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Cafe Sebastienne At The Kemper Museum: A Hidden Gem

Cafe Sebastienne At The Kemper Museum: A Hidden Gem

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The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is full of not only artistic treasures, but culinary ones as well. Namely, Café Sebastienne, a hidden gem tucked away inside the museum. It’s a fantastic place to end your museum visit, and it also happens to be one of Kansas City’s finest restaurants.

The restaurant is divided into two spaces: an indoor dining room that surrounds you with contemporary art (you are in a museum after all), and a glass-ceilinged courtyard atrium. The ambience is a bit stark, but it’s stylishly laid out and reasonably priced.

Executive chef Jennifer Maloney has created a menu that’s focused on contemporary American cuisine, riffing off the museum’s theme. She takes advantage of local, seasonal, and organic produce, and the dinner menu changes weekly. Sample menu items include grilled fire back grouper with jasmine rice, bok choy, and sweet chile-peanut vinaigrette; grilled Akaushi strip steak with roasted fingerling potatoes, bacon, caramelized onions, Roquefort, and cognac-peppercorn sauce; and Braised pork butt with capers, Italian tomatoes, oregano, and mascarpone polenta.

Next time you’re in the mood for some art, head on over to the Kemper Museum. Just don’t leave without taking advantage of Café Sebastienne.

Lunch Break Diaries: Cafe Sebastienne & Milwaukee Delicatessen Co.

In our new series, Lunch Break Diaries, in collaboration with Kansas City Bucket List, we will introduce you to some of Kansas City's best and lesser-known places for your perfect lunch break.

1. Cafe Sebastienne at 4420 Warwick Boulevard, Kansas City, Missouri 64111— inside the Kemper Museum of Art).

All photos by Mindy Hargesheimer for Kansas City Bucket List

The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art's vibrant restaurant, Cafe Sebastienne, offers one of KC's most unique meals! With a menu that updates weekly based on what is available seasonally, their dishes are produced from local, organic, and sustainable ingredients that partner perfectly with their selection of wines.

The Cafe offers two settings the first with "The History of Art" installation, consisting of 110 canvases displayed floor-to-ceiling by artist Frederick James Brown, who used the space as a personal tribute to artists. The works are his interpretation of the selected art, and provides an impressive room filled with colorful re-creations. The second setting is enclosed in a brightly lit space decorated with a mural from their permanent collection that spans nearly wall to wall.

Kemper also just brought on Chef Rick Mullins, who brings a wealth of experience from the KC scene, with tenures at Gram and Dun, Bluestem, and the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art— just to name a few.

Cafe Sebastienne serves lunch Tuesday through Friday, 11 am - 2:30 pm. The restaurant also offers brunch and dinner.

2. The Milwaukee Delicatessen Company at 101 W 9th St, Kansas City, Missouri 64105

The first-ever deli in our city, a corner landmark for 100+ years, original marble floors, ceiling murals, and arched balcony preserved and brought back to life with its original namesake, this is Milwaukee Delicatessen Co. on 9th and Baltimore. The delicatessen is a broken-in establishment where legends and legacies are numerous and there for the story telling— the restaurant even has the vintage photo mural to provoke all the nineteen hundred life-like feels.

Like most, one trip wasn’t enough to try all of the reputable and “classic” dishes, such as Pizza 51 slices twice the size of your head (no, really), sandwiches like corned beef reuben, pastrami, chicken salad, and meatball, sides like German potato salad, and baked goods from the magnificent McClain's Bakery. Cocktails are served from the original 1881 bar made with wood reclaimed from the building, including 20+ beers on tap and over 100 whiskeys.

The deli was originally opened in 1900 by a German immigrant and his wife, who fell in love with Milwaukee-style German food after first moving to Chicago from Berlin. While I don’t why they relocated to KC, I do know they built out a lunchtime legend and are likely looking down with pride on each and every person who kept their spirit alive in this gem!

The Milwaukee Delicatessen Company is open Monday through Saturday, 11 am - 10 pm.

Our Man IN KC: Kemper Gala, West 18th Fashion Show, and a Kaw Social

Kemper Gala co-chairs Damian Lair (left) and Emily Fehsenfeld.

Kemper Gala 2020
I magine my jubilation when Mary Kemper Wolf cornered me at a gallery opening last winter, asking if I’d consider co-chairing the 2020 gala for the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art . Visions of wild performances, insane fashion, spectacular light shows, and flowing Champagne flooded my mind. “Yes, yes, a thousand times yes!”—I remember responding, as I began building a fantasy party in my mind. Fast forward just a couple of months later to early March: first planning meeting with the museum and my delightful co-chair counterpart, Emily Fehsenfeld . “So, there’s this ‘virus’ that’s now showing up in the U.S. and is starting to make people a little uneasy.” “No way we’ll still be talking about this in the fall!”—we concluded. Thus, we move on to more pressing issues, such as what images to include on our “what to wear” Pinterest board. April arrives. “Umm, guys, do we want to start talking about a plan B and C??” And so it went. “Pivot”—the unprecedented word of 2020—is what we did. Why not tie the museum’s eventual re-opening to the original gala date and create an opportunity for generous patrons to have advance access to the brand-new Elias Sime exhibit? Safe. Exclusive. Small.

