Table Hopping - December 2008
“Shopping for Foodie Gifts with a Bite.”
Christopher Elbow Artisanal Chocolates
1819 McGee Street
Kansas City, MO 64108
Christopher Elbow started his chocolate making career as the Pastry Chef for The American Restaurant. Eventually, he found a space of his own and began making his hand-painted beauties full time. Now, he has moved his whole operation into a sleek space with a retail store on a quiet block on 18th Street downtown. Go in for some customized bon-bon shopping and treat yourself to a glass of Liquid Chocolate for $4. The drinks are spiked with various fruit or spice flavors similar to those he uses in his candies. GIVE: a box of custom chocolates or let them choose for you. Almost too pretty to eat . . .almost. A 4-piece box is $10 and they go up to a 42-piece box for $75.
Upper Crust Pie Company
Inside Pryde’s Old Westport Kitchen and Home
115 Westport Road
Kansas City, MO 64111
Pryde’s has been a mecca for kitchen gadget lovers in KC for over 39 years. Located on the lower level in back of their jam-packed kitchen shop is the Upper Crust Pie Company. Upper Crust sells an impressive selection of homemade seasonal pies & quiches every Friday and Saturday. Sisters, Jan and Elaine, make petite pies for around $7 that feed 1-2 or fruit, nut or cream pies for around $19 a pie. They are now accepting Holiday Pie orders. Upper Crust also offers two types of quiche on the weekend. GIVE: a colorful Fiestaware pie baker for $16 from Pryde’s and let the cook in your life make their own flaky confection from scratch.
Culinary Center of Kansas City
7920 Santa Fe Drive
Overland Park, KS 66204
When Laura O’Roarke started the Culinary Center of Kansas City in downtown Overland Park in an old carriage barn she had converted, she had a dream to bring culinary community to KC. Ten years later she has expanded her operation to include cooking classes, team building, private dinners, catering and a retail kitchen shop. The newest program offered to the public is “Staff Lunch”, served every Tuesday from 11:30 am -1:30 pm. For $10, first come/first serve, you will dine on a delicious meal the CCKC Chef has prepared, plus dessert. GIVE: culinary inspiration and education with a gift certificate to attend a cooking class, or for more serious cooks consider gifting the Professional Culinary Arts Program offered at CCKC.
Give the gift of locally raised food to your family or someone you love by joining a community supported agriculture group. CSA’s can be found for meat and eggs or just vegetables during the spring and summer months. It’s basically a system of buying food direct from the farmer with no middle man. You benefit from local, grass-fed meat/eggs and they benefit from a guaranteed income. Parker Farms is a meat (beef, pork, lamb & chicken) and eggs CSA with a 12 month program. All of their beef and lamb is 100% grass-fed. The meat is delicious and the fresh farm eggs will always remind you why local is better. GIVE: a whole share of meat & eggs for $1,150 for the year or get a half share for $600.
In these economic times, eating out can sometimes feel like a luxury you cannot afford. Check out Restaurant.com for a way to enjoy your dining experience more affordably. Working with local restaurants, Restaurant.com offers gift certificates that you can purchase at a discount online. Choose from thousands of great local restaurants – like Teocali, 1924 Main, Tatsu’s French Restaurant, Waldo Pizza and many more. Just enter your zip code and begin searching for a restaurant you fancy. Most restaurants offer at least a $25 certificate that you can purchase for only $10. Restaurant owners are willing to sell these certificates at a discount to bring in more customers. GIVE: a great meal with discounted gift certificate for a whole host of independent restaurants across the Kansas City Metro area, and while you are at it, pick up some for yourself.