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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

Souper Bowl Week of Caring to Provide 50,000 Meals

Souper Bowl Week of Caring to Provide 50,000 Meals

Harvesters and Kansas City Chiefs teaming up to feed the hungry

Kansas City, MO – Join Harvesters and the Kansas City Chiefs as they team up to “tackle” hunger during the Souper Bowl Week of Caring, January 31 through February 5.  

            Across the community, many families, including many working families, do not know where their next meal is coming from. Many others are making the difficult choice whether to “heat or eat,” deciding whether to pay for utilities or heat or buy food. Harvesters and the Chiefs are calling on everyone in the community to help score a touchdown for the hungry by providing 50,000 meals during this year’s Souper Bowl week.       

 “Harvesters’ network is feeding more people than ever before and food is literally flying off our shelves,” said Karen Haren, president and CEO of Harvesters. “We are excited to be partnering with the Kansas City Chiefs to collect much needed food and funds to help us feed hungry families.”

Join the Kansas City Chiefs and Harvesters in feeding the hungry

·         Have a Souper Bowl party. Join the fun by hosting a food drive or simply ask guests to bring canned food donations to your Super Bowl party. Food and monetary donations brought to Harvesters through Friday, February 10, will be included in the week’s total.

·         Donate to the Souper Bowl virtual food drive. Make a donation at With every $1 donated, Harvesters can provide five meals.

For more information about hosting a food drive for the Souper Bowl Week of Caring, visit or call Harvesters at 877.653.9517.

About Harvesters—The Community Food Network
            Harvesters is this area’s only food bank and is Feeding America’s 2011 Food Bank of the Year. Serving a 26-county area of northwestern Missouri and northeastern Kansas, Harvesters provides food and related household products to more than 620 not-for-profit agencies including emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, children’s homes and others. Agencies in Harvesters’ network provide food assistance to as many as 66,000 different people each week. Harvesters, which was founded in 1979, is a certified member of Feeding America, a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks, serving all 50 states. For more information, visit

VIP INVITATION Author Dinner at Jasper's

VIP INVITATION Author Dinner at Jasper's: February 1, 2012 Gabrielle Hamilton of Blood, Bones & Butter

 Greeting Foodies!

Wow...Gabrielle Hamilton is coming to Kansas City for a booksigning. The author of Blood, Bones & Butter will be at Jasper's on Wednesday February 1, 2012  at 6:30 PM.

Gabrielle's writing has appeared in Saveur, Food & Wine, Bon Appetit, GQ and The New York Times. Gabrielle has appeared on the Martha Stewart Show and The Food Network.

Anthony Bourdain claims Blood Bones & Butter is THE BEST MEMOIR ever from a chef!

Make reservations today at 816.941.6600 or email

The cost is Only 50.00! 

 Jasper's chefs will be preparing four courses inspired by Gabrielle's PRUNE RESTAURANT in NYC. You will absolutely love her Holiday Minestrone & Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Gabrielle's Mother In Law's Eggplant Parmigiana, PRUNE Chicken Thighs & Braised Fennel along with her signature dessert of Mascarpone Gelato & Salted Caramel Croutons. 

 I will be interviewing Gabrielle on his radio show LIVE! From Jasper's Kitchen Saturday at 11 AM on KCMO Talk Radio 710.

I am looking forward to meeting you at the dinner and introducing my friend Gabrielle!

buca di beppo

new menu items at buca di beppo:

Chicken & Sausage Ziti:  Tender chicken breast and sausage with garlic, red onions, tomatoes and spinach tossed in a garlic cream sauce.

Shrimp Florentine:  Shrimp sautéed in garlic tossed with linguine, diced tomatoes and spinach in a butter sauce.

Buca ala Enzo:  Pancetta and fried Prosciutto with sautéed button mushrooms and peas tossed with Bucatini pasta.

Tuscan Pork Chops:  Breaded and pan sautéed bone-in chops topped with lemon butter sauce and garnished with capers.

My mom's cooking

"Pot au feu" is a French beef stew. According to chef Raymond Blanc, the pot-au feu is "the quintessence of French family cuisine, it is the most celebrated dish in France. It honours the tables of the rich and poor alike.

My mom used to cook "pot au feu", and I have followed her steps. She used to do something different with the left over. Which I do!

It changes it a little so you don't get too bored with it...

Restaurant Guide Secrets!

The Art Institutes! Freshly baked breads under Chef Carter’s instruction are now available on Mondays and Tuesdays from 11-11:45am for the next 8 weeks. All the breads are fantastic!

Located at 8208 Melrose. Call 913-217-4600 if you have any questions.

I just ate a baguette by myself! Ooops!


