That sassy bacon jam is made in KCK

Our Sassy Pantry makes its bacon jam and other products in Kansas City, Kan.

by William Crum

Kansas City, Kan., is known not just for barbecue, but also for bacon.

Our Sassy Pantry, based in Wyandotte County, has put this area on the bacon map with its bacon jam.

At the Bacon Fest held annually, Our Sassy Pantry competed and won first place. It was its first year in the competition.

They entered their bacon jam on such items as macaroni and cheese, and they also used the bacon jam on a bacon and tomato sandwich.

There were more than 100 vendors who competed for this honor, and Our Sassy Pantry received high national recognition for its efforts.  It has resulted in invitations to be on some local television and radio stations.

Our Sassy Pantry is owned by Marisa Roberts and Kay Findlay. Marisa Roberts moved to Wyandotte County in 1999 where she opened a catering company. Eventually she teamed up with her business partner, Kay Findlay, where they developed bacon jams giving them national acclaim. Marisa is the daughter-in-law of the late Clay (Bud) Roberts, who was well known in Kansas City, Kan.

Our Sassy Pantry bacon jams are now in various grocery stores in the Greater Kansas City metropolitan area.

”I really love being from Wyandotte County. It is truly a culinary experience and both my husband and I really enjoy living here. We really look forward to being part of the Wyandotte County experience, it is amazing,” Marissa Roberts said.

Our Sassy Pantry offers four types of jams. Their products include a bacon jam which is known nationally, their Ancho cherry jam, their wicked tomato jam and their balsamic blueberry jam. Even though the bacon jam is known nationally, the other jams are also getting national and world recognition as well. Culinary experts agree that these jams are a unique discovery.

For more information on where to get the jams, go to the website

New marketing certificate of completion offered by KCKCC Business Division

by Kelly Rogge
Marketing is a fundamental component of all business operations and is a critical aspect of the success of a business. Kansas City Kansas Community College is now offering a new program to help marketing professionals.
The certificate is particularly of interest to those who are ready to contribute more to their organization, or take on a new professional role.
This 10-credit hour Marketing Certificate of Completion will provide students with a competitive edge and skills that will enhance their value to an employer, a spokesman said.
Classes within the Marketing Certificate of Completion:
•         Essential Career Skills
•         Marketing
•         Principles of Selling
•         Integrated Marketing Communications
This Marketing Certificate of Completion is offered in addition to the new Marketing AAS degree program.
For more information, contact Karen Gaines, business instructor-marketing program coordinator, at 913-288-7165 or by email at

Coach Factory to open pop-up store at Legends

Coach Factory will open its first Kansas City area pop-up store on Memorial Day weekend at The Legends Outlets.

The store will be open through the summer, according to an announcement, ending Labor Day. It will be the third Coach pop-up store in the nation.

The store will open Thursday, May, 22, and will offer up to 65 percent off full retail prices, a spokesman said. There will be a selection from multiple lines for men and women’s accessories including gifts, handbags, leather goods, footwear, sunglasses, watches, scarves, jewelry and apparel.

“A Coach store has always been one of the top requests from our customers. The time has finally come, and we are very excited to partner with Coach as one of three markets featuring its unique ‘pop-up’ concept,” said Jessica Bachtel, marketing director of Legends Outlets.

Coach Factory joins the 1.2 million-square-foot shopping occupying a 6,750-square-foot space between Yard House and Charming Charlie at 1867 Village West Parkway D-105. The Legends Outlets is at I-70 and I-435 in Kansas City, Kan.