Food & Drink


Steak Savvy

Photos by L.G. Patterson Cote du Boeuf, ribeye, Scotch fillet, cowboy ribeye, Delmonico, tomahawk, or whatever you want to call a steak from the rib primal section of beef. There are nine primal sections of beef, only three are considered to be sedentary (rib, loin and sirloin). The muscles in these sections are rarely used, […]


Grilling Time

Jon Whitaker is a certified cicerone and Beer Program Director at International Tap House in Kansas City, Mo.   It’s to get outside and fire up the grill. While the food can stay traditional, let’s talk about some different options for what to drink with the meal.   Unibroue Trois Pistoles is my go-to when […]


Big Plans

Big Daddy’s BBQ, at 1205 N. Garth, is already several weeks into its third season. The eatery opened for 2017 on March 15, with spring hours from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Once the days start to last longer and summer hits, the hours will extend until 8 p.m. Owner Lloyd Henry […]


Get Crackin’

Eggs. They are my go-to in all situations, from a traditional morning breakfast to an “I-have-nothing-in-the-fridge-but-3-eggs-and-a-block-of-cheese dinner.” They are classic, delicious and easy to execute. One of my favorite versions of an egg is an omelette. It’s a perfect blank canvas for many different flavor combinations. This version is pigged up with a handsome amount […]


St. Paddy’s Beers

Editor’s note: This article was originally published in the February 2017 issue of Inside Columbia. Jon Whitaker is a certified cicerone and Beer Program Director at International Tap House in Kansas City, Mo. Of course we are going to talk about my go-to beers for St. Paddy’s day. The beauty of most of the Irish-style […]


Pairing Italian Reds

During the final weeks of winter, I deplete our pantry’s jars from last year’s garden. This winter we still have fruit butters, heirloom tomato salsa, pickled vegetables, hot sauce and several jars of tomatoes. This is a good thing for me, because despite my husband being a great chef, my go-to winter dish is simply […]


Making Room

photos by L.G. Patterson Since opening in August of 2008, business has been booming at Room 38, says owner Billy Giordano. “Every year since we’ve opened we’ve grown, pretty substantially, especially over the past I’d say four years, it’s hit quite the spike.” He says that as a result, the restaurant regularly has had to […]



Bierocks are a traditional dish of Volga Germans, a community of Germans that lived in the southern part of Russia. This is where my mother’s family immigrated from in the early 20th century. Bierocks is a dish that I grew up with and is therefore very sentimental to my family, because of its heritage. I […]


Indispensable Ricotta

If you have ever eaten lasagna or cannolis you know how indispensable ricotta is in many recipes. Ricotta has become common enough to find in most grocery stores, but it might only come in small packages — and might set you back a bit. So why not make it yourself? There are only four ingredients. […]


A Passion For Pairings

Sarah Cyr, a sommelier and former co-owner of The Wine Cellar & Bistro, a onetime Columbia restaurant, is an expert on all things vino. Here is her take on pairing wine with chocolate.   If you browse the web for wine and chocolate pairing ideas, you will get a wide variety of suggestions and opinions. […]

Culinary Adventure Tour

We were thrilled to partner with Columbia Culinary Tours and some of Columbia’s hottest restaurants for an unforgettable evening of great food, drinks and fun in our first ever Culinary Adventures Tour! On  Tuesday, Jan. 24, guests toured four local restaurants: The Roof, The Barred Owl, Brasserie and 11Eleven, where they enjoyed  dishes and drinks specially […]


To Heaven and Back

I can’t do beignets justice nor have I met anyone that could do them as well as Café du Monde in the French Quarter of New Orleans — though this recipe is close. The inside is so soft and pillowy with a crisp skin doused in powdered sugar. If you have never been, you need […]


Sweet Beers

Valentine’s Day is around the corner and what better way to enjoy your traditional sweet and chocolate treats than in beer form. Beer becomes more and more diverse every day, and rest assured you can get everything you want this February in the following brews. Charleville Box of Chocolates. This 10.5 percent alcohol by volume […]


Hot Stuff

Ah, rum. That amber intoxicant historically prized by pirates. We tend to associate it with warm weather, exotic vacations and tropical drinks such as pina coladas. But rum can serve as the basis for some decidedly delicious cold weather warmers as well. Here, Chef Amanda Elliott shares a recipe for a hot rum toddy that’s […]


Sixth Street Success

Back in 2008, MU student Brian Coley was a man with a plan. “I had always worked in restaurants when I was in school,” says Brian Coley, the owner of Coley’s American Bistro. “After my first year of college, I switched my major to hotel and restaurant management with the end goal being to one […]


The Candy Factory

A stroll to the corner of Seventh Street and Cherry is a yearly pre-Valentine’s Day ritual for many Columbians, determined to get their loved ones chocolate-covered strawberries. The tradition continues this month, and is one of those seasonal pilgrimages that help define our community. What follows is a look at the family that has kept […]


Winter Warmer

Not your ordinary hot chocolate… Enjoy this winter-inspired drink for a salted and caramelized white hot chocolate.  


A New Take On Chili

Take a break from the high acid of tomato chili with white chicken chili, which has many of the same flavor profiles and spice, but adds a whole new dimension to an old favorite. MEAT You can use ground chicken or turkey, but there is something about chunks of stewed chicken that makes the chili. […]


Pairing Robust Reds

Living with a chef whose creative inspiration comes from our heirloom garden, I realize our everyday meals might be a bit different than yours. But what I bet we have in common is the urge to indulge in robust dishes that are warm and stick with you as you move through these cold winter months. […]


Two For The Road

HyChi When it comes to convenient and delicious Chinese food, many Columbians have high praise for HyVee. Now the brick-and-mortar HyVee stores have gone mobile, thanks to HyChi, HyVee’s Chinese food truck, which rolled out last September. HyChi manager Scott Jose says there are four HyChi trucks in other states, but that Columbia has the […]