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Try This: Dinner and a show at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

If you’re looking for an elegant night out and a memorable experience, add this to your must-do list.

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Gregory Porter is a California native, and began his career singing in small jazz clubs in San Diego.

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Editor Charmaine here. Recently, I attended dinner + a show at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. I’ve visited the Kauffman Center many times, but this was my first time seeing a show and, let me tell you, it was phenomenal.

What we tried

Before the show, my husband and I dined at the Kauffman Center in the Founders’ Lounge. From drinks to small plates to dessert, the experience was elevated and delicious.

After dinner, we watched Grammy-award winning jazz singer Gregory Porter perform in the acoustically-balanced theater. The Kauffman Center prides itself on providing world-class performers, and Porter’s performance was no exception.

In true jazz fashion, every band member shined with solos and riffs galore — the crowd loved it.

Keep reading to discover all my pro tips, from what to order to where to sit.

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Yes, they do taste as good as they look.

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What not to miss

  • Indulge in dessert in the Founders’ Lounge in the Kauffman Center (pro tip: order the apple frangipane tart with miso cider ice cream).
  • Admire the view. The Brandmeyer Great Hall’s floor-to-ceiling windows overlook KC.
  • Get a center seat. There’s something special about acoustics when you sit center.
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It was a jazzy good time.

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What we’re still talking about

If you’re a true music lover, then experiencing diverse performances with incredible acoustics will make your heart sing. To top it off, the staff’s attentiveness made my experience truly delightful.

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Cheers, Kansas City.

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How you can experience this

The Kauffman Center’s performance calendar is packed with incredible options every weekend. Browse and buy tickets online, and then make a dinner reservation at the Founders’ Lounge for the same day.

Pro tip: Schedule dinner at least two hours before showtime to have ample time to savor the flavor.

Things to know if you go

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