & jumping blues. Versatile and buoyant, distinct and refreshing - a rhythm cocktail served by masterful musical mixologists

Saturday 10.09.2010
Outlaw Jim and The Whiskey Benders
09:00pm - 12:00am

Outlaw Jim and The Whiskey Benders are a hard-hittin' Outlaw Country band with roots in the sounds of Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard, as well as influences from New Orleans Funk and Southern Rock. They have traveled extensively in the Midwest and South, playin' festivals, concerts, private events, as well as the beloved honky-tonks along the way. They have played The Grand Ole' Opry Plaza Parties and famous venues on Lower Broadway in Nashville, numerous bars and festivals in New Orleans, and mountain towns in The Rocky Mountains.


Celebrate with Bo Lings

The Chinese Moon Festival is on the 15th of the 8th lunar month. It's also known as the Mid-autumn Festival. Chinese culture is deeply embedded in traditional festivals. Just like Christmas and Thanksgiving in the West, the Moon Festival is one of the most important traditional events for the Chinese.

The Moon Festival is full of legendary stories. Legend says that Chang Er flew to the moon, where she has lived ever since. You might see her dancing on the moon during the Moon Festival. The Moon Festival is also an occasion for family reunions. When the full moon rises, families get together to watch the full moon, eat moon cakes, and sing moon poems.
The Moon Festival is also a romantic one. Lovers spend such a romantic night together tasting the delicious moon cake with some wine while watching the full moon.

The moon cake is the food for the Moon Festival. Try it at Bo Lings

Sprint Family

It's time once again for the monthly Sprint Family Fun Series event this Saturday, Sept 18th from 11am-3pm with a free concert by the Doo Dads.

The Doo Dads are a popular kids' band that play all the hits, fun for both kids and parents! Featuring performances at both 11:30am and 1:30pm. At 12:30 pm, kids can check out an incredible Fire & Ice Show and then at 2:15 pm, KCTV-5 Meteorologist Katie Horner will stop by with her Weather Wise class!

Other activities include: a slime-making booth, blasting volcanoes and a hover-board, where kids can ride on a disk of air. Plus, your kids will get to "write with lightning" as they explore the science of electricity with Mad Science, and enjoy a special appearance by Brobee, a character from the hit show "Yo Gabba Gabba" coming to the Midland by AMC this November. Brobee is scheduled to appear at noon.

Want a great kids' meal deal?
Stop by Fran's for a free kids' meal with adult meal purchase!
Fran's is located at 11 E. 14th Street, right next to the Family Fun Days festival!

Bluebird Bistro

There are only a few spots open! Hurry to make your reservation.
Meet Kathy Benziger at a five-course wine dinner featuring wines from
Benziger Family Winery Tuesday, September 14, 2010, 6:30pm at The Bluebird Bistro
- $65 per person reservations 816-221-7559 or
We have continuously served Benziger Merlot since we opened nine years ago because of what the Benziger Family Farm believes in biodynamic, organic and sustainable
the Benzigers say it best "At Benziger, we're about three things: family, great wine and healthy vineyards. For more than thirty years we've searched Sonoma County for the most distinctive and expressive vineyard sites. Once found, we tended these properties using certified Biodynamic, organic and sustainable farming methods. The result is a portfolio of authentic and memorable wines."

the evening's menu
Benziger Sangiacomo Vineyard Chardonnay 2007
rings of Thane Palmberg Farm winter squash stacked with Campo Lindo Farm rosemary chicken in a caramelized onion puree

Benziger Signaterra Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2007
whipped Thane Palmberg Farm eggplant on a Nature Choice Farm heirloom potato crisp with blue bird bistro garden pesto

Beziger Family Winery Sauvignon Blanc 2008
a pocket of herbed Wood Mood Garden poached pears with all natural feta

Benziger Family Winery Merlot 2006
New Grass Bison tenderloin on a bed of Peas on Earth Farm arugula with a Benziger Family Winery red wine reduction

Benziger Signaterra Three Blocks, Sonoma Valley Red Wine 2006
whipped organic chocolate ganache layered with hard organic chocolate and a Thane Palmberg Farm sweet potato patty layered with a salted sweet potato crisp and a dab of Good Nature Family Farm Chantilly cream


Purchase a Safari Club membership during September & October at T-Rex Café and $1 will be donated to Autism Speaks!

