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CONTENTS // CONNECT //
OCT / NOV 2017 | VOL XII • ISSUE II
8 // HALLOWEEN EVENTS 10 // STONE'S FOLLY REVIEW 13 // ALEX LANCASTER 14 // MOMENTUM 2022 16 // NO PLACE LIKE HOME 18 // FRUGAL HOUSE 20 // MUSIC CALENDAR 21 // LOCAL HORROR FILM 22 // VOTE DAMNIT 24 // FOOD TRUCK FACEOFF 26 // 5 THINGS TO EAT - NOW 27 // CLASSIC MOVIES IN NOTO 28 // SPECIALS 29 // PRIDE IN BEER @TOPEKABEER 30 // FOOD NINJA COVER: Image by Jeff Carson. Lighting the Water Tower Bryan Falk, Falk Architects, Jason Adams, Panda Corn and Caleb Asher, Sprout Communications
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STONE'S FOLLY ART FESTIVAL WHAT'S IN THE NAME Let's paint the picture... You're strolling along a winding avenue of artists' booths, lit only by the stars and a canopy of white lights. In your left hand is a microbrew. Your fingers on the right are sporadicly snapping to the live jazz soundtrack that accompany your strut. You're at Stoneâ€™s Folly Art Festival. STONE'S FOLLY ART FESTIVAL annaul event: late sept
f you were at this year's Stone's Folly Art Festival, you probably wondered about the name. Stone's Folly Mansion was a 1880s creation of Erastus R. Stone. The magnificent three story, eighteen room structure was his vision to build the "finest mansion in Kansas." The home was never finished due to the economic downturn and the name was changed from Stone's Castle to Stone's Folly. The Stone family was never able to live in the home. The structure was vacant for over a decade when in 1900 Rev. Charles Fox Parham rented the residence for his Bethel Bible College. Parham used the residence to teach the Pentecostal Faith. The home is known as the birthplace of the Pentecostal Church. The gothic residence mysteriously burned down on December 6 of 1901. Today, there is nothing left of the structure but many pieces of the stone foundation and brick tower have recently been excavated and saved. aseveneightfive
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A VOICE OF ART IN DOWNTOWN saddled up on a stool at Norseman Brewery, taking time to talk to local artist Alexander Lancaster. He is a man's man. An artist’s artist. His lion’s mane punctuates his powerful statements, as he shares with me his visions for injecting our city with creative, fresh, artist ideas.
That's what I hoped to teach my children." After four years of owning the gallery, Lancaster decided to close its doors in winter 2016 for a chance at more growth. "My focus is on family first, then arts and community." That's not to say, however, that Lancaster took any breaks.
I was excited to enter his world and see what he had on the horizon. I was also excited to try the IPA. But it was May and the only thing that set him apart from any other dad who was excited and nervous for his oldest boy to graduate high school was … well, nothing. As I began the “q and a,” every question was answered with a derivative of Lancaster's desire to be a good father.
Lancaster's howl has been injected in projects such as the first spray paint graffiti wall on 10th Street, the creation of Alley Fest and the Two Block Chalk Walk (which was 4339 feet in length last year.) His mug and artistic hand can been seen on the East Topeka 6th Street Mural. He is a past ARTSConnect board member, has collaborated with the Topeka Zoo and Artstoberfest.
"Art was just something that came to me through a long journey," he explained as he walked me through his move to Topeka - by way of Columbia, Missouri, born in Mobile, Alabama, raised in Picayune, Mississippi. Working as a landscape artist to finally owning, and recently closing, Two Wolves Studio + Artist Den (Gallery of Two Wolves Artist Collective) in NOTO.
Just months after his oldest graduated (Mikoda who will attend AMDA in New York in the Fall of 2018), Lancaster reopened Two Wolves Artist Collective, with a new set of doors on 8th above and adjacent the Celtic Fox. "We take pride in our art, but most importantly we take pride in being a powerful force of positive change in our city," stated Lancaster about the Collective. View works from over a dozen artist on First Friday or just stop by the gallery, and perhaps grab a pint after purchasing some art.
"The gallery gave back to the community that supported me," said Lancaster about Two Wolves Den. "I would show up everyday at 10a. It was about drive, diligence and balance.
by Kerrice Mapes | photos by Ben Hooper
LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
local vocal MOMENTUM 2022 Topeka is the
A SPOONFUL OF PRIDE, BUILDS OUR FUTURE
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I spent over six hours on Saturday morning reading (deciphering) a 120-page report titled "Topeka-Shawnee County Holistic Economic Development Strategy" a.k.a. Momentum 2022. A page count that mirrors the number of times I wanted to jump for joy and excitement, exclaiming "Oh my gawd - yes - this is what we [seveneightfive magazine and myself] have been talking about. These are the hurdles we must overcome as a community to move forward."
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A page count that also mirrors the number of times I wanted to bash my forehead onto my desk, exclaiming "Oh my gawd, yes, this is what we [seveneightfive magazine and myself] have been talking about...."