Guests arrived at the museum’s back doors (dressed in Covid-casual wear), a maximum of 30 per hour, in timed slots throughout the day and evening. We meandered via the one-way, proscribed path, through the museum and exhibit, concluding at the front doors where an open-air bar and stage with live music awaited beneath the porte-cochère. Performances staggered across the day included Matt Villinger , Eboni & The Ivories , Calvin Arsenia , and Stephonne . Nibbles from the museum’s Café Sebastienne accompanied the bubbles. (Yes—I still got my Champagne!) And for those not comfortable leaving their homes, a delectable “gala in a box” was personally delivered, contact-free, by volunteers to each doorstep.

Overheard: “Having Covid and no taste/smell was finally my chance to lose some weight. So why am I ordering take-out daily, when I could just as well be nibbling on an Amazon box??”

Also, a note about the Elias Sime “Tightrope” exhibit, which you can visit through the end of January. It’s the first major museum exhibition of the contemporary Ethiopian artist, and it is visually stunning. Sime repurposes salvaged electronic components such as circuits and keyboards in his work to explore the precarious balance between the progress that technology has made possible and its detrimental impact on the global environment. The exhibition explores how devices intended to connect us have instead mediated our interactions while simultaneously creating massive amounts of e-waste. His work upcycles this “junk” into quilt-like tableaus that resemble topographical maps or vast landscape aerial perspectives. They’re captivating. You’ll likely find yourself backing up to experience the scale of each full piece and then zooming in to examine the delicate artistry involved at the micro level. In a time where communication and connecting can feel strained, this was just the reference point I needed to recharge, reconnect, and sort through some of my own accumulating mental “junk.”

Spotted: Bebe & Graham Hunt, Elizabeth & Paul Uhlmann, III, Christy & Bill Gautreaux, Karen & Jack Holland, Sharon & John Hoffman, Linda & Brad Nicholson, Amy & David Embry, Maurice Watson, Madeleine McDonough, Julian Zugazagoitia, Tony Jones, Dr. Regina Nouhan, Ada & Dr. Kevin Koch, Lindsey & Darcy Stewart, Jacques Bredius, Linda Johntz, Julie Walker Browne & Pete Browne, Ellen & Jamie Copaken, Lynn & Lance Carlton, Katherine & Tyler Fox, Richard Wetzel, Jen DeMeyer, Linda Lighton & Lynn Adkins, Joey Mendez, Buck Wimberly, Katrina Revenaugh

Hot Gossip: What local writer was wildly spooked by a friendly alley mouse while patio dining? Twice.

Summer in Hindsight
I look forward to June’s second Saturday every year, when a block of West 18th Street in the Crossroads swells with people, energy—and fashion. Of course, this year, stacks of people flanking a 100-foot runway was untenable. So the West 18th Fashion Show ’s tireless team set about reimagining what other forms a fashion show might responsibly take (while appropriately celebrating the event’s laudable 20th anniversary). No small task. Discussions of projecting the show onto a neighboring building sparked a fresh venue idea: Boulevard Drive-In Theater. As for what to project—the team wiped the slate completely clean, turned the idea of a runway show on its head, and boldly embarked on producing a feature-length film, written by show veteran Peregrine Honig , directed by Khitam Jabr , and filmed by Jeremy Osbern . The film stars Calvin Arsenia (who along with Mike Dillion also created the score) with a narrative following this young creative as he navigates a global pandemic during the summer of 2020. Along the way, the audience is permitted into Calvin’s mind as he attempts to remain employed and in good spirits, while the live performance infrastructure quickly crumbles. The journey invites viewers into an array of local landmark spaces—many whose doors were still closed at the time of filming. From a quiet, local grocery store to more regal spaces like the Kansas City Museum , Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art , Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art , the National World War I Museum and Memorial , and Powell Gardens , it’s quite a stimulating ride. Each scene and destination features a rotating collection from 13 local and national fashion designers, including: Birdies , Rissa’s Artistic Design , 3Minc, Sew UnRelaxed , Isaiah Allen , Reneé Larouge , No Woe Designs (incredible “umbrella” gown!), Sky Glitter Co. (eye-popping headpieces), Pangea Kali Virga , KAYIE by VanShawn Branch (tribal vibrancy that made me swoon), Anna Van Gheem , EKS Lingerie , and Love Tried . From beginning to end, it was the purest form of beauty and poetry. And yet another example of how difficult times and forced reinvention can result in an exquisite emergence. Bravo.

