Thank you on behalf of my husband and the many other veterans in the metro area.  I appreciate local restaurants and services that look after the “hometown” people.  Your organization has an admirable record.

One of the best meals we’ve enjoyed in a long time!!  Brussell Sprouts & Mussels were exceptional… the Mac & Cheese is a classic. We highly recommend Cafe Trio to others! – Recruiter on 5/3/14

The service is always top notch and if you like an outdoor venue, their deck will not disappoint!! The view of the Plaza is spectacular and the service on the deck is just as attentive as it is inside. Always a favorite restaurant!! – on 5/3/14

Keep doing what you are doing. Crab cakes were wonderful. – Julie H. on 5/7/14


“Emotional Aesthetics” by Aaron Bradley

“Emotional Aesthetics”

Please stop by and enjoy “Emotional Aesthetics” by local artist Aaron Bradley in the main dining room.  Aaron has been a long time Cafe Trio customer and has also helped with our landscaping needs with his company – Aesthetic Outdoor LLC.,a local landscape design/build firm.

Aaron’s Biography

Aaron’s love for art is inspired predominantly by his love of nature and contemporary stylings and his artistic ability comes from a lineage of great artists within his family. His mother & aunt are just two examples that helped sculpt Aaron’s abilities, love, and respect for art and his engineer father added an element of “structure” to his personal aesthetic.

His work is mostly inspired by raw thoughts and emotions and each piece encompasses bold attitude, and soft edges; all of which showcase the complexities of life.

Aaron’s art goes well beyond the canvas as Aaron is best known for his high-end landscape designs. As the owner of Aesthetic Outdoor LLC.,a local landscape design/build firm, Aaron transforms properties & create a perfect original art piece for each home owner.

Art is in his soul, and Aaron can’t stop himself from creating it. From outdoor environments to painting & beyond; Aaron lives and breathes beauty. He loves nothing more than to share the beauty of art with others and create environments, experiences, and pieces that speak to each person’s uniqueness.   His work can be found on the following platforms:





4 Women, 4 Viewpoints – Art at Cafe Trio

Enjoy Work from 4 Wonderful Local Artists

Teresa Dirks – Nina Irwin – Elisabeth Sauer – Karen Steen

Local Art has always been part of Cafe Trio and we’re always thankful to have the opportunity to share and enjoy some of the area’s very best artists.

For the current show we have works from 4 fabulous ladies; Teresa Dirks, Nina Irwin, Elisabeth Sauer & Karen Steen.  Please stop in and enjoy the current show and as always everything on display in the main dining room is for sale (Cafe Trio does not mark-up or charge a fee for any of the art we display – all funds go directly to the artist).

Teresa Dirks

fullsizeoutput_16bbGrowing up in the rural quasi-south, around seamstresses, quilters, gardeners, and farmers, I learned to love nature, nurture, growing and making. This made me. Creative. So now, when I create art, my aim is to reconstruct those experiences from my life, from my environment, and share the connection that I have. I strive to recreate a conceptional experience whether it is the complexity of urban decay, the intensity of the sky, or the linear connection to cultivation and the horizon. The proportions and structure I portray within my works comes from my subconscious need to create with some sense of balance, and also with a tension that is derived from the power of my experiences, and the sense of my being a part of something bigger. The awe. Over the years, my work has developed gesturally, texturally and organically by using the visual elements and principles of color, line, texture, movement, and pattern. The resulting variants and contrasts reflect the complexities and tension of my experiences. My art has come to symbolize my inner strength and connection with my world and years spent watching the brilliance of the world around me.
Find me on Houzz, Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, and Art Stack . Thank you for supporting the arts!

Nina Irwin

Nina Irwin’s work, predominantly landscapes, suggest the subjects of spirituality and the search for truth and beauty. They are conceived from memories of her exotic travels combined with ancient places she has studied in art history. These places are pure and quiet– the stillness broken only by the silent dialogue between place (painting) and the viewer. “I strive to convey, through my paintings and sculptures, the actual feeling of a place–much more than its physical characteristics. Here, the painting suggests a place and feeling – which is expanded through texture and color. I want to transport the viewer to another place and time.”

