What would possess 100 folks to gather for a dinner on a railroad siding in Kansas City, Kan.? It’s a question I asked myself when I got an email from the woman behind the event. As I read on, the answers became clear.
First, Kansas City’s own super-chef Carlos Falcon of Jarocho Pescados y Mariscos and Jarocho South will be preparing a seafood feast for the group. Second, one of the city’s busiest and best mixologists, Darrell Loo, will be shaking and stirring up the cocktails that evening.
Third, wines for the fete are being supplied by Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits and longtime KC wine fixture, Rod Crawford. And fourth, all of the proceeds will go to Turner House, a pediatric clinic for uninsured and underinsured kids in Kansas City, providing medical and behavioral health care and dental care.
It’s called Hooked on Kids’ Health, and participants were easily persuaded to get involved.
“I love the idea of free medical service for children. I strongly believe that if I can do something to make a change, it’s imperative for me to do it,” Falcon said.
Loo expressed similar sentiments. “I’m very excited and very honored to be invited to be part of this event. I’m hoping we will be able to raise awareness and funding for Turner’s House Children Clinic. It is important to give back to the community whenever we can, and I’m glad that I get to be part of it,” Loo said.
For Crawford, one of the main forces behind the awesome charity wine auction First Downs for Down Syndrome and the father of a child with Down Syndrome, backing an event that benefits area children was an easy choice.
“They (Turner House) provide a very needed service to their community giving access to quality health care to underserved children in KCK. This isn’t an organization I’m directly involved with, but when I was invited to participate with a hot chef in Carlos Falcon and partner with a talented mixologist like Darrell Loo, it sounded incredible,” Crawford told me. “It is always a blessing to collaborate with such talented and passionate people.”
In addition to the cuisine, wine, and cocktails, Ryan Rama will be serving high-end tequila and mescal from Tequila Ocho.
“Everyone has been tremendously generous!” Andrea Thomas Ramsey, board president and board chair for the Turner House Clinic said. Ramsey has put a huge amount of time and energy into Hooked on Kids’ Health, which will begin at 5 p.m. June 4 with cocktails. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m.
Ramsey says she couldn’t have asked for kinder or more talented partners, and she says the venue, donated by Sturgis Materials, is perfect.
“We are going to have one long table along the railroad siding (and a caboose!), and we’ll serve the multi-course seafood feast family-style with platters of Chef Carlos’ creations. The cocktail party will be held in the sunken gardens. Scotch Hollow, a roots blues band, is going to play during the cocktail hour and tequila and mescal tastings,” Ramsey said.
Ramsey says they hope to raise $15,000 through ticket sales, donations, and silent auction items. She says they’re hoping to sell at least 100 tickets at $150 each, and she points out again that all proceeds raised go to The Turner House.
Sometimes great ideas for great causes just naturally come together. Here’s hoping for blue skies, mild temperatures, and a delightful evening for all involved on June 4 in KCK!
For tickets, visit thcckc.org.
Dave Eckert is a partner with Flavor Trade, a Kansas City-based gourmet food incubator and co-packer. Before that, Eckert was the producer and host of “Culinary Travels With Dave Eckert,” which aired on PBS and AWE for 12 seasons.