This week, The Local Show steps back in time. We talk to restauranteur and expert bartender Ryan Maybee about Prohibition, restoring The Rieger Hotel and the modern day allure of the speakeasy. And we get a glimpse at how a local business owner turned bread making into an art form. Our cameras were at The Wornall House to witness a reenactment of a Civil War era hospital complete with field amputations. Nick Haines talks to Kandice Walker, Executive Director of The John Wornall and Alexander Major Houses, about the challenges of keeping history alive in these Kansas City landmarks. The Local Show looks in at how the Kansas City, Missouri School District is changing the way both students and teachers look at learning when we go behind the scenes at Camp Invention.
Ryan Maybee’s new business is proving to be the platform he’s needed to help catapult the bartending profession to the artistic level it was intended and he continues to change people’s impression of bartending, one palate at a time.
Fervere, (fur-vair’-ay) is the Latin root word for “passion” and “fermentation” – essential ingredients for great bread. Fervere’s oven is fashioned after the communal ovens of ancient Europe, when families in villiages took turns feeding the starters, stoking the fires and baking bread. Traditionally the fire was built on the baking surface (hearth), allowed to heat the mass of the oven, then swept clean. Fervere uses an electric heat source. The burner is pulled out of the oven chamber before baking. Because the baking chamber is also the heat chamber, heating and baking do not occur at the same time. Fervere’s slow and gentle mixer imbues the crumb with a tenderness and sweetness unique to hand-kneeded breads. All of Fervere’s flours are organic, as are all other ingredients, whenever possible.
One was a farmer. The other was a businessman. Today, the homes of John Wornall and Alexander Majors provide a window to the past and give visitors an opportunity to get hands-on with history.
Designed by the U.S. Patent Office, Camp Invention pairs summer science camp, with professional development for teachers. And shifts the emphasis from traditional rote teaching methods to project based, hands-on learning. This method changes the paradigm found in the typical classroom. Where a teacher mainly disseminates information; to instead, laying the groundwork, posing a question and then letting the students discover the solution. This revolutionary approach is one the District is looking to implement throughout the year, and is confident will hone student’s autonomous, critical thinking skills. Ultimately
resulting in a more vibrant and competitive American workforce.