JoCo Notes: Yoli Tortilleria, vendor at OP Farmers’ Market, wins James Beard award

Yoli Tortilleria has a retail location on Kansas City's Westside but has run a stall at the Overland Park Farmers' Market for years. File photo.

Happy Tuesday, Blue Valley!

🌤 Today’s forecast: Mostly sunny and clear, but an air quality alert remains in effect. High: 88. Low: 65.

🚨 One thing you need to know

Yoli Tortilleria, a Kansas City-based bakery and longtime vendor at the Overland Park Farmers’ Market, won a prestigious James Beard Award Monday night.

The tortilla maker, which runs a retail shop in Kansas City’s Westside neighborhood, was awarded the prize in the “Outstanding Bakery” category.

In her acceptance speech, owner Marisa Gencarelli thanked her employees, her family and “Our city, Kansas City — without you, we would not be here,” according to KCUR.

The James Beard Awards are one of the most prestigious honors in the American culinary and hospitality industries and are often referred to as the “Oscars of food.”

This was the second year in a row Yoli was up in the “Outstanding Bakery” category.

Another local establishment — Drastic Measures cocktail bar in downtown Shawnee — was also nominated in the “Outstanding Bar” category but did not win.

See the full list of winners here.

🚀 Post’s top Monday stories

  1. McLain’s Market coming soon to southern Overland Park
  2. Messenger Coffee halts plans for shop at Overland Park’s Prairiefire
  3. 13 Johnson County students earn appointments to U.S. service academies
  4. Leawood City Hall poised for major change this election cycle
  5. Johnson County explores property tax rebate pilot for seniors

📰 Other local news

  • The annual Big Slick fundraiser spearheaded by Johnson County natives Jason Sudeikis and Paul Rudd netted more than $3.5 million for Children’s Mercy this past weekend. [Kansas City Business Journal]
  • Restaurant franchisee KBP Brands is showing off its new four-story, $40 million corporate headquarters in Leawood. [Kansas City Business Journal]
  • Attorneys for Jackson Mahomes are asking that documents in his sexual battery case in Johnson County be sealed. [Fox 4]

📸 A thousand words

A recent hands-on lesson about “the great outdoors” at the Overland Park-based nonprofit Blue Valley Parents as Teachers. This little one snagged a fish. Photo via Facebook.