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fat. She looks in the mirror and can't see past her witch nose or crooked smile. She has low selfesteem, and it's no wonder, when everyone around
My injuries were only on the surface, nothing a Band-aid couldn't fix. I settled into my office chair that mid-Saturday morning and continued to devour the contents of Momentum 2022. I realized, after I grabbed a highlighter and pen, that I was in the minority of people who might actually read this document cover to cover. However, this is a plan for all of Topeka's future. So using the power of paper and this vehicle, here are my 5 Ws and How of Momentum 2022. I encourage you all to read the full document at topekashawneecountystrategy.com.
A 43-member steering committee birthed Momentum 2022 over a year ago - a planning initiative that hopes to bring businesses, jobs and people to Shawnee County, while retaining young professionals and talent, making Topeka a vibrant place to live and work. Momentum 2022 is made possible by the support of Go Topeka, Heartland Visioning, Topeka + Shawnee County Public Library, Topeka Community Foundation and the United Way of Greater Topeka. Market Street Services Inc. was hired to facilitate the initiative.
WHAT A collective effort to further the advancement of our community. A four-phase research and strategic process to lay the foundation for Topeka [people and businesses] to thrive and prosper in the future. To take the base work started through the Heartland Visioning Process, and brings Topeka to the next level. In a nutshell, to make Topeka a great place to live, work and play.
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WHEN The first phase, Community Engagement, began September 2016 and included gaining knowledge and opinions of stakeholders and the public at large. Phase Two evaluated Topeka-Shawnee County's competitiveness as a place to live, work and do business. A set of "scorecards" show how Topeka compares to other communities and provide a concise narrative of our opportunities and challenges as we seek to become a more prosperous, successful place and increase quality of life for all. Phase Three, the development strategy, was created to guide us over the next five years. Phase Four is the implementation plan and begins January 2018.
WHERE The strategy process began with individual interviews, focus groups and an online survey which received 2,300 responses from people who live and/ or work in Topeka-Shawnee County. These findings were added to research which examined a variety of demographic, socioeconomic, economic and quality of life indicators. A 43-member steering committee and the hired Market Street Services Inc. analyzed the research and their findings were woven into six key stories which act to present a narrative discussion on the key issues facing Topeka-Shawnee County. WHY Topeka-Shawnee County is at an inflection point
with strong momentum in some areas but significant work needed in others. "Community leaders understand that capitalizing on opportunities and addressing challenges will require bold, deliberate action. To that end, a group of public, private and non-profit leaders that come together around to develop a Holistic Economic Development Strategy that will guide the community's collective actions for the next five years. This consensus blueprint establishes what Topeka-Shawnee County must do to secure its desired future."
HOW January 2018 marks the start of the implementation plan which will be executed on a top level through volunteer leadership and committees, professional staff support (Great Topeka Partnership) and under the steering leadership of tri-chairs Commissioner Shelly Buhler, Keith Warta from Bartlett & West and Mayor Larry Wolgast.
BASED ON THE SIX STORIES, A FRAMEWORK WAS BUILT AROUND THE DEVELOP FOLLOWING HOMEGROWN TALENT GOALS Topekans between the age of 25 and 44 are less educated than our peers.
GROW A DIVERSE ECONOMY Employment in TopekaShawnee County is concentrated in three sectors: finance/insurance, government and health care.
Roughly 29 percent of this audience have attained a minimum of a bachelors degree, which trails state and national averages and is on trend to fall further behind.
In the early 2000s, Topeka-Shawnee County experienced a significant decline in employment.
Momentum 2022 identified challenges and opportunities to develop homegrown talent by improving academic performance across the board, starting in pre-K up to college prep.
Our community's entrepreneurial ecosystem is underdeveloped and many are unaware of entrepreneurial resources available. In order to grow our economy we need to enhance our entrepreneurial ecosystem, work on all three-stool legs of an economic development program, which includes retention, recruitment and expansion.
Increasing and expanding continuing education and training opportunities for adults, making them more accessible (i.e. removing barriers such as financial and transportation) and developing a communitywide internship initiative to help employers identify emerging talent and to attach young professionals to Topeka-Shawnee County.
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Local companies reported that they routinely pitch prospective employees on working in Topeka but living in Lawrence or KC - places that have a higher quality of life. Of the primary jobs in Topeka that pay at least $40,000 annually, nearly 40 percent are held by individuals who live outside of Topeka Shawnee-County.
"Perhaps the most troubling theme to emerge from the extensive public input process was that they Topeka-Shawnee County community suffers from deep and persistent low morale."
Out of 14 Quality of Life survey questions, housing affordability was the only factor rated above average / excellent.
Communicating a positive image to talented individuals is extremely important; as Topeka is losing residents at a faster pace then other large and highly competitive metro areas.
