Lunch in Pictures: Boulevard Beer Hall

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Boulevard Beer Hall Menu Kansas City MO Boulevard Brewing Company Tours and Rec

Last month, I took the interns for a late lunch at Boulevard’s new Beer Hall. To be honest, I really just wanted to snap some photos (since, full disclosure: my husband worked really hard to create the menu there and I wanted him to have some pretty pictures of his food) and get away from the computer for a while. We ended up stuffing ourselves silly with meats, cheeses and pretzel dogs, and of course, we each had a Tank 7.

Beyond the beer, there’s so much local goodness to be tasted at the Beer Hall.

We started with The Cheese Board (pictured above). It features Cottonwood River cheddar from Jason Wiebe Dairy in Kansas, smoked gouda from Frisian Farms in Iowa, and The Sixth Grass cheese — a collaboration between Boulevard and Green Dirt Farm in Weston, MO. The pretty little orange burst in the middle is Clementine-Thyme Marmalade from Kansas City Canning Company. If you haven’t tried it, get you some.

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Boulevard Beer Hall Menu Kansas City MO Boulevard Brewing Company Tours and Rec

Next, we tried the chicken andouille pretzel dog with a mustard-relish combo for dipping. The Beer Hall has a few pretzel dogs to choose from, but this is my favorite. The dog is from Fritz’s Meat and Superior Sausage in Leawood, wrapped with a Pale Ale pretzel. Farm to Market makes the dough and the cooks at the Beer Hall wrap the dogs each morning, allow the dough to rise, and then they bake them fresh when you order.

Boulevard Beer Hall Menu Kansas City MO Boulevard Brewing Company Tours and Rec

While a veggie platter may sound like the lamest thing to order at a beer hall, it’s not lame at all. It features potato chips made by The Rieger (potatoes are vegetables, thank you very much), and an onion dip that might just change your life. It’s called Wild Child Onion Dip and it’s made with Love Child (a Boulevard wild ale) Vinegar. It’s the best onion dip you’ve never had.

Boulevard Beer Hall Menu Kansas City MO Boulevard Brewing Company Tours and Rec

The meat board features meat, of course — La Quercia American Salami, Leoncini Mortadella and Bayonne Jamon, a French Ham — plus Boulevard’s Pale Ale Mustard, KC Canning Company’s Hoppy Pickles (another collaboration with Boulevard) and Farm to Market crackers.

Boulevard Beer Hall Menu Kansas City MO Boulevard Brewing Company Tours and Rec

The Big Board ($29) serves a crowd. Because it’s, well, really big. It’s piled with a fantastic sampling of meats, cheeses, and veggies. And again with that veggie dip and those Rieger potato chips.

You guys, this place is amazing. And I’m not just saying that because I’m married to one of the guys who run it. It’s huge, the design and decor are amazing, and it’s a great place to go with friends or family (yes, you could even take your kids as long as they’re cool), or even your laptop if you want a change of scenery during the work week.

We’ll be back. Oh, yes. We will be back.

Boulevard Beer Hall Menu Kansas City MO Boulevard Brewing Company Tours and Rec

Lunch in Pictures: Café Sebastienne

Earlier this month we took our new photo intern, Grace, to lunch at Café Sebastienne — the wonderful cafe in the atrium of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Café Sebastienne feels like a hidden gem since it’s tucked away in the museum, but it’s full of wonderful natural light, amazing art, and fantastic food.

Of course, we ate a lot of the latter.

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We started with the grilled asparagus, made with pancetta, a poached farm egg, Cremini mushrooms and sherry vinaigrette. It was perfectly rich and satisfying. Then we moved onto an order of fish tacos for the table. Because isn’t that what normal people do?

I’d be lying if I tried to pretend this wasn’t my idea. I always get the fish tacos at Cafe Sebastienne. They’re damn fine fish tacos: roasted white fish, avocado sauce, and pico de gallo with Rancho Gordo Vallarta beans.

Cafe Sebastienne Kansas City Food Photography

Then it was time to move onto our entrees.

