Dining and Drinking

Patio Season in Columbia

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When spring rolls around, I get excited about being able to hear the hostess at my local restaurants say “Would you like to sit inside or outside?” That means it is patio season once again! Nothing is more relaxing to me than sitting on a patio and enjoying the weather and great friends, and of course, a wonderful meal! Being ... Read More »

Missouri Wines Pair Well with Summer Adventures

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Alive! That is the best description of grape vines during the summer. The grapes are beginning to change color from green to deep purple and golden hues, taking on the characteristics that will be used to make delicious, award-winning wines. What sounds better than a summer stroll through a beautifully vibrant vineyard? After seeing where the grapes come from, the ... Read More »

McKittrick and Hermann Heritage Hoedown

Join other foodies for a fun day with great food.

Join Slow Food Katy Trail and other Missouri food enthusiasts as we explore the culinary heritage of McKittrick and Hermann,two towns that grew up across the river from one another in the 1800′s. We begin the festivities with lunch at a local, sustainable farm. Then we’ll spend the afternoon tasting at wineries and touring the Deutschheim State Historical Site (where we’ll be transported to the 19th ... Read More »

Book Showcases Missouri’s Flavors

Enjoy all the ways you can "Savor Missouri."

Like food? Well, who doesn’t? Fond of wine and beer? Sure. Then you are sure to enjoy “Savor Missouri: River Hill Country Food and Wine,” compiled and written by Nina Furstenau. This coffee-table-style, full color book is a treasure of culinary delights. Travel the roads along the Missouri, Meramec and Mississippi rivers to discover tasty food, award-winning wine, hand-crafted beer, ... Read More »

What’s for Dinner?

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My job requires a lot of creative energy. When I need that ‘oomph to get my creative juices flowing, I jump in my SUV and head out for a farm visit! What better way to clear my head than to pick a tomato, admire Norton grapes, scratch a goat’s ear, or think about all those T-bone steaks in that cow ... Read More »

Shopping, Dining and Fun in Parkville

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Are shopping and dining your secret pleasures? If so, you’ll fall in love with Historic Downtown Parkville’s eclectic collection of galleries, specialty shops, vintage boutiques, and unique eateries. Discover an interesting selection of merchandise, including handmade and personalized gifts; fine and fun art; one-of-a-kind crafts; jewelry; home décor; books; and collectibles not found in big-box retail stores. From antiques to ant ... Read More »

Platte City’s Special of the Day – Solar Flare Mac and Cheese

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With snow on the ground and a chill in the air, signs of spring and warmer temperatures are still few and far between in Platte City. However, there is a place that will rocket you straight to the hottest days in August – Jray’s Restaurant – more specifically, owner Jeremy Ray, and his Solar Flare Mac & Cheese! Want to ... Read More »

Central Dairy a Must-Visit in Jefferson City

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Tell someone who knows Jefferson City you’re planning a visit there and you might be surprised at the most frequently asked question about your trip. Not “Have you taken the tour at the Missouri State Penitentiary?” Not “Think you might ride the Katy Trail?” Not even “Are you going to check out the Capitol?” Nope, it’s likely you’ll be asked, ... Read More »

An Ideal Pairing: Missouri Wineries and Winter

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Sipping a delicious glass of Norton, Chambourcin or perhaps Missouri Port is a wonderful way to enjoy winter. With 118 wineries scattered across the state, a wine-centered getaway is closer than you might think. You can learn more at the Missouri Wine and Grape Board’s website. During the winter months, the grape vines are resting, wines are aging and there’s ... Read More »

Dining, Drinks and Dessert in Rolla

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A recent getaway to Rolla offered the opportunity to have some great barbecue, sample a couple of terrific brews, and to enjoy dessert at one of the most-famous bakeries in Missouri. Let’s start with the barbecue at Randy’s Roadkill Barbecue and Grill. I dined at Randy’s a couple of years ago on a press trip and had since been anxious ... Read More »