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Topeka’s guide to art, entertainment, lifestyle + local flavor

Vol. VII Issue II •September 1 - October 15, 2012

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September 1 - October 15, 2012 • Vol. VII Issue II

contents arts + entertainment 8 lit (WU students) 10 artful dining 11 - 27 Your Scene Includes: Calendar of music Topeka Sympthony Jazz in Holton Topeka Jazz Workshop Under the Covers and more!

local flavor

4 menu proc: Speck’s hotdog 5 behind the bar with Marty 6 beer+ | Deschutes + countdown to fall beers 28 food porn: Iwig


26 letters in the city 26 Veterans honored

Artist Alex Lancaster by his car self portrait. Lancaster is also the artist noted on the new ricksaw from Serendipity, which you can see (and ride) in NOTO during First Friday ArtWalks. (photo by Dallas DeHart)

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e all know that bacon makes everything better. Breakfast, sandwiches, burgers, even cupcakes and ice cream. Everywhere you look, eateries are adding bacon to the menu and driving our piggyloving taste buds crazy. Speck’s Bar & Grill (formerly known as Seabrook Tavern) has been around since 1957, and we’re pretty sure one tiny reason for their longevity is because their awesome menu has probably contained bacon from the beginning. They also have cold beer, great service, and you can walk in alone and find friends, or make new ones. Speck’s is famously home to the original 3-pound burger, big enough to feed a crowd of beer-guzzling bar flies, a softball team, or the Topeka Rugby Club, for whom Speck’s is the official team bar. But Speck’s is also home to another one of our favorite menu items: the Saturday Special.

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The Saturday Special, as owner Debbie Maichel describes it, is a “quarter-pound, all beef, cheese filled, baconwrapped hot dog, served with homemade potato chips.” seveneightfivers just call it “ridiculously delicious.” One bite in and you’ll know why we are hooked. American and Swiss cheese are hand-stuffed into the split hotdog and wrapped in bacon, and then DEEP FAT FRIED! Expect a pop of flavor in you mouth as you take that first bite, followed by the gooey creamy cheese seeping onto your tongue. You will be back for more, so get your fork ready (yes, you may need a fork for this one) and hold on to this classic summer cuisine with a twist. aseveneightfive

behind the bar

w/Marty Alexander | Pigskins


by Rio Cervantes-Reed • photo by Amber Farmer

arty has been tending bar at Pigskin’s for just over seven years. He’s reminded of this fact daily by graffiti he posted in the employee closet ‘Marty was here,’ on his first day. Prior, he waited tables and tended bar at several local eateries including Kobe Steakhouse (now Kiku’s), Paisano’s, Grazie’s, and Champion’s Barbeque. I know this because I worked all those places with him and he was my roommate in college. Needless to say, interviewing him was a fun reunion.

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Specialty Drink: Martytini. It’s a premium blend of all the liquors used in a Long Island Ice Tea, but I add a splash each of Blue Curacao and pineapple juice. I serve it up in a martini glass lined with sweet vermouth and cherry garnish. What is your “now” drink? Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy. Whatever happened to Zima? (Laughing) Did you have to bring that up? (Note: When we were roommates Marty’s room was decorated in everything Zima: hanging lights, bar signs, a giant inflatable bottle, and even empty cases lined the walls.) No, no more, but my cat’s name is Zima, so that’s fun to explain to people. How do you feel about wearing the referee shirt behind the bar? I like it! They call me “Marty Zebra,” People used to come up to me and start signaling with their hands and it took me a while to figure out they were referee signals. Also, I had neighbors who would see me leave my old apartment and they’d shout, “Hey, any good sales at Foot Locker?” Hear any cheesy pickup lines? Yes! “Are you from Tennessee? Because you’re the only 10 I see.”(Groan.) I did get a girl’s number recently, though. The frosty mug I pulled from the freezer for her beer had an icy heart formation on it. I took a picture of it, and she gave me her digits to send it to her. We’re Facebook friends now, so there’s that. aseveneightfive You can find “killer drink specials” daily at Pigskins and Marty behind the bar Thursday through Sunday, 9p to close.

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hile researching breweries of the Pacific Northwest, I learned that Oregon is a supposed haven for the mythological Bigfoot. On YouTube, I watched a few clips of a show called, “Finding Bigfoot.” My impression is that it would be more aptly named, “Not Finding Bigfoot.” What you can find in Oregon is some finely crafted beers. In particular are the beers of Deschutes Brewery in Bend, Oregon. Named after the Deschutes River, it was founded in 1988 by Gary Fish. Deschutes is now the fifth largest craft brewery in the United States.

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Deschutes’ flagship beer, Black Butte Porter, is easy to find at many of your local restaurants and liquor stores. Pouring a solid black color with medium carbonation, it tastes of coffee beans and light milk chocolate. Like most porters, it’s great with bacon. A great big plate of bacon. Lightening things up is the Mirror Pond Pale Ale. This red-orange beer does a nice job of keeping the hops and malts in balance. An ongoing tug-of-war between the citrus and bread flavors never comes to a close as the drinker enjoys a creamy smooth finish. Run, don’t walk, to your liquor store for the Twilight Summer Ale. Only available until the end of September, this seasonal blonde has a light tongue, but a full-flavored palate, a perfect pairing with a grilled seasoned salmon on the back deck, while watching the summer sun sink into autumn. For a bit more hoppiness, the Inversion I.P.A. rounds out the list. Pouring a hazy amber with a thick, almost pink bubbly head, the subtle aroma of fruit and caramel help this beer end on a slightly dry note. Now since Bigfoot had his arm ripped off by Steve Austin in a 1976 episode of The Six Million Dollar Man, he has been rather reluctant to interact with the public. Deschutes Brewery is ready to fill the void. Easy to find, easy to enjoy. aseveneightfive

