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29 30 5 THINGS MO BETTER: 5 Things You May Not Know About MO 32 HOME TOUR Parlez-view Français? Local Home Speaks Fluent French  38 HEALTH & FITNESS Smooth Operator: Nourish Co-Owner S hares Smoothie Tips  45 ENCOUNTERS Animal Instincts: A Wildlife Rehabber  Who's Making A Difference  49 ROBINSON’S RAMBLINGS John Recalls When The Boonty County Fair  Was A Fair-Weather Friend 

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53 54 FOUGERE'S FAVORITES Sara Fougere Debuts As Our Newest Homegrown Food Columnist 

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57 COOKING WITH BROOK Chef Brook Proves Funnel Cakes Are "Fair" Game At Home. 63 DINING GUIDE 67 DINING OUT Famed Food Truck Decides On Permanent Parking Spot 71 COCKTAILS "Bee" Inspired To Try This Temptingly Tart Treat

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119 120 BOOKSHELF Author's Debut "Panned" Before It Was Published.  125 SPOTLIGHT A Real "Boone" To Enjoy In July  127 CALENDAR

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OLIVIA DeSMIT

Fair-Weather Food, Fun & Favorites

ENJOYING SUMMERTIME IN MID-MISSOURI.

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Olivia DeSmit

Managing Editor | odesmit@insidecolumbia.net Inside Columbia magazine

ummer is supposedly when we’re supposed to be in great shape — it is swimsuit season, after all — but when it comes to living in CoMo, it’s hard to stay on a diet. There’s just something special about walking up to a food truck, peeking over the ordering window and being handed a container filled with hot, greasy goodness. I walked over to the “food truck stop” on Lemone Industrial Blvd. down the street from our office, to snack on these cajun handcut fries from The Patty Wagon and found myself reminiscing on afternoons spent at the Annual Heritage Festival & Craft Show at Nifong Park, munching on funnel cakes and kettle corn with my dad and two brothers. If you too are a fan of food truck fare, check out four recent additions to Columbia’s food truck fleet on page 92. Speaking of funnel cakes, get your waistband ready for the Boone County Fair July 20-24, held back in Boone County for the first time in five years. While funnel cakes and fair fare is certainly one reason to attend, the roots of the Boone County Fair are actually much deeper — in soil that is. From the livestock auction to the Boone County Fair Ham Dinner, the county fair is the perfect spot for local kids to show off their agricultural prowess, and to teach some Boone Countians what farm-raised really means. Learn more about what makes our county fair unique and a must-add to your summer list on page 86. And while the county fair might be the best in agriculture, we’ve got just a few more “bests” in this issue. After all, it’s the 15th anniversary of our Best of Columbia reader-voted contest. Check out the winners in 68 categories — plus a few editors’ picks — on page 73. From Best CEO to Best Onion Rings, we tallied votes from all 23,000+ of you! We love creating our Best of Columbia issue each year because it’s the perfect way to remember all of the locally owned businesses that make our city such an amazing — and delicious — place to live. I hope you have some food-truck, fair-going, best-of-Columbia-celebrating fun this summer. We at Inside Columbia sure will.

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MO Better: 5 Things You May Not Know About MO

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Vivè La France! This Elegant Local Home Features A French Flair

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Smooth As (Almond) Silk: Nourish's Kimber Dean Shares Smoothie Secrets

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Walk On The Wild Side: Jennifer Romesburg Pursues Passion For Rehabbing Wildlife

GYM DANDY

Have some stinky gym shoes? You probably already have a handy deodorizer on hand! Just put some dry tea bags inside the shoes. The bags will absorb the unpleasant odor and leave you with sweet feet.

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How Much MO Do You Know? 5 THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT OUR STATE.

BY PEG GILL · ILLUSTRATIONS BY NATHAN BRINER YOU MIGHT BE A MISSOURI NATIVE — or you came for college and stayed. Or maybe you relocated for a job. In any case, you may not be aware of certain facts about our great state. In honor of its statehood bicentennial this year, (the 24th in the U.S.), we gathered some obscure occurrences about the Show-Me State. From meaningful inventions to questionable quests, here are five things about MO you may not know:

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Jumpin’ Jehoshaphat! The first successful parachute jump

ever made from a moving airplane was by Captain Berry at St. Louis in 1912. Note the words “successful” and “moving” in that one. Yikes!

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Whiskered Wacko. When Abraham Lincoln ran for president,

one of his biggest objectors was Valentine Tapley of Pikes County. He swore if Lincoln ever became president, he would never shave again. Well, Lincoln did become president. And Tapley stayed true to his odd oath. When he died in 1910, his facial hair had hit 12½ feet long!

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Cone Zone. The ice cream cone was invented during the St.

Louis World Fair in 1904, when an ice cream vendor ran out of cups and a nearby waffle vendor rolled up waffles to hold the ice cream. The ice cream vendor subsequently sold his ice cream in these waffle cones and a classic American dessert was born.

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Global Gloss. Kansas City has more miles of boulevards than

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Paris and more fountains than any city except Rome! Très European! (As long as you’re NOT a peein’ in any of the many cascading aquatic attractions.)

Rumble Seat. The most powerful earthquake in the U.S. took

place in 1811 and was centered in New Madrid. The quake shook more than one million square miles and people felt it as far as 1,000 miles away.

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French Flair BY OLIVIA DESMIT · PHOTOS BY MAT MATLACK, LV CREATIVE

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ucked away on the west side of Columbia lies a little piece of French Provincial style. Well, perhaps Todd and Kristin

Oliver's home isn’t so little, but it does embody the architecture of European country estates. Todd, a recently retired orthopaedic surgeon at the Columbia Orthopaedic Group, designed and built the home in 2008. In 2015, Jeff Kidwell built and completed the addition of the unattached garage and in-law suite. Paige Davis of Paige Davis Designs helped with the interior design, Drew Parker of Drew Parker Designs worked wonders with the paint brush, and the flooring in the home was done by Traci Best of Busenbark Flooring. “The reason he built such a big house,” Kristin, co-founder of Bluetail Medical Group, says, “Is that Todd has a big family. It’s a very convenient space to have big family reunions.” The Olivers try to

(Left) This privately gated home boasts 11,460 square feet of French country luxury living.

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The custom staircase was built in St. Louis and accentuates the rustic design details of the home.

The natural wood dining table is made from a tree trunk. Each table the company creates is unique, and it Theand study’s built-in wasThe custom created for CR the Laine Olivers bySherry Columbia Showcase comes in both natural white finishes. chairs are from that custom orderedKitchens. to have low backs to showcase the table better. 34 INSIDE COLUMBIA JULY/AUGUST 2021


The window seat in one of the girls' bedrooms boasts a beautiful view of the private lake.

host family reunions each year, with the

favorite of his.

exception of 2020 because of COVID-19.

Although both Kristin and Todd enjoy

“It’s set up perfect for entertaining,”

The home’s screened-in porch, complete with a grill and dining area, is perfect

the gym, ultimately, they end up spending

during spring and early summer, and has a

Kristin says, “Todd has an amazing cadre

the most time in the hearth room and

fireplace for slightly chillier fall days.

of friends from the days of yore, like high

kitchen. “That’s just where everyone

school and medical school, so we have up

gathers and when people come over, that

sitting area and dock to the private lake,

to 20 people stay here at a time. We’re not

tends to be where everyone gravitates,”

which is stocked with large-mouth bass,

huge entertainers, we’re more like ‘let’s

she says. “Plus, we eat a lot.”

bluegill and catfish. “The best thing about

have 24 people here for a week’ instead of guests every weekend.” Todd’s favorite room in the home,

Under the stairs, Todd built a wine

The backyard hosts a pool, outdoor

this property is that you’re close to town,

cellar, but the Olivers don’t tend to use it.

but still feel like you’re in the wilderness,”

“There was this big space under the spiral

Todd says. The home is set on 16 acres

the gym, boasts an impressive array

staircase that we thought would be ideal

and every viewpoint faces private

of exercise machines and weights and

for a wine cellar,” Todd says. “But we tend

land. The pool was installed in 2010 by

is something they take advantage of

not to have too much wine to save,” he

Columbia Pool and Spa and the lake dock

every day, he says. The lap pool is also a

continues jokingly.

was done by Tiger Docks.

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Todd’s father, Terry, and Kristin enjoy fishing in the lake. In the summer, Todd’s children and their friends love heading out on the paddle boards. The Olivers enjoy being able to see and experience wildlife at their home. The birds are abundant and varied, including blue jays, cardinals, hawks, owls and bald eagles. The lake is frequented by duck, geese, herons, osprey, river otters, turtles and muskrats. Daily sighting of deer is the norm, along with common appearances by foxes, turkeys, and a myriad of other land dwellers. And thanks to the Lanes, the friendly neighbors who purchased the Shurnas property, the Olivers get to view beautiful horses roaming the pasture across the lake without actually having to own them. “The land definitely drew me here,” Todd says. “Coming from a Denver suburb, I couldn’t believe a property like this was available.” The addition in 2015 of the in-law suite added five extra garage parking spaces, bringing the total to nine. “We wanted a little extra ‘big toy’ storage space and were considering a barn, but ultimately we needed more garage space once the girls started driving,” Kristin says. Jeff Kidwell was able to match the main house perfectly, and it has served as the ideal living space for Todd’s dad. As the Olivers move on to smaller — but more mountainous — things, Kristin says she wishes they could recreate their home in Utah, where they plan to retire. “If we could recreate this space, we would,” she says. “It’s hard to leave such a great oasis.” The Olivers home is listed for sale on the MLS, at the time of press. (Top) The kitchen, the family’s gathering place, was completed by Columbia Showcase Kitchens. The granite countertop complements the cabinets. (Bottom) The master bedroom hosts separate his-and-hers closets and bathrooms that both open into a shared double shower. Kristin’s closet features a small wet bar with a coffee station.

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BY KIMBER DEAN · PHOTOS BY L.G. PATTERSON hen it comes to grab-

many superfoods as I’d like to boost my

other varieties, using berries or dates

and-go delicious meals

family’s nutrition and immune systems.

to sweeten my smoothies instead of

for me and my loved ones, superfood smooth-

ies are one of our summertime favorites. I love that I can throw in fruits and

Plus, I like to hide vegetables in my

processed sugars, or using plant-based

husband’s smoothies to get more in his

proteins that are sweetened with stevia

daily diet!

and/or coconut sugar like LivWell, Ora

Smoothies are high in a lot of

Organics or Sunwarrior.

vegetables that may be on their last

micronutrients and phytonutrients

leg — and don’t look very appealing on

similar to juices, but have more fiber.

keep glyphosate, an herbicide, numbers

their own — to save money and avoid

I like to keep the sugar content low by

low. I like to use organic coconut water

food waste, and I like that I can add as

using Granny Smith apples instead of

that’s full of electrolytes, such as Nature

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I like to buy most of my superfood

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toppings and fun variety of colors.

juices and nut and seed milks as my

add-ins from nuts.com, Frontier Coop

Some of our favorite toppings include

smoothie base. I also make my own

or at local markets, stores and vendors

goji berries, maple toasted coconut

plant milks at home and at the Nourish

to support locally owned businesses.

flakes, grain free granola, fresh fruit,

Cafés, using the Almond Cow to make

Buying in bulk lowers the price per

chia seeds and local honey. When

plant-based milks.

pound, and you can usually freeze the

making a smoothie bowl, you want the

For my smoothie produce items, I like to buy fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables in bulk when they are in season and on sale to freeze and use throughout the year. At the Nourish Cafés and in my own home I have superfood add-

powders for 4 to 6 months. For my smoothie produce items, I

ins including bee pollen, chlorella,

like to buy fresh or frozen fruits and

spirulina, camu camu, turmeric,

vegetables in bulk when they are in

cinnamon, ashwagandha, maca, reishi,

season and on sale to freeze and use

lions mane, collagen, flax seeds, chia

throughout the year. Once the fruit

seeds, hemp seeds, plant based protein

is frozen, I will put it into an airtight

powder, raw cacao, oats, matcha, acai

container or bag and keep it in the

powder and more! I love that no matter

freezer for up to 6 months. We hand

what health issue we are trying to

peel and freeze on average 40 to 80

improve, there is usually a plant-based

pounds of bananas at Nourish weekly

superfood for it.

for our smoothies.

Camu Camu is the highest source

I also like to meal plan prepared

of Vitamin C in a plant, with 60 to 80

smoothies with clients, freezing all

times more vitamin C than an orange.

of the ingredients except the liquid

Chlorella and spirulina are blue-green

together, such as produce, superfood

algaes that are great for detoxing

powders, protein powder, yogurts, etc.

consistency to be a little thicker than

the blood, liver and other organs in

That way once you want to make your

a smoothie so you can get a big round

the body. Adaptogens like maca and

smoothie, you dump all the ingredients

spoonful as you eat it.

ashwagandha are great for hormone

from the prepared container into a

balance and balancing stress levels

high-powered blender with your liquid

Kimber Dean is co-owner of Nourish

in the body. Superfood mushrooms

and blend until smooth. So fast, simple

Cafés in Columbia and Sedalia and the

like reishi are good for eliminating

to make and easy to clean up!

author of Happy Food and Happy Baking

cancerous cells, and lions mane is great for brain health.