Autism Speaks will be hosting Civic Adventures on Monday, September 27 and Monday, October 25 (each night from 5pm-8pm). Contact your local Autism Speaks representative for more information or contact the restaurant!

Piropos Grille

Piropos Grille proudly presents an evening of music featuring new up and coming young artist, Miss Annie Fitch! A Kansas City native and Broadway hopeful, Miss Fitch will showcase her talents singing a fun eclectic collection of pop music followed by a more intimate selection of Broadway standards from the Golden Age thru today. The evening promises to be one not to be missed! Friday, September 3rd at 7:00 p.m

1 West 1st Street
Parkville, MO 64152
Reservations 816-741-9800 or visit our web page

First Friday Lost Lunches at The American


Exclusive cutting edge lunch menu

50% off all bottles of wine

Artisan "Pies", including the return of the "Lemon Meringue Pie"

4-Star Service

For reservations, please call 816.545.8001

Recent First Friday Photos:

Come and enjoy cutting edge lunch fare from James Beard Award winning Chef, Debbie Gold.

Sweeten up your First Fridays

Wine is Bottled Art...
Come sample the most extensive collection in the city.

First Friday of every month.

Please call 816.545.8001 for reservations or reserve online

Free Concert

The Kansas City Power & Light District announced today plans to add a free concert to their Rock the Block Bike Night series. On Saturday, October 9, 2010, Worth-Harley Davidson North and Van Chevrolet present Buckcherry, live on stage at KC Live! The free show is open to the public, ages 21 and older.

In their second decade as a recording and touring rock band, Buckcherry is promoting their recently released fifth album, All Night Long. The Grammy-nominated hard rock band originally formed in 1995 and is from the Los Angeles area. They are best-known for their biggest crossover hit to date, "Crazy Bitch," and their first Billboard Hot 100 top ten hit, "Sorry."

The Buckcherry concert is the finale of the Rock the Block Bike Night concert series, presented by Worth-Harley Davidson North and Van Chevrolet. Coors Light is a supporting sponsor. An opener has not yet been announced.

The Rock the Block Bike Night concert series features free concerts on the last Wednesday of each month, May thru September. In addition to the Buckcherry concert, Saliva will play a free concert as part of the series on Wednesday, September 29, 2010.

An additional perk offered during Rock the Block Bike Night concerts: complimentary motorcycle parking.

Café Tempo at Johnson County Community College

Café Tempo at Johnson County Community College is lowering its prices and speeding up orders to better serve students, faculty and staff.

Maintaining the same art-filled ambience, Café Tempo will offer a new menu with the soups, salads, panini sandwiches, hot and cold specials, plus tasty desserts. After placing their orders, café-goers will receive a pager to notify them when their order is ready. Students as well as other guests will be able to order and eat within 30 minutes.

The tasteful contemporary café shares space between the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art and Regnier Center – 55 seats in the museum and 55 seats in the two-story glass atrium connecting the buildings.

Café hours are Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-10 a.m. breakfast, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. lunch, and 7 a.m.-3 p.m. coffee, pastries, desserts. The café will no longer be open Saturday.

For more information, call Cafe Tempo, 913-469-8500, ext. 4993.

Bo Ling's Specials

Summer Dinner Specials at All Bo Ling's Locations:
Crispy Eggplant $5.95
Fresh, tender, summer purple Chinese Eggplant slices in a light crispy batter. Served with a garlic, soy chili dipping sauce.
Pork and Peppers $10.55
Fresh, seasonal local peppers stir-fried with lean pork in a black bean, soy-chili sauce. We use a combination of Mild Anaheim, sweet bell pepper, and a touch of Jalapeno peppers. A mildly spicy dish.

Pineapple Fried Rice with Seafood $13.95

Fresh pineapple, shrimp and scallops in a white fried rice with egg and onion. Light and delicious.

Wine Suggestion:
Saint M Riesling Pfalz Germany $7.00
Refreshing, wonderful citrus and peach. Medium-dry style with lower alcohol and a crispy acidity. Delicious with these new specials.