MUG SHOT: A quick word about beers found around town. by Kevin Reed • photo by Colin MacMillan / Nathan Ham Photography

countdown to fall beers A ny season is the right season for the right beer. Autumn conjures up something special for many of us, though. It may be football season and tailgating with friends, holidays and family gatherings, or cooler weather allowing you to get out on the deck or porch on a nice evening and relax without swatting bugs and sweating. Here is a countdown of ten fall beers to help you enjoy your leisure time. 10. New Belgium Hoptober Golden Ale | After grabbing a pack at Lakeside Wine & Spirits, hop next door to Ice & Olives and ask Barry to recommend a camembert or Gruyere, grab a spicy salami, a tin of sardines and thin-sliced sourdough bread. You have the makings right there for some cool porch or patio drinking with a loved one. 9. Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale | This complements traditional family dinner options very well. Try it with a roasted pork or other hearty foods. The light chocolate notes will also pair well with spicy foods such as chicken satay, or Mexican molé dishes. 8. O’Fallon Pumpkin Ale | With a slight pumpkin pie-spice nose, this ale goes well with an actual slice of pumpkin pie, or perhaps replaces it altogether! Excellent hostess gift if my wife invites you to Thanksgiving dinner. 7. Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat | Shock Top is known for the slight carbonation of their beers. This one is no different. It has more of a caramel body than the O’Fallon and will pair nicely with poultry dishes (turkey, anyone?) as well as chocolate or oatmeal-based desserts. 6. Beck’s Oktoberfest | This light, crisp crowd-pleaser is one to take

to the tailgating and football parties, or to wind down the evening at home. At home might be better, so you can enjoy more than one! 5. Spaten Oktoberfest | Get out your lederhosen! Straight from Munich, it’s known as the world’s first Oktoberfest beer. Replace the water with Oktoberfest when cooking your favorite German sausage recipes for all the seasonal celebrations. Just be sure to save some for drinking! 4. Warsteiner Oktoberfest | This is another easy-drinking beer. Pair it with heavier foods like bratwurst, German potato salad and red cabbage while grilling out with your friends. It will hold up well. 3. Empyrean Aries Marzen Oktoberfest | Like the Brown Ale, this traditional Bavarian Marzen will accompany heavier meals and spicy foods well. Perfect for Thanksgiving dinners, its mild sweetness and hoppy finish also goes well with Grandma’s spiced desserts like pumpkin, sweet potato, apple or pecan pies. 2. Widmer Bros. Okto Festival Beer | This full-bodied beer has a mild fruity character and a crisp and clean finish. End the day on the deck with this one, along with a plate of sliced apples, some grapes and a Bavarian King’s Cheese or a Beer Cheese. Again, ask Barry at Ice & Olives for suggestions. 1. Samuel Adams Octoberfest | This ubiquitous brew has a full-bodied toffee and caramel flavor that holds up well to almost anything you pair it with, particularly heavier foods, such as roasted or barbecued meats and poultry, spicy sausages, crab cakes, stews and even a flavorful French Onion soup. For dessert, pair it with creme brulee or a big slice of cheesecake. aseveneightfive 7



?*@! overheard out+about

compiled by Erin Wynkoop illustration by Amanda Reynolds

“I was going to make Vodka sauce, but I drank it all.” @Cicsfore “It’s Monster Energy w/ like club soda. No, wait, it’s Monster Energy w/ vodka, yeah.” OH @820serendipity “Oh, is that what you call bitchiness? Dry humor?” @ Kiku “I guess I’m officially that person who wears band merch to the band’s show.” @The Trap “You have a really funny way of showing your affection 100% of the time, ya know that?” @ Oscar’s “Who wants just a tasting of wine? I prefer to taste the entire bottle” @ New City “That is the worst, to say the least” @ Skinny’s “I haven’t heard that phrase since 1998. Thanks for that blast from the past.” @Pigskins “I don’t feel like I need to workout because I have such a pretty face” @ The BurgerStand “If you’re not familiar with The Who or The Ramones, you’re not living.” @Celtic Fox (Top City Thursday) “How many times are you suppose to flush?” @Pigskins “There’ll be some baby makin’ at the zoo this fall. This cat has a few tricks for Rojo” @TopekaZooJinga “My favorite actress is Jennifer Connelly. She helped me grow into a man.” @The Office

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poetry editor: Dennis Etzel Jr.

As fall comes around, I continue my ritual of buying school supplies. Even as I work at Washburn now, I still love strolling through aisles of notebook paper, pencils, pens, folders, and all the things that are needed to start the school year. Maybe it has something to do with the boy in me, excited about having a chance to fill up those empty notebooks? Here are three writers who are Washburn students, poets who are up-and-coming. I’m honored to introduce them here.

Keystone House For Gavin…

Tender Buttons

(Blue Planet Café Style)

Tracia Inman

Cal Phoenix

“A little piece please.” – Gertrude Stein, Tender Buttons [Apple]

“You must be somewhere in London, you must be loving your life in the rain.” –The National, “England” you don’t know that you pulled me angsty shaking out of a bathroom stall at The Tate, clutching a purse of postcards navigating to my room, the beer your voice made me dizzy our lunch date became a clock to coordinate i read and anxiously wandered about the hostel not quite desperate American loud mouth, i was glad when you kissed me it made evening repacking more manageable in your talk, i saw the Thai women holding umbrellas against the sun, the retired boxer with missing teeth leading you to tango, and relished the Gaelic –my family had spoken it too after picking up the flesh salt of contours, quiet hands cupped as we curved together for five hours of night on a springy mattress with the trains grumbling underground

poetry + literature


Washburn Poets: Women to Watch For

Veggie hash. Hash browns. Coffee drips, drip coffee, smooth latte, iced, no. No snapping, poetry and art, butterfly. Poetry as art, butter flies. Water cooler, cooler atmosphere, wooden floor. Step to the right. Happy purpose, happy hour, just happy, happy, happy. Special. Window sill, cactus. Growing. Glowing. Unknowing. Poked. Yes, please, a scone. Yes, a scone, a tone honed, in the mist of the words. Berries buried. Loose tea, loose lips, poets poeting. Organics.


Deva Buhrle

Clear my desk. Paperclips paint chips nail clippers and their residue. Clear my mind. A tangled knot of love satisfaction pain resignation. Light a candle. The only addiction I’m willing to confess today. Music is always on. Robb Zombie Thomas Tallis Sevendust. Spem in Alium it is, fighting tooth and nail my latent heavy metal tendencies. across the pond, i fell to blankets with strange air Flowers are soothing, bring the outdoors in. Hydrangea Anemone Delphinium and finally came out of the day-length love spell never grew in the desert of before. Tuck them into the vase of a beloved dead there had been time enough for just a taste, leaving me honey-mouthed woman. with bees trapped in my chest, Her ashes on a shelf between a photo album and the game of Life. and reoccurring nights where i find you in my sleep Clear my desk. Sputtering candle spent Ipod leaking vase. morning coffee along your dishwasher’s knuckles, and when you accidently stole my bag back with you, the Piccadilly liners then witnessed a wide-eyed bird-girl soar escalators

Deva Buhrle is a junior at Washburn majoring in Creative Writing. She lives in Topeka with her future husband, daughter, two dogs, three cats and a fish named Vinnie. This is her first time being published. Anywhere. Ever. Tracie Inman has a Bachelor of Integrated Studies in holistic wellness from Washburn and is the owner and health coach of Mindful Life Experience. In addition to supporting others in reaching their health and wellness goals, she writes for Lifestyle Weight Management, an on-line magazine for women. Cal Phoenix is an undergraduate student at Washburn. Her aspirations include more schooling and traveling. Her poems have appeared in Burning Word, The Hobo Camp Review, and Inscape.

