Authentic techniques are the key to French recipes. Understanding this, Chef Emmanuel Langlade honed his cooking skills in Marseille, France, before opening Aixois Bistro with his wife more than a decade ago.
Amid suspended orb lights and rustic, wrought-iron chandeliers, French flavors prepared by chef Miguel Sanchez delight palates at all hours. As morning light spills through enormous windows, the staff brews fresh coffee to pair with piping-hot croissants for early-bird visitors. Lunchtime guests sample favorite French sandwiches, from the classic croque-monsieurs to the egg-crowned croque madames. For dinner diners, the kitchen dishes up an elegant menu that includes two varieties of moules frites (mussels with pommes frites), as well as seafood, steak, and oven-roasted chicken. Afterward, traditional desserts such as cr?me br?l?e topped with fresh berries cap off meals and keep sweet teeth from rebelliously biting tongues.
Though André and Elsbeth Bollier left Basel, Switzerland for Kansas City in 1955, they didn't really leave the Old World behind. Finding his adopted home bereft of fine pastries, André set out to "bring something new and exciting" to the city, as his son Marcel told the Wednesday Sun in 2011. A master pastry chef, he began selling his handcrafted swiss confections at his eponymous store, André's Confiserie Suisse. Intent on re-creating the feel of an authentic Swiss confiserie, he relied on natural ingredients and pure butter to produce his treats' signature rich flavor. Soon, André expanded his business to two tearooms festooned with the flags of several Swiss cantons.
Now joined by third-generation members of the Bollier family, André's Confiserie Suisse remains faithful to that original vision while creating new lines of seasonal and signature bites. In addition to hand-decorated caramels, fruit tortes, and freshly shelled circus peanuts, the display cases feature grand cru truffles made from single-sourced cocoa beans whose flavors reflect the soil and climate of their exotic original locales, including Madagascar and Bolivia.
"Sleek and shiny and glamorous" is how The Pitch's Charles Ferruzza described Cafe Trio in a 2009 article reviewing the eatery's at-the-time new location, although his praises didn't stop there. He also doled out compliments about Executive Chef Adam Yoder's European-inspired food, which earns a rating of very good to excellent from Zagat.
In the glow of paper lanterns, colorful paintings crafted by local artists hover over plates of Faroe Islands salmon roulade and hand-cut tenderloin fillets, which diners can enjoy while gazing out at the fountain and trees of Mill Creek Park. Outside, an expansive deck?open year-round?offers alfresco dining through the warm summer months, as well as unobstructed views of the resident snowmen of Country Club Plaza throughout the winter.
The Teahouse & Coffeepot's homey front porch harkens back to simple small-town pleasures, inviting guests to shoo away stress with each sip of tea from a huge loose-leaf selection chosen by tea master Keith Buchanan. The aroma of made-from-scratch scones, muffins, and vegan-friendly blueberry cobbler wafts from the kitchen and through the shop's sunny rooms, signaling backup for cups of the day's featured teas or glasses of mint ice tea flavored with sweet vanilla. Though reservations are required for English Afternoon Tea—a popular weekend event and guaranteed right within the Magna Carta—the shop dishes up an internationally inspired round of sandwiches, salads, and quiches every day of the week. The shop also brews pots of french-pressed coffees, echoing Buchanan’s confession to The Pitch that you can't "convert a coffee drinker if you can't get them into the door."
Shane Hampton knows that grandmothers always know best. So when he felt a little nervous about going to cosmetology school, he only needed to look back on and remember the passion his grandmother, a lifelong hairstylist, had for the job to remember that beauty is in his blood. More than eight years later, he is still sharing his family’s desire to help others feel good about themselves. As a color specialist and master stylist for men and women, he cuts, colors, and styles hair, helping create a confident being below the strands. And, to ensure that newfound confidence comes without sacrificing hair health, he favors products from Unite, Davines, and Ref, which are all free of sulfates and margarine.
Emerging from a wood-fired oven framed by brick and white marble, gooey, melted mozzarella bubbles atop a freshly crafted pizza. With this oven as their centerpiece, Open Fire Pizza’s pizzaioli curate a menu of gourmet pizzas and calzones composed of fresh, local, and organic ingredients. The pizzeria strives to make a minimal impact on the environment by powering its eatery with rooftop solar panels, maintaining zero-trash policies, and fueling its ovens with wood from well-hugged trees. Meanwhile, Open Fire Pizza nourishes its surrounding community by hosting regular art openings and open-mic nights.