A Kaw Social
I ’ve never been to an open house for a river. Then again, this year has been chock-full of firsts and surprises. So, when I received an invitation to acquaint myself with the Kansas (Kaw) River, I RSVP’d with delight and intrigue. Hosted by Kaw River Lovers: Armourdale Renewal , Historic West Bottoms , KC Boat Club , Free Wheels for Kids , Friends of the River , Port KC , Friends of the Kaw , among others, it was the perfect opportunity to take in some of autumn’s final whispers. We gathered alongside the river, just west of Hy-Vee Arena in the West Bottoms, where we were greeted with barbecue and pizza food trucks. I grabbed a Boulevard beer for the road—er, river—and boarded a boat for the river tour. We headed north and curved to the east, looping around the West Bottoms into the Missouri River, then downtown. I’ve always had a penchant for our skyline, but it looks different from the vantage of the river below it. Somehow better. For any budding entrepreneurs out there, I feel like someone should captain private river cruises—complete with beverages of your choice. My boatmates agreed we would all pay up to organize a group of friends for a similar experience. Something to consider.

Overheard: “Ugggh! I left my ‘I Voted’ sticker in the Uber and didn’t even get to take a selfie with it yet.”

Business ideas aside, we headed back to the dock where another enterprising endeavor was already beginning to take shape. The Rock Island Bridge Project is a public/private partnership to reclaim the 1905 railroad crossing and transform it into America’s first destination landmark bridge. Once a connection between the bi-state stockyard districts (the second largest beef processing center in the world at the time), developers hope that a re-envisioned bridge will connect two 21st-century Kansas Cities and ignite further riverfront development. Stretching nearly the length of a toppled Eiffel tower, and made with what appears to be as much steel, the structurally sound bridge rests 40 feet above the slow-current river. It was purchased from the railroad by Kansas City, Missouri, (even though it lies entirely in Kansas) in the early 1980s as part of the Kemper Arena parking expansion. During its second lease on life, the bridge will be cantilevered on both sides to expand the bridge’s footprint and width, as well as introduce a second deck to further maximize its real estate. There will be three kitchens, a coffee shop and bar, community space, gardens, two event spaces, a boardwalk, and open public seating. The three kitchens will house four restaurants, serving up an array of best-in-category cuisine. Thus far, tenants will include the award-winning Slap’s BBQ (who intends to barbecue in open-air cookers on the bridge, adding to the ambiance) and Buffalo State Pizza . Like Slap’s and Buffalo State, additional restaurants will ideally operate a nearby “home” restaurant with full-size kitchens that can support and staff the satellite restaurant. The two event spaces—one open-air and one covered—already have catering agreements arranged with notables Lon Lane and Michael Smith . Robust programming will also take center stage.

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Think: The High Line in New York City. In addition to transforming the dead zone between our two disconnected Kansas Cities, project developers hope the bridge will also reconnect the city with nature and its intertwined rivers. And indeed, it should. Because aside from serving as a bustling hive of dining, imbibing, and gathering, the bridge will dually function as a public crossing and trailhead for the miles of levee-top trails currently separated by the river. Restrooms and water fountains for weary hikers and bikers will offer respite, but the bridge will also open an entirely new way to explore trails in plain sight, but previously out of reach. Bridges are wonderful things—both in metaphor and in real life. They connect us to something otherwise untouchable. I am so excited for this project, and I can’t wait until we can meet there for a drink.

Spotted: David Kemper, Alan Carr, Lee Page, Garrett Toms, Crissy Dastrup, Justice Horn, Stacy Scheelk, Kurt Zschietzschmann

Overheard “That’s a lot of gate for not a lot of house.”

8 Restaurants You Can’t Miss in Kansas City, Missouri

For hungry travelers, the city of Kansas City, Missouri, is forever synonymous with two things: barbecue and steakhouses. While both are undoubtedly worth tucking into, there’s far more to dining in KC than smoky, meaty pleasures. Lots more, actually. Below are eight places making the Paris of the Plains more vibrant and deliciously diverse than ever.

Owned by the charming husband and wife team of chef Michael and general manager Christina Corvino, this exciting newcomer in the Crossroads Arts District has locals and tourists alike buzzing over its winning combination of globally-inspired comfort food (think poke bowls, spicy tomato gnocchi and smoked chicken) and nightly performances by up-and-coming local jazz artists like pianist Matt Villinger. For special occasions, look no further than the intimate Tasting Room, which offers an imaginative set course menu with wine pairings by sommelier Ross Jackson. For late night revelers, there’s a special menu — with the standout being the oniony, double-patty cheeseburger inspired by Town Topic (another spot on this list). 1830 Walnut Street 816-832-4564

This intimate, rustic bar in Westport is proving that bubbles are terrific for everyday drinking, and not just for special occasions. (Photo credit: Ben Pieper)

