Kearney Culinary Academy is opening a new market. Located at 105 South Jefferson Street in downtown Kearney, The Market at KCA will feature chef-prepared baked goods, boxed lunches and frozen meals to go at an affordable price. “We wanted to make items that were easy to grab and go or take to the office," says Ashley Foy-Price, KCA's executive pastry chef and instructor. "We wanted to make them easy to eat, but also delicious. We make everything from scratch and everything in the market is a recipe we love to make and eat ourselves.”
Items on the menu include freshly baked breads and desserts, salads, sandwiches, fresh fruit cups, several hummus variations, salsa and boxed lunches. The frozen items section features bean and cheese enchiladas, chicken enchiladas, meat lasagna, butternut squash lasagna, cheese lasagna, mac 'n' cheese and broccoli-cheese casserole. “As chefs, the market is exciting because we get to show who we are and what we do," says Foy-Price. "We want to aim for the market to be more farmer-driven; we use as much local product as we can. For instance, we use fresh eggs from the Barham Family Farm in all of our pastry products.”
On Wed., May 9 at 4:30pm, the Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the market with a public open house and tasting to follow. The Market at KCA will donate 20 percent of all profits during the month of May to the Kearney Food Pantry, a service that provides food and household items to Kearney R1 school-district residents experiencing temporary food insecurity.
Kearney Culinary Academy, which opened last June, was founded as a place for homegrown chefs to improve their craft. The Academy provides cooking classes, catering and private parties, and also offers chef-prepared meals and baked goods daily at The Market. “Our end goal is helping other families in Kearney and to foster growth in the community. We want it to be a place where people can gather,” Foy-Price says.
The market will be open Monday through Friday from 7am to 7pm and Saturday from 8am to 5pm.
The Market at KCA, 105 S. Jefferson St., Kearney, Missouri, kearneyculinary.com