Kansas City’s traditional,

hickory-smoked barbeque

Barbeque favorites can be

catered or delivered

Dine at any of the three Smokehouse locations

in Gladstone, Kansas City or Overland Park

Private banquet rooms

are also available at each location

Monday, December 26, 2011

Food Trends for 2012?

Industry experts forecast 2012 trends:

There’s no economic rebound to prosperity, but it will continue to be a better environment than it was in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

Restaurants will benefit from pent-up demand. Two out of five American adults said in a recent survey that they are not using restaurants as often as they would like.

More chains will return to the earth and emphasize real, fresh or local foods to the maximum extent that they can, given the constraints of their systems.
“Premiumization” is now a basic diner expectation, given the proliferation of upgraded, enhanced, or higher-end products at modest prices. Examples: T.G.I. Friday's new Langostino Lobster-topped entrées or Arby's medium-rare Angus beef sandwiches.
 “Miniaturization,” or the continued growth of small plates, snacks and downsized portion options, which have been driven by price sensitivity, consumer interest in sampling, grazing or sharing, and health concerns.

Will the food-truck herd thin or grow? The mobile-kitchen business is seasonal, and winter around here is an unforgiving time. Food trucks are replacing gourmet and specialty stores as the channel to experiment and discover new food experiences – especially when it comes to ethnic foods.

Fast casual will remain hot. The segment’s year-to-year traffic rose 6 percent for the year ended Oct. 31, and more operators are looking to capitalize on its appeal.

Consumers hesitant to spend want twists on the familiar, such as comfort foods with gourmet, ethnic artisanal or wood-fired flare, and innovative sandwiches, wraps, pizza and pasta.

The popularity of Asian cuisines will likely accelerate in 2012 as consumers become more familiar with them.

Breakfast will move beyond sandwiches. As the breakfast daypart continues to grow.

More pop-ups are on the way. For chefs, pop-ups are a way to test new dishes, let off some creative steam, expand their brand to new neighborhoods and otherwise take risks without the hefty up-front investment required for a traditional restaurant.

Another year of high fuel prices. The logistics of managing freight into distribution centers, and then on to restaurants will be one of the biggest challenges for supply chain professionals in 2012.

Fashionable Cuisine - more celebrity chefs are coming to town. Celina Tio at Julian Restaurant competeted for the Next Iron Chef and Top chef Master, planting the flag for television chefs. The Food Network’s Aaron Sanchez opened Mestizo in Park Place in November. Who is next?

Are you looking forward to trying new foods? What are some of your favorites?

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Wine recommendations

Shafer Napa Valley Merlot 2007 - $40
Grape variety: Merlot
Taste profile: 92 points Wine Spectator: "Dark and muscular, with blackberry and graphite aromas. Strong depth this wine displays for this early ripening variety aromas and a long, full finish. Delicious.
Pairings: This wine has many opportunities: lamb chops, seasoned pork loin, and, my favorite, game birds such as duck or pheasant.

Le Haut-Médoc de Giscours Haut-Médoc 2005 -  $20
Grape variety: Cabernet Sauvignon - Merlot
Taste profile: This is a second wine from Giscours and is drinking better than ever today. It's full of character, spices, dark tobacco and berries.
Pairings: Perfect with a roast, or any other "earthy" dish.


Montebuena Rioja 2009 - $12
Grape variety: 100% Tempranillo grapes
Taste profile:  On the palate it is packed with ripe fruit, has outstanding concentration, and impeccable balance. 90 points Wine Advocate
Pairings: Perfect with Brie cheese, small tapas or any appetizers.

Durigutti Mendoza, Argentia - $15
Grape variety: Malbec
Taste profile:  Listed in the Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2010. 90 points from the Wine Spectator: if you like Merlot - you would like this one.
Pairings: Drink Malbec with roast beef, steak, roast turkey.

All theses wines can be found here in Kansas.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

DON'T MISS OUT!


DON'T MISS OUT! PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS
TO KC'S BIGGEST NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY



2012 LIVE! is Kansas City's BIGGEST and BEST New Year's Eve Party!
For the first time, KC Live! is hosting a ticketed event, featuring
an All-Inclusive General Admission Package
plus, the best entertainment and a 'Times Square' atmosphere
in the heart of Downtown KC!
The entertainment lineup includes some of the biggest deejays in KC,
including Highnoone, Mike Scott, Steve Serrano and Ashton Martin,
spinning throughout KC Live! at four different locations, plus confetti cannons,
laser shows and a 'Times Square' ball drop at Midnight!
Tickets are just $85 and going fast! Your ticket includes:
top shelf all inclusive beverages (featuring premium cocktails, import and domestic beers and wines), complimentary food buffets, party favors and all-access passes to:
Angels Rock Bar, PBR Big Sky, Mosaic Lounge, Shark Bar, McFadden's Sports Saloon, Johnny's Tavern, KC Live! Living Room, Tengo Sed Cantina, Pizza Bar, Maker's Mark Bourbon House & Lounge and Howl at the Moon.
For VIP upgrades or table reservations, email
parties@powerandlightdistrict.com
Must be 21+ to attend
Tickets available at participating locations or online at
www.NYEKansasCity.com
2012 LIVE! – Kansas City's Biggest New Year's Eve Bash
KC Live! Block in the Power & Light District
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Tickets: $85 Single/$160 Couple (Now – Dec 30); $95 (December 31)
www.NYEKansasCity.com

Monday, December 12, 2011

Happy Hour Melting Pot

The Melting Pot

NEW bar foods $8 small plates

**NEW** Bar Foods at The Melting Pot. Now you can enjoy Small Plates! $8
Kobe Beef Sliders, Lobster Quesadilla, Seared Ahi Tuna, Mediterranean Flatbread, Smoked Salmon Bruschetta, Savory Satay Skewers and Garlic Dijon Shrimp

The Melting Pot of Kansas City has been voted Ingram's Magazine's Bronze Medal Award Winner, 2007 and 2008 'Best Place to Dine with a Group.'

