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    Gather around the Farmstead fire pit with Howard Hanna from The Rieger in Kansas City, MO. Our 2019 guest chefs will work alongside our executive chef Stephen Barber and our entire culinary team to roast, smoke and sear a family-style feast served right from the flames alongside our award-winning Long Meadow Ranch wines. This series benefits the TIMOTHY W. HALL FOUNDATION.

    Chef: Howard Hanna | Restaurant: The Rieger | Kansas City, MO

    Friday, September 27th
    Reception 6:30 PM | Dinner 7:30 PM
    $170 per person, inclusive of food, wine, and gratuity

    Howard Hanna is an award-winning chef and restaurateur based in Kansas City, Missouri. He is known for establishing relationships with farmers, his commitment to sustainability, and for promoting inclusive hospitality. Howard put down roots in KC after graduating first in his class from the Culinary Institute of America in New York in 2003, and garnering valuable experience in NYC’s great restaurants, including Union Square Cafe. Howard’s eclectic tastes and approachable midwestern style have earned him recognition by the James Beard Award Foundation as a two-time semifinalist for Best Chef: Midwest. He opened his first restaurant, The Rieger, in 2010 which has become known as one of Kansas City’s landmark restaurants. In 2014 Howard followed up on The Rieger’s success by opening Ça VaFrench-inspired champagne bar and restaurant which has garnered national attention.

    Chef Hanna was invited by the James Beard Foundation to attend a Chef’s Bootcamp for Policy and Change in 2017. He received international exposure in 2018 by hosting a pop-up at Chambre Noir, a natural wine bar in Paris, participating in the US-Japan Leadership Conference, and cooking at Tuscany’s Podere Ciona Winery where he composed his menu entirely from the inspiration taken from local ingredients. Howard is actively involved in the fight for workers’ rights and spoke in January 2019 at a press conference in the US Capitol alongside Congressional leaders in support of a bill to raise the federal minimum wage. Howard loves to travel and explore other cultures, and most of his extended family lives overseas in Samoa and Aotearoa/New Zealand, but he is always proud to represent Kansas City by showing off the best of what the Midwest has to offer. He is likely to be found cooking outdoors, often at farm dinners and pig roasts.


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