Shop Downtown KC, Pay No-Sales Tax on Clothing Purchases

Kansas City, MO—Shoppers will find great back-to-school shopping deals this weekend at the boutiques in Downtown Kansas City’s Power & Light District. Several boutiques are participating in the first Downtown Sidewalk Sale this Friday, August 6th thru Sunday, August 8th, as Missouri offers shoppers no sales-tax on clothing purchases*, as part of the statewide, annual sales-tax holiday weekend.

Envolve Boutique, Zafar, The Garment District Boutique, Polished Edge Jewelers and the newly opened Lovebird, will slash prices on summer and select fall inventory. The Downtown Sidewalk Sale kicks off on Friday afternoon at 4 pm. It runs Friday, 4 – 8 pm; Saturday, 10 am – 8 pm; and Sunday, Noon – 6 pm. Additionally, some restaurants, like Raglan Road Irish Pub, will offer shoppers Sidewalk Sale specials (with receipt from any of the Power & Light District boutiques this weekend).

*Shoppers will pay no-sales tax on single clothing purchases under $100, as part of the statewide, annual Missouri No-Sales Tax Holiday weekend.

All of the boutiques are located on Main Street, between 13th and 14th Streets in the Kansas City Power & Light District. Parking is only $2 when you park at the Main Street garage, located just north of 13th and Main Street intersection and adjacent to Cosentino’s Market Downtown. Shoppers must present their parking ticket for validation at any of the Power & Light District boutiques.


Join us in congratulating JJ’s as they celebrate 25 delicious years as one of Kansas City’s most treasured restaurants.
Mark your calendar for August 29th for a giant street party to celebrate this outstanding milestone. Bring your family and friends to sample some of the fabulous signature items that have made JJ’s famous over the years!

Get in on the celebration and you will have a chance to win a night at Chateau Avalon and $100 gift certificate to JJ’s. Just share your stories of your dining experiences at JJ’s for your chance to win. If you have never been to JJ’s , don’t worry, you can still participate in the contest. Just tell us why you would like to visit them. All of the great stories of days gone by will be posted at the block party.

Food and Farmers

local farmers and local chefs come together
to raise awareness for local healthier eating
Drinks on the Roof followed by Dining in the Street

You're invited to
reserve your place at the table
at the first food Now
Saturday, August 28, 2010
1300 West 13th Street in the West Bottoms
Rooftop reception and silent auction 6:30 pm until sundown, followed by dinner in the street
$125 per person / $1000 for a table
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I heard of Nara from a friend and he told me they had a awesome happy hour, so we went there for an early dinner and had a few drinks and sushi it was great the service was good, and the atmosphere was really cool, i felt like i was in LA or NY, very hip and upbeat. The sushi was good and for how cheap it is during happy hr there is no other place in KC that can beat it. I have heard that the Saturday nights DJ and lounge club is really chill and fun, but have not gone Saturday nights.I would recommend it to anyone who like good sushi for a good price


Thai Place

I go to Thai Place that is downtown at least once a month. They have the best thai food in the city, if not the country. I was sad to hear that the one downtown is no longer open. I love their food so much that I now go all the way to Overland Park to get it. I have tried thai restaurants in Chicago, New York, Washington D.C., Miami, Baltimore, and San Francisco and none compare to Thai Place in KC. That is a tough statement, but I am saying it.

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Craving something wonderfully unique to do this summer? Come see what the new Independence Square has to offer!

Incredible Food! A wide variety of sumptuous appetizers, meals, desserts and cool drinks from Cafe Verona (Italian cuisine in an artful setting), Ophelia’s (a unique infusion of cultural flavors), Courthouse Exchange (a traditional neighborhood pub), Square Pizza (Pizza to die for!), Main Street Coffee House (java at its best!) and Clinton’s Soda Fountain (historic sundaes and shakes).
Unique Shopping! Find everything from home decor (BeHereNow), specialty groceries and kitchenware (Gilbert Whitney & Co.) and an art gallery (Primary Colors Gallery) to men’s gifts and accessories (Wild About Harry) and women’s designer clothing (Uptown Boutique).
Novel Destination! Enjoy a Staycation this year and make a short trip to the new Independence Square where you can enjoy shopping, dinner and a relaxing night out. Mention the Restaurant Guide to receive $10 off a one night stay at The Inn at Ophelia’s

Movies under the Stars! Bring the entire family for FREE Moonlight Movies every Thursday starting at 9pm. Concession stands and chair rentals available. What could be more fun?
Special Events! Art shows, with featured artists, live music and more every third Friday of the month from 6-9pm. Enjoy music, food and beverages.