Ça Va
This intimate, rustic bar in Westport is proving that bubbles are terrific for everyday drinking, not just for special occasions. To that end, it offers proper champagne, alongside other lesser known sparklers from all over the world. (During my visit, for example: I downed a couple glasses of the super-crisp, dry, and surprisingly affordable Von Winning Sekt Riesling from Germany.) Food-wise, you’ll find savory, wine-friendly snacks such as duck fat kettle corn, pommes frites and freshly-shucked oysters. Even better? The staff and manager, Caitlin Corcoran, are refreshingly easy going and lovely to chat with. (Corcoran tipped me off to the pie shake – as the name implies, a slice of pie blended into a shake – an off-menu item from Town Topic.) 4149 Pennsylvania Avenue 816-255-3934

You won’t find more delicious burgers in Kansas City than the onion-griddled, thin patty versions at Town Topic. (Photo credit: Katie Chang)

Town Topic
As you can tell by now, this humble burger joint is a city institution adored by everyone. Yes, there’s not much by way of appearances, but once you snag a seat at the counter and lay eyes on the wallet-friendly menu — a single burger costs $2.75 — and flat top seasoned by decades of grease, you’ll understand why Town Topic rules. I ordered a double burger with onions, onion rings and a soda. The onions were first grilled, then pressed into the thin patties to continue cooking with the meat. The frozen onion rings went straight from a plastic bag into the sizzling oil, and there were no surprises with the fountain drink. My meal cost under $11. It was sublime. 2021 Broadway Street 816-842-2298

Located on the ground floor of the historic Rieger Hotel, The Rieger is the kind of restaurant every downtown neighborhood deserves. (Photo credit: David Arbogast)

The Rieger
Located on the ground floor of the historic Rieger Hotel, The Rieger is the kind of restaurant every downtown neighborhood deserves. For starters: chef and owner Howard Hanna has created a menu of familiar favorites, like his buttery potato rolls and toothsome, housemade pastas. Also: there’s daily dinner specials, ranging from proteins to desserts. The front bar is a chill, but chic nook to kick back with well-crafted drinks and snacks. When the weather’s fine, be sure to snag a coveted seat in the patio. And if you’re in the mood to chase the night, head downstairs to Manifesto, the cozy, dimly-lit cocktail den led by Ryan Maybee. 1924 Main Street 816-471-2177

Port Fonda is a lively restaurant in Westport specializing in creative riffs on Mexican cuisine. (Photo credit: Port Fonda)

Port Fonda
When Patrick Ryan first kicked off Port Fonda in an Airstream trailer in 2010, little did he know how he’d eventually be responsible for one of the city’s most buzzy and beloved spots. Whether you chalk up the constant crowds at his Westport restaurant – which opened in 2013 – to the cheerful decor, creative riffs on Mexican cuisine (hello, guacamole with lump crab and “hot ranch chicharrones”), lively happy hour scene, or extensive mezcal selection (or likely, all of the above), one thing is clear: Port Fonda is here to stay. 4141 Pennsylvania Avenue 816-216-6462

All of the meat at Joe’s Kansas City, from the house specialty pulled pork to the brisket, is smoked with Missouri White Oak. (Photo credit: Joe’s Kansas City)

Joe’s Kansas City
Because no Kansas City dining guide would be complete without mentioning at least one barbecue joint. Housed in a still-operating gas station, Joe’s Kansas City firmly remains a local favorite. (Need proof? Look no further than the perpetual lines.) All of the meat, from the house specialty pulled pork to the brisket, is smoked with Missouri White Oak. But you’ll discover some less traditional menu items, too, like the infamous Z-Man sandwich. It’s a belly-busting original creation of sliced brisket, smoked provolone, fried onion rings and barbecue sauce piled high on a kaiser roll. 3002 West 47th Avenue 913-722-3366

The main dining room offers a more formal, prix fixe menu (pick from 3, 5, or 7 courses), while the bar area doles out satisfying bites like Spanish meatballs, pickled chicken, and charcuterie boards. (Photo credit: Bonjwing Lee)

Arguably the restaurant that cemented the city’s status as a bona fide dining destination, Bluestem remains a must-visit to this day. And that’s because chefs and co-owners Colby and Megan Garrelts —yes, they’re partners in life as well as work— have consistently executed artful cuisine since opening in 2004. The main dining room offers a more formal prix-fixe menu (pick from 3, 5 or 7 courses), while the bar area doles out satisfying bites like Spanish meatballs, pickled chicken and charcuterie boards. Unlike other fine dining restaurants, desserts here are created with exacting attention, thanks to Megan’s background as a pastry chef. 900 Westport Road 816-561-1101

After your meal, be sure to stroll through the jewel box of a museum’s current exhibitions. (Photo credit: Cafe Sebastienne)

I Ate Here: Cafe Sebastienne at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

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It&rsquos Restaurant Week in Kansas City. Special prix-fixe menus are being offered at many restaurants around town, $15 at lunch and $30 at dinner for a multi-course meal. It&rsquos such a great way to check out new restaurants in town or visit old favorites, plus 10% of the food purchase price is donated to Cafe Sebastienne, the beautiful cafe inside of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.

