BREAD! KC + Marlborough Community Coalition and The Catalyst Project

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Photos Courtesy of Matt Kleinmann Photography.

In 2013, the Bread Crew set out to hold quarterly events rather than monthly.  As you may have noticed, that hasn’t exactly panned out, mostly because Kansas City is clearly hungry for more Bread!  When members of the Marlborough Community Coalition and The Catalyst Project approached us about hosting a BREAD! KC event in their neighborhood, we just couldn’t refuse.  Within our organization, we have sought to bridge communities within Kansas City, despite their economic and geographic divides.  Organizations such as those in Marlborough are of the same mindset, and these two in particular are working hard to increase mobility within the neighborhood, find ways to reuse and redevelop vacant land and historic buildings, strengthen culture, arts, and social systems, and provide better access to healthy food for residents of this long-time food desert.

With this Bread, as we do with every one of our events, we sourced as much local produce as possible to create a healthy, well-crafted dining experience for our patrons.  As a successful model for community initiative and urban gardening, we reached out to Grown in Ivanhoe, a bordering neighborhood organization that aims to empower residents of Ivanhoe to grow healthy fruits and vegetables by providing educational resources, community garden locations, and facilitating a network of residents selling foods through farm stands, and farmers’ markets.  They provided us with a variety of potatoes, which became the base for our zesty potato salad!  Stony Crest Urban Farm, on the southern end of the Marlborough neighborhood, supplied us with cucumbers, tomatoes, and additional potatoes, and Door to Door Organics supplemented our produce supply with a generous donation of organic grapes, lemons, limes, tomatoes, onions, lettuce, and garlic while Guerilla Garden in the Volker neighborhood delivered bags of fresh herbs straight to our door!

Our dear friend and chef Max Watson collaborated with us again (almost exactly a year from the last time we worked together!) to produce a white gazpacho; Watson has been a long-time proponent for eating your veggies!  Andy Erdrich, who recently began working at The Local Pig, whipped up beef bierock short links with meat procured from Paradise Locker Meats, and Farm to Market stepped up once again with a variety of rolls.  The meal was rounded out with a big, green salad and a cucumber/lime/mint water that was incredibly refreshing, despite the mild temps outside.

Bread Chasers included Armond and Apostle Hubert McDonald who sought funding for Joshua’s Closet, a neighborhood food pantry and clothing closet, and Joyce Stokes, a teacher at Center Alternative School that blew attendees away with her impersonation of Sojourner Truth and asked for money to fund protective covers for the Google Chromebooks that were recently donated to her students.  Curtis Calkins, a lifelong resident of the Marlborough neighborhood, ultimately walked away with the $690 grant to begin construction of DIY solar panels that residents of the community will use as they see fit.

It takes the support and efforts of many to produce each BREAD! KC event, and we’d like to thank the following in particular for their support: Farm to Market Bread Co., Grown in Ivanhoe, Stony Crest Urban Farm, KC Door to Door Organics, The Local Pig, Marlborough Catalyst Project, Marlborough Community Coalition, our guest chef, Max Watson, our amazing photographer, Matt Kleinmann, our doorman, Kevin Kinsella, and Eric Owens for his generous contribution.  We couldn’t have done it without you!

Next up for the BREAD! KC Crew is our trip to BANK Projects in St. Louis on August 10th for a collaboration of epic proportions: The I-70 Series Cultural Exchange.  We still have some spots available if anyone would like to join us!  Just shoot us an email at breadkc@gmail.com.

Save the Date!  September 13th we’ll be collaborating with Kansas City Art Institute alumnae and rolling out the Liquid Bread cart for a special evening appearance at Grand Arts.  Details to follow!

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