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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

JOMORW End of Summer Edition 2015 Wrap-Up

Representatives from some of the 21 participating restaurants met at Crosslines, on Monday, to drop off
the pantry donations and discuss the success of the second Joplin Missouri Restaurant Week of 2015.
Photo as seen in The Joplin Globe, courtesy of Rikki Smith.

That is how many pounds of food donations were raised, last week during the second addition of the Joplin MO Restaurant Week! That is nearly 2 TONS of food, donated at a very needed time. This number is up over 1000 pounds from the first run of JOMORW. Crosslines will be able to stock their shelves and prepare to serve all the families that are in need, at this time of year.
Representatives from some of the 21 participating local restaurants met on Monday at the Crosslines building to deliver the donations from their locations and to discuss how the week went for their businesses.
A brief side-note: You may notice that I wrote 21, as opposed to the 20 locations you have seen mentioned in JOMORW promotional items and web posts. Polka Dot Fox Coffee and Micro-Bakery were a bit late getting to the party, this year, but were just affective in taking in donations, participating with a great 20% off deal all week, and wanted to really be part of this great opportunity to give back to the Joplin community. They weren't on the posters or mentioned much, but they were there, taking in donations and doing their part. I just wanted to make sure there was no confusion in the numbers that I am reporting.
As I have said before, I believe it was a total win-win-win for all involved. The patrons of all these local businesses should feel very proud of the amount of donations and the impact they have helped create in the community. And a huge thank you for all the great deals that customers got to enjoy, as they helped give back! All but two of the participants had daily deals or a weekly deal. It is just a bit disheartening to see that a couple were not able to come up with some small incentive to offer their customers. Perhaps that is something we'll see amended in the next JOMORW, which should be taking place, again, in January. There may also be room to add a few more local businesses that have interest in this special week, given the success of the past two runs.
Be proud of yourselves, Joplin!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

JOMORW - End of Summer Edition of the Joplin MO Restaurant Week

It's baaaacckkk!!!

The Joplin Missouri Restaurant Week, also known as JOMORW, has returned, this week! After a successful debut run in January, netting OVER A TON OF FOOD for Crosslines Emergency Food Program, it has returned at a vital time.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Main Street Pizza Tasting Challenge!

Over the past year, here in Joplin, two new pizza eateries have opened up on our Main Street corridor and another underwent a change of ownership and rebranding. These three restaurants cover Downtown, Midtown, and Southtown. I felt it would be a fun little event to have a "Main Street Pizza Tasting Challenge." And since there is another, oft overlooked, pizza place just a block over from Main, I tossed it in for good measure!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Frank About Food Flashback: Blueberry Upside Down Cake

This is a repost from this time, last year. I appeared on Living Well with Carol Parker and showed how simple it is to create a delicious, easy, and seasonal dessert for your Fourth of July celebrations!

Monday, May 18, 2015


It's garlic scapes season!!! 

They have finally arrived at the Webb City Farmers Market, this year! The season is always brief and fleeting, but fantastic while it lasts! 

Last year, I had a cooking demonstration at the Webb City Farmers Market on All Things Scapes, and appeared on the "Cooking With Carol" segment of Living Well on KSN 16. Here is the link: Cooking With Carol: Frank About Food & Garlic Scapes

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Webb City Farmers Market Demo: Spring Vegetable and Goat Cheese Tart


I had the pleasure of putting on a cooking demonstration/sampling at the first Spring season Saturday at the Webb City Farmers Market, this past weekend. I wanted to prepare something that screamed "SPRING!" Looking around the market, you could see asparagus coming in, spring onions, fresh herb plants, and goat cheese from Terrell Creek Farm. What better way to highlight some of these spring arrivals than to create a savory tart from all of them! Not to mention how eggs are such a symbol of the rebirth of all things living in the Spring.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Frank About... Midtown Pizza Kitchen Soft Opening/Family & Friends Preview Night

Exactly eight weeks ago, on a Monday morning, I posted about Kitchen Pass Restaurant in Joplin closing and the birth of a new local pizza eatery called Midtown Pizza Kitchen, at 1212 South Main Street. Well, last night, I had the pleasure of attending the soft opening, or family and friends night at Midtown. Before I go into detail, I will simply begin with this, partners Jason and Suzanne Miller and Duke Walter has an absolute winner on their hands!