For $15, I had a very filling lunch and even had leftovers, although I would have enjoyed eating every last bite of it. Service was terrific and speedy (which my lunch companion pointed out has not always been her experience) and the server was very helpful in making sure I was ordering only items that were gluten-free. It&rsquos reassuring when the server understands what you are asking for and can communicate any necessary modifications to the kitchen. This time around, no modifications were necessary. I love it when a restaurant makes it easy!

I had a beautiful salad with honey crisp apples, smoked Gouda, stinging nettle, walnuts and a Dijon vinaigrette. This was no skimpy salad! While I need to get back to eating 100% dairy free, the little cubes of smoked cheese were delicious with the honey crisp apples. Oh cheese, why must you make being dairy-free so challenging?

My entree was spaghetti squash with kale, chile flakes, tomatoes, fresh herbs and olive oil. This is not the dieter&rsquos version of spaghetti squash, it was rich and filling.

With a few days left in the week, I&rsquom going to peruse the other participating restaurant&rsquos menus for Restaurant Week and see if I find any others that fit within my dietary restrictions. I really enjoyed lunch at Cafe Sebastienne and wouldn&rsquot mind dinner and lunch out a few more times this week!

So tell me, where have you been dining out during Restaurant Week? Any place I should check out?


Many of the city's French restaurants will have special menus and events this weekend to celebrate Bastille Day, which is Sunday.

Le Bateau Ivre, 230 East 51st Street, will serve unlimited portions of moules marinières, with a glass of Champagne, for $20.02, on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 a.m.

Park Bistro, 414 Park Avenue South (28th Street), will have free red wine with dinner on Saturday starting at 6 p.m.

On Sunday from 5 to 10 p.m., Montparnasse, 230 East 51st Street, will serve a special menu of peasant food with unlimited wine for $19.50.

The Flute Champagne bars, at 40 East 20th Street and 205 West 54th Street, will have parties on Sunday from 5 p.m. until 4 a.m. Both bars will serve free Champagne from 10 to 11 p.m.

Florent, 69 Gansevoort Street (Greenwich Street), will hold a party Sunday from 6 p.m. to midnight with cancan dancers and a menu that includes guillotined (headless) prawns.

The Bastille Day block party of the French Institute Alliance Française will be on Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. on 60th Street from Fifth to Lexington Avenues. The event includes waiter's races, dancing and food vendors. There will also be races for children and for adults the entry fee is a $5 donation to Best Buddies, an organization devoted to mentally retarded people: (212) 269-6500.

Five Weeknight Dishes

Emily Weinstein has menu suggestions for the week. There are thousands of ideas for what to cook waiting for you on New York Times Cooking.

    • This coconut fish and tomato bake from Yewande Komolafe yields a gorgeous, silky ginger-coconut sauce.
    • A tasty recipe for sheet-pan chicken and potatoes by Lidey Heuck is really nice without being fussy.
    • This vegetarian baked Alfredo pasta with broccoli rabe is inspired by pasta Alfredo, but with green vegetables added.
    • Kay Chun adds asparagus and snap peas to spring vegetable japchae in this vegan take on the classic dish.
    • You could substitute chicken or another type of fish in this summery grilled salmon salad from Melissa Clark.

    A street fair will take over 29th Street from Madison to Park Avenues on Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. Food from restaurants and various wines will be sold for $1 to $5. The event is a benefit for Manhattan Class Company, a theater group. The rain date is Sunday.

    City Bakery, 3 West 18th Street, will hold a state fair festival on July 17 from 7 to 10 p.m., with events like pie-eating, marshmallow tossing and watermelon seed-spitting contests. The prizes will be food, not kewpie dolls. Admission to the all-you-can-eat event is $45 for adults, $10 for children 12 or younger. Through July 20, the bakery will serve corn on the cob, pie and other state-fair staples.

    The Roundtable of Food Professionals, a networking group, will meet on July 17 at 6 p.m. at Tagine Dining Gallery, 537 Ninth Avenue (40th Street). Experts will answer questions about food and cooking. The fee is $30 for members, $40 for nonmembers: (212) 252-3762.

    An exhibition, 'ɿrom Soup to Nuts: Preparing and Presenting Food, 1700 to 1830,'' is on view at the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vt. The show, which includes English and American table services and cooking and serving utensils, will run through Oct. 27. The museum, in a collection of buildings on Route 7, is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $17.50 for adults, $8.75 for students and children 6 to 18. Adult admission is $10 after 3 p.m.

    Eighteenth-century-style dinners, with period entertainment, will be served under a tent overlooking the Croton River at Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y., on Saturday and on July 20 and 27, Aug. 17, 24 and 31, and Sept. 7 and 8. The dinners, from 6 to 9 p.m., are $60 for members of Historic Hudson Valley and $65 for nonmembers, including drinks and gratuities: (914) 631-8200.

    Cafe Sebastienne in the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, Mo., is decorated with 110 paintings by Frederick J. Brown depicting the history of art. In conjunction with a retrospective of other paintings by Mr. Brown, the museum has published 'ɺrt & the Dish,'' a small cookbook of the cafe's recipes illustrated with reproductions of some of the paintings in the cafe. The cookbook costs $10 and is sold at the museum shop or by calling (816) 753-5784. The retrospective continues through Sept. 1.