Nina Irwin works from her painting and ceramics studio in the historic stockyards of Kansas City. She received her B.A. in Studio Art from UMKC and is currently working on her M.A. in Art History. In addition to her studio work, Nina teaches art and art history classes at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. She is represented in collections regionally, nationally, and globally.

Elisabeth Sauer

Fall Fires 36 x 36 Oil Sauer (1)

Elisabeth Sauer is a Kansas artist who has lived in Missouri, Illinois and Kansas. Her work reflects her passion for the expansive nature of the landscape and the sweeping skies of the Midwest and the West. The subjects of many of her paintings are the permanent features of the Midwestern and Western landscapes – their prairies, rivers, fields, rock formations, and skies. She sees man-made structures, such as silos and grain elevators, as integral parts of the landscapes as well.

Sauer finds inspiration in the brilliant and ever-changing colors found in nature. The intensity of the color in her paintings conveys nature’s raw power and evokes the sense of awe one feels seeing a beautiful sunset or a glorious blue sky stretching far to the horizon.

She paints landscapes outside directly from nature [en plein air], as well as in the studio. Places where she has painted en plein air include Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Arizona, New Mexico, California and Italy.

Sauer is primarily self taught but has studied art in Italy, at the Kansas City Art Institute, and at various plein air workshops. Collectors from all over the United States own her work and she has exhibited widely. Her paintings have won awards including First Place in the Raytown Arts Invitational [2008], and the State Street Bank Purchase Prize at the Northeast Cultural Commission, “Cultures Without Borders”, juried exhibit [2007].


Karen Steen

My art is a celebration of nature’s web, its diverse life forms and interconnected systems. Humans are tearing at the web, damaging the balance. My work offers a perspective on the intricate network of life — one I hope might contribute to a shift in our relationship with the natural world. Images of plants, insects, microscopic life, zoology and human anatomy inspire my drawings and the shapes I incorporate into my collages and wall sculptures.

As a child, I loved poking around tide pools.  Peering down into small worlds filled with life delighted me. I searched through seashore guidebooks to identify shells, anemones, and urchins.

So began my fascination with biology, now the subject of my art.  Experimentation with materials is essential in my art practice. Through it I search for ways to portray the qualities of the biological world: diversity, repetition, intricacy, rhythm, balance, interconnectedness.  I began my art career as an illustrator. Many assignments were for magazine articles about health and medicine. Now, I combine the technical and conceptual skills I learned as an illustrator with the intuitive approach of a fine artist.

My recent solo exhibition Networks in Nature showed at Cottonwood Center for the Arts in Colorado Springs and the Kansas City Artists Coalition. I won first place in the 2015 group exhibition, HEAT, at Leedy-Voulkos Art Center in Kansas City. I have completed commission works for Lehigh Valley Health Network in Allentown, Pennsylvania and Kaiser Permanente’s Largo Medical Center in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. My work has appeared in solo and group shows in the mid-Atlantic, Southern California and Kansas City regions.


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“Give Back” Mondays Celebrate the Heart of Trio as It Turns 10!

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Favorite Dinner Entrees from Trio’s Past Make a Brief Comeback!

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Owen Roe Wine Dinner on 6/19 – Under the Stars

Owen Roe Wine Dinner on 6/19 – Under the Stars

This spectacular Dinner is planned for Thursday, June 19th at 7 PM, under the stars on Cafe Trio’s deck [weather permitting]. Advance ticketing is available now [see below] and watch for announcement of  menu details about June 1st. Trio celebrates its “Perfect 10” Anniversary throughout the month of June and will incorporate this fantastic dinnerContinue Reading

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Premium Wine Sale – March Thursdays

Premium Wine Sale – March Thursdays

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Trio a Sponsor for Feb 13th  Folly Concert by Sam Harris

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Trio is thrilled to be partnering with our friends at the Folly Theater who are bringing the award-winning singer, entertainer & writer Sam Harris to Kansas City to present his one-man concert “Ham: Slices of a Life” on Thursday, February 13th at 7 :30 PM.  This is not-to-miss entertainment! SO GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY! ManyContinue Reading

Save $25 w/ Trio’s Winter Blues Offer for February 2014

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