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IN CONVERSATION WITH KAY BARNES The former Kansas City mayor reminisces about her time as KC’s first female mayor and the revitalization of downtown she launched.

FAMILY MATTERS The design team from Nest Interiors creates a warm and workable home for a family with young children and a major love of clean, white spaces.

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FUTURE PERFECT Our fashion influencers share what you’ll be wearing this year.

THE TOP 20 MEALS I ATE IN 2018 Restaurateur, Top Chef contestant, and all-around foodie Renee Kelly shares impressions of some of her favorite dinners out in 2018.

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A CHEF’S KITCHEN Two award-winning chefs and a successful restaurateur employ their professional expertise to design pretty (and practical) home kitchens.

TINY HOMES MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE A specialized community of homes and services provides housing stability for Kansas City-area veterans in need.

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On the cover Original details, such as the stone-walled fireplace and the rustic beams, imbue this renovation by Nest Interiors with extra character. Photo by Aaron Leimkuehler. FEBRUARY 2019

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Vol. 2 | No. 2 February 2019 Editor In Chief Zim Loy Art Director Alice Govert Bryan

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’m an inveterate DIY fan, but when something is really important I know better than to try to do it myself. That’s the time to call in a pro—and this issue is full of them. We approached some of Kansas City’s best-known fashion influencers for their advice on what to wear in 2019. Let me just say I learned a lot. You probably won’t be seeing me rockin’ the bike shorts anytime soon, but I’ll be all over the trend toward a neutral palette of coffees, creams, and caramels, if for no other reason than it sounds quite tasty. Speaking of tasty, we asked foodie, restaurateur, and Top Chef contestant Renee Kelly to reveal her Top 20 restaurant meals of 2018. Her evocative listing of her favorite feasts varies from Saturday tacos to-go at Bichelmeyer Meats to a very fine-dining evening at The Antler Room where nothing was off-limits. My New Year’s resolution of healthy eating and losing a few pounds nearly took a dive while reading it. You’ll be salivating by the end of the story. And for home design, we brought in the big guns. Patricia O’Dell shares an enlightening interview with the interior designer, show host, and author, Vern Yip. I’ve been a fan of his since his early days on one of the first home design shows, Trading Spaces. Frankly, I wasn’t fond of the show. I don’t think anything good can come of trying to revamp a room in a weekend, but Vern’s talent shone beyond the flawed premise. In the same column, we get some great tips from some of Kansas City’s most prominent design talents too. Our feature home, a gorgeous Mission Hills tudor, is filled with innovative ideas. The homeowners had the savvy to hire Nest Interiors to transform their home, keeping the best of the old while refreshing it to suit their young family. Mixing up dining and décor, we approached some culinary pros to see if we could check out their home kitchens. When your life revolves around cooking, the kitchen truly becomes the hub of the home. And these chefs didn’t disappoint. Their hard-working kitchens are a wealth of inspiration. This issue is dedicated to the pros. DIY is fine, but pros really do know best.

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MAKING A LONG-TERM CONNECTION Some interim residents have shorter stays at Norterre, either for rehabilitation or physical therapy. Each client is nurtured along every step of the way, thus creating healthy lifestyle changes they can choose to incorporate. “We’re medically integrated into the community, alongside physicians and hospital bases. For people who come here after rehab—say, shoulder surgery or knee surgery—their rehab and strength exercises will take place at Aurora or in the Estoria rehabilitation suites,” says Smith. “They create a pattern, make friends with others working out, and will then integrate new healthy habits into their lifestyle.”

THE ARTISTIC BEAUTY OF NORTERRE Art is scientifically proven to be a powerful contributor to both wellness and healing. During the design of the building, Norterre’s team found ways to incorporate a kaleidoscope of art throughout each facility—well over 1,000 pieces of curated art designed to spur conversation and open up dialogue. “There’s stunning architecture and stunning artwork,” says Smith. “We have one of the largest private art collections in the region. In Aurora alone, we have original works by Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali, and Banksy. You have to see it to believe it.” For designers, the idea was to help create a positive environment enveloped by the combination of art, light, and space. “We are greatly affected by what we’re surrounded by,” says Smith. “At Norterre, it’s the experience of how art impacts you and others.” A FITNESS EVOLUTION AND REVOLUTION Whether you have set goals you want to accomplish, or are not even sure where to start, the helpful team at Norterre’s Aurora Health & Wellness Center is determined to help you succeed. Their jaw-dropping three-tiered fitness mecca is no ordinary fitness center. “It’s not your typical gym. It’s about moving forward in your journey to better health,” says Smith. When they say there’s something for everyone at Aurora Health, they mean it. It’s not uncommon to find world-class athletes working out alongside patients doing physical therapy in a supportive, nurturing environment.

Norterre is one of a kind. It was built with heart, mind, and soul. –Bonnie Mahar Smith PURPOSEFUL MOVEMENT FOR BETTER HEALTH Medical integration is intertwined into countless programs at Aurora. “There are many chronic diseases—90 percent of which are avoidable simply by health and exercise,” says Smith. Norterre offers several 12-week programs at Aurora that incorporate diet alongside purposeful movement classes. There are classes specifically designed for seven different medical issues, everything from diabetes to Parkinson’s disease, obesity to stability and balance issues, as well as heart health and cancer diagnoses. Many include a slew of cooking classes in Aurora’s full demonstration kitchen. “A WARM, INVITING, ENGAGING COMMUNITY” Even from the early design stages, Norterre was created with each client in mind. The goal? To create the ultimate health and wellness destination in the region. For Norterre, it’s not just about healthcare or exercise or housing; it’s about giving residents and members everything they need to be their absolute best—mentally, physically, and spiritually. “It’s a warm, inviting, engaging community,” says Smith. “This is the way we look at changing aging in America.”

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I REFUSE to tacky up my dinner table with silly little bread plates. You can fight me on this, but I suspect they’re a creation of dishware marketers. It’s often not necessary to serve bread with dinner, anyway. Certainly not with starchy dishes, such as pastas or potato-heavy stews. It will just leave your guests feeling stuffed, and who needs the carbs? Bread is satisfying with wet, saucy dishes that beg to be sopped up, like braised meats or steamed mussels. Or it can be served with a simple, light salad. If someone walks through my door with a loaf of bread from Fervere (1702 Summit), all bets are off. I will put it on the table, if it makes it that far. If you do serve bread, make sure it’s from a good bakery, like Fervere, or Ibis Bakery, or the Farm-to-Market brand, available in local grocery stores. Pre-sliced loaves dry out quickly, so buy loaves whole and slice them a few minutes before they’ll be served.

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Although the third measure is important, one shouldn’t get so wrapped up in one’s menu that, in one’s mind, the whole success of the party hinges on it. Having a lively mix of guests is more important than the food, as is the un-skimping provision of libations. Soulful background music (you can’t go wrong with Billie Holiday) and low, romantic table lighting are factors as well. Most important, of course, is that you be engaged with your guests and having fun. Which you will be, if you’re not hyper-focused on the food. HERE’S WHY I CAN’T SHUT UP ABOUT MY INSTANT POT Multicookers, which combine an electric pressure cooker with a slow cooker, electric steamer, and rice cooker, are a truly useful kitchen gadget, especially for the time-challenged dinner party host. I bought a 6-quart Instant Pot (manufactured by Nova) at Costco and I adore it. The first recipe I tried was a Boeuf Bourguignon, and it was good. Then I refrigerated it overnight and it was exponentially better. Email me and I’ll send you the recipe. It’s from New York Times food columnist Melissa Clark, who has written a terrific book of multicooker recipes called Dinner in an Instant. Her recipe for Wild Mushroom, Pancetta and Pea

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Risotto is perfect for feeding someone who eats gluten-free, and delicious even if you use plain old button mushrooms. Email and I’ll send it to you. My only regret about buying my Instant Pot is that I didn’t buy the 8-quart, because it’s better for feeding a gang of six or more. I’m considering buying one, and then I will have two. That’s how much I love my Instant Pot. One thing to bear in mind: although cooking in an Instant Pot is way faster than other methods don’t expect instantaneous meals. When you use the pressure cooker function, be prepared for the lag time it takes for the machine to reach and release pressure—10 to 30 minutes. It’s never factored into the recipe’s prep time. I learned this the hard way. A RECIPE FOR ALL YOU MULTICOOKER HOLD-OUTS Years ago, my cooking buddy Don Loncasty (DBA The Snobby Chef ) was visiting New York and had dinner at Carmine’s, a venerated Italian restaurant in the theater district. He ordered a dish called Rigatoni Country Style, so delicious he felt compelled to buy Carmine’s glossy, expensive cookbook to get the recipe.

He returned to Kansas City and had a dinner party, just so he could serve Rigatoni Country Style to friends. One bite and I was desperate to have that recipe. Donnie emailed me a PDF of it, scanned from the pages of the cookbook, his bossy tweaks noted on the side. Email me and I’ll send it to you. It’s a perfect wintertime dinner party recipe—especially useful if you, like Donnie, refuse to join the cult of the Instant Pot. MORE FAB RECIPES FOR STOVETOP AND OVEN Speaking of Donnie, he is the only person I know who can get away with serving tuna noodle casserole at a dinner party. His recipe is absolutely delicious. Email me and I’ll send it to you. I know he won’t mind if I also throw in his recipe for Chicken Divan. It’s amazing. If you want, I’ll also include two of my alltime favorite dinner party recipes: Shrimp Caneel with Creamy Lemon Rice (from the classic Beyond Parsley cookbook from the Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri) and Smoked Salmon Lasagna. Served with a simple green salad, all of these dishes are perfect dinner party fare. But do avoid serving them with an appetizer of Mexican Seven Layer Dip.

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he AIDS Service Foundation of Greater Kansas City kicked off its World AIDS Day events with a patron party Jenny Kincaid, Damian Lair, and Tom Suther. at the spectacular new home of Kevin Westrope and Jason HOT Holmes—decked out in ample sparkle for the holidays. Co-chairs GOSSIP: for the luncheon on the following day, Eric Thomas and KrisWhich topher Dabner, greeted guests and reiterated the purpose of local physician just the events: shattering the stigma, suffering and spread of HIV/ dropped thousand$ AIDS in our community. The day is one dedicated to global at the new midcentury solidarity behind the goal of an AIDS-free world. While there, Populuxe home furnishI gave myself a self-guided tour of the new, contemporary manse ing shop on Gillham overlooking Loose Park, and it’s everything I’d been expecting Road? (and more) since the owners walked me through the plans on a trip to Mexico two years ago. Job well done—and well deserved. SPOTTED: Councilwoman Jolie Justus, Maurice Watson, Chris Beal, Tim Van Zandt, Kurt Knapstein, Buck Wimberly, Joey Mendez, Ryan Gove, Jacques Bredius, Zach Bowman, Anna Knutson, Justin Campbell, Josh Strodtman, Belinda Manos, Justin Campbell, Blake Dankert, Blaine Proctor, Blake Worland, Richard Lara, John Rufenacht, Sheri & Bob Wood, Jenny Kincaid, John Pinkerton, David Wiley, Tom Nagel

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holiday gathering at Tiffany & Co. on the Plaza. Now, bubbles are always lovely—but I learned they’re even better (is that possible??) when served in Tiffany’s new diamond-point Champagne flutes. But go easy, the hefty flutes hold roughly twice as much as the typical glass. While there, I had to check out the still-new HardWare collection—it’s edgy, a little chunky and I’ll admit— its attitude reflects that of its spokesperson, Lady Gaga. Basically, a fresh take from an otherwise traditional luxury company. And it that vein, it seems a break from tradition is becoming more the norm than, well, a break. With Reed Krakoff now nearing his second year as chief artistic officer, change fills the air. Everything from display cases to home items as mundane as sterling pencil cups look fresher—and, well, cooler. And speaking of cool—I was delighted when the staff wheeled out one of the new Tiffany-blue trolley luggage pieces, created in collaboration with Globe-Trotter. I challenge anyone to zip around the store (or airport) with that bag and not have a gigantic smile hijack your face. Special thanks to Gale Lawton at Tiffany for making the evening extra personal.

