Experience farm to table in Kansas City style when you join KC Healthy Kids for our first ever progressive dinner on Tuesday, October 17. The adventure features three separate routes for course tastings with our Carrot Gold partners. Then, everyone meets up on the rooftop of the Fontaine for drinks and dessert. Come hang out with fellow farm to table foodies and get to know Carrot Gold and the power of a robust farm to table network.
Blue Bird Bistro >> The Rieger >> The Fontaine
6:00 – 8:00 pm First & Second Stops
7:00 – 10:00 pm Rooftop of The Fontaine on the Country Club Plaza
If we draw your name for the progressive dinner route that begins in the Westside neighborhood, get ready to soak up the atmosphere of two of Kansas City’s most creative neighborhoods.
Start your progressive dinner journey in the heart of the historic Westside neighborhood. This slim, shady nook of a neighborhood is smaller than a single square mile. Its narrow brick buildings, brightly painted homes and steep inclines make for an intimate, eclectic feeling.
The neighborhood declined after World War II and eventually, the interstate was built and cut the neighborhood off from the crossroads and downtown areas. It’s made a comeback in recent years, though, and new development and renovations have brought a modern aesthetic to the neighborhood.
With plenty of sidewalks, several parks, a pool, a community fitness center and access to a bike trail, the Westside is one of Kansas City’s more walkable, bikeable and playable urban neighborhoods. Kids can walk to the neighborhood’s two schools and library.
Blue Bird Bistro, one of Kansas City’s original farm to table restaurants, is a landmark in the Westside neighborhood and one of KC Healthy Kids’ very first Carrot Gold partners. In business since 2000, Jane Zieha has helped local farms grow as she has grown her business. She maintains long-lasting relationships with local farmers.
Emily Miller will be your host at Blue Bird Bistro. She is director of Fresh Farm HQ, a food hub that was created to bring together locally grown food that can be harvested and then delivered to Kansas City communities and institutions. Emily’s background in food-systems and urban planning enhances her role at the hub. She is a backyard gardener too!
From Bluebird, you’ll head to another spot with a storied past and a modern makeover that maintains its early 1900s vintage. The Rieger Hotel Grill and Exchange, in the Crossroads Arts District, has become a Carrot Gold partner as a result of its ongoing dedication to sustainable food service practices, including sourcing local foods and providing the freshest options for their regionally inspired dishes.
Your host at The Reiger will be Neil Rudisill. He’s a registered nurse who also runs a farm and sells his vegetables at Ivanhoe Farmers Market. As a staff member of Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council, he’s dedicated to cultivating and building up the Ivanhoe neighborhood. Be sure to ask Neil what he planted for the winter harvest.
Crossroads Arts District is a destination along RideKC’s streetcar route. You can also hop on a B-Cycle to connect to historic areas as well as shopping and entertainment districts like the Westside, River Market and 18th and Vine. The neighborhood is very walkable, too. In fact, if you have some flexibility on the night of the progressive dinner, you can get a closer look at these neighborhoods by walking from Blue Bird Bistro to The Rieger and back. They’re less than a mile apart!
Chef Scott Blackerby of The Fontaine is new to town, but a connection he made early on, with Alicia Ellingsworth and our Carrot Gold program, will make it easier to reach local farmers and continue the farm to table tradition he values. As a Carrot Gold partner, the hotel’s 901 West dining room and Solarium Lounge are recognized for excellence in local sourcing, sustainable kitchen operations and healthy menu items. His sourcing local, seasonal produce and meat goes back to his time at restaurants from places including Los Angeles to Dubai to Mackinac Island. And he’s committed to the same policies around sustainability, including 100 percent composting and 100 percent recycling.
Here are some ways KC Healthy Kids works with communities on the Westside and in the Crossroads:
Big Brothers Big Sisters is a community partner of our I Am Here youth leadership program. Bigs and littles can come together and learn how to speak out for healthier communities. At the end of the workshop, they write letters to their school leaders or elected officials asking for changes that could last for generations.
You can dine with our Carrot Gold partners any day of the week. In the crossroads, check out:
- Kauffman Center for Performing Arts
- Kansas City Convention Center
- Webster House
- Simple Science Juices
- Lidia’s Kansas City
You can also volunteer with Episcopal Community Services, which operates Kansas City Community Kitchen, a place where anyone who is hungry can enjoy a meal in a restaurant setting.
The Greater Kansas City Food Policy Coalition regularly meets at Lidia’s Kansas City. Our next gathering is November 29, and it’s a great way to get involved in our local food system. If you eat (and we know you do) you should care about where your food comes from! Get Details
This is just a glance at some of the ways KC Healthy Kids is reshaping our region for a brighter future. Learn more
However you get there, we’ll see you on the rooftop of The Fontaine for dessert and drinks!