Dining and Drinking

10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Missouri Wines

Vineyards in Augusta, MO.

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


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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Missouri Eats: Curtain Call Lounge


Legend has it that when sparkling-wine pioneer Dom Perignon first discovered Champagne, he said, “Come quickly, I am tasting the stars!” The quote headlines the drink menu of the recently opened Curtain Call Lounge, which bubbles with a posh personality all its own. Inside the Fabulous Fox Theatre’s new lavish hideaway, visitors can sip away at stellar cocktails that sparkle …

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Missouri Farmers Markets: Taste the Rainbow

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It’s the shiny stoplight red of that perfectly ripe tomato. It’s the golden-amber glow of fresh honey. It’s the spring-green shoots of asparagus. It’s the brown-speckled dozen of farm-fresh eggs. The vibrant colors, the delicious variety and don’t forget the tantalizing baked goods. With more than 200 farmers markets across Missouri, reducing the distance from farm to table has never …

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Missouri Eats: Melo’s Pizzeria


When Blues City Deli owner Vince “Vinnie” Valenza acquired the building that houses his popular sandwich shop, he and his son Joey immediately started cooking up ideas for how to make use of the adjacent garage. Initially, that meant experimenting with bread baking, but Joey’s newfound passion led to another craft: pizza making. Named after Vinnie’s father and enthusiastic pizzaiolo, …

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Spring Awakens in Missouri Vineyards

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Spring means new life, an awakening, and that is exactly what is happening in the vineyards of Missouri wine country with “bud break”. Bud break is the start of the annual growing cycle for grape vines. It’s the first sign of life in the vineyards after the vines laid dormant through the winter. So, what exactly is bud break? It’s …

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