Small-Batch Success

Five things you should know about Heirloom Bakery & Hearth



Ben Pieper

1. A Hearth-y Welcome

   Housed in the old gas station located at 401 E. 63rd St., Heirloom Bakery & Hearth is Brookside’s newest boutique bakery.

   The corner shop offers savory, sweet and from-scratch menu items with a focus on seasonal and locally sourced ingredients.

   The bakery is owned and run by Midwestern couple Kate and Scott Meinke, who were inspired to open the eatery by their mutual love for cooking. Kate, a KC native, and Scott, who hails from Stillwater, Okla., returned to Kansas City from Washington D.C. with a vision of creating an inviting neighborhood spot for all.

   In 2014, they began previewing their highly addictive treats to customers at the Brookside Farmer’s Market and other area markets.

2. Homegrown Goodness

   From the coffee they serve to the ingredients they use in their treats, the theme is local and fresh.

   “It’s important to support the regional agriculture that surrounds our neighborhood,” Meinke say, and the difference is evident in every bite. Whether it’s the tangy dried cherries mixed into the Sunshine granola or the warm and delicious soft-crusted breads that use certified organic and milled flour from Heartland Mills in Kansas, the Meinkes are not just reducing their carbon footprint, they’re also contributing to the community by supporting local farmers.

3. Sweet and Savory Selection

   A bakery that does everything — handcrafted breads, pies and other baked goods — Heirloom Bakery & Hearth’s menu consists of myriad to-die-for flavor combinations like cracked pepper and Parmesan crackers, grapefruit olive oil muffins and lemon, ginger and poppy scones.

   They even offer a few gluten-free options such as raspberry-pear crumble bars and carrot muffins. Don’t miss the daily quiche and galette-of-the-day specials for a Parisian-style lunch option.

Our top pastry plug: Heirloom’s homemade Pop-Tart, filled with warm strawberry compote, apple spice or chocolate hazelnut banana. The tarts, which are swaddled in a golden pastry crust and topped with vanilla glaze or sprinkles, appeal to everyone’s inner 8-year-old.

4. Season’s Eating

   Spice up any special occasion with one of the eatery’s handmade 9-inch pies, which come in seasonal flavors like cranberry crumble, chocolate pecan, honey apple thyme or pumpkin for fall/winter.

  Even the basic dinner roll gets an upgrade with challah, homestyle white, rosemary wheat and whole-wheat millet flavors. Or opt for the cheddar chive biscuits or double cornbread.

   Heirloom also offers catering services and custom-baked goods to perk up your parties.

5. Community Connections

   Driven by the concept that a kitchen is the central gathering place in a home, the Meinkes have created a warm, neighborhood atmosphere where people can meet with friends, chill out solo, hang out for hours or grab something on the go.

   Utilitarian Workshop, the concept designer behind Port Fonda and Second Best Coffee, teamed up with the couple to create a vintage-inspired space which features an open patio and herb garden for al fresco enjoyment.

 

   Heirloom Bakery & Hearth is located at 401 E. 63rd St., Kansas City, Mo. For more information, visit heirloomkc.com.