[Topeka citizens] desire a greater variety of offerings where people of all ages can socialize and where casual and chance meetings occur. (It was noted that the KS Ave project is a start.) An abundance of blighted or vacant properties also pose aesthetic concerns. Topeka generally lacks the type of mixed-use "livework-play" environments that are increasingly in demand, specifically with the under-40 population.
wrote Market Street Services.
Between 2004 and 2014, Topeka/Shawnee County lost a net average of 400 residents per year to Kansas City and Lawrence. A shrinking workforce contributes to a shrinking tax base, which reduces our economic capacity to address regional challenges. Deliberate work is needed to improve internal and external perceptions.
It is imperative that we collectively become more active and engaged in our community, not only for ourselves, but to increase community pride and retain our best citizens. Currently, Topeka provides a plethora of volunteer opportunities but we still have significant room for improvement when it comes to promoting a culture of diversity and inclusion. "A relatively high share of adults self-reported that they were in poor or fair health and/or had a body mass index (BMI) over 30, a common standard used to define obesity." Mental health issues and experiencing homelessness is more prevalent in Topeka then other communities. Public safety is a great concern. "Roughly 40 percent of survey respondents felt that the community's sense of personal and property safety was 'very poor' or 'below average.'"
This is a lot bigger. Comprehensive. Involving almost every aspect of the community. By taking these steps, we can start making change occur. I think by 2022, there will be some." -Topeka Mayor Larry Wolgast, WIBW TV, AUG 7, 2017
BE A PART OF #MOMENTUM2022: Here are some small steps that I think you can do to be a part of the movement. Share your successes @seveneightifve or #Momentum2022 1. Attend a local event that is new to you. Any of the events highlighted in this issue are a great start or check out Topeka365. com 2. Avoid saying, “There is nothing to do
in Topeka,” or building statements off negative thought. Think of that girl in high school who had low self-esteem. Imagine shopping for a prom dress with her, and she’s radiant as she exits the dressing room and awaits your approval. She is awaiting your approval, so you say,” Wow! Topeka, you are beautiful. You look amazing.” 3. Shop local. Support two local businesses this month.
6. Read the Topeka-Shawnee County Holistic Economic Development Strategy
Washburn University flag for the front of your house. Donate to ArtsConnect and get a Topeka Pride shirt and wear it out. Attend your alma mater's football game. Volunteer for an organization that gives back locally and personally like SilverbackKS or The Topeka Rescue Mission. Take initiative and pick up trash you see while at the park. Remove the living room furniture from your front lawn and mow your grass.
7. Show your local pride. Purchase a
8. Vote - local elections are November 7.
4. Smile. Smile to the person sitting next to you while renewing your car tags. Say hi when you pass someone in the store. Take a moment to be a little bit nicer, less rushed and approachable. 5. Give one glowing review of a place, person or event in Topeka on social media
THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME by Kerrice Mapes | photos by Ben Hooper
ollow 12th St to Orleans Ave and you'll find a pair of colorful neighbors: the Equality House and Capital City Equality Center. These technicolor homes are beacons of light for many LGBTQIA Topekans, opening their doors to all allies, friends and family, and creating impactful anti-bullying initiatives. These homes are locally symbolic and pay homage to the rainbow flag, a worldly symbolic gay pride flag. The creator of the Rainbow Flag, Gilbert Baker, passed away last spring and is remembered as an American artist, gay activist and, of course, for the flag which debuted in 1978. Baker has been quoted crediting Judy Garland as inspiration when created the gay pride flag. Not surprising, as millions of youth have identified Garland with Dorothy Gale, her 1939 "Wizard of Oz" character and her yearning to be "somewhere over the rainbow." For many LGBTQIA, memories of their youth are filled with negativity, bigotry and bullying. The agony in Garland's voice as she sings of a place where “the dreams that you dare to dream” come true, and “where troubles melt like lemon drops" is shared. Garland is revered by the queer community as an iconic symbol even after her death, which preceded the Stonewall Riots by just a few weeks. The parallels and inspirational strength shared by Garland/Dorothy and Gilbert are perhaps stronger than most of us know. Baker was born in 1951 in Chanute, Kan. and attended Parsons High School. There he was in band and threw parties for his classmates in hopes of "fitting in," amidst the constant bullying and ridicule he says he received from classmates. The ostracized little bluebird flew out of Kansas in 1969 - never to return. According to an article by Heavy.com, Baker was driven by his upbringing to change the world and earn better treatment for the LGBT community. Baker came out as gay when he was 19. “My parents didn’t talk to me for ten years, but it allowed me to get past my own suicidal urges, it allowed me to become the artist that was inside of me and it allowed me to say, ‘Well, you know, I can have a dream and I can go for it,’” he told Refinery29. Baker told the Miami Herald in 2013, “(Gay) people were psychopaths, criminals. I was afraid my family would lock me up and give me electroshock. I was a screaming queen.” He said he found a home in the LGBT community in San Francisco after leaving the Army.