Upcoming Poetry Readings 9.5: 4p, Mabee Library: Kwame Dawes 9.6: 7:30p, KU: Nikki Finney (Nat’l Book Award - winning poet) 9.27: 7p, The Raven Bookstore, Lawrence Jennifer M. Colatosti, Don Levering, and Denise Low 9.28: 7p, The Writers Place, Kansas City I-70 Review Reading

9.30: 5p, Eighth Street Taproom, Lawrence 100 Thousand Poets for Change: K. Lorraine Graham, Mark Wallace, Barry Barnes, Becky Mandelbaum, and others TBA 10.14: 5p, Eighth Street Taproom, Lawrence Daniel A. Hoyt and Kellie Wells 10.19: 7p, The Writers Place, Kansas City Neil Shepard and Kevin Prufer

Kudos to the Mulvane Art Museum. seen + noted

artful dining by Rio Cervantes-Reed

The Mulvane was recently re-accredited by the American Association of Museums (AAM), the highest national recognition for a museum. The Mulvane was initially accredited in 1988, evidence of its long-standing record of excellence. According to Cindi Morrison, museum director, this puts the Mulvane on par with an elite group of well-known accredited museums such as The Smithsonian (D.C.); the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC); the Field Museum (Chicago); and the Getty Museum (L.A.). “The museum has demonstrated its commitment to excellence in everything it does: in its governance, public programs, strategic and financial planning, collections stewardship and overall operations,” she said. This recognition will also allow the Mulvane to continue bringing quality touring shows and artists to the local community. The September 7 First Friday Art Walk reception, scheduled to begin at 5:00p, will honor Carol Emert, Curator of Collections & Exhibits for the the Mulvane Art Museum. WU President Jerry Farley will be a featured speaker for the presentation to Emert, who has overseen the accreditation process for the Mulvane during her tenure. The First Friday Art Walk reception will also open two exhibits at the Mulvane: PaintAmerica, a touring exhibition of contemporary representative paintings by some of America’s top artists, and Paint Washburn, an exhibit of Art en Plein Aire pieces created on the WU campus during April 2012. The works in the exhibit will be available for silent and live auction on Saturday, November 17. Proceeds from the auction will support a permanent, commissioned art piece in recognition of Washburn’s sesquicentennial celebration. The Mulvane’s annual fundraiser, Artful Dining, begins September 16, with the final event to be held November 30. Eight themed events will be held between these dates, and provide an opportunity to enjoy various artful creations of varied mediums, including flowers, paint, poetry, jewelry and music. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be available at each location. aseveneightfive

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SCENE? Your presence creates the scene, or lack of. When CD Tradepost approached seveneightfive magazine for support of Local Music Month, we agreed without hesitation. What occurred after, however, was a crescendo of thoughts and ideas about local bands, an awareness of the number of music venues around town and the realization that many concert series are starting in September. Compiling all these thoughts and information led to finding great music festivals in proximity, which then led to a creating our own personalized music calender (no worries, we shared) and ultimately, this feature article. Phew. Take a moment to read about some of our favorite music ensembles, upcoming shows you don’t want to miss, cover bands that rock and more. We’re not insinuating that Topeka is the new Austin (apples and oranges, my friend) but, if after reading, you still don’t think there is any type of music scene in Topeka, well, then I think you’re tone deaf. - Kerrice Mapes | Blurbs by Rio Cervantes-Reed unless noted

What’s Your Scene? Rock concert + local free shows

for those about to Mock by Robin Cremer

Do you love the good time glam metal of eighties hair bands Poison and Motley Crue? Yes! And are you a fan of the no frills, in your face, hard rock of Aussie rockers AC/DC?

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How about the over the top, fire, blood, and smoke theatrics of a sold out KISS performance? Wouldn’t you just love to experience that?


And wouldn’t you love to see all four of these iconic bands on one stage, for one night of hair raising, ear splitting, fist pumping rock and roll?

Yes! Yes!

And would it matter to you if these aren’t the genuine bands at all, but some of Kansas City’s finest musicians paying homage to four of the greatest bands from the seventies and eighties? Uh, no. Great! Now get your ass over to Cricket Wireless Amphitheater, Saturday, September 15 when the Monsters of Mock invade the premises for a night of Rock and Roll Mayhem you won’t soon forget. You’ll get to rock out to four of Kansas City’s hottest tribute bands. KC/DC - “The regions ONLY band exclusively playing both the Bon Scott and Brian Johnson eras of AC/DC.” Looks that Kill, (A Motley Crue Tribute) playing ALL the Crue hits you know and love. Dr Feelgood, Too Fast for Love, Wildside, Live Wire, and Home Sweet Home, just to name a few. Poison Overdose, who, “eat, sleep, and breathe Poison music,” and utilize silly string, beach balls, confetti and percussion cannons, etc. to guarantee you’ll have “nothin’ but a good time!” And of course, there’s AlmostKISS. Talented enough to be one of six Kiss tribute bands endorsed by Gene Simmons, himself. “Pucker up . . . this is the Hottest Tribute band in the world!” And for those about to Mock . . . we salute you. aseveneightfive

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Friday, Sept. 7 | 6:30 - 7:30 | 29th & Oakley Christina Marie Welch, acoustic guitar Saturday, Sept. 8 | 12 - 3p | 29th & Oakley DJ S.Ranx, reggae Wednesday, Sept. 12 | 7:30 - 9p | Wanamaker DJ incredible living J & DJ Priapistic, DJs Friday, Sept. 14 | 6-7p | 29th & Oakley Vanilla Gorilla (Ben Kirby), hand drums Friday, Sept. 21 | 8-9:30p | Wanamaker Faces for Radio, rock Sunday, Sept. 23 | 3-4p | 29th & Oakley Christina Marie Welch, acoustic guitar Friday, Sept 28 | 6-7p | 20th & Oakley Vanilla Gorilla, hand drums Saturday, Sept. 29 | 7:30 - 9:30p | Wanamaker Dead Sevens, rock

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118 SW 8th Ave | 235.2138 FB: The Celtic Fox

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Fall marks the start for many music series Last Minute Folk Concert Series is a non-profit music venue

sponsored by Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Topeka (UUFT) offering acoustic, folk, roots, bluegrass, almost country, traditional and contemporary music. All performances are smoke and alcohol free in a listening room environment at UUFT, 4775 SW 21st Street. Coffee and dessert are served. Saturday evening concerts begin at 7:30 PM. Doors open at 7:00 PM. Information is available at (785) 272-9233 or by contacting Tickets can be purchased at the door for $15 or on their website for $10,

chris aytes on serendipity’s Beatles, The Who, The Ramones thursday night “The - Residency gigs are a hallmark of many of our heroes’ careers. Playing this regular gig has made us stretch residencies and grow as performers and promoters.

