This week’s Middle of the Map Fest: Forum
If you were hosting a dinner party and could invite some of Kansas City’s coolest movers and shakers, who would you choose? At Kansas City Spaces, we love talking about fashion, art and food, so jewelry designer Jennifer Janesko, ArtsKC president Harlan Brownlee, and chefs Howard Hanna, Colby Garrelts and Patrick Ryan would certainly be on our shortlist (especially if we could convince those last three to bring a dish).
This week, Ink Magazine’s annual Middle of the Map Fest: Forum is back—and the lineup of speakers includes our shortlist, plus a long list of other awesome Kansas City thinkers, creators and policy makers. Think of it as KC’s biggest dinner party, minus the cooking and cleanup but with all the great conversation.
On Thursday, the Show Me KC panel—including Ryan Maybee and Andy Rieger of J. Rieger & Co. Whiskey; Anthony Magliano of Quixotic Fusion; and Eric Wullschlager of LiveKC—offers a chance to hear from some of the passionate people who have helped garner national attention for Kansas City. During the Craving Kansas City panel, chefs Garrelts, Hanna and Ryan, along with Nick Weseman, pastry chef at The American, will discuss why KC’s culinary scene is hotter than ever. We suggest making dinner reservations in advance because you’ll be hungry after listening in on that discussion.
Friday offers plenty of opportunities to glimpse the KC of tomorrow with panels on the future of transportation in the city; how urban planning and entrepreneurialism intersect; and what Kansas City is doing to attract new businesses and employees (with input from Mayor Sly James and representatives from VisitKC and the KCADC). Art and design are also on the schedule, with panels Local Art, Global Impact and How Do You Wear Your KC?, respectively.
Two-day forum passes ($35), schedules and speaker bios are available online at middleofthemapfest.com.