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osh Eans is a man of few words. He's the antithesis of a TV chef—boisterous,

loud, ego-driven. Instead, Eans prefers a laidback but focused vibe in the kitchen, where his staff for beer dinners at Happy Gillis Cafe and Hangout, which routinely sell out, works together like a well-oiled machine. The people that cook with Josh typically cook in other well-known kitch-

ens—The Antler Room, The American, The Reiger. But they come back for him, whip out their tweezers, and go to work. Of course, Josh is part of a team. His wife, Abbey-Jo Eans, is just as educated, creative and food-obsessed as he is but she brings the bubbly—not champagne, but a genuine cheer that people are there to eat their food and make memories at their tables and chairs. Where Josh is soft-spoken, Abbey-Jo is opinionated. They are a balanced couple and one that is slowly but surely making their mark on Kansas City's culinary scene.  You'll have to excuse me if I speak of them in glowing terms. Full disclosure: I've known and worked with the Eans for many years and am happy to call them friends. With this piece, I was able to uncover the story of how they became the Eans, and what part food plays in their life, beyond the obvious.  Josh and Abbey-Jo met here in Kansas City, in a Christian discipleship program. Abbey-Jo, who grew up in New York, was 19 when she moved to Kansas City to be with her mother and complete the program. Josh came from Arizona. At the completion of the program, they began dating. Even then, food was a theme.  "Cooking was just one of the things that we liked to do. For our first date, we made a tiramisu and watched a movie. We've always liked going out to eat and exploring new flavors. We used to love going to the salad bar at Price Chopper and building our own salads, just because we got to experiment," Abbey-Jo laughs.  Love bloomed over Price Chopper salads, and the pair got married in Kansas City. After a year, they decided to take the real plunge and moved to Arizona to enter the Scottsdale Culinary Institute. It was there that they found their strengths--baking and pastry for Abbey-Jo and the road to chef for Josh.  CONTINUED >

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November 2017 Issue of Northland Lifestyle