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Final Bread KC, for now….

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Dear Friends, Supporters, Chefs, Farmers, Presenters, Recipients and the KC community at large,

BREAD! KC started its efforts with borrowed stockpots and high hopes to be a funding source for radical, new, and intriguing art projects. Never did we imagine a day that we would have generated over $25,000 in micro-grants and selling out 100 + dinner events. And that is why with a heavy heart that we will be doing our final BREAD! KC event on June 6th at 3 PM at the Drugstore in Midtown KC.

We will be going on an indefinite hiatus to take time to reflect on the project. Like we said, we started four years ago and haven’t taken time needed to investigate our work. The project has always been volunteer run and we are not getting in applications. We think it may have run its course but can’t be for certain unless we take some time to reflect, re-imagine or even better, maybe a younger generation of artist will do a better job than we could have ever imagined.

It’s becoming more and more evident that fundraising efforts are being more targeted to individuals. We’ve lost track of the number of online crowd-sourced funding models that are around these days. The fact is, funding for the arts really isn’t on the radar anymore when it comes to the government. And as a nation, we’re being confronted with all sorts of issues: with a limited budget, if it comes down to funding the public school system or a women’s shelter or an art organization, the arts are likely going to be considered a lower priority. That being said, we think we’ve taught the value of local support and the potential of getting a lot of people willing to donate a little rather than one person to donate a lot. The bottom line is, if you want to make your city an interesting place, you should do whatever you can to help support people that are doing interesting things.

There are so many individuals we would like to thank for the support over the years and it would be impossible to list them all. To all supporters, diners, chefs, helpers, presenters, recipients, food and beverage providers, and Farm to Market Bread Co., Thank you for all love and what a wild ride.

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BREAD! KC New Year’s FEAST!

Bread KC - Marlborough-48Please consider joining us for a New Year celebration, BREAD! KC style. This special BREAD! KC is in cahoots with The Talk Shop, a new alternative space in midtown and will be hosted in the historic Morton Hall event space. Save the date and start purchasing your tickets – Click HERE

January 22nd at 7 PM
3936 Main Street.
Kansas City, MO 64111

Purchase your tickets (sooner rather than later – a limited number is available), spread the word, grab your friends and family, and help us keep the momentum going for another great year of supporting the Kansas City creative community!

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BREAD! IS A PUBLIC DINNER DESIGNED TO USE COMMUNITY-DRIVEN FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO DEMOCRATICALLY FUND NEW AND EMERGING PROJECTS.

AT EACH BREAD! KC EVENT, PARTICIPANTS PAY AN ENTRANCE FEE  FOR WHICH THEY RECEIVE SUPPER AND A BALLOT. DINERS WILL VOTE ON A VARIETY OF PROPOSED CREATIVE PROJECTS THROUGH A MENU AND PRESENTATIONS. AT THE END OF DINNER, THE ARTIST WHOSE PROPOSAL RECEIVES THE MOST VOTES WILL BE AWARDED FUNDS COLLECTED THROUGH THE ENTRANCE FEE TO PRODUCE THE PROJECT. WORK PROGRESS WILL THEN BE PRESENTED DURING A FUTURE BREAD! KC EVENT.

SINCE OCTOBER 2010, WE’VE AWARDED OVER $23,000 IN MICRO-GRANTS TO FUND ARTISTIC ENDEAVORS, ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENTS, AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN.

FOR ANY QUESTIONS OR INQUIRIES, PLEASE EMAIL BREADKC@GMAIL.COM

Local Earth: An Urban Grown Event with Plug Projects and Cultivate KC

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Photo credit Matt Kleinmann Photography.

Despite the cool summer temps that lingered well into summer, things heated up on June 19th as BREAD! KC joined forces with Cultivate KC and PLUG Projects at City Ice Arts for the Urban Grown event, Local Earth.  At the event, nearly 150 artists, farmers, and community members of all ages came together to learn more about interesting and engaging urban agricultural projects that are taking place all over the city.  By the time the sun had set and the last light in the gallery had been switched off, Jana Loflin was awarded a $1,165 grant, generated by the evening’s ticket sales, to fund her urban garden project, Sprout: A Trophy Garden.  Other Bread Chasers that evening included Tori Gatlin  from Santa Fe Community Senior Garden and Kendall Kerr at Kansas City Academy.

For BREAD! KC, this event marked over $14,200 in micro-grants that the organization has awarded.  Thanks for the continued support, KC!

We were grateful to receive donations from a number of farms that were featured on the Urban Grown Tour, including Gibbs Road Community Farm, Guerilla Garden,  Lucky Star Farms, and Wells Family Farm.  Craig Howard from Howard’s Organic Fare & Vegetable Patch threw together an arugula salad, which paired nicely with the short ribs that were slow-smoked by Grill Talk, a chilled, herbed meatloaf made of Paradise Locker ground beef, egg salad, Farm to Market bread, and lemon tea cookies by morsel.  Hopped toddy was generously provided by our friends at Oddly Correct, and Hawthorne & Julep shook things up with mint juleps and local sour cocktails.

