Dining and Drinking

Harvest in Missouri: Grapes to Glass

Harvest is a really big deal in wine country; and for good reason! It’s a year of hard work coming to fruition, and at the same time, it’s the beginning of another lengthy yet exciting journey from grape to glass (AKA the winemaking process). Grape harvests in Missouri generally begin in late August and continue through the middle of October. …

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Grab a Bite on the Katy Trail

Missouri’s Katy Trail is an excellent gateway to a variety of Missouri adventures. Not only does the 240-mile trail offer quick access to campgrounds and fantastic photo opportunities, it’s located close to a several bed and breakfasts, retail shops, cities of varying sizes and, naturally, excellent restaurants and wineries. No matter what types of food and drink your palate prefers, …

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Missouri Eats: Les Bourgeois Vineyards Tasting Room

In 31 years, Les Bourgeois Vineyards Tasting Room & Gift Shop has never stopped trying new things. The family-owned winery recently expanded its tasting room, which is situated just off of Interstate 70 in Rocheport, Missouri. The expansion enhances Les Bourgeois’ other facilities, including its popular Blufftop Bistro, outdoor A-frame and adjacent production center. Les Bourgeois recently partnered with Broadway …

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7 Tailgating Tips for Missouri Wine-lovers

Football season is upon us. Cheering on your team, gathering with friends, and making memories; what could be better? Tailgating is a tried and true tradition for most football fans, and it is a great time… if you’re prepared. We’ve got some tips to help you stay at the top of your tailgating game this season. Make a game plan …

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Missouri Eats: Betty Rae’s Ice Cream

At Betty Rae’s Ice Cream in Kansas City, owner David Friesen treats ice cream-making like running a bakery. “There’s something lovely about the bakery model,” he says. “Everything is fresh and ready to go in the morning, you’re trying to hit every flavor palate and there are things only made one week and never made again.” Friesen was the manager …

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Missouri Eats: Silly Goose

Silly Goose opened in Augusta, Missouri, in December 2014, but its family recipes go back generations. The Southern-inspired restaurant emphasizes ingredients sourced from nearby farms, including produce from Centennial Farms and Sunflower Hill Farm, and executive chef Anastasia Adelman’s seasonally rotating menu is small but focused. A customer favorite is the pig wings appetizer tossed with Carolina mustard sauce served …

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Great Missouri Wines for Brunch

It doesn’t have to be five o’clock somewhere to enjoy a delicious glass of Missouri wine. The idea of brunch, a portmanteau of breakfast and lunch, is thought to have been around since the late 1800s and can be as casual or elegant as you like. One thing is sure, adding Missouri wine to your next brunch is a must! …

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Farm-to-Table Dining in Branson

Whether you’re staying at one of the area’s resorts or grabbing a bite at Hard Work U, Branson’s farm-to-table options offer unique dining experiences you’ll savor long after the meal is over. Out at Hard Work U, better known as College of the Ozarks, you find abundant menu offerings that have, quite literally, been taken straight from the farm to …

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Missouri Eats: Sweet Caroline’s Ice Box

A mutual love for a favorite childhood treat was the inspiration behind Sweet Caroline’s Ice Box, the shaved-ice truck from cosmetologists Ellen Purvis and Maureen Blount. They make their signature dessert by shaving ice light as air, and then they generously drizzle up to three flavors on top. Expect traditional fruit flavors like orange, grape and raspberry, as well as …

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A Toast to Springfield: Wineries

The craft beverage industry is thriving in Springfield and the Ozarks. Local establishments produce local libations like never before. This post is one of three that focus on the libation crafters of the Springfield area. Click here to see the entire series.  From successful wineries to hometown breweries, the Springfield area is home to a growing number of local businesses …

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