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can sometimes feel more like running a marathon than casual party-hopping. And doesn’t it seem like all the best parties somehow land on the same night? This was the conundrum I faced as the holidays were wrapping up. First step: make a plan. I settled on three friends’ parties (this is pretty much the sweet spot for being able to maximize engagement with different groups of people without making yourself crazy). I then determined a logical attendance order, based on location and other factors such as who would likely have the most early-birds and late stragglers. Next, I grabbed a friend and made them commit to the strict schedule I’d laid out. Now, good parties mean you never want to leave, but discipline (and a timer on your phone) are key. First stop was Matt Seithel’s place in the Crossroads. Downtown means cozy accommodations (I should know!), so even as an early stop we were elbow-to-elbow—which is always a good thing. With a manageable loft-sized crowd, Matt was able to do the appies cooking and holiday-punch mixing himself—hats off! Nibbles are a must for maintaining proper holiday party endurance. Next stop—Prairie Village and the home of Kathleen Kunkler. With a bit more space to spread out, Kathleen invited all the familiar faces and made sure no one was hungry or thirsty. Servers with Champagne outside always make arrival a breeze. An enormous spread by Lon Lane’s Inspired Occasions awaited in the kitchen (I performed a disappearing act on, like, four beef tenderloin sandwiches), and an indoor bar, as well as a tented one on the patio, meant no guests waited for a drink. (Pro-tip: a mid-marathon Red Bull mixed in your cocktail is always a good idea to keep you going strong.) With take-home bags of holiday popcorn in hand (nice touch!), we were off to stop #3. The beautiful printed invitation to Brian Williams’ Hyde Park home is one I look forward to opening every year. The home was sumptuously whomped in traditional tartans and greenery. A bounty of food (Lon Lane again!) beckoned in the dining room and desserts in the breakfast nook. But the real action was in the Studio Dan Meiners-outfitted tent in the backyard (no surprise—where the full bar was also located). Basking in the crossed finish line, it was time to raise a glass to another holiday marathon complete. SPOTTED: Madeleine McDonough, Dan DeLeon, Jerry Katlin, Terry Anderson, Michael Henry, Mike Sigler, James Maiden, Drew Elliott, Katie Van Luchene & Jerry Foulds, Laura Norris, Gloria Rudd, Mandi Rudd, Brooke Todare, Phil Scaglia, Clayton Farrell, Tom Milteer, Leon Harden, Ferrell Richardson & Jay Howell, Carly Beck, Brett Gaines


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PARTY ON, DAMIAN IT MAY come as a surprise, but I tend to loathe the New Year’s Eve “holiday.” Always so much artificial pressure to nail down great plans, assemble a posse, organize transportation and count down to the anti-climactic stroke of midnight. So this year, I elected to strike out on a more eclectic course for the evening. Bless my friends—in this case, Lee Page—for agreeing to tag along for my often half-baked whims. We’d both been wanting to check out the new location for The Campground in the West Bottoms (you may remember its humble origin as a backyard shed—literally—and impossible-to-acquire reservations). Thus, we made it our first stop. With every table filled, we were fortunate to find two seats at the bar. Ongoing remodeling of my condo meant still no kitchen appliances with which to cook for myself (four months and counting!!), so food was imperative for the night ahead. Expecting typical bar menu fare—what I got was anything but. The small plate of short rib-stuffed pasta and the meaty pizzette with flaky, biscuit-like crust were both completely divine. Small, thoughtful touches like leather coasters, quirky taxidermy, and vintage glassware hand-painted with wild pheasants (just like my grandfather had in his home bar) make the black-painted space feel like a lodge-y cocoon. Next, we traded low-key cabin chill for a dose of glam. Though there was a one-in/one-out line of chilly hopefuls wrapped around the block, owner David Manica had a guy stationed at the back door to usher us into The Monarch Bar. I’ve said it before, but it’s worth repeating—the space is among the most gorgeous you’ll find in Kansas City (and any city for that matter). The ceiling of translucent butterfly cut-outs, the book-matched, veined marble bar, the clubby private parlour room—even the restrooms are pretty. And speaking of pretty, there was no famine of beautiful people—chief among them, David’s wife, Noelle Manica, and her entourage of skimpily sequined gal pals. We sipped on my favorite Monarch cocktail—The Viceroy Revisited—and jammed to DJ Ashton Martin. After turning up a few notches, we brought it back down with a drop-in to friends Dean Cox & Brian McQueen’s house party in the Volker/Westport neighborhood. Mixing our own drinks in the kitchen was the perfect balance to the artisan cocktails we’d consumed prior. And more importantly, we were among a pile of good friends.

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fter longtime theater impresario Mark Edelman retired this year from the Theatre League, Amy Hamm stepped up to become the executive director of its sister organization The American Theatre Guild (atguild.org). This not-for-profit performing arts entity, based in Kansas City, brings live theater, not only to our hometown but many other cities throughout the country. The guild also does education outreach to high school drama departments and arranges special matinee performances so students can experience live theater, then ask questions of the actors and stage crew afterwards. The power of live musical theater is perhaps no better experienced than with the classic Evita, with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and words by Tim Rice, which debuted in London in 1978. The 1950s story of Eva Peron, wife of Argentinian strongman Juan Peron, might seem an unusual subject for musical theater. But Eva Peron rose from a poor background to become a cultural icon, a childless blonde Madonna of everyday Argentinians. Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina still packs an emotional wallop, 40 years later. Evita runs from February 5 through 10 at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

INKC: Tell us a little about yourself. Did you grow up loving theater? Hamm: I grew up outside of Wichita without much access to professional

theater. I was fortunate to have family and friends with an interest in musicals who exposed me to the performing arts at a young age. As a student at the University of Kansas, I balanced my time between school, internships in event marketing (including a marketing internship at the Lied Center), Kansas basketball, and as a senior, attended the Broadway in Kansas City series as a season member. An entry-level marketing position with Theatre League was my first job out of college and I’ve never left! I have continued to expand my role as the executive director for The American Theatre Guild. INKC: What is it about live theater—and musicals in general—that

really moves an audience? Hamm: Our mission at The American Theatre Guild is to share the performing arts with students from all backgrounds. I love that our audiences can leave the theater feeling empowered and inspired despite their ethnicity, age, or gender. In times when tolerance and acceptance seem to be in limbo, it’s motivating to be able to present a product onstage that educates and entertains while sharing a message of inclusivity. INKC: What does the American Theatre Guild do to make live the-

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ater and musicals happen, not only in KC, but in cities across the country? What does it take to book and put on performances in so many different cities? Hamm: Our greatest asset is our staff. We have a wonderful—and fairly small—staff of fewer than 30 that work tirelessly to present and promote our seasons in 11 markets across the country. The process of booking a season can start as far out as four or five years, but most of the work is done 18 to 24 months in advance. We are currently in the middle of making offers for shows in all of our markets for the 2019-2020 season— when our 2018-2019 seasons haven’t or have barely begun! We work with booking agents representing the producers. We find dates that work and we negotiate the terms. After our seasons are set, our amazing marketing team gets to work selling season tickets then transitioning to single tickets later in the summer. INKC: What is it about the rags-to-riches-to-handkerchief story of

Evita that resonates with theater-goers of yet another generation? What will be some of the highlights in this production? Hamm: I’d like to quote Mark Edelman, the show’s producer, for this question: “Any story about political power and the influence a lover can have over a world leader remains relevant today. The Perons’ rise to fame from “the voice of the people” to autocrats who bankrupted their wealthy country continues to resonate in the 21st century. This production combines state-of-the-art video technology with the classic Tim Rice-Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, featuring for the first time on tour the Academy Award-winning song You Must Love Me, which was added by the authors for Madonna.” kauffmancenter.org

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WANNA GET AWAY? KANSAS CITY in February could mean a sunny 70 degrees or shoveling

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out from a major snowstorm. But at least we know we can get away from it all by drifting aloft on incredible music. On February 8 and 9 at 8 p.m. and February 10 at 2 p.m. in the Helzberg Hall at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, the Kansas City Symphony Classic Series presents three composers whose work is guaranteed to take us away, with Michael Stern conducting. George Gershwin’s Cuban Overture, a tone poem of Caribbean rhythms and Cuban percussion, resulted from the composer’s two-week holiday in Havana in 1932. Kansas City’s own Pat Metheny returns from a tour of Japan to give us From the New World and Imaginary Day, duo concerto for vibraphone, marimba and orchestra. The concert ends with Antonin Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 From the New World, a musical feast of American folk melodies. The Czech composer came to the United States in 1892, absorbing the energy of his new home. National Public Radio credits this piece with helping “reboot classical music.” kcsymphony.org

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ILL-FATED LOVE IS IN THE AIR AND WHAT is February without a little romance? In Alexan-

dre Dumas’ semi-biographical tale of ill-fated love, Armand, a young countryman meets the ravishing demimondaine Marguerite leading to a passionate affair. By rigid mid-19th-century rules in France, they are in different classes and cannot marry. As long as they “stay in their lanes,” all is well. But they don’t. And there are even more complications to overcome. Known as Camille in English, this classic story has become the very definition of a crossover hit—from novel to play to opera to film to ballet in many adaptations, including Greta Garbo’s Camille and Baz Luhrman’s Moulin Rouge!, but none more popular than Verdi’s opera La Traviata. Val Caniparoli’s popular adaptation of this classic story is set to the romantic score by Frédéric Chopin, and deftly depicts the moving story of beauty, extravagance, jealousy, deception, and heartbreak. The Kansas City Ballet performs Lady of the Camellias from February 15 to 24 at the Muriel Kauffman Theatre at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. kcballet.org

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WANT MORE TIMOTHY FINN? Check out his weekly online-only content at inkansascity.com. Every Wednesday the website publishes his list of Top 5 Notto-Miss Concerts in the metro. Every week you’ll find his revered, rollicking, reasoned reviews and commentary. Email Timothy Finn at tfinn@inkansascity.com

How old were you when music entered your life? Marcus Lewis: I knew I loved music at a very young age, but didn’t get

started playing until the sixth grade. Listening to music in the house and on car trips was a huge part of my childhood. I used to take a big boom box and break dance in recreational parks because my dad was always playing softball. My parents definitely like music, but I am the first musician in my family. What kind of music did you listen to growing up? ML: I listened to a lot of Motown, R&B, funk, ’80s pop, and hip-hop. When did you decide on the trombone and why? ML: I decided to play the trombone when I was 12. I honestly thought

it just looked different than all the other instruments, and when I saw them at parades they were always in the front of the band. I just saw them and knew that I wanted to do that because it looked cool. What do you like most about the trombone? ML: I like the fact that the trombone is very different than most other

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wind instruments and is the closest sound to the human male voice. It can get certain nuances that other instruments can’t. Do you play any other instruments? ML: I don’t really play any other instruments well. I dabble at the piano enough just to write and arrange music. But a goal of mine is to get better at piano, bass, and drums so I can have a better understanding of music and how it all works together.

