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Published on June 25th, 2018 | by Darren Paltrowitz


What Happens When Kansas City’s Finest Visits New York City?

The largest city in the state of Missouri, Kansas City has a metro population close to a half-million people. In recent years, the Kansas City area has undergone extensive redevelopment with over $6 billion committed to capital improvements within the city’s downtown area. In turn, Kansas City has plenty more going on than the NFL’s Chiefs, the MLB’s Royals and the MLS’ Sporting Kansas City.

Presented by Visit Kansas City and the Kansas City Area Development Council, some of KC’s finest vendors were presented for “one night only” at New York City’s Studio 450 on June 20, 2018. Food was presented by Chef Michael Corvino of the Corvino Supper Club & Tasting Room, Chef Howard Hanna of The Rieger and Ça Va, and Chef Shanita McAfee-Bryant — winner of the Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen — of Magnolia’s On The Move. Beverages were overseen by Ça Va’s Caitlin Corcoran, Ryan Maybee of Manifesto and J. Rieger & Co., Bo Nelson of Thou Mayest Coffee Roasters, and Steven Pauwels of the Boulevard Brewing Co. Tyler Enders of Made In Kansas City and Brady Vest of Hammerpress represented the city’s craftmakers. Hembree, a band that was recently named one of NPR’s favorite artists in 2018, was on-hand to perform live on the top floor of Studio 450.

Ultimately, after attending an event like this, the question is not if I will be going to Kansas City but when. The city is clearly full of cutting-edge culture while also loyal to its Midwestern roots. Delta, United and Southwest all offer direct, nonstop flights from the New York City area, all around the three-hour mark. In turn, it is easier to get to Kansas City from New York than a lot of other major U.S. cities. So in the meantime, I am going to keep checking to see who and what is coming to the Downtown Power & Light District (and surrounding areas) over the next few months.

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About the Author

Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" series, which airs on dozens on television and digital networks. He has also co-authored 2 published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), and co-hosts the world's only known podcast about David Lee Roth, "The DLR Cast."

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