Family-owner kitchen and home accessories store

If you're a culinary artist or budding cook looking for that perfect piece to finish a fantastic meal, there's no doubt you'd find it at Pryde's.
Pryde's is a family-owned kitchen and home accessories store in the heart of old Westport, Mo. in Kansas City, Mo.
“We have a staggering array of bake ware…cookware…any kitchen gadget. In face we love when people come in and get that glazed-over look,” said Louise Meyers, the store’s current owner.
Pryde’s Building is Historic
The brick building was built in 1922 for the Helen Thomes School of Dance. Helen Siebert Thomes was born in Kansas City, Mo. in 1884. She conducted the Helen Thomes School of Dancing for several years before retiring in 1942.
Decades later Pryde's took over the space. Louise Meyers' parents opened the store in 1968.
"They were down the street for four years then they found this gem of a building and bought this in 1972," said Meyers.
10,000 Square Feet of Stuff
10,000 square feet of space is stuffed with everything you'd need for your kitchen - from spatulas to towels to hard-to-find cookware and home accessories.
Meyers pointed out a Le Creuset bake ware dish in orange- what she says is this season’s hottest color. “We've carried the Le Creuset cookware for forty years…the cast iron cookware with the enamel finish. And we have ten sizes of Dutch Ovens…skillets and sauce pans. ”
Visitors can also sip Pryde's special blend coffee while they shop or taste one of the store’s homemade pies baked fresh every Friday and Saturday.
Pryde's is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. The store is closed Sundays.



Bourbon Street comes to Downtown Kansas City on Saturday, February 18, 2012, at the 4th Annual Mardi Gras Festival at KC Live! in the Power & Light District.

The event will feature entertainment with DJ Mike Scott on the KC Live! Stage, bead giveaways and Mardi Gras-themed contests, including a Most Beads contest, Best Dressed and Hurricane Drinking contest. Over $500 in cash and prizes will be awarded to contest winners.

The event is free to attend, but guests may purchase an all-inclusive Free-4-All wristband to access additional specials and no cover throughout the evening. The Free-4-All pass is $20 in advance and $30 at the door. It may be purchased online at or in participating venues.

With the Free-4-All wristband, guests will enjoy beverages from 8 to 11 p.m. and free cover all night inside the KC Live! Block and at participating venues. Participating venues include: McFadden’s Sports Saloon, Shark Bar, Johnny’s Tavern, Pizza Bar, Howl at the Moon, PBR Big Sky, Angels Rock Bar, Tengo Sed Cantina, Maker’s Mark Bourbon House & Lounge, Mosaic Lounge and the KC Live! Living Room. 

Guests must be 21 or older to attend.  The 4th Annual Mardi Gras Festival is sponsored by Miller Lite and Southern Comfort.

Cheese Day

Here is a recipe that everyone loves:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup soft, fresh goat cheese (such as Montrachet)
  • 1/3 cup pesto (Hen House)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • All purpose flour
Preheat oven to 380°F. Combine goat cheese, pesto in small bowl; mix well. Dredge chicken breast with flour and add cheese mixture. Roll - secure them with a toothpick. Repeat with remaining chicken and cheese mixture.

Heat olive oil in heavy large oven-proof skillet over medium-high heat. Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Fry chicken breast in olive oil until golden brown on all sides, turning occasionally, about 4 minutes. Place skillet with chicken in oven and bake until chicken is tender and cooked through, about 10 minutes.

I will take a picture tomorrow when I do it! Accompagnied with zucchini or green beans. Perfect meal!

It is fun to do that!
Bon Appétit!


Sunday at Webster House

Sunday Brunch 10-2 every Sunday at Webster House is a delicious event. Join us for Brioche French Toast and a Mimosa (pictured), Steak Benedict, Biscuits and Gravy, Pan Seared Salmon just to name a few of the amazing brunch items on our menu. The full menu is available at Webster House and you won't believe the value. Celebrate the weekend and relax at Webster House.  

Wine Dinner at Fou Frog

It's short notice, but you won't want to miss this special event - THIS WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11th!

Five Course Wine Dinner with special guest, Jean-Francois Bonnete. $95 for food and wine (tax/tip not included).
We hope you will join us for what we feel with be a very special evening.  Call for reservations or go online to Online Reservation and please write "wine dinner" in the comment area.  Thanks and hope to see you THIS Wednesday, January 11th.

Are you still going out on the Plaza?

The Country Club Plaza has been my favorite, reminding me a little Europe. The Country Club Plaza is perhaps our Times Square or little secret. The entire 15-block district, with more than 150 shops and dozens of fine restaurants, makes The Country Club Plaza Kansas City's premier shopping, dining and entertainment destination.

blanc burgers + bottles *
Bo Ling's *Buca di Beppo
Cafe Trio *
Chaz on the Plaza
Classic Cup *Figlio *
Fiorella's Jack Stack BBQ *Fogo de Chão®
Hibachi *JJ's *Julian *
Kona Grill
McCormick & Schmick's
Melting Pot #M&S Grill
Oak Room Plaza III *Starker's Restaurant *

In 2011 a shots rang out on the Plaza, and three teenagers were injured. Did that incident have changed your perception of the Plaza?

Designer Eclairs and Profiteroles Cooking Class

Designer Eclairs and Profiteroles Cooking Class

If you've ever stirred up a batch of choux pastry in a saucepan, you know how easy it is. It's what you do with it next that separates the pastry artists from the rest of us. Trending now in Paris are both sweet and savory eclairs and profiteroles with a modern twist--move over macaron!  Warm up to these treats and enjoy a fun-filled class with Les Dames d'Escoffier. We'll begin with a petit dejeuner  (French for breakfast ya know). Then Pastry Chef Carter Holton, who just recently won a Food Network Challenge, will work his magic.   We'll all take home a box of eclairs and profiteroles plus recipes.  Saturday, January 21, 2012 from 9:30 a.m. to Noon at Portfolio Kitchen and Home (covered parking in the back of the building) 215 West Pershing, KCMO 64108.  Your $45 check or credit card is your reservation. RSVP by January 18 to . 

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