Another variation is smoothie bowls, which my kids love because of the tasty

and Desserts. She is trained in both culinary arts and personal nutrition.vv

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KIMBER DEAN'S FAVORITE SMOOTHIE RECIPES PEACH GINGER SMOOTHIE BOWL Paleo | Whole30 | Vegan Preparation Time: 10 minutes | Yield: 1 bowl Ingredients • ¹/³ cup pineapple juice • ¹/³ cup sweetened almond milk • 1 cup frozen peaches • 1 frozen banana • ¼ teaspoon powdered ginger Toppings: • ¼ cup sliced peaches • ¼ cup your favorite paleo granola, hemp hearts or chia seeds Instructions: In a high-powered blender, add pineapple juice, almond milk, peaches, banana and ginger. Turn on medium high speed for 30 seconds. Wipe down the sides of the blender with a spatula, and blend again on medium-high speed until the mixture is smooth. Spoon peach mixture to a bowl. Add toppings however you see fit! You can do a pretty design or just sprinkle each topping around.

ALMOND BUTTER YUM SMOOTHIE Paleo | Grain Free | Vegan Preparation Time: 8 minutes Yield: 16 ounce smoothie Ingredients: • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk • 2-3 tablespoons maple or local honey • 1 banana, frozen • 1 tablespoon almond butter • 2 tablespoons cacao powder • 1 tablespoon maca powder • ½ apple, frozen • ½ avocado Instructions: Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender. Blend well, and welcome to a little piece of heaven. We recommend using a reusable cup and metal straw to minimize waste for the planet. *Recipe from Happy Food Cookbook

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O

n the western edge of Columbia, off a bumpy gravel road, is a slice of land where Jennifer

Romesburg follows her childhood passion for rehabilitating wild animals. That little slice of land belonged to her grandfather, who taught her everything he knew about caring for wildlife, and now Romesburg is following in his footsteps. Although initially she planned to become a conservation agent, after earning her bachelor’s in fisheries and wildlife from University of Missouri, she worked at a local animal shelter as the foster and rescue coordinator for 10 years. "I found that physically being able to rescue the animals was more of my passion than becoming an agent," Romesburg says. In 2012, she founded her first nonprofit, Boone County Animal Care. Yet, it wasn't until Romesburg came across Bi-State Wildlife, an organization specializing in rehabilitating wild animals, that she realized she wanted to become a licensed rehabber. Since 2014, she has been a licensed permit holder with the Department of Conservation as a wildlife rehabilitator and she is also certified with the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council. Now she collaborates with wildlife centers to

Jennifer Romesburg with two fawns she is rehabilitating.

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Two of Romesburg's other rescues, a groundhog and racoon enjoy snuggles. coordinate rehabbing animals all across

stay together when out in the wild,"

hard to watch the furry babies leave.

Missouri under her second non-profit,

Romesburg says. She likes to release

But thankfully, Romesburg does not

Jenny's Wildlife Wonderland.

the animals on her property for a "soft

have that problem, "It's a revolving door;

Wildlife in mid-Missouri is a broad

release," meaning that she will go out

you need to let them go because there's

category — Romesburg helps animals

and provide them a food source for a

another hundred behind them. You give

such as fawns, raccoons, opossums,

short time as they learn or relearn to find

them an opportunity, and they either

squirrels, groundhogs, bobcats, foxes

a food source on their own.

make it, or they don't. You'll never know,

and coyotes, depending on the season.

Since food can be expensive for

In addition to rescuing wildlife, she also

some of the animals she looks after,

you, and at least you’ve given them

has a farm on her property with cows,

Romesburg created her own meal-

the tools to be able to go out there and

goats, chickens, turkeys, dogs, cats and

worm farm right before the pandemic.

survive. It's the best you can hope for

foster kittens.

A year later she has increased her

and the best you can do," Romesburg

The whole goal of rehabilitation is

they weren't going to make it without

mealworm farm 100 times over. Between

says. Once she has enough volunteers

to prepare animals to rejoin the wild.

mealworms and bottles, her average day

to help her and can count on regular

There are several reasons animals may

includes feedings multiple times a day,

donations, Romesburg hopes to create a

need to be rehabbed, usually because of

along with constant cleaning.

fully operational wildlife facility in mid-

human involvement in nature. However,

Despite how stressful and time-

Missouri one day.

animals will usually be released together,

consuming taking care of these animals

thanks to a network of rehabbers in

may be, Romesburg's favorite part

To learn more about volunteering with

Missouri. "When in group settings,

is being able to release them after

Jenny’s Wildlife Wonderland, check

they learn from each other. They learn

rehabilitation. Some people get too

out her page on Facebook or visit

how to play, how to eat, they learn to

attached to wildlife, so it may seem

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ROBINSON’S RAMBLINGS

Stephen Andsager, Kyle Brown, Amy Toomsen Chellis and John Robinson. Photo by Vance Heflin.

Right Place/Wrong Time WASHOUT AT THE BOONE COUNTY FAIR.

BY JOHN DRAKE ROBINSON

S

ometimes a brush with greatness

Your child’s big ballgame. Washed out. A

the fair. The event guaranteed to attract

can be a glancing blow. You

weekend at the lake, spent indoors with a

thousands of fans to drive several miles

want things to go perfectly.

hard rain drumming on your cabin roof.

north of Columbia to the new Boone

An autograph for your son. A signed

The biggest washout of my life was a

County Fairgrounds, which had just

cookbook by Martha Stewart. Face time

night at the Boone County Fair, when

relocated from midtown Columbia to

with Oprah.

fair weather turned most foul. In the

the spacious acreage near Prathersville.

immortal words of Mac Rebbenack, “I

That night’s musical headliner, New

traffic. Scheduling conflicts. And Mother

Was in the Right Place, But It Musta Been

Orleans blues legend Dr. John, was

Nature’s favorite curveball: rain.

the Wrong Time.”

scheduled to play at 8 p.m. The opening

But real life can get in the way. Snarled

Rain can ruin a picnic. Or a day at the county fair. Or a concert. You remember the big rainouts. A beautiful outdoor wedding. Drenched.

It was three decades ago, but the

act was a local band called The Mudbugs,

memory burns as hot as a lightning bolt.

purveyors of a self-described honky

The stage was set for a glorious Saturday

swamp swing. Infectious dancing music.

night concert, the musical highlight of

It was a perfect fit to warm up the crowd

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ROBINSON’S RAMBLINGS

for the Doctor. On that night I was the bass player for

bigger than a chicken coop. With broad smiles hiding our disappointment, we

The Mudbugs. I even borrowed a historic

played for a crowd estimated at upwards

old bass fiddle for the occasion. Columbia

of nine people, including our spouses

icon Forrest Rose, one of the original

and fair volunteers.

founders of The Mudbugs, loaned me

The gig went on without a hitch and

a beautiful full-bodied fiddle named

we fulfilled our duty — two rollicking

Blondie. You can still watch Blondie in

sets. Then we packed up and sped to

her early days as the bass fiddle in old Bob

the Silver Bullet to catch Dr. John’s

Wills kinescope videos. History.

show. From the back of a crowded

On the morning of the show, heavy rain

bar, we danced to the Doctor’s cure-all

set in early. It rained hard all day. By 3 p.m.,

combination of barrelhouse blues and

fair officials had executed an alternative

New Orleans funk.

plan for the concert. Dr. John would

Near the end of Dr. John’s performance, a

perform at The Silver Bullet, a spacious

county fair official found us and ushered us

John Drake Robinson is a former director of

music hall in Columbia. With a roof.

backstage to visit the artist, born Malcolm

the Missouri Division of Tourism and has

John Rebennack Jr. He was gracious and

driven every mile of highway in the state. He

already reeling from several inches of

down-to-earth, and in a c’est la vie manner

was also the bass player for the Mudbugs.

rain, the show must go on. To entertain

we all toasted to the gods of wetness and

diehard fairgoers, The Mudbugs were

shrugged off our rainy day luck.

Meanwhile, out at the fairgrounds,

instructed to stay and play at the fair. We set up in a cinderblock building slightly

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As Dr. John sang ten thousand times before, “Such A Night!”


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Who's Hungry? HEIRLOOM TOMATO PIE HITS A HOME RUN.

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BY SARA FOUGERE · PHOTOS BY L.G. PATTERSON grew up on a farm in Richmond, Missouri where my mom cooked — really well — using what we grew for seasonal recipes

and what we preserved for delicious memories later in the winter. When I was approached to write this column, I thought a lot about the kind of food I wanted to share with you, and it came to me that I want to share all the wonderful, from-our-garden food that I remember. Sometimes simple, usually healthy and always full of fresh flavors. The kind of cooking that’s making a reappearance in kitchens and restaurants and earning rave reviews. My mother often asked, “Who’s hungry?” I’m asking you the same. This tomato pie is an excellent example of the kind of cooking I like to do and eat. Beautiful multi-colored heirloom tomatoes make it lovely to look at and roasting them before ensures a depth of flavor you’ll crave without adding water that might make the crust soggy. Speaking of crust, I usually serve this in the parmesan buttermilk crust I’m showing you here, but in a pinch go ahead and buy a ready-to-use crust. It will be lovely either way. This pie comes together quickly and doesn’t have any ingredients you haven’t heard of. I’m putting this on our table with a large salad but honestly it makes a beautiful breakfast as well. As my mother would ask, "Who’s hungry?"

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Tomato Pie •3 pounds assorted local tomatoes •1 teaspoon salt •½ teaspoon ground pepper •2 cloves garlic, chopped •1½ cups shredded cheddar, I prefer sharp •½ cup mayonnaise •½ cup chopped basil •1 tablespoon Dijon mustard •1 egg •1 pie crust, I usually make my own, but I LOVE a refrigerated or frozen crust when in a rush Preheat oven to 400. Slice tomatoes into approximately ½-inch thick slices. Place tomatoes on baking sheets, sprinkle with garlic, salt and pepper. Bake until almost dried out, about 30-40 minutes. Stir together cheese, mayonnaise, basil, Dijon and egg. Spread half of the cheese mixture in the bottom of the pie pan. Layer half of the tomatoes, overlapping them as you go. Spread the rest of the cheese mixture on top of the tomatoes. Repeat with the remaining tomatoes. Bake at 400until filling is set, about 35 minutes.

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COOKING WITH BROOK

Funnel Cake Fun RECREATING FAIR FOOD AT HOME.

BY FOOD EDITOR BROOK HARLAN · PHOTOS BY L.G. PATTERSON

W

hen walking through a fair,

dessert called Drechderkuche. Once the

time to have it is within minutes of the

you will smell a variety

yeast was replaced with baking powder,

cake coming out of the fryer. There is

of foods. One food smell

the name was changed to funnel cakes.

that sweet spot where you can eat it in

stands out more than the rest: funnel

The taste and the smell are synonymous

its crispy goodness state, but it does not

cake. Once you have smelled a funnel

with food from county fairs, but many

burn your tongue or fingertips.

cake, the aroma is embedded in your

cultures around the world have similar

brain forever.

dishes that pre-date the funnel cake.

Funnel cakes were originally brought

Whether you are covering the cake

BATTER The batter can be made a few hours

to the United States by the Pennsylvania

in powdered sugar, cinnamon sugar,

beforehand — and a day or two should

Dutch in the late 1800s as a yeast-risen

whipped cream, or fresh fruit, the best

be fine. You may lose a little puff because

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the baking powder releases its first gas

of: circle, zigzag, circle. The first few

when it comes in contact with the milk,

circles of batter will give it the shape,

but it will still puff when it comes in

then the zigzags will connect the circle

contact with the heat from the oil. If the

and fill in the holes (but make sure not

batter seems a little too thick, add a bit

to fill in all the holes, you want steam to

more milk. It if seems a bit too thin, add

get through). Then the final circle will

a bit more flour. This is for a SLIGHT

help connect it all. If you just zigzag and

adjustment. First, check to make sure

wiggle everywhere, it will still work and

there were no major measuring errors,

probably turn out fine, it just may not

then adjust. Adjusting frying batter is

be as uniform as the previous or next

more lenient than most baked products.

funnel cake.

Probably has to do with the copious amount of sugar added afterward.

TOPPING Powdered sugar is king. There is just

FRY

something about getting a funnel

There is a method when frying, at least

cake when it is hot out of the oil and

if you want the funnel cake to be a cake

freshly topped with powdered sugar

and not 100 tiny fried pieces of dough

and has barely had time to cool. You

(which is still delicious). Make sure the

are on a dangerous path of burning

batter is the correct consistency, adjust

your fingertips and mouth, but if you

if needed. Batter should be placed in a

time it just right, it is so worth it. That

funnel, zip-closure bag or piping bag

being said, there are a lot of other good

(see recipe below). When dispensing the

ingredients that can go on top of your

batter into the hot oil, do so in a pattern

funnel cakes.

COOKING WITH BROOK

CHOOSE YOUR TOPPINGS CINNAMON SUGAR ICE CREAM WHIPPED CREAM FRESH STRAWBERRIES FRESH PEACHES APPLE PIE FILLING CARAMEL SAUCE COOKIE CRUMBLE MARSHMALLOW FLUFF CHOCOLATE SAUCE

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COOKING WITH BROOK

FUNNEL CAKES

(MAKES ABOUT 4 9" FUNNEL CAKES) INGREDIENTS

DIRECTIONS

2 cups flour

Mix the dry ingredients and wet ingredients in separate bowls. Mix the wet mixture into the dry,

2 tablespoons cornstarch 1 tablespoon sugar 1 tablespoon baking powder

just until smooth but not overworked. The consistency should be slightly thinner than pancake batter but thicker than custard or eggnog. You can use a ladle and a funnel to dispense the batter

1 teaspoon salt

into the hot oil (350 to 375 degrees) or transfer it to a piping bag or zip-closure bag and cut

1 egg

off the tip. Carefully stream (pipe) about 6 ounces of batter into the hot oil from about an inch

1½ cup milk

above. Too high and you may splash, too low and you might touch the oil. Fry for about 1 to 2

2 teaspoon vanilla Oil for frying - should be about 2 inches deep, but at least an inch from the top of the pan

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minutes on each side until golden brown. Set on to a paper towel and top with powdered sugar or other toppings as desired and serve immediately. Don’t burn your fingers — and enjoy.


