Saveur, “Today” Show Agree: KC Food Scene on the Rise

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Both recognize Kansas City as a top culinary destination.

This morning, Kansas City hit the airwaves of NBC's "Today" show for the second time in three months.  Saveur, one of the nation's top culinary magazines, announced its Top Food Trends for 2012 - proclaiming Kansas City as America's next great culinary destination for 2012.

The announcement was made by James Oseland, editor-in-chief of Saveur and a judge on Bravo's "Top Chef Masters."  "We've long thought of Kansas City as a good barbecue town," Oseland said, "but its high-end dining is really on the rise."

This high-profile ranking is a result of a 2011 media visit hosted by the Kansas City CVA.  The organization's PR department hosted Saveur Executive Editor Todd Coleman in March and also contributed messaging for today's broadcast story.  Praise for Kansas City continued on the "Today" show blog, also released this morning.  In it, Oseland said Kansas City is "going to have its moment in 2012."

"This Midwestern city has a deep-rooted food culture that's been around for well over a century, one that's now poised to reinvigorate itself and position the city as a new culinary destination.  We all know about Kansas City's reputation as a great barbecue town, but recently there's been a fantastic wave of smart, new high-end cooking that's been lighting a fire in the heart of America," the story says.  "Laying the foundation are chefs like Debbie Gold, Celina Tio, and Colby Garrelts, whose restaurants...are galvanizing the area's independent and organic farmers and producers, and inspiring Kansas City's next generation of chefs to reach for new heights."

Pat Murfey, CCIM, specializes in Commercial Properties with Kansas City based real estate brokerage Evergreen Real Estate Services. Pat can be reached at 913-951-8402 or

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