    Cafe Sebastienne At The Kemper Museum: A Hidden Gem - Recipes

    Leaving the deserts of Tucson, we have headed northeast to Kansas City, Missouri. This stop is unique in that the restaurant is located inside a museum. Café Sebastienne at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art serves lunch Tuesday through Saturday, dinner on Friday and Saturday, and brunch on Sunday.

    At the helm of this restaurant is Executive Chef Jennifer Maloney. Under her leadership, Café Sebastienne has been recognized as one of America’s top restaurants by Zagat. Through her energy and inspiration, this restaurant offers a brand new dinner menu every week. Currently, she has unveiled the new spring menu for lunch. I was able to speak with her about Café Sebastienne.

    TT: How many of these dishes are new to your menu?

    CM: I change my menu five times a year, working with the seasons. I have slowly taken stuff off that is heavier. There are four new items on the menu, but we will be moving into more. We are starting to get things from local farmers like rhubarb and kale.

    TT: How big is your lunch menu?

    CM: We only have about twelve things on the menu for lunch, including a seasonal pizza and fish every day. With spring, it gets lighter, it is constantly evolving. It keeps us from getting bored, and we get to work with local farmers.

    TT: Are there items that never change on your lunch menu?

    CM: We have regulars that come every week. There are some things that we have to leave on the lunch menu: fish tacos, the reuben, spinach or asparagus salad. Other than that, it changes.

    TT: You redo your dinner menu weekly?

    CM: We tried to keep the same menu for a couple weeks, but then we would get calls from the farmer or fish guy saying that an item looks good. We like being able to change. We write the menu on Tuesday, slowly start working on it. Changing the menu this often keeps everybody fresh. I like to work with seasons and the farmers.

    TT: Which is your current favorite on the spring menu?

    CM: The ruby trout, which is easy to prepare and delicious. Pretty soon we will have roasted beet and sheep’s milk cheese tart. I also love our pappardelle, which has bacon and peas.

    TT: As you noted, some of your ingredients are locally sourced.

    CM: Yes, I have three different farmers that call me right now. When summer comes I will be working with about five. Each grows different things. We get greens, radishes, and chard now. Soon there will be berries, heirloom tomatoes, and watermelons. Being in the Midwest, the growing season isn’t that huge, but from March to November we’re lucky, as we have nice fresh ingredients locally.

    TT: What makes your spring menu unique?

    CM: Our spring menu is unique in that I have a good variety of farmers that grow really beautiful things. Some of them grow different things, and I think I am creative and able to utilize them well. The food is simplistic, yet I put creativity into my menus, and I have really good products to use.

    6. Osteria IL Centro

    Located just south of the beautiful Country Club Plaza, Osteria IL Centro is a locally-owned Italian bistro is known for its authentic cuisine, cozy atmosphere and award-winning wine selection. Established over 24 years ago, the comfortable neighborhood venue is an award-winning dining destination that serves a medley of traditional Italian cuisine featuring fresh seafood, prime meats, house-made pasta, and wood-fired pizzas. The restaurant offers over 1,000 highly acclaimed wines to pair with the cuisine by the glass or the bottle, along with local and imported craft beers and classic cocktails, and the restaurant is open for dinner, Monday through Saturday.

    5101 Main Street, South Plaza, Kansas City, Missouri, Phone: 816-561-2369

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    20 of KC’s Best Dishes

    From the latest and greatest to old favorites, food critic Kelsey Cipolla breaks down her top plates from the past year.

    French Toast

    The only thing that feels more decadent than eating brunch surrounded by works from Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art’s collection is this French toast. Thick slices of brioche are crisped up on the outside and custardy in the middle and served with honey butter, strawberries, and a side of bacon—in short, it’s a breakfast masterpiece.

    Fried Sweet Plantains

    Every flavor box is checked by this small plate at Rachel Rinas’ Yucatan-inspired dining concept inside Parlor. The naturally sweet plantains are fried until they’re almost molten inside and a little crispy outside, and topped with tangy house-made crema, cotija cheese, and cilantro for an addictive snack we’re going to say still technically counts as a serving of fruit.

    Agedashi Tofu

    Carlos Falcon’s Brookside sushi spot Sayachi features some of the city’s best fresh fish, so it’s a testament to the agedashi tofu that it outshines more glamorous fare. The tofu is treated expertly, lightly fried so that it doesn’t melt away in the layers of flavor present in the sublime dashi broth. It hits every note you want and some you didn’t know you needed.

    The Jersey Butcher

    Is it weird to want to take a sandwich home to meet your family? This is the question you are forced to ask by Norcini’s Jersey butcher, which achieves crush status thanks to a combination of the ingredients’ sophistication and approachability. Mega-tender heritage pulled pork shoulder, peppery, garlicky greens, pecorino romano and lemon zest get cozy in a massive toasty baguette, served with a citrusy au jus. Dad will love it.

