By Jamie Vollmer
It is not often you hear about a wedding reception meal worth raving about. But, wedding planners who have the pleasure of coordinating an event with Feasts of Fancy in Kansas City are finding it to be a rather common occurrence. “Many venues have excellent food, but Feasts of Fancy serves food that you would be thrilled to order at a restaurant, and certainly surprised to get at a wedding,” commented Daneille Suarez, owner and coordinator of Soirée Event Designs based in Kansas City. Kindra Browne, owner and certified wedding consultant at Olathe, Kan.-based Simple Elegance LLC, has coordinated numerous weddings with Feasts of Fancy. She finds her event guests always raving about the food. “Feasts of Fancy is passionate about making clients love their food experience, and the level of excitement for what they do is contagious. I love that security because my clients are never disappointed,” Browne said.
A Legacy of Quality Cuisine
The consistent quality that leaves guests and planners raving is thanks to chef and co-owner of Feasts of Fancy, Andy Jacot. He first fell in love with the craft thanks to his mother and grandmother. “I think how my grandmother did things in the kitchen,” shared Jacot. “Everything on our table was something we had a hand in raising. Everything that was placed on the table was made from scratch.” Jacot took that passion and learned from the best, working for top restaurants such as The American Restaurant in Kansas City and Brennan’s Restaurant in Houston. “I think those places were wonderful to learn about great food and the basics of great food. However, I believe the real inspiration comes from those childhood memories,” he said. Feasts of Fancy continues to feature foods Jacot created with his grandmother such as blackberry hunters’ cobbler. In addition, he has developed a number of signature dishes such as cheese tortes with house made crackers, apple cider braised brisket of beef, and house profiteroles filled with apple chicken salad or southwest chicken salad. He also works diligently with clients to offer menus that are ethnic or theme appropriate. Beth Follmer, special event coordinator at the UMKC Bloch School of Management, has seen her guests wowed by Jacot’s themed cuisine. “For a documentary premiere, we had small sodas and Velvet Crème popcorn! Our fall rankings event was a hit with spiced apple cider and autumnal fruits, desserts and cheeses.” The choices and creativity Jacot and his team offer have earned the respect of Lynn Henderson, owner of Above & Beyond Weddings in Lees Summit, Mo. “One of the top concerns for clients in our industry is food choice. Being able to recommend a caterer that stands out above the rest in originality, fun choices to fit any style of event, amazing taste and presentation is key for our business.”
More Than a Catering Company
While impressing clients with its cuisine might be enough for some companies, Feasts of Fancy has gone a step further. The catering company purchased by Andy and Kathleen Jacot in 2001 expanded in 2005 to include a distinct, urban event space at the Hobbs Building in downtown Kansas City. Today the company hosts events in the Hobbs Building and caters off-site events across the community. The Hobbs Building, originally built in 1904 to house the Hobbs Furniture Company, sits in an industrial neighborhood of Kansas City. Through the years it lived through devastating floods and urban decay. Then a little more than a decade ago, it was revived as an artist community. Today it not only houses Feasts of Fancy’s loft-style event venue and kitchens, but it is also home to artist lofts and a number of businesses. The Jacots saw the Hobbs Building filling a need for Kansas City. “We discovered that the Kansas City event market was missing that true urban loft setting that is popular in other large metro areas such as Chicago, New York, Minneapolis and Los Angeles,” commented Kathleen Jacot. “Almost from the beginning, there was an avid audience for the urban setting that we have created here.” The venue offers one main event space along with two accompanying spaces – an outdoor courtyard and a kitchen foyer. All spaces are rented together and maintain much of the building’s original character and charm. The main room is 3,500 square feet and features exposed brick and sturdy wood beams. It is raw and industrial while being both modern and Old World at the same time. The space comfortably seats 250 people, but can handle up to 300 for a cocktail-style event. Feasts of Fancy has one of the largest outdoor, secluded courtyards in the city. It can accommodate weddings or cocktail receptions for up to 300 guests. Seated events using both the main space and the courtyard can handle up to 325 guests. The foyer that connects the main space and the outdoor courtyard is a good location for a buffet. The Hobbs Building is currently only available for evening and weekend events since parking during the day can be difficult. Due to the popularity of the venue, it is recommended clients book at least a year in advance for events being held during the busy season. Rental includes tables and chairs for seating 250 indoors, and eight high cocktail tables and 10 metal bistro tables for the outdoor courtyard. Fees vary by day and time of year and include security from two off-duty Kansas City police officers.
May I Offer You a Drink?
When it comes to bar service, potential clients need to be aware of Feasts of Fancy’s modified liquor license and insurance policy. When holding an event at the Hobbs Building, instead of purchasing liquor packages, clients bring in their own alcohol, mixers and soft drinks. Then Feasts of Fancy sets up the bars and provides bartenders throughout the event. “At most events, clients take advantage of our modified liquor license and insurance policies and enjoy the opportunity to bring in their own alcohol,” commented John Perkins, sales and marketing director. “Clients will experience more than a 50% savings, on average, in their liquor expense than if they were to book a venue that sells alcohol packages.” Bar service at off-site catering locations depends on the venue. Some will sell liquor packages that include alcohol and bartenders. Others have open door policies that allow clients to bring in their own alcohol. In those cases, clients can arrange to use the bartending services of the Feasts of Fancy staff and be covered under the company’s modified liquor license and insurance policy. In the decade Andy and Kathleen Jacot have owned Feasts of Fancy, they, along with their devoted team, have earned many fans in the Kansas City event industry. Whether clients have the pleasure of hosting an event at the Hobbs Building or off-site, they are likely to comment on the flavor of the food and quality of the staff. Feasts of Fancy’s team members are true professionals who leave event planners reassured that every client they bring through their doors will be treated to an event that is nothing short of amazing. MM&E
(Jamie Vollmer is a contributor from St. Louis, Mo.)
Feasts of Fancy
1427 W. 9th Street (West Bottoms)
Kansas City, MO 64101
Phone: (816) 841-0166