Berry Berry Good

Today is National Strawberry Shortcake Day. No, the holiday has nothing to do with the freakish cartoon character that became a children’s fad in the 1980s. The actual dessert — fresh strawberries and whipped cream on a sugary biscuitlike pastry — is a popular summer confection. Local venues currently serving the real thing include Bonefish Grill (6334 North Lucerne Avenue, 816-746-8179), Sheridan’s Frozen Custard (6825 West 75th Street, in Overland Park, 913-649-6943) and TJ’s Café (1309 Main, in Grandview, 816-966-8500). If you prefer to make your own, go ahead and gather up some strawberries at local you-pick berry farms such as Happy Valley Farm in DeSoto (29080 West 95th Street, 913-706-0370). To make the dessert even more potent, soak the sliced berries in Grand Marnier first.

Tue., June 14, 2011