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On The Town

Taste of the Tigers

Taste of the Tigers event was held at the Walsworth Family Columns Club at Memorial Stadium to raise money for The Food Bank of Central & Northeast Missouri. Attendees tasted bites and sipped on drinks from mid-Missouri eateries, local breweries and area wineries, all while enjoying the opportunity to bid for one-of-a- kind experiences through […]

2023 Boone County History Makers Hall of Fame Gala

The Boone County History and Culture Center held its 2023 Boone County History Makers Hall of Fame Gala on Oct. 27 in the Kimball Ballroom on the Stephens College campus. Guests had a chance to witness the prestigious inductions of Col. John Clark, The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri and the late Charles […]

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Annual Red Shoe Gala Celebrates New House and Family Room

Leap Day comes once every four years like clockwork, and this year, it makes the perfect time for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mid-Missouri’s annual Red Shoe Gala. In April 2024, the organization is opening the new Ronald McDonald House at the corner of College Avenue and Stadium Boulevard, and the Ronald McDonald Family […]

The Giving Tree

Make Wishes Come True Through The Giving Tree Program

Editor’s note: This post has been updated with current dates and times. Details: What: The Giving Tree Where: Columbia Mall When: Nov. 25-Dec. 10 Website: There’s nothing more magical than waking up on Christmas morning and scurrying to the tree to see your name on a present from Santa Claus. To make this a […]

2023 Countdown to Kickoff

The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Missouri held their annual Countdown to Kickoff at Midway Golf, Games & Events on July 29 featuring Mizzou Coach Eli Drinkwitz. The event provided an opportunity to raise funds to help provide children facing adversity with strong, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better. It also provided […]

13th annual Gurucharri Foundation Golf Tournament

The Vincent P. Gurucharri M.D. Foundation held its 13th annual golf tournament July 17 at the Columbia Country Club. The tournament helps the foundation provide benefits to families of cancer patients. This year, the foundation reached a milestone of $1 million in assistance given to cancer patients in the Columbia community. Date: July 17 Location: Columbia Country […]

Best of Columbia 2023 Gold Celebration

The 2023 Best of Columbia gold winners were celebrated with food, drinks and awards June 28 at the Country Club of Missouri. The event was sponsored by Las Margaritas Mexican Restaurant and Drewing Automotive Group. In its 17th year, Best of Columbia recognized the best in the community in more than 70 categories, from best burger to […]

Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre Backstage Pass

The Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre hosted the Backstage Pass event April 31. The Lyceum Theatre’s Producers Society members were made honorary actors for the day, entering through the stage door and signing in on the actors’ callboard. Members enjoyed a cocktail reception, toured dressing rooms and the orchestra pit, as well as scene and costume shops, […]

The Big Derby Party

The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Missouri hosted the eighth annual Derby Day Party, sponsored by EquipmentShare, May 6 at the Country Club of Missouri. The event, which allows patrons to experience the pageantry of the Kentucky Derby with signature food and drinks, as well as a live auction, raised $50,000 to support mentoring […]

Chip in Fore the Kids Golf Tournament

The eighth annual First State Community Bank Chip in Fore the Kids Golf Tournament was held May 8 at the Columbia Country Club. The event, presented by Manor Roofing & Restoration Services, raised more than $43,000 to support the Boys and Girls Clubs of Columbia. Date: May 8 Location: Columbia Country Club Photos by: Nancy Toalson and Wally […]

18th annual Boone County Spring Fling

The Mizzou Alumni Association held the 18th annual Boone County Spring Fling on May 17 at Shiloh Bar & Grill. The event included live music from C. Rock City, an opportunity to meet Boone County scholarship recipients for the upcoming year and a silent auction that raised funds for future scholarships. Date: May 17 Location: Shiloh Bar & Grill […]

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mid-Missouri 2023 Red Shoe Gala

The Red Shoe Gala was held Feb. 23 at The Atrium on Tenth, celebrating the Ronald McDonald House’s 40th anniversary of serving Columbia. Nearly 300 guests enjoyed a cocktail reception, followed by dinner, a robust live auction and entertainment by Jack n’ Diane’s dueling pianos. More than $220,000 was raised to help provide compassionate care and […]

Boy Scouts of America Great Rivers Council 2023 Patron Breakfast

The Boy Scouts of America Great Rivers Council held its annual patron breakfast Feb. 24 at the Holiday Inn Executive Center. The emcee was University of Missouri President Mun Choi and the featured guest speaker was Ron Young, an Eagle Scout, reality TV show contestant and former prisoner of war during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Date: Feb. […]

MFA Oil Rootin’ Tootin’ Chili Cookoff

The 17th annual MFA Oil Rootin’ Tootin’ Chili Cookoff, presented by JES Holdings, was held Feb. 25 at the Holiday Inn Executive Center. Dozens of teams participated, serving up their best chili to more than 1,500 attendees while raising more than $80,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbia. Date: Feb. 25 Location:Holiday Inn Executive […]

Cosmo Club Pancake and Sausage Day

The Columbia Cosmopolitan Luncheon Club held its 71st annual Pancake and Sausage Day on Jan. 28 at the Jerry Sigmund Community Center on Burlington Street. Nearly 1,000 people enjoyed the breakfast, raising $10,000 in donations to benefit Camp Hickory Hill, the Diabetes Research Institute and the Cosmopolitan International Diabetes Center. Date: Jan. 28 Location: Jerry Sigmund Community […]

Boone County Chapter of the Mizzou Alumni Association Mixology Class

The Boone County Chapter of the Mizzou Alumni Association held a mixology class on Jan. 29 at DogMaster Distillery. The event was organized by board member Krystin Cooper and hosted by DogMaster owner Lisa Driskel Hawxby. It attracted 40 alumni who learned the fine art of crafting cocktails. Date: Jan. 29 Location: DogMaster Distillery Photos by: Nancy Toalson and Wally […]

Bud's BBQ

Autumnal Buds

With roots in Texas and livestock, barbecue is in Jason Paetzold’s blood. After working in the food scene in Kansas City for over 10 years, Paetzold decided to plant Bud’s BBQ in the heart of Missouri this September. This craft BBQ joint takes classic American comfort foods and adds a modern, innovative twist. Born and […]

Gone Country

Newly branded Fringe Western Wear owners Riley Arends, Morgan Pingel and Charlotte Smarr are expanding their western-inspired boutique to offer a wider range of apparel — and boots, of course — at what used to be the Ruby Tuesday by Bass Pro Shops.

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Incurable Passion

Photos by LG Patterson It takes just three simple ingredients to cure mouth-watering Boone County hams: brown sugar, black pepper and curing salt. Steve Baumgartner, the owner of Baumgartner’s Boone County Cured Hams, thought his mentor, Arnold Winkler, was keeping the curing recipe a secret. But that wasn’t the case. These three ingredients — plus […]


Tacos are taking the country by soft-shelled storm. Whether you prefer yours atop a corn tortilla or tricked out with all the toppings, Columbia’s Mexican food scene is nothing to shake a side of salsa at.