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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


begins and ends at Kansas City Marriott Downtown

Downtown Kansas City is where urban revelers will get their 2014 started on a high note. Kansas City’s largest hotel, the Marriott Kansas City Downtown, and the Kansas City Convention Center team up to create a New Year’s celebration to remember – right in the heart of KC’s electric downtown scene. The hotel offers a choice of package options:

The New Year’s Eve Grand Package is an all-inclusive New Year’s Eve experience includes two tickets to the downtown event of the year, deluxe accommodations, Champagne at check-in, party hats and horns, breakfast for two in MetropolitanKC, and late check-out. A highlight of the package is the gala at the Kansas City Convention Center Grand Ballroom. The evening includes an elegant dinner with themed food stations, including seafood, carving, sushi, salad, risotto and a miniature dessert extravaganza with an assortment of tartlets, dessert bars, holiday cookies and parfaits – plus live dance music by Kansas City’s popular Michael Beers Band, and a countdown followed by Champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight. Casino games, a DJ, caricature artists and KC Photobooth offer options for creating and preserving memories.  Package is from $329 for two. A VIP Platinum Package upgrade includes ten drink tickets at $399 for two. Guests may reserve an additional night at $129. Single tickets at $114 each are available at the box office or through Ticketmaster.

The New Year’s Eve Silver Package puts guests in the heart of the city’s Power & Light Entertainment District. The package includes deluxe accommodations, a chilled bottle of Champagne, breakfast buffet for two in MetropolitanKC, and a late check-out. Package is from $269 for two with optional second night at $129.

The packages include complimentary use of the fitness center and indoor pool. Rates are exclusive of tax and gratuity and subject to availability. Advance reservations are required and may be made by calling 816-421-6800 or visiting and using promotion code EVE for Grand and Platinum Packages or P50 for the Silver Package. In addition to the New Year’s celebrations, the hotel offers special holiday savings of up to 20% off best available room rates. Advance purchase required, using promotion code HOL.

About Kansas City Marriott Downtown: Kansas City’s largest convention hotel offers 983 guest rooms and 100,000 square feet of diverse banquet and meeting space spread out through 42 different function rooms in two towers connected by an elevated walkway. Information is available by calling 816-421-6800 or visiting

Hereford House - Thanksgiving Order Form

Enjoy Hereford House at home for the holidays!

Choose from three packages for up to 15 guests

Prime Rib Feast, Prime Rib and Dessert or Prime Rib only

Just think what you can do with all your free time if you are not cooking!

Le Fou Frog's specials for Beaujolais Nouveau

Le Fou Frog

21 November 2013


Watercress with Truffle Cream  $4/$7



Chevre, Watercress, Root Vegetables with a Hazelnut Vinaigrette  $12

Smoked Duck Salad with Pear, Parmesan, Spinach, and a Peppercorn Vinaigrette  $12


Hors d’Oeuvres

Sauteed Chicken Liver and Juniper Berry Sausage with Apple, Mustard and Lentils  $12

Sauteed Wild Mushrooms, Asperagus, Madeira with a Thyme Crisp  $14

Braised Cabbage Roll with Pork Belly, Root Vegetables and Rosemary  $12



Golden Trout encrusted in Almonds and Garlic with Mushroom and Red Wine Sauce  $25



Wild Boar Stew with Chestnut, Lingonberry, and Juniper Berry $25



Bananas Foster $8
816- 474-6060

Collection and Julian with Celina Tio

Collection and Julian with Celina Tio by Chris Becicka
For my first blog entry for Restaurant Guide of Kansas City, I thought I should write a profound introduction.  But nahhh . . . . instead, let me just mention a couple of things and we’ll fill in the gaps later.  This blog, Chris’ Corner, is going to cover eating out in Kansas City.  What a concept, right?  Yes, but I’ll also talk to chefs, talk about trends, special foods, special techniques, tidbits I learn.  It will always be short -- which, by the way, is really hard for me to do but I know about today’s attention spans.  It will appear, for now, at least every other week, so check back to this website.

Here goes.

I was interested in how a chef/owner runs more than one restaurant at a time.  So I talked to Celina Tio who has more energy than I have fat cells and who owns/chefs at Julian, her Brookside bistro and The Collection, on the edge of the Power and Light District.  Very different restaurants with a very different raison d'être, different vibes, different looks and of course different menus.  She’s still cooking at both places, training, expediting, and tasting everything – Collection at noon; Julian at dinner; she trades off weekend nights.  Menus have recently changed at both places for fall and winter – but this is harder than you’d think as people want their favorites back.  Her solution is to bring ’em back, but change them up a little. For instance, Julian always has some kind of smoked salmon.  She’s brought back the scallops with creamed mushrooms and mashed potatoes.  Her house made sausage on caraway cabbage is an unusual take on a dish that started out as something else. 

