Thought I'd just share a few of the noteworthy things going on in this city related to the food scene:
James Beard Nominees
(From KansasCity.com) The James Beard Foundation has announced the 397 semifinalists in its chef and restaurant awards, which go to restaurants, chefs, restaurateurs and wine and spirits professionals across the country.
The local nominees are:
*Michael Smith, owner of Michael Smith restaurant in the Crossroads, for outstanding chef. (He also owns Extra Virgin. Read my review.)
*The American Restaurant for outstanding restaurant.
*Linda Duerr of Zest in Leawood and Colby Garrelts of Bluestem in Westport for Best Chef: Midwest.
1924 Main, Pizzabella and Souperman appear to all be shutting down (same owner for all 3). I liked 1924 Main but found it a little austere. Pizzabella was good, but I'm guilty of not having done my part to keep it open. Didn't love the location. Good riddance to Souperman.
The Westport location of Blanc Burgers + Bottles is now closed, but they've reopened at their plaza location.