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Turning the Soil (and the Page) At season’s end, we forget the losses, remember the successes and cherish the moments.
Fall is my favorite time of year to spend outside. I love
beets, carrots and asparagus we did bring to the table.
the cozy feel of pulling on a wooly sweater or wrapping
Oh, and I suppose you could include the three tomatoes
up in a fleece blanket while taking a hayride, sitting by
and handful of peppers, too. Sadly, we lost most of our
a fire and watching the leaves perform their miraculous
crops to the weeds. Oh well, the thing about winter is
annual transformation. And I do it all with an appreciation
that it wipes the slate clean and you get another chance
that knows the end is near, enjoying the last lingering
the following year.
cool breezes and warmth of the sun before all is bare and white.
What we have been successful with is our daughter, who has been growing like a weed. Now six months
There are few places I’d rather be than outdoors. My
old, she’s into everything and everything is into her
love of the earth is relatively new but deep. I used to
mouth. She, too, loves the outdoors: walks, stroller
rush home after work and practically jump out of my
rides, swinging in the hammock. It would please me
business attire for something that invariably had holes,
immensely if she would continue to take after me in this
paint stains or grass stains to do work of an entirely different type. There was more to do than could be
respect, preferring to catch frogs, climb trees and run through the field __ ticks and all __ rather than sit in
done, however, among the chickens, bees, orchard
front of a screen as so many kids do these days. In a
and garden, but I didn’t mind just being one with
fast-paced world of technology, I hope she can slow
nature. It rooted me in reality when the world got
down and literally smell the roses.
chaotic. Michael and I often commented that the
I hope she’ll be inspired by nature’s rainbow palette,
farm was our grocery store, gym, tanning salon and
bountiful textures and awesome diversity. I wish
psychotherapist all wrapped into one. Yes, the farm was
inspiration for you, too. Please turn to page 60 and
our baby until we actually had a baby. Then my time
breathe in the last vestiges of summer with our first
with the outdoors dwindled dramatically.
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A: My favorite design element is fire. It can be as simple as
roofs to our outdoor living areas. The covered pergola gives
adding a gas grill or fire pit, but my favorite is a wood-burning
much more seasonal use to an outdoor living space. In the
fireplace, which adds an architectural and entertaining focal
summer, the complete shade can be 20 degrees cooler than
point to the project. A masonry wood-burning fireplace opens up
in the sun. A fresh day, albeit rainy, can be enjoyed thoroughly.
a whole new aspect to entertaining outdoors. Using different
Most of my clients furnish these areas with comfy outdoor
techniques, you can grill, roast, braise, rotisserie and toast almost
furniture. When constructed well, the space feels like an extension
anything, and the fireplace adds a primal, great-smelling,
of the home.
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A: It’s not really about one element, but the concept of delivering
A: To create enveloping and comfortable spaces, I tend to use
and exceeding an expectation, that’s my favorite element. But
the vertical dimension in a strong way. I might use the height
if I had to pick just one, it would have to be water — any water
of an arbor or the overhang of mid-size trees, or perhaps the
that would add movement, such as a bubbler rock, fountain or
subtle rise of a low seating wall or a few gracious steps down to
full-on waterfalls. Pools work well, too. Water brings the exterior
a secondary terrace. Creative use of grade changes can draw
elements to life.
you into a space and make you feel surrounded and content. They are both visually and experientially effective.
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Appliances Today They’re not just about keeping your food cold or your clothes clean, they’re about mix-andmatch styles and innovation, plus they’re faster, smarter and in nearly every room in the house.
As homeowners stay in their homes longer, they’re
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making their spaces more about them and less about
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resale. Nowhere is this more evident than in the rise
currently allow built-in refrigerators and freezers to
of home-improvement projects that focus on making
be separate, but now they’re offering full lines that
daily routines easier. Appliances are at the center of
are able to be mixed and matched.”
Not only will refrigeration fit into any space, now
As food television continues to gain popularity, so
it can look like it belongs. One brand that has taken
do professional-grade kitchen appliances. Lloyd
refrigeration looks a step farther is Sub-Zero.
Doolittle, sales and marketing manager for Doolittle
“Coming in 2012, Sub-Zero will release a new
Distributing Inc. explains, that people want restaurant-
internal ice and water dispenser,” says Alysha Archer,
quality performance. “When homeowners buy a 48-
corporate marketing coordinator for Roth Distributing.
inch range, they can decide if they want eight burners,
“It provides chilled water and ice without a visible
six burners and a griddle, and/or what size they want
dispenser on the door. Homeowners and designers
for each burner,” he says.
have been asking for this for years.”
In addition to modular ranges, modular refrigeration
As homeowners have more say in their appliance
is gaining popularity. “More clients are asking for
features, the custom features they’re choosing have a
custom products,” says Jennifer Ebert, a luxury
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lot to do with improving convenience and cutting time. One feature homeowners are requesting more is induction cooking. “Induction cooktops are much more energy-efficient than gas or traditional electric cooktops,” Ebert says. “Plus, they have the clean-ability of electric with the precision temperature and reaction time of gas.” Another feature that speeds up cooking time is steam.
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biggest category in the appliance industry. More and more homes are installing units in bedroom closets, bathrooms and upstairs hallways. This means smaller machines that are more accessible and have more functions, such as speed clean and steam cycles. It’s not just laundry that’s making its way upstairs. “Beverage centers, minirefrigerators and espresso makers are being incorporated into the master closet,” Ebert says. The bathroom also is getting a boost. “The Wolf warming drawer is not just for the kitchen, we are seeing homeowners use them in their bathrooms to keep towels warm,” Archer says. While functionality and convenience are important, sometimes it’s about the “oohs” and “ahhs.” A few appliances are blending performance with good looks. “A lot of customers are adding color in the kitchen with appliances,” Ebert says. Two manufacturers, Viking and Bertazzoni, offer ranges, cooktops, ovens, dishwashers and more in a variety of colors. “Someone might have stainless steel everywhere and PLEASE TURN THE PAGE
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then decide to add an eggplant range to give the kitchen a little pop.” “One of the most unexpected trends coming up is the revival of black glass as an appliance finish in the kitchen,” Archer adds. “Wolf will launch its new sleek black glass single and double ovens in early 2012.” Ventilation hoods also are adding flair to the kitchen. “Hoods are becoming more
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decorative and functional purposes. Buying new
As a result of an ever-increasing emphasis on
flooring is nothing short of an investment — in fact,
environmentally friendly products, cork is quickly
according to industry experts, it can be the second-
becoming the go-to green choice when it comes to
most expensive purchase made aside from the cost
flooring. Not only is cork durable and long-lasting, it
of your home.
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Flooring is typically purchased every eight to 10 years, so the market may have transformed since you
surface than a hardwood or tile, an ideal choice for a hard-working, high-traffic area like the kitchen.
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Thanks to cork’s versatile nature, it can work in any room in the house. Heating and other processes cause the cork to change color and patterns, making it a decorative option for aesthetes who crave style and functionality. Cork packs such a punch, in fact, that industry experts have no problem declaring it a superior material. “No other floor covering can match the combined benefits of cork,” says Piet Dossche, chairman of APCOR North America Flooring Group and president and CEO of USFloors Inc.
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expensive materials, but also showcase inspiration from non-flooring materials like fabric. Daltile unveiled several new products at SURFACES, including Spark, a porcelain tile that mimics the look and texture of linen. Spark adds a hint of shimmer and is available in several different colors. Another new Daltile product, Palatina, is a glazed porcelain tile that replicates the look of travertine. Palatina is currently available in a warm color palette that features subtle color variations between tiles. And if you can’t get enough of hardwood floors yet prefer the price point and maintenance of tile, Daltile unveiled its Terrace line, a porcelain tile that mimics hardwoods, down to the tight grout-joint and details like wood grain and knots that add authenticity.
