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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


Kansas Citians are invited to recharge… for free in celebration of National Coffee Day. From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, September 28 Parisi Café at Kansas City’s Union Station is offering a free cup of coffee in celebration of an annual coffee holiday.

For those seeking a specialty item in honor of National Coffee Day (which is officially Saturday, September 29) Parisi Café is offering $1 off all barista-prepared medium/large coffee and espresso-based drinks all day. No coupon necessary, however guests must mention National Coffee Day to receive the discount.

 The local artisan coffee roaster opened its first café inside Union Station’s Grand Hall one year ago. For the past six years, the company has sold 100-percent Arabica bean, drum-roasted coffee in local grocery stores, as well as custom blends for a number of well-known area restaurants.

This is the first retail location for Parisi Coffee with a second location scheduled to open in late fall in Leawood at Park Place at 115th Street and Nall. The Café, 30 W. Pershing Road, Kansas City, Mo., is open Monday through Friday 7 a.m. through 6 p.m. and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

 About Parisi Artisan Coffee

Parisi Artisan Coffee was founded in 2006 in Kansas City, Mo. by a longtime local Italian family who had established several successful artisan food companies under the parent company, Paris Brothers Inc. In addition to nearly 4,500 artisan foods imported, manufactured and distributed in Midwest retail and grocery stores, the company specializes in manufacturing artisan-style specialty coffee with a passion for Italian espressos. All Parisi coffees are small batch roasted using a unique roasting technique called drum roasting at the company’s Kansas City production facility off Southwest Boulevard near downtown. Parisi Artisan Coffee is available at Midwest regional food stores as well as served at fine Kansas City area restaurants.

Broadmoor's 2012 Culinary Homecoming

Broadmoor’s 2012 Culinary Homecoming
Featuring: Jon Dallen a decade of culinary excellence”
October 16, 2012 at 6:00
$35 per person
Jonathon Dallen’s vision for becoming a chef and having his own restaurant began his sophomore year at Shawnee Mission West. Dallen’s enrollment to Broadmoor Technical Center literally changed his life in achieving his lifelong goals of being a chef and having his own business.
In 2002, Dallen was instructed and mentored by first year instructor Chef Brassard. Brassard’s inspiration and tutorage enabled Dallen to become the first SMSD student to become a national finalist for the prestigious “Best Team Chef” national competition which Jonathon placed 2nd in the nation sparking the birth of the Broadmoor’s commitment to Culinary Excellence! Dallen’s finish in the competition opened the door to be mentored by notable James Beard Chefs Kevin Rathbun and Gary Mennie in the Atlanta metropolitan area during his time at the Art Institute of Atlanta.
Jonathon graduated with honors from the AI of Atlanta. Upon his arrival back in the KC  metropolitan area, Dallen took his first executive chef position creating the concept “Tonic” which feature eclectic bites in a relaxed atmosphere in Old Overland Park location. After receiving many accolades from local media, Dallen left Tonic for a private chef position.
Dallen’s goal to be a chef -owner was fulfilled in 2009 Opening up “Taste Restaurant.” Taste was well received earning positive reviews in the Pitch, KC Star, Bon Appetite, and 435 Magazine.
Presently, Dallen is focused on his next goal: creating food and developing recipes that will inspire his future endeavor in the metro area.
Mini Sambal Crab Fritter, Remoulade  Pan Fried Chicken Liver, Pomegranate Molasses, Cider-Poached Apple Sage, Apple Wood Smoked Bacon, Roasted Potato
1st Course
Seared Diver Scallop Pickled Fennel, Watercress, Chervil, Yuzu Vinaigrette
2nd Course
Butternut Squash Soup Roasted Pancetta, Corn, Autumn Cream,
3rd Course
Potato Wrapped Sturgeon Sweet Pea Risotto, Shaved Asparagus, Lobster & Carrot Butter
4th Course
Red Wine Braised Short Rib
Sweet Potato-Bacon Hash, Red Onion Jam, Crispy Shallots
5th Course
Persimmon Panna Cotta
Local Honey, Rainier Cherries, Tuille

KC Healthy Kids Part of Mid America Emmy Nomination

A segment of Kansas City Public Television’s Imagine KC series featuring interviews with Gretchen Kunkel of KC Healthy Kids and Beth Low of Greater Kansas City Food Policy Coalition and a feature on the Grown in Ivanhoe project, has been nominated for a Mid-America Emmy Award.

