Food And Drink http://kcur.org en Kansas City Bartenders Create Cocktails Inspired By Local Bands http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-bartenders-create-cocktails-inspired-local-bands <p></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:55:57 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Christina Lieffring 58711 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Bartenders Create Cocktails Inspired By Local Bands On The Farm, Chefs Learn The Basics Of Food Production http://kcur.org/post/farm-chefs-learn-basics-food-production <p>With <a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/article/integrated-local-food-system-can-grow-market" target="_blank">farm to table restaurants springing up left and right</a>, cooks are having to go beyond the grocery store. That’s why about a dozen chefs from Chicago and central Illinois recently gathered for a two-day crash course on where their food comes from – the farm.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 11:02:00 +0000 Sean Powers 58477 at http://kcur.org On The Farm, Chefs Learn The Basics Of Food Production Food Critics: Best Unleaded Drinks In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/food-critics-best-unleaded-drinks-kansas-city <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The dog days of summer are upon us and everyone is looking for good ways to keep cool. Though cocktails might do the trick, not everyone wants to get intoxicated while they sip a cold drink.</span></p><p>On Friday's&nbsp;<a href="http://kcur.org/programs/central-standard" target="_blank"><em>Central Standard</em></a>, guest host Charles Ferruzza is joined by the Food Critics to find out where the best refreshing non-alcoholic drinks in the Kansas City area are.&nbsp;</p><p>Here are their picks:</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 18:52:50 +0000 Cody Newill 58037 at http://kcur.org Food Critics: Best Unleaded Drinks In Kansas City Food Critics: The Best Cocktails In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/food-critics-best-cocktails-kansas-city <p>Many people enjoy a glass of wine or a beer to loosen up, but sometimes those just don't quite do the trick. From Moscow Mules to Brandy Alexanders, a good cocktail can be a great companion to a nice meal or a casual social event.</p><p>On Friday's&nbsp;<a href="http://kcur.org/programs/central-standard"><em>Central Standard</em></a>, guest host Charles Ferruzza is joined by the Food Critics to find out where the best cocktails in Kansas City are.</p><p>Here are their picks for cocktails at restaurants and bars:</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 17:02:43 +0000 Cody Newill 57283 at http://kcur.org Food Critics: The Best Cocktails In Kansas City The Weekend To-Do List: June 13-15 http://kcur.org/post/weekend-do-list-june-13-15 <p></p><p></p><p>If you're looking for a variety of entertainment this weekend, look no further than Brian McTavish's Weekend To-Do List for June 13-15.</p><p><a href="http://www.knuckleheadshonkytonk.com/">Don McLean and Judy Collins</a><br />8:30 p.m. Friday<br />Knuckleheads, 2715 Rochester<br />Tickets: $68.50</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 18:12:58 +0000 Steve Kraske, Brian McTavish & Hannah Copeland 57217 at http://kcur.org The Weekend To-Do List: June 13-15 Beef Sent To Kansas City Restaurant Recalled Due To Mad Cow Fear http://kcur.org/post/beef-sent-kansas-city-restaurant-recalled-due-mad-cow-fear <p>Food safety regulators are recalling beef that could be tainted by parts of cattle nervous system that can carry mad cow disease and a Kansas City restaurant may be affected.</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 17:24:04 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 57218 at http://kcur.org 7 Questions For Doug Frost On Beer And The First-Ever Boulevardia http://kcur.org/post/7-questions-doug-frost-beer-and-first-ever-boulevardia <p>Music, food, and craft beer will jostle for center stage this weekend at Boulevardia, a three-day festival in the West Bottoms of Kansas City, Mo.</p><p>More than three dozen brewers from 11 states, from Oregon to Maine, as well as two Belgian breweries, will be on tap to provide samples. And – of course — there will be beer from local favorites in Kansas and Missouri (such as Boulevard Brewing Co., the organizer of the event).</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 14:27:30 +0000 Laura Spencer 57078 at http://kcur.org 7 Questions For Doug Frost On Beer And The First-Ever Boulevardia Historic Northeast Neighborhoods: People, Art, Food http://kcur.org/post/historic-northeast-neighborhoods-people-art-food <p>As part of KCUR's&nbsp;<a href="http://kcur.org/topic/beyond-our-borders">Beyond Our Borders</a> series, <em>Central Standard</em> met with a handful of residents of Kansas City's historic Northeast to hear about the people and projects shaping the future of that part of town. In particular, artist Hector Casanova told us about his project working with students to transform a boarded-up old school building in the neighborhood by treating its surfaces as a giant canvas.