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Hot sauces are a hot commodity these days

The U.S. hot sauce market has grown by a staggering 150 percent since 2000. I reached out to some local “hotties” to get their perspective on the phenomenon. Born With Seoul creators Angela Hong and Nick Crofoot make Korean Gochujang sauces and Marisa Wiruhayarn of Tasty Thai makes Primal Cry sauce.

Chow Town

Why not Sous Vide your Eggs Benedict?

I attended the No Kid Hungry benefit: The Country Brunch & Bloody Mary Smack Down. Stewart Lane of Lon Lane Inspired Occasions prepared not just your average Eggs Benedict but one that was memorable. Stewart decided to share his recipes for his eggs in a Hollandaise sauce to-die-for. I hope you enjoy it much as I did.

KC Gardens

Kansas City clay — it shrinks, it swells, and right now it cracks

These hot, sunny days have left plants wilted because their root systems are shallow, Dennis Patton writes. Ample to excess moisture, like we had this spring, tends to encourage root development close to the soil surface. These shallow roots don’t really need to work for moisture. As a result, as soon as the upper couple of inches dry out the roots don’t have access to the moisture deeper down in the soil — six or more inches.

Chow Town

Fervere sells artisan bread business to Ibis

Fervere’s Fred Spompinato sells his Westside artisan bread bakery to Ibis Bakery in Lenexa. New owner Chris Matsch says the iconic Fervere will stay open but the bread menus have been consolidated. Spompinato thinks the new branding challenge will be an exciting one for Matsch.

Joco 913

Ricco’s Italian Bistro serves up cozy neighborhood vibe along with pasta, pizza, seafood and more

In the spot formerly occupied by a locally owned favorite known for wood-fired pizzas, three families collaborated in 2003 to open Ricco’s Italian Bistro. With 75 seats, including the bar and high-tops, plus a 15-seat patio, Ricco’s has earned its stripes as a neighborhood destination. Which, according to one partner, Tim Tobin, was the trio’s goal: an attractive spot defined by quaint ambiance and stellar food.

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A self-sustaining fish farm in a KC food desert

Nile Valley Aquaponics is planning to produce 100,000 pounds of fish and 75,000 pounds of vegetables through an aquaponic garden, where waste from farmed fish is filtered through plants and returned to the fish.
Neil Nakahodo and Kris Knowles nnakahodo@kcstar.com, kknowles@kcstar.com
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