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WOW! What an inspiring way to kick off the bread-breaking season, KC! We anticipated about 60 people for our last event. We’re not sure if it was the beautiful weather that drew people out of hibernation, the nice pre-event press we received from Recommended Daily and Chow Town , or the fact that we shamelessly lured foodies by touting our collaboration with Todd Schulte of Uncommon Stock, but we were pleasantly surprised when almost 100 people showed up at our last event! Needless to say, it was a packed house as we returned to Farm to Market Bread Co. for our 26th BREAD! KC dinner on Sunday, March 9th.

Christian Hankel of Moneywolf Music kicked off the evening by sharing with the group how he used his BREAD! KC grant to help sponsor young Kansas City musicians at the 26th Annual International Folk Alliance Conference . It was impossible not to be moved by the excitement and enthusiasm in Ethan Riding’s voice as he spoke about his experience and how it inspired him to continue pursuing his passion for songwriting. It sure does feel good to do good!

After everyone loaded up with rustic farmhouse bread (courtesy of
Farm to Market Bread Co.
), colorful spring spinach salad (featuring produce graciously donated by Door to Door Organics), and French-style potato soup topped with roasted kale, asparagus, and wheat berries, they sat down, cracked open their Tallgrass Brewing Company beers, and heard  from our Bread Chasers.

Matt Kleinmann and a group of architecture students from the University of Kansas spoke about their Better Block Lawrence initiative and its goal to create a more sustainable community. Don’t miss their upcoming event during April 25th’s Final Friday art walk! More information can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/457080101092570/

Dayna McDaniel of Seed Savers KC talked about the organization’s goal to promote and propagate heirloom (non-gmo / non-terminator) seeds and plants for our local community of gardeners, while Dianna Sinni of Pendleton Heights Community Garden talked about all the wonderful ways they’re transforming a formerly vacant urban lot in the Historic Northeast. For the second time in BREAD! KC history, the votes were tied up, so we split the $850 evenly between these two inspiring projects. Seed Savers hopes to invest their funds into building and maintaining their seed library, while Pendleton Heights Community Garden will use the funds to create a community farm table on site that members of the neighborhood can gather around for meetings, healthy-eating workshops, and meals.

Lemon bars were the sweet finale to the event, and everyone seemed to leave happy. Another one in the books, Kansas City!

We couldn’t have pulled this one off without help from Matt Vanberg and Kevin Kinsella – you guys are the best! Special thanks again to Uncommon Stock, Door to Door Organics, Farm to Market Bread Co., Tallgrass Brewing Company, Christian Hankel and Ethan Riding, all of our amazing presenters, and each and every one of you that came out and supported the event.

Stay tuned for details on our next event in June. Details to follow.


Communicate, Collaborate, Commemorate, Celebrate!

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Founded in December  2012, the Ryan Beye Foundation was formed in honor of the late Ryan Nathaniel Beye, who lived his life with a clear vision of interconnected and self-sustaining community.  The Foundation’s inaugural C4 Fest  block party is taking place during First Friday on September 6, 2013 and we want YOU to come help us celebrate Kansas City by bringing people together in a creative and positive space, bringing awareness to the arts and to those doing good in our community.  

Stop by the BREAD! KC booth between 18th/19th and Locust in KCMO, where we’ll be set up with CartWheel, founders of LaCucaracha Press, members of Maker Village KC, and the director of acclaimed documentary We Are Superman.
Four new murals by regional artists will be unveiled at the corner of 19th and Locust, and the evening will also feature an incredible line-up of free concerts at Crossroads KC, readings by members of Kansas City Voices, plenty of food, and cold brews from Boulevard Brewing Company.

We hope to see you there!

I-70 Series at BANK Projects

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Sports are not only about brawn and brain, but culture and community. Without a doubt, contemporary society owes much to the sports gods: Sunday game-watching rituals; superstitions ranging from lucky t-shirts (and other unwashed articles of clothing) to untrimmed facial hair and bizarre eating habits; and of course, the pre-party tailgate. In the history of organized sports, there are also countless instances of great triumph: 2004, the year the Boston Red Sox finally shook the “Curse of the Bambino” and won their first World Series Championship since trading Babe Ruth to the Yankees in 1918; “The Catch” in 1982 where Joe Montana and Dwight Clark’s surprise touchdown resulted in the 49’ers NFC Championship win against the Dallas Cowboys; the 1980 Winter Olympics in which the ragtag US hockey team miraculously defeated the Soviets 4 to 3. In powerful moments such as these players seem to transcend their sport, and in the resulting aftermath, one cannot help but feel as though they just witnessed something much more profound than a simple game.

Pregame of game 6 of the World Series Oct 26 1984 at Royals Stadium in Kansas City Mo.

Game 6 of the World Series: Oct. 26, 1984 at Royals Stadium in Kansas City, MO

Saturday, August 10, 2013, marked the first I-70 Series “games” since the historic 1985 MLB World Championship competition between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Kansas City Royals. Drawing inspiration from this historical event, BREAD! KC co-organized the series with BANK Projects in St. Louis with the intent to educate and activate the creative communities residing along this corridor by creating a cultural exchange between the two cities.