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DINING GUIDE

This section offers a rotating selection of restaurants in Columbia drawn DINER from our extensive online dining guide. The restaurants featured in this section are picked by our magazine editors and are not chosen with any consideration to advertising. To include your restaurant in our extensive online dining guide, email peg@insidecolumbia.net.

MUGS UP AMERICAN

GEISHA SUSHI BAR ASIAN

avocado and sesame seeds or their “On

603 Orange St.

804 E. Broadway

yellow tail tuna to smoked eel.

Columbia’s drive-in, Mugs Up, has been

Located right on Broadway in downtown

serving burgers and home-brewed root

CoMo, Geisha Sushi Bar is the perfect

beer for 66 years this July. Try the chili

spot for lunch with the girls or a date

UKNEAD SWEETS DESSERT

cheese fries or BBQ burger, but whatever

dinner night. Its unassuming exterior

808 Cherry St.

you order to eat, be sure to wash it down

belies its beautiful bites, and the generous

From tira-Mizzous to Boba tea and mini

with an ice cold root beer float. Trust us,

lunch portions are not only budget-

cheesecakes, UKnead Sweets downtown

it’s a necessity.

friendly, but fantastic. Try the Snow Crab

has your confectionary cravings covered.

California roll with snow crab, cucumber,

Whether you’re stopping by for an after-

the Grill” rolls, with options ranging from

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dinner sweet or picking up a specialty

seen photos posted on their patio under

would a Mexican restaurant be without

cake for an event, you "knead" to check

the “Cheers” sign. Not only is Room38 a

margaritas? If you’re feeling particularly

this place out. Try the strawberry Black

photogenic hot spot, but they also some

party-ready, order a Monster margarita

Forest and peanut butter chocolate

superb sips and delectable dishes. Try

— 46 ounces of tequila-filled temptation!

cakes for your next occasion, or for no

the French Lemonade cocktail, with

And, be sure to check out their Taco

occasion at all, we won’t judge.

cucumber, basil, lemon infused gin and

Tuesday specials!

St. Germain, or go with a traditional

SHORTWAVE COFFEE COFFEE

Basil Haydens served neat. Regardless you simply cannot leave without trying

ARRIS PIZZA PIZZA/INTERNATIONAL

915 Alley A

the pretzel bites, doughy warm balls of

1020 E. Green Meadows Road, Ste. #102

Shortwave, in the artsy Alley A, serves up

goodness tossed in honey butter and

There are only a few Greek spots in

caffeinated concoctions sure to cure any

served pepper jack cheese dip. Other

CoMo and Arris Pizza on the south side

late night or early morning woes. Their

staff favorites include the Lobster Mac N

is sure to satisfy your cravings for gyro

menu offerings range from loose leaf teas

Cheese and the chocolate torte (which is

goodness. While their location may be a

to espresso and pour over coffee drinks,

gluten free!).

little-known spot, the generous portions

but their signature drink is the Mint

are definitely worth a visit, or three.

GUNTER HANS INTERNATIONAL

Many of their pizzas are named after

with fresh muddled mint. Try the honey rose or lavender latte if you’re looking for

7 Hitt Street

which is topped with a variety of

something a little different.

Gunter Hans is a beer fan’s paradise.

veggies, such as mushrooms, spinach

Mayday, a sweet and creamy cold brew

Greek gods, such as the Hippocrates,

With both local and German offerings,

and artichoke hearts and feta and pizza

BIG MAMA’S CAFÉ BREAKFAST

there’s something to please everyone’s

cheese. More traditional fare such as

palate. Try the Dunkel, a Munich-

spanakopita and manicotti is sure to

3510 Interstate 70 Drive SE

style brown lager, or the Hefe Weizen,

please, too.

Freshly opened this March, Big Mama’s

if you’re looking for German beer

Café is serving up all of the diner and

favorites. Not a beer drinker? Gunter

southern fixings sure to make you

Hans’ bretzels are worth a visit in and of

say “bless your heart,” un-ironically

themselves. Order one of their gourmet

of course. Be sure to go during fried

dips — mustard, cinnamon butter,

chicken days — Wednesdays and

cheese or a seasonal favorite — or opt

BUD’S BBQ BARBECUE/MEXICAN

Sundays — and catfish day, on Fridays

for all four with the Signature Dip Flight.

304 S. Ninth

only. For breakfast, try an omelet or

Be sure to check out their biergarten, or

Be on the lookout for what will be

skillet, and during lunch try the Tiger

patio as we Americans know and love it,

Columbia’s newest barbecue joint this

Express burger topped with chili, cheese

this summer for some sunset sipping.

summer. Bud’s Bar Brunch Que — BBQ — is set to open later this summer in

and onions, or the Texas Burger with barbecue sauce, bacon, cheese and onion rings served on Texas Toast.

RIO GRANDE MEXICAN

what used to be Ingredient True Eatery’s

3306 W. Broadway Business Park Ct.

smoked meat, tacos and local brews.

ROOM38 FINE DINING

This west Columbia Mexican joint

38 N. Eighth St.

please. Whether you’re in the mood for

If you haven’t been to this popular

carnitas or fajitas or just a quesadilla,

downtown bar/restaurant, you’ve surely

it’ll hit the spot. And of course, what

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dishes up authentic favorites sure to

spot downtown and will serve up


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Owner Bryan Maness

Food Truck Switches Gears A GRAB-AND-GO NO MORE.

BY OLIVIA DESMIT · PHOTOS BY L.G. PATTERSON

S

ometimes the best things in life

What some might take as a

and eat with folks. The food truck is

start out in a whirlwind of chaos.

foreboding sign, Maness just rolled with

always grab-and-go, and we never got to

Such is the story of the Ozark

the punches and eventually made Ozark

see folks after they enjoyed the meal.”

Mountain Biscuit Company.

Mountain what it is today: a biscuit

With a permanent building comes a

Flashback to August 2013: The truck’s production is behind schedule with the manufacturer in Florida, but its debut was scheduled for that weekend. Owner Bryan Maness flies to Florida to drive the truck back to CoMo — and rolls into town the night before the event.

We wanted to have a place where we could sit down and eat with folks.

The health department gives approval for a limited menu since they didn’t even have time for a full inspection, and the very next day the Ozark Mountain

brick and mortar.

few perks: A more diverse menu, beer

“We wanted the opportunity to

and cocktails are on the horizon. “We

Biscuit Co. food truck served their brag-

give our clientele more diverse menu

realized people don’t always only want

worthy biscuits for the first time ever at

options,” Maness says. “Plus, we wanted

a biscuit sandwich,” Maness says. “Our

Pridefest at Flat Branch Park.

to have a place where we could sit down

food is Midwest-style, so the biscuit will

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DINING OUT

always be a centerpiece, but we will also have soups, sandwiches and entrees.” For example, Sunday nights will offer a family-style all-natural fried chicken dinner. The restaurant’s all-day menu will feature breakfast, brunch and lunch with salads and sharing plates, and in the evening will have a rotation of dinner plates including a braised-then-seared short rib and a few seafood options. Our menu started off pretty basic,” Maness says. “Since then, we’ve added more seasonal items such as local green tomatoes for our Haughty Hillbilly biscuit sandwich. We’ve diversified some of the basic biscuit sandwiches from something you could get at any breakfast restaurant to something more diverse.” With their location being right next to Logboat Brewing Co., Maness says they knew the area had a high beer saturation. “We know the market is cornered on that front, so we’re going to offer innovative takes on classic cocktails.” But, the restaurant will also have Logboat, Broadway Brewery and other Missouri breweries on tap, such as Second Shift. If you’re a fan of the walking biscuit, don’t fret. The food truck will still operate at local events such as Friday nights at Cooper’s Landing and will be at the Columbia Farmers Market Saturdays as well. “We really enjoy the support that the community has given us on our almost eight years of operation and we are looking forward to putting down roots and becoming a fixture of the CoMo dining scene for years to come.” Ozark Mountain Biscuit Company’s restaurant was scheduled to open in late June at time of press at 1204 Hinkson Ave. Their hours are 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. Monday through Sunday, and they are closed on Tuesdays.

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Artichoke Annie’s ANTIQUE MALL

Artichoke Annie’s Antique Mall has 30,000+ sq ft of amazing antiques, vintage and

1781 Lindbergh Dr. Columbia, MO 65201

collectibles…there’s something here for everybody! We really do work hard to bring you the best antiques in the Midwest. With over 150 dealers and consignors we have an amazing assortment of vintage, antique and collectibles! So grab a hot cup of coffee and some cookies and take a trip down memory lane as you make your way around the maze of booths and fantastic displays of yesteryear.

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Bee Sharp

CRAFT A TEMPTINGLY TART TREAT. BY BROOKE SUSHKA · PHOTOS BY L.G. PATTERSON

C

hris McD’s makes our own infused vodkas for cocktails, one of which is raspberry. We consistently change our fruit infusions, but I was

feeling particularly inspired by this flavor profile, and a regular of ours was more than willing to taste test as much as needed. Unfortunately for him, it only took one try and we knew this was the one. The flavor profile of the Bee Sharp is more tart than sweet due to the raspberries and lemon juice, but what I really like about this drink is that you can adjust it to how sweet you actually want it! You can do this by making the simple syrup less sweet or adjusting how much of it you add to the cocktail. I am very proud of the name behind this drink because it hints at the ingredients and its flavor profile (as well as shares my initials), and I hope Simpsons’ fans appreciate the reference!

Brooke Sushka is the bartender at Chris McD’s Restaurant & Wine Bar.

Bee Sharp Cocktail Ingredients • 8 ounces raspberry vodka • 4 ounces Chambord (black raspberry liqueur) • 3 ounces lemon juice • 3 ounces lavender and honey simple syrup

Lavender and Honey Simple Syrup Measure out equal parts water and honey, bring water to a boil and remove from heat. Add honey. As it starts to dissolve, add 2 tablespoons of lavender (fresh is preferred). Stir and let cool, stirring every 15 minutes. Once cooled, pour through a strainer into a sealed container and use when ready. To make the drink: This drink can either be served straight-up or on the rocks. Whichever you prefer, shake all ingredients together first. We used Three Olives Vodka for this recipe, but you can infuse the vodka yourself or choose your favorite brand. Pour into a chilled martini glass or highball glass and garnish with a lemon twist and lavender sprig, or raspberries if you prefer a juicy bite!

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Food & Drink BBQ

GOLD: COMO SMOKE & FIRE

Silver: Lutz’s BBQ Bronze: D. Rowe’s Restaurant & Bar

PIZZA

GOLD: SHAKESPEARE’S PIZZA

Silver: Pizza Tree Bronze: G&D Pizzaria

BURGER

GOLD: JUST JEFF’S

Silver: Booches Billiard Hall Bronze: Billiards on Broadway

IN HONOR OF THE 15TH ANNIVERSARY OF BEST OF COLUMBIA, let’s take a little

trip down memory lane. In the first year of Best Of, our March 2007 issue, Sycamore won Best New Restaurant, Jim Riek won Best Male TV News Anchor and Gumby’s won Best Use of Ranch Dressing (shoutout to Pokey Stix)! And in remembrance of people and places no longer with us, Darwin Hindman won Best Local Politician, Boone Tavern won Best Brunch and Lucy’s Corner Café won Best Breakfast. Fast forward to 2013 and David Spear won Favorite Visual Artist — you may just see him have another brush with fame as part of our Editors' Picks in this issue —well-known Nascar native Carl Edwards won Favorite Athlete and the Food Bank’s can-do Peggy Kirkpatrick was the Favorite Do-Gooder. But, perhaps a trip back to the past isn’t what you were looking for on this page. Maybe it’s more of a trip back to the future, to dig in and find out who the Best of Columbia is this year. After more than 23,000 votes across 68 different categories, we are so excited to share this year’s winners with you. We tried to give you our best — hope we don’t disappoint!

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BREAKFAST

GOLD: CAFÉ BERLIN

Silver: The Broadway Diner Bronze: Ernie’s Café & Steakhouse

MEXICAN

GOLD: LAS MARGARITAS

Silver: Taqueria Don Pancho Bronze: Casa Maria’s Mexican Cantina

ICE CREAM/FROZEN CUSTARD

GOLD: ANDY’S

Silver: Sparky’s Bronze: Randy’s

BREWERY/DISTILLERY/ WINERY

GOLD: LOGBOAT BREWING CO.