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hen Marcus Lewis moved to Kansas City about six years ago, he quickly became a big part of its jazz community—big as in a big-band way. The Georgia native brought with him a resume decorated with glory, including stints with Sugarfoot’s Ohio Player and Janelle Monáe’s touring band. Lewis performs around Kansas City in various forms, most conspicuously with the Marcus Lewis Big Band, which can be as big as 22 members. In 2018 he released the full-length album Brass and Boujee, a compelling mix of big-band jazz, R&B, and hip-hop. Lewis recently answered some questions from IN Kansas City about his career, his time with Monáe, and his perspectives on Kansas City’s jazz scene.

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You’ve got college degrees in music. How did that prepare you for a career in music? ML: Yes, I got my undergrad degree in jazz performance from Valdosta State University [Georgia], and my master’s in trombone performance from the University Nebraska-Omaha. College was important for my development because it help me learn how to play, how to practice and learn the theory behind music. It helped me build some relationships and a network of musicians who I still work with today. It also helped me develop a concept for playing and how I teach my students today. You spent a chunk of time in Atlanta. What did that time do for your career? ML: I was in Atlanta for four to five years. Atlanta is really comfortable

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for me because I’m originally from Georgia. Atlanta was where I really got my first big gig, with Sugarfoot’s Ohio Players. It’s where I met some really key players in the development of my career. I released my first CD while I was there. Also, it’s where I started to do a lot of recording and did some really great gigs with Aretha Franklin and Quincy Jones to name a few. I met Janelle Monáe and joined her band, which was probably the biggest jump in my career to date. Talk about your experiences with Janelle Monáe. What have you learned from touring with her? ML: The Janelle Monáe years were really great. We got to do some really cool things, like play at Madison Square Garden, the White House numerous times, the Sydney Opera House, the Grammys, American Idol, Saturday Night Live, the Letterman show, and the list goes on. I also got to meet and perform with Prince! I learned so much from this experience and just visiting and experiencing different cultures and walks of life. I also learned what touring life was really like, how to live with nine other musicians with different personalities and get along with them. When and why did jazz become your genre of choice? ML: This one is easy: Jazz just really resonated with who I am as a person. I feel like it is the truest form of self-expression, musically, out of any genre. Jazz is protest music. Jazz is freedom. When did you start to incorporate hiphop into your music? ML: Not obviously until a year ago when we started Brass and Boujee, but it’s always been there. There are a lot of similarities between jazz and hip-hop. The rhythm, the culture, always going against the grain, and I like that. You teach at UMKC and teach privately. What do you like most about teaching? ML: The thing I like about teaching is shar-

ing and learning at the same time. No one can know everything, so it’s cool being a teacher and the student at the same time, if that makes sense. I also love to teach to inspire. I feel like teaching is less about giving knowledge and more about inspiring someone to seek more knowledge themselves. Talk about your various band configurations: as a big band, trio, etc. How do they differ and what are the merits of each? ML: I have a lot of band configurations from trio, quartet, quintet, all the way up to a 22-piece big band, if you add strings. Jazz is definitely freer with the fewest players. If you are playing trio, the conversation that you’re having on the bandstand is much more free because you only have two other relationships to deal with and interact with. Honestly, quintet is probably my favorite small-group setting because I usually use myself and tenor saxophone and a rhythm section. I love the sound of trombone and tenor together. I also believe the more musicians you have working together can be a much more powerful statement then just a trio. This is why I enjoy the big band sound so much. As far as merit goes, the only thing I care about is that we are playing the music at the highest level possible. Which band or musician would you most like to collaborate with? ML: I can’t name just one here! If I had to do three it would be Wayne Shorter, Kendrick Lamar, Brian Blade. Talk about Kansas City, its music community and its jazz scene? What do you tell musicians who aren’t from here about K.C.? ML: The jazz scene has a tremendous number of great players, and they all seem to be very nice and pushing the music forward. I think there are a lot of good things that are coming out of K.C. right now. I tell musicians who don’t live here that this is a great scene and the quality is so much like any large city, such as New York, L.A., Atlanta, Chicago.

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he Napa Valley native moved to San Francisco in her 20s where she met her husband, Curtis Thurston. After traveling extensively through Africa and countries surrounding the Indian Ocean, the couple settled down in Eleuthera, Bahamas to start a family and run a resort. A move to Kansas six years ago led to Thurston launching Amy Thurston Interiors + Creative Direction. “I’m reluctant to categorize my ‘look,’” she says. “I try to incorporate the comfort from traditional design with the lines of modern interiors.” She and her family love living in the Kansas City metro because “this city is full of creative people and they are thriving. From muralists to furniture makers to chefs; all are pushing boundaries to make something singular and new.”

Amy’s essentials... INTERIOR DESIGNER: I worked for Erin Martin, and I love her absolute originality, how she respects everyone in her orbit and her general lack of ego. Also loving the Instagram feeds of Pierce and Ward and Roman and Williams.

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he best Valentine’s Day gift is one you give. A good way to give back and empower young people across the globe is by shopping the fashion and beauty e-commerce site olivela.com. Olivela has partnered with leading charities to improve the lives of children around the world, simply by purchasing what you love. It began when founder and CEO Stacey Boyd joined the youngest Nobel Prize laureate, Malala Yousafzai, and her father on a visit to refugee camps in Kenya and Rwanda. While there she met amazing girls with extraordinary stories of overcoming poverty and war to pursue their educations. Boyd decided to set up her fashion business to give 20 percent of all proceeds directly to one of its partner charities, The Malala Fund. The fund works for a world where all girls can learn and lead without fear. Too Young to Wed protects the rights of girls around the world by delivering its message—that every girl can decide for herself, if, when, and whom to marry. For skiers hitting the slopes this winter, Olivela has just opened the doors of its first shop in Aspen.

SHOW THE EARTH SOME LOVE KEEP YOURSELF warm in sustainably made goods while keeping our future winters cold. Join Life x TRF has teamed with Zara in creating a new capsule collection of outerwear made of recycled fabrications from 100-percent plastic bottles. This choice puffer coat is water resistant with an adjustable, removable hood, a high, standing collar, and long sleeves with interior ergonomic cuffs that zip off to convert it into a sweet vest. The best feature is an adjustable strap that allows you to shrug the piece off while still wearing it around you.

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Heart’s Desires IN LOVE WITH THESE VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT IDEAS

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INTRIGUED by two stories of French perfume, I love both as innovative gift ideas. First, the story

behind the newly launched, very modern fragrance line Ormaie Paris is one to fall in love with. The other, a fictional tale so descriptively written you’ll be captivated in horror. Ormaie Paris is the new fragrance “maison” created by a mother-and-son team deeply rooted in art and nature. Coming from the fashion and beauty worlds, Baptiste Bouygues and Marie-Lise Jonak joined forces to develop a line of seven all-natural, non-synthetic fragrances, each conceived with a very specific olfactory memory in mind. They are complex and richly layered scents artfully packaged in elegant bottles that pay homage to the timeless French fragrance houses, yet designed with a modern spin of sustainability and sculptural form. The bottles are crafted by an ecologically minded French glassmaker, and the seven distinctive tops are whittled from beech branches cut from renewable forests. Besides being a pleasurable splurge, I think they are the new, collectible objets d’art, scent, and desire. Quel plaisir! $270, ormaie.paris The novel Perfume, A Story of a Murder (1985, Penguin) is a brilliant fictional read by Patrick Suskind, set in 18th-century France. It’s a mesmerizing tale of Jean-Baptist Grenouille, an orphan left alone at birth in a filthy canal near the Seine. The child has no detectable scent or body odor, yet ironically is gifted with an extreme sensory perception of smell, which leads him into a life of perfume-making and murder. Perfume, $7.99 Half Price Books (Westport)

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BECAUSE so many beauty products are derived from nature’s glorious flora, it makes sense that the ultimate beauty gift would be a stunning flower arrangement. But it really is time to branch out from red roses. Design director of The Cottage Rose (Crossroads), Ferrell Richardson, has the nuanced eye for creating exquisite arrangements with an untamed, unique touch. “I like to play with structure, color, contrast, and composition. Design elements that I learned in school help shape each bouquet, centerpiece, or installation I make,” says the former architecture student-turned-florist. Richardson, who coowns the Crossroads floral and event-design studio with her mother, Marydee, mixes textures and varieties of flowers and greens for the most exciting Valentine’s Day bouquet.

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yourself is, ‘What do I like? What do I need?’ Don’t worry about what other people think or the latest trends. And then the best thing to do is—and this is not glamorous or sexy—create an overall plan. You can use a free online design program or simple graph paper and a pencil, but laying out the room first will make it function best and keep you from making mistakes.

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What is the most important investment piece?

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What piece of advice do you have for someone who is moving into a space with good bones but bad backgrounds? Where do you start? Most important place to start—always—is with being honest with yourself. What do you need to function? What you want to ask

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Everything you bring into your home matters. It makes sense to invest in pieces that you use the most—a good sofa or your bed— but you need to be honest with yourself. If you eat dinner every night on the sofa watching TV, don’t invest in an expensive dining room table. Maybe don’t have a dining room, but make that space something you’ll love.

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If you’re looking to make a major change with a minor investment, what would it be? Paint?

Dine often and dine well.

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Actually, I’d suggest wallcovering. It’s often less expensive than it used to be and the technology is so much better. So many people have that memory of their parents removing paper. But now with Sure Strip technology you don’t even have to get it exactly right the first time. It’s great if you don’t have the budget to purchase art. I tell people they should buy art for a lifetime—not as a default to fill wall space. Paper is a better solution.

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When you married your husband, Craig Koch, did he defer to you on design? I think it’s a terrible idea when one person gets their way every time. Sometimes when I work with couples one person never has a say. The other person may think they’re winning, but that frustration is going to surface somewhere. You always have to be willing to compromise. Honestly, it produces the best outcome.

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You and Craig have two children. Did that change the way you live? Look, before we had kids, we had about 500 pounds of dog, so kids were a breeze. I was 41 when our son was born. Our friends would come over and say, “Say goodbye to…” But I wasn’t raised that way. I was allowed into every room in my house. My mother taught me that some things were made for touching and some were made for looking. It allowed me to be able to learn about and experience beautiful things. I think we’ve had one thing break, but at the end of the day it’s just a thing. Vern Yip will speak at the Kansas City Remodel + Garden Show, February 8-10. You can find more of his advice in his book Vern Yip’s Design Wise: Your Smart Guide to a Beautiful Home.

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Words of Wisdom FOUR LOCAL DESIGNERS WEIGH IN ON WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN STARTING A NEW PROJECT “ALL OF MY PROJECTS incorporate original artwork. Sometimes I use it as a jumping off point to develop an entire concept for a room. Other times it’s the last piece selected after everything has been installed. Art gives a room personality and is available at every price point. Framing children’s art or something sentimental can give a room great soul.” KELLY LAMBERT, INTERIOR DESIGNER

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t the beginning of projects, one of the things I work on with clients is choosing materials. Cost, durability, and aesthetics are the holy trinity. Every client is different when it comes to priorities, and even then sometimes the priorities can shift given the space and how they plan to use it. “Unsurprisingly, if I’m doing something for myself, aesthetic will have a little bit of an edge, but not by too much. The cost has to work with the budget, and the durability and functionality can’t be unduly compromised.” JOHN ECK, ARCHITECT

Consternation in Rose by Tuesday Schmidt at The Blue Gallery (Crossroads).

