Foodie Fun: Taste your way through the Crossroads

Tagged:  
Issue: 
October 2012

Attention foodies: a new food tour with a focus on the Crossroads area of Kansas City has patrons walking through the revitalized area and sinking their teeth into food samples at eateries along the way.
 
If mingling with tourists or residents who also share a passion for food sounds like something that excites your taste buds, than a Taste of Kansas City Food Tour might be just what you are looking for. 
 
The Taste of Kansas City Food Tour is a mile-and-a-half tour on foot led by Rebekah Dykstra, a Kansas City transplant and food aficionado, who weaves local bits of history with brief visits to some of the best locally owned restaurants. The three-hour walking tour visits six local establishments, where you will spend 15 to 20 minutes at each stop while Dykstra gives you a brief background on the restaurant and chef, as well as Kansas City history specific to the Crossroads. 
 
This food-and-drink-filled adventure features a delectable lineup of delicious fare from Grinder’s, Nica’s 320, Café Gratitude, Grünauer, Snow & Co., Cellar Rat, Christopher Elbow, and Lidia’s. The tour departs at 11 a.m. from Grinder’s and runs Wednesday through Sunday. Tasting locations are subject to change depending on the day of the week. Tickets are available online for $53 per adult and $35 for children younger than 10. The price includes the tour and food/drink tasting. 
 
The tour is designed for an intimate crowd, with the maximum capacity of 12 people. However, private tours and large groups are welcome and can be accommodated by contacting Dykstra. Her goal for the tours? To show people the vast variety of local eateries in Kansas City and to get people to eat locally and venture away from chain restaurants, whether you are an out-of-towner or a local resident wishing to get a deeper insight into the place you call home.
 
“What a lot of people don’t realize is that a lot of these places have James Beard Awards and have been featured on Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives,” Dykstra says. “Hopefully, when you walk away from the tour, your eyes open up a little bit. I get a lot of locals taking the tour saying they didn’t know these restaurants were down here and they didn’t know the history.” 
 
While Dykstra oversees the day-to-day operations and serves as guide for the tours, she balances bringing the Taste of Kansas City Food Tours with finishing nursing school and raising her two children. After creating a business plan and working on this endeavor for the last two years, Dykstra has created a tour that focuses on Kansas City as a culinary destination in the Midwest. 
 
Dykstra credits her inspiration from her love of travel and searching for off-the-beaten-path eateries. As an experienced food tour participant, she combined her experience of taking food tours across the country, taking the best of the best and what she appreciated, and added that into her own tour. While partnering with these Kansas City-based eateries to promote the Kansas City foodie scene, she stands firm on one thing: it is mandatory that the owner be local and native to Kansas City.
 
“I love the Crossroads, and I want people to support our local community and that is what this tour is all about,” Dykstra says.

 

Comments

denny's picture

I actually never tried this form of tourism before but I am tempted about the idea. I am already familiar with American food though. I am thinking about making a trip to Europe, I hear that food is on of the greatest treasures in Istanbul, this definitely got my attention.

This is an intriguing idea for a tour especially for foodies. Getting a chance to be a part of the sumptuous food tour would be an grand opportunity for tourists. Gold Coast would be a great place for a family vacation, so plan a family-friendly trip to the Gold Coast on next vacation.

Being a part of the food tour would be exciting not only for the foodies but also for others. When you travel abroad you should explore the adjoined restaurant and try out the local cuisine. Such gastronomical adventure would be quite thrilling.

its_me's picture

It would be a great opportunity for the foodies. You should always choose your destination according to your passion if you happen to love sports then you should consider trying out vacations like Vancouver sports.

This is a brand new opportunity for the foodies to fall in love with food again. They should never miss out on chances of such food centric tours, if you get a chance you should also take a trip to Worlds unusual restaurants.

its_me's picture

This tour is simply ideal for all the foodies out there, foodies love such trips and if the trip happens to to include buffet eating then this would be the icing on the cake for them.

This trip is going to be even more popular among the foodies if they happen to include some good wine bars as well, they should incorporate some fun elements to make it more interesting.

james1122's picture

I really impressed after read this because of some quality work and informative thoughts . I just wanna say thanks for the writer and wish you all the best for coming!.
3 bureau credit report

james1122's picture

Thanks for sharing this information. I really like your blog post very much. You have really shared a informative and interesting blog post with people..
cheap blog comments service

zane1122's picture

I really appreciate this post. I¡¦ve been looking everywhere for this! Thank goodness I found it on Bing. You've made my day! Thanks again.
Bulk URL Opener

zane1122's picture

I really appreciate this post. I¡¦ve been looking everywhere for this! Thank goodness I found it on Bing. You've made my day! Thanks again.
Bulk URL Opener

Alina's picture

I get a lot of locals taking the tour saying they didn’t know these restaurants were down here and they didn’t know the history. This article is useful for me. Good post. It is really help to us. Its give us lots of interest and pleasure. Its opportunity are so fantastic and working style so speedy. I have read all the comments and suggestions posted by the visitors for this article are very fine, We will wait for your next article soonly. Thanks! The Carrie Diaries Season 1 DVD Box Set | Breaking Bad Seasons 1-6 DVD Box Set | Downton Abbey Seasons 1-3 DVD Box Set | That 70s Show Seasons 1-8 DVD Box Set | The Good Wife Seasons 1-4 DVD Box Set

Alina's picture

If mingling with tourists or residents who also share a passion for food sounds like something that excites your taste buds, than a Taste of Kansas City Food Tour might be just what you are looking for. This article helps me a lot. hello!! Very interesting discussion glad that I came across such informative post. Keep up the good work friend. Glad to be part of your net community. Bones Seasons 1-8 DVD Box Set Region 2 | The Batman - The Complete Animated Series | Fringe Season 1-5 DVD Box Set | 90210 Seasons 1-5 DVD Box Set | White Collar Seasons 1-4 DVD Box Set

Mailing list sign-up

Copyright © 2012 Her Kansas City