Mike Elder, a Kansas City native and the three-time undefeated champion of TLC's Ultimate Cake Off, founded KC CakeFest to capitalize on the boom in reality cake shows and to generate proceeds for The Whole Person, a nonprofit program dedicated to helping people with disabilities lead independent lives. Attracting talent ranging from Elder's fellow contestants on Ultimate Cake Off to the batter wranglers on Next Great Baker, KC CakeFest's crowning events are its celebrity cake battles, which pit teams of confection architects against one another for the merriment of onlookers and for the judgment of cake expert Leigh Grode. Other attractions include displays by national cake artists and free demos on topics such as how to resist eating a whole cake, cake dives, and cupcake chucks. Furthering revelry, rockabilly band The Rumblejetts will play a live set during each intermission.
After leading workout sessions in her home's spare bedroom and boot-camp routines in her garage, certified personal trainer Kelly Heaven created Burn Fitness to showcase her fitness expertise in a boutique-style setting, accented by bold colors and an ornate black chandelier. Along with expert instructors, Kelly leads small groups in nine types of classes, demonstrating modifiable moves so that guests of all experience levels can participate at their own pace. Each session sizzles off the calories on gleaming wood floors in the vibrantly colored industrial studio, whose assemblage of treadmills, BOSU balls, and Richard Simmons chia pets beckon to energized physiques. Burn Fitness's schedule fits at least two classes into every day of the week, and as parents work out, employees can supervise youngsters 2 months old and older ($2/class for each child).
Add some sepia tone and photo grain, and a snapshot of Hereford House could make it pass for an old Western saloon. But the photo would actually be of a modern steak house that churns out aged steaks, seafood, and ribs—the same fare that put Kansas City meat markets on the map at the turn of the century. In the dinner menu, most everything walks across the grill before being served. The steak oscar entree eschews the barriers that separate land from sea by teaming up a 6-ounce filet mignon with jumbo lump crab pilfered from crustacean birthday parties and pan-seared to perfection. Juicy tenderloin medallions come smothered in red-wine demi glace, and oven-roasted cuts of salmon arrive in pools of garlic herb butter.
The instructors of ESB Lacrosse lead clinics, camps, and leagues with one purpose: helping young players strengthen their acumen on the field of play. The instructors' lesson plans and drills help acclimate new players to the game by teaching solid fundamentals including how to win a face-off and how to recognize when an opposing team has secretly subbed in a polar bear. Lacrosse players with a few seasons under their belts also can learn new techniques to propel their game to a new level of competition, helping them enter tougher leagues or begin a collegiate career.
Since 1981, TCBY has been synonymous with frozen yogurt. The company spearheaded the guiltless consumption of low-fat, chilled dairy treats with iconic flavors such as white chocolate mousse topped with fresh fruit and candy. Today, TCBY yogurt shops across the country continue the tradition with classic and specialty flavors such as caramel supreme, greek honey vanilla, and sugar- and fat-free mountain blackberry. Patrons can also enjoy real fruit sorbets, sugarless options, and more than 35 toppings and choose from soft-serve and hand-dipped flavors.