What’s Next? Industry experts and flooring manufacturers are already looking ahead to identify trends that will shape product lines — and consumer expectations — in the future. Annette M. Callari, Allied ASID, Chair Holder CMG, recently analyzed upcoming flooring trends for the World Floor Covering Alliance. Her top pick? High recycled-content products. Callari also predicts that flooring manufacturers will continue to produce high-quality flooring that may carry a steeper price tag yet also deliver a lifetime of use and a timeless appeal that can seamlessly blend with myriad styles and transition with homeowners through the decades. Also expect to see an ongoing influx of new products and materials. Floor Covering News recently highlighted an increase in the use of domestic exotics to create wood flooring, including hickory, as compared to the traditional heavyweights of the domestic hardwood market, most notably oak, maple and pine. OCTOBER 2011 • 37
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With a third child on the way and a no-frills design aesthetic, one Lake Winnebago couple redefines a 1970s kitchen.
auri and Richard Henry were ready to give up the charm and conveniences of their Brookside neighborhood for a lake lifestyle at Lake Winnebago, but they weren’t willing to settle down in the 1970s home they bought as it was. The dark,
segmented spaces didn’t fit their open, modern style, and with two young kids and another on the way, it wasn’t functional enough. The couple enlisted Greg Rothers of Rothers Design Build to help them reorganize the entire main level, including the entry, half bath, living room, kitchen and back hall. The kitchen __ especially for a family who likes to cook __ was cramped by a pantry, desk and eat-in area, and a lone door buried in the corner was the only entrance to the sun porch overlooking the lake. Only two small windows allowed any light into the room. 38 • KCHANDG.COM
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After completely gutting the first floor and raising the kitchen ceiling, the couple opted to replace the few, small existing windows with a slew of new ones to help brighten the space and take advantage of the vast lake views the kitchen has to offer. “Greg gave us good advice: he told us not to work around the windows because you can always change them, take them away or add to them,” Lauri says. Rothers designed and constructed custom cabinetry to house specifically requested items, such as a lazy Susan strong enough to support Lauri’s stand mixer, a knife drawer and two pull-out spice racks. Lauri also requested different heights among the elements, thus Rothers stacked two ovens by themselves at the end of open counter space for variation. The low-sitting island, where the family eats most meals, boasts a gleaming Madreperola quartz countertop that matches the other surfaces and backsplash. It has an additional prep sink and accommodates seven backless barstools that conveniently slide underneath. Best of all, there is adequate space in between the barstools and stove, ensuring plenty of room to move. Tucked behind the island and underneath the gas range is a microwave placed at a level ideal for youngsters. Why? “We decided to put the microwave low because it is usually the first appliance that kids learn,” Lauri says. “Plus, it’s not the prettiest appliance.” A mudroom located off the kitchen replaces what was once a laundry room and is tailored to fit the family’s lifestyle. Custom-made lockers offer five floor-to-ceiling storage slots complete with drawers for shoes and personal belongings, plus hooks for coats, bags and umbrellas. An oversized bench provides extra storage space, and a filing area gives the family a place to keep paperwork and small items. Within a four-month period, practical additions and visually pleasing transformations gave this outdated and once-dingy kitchen a chic and modern vibe.
Contractor/Cabinetry: Rothers Design Build Flooring: Tile & Stone Warehouse Countertops/Backsplash: Midland Marble & Granite Appliances: Factory Direct Appliance
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The kitchen’s style is ever-changing, and who wouldn’t want an update when you can incorporate accessories like these? FOR THE FRIDAY NIGHT SOIREE Party hosts everywhere are breathing a collective sigh of relief. Why? Because Lenova has solved the age-old problem of a houseful of guests but only a foot of counter space. The multifunctional Entertainer Sink is a wine cooler, condiment holder and clean-up drain. Still need more room? Pop the lid on to turn it into a cutting board or more prep space. Available through Pyramid Pipe & Supply and The Fixture Gallery. lenovasinks.com
NOT YOUR AVERAGE KITCHEN SINK Bring the Zen-like elements of nature to your own home with Lenova’s Bamboo Kitchen Sink. This Moso Bamboo Sink is durable and suited for everyone from restaurant chefs to parents on the go. Even better? For every sink purchased, Lenova donates $10 to the restoration of panda habitats. Available through Pyramid Pipe & Supply and The Fixture Gallery. lenovasinks.com
WHAT YOU’VE BEEN MISSIN’ You’ve mastered the drink combinations and finally bought matching martini glasses. All you need is a workspace. Native Trails Copper Luna Prep Sink is the perfect addition for anyone looking to update and sophisticate their wet bar. Available through Kitchens & Baths by Briggs, Ferguson Enterprises, Dorfman Plumbing Supply, Grandview Winnelson and Neenan Company. nativetrails.net
A FLEXIBLE FAUCET It’s time to break away from your stainless steel rut and invest in some kitchen color. Kohler’s Karbon Gold Articulating Kitchen Faucet adds a pop of color to this maneuverable fixture, making it easy on the hands as well as the eyes. Available through Kitchens & Baths by Briggs and Ferguson Enterprises. us.kohler.com
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DURABLE DAINTINESS Do solid glass countertops sound breakable? ThinkGlass is here to prove that glass is a durable and ideal kitchen surface. Choose from a variety of hues and textures to tailor the counter to your home’s decor. Want some extra lighting? Opt to install backlighting within the countertops for a muted glow. thinkglass.com
HOME ON THE RANGE Nothing ruins a kitchen more than an outdated range hood. Bring your stove into the 21st century with Best’s new line of Sorpresa Collection Range Hoods, and leave guests wondering what that chic decor is hanging in your kitchen. Available through Kitchens by Kleweno, Kitchen Studio: Kansas City, Kitchen Design Gallery, Ferguson Enterprises, Factory Direct Appliance and Nebraska Furniture Mart. bestsorpresa.com
FAREWELL, TEAPOT! When you’re trying to juggle the kids’ afterschool activities with your 9 to 5 job, every second counts. Why wait for water to boil when Kohler’s Piping
Dispenser heats it in a fraction of the time? And don’t worry, the handle is clearly marked “hot,” so you don’t have to worry about the kiddos burning themselves. Available through Kitchens & Baths by Briggs and Ferguson Enterprises. us.kohler.com
PROGRAMMABLE KITCHEN The SieMatic Grid will update your kitchen and give it every kind of electronic detail you could possibly need: Check your email, the news or weather; upload photos that display in slide-show form; and access your favorite recipes. The screen can pull out and rotate for multiple viewing angles. Available through Kitchen Studio: Kansas City. siematic.com
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This warming drawer keeps one dish ready for serving while you wait for your dining partner to come to the table. It comes with temperature-adjustable features, and a 30-inch pull-down drawer and bun-warmer make this appliance a convenient aid in the kitchen. Available through Factory Direct Appliance and Nebraska Furniture Mart. dcsappliances.com OCTOBER 2011 • 41
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WINE ALL YOU WANT This under-counter wine cellar comes in a wood or stainless steel finish and features
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five roll-out racks with a DualZone System. It has a UV-resistant thermal glass door and LED temperature display so you know exactly how chill your wine is. Available through Factory Direct Appliance, Ferguson Enterprises, Nebraska Furniture Mart, Alexander &
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CONSISTENTLY CLEAN You know how tough it is to actually remove a square from those paper-towel holders, don’t you? Try this: the Cleancut Touchless Paper Towel Dispenser. The automatic dispenser hangs from any flat surface and comes in black, white and stainless steel. cleancutdispenser.com
Elevate the design and function of any room with Rutt HandCrafted Cabinetry — available in the Kansas City area exclusively from Kitchen Studio: Kansas City.
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Whether you prefer contemporary lines or classic details, Rutt Cabinetry can help realize your vision — without compromising quality. Every piece is handcrafted to the highest standards in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and custom made just for you.
as sensor technology that detects vapor emitted from the food and determines how long it needs to be cooked. It comes programmed with inputs for breakfast,
Call Sue and Katie at 816.221.3111 to transform almost any room in your home with Rutt HandCrafted Cabinetry. Visit our website to view before and after project photos.
lunch, 15-minute recipes, defrosts, fromthe-pantry items and beverages. It even comes with built-in recipe cards and tells you what ingredients come next for your meal. Available through Factory Direct Appliance, Ferguson Enterprises and Nebraska Furniture Mart. dacor.com PLEASE TURN THE PAGE OCTOBER 2011 • 43
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Tour seven stunning homes in the Historic Longview area in Lee’s Summit decorated by Kansas City’s most beloved designers. On tour for the first time since the 1980’s is the Longview Mansion decorated for the holiday season by HGTV “Design Star” Jennifer Bertrand of Bertrand Designs. Two original estate structures, the Longview Chapel and the award winning Longview Elementary will also be open for tours. Tickets: $20 in Advance
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Visit www.rediscovertheholidays.com for ticket outlets near you or to purchase tickets online. The dining room mantel was brought to the Longview Mansion from the Kansas City Museum, formally Corinthian Hall.
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Chef & Designer Demonstrations Saturday ● November 12 ● 11a.m.- 4 p.m. Located in the Longview Chapel. For the list of designers please visit our website.
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A refreshing retreat combines a soft palette with exuberant details.
hen the owners of this Loch Lloyd home envisioned their ultimate master bath, one captivating image kept repeating itself: a quiet
and luxurious spa-like atmosphere. “The couple wanted a retreat to refresh their senses from the moment they stepped into the room,” says designer Janine Terstriep of The Decorative Touch Ltd. in Lenexa. Terstriep and her client conceived a space that beckons
time-out from a busy world. Essential to the light-drenched masterful room’s ambience of softer moods and essential de-stressing is an extraordinary attention to detail. Played against a soothing background of eggshell blue, the room has an element of Euro-elegance designed with body and soul in mind — and the romance of the therapeutic space begins with materials that reflect a graceful convergence of beauty and function. The floor is a classic, glossy marble travertine checkerboard of Crema Marfil and Emperador Light that acts as a lustrous foundation for a room that effortlessly mixes a modern personality with Old World refinements. The stunning mosaic tile design of the staircase leading to the sunken BainUltra spa tub is a luxe combination of marble, copper and travertine that provides a slip-resistant surface. The tile accent used on the staircase and the shower surround is Primavera Rope Truffle, a subtle nod to the master bath’s European sophistication. Wallpaper in the tub area has a subtle shimmer that is accentuated by soft candlelight at night. The luscious self-lined drapery treatment flanking the entrance to the tub is another detail planned for perfection; the golden rosetoned fixtures throughout the room add a layer of warmth. The homeowners’ affinity for antique pieces is reflected in the master bath: a monogrammed chair sits at the vanity, a flirty juxtaposition against the mosaic pattern repeated from the tub staircase design. A small antique side table set with a lamp topped with a pouf of a creamy shade adds to the dramatic yet calming room; a fluffy upholstered round ottoman and a comfy window seat add to the stylish bath’s overall function of sit, breathe and relax. Terstriep says the patina of blues, chocolates and cinnamon accents in the master bath is a calculated departure from the rest of the home’s earthy palette. “The homeowners wanted this room to have a charm all its own,” she says. “Stepping into the master bath, you know you’re in a very special place. It’s a perfect transition into another world.” OCTOBER 2011 • 47
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By Taylor Lewis
From modern to traditional, the bathroom has become a place homeowners never want to leave, especially when it houses these new products.
