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Chefs Josh and Abbey-Jo Eans offer a collaborative, creative approach to culinary consulting in and outside of Kansas City. 

Services

• Unique menu and recipe development based on your business needs
• Menu development & pricing
• Kitchen layout and design
• Food & beverage sourcing and costing
• Vendor selection
• Kitchen equipment selection
• Systems and Procedures
• Staff training
• Culinary headhunting/relational connections

About us

CHEFS Josh & Abbey-Jo Eans

I fell into cooking almost accidentally, after my wife Abbey-Jo suggested we go to culinary school together. That led to an adventure cooking and eating around the country until we settled in Kansas City after the birth of our first son, Elliot.

I opened the Drop Bar & Bistro as the executive chef in 2006 to many accolades. From there, we dreamt up and created blanc burgers + bottles, Kansas City’s first gourmet burger spot. The concept took off and was an overnight success, and we opened many locations. After four years, I was ready for something more, and accepted a position as sous chef at The American Restaurant. There we created progressive American cuisine on a daily basis, using the best products available. During my time there, I also served as the Interim Executive Chef.

After two years, Abbey-Jo and I knew it was finally time to have a place to call our own. An opportunity came along to purchase Happy Gillis cafe & hangout in the Columbus Park neighborhood, and we jumped at the chance. We took over in December of 2013 and have put our stamp on a Kansas City favorite. We utilize local eggs, produce and whatever else we can get our hands on to create what we think is the most unique and exciting breakfast & lunch place in the city. 

In October of 2015, we renovated our attached garage space and opened Columbus Park Ramen Shop, where we sling fresh noodles and serve up long-simmered broths. It all culminates into a delicious bowl of Ramen this is uniquely Midwestern, and distinctly Kansas City. 

What a Treat Consulting was launched organically near the end of 2017. It was born out of a desire to help others to be their best and achieve their dreams. Most of our work comes from existing relationships, client referrals and word of mouth. We believe in listening first, and crafting solutions specific to your needs and situation.

– Josh Eans

PAST CLIENTS

• Blackdog Coffeehouse
• Filling Station Café
• Messenger Coffee & Ibis Bakery
• New Moon Café (Burlington, VT)
• Ollie’s Local
• Boulevard Beer Hall & Rec Deck

"We're much more efficient and better off!"

 

“What a Treat Consulting assisted Filling Station Coffee Co. in the revamping of our food program. Josh helped create and empower the kitchen staff to launch several new successful menu items. He also consulted on menu format, pricing, and kitchen flow. We are much more efficient and better off after going through the consulting process with What A Treat. We highly recommend this service to anyone looking to start a cafe or revamp a tired food program.”

 

Chris Matsch, Owner, Ibis Bakery

Contact Us

Interested in working with us to develop or refine your restaurant concept in or outside of Kansas City? Send us a message and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can!