Join Ophelia’s every Tuesday or Cafe Verona every Wednesday for Half-Price Wine Night.
Round out your weekend with an exceptional Sunday brunch at Ophelia’s, a fun game of bowling at Diamond Bowl, a pilates class at Studio on Main to work off all those great meals or catch a movie and relax at Pharaoh Theatre!

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Back to School

Get ready to start off the school year in style with the great clothing, accessories and gear from the Country Club Plaza.

Find the perfect "first day outfit" for your student at American Eagle, Anthropologie, GAP, Lucky Brand Jeans or Urban Outfitters. Check out Gap Kids or Gymboree for your younger fashionable students.

Equip your student with back-to-school gear such as books, texbooks, journals and notebooks from Barnes and Nobles and keep them tech savvy with an Apple computer, Ipod or Ipad from the apple store.

Don't forget the rest of the look - a sharp haircut from Beauty Brands and new shoes from Sperry Top-Sider or Aldo should do the trick.

Also, remember that Friday, August 6th - Sunday, August 18 is the Missouri Tax Free Holiday., and select clothing, school supplies, computer equipment and software will be available free of salex tax.

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Live Jazz


This Friday, June 25 night at The Majestic Restaurant, 7 Hours of Live Jazz starts at 4PM, with Andrew Oulette (piano) in the Main Dining Room until 7PM.
From 7-11PM, THE BRAM WIJNANDS TRIO (with Rod Fleeman on guitar and Tommy Ruskin on drums) play the Jazz Club until 11PM.

Saturday night, live jazz starts in the... Main Dining Room at 5PM and goes until 7PM, when Bram, Tommy and Barry Spinger (cornet) take the stage in the Jazz Club until 11PM.

As always, NO COVER! Join us for drinks, dinner or stop by on your way home for dessert and a nightcap while listening to some of KC's best live jazz and enjoying 1 of our 18 wines by the glass or 1 of our 25 different whiskeys. Call 816-221-1888 or for more informations

Brazil Market

The only Brazilian store in the metro to my knowledge at the moment. The people are really talkative and nice. I went in search of a specific Brazilian coffee (Cafe Iguacu).

The meat shop in the back sells imported beef from an Australian farm that is ran by Brazilians. According to the owner, it's the beef that most closely resembles what Brazilians consume back home. The Quality of the meat is apparently so great, that Fogo De Chao and a few other Brazilian steakhouses n the metro are now ordering their cuts of meat through this market.

As far as other products, I did notice things such as guava paste, guaranca soda, Acai berry juice, and a few other things.

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Chez Elle

I begged my husband to take me to Chez Elle since it had been forever since I had a crepe. He hmm'ed and hawed, saying "fine, but I'm stopping somewhere else for lunch afterwards." We got a meatball crepe (on special that day), a pollo verde and my toddler got a cheese and chicken crepe. We all wolfed everything down. My husband was pleasantly surprised and said we could return anytime I wanted to LOL! The following week, I took my girlfriend here. I had the Legume and she had a breakfast crepe. We shared the cherries dessert crepe. DELISH! The only gripe is that the coffee is expensive and just okay. We will definitely be back!

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Kansas City fans

Kansas City fans who support soccer teams from other lands are excited for World Cup to begin

Neighbors had reported a disturbance. A raucous party was indeed in full swing — and with good reason.

Argentina was playing in the World Cup.

Because the game was in Japan, kickoff locally was 2 a.m., but that didn’t deter the Rodriguez family from playing host to a gathering of nearly 50 people.