YOU’VE GOT THE POWER Kohler’s DTV Prompt Digital Shower System lets you change the water temperature with the touch of a button, pause the stream of water, or save your settings for the next time you shower. Concerned about showering too long? Don’t worry; set the built-in timer to ensure you get to work on time. Available through Kitchens & Baths by Briggs and Ferguson Enterprises. us.kohler.com
BLUE APPEAL Gone are the days when a ventilation fan’s sole purpose was to purify the bathroom air. NuTone’s LunAura Soft-Glo Ambient LED Ventilation Fan is not only super quiet but its soft blue glow makes it perfect for late-night bathroom trips when you don’t want to blind yourself with harsh lighting. Available through Home Depot and Radio Controlled Garage Door. nutone.com
SIMPLY STONE Looking to update your generic bathroom? Lenova’s new Travertine sink is a sleek addition that can transform any drab space. The sink is made from a single piece of travertine and features a hidden, removable drain. Available through Pyramid Pipe & Supply and The Fixture Gallery. lenovasinks.com
ROCK-A-BYE BABY Kiss your old, uncomfortable bathtub so long, and treat yourself to this MTI Savoy Free-Standing Tub that cradles you as you relax in your bubble bath. The tub is a play on a classic style and is designed to contour to your natural curves. Available through Dorfman Plumbing Supply. mtiwhirlpools.com
FROM CHILDISH TO CHIC Hastings Tile & Bath’s Sonia Collection will give sophistication to any space lacking that refined vibe. The minimalist collection features chic vanities, simple storage areas and stylish elements that fit everyone’s tastes. hastingstilebath.com
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Take your love of wine to a whole new level. Native Trails’ Vintner’s Collection converts old wine barrels into bathroom vanities and mirrors. Choose from Chardonnay, Cabernet or Bordeaux wood then feel free to brag about your one-of-a-kind bathroom furnishings. Available through Kitchens & Baths by Briggs, Ferguson Enterprises, Dorfman Plumbing Supply, Grandview Winnelson and Neenan Company. nativetrails.net
BREATHE AND REBOOT Close your eyes and heighten your senses with the BainUltra Vedana System, offering aromatherapy, chromatherapy, thermotherapy, light therapy and sound therapy. Available through Ferguson Enterprises, Kitchens & Baths by Briggs, and Dorfman Plumbing Supply. bainultra.com
YOUNG AT HEART Does your bathroom need a hint of playfulness? Kohler’s Toobi Faucet will silence your inner eight-year-old. The faucet comes in a contemporary shape with a hidden pop of color to help satisfy your whimsical craving. Available through Kitchens & Baths by Briggs and Ferguson Enterprises. us.kohler.com
THE LAP OF LUXURY Full-body submersion is key with the Elliptical Japanese Bath by Diamond Spas. While the tub is built in the traditional Japanese style of narrow and deep, each unit has a bench installed, offering maximum
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Lie in the lap of luxury with the IMAGE-in Motif Tubs by Wetstyle. Each of the four bathtubs in the collection represents something different: Earth, Water (pictured), Floral and Calligraphy. Pick which one best suits your tastes then lose yourself in this dream tub. wetstyle.ca
STAYING IN TOUCH Don’t miss a beat, whether it’s sports, the news or your favorite prime-time show, with the Robern M Series TVID Cabinets, which have a television embedded within the door so you’re there for every touchdown. Available through Ferguson Enterprises and Dorfman Plumbing Supply. robern.com
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FROM TRASH TO CLASS There’s nothing better than reducing waste while saving money in the process. Travina’s recycled glass countertops are unique, affordable and durable, withstanding the wear-and-tear of hightraffic sinks. Available through MMI. travinausa.com
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AN UPDATED STATEMENT Say goodbye to your conventional vanity and hello to the modern Nuvo Collection by The Furniture Guild. Choose a freestanding or wall-hung vanity in a variety of colors — red, brown, black or numerous whites — to customize your outdated bathroom. vanityflair.net
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CRYSTALIZED ELEGANCE Add some vibrant elegance to your faucet handles. The Daum Collection by THG Paris features handcrafted crystal knobs in a variety of colors and patterns. Choose the floral design for a classier feel or go with the Jade Dragon style for something edgier. thgstyle.com
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GRACE Above... The breakfast nook has the best seats in the house as well as vantage point on the main floor. Left... The kitchen is calming and fresh, with its crisp color palette, glass-front cabinets and attention-grabbing horizontal glass backsplash. Right... This open floor plan comfortably fits the kitchen and living room, with interest created by altering ceiling heights, Juliet balconies and a zebra rug.
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Instead of being turned into a pile of rubble, this Shawnee home, mostly destroyed by a fire, was elegantly brought back to life.
STORY BY BROOKE PEARL
PHOTOS BY CHAD JACKSON
house isn’t a home until it has a family —
Salvaging the foundation, a couple windows and
and people give their all to protect both.
most of the exterior stucco in the original 1998 Don
When the home at 13408 W. 75th Court in Shawnee
Julian home, Grant and Adria brought in Tim Homburg,
became engulfed in flames in May 2010, Shawnee
architect with NSPJ Architects, to restructure the
Fire Station 71 was dispatched to the site, saving little
entire floor plan, including moving the stairwell.
of the original home and losing one of its men, 33-
Concentrating on a fresh yet timeless look, the new
year-old John Glaser, a 6-year veteran and father, in
and improved 5,100-square-foot home with five
the line of duty. Instead of letting the city tear down
bedrooms and 4.5 baths features an open floor plan
the remaining structure, Grant Hartwig of H&H
with a kitchen and great room that share a comfortable
Custom Homes bought it and, along with his wife,
space. “It’s light, bright and airy and inspired by the
Adria, real estate agent and design hobbyist, turned it
Restoration Hardware palette,” Adria notes.
into a design star — a project they hope honors the fallen firefighter. “I think it’s almost like a tribute to him,” Grant says. “My heart swells up about this home.”
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Left... “Playing off the coastal colors of Aegean blue, white-cap cream and driftwood gray, I used a variety of natural fabrics and textures to create an interesting and inviting tablescape,” Romano says. Above... The centerpiece features a medley of natural orbs and nubby twigs, Romano adds, displayed in a trio of delicate glass cylinders.
cream, tan and bluish/gray hues, while complementary dark hardwood floors cover the main level. “The kitchen is the heart of what I think represents the classic-but-nottoo-heavy feel that I tried to take through the house,” Adria says. The floor-to-ceiling (17 feet to be exact) stacked-stone fireplace anchors the great room, along with a pocket closet and built-in shelves. The wine room, centrally located on the main level — and one of the first things you see when entering the home — features wine racks and a fridge, enclosed by French wrought iron scroll doors. And to think it was just a standard pantry in the original floor plan. The master bedroom houses a nicely finished man cave, as Grant calls it, while the woman’s grotto is twice as big, located off the master bath, which was modeled after the one in their own home. The home itself radiates serenity, but it’s the luxurious walls in the dining room and master bath that are doing all the talking. “We wanted the dining room to have a kind of coastal, beachy feel,” says faux painter JoAnn Romano. “We went out on a textural limb by adding texture to it.” Using two completely different applications, the master bath bares tranquility green and uses visual texture, while the dining room presents a serene, intimate atmosphere with its Aegean Sea walls and use of metallics. “It’s the new wave of faux. Going from Tuscan to contemporary, people are The living room, which was the location of the master bedroom in the original home, is anchored by a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace with wood mantel.
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looking to bring in color — freshness and happiness in the house,” Romano adds.
Rounding off the main level is a mudroom, powder bath, home office and laundry nook, all sited near the three-car garage entry. The walkout lower level features a home theater, kitchen with bar, guest bedrooms and plenty of storage space. Knowing the history of this home made everyone involved more determined to make it the best it could be. That’s why Adria and Grant took their work to a higher level, adding small but significant details throughout the house, including tile insets in the shower and flooring in guest bathrooms as well as granite counters, a barrel-vault ceiling leading to the master suite, and arched doorways and bullnose edges throughout the home. Though it doesn’t have homeowners just yet, it’s easy to see and feel that this house was rebuilt for someone special.