“SALVAGED ARCHITECTURAL ELEMENTS ELEMENTS— mantels, old pillars, garden ornaments—give a home interest and depth. Beyond being beautiful, they honor the history of good design.” CHRISTOPHER FILLEY, ANTIQUARIAN

THE FINE DETAILS EVERY DAY IS ALL THERE IS You deserve better than wadded-up paper napkins with pithy sayings. Indulge in embroidered linen. Even if you’re using bargain hooch (though honestly, why would you?), it will make your home feel much more like your castle. Frog Chorus cocktail napkin, from Sharyn Blond Linens (Crestwood)

OUT OF SIGHT Does your honey insist on Sweet’n Low on the table and you just can’t? Tuck away the aesthetically offensive in these charming jars. #everyonewins. Julie Cloutier Ceramic Lidded Jars from The General Store & Co. (Leawood and Downtown Overland Park)

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My favorite way to start a project is by sitting with the clients and asking a lot of personal questions that may seem invasive. But since wellness through design incorporates psychology, those conversations lead me to the right design solutions.”

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BE ORIGINAL Prints can be as interesting as paintings or photography, but maybe it’s time to upgrade from your Ansel Adams poster. Laura Berman’s Strata S13 at Weinberger Fine Art (Crossroads)


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Above: Trish Church Podlasek named her shop Cuorebella, which means beautiful heart. Right: Hand-printed Belgian linen pillows, $220 each.

OPENING CUOREBELLA in 2018 was the culmination of a dream for Trish

Church Podlasek and Vernon Podlasek. With his background in retail and hers in graphic design, the shop plays on both their strengths. “Everything I’ve done in my career,” says Trish, “has built into what I’m doing now.” Walk into the airy shop in Hawthorne Plaza and be inspired by its lovingly curated content. Gifts, home goods, and stationery products are all in the mix, with a separate room brimming with stationery options. “We wanted to carry products that are unique and aren’t readily available in this market,” Trish says of the stationery lines. That includes

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Cuorebella carries lifestyle products from lines such as Beekman 1802 and Klaus Porto.

Local calligrapher Ann Bender reproduces letters from vintage books as giclee prints.

Pretty French hand-printed linens.

Chocolate Ink, Trish’s own line. “We actually started two companies at the same time,” she says. Chocolate Ink includes journals, calendars, custom invitations, and monogramed envelopes, calling cards, and note cards. Combined with the other lines Cuorebella carries, there’s sure to be something that spurs the imagination. That emphasis on uniqueness extends to the home and gift lines. Several collections of luxe linens, including napkins, table runners and tea towels, are on display. “I like the

elegance and the fresh quality of the patterns,” Trish says. Hand-blown glassware, from wine glasses to highball glasses to vases, pitchers, and serving dishes sparkle on the shelves. A smattering of lifestyle brands of sumptuous lotions, hand washes, triple-milled soaps, candles, and more invite sampling. Cozy up to the alpaca throws and Belgian linen down-filled pillows. Cuorebella is filled with so many enticing wares that you could browse for hours. “I’m so blessed and excited to come to work every day,” Trish says with a smile. cuorebella.com

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TWO AWARD-WINNING CHEFS AND A SUCCESSFUL

A CHEF’S KITCHEN RESTAURATEUR EMPLOY THEIR PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE TO

DESIGN PRETTY (AND PRACTICAL) HOME KITCHENS

Judith Fertig Aaron Leimkuehler

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Above: Cheerful pops of red, including the professional American range, liven up the otherwise neutral kitchen. Right: Open shelves display prized (and used) cookware and everyday dishes.

REFRESH AND REWIND HARD-WORKING APPLIANCES, CLASSIC MATERIALS, AND TOUCHES OF COLOR INJECT NEW LIFE INTO A DATED KITCHEN

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olby and Megan Garrelts, chef-owners of Bluestem in Kansas City and Rye on the Plaza and in Leawood, are on speed-dial with the James Beard Award Foundation. Colby won Best Chef Midwest, Megan was a semifinalist for Best Pastry Chef, and Bluestem has been a three-time nominee for Outstanding Restaurant. But at home in Leawood, they had a dated, dysfunctional kitchen. Recently, they used their professional experience to design a new space where they can cook, bake, kick back with their two kids, and entertain. “We wanted our kitchen to feel like an effective place to work and a fun place to

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THE DETAILS From Left: The walnut butcher-block countertop joins the cool marble. Both surfaces serve a distinct purpose. Favorite cookbooks are on display, including the Garrelts’ own. A shallow, narrow second sink in the island can be stocked with ice and serve up beverages for a party.


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More eye-catching than standard subway tile, dark gray grout provides contrast to the oversized tile. Carrying the tile all the way to the ceiling gives the kitchen a bistro feel.

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The two-way fireplace warms both the kitchen and the living room.

be,” says Megan. They called on Scovell Remodeling to transform the plan into reality. Each had a wish list. Colby wanted a Zephyr commercial-style range hood. He also wanted open shelving to keep their Mauviel pots and Le Creuset cookware within easy reach. Megan wanted “my own oven” so that Colby’s roasting chicken didn’t comingle with her chocolate chip cookies. They both won with a commercial-quality 48-inch American Range in a red that reminds Megan of picking cherries and making pies as a child. Books needed to be on proud display. “Having a kitchen library is important to us,” says Megan. She and Colby are also the authors

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of Bluestem: The Cookbook and Made in America: A Modern Collection of Classic Recipes. A custom painting by local artist Kelly Porter pops against the white and gray cabinetry. “We wanted natural materials for our countertops,” says Megan. “Marble and wood will show wear and tear over the years, and we like that. ” Marble stays cool for rolling out pastry; the huge Boos walnut butcher-block island doubles as work surface and kitchen table—“just like in a restaurant,” says Megan. When they had to choose, space-wise, between a microwave oven and a wine cooler, there was no contest. “We always go with wine,” she says with a laugh.

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Above: Two matching quartzite-topped islands provide oodles of workspace. Right: A row of blue-velvet upholstered stools pull up to both islands for plenty of seating.

DINNER AND A SHOW A DRAMATIC, HARD-WORKING KITCHEN THAT MAKES ENTERTAINING A CROWD APPLAUSE-WORTHY

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lan Gaylin, founder and CEO of Bread and Butter Concepts, was spoiled for design influences when he and his wife, Bridget Gram, remodeled their Mission Hills kitchen. White subway tile, retro wooden bar stools, and open shelving like Urban Table or rustic roadhouse, such as found at BRGR in Prairie Village? Vintage Kansas City river town at The Oliver or refined steakhouse at Stock Hill on the Plaza? Although Gaylin and his wife used the firm that designed the eight

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local Bread and Butter Concepts restaurants, Realm Architecture + Design, their kitchen is “more of our own style,” he says. “Our house is more contemporary. We really like to entertain and this room becomes the central meeting and conversing area. Between the indoor and outdoor kitchen, we can easily accommodate 60 people. ” Every successful restaurateur knows that cooking is theater, and theater is where people want to see and be seen. The couple set the stage where their lucky guests can get front-row

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THE DETAILS Left: The hidden Viking downdraft system means no exhaust system to block the view. Drawers just below the Viking stovetop keep pots and pans within easy reach. Right: Chrome X details frame both sides of each island as an added design detail.

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Dishes are displayed behind wood-framed glass doors so everything is visible and easy to find.

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A Sub-Zero wine refrigerator anchors one side of the bar area.

seats. The open space is dominated by two parallel 12-foot by 6-foot islands topped with big slabs of veined quartzite. Smoky blue velvet-covered bar stools line the outer perimeters. A prep sink and a large gas Thermador cooktop on the inner perimeter allow the culinary drama to unfold as guests watch. A Viking downdraft exhaust system assures that every seat has a good view. A wall of custom cabinetry deep-stained a smoky taupe holds the two wall ovens, warming drawers, steamer, and refrigerator. On the opposite side of the room, another wall of cabinetry defines the bar area

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with open shelving, another restaurant design carryover. “You know why your eye is always drawn to the bar in restaurant?” Gaylin asks. “Because you get to look at all the bottles. ” “The coolest part of our kitchen is the sliding glass doors that open up to an outdoor patio with a pizza oven and an outdoor kitchen,” says Gaylin. “Maybe the style of our kitchen is a little Stock Hill, a little Gram and Dunn,” he reflects. No, wait. Stock Hill opened before this kitchen was finished. He laughs. “Maybe Stock Hill has some of our kitchen in it. ”

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IN CONVERSATION WITH

Kay Barnes words by

Cindy Hoedel

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The phone rings exactly the second the smart phone clock switches from 8:59:59 a.m. to 9:00:00, and it’s the Kansas Citian of the Year calling. When I remark on this extreme punctuality, former mayor Kay Barnes seems temporarily at a loss for words. “I thought it was the thing to do.” And this explains much about why the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce bestowed arguably the city’s most coveted honor. At 80, Barnes is still at the top of her game—effort-

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invited to speak at a fancy dinner when I was growing up and lessly professional, competent, and modest, because she doesn’t the first thing he wanted to do when we all arrived was go in know how not to be. It’s in her DNA. the kitchen and meet the people who were preparing and servShe was born Kay Cronkite in St. Joseph, the only child of ing the meal. a high-school football and basketball coach and a career teacher. Walter Cronkite, America’s most trusted news broadcaster What was Kay Cronkite like as a kid? in the 1960s and ’70s, was her first cousin. He was 21 years old I got a lot of attention from my parents, being an only child, and already off making a career at CBS when she was born, and I was expected to work hard and do well in whatever I took but she spent a lot of time with him as an adult in New York, on. I remember as a 7 or 8-year-old that I wanted to start a at family vacations on Martha’s Vineyard and on his frequent business, and my business was going to be making doll clothes trips to Kansas City, where his wife was from. for dolls that were owned by neighbors. I remember going door Serving on the student council in high school, Barnes disto door in my immediate neighborhood socovered early a knack for public speaking. liciting orders—I don’t recall getting any orShe earned a BA in secondary education at ders, just smiles. University of Kansas, and a masters in secondary education, as well as a Master of As the first female speaker for NationPublic Administration degree at University al Speakers how did you deal with sexism of Missouri-Kansas City. She gravitated to when you were on the road giving seminars? community activities and was asked to head I would make a point of going into the semup a task force to go into suburban churches inar room 10 or 15 minutes early—the numand lead workshops and adult Sunday school ber of attendees varied from 50 to 250—and classes about social issues. I sensed that day that I would go around the room and just greet Soon and with little fanfare, she began everyone as they were getting settled. I would shattering glass ceilings. She was the first there was a growing just smile and welcome them. In other words, female speaker signed by National Speakers, feeling of pride in I would make every effort to send a message headquartered in Kansas City, and spent sevto people that I was friendly, that they could en years travelling around the country giving Kansas City that be comfortable with me, and that we could all-day seminars. It was a grueling regimen, many people had not learn some things together. I think that sometimes visiting five cities in one week, helped a lot. that tempered her for the rigors of politics. experienced before. In 1974, Barnes was elected as one of the Fast forward to 1999 when you took offirst two women on the Jackson County legfice as Kansas City’s first female mayor, islature. From 1979-1983 Barnes served on and you were trying to turn a sow’s ear the City Council of Kansas City, Missouri. of a downtown into a silk purse. What In 1999, she became the first female mayor kind of pushback did you get? of Kansas City, serving two terms. There are always the skeptics and (laughs) Since 2007, Barnes has worked for Park the apathetics—they’re almost worse—who University, where she is currently senior dieither think the type of ambitious proposal rector for university engagement, speaking we were making is crazy or will never work or will never gain to classes on leadership and also working on strategic planenough support. That is to be expected. ning, and promoting and representing Park in the community. Barnes lives near the Country Club Plaza with her husHow did you counter those negative messages? band, Tom Van Dyke. She has two children, Kelly Dillman and I knew some of the private sector movers and shakers, so that Fritz Waldo, who both live in the metro area, and a grandhelped. I also spent a lot of time going out and speaking to daughter, Sydney Dillman, who lives in Denver. community groups and organizations, talking about how it wasn’t just about downtown, it was really about job creation. How was your cousin Walter Cronkite, who was 21 when you were born, different than how he seemed on his What gave you hope? news broadcasts? One day we hosted an open house at the Sprint Center for He had a lighter personality (than how he seemed on TV ). He everyone to come and take a look around. We were expectloved to tell jokes. He was gregarious and genuinely enjoyed ing three or four thousand people to come and 25,000 people meeting and talking to all kinds of people. I remember he was

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showed up. I was astonished. I sensed that day that there was a growing feeling of pride in Kansas City that many people had not experienced before.

