Peanches – A Kansas City Restaurant
Peanches is a Kansas City restaurant designed to pay homage to the culinary roots of Missoura. Some people call it a farm-to-table restaurant. Others will refer to it as a chef-driven slow food concept. While we appreciate these compliments, we just call it cooking. Peanches is not based on a trend, but rather the way mothers and grandmothers have cooked in Missoura for generations.
Most of our region was settled by proud people who were willing to take a chance that with a little bit of land they could support their family. They ate only what came from their gardens and the gardens of their neighbors. There was no shopping for ingredients to make a menu. There was tending a garden and picking the items that were perfectly ripe each day. What they ate depended on what their hard work and the soil provided them.
During World War II, Kansas City played a major role in manufacturing the supplies needed for the war effort. Small-town newspapers throughout the region advertised the opportunities in the big city and the patriotic duty to help in the war effort. Many of these same proud farmers came to Kansas City. Before they went to work in the morning, they tended to their victory gardens with their families. After work and school everyone would gather in the kitchen to cook the family’s dinner. The cooking styles and techniques were handed down from generation to generation.
Not long after the end of the war, Kansas City began to change. Supermarkets could fly in food from around the world and no longer needed local farmers. Chain restaurants began reheating food that was produced in factories on the other side of the nation. Modest homes, where victory gardens had been maintained, were leveled and turned into subdivisions. The children of these farmers had television to entertain them as both parents returned from work with a dinner they picked up on the way home.
Peanches is a tribute to traditional Missoura fare. The menu changes daily based upon the produce found visiting local farms & farmer markets. If it doesn’t grow in this region, chances are you won’t find it on the menu. The seafood you find on the menu is what you would in the 60’s when the chef grew up. In a time when a meal at a Kansas City restaurant can include items grown on three continents, this is a radical idea. At Peanches the food is fresh and flavorful because it is based on generations of practice.
For a unique Kansas City restaurant experience, join us at Peanches for dinner. You will find many of the same dishes that were prepared in this area 100 years ago. Our guests often say the food brings back memories of the wonderful dishes they enjoyed as children. That is because our dishes are not based on trends from famous chefs. Instead, the recipes have been passed down from our mothers and grandmothers, the best chefs we ever knew.