Left... A mirrored vanity opens up the powder room, bringing in a contemporary flair that’s seen in the rest of the home. Right... Showcasing a wine bar with tasting table and chandelier, the wine room is a custom feature __ and focal point __ in the home. Below... The master bath’s luxury is evident in the tile work and sophisticated fauxed walls.
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We first thought up the idea to start a new garden competition in the middle of a February cold snap. In the midst of a white wonderland, we dreamed of lush greenery, splendid color and useful outdoor amenities. We asked professionals and green thumbs alike to share their projects with us __ and
the results were just what we hoped they would be. Here are the winning projects of our inaugural Gardens of the Year competition.
Meet the Judges Alan Branhagen Alan is the Director of Horticulture at Powell Gardens and author of The Gardener’s Butterfly Book. He holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in landscape architecture from Iowa State University and Louisiana State University, respectively, specializes in garden design and maintenance, and has supervised and designed dozens of landscaping projects. A member of the American Public Gardens Association, Alan plays a key role in Powell Gardens, one of the largest botanical gardens in this region. The garden boasts world-class architecture and more than 17,000 accessions of plant displays that capture the essence of the American Midwest.
Kurt Kraisinger Kurt is president of Lorax Designs and is a member of both the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). He graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture and is currently working toward a master’s degree in Regional and Community Planning from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Kurt is registered in eight states and is certified in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Designs (LEED), which gives him the opportunity to work on eco-friendly projects.
Dennis Patton Dennis just completed his 28th year as a horticulture agent at Johnson County K-State Research and Extension. He graduated from Kansas State University with a bachelor’s degree in Horticulture and a master’s degree in Adult Education, and he specializes in lawn and garden education. Dennis administers the Extension Master Gardener Program, which is a program that trains local volunteers interested in gardening. With more than 400 volunteers who have collectively contributed 44,000 hours of community service, the Extension Master Gardener Program is one of the top programs of its kind in the country. Dennis was just named Top Columnist in the nation for 2010-2011 by the National Association of County Agricultural Agents.
Lyndsi Oestmann Lyndsi is the vice president of family-owned Loma Vista Nursery, the largest wholesale grower in Kansas that sells specifically to landscape contractors and retail nurseries. She graduated from Kansas State University with degrees in Marketing & International Business and Spanish. Lyndsi is president of the Hort NetWORK, which promotes green education in the Kansas City area, and is a member of the American Nursery and Landscape Association (ANLA) and the Kansas Nursery and Landscape Association. Not only does she manage the nursery’s sales representatives, but she’s also in charge of selecting which plants to grow for the season.
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Best Curb Appeal
Rosehill Gardens PHOTOS BY GARY ROHMAN
Landscaping and hardscaping work together to introduce guests and passersby to this French-style home. A meandering, brick-edged drive with a stone bridge creates a welcoming entry where only a circle drive with a small center island previously existed. Sited on a naturally wooded estate lot, the tree line and casual hedges anchor and balance the design, creating the perception of depth with their layered heights. Accent ornamental trees and shrubs successively bloom throughout the seasons. Designer Gary Lueckenotto purposefully integrated bedding plants and perennials that would add seasonal interest, as well, and planted like varieties in waves and groupings to unify the design and enhance the visual flow. Fine, medium and coarse textures are found in the broad array of foliage, while the color palette hones in on shades of green, burgundy and blue contrasts.
Judgesâ€™ Comments: Driving down the street, a first glance turns into a longer look. From a distance, the landscape all seems to flow, but as you get closer, rich layers of plant material become detailed. The whole landscape that leads to the front door says hello and welcome.
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Best Professional Landscape
Reed Dillon & Associates P H O T O S C O U R T E S Y O F R E E D D I L L O N & A S S O C I AT E S
Privacy was priority for this California Mission-style house. The homeowners, who entertain on a regular basis, asked designer Reed Dillon for an expansive backyard that consisted of fountains, a small pool, outdoor kitchen, fire pit, putting green and generous plantings. A retaining wall was built on the sloped site, and the rest of the yard was dropped six feet for a level surface to accommodate the wish list. The gardens reflect the level of detail applied to the house, as though they were designed together. Linear flagstone terraces offer places for groups of all sizes to sit and mingle during soirees. A custom-made pergola with copper panels frames the kitchen space, casting unique shadow patterns. As requested, two fountains were installed as well as a modest pool. Abundant flora, including azaleas, hydrangeas, lilies and roses, is scattered throughout the yard, and spruce trees planted along the retaining wall provide additional privacy.
Resources: Terrace Stone: Sturgis Materials; Custom Copper Shade Panels: Parasoleil
Judgesâ€™ Comments: The Mission-style design is masterfully carried throughout the landscape, including the hardscape from the patio to retaining wall. The plantings are appropriate for the site, especially the backdrop of dense evergreen screening, and the maintenance is impeccable. The site amenities beckon one to relax and entertain.
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Best Backyard Garden
The Greensman P H O T O S B Y TA L I S B E R G M A N I S
The large family living in this classically styled Ward Parkway residence wanted a comprehensive outdoor living space that would also provide a distinct sense of place for children and adults when in the various “rooms.” Designer Kristopher Dabner divided the backyard with three pergolas, scaled to the size of the house and unified by their consistent use of materials and detailing inspired by the house’s architecture. The L-shaped space begins with a fountain original to the house as the central feature, seen through the house from the front door. An antique paver brick and bluestone patio connects the elements, including a dining area, seating area and fireplace. A sport pool was designed with two shallow ends for the kids to play volleyball and built-in benches for the big kids to relax with martinis.
Resources: Pool: Swim Things; Masonry: Meyer Masonry
Judges’ Comments: The overall design is timeless and coherent, and the hardscape of brick and stone paths, the elegant white arbor and pergolas complement the style of the home. The plants fit a soft and tranquil color scheme, making it the perfect atmosphere for outdoor relaxation and recreation. PLEASE TURN THE PAGE
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Best Outdoor Living Space
Creative Outdoor Spaces PHOTOS BY GARY ROHMAN
The owners of this home were inspired to recreate their backyard after visiting a home show. While the layout, use, function and transitions of the transformed space are all new, designer Laura Stack reused all of the existing resources and products. Old patio pieces became flagstone paths, and many of the plantings came from transplants and divisions of existing plants. The reworked stonework includes new transitional landings and an enlarged paver patio with stone/brick seating and retaining walls. An enlarged functional dry creek bed provides separation and depth of space between the old and new patios, which are connected by an ironwood bridge. A raised pond and fountain spill into a wading pool for the family dogs, Bonnie and Corky, providing for their enjoyment and serving as a focal point among the other elements in the yard.
Resources: Masonry: Rick Roos Masonry; Pond Installation: Hix & Son Aquatics; Landscape Installation: Complete Outdoor Expressions
Judgesâ€™ Comments: The unique design makes a true oasis. The mixture of textures makes excellent transitions from the patios, paths and ponds, and the plant material provides a soft texture against the stone. The reuse of existing materials was a creative and interesting solution to the design.
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Best Water Feature
Rosehill Gardens PHOTOS COURTESY OF ROSEHILL GARDENS
A backyard that drops off 100 feet into Prairie Lee Lake provided a once-in-a-career opportunity for designer Gary Weidenbach. The master plan, which the homeowner once described as “like Disneyworld,” continually evolves with a life of its own. Three water features, including a large pond and more than 100 feet of stream, were added, creating the look of a waterway flowing underneath the home into the lake. Working with little access to the backyard and carrying supplies to the site via pontoon boat, Rosehill faced unusual challenges, constructing some of the features off the water. There are also two fire pits, one tucked into the trees and one overlooking the lake. Two hundred evergreens, 300 deciduous trees, 1,500 shrubs and more than 2,000 perennials give the Colorado-style home instant woodland credibility.
Judges’ Comments: A complete package, this water feature combines great design, a wonderful selection of hardscape materials and a pop of color from perfectly placed plants. Every step down to the boat dock brings something new. The disappearing pool into the lake appears to be a natural spring flowing down the hillside. PLEASE TURN THE PAGE
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Naturescapes PHOTOS BY MROBINSONPHOTO.COM
Escapism is a common theme in pools today, and that was exactly the idea behind this “resort-style” body of water designed by Dave Barthell. The pool itself is at the center of a more complete outdoor living space, including three gas fire bowls and a fire pit, all tied into an automation system; three levels of stone patios; and stone retaining walls that double as low seating. A cascading waterfall serves as the focal point and also doubles as a platform for diving. Large boulders placed underwater give the illusion that the pool was built into a natural rock ledge, while an underwater flagstone ledge with an umbrella provides the perfect combination of water and shade. Stone was obviously an integral part of the project — or at least the look of stone — so colored concrete imprinted to resemble stone was used in the expansive patios. To tie everything in with the landscape, spruce, hemlock and magnolias were planted to create a backdrop.
Judges’ Comments: The project represents a nice composition of design elements and use of materials. The use of stone as a defining character is well-executed, and the lighting is an important aspect of the presentation.