Silver: Flat Branch Pub & Brewing Bronze: Les Bourgeois

STEAK

FOOD TRUCK

GOLD: OZARK MOUNTAIN BISCUIT

Silver: Lilly’s Cantina Bronze: Big Daddy’s BBQ

DESSERT

GOLD: GOOEY BUTTER CAKE – MURRY’S

Silver: White Choc Strawberry Pie – Peggy Jean’s Bronze: Crème Brulee – Chris McD’s

CURBSIDE TAKEOUT

GOLD: HOSS’S MARKET & ROTISSERIE

Silver: Flat Branch Pub & Brewing Bronze: The Pasta Factory

MARGARITA

GOLD: LIME MARGARITA – LAS MARGARITAS

Silver: Mango Habanero – Casa Maria’s Bronze: Tiger Blood – 44 Canteen

VEGAN/VEGETERIAN EATERY

GOLD: MAIN SQUEEZE

Silver: BeetBox Bronze: Nourish Cafés & Market

ONION RINGS

GOLD: MURRY’S

Silver: Just Jeff’s Bronze: D Rowe’s Restaurant & Bar

ASIAN RESTAURANT

GOLD: BANGKOK GARDENS

Silver: Jina Yoo’s Bronze: House of Chow

GOLD: CC’S CITY BROILER

People

OUTDOOR DINING

GOLD: DUSTIN NOREM – CC’S CITY BROILER

Silver: G&D Steak House Bronze: Chris McD’s

GOLD: FLAT BRANCH

Silver: Las Margaritas Bronze: Les Bourgeois

COFFEE

GOLD: THE GRIND

Silver: Lakota Bronze: Love Coffee

CHEF

Silver: Chris McDonald – Chris McD’s Bronze: Myah Green – Park Restaurant

RADIO PERSONALITY

GOLD: SCOTTY COX

Silver: Shags Bronze: Cosmo


ENTREPRENEUR

LOCAL TV PERSONALITY

GOLD: ADAM WHEELER – BIG TREE MEDICAL HOME

GOLD: KENTON GEWECKE – KOMU

Silver: Emily Spain – KOMU Bronze: Deborah Kendrick – KMIZ

BEST SOCIAL MEDIA INFLUENCER

GOLD: CORTNEY BOHR VOGEL

BEST LOCAL TV PERSONALITY weather-wise winner Kenton Gewecke of

Silver: Natalie Wier Bronze: Polly Conner & Rachel Tiemeyer

KOMU and

VOLUNTEER/COMMUNITY INFLUENCER

MEDIA

GOLD: JANE WILLIAMS – LOVE COLUMBIA

BEST SOCIAL INFLUENCER winner Cortney

Silver: John Wampler – Lizzy’s Walk of Faith Bronze: Jen Wheeler – City of Refuge

Bohr Vogel enjoy

BARTENDER

brew with BEST

GOLD: MOLLY SUTTON – LOGBOAT BREWING CO.

Silver: Eddie Mendoza – Las Margaritas Bronze: Andrew Ruth – Barred Owl

a creative craft BARTENDER Molly Sutton at

Silver: Nic Parks – Silverball/Level Up Bronze: Francisco Esquivel – Las Margaritas

CEO

GOLD: NATE LONG – VETERANS UNITED

Silver: Jabbok Schlacks – Equipment Share Bronze: Matt Moore – Shelter Insurance

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

GOLD: SCHAEFER PHOTOGRAPHY

Silver: SilverBox Photographers Bronze: Art & Soul Photography

FITNESS INSTRUCTOR/ PERSONAL TRAINER

GOLD: JEN’S GET FIT GROUP

Silver: MacKenzie Wells Fitness Bronze: Jerrell Jackson – API Project Fitness

Logboat Brewing Co.

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Radio personalities Liz and Scotty prefer to dodge the question

Best & Brightest Star

Columbia-born country music artist HALLE KEARNS has performed at venues such as The Blue Note and Rose Music Hall in the past, but now as a Nashville natural, she has made her way to the top of country music charts. Her debut EP “Finally” has had more than 3.6 million Spotify streams since its release in 2020 and charted at number 7 in the U.S. Country iTunes charts and number 5 in the U.K. Keep an eye out for Kearns as a performer at this year’s Roots N Blues N BBQ festival, and an ear

of who is more responsible for their win as BEST LOCAL RADIO SHOW with some fun at this year’s BEST KIDS’ ACTIVITIES winner, SkyZone. Although Scotty took a little time to warm up to the idea for the photo, Liz made sure he had a ball.

REALTOR

GOLD: KATIE WAGNER & ERIN HENDERSHOTT – 573 HOME TEAM Silver: The Klempkes – Iron Gate Real Estate Bronze: Megan Walters – Homes by Megan

FINANCIAL ADVISOR

GOLD: JARED REYNOLDS – WR WEALTH

Silver: Denise Nelson – Accounting Plus Bronze: Gina Mauller-Crane – Edward Jones

ATTORNEY

GOLD: JEFF HILBRENNER – HARPER, EVANS, WADE & NETEMEYER Silver: Tyson Mutrux – Mutrux Family Law Bronze: Andrew Popplewell – Eng & Woods

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Nate Long, CEO of Veterans United Home Loans, and winner for BEST CEO, enjoys a slice of Shakespeare’s ‘za (BEST PIZZA) amongst a doggone cute cast of critters at Creekside Pet Center, which won BEST PET DAYCARE/BOARDING.

TATTOO ARTIST

GOLD: CASSANDRA STOKES – STONE CROW STUDIO

Silver: Roxane Jeffries – Living Canvas Bronze: Casey Paul Maddox – Iron Tiger

INSURANCE AGENT

GOLD: PHYLLIS NICHOLS – STATE FARM INSURANCE

Silver: Nancy Allison – Shelter Insurance Bronze: Cody Thorne – Naught-Naught Insurance Agency

Services

TOWING COMPANY

GOLD: TIGER TOWING

Silver: Doug Perry Towing Bronze: I-70 Towing

LAWN CARE

GOLD: COLUMBIA LAWN GUYS

Silver: Rost Landscaping Bronze: Salter Lawn Service

AUTO REPAIR SHOP

GOLD: MUTRUX AUTOMOTIVE

Most Unique Napkin

Chances are if you’ve lived in Columbia for longer than a few weeks — and you don’t live under a rock — you’ve experienced the best and niftiest napkin CoMo has to offer. After all, how else would you clean the delicious gustatory grease from a slice — or three — of Shakespeare’s pizza off of your grinning face? Shake’s certainly didn’t throw in the towel when choosing their unique face (and finger) mop!

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Silver: Big O Tires Bronze: Plaza Tire

CONSTRUCTION COMPANY

GOLD: EMERY SAPP & SONS

Silver: Coil Construction Bronze: Hemme Construction

PET DAY CARE/BOARDING

GOLD: CREEKSIDE PET CENTER

Silver: Woof’s Play & Stay Bronze: Dog Daze Playcare

CUSTOMER SERVICE

GOLD: MACADOODLES

Silver: Central Bank of Boone County Bronze: Mutrux Automotive


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HOME REMODELING

MOST UNIQUE PHOTO OP The Sunset Camper Photobus, a vintage yellow Volkswagen van, is the perfect combo of fun and functional. The popup photo tent allows on-site printing for events of any size, owner Karl Bussen says. “We support any event, small or large!” Pretty picture perfect, right? COLUMBIA’S BIGGEST ADVOCATE Shaunda Hamilton founded Boone County Community Against Violence after she lost her daughter, Nadria Wright, to senseless gun violence in Columbia in 2019. Since Hamilton founded the organization, she and the team at BCCAV have been able to listen to and advocate for countless community members affected by violence, grief, loss and trauma along with coordination and collaboration with other agencies. BEST TATTOO ARTIST Cassandra Stokes of Stone Crow Studio sips on a cider at Waves Cider Co., our Editors' Pick winner for BEST BUBBLY BEVERAGES. Waves opened in the fall of 2020, the result of Logboat Co-owner Judson Ball’s diagnosis with a severe wheat and barley allergy a few years prior. Keep a breweryfounder from his craft beer, and he’s sure to find an alternative craft. In Ball’s case, it was finding a new wave to ride.

GOLD: TRUESON EXTERIORS

Silver: Precision Construction Bronze: Heartland Home Remodeling

COVID PIVOT

GOLD: COLUMBIA FARMERS MARKET

Silver: Logboat Brewing Co. Bronze: BeetBox

WAIT STAFF

GOLD: CC’S CITY BROILER

Silver: 44 Canteen Bronze: Angelo’s Pizza & Steak House

PET SUPPLIES/GROOMER

GOLD: LIZZI & ROCCO’S

Silver: Treats Unleashed Bronze: All Dogs N Cats

HOME REPAIR

GOLD: CHAPMAN HEATING AND AIR

Silver: Star Heating and Air TIED with MasterTech Bronze: Brian Wear Plumbing

INSURANCE AGENCY/GROUP

GOLD: SHELTER INSURANCE

Silver: State Farm Insurance Bronze: Columbia Insurance Group

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PEST CONTROL

GOLD: STEVE’S PEST CONTROL

Silver: Wingate Pest and Lawn LLC Bronze: Atkins Inc.

CAR WASH

GOLD: CLUB CAR WASH

Silver: Gaines Car Detailing Bronze: Columbia Mall Car Wash

Wellness

BEST CHIROPRACTOR

GOLD: CHELSEY AITKEN-WREN – COLUMBIA CHIROPRACTIC CENTER

Silver: Arminta Phelps – Achieve Balance Chiropractic Bronze: Ashley Emel – Compass Chiropractic

RETIREMENT LIVING

GOLD: LENOIR WOODS

Silver: Bluff Creek Terrace Bronze: The Terrace

HAIR STYLIST

GOLD: COLISSA NOLE – SALON NEFISA

Silver: Melissa Kinkade – One Seven Hair and Permanent Cosmetics Bronze: Allie Linder – Bella Salon

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCE

GOLD: COMPASS HEALTH NETWORK

Silver: Burrell Behavioral Health Bronze: CenterPointe Hospital of Columbia

The 573 Home Team Realtors Katie Wagner and Erin Hendershott, winners of BEST REALTORS, seem right at home as they enjoy a photo op with BEST WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS, Scott and Shannon Schaefer of Schaefer Photography.

PLACE FOR A MASSAGE

GOLD: RIVERSONG SPA AND SALON

Silver: Massage Luxe Bronze: Hands of Healing Touch

DENTIST/ORTHODONTIST

GOLD: STEVE TAYLOR – CENTRAL MISSOURI ORTHODONTICS

Silver: Kent Willett – Willett Dental Associates Bronze: Chase Patton – Chase Patton DDS

HOSPITAL

GOLD: BOONE HEALTH

Silver: Women’s and Children’s Hospital Bronze: University Hospital

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SPECIALTY HEALTH CARE

GOLD: COLUMBIA ORTHOPAEDIC GROUP

BEST HISTORIC MURAL David Spear’s newest pièce de resistance, the Blind Boone Mural on College Avenue, pays tribute to John W. “Blind” Boone. Spear’s artwork was originally chosen as a poster in 2015 for Columbia’s annual commemorative poster. This time Spear morphed that design to turn Boone into a giant, 100-foot, piano slamming icon intended to

Silver: Advanced Radiology Bronze: Liberty Family Medicine

EYE CARE

GOLD: COLUMBIA EYE CONSULTANTS

Silver: Eye Care of Columbia Bronze: Andrew Stone Optometry

SUPPLEMENTS

GOLD: CLOVER’S NATURAL MARKET

Silver: Supplement Superstore Bronze: NutriShop

man of extraordinary talents,

Local Favorites

worldwide fame and endless

GOLD: COOPER’S LANDING

pay tribute to Boone as a

generosity, who overcame great obstacles and fought through adversities with love, kindness and faith, and who can serve as an key inspirational figure to us all. 84 INSIDE COLUMBIA JULY/AUGUST 2021

PLACE TO TAKE A VISITOR

Silver: Rock Bridge Memorial State Park Bronze: Flat Branch Pub & Brewing's Patio

LOCAL RADIO SHOW

GOLD: LIZ & SCOTTY IN THE MORNING

Silver: Cosmo & Lauren Y107 Morning Show Bronze: The Morning Shag with Shags and Trevor


Cooper’s Landing, a marina, food truck stop and concert venue won not one, but TWO Best of Columbia awards this year! The riverfront campground and marina won gold for BEST PLACE TO TAKE A VISITOR and bronze for BEST PLACE TO HEAR LIVE MUSIC.

PLACE TO HEAR LIVE MUSIC

GOLD: THE BLUE NOTE

Silver: Rose Music Hall Bronze: Cooper’s Landing

GIRLS NIGHT OUT

GOLD: LES BOURGEOIS BISTRO

Silver: Paint the Town Bronze: The Roof

PLACE TO BUY WOMEN’S APPAREL

GOLD: MY SISTER’S CIRCUS

Silver: Fringe Boutique Bronze: The Southern Rose

PLACE TO BUY SHOES

GOLD: DRYER’S SHOE STORE

Silver: American Shoe Bronze: Fleet Feet Sports

BEST PLACE TO BUY JEWELRY

GOLD: L.C. BETZ JEWELERS

Silver: Buchroeders Jewelers Bronze: Poppy

BEST PLACE YOU MISSED DURING COVID

GOLD: RAGTAG CINEMA

Silver: Rose Music Hall Bronze: Midway Golf & Games

BEST PLACE TO BUY HOME DÉCOR

GOLD: PLUME

Silver: Poppy Bronze: Hockman Interiors

BEST PLACE TO WORK

GOLD: VETERANS UNITED HOME LOANS

Silver: Equipment Share Bronze: MFA Oil

BEST KIDS’ ACTIVITIES

GOLD: SKY ZONE

Silver: Cosmo Park Bronze: Level Up

BEST PLACE TO BUY A CAR

GOLD: DREWING AUTOMOTIVE

Silver: Bob McCosh Bronze: Columbia Honda

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Boone County Fair comes home to Columbia.

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ost-pandemic, many of us are finally enjoying reunions and homecomings. That’s certainly true for the Boone County Fair, which returns to Columbia July 20 to 24 for the first time in 5 years. Its return in Columbia's Bicentennial

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year is just the icing on the anniversary cake. For Jeff Cook, owner of local business JC Landscaping and president of the Boone County Fair Board for the past 7 years, the reunion is super sweet: “We’re excited to bring it back home!”