“Argentina scored and everybody went nuts, and then the cops showed up,” said Nahuel Rodriguez, a son of Eduardo and Silvia. “We had to tell them we’re watching a game, we’re not doing anything weird. We got complaints, but we didn’t care.”

That’s the power of the World Cup, which is held every four years. In 32 days, the craziness begins anew. Fans from across the globe will descend on South Africa, while more than a billion people are expected to watch at least some of the tournament on TV.

Cities in Europe have been known to shut down — stores close, public transportation ceases — when the national team plays. Supporters gather at homes and at bars to watch their team.

That will be the case here in the States as well, but in a testament to the notion that America is a melting pot, many of those fans will come together to root for countries other than the U.S.

You expect that in a major metropolitan area like New York or Chicago. But it will take place right here in Kansas City as well. And it’s not just the Mexican fans — who came out en force last year for an exhibition game at Arrowhead Stadium between Chivas and Club America — who are loyal supporters.

Many others — like Rodriguez, 25, and his family and friends — will live and die with the fortunes of their favorite team in South Africa.

“It doesn’t matter if I have to call in sick, I’m going to make it happen,” Rodriguez said. “I already told my boss, it doesn’t matter what day it is, what time it is, I’m going to be gone for that 2, 2 1/2 hours. That means everything. I don’t mean I’m going to be quitting my job, but the World Cup comes first.”


In one episode of Seinfeld, a character painted his face before a pivotal hockey game and was roundly mocked.

Laurent Denis has no such qualms.

A native of Bordeaux (like the wine), he married a woman from Kansas City and moved here in 1995. Just three years later, he was at Le Fou Frog watching the French national team win the World Cup title by crushing Brazil 3-0 in Paris.

“We had a bunch of friends screaming and waving flags,” Denis said, “and I painted my face.”

To be fair, he only put the French flag on each cheek.

Denis, who coaches the Force Soccer Academy, believes the World Cup is a great time for young players to learn from the best.

“I’ve been coaching youth soccer for the last 10 years,” Denis said. “I tell the parents if they want their kids to get better in this sport, then they need to watch it. And the World Cup is the right time to watch it, because these are the best players in the world.”

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810 Zone

Harrah’s North Kansas City Casino and Hotel welcomes, Kansas City’s own Sports Radio 810 Zone Restaurant, now open at Harrah’s. The Sports Radio 810 Zone will occupy the space formerly operated by Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill, which is relocating to the Harrah’s Casino property in Tunica, Mississippi.

Harrah’s is pleased to welcome what has become the sports bar experience in Kansas City. The new 810 Zone at Harrah’s is the third location joining sister restaurants in Leawood, KS, and on the Country Club Plaza. 810 Zone is a partnership between Union Broadcasting, the company that owns Sports Radio 810 WHB, K.C. Hopps, Ltd., and some local financial partners. They will feature a made from scratch menu, HD TV’s, weekly live broadcasts and a massive collection of sports memorabilia.

Located in the beautiful Midwest, Harrah's North Kansas City offers the most exciting hotel and casino in the heart of America. We have 392 luxurious rooms, mouthwatering restaurants, the best nightlife and live entertainment in town, 10,000 square feet of convention center space, an exclusive World Series of Poker® room, and a gaming floor of over 60,000 square feet.

Warm weather

Warm weather is giving way to patio dining at JJ's. Their cozy, street-side patio is urban dining at its best. A perfect way to enjoy our award winning wines, as well as selections from their new food menu.

Cafe Des Amis has a lovely deck that surrounds you with trees in Parkville, Piropos receives outstanding restaurant reviews by all of the local media and has been awarded the Best View in several publications.

South, you have Zest with colorful umbrellas in a pretty suburban setting, Cafe Provence street-side is perfect for relaxing in Prairie Village. NoRTH offers a fresh new approach to Modern Italian Cuisine and nice patio. Ricco's Italian Bistro patio lounge is perfect for savoring a martini and an appetizer on a balmy summer evening.

On Plaza, Aixois's patio seating is a crowded favorite in the Brookside area. Grand St Cafe has another fabulous view of the Plaza from the classy outdoor dining area.

