This last year and a half has been a bit dizzying – a summer in Europe, the death of a cherished family member, the closing of Krause Dining, the opening of Esquina, my mom’s cancer diagnosis and treatment, the opening of The Burger Stand at the Casbah, writing and publishing our cookbook, a residential kitchen remodel (well, kind of), and now The Burger Stand expands its borders…
I do not have to worry about boredom or stagnation, but I do have to stop and take some deep breaths occasionally. But I’ll tell you that I am truly excited about this next step, because I am at heart a Topekan. We have signed a lease to open a Burger Stand in College Hill – close to the middle school I attended, the same area of town where I have, in my past, had a few too many, and in the heart of a town where I spent the first 18 years of my life. Topeka holds many family members, friends, and customers whom I feel incredibly fond of.
I also have had a an almost startling realization about myself recently – I like to work. Crazy isn’t it? I don’t know why exactly this fact surprised me, but it did. This fact comes with good timing – we’ve got a lot of work ahead to get the Topeka Burger Stand opened!
And while I thought I could get through a post without shamelessly promoting our book, “The Cook’s Book of Intense Flavors”, alas, I cannot. We have a few book events coming up…
LAWRENCE – Saturday NOVEMBER 27th Book Signing at Esquina from 2-4.
TOPEKA – Friday DECEMBER 3rd Book Signing at Warehouse 414 during First Friday.
KANSAS CITY – Saturday DECEMBER 4th Book Signing at Function Juction in Crown Center from 1-4.
Robert and I will available to sign and personalize books at all of these events and hope to see you there!