By Peg Gill Photos by Notley Hawkins

The Lay Of The Land The Boone County Fair started in 1835 and was the first county fair in Missouri — as well as the first one west of the Mississippi River. And, rather than fried twinkies and carnival rides, though those still exist, the county fair is meant to highlight agricultural efforts of our county's young people. As Cook, who’s been on the fair board for 18 years, explains, “The agricultural youth is what

it’s based around. The carnival and shows we bring in? That’s all just an attraction to help get people there. The fair is actually for the youth of Boone County to show their products.” Boone County has an incredibly rich agricultural history, and Cook says that heritage is largely the reason why the county fair began: “Back then,” he says, “there wasn’t 4-H and FFA. When the fair first started, it was ‘open livestock’ classes where farmers brought their products. They’d come all the way from Nebraska to INSIDE COLUMBIA JULY/AUGUST 2021 87


THE BOONE COUNTY FAIR

has had to move over the years. Here’s a timeline, largely based on The History of the Boone County Fair, by Walter Proctor.  

1835-1917 LOCATION: Just east of the Stephens College campus. Likely where the stables are now located.

1841-1881 (approx.) LOCATION: A tract of land bounded by Rollins, Hitt, Porter and College Streets.

Early 1890s LOCATION: Pasture land in the southeast suburbs of Columbia.

The fairgrounds were sold after declining interest

in the fair. At least two fairs were held on this site but were unsuccessful. In 1894, the fair was cancelled “almost without prior notice,” according to A Boone County Album published by the Columbia/Boone County Sesquicentennial Commission in 1971.

1897 LOCATION: The end of Fifth Street, bordered by Wilkes Boulevard, Third Street, Mores Boulevard and Seventh Street.

The fair was revived by the Boone County

Agricultural and Mechanical Society. The association leased and eventually bought the fairgrounds in 1947.

1947 LOCATION: A 60-acre site between Broadway and Worley Streets.

The Boone County Agricultural and Mechanical

Society was able to buy the fairgrounds’ land which it had originally leased.

1992 LOCATION: Highway 63 and Oakland Gravel Road

1999 - 2015 LOCATION: Highway 63 and Oakland Gravel Road

Fairgrounds sold to the county. County commission

closes the Central Missouri Events Center, but allows the fair board to host the fair on the site that summer at a cost of $10,000.

2016-2020 LOCATION: Sturgeon fairgrounds.

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the Boone County Fair and show their prize bull or prize heifer. Also, their hay stock; they would bring in a bundle to show how good a crop they could grow and also the produce from their vegetable gardens and stuff like that.” In the early years, Cook says, anybody could come and show — not just Boone County residents, something called “open class.” This held true while the fair was based in Columbia, but Cook says “we haven’t recently had that because we’d been moved to Sturgeon.” This year the fair will not yet be “open livestock class” again, because, as Cook says, “Being our first year back, we’re just kind of going into it softly.” There also will be no truck ‘n tractor pull or a Demolition Derby, partially due to pandemic restrictions, but pageants will still be held.

the Boone County Fair really is?” In the end, it didn't really prove problematic. Cook’s passion for the fair and its purpose is evident. “When I talk to people about the Boone County Fair, when they say they’re not involved, I say ‘well, why aren’t you?’ They say, ‘Well, we don’t live on a

"Rewarding kids for their hard work ... That is their paycheck."

Weathering Wars And Weather

As Cook explains, the fair has evolved as the years have passed. Both 4-H and FFA began after the fair, and when World War I and II and droughts occurred, and farmers didn’t have adequate crops to participate, changes had to happen. Then of course, there was the 2020 pandemic. Now that the fair has come back to Columbia and the fairgrounds is owned by the city, Cook acknowledges that working with the city’s special events committee proved a bit challenging. “They had to come up with a COVID plan,” he says, "and many were unfamiliar with the fair. How we gonna get through this? How are we gonna sell this to them, how important

farm.’ You don’t have to live on a farm! We have all of these other angles for all of these other kids to be able to join 4-H. You can live in the middle of the Highlands and be a 4-H member!”

Earning Accolades — And Profits

Often, Cook presents to civic groups, offering fair history handouts to his audiences and stressing the significance of the fair and its purpose. The fair, he fervently explains, is “Rewarding kids for their hard work.” In addition to the accolades of taking home a ribbon in a vast array of categories including livestock,

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INCURABLE PASSION Baumgartner Preserves The Boone County Ham Tradition.

By Melody Parry • Photos by L.G. Patterson

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t 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 a ham — add the perfect flavor to Boone County cured hams. Baumgartner was just 25 years old when he approached Winkler about learning the curing business. “I would buy a country ham every Christmas from Arnold and Albert Winkler for my father. In 1977, I told Arnold that if he needed help, I’d volunteer my time to learn about the business.” He worked with Winkler for 10 years and cured 600 hams — 125 each year — while Winkler introduced him to the business. In 1988, Baumgartner and his wife, Lynda, moved to Rocheport and built a steel ham building like the Winkler’s on the property. For the next 33 years, he continued to cure hams and sell them on his website boonecountyhams.com. “I’m following the curing process of the Winklers exclusively. I didn’t invent it — I’m merely carrying on the Boone County

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tradition,” Baumgartner says. At that time, Bud Gardner was the only other person curing hams commercially. Many people cured hams, but those two were inspected by the USDA. “It’s somewhat a lost art. I do it to continue the tradition of curing — it’s strictly for the tradition and fun of it. The part I enjoy the most is listening to the

stories of those who remember curing hams with their grandfathers, for example. They’ll talk about the times they spent curing, aging and eating county hams. They remember the salty taste and delicious smell of home cured hams.” The smell of a delicious ham breakfast and the feel of rubbing salt onto a ham is

something that Baumgartner would like to pass on to the youth. Every year he works with 4-H students who learn the almostlost art. He instructs them on applying the correct portion of cure onto the ham, rubbing it, encasing them in paper and netting and hanging them up. They hang until the cure moves into the muscle of the meat — the process takes around 40 days. Next the hams go into a 3- to 6-month aging process. The longer it ages, the more flavor it develops. “This year we had 85 kids come and go through the ham curing process,” Baumgartner says. “We have worked with many 4-H and FFA members in the past years. They learn to cure hams, trim them and take them to the fairs to be judged. I’m strict in that I want the youth to do the work. Sometimes they are so young they can barely see over the table. I want them to wrestle with the ham and do it themselves.” And what about the future of curing Boone County hams? “I would love to introduce some young person to the tradition of curing hams. Just like the recipe, I have no secrets. I would bend over backwards to help them get established and learn the process,” he says. “But that person hasn’t found me yet.”


country hams, sewing, photography, woodworking, vegetables, pies, cake baking and more, kids can take home another reward: Kids whose animals ace their respective categories and win either a blue or red ribbon are included in the fair’s livestock sale — which is open to the public, by the way. As Cook says, “That’s their paycheck.” Also, Boone Electric picks 12 photos from those submitted to the fair’s photography competition for its annual calendar. He adds that for the kids raising their animals, part of their project is to attract buyers for those animals. Some kids

The ag programs that Cook and the fair promote can also offer important seeds of hope to local kids who aren’t farm-raised.

FAIR FOOD FINDS “Fair” fare — typically deep-fried deliciousness of all varieties — have evolved since the first fair’s founding. From the traditional corn dog to the shall we say controversial deep fried twinkie, how many of the below have you sampled?

have issues due to lack of internet access or social media opportunities, he says. “Our kids are supposed to go out and bring in their own buyers, but not all kids have that opportunity. We get new families every year, because kids age out of 4-H and FFA and can’t show any more, but, “the general public doesn’t realize that the fair’s livestock sale is open for non-ag families to attend.”  The judges for the fair’s show are pros. They know the breed, muscle structure of the animal, and more. Cook says the fair prides itself on having a “premium sale,” with really, really good animals. They are all vetted and basically expert-approved. Because the sale is open to the public, you can come out and bid on everything from a pen of chickens or a “meat” rabbit, all the way up to a goat, sheep, hog or steer.

Seeds Of Hope Totchos

Fried Bacon

Funnel Cake

Deep Fried Oreo

Deep Fried Kool Aid

Fried Ice Cream

Cotton Candy

Turkey Leg

Corn Dog

Fried Pickles

Deep Fried Butter

Caramel Apple

Pretzel

Kettle Corn

Onion Rings

Corn on the Cob

Cook says the ag programs that he and the fair promote can also offer important seeds of hope to local kids who aren’t farmraised. He cites how they are helping kids —  particularly those who may be in food-insecure situations or may have single moms who can’t afford the time to teach them ag skills. He also mentions something that should be of note to all of us, postpandemic: “Butchers can’t keep up with the meat processing,” he says. “So many people are opting to buy a side of beef or whatever due to hoarding and the pandemic and that need to be self-sufficient is big.” Another reason to consider a trip to the county fair and bidding on that beef! But be forewarned: You may find yourself facing stiff competition: Several of those "fair-unaware" members of the city of Columbia special events committee that Cook encountered? They told him, “We’re gonna come this year!”  All’s “fair” in love and war.  INSIDE COLUMBIA JULY/AUGUST 2021 91


Mobile Meals Four faves from CoMo’s food truck fleet. The 2019-2021 COVID crisis challenged area businesses like never before. But some crafty cooks opted to put the “pan” in pandemic and open food trucks. These relatively recent additions to our city’s cruising cuisine scene prove that movers and shakers — whether using salt, pepper, barbecue or Cajun seasoning — can prevail.

By Olivia DeSmit Photos by L.G. Patterson

Billy Hinson’s Old School BBQ Take one look at Billy Hinson’s food “truck” and you’ll know exactly why he named it Old School BBQ. His converted school bus was purchased fully intact and took him almost 9 months to renovate into his barbecue slingin’ sidekick.

Open since July of 2020, Billy Hinson’s Old School BBQ serves up brisket, rib tips, chicken wings and of course, pulled pork. Hinson, who goes by Bill, actually first got the idea for a food truck while he was working at Joe Machens Toyota with George Nickols,


the owner of Lilly’s Cantina food truck. “I started with an $18 20-inch Weber grill,” Hinson says. Eventually he moved on to a ceramic grill and realized he couldn’t eat all of the barbecue he was making, so he brought it into work. “It just went from there,” he says. “Nothing was really planned until George Nickols asked, ‘What are you going to do when you leave here?’ I said maybe open a barbecue food truck or something. And after

25 years at my job, I decided it was time for a change and bought a trailer.” After a couple of years, the trailer became too hard to operate out of and since fully-equipped food trucks can get pricey, Hinson says another buddy of his suggested a school bus. At first, Hinson’s business was named Pork Belly and Burnt Ends, but when he transitioned to the school bus he renamed it to Old School so that it would

match. “Everything just fit,” he says. “The bus, the name, and I want to take responsibility for the food, so that’s why my name is in there, too.” You can find Billy Hinson’s Old School BBQ throughout

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Wrap It Up! W

hen owners Aletha and Larry Norvell first opened Wrap It Up in March of 2020, they had no

Norvells, were friends with the owners of The Big Cheeze and had a partnership with them before seeing a void they

wrap or rice bowl, with grilled chicken, ham, Swiss cheese, red peppers, lettuce, rice and grilled pineapple, or the Hula

wrap, so there’s something for everyone. “We wanted our menu to be flexible,” she says. This year, Wrap It Up

We saw this niche of healthier food options that were missing from the food truck industry. We decided to go for it and start our own food truck focused on those kinds of options. idea they’d be shut down just two days later as the stay-athome order went into effect. Thankfully, they were able to reopen last June and have been serving up healthier food truck options since. Manager Jennifer Graen says she, along with the

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could fill. “We saw this niche of healthier food options that were missing from the food truck industry,” Graen says. “We decided to go for it and start our own food truck focused on those kinds of options.” Try the Mahalo, in either a

Chick with shredded chicken, BBQ sauce, provolone and pineapple coleslaw on a sweet Hawaiian king bun. After COVID hit, they adjusted their menu slightly to include items such as The Porker, a pork tenderloin sandwich, and the Philly

is rapidly gaining a fervent following — or a rapt audience, you might say, serving events and local businesses such as Quaker, Caterpillar and Midway. Find their schedule on their Facebook page @wrapitupmo


Zydeco’s Cajun Kitchen L

ynn and Randy Perkins come by their Cajun cred courtesy of Chef Paul Prudhomme of New Orleans, who offered to train them. “We were in video production, working on logos for Paul,” Lynn says. “At that time, we were talking about retirement and spoke with Paul about the food truck industry and making Cajun food. He helped and trained us and got us started — we are extremely grateful to him.”

We started it thinking we would do it occasionally, but it’s just blown up. It’s been a wonderful second career. Randy is from the mid-Missouri area so they decided to bring their recipes and NOLA spirit to the Midwest, and opened Zydeco’s in 2018. “We’re a mom and pop business,” Lynn says, “We started it thinking we would do it occasionally, but it’s just blown up. It’s been a wonderful second career.” For a taste of Nawlins knowhow, try any of their rotating menu offerings, including po’ boys, Cajun potato salad or crawfish and shrimp pie. Zydeco’s travels across central Missouri, from Centralia to Macon and in-between. In Columbia, find them at the Truman VA Hospital, Veterans United, Cooper’s Landing and other local businesses and events. Find their weekly schedule on their website at zydecos.co and be sure to see which dishes from their rotating menu are being served that week.

