Today’s our birthday. It’s been a great year. Thanks.

It’s been a great first year at The Recommended Daily. We officially launched the site on January 13, 2014. And now, a year later, we’re delighted for what 2015 will bring.

In an an effort to celebrate success and because frankly we don’t need a excuse to eat cake, we thought we’d look back on the past year and express our thanks to the huge group of people that have helped (and continue to help) to make this thing run.

On the editorial side, we’re glad that Pete Dulin, Ben Palosaari, Chris Mullins, Jason Dailey, Feed Me Creative, Jocelyn Jacobson and Julie Denesha have all contributed their talents to the site. We’ve had significant support from social media guru Jake Jacobson, Cultivate Kansas City, our publisher Hashtag Labs, the RD Beta Team, Feast Magazine, The Lab, John Couture and the staff of Bier Station, Jenny Vergara, event volunteers (particularly Karie Fahrenholz and Christina Lynrobertson), and the team at One Million Cups. We’re also delighted to be in the midst of a cookbook project, Cookies & Beer, with Andrews McMeel.

Succotash's rainbow cake is on the agenda.

Succotash’s rainbow cake is on the agenda.

A lot happened over the past 365 days. We published 435 posts (we’re including this one right here) that were read by more than 140,000 people (or slightly more as we like to imagine groups of folks huddled over tablets waiting for the latest post to drop). We’ve been able to partner with and The Hale Center at Kansas City Public Television. We launched the Kansas City Breweries app, built by really smart developer Tyler Hillsman.

We paired Cookies & Beer at Bier Station and Whiskey & Donuts at the Genessee Royale Bistro. With the guys from the Paris of the Plains Cocktail Festival, we asked local bartenders to create cocktails based on local tracks for Mixtapes & Mixology. We invited chefs and bakers and food crafters to reinvent State Fair classics with On A Stick. We partnered with the Local Pig to create an outdoor butchery festival, Knife & Pork, that celebrated the art of butchery. And we helped organize a set of mini brewery tours inside the Central branch of the Kansas City Public Library for Booktoberfest.

Through it all, we’ve seen the local food, drink and restaurant scene undergo dynamic change. The mission for us is still the same. We believe this city needs a news site dedicated to food, drinks and the people making, serving, and creating those things that make you happy and full. As always, we want to hear from you. Tell us what you want from The Recommended Daily going forward.

Thanks, Kansas City, for an outstanding first year. The reception has been incredible. We’re excited for what we’ve got to share in our sophomore season. Eat well.

[Birthday cake gif via Giphy]

Jonathan Bender

Jonathan Bender is the founder of The Recommended Daily.


  • Reply January 14, 2015

    doug worgul

    Congratulations, Jonathan!

  • Reply January 14, 2015


    Jonathan and crew,

    Congrats! Love your site. It’s a daily read for me and I thank you for the service from us eaters and drinkers.

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