Dining and Drinking

Missouri Eats: Amigoni Urban Winery

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When Michael and Kerry Amigoni first took Vitis vinifera grapes (European grape varietals) and planted them in 2001 in the first acre of their now 10-acre vineyard in Centerview, Missouri, their goal was to sell grapes to local winemakers. Michael had been interested in amateur winemaking since the mid-‘90s, and over time, began to study the skills necessary to produce ... Read More »

Monthly Musings by MOTravelGuy: Barbecue Sundae

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The words “barbecue sundae” immediately drew my attention. On a lunch break with co-workers a little while back, our conversations turned toward barbecue (we are from Missouri, after all) and someone mentioned a place in Columbia that served a barbecue sundae. She described the creation as a layering of meat, barbecue sauce, baked beans – and then more meat, barbecue ... Read More »

MO Wine and Beer: The Dynamic Duo

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You may think that local wine and beer drinkers come from different planets, but you’d be surprised how much they really have in common. They both live for the hunt, the adventure of finding a new and exciting wine or beer to sample. They both respect the craft and savor their drinks. They both enjoy socializing and delighting in their ... Read More »

On the Block: The Evolution of the Neighborhood Butcher Shop

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During the first half of the 20th century, the neighborhood butcher shop was a staple in American life. People relied on their local butcher to carry the high-quality cuts of meat they bought each week, and in turn, butchers knew the names and needs of their regulars. These relationships slowly began to change in the 1960s, as meatpacking houses began ... Read More »

Famous Missouri Foods Paired Perfectly with Local Wines

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There are few things in this world that go together better than wine and food. Missourians know this to be especially true. Missouri wine country boasts more than 125 wineries and a history dating back more than 160 years. Show-Me State winemakers produce very food-friendly wines that pair perfectly with local fare and the Missouri way of life. Missouri is ... Read More »

Missouri Eats: Frazer’s Restaurant & Lounge

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The story of Frazer’s Restaurant & Lounge in the Benton Park neighborhood of St. Louis is parallel to the progression of the city’s food scene. Frazer Cameron opened his restaurant in 1992, serving lunch to a crowd that largely consisted of shift workers at the nearby Anheuser-Busch brewery. Twenty-three years later, Frazer’s has outgrown its humble beginnings, expanding into a ... Read More »

Missouri Eats: Awaze

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Awaze offers expertly spiced Ethiopian and Caribbean cuisine in Kansas City’s Midtown neighborhood. Owner Pablo Brown prepares specialties like jerk chicken, curried goat, fried plantains and blackened jerk tilapia. The restaurant takes its name from an Ethiopian hot sauce that adds flavor to its sambusas, fried dough shells stuffed with spiced ground beef, chiles and herbs. A vegetarian version uses ... Read More »

Missouri Mead Mania

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What’s all the buzz about meads? Mead (aka, “Nectar of the Gods”) is an alcoholic beverage made from fermented honey and water. Bees are a very integral part of our ecosystem, and mead has been made from honey since around 2000 BC, before beer or wine. It is thought to be the oldest form of alcoholic beverage on earth. It ... Read More »

Missouri Eats: Dining Experience at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

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You can now coordinate the logistics of “dinner and a show” with ease at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City by reserving a table at its newly opened Dining Experience. Located inside the Kauffman Center’s south entrance in the sleek Founders’ Lounge, the full-service, 65-seat restaurant keeps the same hours as the Kauffman Center, but guests ... Read More »

Missouri Eats: Sycamore

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In mid-February, the bar at Sycamore in Columbia, Missouri, debuted a fresh rotation of cocktails in the restaurant’s newly renovated cocktail lounge. Made with from-scratch infusions, syrups and bitters and only the freshest ingredients, bartender Aaron Rostad drew inspiration for the menu from cultures around the world. There is the Asian-influenced Green Plum, featuring green tea-infused gin with plum water ... Read More »