Our food community takes care of its own: Best of KC 2019
Our annual Best of Kansas City 2019 issue is out now. Go grab a copy. Alternatively, you can browse the results of the readers’ poll here. The issue also includes a list, compiled and written by The Pitch’s editorial staff, shouting out some of our current favorite things about KC. We’ll be publishing these items online throughout the month of October.
In May, an EF-4 tornado ripped through the area east of Lawrence, into Linwood and then Bonner Springs, leveling trees and homes. In its path was the beloved family farm Crum’s Heirlooms, which supplies fresh, seasonal produce to dozens of the city’s finest restaurants, including The Antler Room, The Rieger, Novel, and Jax Fish & Oyster House. After viewing photos of the devastation the day following the storm, Jax chef Bryan Sparks put out a social media call for chefs to participate in a fundraiser for Crum’s at his restaurant. Within 24 hours, nearly a dozen local chefs—including Carlos Falcon (Jarocho Pescados y Mariscos), Bryant Wigger (Tavernonna), Katee McLean (Krokstrom Scandinavian Comfort Food), Rick Mullins (Cafe Sebastienne), and Nick Goellner (the Antler Room)—responded that they were in. Produce, dishware, and prep items poured in from local businesses. The group prepared a staggering 11-course meal for diners, who paid upwards of $150 per seat to attend the fundraiser. One hundred percent of those proceeds—several thousand dollars—went directly to the Crums. The money couldn’t undo all the damage from that twister, but it was an uplifting reminder of the supportive spirit that underpins our wonderful local culinary community.