Dining and Drinking

Fromage Fort a la Missouri Wine

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Never let good cheese go to waste. This Show-Me State take on a French classic is a delicious way to use every last bit of the cheese in your refrigerator. You can use any combination of cheese for this super speedy recipe. Fromage Fort can be used as a spread at room temperature or broil it on top of bread …

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Missouri Eats: Lucas Park Grille

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In St. Louis, Washington Avenue is well-known for its nightlife; Downtown offices also encourage a bustling lunch scene. But dinner is often overlooked at the 12-year-old Lucas Park Grille, which is worth revisiting thanks to new executive chef Kevin Sthair. An alum of Eleven Eleven Mississippi, the old Cafe Balaban in the Central West End and The Restaurant at the …

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One Day Missouri Wine Trips

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Exploring Missouri wine country for a week (or two) sounds like the perfect getaway, but what if you don’t have that much time to dedicate to your wine adventure? Don’t worry: with 10 wine trails and more than 125 wineries in the “Show Me” State, there’s a wine region closer than you might think. Spring is a great time to …

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Missouri Eats: West Main Pizza²

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It’s “dough time” for Jefferson City, Missouri-based pizza joint West Main Pizza. The second mom-and-pop pizzeria opened in Columbia, Missouri, in March as West Main Pizza² in the space that formerly housed Gunther’s Games. West Main Pizza² offers “exponentially” faster service along with a pizza and salad menu similar to the offerings at its flagship location. Co-owner Jessica Christiansen says she …

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10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Missouri Wines

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1 – Missouri has an official state grape (and it’s pretty awesome). The Norton grape was named the official state grape of Missouri in 2003. Norton is known for making big, bold, dry red wine and is completely unlike any other varietal. 2 – Missouri makes A LOT of wine. Missouri wineries produce more than 1.25 million gallons of wine …

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Missouri Eats: Meatball District Kitchen + Bar

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Meatball District Kitchen + Bar is the first restaurant for owner Kal Tandel, who moved from California with his family after growing up in the restaurant industry and then enjoying a successful career managing bars and nightclubs. Housed in the former Saigon 39, Tandel has transformed the spot into a shiny new hangout. With exposed brick walls, white-washed shutters and …

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Cheers to Missouri Graduates

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College is tough. It takes a lot of time, dedication, and focus. So, when you’re finally graduating, it’s time to celebrate! These local, award-winning wineries are a stone’s throw from Missouri’s best-known college towns and are the perfect place to raise a glass to our “Show Me” State graduates! College Town Nearby Wineries Columbia Les Bourgeois Vineyards & Winery in …

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Missouri Eats: Doughnut Lounge

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Thanks in part to a successful Kickstarter campaign, Jake Randall has had people waiting in line morning, noon and night since he opened Doughnut Lounge in Kansas City’s Westport neighborhood this December. You can expect to find classics like glazed or double-chocolate alongside signatures such as a sheep’s milk cheese-filled Bismarck donut with a basil-root beer glaze. As creative as …

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Missouri Eats: Mary Jane Burgers & Brew

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Carisa Stark’s restaurant isn’t exactly in the center of a bustling metropolis, so she has to make sure she somehow reaches customers within an 80-mile-plus radius of tiny Perryville, Missouri, south of Ste. Genevieve. Enticing Instagram photos of Mary Jane Burgers & Brew have helped make the joint a destination restaurant in southeast Missouri; Stark opened Mary Jane in 2013 …

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Live Local: Farmers’ Markets and Missouri Wine

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Shopping at your local Farmers’ Markets has many benefits. Just to name a few: The goods you purchase at Farmers’ Markets are the freshest available. The fruits and vegetables are allowed to ripen in the fields and on the vines because they don’t have far to travel. When you buy from the vendors at Farmers’ Markets, you are supporting local, …

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