Food & Drink International - Winter 2017, Volume 2 - 102
Pairing food and wine is a subject that gets plenty of culinary
coverage, but pairing food and cocktails doesn't always get the
recognition and attention it deserves. With the complex mix of
flavors that truly innovative cocktails require, it takes a delicate
touch - and some serious talent - to create a perfect combination
for the palate.
At The Monarch Cocktail Bar &
Lounge in Kansas City, the partnership
between Bar Manager Brock Schulte and Chef Theresia Ota features a
uniquely crafted cocktail list and a
small plates menu that showcase the
reign of creativity and hospitality in
every detail. Inspired by the migratory
patterns and flight paths of indigenous
Monarch butterflies from around the
globe, cocktails at The Monarch echo
the regional flight paths from which
the spirits, modifiers and ingredients
of each drink derive.
The menu also depicts the type of
glassware for service, as well as the
coordinates (longitude and latitude) of
the migratory location from which it is
conceived. Working with such range of
flavors and ingredients requires dexterity. Chef Ota and Schulte are partners throughout the creative process to
guarantee that the food and drink complement one another.
"Between the vast ranges of the food
and cocktail menu (and even the beer
and wine menus), it's completely plausible to encounter some extremely
contrasting flavors," reveals Chef Ota.
"Fortunately, all of our bartenders and
servers are well-versed in each of our
cocktails and food menus. We taste
everything to ensure balance in flavor,
quality and consistency."
What's also consistent is the host of
ingredients and spices that inspire
both Chef Ota and Schulte - some of
which might be surprising to their local clientele. "Brock and I both like to
nudge Kansas City to experience more
obscure flavor profiles. Inherently, the
path of the Monarch butterfly criss-
>> The Monarch Cocktail Bar & Lounge in Kansas City features a uniquely crafted cocktail list and a small plates menu that showcases the reign of creativity and hospitality in every detail.
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