</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 20:12:49 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Sylvia Maria Gross 56887 at http://kcur.org Historic Northeast Neighborhoods: People, Art, Food The Best Eats In Kansas City's Historic Northeast http://kcur.org/post/best-eats-kansas-citys-historic-northeast <p>This year, KCUR is embarking on a project called "<a href="http://kcur.org/topic/beyond-our-borders">Beyond Our Borders</a>," an attempt to take a closer look at the cultural and geographical borders in Kansas City.</p><p>The first border we are examining is&nbsp;Troost Avenue, which acts as a racial and socioeconomic diving line in Kansas City's urban core.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 19:42:12 +0000 Cody Newill 56862 at http://kcur.org The Best Eats In Kansas City's Historic Northeast Food Critics: Best Cheese Spots In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/food-critics-best-cheese-spots-kansas-city <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s difficult to imagine a life without cheese. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We eat our cheese grilled, deep-fried, cubed, shredded, baked in pastry and whipped into a tiramisu.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Friday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/central-standard"><em>Central Standard</em></a>, the food critics explored the cheeses of the Kansas City region, from </span>Asiago<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to </span>Velveeta<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and everything in between.</span></p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 14:42:35 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton 56606 at http://kcur.org Food Critics: Best Cheese Spots In Kansas City 'Fed Up' Links Obesity Epidemic to Sugar, Industry, Government http://kcur.org/post/fed-links-obesity-epidemic-sugar-industry-government <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Just who’s to blame for the childhood obesity epidemic? Over the years, the finger has been pointed at parents, video games and vending machines, to name a few.</span></p><p>To the makers of the new activist documentary, “Fed Up,” the bottom line of blame lies with a simple substance poured into our diets every day: sugar. And the pushers of what this film calls a drug and “the new tobacco” are the food industry and our own government.</p> Fri, 23 May 2014 13:00:58 +0000 Peggy Lowe 56121 at http://kcur.org 'Fed Up' Links Obesity Epidemic to Sugar, Industry, Government Flour Milling Merger Moves Forward http://kcur.org/post/flour-milling-merger-moves-forward <p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif;">Federal regulators Tuesday gave the final go-ahead for two of the country’s largest flour milling companies to merge.</p> Wed, 21 May 2014 12:40:44 +0000 Luke Runyon 56089 at http://kcur.org Flour Milling Merger Moves Forward Missouri Among States Targeted In Beef Recall http://kcur.org/post/missouri-among-states-targeted-beef-recall <p>The usual food safety advice applies in the latest ground beef recall: Don't order that hamburger rare.</p><p>A Michigan-based company has recalled 1.8 million pounds of ground beef earmarked for use at restaurants in four states, including Missouri, for possible E. Coli contamination.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wolverine Packing Co. issued the recall Monday for distributors in Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri and Ohio after 11 people became sick.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 19 May 2014 22:03:38 +0000 Elle Moxley 55994 at http://kcur.org Missouri Among States Targeted In Beef Recall Food Critics: Kansas City's Best Wings http://kcur.org/post/food-critics-kansas-citys-best-wings <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It may not be football season, but chicken wings are still a popular appetizer at many restaurants and bars.</span></p><p>The <em>Central Standard</em> Food critics stopped by KCUR to give us their Kansas City favorites from traditional Buffalo wings to exotic preparations.</p><p>Here are their recommendations:</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 16:55:43 +0000 Maria Carter 55848 at http://kcur.org Food Critics: Kansas City's Best Wings Kansas City's 'Cowtown' Heritage http://kcur.org/post/kansas-citys-cowtown-heritage <p></p><p>Kansas City used to be the place, "where the steak is born." Now it's known more for barbecue than steaks and stockyards.</p><p>On the first half of Wednesday's&nbsp;<a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date" target="_blank"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, host Steve Kraske sits down with local food critic&nbsp;<strong>Charles Ferruzza</strong>&nbsp;to dive into Kansas City's carnivorous past.&nbsp;</p><p><b>Guest:</b></p><ul><li><b>Charles Ferruzza</b>​, food critic.</li></ul> Wed, 14 May 2014 15:59:32 +0000 Steve Kraske & Cody Newill 55711 at http://kcur.org Kansas City's 'Cowtown' Heritage Wining And Dining, For Charity http://kcur.org/post/wining-and-dining-charity <p></p><p>How much would you pay for a charity wine tasting? $50? What about $50,000? Depending on the event, it can be a pricey prospect.