February, 6, 2018 | Main Spotlight | Kansas City: BBQ Plus a Whole Lot More | By VisitKC |
We’re excited to head to Kansas City, Mo. for the upcoming 2018 Main Street Now Conference and explore all that the city has to offer. KC has a dynamic food scene, from fusion restaurants, to food trucks and farm-to-table dinners, there is a place for every appetite and budget.
Kansas City is known for great barbecue–the dry rub kind of barbecue often compared to Texas or Memphis. There are a plethora of barbecue restaurants throughout the city and we highly recommend that you visit at least one during your conference visit from March 26-28. KC has emerged as a food mecca that has been boon for foodies the past few years. Here is an article from VisitKC on the emerging food scene in and around Kansas City, from wineries and farmers markets, to dairies and microbreweries.
10 CULINARY ADVENTURES TO TRY IN KANSAS CITY
This comes as no surprise to locals who enjoy on a daily basis the talents of some outstanding chefs, many of whom left our hometown to hone skills and burnish reputations, only to return to their roots to delight and nourish us.
But it’s not solely restaurant meals that seduce us these days. On any given day, there is an enchanting experience in which to indulge around the city. Whether it is an underground supper or dinner in a field, if you live to eat or drink, this list is for you.
1. AMIGONI URBAN WINERY
The lovingly restored Drover Telegram building in the West Bottoms is now home to a stunning winery
. Available for private parties, it’s also open six days a week so visitors can taste each of the Amigoni varietals. Purchase a wine flight (or Boulevard beer
) and a cheese plate from Green Dirt Farm
or Shatto Milk
, and feel good about keeping it local.
2. THE BROADMOOR BISTRO
The Broadmoor Technical Center in Shawnee Mission runs a culinary arts program. Multi-course dinners are hosted by the students several times a month. Reserve a spot and be prepared to be wowed by our future culinary stars.
3. CELLAR RAT
Take a wine education class! Tired of listening to wine snobs extol the virtues of their favorite cabernet or discuss the earthy quality of an Oregon pinot noir? Sign up for a class at this popular Crossroads wine shop and learn the lingo from an expert. Sniff and swirl your way through the tastings, and then test your newfound knowledge the next time you peruse a wine list or shop for wine.
4. FARMER'S MARKETS
Farmer’s Markets abound in the metropolitan area, from the River Market to Overland Park and Lee’s Summit. Check the hours before venturing out, but do make the tour for fresh produce, meats and chef’s demonstrations.
5. GREEN DIRT FARM
Green Dirt Farm in Weston has the best adult field trips going. During the warmer months, its owners host Farm to Table dinners beautifully prepared by a rotating stable of local chefs and Cheesemaking Appreciation events highlighting GDF’s own cheeses paired with local wines or beer.
6. LOCAL PIG
Chef Alex Pope recently opened a butcher shop in the East Bottoms featuring locally sourced meats. It’s worth the drive to pick up freshly ground sausages, custom cut ribeyes or farm fresh eggs. Before going home, stop out back at Pigwich, Pope’s outdoor sandwich trailer, for a Thai meatball banh mi or porchetta sandwich.
7. POWELL GARDEN
Enjoy the Barn Dinner Series. Grab some friends and head to Kingsville, Mo. A guest chef will be on hand to create a multi-course dinner employing seasonal ingredients in the Heartland Harvest Garden. Communal tables add to the ambiance of this farm-to-table experience.
8. THE TEST KITCHEN
Submit your e-mail address on the Test Kitchen website to enter a lottery and put your trust in local foodie and TK owner Jenny Vergara. If you’re one of 20 lucky winners, you’ll be treated to an adventurous evening in a secret location. Different chefs and mixologists devise each month’s menu.
9. THE TRUCK STOP IN THE CROSSROADS
Experience the food truck scene on First Fridays in the lot at Wyandotte and 21st streets, when dozens of local food trucks park and serve. Sample an array of foods including barbecue nachos, gumbo, paella, tacos, burritos and cupcakes, and then stroll through the nearby Crossroads Arts District galleries elbow-to-elbow other Kansas Citians enjoying an artistic evening.
10. WINEMAKER DINNERS
Michael Smith, Gram & Dun, Bluestem and Room 39, among other restaurants, bring in vintners from the West Coast or Europe for a special evening. The wines are paired with a customized prix fixe menu, and both chef and vintner hold court as they discuss each varietal and dish. So much more than a typical night out, it’s a fun way to meet people, enjoy fabulous wines and taste dishes that aren’t on the regular menu.
Here are some of the Missouri Main Street staff’s favorite places to visit when you are in Kansas City:
Christopher Elbow Chocolates
Lidia’s Kansas City
Jack Stack BBQ
Visit the 2018 Main Street Now Conference website for registration, hotel reservations, education sessions, mobile workshops, and events, as well as sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities.
Originally published on VisitKC.com.