A Taste 
of Johnson County.

Is it my imagination, or do we have an exceptional number of amazing restaurants within the boundaries of Johnson County? I offer as proof the fact that two Harrison family favorites recently opened (or are getting ready to open any day now….) at Camelot Court. Since this 119th Street shopping center is one I frequent often, and my younger son…

Around Town

Food Equality Initiative, Inc. (FEI) is the nation’s leading non-profit focused solely on increasing access to gluten free and allergy friendly food for those who are food insecure, but have a medical need for these foods. The organization is best known for opening the ReNewed Health food pantry. It is the only pantry in the nation that offers allergy friendly…

The Healing Chair

The Healing Chair’s mission is to loan reclining lift chairs to breast cancer patients who have recently undergone mastectomy surgeries. They recently partnered with Tequila Harry’s to raise awareness and funds for their cause.

Stand Up for Synergy

Comic powerhouse Billy Gardell of "Mike and Molly" fame gave patrons plenty to laugh about as they raised funds 
to support Synergy Services. His performance at The Improv was complemented by dinner and a live auction emceed 
by Elizabeth Alex and the Nigro Brothers. Photography James Schraeder

Not Even One is Okay

Last spring, Sherrie Balmer thought she had a great idea. Marillac, a psychiatric residential treatment facility in Overland Park, received a $2,000 grant from The Kansas Suicide Prevention Center to develop a program to reach young people. The concept was to promote awareness about suicide, to provide support for people struggling with suicidal thoughts and tools for those whose friends…

BVNW Teacher Receives Milken Educator Award

When Kansas English language arts teacher Bill Smithyman walked into a recent schoolwide assembly at Blue Valley Northwest High School, he had no idea he would be walking out an hour later a Milken Educator Award recipient and $25,000 richer. In front of his principal, colleagues, students, staff and distinguished community members, Smithyman was given the surprise of his life…

Grimaldi’s Coal Brick-Oven Pizzeria

If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years, it’s that there’s the pizza you tolerate and there’s pizza that you’re willing to wait 45 minutes or more just to sit down so you can order. As I approach my 50th year, I’m beginning to think that life may be too short to eat the kind of pizza that shows…

Family, Fatherhood, and Funnelcakes:

I met Michael Bradbury, owner of Kansas City’s The Funnelcake Truck, when I went outside to check my mail and saw him alternately working on his truck and playing with his kids. Bradbury still juggles both of those hats—entrepreneur and devoted dad—though we’re no longer neighbors. He started the food truck about five years ago, long before Kansas City was…

The Grille with a View of Park Place

I’m beginning to envy the folks who live close enough to Park Place that they could walk (if they chose to do so) to this growing-but-still-quaint shopping district located just north of 119th Street at Nall Avenue. I think it would be a dream to be able to walk over for a quick bite to eat or a little dessert…

Seeing Spain Our Way

When my husband and I traveled to Italy several years ago for two weeks, we did it the easy way and booked a tour with a luxury operator. It was a great choice and we had a terrific tour guide. To see Spain, though, we decided to go a different route. We did it ourselves—from planning the itinerary to booking…

Food Ruts Can Happen Anywhere

Imagine an early evening in the 1970s, somewhere in Provence, France. The late Julia Child is at her vacation home, taking inventory in her kitchen. Fresh, hand-picked ingredients, ever so abundant in the local markets, are heaped on her counters. Culinary confidence emanates from her heart and mind, straight to her fingertips. Alas, it’s close to dinner time. But Julia…