Topeka Community Concert Association $75 for five shows? You have


to check this out. Their website, has links to You Tube videos of their upcoming scheduled performers, so you can whet your appetite for great music, from opera to blue grass. Oh, and we must mention TCCA is in their 82nd year (!) of offering outstanding live music. Where have we been? All performances are held at White Concert Hall on the Washburn University campus. Membership and ticket information can also be found on their website.

Topeka Symphony Orchestra is auditioning five candidates for

the conductorship during the 2012-2013 Season and you’re invited! Enjoy a great cocktail hour prior at the cash bar, then settle into your seats at White Concert Hall for a classical performance with world class musicians. This makes for an impressive date night, and season tickets are 50% for new subscribers. Join today! More information may be found on their website at

We’ve used our night to further hone our live act and to help break new artists like Lo Pan’s Revenge into the scene. Capitalizing on the venue’s First Friday Artwalk popularity, Serendipity has provided a setting that is helping expose local music to a brand-new audience. We hope these nights will continue to help the scene foster both new talent and new listeners.” Serendipity Live Music: • Wednesday Night Jam • 1st Thursday: Slow Ya Roll • 2nd Thursday: Chris Aytes & The Good Ambition • 3rd Thursday: seveneightfive magazine showcase • 4th Thursday: 94 County Show All shows begin at 8p - All Ages

What’s Your Scene? Music groups span genres; series begin

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jazz Topeka Jazz Workshop, Inc. Imagine, if you will, our publisher Kerrice Mapes walking into the Ramada Convention Center in downtown Topeka on a Sunday afternoon. She has in one hand a ticket, the other, her trusty cell. The texts from friends to come to the local watering hole for Sunday Funday are piling up. She’s grumbling under her breath, “There will be 20 people here, I won’t know anybody. Why am I here?” Kerrice turns into the designated room and enters another dimension. The Grand Ballroom contains nearly 400 people, all jazz fans, many of whom she knows. Yes, she has entered the Jazz zone. You should too! Visit the website at for the 2012-13 Concert Season schedule and for membership information.


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Jammin’ in J.C. Blues + BBQ Festival Drive about an hour west on I-70 to reach Junction City for their blues and barbecue festival, held Friday and Saturday, Sept. 28-29. Featuring names familiar to Topeka blues fans, including Samantha Fish and Smokin’ Joe Kubek, admission is free and concessions will be available. For additional information, including the full schedule of events and lodging options, please visit the event website at


@Genie hookah House Every Friday from 10p - 2a Exhale rocks Genie Hookah House. The project is brought together by two local DJs and offers a chill scene for 18+. Entertainment ranges from downtempo to live ambient music. Visual entertainment ensues with belly dancers, live painters and even hula-hooping.


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KTWU Sunflower Journeys 25th Anniversary Concert There’s just something about that man in a hat... Many Topekans have been watching KTWU’s homegrown Sunflower Journeys with host Dave Kendall for many years, if not the full 25 years. Now you can celebrate with a musical concert presented live at the Topeka Performing Arts Center, Saturday, Sept. 8, 7:30p. The Diamond W Wranglers (Wichita), Judy Coder and Cowgirl Swing (Topeka), Ann Zimmerman (Salina), Kelly Werts (Fairway) and Thomas Fox Averill (Topeka) will join together for an evening of music, video and fun. Tickets are available at the TPAC Box Office, on-line at, or by calling 800.866.5898.

blues Paxico Blues Festival One of the many great things about Topeka is our proximity to the Flint Hills. Take a short scenic drive to Paxico, just 30 miles west on I-70 for their 9th annual blues fest, Saturday, Sept.15 from 11:00a-8p. Admission is free, concessions will be available, and the local cafes & antique dealers will be offering specials. For more information, including the performance schedule, camping and hotel recommendations, please visit the event website at

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5Q: |five questions Rundown Studios | by Larissa Keller • photos by Amber o’Dell

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I have spent thousands of hours perfecting this. If an artist comes in here, they deserve to have someone spend just as much time making it sound perfect and portraying the feeling they want.

My goal when I started this studio was make sure that when bands came, this felt like their home for the time that they were here..

Rundown Studios eveneightfive’s distributor Larissa Keller sat down with Paul Schneider of Rundown Studios to get his take on local artists, the recording business, and what makes the music scene in Topeka incredibly awesome.



What have you noticed with where Topeka music is going? The Topeka scene has really came a long way, and has been good for a long time. But most people who started in Topeka didn’t really have a lot of venues or places to play, so they would go elsewhere. Since First Friday art walk and the downtown revitalization has started, there are more places to showcase. Of course Brian at The Boobie Trap has always offered local music, and there are some pretty incredible bands and musicians in this town. The really cool thing right now is that we have a lot of diversity in music. There are all these guys mixing, matching, and honing their skills falling into really cohesive bands. Why do you think the Topeka scene has been so good, especially the last few years? There are those environments where you have a lot of people wanting nightlife that breed bands wanting to play and perform for them. I think we have a lot of good influences, like Jarrod Guth who teaches. I know Jarrod had been influenced by Andy McKee’s playing and other people’s playing when he was younger, and he came up and developed his own really cool style. I think it keeps building on itself; younger kids are influenced by people who are performing now. So if you look back, even to the days of Kansas, those guys bred musicians locally in that time frame. Music has always been there; whether kids pick it up on their own, or at school. There is always a talent base there; it just needs to be fostered. If you look at the last five years, the art scene has really picked up…if you have a good allaround art scene, it also fosters music. Plus, I think there are places like Rundown and other studios that have tried to foster a higher level of marketing. When you produce music well, then people say “oh wow, Topeka music must be doing well.”