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Best Curb Appeal
Silver Leaf Lawn & Landscape PHOTOS BY JEFF KOLICH
Homeowner and designer Jeff Kolich could never have enough color in his front yard, and as his garden evolved over the years, he increased his use of tropicals to achieve the desired effect. A refrigerated semitruck transported hundreds of plants directly from Florida, including palm trees — one reaching more than 24 feet tall — and a variety of hanging baskets. A true labor of love, the tropical plants are overwintered at Silver Leaf’s 10-acre business property, where they are cared for until the following season. The rare-to-the-region species mix with perennials and evergreens for a look that is unique and fresh every season.
Judges’ Comments: The wide array of color in this tropical landscape must turn heads on the street. The repeating use of colors in the foliage and annuals match nicely.
Best Professional Landscape
Reed Dillon & Associates P H O T O S C O U R T E S Y O F R E E D D I L L O N & A S S O C I AT E S
A classic and modest design solution was in order for the backyard of this Georgian home. With two sons grown, the owners didn’t need any fancy accessories, just an elegant design that would reflect the style of their home. Because of an existing drainage swale bisecting the backyard, designer Reed Dillon decided on a “destination pool” situated farther from the house. Three bluestone weirs protrude from the brick fountain wall that borders one side of the pool, providing the calming sound of falling water. Beds of boxwood, hydrangea and spruce plantings suit the clean, simple aesthetic. The space is connected via bluestone path to a brick patio next to the house, used constantly for entertaining or simply just to be. Resources: Stone: Sturgis Materials; Pedestal Urns: Family Tree Nursery; Pool: Stranger Creek Pools Judges’ Comments: The design is clean, elegant and consistent. The hardscape is simple yet sophisticated, and the plant color scheme of blue, creamy white and rose pink is balanced and impeccably maintained.
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Best Backyard Garden
The Artful Gardener and Janeil and Gary Egger P H O T O S B Y C AT H E R I N E R E I N S C H
Defined by large boulders, rocks and meandering paths, this acre of land is swathed in a massive display of trees and plants. The garden began with what Mother Nature planted, but designer Aaron Bradley and the homeowners improved the natural outcropping, adding more than 100,000 tons of boulders and rock to reduce drainage issues and the steep slope. They added five French drains, stone paths and plantings of natives and ornamentals. A secret trail, evergreen room and shade garden offer many different places to enjoy, and plenty of seating is available. Trees and paths are lit by accent lighting, and the paths are suitable for Janeil’s golf cart to help her carry the load of supplies.
Judges’ Comments: The consistent use of natural stone for walkways, retaining walls, edging and water runoff integrate well with natural outcrops and organic shapes. The plants have a pleasant color scheme, and native trees are well-integrated.
Best Outdoor Living Space
Rosehill Gardens PHOTOS BY GARY ROHMAN
A formal, central “interactive fountain” reminiscent of those on the Country Club Plaza serves as the focal point for this Overland Park backyard designed by Steven Heichel. It accomplishes many things in its compact design, including enough depth for sports pool activities, a swim jet for stationary swimming, waterfall to buffer sound from an abutting thoroughfare, swim-up bench seating and sunbathing space. Details include reflective glass and gold tiles, plus mason-laid stone courtyard walls with limestone coping and accent pieces. Prepared to accommodate 10-15 people, the surrounding patio features a grill, fire pit, oversized urns with gas torches, large pots with seasonal color and night lighting.
Judges’ Comments: Creative hardscaping coupled with beautiful landscaping creates muchneeded privacy for this space. Bordered by a fence and retaining wall, it manages to maintain an open feel, while the plant palette is pleasing and adds additional screening.
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Best Water Feature
Naturescapes PHOTOS BY MROBINSONPHOTO.COM
This envy-worthy water feature creates a “liquid symphony of sound.” Designer Dave Barthell created a cascading waterfall that flows down a natural elevation change to a six-person spa, equipped with hydrotherapy jets and LED lighting. Water travels down large sandstone boulders covered with moss lichens, and 3,000-pound stone slabs form a stairway. Groves of spruce and pine and colorful alpine perennials naturalize the stream. Wedged between the main home and guest house, it makes a dramatic transitional space. Rock-like speakers blend into the environment but bring the homeowners’ favorite tunes out to their new natural haven.
Judges’ Comments: The flowing stream is so natural that one can’t differentiate if it’s in Kansas or Colorado. Whereas many streams seem forced into the landscape, the stonework and flowing stream here blend seamlessly into the space.
Deckscapes/Swim Things PHOTOS BY MARK HIGGINS, MARKLINE PHOTOGRAPHY
Elevation changes proved to be a minor complication on this property, but designer Todd Higgins devised a unique drain system camouflaged in the central fire pit area that funnels water under the patio and walls into a retention basin. Swimmers can access the pool from multiple points, including a diving board and ledge, or even the spa. Low stone courtyard walls encircle the area, and an outdoor kitchen is incorporated near the house, while landscaped beds, waterfalls and accent lighting add to the relaxed nature of the space.
Judges’ Comments: The project has a warm and inviting composition. The spa, water feature wall, fire pit and lighting are all nicely placed, but it would be nice to see more landscape beds in the pool deck to create vertical interest and against the house to soften the transition.
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DOUBLE DUTY Bentintoshape’s reclaimed Sinker Cypress table-top cover turns a seasonal accessory into one that can be used year-round. Because of the wood’s natural preservative oil, cypresseine, it’s rot- and insectresistant, and it’s tight growth rings make it dense, durable and stable — ideal qualities to withstand outdoor elements. bentintoshape.net
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FUSION OF FIRE The Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet Hybrid Fire Grill is quite an innovative concept with the option of cooking with wood, charcoal or gas. A sleek exterior, newly designed burners, and your pick of four sizes and 12 different model variations make this grill a trend-setter. kalamazoogourmet.com
TAKE DISHWASHING OUTDOORS With Kalamazoo’s new outdoor dishwasher, cleaning will never be the same. With its powerful wash system, it can clean dishes, pots and pans left outside or used over a fire. Added convenience includes adjustable-height dual rack system, extra large tub and adjustable stemware shelves — and it doesn’t waste water, either. kalamazoogourmet.com PLEASE TURN THE PAGE OCTOBER 2011 • 73
COLORFUL COLLECTION The Veranda Flower Bucket Stand by Foreside Home and Garden showcases 16 tin flower buckets that fit together in an iron stand, allowing you to enjoy all of your favorites at one time. Display on your patio or veranda for all to see. Available through J’adore Home & Garden, The Fiddly Fig, Pryde’s Old Westport and Trapp and Company. foresidehomeandgarden.com
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ARMSTRONG KITCHENS Mark and Betty Armstrong (center), Kristeen Armstrong-Scott, CKD, and Lowell Scott
What is your specialty at Armstrong Kitchens? We work with a number of different rooms, but our specialty is turning dated, tired old kitchens into fresh, well-designed, beautiful new ones. Sometimes we need to start from scratch with a complete redesign, and other times we simply fix specific problems. Our ability to take the project from concept to completion is unique and something we’ve developed over decades. What roles do family members play in the company? Each family member wears a number of hats, as in any family operation. But to oversimplify, Kristeen runs the design end while Lowell runs the field end. Armstrong Kitchens has four amazing designers, who each have their NKBA credentials and design degrees, and joke that they are all adopted Armstrongs. What makes a family business unique from others? There’s the permanence, the lifetime commitment. If you got your kitchen from us in 1964 and now you need another, we’re still here! And chances are good that we’ll remember you personally and may even be able to scare up your old file. What is something most people don’t know about your company? In our earlier days, the 1980s, we served numerous accounts spread across six states. Mark and Kristeen each had a plane and flew them to get to those various repeat customers scattered around small towns. What is Armstrong Kitchens known for? Customers know that we work hard for them to be comfortable with the project. We are detail people, and the organization we give to our plans and projects is how we stay on schedule and budget. We are consistent and known for giving our clients a lot of attention. What can be expected of your company in the future? Teaching in the Interior Design Department at JCCC helps Kristeen stay out in front and avoid becoming stale
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as a designer. And at the leading edge of current design thinking are the growing fields of Designing For Life and Sustainability to gain fresh ideas for future projects.
