I try not to be too mainstream in what I choose to write about. It would be silly of me to write a review/critque about OK JOEâ€™s because we all know that review need only be 2 words: “Freakinâ€™. Awesome.”
So I try to go a little off the beaten path about places that I think are unique, cool, and original to KC. That said, today I preset to you, Fervere Bread.
Fervere is located near downtown at 1702 Summit St. If you like bread (and like every good Italian boy should, boy do I!) than this is definitely a place you need to seek out. This place is so high profile that they are open only THREE days a week, Friday – Sunday. On those 3 days, they are opened until a specific time OR until â€œsold outâ€. Sold Out usually comes first.
I took my 6 year old with me to Fervere on Valentineâ€™s Day to buy a loaf of their speciality, Cranberry-Almond-ChristopherElbow Chocolate Bread.
Ya… that doesn’t sound good, at all.
This bread is not available year round and was in limited availability for Valentineâ€™s Day. I thought they opened at 10am, so when we got there at about 10:20, we were disappointed to discover that we had to wait until 11am for them to open. As luck would have it, by the time 11am rolled around we were the first in a line of about 35 people that extended all the around the block. That is no joke.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Side Note: Several people drove by as we were waiting and shouted out their windows, â€œYou know what time they open?â€ Every Â Â Â Â Â Â Â time, my 6 year old daughter replied, â€œWe think Noon!â€. I did not correct her. They drove away.
I have to tell you that chocolate bread was amazing! Many times when integrating chocolate into breads the end result ends up being more like a dessert than a bread. Fervere struck a very nice balance. The chocolate, of course, was magnificent, the almonds (slivered) were present but not overpowering, and the cranberry was the perfect burst of tart and tang.
All of the breads at Fervere possess that perfect â€œbaguetteâ€ crunch. Crispy/crunchy exterior and soft as butter inside. Kind of like THISÂ .
Now the chocolate bread is not always available. In fact, I believe Valentineâ€™s Day was only the first or second time it has ever been available. Fear not friends, there are plenty of other delectable choices. The Orchard bread is always a good â€œgo-toâ€. Itâ€™s made up of apricots, apples, raisins and walnuts to provide a bit of texture. And the word on the street is, the Orchard Bread is the foundation of the world’s finest French Toast.
The Olive Rosemary bread is another one of my favorites. It is a bit more traditional, I suppose. Certainly you wouldnâ€™t describe it as sweet like you might the Chocolate or the Orchard. The Olive Rosemary is made up of fresh rosemary and savory calamata olives. The olives are moist and suspended in the bread. Itâ€™s a delight.
However, if youâ€™re really looking to challenge yourself not to eat the entire loaf in one sitting, I offer you the Cheese Slipper.
Almost every time I go into Fervere the Cheese Slipper is sold out or very near sold out. Once you try it, you will understand why. Itâ€™s made up of a light crispy ciabatta embedded with smoky cheddar pieces and topped with garlic cheese curds. Uh… thatâ€™s dumb.
Well, I assume you are sufficiently hungry at this point. Therefore, I encourage you to check out Fervere Bread. They have superb products and the space itself is very cool. If for some reason you are on a South Beach diet, low carb diet, or some other BS, all i can say is… Â poor bastard.