Signature service: Professional Videography and Editing
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1–2 hours for the short film option and 5 or more hours for the silver package option
Brands Used: Canon Camcorders, Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects
RSVP in the Village knows that invitations set the tone for an entire event, be it a Flemish wedding or a summer barbecue séance, and its staff is dedicated to producing quality prints tailored to every occasion. Personalized invitations, announcements, holiday cards, and ransom notes are printed in two to three days and range from $1.25–$2.50 each. Personalized address stamps ($40), meanwhile, save on hand cramps and quill refills. Custom note cards ($12) and notepads ($22) make it easy to mark off the thank-you notes, Dear John letters, and to-do lists on your to-do list. RSVP also sells useful office accessories such as Linnea calendars ($18–$36), momAgenda planners ($36–$40), and John Adler note cubes ($12.95).
For many steakhouses, the art of preparing a tantalizing cut of meat begins in a professional kitchen. But Plaza III The Steakhouse reaches back further, choosing cuts of meat from its own facilities where it ages corn-fed beef inside specialized lockers. Once the cuts reach the restaurant, they are displayed tableside or via limousine motorcade for prospective diners before the chefs char grill chosen selections. To complete the flavor profile, patrons need only peruse a wine list of more than 700 bottles.
This meticulous process of cultivation and presentation embodies the award-winning steakhouse's sophisticated approach to mealtime. Its menu spans ribs, chops, and seafood in addition to Prime aged steaks, and appetizers such as the hand-chopped tenderloin tartare?a dish lauded by Gayot as a "classic rendition ? sprinkled with caviar."
Visitors bask in elegant dining rooms on two floors, which host live jazz and a dancing area on Saturday evenings. Parties of up to 64 guests can set up their fetes in private rooms, enjoying bacchanalias in the wine cellar and other intimate spaces such as the western-themed American Royal Room, which accommodates midsized gatherings.
The Grand Street Café dazzles diners with creative, tasty, contemporary American fare compiled from fresh, quality ingredients, all of which are pulled from overturned top hats by on-site magicians. Treat a deserving tongue to a wide array of options on the dinner menu. Prime the palate with the white-cheddar fondue, which arrives with Granny Smith apple quarters and Bavarian pretzels poised for dunking ($6). Scratch a gastronomically green itch with a tender family of baby greens, avocado, egg, tomato, cheese, artichoke hearts, hot mustard, and balsamic vinaigrette that nurtures an orphaned fried-coconut chicken in Bill's Chicken Salad ($11). One of the restaurant's signature entrees is the bone-in pork chop, which is brined and marinated and adorned with apple-pecan compote, green beans, herb-whipped potatoes, and ham-hock sauce ($13–$20). If brunch beseeches you, choose a main dish ($14.95) such as the eggy, cheesy, beany, and chorizo-ish huevos rancheros, and head to the included appetizer buffet to grab a snack while your stomach contemplates the pros and cons of being full.
A circular driveway leads to the towering white columns that frame the entrance of Van Noy Mansion, built in the early 20th century for a wealthy railroad family. Two and a half acres of 100-year-old oak trees, manicured shrubs, and verdant landscape surround the estate, and guests are invited to take photos and explore the grounds. General manager James Michael summarizes the mansion's beauty by saying, "You have to see it to believe it. When people walk in for the first time, their jaws drop."
Original woodwork lines the mansion's interior, which is ornamented by stained-glass windows and a series of original murals portraying a courtship. A dramatic wooden rotunda with a second-level landing gives guests space to snap photos or drop buckets of molasses and feathers on late arrivals. Stepping out on the second-story balcony, guests can occasionally hear faint elephant trumpets from the neighboring zoo intermingled with real trumpets carried on the breeze from the nearby Starlight Theatre. The historic 5,000-square-foot mansion plays host to up to 1,000 guests for indoor and outdoor weddings receptions, holiday parties, and charitable events, with food services available from a list of preferred caterers.
When Joe Zwillenberg bought Westport Flea Market Bar & Grill, he preserved "an irreplaceable piece of the city's character," according to the Pitch, which dubbed him Kansas City's Best Local Hero in 2006. Thanks to Joe, the close to 30-year-old establishment—which had been marked for takeover by a national chain—is still churning out its famous 10-ounce burgers today. Made with ground Prime cuts of Kansas City strip steak and fillet from McGonigle's Market, the hearty handhelds earned CityVoter's Best Burger awards in 2008 and 2009 and were featured on Food Network's Meat & Potatoes in 2010. Diners can customize each time-honored patty with onions, pickles, or shredded historical documents from the condiments table.
The eatery—which is nestled within a bustling flea market—also offers 44 beers on tap, live music, and a game room with pool tables, foosball, and an arcade. It is also the home of the Tiger Club of Kansas City's weekly luncheons, which boast high-profile speakers from the world of sports.