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Tallgrass Tasters are out on the town

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August 28th, 2017
Members of the Tallgrass Tasters gather around a table at a local Italian restaurant.

Among the Tallgrass Tasters enjoying dinner at a local Italian restaurant earlier this year are (from left) Martha Moss, Jack Jury, Vince Williams, Betty Jury, Sue Frerking, and Ron Browne.

According to renowned chef and television personality Julia Child, “People who love to eat well are the best people.” That may be the mantra for the Tallgrass Tasters, a group of neighbors who eat well together each month at unique restaurants around the Kansas City metro area. Betty Jury, who moved to Tallgrass Creek two years ago with husband Jack, is the new coordinator of the group. 

“Helping out with this group is enjoyable because of the fun dining experiences, but also because it allows Jack and me to spend more time with our fellow residents,” says Betty, who worked as director of events for a local bank before retiring. “With my background, helping organize the group is a good fit.” 

Food from around the world

Betty gets assistance from committee members Jack Denzer, Julia Hildreth, Bob Montgomery, Phil Roselli, and Sue Frerking, who meet monthly to select a new restaurant to try with their fellow neighbors. 

In addition to local eateries that feature American-style food, the group has dined in German, Italian, Asian, Indian, Greek, and French restaurants. 

They announce the outings on the community bulletin board and post sign-up information at the front desk. All residents are welcome to come along on the foodie adventures.

“We have good turnouts,” says Betty. “Our last outing was at a local Italian restaurant, and we had several full tables.” 

Trains and tastings

On one memorable outing organized by Jack, they dined aboard the Kansas Belle Dinner Train, which wound through the Kansas countryside as passengers enjoyed dinner along with an interactive murder mystery play performed on board by local actors.

Residents traveled to the train’s departure point in Baldwin City, about 40 miles from Tallgrass Creek, on the community’s comfortable, temperature-controlled coach. Tallgrass Creek’s transportation team member JoAnne Jones Kennedy drove the coach and joined the group for the unusual dinner and entertainment.

“It was the first time I’d ever been on a train,” Kennedy laughs. “The entire experience was a blast. The food was great, and everyone got into the mystery.” 

Kennedy’s committee is busily planning more outings for this year and next.

“It’s a fun job for all of us on the committee,” says Kennedy. “The list of places to try is endless.”