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How did you get into the business? I have been playing, messing around on the piano, and singing since I can remember. When Van Halen first came out and I heard Eddie Van Halen play guitar, I just said “oh wow.” I got a little amp, got my guitar, and started learning some Van Halen licks. I’ve always had music around me, always played, and been involved in it. After I got married and started having kids, I got rid of everything but I was miserable. So I got a guitar back, then started writing my own stuff…I found $100/hour studios where you went in and recorded, then they just gave you your mix. I could have done the same thing at home. So I decided I was going to try this on my own. I got to a point where I thought it was appropriate to open up my own studio and continue to perfect that avenue. I’m a lot better engineer/producer than I am guitarist. What local bands have you recorded recently in the studio? I just recorded Bulletproof Tiger. Queen Anne’s Revenge, Miles Kramer’s band just did two tracks that I am producing right now. Then there is this girl, her name is Rachel Taylor, she is fourteen, she’s taking guitar lessons under Jarrod Guth and she started writing music already. She has a four-song EP we did here. She’s really good; keep your eyes open for her. Nate Dingman came in and recorded here. He’s really unique, his music we recorded is really cool. And North Star Drive, we just released their first single. Where is your favorite place to watch live music? Well, it depends on the music. I really like The Boobie Trap for the crowd and the rock bands. Tailgators do put on shows once in a while and they have a great venue. From what I hear Serendipity is an awesome venue. The Classic Bean always has acoustic artists, and I love seeing acoustic artists in those coffee shop settings. Also the Flying Monkey has an intimate atmosphere, and they have a good separation area if you want to go talk or whatever. I think those places here in town are what I would call my favorites. And that place downtown, The Break Room, is a really cool place. And of course The Celtic Fox, they always have live music. There are so many venues right now that are offering artists a chance to come in and play. I guess to answer your question I don’t have a favorite. aseveneightfive


Under the Covers by Josh Lehman


e have a metaphysical relationship with music. It marks and influences moments in our lives; helping to form them now and recall them later. One of my favorite quotes on the topic comes from former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony and was featured prominently on the back of the CD longbox my copy of 1984 came in when I was 13 years old. He said, “It’s about what everyone feels on a Friday or Saturday night. You come home from work or school, you have your bath, you shave, you jump in your car, you pick up your girlfriend and you’re gonna have a good time. Well, with Van Halen, every night’s a Saturday night.” To this day, whenever I hear a David Lee Roth-era Van Halen tune it brings back all those Friday and Saturday nights and the memories those songs helped to form. We all love having that same feeling and a good time, but this town also loves its comfort and familiarity. This is why when you go out to a bar that features live entertainment, most of the time you will see a cover band on stage instead of an original band. Cover bands are the aural equivalent of comfort food. The songs they play are often ones the crowd knows and loves. It may be a song they haven’t heard for awhile or an interesting interpretation of a classic, but covers engage an audience and allow them to sing and dance and just enjoy themselves because they already know the words or rhythm and can lose themselves in that. Those songs are just comfortable and familiar. The Topeka area boasts a number of great musicians, a fair number of which write and perform their own songs. The catch-22 of original songs is that unless the audience has already seen or heard the original artists before they have to actively listen to the music and determine whether they like it or not and will continue to listen and support it, whereas with a cover band they can actively or passively listen and participate knowing full well that this song or the next one may be one they already love or know by heart. It’s all up to the listener and what mood he or she is in at the moment. Whether you’re looking for something comfortable and familiar or something original and thought provoking, it’s all readily available to you. So next time you go out, please support local and regional musicians and Topeka bars and clubs by taking in a show.

some of the cover bands playing in and around Topeka include:

Faces 4 Radio rock (heavy)

Villains Dance 1970s-1980s rock + metal

Blind Date 1960s-1980s rock + roll

The Groove Pilots rock, funk + blues

The Buzz 1960s-1990s top 40 + classic rock

Chance Encounter rock, pop, country, funk, Motown + more

Jangalang 1970s-current rock, indie rock

Cyrus K rock, pop, country

NuckleHead Jones 1980s pop and rock

Hellbent rock and metal

Platinum Express Funk, soul, Motown, R&B

Simply Driven Rock, hard rock, southern rock + metal

The Trants 80s, 90s + 00s that you love to dance to

Revolver 1970s-current guitar rock

Swift Kick Rock + blues

Top City Ramblers Country

* This is not a comprehensive list of cover bands playing in Topeka. Bands come and go like the Kansas weather. This is, however, a list of some of our favorite cover bands or those who have some longevity.

band no-nos With so much competition for audience, bands can’t leave it up to the venue to do all the promotions. Local music guru Brian Chambers, The Boobie Trap Bar, knows a thing or two about booking local bands. Below are 12 No-Nos for bands. Do you agree or fall victim? 1. Playing in the same city too much (Brian suggests only playing in a city once or twice a month) 2. Playing with the same bands every show 3. Playing the same set every show 4. Not making flyers 5. Not making Facebook events 6. Not having merchandise 7. Not being sociable 8. Only coming out to your own events 9. Trash talking on other bands 10. Not playing too loud (let the sound man do his job to make you sound your best) 11. Don’t get wasted before you play, a few beers is good to liven you up but keep it cool. 12. Do not break anything that is not yours. Respect The Venue and they will respect you. (Or at least, that’s the Trap’s motto.)

when music meets fashion Two designers, T.R.E.A.L. Fashions and MisMatchedMisfitz have joined to present, “When Music Meets Fashion,” on Thursday, September 13, 7p. This runway show will feature fashions by both designers and boutique items for men, women and children. There will be live music from Stric-9, a Nirvana cover band, and hip-hop artist Ko Streetz. KC Reign, a dance troupe from Kansas City will also perform. The event will be held at the Holiday Inn Hotel at 605 SW Fairlawn Road. Tickets are $5 at the door. RSVP by calling Terry Dudley at 785-554-8488. aseveneightfive

mana de topeka MANA de Topeka is a leadership group whose mission is to, “Empower Latinas through leadership development, community service and advocacy.” You can find members mentoring at local schools, raising funds for scholarships, volunteering for various nonprofits, and more. It only stands to reason that MANA would want to recognize those that help them reach their mission. MANA de Topeka will host the 9th Annual Latina Awards on Thursday, September 13, 2012 at The Jayhawk Tower, 700 SW Jackson, in the Florentine room from 11:30a – 1:00p. This year’s award ceremony will be a luncheon. In addition to the presentation to the award winners, there will also be a recap of local chapter’s accomplishments. The cost for the luncheon is $20. For additional information or to reserve your seat for the event, please contact MANA de Topeka board president Angela Valdivia at 670.2723 or email angela.valdivia@