6227 Brookside Plaza, Brookside, MO 64113Located in the heart of Brookside
Julian on Urbanspoon

At Collection, she’s added a different kind of short rib dish,
one that her sous chef chose; there’s a frisee and arugula salad with pistachios, goat cheese, and pomegranate dressing.  Her famous carrots, however, are a signature item (roasted with cumin and harissa, the rest you’ll have to figure out).  She also does lots of catering for companies and events – where a whole altered approach is often required.

Her favorites are no surprise:  the scallops at Julian; the rigatoni with house-made sausage and mozzarella at Collection.  So how does Celina stay so petite and keep two restaurants running and personal?  Must be that energy.

1532 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64108Located in the Crossroads at 15th and Grand
(816) 471-7111

Collection on Urbanspoon


Kick Off The Holiday Season at the
4th Annual Holiday Open House & Tree Lighting

Thursday, November 21st  5pm - 8pm
 14th Street (Between Walnut and Main Street)

Join Kansas City Power & Light District as we kick off the holiday's. See Santa
Claus and his reindeer, listen to holiday classics, grab happy hour at surrounding restaurants
 and bars, enjoy hot cocoa, get starting on your holiday shopping and more!

The first 200 people receive a souvenir travel coffee mug.

Get started on your holiday shopping The KC Annex at the Garment District
Boutique, Envolve Boutique, The Polished Edge Fine Jewelry, KC Garment Collective,
Cosentino's Market Downtown and Zafar Salon, Spa & Boutique.

Families welcome. Anyone under 21 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. The event takes place on 14th Street, between Walnut and Main Streets,
across from Bristol Seafood Grill-Downtown KC.


Cafe Provence Beaujolais Nouveau

Cafe Provence will hosts the release of the

Beaujolais Nouveau

 with music and Food Specials featuring the Beaujolais region.

Thursday, November 21th  

Beaujolais Nouveau, Prix Fixe $48 (regular menu will be available)

The menu will be posted on the web site this week.



"Made in France" is a group of French local musicians, Alain (guitar), Franck (Guitar/vocal) and Eric (Lead vocal) living in the KC area and playing the Frenchmusic you love. Come to Café Provence and add that "je ne sais quoi" to your evening.

  #cafeprovence #Beaujolais #winedinner

KC Area Veteran's Day Freebies

Available before Veteran's Day
· Bar Louie: FREE meal (up to $12) on November 10 or 11.
· Red Lobster: FREE appetizer from list of 10 options from November 11 to 14.
· McCormick & Schmick's: Veterans are offered a FREE meal, from a choice of 10 entrées, on November 10.
· UNO: Free entree or individual pizza with an entree or pizza of equal or greater value on Sunday or Monday.

Breakfast on Veteran's Day
· Denny's: FREE all-you-can-eat pancakes from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
· Krispy Kreme: FREE doughnut and coffee for veterans.
· Village Inn: FREE breakfast, with a choice of buttermilk pancakes, a Belgian waffle or French Toast.
· Bob Evan's: Free hotcakes on Veteran's Day, Nov 11th
· Perkins Restaurant & Bakery - Monday, November 11, 2013 - Enjoy a free Magnificent Seven meal on
   Veterans Day. Includes 2 eggs served the way you like, 3 buttermilk pancakes, and your choice of 2
   bacon strips or 2 sausage links.
· Hy-Vee: Free breakfast from 7- 11 a.m. Monday at all Hy-Vee supermarkets with in-store dining.
  Lunch on Veteran's Day
· Sizzler: FREE lunch through 4 p.m. Veterans can choose 6-ounce Tri Tip Steak, single Malibu Chicken or
  half-dozen fried shrimp entrée with choice of side dish.
· Texas Roadhouse: FREE lunch for all veterans (active, retired or former U.S. military) - choose from 10
  entrees, including your choice of any Coca-Cola product, sweet tea/ice tea or coffee.
· TGI Fridays: FREE lunch for veterans.