After the election of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California, Baker created the rainbow flag. The 30-by-60 feet flag flew on Gay Pride Day June 25, 1978. "We needed something to express our joy, our beauty, our power. And the rainbow did that,” Baker told CNN in a 2015 interview. The first flag had eight stripes: pink stood for sex, red for life, orange for healing, yellow for the sun, green for nature, turquoise for magic, blue for harmony and purple for spirit. However, Baker had to drop two colors when he started mass production because of costs, so pink and turquoise were dropped. His close friend, activist Cleve Jones, told the San Francisco Chronicle, “That day when he raised the first rainbow flag, he knew that was his life’s work. And for every march, every protest, every celebration, every memorial, he was always the one sewing and sewing and sewing ... It’s an example of how one person can have an amazing and brilliant idea that reaches not just millions, but hundreds of millions of people.” Baker, who called himself the "Gay Betsy Ross,” first became interested in sewing as a young boy from his grandmother. Baker wanted to create a symbol for the LGBT community to replace the pink triangle, which was a symbol of oppression dating back to Nazi Germany, when it was used as a classification for gay people. At the age of 27 he stitched together eight strips of colored fabric that would become the iconic symbol. “We needed something beautiful, something from us,” Baker said. “The rainbow is so perfect because it really fits our diversity in terms of race, gender, ages, all of those things. Plus, it’s a natural flag—it’s from the sky!” Baker continued, "[The Rainbow Flag] doesn’t say the word ‘Gay,’ and it doesn’t say ‘the United States’ on the American flag but everyone knows visually what they mean. And that influence really came to me when I decided that we should have a flag, that a flag fit us as a symbol, that we are a people, a tribe if you will. And flags are about proclaiming power, so it’s very appropriate.” Baker did not trademark the Rainbow Flag and according to our research, did not receive direct financial gain from global sales. Baker has been quoted saying, “The flag is an action. It’s more than just the cloth and the stripes. When a person puts the rainbow flag on his or her house, they’re not just flying a flag. They’re taking action."
Topeka Pride Inc. a local organization focused on celebrating diversity in our community. Go to TopekaPride.org for a list of events and fly your flag proudly. aseveneightfive
..if I see a rainbow flag... I feel like that's someone who is a kindred spirit or [that it's] a safe place to go." -Gilbert Baker
[left] Equality House and [above] Capital City Equality Center A safe, welcoming space for LGBTQ citizens of Topeka, and their allies, friends, and family.
SHOP FOR A CAUSE
by Kerrice Mapes | photos by Keith Horinek - Topeka Capital-Journal
ShopForACause October 20 - 22 at the Frugal House, a benefit for the Topeka Symphony. The event will take place at 718 Kansas Avenue in the lofts owned and renovated by Debra and Randy Clayton of Clayton Financial. The showcase creative decorating ideas that are affordable and sustainable without sacrificing taste and style. Two lofts will be decorated for touring and almost every (donated) item will be for sale at affordable prices. Additional items will also be for sale in the "Frugal Boutique." The lofts are decorated by professional and non-professional designers who are skilled, not only in design, but in refurbishing furniture and home accessories. Local businesses represented include Bedsprings and Burlap, 4 Girls Garage, Sagacity Designed Decor and Portico. aseveneightfive
718 Kansas Avenue Frugal House will showcase creative decorating ideas that are affordable and sustainable without sacrificing taste and style. Almost every item will be for sale at affordable prices.
Fri-Sun, October 20-22, 2017 Friday night Patron Party tickets are $40 pp. Saturday, Sunday tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. ticket outlets: Area Dillon’s Stores, Hy-Vee, Eagle Auto Wash, Hazel Hill’s, 4 Girls’ Garage and Portico's. Online: cityspin.com/northeastkansas
More information at topekasymphony.org or 232-2032
FRUGAL HOUSE IS A FUND-RAISING PROJECT TO BENEFIT THE TOPEKA SYMPHONY, A 501 (C)(3) ORGANIZATION
ONE GOOD THING ABOUT
MUSIC KEEP THE BEAT WITH LOCAL MUSIC + UNIQUE EVENTS // #785WEEKENDER
Cult Halloween // Quinton’s Halloween Reggae Party // The Lazy Toad Eleven After // The Trap
Booze at the Zoo // Topeka Zoo Cirque du Scream: A Haunted House Experience // Helen Hocker Theater Nucklehead Jones - Outdoor Fall Festival // Quinton's Mark + The Sharks // Uncle Bo's Evel Knievel’s Birthday Bash // The Evel Knievel Museum Party on the Patio // Faces by Mayfield Ben Bedford // Last Minute Folk Concert Series / The Jayhawk Theatre Konza Swamp Band / Sky Smeed // Norsemen Brewing Co.
