Kansas City Connection: Farm-fresh flavor; Floyd’s ‘Dark Side’
It’s been a big week for Kansas City. The Royals won their first World Series in 30 years, and an estimated 800,000 people showed up for the victory parade. The first streetcar in decades arrived and was sent out for an initial test run earlier this weekend. Boulevard Brewing Co. teamed up with Remy Martin to release a “Tank 1738” farmhouse cognac in honor of the Royals historic 2015 season.
OK, so that last one isn’t true, and is in fact a joke I stole from my friend Kyle. But the point is that good things are afoot in the city of fountains.
Now that the championship mania has quieted a little bit, let’s return to exploring some things that make this place great, such as exceptional food, drink, arts and entertainment.
One of my favorite places in Kansas City for a nice lunch, dinner or cocktail is The Farmhouse, a farm-to-table, “tip-to-tail” restaurant that offers a delicious variety of entrees and sandwiches using fresh meats and vegetables from regional providers.
The lamb meatballs, harissa chicken roulade and fried green tomatoes are all delicious, and the pulled pork sandwich — featuring an apple, radish and fennel slaw, buttermilk herbed aioli and chile-rubbed pulled pork — is tastier and more subtly flavored than the pulled pork at any of the prize-winning barbecue joints in town, at least in my opinion.
The Farmhouse features a sophisticated cocktail menu and a wide variety of beers on tap. The Farmhouse serves lunch Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., dinner from Wednesday through Saturday starting at 5 p.m., and brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The restaurant is located at 300 Delaware St. in the City Market, and a full menu can be viewed online at eatatthefarmhouse.com.
Bizz and Weezy
If you’re in the Crossroads and find yourself in need of something sweet (or caffeinated), check out the new Bizz & Weezy Confections on the corner of 18th and Baltimore, which serves six different kinds of caramels, a variety of chocolate-dipped Oreos, and features a full-service coffee bar.
Jonathan and Amy Pincher of Olathe opened in August, and the shop has done an admirable job of accommodating the large crowds at First Friday art walks and the World Series parade last Tuesday. Visit bizzandweezy.com for more information.
Wednesday is Veterans Day, and the National World War I Museum is opening the museum to the public for free for the entire day.
The special events begin the evening before, with a concert by The Brooklyn Art Song Society performing music by British composers who died in World War I. “In Memoriam: Songs of the Great War,” begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Tickets are $12 for non-members, $5 for members, and veterans will be admitted for free.
The next day, Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II, Mayor Sly James and French Deputy General Consul Jean-Christophe Paris are among the public figures who will address crowds at a public Veterans Day Ceremony in J.C. Nichols Auditorium.
The ceremony will feature a presentation of Bronze Star and French Legion of Honor medals to veterans from World War II, as well as musical performances by the 1st Infantry Division Brass Quintet and The American Legion Band of Greater Kansas City Wind Ensemble.
‘Dark Side of the Moon’
If you’re a Pink Floyd fan, or even a modest devotee of the “Dark Side of the Moon” album, it would be a shame to miss the music ensemble Classic Albums Live perform it in its entirety next Saturday at Johnson County Community College’s Yardley Hall.
The Canadian ensemble has been touring the world performing classic rock and soul albums for years, and Pink Floyd is one of their staples.
A video on their website features them performing a flawless cover of “Fearless,” a song Pink Floyd only ever played once live, but which is often included in Classic Albums Live’s set of the band’s greatest hits.
The concert begins at 8 p.m. and adult tickets are $25-$35 at jccc.edu.
— Lucas Wetzel is a writer and editor from Kansas City, Mo.