Dining and Drinking

Missouri Eats: Green Dirt Farm Creamery

Green Dirt Farm Creamery debuted in June, just off of State Route 45, which leads directly into Weston, Missouri. Tourists and locals alike are flocking to the warm and rustic retail space that’s near Green Dirt Farm’s new headquarters. The farm began making cheeses in 2002 and is known for small-batch, artisanal creations like Dirt Lover, a bloomy rind cheese …

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Spring Festivals and Events for Missouri Wine Lovers

Shake off your winter doldrums at these fun festivals and events featuring local wineries. Whether you’re interested in an old-fashioned good time, or want to toast the new life of spring, these events are a great way to celebrate the season in Show Me wine country. New Franklin Cork & More Wine Walk in downtown New Franklin – March 18 …

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Show-Me 5: Donut Shops

Donutology, Kansas City: The colorful and whimsical donut shop opened its doors in October in the Westport neighborhood in Kansas City, where guests can create their own mini cake donuts in its “laboratory,” through tasty scientific experiments with different icings, toppings and drizzles. 816.298.5222, donutology.com Harold’s Doughnuts, Columbia: Two-year-old Harold’s Doughnuts filled a much-needed niche in the college town of …

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Missouri Eats: Goat Hill Coffee & Soda

When snow-cone shop Little Freshie closed earlier this summer on the Westside of Kansas City, it was hard to believe there could be another shop quite as cute to follow. Luckily, Goat Hill Coffee & Soda snapped up the ready-made space, filling the neighborhood’s need for great coffee, handcrafted sodas and snow cones made with Little Freshie syrups. Tanner Stevens …

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Why You Should Be Sipping Missouri Dessert Wines

What is dessert wine, exactly? It’s a fairly overarching category of decadently sweet, complex wines that are often enjoyed with or as dessert in small glasses, one indulgent, delicious sip at a time. Missouri wineries make several styles of dessert wines. In this post we’ll break them down: First things first, let’s clarify Port vs. “dessert wine” verbiage. Not all …

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Missouri Eats: May Contain Nuts

In a small, sparkling shop, Cherry Mash, Zotz and other candy fill every nook and cranny. A drawer filled with candy cigarettes sits below a shelf lined with Fruit Stripe gum and Cow Tales. Pez dispensers shaped like classic TV cartoon characters peer from a top shelf. This isn’t a candy shop from decades ago, though – it’s Columbia, Missouri’s …

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Thanking the Forefathers of Missouri Wine

The winemaking history of Missouri is long and proud. Prior to prohibition, Missouri was ranked second in the nation in wine production and was winning prestigious awards for its quality wines. It is even credited with helping save the French wine industry. So where did this illustrious history begin? Here is a highlight of some of the forefathers of the …

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Missouri Eats: Wicked Greenz

There’s no shortage of lunch spots on the busy streets of downtown Clayton but for a quick and healthy meal, your options are more limited. Enter Wicked Greenz. The fast-casual eatery opened its doors at the end of September in the former home of Bocci Wine Bar. It offers (and delivers) chef-made salads either “bowled” in the traditional style or …

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Missouri Wine Always Pairs Well with Missouri Chocolate

Much like wine, high quality chocolate is something to be savored and appreciated. The fermentation of grapes for wine and cacao seeds for chocolate is what gives both their complex flavors. Some dark chocolate is even aged like wine to bring out more of its delicious qualities. With so many similarities, it is no surprise that wine and chocolate are …

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Missouri Eats On Trend: Éclairs

Traditional French éclairs are beautiful in their simplicity: Pâte à choux pastry dough is baked, filled with vanilla pastry cream and then finished with chocolate icing. From Japan to London to cities across the Midwest, pastry chefs are redefining the classic pastry with modern flourishes. When pastry assistant Alice Harvey started making éclairs at Brasserie by Niche in St. Louis, James Beard award-winning chef Gerard …

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