Rocky Horror Picture Show // Louie's Lounge + Laundromat NOTO Mafia Murder Madness Scavenger Hunt // NOTO Hector Anchondo Band + Free State Brewery Halloween Bash // Tailgators Haul + Pull UP! A Halloween Reggae Dance Party // Quinton’s Divas On Fire // Uncle Bo’s
Tim Kaiser (visual and sound art) // Two Wolves Studio KrashKarma // The Trap
Music for a Sunday Afternoon - featuring 4 genres // TSCPL (Library)
Zac Harmon Band // Uncle Bo's Top City Ramblers on the Patio // The Brass Rail Tyler Gregory // The Wheel Barrel Shoebox Money // The Trap
Happy Basset First Birthday Bash // Happy Basset Brewing Co. Classic Movie Night in NOTO - “ET” // NOTO Jazz Cigarettes // Crooked Post Vineyard + Winery TBFC (Turkey Bone + Full Count) // Faces by Mayfield
EDDJ (Doug & Elaine) // Crooked Post Vineyard + Winery The Bram Wijnands Swingtet // Topeka Jazz Workshop / Ramada Inn
Brew Ha Ha // Great Overland Station Silents in the Cathedral: Nosferatu // Grace Cathedral
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Rich and Richetta // Uncle Bo’s
China Circus // Topeka Performing Arts Center Villains Dance // Skinny’s Norman Jackson Band // Uncle Bo’s
Little River Band // Prairie Band Casino + Resort
Scotty Wu // The Trap
Casting Crowns // TPAC
Janie Blue, Shoebox Money + People Watching // TPAC
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LOCAL HORROR FILM IN PRE-PRODUCTION by Kerrice Mapes
Guess Who We're Having For Dinner" is a short horror film inspired by the "Tales from the Crypt" comics about the horribly wrong, satirical events that can ensue at a dinner party. Writer, producer and director Jake Jackson totes special effects makeup expertise, allowing him to design the monster makeups contained in the film. The cast has been announced and Mandy Daniels has been named the director of photography. Most crew will be hired, locally, when production begins. This is the first film that Jackson has directed in over six years. The last feature film Jackson had a hand in was "EXPOSURE" directed by Austin Snell. Jackson owns Monster Maker By Night FX. Other previous feature film work includes the award-winning films "Helltown" and "Dust, Blood + Fire" both have been featured in seveneightfive magazine and also feature local talent. Go to seveneightfive.com to view archives and learn more about Jackson's studio and films.
"GUESS WHO WE'RE HAVING FOR DINNER" CAST:
Follow the film progress:
JIM RAMOS as Jack
NAOMI BRUBAKER as Kate
SARAH NAPIER as Violetta CARMEN ANELLO as Ingrid (TOP LEFT) Publicity shot for the upcoming release of "Exposure" a film co-written and produced by Jake Jackson. Jackson did all the special makeup effects for the film. Photo by Mandy Daniels. (LEFT) Jake Jackson begins sculpting the first set of teeth for "Guess Who We're Having For Dinner" a satirical horror flick. Photo by Monster Maker by Night FX.
A RECAP OF THE PRIMARY MAYORAL ELECTIONS. HOW TO FORGE YOUR FUTURE. THE WINNER OF THE FOOD TRUCK CHEF FACE OFF. by Angel Romero // photos provided
n Tuesday, August 1, Topeka voters made a choice. Well, some of them did. August 1 marked the date of the Mayoral Primary Election, where voters had the opportunity to narrow the field of candidates from five to two. 8,661 voters made the choice to come to the polls that day. This accounts for 12.38 percent of the 69,000+ eligible registered voters in the city of Topeka. That means less than 10,000 voters made a decision that impacts a community of over 120,000. Do we have your attention yet? Good, now let’s talk about what you can do to change that. This summer, Forge, Topeka's young professionals organization launched the Forge Your Future initiative, sponsored by Dynamic Computer Solutions. The goal of Forge Your Future is simple: increase the number of registered votes under the age of 40, and their participation in elections. seveneightfive magazine has been a part of the initiative from the start. This summer, Forge and seveneightfive collaborated to host a candidate forum at the historic Giles-Nellis House in Holiday Park, also known as the Sunflower House. This fun and unique event allowed around 50 young professionals the chance to enjoy food and drink while rotating from room to room to visit in small groups with each of the five Mayoral candidates. Conversations were lively, engaging, and sincere about wanting to improve the future of our community. In the weeks leading up to the election, voter registration and education was the focus. Forge created a digital voter guide containing responses to questions posed to
each of the Mayoral candidates, and took to social media to post updates, links and other information about the election and the candidates. Attendees at Forge events also had the chance to register to vote in advance of the registration deadline. On Election Day, seveneightfive hosted our popular “VoteDamnit” party at Happy Basset Brewing Co. This was the first #785VoteDamnit party for a primary election. While voter turnout for the primaries remained low, there is a feeling of excitement and optimism about the Forge Your Future campaign, going into the general election. Throughout the fall, Forge volunteers will be expanding their voter registration and outreach efforts. Volunteers will hit the streets, door-to-door, reminding voters about the upcoming election and its importance. Forge will also be providing opportunities for people to register to vote at all Forge events in advance of the October 17 registration deadline. Forge Your Future will continue working with seveneightfive, the League of Women Voters, and other partners on additional voter education efforts. The fall General Election ballot will include the Mayor’s race plus city council races in all odd numbered districts and the 4th City Council district. How can you help? Share information on social media about the election. Encourage friends and relatives to register, and to vote. Volunteer with Forge to go door-to-door to talk with citizens about the election. Most important of all - DON'T FORGET TO VOTE. Our community is only as strong as we want it to be. What kind of community will you choose? aseveneightfivep