listen Thursday, Sept. 6 Resistance The Trap | 9p (every Thursday) Friday, Sept. 7 The Catz Joletta’s | 9p Beans & Cornbread Tailgators | 9p Gutwretch, Soiled Doves, Midgetpounder The Boobie Trap | 9p Chelsey Robbins plus Ellie Smith & The Commotions Celtic Fox | 9p The Soul Preachers The Lazy Toad | 9p Saturday, Sept. 8 Brews, Blues and BBQ Ellie Smith & The Commotion, The Josh Vowel Band, Shawn Ward + The Terry Quiett Band 8th & Kansas | 3-7p Mary, piano Juli’s Bistro | 9-11a SUNFLOWER JOURNEYS 25th Anniversary Concert The Diamond W Wranglers, Judy Coder and Cowgirl Swing, Ann Zimmerman, Kelly Werts and Thomas Fox Averill TPAC | 7:30p Danl Blackwood Ice & Olives | 7-9p

The Secrets Joletta’s | 9p

Back Porch Blues Band Uncle Bo’s | 9p

music calendar *** Sampling of local music. For weekly events, sign up for the Weekender at Saturday, Sept. 15 Jason and the Punknecks Band Appreciation Party The Boobie Trap | 9p

Monk’s Wine Celtic Fox | 9p Sunday, Sept. 9 Concert at Ted Ensley Garden Lake Shawnee | 6:30p Tuesday, Sept. 11 Jeff Toda, Acoustic Jam 39th Street Bar | 8p

Paxico Blues Fest Scott Moyers Band, 51% Blues Band, Millage Gilbert Downhome Blues, Back Porch Blues Band, Bart Walker Blues Band Paxico, KS | 11a-8p

Way Back Tuesday DJ The Lazy Toad | 8p

Holton Jazz on the Square Featuring Jim Seeley Holton Main Street | 4p-9p

Bluesday Tuesday Back Porch Blues Pigksins | 8-10p

Urban Safari Uncle Bo’s | 9p

Wednesday, Sept. 12 Sammus Theory/ Cage 9 (fmr members of Powerman 5000) The Boobie Trap | 9p Thursday, Sept. 13 Chris Aytes & the Good Ambition Serendipity | 8p Friday, Sept. 14 Mike Babb and the Dip Blues Band Serendipity | 8p Josh Vowell Band The Lazy Toad | 9p Grenadina w/The Blos The Boobie Trap | 9p

Friday, Sept. 21 Beans & Cornbread Pigskins | 9p | Patio Party The Soiled Doves, The Hemorroids, Monzie Leo, The Sluts The Boobie Trap | 9p Slow Ya Role’s Homecoming The Celtic Fox | 9p Urban Safari The Lazy Toad | 9p Patrick Nichols The Classic Bean (Fairlawn) | 8p

Emotional Feedback + Sixteen Penny J&Js (Ruffnecks) | 9p Rick Bruner The Classic Bean (Fairlawn) | 8p Sunday, Sept. 16 Jam Session Abigail’s | 9p (every Sunday)

Saturday, Sept. 22 Aaron Douglas Art Fair The Orphans of Smooth Jazz, Slow Ya Roll, Ellie Smith & The Commotion, Chris Aytes & The Good Ambition Last Minute Folk: Buddy Mondlock Unitarian Universalist Fellowship | 7:30p Topeka Symphony Orchestra: From Mozart to Bernstein White Concert Hall | 7:30p

Tuesday, Sept. 18 Pull Man Standard The Boobie Trap | 9p

Nucklehead Jones The Celtic Fox | 9p

Thursday, Sept. 20 Daniel Rodriquez with Marla Kavanaugh Topeka Community Concert Assn. White Concert Hall | 7:30p

Kyler Carpenter The Classic Bean (Fairlawn) | 8p

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Jazz on the Holton Square

Wednesday, Sept. 26 The Trants Old Chicago | 10p Thursday, Sept. 27 Josh Vowell Band The Kickstart Saloon | 6-10p Friday, Sept. 28 Jamming in J.C. Blues & Barbecue Festival (Two-day event) Samantha Fish, Smokin’ Joe Kubek and Bnois King, Eddie “Devil Boy” Turner, Jonathon “Boogie” Long Heritage Park, Junction City | 5p-9:30p and Saturday, Sept. 29, 12p-9:30p Mickey Finn Band The Lazy Toad | 9p Saturday, Sept. 29 Petere K on the patio Juli’s Bistro | 10a-noon Chris Aytes & the Good Ambition Tailgator’s | 9p The Freedom Project Showcase 5 Performances, 5 Hours of Music The Celtic Fox Engage The Broken, Fall Through, Faces for Radio J&Js (aka Ruffnecks) | 9p Zoobilee Flashback and more! Topeka Zoo | Ticket Event Sunday, Sept. 30 NOTO Blues and Streetfest NOTO | 2-6p Tuesday, Oct. 2 Henry Rollins spoken word TPAC | 7p Thursday, Oct. 4 Manson/Zombie Twins of Evil EXPO Center

Saturday, Oct 6 Ric Barron Ice and Olives | 7-9p Midgetpounder with Hawgstomper J&Js (aka Ruffnecks) | 9p Thursday, Oct. 11 Chris Aytes & the Good Ambition Serendipity | 8p Friday, Oct 12 Steamroller 39th Street Bar | 9p Rich Stevenson “The Irish Rebel” Irish style sing-a-long-Guinnes-fest (used to be at O’Dooleys) The Celtic Fox | 8:30p Josh Vowell Band The Lazy Toad | 9p

Small towns like Holton have what’s called a “main” street, which is also named “Main” street. And they often have what’s called a “square” which is a park and gathering spot for the locals. Whether this concept is foreign or familiar to you, Holtonites invite you to join them on Saturday, Sept. 15 to enjoy live jazz music with their hometown boy Jim Seeley. Seeley has done well for himself, becoming a fixture on the NY jazz scene. He has played with greats such as Harry James, Artie Shaw and Woodie Herman. He is a member of the Grammy-winning Arturo O’Ferrill’s Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra. The concert starts at 7p, but get there early to stroll the square and enjoy wine, craft beer and food tastings from area restaurants and caterers. Tickets range from $25 - $50.

