Kauffman Center Invites Guests to New Dining Experience


** The pre-performance Dining Experience, led by Executive Chef Philippe Lechevin, offers innovative cuisine to guests just steps away from their seats.**

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts’ new Dining Experience invites patrons and visitors to indulge in one of four gourmet meal combinations freshly prepared and served fresco style in the comfortable and sophisticated Founders’ Lounge at the Kauffman Center.

Available prior to all performances, the Kauffman Center and Executive Chef Philippe Lechevin have crafted an exclusive modern-American dining option featuring exquisite yet casual epicurean cuisine.

“The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, in partnership with Bonterra Catering and Events, created the all-new Dining Experience as a direct response to the requests of our patrons to provide a high quality, pre-show dining option conveniently located just steps away from their seats,” stated Paul J. Schofer, President & CEO of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

The pre-performance Dining Experience, with innovative cuisine crafted by Executive Chef Philippe Lechevin, incorporates fresh ingredients in a unique artisan culinary design. Seasonal menus will highlight local flavors and meal selections will satisfy all appetites and diets.

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts and Bonterra Catering joined with local creative organizations Icon Architects and the Belger Arts Center to design a one-of-a-kind serving vessel, the Marquee box, to further enhance the Dining Experience.  This artisanal Marquee box, inspired by the iconic architecture of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, is a modern American take on the traditional Japanese bento box.  Originally suggesting convenience, the bento box became a sophisticated art form for dining and a beautiful canvas for the delicacies served before and between Japanese theater scenes.

The Dining Experience is by reservation only. Reservations can be made up to 48 hours in advance of performances online at kauffmancenter.org or by calling 816.994.7222. Available prior to all performances, the pre-fixed menu is $40 per meal inclusive of a cold, non-alcoholic beverage. Taxes, gratuity, alcoholic beverages and dessert are separate.

Philippe Lechevin holds the position of Bonterra Catering and Events’ Executive Chef at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. The Dining Experience cuisine, crafted by Executive Chef Philippe Lechevin at the Kauffman Center, incorporates fresh, seasonal and local ingredients in a unique artisanal culinary design.

Lechevin approaches life with enthusiasm and abundant energy, and believes that the best way to enjoy life is through food. Infusing his cuisine with culinary influences from around the world, Lechevin grew up in Vittel, France, where food is the focus of social and family events. He spent many meals with his Grandmother Madeleine and Grandfather Michel while his parents worked in the family business. His extensive travels instilled an appreciation of other cultures and unique cuisines. He entered cooking school in France and then completed his compulsory military duty in Gualeloupe, in the French West Indies. He then traveled extensively throughout Brazil. Afterward, Lechevin headed to the French Riviera, where he worked with top French chefs while at the Gray D’Albion restaurant, then the Le Meridien and Beau Rivage hotels in Cannes and Nice. Lechevin did not speak a word of English at the time, but accepted a sous chef position at a new restaurant in Washington D.C. named Les Halles. He quickly learned how to speak English from his kitchen crew in D.C. and helped build the restaurant into a well-regarded casual French dinner destination on Pennsylvania Avenue. Lechevin was then asked to move to Les Halles in New York City.

In 2011, Julia Irene Kauffman selected Lechevin to join the team at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts as Executive Chef.

More information on the Dining Experience is available at www.kauffmancenter.org/dining and additional information including events and tickets may be found at www.kauffmancenter.org.

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