#785VOTEDAMNIT PARTY @ QUINTON'S Tuesday, NOV 7 | 5-8p | Exercise your right to vote. Exercise your drinking arm with FREE BEER! One complimentary soda or beer, for the first 100 people who attend and voted. PLUS 1/2 priced burgers from 5 - 10p #OnlyAtQs #785VoteDamnit
The Mayoral Primary elections have come and gone. Less than 10,000 voters made a decision that impacts a community of over 12,000. Do we have your attention yet? DEADLINE TO REGISTER TO VOTE: OCT 17 ADVANCE VOTING BEGINS: OCT 23 FORGE MAYORAL FORUM: OCT 25
ELECTION DAY: TUESDAY, NOV 7 | 7a - 7p MAYOR -Michelle De La Isla -Spencer Duncan CITY COUNCIL RACES (Odd Numbered Districts Only, except for District 4):
CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 1 -Lanell Griffith -Karen Hiller CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 3 -Janel Clay-Bills -Sylvia Ortiz CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 5 -Scott Bowman -Brett Daniel Kell -Mike Padilla CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 7 -Joselito "Ping" Enriquez -Aaron Mays CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 9 -Joe Cheray -Michael Lesser -Justin Titzman CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 4 (Unexpired Term Vacated by Previous Resignation)
-Breta Bloomberg -Tony Emerson -Jonathan R. Schumm
BE A PART OF TOPEKA’S FUTURE
Our Capital City deserves a Full-Time Mayor Spencer is a Lifelong Topekan Committed to Improving Our City
Spencer will work on positive solutions for:
Paid for by Duncan for Topeka, Bill Hill, Treasurer
Owner of Capitol Connection Association Executive Director Works daily with small businesses & non-profits Leadership Kansas grad & former State Chair B.A. English, B.S. Journalism, K.U. M.B.A from Baker University. Former editor, reporter, columnist 2-term Rotary President Member: Kansas Expo Advisory Board & TPAC Board of Trustees
Street maintenance & infrastructure in ALL Neighborhoods
Improved quality of life Safer neighborhoods Job creation & business retention
art of the 785 Mayoral Candidate Forum hosted last month was a Food Truck Chef Face-off. Chef Bobby Santacroce from Big Boyz Barbecue and Chef Kyler Baker from Hy-Vee Cocina Mexicana flexed their culinary catering muscles and provided two unique dishes for all participants. Everyone was encouraged to vote (not everyone did, go figure) and the winner, by six votes, was Big Boyz Barbecue! Congratulations. We appreciate both of these well qualified chefs for providing amazing food while helping the Forge Your Future campaign. We hope you'll take the time to learn more about them and visit their food trucks. Let them know seveneightfive sent you.
BIG BOYZ BARBECUE - the winner
obby Santacroce has a bigger-than-life personality and a smile to match. He decided to combine his passion for creating delicious and unique dishes with his entrepreneurial upbringing in XXXX year when he opened Big Boyz Barbecue food truck. "I desired to own my own business, and the ability it would give me to help grow my local communities," said Bobby.
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Bobby is also a family man, and his goals for expanding the Big Boyz brand go beyond growing our local economy, but a desire to build a solid business for his children to inherit. "I would love to do my part to see the bar being set higher in the type of food and customer service we provide to our service area," Bobby shared. When you taste Big Boyz food you can feel the time, effort and care ("... which most people equate to love …") in every bite. Bobby works tirelessly from scratch testing and tasting his individual sauces, rubs and recipes. "I don't cut corners," said Bobby. "Nothing comes out of a box into the customer’s hands, and ingredients are as fresh and as locally sourced as I can find them.. We take pride in not only the creation of our signature dishes, but the preparation and customer service as well." aseveneightfivep
HY-VEE COCINA MEXICANA
hef Kyle Baker hails from Missouri and is a graduate of Scottsdale Culinary Institute in Arizona. Returning to his Midwest roots, Kyle began his culinary career in Kansas City at several high-end restaurants and hotels. And then he met his lovely bride (who just so happens to be an original seveneightfive contributor). He moved to Topeka to start a family, and began indulging us with amazing cuisine. Now at employee-owned Hy-Vee, Kyle is taking their unique style of "world-class customer service" from the store and into the streets, providing Topeka and surrounding areas great options for meals on-the-go. Whether you want to try some of Kyle's personal recipes prepared in Hy-Vee’s state-of-the-art food truck (which you can see at events like Brew at the Zoo, the Topeka Jazz and Blues Festival and the Topeka Food Truck Festival) or need a full-service buffet or a plated meal for your big dinner - Kyle will bring fresh food that will wow your guests.