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Mid America Regional Chapter Emmy awards ceremony will be held at the Midland Theatre in Kansas City, Mo. Sat., Sept. 22.  In all, KCPT earned nine nominations, including this Public/Current/Community Affairs – Program/Special nomination.

 Titled Building Healthy, Local Food Systems, the nominated episode is part of the 12-part Imagine KC series, co-produced by KCPT and the Mid America Regional Council, to raise awareness of strategies to promote a vibrant, connected, and green future for Kansas City. The episode originally aired June 30, 2011.  To watch and read more about the episode visit

 “We are excited to learn that this segment has been nominated for an Emmy,” Kunkel said.  “We believe the episode illustrates clearly how building a strong, local food system in Kansas City is important for our collective health, our environment, and our local economy.”

Urban farming is featured in the first segment before the show turns to improving access in food deserts and shows the Ivanhoe Neighborhood Center, one of the neighborhoods KC Healthy Kids is actively involved with.

In-studio interviews are conducted with Kunkel, the president of KC Healthy Kids and Low, the director of the GKCFPC.  The two discuss the importance of changing food policies to promote sustainable, better, healthier eating in greater Kansas City. The episode concludes with a look at schoolyard gardens.

KC Healthy Kids is a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing obesity and improving the health of Greater Kansas City’s children.  To learn more visit

The Greater Kansas City Food Policy Coalition advocates for a strong local food system, which provides healthy, sustainable and accessible foods which build a spirit of cooperation among all food system components.  To learn more visit

For more information on the Emmys visit

Oktoberfest! 2012

Starting on Saturday 28, the world will get a little bit crazier: it's the beginning of Oktoberfest!

3rd annual Grünauer Oktoberfest Kansas City's home for authentic Austrian cuisine, will, according to owner Nicholas Grünauer, host an "expanded and extended version of last year's" Oktoberfest. This year's event, sponsored by Hofbräu, will take place Friday September 28th & 29th and will feature food, beer and a variety of live entertainment in two large tents in front of the Freighthouse restaurant. The newly renovated biergarten will be tented and serve as the food hub featuring a variety of traditional Oktoberfest fare prepared by Chef de Cuisine MatthiasSeyfrid (weisswurst, bratwurst, pretzels,apple strudel, kassler rippchen, kartoffelsalat and more).

A second larger tent just to the south will serve as the music tent with live acts ranging from authentic German dancers, polka bands and more family-friendly entertainment during the day. At night the music tent will play host to a variety of Kansas City's notable jazz and rock performers. Both tents will serve a full lineup of beers from Hofbräu, including their 2012 Oktoberfest brew.

Tickets may purchased in advance and at the restaurant beginning in August. Advance tickets will be $10 and will include a Hofbrau draft and access to the entertainment tent . Tickets purchased at the door will be $15. For more information about this event call 816.283.3234.

Another early Oktoberfest is held in downtown Lee's Summit Friday, September 28 (5–11 p.m.), and Saturday, September 29 (9 a.m.–11 p.m.)

The Shawnee German-American Club's ninth annual Oktoberfest celebration is scheduled for 5:30 to 11 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Shawnee Civic Centre. The event will feature performances by the Willie Kirst German Band and the Blautaler Schuhplatter dancers. Also planned are games for children, German food and prizes. Admission is free.

A day at the park - Saturday, October 6 (noon–9 p.m.). Festivities in English Landing Park include an early morning pet parade, food vendors, a beer garden, and live music.

Eat Local For The Holidays Preview

The Eat Local For The Holidays campaign is an effort by the Greater Kansas City Food Policy Coalition to encourage people to choose at least one item in their holiday meal from a local source.

This year’s theme is Deliciously Simple.
Reasons for eating local food include keeping your food dollars in the local economy, reducing your carbon footprint, increasing the freshness of the foods people eat and because local foods taste great.
The campaign includes an opportunity to pledge to serve at least one locally-grown food in holiday celebrations.  The website includes a sign-up for the pledge, reasons why it is important to eat local, what food is fresh in Kansas and Missouri right now, a list of farmer’s markets open during this time of year, restaurants serving local food, local food recipes and how to get involved in creating a healthy local food system.
Last year more than 300 people took the pledge and the GKCFPC is looking to double that number in 2012.  Those who take the pledge are entered in a drawing for local food prizes.  

 Among activities promoting Eat Local For the Holidays are:

-       Eat Local Pledge

-       Blue Bird Restaurant’s Dine With A Farmer Night.