Go to our search for a listing of restaurant with patio

Silver medal

Café Tempo at Johnson County Community College received a silver medal in the “retail sales— stand-alone” category of the National Association of College and University Food Services 2010 Dining Awards, announced April 26. Operated by JCCC’s Dining Services, Café Tempo placed among mid-size colleges and universities.

Café Tempo is a 110-seat café that shares space between the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art and the Regnier Center at JCCC. Half the seats of the upscale café are in the museum, and the rest are in the two-story glass atrium connecting the buildings, for a total of 2,400 square feet.

The executive chef for Café Tempo is Tim Johnson, and the manager is Jan Affalter.

The café’s fare ranges from pastries, omelets and quiche for breakfast to salads, soups, Panini sandwiches, pasta, fish and desserts for lunch. Patrons will always find espresso drinks, fresh fruit and beverages.

In the evening, Café Tempo offers college and private catering, often in the form of elegant sit-down dinners before shows in the college’s performing arts spaces.

Café Tempo is open 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday. For more information, call 913-469-8500, ext. 3219

JCCC has won three previous NACUFS awards —a bronze for “catering – standard menu” in 2009, a gold in “catering – special event” in 2008 for the gala opening of the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, and a bronze in “retail sales – stand-alone concept” in 2006 for its coffee shop — javajazz. Menu click here


People wait all year for our spring asparagus dinner specials!


Asparagus with Chicken and Shrimp ($11.95) - fresh spring asparagus with mushrooms in a light ginger and garlic sauce!

Fresh Asparagus with Beef ($11.95) - tender beef slices in a garlic-soy sauce.

Other Spring Specials include:

Thai Chicken Salad ($8.55) - grilled spice, herb and curry-marinated chicken breast, served with fresh vegetables in a chili-lime dressing with mint and cilantro.

Seafood and Mushrooms with Noodles ($12.95) - shrimp, crabmeat and calamari with fresh mushrooms in a light garlic sauce, served with soft thin noodles.

Fresh Garlic Spinach ($6.95) - a small portion of stir-fried fresh spring spinach with garlic.


If gold is a valued material, then jade is its spiritual counterpart. The Chinese believe jade links heaven and earth, and that its roots reach back to the beginning of creation, when the god Pan Ku carved the universe. His head became mountains, his breath the winds and clouds, his flesh and blood the soil and rivers, and the marrow of his bones became jade.

A circular disc carved in jade represents heaven, and can transmit prayers to the gods. Children wear jade bangles and pendants to ward off disease or jealous spirits. Jade comes in colors from pink to purple, and there are over 100 different shades of green jade. Jade represents purity; its toughness suggests resolution and intelligence; its transparency symbolizes sincerity. Sounds like something to keep close to you, always, for some excellent comfort, luck and protection!

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Dinner and Movie

"Big Night" is a 1996 flick about a failing Italian restaurant run by two brothers. To save the business, the brothers decide to put all of their efforts into one last big meal, inviting all their friends -- as well as the press. A big part of the movie is spent making Timpano, the celebrated main course of the big night – and the star of Pachamama’s three-course menu to be served before a screening of the film.

The meal starts with an amuse-bouche of arancini, small fried rice balls coated with breadcrumbs. The amuse-bouche is followed by a baby omelet topped with taleggio cheese, candied walnuts, and a Chianti vinaigrette. The Timpano serves as the main course. Dessert is tiramisu.

This Dinner & a Movie night has a great new addition: after dinner and just before the film, Chuck Berg, beloved KU professor of film and media studies, will give a short introduction to the movie. We're lucky to have him -- thank you, Professor Berg!

This whole "Big Night" plus Italian food" theme has been done before... but it's such a great film and such great food we thought "eh, why be original when you can be classic?"

Interested in joining us? Dinner is $25 per person (excludes tax, gratuity, and alcohol.) Call 785.841.0990 to reserve your spot!

Farmer Jane: Women Changing The Way We Eat

Profiling twenty-six women who are movers and shakers in the farm to table community; women who are working hard to raise awareness about wholesome and healthy farm raised foods, protecting the earth and its wildlife, ensuring that farm workers are treated fairly, and working to stimulate their local economies.

Each of the profiles throughout the book share with the reader the works that these women are doing in their communities, and how the reader too can get involved in bringing sustainability awareness to their homes and communities.

