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A Taste of Kansas City

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Kansas City Gift baskets are a great gift idea during the holidays or any time of year. Special clients, misplaced Kansas Citians, or favorite friends love a real taste of Kansas City. Here are our Top 10 Kansas City Gift Basket ideas.

1. Kansas City BBQ

One thing is for sure, Kansas City does BBQ better than anyone. Many BBQ restaurants around town sell their special sauces in local grocery stores and many are available for purchase in their restaurants.

About KC Faves:
Jack Stack BBQ
Gates BBQ
Arthur Bryant's BBQ

2. Roasterie Coffee

KC Coffee man Danny O'Neil produces some of the best beans anywhere....and just where are these mouth watering beans roasted? At Kansas City's very own Roasterie Coffee. Buy their beans in your local grocer, on the Roasterie Coffee website , at The Roasterie Café, located at 6223 Brookside Blvd. or with their handy store locator

About KC's Faves:
Classic Cup Cafe Blend
YiaYia's EuroBistro Blend Coffee
Christopher Elbow Chocolate Coffee Blend

3. Christopher Elbow Chocolates

Christopher Elbow, with his delectable chocolates and mouth watering confectionary masterpieces--is our Top Pick for Kansas City Chocolate and would be a great addition to any Kansas City gift basket. By mixing and experimenting with unusual flavors and unique spices all accompanied by chic design, you can't go wrong by sending some of Kansas City's best chocolate. Don't forget a box for yourself!

Buy locally at their Flagship Store, 1819 McGee Street Kansas City, MO 64108, 816-842-1300 Hall's on the Plaza, or Foo's in Leawood. Check out the Christopher Elbow Website for other locations.

4. Boulevard Beer

While our hometown brew, Boulevard Beer doesn't ship its beer directly, you can find their hops in any local grocery or liquor store. You may also find Boulevard shirts, hats, and glasses on their website, Boulevard.com .

5. Povitica Bread

We're pretty much crazy about Povitica Bread, the delicious swirled bread that has been made in Kansas City by Eastern European immigrants since they settled on Strawberry Hill in the early 1900's. With seven great flavors to choose from, you really can't go wrong adding them to any Kansas City gift basket. Pick up Povitica Bread in your local grocery store, online at Povitica.com or at their retail store, Strawberry Hill Povitica Company, 8609 Quivira Road, Lenexa, KS. 66215.

KC Guide Faves:
chocolate chip cream cheese
raisin walnut
apple cinnamon

6. Charles Gusewelle Books

Noted author and local legend, Charles Gusewelle was a reporter for the Kansas City Star for over 40 years. Author of such book as The Rufus Chronicle: Another Autumn, Another Cat at the Door, and A Paris Notebook make a great addition to any Kansas City gift basket and are all charming and heartwarming reads.

Find Gusewelle's books at Rainy Day Bookstore, Barnes and Noble, or any local bookstore.

7. KU and MU Garb

Whether you're a die hard Mizzou fan or Rock Chalk the Jayhawk--KU and MU team merchandise are some of the hottest gift items of the season. With great records and both going to Bowl Games in 2007, any alum or fan would love to have their teams gear in a gift basket.

KU Store.com or Kansas Sampler (multiple locations with both MU and KU merch) and the [ Mizzou Alumni Store .

8. Ida McBeth Music

Local jazz legend Ida McBeth's website says 'Award-winning singer Ida McBeth is one of Kansas City's most enduring treasures', and this couldn't be further from the truth. With an amazing voice and a love for her hometown, Ida McBeth has been wowing listeners for decades. Find Ida's cd's at any local bookstore, on her webiste, IdaMcBeth.com or the American Jazz Museum at 18th and Vine.

KC Guide Faves:
'Live on the Vine' CD
'A Gift of Song' CD

9. KC Chiefs Merchandise

Love them or loathe them, nothing says Kansas City more than Chief's football. From t-shirts and tailgating stuff to mugs, ornaments and stockings--KC Chief's red and yellow look great in any gift basket. Check out Arrowhead West on the Plaza (816.531.3332--they close the 2nd week in January) or the Chiefs official website ..

10. Original Juan Hot Sauce

If you're looking to spice up your gift basket, don't forget Kansas City's favorite hot sauce, Original Juan. The sizzling sauces, salsas, and dips are bottled on Kansas City's own Southwest Boulevard. Find Original Juan goodies at your local grocer, order online at OrigionalJuan.com or head to their Factory Outlet and Gift Shop at 111 Southwest Blvd in KCK.
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