Food and Creativity in Kansas City

Kansas City is very fortunate to be one of four U.S. stops for the Spanish chef Ferran Adrià’s Notes on Creativity, a major international exhibition visiting the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Made famous (or infamous) by his exploration of food and the dining experience at his restaurant El Bulli, Adria documented and used drawings, kitchen diagrams, 3-D models, and beautiful simplistic sketches to organize and convey his ideas and directions on plating to his small army of eager cooks. This exhibit is a collection of his playful and illuminating visualizations for the cooks to understand and replicate his dishes. In addition to his drawings, designs and prototypes of the utensils and dishware designed to enhance the El Bulli experience will be on display. Running from February 28 through August 2, the exhibit will also feature local chefs and food artisans with talks and tastings through Kansas City Creatives: The Vision Behind Great Food in KC each Saturday and Sunday for the first month from 2-4 p.m. Christopher Elbow of Christopher Elbow Artisan Chocolates will be featured the first weekend of Saturday, February 28, and Sunday, March 1, with Danny O’Neill of The Roasterie Air-Roasted Coffee headlining March 7-8. Guests for the two following weekends have yet to be announced. nelson-atkins.org

Speaking of creative artisans, Kansas City Canning Co. puts a delicious and innovative spin on grandma’s canned pickles. Chefs Tim and Laura Tuohy are elevating the preserved foods genre with contemporary seasonings, pickles, preserves, jams and specialty cocktail garnishes using as many locally sourced products as possible. A seasonally evolving lineup might include 7 Pepper Jelly, Apple Caraway Shrub, Pickled Balsamic Grapes, Spiced Pear Shrub, Blood Orange Ginger Shrub, Clementine Thyme Marmalade, or Sriracha Pickled Green Beans (perfect for your own signature Bloody Mary). Available at The Sundry in the Crossroads, Urban Provisions General Store in the West Bottoms, and Season+Square in Brookside.


JAB_March15_2Looking for a creative teambuilding activity for your company? The Culinary Center of Kansas City’s “All Hands for Hunger – Culinary Teambuilding with a Purpose” allows clients (both corporate and private) to experience a culinary teambuilding event that supports the needs of local charities. Under the tutelage of The Culinary Center’s chefs and facilitators, team members work together to create meals, which are then donated to one of over 25 local charities that serve individuals and families in need. Stop by the Culinary Center on any 3rd Friday to celebrate Local Life, a fun way to explore the locally owned shops in Downtown Overland Park. The Culinary Center offers up many delightful culinary demos during the evening, and other participating businesses (and there are a bunch) host special events. Their feature on March 20 will be a celebration and tasting of craft beers and homemade salted pretzels. Whether it’s a wine tasting, live music, art exhibit or giveaways, you’ll always discover something entertaining during Local Life. kcculinary.com


JAB_March15_4For a creative approach to getting your morning cup of coffee, check out The Coffee Dispatch, a subscription coffee service featuring Kansas City coffee roasters. Conceived by Nikki Goodson and David Samuels as a way to avoid that unpleasant experience of waking to find there’s no coffee in the house and having to make an emergency run to the store, The Coffee Dispatch will deliver beans from some of K.C.’s best roasters right to your door. The Broadway Roasting Company, City Market Coffeehouse, Messenger Coffee Co., Parisi Artisan Coffee, Thou Mayest and The Roasterie can all find their way into your morning coffee ritual without you ever having to leave home. Subscriptions come in three sizes ranging in price from $35 (19.75 ounces—$28.46/pound) to $100 (76 ounces—$21/pound). Selections will vary based on choices made by the roasters and are sure to keep you up on all of the latest coffees and seasonal features.


JAB_March15_3Pizzeria Locale, a highly successful Colorado pizzeria, will be opening this summer in the former Pizza Manifesto space (505 W 75th Street) in Waldo. James Beard Award-winning chef Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson and business partner and master sommelier Bobby Stuckey have evolved a pizzeria concept based on classic, thin crust, 11-inch Neapolitan-style pies fired in their specially designed high-temperature oven (traditional Neapolitan ovens reach temperatures between 800 and 900 degrees Fahrenheit). Stuckey’s wine expertise may involve the hot new trend (new in America, old in Italy) of on-tap wines, a method that allows restaurants to pour good quality wines at significantly lower prices. The casual vibe of their restaurants combined with good beverages and great food should be the perfect fit for their first K.C. location. So if you don’t want to light up your own wood-fired oven, grind your own flour, make dough and finally bake a pizza, Pizzeria Locale should be right for you. 

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