November 6, 2010
A Little Humor
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This week I ran across an article of particular relevance to this series. Most of the regular readers know that each week I give an award to the restaurant hero of the week named after Chef Jonathan Justus. I guess the bad review he received on yelp did not hurt him too much. His restaurant was recently named the best restaurant in Kansas City by the new Zagat survey. Congratulations to Justus Drugstore. What makes it noteworthy in this series is that the byline on the story is the namesake of the restaurant jerk award, Charles Ferruzza. Worlds are colliding. With that lets turn to the real news stories of the week.
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September 30, 2010
Foodies, Managers, Servers
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I am a Mac guy. This means only the occasional interruption for updates from Microsoft. These are most often for Word for Macs. Yet in none of these updates have they added to my spell check dictionary words like “Barack Obama, Al Qaeda, or Facebook.” If they do implement this change they can use this as my “Windows 27 was designed by me” testimonial. When they do develop this technology they should also add the word “aspirational” to my spell check.
The phrase “aspirational” has been used to describe many things you might find endorsed by Martha Stewart. It is used to describe the desires of people to own, do, and consume things they view as entitlements of the rich. Anything from a new luxury car to really expensive cheese can be labeled as “aspirational.” They are the things we want even if we know they are not truly in our price range. These are the adult versions of that cool bike you thought would bring you a lifetime of happiness as a kid.
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September 28, 2010
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For those of you from Kansas City, I wanted to provide a recap of the most popular part of the Plaza Art Fair. Sure they call it an art fair, but by far the most common activity is eating the food offered by Plaza restaurants while walking the streets sipping a cocktail. When I made passing mention of it in a previous post, I searched unsuccessfully for a site detailing the food offerings. So on Sunday afternoon I went back to the art fair to photograph the booths. Hopefully this provides you with fond memories during the 51 weeks worth of waiting for next year’s event.
For those of you not from KC, this is interesting on a different level. The Country Club Plaza is Kansas City’s premier dining and shopping district. During the art fair over 100,000 visitors will come to The Plaza to see art and sample some of the local restaurant’s fare. This not only represents a great marketing opportunity, but also a huge opportunity to generate revenue. A successful art fair booth can generate $20,000-$50,000 in revenue on top of a large spike in business inside the restaurant. In order to seize this opportunity you must build, staff, and stock a freestanding restaurant complete with kitchen. The visual appeal of your booth, the quality of your offerings, and the value you provide will determine your success. It is a high risk venture with the potential to do more volume in the free standing booth than most restaurants in America will do in a week.
Some restaurant chose not to participate this year. Notable no shows included The Cheesecake Factory and Buca Di Beppo. I tried diligently to document all those who did participate. I also did some research and as best I can tell will be the first to reveal to the internet the winner of the Plaza Art Fair best booth award. Here are the booths in alphabetical order. Click any picture to see a larger version. A breakdown of their food offerings can be found here.
Blanc Burgers and Bottles
Fred P Ott's
In gre di ent
The Capital Grill
The Melting Pot
And The winner of the 2010 Plaza Art Fair best booth award goes to……
McCormick and Schmick
I hope everyone who attended had a great time. I hope everyone who didn’t get to make it found this post a nice way to enjoy it vicariously. I hope everyone who worked it for three days straight recovers soon. This is a great event for the area and one that definitely draws customers down to the Plaza. Only 51 more weeks until the 2011 Plaza Art Fair. I hope my body has recovered by then.