A Taste of Leawood at Town Center Plaza was a delicious success on September 16th with incredible food, wine tastings, music, and a great vibe! With a great group of the Leawood area’s best restaurants on hand offering wonderful fare, and a wide array of wine and beer selections, guests loved the atmosphere of a festival under the stars. Thanks to the hard work of our Chamber member restaurants, volunteers and financial support of our generous sponsors, attendees enjoyed a wonderful fall evening. This year’s addition of a photo bus in a converted VW was a huge hit!
This year’s participating restaurants included:
Andrè's - Hawthorne Plaza, Blue Chip Cookies of Leawood, Bravo! Cucina Italiana, BRGR Kitchen + Bar, Burnt End BBQ, Dean & DeLuca, Firebirds Wood Fired Grill, Foo's Fabulous Café, Gaslight Grill, Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, Hereford House, Johnny's Tavern, La Bodega, Mickey "The Cotton Candy Man", North Italia, Nothing Bundt Cakes, O'Neill's Restaurant and Bar, Talk of the Town Leawood, Paddy O'Quigley's Pub & Grille, Parisi Cafe at Park Place, Pig & Finch Gastropub, Pinstripes, Rock & Brews, Sullivan's Steakhouse, The Roasterie & YaYa's Euro Bistro.
Special thanks to our event chairs, Gene O’Dell with Hereford House and Lisa Carl with Sullivan’s. Choosing the winners of our culinary competition were Lee Page of Page Communications, Karli Ritter of Fox 4 News, and Caitlin Fore, blogger and creator of SophistiCAITed. A
As always, a great event requires the help of an army of volunteers, and A Taste of Leawood had the best, including:
Debbie Davis, Adam Jeffries, Beth Jeffries, James Greenyer, Patrick Earhart, Laura Jeffries, Julie Jeffries, Gary Flick, Michael Funaro, Louis Stein, Donna Jacobson, Julie Hessenflow, Stephanie Clayton, Mark Barone, Jesse Little, Tiffany Nyquist, Cathy Lucas, Kris Bethay, Bryce Reeves, Teresa Stewart, Molly Hilderhof, Skye McAdoo, Erica Banks, Mariccia Spearman-Kaki, Kendra Williams, Anetra Hunter, Mary Tearney, April Bishop, Jan Kessinger, Kaela Domenico, Jonathan Braswell, Andrea Luker, Chris Abel, Christy Jeffries & Jim Cogswell
Our event sponsors included:
Presenting Sponsor Town Center Plaza | Crossing Platinum Sponsors Burns & McDonnell, Country Club Bank, CrossFirst Bank, Menorah Medical Center, Shawnee Mission Health, Town Center Plaza | Crossing. Gold Sponsors American Century Investments / Learning Quest, Commerce Bank, Bank of Blue Valley, CBIZ MHM LLC / CBIZ ESO, DEMDACO, Discover Vision Centers, KCP&L. Silver Sponsors AMC Theatres, Mercedes-Benz of Kansas City, Mutual of Omaha Bank, Saint Luke’s Health System, Security Bank of Kansas City, St. Joseph Medical Center, Tutera Senior Living & Health Care, UMB Bank. Other Event Sponsors Shawnee Mission Health – Music Sponsor & Healthy Hands Sponsor, Overland Chauffeured Services – Wristband Sponsor, Information Communications Group – Wine Glass Sponsor, Great Southern Bank – Cup Sponsor, MBB Agency – Restroom Sponsor, Mercedes-Benz Kansas City – Automobile Sponsor, CareNow Urgent Care – Photo Booth Sponsor, Phoenix Home Care & Hospice – Cocktail Napkin Sponsor, Lifestyle Publications – Media Sponsor. Table Host Sponsors Security Bank of Kansas City, American Family Insurance, DLR Group, Financial Engines, Central Bank of the Midwest, Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz, O’Donnell & Sons Construction, Polsinelli, Business Data Systems (BDS), Martin Pringle Attorneys at Law, Commerce Bank, Blue Valley Recreation Commission.
Thanks to all who make this our best A Taste of Leawood event yet, including our fabulous guests. Let’s do this again next year on September 15, 2018!