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Saturday, Oct 13 Josh Vowell Band Robin’s Nest | 9p

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Bridges The Celtic Fox | 9p Thursday, Oct. 18 Bridges: seveneightfive showcase Serendipity | 8p Saturday, Oct. 20 Last Minute Folk: Sally Barris Unitarian Universalist Fellowship | 7:30p Topeka Symphony Orchestra: Enigma White Concert Hall | 7:30p Friday, Oct 26 Wrong Kata Trio The Celtic Fox | 9p Saturday, Oct. 27 Chris Aytes & the Good Ambition + Dead Girls, Bulletproof Tiger, Lo Pan’s Revence and Faces for Radio The Boobie Trap | 9p

Serendipity 820 N Kansas Ave NOTO Arts District 785.286.7676 Find us on Facebook Jam Session EVERY WEDNESDAY 8 PM

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Kansas Avenue Market will be kicking off on what promises to be a busy day for downtown Topeka. Saturday, September 8, 10a-4p, visit the 700 and 800 blocks of S. Kansas Avenue and shop with vendors offering unique items not always found at other markets in the city. The Kansas Avenue Market will be open the second Saturday of every month, with plans to move into an inside location during the winter months. Additional events happening downtown on September 8 are the Downtown Farmer’s Market, DART/DARTINI Adventure Race, Brews, BBQ, & Blues Fest (look for ad in this issue), and KTWU’s “Sunflower Journeys” 25th Anniversary Concert at the Topeka Performing Arts Center. We’ll see you downtown!

On Saturday, September 8, Big Gage Shelter will be busting at the seams with flavorful foods, traditional Indian music, and beautiful dancers bedecked in costume jewelry and vibrant colors. India Fest, presented by the India Association of Topeka, has quickly become a popular cultural event. Now in its 10th year, this annual event gives a taste of homemade Indian cuisine and insight into Indian culture. The 2012 recipient Featuring Saturday, Sep 8 charity is The Villages, Inc. Get a taste of homemade Indian cuisine and experience Indian culture. Brought to you by India Association of Topeka.

Indian Cuisine *

Admission is free, but food tickets will be sold at this cash-only event. In addition to the food, you can experience the fine art of mehndi, the application of henna to your hands in intricate designs, and enjoy traditional dance and music. A boutique, selling Indian costume jewelry, will also be on site. The event time is 10a-2p. aseveneightfive



(Henna Hand Art)

Big Gage Shelter House (Next to Topeka Zoo)


All net proceeds from this year’s event go to:

(Indian Costume Jewelry)

The Villages. Inc.

conserving youth, preserving nature

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INDIA FEST2012 Annual Community Event to Support Local Charities

India Association of Topeka Email: Web: *Food tokens can be purchased at the venue (Cash Only Please)


10 OF One dollar provides five meals to Harvesters.


Capital City Restaurant Week is a collaboration between Topeka restaurants and Harvesters, The Community Food Network, in Topeka. For every meal selected off the Restaurant Week menu, the establishment will donate 10% of the proceeds to Harvesters. Join us for Capital City Restaurant Week Sept. 21 - 30.






Remembering the fallen: Local group has big plans for war memorial by Josh Rouse • photos provided by Rance Sackrider

War. It is a word drenched in emotion. Be it the pain and sorrow caused by a loved one taken too early, the pride in one’s country and the sense of duty felt by those who protect it, the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat, or simply a moment of reflection felt by a veteran; perhaps no word evokes as much raw sentiment as this three-letter noun. It is with this knowledge in mind that Gage Park Memorial, Inc., works to provide a place for past and present members of the United States Armed Forces to be recognized and remembered within the confines of the Topeka city limits. The group is working to bring an eight-foot bronze statue, created by Lawrence-artist Jim Brothers, to Topeka to be the centerpiece of the Gage Park War Memorial at 10th and Gage. The first version of the statue was temporarily installed in Topeka for a Memorial Day ceremony, but was then sent to reside in Culpepper, Va. Group member Darlene Lillo said the piece, titled “Homage,” depicts “the ultimate sacrifice made through history by many of our military men and women.” 26

“It’s important for us to put this out there so that all the generations have an idea of what it means for their family members and their friends, future and past, that are in the service,” said Lillo. “Not only have the men and women, but their whole families given a lot so that we can continue to be a free country. For that statue to be standing up there nice and tall for Topeka to have something like that, I think would be very important, so that everyone knows that we do appreciate our veterans and we always will.” The group, originally called the Northeast Kansas Korean War Memorial Association, was founded by a group of veterans, mostly from the Korean War. “We decided to change the name of it to the Gage Park Memorial, because a lot of people would not buy bricks because they thought it was nothing but a Korean War memorial,” said Rance Sackrider, who became involved with the group through his connection to Brothers. “It’s actually a place for every war. After the centerpiece is done, that’s when we’re going to go to World War II and build a

HONORING THE ONES WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR OURS TO LIVE ON WITH THE MEMORIES AND HOPES OF THE STILL MISSING REMEMBERING THE HEROES OF THE PAST AND THE WARRIORS OF THE PRESENT DEDICATED TO THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE SERVED IN THE ARMED FORCES OF THE memorial for it. After World War II, we’re going to the Vietnam War, then the next section will be the global war on terrorism. But we’ve got to get the centerpiece done first. And the centerpiece is actually called the Gage Park War Memorial, because that’s what it is, it’s for all the wars.” The group recently put a down payment on the hexagonal base of the centerpiece, which Lillo estimated would cost between $23,000 and $25,000 in total. The base will be introduced to the public during a short Veteran’s Day ceremony Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. On the base, a paragraph is adorned with a description of the statue: “Honoring the ones who gave their lives for ours, to live on with the memories and the hopes of the still-missing, remembering the heroes of the past and the warriors of the present, dedicated to the men and women who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States of America.” The statue itself will cost another $95,000 and will include a granite wall. Anyone who donates $500 or more will get their name engraved on the wall. The group also plans to replace the flagpoles, which will bring the total cost for the entire project up to approximately $130,000, according to estimates. The group hopes to involve local students when the statue is presented to the public. “We’re real big that when we do have our ceremonies, we have our local high school ROTC groups involved,” said Lillo. Donors may also purchase an engraved brick to be placed around one of the several sections that are currently installed or will be installed in the future, which will include both World Wars, the Vietnam War, the Korean War and the global war on terror. “It just gave me goose bumps,” said Lillo. “When these people buy these bricks, and we go and put the bricks out for them, you hear the most wonderful, heroic stories you’ve ever heard in your entire life. When we have our little ceremonies, we have so many veterans that come.” The group is also hosting Freedom Ride 2012, an October 6 motorcycle tour of the Flint Hills, with the goal of raising money for the statue. The tour will leave Topeka HarleyDavidson at 11a, and will ride to Eskridge, Alma and finally Wamego for the Oz Festival before heading back to Topeka’s Kick Start Saloon for raffles. A $20 donation will purchase three poker hands, with the owner of the winning poker hand getting his or her name engraved on the granite wall. “Freedom is not free, and it’s never going to be free,” said Lillo. “We have to remember that and we have to make sure that the younger generations remember that as well.” aseveneightfive

