Archive for Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Kansas City Connection: The Sundry shows off its suppliers

May 6, 2015

When you first walk into The Sundry, a market and grocery that opened last year in the Crossroads neighborhood, you’ll see a large chalkboard with a drawing of Kansas and Missouri. Pointing to the states are several arrows indicating the origins of The Sundry’s suppliers for meat, vegetables, dry goods, teas and a whole variety of products ranging from kombucha, a fermented tea drink, and komatsuna, a green leafy vegetable, to succulents and soap. The Sundry doesn’t just stock local foods — it serves them in a variety of tasty breakfast, brunch and lunch dishes, as well as pre-made dinners to take home.

Breakfast is served each day starting at 8 a.m. (10 a.m. to 6 p.m. brunch on weekends), with a $5 biscuits-and-gravy plate, a $6 breakfast pie made with scrambled eggs, potatoes, house-made bacon and cheddar, and a $6 red-flannel hash made with pastrami, roasted beets and potatoes for brunch ($1 for a poached egg on top). For a lighter snack, try the homemade dunkin’ stick or one of the polenta cookies with a lemon rosemary glaze, washed down with a cup of tea from Hugo Tea Company or a cup of coffee from local roasters Thou Mayest or The Roasterie.

The Lunch menu includes a green curry sandwich with chicken from Barham Family Farms and a baguette from Le Monde Bakery, a pulled pork sandwich with Windhaven Farms Pork (both $8.50), along with several salads, vegetable dishes and weekly specials. The Sundry also offers occasional classes and demonstrations, and the outdoor patio just opened last week.

Visit the Sundry at 1706 Baltimore from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the week, with a special happy hour menu of small plates and beverages from 3 p.m. until close, or on weekends from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Check out a menu online at thesundry.com.

On 8 p.m. Friday at the Kauffman Center, singer Mary Chapin Carpenter will join the Kansas City Symphony to present special symphonic arrangements of her songs, conducted by Vince Mendoza, who has previously worked with artists including Elvis Costello, Diana Krall and Sting. Tickets for this one-night event start at $40 and are available at kcsymphony.org.

One of the best ways to spot up-and-coming artists in the Kansas City area is to check out the annual exhibits of student art hosted by the Kansas City Art Institute and the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

From now through May 16, KCAI’s annual B.F.A. Exhibition is on display at the H&R Block Artspace on 43rd and Walnut streets, featuring work from 116 Bachelors in Fine Arts candidates. The Artspace is open from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

At the UMKC Art Gallery, student work is on display through July 30. The gallery is on the UMKC campus at 5100 Rockhill Road, and is open varying hours from Monday through Friday. Visit umkc.edu for more information.

You don’t have to set foot in a gallery to see the city’s newest and most interesting sculptural installations. On the south lawn of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, sculptor Philip Haas has created four 15-foot-tall portrait busts called “The Four Seasons,” which bring to life Renaissance painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s portrait series of the same name. In the sculptures, Haas arranged different kinds of fruit, flowers and sticks to form four large faces that correspond to each season’s botanical offerings.

The Four Seasons is well worth a visit for viewers of all ages. Haas will be in attendance on May 28 for a presentation at the museum, and the sculptures will be the backdrop for Kansas City’s Big Picnic, a public event on Sunday, July 19 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Visit nelson-atkins.org for more information.

The Spinning Tree Theatre is currently presenting the classic musical “Fiddler on the Roof” at the Just Off Broadway Theater on 3051 Penn Valley Drive. The production, directed by Andy Parkhurst with artistic direction by Michael Grayman, features an ensemble cast and live musical accompaniment. Showtimes are Thursday, May 7 at 7:39 p.m., Friday, May 8 and Saturday, May 9 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 10 at 2 p.m. Tickets are for sale at spinningtreetheatre.com for $27.50 and up for adults or $15 for students.

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