Kansas City Chapter Archived Projects

Food Now's Eat With the Locals Event
Education, Advocacy, Philanthropy
Kansas City Chapter

 Kansas City Les Dames Chapter was instrumental in developing the Food Now “eat with the locals” event.

Food NOW – eat with the locals was held in August, 2010, and again on August 27, 2011.
This unique dinner event is a collaboration of farmers, restaurantuers and volunteers. All the food is donated by local farmers, prepared by local chefs who buy and serve local food in their restaurants and served up by a variety of hospitality professionals. Our Kansas City chapter has an 85% participation. Our chapter handles the entire silent and live auction (collecting items, packaging and executing the auction). While our we have over 85% participation from our membership, local Kansas City Dames – Jane Zieha owner of Blue Bird Bistro and Renee Kelly owner of Caenen’s Castle contributed many hours of their time to make it a success.

Proceeds benefit Cultivate Kansas City (formerly Kansas City Center for Urban Agriculture) Greater Kansas City Food Policy Coalition and the Kansas City Community Gardens.

Over the summer Dames have volunteered their time at the Independence Missouri Farmers Market demonstrating recipes using local seasonal produce through Beans and Greens program.

Les Dames sponsored the bi-annual Urban Farms Tour in June and we provided demos and recipes at the KC Community Garden Fall Family Festival in September, 2011.

More opportunities open up daily. We look forward to next year’s projects.


Kansas City Organizes FoodNow!
Education, Philanthropy
Kansas City Chapter

On Saturday, August 28th, our chapter in partnership with several Kansas City Agencies just had our first big fundraiser - Food Now! With 300 people in attendance for a first time event, we are ball park estimating that we have raised about $30,000 for 3 agencies in KC - KC Center for Urban Agriculture, KC Community Gardens and The Greater KC Food Policy Coalition. For event details, please visit: www.foodnow.org


Kansas City Sponsors Urban Farm/Garden Tour
Education, Advocacy, Philanthropy
Kansas City Chapter

Kansas City Dames were one of many sponsors of the Kansas City Center for Urban Agriculture’s self-guided tour of urban farms on Sunday, June 28 that included more than 30 farms and gardens from Shawnee, KS, to Independence, MO. The tour included a variety of for-profit, non-profit and a variety of urban agriculture sites. Sixteen pre-tour events took place the week before the finale tour, including gardening seminars, “eat local” restaurant dinners and a film viewing on how to raise chickens in an urban setting. The goal of the week-long series of events was to educate and inform the public about how to create “a home-grown” life. For more information, contact Dame Katherine Kelly at katherine@kccua.org.

KC Announces 10 GT Initiatives
Education, Advocacy, Philanthropy
Kansas City Chapter

To celebrate its 10th anniversary, the Kansas City chapter announced its Top 10 Green Tables Initiatives:
1. $3,000 for Kansas City Center for Urban Agriculture
2. $3,000 for Kansas City Community Gardens
3. New Roots for Refugees is a program that helps refugee women put down new roots to start their own small farm businesses. Dames met with Burmese, Somali, and Burundian women. KCCUA staff developed a brochure for each of the women highlighting her story, her approach to farming and cooking, and featuring her recipes translated into English. The brochures are distributed at farmers markets.
4. The Kansas City Community Gardens Fall Festival featured dames demonstrating grilling vegetables and making vinaigrette with groceries provided by Whole Foods Market and produce provided by KCCUA. A donation of $3,000 was given.
5. An educational series incorporating aspects of the LDEI Green Tables Initiative, Learning to Live Green, was held at the Whole Foods Cooking Studio. Dames and their friends learned how to be green at events, at businesses and at home.
6. The chapter was selected to receive 5% of the revenues of Whole Foods Market for one day on Wednesday, December 10, 2008. These monies will fund chapter philanthropic projects for 2009. The event was promoted to members and the community.
7. A Farmer's Table Dinner with Dame Diana Endicott of Rainbow Organic is planned for Saturday, January 17, 2009 at Blue Bird Bistro. After cocktails, Dame Diana will discuss her path to providing locally grown food to our community. Following will be a five-course dinner prepared exclusively with locally grown food.
8. Something To Talk About: A quarterly discussion group for Dames and their guests led by Dame members is set for Monday, April 20th, 6:30 pm at Whole Foods Community Room. Topic: “In Defense of Food” by Michael Pollan.
9. Food Policy Council is a new initiative spearheaded by KC Healthy Kids to bring together individuals, organizations and businesses involved in different aspects of the KC food system to promote policies that will lead to a healthier diet .
10. The Philanthropy Committee proposed that Dames collaborate with Slow Food to organize an Outstanding in the Field event that would take place in the fields at Drumm Farm Institute in Independence. The event would feature local foods prepared by celebrity chefs as a fundraiser for KCCUA, KCCG, the KC Food Policy Council and children’s gardening activities at Drumm Farm.

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