  Lunch and/or dinner on Veteran's Day
· Applebee's: Veterans and active duty military receive a FREE signature entrée.
· California Pizza Kitchen: Veterans and active duty military get a FREE pizza at participating locations.
· Cheeseburger in Paradise: FREE All-American burger with fries. (Valid with any beverage purchase of $1.99 or more.)
· Chili's: Choose from eight entrees or a lunch combo.
· Famous Dave's (Independence): FREE two-meat salute (two-meat lunch combo)
· Golden Corral: Golden Corral's annual Military Appreciation Dinner from 4pm to 9pm. Get a FREE meal.
· Olive Garden: Veterans and active duty military get a FREE meal. Family dining with them receives 10%
· On The Border: Veterans and active duty military receive a FREE "Create Your Own Combo menu,"
  featuring more than 150 possible dinner combinations.
· Red Robin: Red Robin is giving away one FREE Tavern Double Burger to each veteran or active duty
· 54th Street Grill - Monday, November 11, 2013 - Free meal up to $12 value for veterans.
· Bailey's Sports Grille - Monday, November 11, 2013 - Veterans and active military members enjoy a free
  sandwich or entrée up to $13 value. Please show your valid military ID or proof of military service.
· Buca di Beppo - Monday, November 11, 2013 - Free Individual Pasta Meal for both veterans and active
  military members. Your choice of Spaghetti Marinara, Fettuccine Alfredo, or Baked Ziti. Valid military ID
  or proof of service required.
· Lone Star Steakhouse: Offering buy one, get one free entrees for veterans on Monday, November 11, 2013.
· Champps Americana - Monday, November 11, 2013 - All veterans and current military members can
  receive a free burger and waffle fries.
· Max & Erma's - Monday, November 11, 2013 - Free Best Cheeseburger in America Combo to all past &
  present U.S. military members. Includes choice of Tortilla Soup or side house salad, French Fries, and a
  fresh-baked chocolate chip cookie. Dine-in only.
· Arby's - Monday, November 11, 2013 - Arby's is offering a free Classic Roast Beef sandwich to veterans
  and active duty military personnel on Veterans Day.

Appetizer's and food discounts on Veteran's Day

· Balsano's Gelato Café: 50% discount on gelato and coffee drinks.
· BRGR Kitchen & Bar: 10% discount on food.
· Bristol Seafood Grill: FREE appetizer (up to $15).
· Carrabba's: FREE appetizer for veterans and active military.
· Einstein Bros. Bagels: FREE signature or classic bagel with shmear.
· Famous Dave's (Kansas City): 50% discount on any sandwich or platter, drink, and dessert.
· Little Caesars: FREE order of Crazy Bread.
· LongHorn Steakhouse: FREE Texas Tonion appetizer and non-alcohol beverage from November 11 to 14.
· McFadden's: 25% discount on food.
· Outback Steakhouse: FREE Bloomin' Onion and drink for veterans.
· Starbucks: FREE tall brewed coffee for veterans, active military personnel, and their spouses.

Other free services on Veteran's Day
· Sports Clips: Many locations of Sports Clips will offer FREE haircuts to veterans and active military
  members. Call ahead to ensure your location is participating.
· Price Chopper: 25 cent discount for gas at Quick Trip. Good for 20 gallons of gas. Must have Chopper
  Shopper card or apply for one.


Soter Winery 5 course dinner at Pachamama's Restaurant

Pachamama's Owner/Chef Ken Baker is pleased to present this exquisite 5 course, wine-paired dinner featuring the environmentally friendly, sustainably-produced offerings from Soter Winery.

Located in the Williamette Valley, Soter Winery takes advantage of the valley's long growing season and temperate climate in order to fully develop the flavors of the delicate Pinot Noir grape. Williamette Valley is described as a 'sweet spot' for growing Pinot Noir, and is home to other critically-acclaimed wine makers.

Chef Ken has taken these wines, self-described by the winery as having "a distinctively exotic personality," and exhibiting notes of blackberry, black cherry and white pepper, and paired them with bold, rich flavors, complimenting not only the wines but also the Autumnal weather. 
The reception begins at 6pm, with dinner to follow shortly thereafter.

Reservations are required for this dinner. Please call 785.841.0990 to make your reservations.