-       Chef demonstrations at farmer’s markets and class extensions.

-       Youth preparing healthy Halloween meals.

-       Farmer’s markets open in the fall.

Members of the GKCFPC, which includes individuals, organizations, businesses and government representatives representing all critical components of our local food system, will be available to talk to media.  So will local farmers, etc…
More information will come in October, but if you have early interest in learning about this campaign, please do not hesitate to contact me at or (816) 728-9141, or look at our websites at or

 The Greater Kansas City Food Policy Coalition

The Greater Kansas City Food Policy Coalition (GKCFPC) advocates for a strong local food system that provides healthy, sustainable and accessible foods for everyone living in Greater Kansas City. We want the food that our families, our children, and our neighbors eat to be the best for our bodies, our environment, and our local community.

 Eat Local Fact Sheet

“You are what you eat” is a fact.  Research shows that diets high in fruits, vegetables, fiber and grains are associated with lower risks of heart disease and many types of cancer. 

Healthy food choices play a significant role in obesity prevention and treatment.  Kansas and Missouri unfortunately have obesity rates around 30 percent of the population.

A strong local food system keeps revenue in our community.

Produce in the average U.S. grocery store travels nearly 1,500 miles from the farm where it was grown.

Eating local means we are less affected by large-scale food recalls of contaminated goods that are processed in consolidated facilities and shipped throughout the country.

Local foods are a more sustainable and environmentally friendly solution to shipping in food from long distances.

A strong local food system keeps revenue in our community and provides opportunities for small and mid-sized agribusiness to develop and expand.

Having a strong source of local and regional foods makes our region more self-sufficient and more insulated from food safety issues involving global and national food sources.

Local farms can produce regional and cultural foods that are important to our heritage.
Local food is fresher and tastes better

La Parilla Guacamole recipe

Guacamole lovers...this is the day we've been waiting for...National Guacamole Day. La Parilla was kind enough to send us their original recipe. Try it and let us know what you think :)"

1/2  yellow onion, finely diced

1     jalapeno, chopped fine

1 tsp garlic, chopped

1/2 tsp cumin powder 

2 limes squeezed

4 tomatillo, peeled & chopped

8 avocadoes

1/4 bunch of cilantro, chopped fine

salt to taste

Put the all ingredients in a food processor until the avocadoes become smooth

La Parilla Olathe - Mexican Restaurant


The Kill Devil Club Grand Opening, Sprint Family Fun Days & More!

This weekend The Kill Devil Club, hosts their Grand Opening Weekend with live music by The Dave Stephens Band!
The Kill Devil Club, an adult oasis downtown where myths and legends die hard, features hand crafted cocktails, plates for sharing and live music that moves you!

For reservations & full details, contact or 816.588.1132 or

Join us this Saturday, September 15th for the next Sprint Family Fun Days event, Tails and Beaks! Activities include a petting zoo with exotic animals, an extinct animal train, a safari scavenger hunt & more! Plus, enjoy a live performance by Brandon Draper's Drum Safari! Bring the family down for lots of animal fun from 11am-3pm

September is National Cannoli Month!

Master Italian chef, Jasper Mirabile Jr. has declared the month of September "National Cannoli Month." 

 By decree of the master cannoli maker, Jasper Mirabile Jr, desert lovers in Kansas City will be able to enjoy a massive show of cannoli power during September! "I'm obsessed with finding the perfect cannoli!" says Jasper. I even invented a Cannoli Therapy Patch for people who need a cannoli fix. I dressed up last year as a cannoli for Halloween. The end-story in my cookbook is, "On the Cannoli Trail"'s all about my search for the greatest cannoli in Sicily! 

 Cannolis originated in Palermo & the surrounding areas. They were originally made for Carnival, which is a festival that occurs before Lent. It is a crisp crust filled with fresh Ricotta cheese blended with other ingredients. It takes it name from it's long tubular shape & dates back to the time when Sicily was occupied by Arabs in the 9th century.

 "Thirty Cannolis For Thirty Days"

Jasper's and Marco Polo's Italian Market will be featuring a different unique and creative Cannoli each day from Banana Cream Pie to Girl Scout's Thin Mint. 

Jasper's Cannoli Recipe Contest

Enter your favorite recipe for Cannolis...Something unique and different and win prizes!  