Looking for something unique and interactive? We can help. The Melting Pot Private Dining offers an experience fit for any special event. Your reservation will include fabulous fondue, top notch service and the guidance of your own personal event coordinator. Our large private party room is available for up to 55 fondue guests and can accommodate groups for meeting, luncheons and dinner events. Dip into something different this time around and treat your guests to fondue!

Please contact Karen Ledford at 816-260-7944 or meltingpotevents@aol.com for further details and scheduling.

More information

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Book your Holiday Events now at bluestem!


Book your Holiday Events now at bluestem!



bluestem is available for private luncheons, evening events, and cocktail parties. Chefs Colby and Megan Garrelts will create custom seasonal menus for that perfect occasion. Let bluestem help create memories this holiday season!



During the month of December bluestem will offer

3-Courses for $30.00 for private lunch parties Tuesday – Saturday

Menu selections include an appetizer, entrée choice, and dessert.

Lunch parties must be a minimum of 15 guests with a maximum of 40 guests.

Beverage selections, sales tax, and gratuity are not included in the special lunch pricing and there is no additional room charge during the day. Chefs Colby and Megan can also add additional courses to your lunch and/or reception possibilities to expand your December luncheon for an additional charge.

contact our general manager Jeremy Lamb at jeremy@bluestemkc.com for event planning information.

Tassos Gift Baskets

 Tasso's Greek Restaurant & Catering

8411 Wornall
Kansas City, MO 64114
816.363.4776


4 Bottles of Tasso’s Famous Greek Salad Dressing
$24.95

Tasso’s Famous Greek Salad Dressing, Nemea Boutari(Greek Red Wine) & Boutari Moschofilero (Greek White)
$44.95
Tasso’s Famous Greek Salad Dressing, Nemea Boutari, Boutari Moschofilero & Glaros Ouzo
$69.95

Monday, December 5, 2011

Jowler Creek Vineyard & Winery

December 16, 2011 Colleen Gerke owner & vintner of Jowler Creek vineyards will be at the store signing bottles at Ensminger Retail Liquor Store

Great Holiday gifts! She will personalize them!! Great wines, local sustainable farming. Fun interesting lady who grew up in California wine country.

913.469.9006



Jowler Creek Vineyard & Winery
16905 Jowler Creek Road
Platte City
816-858-5528
www.jowlercreek.com
Tasting room hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday
It’s not unusual for regional wineries to be launched by amateur winemakers, but it usually doesn’t work out as well as it has for Jason and Colleen Gerke. The path from wine lovers to amateur winemakers to successful winery owners would seem torturous for most, but for the Gerkes it seems like fate, even if they still carry a sense of amazed joy that it’s working out so well.
“I grew up in the central coast of California,” Colleen Gerke says, “and everything around me was vines. I went to Cal Poly, majoring in agriculture, and I had to choose either chemistry or winemaking for my major.
“Well,” she says, giggling at the ease of the decision, “free wine?”
So she chose winemaking, though she admits that she never really thought about using her degree. She and Jason met in college and started to date. After they married, they moved to Kansas City.
Jason Gerke had grown up on a farm in central Missouri. So when they settled into their little house in Waldo and started making wine out of the basement, it was natural that they eventually thought about finding a more suitable place.
“Both of us grew up in rural areas,” she says, “and we wanted to get back to farming some land. We found our piece of property in Platte County, and we thought grapes would look really pretty there.”
They planted grapes around their new house, but after they did more research, “we realized that it was not the best place for our grapes right along the driveway!”
They continued to plant, focusing on Missouri’s official state grape, Norton, “just as a hobby,” she says, “but we kinda got bit by it. We planted two acres our second year, still thinking we would sell everything (all the grapes), but then we realized that we already make our own wine and we like drinking wine. So why are we going to sell our grapes to somebody else?”
Before long, people started knocking on the door in search of their wine. “We ended up putting a little tasting bar down in our basement,” she says.
They planted more and more vines: more Norton, and then Vignoles and then Traminette and Cabernet Franc, and they’ve outgrown their basement.
In fact, their tasting room and winery is a far cry from those basement days; it’s a lovely spot, and the wines have quickly earned an excellent reputation among the ranks of area wineries.
Their Norton is robust and substantial, and their Chambourcin is living proof that this red raspberry-tinged grape has a bright future both in this area and for Jowler Creek. Their Vignoles has the richness and complexity of that grape, in a sweeter iteration, and their Traminette is intensely floral, as befits a grape with parents that include that wonderfully aromatic grape, Gewurztraminer.

City Wide Taxi Service. Anywhere in Kansas City!


Kansas City may not be a walking town, but we can help you from here to there. Johnson County to North of the River. Westport to the West Bottoms.Yellow Cab of KC provides fast, reliable taxi service all over the Metropolitan Kansas City area. Call 816-471-5000 or 888-471-6050 Now For 24-Hour Yellow Cab Service!

TEXT FOR A TAXI
All you need is your address!

Do you want to text for a taxi? Do you know how easy it is? All you need to do is text your street address, (ie - 1234 Main St) and a cab will be dispatched and on its way!

Text Line
(816) 805-6388

Text Line
(913) 534-8294

Order Holiday Pies from Courthouse Exchange!


This holiday season, relax and let us do the baking!



Order your Holiday Pies from Sally & Courthouse Exchange.



We have all of your favorites from Apple to Chocolate Pecan.

See the full list at courthouseexchange.com



Call us at 816.252.0344 for more info and to place your order.



Happy Holidays!!