Kansas City - What should a Foodie not miss in 2008?
Since it is the dawn of an exciting new year, I find myself looking at an empty 2008 calendar that I would like to fill with 365 days of family, friends, fun and FOOD.
I had some really terrific Foodie experiences in Kansas City in 2007, but I am looking forward to adding some new ones in 2008. I know there are many wonderful food-related activities and events that can be done in Kansas City at different times throughout the year . . .I want to hear from all of you, and pick your brains: What are the Foodie experiences you plan to attend, create, achieve, do in Kansas City in 2008? What should every good Foodie know and experience in KC in 2008?
I am looking for DO NOT MISS food-related festivals (such as Ethnic Festival etc.), social/fundraising events (Forks & Corks etc.), local food activities (apple, asparagus or pecan picking etc.), CSA's to join, farmer's markets to recommend, local foodie resources to read (Tastebud Magazine) or subscribe or join (online forums), culinary classes to take, underground dinner clubs to attend, KS/MO related travel trips (taking the train to Hermann, MO for crush week), local foodie tours (like Boulevard Brewery tour), food retail opportunities (going to visit Christopher Elbow's place for a hot chocolate, or browsing at Pryde's in Westport etc.)
With so many of us in KC, I know we could collectively come up with enough great food related ideas and events to fill and entire calendar or at least give us all something to do every weekend.
I am looking forward to your recommendations. Enjoy!
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Not "foodie" ish - BUT, I want to go to the State Fair this year. I think it is in Hutchison. ? .
I also would like to go to the Louisberg Cider Mill. Does the Roasterie Coffee Corp. have a tour? I would do that, also.
I want to go to these Missouri wineries I keep reading about (one in Lee's Summit, I believe).
Revisit the following places since I have moved back to KC From Chicago -
Strouds, Mama's 39th Street Diner (Not Nichols anymore!), Arthur Bryants, D'Bronx, and Americanos.
I want to take a class at the KC Culinary School - they have some REALLY neat classes and affordable, too!
Everyone should also make a day trip to Lawrence, KS and enjoy the following eateries - Wheatfields Bakery - coffee, cookies, breakfast/lunch. Buy some beer at the Free State Brewery (local brewery in Lawrence), go to the "Merc" for some organic, local shopping. Enjoy the multitude of local coffee houses (Z's Espresso is one of my favorites).
In Lawrence, shop at The Brit Store - teas, Brit foods, trinkets, and Au Marche - European candies, cheeses, and other foods.
Dine at Ingredient or Pachamamas. Lawrence also has a killer Indian Buffet - India Palace.
I am also keeping an eye out for restaurant auctions. Sometimes you can get some GREAT deals on $$$ items. I will post if I see anything good. The Shawnee Mission School Dis. had an auction in the fall and sold some commercial level fridges, stoves, etc.
Dine at KC Originals restaurants!
Many thanks for your completely inspiring list of places to go/do/see in 2008. . .let me know about the Lee Summit winery . . .restaurant auctions are also a terrific idea, one that had never occurred to me . . .until now.
I believe the Roasterie Coffee Corp. does give public tours of its place, you could call to find out details. I know I received one when I went down to develop the Brazilian roast that we served and sold in my Brazilian store and it was quite interesting and impressive.
I just took the tour at the newly remodeled and expanded Boulevard Brewing Company which was really interesting to hear the history and understand where they want to go as well as seeing their new party space which has the coolest views of downtown KC.
Lawrence is a great foodie town . . .I can also recommend Cafe Beautiful fhttp://www.lawrence.com/places/cafe_beautiful/ for an incredible, personal sushi experience and The Krause's house for the most amazing meal in Lawrence from a popular and much loved local chef and his wife - Robert and Molly Krause.
Kansas State Fair IS in Hutchinson. There are some Chow-ish places there. It's my adopted home. I moved there in October from South Carolina.
If you do go to Hutch for the State Fair:
Allie's Deli, 101 N. Main - Open for breakfast and lunch. Amazing scones (crispy on the outside, soft in the middle), wonder quiche, and good sandwiches.
Roy's Barbecue - Somewhere way out W. 5th - look for the yellow building on the N. sid of the road. Good 'cue
Danny Boy's BBQ - N. Main between 3rd and 4th on the West side - Wonderful ribs.
Playa Azul - the closest thing Hutch has to an "authentic" Mexican Restaurant. I recommend the Carnitas, Tacos al Carbon, and Jalisco. On weekends they make Tacos al Pastor...with pineapple! Apparently that's how they do Al Pastor in Guanjuato (where the owners and most of the workers are from), but it's the only place I've had pineapple in my tacos.