Kyle is on a mission, to make Hy-Vee’s Cocina Mexicana "THE" food truck for your next great event. His thoughtful execution, plus having Hy-Vee behind him, ensures that every detail has been thought of and accounted for and every dish from start-to-finish will be prepared with thought for how it will be received.
"We try to make every guest's experience a positive one by greeting every person as soon as they approach the order window, offer suggestions about what we do that is great and different from other food trucks, and provide full meals that use sustainable resources right down to the plates, napkins and utensils we use," said Kyle, "and do so at a fair and reasonable price." aseveneightfivep
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This isnâ€™t heaven, it just feels like it.
Backs By Popular Demand
301 Gage Suite 161
5 THINGS EAT + DR TO INK RIGHT NO
El Ranchito resides in a building reserved for childhood memories of birthday parties and free personal pans earned through the Book It program. Located at 2800 SW Fairlawn in the old Pizza Hut, the Mexican restaurant's ambiance is lack luster, albeit they have built a nice patio due south. The juxtaposition to the aesthetics, and perhaps muah importanta, is the comida. Notably, a dish featured on the menu cover, the Alambre, which consist of bacon, chorizo, steak, cheese and sliced avocados heaped onto four flour tortillas. Sounds simple enough, but it's packed with so much flavor.
___________________________ EL RANCHITO // 2800 SW Fairlawn
GYROS My favorite gyros have returned and in a new secret spot. Avid readers will remember our article about the gyros at 29th and Randolph. Well Nael is back at it at his new location at 6th and Clay. Be sure to mention seveneightfive when you arrive and get the $4.99 gyro.
___________________________ GAS STOP + SHOP // 6th + Clay
LUNCH BOX Front Door Catering recently opened a prep kitchen and togo lunch spot in NOTO. The company features box lunches that are, must we say it, outside of the box. Their smoked chicken wrap with pesto aoli on a tomato wrap is something worth writing home about.
FRONT DOOR CATERING // 124 NW Laurent
MIMOSA-ME Who doesn't love a mimosa. But Quinton's makes it like momma likes with fresh squeezed juices and purees, making the ratio more like 70 percent bubbly and splash of fresh fruitiness. Try on Saturday or Sunday during their Nashville Brunch.
___________________________ QUINTON'S // 4121 Huntoon // photo by CULT, Marcy Gonzales
STRAIGHT HEAVENLY Crooked Post Winery boasts some of the best local varietals and wines and some superb wood fire pizzas. But their patio is what beautiful Kansas afternoons were built for. Grab your bestie, a bottle and unwind and unplug for a few hours. It does the heart (wine) and mind good.
CROOKED POST WINERY // 7397 K-92 // photo by D O'Brien
CLASSIC MOVIES IN NOTO by Kerrice Mapes
ain may have delayed the September and first Classic Movie Night in NOTO, but Topekans are grabbing their white bed sheets and preparing for October's movie "ET." Bring your blanket, chair, beanbag and enjoy a free movie in NOTO at the 900 block, starting at 7p on October 21. Concessions will be sold by NOTOMOA or plan on having dinner before the movie screening at Bradley's Corner Cafe, The Wheel Barrel, Front Door Catering, Norseman or any of the other great local dining options. Classic Movie Nights in NOTO will be reoccuring on the third Saturday of each month. Check out their Facebook page for more information. aseveneightfivep
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COLLEGE NIGHT 1/2 price burgers 5-10p $1 off all Pints $3 Vegas Bombs $4 Summer Brews Power Hour 10-11p
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PRIDE IN BEER W
e might all have childhood memories of our dads, grandfathers, uncles, or the older male neighbors hanging out drinking beers. Maybe it was by the carport while looking under a car hood, in the parking lot of a little league game, or at a favorite bar your pops took you to on his custodial weekends. And, like me, you might remember taking your first sip of beer - from your dad’s can. For me, this memory dates back to a Mexican Fiesta, where, while growing up in Oakland a mere five blocks from Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, the whole family made regularly nightly appearances, to volunteer and enjoy. While my father was distracted chatting with an amigo, I for some reason was holding his beer, and took a small sip. Because of this, I can say my first beer was Budweiser, the King of Beers. As I got older, and closer to legal drinking age, Budweiser and Bud Light were always my choices of beer. But other than being old enough to choose my own beer, I also became more politically astute, and learned why Budweiser was my father’s (and his friends’) beer of choice. Mexican-Americans had been boycotting the Adolph Coors Company since
1966. This boycott was for several reasons: discriminatory hiring practices, anti-union practices and support of conservative causes that ran counter to efforts of the United Farm Workers, AFL-CIO, college activists and others fighting for fair treatment of Latinos and other minorities, not only in the brewery, but in the fields. The parents of my classmates and neighbors took pride in heeding the calls of the American GI Forum and the AFL-CIO to not drink Coors beer. So they all drank Budweiser. The boycott ended in 1987 when the AFL-CIO reached an agreement with Coors Brewing Co. Adolph Coors Co. is now MillerCoors. And while my own personal tastes have moved on to micro and craft brews, my dad stayed loyal to his red can. Well, that is until Miller Lite, the first “diet” beer was successfully introduced to market. And although I am a self-proclaimed beer-snob, I’m never too proud to raise a bottle of Budweiser (or Miller Lite these days) with my dad. Cheers! aseveneightfive
@TOPEKABEER } NEWS // EVENTS // CONNECT W E BR AG BR
EVENTS: BOOZE AT THE ZOO OCT. 13 BOO AT THE ZOO OCT. 27
Brewery and Restaurant, 37th & Kansas, has been brewing beer in Topeka since 1995, and to date has won 21 national and international medals and awards under brewmaster John Dean.