BORDNER INSTALLATION GROUP Jerry Fleenor, Sam Fleenor, Chris Hinson, Rob Poettgen Back row (left to right): Charley Fleenor, Bud Fleenor, Cliff Fleenor, Sonja Shanahan Front row (left to right):
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The business was founded in 1987 as mainly a newconstruction roofing company. We are an exterior homeimprovement company that focuses on roofing, stucco, windows, siding and gutters. We do new construction, multifamily and commercial work. What’s your specialty? We specialize in high-quality installation work and superior customer service. Every one of our jobs is assigned a supervisor to help ensure that the product is installed properly. We have more than 40,000 satisfied customers in the Kansas City area and not a single complaint from the Better Business Bureau. What’s the best thing about working in a family-owned business? We all get along and work well together since we know that we are working with people we can trust. Everyone is more concerned about the customers than they are about themselves. What feedback do you receive from customers? We send out a customer survey on every job we do, and the overwhelming response is that people are appreciative of the work and service we provide. From time to time, we do make mistakes and mess things up, but we will always do whatever we can to make things right with the customer, which includes completely redoing something if it is required. What’s something most people don’t know about your company? We may cost a little more than our competitors, but we don’t put that in our pockets. We put the additional money into the job to ensure that there are no problems down the road. Our belief is that the installation is more important than the product itself. PLEASE TURN THE PAGE
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BRANCATO’S CATERING Steve Brancato, Mario Brancato and Andrew Brancato
What is your specialty? Our specialty is creating a unique event experience. We are the only local company that can provide everything from equipment to food under one management. Our customers only have to deal with one representative to plan their event. The synergy between both companies allows us to create remarkable experiences. What roles do family members play in the company? Although we all have our own roles, we seem to collaborate on most major decisions. Steve oversees the day-to-day operations of the rental company and handles rental bids. Mario handles the accounting portion of the business as well as sales and catering bids. Andrew handles the day-to-day operations of the catering company and marketing. What makes a family business unique? The fact that we can make decisions easily. If we were not family, these decisions would be much harder. Because we are family, we know that we will all have each other’s support. Family is like a chain that cannot be broken. What is something most people don’t know about your company? We manufacture our own tents, and we actually have a tent sales division that is growing rapidly. We now manufacture and sell tents all over the world. We also have a restaurant inside historic Union Station, called Harvey’s at Union Station. We are one of the larger equipment providers for PGA golf tournaments and currently do work in more than 10 states and Puerto Rico. What is Brancato’s best known for? Great food at a great price. Being able to bundle our products and service makes event-planning much easier. Our staff, in every department, is well-trained and understands how important every event is. They work hard to ensure that each job we do is a success. What is on the horizon?
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Expansion into a larger portion of the golf market, elevated catering packages from our new restaurant at Union Station, a new facility, expanded inventory, and continued growth and success in the tent sales division.
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DESIGN BUILD TEAM David and Merejo Dussair
What is your specialty?
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Architecture and construction of custom homes, additions and remodeling — we are registered architects in Kansas and Missouri. We design the project, price it then build it, saving time and money. Our motto is: “One source of responsibility from start to finish.” What roles do family members play in the company? Merejo manages and holds onto the money, with the help of an assistant bookkeeper. David has the architectural education to design the projects and price the work. What makes a family business unique? The word “unity” says it — “united we stand, divided we fall.” We both are passionate about good design and craftsmanship. It is more of a calling than just a job. Even though a lot of people believe we should separate work from our personal lives, we neither believe we need to do that nor do we make that separation. We are surrounded by good design in our lives, whether it’s the beauty of the forest we live in or the pleasing proportions of our home and office. What is something most people don’t know about your company? We have an office cat who loves to play with the drawings! But we are serious about the details — balancing the checking account to the penny every month for 35 years; “We draw the details,” one of our tag lines; estimating construction costs — we have to be very thorough about pricing work for people, as every job is different. What is your company best known for? Great design and craftsmanship in construction. We are also known for being kind to people — our own employees, our clients, our subcontractors, the building inspectors, other peoples’ animals and each other. What is on the horizon? We are moving the DBT office down to our shop at 1243 Merriam Lane sometime next year. We have built an exciting space by taking out all the interior walls, adding beam and cable supports, and adding artwork into the architecture. We plan to use it also as a gallery space,
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calling it the “West Crossroads.” (That’s pushing it a little bit!)
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DORFMAN PLUMBING SUPPLY Charlie and Jo Dorfman
What is your specialty? We are a full-service plumbing supply with residential and light commercial pipe, valves and fixtures. Our main revenue producer is our 7,500-square-foot showroom with working and static displays of fixtures from manufacturers around the globe. What roles do family members play in the company? I (Charlie) am the president. My main job is to sit in the office, drink martinis and smoke cigars...while getting back rubs. Occasionally, I inter-react with the customers, but normally that doesn’t work out too well, so my salespeople would rather I stay out of sight. My wife is the Salesperson-in-Chief. She’s in charge of customer relations and is requested by customers throughout the city. Her background is as a speech clinician, who taught little kids, and now that she’s in this business, she teaches big kids. She didn’t know anything about the business, and now she knows everything about every manufacturer. What makes a family business unique? A family business can be unique if it and its employees behave like a family. Employees are freer to exhibit their true personalities. That can make work pretty interesting, but it is what it is. Each and every person who comes here is given the most helpful individual service from the well-trained and knowledgeable employees we can muster. Our customers appreciate what we do for them, and we certainly appreciate their business. What is something most people don’t know about your company? Our employees have outstanding experience, having been with us an average of 10 years each. We ship merchandise to former Kansas City residents and customers who have moved all over the United States. We like to have a good time, but we work extremely hard to make our customers happy. What is Dorfman Plumbing best known for? Our vast selection and competitive prices combined with great service and a willingness to go the extra mile to find
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what our customers need. What is on the horizon? We have been in business since 1927. We are looking forward to a strong year in 2027.
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NITELITES OF KANSAS CITY Denny Bringman and Doug Bringman
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We specialize in outdoor lighting that illuminates, accents and enhances our clients’ outdoor environments. Whether the application is residential or commercial, our skilled lighting designers create a lighting display that maximizes your property’s attributes. What roles do family members play in the company? Doug Bringman is the General Manager and the face of our brand name. He oversees everything from sales to installations and has literally been in the trenches for more than 10 years. Denny Bringman is the COO and the man behind the scenes. He keeps our company efficiently moving forward in a positive direction. His engineering background helps the company stayed focused on the new green light initiatives. What makes a family business unique? When your family is involved, there is more pride in your workmanship. Our line of work consists of long days in scorching heat to bitterly cold winters. Having the support of your family makes it easier to overcome any challenges that present themselves, plus it’s great working with your best friend who is also your brother. What is something most people don't know about your company? The LED and halogen bulbs we use are specifically designed for use with our proprietary line of NiteLites fixtures. We only install high-quality, energy-efficient, low-voltage genuine NiteLites fixtures and transformers that are manufactured to our exact specifications. What is your company best known for? Outstanding customer service! Every application is customdesigned, which makes it personal to us and our clients. We 100-percent guarantee every lighting job we sell because we know and understand the design of lighting. What is on the horizon? Our research and design group is constantly updating our products with more variety and higher efficiency applications. We will soon have five new LED lighting applications available to us that include a 1.7 watt
Candelabra-style light and a flexible line LED that can be bent and shaped to match the architecture to which it is applied.
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ONE STOP DECORATING CENTER Steve and Cherie Roellchen, Brandon Roellchen, Jason Roellchen and Chrissy Roellchen What is your specialty? Beautiful window treatments. We have four Hunter Douglas Window Fashion Galleries in Kansas City. We do free in-home consultations for blinds, shades, plantation shutters and custom draperies. We also have our own professional installers and painting service, and we carry other types of decorating items for the home, from wallpaper, paint and decorative accessories to framed art, mirrors and more. Indeed, we are a one-stop shop! What roles do family members play in the company? Steve, president and CEO, handles store operations, advertising and marketing. He is also the regional manager for Exciting Windows!, a national window coverings organization. Cherie, co-owner and professional interior designer (including ASID status), handles human resources. Son Brandon is responsible for the Northland location as well as installation services and is a professional window coverings expert. Son Jason is responsible for the Lee’s Summit location as well as the website and Web marketing, the shutter segment of the business and sales on a daily basis. Chrissy (Jason’s wife) is responsible for the Overland Park location and is also an interior designer specializing in custom window treatments, custom bedding and overseeing remodel projects. What is something most people don’t know about your company? We have been in business 16 years and have grown to four locations. We have very competitive prices and unparalleled service. We are a top-ranked window coverings dealer in the country. What is your company best known for? Great service! More than 70 percent of our business is repeat and referral customers. We are known for great pricing and exceptional service. We sell only quality products and service everything we sell. We have an A+ rating with the BBB. Our associates have been with us a long time and they are professionally trained.
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What is on the horizon? We will add additional store locations and additional design consultants and invest in new technology to enhance the customer’s experience with us; and always look for the best products available that meet our quality standards.
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REECE & NICHOLS __ THE MULLER TEAM Charlene Muller, Linda McGuinn and Shawn Muller
What is your specialty?
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We pride ourselves on providing effective marketing for sellers and strong advocacy for both buyers and sellers. The three of us collectively possess more than 50 years of experience in all home price ranges in both Kansas and Missouri. We fully embrace Reece & Nichols’ vision, which is to create and deliver a remarkable home buying and selling experience. What roles do family members play in the company? Although each member of the team does a little bit of everything, Charlene is the driving force behind marketing planning, targeting property acquisition and quality of performance assurance. As well as providing full-service real estate representation, Shawn is the team’s resident technical expert, acting as its webmaster and photographer. His computer, social media and Internet expertise play a material role in moving transactions to successful conclusions. Linda, in addition to handling administrative responsibilities and providing full-service real estate representation, is the team’s “stager.” She understands what should go in and what should come out of a property to present it at its best. What makes a family business unique? The mutual trust and respect found in a family business, coupled with the absolute knowledge that family and team members have one another’s backs is empowering. It provides a bulwark against the ongoing challenges inherent in dealing with most families’ largest investment. What is something most people don’t know about your company? The Muller Team has been the top-producing team in the Town Center office of Reece & Nichols for many years. We are small but mighty. What is your company best known for? Guiding both buyers and sellers in defining their own true desired outcomes and then patiently and doggedly driving the process forward to achieving those goals. What is on the horizon? We have already incorporated social media and other modern technologies into our representation of both buyers and sellers. We intend to stay nimble and versatile in an ever-changing real estate world.