    Cheese-Filled Caramelle

    Chef Michael Smith serves up an array of pastas at Farina, but there’s something special about the caramelle. Yes, the shape is unique (who doesn’t love a little cheese purse?) and the pasta is well prepared, but the mushroom marsala sauce is the true star. Velvety and buttery with just the right amount of salt, it’s a win for mycophiles everywhere.

    Foie Gras and Heritage Pork Sausage

    Much of Fox & Pearl’s menu changes with the seasons and based on local availability, but you’ll usually find this sublime sausage, a showcase for chef-owner Vaughn Good’s deft touch with meat. The foie gras’ delicate flavor plays surprisingly well with the heritage pork and a fruit gastrique provides brightness to the dish, which comes with a grilled onion or shallot for added complexity.

    Grilled Cheese

    Sharp white cheddar, mild emmentaler, and creamy brie join forces for this all-star team-up version of a grilled cheese. Melted on Farm to Market sourdough with a cup of tomato soup on the side, it’s uncomplicated and so quintessentially fall you hear leaves crunch just thinking about it—but of course, it’s just as enjoyable whenever your cheese craving hits.

    Bun Thit Chao Tom

    In Columbus Park treasure Vietnam Café’s Bun Thit Chao Tom, vermicelli noodles and veggies are joined with deep-fried pork and shrimp wrapped around sugar cane. Each bite offers something a little different: a crunch of a peanut one moment, the snap of a pickled carrot in the next. And the sugar cane is the ultimate surprise: Chewing the stalk as you bite into the pork and shrimp releases a burst of sweetness in stark contrast to the dish’s assertive fish sauce.

    Brown Butter Lobster Roll

    Mickey’s Hideaway is not the first place you’d think to go for seafood, which makes this special offered on Fridays all the more unexpected and delightful. Made with generously sized and portioned chunks of fresh Maine lobster, the roll offers a traditional take with a little twist, courtesy of nutty brown butter that compliments the crustacean’s natural sweetness. Add hearty potato wedges to the mix and you have one tasty plate that won’t stay hidden away for long.

    Steak Frites

    The perfect French fry—thin, crispy and golden with the right amount of salt—is a meal in and of itself. Add tender, beautifully cooked steak to the mix along with a rich béarnaise and Westport Café & Bar’s herbaceous house butter, and you get a plate that is simple but undeniable, especially when it’s only $15 on Tuesdays.

    English Muffin

    Broadmoor Bistro, the kitchen and restaurant run by the culinary arts program at Shawnee Mission School District, elevates the English muffin from a basic breakfast bread to a meal in and of itself. Their version, available at the Overland Park Farmers Market, measures over an inch tall and boasts a light and fluffy texture. Sure, you could add butter or jam, but there’s really no need—it’s plenty good all on its own.

    Fried Gulf Shrimp Tacos

    Strang Hall concept Nida smartly shifts the focus away from traditional Mexican flavors to carve out its own space in the taco ecosystem. The eatery’s fried gulf shrimp take isn’t revolutionary in its flavors, but it doesn’t need to be—the plump, juicy tempura-battered jumbo shrimp, crunchy slaw, and a substantial dousing of hot sauce ensure the taco still stands out.

    Three-Way Pasta

    It doesn’t get more old-school Italian-American in Kansas City than Garozzo’s, or its three way pasta, a massive pile of ravioli, spaghetti, and mostaccioli in the restaurant’s well-balanced signature sugo. Are all three pastas necessary? Not strictly speaking, but they each trap the sauce and provolone cheese in a slightly different and compelling way. Bonus: The leftovers you’ll be eating for the next three days, minimum, heat up wonderfully.


    Pig ears have never been more tempting than in KC Pinoy’s sisig, a labor-intensive dish combining sizzling pork ears, cheeks, and shoulder the richness of the meat counterbalanced with a citrus soy sauce and chunks of raw red onion and peppers. Served on a sizzling plate and topped with an egg, it’s a delicious reminder to rethink what cuts of meat deserve a spot at the table.

    Classic Weiner Schnitzel

    Ask someone to name a Viennese dish and chances are Schnitzel will be the first that comes to mind, so it’s a good thing Grünauer knocks this classic out of the park. Veal is pounded thin, breaded and pan sautéed until it’s a gorgeous golden brown, crunchy on the outside but tender within. Add a squeeze of lemon and brace yourself for a taste of joy.

    Burnt Heaven

    Char Bar’s recipe for standing out in a city full of killer barbecue sandwiches? Combining its hot smoked sausage with burnt ends and a creamy slaw for the Burnt Heaven, served on a sturdy egg bun. Fried jalapenos add a kick of heat to balance out a chipotle barbecue mayo—and just when you think you can’t fit in another bite, you find yourself going back for more.