How did you deal with that kind of ignorant bias? We laughed about it when we got together and just kept doing the work.

What is the thing that gives you hope? Under this administration we have been able to get more done because nobody is paying attention (laughs).

How much better do you think things have gotten? I am confident that there are still situations where women experience discrimination, whether that is discrepancy in salaries or exclusion from movement up into the highest levels in organizations. And statistics are clear that fewer women are serving on corporate boards than should be. I applaud the efforts being made by women and some men to correct those discriminatory situations.

What was the thing that worried you the most late at night? (Long pause.) Would AEG agree to be our private partner on the Sprint Center? Would we be able to convince the Cordish Company to be our private partner on the entertainment district? Would we be able to convince the Missouri [she says “Missour-ruh”] State Legislature to pass the legislation that we absolutely had to have for the entertainment district to be built? There I think a was a succession of those challenges.

lot of kids have learned how important good interpersonal skills are. I believe faceto-face human communication is at the heart of what it takes to have a viable society.

There was a lot of criticism about the city’s failure to land a pro sports franchise for the Sprint Center. But now the arena is arguably more profitable as a concert venue than if we had landed an NBA team. Is it gratifying to you? Yes, it is. And I give enormous credit to AEG, and we are so lucky Brenda Tinnen (senior vice president and general manager of Sprint Center/AEG) came back to Kansas City. She grew up in Gladstone and had a stellar career in the arena business around the country—she managed the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the Home Depot Center (now the StubHub Center) at California State University, the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles and the Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. She is the best in the industry. She knows everyone in the indoor sports world. She is why Garth Brooks did his nine shows in Kansas City. She is why Tina Turner did two weeks of rehearsals for her world tour in Kansas City.

You mentioned naysayers when you were pushing to rebuild downtown, but you must have experienced sexism as well. Well, certainly there was talk behind my back, and behind the backs of [former Kansas City, Kan. Mayor] Carol Marinovich and [Leawood mayor] Peggy Dunn and [former Lee’s Summit mayor] Karen Messerli. What was said about each of us when we took office was, “Well, she may be OK as mayor, but she won’t be interested in or know how to do economic development.” And that was the area where all four of us focused most of our attention and made the most progress.

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2018 was a good year for women getting elected at all levels of government. What is your best advice to all the women taking office for the first time? To recognize what they don’t know. To learn from others. And at the same time to not hesitate to express their views, to introduce legislation, and to speak up and speak out. I would also encourage them to trust their intuition, to not burn bridges and to take the time to celebrate any victories along the way. Millennials and Generation Z (people born in 1995 or later) get maligned a lot. What are your observations about those groups of young Americans, since you spend time in classrooms with them at Park University? I’m very encouraged. Many in those groups are very knowledgeable at an early age about the rest of the world, whether it’s geography or current challenges facing other countries. Many seem personally interested in being directly involved in politics and community activities.

It’s become tough to land a good paying job even with a college degree; what advice would you give students? I think some would benefit from getting their noses out of their devices, looking up and interacting with human beings in person, although I think that applies to a minority. I think a lot of kids have learned how important good interpersonal skills are. I believe face-to-face human communication is at the heart of what it takes to have a viable society. m

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future perfect

OUR FASHION INFLUENCERS SHARE WHAT YOU’LL BE WEARING THIS YEAR

Ron Berg Arlen Wickstrum Flock Salon and Gallery makeup by Nick Jenkins Flock Salon and Gallery photos by hair by

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A theme I favor for spring is the look of iconic British singer JANE BIRKIN, seen in the Paris and New York shows and in the December issue of Vogue Paris, with the icon as the issue’s theme. That’s Jane Birkin for whom the Hermes “Birkin Bag” was designed after, and a keeper if you’re magazine obsessed like me. –

Blushing Heart top, $44; Hidden boot-cut jeans, $78; Gold + Stone hoops, $56; Elise M. belt, $26. All from Clothology 135 (Parkway Plaza). Free People flats, $178, from Alysa Rene Boutique (Park Place).

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Susan Cannon, fashion journalist


Lafayette 148 leather jacket, $1,248; Lafayette 148 zip-up sweater, $398; Lafayette 148 pants, $298; Kendra Scott earrings, $60. All from Halls Kansas City (Crown Center).

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For the minimalists, there’s a beautiful palette of FLESH TONES—coffees, creams, and caramels—that can be combined and worn head-totoe or mixed with pastels. –

Stephanie Jacob, fashion journalist


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DUSTY ROSE PINK will replace 2018’s millennial pink. –

Pam Carper, @sideofglam

Tart Collections jacket, $158; Grey State top, $108; 7 for all Mankind jeans, $169. All from Miriam Garvey (Fairway).


Tibi double-breasted jacket, $595, from Standard Style (Town Center Crossing). Pearl Izumi bike shorts, $60, from Cycle City (Parkville). Prada sneakers, $720, from Halls Kansas City (Crown Center).

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Comfortable, effortless, yet stylish looks are my favorite in 2019. BIKER SHORTS paired with TRENDY BLAZERS and CHUNKY SNEAKERS will be on all of the runways and streets this year. –

Bria Jones, @_briajones

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The sustainability trend continues, designed in PATCH-WORKED, tie-dyed and hand-crafted fabrics. This repurposing is a response to our threatened planet and a global eco-consciousness. –

Susan Cannon, fashion journalist

Asiatica ripple top: $495; Patchwork jacket, $2,100;Vintage Japanese silk panel pants, $995; Petra Meiren earrings, $195. All from Asiatica (Westwood).

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Raquel Allegra caftan, $283; Rachel Comey open-toed mules, $425; Robin Mollicone chandelier earrings, $490. All from Finefolk (Crossroads).

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There’s going to be a lot of vibrant throwbacks to embrace—TIE-DYE, acid wash, even bike shorts. –

Stephanie Jacob, fashion journalist

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Design details such as RUCHING will be on trend, which brings a feminine touch to the outfit. –

Pam Carper, @sideofglam

Drew one-shoulder ruched dress, $285; Earrings, $70, both from Alysa Rene Boutique (Park Place). Donald Pliner sandals, $268, from Halls Kansas City (Crown Center).


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DELICATE FINE PRINTS that bring a fun twist to a basic outfit will be in season. –

Pam Carper, @sideofglam

Just dress, $148, from Anaphora (Prairiefire).

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Tiny Homes Make a Big Difference A SPECIALIZED COMMUNITY OF HOMES AND SERVICES PROVIDES HOUSING STABILITY FOR KANSAS CITY-AREA VETERANS IN NEED

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words and photos by

Marianne Kilroy

or a few who have unselfishly served their country, life after the military can be a challenge. Unable to cope with the pressure and stress of daily community life, some veterans have found themselves in broken marriages, jobless, and even homeless. For those who have spent years on the streets, the Veterans Community Project (VCP) gives homeless veterans a chance to start their life over. Chris Stout, Bryan Meyer, Mark Solomon, Vincent Morales, and Brandonn Mixon are the founders of Kansas City’s Veterans Community Project. When asked why, Mixon simply replied, “Because we each took an oath to serve one another.”

Our work won’t be done till we bring every brother and sister home. –Brandonn Mixon

Clockwise from top left: Stephen Gatewood and his newly adopted dog, Peeps, enjoy the privacy and independence that come with their own home. American flags adorn each tiny home. Originally from Montana, Jerry LeSueur found himself in Kansas City. “God did not intend for me to just sit around. This is my chance to get my life back together,” he says.Veteran Eric Bishop at the door of his tiny home. Gatewood prepares a meal. Concrete slabs have been poured for the planned expansion of an additional 23 homes.

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The Veterans Community Project is a mini-development of small homes that provides an environment where veterans may successfully transition no matter what their circumstance. For each individual case, whether it be health issues or an unstable home life, VCP will provide housing and the necessary support services to help each veteran establish a stable daily life. The project connects veterans to services on a variety of issues, including medical and dental—even haircuts and veterinarian care for their pets. Average stay is estimated to be about six months, until the vets can be on their feet and able to move into permanent housing. The Veterans Community Project goal is to build 49 homes and a 5,000-square-foot community center. Twenty-six houses have been built thus far with local volunteers and funds from our community. The project hopes to expand to every major city in the U.S. One of the organization’s founders, Chris Stout, was recognized by CNN as one of the Top 10 CNN Heroes of the Year nominees. If interested in volunteering or financially supporting the Veterans Community Project please contact: info@vcp-kc.org. | 91 | INKANSASCITY.COM


FAMILY MATTERS THE DESIGN TEAM FROM NEST INTERIORS CREATES A WARM AND WORKABLE HOME FOR A FAMILY WITH YOUNG CHILDREN AND A MAJOR LOVE OF CLEAN, WHITE SPACES

Patricia OʼDell Aaron Leimkuehler

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hen Katy Cassaw and Kat Benson of Nest Interiors met with their clients ten years ago, they knew they had all the components they needed for success. The wife had a clear vision of what she wanted, and the home, while a bit dated, had the perfect floor plan for a young family. “There are so many terrific things about this house,” says Benson. “The double-height ceiling in the family room was great, but there used to be a wall between that room and the kitchen. The owners wanted to open that up so they could be in the kitchen fixing dinner and still be in the same room with the kids.” Besides an open feel and relaxed livability, the wife wanted white. A lot of white. “We started with the kitchen and focused on appealing, durable materials,” says Cassaw. “She really loves marble, so we worked together to find a beautiful marble with a lot of movement. It’s really the star of the show.” While the kitchen is not small, the team wanted to optimize counter space. An induction cooktop provides high-function, but also an

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In the family room, the Lee Industries club chairs dazzle with acrylic legs and durable indoor/outdoor white chenille fabric. Brass-framed chairs are from Restoration Hardware. Flower arrangement from Ad Astra Market.

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Above: A bird’s-eye view of the family room. Pegged wood floor is original to the home. Left: Rustic meets modern in the entry. The wood-framed octagonal mirror tops an acrylic console table from Interlude Home. Opposite: The dramatic stone fireplace wall and beamed ceiling lend a modern, rustic vibe.

additional work area when it’s cool. “Also, it’s not hot to the touch, which is especially good with young children in the house,” says Cassaw. The designers created additional storage with a counter that can be used for day-to-day coffee or a bar when the couple entertains. The nearby breakfast table is surrounded with chairs covered in white indoor/outdoor fabric. A durable cowhide rug underneath takes the worry out of unavoidable spills and mess. “I really think that one of the things that was exciting to our client about this project was proving to people that you can do white with young kids,” says Benson. Although the designers removed the wall between the kitchen and family room, they left the original stone surrounding the fireplace and the wood beams on the vaulted ceiling to add texture to the space. A generously sized sofa upholstered in sumptuous but durable velvet from Restoration Hardware provides a spot to lounge and watch movies or socialize with friends. The designers used another cowhide rug here and, again, chairs with indoor/outdoor fabric. But the room does not have a stark, utilitarian feel. “Sometimes all-white can feel cold, but we think that the brass warms it up,” says Cassaw. “We’ve used a lot of warm metal and these chairs have acrylic legs. The goal was glamorous and sophisticated but still cozy and warm.”