HAPPY BASSET Brewing Co., Villa West Shopping Center, is a family-owned brewery that has taken pride in brewing high-quality craft beers since 2014. NORSEMEN Brewing Company and Taproom, 830 N. Kansas, took their joy of home brewing to a larger scale, opening up the Norseman in 2016. TALLGRASS Brewing Co. brew master and
owner was the orginal Brew Dude for seveneightfive. While perfecting his craft in his garage, Jeff Gill set out to create one Kansas' best craft breweries. Additionally, he was a leader in the switch of craft brew in bottles to cans for environmental reasons.
ABITA Brewing Co., Covington, LA has been involved in charitable causes since its founding in 1986, including donating to recovery efforts after the 2010 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform, and Hurricanes Katrina (2005) and Rita (2015).
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NEW BELGIUM Brewing Co., Fort Collins, CO opened in 1991. Started by basement brewers Jeff and Kim Lebesch, New Belgium is proudly 100% employee-owned and, along with quality brews, focuses on environmental stewardship. SIERRA NEVADA Brewing Co., founded in Chico, CA in 1979, is home to our country’s largest private solar panel array. They have a second brewery in Asheville, NC and partner with craft brewers for their traveling beer festival, Beer Camp Across America. WARSTEINER Brewery was founded in 1753 in Germany. Familyowned for nine generations, it is the largest privately held brewery in Germany. 29
food NINJA TOP DOG 5 Fists
s the sun sets in the west, and the cicadas begin their haunting chorus, I am preparing for battle. My unsuspecting foe, Top Dog on Huntoon, sits in the fading light. No one expects what is about to unfold, least of all this ninja…
As I make my attack I am reminded of the drive-ins of yore, those that are only spoken of in stories in my village and the theatrical productions our clan holds on warm nights. Quaint and unassuming, but powerful enough to draw a crowd and serve as a central location for merriment. This place is oddly familiar, though I’ve never been here.
TOP DOG 4140 SW Huntoon TUES - THURS: 10:30a - 9:30p FRI + SAT: 10:30a - 3a SUN: 11a - 8p MON: closed
In my nostalgia, I am caught off guard by the greeting I receive accompanied by a full smile and enthusiastic tone. I am given a moment to peruse the menu which gives me time to continue my assault with a fresh mind. Then, one of the owners throws off my balance once again with a barrage of kindness and traditional Texas conversation.
Hot dogs here. Burgers up the street, as the sign out front indicates. A unique selection of delectable delights and no stone unturned in the search for variety and different pleasures as far as gourmet hot dogs goes. Every taste from Mexico to Chicago is present and my choice is difficult as I want to sample everything.
The food is magical. The flavor is robust, the portion is plentiful, the mix of ingredients is well balanced, and this ninja’s belly is full. The gourmet bun is soft and fresh, jalapenos accompany the toppings and are crispy as if plucked from the plant when I arrived. A salsa accompanies my Mexico Dog and the frank, topped with drunken beans, bacon, avocado, and more is sumptuous and rich. No training would have prepared me for this battle and I am utterly defeated.
The cost of my meal is half what I prepared for. $7.50 for the meal I decided on. I have enough coins for two selections but I am satisfied from my selection and will save my extra gold for another round when I recover from this total annihilation. My meal was complete with a side and drink, standard fare but more than enough considering the portion of the dog. Food ninja final score 5 FISTS!!!! Kiai!! I will return to Top Dog again. Not to retaliate on my foe, not to exact my ninja revenge, but to enjoy every single menu item. The father/ son owners are friendly, driven, and genuine. This establishment is one to watch as it will undoubtedly be a huge success in Topeka. Ninjas unite! aseveneightfive
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