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KCPT’s Local Supper Overcomes the Elements

Last Thursday, local PBS affiliate KCPT hosted one of many food and drink-oriented benefit dinners. The action took place at the Roasterie plant, underneath a huge tent that protected diners from the steady drizzle that fell most of the evening. This was also my first visit to the Roasterie and I was duly impressed.

KCPT Local Supper

The big draw for me was the cooking of Michael Smith, Colby Garrelts and Megan Garrelts who teamed up to provide appetizers, dinner and dessert. While not much to look at, Smith’s Pan Con Tomate & Cured Ham starter was delicious. If I didn’t know better I’d call it bruschetta, which normally doesn’t float my boat, but the deep, rich tomato brought this to a new level.

Dinner was buffet fare with no real revelatory dishes, but it was well-prepared and tasty for the most part. Colby Garrelts’ hangar steak was perfectly cooked and served with sweated onions. His brussel sprouts were great too.

KCPT Local Supper

Representatives from Boulevard Brewing and the Missouri Wine & Grape Board were on hand, plying everyone with alcohol. I had a few glasses of wine and recall liking the Norton premium claret and Chardonel from Le Bourgeois winery in Rocheport quite well.

The Roasterie also had a mobile coffee service trailer set up in an Airstream in one corner of the tent. Diners could saunter up to the window as if they were on the street and order coffee. This was a cool touch.

This dinner was pretty much my introduction to the benefit dinner scene here in Kansas City. There are opportunities galore to attend events like these. The ticket prices vary but are fairly high; that’s the nature of the beast. But benefits do provide an opportunity to meet other food-minded people in town and to eat good food prepared by great chefs.

foodNow Gala coming August 28


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There is no shortage of cool special event meals in this town. Kansas City fortunately seems to have enough folks in the right income bracket to support events like Forks & Corks, Test Kitchen and Farm Table Dinners at Green Dirt Farm.

In this vein, we have foodNow which is notable because it benefits organizations that advocate for urban agriculture and local eating. What intrigues me about this event is its location: out on the street in the West Bottoms. From the website:

Up on the roof of 1300 West 13th Street, you will share in wine, small bites, the silent auction, and an amazing view. As sunset approaches, you will be ushered down to find a seat at the table in the street for a dinner of all-local food.

That sounds pretty neat, right? It is certainly a hell of a lot more interesting than some convention hall or hotel ballroom, especially if the weather accommodates. Participating restaurants include R Bar, Westside Local, Blanc, Le Fou Frog, Trezo Mare and more. Entrance to the event is $125, which is not obscene for a benefit event. You can reserve a seat online or you can volunteer to help with the dinner.