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Above: All white with stainless-steel appliances, the new kitchen is simple, yet sophisticated. Statuary marble tops the island and is used counter-to-ceiling for a dramatic touch in the kitchen proper. Right: The powder room leans toward exotic with Seabrook wallpaper with a Moroccan arabesque pattern. Opposite: In the breakfast room, one wall is papered with a watercolor-inspired floral from Holly Hunt.

Not that the house is completely without color. “She really likes pale pink,” says Benson of the wife. “We looked forever for the right lamps to use in the living room before we hit on these by Kate Spade for Visual Comfort.” The dining room is a cozy alcove with tall bookcases that provide both texture and storage. The drama is all in the ceiling with its dazzling crystal fixture and the fact that it’s painted black. “It’s still simple and clean, but we really wanted to provide some depth and drama to that space,” says Cassaw. The designers used the same principles on the master bathroom redesign as they did with the kitchen—clean, white, with a little color, a mix of metals, and quality materials. “The original bathroom was sage green and terra cotta, and there was a large stained-glass window,” says Benson. “We really reimagined the space.”

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Left: The glamorous contemporary chandelier from RH paired with rustic glass-front cabinets sets the mood for gracious hospitality in the dining room. Flower arrangement from Ad Astra Market. Below: Interior designers Kat Benson, left, and Katy Cassaw from Nest Interiors.

The team relied on the tenets that had served them well in the kitchen: white marble with strong veining, the gleam of silver and brass and a focus on form as well as function. They painted the original cabinets and added new lighting, fixtures and faucets. Replacing the stained-glass window with clear glass floods the room with light, while shutters provide the necessary privacy. The master bedroom is serene, but not lacking interest. A contemporary black spool bed and sinuous chests deliver the “pow” to the allwhite room. Here the lighting is crisp, contemporary clear glass instead of crystal, and the Beni Ourain rug underfoot provides the texture. A delicate floral pillow features the perfect blush of color. The designers agree that this was a dream project. “The contrast of glam and sophisticated with cozy and warm made it a really fun,” says Benson. “We just loved her point of view,” says Cassaw of the homeowner. “She wants to be able to put her feet up and have a glass of Champagne, but also be in her sweatpants if she wants. We were able to help her make her home comfortable, but beautiful. It doesn’t get better than that.”

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For the master bedroom, the homeowner requested a calm, serene space. The four-poster bed is from Noir Furniture. Flower arrangement from Ad Astra Market. Opposite, top left: Just off the master bedroom is a cozy sitting room with a floor-to-ceiling window framed in luxe silk curtains. Opposite, top right: Gray-painted cabinets are topped by matching mirrors from RH. Opposite, bottom left: In the master closet, a center island makes packing and folding a breeze. Opposite, bottom right: Centered on a dramatic window, the deep soaking tub from Ferguson Bath, Kitchen and Lighting Gallery holds pride of place.

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THE IT LIST Interior Design

Flowers

Nest Interiors

Ad Astra Market

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The charcuterie board at The Rieger.

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RESTAURATEUR, TOP CHEF CONTESTANT, AND ALL-AROUND FOODIE RENEE KELLY SHARES IMPRESSIONS OF SOME OF HER FAVORITE DINNERS OUT IN 2018 WORDS BY

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hat makes a meal remarkable? Upon arrival, take in the vibe and ambiance of the restaurant—the lighting, the décor, and the music. Then it’s the choice of the meal. The anticipation rises, the aromas, then finally it’s the tastes—sweet, salty, sour, bitter, pungent, all mingled together with the texture, viscosity, juiciness. It’s the memories created at that moment. A great meal is being present. The Reuben sandwich. Be still my heart.

Black Sheep Restaurant + Market blacksheepon39th.com While holding a tantalizing triangle of my most favorite sandwich, Thousand Island dressing trickles from the edge of my pinky, gracing my wrist. The first bite of buttered, griddled golden-brown marbled rye gives way to gooey swiss cheese, then a perfect ratio of sauerkraut complementing the meaty pieces of tender Boyle’s corned beef. My shoulders melt with satisfaction. Combining the sandwich with a swig of jammy Malbec makes the Reuben at Black Sheep a remarkable meal. Now the fun of capturing the rogue dribble of Thousand Island from my wrist. Roast duck, chicken thighs, cheddar biscuits, shrimp and grits, key lime pie. The South is in the Midwest.

Brookside Poultry Company bkspoultryco.com At Brookside Poultry, hospitality greets you at the front door, just as you would expect from a Southern boy. Slow-roasted Barham Family Farms duck appears at our table. The beautiful burnt-caramel skin snaps with the first bite, revealing tender, succulent, citrus-brined, slow-roasted meat. The flaky crunch of golden chicken thighs crackles to expose tender meat. Pairing it with jalapeños, cabbage, and celery gives the meat a bit more spice, without

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Grilled filet with mushrooms from J. Gilbert’s.

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adulterating the chicken. Butter-braised shrimp are nestled in Parmesan grits, indulgent enough to scrape the bowl with the cheddar biscuits. But then the realization that key lime pie is still to come. Balanced between tart lime, sweet condensed milk, light cream, and the crunch of the graham crust, every tangy bite is honored as a ritual. A meal here is meant to be shared with friends. Butternut squash ravioli, swordfish, pollo al limone. And all the desserts.

Lidia’s lidias-kc.com How about a dance with the classics and a sprinkle of an upgrade? Hints of nutmeg within the brown-butter sage sauce of the butternut squash ravioli makes a decadent appetizer. A scallopine of chicken breast nestled next to sautéed spinach with capers, roasted lemons, and Cerignola olives swirled in butter creates a creaminess that lingers on my taste buds. To my surprise, grilled swordfish with just a hint of smoke is on the menu. It’s accompanied with purple potatoes, meaty oyster mushrooms, almond slivers, and a pop of golden raisins to create an unforgettable fork-able bite. All the desserts found their way to the table, including my favorites, the bruléed bananas and crunch-coated gelato, followed by the hazelnut cake. Salmon toast and French sauvignon blanc. Eating on a sofa while reading.

Our Daily Nada ourdailynada.com Greeted with a soft smile and hello, I recognize the elegance of simplicity with my first glance at the menu. There is one sauvignon blanc available, from France. The crisp, refreshing wine is poured into a mindfully chosen, delicate glass. Smoked salmon toast is a perfect accompaniment to the bright wine. A significant piece of multigrain toast is iced with horseradish cream, then adorned with smoked salmon, pickled shallots, cucumbers, capers, and glittered with dill. Relaxing music allows me to create while comfortably lounging on an emerald-green sofa. A meal as memorable as a scene straight out of a book.

Left: Ceviche from Jarocho. Right: Grilled swordfish from Lidia’s.

Street tacos. Saturday lunch to go.

Bichelmeyer Meats bichelmeyermeastskc.com Thin slices of marinated pork pivot on a spit with pineapple dawning the top. As it rotates, the flame caramelizes the pineapple, forcing the juices to stream down the pork. The next turn, the juice crisps on the marinated meat, locking in layers of flavor and tenderness. Corn tortillas are heated with a bit of oil, stuffed with the shaved pork, topped with minced white onion and cilantro, and served with a side of spicy, creamy avocado jalapeño sauce and a fresh slice of lime. With saliva sneaking out to the corner of my mouth, the tacos begin my weekend like a smile to pursed lips. House charcuterie, braunschweiger-stuffed beignets, braised-beef neck and gnocchi, butternut squash agnolotti, tagliolini with trout anchovies, chocolate mousse and white ale. And new friends.

Freshwater freshwaterkc.com When I think a tough day isn’t going to get lighter, I enter Freshwater to join jovial patrons at the bar with intention of being a wit-

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ness, a butterfly hidden in the wallpaper, to release the day. Marlin, the bartender, swiftly introduces me to everyone at the bar. Obviously, I allow him to pick my dinner, with the option to opt out at any time. House-made charcuterie with accoutrements keep me busy while beignets stuffed with braunschweiger are being made. Soon six different pastas line the bar in front of me. The braisedbeef neck and gnocchi have a bright acidity complementing the natural sweetness of the potato gnocchi. The salted trout anchovies are a curious delight snuggled with the tagliolini. Although absolutely stuffed, milk-chocolate mousse paired with a sip of white ale rounds out an evening of dining with new friends. Yuca fries. Sharing a secret place.

Antojitos del Peru Find them on Facebook The nondescript Peruvian restaurant is tucked away in a shopping center off Quivira. It’s a place to remember my Spanish, but it isn’t necessary. Examining the menu, I spy yuca fries. A bottled Diet Coke is delivered with a straw and the scorching hot yuca fries


rare steak, with slight notes from the woodfire grill, accompanied by a Mt. Veeder Cabernet, is the only answer to temper my flame. A wood-fired grill is something to respect. It takes patience to learn and honor the inconsistencies of a wood fire. The real talent comes into play when a steak is cooked flawlessly, every time.

themselves were going on a date. One glass of rosé turns into three red, the crispy duck confit dances in our mouths, and the chef walks past with haste. He returns to the kitchen to begin crafting our next course in front of us—tiny, fragile tortellini. All five of us cut each pasta in half to savor the workmanship and artistry.

Believe it or not, everything on the menu, in one sitting.

Smoked watercress and apple salad, white asparagus. Celebrating spring.

therussellonmain.com The wood-burning oven matches the whispers of smoke drifting in and out of my senses. A small distraction compared to the tempting cookies, scones, and other bready things calling my name from the case. That campfire scent subtly tugs at memories of summer nights, a bottle of wine and dancing with friends. I settle on seared ahi tuna, sliced and shingled to reveal the dark fuchsia center. Roasted zucchini, carrots, petite peppers, and cauliflower with a miso broth ladled in the shallow bowl with sprinkles of micro greens and flower petals envelop the fish. I’ll save room for a chocolate chip cookie next time.

The Antler Room

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theantlerroomkc.com Dating is a fascinating sport to play. A gentleman and I are indulging in conversation, looking up, there are three fellas with mild East-Coast accents, receiving food at a steady pace. My date and I look at each other with a shrug and join their evening. First, buttery brioche pinned with violet borage flowers brings a refreshing cucumber perfume to the caramelized foie gras torchon precisely centered on thick-sliced toast. Cauliflower; white, green, and purple asparagus; and the farm carrots—all with flattering accompaniments—mingle as if they

affarekc.com Locally grown maché and watercress are gently rolled with a walnut vinaigrette, pieces of tart apple tucked in a jar and sealed with a flutter of smoke. This salad isn’t an everyday salad, it’s an experience. For white asparagus, the season is ridiculously short, a tiny pin-drop in the growing year. It takes four years to foster before it can be cut and served—as white as a pearl—yet tender. The spears only require subtle cookery to enhance the distinct flavor. The mindfulness of the ingredients shines brightly.

Strawberry pastry. An afternoon treat.

Left: Rübensalat (beet salad) from Grünauer. Right: Doughnuts from Story.

rest on the table with a sidecar of fiery chili green sauce. A sprinkle of salt, a squeeze of lime, and generous amount of secret sauce is an unrivaled bite. Crisp outsides yield to a firm yet flaky interior, making the yuca fry far superior to the traditional French fry. It’s my crave-able secret. Seared ahi tuna with roasted vegetables. A memorable lunch.

