KC in the Spotlight: Picnics and the Brooklyn of Missouri

Chances are you don’t have time to keep track of the all the amazing media love KC is getting this day, so we’re doing it for you.

The latest round of mentions for our fair city runs the gamut from farmer’s markets to menswear.

We’ve shared our love for local picnic spots before (along with spectacular recipes for what to pack in that cute basket), and now Travel + Leisure has named KC one of the top 10 cities for picnicking. We beat out scenic spots such as San Francisco, Portland and Honolulu, thanks to destinations such as Penn Valley Park and the Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park that offer easy access to museums. Suggested sustenance includes brisket mac and cheese from Broadway Butcher Shop and sausages from Local Pig.

Whiskey might be in its DNA, but it’s not the sole focus for J. Rieger & Co. The New York Times highlighted the hometown distillery in a story about its upcoming London style gin created by renowned distiller Tom Nichol, who will also become a partner in the business.

J. Rieger & Co’s Ryan Maybee and Andy Rieger

Hopefully you saw that Baldwin Denim is up for a Vouge/CFDA Fashion Fund award. Turns out Kansas Citians are far from the only ones rooting for Matt Baldwin and co. to take top honors. In an online story about the finalists titled “An Awesome Menswear Designer Is About to Be Given a Whole Bunch of Money,” GQ listed Baldwin as a favorite of the magazine, (it named Baldwin the Best New Menswear Designer in America back in 2013) and declared itself #TeamBaldwin.

Happy National Farmer’s Market Week—we got you this rundown on farmer’s market vendors around town and this piece of good news: City Market scored a mention in Food 52 and Yahoo’s list of 10 amazing farmer’s markets across America. While it didn’t earn a number all its own on the list, it was included as part of destination No. 10, “Your Local Market,” encouraging people to check out their neighborhood greenmarkets for cool products and services like City Market’s Tomato Taxi.

Westport can now claim the (unofficial and potentially unwelcome) title of the Brooklyn of Missouri. According to Thrillist, which put together a list naming the Brooklyn of every U.S. stage, the selection was based on metrics including trendy restaurants, “craft” cocktail bars, bike friendliness and urban expansion.

Next time out-of-town visitors ask where they should eat in KC, send them to food-centric website Tasting Table. Our friend Emily Farris of Feed Me Creative dishes on our city’s culinary scene, from Bluestem to Chai Shai, noting that Kanss City “may be best known as a barbecue town, but a new generation of dedicated chefs, mixologists and coffee roasters are helping to make this place a truly diverse dining destination.”