KC Ale Trail Now Available

Monday, November 10, 2014

Pre- Order KC Ale Trail Now Designer Eric Schotland and I recently completed design and edit work on KC Ale Trail, a book about local craft brewing. It’s time for the next step to get books to fans of local craft beer and breweries.  Read More

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Jerry Fisher at Happy Gillis

Ride Along With Jerry Fisher

Thursday, July 3, 2014

I knew that a Saturday morning ride-along with Jerry Fisher would cost me. I just didn’t know how much.  Read More

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Burgers’ Smokehouse, Fort Bacon and The House of Ham

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

We made ourselves hungry talking about hickory-smoked bacon en route to Burgers’ Smokehouse in California, Missouri. Dave Crum, general manager for Arrowhead Specialty Meats and former chef de cuisine at bluestem, drove while Chef Howard Hanna of The Rieger rode shotgun and I settled into the spacious back seat of Crum’s black SUV. Our adventure began at 6:30 AM on a brisk overcast December weekday. We convened at The Rieger and headed east on I-70. Within minutes, we started discussing where we could eat a... 

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Art Soup

Tickets Still Available for Art Soup

Friday, February 21, 2014

Soup is more than good food. It inspires comfort, connection, a willingness to share with others over spoonfuls of savory broth. At Art Soup, an inaugural event to benefit the art and music programs at Synergy Services Youth Resiliency Center, this humble dish gets artistic treatment when served in bowls hand-crafted by youth artisans from the Center. Tickets are still available for the event which takes place on Sunday, February 23, 2014, 4 pm – 8 pm at Synergy Services.  Read More

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Blind Faith – Dining in the Dark with Alphapointe

Thursday, January 30, 2014

I sat a table with six other people and prepared to put on a blindfold. In moments, I would attempt to eat a three-course meal without the aid of sight. This exercise was a simulation of what 300 guests will encounter at Dining in the Dark, an event on February 27 hosted by Alphapointe, a private, non-profit organization that serves Kansas Citians who are blind or visually impaired.  Read More

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Coconut Rice at Kim Long Asian Market and Restaurant

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Coconut Rice at Kim Long Asian Market and Restaurant, one of my favorite places in the city to shop for ingredients to make Thai food and pick up a treat that I’d never make for myself at home.      Read More



Raquel Pelzel, Senior Food Editor for Tasting Table

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Raquel Pelzel is an award-winning food writer and has written and collaborated on more than a dozen cookbooks. Her work has appeared in Saveur, The Wall Street Journal, Cook’s Illustrated, Fine Cooking, and many others. She is presently the Senior Food Editor for Tasting Table and writes the blog raqinthekitchen.com.


Food and Drink

KC Magazine May 2012 Cowtown Vegan


In a city with exceedingly good barbecue, some find it difficult to discover palate-pleasing vegetarian dishes. Uninformed critics bemoan the meat-centric restaurant options, but our city is actually home to diverse and sophisticated vegan and vegetarian fare worth exploring.



Think Big Partners Offers More Than Room to Grow

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KC Business Magazine, 2013 – Established in July 2010, Think Big Partners stands apart from other co-working spaces that have sprung up throughout the metro. Designed for the full spectrum needs of entrepreneurs, Think Big combines an early-stage business incubator program with the resources of a start-up accelerator, mentorship-based collaborative networking, co-working space and a [...]



Nicola Heskett, Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired

Nicola Heskett Photo by Random Photography

KC Magazine, October 2013 – New Leadership, Expanded Vision. Nicola Heskett was appointed as executive director of the Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired (CCVI) earlier this year. I interviewed Heskett about her new role.