Food has always been a large part of Kansas City’s heritage
beginning with the ethnic diversity of those who settled the area and the wonderful new foods, recipes and traditions they brought with them. Starting with the cattle drives and the railroads, our rich farmlands and geographic location made us a transportation hub for cattle, dairy and farm goods to the rest of the nation. We are the home of many small food enterprises which went on to become national brands, such as Wishbone Dressing and KC Masterpiece BBQ sauce.
Given our area’s past, it’s no wonder we have such a large variety of excellent quality, locally produced retail food products. Recognizing this dynamic food spirit, and wishing to advance it, a group comprised of local, independent food artisans was formed.
Our association, the Kansas City Food Artisans (KCFA), is comprised of small-batch food entrepreneurs, including shelf-stable, refrigerated and frozen products, baked goods, packaged farm and ranch products.