    Khao Tod Nam Sod

    This fan-favorite appetizer showcases the ethos of Thai food in addition to its flavors, inviting guests to come together and get down and dirty with their food as they assemble the ingredients—perfectly crisped rice salad, cured pork sausage, onion, cilantro, dried chili and peanuts—into a lettuce cup. The result is a little messy (if sauce doesn’t end up dripping down your hand, you’re probably doing it wrong) but supremely satisfying.

    Surf & Turf Mac n’ Cheese

    Macaroni and cheese grows up in this decidedly upscale take on the childhood favorite. But it’s not just the presence of sirloin steak and lobster tail that takes it to the next level (although they certainly don’t hurt). It’s actually the pickled mustard seeds that caught our attention, which add an unexpected depth to the indulgent cheese sauce.

    Beet Burger

    Turns out meat isn’t that essential to a burger, as this plant-based slider proves. A grilled beet patty is a solid, earthy base for a spicy guacamole and pickled cabbage, plus aioli and greens, all on a black, activated-charcoal bun. The refreshing combination of flavors is just as craveable as your favorite burger, with a little less guilt.


    The flaky layers of pastry in this comforting dessert are a thing of beauty—they practically talk to you in a mouthwatering language of crackles as you dig in to assemble the ideal bite of rich, warm walnut filling and a touch of honey and vanilla ice cream. We’re pretty sure what they’re saying is, “Good luck trying to find another version of baklava that can measure up to this.”

    Top Things to Do in Kansas City, Missouri

    The state’s second-largest metro has way more to offer than just its famed jazz and barbecue. See our guide for recommendations on what to do, where to eat and where to stay.

    Pandemic-related closures and restrictions may be in place. Please check destinations&apos websites before making travel plans.

    American Jazz Museum Learn about jazz greats, such as Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald, through exhibits and recordings.

    Arabia Steamboat Museum Cargo recovered from a steamboat that sank in 1856 gives insight into life in that era.

    Arrowhead Stadium And Kauffman Stadium Come to watch the National Football League’s Chiefs at Arrowhead or baseball’s Royals at neighboring Kauffman.

    Boulevard Brewing Company Enjoy tastings of one of the Midwest&aposs largest lines of specialty beers.

    Country Club Plaza High-end stores, restaurants and some of Kansas City’s signature fountains (one modeled after a 14th-century fountain in Seville) fill this 97-year-old Spanish-style shopping district.

    Crossroads Arts District Outdoor murals reflect the creative spirit of this area, which has more than 250 galleries, restaurants and shops. Find letterpress cards at Hammerpress and stylish KC apparel at Charlie Hustle.

    Crown Center Visit the Sea Life Aquarium. with a turtle rescue cdenter and harbor exhibit, as well as Legoland Discovery Center.

    The Iron District Repurposed shipping containers house shops, bars, restaurants and other vendors in buzzy North Kansas City.

    Kansas City Zoo See more than 1,700 animals, including 60-plus penguins, a sea lion show and a lively gang of orangutans who show off painting skills.

    Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts Two venues offer world-class acoustics for productions from the Kansas City Symphony, the Kansas City Ballet and the Lyric Opera of Kansas City.

    Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art This free museum packs a lot into a relatively small space. The artistry continues at the museum’s Cafe Sebastienne.

    National Museum of Toys and Miniatures Peer at tiny masterpieces and vintage toys among the collection of 72,000 objects. 

    National World War I Museum and Memorial Exhibits at the nation’s leading World War I museum reveal the high cost of a war often overshadowed by World War II.

    Negro Leagues Baseball Museum Learn about racial segregation’s effect on America’s pastime and see tributes to players.

    Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art A 22-acre sculpture park acts as prelude to the museum’s global collection.

    Power and Light District The downtown entertainment area pulses with energy from bars, clubs, restaurants, shops and theaters.

    River Market Kansas City&aposs oldest neighborhood has ethnic grocers, shops and loads of restaurants, plus it hosts a farmers market on weekends.

    The Roasterie Take a factory tour or sign up for a class to learn about the cupping, roasting and blending process for their coffees.

    Union Station A 1914 depot houses shops, Science City, a planetarium, traveling exhibits, a stage and movie theater. Pierpont&aposs at Union Station serves steaks and seafood in an upscale turn-of-the-century ambience.

    Westport Since 1850, Westport has been known as a resupply spot these days, visitors hit the neighborhood’s cafes, galleries and boutiques.

    Worlds of Fun One ticket grants entry to both the theme park and Oceans of Fun water park.

    The Antler Room The husband-and-wife team of Nicholas and Leslie Goellner create memorable small plates with local and global influences in their intimate West Bottoms spot.

    BBQ The town has too many barbecue joints to list, but here are a few to whet your appetite: Arthur Bryant&aposs, BB&aposs Lawnside BBQ, Char Bar, Fiorella&aposs Jack Stack Barbecue, Gates Bar-B-Q, Scott&aposs Kitchen and Q39.

    Watch the video: Schieferkunst im Kulturhistorischen Museum (June 2022).


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