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The Patty Wagon A

s a student of the culinary program at the Columbia Area Career Center, Jason Elder learned the ins and outs of food prep and cooking. He and his mother, Teri, first opened The Patty Wagon in July of 2020, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. “Jason did research on different food trucks out there and there are so many that serve tacos, but not many that just do burgers,” Teri says. Jason decided to focus specifically on smash burgers, and he and his mom settled on the name The Patty Wagon. After that, it was “no holds barred,” as the expression goes. Mother and

son had lots of fun naming their burgers after well-known prisons, such as Alcatraz and San Quentin, Teri says. As a family operation,

Trishay Elder, Jason Elder and Alyssa Baker

Shared Kitchen program, using the Business Loop location as their commissary kitchen. “It’s a great program,” Teri says. No one in the Elder

sauce, and the Riker’s Island with mushrooms, Swiss cheese, caramelized onions and a garlic aioli sauce. Each of their burgers is available

Jason did research on different food trucks out there and there are so many that serve tacos, but not many that just do burgers Teri’s other son Jake helps operate the food truck and her daughter-in-law, Trishay, is in charge of scheduling and marketing. They’re able to prepare a lot of their food through the CoMo Cooks

family minds serving time — as in the time they spend serving their customers! A few of their burgers include the Joliet, with blue cheese crumbles, lettuce, tomato and a blue cheese

in beef, turkey or a vegan portabella mushroom option. Visit the-pattywagon.com or Facebook @thepattywagoncomo  for their weekly schedule.

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MONOCHROMATIC

MADNESS 3 summer stunners WANT TO KEEP YOUR COOL THIS SEASON? Step out in the hottest hues! Jewel tones are all the rage right now. These are brilliant buys inspired by the gems in your jewelry. Here, our model Dr. Roshni Rawlani, a dermatologist with MU Healthcare, shows how to strut your stuff in style. When it comes to colors, summer better than others this season. Check out our gold, red and green looks. Also hot on the market? Monochrome matches. Roshni makes these similarly shaded ‘fits look like a breeze to pull off, but when styling a monochromatic look, be sure accessories, handbags and shoes have a pattern, texture or different color to help you not overdo it on your ensem. You want monochromatic — not monotonous. In summer-y, get out to local boutiques this summer to hop on the monochromatic mania train. Styled by Stephanie Lubinsky | Photos by L.G. Patterson

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cott and Shannon Schaefer only took their photography business full time in late 2020, so “being nominated and ultimately winning gold for Best Wedding Photographers absolutely blew us away. We’re incredibly honored to receive this award because we truly love our jobs! Our clients aren't just faces in a gallery to us — we consider every single one a friend, so this really means the world to us.” The Schaefers are 100% hands on. “When you call or email us, we’re answering you from the comfort of our home with our kiddos by our side. We truly are a small family-owned business. From the time you book, to the moment you get your photo gallery in your inbox, your experience will be handled by one of us — Scott or Shannon. You've invested in us, so we want to return the favor by creating a wonderful experience.” As a husband-and-wife team, the Schaefers of course share a passion for photography. But Scott's background in journalism and Shannon's prior work in

financial planning have made them a well-oiled machine. Continuing education, new technology, new lighting techniques, and better equipment are all things they focus on as they strive to learn and grow. They say they’re always wondering what they’d like their niche to be ... the one type of photography they’d like to focus on, “but the problem is we can't narrow it down! We love trying new ideas, new locations, different themes and really anything outside of the box! Have an idea for a shoot? Please have a chat with us. We would love to do something new and exciting!” The Schaefers would first like to thank all their longtime customers. Secondly, their families, who’ve been their biggest support system the past year. And lastly, their kiddos. “They're still very young and probably don't understand why mommy and daddy are always busy with work. Hopefully one day they can look back and be proud of all Schaefer Photography has accomplished.”

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TrueSon Exteriors & Interiors 2909 Falling Leaf Lane, Suite J · 573-442-7292 · Truesonexteriors.com

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ou don’t have to tell us that Best of Columbia is something our community takes seriously. But, according to Jeff Blumer, marketing and design specialist for TrueSon, it’s completely true. “Our employees believe we are the best every day, so coming in first place gives some validation for those crews and sales guys that go out and deliver exceptional work every day,” he says. “It means we do things the right way and Columbia is recognizing us for it. That’s a great feeling.” TrueSon’s team won Gold for Best Home Remodeling Company this year. When it comes to TrueSon Exteriors & Interiors, there’s not one standout pro because their entire mission is to serve the community. “We hold each other accountable,” Blumer says. “That enables us to focus on every detail, which ultimately leads to outstanding customer service.” At the end of the day,

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TrueSon is all about relationships, both with customers and employees. The employees at TrueSon are the heart of the business, Blumer says. “We have a family atmosphere that allows us to recognize our individual strengths and weaknesses. We build each other up, which makes our crew pretty special.” The entire team at TrueSon would like to thank everyone who took the time to vote for them in the Best Home Remodeling Company, but also everyone who voted for Best of Columbia in general. “We saw so many of our peers and local business owners being negatively affected by the pandemic,” Blumer says. “It’s beautiful to see that support for local business owners, and we encourage everyone to keep that ‘support local’ mentality. We appreciate you!”


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Parks Amusements

6000 S. Sinclair Road · 573-234-2234 LevelUpTheFun.com · SilverballBar.com

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ic Parks, the CEO of Parks Amusements, already had one winning “silver” to his credit: His business SilverBall Arcade Bar & Restaurant, with its latest addition Cantina. Now he can add another: A silver win in the Best Entrepreneur category of our 2021 Best of Columbia contest. Parks also owns another successful Columbia business, LevelUp. And before long, he’ll be bringing his Midas — or at least metallic -— touch to Ashland as well, in the form of an entertainment complex. For Parks, the win “shows that our community supports our efforts. We appreciate being recognized for our hard work to build a great business,” he says. “We are focused on fun and philanthropy. We love bringing fun activities to our community and building philanthropy into our business plan.” One thing that makes his employees valuable or special is that everyone has the same job title, "Team Member." Parks explains, “Employees are part of our family and we share a common goal of providing a fun and memorable experience for all of our guests.” You could say that for Parks, business is largely all fun and games. He’d like to give a shout out to his whole team, thanking them for their contributions. He’d also like to give a special nod to Mark Montgomery, “who keeps all the equipment running.”

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s a wife and mother of three, Personal Trainer Mackenzie Wells knows how hard it can be to take time out for yourself. Fitting in fitness is incredibly important to her. “My members are busy with work, home, kids’ activities, family events, appointments and so on. With that in mind, I strive to take the guesswork out of their fitness regimen by providing efficient and effective workouts each week that cover all the fitness necessities: strength, cardio, core and mobility work.” She’s been teaching fitness classes for seven years in small-town Fayette. In the beginning of 2020, she launched an online program after she got so many inquiries from ladies who couldn't attend her in-person classes but wished they could. Finally, she found a simple platform for sharing her program with anyone with internet access. Now, her efficient and effective workouts are helping busy women from all over the U.S. find time to invest in their health and fitness. To Wells, “being nominated by members of my fitness program was a wonderful surprise and I couldn't appreciate them more for believing in me. Placing in the top three of the Personal Trainer category has assured me that I'm making a positive impact within an industry that I love so much — health and fitness.” While she acknowledges that running your own business has its challenges, she wants to thank her fitness crew, family and friends for nominating, voting and getting her into the top three. Wells says “it takes a lot of support from the ones you love to keep you going some days and I'm blessed to have so much of that. They’ve fueled a fire in me to keep providing great workouts and a health-minded community that supports them every day.

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Betz Jewelers

601 E. Broadway, Ste. 303 · 573-449-1070 · betzjewelers.com

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etz Jewelers may not be the easiest location to find, but that’s the only thing you might consider difficult when dealing with them. The store’s tucked away on the third floor of the Executive Building at Sixth Street and Broadway (Boone Central Title is on the ground floor.) According to Rachel Flynn, the store’s marketing director, “You'll be buzzed in and welcomed, but never pressured or ‘sold.’ We’re a warm, family-friendly environment.” Flynn says she and the entire Betz staff are so honored that their loyal customers and friends voted them the best place to buy jewelry in Columbia. “This means we’re successfully carrying on the family legacy as a fourth-generation business, and it feels so good! Most importantly, it means our customers trust us to provide the best experience possible during some very beautiful moments in their lives.” She says the store’s fortunate enough to have Robert Flynn, a graduate gemologist, as general manager. He’s the only one with that

designation working in a retail setting in the area. Betz also has two bench jewelers, which allows them to take care of almost all repairs in-house and quickly. Flynn says the tight-knit, hardworking team are experts at creating and repurposing jewelry. “We’re able to help you create a custom piece of jewelry that’s as unique as you are. As in-house manufacturers of fine jewelry in 14K and 18K gold, platinum and gemstones, we'll listen to your ideas and work with you to make them a reality. If you've envisioned it, we'll help you create it. She’d like to say “a big thank you to all of our loyal customers and our team for making our win possible!” The Betz Jewelers team, as pictured from left to right: James Schuck, Rachel Flynn, Robert Flynn, Kathi Betz, L.C. Betz, Rachel Grant, David Rubenstein. Not pictured: Aaron Robb.

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Las Margaritas

10 Southampton Drive · 573-442-7500 · lasmargaritascolumbia.com

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ccording to Owner Francisco Esquivel, after 24 years in the business, Las Margaritas is still standing strong. So strong, in fact, that they won Gold for Best Mexican Restaurant for the eighth year in a row! “Our entire company is so incredibly honored to be awarded Best Mexican!” Francisco says. Las Margaritas also won in three other categories this year: Gold for Best Margarita — their classic lime margarita — Silver for Outdoor Dining and Bronze for Best Entrepreneur. “None of this would have been possible without our amazing team members and our fabulous customers,” he continues. “Thank you all for voting for us and giving us your constant support. We are beyond thankful!” And while Las Margaritas has only been in Columbia for eight years, Esquivel has been dishing up authentic — and delicious — Mexican favorites since

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opening the first Las Margaritas in Poplar Bluff, Missouri in 1997. Francisco says the Las Margaritas employees — at all six Columbia locations — are the best in the business. “Each and every day they create an atmosphere that feeds our guests’ bodies and souls. That’s only possible when you work with people you love and love what you do.” Each of the Las Margaritas locations sets out to serve authentic, fresh Mexican and Tex-Mex favorites. A few of their popular menu items include Tacos Al Pastor, their fajitas and their Camarones a la Diabla, a bold dish featuring tiger shrimp and a spicy ranchero sauce. Oftentimes, dessert gets overlooked at Mexican restaurants, but Las Margaritas’ made-daily Flan with a traditional crème caramel is worth eating just a little less of their addicting chips and salsa.


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Heartland Homes Remodeling & Roofing 14875 Larry Lane, Hallsville MO 65255 · 573-529-2016 · heartlandremodelingandroofing.com

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or Austin Hall and Cody Garcia, the co-owners of Heartland Homes Remodeling & Roofing, earning a spot in the top 3 in the Best Remodeling category this year is an event worth “raising the roof about.” Hall says, “It shows that our hard work and dedication is paying off and it is recognized by our community.” He and Garcia say Heartland is known for its quality work, affordable prices and impeccable customer service. They say Heartland employees are largely responsible for the company’s win: “We all share the same

dreams that the homeowners have and it shows each and every day. We are on time and prepared to tackle any job no matter the difficulty and that's what we are all about.” They add that Heartland would not be in its winning position without all of their past customers and “we thank you for voting for us!” They’d like potential customers to keep Heartland’s slogan in mind: Think Quality. Think Affordable. Think Heartland.

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Creekside Pet Center

5820 E. Hwy. 163 · 573-256-7387 · creeksidepetcenter.com

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or Jacob and Amanda Brummet, co-owners of Creekside Pet Center, being “pet-centric” was — and still is — central to their business model. “We built our building from the ground up with the animals in mind and what works best for them,” Jacob says. “We get all the dogs out five times a day to individual exercise pens with the last time at 9:30 every night before bedtime. That’s all included because it's what’s best for your dog. Our daycare dogs have lots of space with access to almost an acre dog park — something no one else in Columbia offers. They love getting out and really getting to be a dog!” The Brummets say it’s very humbling and quite the honor to have been nominated and win gold for Best Pet Day Care/Boarding. They started their business from scratch and have worked hard to make it “a wonderful place for your pets, so achieving Best of Columbia reminds us what we started out to be and what we’ve become through lots of hard work and dedication to

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being a great small business.” For them, the best thing about Creekside is the way they care for the animals. “We're not a big chain or franchise, so we can provide a more personal experience and know your pup by name.” They’re quick to credit their employees as well. “In animal care, we need a full staff 365 days a year without exceptions. We’re fortunate to have the best of the best. They all share the same passion as Amanda and me for taking care of animals and we couldn't be prouder of them!” The Brummets say they’ll be forever grateful to all their customers because “they’re the ones who nominated and voted for us each day because they believe in us,” and highly encourage potential customers to visit for a tour and see them in person. “You don't have to schedule,” Jacob says, “just drop in Monday through Friday and see everything in person. We’d love to meet you!”


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Columbia Eye Consultants Optometry 500 Keene St, Suite 103 · 573-874-2030 · cecoptometry.com

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hris DeRose, an optometrist with Columbia Eye Consultants Optometry, says their staff’s motto, “Patient First,” helped them secure their win for Best Optometrist. “We try to put the patients’ needs above any other consideration,” he says. “So, we hope that a recognition like this is an affirmation of our office’s culture.” As an eye care business, Columbia Eye Consultants Optometry provides services for eye diseases, cataract surgery, glaucoma treatment, pediatrics and geriatrics, as well as their own dry eye clinic. Recently Columbia Eye Consultants Optometry decided to rebrand their business in the future as they expand care across Missouri, out of just the Columbia area. “The rebranding will reflect the footprint of our practice,” DeRose says, “and the scope of care we provide.” Their new name will be Missouri Eye Consultants Optometry. And when it comes to their office culture, DeRose says it’s reflected in their staff retention rate. “We try to make our office a very rewarding

environment to work in. That way when patients come back year after year, they’ll see the same faces they got to know at previous visits.” This summer, Columbia Eye Consultants Optometry's staff is expanding, too. They’re hiring a new optometrist, Dr. Jake Moore, and a new ophthalmologist, Dr. Anitra Turner. DeRose wants to emphasize that for them, their reputation is their best resource. “If you’re not sure who to trust with your eye care needs, just ask your friends,” he says. “We know your experience with our team will lead to you referring us to your friends, family and co-workers.” “Once again, we’d like to thank our patients for nominating and voting for us in this year’s Best of Columbia,” DeRose says. Drs. Jake Moore and Anitra Turner (pictured above), are the newest additions to Columbia Eye Consultants Optometry's group of dedicated eye doctors.

