New dinners offered at Kauffman Center

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KAUFFMAN CENTER DINING EXPERIENCE INTRODUCES SPRING MENU

Three-course dinner menu draws inspiration from world cuisines
and highlights fresh, local ingredients

Kansas City, MO – The Dining Experience at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts debuts its new spring and summer dining menu on Friday, April 6. The three-course dinner menu will be available through the end of August.

Executive Chef Laura Comer draws inspiration from world cuisines for new dinner selections, with dishes including a take on Papa a la Huancaina, a cold potato salad from Peru; Circle B Ranch Brown Sugar Pork Belly served over Japanese-style soba noodles; and a Coquito Popsicle that borrows flavors from a holiday drink of Puerto Rico. These ideas are combined with local ingredients to create unique, hybrid plates. The approach blends seamlessly with Comer’s incorporation of refined flavors, creative ideas and French technique into renditions of dishes that will feel familiar to diners, such as the Smoked Hatfield Brisket entrée or the Red Velvet Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich dessert.

The Dining Experience continues to partner with local providers for the finest fresh ingredients, including Circle B Ranch pork, Hatfield beef, Missing Ingredient produce, Green Dirt Farms cheese, and Farm to Market bread. The menu showcases seasonal spring vegetables, fruit and greens.

Guests choose one item from each course for the three-course menu, priced at $35 per person. The Dining Experience also offers small plates for lighter fare, a rotating collection of craft cocktails and a curated wine list.

The Dining Experience is available prior to most evening performances at the Kauffman Center. Walk-in dining is welcome depending on availability, and tickets to a performance aren’t needed to dine. The Dining Experience is located in the Founders’ Lounge, just inside the south doors on level 2 of the Kauffman Center. For reservations, visit Open Table or call the Kauffman Center Box Office at (816) 994-7222. For menus and more information, visit kauffmancenter.org/dining.

Photos of selected dishes from the spring and summer menu, the Founders’ Lounge and Executive Chef Laura Comer are available here.

Circle B Ranch Brown Sugar Pork Belly with Soba Noodles. Photo by Anna Petrow.

THE DINING EXPERIENCE AT THE KAUFFMAN CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
SPRING/SUMMER 2018 THREE-COURSE DINNER MENU

STARTERS
Melon Prosecco Chilled Soup
Lime Basil Sorbet, Prosciutto Glass

Papa a la Huancaina (Spicy Peruvian Cold Potato Salad)
Purple Potato, Olive, Egg, Watercress

Tiger Salad
Wild Greens, Lobster Hushpuppy, Watermelon Radish, Coconut Lime Vinaigrette

ENTREES
Blackened Bass
Sweet Corn Grits, Mustard Greens, Pickled Onions and Cucumbers

Arroz con Pollo
Sofrito, Plantain Crisp, Spring Peas, Roasted Red Pepper Gel

Circle B Ranch Brown Sugar Pork Belly
Soba Noodles, Pickled Green Mango Vinaigrette, Sweet Potato Ribbon, Heirloom Carrot

Smoked Hatfield Brisket
Warm Mustard Potatoes, Crispy Artichokes, Berry Rhubarb Gastrique

DESSERTS
Coquito Popsicle
Tapioca Cracker, Citrus Meringue, Finger Limes, Coconut Vanilla Tea Fluid Gel

Red Velvet Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich
White Chocolate Flexi Ganache, Strawberry Pavé

Chocolate Peanut Butter Tart
Chocolate Sablé, Peanut Butter Mousse, Malted Marshmallow, Rice Cereal

ABOUT THE DINING EXPERIENCE AT THE KAUFFMAN CENTER

The Dining Experience at the Kauffman Center offers modern American cuisine prior to most evening performances at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. The Dining Experience has a seasonal three-course dinner menu for $35 per person, as well as a selection of small plates. Guests may enjoy a seasonal craft cocktail and curated wine selection. For reservations, call (816) 994-7222 or visit Open Table. Walk-in dining is offered depending on availability. For more information and menus, visit kauffmancenter.org/dining.

ABOUT EXECUTIVE CHEF LAURA COMER

Executive Chef Laura Comer brings a wealth of fine dining history to her work at the Kauffman Center, where she has led the culinary team since fall 2016. Her background includes time with well-known local establishments including Bluestem, Justus Drugstore and Treat America. Comer is a Kansas City native and graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. She holds an A.O.S. in Culinary Arts and Le Cordon Bleu Diploma from The California School of Culinary Arts.

ABOUT THE KAUFFMAN CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts – a major not-for-profit center for music, opera, theater and dance designed by Moshe Safdie – opened in 2011. Serving as a cultural cornerstone for Kansas City and the region, the Kauffman Center delivers extraordinary and diverse performing arts experiences. Honored as one of the World’s 15 Most Beautiful Concert Halls, the Kauffman Center attracts some of the world’s most renowned performers and entertainers.

Through educational outreach programs and community enrichment, the Kauffman Center supports Kansas City as a cultural destination. More information on the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is available at kauffmancenter.org.




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