You’ll be inspired, renewed, and left in awe through the stories that each of the women share. I daresay that you too are a “Farmer Jane” and have a story to tell, or will very soon after reading this book.

Here’s to all of the “Farmer Janes” out there. Women who are making a difference in their homes and communities one day at a time.

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I've been going to Pierponts for the better part of 10 years and they do not disappoint!!! The service is consistantly impressive, with a knowledgeable and polite staff. The atmosphere is incredible, with the restaurant set back in the remodeled Union Station, it gives any meal an upscale feel. The food is amazing! Although the menu is always evolving, Pierponts never disappoints and keeps some of their best as staples to choose from. The calamari is by far my favorite from any I've ever had. Four stars all around, every time.


The James Beard Foundation names Chef Colby Garrelts of Bluestem one of five nominees for the “Best Chef Midwest”!

On Monday March 22nd, 2010 the James Beard Foundation announced that Colby Garrelts, chef and owner of bluestem (900 Westport Rd. Kansas City, MO 64111), is one of five finalist nominees for the James Beard Award for “Best Chef Midwest.” Chef Garrelts is the only nominee in this category from Kansas City. He is joined by four other chef nominees from Minneapolis, MN and St. Louis, MO.

The Awards Gala will be held on Monday May 3rd 2010 at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center; Columbus Avenue & 65th Street NYC. The awards ceremony is a black tie event beginning at 6pm with a Gala Reception immediately following. This year’s theme for the James Beard Foundation’s Awards Gala is The Legacy Continues. The chefs cooking at the Gala reception following the awards ceremony have a long standing support and commitment to American culinary artisans. The James Beard Foundation Awards shine a spotlight on the best and brightest talent in the American food and beverage industry.

This is the fourth year chef Colby Garrelts has been nominated for a James Beard award in the Midwest region. bluestem is located at 900 Westport Road, Kansas City, Missouri in the Westport Entertainment District. bluestem serves dinner only Tuesday-Saturday and Sunday Brunch from 10:30am-2:30pm.

For more information about the James Beard Foundation awards or for tickets please call 212.925.0054 or email

Bluestem Restaurant features progressive American cuisine using innovative techniques and presents new varieties of American desserts. The award-winning wine list features sophisticated boutique wines from around the world. AWARDS: 2007 Culinary Hospitality Restaurant of the Year (Santé Magazine); Voted Number One for Top Food Ranking in Kansas City (Zagat Survey, America's Top Restaurants 2005–2010); James Beard Foundation Nominee for Best Chef Midwest -- Chef Colby Garrelts, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010.

The Drop

The Drop recently started serving a new menu exclusive to the bar, with $4 and $8 plates that are making the stools a hot commodity.

The plates are small from one bite or two. The $8 are bigger and could be a meal or light bite if you are sharing.

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I had the shrimp salad and it was the best salad combination I have had at a restaurant. I will recommend Aixois. Ashley


It was my first time to this restaurant and I loved it!
The atmosphere was very trendy and urban.
Our server was so helpful and really attentive.
The sushi was awesome and their happy hour is going to bring us back sometime soon!

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The Origins of Kansas City BBQ

Kansas City's barbecue cuisine began as early as the 1920's, resulting from a melting pot of sauces and traditions brought to this area from Texas and the Deep south. While Bryant's is perhaps the most famous barbecue establishment, the actual barbecue phenomenon began with a man named Henry Perry. During the Depression, Perry distributed slabs of barbecued ribs grilled in an outdoor pit and wrapped in newspaper to make ends meet.

Customers were satisfied, and the trend caught on, influencing upcoming barbecue chefs such as Charlie and Arthur Bryant, George Gates, and Otis Boyd. Each of these men added his own flavor and style to barbecue, creating the barbecue that Kansas City has become famous for.

Arthur and Charlie Bryant.

Ribs from the renowned Bryant's Barbecue had their beginning back in the early 1930's, when Arthur Bryant, migrating from Texas, was asked to work with his brother Charlie at "Old Man Perry's" place on the 19th Street. Arthur eventually bought the restaurant and made dramatic changes, the most significant one being the sauce. The original sauce was one of the hottest ever made, but has since been tamed to a moderately spicy recipe. Arthur Bryant's legacy of barbecue, frosty beers, and famous beers, and famous unpeeled fries continues to operate from the original site.