</p> Fri, 09 May 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 55410 at http://kcur.org Wining And Dining, For Charity National Geographic: 5 Steps To Feed The World http://kcur.org/post/national-geographic-5-steps-feed-world <p>With the world’s population exploding, we’ll have many more mouths to feed in the near future. But agriculture already uses up tons of resources and land. So how can we grow more food and how can we limit its damage to the environment?</p><p>Jonathan Foley, director of the <a href="http://environment.umn.edu/">Institute on the Environment</a> at the University of Minnesota, wrote “<a href="http://www.nationalgeographic.com/foodfeatures/feeding-9-billion/">A Five Step Plan to Feed the World</a>,” in the May issue of National Geographic as an answer to those kinds of questions.</p> Tue, 06 May 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 55269 at http://kcur.org National Geographic: 5 Steps To Feed The World Brazil Beef Imports Too Risky, Farmers Worry http://kcur.org/post/brazil-beef-imports-too-risky-farmers-worry <p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture wants to <a href="http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=APHIS-2009-0017-0010">green light a proposal</a> that would allow imports of fresh beef from certain sections of Brazil, despite the South American country’s history of outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease, a highly contagious pathogen that cripples cattle.</p> Mon, 05 May 2014 13:08:41 +0000 Luke Runyon 55226 at http://kcur.org Brazil Beef Imports Too Risky, Farmers Worry Food Critics: The Best Pastries In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/food-critics-best-pastries-kansas-city <p>Merriam-Webster defines pastry as "sweet baked goods made of dough having a high fat content." The definition leaves out a few key words and phrases, like "delicious<em>"</em> and "tasting great with tea or coffee."</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The <em>Central Standard </em>food critics swung by our</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;studios to guide listeners on a quest for the most delectable pastries in Kansas City. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Here are their recommendations:</span></p> Fri, 02 May 2014 18:20:20 +0000 Gina Kaufmann 55122 at http://kcur.org Food Critics: The Best Pastries In Kansas City In Ivanhoe, Food Helping Neighborhood Rebuild http://kcur.org/post/ivanhoe-food-helping-neighborhood-rebuild <p>Terry Glenn’s neighborhood was hit hard by the recession, and it wasn’t booming before the rough times.</p><p>He saw houses crumble, get boarded up and left to rot. He saw neighbors moving away. And he worried that Ivanhoe, on Kansas City’s east side, was dying.</p><p>“We said, ‘We’ve got to look inside of this and see exactly what the problem is,’” Glenn said. “And once we did, we found out that the families were moving to try to find better schools, find healthier food, find different places that their family can go and have a good community.”</p> Thu, 01 May 2014 16:09:58 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 55064 at http://kcur.org In Ivanhoe, Food Helping Neighborhood Rebuild Integrated Local Food System Can Grow The Market http://kcur.org/post/integrated-local-food-system-can-grow-market <p>The smell of baking dinner rolls fills the kitchen at Decorah High School in northeast Iowa. As two kitchen workers mix a fresh broccoli salad, another, Chad Elliott, ladles tomato soup from a large metal pot on the stove into white plastic buckets for delivery to the town’s elementary schools.</p><p>Elliott says most of the food served in the district is made from scratch and many ingredients come from local farms and dairies.</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 12:39:12 +0000 Amy Mayer 54994 at http://kcur.org Integrated Local Food System Can Grow The Market The Role Of Food During World War I http://kcur.org/post/role-food-during-world-war-i <p></p><p>On today's <em>Central Standard</em>, culinary historian Andrea Broomfield joins us to discuss the importance of food during the first World War.</p><p>Broomfield explains what the food industry was like during that time at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theworldwar.org/chowchallenge">War Fare: Chow Challenge</a> on April 30. Chefs from area restaurants will compete in an <em>Iron Chef</em>-style event using food available during World War I.&nbsp;</p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Guest:</span></strong></p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 14:28:07 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Kate Baxendale 54897 at http://kcur.org The Role Of Food During World War I Kansas City Church Brings Local Food To Neighborhood Without Access http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-church-brings-local-food-neighborhood-without-access <p>Farm stands and farmers markets remain really important for many local farmers, but U.S. consumers barely buy any food directly from farms. That’s why local farmers are trying to crack in to the big institutional markets such as grocery stores, work cafeterias, schools and hospitals.</p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 12:55:31 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 54934 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Church Brings Local Food To Neighborhood Without Access Food Critics: Kansas City's Best Lunch Spots http://kcur.org/post/food-critics-kansas-citys-best-lunch-spots <p></p><p>It's not uncommon for Americans to work through lunch, thoughtlessly scarfing down sustenance at a desk or —worse — in a car.