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Casa Maria's Mexican Cantina 1305 Grindstone Pkwy., Ste. 115 · 573-777-5505 · casamariamexican.com

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o-owners Crystal Umfress and her husband, Jesus, set out to merge local talent and authentic Mexican cuisine, and provide a unique atmosphere showcasing local art by Cindy Scott Artistry, original Mexican recipes, and in-house speciality margaritas created by Isamel Mendez. “We are truly a homegrown company that’s a result of the entrepreneurial spirit and heart of Columbia,” Crystal says. “We are proud of our team that has helped us along the way.” Crystal says winning and being nominated reflects their passion for what they’re doing and making their dreams a reality. It “serves as confirmation of our fulfillment of the values/purpose of our restaurant.” She says their goal is “to offer dining experiences as if our guests are in Mexico! Our restaurant’s named for my husband's mother, Maria. She taught him to include the best ingredients in every dish to heighten the taste buds and captivate the hearts — and stomachs — of everyone who tastes it. In serving Mexican cuisine, we hope to provide our guests with the authentic 116 INSIDE COLUMBIA JULY/AUGUST 2021

Mexican cooking Jesus grew up with and to carry on his mother's legacy in providing the best hospitality and ingredients!” Casa Maria’s won in two categories: bronze in Best Mexican Restaurant and silver in Best Margarita. They offer a wide variety of handcrafted, freshly poured, speciality margaritas such as mango habanero (which won), blueberry, triple berry, or rosemary peach. Their margaritas are available in 100-ounce Margarita Towers or handblown glass pitchers made in Mexico to “maintain a fiesta feel with each pour,” Crystal says. The couple would like to first thank their guests; saying that “without their support we wouldn't have been able to get these nominations in the first place. We’d also like to thank our team. We’re constantly growing, and we feel as if we have some of the very best employees this area has to offer. It’s a well-organized group of people who have come together to create something special.” She says to be on the lookout for some fresh new and innovative changes to Mexican cuisine in the area!


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ou could say Jennifer Loganbill, or “Jen” as she’s known, certainly found the perfect career “fit.” After originally working as a nurse, she’s now the owner of Jen’s Get Fit Group (JGFG). She says being nominated and winning gold for Best Fitness Instructor/Personal Trainer in this year’s Best of Columbia contest is “absolutely humbling,” and that she “will be forever thankful for those who nominated and voted for me/JGFG. It’s more than a workout group — it's a sisterhood. A community of likeminded women who are here to better themselves in a sustainable and healthy way.” Loganbill explains that JGFG is a place for empowerment and support. “I provide 24-minute HIIT workouts that can be done at home or in the gym, nutrition and supplement coaching, weekly meal plans, an online support group, and so many other useful and realistic tools to guide members on their fitness journey. JGFG is more than a fitness class — it's a place for members to learn how to love their bodies while gaining the knowledge to live a sustainable, healthy lifestyle.” She’d like to thank every single person in JGFG and outside of JGFG who nominated and voted for her. “It wouldn't have happened without you all,” she says.

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Club Car Wash

1213 Old Hwy 63 Suite 101 · 833-416-9975 · clubcarwash.com

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or Emeri Burger, the Senior Marketing Manager of Club Car Wash, winning Best of Columbia “means the world.” And, as the magazine is celebrating its 15th year of Best of Columbia, Club Car Wash is celebrating their 15th year in business! “Without the support from our mid-Missouri customers, we wouldn’t have been able to find the success that we have,” she says. “They’ve been through trials and tribulations with us and we thank them for still continuing to show up each and every day!” In the car wash industry, sometimes Mother Nature isn’t so kind to employees. But, according to Emeri, “Our employees still show up and work hard, providing our customers with excellent service inside and outside the tunnel.”

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Speaking of customer perks, if you haven’t been to a Club Car Wash recently, you have to check out their Unlimited Wash Club. According to Emeri, it’s the best thing about their company. “Everyone is looking to simplify their lives, and maximize their time, and our Unlimited Wash Club does that for our customers!” she says. Emeri also attributes their win to their CEO, Rollie Bartels. “Rollie has taught and mentored countless employees,” she says. “He’s had his boots on the ground learning the business and listening to customers — his dedication is what makes this company so special to work for!” Club Car Wash would like to thank each and every one of their customers. “From the bottom of our hearts, we appreciate you! Also, happy birthday Club, 15 years and counting!”


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DOGGED PURSUIT

You’ve probably heard of the “dog days” of summer. Well, August 5 is National Work Like A Dog Day. It’s intended to honor those who work really hard and regularly carry more than their load. Not to be confused with work-a-holics who are always working, but not necessarily working hard


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Rush of Opportunity SPEECHWRITER’S DEBUT NOVEL STRIKES GOLD.

BY OLIVIA DESMIT · PHOTOS BY L.G. PATTERSON

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hat do the University of Missouri’s president and a fiction novel about the

California gold rush have in common? A writer named Gordy Sauer. As Mun Choi’s speech writer and an about-to-be-published author, Sauer believes fiction and speech writing have a lot of parallels. “Speech writing is for someone, so you have to understand their persona and write the way that they would speak. And that’s exactly what you do in a novel — try to encapsulate the

character’s voice.” But Sauer was actually writing fiction long before his speech writing career. After earning his master of fine arts, he decided to take his interest in the mid19th century and the Wild West and try his hand at a novel. “I have always had this enamored perception of the West because I grew up in Texas and read a lot of tall tales as a kid,” he says. The idea of the Gold Rush came to him as a

which they are written and also be a

west on a greed-filled mission. “We’ve

turning point in American history. “That

little bit prescient. For me, it was about

always been reckoning with these things,

moment of mass expansion westward,

writing a historical novel that spoke to a

but right now we are at an existential

which triggered more displacement of

contemporary moment. I don’t feel like I

moment in how we identify ourselves

native communities and a reshaping of

missed that moment.”

as Americans and how we identify our

the U.S. as a country, was founded on the

To Sauer, the theme of his debut

country as America.”

intense idea of manifest destiny. Which

novel Child in the Valley resonates with

by itself is a violent, greed-based idea that

aspects our country is dealing with today,

“That the ideology of the frontier is ‘take

felt very pertinent in 2013.

including race, social justice, gender,

what I want.’ We saw that in the mid-19th

identity and sexuality. Its main character,

century and talk about it in past tense,

a physician named Joshua, is going

but that mentality continues to happen

“There’s this idea that some of the best books can capture the time in

“It’s no coincidence,” he continues,

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in so many ways now.” Joshua, who we can’t really call

but the choices he makes to get out of his plight are ones that put him down

and alkaline deposits,” he says. He also camped in California and took

the protagonist, degrades as his story

a path that is morally suspect. Even

gold panning lessons from park rangers.

unfolds. “I wanted to write a character

though you’re sympathetic because

“I wondered, what does it take to pan

who readers struggled to identify with,”

certain things are out of his control, he’s

for gold?” he says. And because Joshua is

Sauer says. “I wanted someone who we

culpable for his own moral degradation.”

a doctor, Sauer studied what medicine

are sympathetic to in the beginning, but

Writing Child in the Valley took an

and treatments would have looked like in

because of actions he takes you struggle

immense amount of research in geology,

1849, though his family’s background in

with feeling sympathetic later on.” In

medicine and botany. Sauer and his wife

medicine helped immensely.

fiction, Joshua is considered an anti-hero.

actually drove along the trail that Joshua would have taken from Independence,

Gordy Sauer’s debut novel, Child in

says. “Most people aren’t fundamentally

Missouri to California. They made

the Valley, will be available at Skylark

evil or bad, but the things that they do

the scenic drive on their way out west

Bookshop starting Aug. 24. Preorder

can be. The question we ask ourselves is:

for a wedding in 2017. “It helped me

is available now from Hub City Press

Do their actions negate the good?

understand how the landscape moved,

and Amazon. Sauer is the executive

“That is the human challenge,” Sauer

“For Joshua, he’s someone who has

being mindful of the fact that land

communication specialist and senior

struggled a lot because he’s orphaned

changes a lot in 200 years,” he says.

writer for the president of the University of

and he’s gay in a moment when there’s

While trying to grasp the trail Joshua

Missouri and director of the Quarry Heights

intense prejudice. All of these societal

would have taken, Sauer hand-drew that

Writers’ Workshop in Columbia, Missouri.

functions are working against him,

California trail. “I needed to get a sense of

and we’re all sympathetic toward him,

the mountains, woodland, water sources

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Here's The Scoop

BICENTENNIAL BLOWOUTS WITH ALL THE SPRINKLES.

BY PEG GILL · PHOTO BY L.G. PATTERSON

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ere we are in our first official post-pandemic summer.

Details

Woot, woot! That’s worth

celebrating. But we have a couple of other official things to celebrate. We’re Columbians, therefore Missourians. So

WHAT Ice Cream Social

this is our bi, bicentennial year. Or bi bi. Back to the significance here. A bi bi is quite a two-fer. A twin win. A dual jewel.

WHEN August 10

First, to recognize our state’s bicentennial, the State Historical Society of Missouri (SHSM) coordinated a

WHERE Across Missouri

statewide commemoration under the banner of Missouri 2021. It includes projects, programs and events to help Missouri residents celebrate, explore and

HOW Eat ice cream, duh!

share our state’s rich history and culture — past and present. Statewide, a bevvy of bicentennial projects and programs have already occurred and many more are still slated. Columbia, too, planned plenty of projects to celebrate our city’s own bicentennial. Some events in July

State’s official dessert, after Ernest A.

August 10, 2021. The registration link

Hamwi introduced ice cream cones at the

is: missouri2021.org/ice-cream-social

1904 St. Louis World’s Fair.

and you can share photos of your

The State Historical Society of

ice cream social using the hashtag

include a Fire in the Sky on steroids,

Missouri says how Missouri communities

special screenings at Ragtag, an all-day

choose to participate in the Statewide Ice

Red, White and Blues music event,

Cream Social can take as many forms as

whatever form you see fit. Use a

storefront decorating contest, “Blind”

ice cream flavors — from partnerships

modern maker or old-timey hand-

Boone Birthday party and more. After

with local ice cream shops to parking lot

crank machine to craft a fun flavor of

all, a bicentennial’s a pretty momentous

meet-ups, to specially-created flavors for

ice cream for your own frozen feast

moment. And when it’s your bi bi? Whoa.

the day, such as Randy's Cherry Bomb

(cicadas?). Go with whatever (ice cream)

That’s the ultimate in double dipping.

concrete. The choice is yours!

floats your boat. No one’ll be frozen out

#ScoopsAcrossMissouri. You can also simply celebrate in

Which brings us to this: A Statewide

Registration to be an official part of the

Missouri 2021 Ice Cream Social on our

statewide social is open to businesses and

actual official bi bi date of Tuesday,

non-profits. The only other requirements

Find more local information at

August 10. It’s particularly appropriate,

are to register your event and hold it

www.como200.com

since the ice cream cone’s the Show-Me

the afternoon or evening of Tuesday,

of this celebration.

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Congratulations to all of this year’s winners!

Thank you, Columbia, for voting Dr. Arminta Phelps into 2nd place for Best Chiropractor!

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What’s Going On

THE EVENTS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THIS MONTH. Dates and events are subject to change. Please visit the event website for the most up-to-date information.