BANK Projects is a small, alternative, artist run project space located just off South St. Louis’ hip and funky Cherokee Street. The space was founded in 2012 by Marianne Laury, a St. Louis native and KCAI grad who is currently an MFA candidate at Washington University, and Mitch Kirkwood, a KC native as well as a KCAI graduate.

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Photo courtesy of Erin Olm-Shipman

In order to successfully pull off the I-70 Series with each city equally represented, it took a lot of planning and organization on both sides of the state. BREAD! KC turned to former 2011 Bread grant recipient, CartWheel (a roving alternative social/retail space in the form of a baby blue short bus), to haul a dedicated group of creative KC peeps to STL. The team included Michael Pollock, a baker; Tyler Fox, a personal chef; Matthew Hayden, a musician; Elvis Achelpohl, an architect; Kimberly Carlson, a sex educator, and of course, Jessica Rogers, whose day job is that of a non-profit administrator. Talk about a colorful crew!



In terms of representing the KC food scene, BREAD! KC took this job very seriously.  Craig Howard offered his famous sweet potato biscuits (which you can now find every Friday evening at the BADSEED Market), chewy cowboy cookies were offered by morsel, The Local Pig provided beer brats and pork shank, Howard Hanna and The Rieger donated cured and sliced smoked pig’s head, Farm To Market Bread Co. loaded us up with pretzel rolls, hot dog buns and sliced white bread, Oddly Correct kept everyone caffeinated with Hop! Toddy, Boulevard Brewing Company provided a selection of beers, and we were proud to feature Boys Grow bbq sauce and agave ketchup. In St. Louis, BANK Projects received donations from Local Harvest, coffee from MELT, and a plethora of fresh produce from neighborhood gardeners.   The wonderful roster of St. Louis attendees also provided an amazing spread of regional dishes, including bread pudding bars and Cardinal cookies.

In the main gallery, the “Show Me Taste” competition featured Vess’ Whistle Orange Soda, Imo’s Provel cheese, a sampling of delicious Kakao chocolate, Boulevard beer, and Gates BBQ sauce.  Participants were asked to taste each product and vote for the city they thought each product hailed from.  Surprisingly enough, the majority of participants guessed correctly for each product.

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Photo courtesy of Kevin Kinsella

In an effort to utilize the former bank’s drive-through teller windows, Erin Olm-Shipman organized Drive-thru Poetry, which featured works by three St. Louis poets (Jazzy Danziger, Richard Newman, and Stephanie Schlaifer) and three Kansas City poets (Jose Faus, Jordan Stempleman, and Lesley Ann Wheeler).  As event attendees approached the window, the poems were read over the microphone, and then a copy of the poem designed by James Walker and printed by Lindquist Press was delivered through the transaction drawer.

A trivia battle MC’ed by Andrew Erdrich rounded out the day’s activities, featuring questions about each city’s cultural identity.  Randy Vines of STL-Style was the victor by a single point, and was awarded a gift certificate to fellow Cherokee Street merchants, MELT.

Tunes spun by DJ Miscela kept the people moving until late night, when we were joined by a freestyle rapper that kept the crowd entertained for a solid two hours.  What a way to cap off the day!

I-70 Series Team Photo!

I-70 Series team photo!

An enormous round of thank you’s to all our generous donors and collaborators, Jessica Rogers and Matt Hayden for hauling the KC crew (and lots of equipment) over, St. Louis’ ReTrailer for keeping us hydrated with that tasty tea, PBR for their generous donation to the beer fishing supply, Tyler Fox for his incredible culinary creations, Andrew Pollock for the amazing carved watermelon, Richard Finneran for his trivia expertise and PA system, Kevin Kinsella for his man hands and moral support, and Marianne and Mitch for hosting us all weekend…and introducing us to Summer Jam.

Stay tuned for the return of the I-70 Series, next time on Kansas City turf!


Join us at BANK Projects in St. Louis this Saturday, August 10th for the I-70 Series Cultural Exchange!

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We could not be more excited for this event!  Don your finest Kansas City / St. Louis gear and join us at BANK Projects (3420 Iowa Ave., St. Louis, MO) from 4:00 – 9:00 pm for this collaborative project of epic proportions, which aims to educate and activate the creative communities that reside along this central corridor.

4:00 – 6:30 pm :

  • ·         Tailgating in the parking lot, with beer fishing (bring a 6-pack of cans if you’d like to participate), grilling, and various games and activities.  KC’s roving retail store, CartWheel, and St. Louis’ ReTrailer will both be set up with all sorts of goodies available for purchase.

5:00 – 6:00 pm:

  • ·         Blind taste testing of various KC and STL products.  Think you can tell the difference between Nelly’s energy drink and Tech N9ne’s?  Give it a shot!

6:30 pm:

  •       Help us stage a KC vs. STL photograph from the event!  We’ll congregate in the parking lot of BANK Projects.  Make sure you’re wearing your city pride gear!

7:00 – 8:30 pm:

  • Please bring a dish that’s representative of your city to add to the pot.

8:30 – Close:     

  • ·         Stick around and bust a move to jams spun by DJ Miscela.

Any questions?  Feel free to drop us a line at breadkc@gmail.com.  See you there!

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!

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



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