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SCOTT’S DIAMOND DESIGNS Scott and Monica Wagner, Tamara Wainscott
How did Scott’s Diamond Designs get its start? From 1974 to 1982, Scott had a jewelry store with a partner. In spring of 1982, though, he sold his ownership and opened Scott’s Diamond Designs. With Scott’s artistic background, he can design and create one-of-akind pieces. He has more than 37 years of experience in repairing and creating jewelry. What’s your specialty? We offer better quality fine jewelry that is not seen in chain and discount stores. We also are able to service all of the items we sell. What makes a family business unique, especially in your line of work? We have a small staff consisting of only three family members. Because we focus on serving our customers, we are willing to pay top dollar for gold and silver. What challenges come with working at a family-owned business? How do you face those challenges? We have been able to adapt and survive in an everchanging economic climate. There has been road construction and much more competition. Unlike many chain stores that seem to have an unlimited advertising budget, we have survived by the referrals of our happy customers. What’s something many don’t know about your company? We love to educate our customers, and we especially love teaching them about diamonds. We show them what qualities to look for and how to compare seemingly identical diamonds.
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STONEWORTH BUILDING PRODUCTS Andy Alingh, Drew Alingh and Jeanne Alingh with Rocky
What is Stoneworth Building Products known for?
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We are a local concrete roof tile manufacturer. We pride ourselves on the relationships we have created in the building community by delivering consistent quality and customer service. Concrete roof tile is sweeping the country as an affordable, high-end alternative to other roofing products, making it the best and most economical choice for new construction and re-roofing. What is your specialty? Customization. With our wide variety of traditional and contemporary roof tiles and extensive choices of colors, our customer can create a roofscape that is as subtle as an English country manor or as dramatic as a Tuscan villa. Our showroom and design center display many different combinations that allow customers to visualize the many options to beautify and protect their home or building. What roles do family members play in the company? Andy Alingh is our founder and president. Jeanne Alingh serves as our office manager. Drew Alingh manages our sales department. What is something most people don’t know about the company? We actually manufacture our roof tile here in Shawnee, Kan., and service a seven-state territory. The raw materials used in our manufacturing process come from local providers. This allows our products to be green, sustainable and qualify for LEED point certification. What makes a family business unique from others? An enduring commitment to values is the greatest strength and advantage that family ownership can bring to a company. When your family name is connected to a business, you have a heightened responsibility to make sure your customers are 100-percent satisfied. What’s on the horizon? We see the roofing industry evolving to a higher-quality and more-sustainable market. We feel that Stoneworth is well-positioned to meet the demands of the roofing industry. More homeowners will require a product that is not petroleum-based like asphalt shingles and has the
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The Devil Wears Frosting Looking for a scary good treat this fall? Forget the pumpkin bucket of candy. Sign up for a cooking class __ (KCH&G’s last Cooking School is this month!) or try your hand at one of four chefs’ Halloween-themed concoctions. They’re to die for.
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Comfort Food with a
eave it to Chaz on the Plaza’s Executive Chef Charles d’Ablaing — with help from
friend and Chef Marshall Roth — to take a seemingly normal menu and turn it into something
spectacular. Who knew beef, potatoes and peaches could be that elegant?! While the kitchen made its final preparations, guests sipped on a choice of Somerset Ridge Vineyard & Winery’s Riesling or Chardonel, toured Peak at Home’s new showroom and tried on silver-u-wear.com’s jewelry, handmade out of silverware with jewels, beads and Swarovski crystals.
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Baby spinach salad, local goats’ milk feta cheese, heirloom tomatoes, homemade almond cracker, and peaches and cream vinaigrette
Roasted 40-day aged prime beef tenderloin, tomato gratin and pommes noisette (In French, pommes means ‘potato’ and noisette means ‘hazelnut.’ From Epicurious, noisette refers to potatoes that are cut into tiny, hazelnut-shaped balls then sautéed in butter until well-browned.)
Brown sugar-roasted peaches, vanilla bean ice cream and maple tuile (French for ‘tile’, tuile is a thin, crisp cookie that is placed over a rounded object (like a rolling pin) while still hot from the oven.)
eak at Home, a kitchen and bath showroom located in the Historic West Bottoms, opened
to the public in January 2011. The first chef to take advantage of the working kitchen — and make a delicious mess — was Chef Charles d’Ablaing at KCH&G’s Cooking School. Peak at Home, a division of Peak Auctioneering, specializes in quality kitchen cabinets, and all materials used in this showroom were made in the USA, many even local. Visit the showroom today to find more about Peak’s motto: “Catering to the client with a champagne taste on a beer budget.”
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omerset Ridge Vineyard & Winery is
known for its tasty Kansas-grown, hand-picked, handmade wine. It’s something owners Dennis and Cindy Reynolds take much pride in making and distributing. Planted in 1998, this hillside vineyard and winery continues to spread the Midwest’s reputation as a vibrant, high-growth area for grape-growing and wine production. Get to their tasting room today!
ALMOND CRACKERS 3 2C 1t 1
egg whites fine almond meal baking soda clove garlic, minced
1 2 1 4
C T T T
Parmesan cheese, grated olive oil salt water
1. In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and stir to form moist, sticky dough. Add more water or oil if needed. 2. Using wet hands, place the dough on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Using your fingers, flatten the dough out into a uniform thin layer free of cracks. 3. Bake in a preheated 350°F oven for 15 minutes or until dough becomes dry and golden in appearance. 4. Remove and cool on a wire baking rack.
PEACHES AND CREAM VINAIGRETTE 2 4T ¼C ½C
peaches, pealed heavy cream white wine vinegar canola oil
4T 1t 1t
sugar tarragon, chopped Dijon
1. Combine all ingredients and blend. 2. Serve immediately.
1. Chardonel __ Rich like its parent grape, Chardonnay, but with terrific upfront fruit and a crisp, tangy finish of pears and green apples. 2. Riesling __ The first Riesling ever made in the state of Kansas! At about 1 percent residual sugar, this is a wine everyone can agree on. Refreshing and made from 100percent estate-grown Riesling grapes from Kansas. 3. Oktoberfest __ A highly popular German-style white. It’s a holiday and year-round favorite as well as a winner of the national Jefferson Cup. Pair with salad 4. Ruby Red — A meritage blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Chancellor. Complex raspberry and blackcurrant fruit and aged in American Oak barrels. Pair with beef 5. Ambrosia — Late-harvest white dessert wine. Made from very ripe Traminette grapes. Pair with dessert 6. Ruby Port — A red desset wine fortified with brandy. Pair with dessert 8 Special Thanks to Our Partners 8 raphaelkc.com • peakhomeproducts.com somersetridge.com • accentrents.com
3T ½C 1 3
maple syrup plus 2 T granulated sugar pinch salt egg whites from large eggs
2½ T butter, melted and unsalted 3T melted butter to grease the parchment paper 2T milk
1. Sift the flour, sugar and salt into a small mixing bowl. 2. Add the egg whites then melted unsalted butter and whisk until just combined. 3. Set the batter aside to rest for 1½ hours before using or cover and refrigerate for up to three days. 4. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Heavily butter three pieces of parchment paper and place one each on three baking sheets. 5. Using 1½ T per tuile, spoon the batter onto the baking sheets, five per sheet. (The cookies should be at least two inches apart, as they spread during baking.) 6. Dipping a finger in the milk first, spread each cookie into a three-inch round. (To ensure even baking, make the edges no thinner than the centers.) 7. Bake the tuiles for 8-10 minutes or until the edges are golden and the centers are just beginning to color. Remove the cookies from the oven. 8. As soon as they are cool enough to handle, remove the tuiles from the baking sheets and drape them around rolling pins or wine bottles. If the cookies become too cool and stiff to bend, return them to the oven for a minute or so and they will soften up. 8 Next
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KCH&G’s Cooking School is a fun, instructional evening of food and
Hen House Markets offer many different kinds of cooking classes with
wine. Each class rotates between various showrooms and features different area
Chef Jasper Mirabile Jr. 913.648.1441 or henhouse.com
chefs. Time: 6-9 p.m. Registration: $40 per person. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 15 — Bountiful Harvest Cookery
October 26 — Doolittle Distributing with Renee Kelly
November 19 — Traditional Thanksgiving Fare December 17 — The Art of Entertaining to Keep It Simple
The Culinary Center of Kansas City offers numerous classes from beginning to advanced. 913.341.4455 or kcculinary.com
Johnson County Community College offers a range of cooking
October 4 — Chicken Many Ways
classes that aren’t just for college credit. 913.469.8500 or jccc.edu
October 10 — Homestyle Asian
October 6 — New Traditional Mexican Cooking
October 15 — BBQ’n with Booze
October 13 — Moroccan Cooking
October 25, December 13 — Intro to Fresh Pasta-Making
October 19 — Taste of India: Vegetarian
November 7 — Artisanal Breads
November 3 — Holiday Hors d’oeuvres
November 14 — Creative Fish Cookery
November 9 — Quick and Easy Meals
November 29 — Handmade Ravioli and Filled Pastas November 30 — Gluten-Free Cooking
Somerset Ridge Winery & Vineyard makes its own wine and hosts
December 19 — Death by Chocolate
these delicious events. 913.491.0038 or somersetridge.com October 8-9 — Oktoberfest
Kitchen Thyme offers holiday cooking classes and specialty classes with
October 16 — Slow Food Kansas City Harvest Dinner
experienced chefs year-round. 816.587.9100 or mykitchenthyme.com October 17 — Autumn Harvest Dinner
Wines by Jennifer welcomes its 9th Annual Wines by Jennifer Grape
October 24 — 100 Days of Holidays
Stomp, a California Alfresco Wine Dinner and its Oktoberfest celebration all
November 14 — Specialty Class with Judith Fertig
throughout the month of October. 816.505.9463 or winesbyjennifer.com
A Thyme for Everything has a variety of cooking classes for adults and
The Latin Culinary Center shows how to cook with cultural flair.