Grace had the Cafe Trio, which featured an Italian charcuterie sandwich, spicy potato and eggplant stew, and a mixed slaw salad with kale, bell peppers, and green beans.

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Jeff had the fish of the day — grilled salmon with fingerling potatoes and a prepared salad of cherry tomatoes, onions, blue cheese and other good stuff (we were all in love with that salad). The fish was topped with chermoula (which was like a fresh, minty chimichurri).

I opted for another fish dish: Grilled rainbow trout, served with roasted baby carrots, spinach, asparagus, and a mustard-tarragon butter sauce. So. Good.

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As if we hadn’t had enough to eat, we ordered two desserts for the table: A hefty slice of bread pudding with whipped cream and caramel sauce AND the Poppy’s Ice Cream trio of lemon, goat’s milk caramel, and candied ginger-vanilla.

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PHOTOS BY GRACE PRITCHETT

Lunch in Pictures: Jasper’s Italian Restaurant

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Carbonara at Japser's Italian Restaurant Photo by Feed Me Creative

Confession: We still haven’t figured out exactly what we want to do with this blog. And clearly, whatever we’re doing, we’re not doing often enough. So, we’ve decided to try eating lunches out in Kansas City more often and posting pictures here. Because we know we’re good at those two things: eating and taking pictures of food. (Plus, people taking pictures during lunch are way less annoying than those taking pictures during dinner.)

Our first stop on this new, hopefully regular journey was Jasper’s Italian Restaurant — which bills itself as “a Kansas City Tradition in Excellence.” And it really is. Everything at Jasper’s is top notch, from the old-school service (Jasper is probably the nicest guy in the Kansas City restaurant world) to the decadent dishes. Because of both the experience and the food, it’s really hard to have a light lunch at Jasper’s. I mean, I guess if you tried really hard you could. But why would you?

So, here’s everything we ate last Thursday. And, yes, two of us really ate almost all of it.

Jeff started with the spinach salad, I got the caesar salad AND the ridiculously rich lobster cappuccino — it’s a creamy lobster soup topped with whipped cream and bacon and it’s so good the recipe is featured on the James Beard Foundation’s website.

Spinach Salad at Jasper's Italian Restaurant Kansas City by Feed Me Creative

Caesar Salad at Jasper's Italian Restaurant Kansas City by Feed Me Creative

Caesar Salad at Jasper's Italian Restaurant Kansas City by Feed Me Creative

Next, we moved onto the table-side mozzarella. Jasper and his nephew roll a cart right up to the table and make amazing, fresh mozzarella from scratch, then serve it as a Caprese salad.

Tableside Mozzarella Jasper Mirabile Kansas City Photo by Feed Me Creative

Tableside Mozzarella Jasper Mirabile Kansas City Photo by Feed Me Creative

Tableside Mozzarella Jasper Mirabile Kansas City Photo by Feed Me Creative

Tableside Mozzarella Jasper Mirabile Kansas City Photo by Feed Me Creative

And because asparagus is in season, we had to try some of that. But just a little; we were clearly there for the carbs.

Asparagus at Jasper's Italian Restaurant Kansas City Photo by Feed Me Creative

Next came our entrées. Jeff thought he wanted to be healthy so he ordered the St. Peter’s fish (tilapia) — which I promptly ate half of because it was the best pan-seared fish I’d ever tasted. After sharing a few bites with Jeff, I also cleared my plate of the carbonara (hey, I’m breastfeeding!). It’s not actually on Jasper’s menu, but it should be. And if you ask nicely, they’ll make it for you. I might have also ordered some baked ziti because it’s one of my favorite things, ever.

Tilapia at Jasper Mirabile's Jasper's Italian Kitchen Kansas City Photo by Feed Me Creative

Tilapia at Jasper Mirabile's Jasper's Italian Kitchen Kansas City Photo by Feed Me Creative

Tilapia at Jasper Mirabile's Jasper's Italian Kitchen Kansas City Photo by Feed Me Creative

You’d think we were done, right? Well, pro tip: If you really don’t want dessert, don’t have your server come by with the dessert cart “just to have a look,” because cheesecake happens. It always happens, doesn’t it?