Georges and Ollie Gates
The Gates (father and son) were also influenced by Old Man Perry, their business having roots in the 1940's. The "right" sauce was discovered in 1949 and has been the same ever since, with new flavors added along the way. Gates Barbecue has expanded to include several restaurants in various locations around Kansas City. Ollie Gate's "Rib Tech" school trains his pitmasters, assuring perfection of this family's cuisine.

Otis Boyd
Otis Boyd began his barbecue legacy in the mid 1940's, opening his restaurant in the heart of Kansas City's jazz district at the corner of the 12th Street and Vine. Although Boyd received formal training at a chef's school in Chicago in 1939, he claims to have developed his sauce from "whatever was around the kitchen". Boyd's expertise with hickory smoking his meats may remain a well kept secret, but those who have discovered his talents claim his homemade sausage is the best in town.

Jack Stack Barbecue

Many fine establishments can boast of being visited by US presidents or Hollywood movie stars. It's nice to be visited by these fine folks, but what really counts is the everyday customers that keep coming back to your restaurant. They don't become loyal fans because someone famous once ate there, they do it because they personally enjoy the food, atmosphere, and service they receive whenever they visit. At Jack Stack Barbecue, what our customers have to say about us is what really matters to us. That is why we're especially proud of the many surveys and ratings that consistently choose Jack Stack Barbecue as their favorite barbecue restaurant. They are very proud to have been serving our barbecue since 1957

Winslows BBQ at the City Market

Serving a mouth-watering blend of smoked meats and home-style side dishes, Winslow's has been a Kansas City tradition for over 25 years. We slow smoke only the finest quality meats over green hickory in a specially engineered brick pit for an unmatched smoke flavor. At Winslow's, we feature a dry-rub style of barbecue that delivers a characteristic pink smoke ring along the edges of our briskets and tender ribs. All our sandwiches and meals are served without sauce allowing customers to choose from one of our tasty sauces.


Dan and I were looking forward to our romantic Valentines' dinner at Pierponts. But it was sooo much more than I expected!! The wine pairing enhanced each dish more than I could have ever imagined! And as if that wasn't enough, Dan got down on one knee and purposed to me afterwards!!! It was not only a fantastic cullinary experience, but an evening I will never forget!!!!


Spicy does not! mean painfull or unable to allow children to enjoy. The Thai Place understands this, and mad my day and my neices first experience just right. My little side kick loved it just like me!

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Frida's is unlike any other Mexican restaurant I have been to before. Unique menu with very interesting authentic offerings. The chips were warm and fresh and the salsa is delicious. We also had the quacamole appetizer. There is a regular and one with pomagranate and other spices which is particulary good. We each had something different and all 3 loved our dinner. The cornmeal ice cream is a must! Never had a dessert like it before - awesome! Ask for Ivan, he is a great server.

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Restaurant Week

Kansas City will hold its first metro-wide restaurant week event. 95 of the best and finest Kansas City metro area restaurants will offer multiple-course lunches and/or dinners at the deliciously low prices of $15 for lunch and $30 for dinner (beverages, taxes and gratuity are not included).
10% of the price of each multi-course meal purchased will go to Harvesters to help fight hunger in the Kansas City community.
What can guests expect when dining out during Kansas City Restaurant Week? Simple: A wide variety of mouth-watering foods on special menus created by the city's top culinarians.
Click on the OpenTable links to make your online restaurant reservations. Making reservations is strongly recommended as these restaurants will fill up fast.


We tried the 4-course small plate dinner. We all found it to be wonderful, very attractive, tasty and filling. Our waiter was very nice,but a little distracted(snow storm outside). We had to ask for more bread--only brought enough for 4people--needed 6 servings. Otherwise..Food was was quiet enough to carry on conversations and the waiter was attentive.
Nancy Gorton

Bo Lings

Food was so fresh and tasty. The lettuce wraps are wonderful.
Pete Gorton

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