children. 816.554.3755 or athymeforeverything.com
816.420.9333 or latinculinarycenter.com
October 11, November 2 — Pumpkin Cake
October 3 — Spanish Food: Remembering our Spanish Motherland.
October 15 — Mummy Cake/Frankenstein Cake
October 10 — Tamales: Grandma’s Wonderful Flavors
October 18 — Soups and Salads October 22 — Fondant Ghost Cupcakes October 29 — Haunted Tree Stump Cake
Function Junction not only features kitchen gadgets and cookware but cooking classes too. 816.283.3033 or functionjunction.com
November 1 — A Heartland Fireside Supper November 14 — Sicilian Chef Jasper Mirabile Jr.
Jowler Creek Winery hosts wine tastings and seasonal cooking classes for every holiday. 816.858.5528 or jowlercreek.com October 29-30 — Halloween Candy and Wine Pairing November 21, 28, December 12 — Santa’s Sipping Workshop December 10-11 and 17-18 — Christmas Cookie and Wine Pairing
October 8 — Classic Sugar Cookies with Martin
These locations also offer cooking classes, demonstrations and tastings but fall/winter schedules weren’t available by press time: Off the Vine Design & Cellar: 913.951.9660 or offthevinekc.com UMKC Communiversity: 816.235.1407 or umkc.edu/commu Renee Kelly’s at Caenen Castle: 913.631.4100 or reneekellys.com The Cooking Studio: 913.652.9633 or wholefoodsmarket.com Williams-Sonoma: 816.561.4358 or williams-sonoma.com Holyfield Winery: 913.724.9463 or holyfieldwinery.com The Tasteful Olive: 913.649.7900 or thetastefulolive.com OCTOBER 2011 • 97
As the witching hour approaches, there’s something about Halloween that heightens the senses. Attuned to the nuances of texture and taste, four hometown architects of confection graciously craft their most decadent creations.
story by gloria gale
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Boo! Your Friends Won’t Believe You Saw A Ghost (Nor How Good This Toasty Ghosty Semifreddo Is) Lidia’s chef Danica Pollard is possessed by pastries. “I
mousse to gelato, and that’s why I’ve chosen a pumpkin
always loved to cook and knew I wanted to become a
cake with a semi-frozen layer __ I call it Toasty Ghosty
chef. My first job was at Nobu in New York where I sharpened
Semifreddos. It’s an Italian spin on a Baked Alaska, a classic
my skills. For the last four years, I’ve been at Lidia’s as the
dessert that combines frozen elements (typically ice cream;
in this case, two flavors of semifreddo atop a cake base
The Freight House’s stylish Italian cucina is Chef Pollard’s
layer) that are surrounded by a thick layer of meringue.
domain, where she is a natural at whipping up seasonal
The meringue provides insulation for the frozen interior and
sweets that make her customers swoon.
allows the meringue to be browned in the oven or with a
“I really enjoy making frozen desserts, from ice cream and
hand-held torch without melting the contents.”
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Things That Go Crunch, Like This Cinnamon ‘n’ Spice Apple Dish Pastry chef Dominique Perez started her romance with
block as her grandmother’s home in Kansas City’s Westside
the culinary arts at a very young age when she was taught
Latin community. There, she gained the skills that would later
that the heart of the family beats in the kitchen. Her earliest
launch her six-year career working with premier chefs in
memories were baking cupcakes with her mother and helping
Dallas, Texas. She returned to Kansas City and found her
her grandmother prepare traditional Mexican fare. “My family
niche as a pastry chef first at Michael Smith and presently
was so supportive throughout my journey of becoming a
with Carl Thorne-Thomsen at his elegant Prairie Village
chef,” she says.
restaurant, Story. Chef Perez is head-over-heels for this
She acquired a basic knowledge of the culinary arts at the Guadalupe Centers Culinary School located on the same
Halloween apple and popcorn novelty that she hopes people find sinfully delicious.
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The Devil Wants Soul Food __ this Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Pecan Crumble __ Not Just Your Soul How did a boy from Indiana finally wind up in Kansas via
owning/managing restaurants in Albuquerque, Vail and
Paris and Colorado? “It was a long and winding road,” says
Beaver Creek, Colo., has only enhanced his expertise.
Executive Chef John Westerhaus, the gregarious chef/owner
“WestChase specializes in serving upscale comfort food in a
of his namesake restaurant, WestChase Grille.
warm, elegant and inviting atmosphere.” Chef Westerhaus’
Chef Westerhaus has always had a passion for food. It
Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Pecan Crumble melds the
shows in his culinary skills that reflect his training from
best of the season’s aromatic ingredients that’s sure to stir
Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, graduating with honors in both its
cuisine and pastry programs. Following years of experience
Find the recipe online at kchandg.com/pumpkin-bread-pudding
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We All Scream for… Gingerbread Ice Cream Sandwiches Megan Garrelts, executive pastry chef and co-owner (along
and at the Getty Center Restaurant in Los Angeles.
with husband, Colby), opened bluestem in 2004. Showcasing
According to Megan, “Who says ice cream sandwiches are
chef Colby’s Progressive American Cuisine and Chef Megan’s
only for summer? At bluestem, we adapt this fun dessert to
New Varieties of American Desserts, bluestem has received
autumn by layering a spicy gingerbread cake with salted
rave reviews on a local and national basis.
pumpkin ice cream. A drizzle of warm butterscotch laced with
Chef Megan’s culinary background includes graduating
citrus gives it a perky edge. Topped with a spiced nutty corn
from the Culinary Institute of America in 2000, working
with an added caramel crunch gives memories of candy-filled
with Pastry Chef Richard Leach at Park Avenue Café in
Halloween nights. Although this gingerbread cake recipe calls
New York City, Pastry Chef Gale Gand at TRU in Chicago
for a porter, you can substitute a stout beer.”
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Inspirational Spaces Dig in to these specialty shops, where dare to dream
Halloween is elevated with ghoulish delight. The treats are heavenly, so stop by and indulge.
Dolce Baking Company ramps up for the holiday with a 9” and 6” spiderweb cake,
$30 and $18. You asked for them and now they’re back...old-fashioned pumpkin
in your timber frame
whoopie pies, $3.50 each. Dolce Baking Company, 6974 Mission Road in Prairie Village. dolcebakingcompany.com
A spooktacular potion tops the list when you taste Christopher Elbow’s sinfully rich
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chocolate is available in three wickedly delicious flavors: peppermint, mocha and Venezuelan Spice. $16 for a 16 oz. tin. Christopher Elbow, 1819 McGee, KCMO. elbowchocolates.com Hometown favorite Velvet Crème will fire up its kettles this Halloween. Their Treats without Tricks tin can be filled with any flavor popcorn you wish ($17.75 for 2 gallon). Thrill the kids with snack boxes brimming with more treats __ like large or small popcorn balls, always a hit. Velvet Crème Popcorn, 4710 Belinder, Westwood, Kan. velvetcremepopcorn.com Natasha’s Mulberry and Mott stirs up a tizzy when she offers her French macaroons. These are the treats you’ve been waiting for: candy corn, black licorice and red hot cinnamon, $1.95 each. Natasha’s Mulberry and Mott, 10573 Mission Road, Leawood, Kan. natashasmulberryandmott.com Smallcakes
infamous pumpkin cupcake with cream cheese frosting. You’ll also find traditional vanilla and chocolate cake with orange and black buttercream detailed with spooky fondant bats, skeletons and pumpkins. $3 each. Smallcakes Cupcakery, locations in Olathe, Overland Park and Lee’s Summit. smallcakescupcakery.com 102 • KCHANDG.COM
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