After a brief respite for the month of December, BREAD! KC rang in 2012 with a bang! We had the honor and privilege of collaborating with Howard Hanna and the crew at the Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange. Staying true to the late-night dining experience that embodies the Crossroads Social Club, we didn’t begin until 11:00 p.m….on a Monday. But that didn’t deter any of our loyal supporters: we had over 60 people come out that night, and they brought ENERGY!
After enjoying drinks at the bar, attendees were treated to bottles of Long Strange Trippel, which was generously donated by Boulevard Brewing Company. Fresh-baked loaves of epi artisan bread from Farm to Market adorned the tables in the main dining room, as did custom napkins that were created specifically for the event by presenters Kelly Clark and Eric Dobbins of Field Trip publishing.
Howard and his kitchen crew prepared a traditional pot-au-feu (beef stew) that arrived in three courses. First, the clarified broth was served with bone marrow butter on French farm toast. Seasonal roasted vegetables followed, and were rounded out with the meats: beef shank, tongue, and cheek. The fourth and final course was prepared by Natasha’s Mulberry & Mott and consisted of baba au whiskey with pastry cream and crème anglaise. The meal was nothing short of amazing.
Just as amazing was the quality of presentations that night. In addition to Field Trip, the line-up included Leone Reeves and Megan Mantia (complete with Rihanna and glow sticks), and Charlie Mylie and Abbe Findley with Pequignot Palace. The $878 Bread Grant was awarded to Charlie and Abbe and will go towards funding their artist residency program in northern rural Missouri.
Many, many thanks to Howard and the entire Rieger crew, all of whom worked the event without pay. We’d also like to thank Paul Ingold for capturing beautiful images of the night, Farm to Market for their ever-delicious bread, Boulevard for keeping the libations and good times flowing, and, of course, all of our amazing supporters.
What a great way to start the year!
all images taken by the wonderful Paul M. Ingold