Barbecue legend honored by local chefs


Rikianne Gendvil received a scholarship from Chef Ronnie Keck recently. The scholarship was in memory of the late Karen Putman, a Wyandotte County resident who was a charter member of the Kansas City Barbecue Society. (Photo by William Crum)

by William Crum

Recently, the late Karen Putman, a local barbecue legend, was honored by Kansas City chefs at their monthly meeting.

Putman lived in Wyandotte County and was a charter member of the Kansas City Barbecue Society. She died in 2011.

She was a major influence in the Barbecue Society and known world over for efforts regarding barbecue. Putman started a barbecue team by the name of Flower of the Flames and because of her efforts received numerous prestigious awards for barbecue. She was also a true shepherd in her own right, encouraging others in the culinary field to get involved with the Kansas City Barbecue Society. Because of this, her legacy is still around.

To this day Flower of the Flames still exists and still competes in various barbecue competitions throughout the Greater Kansas City metropolitan area. Recently the Greater Kansas City Chefs Association did a fundraiser with all the proceeds going to a scholarship program in honor of Putman.

Her sister, Ronnie Kech, is still part the barbecue team and is a major influence regarding the Kansas City Barbecue Society. The scholarship program in honor of Putman is to encourage young people to get into culinary arts.

“This is why we set up the program, in fact the Greater Kansas City Chefs Association was nice enough to host this event in honor of my sister,” Kech said. At the meeting Rikianne Gendvil was given a $500 scholarship so she could attend culinary school.

So far it is planned that the Greater Kansas City Chefs Association will do a fundraiser again in honor of Karen Putman, the barbecue legend.

A recent Kansas City Chefs Association meeting honored a Wyandotte County resident who was well known for barbecue. (Photo by William Crum)

A recent Kansas City Chefs Association meeting honored a Wyandotte County resident who was well known for barbecue. (Photo by William Crum)

A display honored the late Karen Putman, a Wyandotte County chef who was a charter member of the Kansas City Barbecue Society. (Photo by William Crum)

A display honored the late Karen Putman, a Wyandotte County chef who was a charter member of the Kansas City Barbecue Society. (Photo by William Crum)

A display honored the late Karen Putman, a Wyandotte County chef who was a charter member of the Kansas City Barbecue Society. (Photo by William Crum)

Nominations being accepted for two KCKCC awards

by Kelly Rogge

As plans continue for the Kansas City Kansas Community College Endowment Association’s first gala event, nominations are now being accepted for two special awards.

The 4.0 Gala, presented by AT&T, is on Saturday, Oct. 25, at Lake Quivira. Funds raised through the event will go toward supporting the college as well as for student scholarships.

In addition to a dinner, there will be a live and silent auction and the presentation of two awards – the Wyandotte Countian of the Year and the Distinguished Alumni of the Year.

The purpose of the Wyandotte Countian of the Year Award is to recognize an individual who has made significant contributions to the Wyandotte community. To qualify for the Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award, nominees must have either attended or graduated from Kansas City Kansas Community College.

To nominate an individual for either award, a completed nomination form must be submitted along with one of two things – a statement of one page or less on the nominee’s contributions to Wyandotte County (Wyandotte Countian of the Year Award) or a statement on the nominee’s experience at KCKCC and how that changed their future (Distinguished Alumni award). Additional pages for either award can also include career-community information, personal and professional accomplishments, the nominee’s membership in organizations and other awards and honors.

Nomination forms must be received on or before July 15 in the KCKCC Endowment Office. Winners will be announced later this summer.

For more information, to obtain a nomination form or to submit a nomination packet, contact Dawanna Fangohr at the KCKCC Endowment Association, 913-288-7675 or by email at dfangohr@kckcc.edu. Nomination packets can be submitted via email or can be mailed to the KCKCC Endowment Association, Attn: Dawanna Fangohr, 7250 State Ave., Kansas City, KS. 66112. Nomination forms will also be posted on the KCKCC website, www.kckcc.edu.

Flood advisory in effect for Wyandotte County

A flood advisory is in effect for Wyandotte County until 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.

At 9:26 a.m. Tuesday, runoff from earlier heavy rainfall ranging from 2 to 3 inches continued to produce minor flooding across the advisory area, the National Weather Service stated.

Periods of rain are expected to continue this morning with only light additional accumulations expected.

Bonner Springs, Kansas City, Kan., downtown Kansas City, Mo., and many surrounding areas are in the area that will experience minor flooding, the weather service said.

Residents are warned not to drive their vehicles into areas where the water covers the roadway. The water depth may be too great to allow a car to cross safely, the weather service stated.

The Missouri and Kansas rivers at Kansas City, Kan., were well below flood stage at 10 a.m. Tuesday, according to hydrology charts. Turkey Creek at Southwest Boulevard was 50 feet at 10:28 a.m.; flood stage there is 61 feet.