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Heirloom Bakery & Hearth heirloomkc.com Succulents adorn the walls and honeycomb is free to scrape a piece, while bakers are busy creating in the open kitchen. A few items are already scratched off the daily menu, but before I know it a delicate strawberry-and-cream pastry is on a plate, my hot tea is in hand, and magically, a seat opens in the crowded room. Starting at the edges, every nibble of the flaky, not-too-sweet dough finishes with a satisfyingly crisp tenderness. Purposefully, the tart, sweet, local-strawberry center is saved for last, just so I can lick the final crumbs from my fingers. Steak. And a win.

J Gilbert’s jgilberts.com The bar is full except one seat. Live music floats in the air as vodka, chilled, and four oysters are slurped down for immediate satisfaction. Relaxing, I register the artist is playing Eric Clapton, one of my favorites, from a favorite time. My order is taken, a simply grilled filet with mushrooms and asparagus. After this particularly intense day—and a win—a juicy,

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Cauliflower bisque with walnut pesto, braised pork, butternut squash and pecorino ravioli, elk tenderloin with parsnips and oh, what a sauce, doughnuts with house limoncello. A special dinner with mom.

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storykc.com First, Champagne—the tiny bubbles automatically bring joy. Next, we’re sipping velvety cauliflower bisque topped with a walnut pesto from a cool, contemporary soup spoon. Then we switch wines and share house-made ravioli with braised pork and butternut squash. Without hesitation, my mom looks up over her glasses to whisper, “I can have another one of those…” Elk tenderloin is a complete must. The deep-pink elk is too special to rest next to the humble potato, so it arrives with the much more complex and sweet parsnip. A silky demi-glace allows every morsel to swivel and play around the plate. Notably last, the doughnuts, each curiously quarter-sized and light, stacked by a culinary architect, and paired brilliantly with house-made limoncello.

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Jarocho jarochokc.com Oysters are simple. Good oysters with a squeeze of lime are intoxicating. My friend and I share a dozen before scallop ceviche arrives, attended by lime, chili oil, and jalapeños served with tostadas. Our server arrives with a romantic observance of our next course. “It is like a piece of art, so beautiful,” she murmurs. It’s a delicate piece of white fish with caviar, chili oil, borage, sea urchin cream, and a scattering of miniature cilantro leaves. Gooey duck crudo is as crisp and light as a cucumber, while the stomach—seared—is the foie gras of the sea. The meal ends with a smoky mescal to seal the simply remarkable, unexpected romance with food found on Kansas Ave. Blackberry mojito, spinach and strawberry salad, breakfast sandwich, French toast. Summer Saturday brunch.

The Farmhouse eatatthefarmhouse.com Hot and sweaty, I’m welcomed by Heather and a blackberry mojito at the height of the season. First a spinach and strawberry salad, while I watch farmers sauntering back to the kitchen with more mouthwatering crimson strawberries. The breakfast sandwich, with house-made ham, a perfect egg, gooey, melty cheese, and crisp spinach on a lightly toasted everything bagel is my main course. French toast bites are for dessert, conveniently cut so a knife isn’t required. Each forkful fits for dunking in the sidecar of real maple syrup. Blue cheese soufflé, ricotta gnocchi, milk-braised lamb, panna cotta. A private pop-up dinner.

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soufflé is subtle, teasing our taste buds for the next course. Petite pillows of ricotta gnocchi, tossed with brown butter and sage, are exquisite enough to relish one by one. Another cork exits a bottle of red and no glass is left below half-full. As the table ignites with conversations enveloping farming, media, and the future, milk-braised lamb with root vegetables serves as our main course. The final course is as delightful and heartfelt as the hugs at the end of the evening. Delicate panna cotta with raspberries, lighter than pudding, and more substantial that whipped cream. Currywurst, red cabbage, spaetzle, Rubensalat, Gruner Veltliner. The finale to a busy day.

Grünauer grunauerkc.com Occasionally I find myself in downtown Kansas City, dashing to meetings every hour. After wrapping up my day I head to Grünauer. A crisp Gruner Veltliner quenches my thirst. Ravished, the currywurst with red cabbage is on order. Spaetzle accompanies the meal, like a best friend. Shortly after my hunger subsides, and a few phone calls and emails, I order the Rübensalat. Sweet, earthy beets speared on my fork scoop up the goat-cheese ricotta from the plate sweeping up the peppery arugula and capturing a few toasted pumpkin seeds. The perfect crescendo with the last swig of white wine.

Kitchens and Closets – We go both ways

Charcuterie, bone-in rib eye, and so much wine. At the chef ’s table.

The Rieger theriegerkc.com There is a fascination with watching people perform their craft, be in their rhythm, create, then offer it to another. Sitting at the chef ’s table is observing performance art. Wine swirls and hangs on the edge of my glass while noshing on housemade charcuterie. Crisp horseradish pickles pair decisively well with the rabbit pâté. My friends and I begin negotiations for custody of the chicken terrine, rabbit sausage and prosciutto, as if that were the only course we’re having. Roasted bone marrow is spread on grilled ciabatta, then the star arrives. Sliced for all of us and grilled to rare, the bone-in rib eye pairs with a bold Zinfandel. Shrimp scampi, pappardelle with pork ragu, lamb osso bucco on polenta, zabaglione, Italian doughnuts. A special wine dinner.

Jasper’s Restaurant jasperskc.com Welcoming smiles are my greeting along with “Welcome to Jasper’s,” making me stop, take a breath and be present. I’m late, as usual. The room is already filled with cheerful guests awaiting the descriptions from the winemaker and the restaurateur. A small plate of nibbles from the reception is carefully guarded at my place setting; salumi, arancini, and foie gras raviolini en brodo. While sipping on the bubbles and sampling the appetizers, shrimp scampi is served, followed by pappardelle with pork ragù. Two wines are poured for deciphering our favorite while we relish a lamb osso bucco on a bed of white polenta. I’m happy I saved my bread to collect any remnants on the plate. Two desserts, a classic zabaglione with cream along with Italian doughnuts (which happen to be a perfect vessel to scoop up the zabaglione), are the ideal finishing taste.

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hat’s not to love about the texture, the look, the health benefits, and most of all, the flavor of grains. They’ve been nourishing humanity for several thousand years, and for a cook, their versatility provides a canvas of limitless possibility. I keep a wide variety in my pantry, such as oats, wheat berries, quinoa, farro, and different kinds of rice, but one of my go-to grains is barley. Many people have unfavorable associations with barley and other grains, perhaps because whole grains are considered “health foods.” Barley is generally classified as hulled (a minimally processed whole grain) or pearled (hulled barley that has been steamed and had its bran removed). Both are high in fiber, but hulled barley more so, which gives it a sturdy chew and requires twice as long to cook. Hulled barley can be used in place of pearled barley, just keep the time required for cooking in mind when adapting recipes. I typically use pearled barley. It does contain some gluten, but many people who are sensitive to wheat gluten are tolerant of barley. Depending on how barley is finished, it can be eaten chilled, at room temperature, or warm, as in the following barley risotto. Barley can be added to salads as a garnish and dressed with a vinaigrette or mixed with other grains and dressed to make a salad or side dish in itself. It can be tossed with raw or cooked vegetables or nuts, and cheese is always an excellent companion to this humble grain. If you have some cooked barley in the fridge, make a quick breakfast of it by reheating it with a little milk and seasoning it like you would oatmeal, topping it with a drizzle of honey, cinnamon, berries, and toasted almonds. It could also be the foundation of a “bowl” with your favorite additions of proteins, condiments, and garnishes like tuna, pickled ginger, vegetables, soy and rice vinegar. One of barley’s most famous pairings is with mushrooms, their earthy nuttiness and textures complement one another. It is wonderful in soups—beef and barley soup is a classic dish of the British Isle—either cooked in the soup, where its starch contributes to the thickening of the soup, or cooked separately and used as a last-minute garnish when serving the soup, where it keeps more of its chewy texture. In any case, it is a terrific vehicle for flavor.

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THE BASIC PREPARATION OF BARLEY IS INCREDIBLY SIMPLE. One cup uncooked barley yields about three cups cooked barley, so use that as a guide for how much you want to cook. I always cook more than I need for one meal because it is so versatile and great to have on hand when you need a quick meal in a pinch. The technique: In a colander or strainer, rinse the barley. Bring some water to a boil (enough to cover the barley by an inch or two) with a bay leaf and a little salt and a little splash of olive oil. Add the pearled barley and simmer for about 20 minutes (hulled barley takes about 20 more minutes), stirring occasionally to avoid sticking to the bottom of the pot. If the barley looks like it’s going to boil dry, add a little more water so the barley is always able to move about in the pot. Taste—the barley should be pleasantly tender/chewy. If it still seems a little too chewy, continue cooking and tasting. When the texture is to your liking, immediately drain and lightly rinse the barley to stop the cooking process and wash excess starch from the exterior of the grain. Try to make note of how long you cooked it so you’ll know your preference in the future. This is your basic barley, ready for any of your favorite applications. FOR A VEGETABLE BARLEY RISOTTO, CONTINUE AS FOLLOWS:

Finely dice equal amounts of onion, celery, and carrot, and prepare any additional vegetables you wish to incorporate. In cooler seasons, I love featuring butternut squash and broccoli rabe, so I cut these a bit bigger so they really stand out. In a wide skillet, with a bit of olive oil or butter, sauté the vegetables with a bit of salt and pepper for a few minutes until tender to your liking. Stir in the barley and a little water or stock and cook until heated through, stirring occasionally until almost all of the liquid is absorbed. This should just take a minute or so. To finish, turn off the heat and sprinkle on some grated cheese (Parmigiano-Reggiano, Grana Padano, or an aged cheddar) and add a knob of butter. Stir rapidly to emulsify the butter and cheese into the dish—like you would to finish a risotto. Serve immediately.

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Red Quinoa

Forbidden Rice

An ancient grain originating in the Andes, this striking crimson grain is both delicious and beautiful served warm or cold. Taking only 10 to 15 minutes to cook, this should be a staple. Available at better grocery stores.

Black rice, “forbidden” to any but royalty (or the most wealthy) in Asia for centuries, is a fantastic source of anthocyanins, those antioxidants everyone should consume more of. With a lovely perfume and texture, give this one a try. Available at better grocery stores.

Wheatberries

French Green Lentils

These unprocessed kernels of wheat are the quintessential whole grain. After almost an hour of cooking (plan ahead!), they plump up and retain a hearty texture. Substitute for beef for a vegetarian winter chili. Available in bulk in healthfood stores like Nature’s Own Market in Westport.

Not a grain, but with similar characteristics and applications. This is the sturdiest of all the varieties of lentils, and one that retains its shape and texture the best. It is also the most expensive, but worth every penny. Wonderful with rich foods like braised duck or cotechino sausage. Available in bulk at health-food stores and in better markets.

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TOM PENDERGAST 1 ounce Pendergast’s Royal Gold bourbon ¾ ounce lemon juice ¾ ounce Punt e Mes (sweet vermouth) ¾ ounce smoked cinnamon agave syrup (2:1 agave to water)* Garnish with cinnamon stick.