Thanks for another smashingly successful event, Kansas City!  Be sure to check out Tyler Fox’s write-up on the evening, featured on the Chow Town blog: http://www.kansascity.com/2013/06/21/4305613/local-organizations-join-to-break.html

I-70 Series Cultural Exchange at BANK projects

 

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I-70 Series Cultural Exchange
Saturday, August 10, 2013, 4-9 pm.
BANK projects
420 Iowa Ave, St. Louis, MO

 

It’s no secret that there has been a long standing rivalry between St. Louis and Kansas City, Missouri’s two largest cities which flank the state on its east and west borders, respectively. Inspired by the 1985 MLB World Series, known as the “I-70 Series”, in which the Cardinals and Royals faced each other in the championship, this collaborative event aims to educate and activate the creative communities that reside along this central corridor by creating a cultural exchange between the two cities.*

In the first of this series, Bread! KC revisits the historical 1985 exposition, only this time at BANK Projects (3420 Iowa Ave, St. Louis) with a free event on Saturday, August 10, 2013. From 4:00 – 9:00 pm, Bread! KC, in collaboration with numerous artists and organizations from both east and west, will engage in a variety of activities, competitive games, debates, and conversations focused on the similarities and disparities between these two great cities with the intent to strengthen the bonds between our communities. A potluck dinner will take place on-site at 7:00 pm. All attendees are encouraged to wear clothing that reflects their favorite local icons (sports teams, bands, breweries, etc.), as well as bring a dish which they feel is reflective of their region.

*For the record, the Royals won

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SAVE THE DATE: July 27th, 4-8 PM!

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BREAD! KC feature on A.D.D. podcast!

Photo courtesy of Matt Kleinmann

Photo courtesy of Matt Kleinmann.

BREAD! KC was featured on May’s A.D.D. Podcast, run by Lawrence-based artist Jason Barr.

Please click here to give it a listen: http://barrrheaven.com/modx/blog/2013/05/15/bread-kc-x-a.d.d/

Or on iTunes : https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/icanhasjail/id393281425?i=90759362

Like what you hear?  Then be sure to “like”, “follow”,  and  “subscribe” to the A.D.D. Podcast!

Sunday Brunch at the Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange, featuring guest chef Eric May

 

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After a long break, BREAD! KC was anxious to get back in the kitchen! The last time we were all together was for the November Gala-lalala at Harling’s in 2012.   Since decided as a group to go quarterly with our events, we wanted to bring out the big guns to kick off year three of BREAD! KC. We called upon our close friend and mentor Eric May of E-Dogz, Chef at Oxbow, and Director of  Roots & Culture gallery in Chicago, as well as our mentor and personal culinary hero, Howard Hanna of the Rieger Hotel Grill and Exchange.

Since brunch is such a deliciously popular phenomena in KC, we figured it was time to take a stab at it. The menu emerged out of a series of conversations between the BREAD Crew, Howard, and Eric. Few things in life beat a good Hot Brown (regional cuisine  of the south, crafted at the Brown Hotel in Louisville, KY, circa 1905), so we started there. Eric likes to eat his way through regional vernaculars, so as an ode to Chicago we served hot links (smoked sausage packed with garlic, sage, fennel and other goodies – made right here in KCMO by our crushes over at The Local Pig).  As a tribute to his staff and their “family dinners”, Howard prepared his famous Sriracha lime potatoes, which paired perfectly with Eric May’s famous Bloody Mary’s!  Hot-crossed buns and uovo in purgatorio (eggs in hell) were also featured on the menu.  It was hot, hot, HOT!

It wouldn’t be a proper brunch without coffee, and we’re so grateful for our dear friends at Oddly Correct.  Tyler and Randy joined us (on their days off!) and slung individual pour-over coffees all morning.

After a brief project update from former grant recipient Adam Finkelston, our BREAD chasers shared their projects on the theme of printed matter.  Editors of The Bohemian zine pitched their idea for a collaborative project with local students of a KC charter school. Undercurrent, a new zine in KC, was trying to secure funds to print their first issue, and Lindquist Press pitched an artist collaborative print portfolio to be offered through his print shop. All projects were radically awesome, but the $800 grant ultimately was awarded to Lindquist Press.  Keep an eye out for updates on the project, coming soon!

Overall, another fantastic event! We would like to thank Howard Hanna of the Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange; the Rieger crew; Eric May; our money man Kevin Jay Kinsella; Jessica Labatte; Roots and Culture; Farm To Market Bread Co.; everyone at Oddly Correct, but specifically Mike, Gregory, Tyler and Randy for their all around support and uniqueness; Jerry Fischer for a good eye and great sense of humor; Lindquist Press, Bohemian Zine, Undercurrent, and Adam Finkelston for sharing their passion and ideas; John Friend; The Local Pig; and each and everyone of you!

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