What happens when you put some of Kansas City’s most passionate foodies together? The KC Foodie Club. That’s what! We are a group of locals who come together at restaurant tables across the city in pursuit of all things delicious.
Most appropriately, the foundation for the KC Foodie Club was set during the mother of all Kansas City culinary events. Kansas City Restaurant Week 2017. This year we did much more than good while dining out. The kick-off party for KCRW 2017 gave us KC Foodies a chance to actually meet face to face. Most of whom I personally had only been familiar with on Instagram. After the event, we were all pretty much thinking the same thing. “These people are kind of cool. They love food just as much as I do. Why don’t we hang out more often?” Okay, maybe not those exact thoughts. But it didn’t take long for the ball to get rolling on a small group to make plans for the first KC Foodie Club meet-up. You know the saying? Birds of a feather flock together. Well, we eat together. Mmmmm, speaking of birds…
Succotash, at 26th & Holmes, was the setting of our first club meeting. This quirky eatery, known for its brunch, proved a cool backdrop to our crowd. Once the rosemary-caramel lattes and sunrise smoothies were flowing, we made formal introductions, chilled, and talked shop. Oh, and of course we took plenty of Instagram-worthy photos. The best thing about dining with other foodies is that they appreciate what goes into a good a meal. Not just the ingredients and preparation but also the presentation. Plus I can’t even begin to describe how good it felt to eat with people who honor Foodie Rule No. 1. Do not touch or eat anything until a photo has been taken!
Who are the members of the KC Foodie Club?
We all agree on our excitement about delicious food, It’s what brought us together. However, our backgrounds couldn’t be more diverse. Nursing, Advertising, Preschool Education, Marketing, etc. But it works. Food has a funny way of being a common denominator. Below is a list including each member and their Instagram page. (Instagram being where most of the magic happens!)
- Adrienne Strobel – Page Communications
- Alex Johannes – Food Gal Al
- Allison Hinds & Mark Blankenship – KC Food Snobs
- Anna Petrow – Anna Petrow Photography
- Benjamin Fuentes-Longoria – Kansas City Foodie Finds
- Brittney Hunter & Jamie McNiece-Gibson – KC Local Eats
- Cheryl McDonald-Baker – Miss KC Foodie
- Claire Maples – KC Plates
- Emily Held – Habetchually Hungry
- Hannah Rushton – Eating Kansas City
- Kasim Hardaway – A Journey in Colour
- Kate McLiney – KJMcLiney
- Katie Kruse – Tasting Kansas City
- Me (Kiara Watts) – My City Adventures
- Kirsan Caswell – Kansas City Foodie
- Lauren Blood – Eat Drink KC
- Shanley Cox – Out to Eat
What does this mean for restaurants in Kansas City? It means we are 20 hungry foodies with a reservation at your place! So be ready!!! Just joking! A little.
Okay, here’s what it really means. The KC Foodie Club is made up of unique individuals who share the common desire of exploring the best of Kansas City cuisine. And we want to share our discoveries with EVERYONE we know! From social media photos and posts to good old-fashioned word-of-mouth. We love exposing people to all the delicious restaurants in Kansas City. If you own a restaurant or sell food products in Kansas City, there all lots of ways you can connect with the KC Foodie Club. Publicity for restaurant openings. New menu tastings. Honest and unbiased restaurant and product reviews. Press for special events. If you have something different in mind for a collaboration, just let us know. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The creative possibilities are endless!
Look for us everywhere with the hashtag #kcfoodieclub. In the meantime we’ll be happily feasting on Kansas City’s most yummy dishes! Thank you for reading.