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olitical boss and bootlegger Tom Pendergast’s influence (and staunch refusal to play by the rules of prohibition) helped make Kansas City the Paris of the Plains. Now nearly a century after KC became known as Tom’s Town, his name is still closely associated with the local drinking scene—only this time, it’s on the up and up. Tom’s Town Distilling Co., founded by Steve Revare, whose great-uncle sent Pendergast to prison for tax evasion, and David Epstein, the grandson of a rival bootlegger, injects swagger back into the city’s boozy tradition. They have reason to be confident. Tom’s Town’s impressive lineup of spirits includes the floral, citrusy Botanical Gin, which won a coveted gold medal at the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America conference in 2018, and the pure, smooth Double Grain Vodka, which

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1 quart water 10 smoked cinnamon sticks (smoke over wood chips and charcoal on a Weber grill or just use plain cinnamon sticks) 3–4 allspice berries (whole) 2–3 cloves Bring to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes.


has racked up enough awards to earn the nickname “America’s Gold Medal Vodka.” Although the distillery’s spirits are now available in 12 states, not to mention bars and restaurants throughout the metro, guests make their way to the Tom’s Town restaurant and tasting room for the most authentic drinking experience. The Crossroads spot leans into its historical inspiration with Art Deco flourishes—Daisy Buchanan would fit right in, resting against one of the lush, olive-green wraparound booths with her drink sitting on a white marble-topped table. There are also plenty of stylish nods to its namesake. One of Pendergast’s most iconic quotes, “The people are thirsty,” is painted on the side of the building, a beacon to parched Kansas Citians and visitors alike. (The ever-stylish Fab Five from Queer Eye celebrated wrapping filming on the third season of the hit show at the bar in November). Tom’s Town makes for an especially appealing stop during happy hour, offered 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, which offers a perfect opportunity to sample the tasting room’s take on the classic aviation cocktail, or walk on the wild side and sip the Devil’s Brew—serrano-infused vodka with sugar, lime, and beer. A solid selection of dishes is also served, with items ranging from fried Sriracha-pickled green beans with a spiced bourbon honey to short ribs with smashed potatoes. And of course Pendergast gets a few shout-outs, including the Boss Tom Burger, served with a special “boss sauce,” bourbon mustard, shallot, and arugula on an onion bun. The local legend also pops up on the cocktail list. For the Tom Pendergast, created for the Tom’s Town winter menu, bar manager JT Koenig-Riley took inspiration from the classic Blood and Sand cocktail, substituting Tom’s Town’s Royal Gold Bourbon for scotch and introducing an agave-based smoked cinnamon syrup. “The syrup is flavored with some warm spices,” explains Koenig-Riley. “I am lucky enough to work closely beside our head distiller, Brian Harper, who happens to be an accomplished smoker and barbecue chef. The drink came full circle when he gave me smoked cinnamon sticks, used to mimic the peat of scotch, and by extension the real inspiration for creating the Tom Pendergast.”

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CHEF MICHAEL SMITH is shaking up the Crossroads dining landscape, transforming his namesake restaurant into a private dining and events space and opening Farina, a modern Italian restaurant at the corner of 19th and Baltimore. (Never fear, Smith’s other Crossroads spot, Extra Virgin, will remain untouched.) The new restaurant features the menu the James Beard Award-winning chef introduced for Michael Smith restaurant’s 10th anniversary in 2017, including antipasti, fish, chops, seasonal sides, and desserts. Farina—the Italian word for flour—will also highlight Smith’s signature pastas. In addition to his interpretation of Italian cuisine, diners can enjoy a fresh oyster bar, a bar program led by longtime collaborator Berto Santoro, and vino picks from wine director Nancy Smith, who will also serve as general manager and partner. michaelsmithkc.com

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KC Pinoy, her Filipino food truck that started making the rounds around KC back in 2015. Instead, she’s opened a brick-and-mortar restaurant where they can find her fare in the West Bottoms (1623 Genessee St.), operated in addition to the truck. Nucum grew up in the Philippines but has spent her adult years in the U.S., and she makes a point of sharing her culinary traditions and creating a taste of home for other Filipinos in the metro. In that spirit, the restaurant continues to offer staples of the food truck’s menu, such as chicken adobo and pork tocino, but it also introduces diners to other flavors from a Filipino kitchen. Those flavors shine through in dishes like Lagang Baka, a beef stew beloved by Nucum’s grandfather. facebook.com/kcpinoy

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CHEF CARLOS FALCON knows the power of fresh seafood. His impressive connections to suppliers and mastery in the kitchen made his two Jarocho Pescados y Mariscos restaurants hits. Now he’s bringing his focus on fish to Brookside with a new concept, Sayachi Sushi & Oyster Bar (6322 Brookside Plaza). Inspired by the Japanese heritage of Sayaka Gushi Falcon, the chef ’s wife and managing partner, Sayachi will offer a rotating selection of fresh fish showcased grilled and steamed as well as in maki, nigiri, and sashimi. Fans of his other restaurants will be delighted to know oysters will also play a prominent role, as will the omakase experience—when a diner turns themselves over to the chef, allowing him to design a unique meal. Consider our reservation made.

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azia isn’t your typical Italian joint. That much becomes clear the moment you realize you’re enjoying tendrils of house-made pasta pasta to a bumping soundtrack of Common and Nas, not a note of Frank Sinatra in earshot. Located in the posh new Crossroads Hotel, the restaurant is named for old-school KC mafia boss and pal of Tom Pendergast, Johnny Lazia.

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But its approach is thoroughly modern, blending together Italian and hip hop influences. Outside the dinner-only spot, a bustling crowd is congregated at XR, the hotel’s trendy all-day lounge for dining and drinking. The din dies down as you cross over into Lazia, where candlesticks melting down into puddles of wax cast a soft, almost eerie, glow. Like the rest of the hotel it inhabits, Lazia


mixes high-end design elements, such as floor-to-ceiling curtains and a spectacularly delicate chandelier, with a more undone aesthetic. Walls and columns sport a deliberately unfinished look that makes the space feel like a glamorous mansion fallen into even more glamorous disrepair. The intimate bar sits near the entrance, pumping out a few classic Italian cocktails, like an Aperol spritz and a take on a Negroni, as well as a selection of potent whiskey-based concoctions. Lazia also boasts an eclectic wine list (along with sommeliers to help you navigate it). Shortly after drinks are dropped off, an amuse bouche arrives unannounced: this night it’s a fried ball of smoked trout and a lightly seared scallop served with a swirl of jellied egg yolk and a light pesto. The server explains the dish is something the kitchen has been toying with, as is serving the accompanying loaf of house-made focaccia whole, encouraging guests to literally break bread together. That willingness to experiment keeps an evening at Lazia interesting. The restaurant underwent a few rounds of menu revisions before welcoming guests at the end of November, and the executive chef Remy Ayesh and company seem ready and willing to continue adjusting their recipe for a Crossroads hotspot. This iteration of the menu features a carefully edited selection of antipasti, salads, and seafood starters, including the Sea Bream Tartare. Chunks of the light white fish are deliciously balanced out by citrus from blood orange oil and peach vinegar, spice courtesy of Calabrian chili and crunchy morsels of macadamia nut. Among the entrees served are several steaks cured in-house along

with dishes designed for splitting. Guests can also dig into the aptly named F***in’ Delicious Chicken, chicken thighs served over a focaccia and celery heart panzanella with chicken jus, one of the items that survived the menu’s retooling. The night’s special makes use of XR’s massive wood-fired oven, where branzino is roasted whole then served with the fillet plated alongside the fried-fish skeleton. Of course, no self-respecting Italian menu would be complete without pasta, and Lazia doesn’t disappoint. The decadent bacon and egg carbonara has already become a guest favorite with its blend of testun con grappa, pecorino, Parmesan, and guanciale cream, with an egg yolk on top for good measure. But don’t sleep on the La Mare, a cuttlefish ink spaccatelli with sumptuous pieces of baby octopus, squid, and clams served with saffron cream and Calabrian chili. The generous portion is striking to the eye and on the palate, packing a surprising amount of heat—it’s not for the faint of heart. Dessert options include a daily selection of gelatos and sorbettos and an impressive tiramisu, which gets a flavor kick courtesy of ladyfingers soaked in J. Rieger’s Caffé Amaro, a tasty hybrid of coffee liqueur and amaro, as well as a light Swiss meringue and a sprinkling of crunchy, buttery toffee. At least that’s what’s on the menu for now. Given Lazia’s willingness to take risks and try new things at this early stage, there’s no telling what exactly might come next. But we’re excited to find out. crossroadshotelkc.com

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New Year’s Eve Party at the Crossroads Hotel GUESTS ENJOYED A TRANSFORMATIVE

New Year’s Eve at the Crossroads Hotel with an open bar, appetizers by executive chef Remy Ayesh and her culinary team, and performances from Quixotic. DJ Marvin Gardens was the headliner as guests toasted midnight with the Moet & Chandon ultimate Champagne experience.

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World AIDS Day Luncheon THINK GLOBAL Act Local was the campaign for the World AIDS Day luncheon for 2018. The Community Luncheon and Patron Reception raised $104,000 to provide vital, quality services to diverse communities dealing with HIV/ AIDS and education about the risks and prevention of HIV infections. Sheri Wood was honored with the Mark Dreiling Award for Community Leadership. photos by j. robert schraeder

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This Month IN KC

February

WHERE YOU NEED TO BE AND WHAT YOU NEED TO SEE

The Kansas City Brew Festival February 9 VIP 1–5 p.m., General Admission 2–5 p.m. & 6–9 p.m.

Valentine Pop Tart and Hand Pie Workshop February 10 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Prost! Forty-five breweries, 120 beers, and plenty of food trucks too. The Kansas City Brew Festival held at Union Station brings together dozens of craft and international breweries, including some of Kansas City’s best local breweries. The $40 general admission ticket includes unlimited samples from the brewers on site, and also includes access to food-truck alley (food is sold separately). Spring for the $50 VIP early admission and you’ll get all the benefits of general admission, plus an added hour with the chance to imbibe special beers that are only being poured that first hour. Go to their website for more information and to buy tickets.

Sweets for your sweetie. Does a heartshaped box of candy from the corner drugstore really say all you want it to? How about a homemade (by you!) pop tart or hand pie? Just in time for Valentine’s Day, you can register for the Valentine Pop Tart and Hand Pie Workshop at Olive Tree in downtown Overland Park. Led by Easy as Pie baker (and schoolteacher) Ann Lewis, in the class you’ll learn how to make the pastry and filling for a heartshaped cherry hand pie, as well as a raspberry pop tart. Yum! The two-hour class is $45, and you must register online.

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One Funny Mother February 19 through 24 kcstarlight.com Girls night out. It’s the perfect show to see with your girl posse. One Funny Mother stars comedian, former Miss New Jersey, and married mother of three, Dena Blizzard, in her hilarious solo comedy show about the trials and tribulations of motherhood and marriage. It’s 80 minutes of sass that follows Dena through a day of cleaning as she prepares for her big “Girls Night Out.” Along the way she laments how her life and marriage have changed since becoming a mother of three, wrestling with the eternal question, “Have I gone crazy since having these kids?” The answer is a hysterical, “laugh ’til your face hurts” comedy that you won’t want to miss. At the Cohen Community Stage House at Starlight Theatre.

A jug of wine, a loaf of bread and thou. The tiny Westside bakery Fervere can take care of the wine and the bread, you’ll have to find your own “thou.” Fervere Wine Club has launched with two programs—three bottles a month or six bottles a month. Sign up online for either program. Each offers a mix of reds and whites and includes a complimentary loaf of fresh-milled bread with your order. According to retail manager Meredith McAllister, they look for low-intervention, area-expressive, terroir-focused wine made with native yeasts. Wine (and bread) will be available for pickup at the bakery the third Thursday of each month. It’s $55 for three bottles and $105 for six. All the better to enjoy with your “thou.”

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IN Kansas City February 2019  

Pros know best, as this issue of IN Kansas City proves in spades. The city/lifestyle editorial mix includes a fashion feature on 2019 trends...

IN Kansas City February 2019  

Pros know best, as this issue of IN Kansas City proves in spades. The city/lifestyle editorial mix includes a fashion feature on 2019 trends...