Pricing is $75/person, before taxes and gratuity.
Here is a plain-text version of the menu for this wonderful dinner:

Duck Proscuitto Toast
Hot n’ Sweet Mustard Butter

Chicken Skin Chips
Raspberry Chutney, Curry Dip

House Salmon Tartare Spoons
Creamed Fennel

‘Mineral Springs Ranch’ Brut Rosé


Steamer Clams and Garlic Sausage
Toasted Garlic Fumé, Collards, Honey Grilled Sourdough, Baked Apple Aioli
‘North Valley’ Reserve Chardonnay

Rosemary Roast Bacon Wrapped Quail
Charred Scallion-Dried Raspberry Crushed Hominy, Rose –Scented Ibarra Chocolate-Almond Sauce
‘North Valley’ Pinot Noir

5-Spice and Juniper Cured Venison Loin
Cast Iron Caramelized Brussels Sprouts, Rosti Potatoes, Smoked Ricotta, “Cherry Coke” Game Jus
‘Mineral Springs Ranch’ Pinot Noir

Bittersweet Chocolate-Black Walnut Cornmeal Griddle Cake
Candied Bacon Ice Cream, Black Currant Syrup
Proprietary Red

Harvesters and local grocery stores call on community to help Check-Out Hunger

Harvesters and local grocery stores call on community to help Check-Out Hunger
Food and fund donations during Harvesters’ holiday campaign make a big difference for families in need.


(Kansas City, Mo.) – The 22nd annual Check-Out Hunger campaign to support Harvesters—The Community Food Network is underway at 140 grocery stores throughout the region. The holiday campaign is the largest annual fundraiser for Harvesters, which feeds the hungry through its network of more than 620 nonprofit agencies.

“Despite some improvements in the economy, more families than ever will struggle to have enough food this holiday season,” said Valerie Nicholson-Watson, president and CEO of Harvesters. “Hunger is a huge problem in our community, and we’ll only solve it by working together. Every dollar and every can donated during Check-Out Hunger helps provide meals for our hungry neighbors.”

Across Harvesters’ 26-county service area, more than 378,000 people are food insecure. Forty percent of the households receiving food from Harvesters’ network include at least one person who is working.

             Community members can help this holiday season by scanning $1, $5, $10 or $20 Check-Out Hunger donation coupons for Harvesters and adding them to their grocery bills. Donation coupons and Harvesters food donation barrels will be in stores through January 5, 2014. Online donations can be made to KMBC-TV’s Check-Out Hunger virtual food drive at KMBC-TV has set a goal this year to raise 65,000 meals through the virtual food drive.

Since 1992, Check-Out Hunger has raised nearly $4 million and provided 20 million meals to families in need. Every $1 donated provides five meals to hungry people.

Check-Out Hunger is sponsored by the Retail Grocers Association and Watkins Advertising Design. This year’s Check-Out Hunger media partners are KMBC-TV and KCWE-TV. Stores participating in this year’s campaign are Apple Market, Cash Saver, Cosentino's Downtown Market and Brookside Market, Country Mart, Dillons, Festival Foods, Hen House, Hy-Vee, McGonigle's Market, Natural Grocers, Patricia’s Foods, Piggly Wiggly, Price Chopper, Red X, Sun Fresh, The Better Cheddar and Thriftway.


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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Somerset Wine Trail Chambourcin Nouveau Release

First Year Release of Chambourcin Nouveau 

The four wineries of the Somerset Wine Trail will release for the first time ever four different Nouveau style wines the weekend of November 22, 2013.  This will be the first celebration of its kind in the Kansas City area and marks the reemergence of the Somerset winemaking region located just south of the Kansas City Metro in Miami County, Kansas.

Somerset Ridge Vineyard & Winery, Nighthawk Vineyard & Winery, Middle Creek Winery, and White Wind Farms will all celebrate the 2013 harvest each releasing a Nouveau style wine made from the Chambourcin grape. Each wine was made with clusters that were de-stemmed but not crushed, had a short fermentation on the skins and no barrel aging, resulting in fresh, fruity, ready to drink wine without extracting bitter tannins.

Chambourcin is a French-American grape grown primarily in the American Midwest and the Loire Valley of France. It makes deeply colored, medium bodied red wine with fruity aromas, cherry and earthy/spicy complexities.  It pairs well with barbecue, pork and grilled meats of all types...perfect for our Kansas City cuisine!  It can be served at room temperature or slightly chilled enhancing the bold flavors. 

The release of Somerset Nouveau will celebrate the end of the 2013 grape harvest season and the first wine made by all four wineries from this year’s harvest.  It will also celebrate reemergence of Miami County, Kansas as a winemaking region.  Prior to Prohibition, the rolling limestone hills in and around Somerset were home to many local vineyards and wineries.  

Beginning Nov. 22, wine lovers will be able to visit all four wineries to sample and purchase each winery’s interpretation of Chambourcin Nouveau.  Visitors can tour the wineries on the Miami County Trolley for $18.00 per person for the day.  More info is available at or call 913-306-3388 to make a reservation.  General hours of winery operation on Friday and Saturday are 11:00am to 5:00pm and Sunday from 12:00pm to 5:00pm.


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