Taste Catering boasts a history of serving gatherings large and small for more than two decades, working closely with each client to plan and host memorable events. Long before guests arrive at the door, Taste Catering and its clients convene over the evening’s every detail, selecting menu items, beverages, and the ideal humidity level to induce a dewy glow. Hosts can choose to have hors d'oeuvres such as prosciutto-wrapped scallops circulated by servers, displayed on tables, or fired into mouths from a repurposed T-shirt cannon. For evenings trimmed with a full dinner, guests can dine buffet style or have entrees such as slow-roasted beef brisket and twice-baked potatoes hand-delivered by wait staff. The option for an open bar lets clients outfit drink lists with choices of craft and domestic bottled beer, red and white wines, mixers, and truth elixir.
A glass bridge is suspended above a field of 9,000 red poppies, each flower representing 1,000 soldiers who died in the Great War. This living symbol is one of the many powerful exhibits within the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial, the only museum in the U.S. dedicated exclusively to World War I and dedicated by Congress as the nation's official World War I museum in 2004. Named one of the top 25 museums in the U.S. in TripAdvisor's 2014 Travelers' Choice Awards, the Museum is also rated the No. 1 attraction in Kansas City.
Designed by Ralph Appelbaum, who also lent his expertise to such landmarks as the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the National World War I Museum integrates first-person accounts into a narrative that flows through its permanent and visiting exhibitions. The Museum's collection comprises World War I artifacts such as field artillery, a 1917 Harley Davidson motorcycle, and unopened cigarette packs from a 1914 Princess Mary Christmas Box. The Museum also includes Over There Caf? and a comprehensive gift store.
At nighttime, you can see Milano Italian Dining's dining room glowing through its glass walls long before you smell its steaks, sauteed shrimp, and grilled salmon. The restaurant has as much elegance in its architecture as it in its food, sporting a design from the award-winning Aumiller Youngquist firm that looks out on Crown Center's iconic 25-foot spouts of fine white wine. Entrees run the gamut of Italian classics, from brick-oven margarita pizza to shrimp scampi to cornmeal-dusted calamari with pepperoncini, cherry peppers, and spicy marinara.
Taste of KC treats visitors to a culinary tour of the city with samplings of beer, wine, cocktails, and food from local restaurants, chefs, and breweries. In the heart of the Power & Light District in Kansas City, guests enjoy tasty craft beers from Tallgrass Brewing and mixed drinks from Smirnoff. Explore the local food landscape with samplings from Blue Bird Bistro, Los Alamos, Couscous Gyro Kebab, Funnel Cake Truck, and Wood + Salt.
Having bested your uncle in the season’s most grueling pumpkin-pie-eating contest yet, bring equilibrium back to your soul and turkey-clogged body with today’s deal: four weeks of intro Pilates or yoga classes at Maya Whole Health Studio for $30 (a $60 value). Choose whichever strikes your fancy and find a class on the schedule that fits into your busy day-to-day of work, house cleaning, and naval raids. Maya offers classes every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. There once was a flexible gal, Whose yogic skills never did fail, When forgetting her keys, She just pulled in her knees, And squeezed through the slot for the mail.
At Screenland, campy and classic are rarely mutually exclusive terms. The movie theater serves as a cinematic time machine, transporting spectators through the history of Hitchcock's mysteries and straight into the heyday of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Though it also shows current titles, its schedule is often beholden to audience whims—the Crossroads location hosts new independent films that are uniquely screened at this sole location. This dual devotion to cherished and modern flicks helped Screenland earn the 2012 Readers' Choice award for Best Movie Theater from the Pitch.
Even outside the projection room, nostalgia rules. More than 40 games, from Donkey Kong to Missile Command, test dexterity at the Crossroads location's retro arcade, where guests can purchase passes to play indefinitely or until Frogger finally flags down a cab. Photographs taken by former Kansas City mayor Dick Berkley accompany historical trivia in the adjacent gallery, and celebrity handprints mark the outdoor patio. Greeting cinephiles out front is a marquee salvaged from the Isis Theatre, just as it once greeted a young Walt Disney when he shared his early animations there.
Wedding receptions and corporate meetings alike have taken advantage of the theater's capacity for private functions. At both exclusive and public events, however, a full-service bar supplies guests with libations, cracking open bottles of Boulevard Pale Ale and Tallgrass Velvet Rooster.