Jonathan Bender, a Kansas City-based food journalist and author of Cookies & Beer and Stock, Broth & Bowl, has experience bringing people together over food and drink. His latest project is no different.
Yesterday, he launched a new food and drink pairing website, PairKC.com, to help the food and beverage community in Kansas City during the upheaval caused by the novel coronavirus.
“Basically, I'm putting together pairings from two locally-owned and independently-operated food-and-drink spots, and delivering them to people’s doors, with 100 percent of what the consumer pays going back to the places and people featured in each pairing,” explains Bender. “I make no money with this.”
This morning, Bender delivered his first pairing: a mixed dozen of Fairway Creamery donuts and a 12-ounce bag of Messenger Coffee. He is currently testing the model, offering one pairing each week as he works out the execution, delivery and financials of each offer, as the goal is to help make as much money as possible for those participating in the program.
The weekly pairings could feature two food items, two drink items or a mix of both, but they will all have reason and intent behind the pairing. Some will be considered “small” pairings, with only a limited quantity available, and some will be unlimited or “large” pairings depending on what each food and drink artisan can handle operationally. The prices will vary and be specific to each pairing.
“I think the right pairing makes all the difference, and I'm hoping this site can do the same thing for folks in the service industry right now,” says Bender.
The current offer includes six cinnamon rolls from Dolce Bakery paired with 32 ounces of Broadway Roasting Co. & Cafe's cold-brew concentrate, which will make four 16-ounce coffees. The package costs $40, which includes the cost of delivery to Kansas City, Missouri, as well as Prairie Village, Leawood, Overland Park and Roeland Park, Kansas. All orders must be placed by Mon., March 23 at 7pm, to be delivered on Thu. March 26.
To promote sales for his previous two books, Bender has in the past put together culinary events where he paired two food or beverage items together, so he feels uniquely qualified to do this kind of work.
“In the past, I've put together cookies and beer, cake and Champagne and coffee and ice cream float tastings,” he says. “I'm hoping this is a way to experience local food and drink pairings together, even if we can't be together in person.”
For more information or to place an order for future pairings, visit PairKC.com.