1st Place:  Dinner for two to Jasper's. Value: $100.00

2nd Place: Free Autographed Jasper's Cookbook, Pasta Sauces and Salad Dressing Basket. Value: $50.00

3rd. Place: Mozzarella Theater Kit   Value: $25.00

Cannoli Eating Contest  

September 22, 2012 featuring Champion Competitive Eaters at Jasper's 11 AM. LIVE! From Jasper's Kitchen RADIO REMOTE with KCMO Talk Radio 710AM & 103.5 FM .  Please apply to be a competitor today!
 More information

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Maker's Mark

Stroll along 14th Street and enjoy live jazz featuring Darcus Gates, wine and cocktails in the heart of the Power & Light District on September 8th from 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Plus other performances by: Clint Ashlock & The New Jazz Order Big Band, Will Matthews & Bobby Floyd Quartet with Special Guest Bobby Watson, Kerry Strayer & Some Like It Hot, and JWB with Special Guest Ron Gutierrez! This event is free and open to the public.

Stop by Maker's Mark Bourbon House & Lounge for additional live entertainment throughout the day!

Chaz Specials

Chef d'Ablaing recently unveiled his culinary team's latest menu and early results are in: Entree highlights among first-tasters are the new Veal Oscar with buttered blue crab; and Picanha, a Brazilian-style sirloin. A favorite, adjusted for the new season, is Atlantic salmon with fennel dumplings and beets. For an appetizer accompaniment, try the Conch hushpuppies with chili-lime aioli and roasted corn. The new breakfast indulgence? Lobster Benedict with local sturgeon caviar and fried green tomatoes.
Chaz offers a stellar wine appreciation deal in the form of a 50% off coupon when used while dining in Chaz Mondays - Thursdays this month. Coupon applies to an expanded portfolio of wines on the Director's List. Some exclusions apply. Detailsand coupon online

HARVESTERS: Take Action Against Hunger in September

Take Action Against Hunger in September

Help fight hunger during Hunger Acton Month and make a difference in someone’s life. 


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. –Harvesters—The Community Food Network is joining food banks across the nation in calling on everyone to take action during September to help feed the hungry.  Whether it be volunteering on September 11 as part of a National Day of Service, donating perishable food items for this week’s Fill the Fridge food drive or wearing orange on Thursday, September 6 for  Go Orange for Hunger Day, Harvesters encourages everyone to find a way to help in the fight against hunger.

“When we provide food to someone who is hungry, we’re providing more than a meal,” said Harvesters President and CEO Karen Haren. “We’re also helping build healthier communities. During Hunger Action Month, we call on everyone to join our mission to feed the hungry. Our community’s generous support through gifts of food, time, money and voice makes it possible for Harvesters to continue providing food to one in eight people in our region.”

Hunger strikes homes in rural areas, suburbs and cities. Feeding America’s national Map the Meal Gap study shows hunger is everywhere, and one in five children in Harvesters’ 26-county service area are food insecure–meaning their families may not know where the next meal is coming from. 

            During September, take action to fight hunger by joining Harvesters’ “30 Ways in 30 Days” campaign. Visit for a list of 30 easy, daily ways to take action, along with many additional suggestions for getting involved.  Highlights include:

Give Food

·         Donate perishable food items to Fill the Fridge Drive Sept. 3-7 at participating Price Chopper grocery stores.

·         Bring 2 cans of food to the Liberty Corn Maze and save $2 on admission to the maze featuring Harvesters' logo

·         Renaissance Festival—Donate five canned foods to Harvesters and get $5 off admission to the Renaissance Festival on the weekends of September 8-9 and 15-16.

Give Time

·         National Day of Service—Volunteer at Harvesters in Kansas City or Topeka on September 11 as part of the National Day of Service and mark the 11th anniversary of the attacks on America. Unite with others to help feed the hungry in our community.

·         Volunteer to sort and repackage food in Harvesters’ Volunteer Outreach Center or help with our special events and food drives. You can sign up online or by calling 877.653.9516.

Give Money

·         Virtual Food Drive—Donate money through our Hunger Action Month, interactive virtual food drive. For every dollar donated, Harvesters can provide five meals.

·         Become a Monthly Donor—Make a one-time donation or join the Harvester Club, a monthly donor program, and spread your gift over 12 months.

Give Voice

·         Become a Hunger Advocate—Visit to register for updates on hunger-related legislation.  


About Harvesters—The Community Food Network

            Harvesters is this area’s only food bank and was 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

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