Anchor Inn - 128 S. Main. Food is humble and not particularly "authentic" Mexican.. Tamales are good, as are the homemade flour tortillas. Occasionally they have mole on the buffet, which is pretty good. Thursday night is White Cake day. Sometimes they have leftover White Cake on Fridays. They get it shipped in from Kansas City and it's so soft and luscious, it turns me into a glutton. They have good strawberry margaritas. The place is like the restaurant with a manifest destiny though. They have taken over 3 buildings. It's quite the local gathering place. You see everyone there.
Skeats - can't miss it, it's right next to the fairgrounds on N. Main! They have wonderful pancakes. Their stakes are low-priced, but the one time I had one, it was not good. Burgers are alright. They've been in operation since 1949.
Brooks on Main - 123 S. Main - Hutchinson's newest coffee shop. They make a decent latte. They make very good smoothies from real fruit...not that Oasis mix garbage. They also have light lunch/dinner fare - quiche, soups, salads. They offer quite a variety of vegetarian and vegan dishes, which is almost unheard of in Hutchinson. They also bake their own rolls and pastries. The cinnamon rolls are delicious! They don't ruin them by pouring on sugary icing. They're the perfect blend of sweet, buttery, and cinnamon-y.
Airpor Steakhouse - Airport Road, in the Municipal Airport. Their steaks are consistently good. They have a pretty good lunch buffet. Mid-priced. Their crowning achievement is the carrot cake. It comes in huge slices, and they add pineapple to the batter, which makes it wonderfully moist and oh-so-tasty.
Marcella's Red Lion - 19 E. 2nd - First floor of the Plaza Towers. This is Hutchinson's newest nice dining establishment. It is the only "fine dining" restaurant downtown. My experience has been one of mediocrity. They focus on Italian food - mostly traditional pastas. They also serve steaks and some seafood. Entrees are $10-$25. The food is better than similarly-priced chain restaurants, but it doesn't wow me.
Carriage Crossing - If you get off K-96 at the Yoder Rd. exit, you can't miss it. Mennonite/Amish Home Cooking. Tasty, tasty pie. Great if you're really hungry.
Missouri State fair is in Sedalia. I spent a couple days there, but didn't have a whole lot of time to explore. I don't remember seeing anything chowhound worthy, otherwise I'd give the scoop. Of course, State Fairs are chow hound extravaganzas in and of themselves.
Another event that is chowhoud worthy is the Mennonite Relief Sale. This is held every year in March at the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutch. The purpose is to raise money for disaster relief and other Mennonite Missions. It is a culinary extravaganza! They have fresh baked cookies and milk, pie...tons of pie, scores of pie, infinite pie! They serve homemade German specialties like Verinike (sp?) with a ham gravy and sausages, bierogies (sp?) - a bean paste-filled roll swimming in a hot sweet cream sauce (I know, it sounds weird, but it tasted good!), New Year's cookies (round, with rasins, and somewhat donut-like), Russian Pancakes (kind of like crepes), and...it just goes on and on!
They also have a huge quilt auction. I saw a quilt sell for $5700! Yikes! They also have a "regular stuff" auction - tractors, toys, furniture, paintings, knick knacks, tools, etc. It was quite an experience. I was enthralled by the auctioneers. And there were a TON of people there. Yeah, I'd definately recommend the Mennonite Relief Sale to anyone who isn't familiar with Midwest German heritage. It was a learning experience for me, a very enjoyable one!
Excellent day trip information. I had a friend I worked with in Kansas City many years ago who was from "Hutch" and and her family had a funnel cake trailer that they would take every year to the Kansas State Fair she talked about there being nothing of interest in Hutchinson, KS. Nice to know that thing do change, and great when people in the know (like you) can tell us it has changed. Thanks!
After touring The Roasterie, you can go have a cup of single origin from their $11,000 Clover.
If you're interested in Christopher Elbow, you might be interested in the Kansas City Chocolate Festival. It doesn't happen until September, but it should prove to be a tasty and educational time.
Oktoberfest Kansas City is September 26-28 in 2008, and the American Royal is September 29th, so that'll be a busy week for foodies in KC.
Weston's Applefest is usually the first weekend in October. Mmm Apple Butter...
Kansas City Irish Festival is Aug. 29-31...
I believe Festa Italiana will be at Zona Rosa this year...
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