As of this month, I have a new title, to add to my growing list of titles, I might add. I am now pleased to announce that I am the Contributing Editor for Kansas City for FEAST Magazine. FEAST is a new food & drink magazine to KC, but it has been publishing in St. Louis since August of 2010. The goal of the magazine now is to expand regionally, including food stories from not only St. Louis, but Kansas City, Springfield and Columbia in the mix. (Good Lord, if they can pinpoint any good food to be had on I-70 between KC & STL it will be worth the printing costs alone!)
I will be writing five monthly articles for FEAST Magazine. They are called:
- Where We're Eating - hot new restaurants to check out in town
- Where We're Drinking - great watering holes you should explore
- Shop Here - retail stores carrying food, drink related stuffs
- Must Eat Dish - this is a dish that is fantastic you must dig into
- Artisan Produts - locally made food and drink related products
Additionally, I am writing several articles a month for their online food blog called The FEED.
This gig is part of what has fueled my fire to begin writing again. You may have noticed that my activity on my blog has increased the last few months, and that is due in part to my work on FEAST, and partly because I wanted to get back to writing. I forgot how much I enjoyed it, and somehow life got in the way, and I got busy with other projects, and I lost my taste for it. But now . . .I'm BAAAACK. I hope you are still enjoying all of my food and drink content.
FEAST magazine will increase its page count and more than double its monthly distribution from 70,000 copies to 150,000. Distribution will include 80,000 in the St. Louis area; 50,000 in the Kansas City area; and 20,000 in Columbia, Jefferson City and throughout Missouri's wine regions. The publication is FREE and will be available in places where good food and drink can be found. Be looking for it in your local grocery store, wine shop, coffee shop, restaurant soon. In fact, you can use this easy tool to figure out where you can find a FEAST magazine near you. The new November issue will be released this Saturday, November 1st.
So, I have decided to publish the articles that I am responsible for writing each month for FEAST magazine to my blog, as the new issue is coming out. Just in case you missed it on the newstands you can read all about it here.
Eat well and enjoy!
Expect the unexpected from STRETCH, A.K.A. Jeff Rumaner. Artist, TV personality and restaurateur, Stretch, owns the wildly popular Grinders and Grinders West in the Crossroads. Last year, he purchased the historic, and (supposedly) haunted, Kieltyka’s Stonewall Inn. Eight months of renovations, and this suburban joint got “Stretchified” bringing Grinders gritty downtown goodness to Lenexa.
Open since August, Grinders Stonewall has a modern roadhouse feel. Street signs cover the ceiling like a patchwork quilt, and Stretch, himself, designed a suspended lighting bolt-shaped tap system that offers over 30 beers. Bottled craft beer, wine and cocktails round out the drink offerings.
The menu offers the same cocky and creative mix of favorites as the original location, including New York Style pizzas, Philly cheesesteaks, Death Wings and smoked meat sandwiches. Grinders Kitchen Manager, Ulises Munoz, will oversee both kitchens.
We hope to see former owner, Joseph Kieltyka, in the kitchen in Lenexa on Monday nights, making his famous pan-fried chicken dinners. Full circle.
Grinders Stonewall, 10240 Pflumm Road, Lenexa, 913.888.2000, grinderspizza.com
Like many craft beers, the Cinder Block story starts in owner, Bryce Schaffter’s, cinder block basement. This is where his home brewing habit soon fermented into a beer brewing business plan. The final piece locked into place at a regional beer festival where Bryce met local brewer, now Director of Brewing for Cinder Block, Bryan Buckingham. They met. They talked. They drank some beer. They decided to open their own brewery, and call it Cinder Block after the basement where it all began.
The Cinder Block Taproom has 20 taps, with 5 year-round beers and 4-8 seasonal beers. Staple selections are: Weathered Wit, a Belgium Wit, Pavers Porter, a straight-up Porter, Prime Extra Pale Ale, an American Pale Ale, Northtown Native, a California Common Lager and Block IPA, an India Pale Ale. A tasting flight is $8 and comes with samples of the five beers listed above and one seasonal beer. Their French-style hard apple cider, called Cider Block is $6 a glass, and made from locally grown apples.
Cinder Block Brewery has high ambitions for their 15-barrel system and coinciding beer program. Along with their full-flavored line-up of craft beers, the team has invested in a barrel-aging program, allowing them to brew beers that they will age in wine barrels before they are ready to drink. It is a process that takes more production time, but yields interesting and more complex beers.
The Taproom is open Tuesday - Thursday from 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, and until 10:00 pm on Friday and Saturday. Sundays are reserved for private tours only. No appointment or reservations are needed. You are also welcome to bring in any food you like from the outside to enjoy with your beers, as they offer no food service at this time. It’s all about the beer, here.
Cinder Block, 110 E 18th Ave, North Kansas City, MO, 816.298.6555, cinderblockbrewery.com
When Gov. Jay Nixon signed a law in 2013, allowing home brewers to share their suds with people outside of their immediate families legally, the four friends behind Brew Lab, knew the time was right to open their new brew-on-site storefront in downtown Overland Park.
Kevin Combs, Matt Hornung, Justin Waters and Clay Johnston pooled their talent and resources to get Brew Lab open last year. It is the first shop of it’s kind in Kansas City, providing everything a home brewer needs to brew and bottle their own beer, either at home, or by using their equipment inside the shop. From the newbie home brewer, to the next nanobrewer, Brew Lab has all of the equipment, materials and knowledge to get you, or keep you, brewing.
The footprint of the store is small, but the beers that incubate here are no small feat. It takes several hours to brew beer, and another 2-3 weeks to let it ferment before bottling can take place. This is a hobby that teaches patience.
The table and chairs in the center of the store serves as the classroom, or as a place to wait while your beer is brewing. Stainless steel tables line one side of the space, with a total of three brewing stations, while the other side, has a wall of bulk bins filled with the rye and barley and that gives the store, and your beer, it’s earthy, sweet scent.
Brew Lab is owned and operated by home brewers, for other home brewers. They know what it is like to struggle to find the answers to your home brewing questions. When you step through the doors at Brew Lab, they make sure you have everything you need to proceed.
Brew Lab, 8004 Foster Street, Overland Park, KS, 913.400.2343, brewlabkc.com
Pig & Bean is what’s for breakfast. Chef Josh Eans mixes black beans and chipotle pork, tops it with a soft egg, radish and cilantro with San Antonio tortilla for $9.
Happy Gillis Café & Hangout, 549 Gillis Street, Kansas City, MO in the Columbus Park neighborhood, 816.471.3663, happygillis.com
Artisan Products – Hugo Tea Company
Tyler Beckett, owner of Hugo Tea Co., produces an organic line of tea right here in Kansas City. He flys to China to source the high quality tea, then he brings it back to KC and blends right here. Order online at hugotea.com, or find it in several local retailers around town. $9-$10.
Artisan Products - Tappecue Meat Thermometer
Monitor meat in your grill or smoker from anywhere using your Smartphone and Kansas City’s own Tappecue system with WiFi enables meat probes. Download the app, stick the probes in your meat, then head to the store or back in the house . . .the app on your cell phone will allow you to monitor the meat without standing over the digital thermometer display. If you have a barbecue lover in your house, or simply someone who lives by the grill . . .this would be the perfect Christmas gift. Buy it online at tappecue.com, $199.