[far left] Topeka High Marine JRROTC [top] Dedication bricks are $50 and will be placed around the memorial of your choice. “When you look up into the face of the Soldier, it comes alive. Really, you have to see it to believe,” said Rance Sackrider. Artist Jim Brothers, Lawrence, also created The National D-Day memoria in Bedford, VA.


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Elizabeth Lumpkin, a lifelong foodie and travel enthusiast, is a 20-year Topeka transplant. She is the founder and owner of Boss Hawg’s Barbeque & Catering Co. Co-written by Jack Bailey

and the cow goes moo: why local dairy tastes different


emember when you were a kid and milk tasted really, really, really good? It was cold and icy and fresh...and it went so well with warm cookies your Mom used to make, or peanut butter and jelly sammiches, or brownies. Now that you’re an adult, you’re probably consuming a lot less milk, if you even drink it at all. What happened? Turns out, it wasn’t our tastes that changed. It was the milk itself. Growing up in Wichita, my family had a metal box outside our front door where the milkman dropped off fresh milk in glass jugs twice a week. When we went to my grandparents ranch in Montana, Grandma milked her dairy cow twice a day. She didn’t skim the cream but instead stirred it into the milk, serving her milk whole and cold from the refrigerator.

pick up their milk, and left the money in a pan on the fridge to pay for whatever they took. At K-State, Tim studied Dairy Science and planned for a dairy career, to produce the best tasting milk possible. Tim and his family took control of their own milk processing by installing an Iwig farm-based production and bottling plant. Tim’s passion for quality milk means the milk is pasteurized using a unique lower heat method that takes a little more time, and costs a little more, but the difference in taste makes it worth it. The Iwig dairy cows are cared for like royalty because happy cows make good tasting milk. The public can get up close and personal with the happy cows of the Iwig Dairy during tours. Petting the cows and seeing the milk production is a reminder of where our food comes from, and gives us an appreciation for how fortunate we are to have a unique and delicious local dairy. We feel pretty fortunate to live in a community where milk of this quality is available, because as we discovered, it is rare to find locally produced milk direct from the producer any more. In most places in this country, residents don’t have a choice about their milk and have to accept the commercial variety.

Growing up in Kirksville, MO, Jack’s Grandfather had a herd of dairy cattle. Jack remembers helping his Grandfather attach milking machines to the cows, and he grew up drinking the fresh The “handful” chopped parsley should be That changed raw milk he helped his grandfather make. After Grandpa Turner It is a truismof that people get what they deserve. appliesto to 1/4 cup. communities Not everyone thea same sizedsupports hands. the great local quit milking, Jack’s Mother went to work for another local dairy, too.has When community Producer’s Creamery. Twice a week she would come home with businesses that make quality of life better for everyone, those a shiny metal bucket with a metal lid, maybe 2 1/2 gallons in size, unique life-enhancing businesses thrive, and more spring up to go Also, in the cooking notes about chopping herbs, a note filled with whole raw milk. The milk went into the fridge, and that with them. should be added that herb leaves, not stems, are what is evening his Mom would skim the cream off of the top of the milk Topeka is lucky to have such an abundance of local producers and put it in a small glass pitcher for use on cereal and in coffee. used offor food. from fruit to vegetables, natural beef to farm eggs, everything Sometimes they would make ice cream, the men sitting around the handmade breads to farm-raised chicken. Do your part to support garage on overturned buckets, taking their turns at cranking the them, and enjoy the health and taste benefits that will enhance your FOOD you a photo in a bit. Probably stock photo that I ice cream maker. FUNI’ll send life. Buy local today for a better Topeka tomorrow. aseveneightfive GIVING purchase the rights to for a couple of dollars. I have an acFast forward to today and milk is now a commodity product. Capital City Restaurant Week is count and it’s where I get most of my marketing images. Commercial dairies pool their milk and sell it cooperatively. Many a collaboration between Topeka commercial dairies inject their milk cowsrestaurants with Bovine Growth and Harvesters, The Community Food Network, Hormone, or rBGH which maximizes milk production, but is in Topeka. For every meal Bedtime Milk White Russian banned in 27 countries for links to breast cancer and gastrointestinal selected off the Restaurant Week One dollar 1/2 cup Iwig cream menu, theand establishment will cancer. Commercial milk is highly homogenized pasteurized 1 cup Iwig milk provides 1 fluid ounce Kahlua donate 10% of the proceeds to using high heat techniques that make the milk safe but strips it of 1 teaspoon honey Harvesters. 1 fluid ounce Stoli five meals 2 drops vanilla extract a lot of its flavor and food value. It is packaged in plastic or waxed to Harvesters. us for Capital City Restaurant 1 pinch ground cinnamon paper cartons that further degrade the tasteJoin and quality. Shake ingredients together and pour Week Sept. 21 - 30.


Cooking Notes:


Couple of good milk recipes




When Jack and I began exploring our local food producers, buying Pour milk into a microwave safe mug and place into microwave. Cook on local for as much of our food as possible, it wasn’t long before we PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS discovered Iwig Dairy, run by third generation dairyman Tim Iwig. High until the milk is very hot and One taste and we were hooked. This was the milk of our childhoods, begins to foam, about 3 minutes. Stir in honey and vanilla, then sprinkle with crisp and full and delicious...milk worth drinking. What is behind this wonderfully fresh and delicious dairy we are so lucky to have here in Topeka? As a teenager, Tim Iwig would milk his 4-H cows before school and put the raw fresh milk into the refrigerator in the barn. His customers would come by the barn to


cinnamon before serving.

over ice into a highball or double old fashioned. Iwig milk or cream will make this the finest White Russian you have ever tasted or served. Prepare to be inundated with requests for your secrets.

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