Cheesecake at Jasper Mirabile's Jasper's Italian Kitchen Kansas City Photo by Feed Me Creative

Thanksgiving Prep: 24 Hours to Go

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Thanksgiving Sides Sweet Potato Cranberry Brussels Sprouts

Okay, we’ve reached the point in our Thanksgiving preparation posts where, if you haven’t done anything and you’re hosting, it really is time to panic. Or at least get your ass in gear — and to the grocery store! If you really haven’t done a damn thing, get caught up here. If you have been keeping up, there are just a few things left to do.

Thanksgiving To-Do: 24 Hours to Go

Here’s a final checklist before the big day.

1. Make a plan.

We know you’ve been planning all month, but go into your kitchen (right now!) and go through everything you’re going to cook on Thursday and what you’ll cook it in/with. Do you have all of the ingredients you need? Stock pots? Pans? Serving spoons? If not, get them — now.

2. Finish all of your shopping. RIGHT THIS MINUTE.

No, don’t put it off one more minute. You’re already going to be trapped in line at the grocery store the day before Thanksgiving, when you should be spending the day enveloped by delicious cooking aromas in your kitchen. Make a list (including bread and all of the greens you couldn’t buy last week), check it twice and grab a grocery cart. And pick up some extra wine while you’re out. And maybe whipped cream. And coffee. 

3. Double (or triple) check with your guests.

Are all of your guests still coming? Even the one you’re counting on to bring the pies? Make sure anyone you’re depending on for any part of the meal plans to be there well before you start carving the turkey.

4. Prep as much as you can.

Use today to get as much prep done as you can. Chop vegetables, boil potatoes and brine your turkey. You can even make the cranberry sauce and most of your sides and refrigerate them for rewarming tomorrow. 

5. Relax and have fun.

You’re well-prepared for Thanksgiving. There’s no reason to worry. Relax, drink some of that wine you bought. And if, after all of this preparation, something goes terribly awry, at least you have lots of wine and bread. 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Styling Your Thanksgiving Table

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Affordable DIY Thanksgiving Table Styling Tips

Think it’s too early to start planning Thanksgiving dinner? Think again! November 26 may seem like a long way off, but you guys, it’s less than one week away! It’s time to panic!

Just kidding. You don’t need to panic — especially if you’ve been following along with our Thanksgiving preparation tips. If you’re already on it, maybe you’re thinking about how you’re going to style your Thanksgiving dinner table. And if inspiration is what you need, here are some of my favorite affordable, DIY Thanksgiving table styling tips from a piece I put together for BuzzFeed last year.

Affordable DIY Thanksgiving Table Styling Tips

Cheap DIY Thanksgiving Table Styling

Arrange Mismatched Dishes Like a Pro
Don’t have a full set of autumnal China? Work with what you’ve got (or hit your favorite thrift store)! While it may seem logical to pair like with like, you actually want to evenly distribute dishes that match while alternating other patterns and colors around those pieces. Tie everything together with matching napkins.

Affordable DIY Thanksgiving Table Styling Tips

Dress Up Paper Towels
No fancy linens? No problem! Wrap up silverware in a paper towel folded lengthwise, tie it with twine and, if you’re assigning seats, use a gift tag as a place card.

Affordable DIY Thanksgiving Table Styling Tips

Create an Edible Centerpiece
Arrange fresh sage in a vase or milk jug for a fragrant, beautiful — and even edible! — centerpiece.

Thanksgiving Table Styling Cheap Affordable DIY

Pick Up Sticks
Gather fallen branches of a similar length and girth. Sand them if they’re rough, then add a festive pop by painting a few of them white or gold. Arrange horizontally around a centerpiece or upright in a vase.

See the rest of this post, including five more tips, over at BuzzFeed

In between our Thanksgiving tips posts, we’ll also be sharing some of our favorite original Thanksgiving recipes, and some tips on styling your Thanksgiving table on the cheap, so stay tuned or be sure to follow us on Facebook, or you know, whatever works for you.

How do you start prepping for Turkey Day? Tell us in the comments!

 

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