July JULY 1: A WHOLE LOTTA SHAKIN’: SWING TO ROCK

MISSOURI THEATER This show featuring artist Dave Bennet promises an adrenalineinfused showcase of talents on clarinet, guitar, piano, drums and more. Hear classics by Benny Goodman, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley and originals from Bennett’s album “Blood Moon.” 7 p.m.; prices vary; themosy.org/summer-musicfestival/

JULY 3: CITY THAT I LOVE: COLUMBIA BICENTENNIAL CONCERT

MISSOURI THEATER In collaboration with the City of Columbia, this concert celebrates the 200th anniversary of Columbia's founding and features the Missouri Symphony Orchestra (CSO) following

Columbia's historical timeline with music from each era. 7 p.m.; prices vary; themosy.org/summermusic-festival/

JULY 4: FIRE IN THE SKY TWO DIFFERENT LOCATIONS (FIREWORKS SITE CLOSED TO PUBLIC) The City of Columbia’s annual 4th of July celebration will be held in two separate events, both commemorating the bicentennial. You’re invited to enjoy free activities, entertainment and food trucks on Sunday, July 4, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Flat Branch Park. Fireworks will follow at a site TBD and begin at 9:15 p.m. At press time, the site had not yet been set. The fireworks site will be closed to the public. Residents are encouraged to watch at their homes or alternate locations. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Flat Branch Park, 9:15 p.m. fireworks at alternate site (closed to public.);

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JULY 8: BRAVO, MAESTRO TREVOR!

and comic delivery attract diverse audiences of all ages. 7 p.m.; prices vary; themosy.org/ summer-music-festival/

MISSOURI THEATER The Missouri Symphony Orchestra (MSO) closes its 2021 masterworks offerings with Beethoven's “Emperor Concerto,” played by pianist Emi Kagawa. MSO will also perform Copland's “Appalachian Spring,” and an explosive closing work, all in celebration of the legacy Maestro Trevor leaves. 7 p.m.; prices vary; themosy.org/ summer-music-festival/

JULY 16: CODY JINKS W/ WHITNEY MORGAN

JULY 10: BREAKIN' CLASSICAL FEATURING FLY DANCE COMPANY

JULY 17: COLLECTOR’S SERIES WINE RELEASE PARTY & ART SHOW

JESSE AUDITORIUM Fly Dance Company takes off on the Jesse Auditorium stage with a unique combination of entertainment and art. A mix of hip-hop, classical and modern dance with colorful costumes

NINTH STREET/SUMMERFEST Previously postponed twice, this hot ticket featuring American outlaw country artist Jinks, is finally here! Tickets from the June 5 and May 1, 2020 shows will be honored. For further ticket inquiries, please reach out to the venue. 6 p.m. doors; 7 p.m. show; $55; thebluenote.com

LES BOURGEOIS VINEYARDS (LBV) Be among the first to sample and purchase the latest release of LBV’s 2021 Collector’s Series wines. You’ll be treated to tastings of the three new vintages crafted

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by the LBV winemaker, a souvenir glass, selection of perfectly paired appetizers by LBV’s chef, and live music by a string quartet from The Missouri Symphony. In addition, collections of artwork by the winning artists will be for show and sale. 4 to 6 p.m.; $10/ticket; missouriwine.com/ events/

MULTIPLE DATES: SUMMER MUSIC SERIES

LES BOURGEOIS VINEYARDS (LBV) A-FRAME Enjoy a diverse array of area artists including Marcella’s Ghost, Western States and The Flood Brothers in July and Two Bit Sam, OK Samaritan and The Fried Crawdaddies in August. Show times vary by day of week, 5 p.m. Sundays and 7 p.m. Fridays; free; missouriwine.com/events/

August AUGUST 9 BLACK PUMAS CONCERT

SUMMERFEST/NINTH STREET These Austin auteurs won Best New Band in the 2019 Austin Music Awards, despite having only released one song. They describe their style as, “Wu-Tang Clan meets James Brown.” 6 p.m. doors; 7 p.m. show; $35; all ages show; thebluenote.com

AUGUST 28: RED SHOE RIDE BIKE BENEFIT

KATFISH KATY’S Use your pedal power to help MidMissouri Ronald McDonald House Charities (MMRMHC) at this annual fundraiser. Ride starts and finishes at Katfish Katy’s. Both in-person and virtual options are available.

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7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; prices vary, register for early bird pricing by Aug. 1; rmhcmidmo. org/events/

AUGUST 21: STATEWIDE MISSOURI BICENTENNIAL ICE CREAM SOCIAL

LOCATION OF CHOICE Join current fellow Missourians (or even former out-of-staters) for the frozen festivities to celebrate Missouri’s bicentennial! Btw, it’s also CoMo’s bicentennial, too. (Read more on page 125.) 4 to 6:30 p.m.; location of choice; missouri202/.org/icecream-social/

Save The Date SEPTEMBER 11: COMO MAN SHOW

HOLIDAY INN EXEC CENTER This one-day event’s dedicated to all things manly in the Columbia, Missouri area. You can indulge in the ultimate “Man Day” with all your buddies and reaffirm that Bromance. From hunting and fishing, to power sports and power tools, man up for the Man Show. You don’t wanna miss it! 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; prices vary, presale pricing discounts; comomanshow.com

SEPTEMBER 23-25: COMO SHORTS

NORTH VILLAGE ARTS DISTRICT (NVAD)/VILLAGE STUDIOS (OUTSIDE FRETBOARD) This annual showcase lets filmmakers screen their most promising short films that were shot or developed in Missouri, or by creators who resided here. Times vary; free; filmfreeway.com/ComoShorts


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Sports allegiance is a funny thing: For baseball fans, most are either notoriously National League or amorously American. But factor in where you grew up (Go Cubs! Ahem.) or now live (Okay Cards.) and that can be a game changer. One thing we can all agree on? In-person attendance is awesome!

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LAUREN AND ARIC ENGAGE IN A TEAM TIFF. Each issue, two on-air talents from two different Zimmer Radio Group stations will voice their opinions on what you might call a controversial topic. This issue, check out Lauren’s and Aric’s takes on the best baseball team in Missouri.

LAUREN, Y107

ARIC, 99.3 CLEAR COUNTRY

The Royals

The Cardinals

Ok listen. I don’t NOT like The Cardinals. If my friends and family

I became a die-hard Cardinals fan at 6 years old. My parents pulled me

are going to a Cardinals game, I’ll happily tag along. BUT I’ll never

out of first grade to drive three hours from Sedalia to St. Louis to see

love them like the Royals.

game six of the 1987 NLCS between the Cardinals and Giants.

My love affair with the Royals started when I was in college. I went

Ozzie Smith backflipped onto the field — Busch Stadium was

to school in Warrensburg and every few weeks, we’d take a road trip

SO LOUD that day. John Tudor pitched and we won 1-0 when Jose

for a game. Back then, it was a much smaller stadium; a Jumbotron

Oquendo scored on a sacrifice fly in foul territory.

didn’t even seem like a possibility at that point. A seat in the student

From that moment on I’ve been a die-hard Cardinals fan. Let’s be

section was $8 on Wednesdays and hotdogs were a dollar. My earliest

honest, 11 World Series Championships are a LOT better than two (and

memories at the K involve partying with my friends, making new

really we all know 1985 was a screw job thanks to Don Denkinger, so it

ones and a guy who was there every week in a Scooby Doo costume.

should be 12 versus one).

We celebrated the wins, and we kept on loving them despite the

When you get to see 3 million fans fill Busch Stadium practically

losses. That’s my favorite thing about Royals fans; no fair-weather

every year since 1998, it’s pretty special. The Cardinals are truly a part

fans in this crowd. Every single one of us is a fan because we’ve fallen

of summer across Missouri. Do we really need to mention their long-

in love with the sportsmanship, the comradery, the Salvy Splash, and

standing success? If you want to teach your kids the right way to play

the “lemonade lemonade lemonaaaaaaade (WOO!)” guy.

and watch baseball, there’s a name for it: The Cardinals Way. And it

Plus, our parking lot is one giant tailgate party before every game and parking at Cards games is GARBAGE.

dominates not just the state of Missouri, but because of the incredibly large Cardinals Radio Network, the majority of the Midwest. Go Cards! See you at Busch Stadium!

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Travis Kelce In Como Travis Kelce, tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs, visited with fans — and washed their cars! — at the Scott Boulevard location of Club Car Wash. Kelce recently became a coowner of the car wash brand.

Date June 8

Travis Kelce tries his hand at washing cars at Club Car Wash.

Location Club Car Wash on Scott Boulevard

Photos by L.G. Patterson

Travis Kelce and Rollie Bartels

Gary Pinkel and Travis Kelce

Kelce signs an autograph for David and Easton Moser.

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The Big Derby Party

Megan Anz, Angie Sanders, Christen Smith, Monica Korba, Stephanie Kleffner, Gina Whorley, Ellie Madigan and Jen Ries

The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Missouri Derby Party on May 1 helped raise more than $54,000 to support mentoring in Central Missouri. The event, held at the Country Club of Missouri, was sponsored by local businesses including Columbia Safety and Supply, EquipmentShare and Robinson and Ries Orthodontics.

Date May 1

Location Country Club of Missouri

Photos by Erin Tucker Gary Thompson and Glen Ehrhardt

John and Hannah Gandt

Michayah McMillin, Whitney Ashton, Amy McKinzie and Susan Eubank

Mel Zelenak and Gina Rende

Dave and Jen Ries

Andrew and Tamara Kopp

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True North Star Fundraiser In place of the Little Black Dress event, this year True North of Columbia launched their True North Star fundraiser. This inaugural event featured music from five local singing sensations: Allie Lauren Fitch, Kylie Evans, Allie Bruns, Ava Morgensen, Kristi Powell and Katie Guinn

Bruns, Katie and Kylie Evans, Lauren Fitch, Ava Morgenson and Kristi Powell. Voting on best performance was open to both the public and judges, with Allie Bruns taking the win for Judges’ Choice and Ava Morgenson winning Fans’ Choice. The event was held in-person at the Blue Note,

Glen & Lenore Ehrhardt & Steve & Sharon Paulsell

Ashley Emel, Brittany Dodson and Haley Hill

with an option for livesteam attendance.

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Eryca Neville, Adonica Coleman, Melita Williams, Chrystal Graves

Marcia Thrasher, Amy Gross Greenwood, Meghan Buchert

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Showcase Social The Columbia Chamber of Commerce held its first Showcase Social at Rose Music Hall on May 26. This inaugural event provided local businesses the opportunity to promote themselves to and network with fellow Chamber members. A few sponsors of Jeff Jones, Jason Greunder, Mark Bauer, Chad Massman

the event included the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Missouri, SOA Architecture and Airmagination.

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Kerrie Bloss & Katie Shannon

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“Chip In Fore The Kids" Golf Tourney The First State Community Bank’s “Chip In Fore the Kids” Golf Tournament attracted more than 150 golfers. The event benefited the Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbia. Mark Bradshaw, Jacob Renie, Matt Covington, Adam Merrick

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Benefiting Organization Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbia

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Tony Rende, Mel Zelenak, Scott Tipton

Brandon Kalista, Jonathan Tallmage, Aaron Everly, Kevin Dickherber

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A NEW VIEW

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BEING A PHOTOGRAPHER, I HAVE ACCESS TO SOME UNIQUE POINTS OF VIEW IN THE COMMUNITY. Assignment: Best of Columbia The Location: College Avenue

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t’s all about the perspective. I really enjoyed watching the slow transformation of the building

located at 1000 N. College from a brick building into the Blind Boone mural. Painting a mural isn’t an easy feat. David Spear and his crew spent more than 100 hours to get their concept of the historic musician onto the walls of the Silver Key Plaza. The biggest struggle is getting the proper perspective from a twodimensional drawing onto a threedimensional wall. The look of the mural morphs depending on your point of view. Changing your perspective changes what you see. Whether you’re driving down the street or walking up to the brick, you see it in a new way. It’s all about the perspective.

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Doubling Down PUTTING A FOCUS ON HEALTH CARE.

BY FRED PARRY

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s Columbia celebrates her bicentennial this month, it seems appropriate to reflect on the many things that make our city such a wonderful place to live, work and have fun. Just as important, it’s a great time to think about the traditions and customs that make Columbia unique from other communities. No other city in America has a Booches, Shakespeare’s Pizza or Mugs Up Drive In. No other city can boast of the oldest Homecoming in the nation nor can it lay claim to being the home of the oldest fair west of the Mississippi River. In many ways, I think the timing of the return of the Boone County Fair to Columbia during the celebration of our city’s 200th anniversary is more than coincidental. It’s a symbol of the resilience of our citizens and our commitment to the time-honored traditions that give us our sense of identity. From the divisions in our community during the Civil War to the burning of Academic Hall in 1892, we live in a town that knows how to bounce back from the brink of disaster. It’s worth noting that your county fair has also demonstrated a similar resilience in recent years. When asked to describe our hometown, many of us fall back on the standard description of the midwestern college town with the amenities and offerings of a much larger city. We may also brag about our charming downtown business district, great restaurants and countless recreational opportunities. Unfortunately, we too often skip over our

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city’s agricultural heritage and the farm families who contributed to not only our economic vitality, but also the exceptional quality of life which comes from the fruits of living off the land. While we love our local farmers markets, we need to be reminded that Columbia and Boone County were the birthplace of significant agricultural businesses such as Shelter Insurance, MFA, Inc and MFA Oil that are still thriving today. Columbia has also been the home of groundbreaking agricultural research that has dramatically changed the industry. Few people know that research done right here in Columbia once saved the wine industries — both in California and France — from the spread of Phylloxera. The next time you enjoy a glass of Burgundy with your steak, you should pay homage to Columbia’s agricultural roots. One of the few ways our city honors its agricultural heritage is the Boone County Fair. Started in 1835, this fair has a timehonored tradition of putting the spotlight on where our food actually comes from. For a few days each summer, Boone Countians are able to get a close look at the families in our county who still produce livestock and contribute to our food supply. For many of our children, it might be the first time they come within a few inches of a live cow, pig, goat, sheep or chicken. To add to their amazement, they discover that someone their own age may have played a key role in raising that animal. Perhaps it’s the focus on local youth

that is the best part of the Boone County Fair. While most of our kids compete in soccer, baseball and other sports, there’s a small group of kids who spend their free time taking care of animals that, if they’re lucky, might be shown at the county fair. Some of these kids will pay for their college education by auctioning their animals at the annual fair’s Friday night Livestock Auction. All year long, more than 500 kids in Boone County participate in local 4-H clubs while more than another 500 kids are members of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapters at their high schools. The fair is the one time of year these kids get the attention and accolades so often given to student athletes. Of course, I would be remiss if I failed to mention the culinary exploits that are part and parcel of the annual county fair. Whether you’re a fan of funnel cakes, corn dogs or a slice of Boone County country-cured ham, you won’t go hungry at the fair. Happy Birthday, Columbia! Here’s to another 200 years of prosperity, good fortune and being one of the best places to live in America. Join us at the fair, July 20-24, at the Boone County Fairgrounds and help us celebrate this important aspect of our community’s history.

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