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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

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.

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