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IT’S GOOD TO BE BACK!

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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.

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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!