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Feb 26, 2022
Hawthorne House
Parkville, MO
Cocktails/Silent Auction begin at 6:00 p.m.
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January Awards Lunch
Tues, Jan 11, 11:30 - 1 pm
Main Event
8081 NW Roanridge, KCMO

Join us for our 2020-2121 Chamber Awards Luncheon. Following our lunch buffet, we will have an awards presentation for "Best of 2020-2021" chamber members. Award categories are Best New Chamber Member, Small Business of the Year, Business of the Year, and Outstanding Community Partner. A special Gem Award will also be presented.  

Community Blood Center Blood Drive
Thursday, Jan 6, 11 am - 5 pm
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Parkville Area Chamber of Commerce
Eat & Educate - Look Before You Leap
Wednesday, Jan 19, 2022, 11:45 - 1 pm
Virtual and In-Person at the Central Bank in Independence, MO – 11203 US 24 Hwy, Independence, MO.

Look Before you Leap – Questions to Consider Before you Quit your Day Job
Are you or your spouse plotting your exit from your day job? Does the prospect of leaving the security of working for someone else make you feel nervous? Successful entrepreneurs aren’t risky people. They take calculated risks.
Join us for this hour-long class to:
• Learn how to lower the risks associated with launching a business
• Discover which elements of the planning process you need to focus on
• Explore options for leaving your day job
• What does "FYP" mean, and much more!

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Brought to you by Central Bank of the Midwest and square One Small Business Services by MCPL and funded by a grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
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Chamber Events
Sat, Feb 26, 2022 - Annual Gala, The Hawthorne House
Apr, 2022 - Member Social - TBD
Mon, Jun 20, 2022 - Annual Golf Tournament - The Deuce
Sat, Aug 20, 2022 - 5k/10k River Run
Thu, Sep 15, 2022 - Business Challenge Croquet
Sat, Oct 22, 2022 - Trivia Night

MSPA Events
Sat, April 30 - Microbrew Fest, English Landing Park
Member Announcements
After more than two decades of working at some of the country’s — and Kansas City’s — best-known restaurants, Longres plans to open a restaurant featuring Argentinian brasserie-style, wood-fired hearth, in-house dry-aged steaks, handcrafted pasta, accessible wine list, and genuine Midwestern hospitality.
Andrew Longres checked out a copy of Gourmet magazine during a trip to the school library when he was 10 years old. Flipping through the pages, he was captivated by an article detailing lettuce varieties and their flavor profiles. “I’m a nerd,” he says. “That magazine article just made me want to taste and try them all.”
Twenty-five years later — after working at some of the country’s finest restaurants, including The French Laundry, Bluestem, and The American Restaurant — Longres is poised to open Acre, a 3,500-square-foot, 90-seat restaurant in Parkville Commons Shopping Center in Parkville, in late Winter 2022.
Acre includes a 37-seat patio with a pergola and free parking. Longres’ research into Parkville demographics indicates suitable conditions to build a robust restaurant business. But ultimately there is another reason to choose Parkville as the site of his new restaurant: Longres, his high school-sweetheart-now-wife Megan, and their two young children happily call the city home.
“I’m excited to bring Acre to Parkville,” he says. “It’s taken almost a year to find the right spot, but I like that it has a small-town feel, and people are willing to help you get your business started.”
Culinary homage to Longres’s childhood
The name refers to Rolling Acres, Longres’ grandparents’ farm in Liberty, Mo., where he learned to ride horses, as well as how to hunt, fish, garden, and prepare food over a campfire. He used his knowledge of the outdoors as a Boy Scout, eventually earning the rank of Eagle Scout.
“I knew at a young age I wanted to get into cooking,” he says. “I’m hard-nosed, and when I say I’m going to do something, I do it.”
Acre will highlight open-fire cooking, high-quality ingredients, pristine execution, genuine Midwestern hospitality

“The most primitive way to cook is with an open fire. It’s challenging to work with a living thing and there is a push and pull with fire, getting the mix of fuel and oxygen just right,” Longres says.
The Acre menu also includes handmade pasta, including an ode to Bluestem’s cappelletti with braised rabbit, sides such as Robuchon-inspired mashed potatoes, and fried spinach topped with cheese curds, as well as comforting desserts, such as his Grandma Maxine’s lemon cake.
Accessible and approachable wines at affordable price points are designed to complement the food. Local beers, craft cocktails on tap, and coffee by Parkville Coffeehouse round out the list.
Follow Acre Restaurant @acre_kc on Instagram.

Parkville Area Chamber of Commerce
8878 NW 63rd St, Ste 103
Parkville, MO 64152