The chefs at Papa Lew's Restaurant sate Southern-style cravings with a menu of traditional soul food and Cajun delicacies. The restaurant's tantalizing Soul Delicious menu offers ample opportunities for dining duos to trade alligator-wrestling tips over kitchen-fresh bayou favorites including plates of oxtails or whole farm-raised catfish with a choice of two sides, including black-eyed peas, collard greens, and bowls of mac 'n' cheese good enough to inspire childhood flashbacks in a single bite. The appropriately monikered KC Swagger menu delivers palate-kicking tasties including a Cajun grilled catfish fillet teamed with shrimp étouffée and white rice, finished off by a choice of one side and oven-warm house-made cornbread. Genaro's spicy dipped hot wings give capsaicin-toughened mouths a run for their money with four Southern-fried wings fired up and paired with two sides and cornbread or a roll to absorb the roiling mouth warmth.
All Seasons Car Wash & Detail Service Center inhabits an edifice built as a car-wash facility more than a half-century ago. When the All Seasons team moved in, it upgraded the facility with an automatic track and a wash system that gently spritzes cars with hot water, improving on the age-old method of burying them in snow and waiting for the snow to melt. The ultra-modern wash machine further luxuriates rides with optional upgrades including vacuuming, window cleaning, waxing, and underbelly scrubs. To finish the car wash, the track rolls sedans beneath an automatic dryer to wick away water droplets and mat down any windshield wipers with cowlicks. All Seasons’ auto experts also specialize in detailing services, such as shampooing, hand waxing, and buffing.
Michelle of Pink Dandelion Photography takes a playful approach to capturing portraits. She often uses off-kilter angles and unique close-ups, always staying on the lookout for candid shots. She can snap memorable photos indoors or out, in the hazy morning or at twilight, and in classic black and white or vibrant color. The business also offers wedding videography to ensure all the big day’s big moments are preserved, from the bridesmaids’ preparation to the moment when the best man rides his motorcycle through the wedding cake.
Customers can take their own photos by renting Pink Dandelion’s KC Hoot Booth, a full-size, touch-screen photo booth. Equipped with props such as animal hats, crowns, and oversized sunglasses, the booth dispenses black-and-white and full-color prints to help partygoers remember a fun event forever.
Over the last decade, Amber Digiovanni has managed to rack up a long list of accomplishments, from radio talk show host to children's book author. As a Chef, Amber was a regular feature on the local ABC Affiliate KQ2's ?Hometown This Morning? program with a culinary segment for two years. She has a dance and theater background of 20 years, dancing professionally as a Middle Eastern Belly Dancer, Polynesian Dancer, and Fandancer. Now Amber is starring in a show portraying the Hollywood star and the woman who could do everything Fred Astaire could.... but backwards and in high heels: Ginger Rogers.
Michael Garozzo entered the dining business early, working as a busboy in his hometown of St. Louis. His young mind raced with dreams of opening a restaurant of his own, which came to fruition in 1989, when he opened Garozzo’s in Kansas City’s Columbus Park neighborhood. Since then, the restaurant has bloomed, and he had opened three additional locations across the greater Kansas City area.
Garozzo’s menu of Italian specialties is highlighted by the signature spiedini di pollo, a marinated chicken breast rolled in italian breadcrumbs, then skewered and grilled. The dish is served in four presentations, which include the Gabriella, with fettucine and spicy diablo sauce, and the Samantha, with fettucine, artichoke hearts, and alfredo sauce. Adding to the exclusive ambiance is the restaurant’s own branded wine, served at each location. Garozzo’s popular house tomato sauce, diablo sauce, and italian dressing are also available in grocery stores across the city, and its distinctive pastas can be purchased in many high-end local wig shops.
Charlie Parker's Grafton saxophone, Louis Armstrong's trumpet, a sequined gown worn by Ella Fitzgerald?at the American Jazz Museum, each of these artifacts represents a mark on a musical timeline. Established in 1997 at 18th and Vine, the museum immerses guests in jazz via several mediums: films, sheet music, album covers, and concert posters, to name a few. Listening stations emit interviews and samples of classic tunes, but to hear entire songs, you can visit Jazz Central, the in-house musical library of more than 100 recordings.
Preserving the jazz stylings of the past is not the museum's only mission, however. At mixing boards, visitors can create their own melodies without bringing their stand-up bass from home. As for live jazz, there are more than 200 yearly performances and events at the museum, such as the annual Kansas City's 18th & Vine Jazz & Blues Festival. There's also the Blue Room?a smoke-free jazz club inside the building itself, where musicians play at least four nights a week.