</p><p>But at its best, lunch can be a time to unwind and savor the moment, getting out in the city while nourishing body and soul.</p><p>Some Kansas Citians are keeping the mid-day meal alive in all its glory. Hosted by Charles Ferruzza,&nbsp;KCUR's food critics led a search for exquisite lunch experiences in Kansas City on Friday.&nbsp;</p><p>Here are some of their recommendations:</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:51:50 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton, Christie Garton & Kate Baxendale 54395 at http://kcur.org Food Critics: Kansas City's Best Lunch Spots Passionate Sustainability Advocate Vandana Shiva Visits Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/passionate-sustainability-advocate-vandana-shiva-visits-kansas-city <p>Dr. Vandana Shiva sees issues of diversity playing out in our societies as well as in our grocery stores and on our dinner plates. <em>Central Standard</em> visits with this prolific author and global environmental activist about her unique blend of science and philosophy in which feminism, economic theory, quantum physics and agricultural history combine to create a compelling world view.</p><p>Dr. Shiva stops by the studio to explain her perspective and to tell her personal story.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:04:17 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Christie Garton 54339 at http://kcur.org Passionate Sustainability Advocate Vandana Shiva Visits Kansas City Vertical Farming: Towering Vision, Uncertain Future http://kcur.org/post/vertical-farming-towering-vision-uncertain-future <p>Farmers are making inroads supplying local food to hungry city foodies, but many producers are trying to grow more food <em>in </em>urban centers. City real estate is at a premium, so some producers are finding more space by using what’s called “vertical farming,” and going up rather than spreading out.</p><p>Growers across the country are heading indoors, using greenhouses and hydroponics – growing plants in a water and nutrient solution instead of soil and using lamps to replace sunlight. Vertical farming takes that to a new level.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:27:40 +0000 Peter Gray 54181 at http://kcur.org Vertical Farming: Towering Vision, Uncertain Future Food Critics: The Best Fish In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/food-critics-best-fish-kansas-city <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>It's Lent, and whether you observe the Catholic fast or not, it's a great excuse to eat fish.</p><p>Kansas City restaurants offer plentiful selections of the under-water variety. On today's <em>Central Standard</em>&nbsp;the food critics recommend their favorite fish entrees in town.</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 17:20:56 +0000 Gina Kaufmann 53692 at http://kcur.org Food Critics: The Best Fish In Kansas City Food Hubs Could Provide Crucial Link For Amish Farmers http://kcur.org/post/food-hubs-could-provide-crucial-link-amish-farmers <p>Lacking the infrastructure of traditional suppliers, many local farms that want to connect to restaurants, schools and other big buyers are using the Internet to reach customers.</p><p>Groups of farms are banding together to form <a href="http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/foodhubs">regional food hubs</a>, leveraging online ordering, tracking and marketing tools to cut down on costs and to try to keep local food systems viable for growers and affordable for consumers.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 13:06:20 +0000 Peter Gray 53163 at http://kcur.org Food Hubs Could Provide Crucial Link For Amish Farmers Food Critics: Best Noodles In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/food-critics-best-noodles-kansas-city <p></p><p>There<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;"> is one ingredient that you'll find in almost every culture and <a href="http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2005/10/1012_051012_chinese_noodles.html">has been around for almost 4,000 years</a>: noodles.</span></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 20:01:45 +0000 Christie Garton & Matthew Long-Middleton 53003 at http://kcur.org Food Critics: Best Noodles In Kansas City Padlock The Milk! FDA’s Push To Safeguard The Food Supply http://kcur.org/post/padlock-milk-fda-s-push-safeguard-food-supply <p>Many of the food terrorism scenarios outlined by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration involve liquid.</p><p>And there’s good reason for that.</p><p>Liquids like orange juice and milk go through many processing steps -- farm, bottling plant, delivery – before reaching the consumers who drink them. And these liquids are moved, manufactured and stored in huge batches that get distributed and consumed quickly. Should a toxin be injected somewhere along the supply chain, experts believe it could have devastating human health and economic consequences.</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 12:45:02 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 52443 at http://kcur.org Padlock The Milk! FDA’s Push To Safeguard The Food Supply