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CoMo’s Cheap Eats

Wherever foodies and bargain hunters congregate together, you’ll find cheap eats. We scoured the town to look for great deals, and our plate runneth over! We discovered some dishes that cost next to nothing, and others that rate as great bargains because of their heaping helpings. Devour this story, then grab some (but not much) cash and start your next culinary journey through CoMo.












Editor’s Note


On The Web


A New View


The Final Word




Kevin’s World

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Calendar: December Events

67 68 Shopping We found 25 gifts under $25. 72

ON THE COVER The mahimahi fish tacos at Room 38 are among the gems you’ll find on our Cheap Eats tour of Columbia. Check out the rest of the dining bargains on Page 88. Dig in, CoMo! PHOTO BY L.G. PATTERSON


Moving & Shaking Frameworks Gifts & Interiors aims to be a shopper’s wonderland..


Business Beat See who’s making news in Columbia business.


Robinson’s Ramblings Overindulgence steals the


Home Décor Delight the senses with live greenery.

107 108 The Wine List Cozy up with a fruitful Pinot Noir. 110 CoMo Cuisine Knock off winter’s chill with a bowl of chili. 112 Cooking with Brook Explore the culinary possibilities of oxtail. 116 Dining Out It’s onward and upward for Taj Mahal..

127 128 A Wedding Story Celebrate the nuptials of Sarah Franken & Austin Bernard. 132 A Wedding Story Celebrate the nuptials of Kate Gunn & Scott Wilson. 136 Wedding Planner Seven tips for simplifying your guest list. 138 Wedding Planner

Attendants enjoy the freedom to choose their dress. 140 Announcements Mid-Missouri brides and grooms share their happy news. 142 On The Town




Scrooge Wasn’t Completely Wrong

Sandy Selby

“Why do you doubt your senses?” “Because,” said Scrooge, “a little thing affects them. A slight disorder of the stomach makes them cheats. You may be an undigested bit of beef, a blot of mustard, a crumb of cheese, a fragment of an underdone potato. There’s more of gravy than of grave about you, whatever you are!”



never get tired of the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation from penny-pinching grouch to generous benefactor. I seek out any and all movie versions of the story during the holiday season (but love the 1951 Alastair Sim version best). During the holidays, and every day, I strive to be more post-ghost Scrooge than the crotchety old curmudgeon who hoarded every cent. In this season of giving, though, I find it doesn’t hurt to embrace my inner Scrooge and seek out some great bargains. That goes for dining out, too. This month, writer Anita Neal Harrison scoured the town in search of Cheap Eats. Cheap is a relative term, we realize, but we found plenty of great dining deals in Columbia. Whether you’re in the mood for a quick bite on the run or an elegant sit-down meal, you’ll find an option that leaves you with some leftover cash to spend on gifts. We’ve also included a whole bunch of gift ideas in this issue, including some terrific, under-$25 finds that are lovely, unique tokens of affection, but won’t bust your holiday shopping budget. I know this is a busy month for you and I’m delighted that you’re spending a piece of it with Inside Columbia. I hope this issue helps you make the most of your time and money, whether it’s helping you find a great bargain, informing you about a fun local event for your family, introducing you to an innovative business, or pointing you toward a terrific wine for your holiday table. My colleagues at Inside Columbia and I wish you a happy, healthy, joyful holiday season. God bless us, every one!

“It isn’t that,” said Scrooge, heated by the remark, and speaking unconsciously like his former, not his latter, self. “It isn’t that, Spirit. He has the power to render us happy or unhappy; to make our service light or burdensome; a pleasure or a toil. Say that his power lies in words and looks; in things so slight and insignificant that it is impossible to add and count them up: what then. The happiness he gives, is quite as great as if it cost a fortune.” “Mr Scrooge.” said Bob; “I’ll give you Mr Scrooge, the Founder of the Feast.” “The Founder of the Feast indeed,” cried Mrs Cratchit, reddening. “I wish I had him here. I’d give him a piece of my mind to feast upon, and I hope he’d have a good appetite for it.” “I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach. Oh, tell me I may sponge away the writing on this stone.”

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… and it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us! And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God bless Us, Every One!



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on the web The best is even better! We have a treat for all you dedicated Best of Columbia voters! This year, we debuted a brand-new balloting system that makes it easier than ever to vote. With the new ballot, we’ll allow new nominations through Jan. 9, then we’ll cut the ballot down to the top 10 vote-getters in each category for the final three weeks of voting, until Jan. 31. No one should get left out of the Best of Columbia fun because they missed the nomination window. We still review all the nominations for legitimacy, accuracy and appropriateness. (Yes, this means that the person who tried to nominate “poop” in several categories has nominated in vain.) We’ve also enabled daily voting this year, so you can come back again and again to show your support for your favorites. Vote today (and every day!) you can find the ballot on our website at Keep an eye out for our April issue, where the 2015 Best of Columbia winners will be announced.

Everything Except A Partridge In A Pear Tree Inside Columbia is going to make the holidays a little happier this December with our 12 Days of Christmas Sweepstakes! Beginning Monday, Dec. 8, we’ll be giving away fabulous daily prizes. Mark your calendar, then click over to to register each day for a new prize.

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Send in your event photos! We love to share local events in our On The Town pages. Just submit photos from your event via CD or Dropbox, along with a paragraph about the event and identifications for the people in the photos. Look at our On The Town pages beginning on Page 140 of this issue to see how others are doing it. Contact Alyssa Blevins at for more information. Submit your engagement announcement or wedding photos. We are proud to help newly engaged couples share their happy news with our community. Just click on and look for the engagement announcement graphic near the top of the page. Newlyweds, we welcome submissions of wedding photos for consideration for a feature story in our Celebrate section. Although we can’t feature every wedding submitted, we are usually able to showcase two weddings a month. Preference is given to weddings that take place here in Columbia or rely heavily on local wedding vendors. Ask your photographer to submit a disk with your photos along with your contact information to Sandy Selby, Associate Publisher, Inside Columbia, 47 E. Broadway, Columbia, MO 65203. Share your business news. Is your business expanding? Are you hiring or promoting your employees? Did your company win an award? Tell us about it, and we’ll do the bragging for you both in Inside Columbia and in Inside Columbia’s CEO, our business quarterly. Send your information to our business editor, Kathy Casteel, at kathy@ Write for us. We’re expanding our pool of freelance writers and bloggers. Contact Sandy Selby at for more details. 22















OH, CHRISTMAS TREE! Holiday decorations have come a long way since our ancestors used candles to light up Christmas trees in the early 18th century. Columbia’s very own Magic Tree lights up on Dec. 11 this year. Join Will Treelighter in the Village of Cherry Hill for a fun-filled evening as the Magic Tree blazes with thousands of LED string lights. — MORGAN McCARTY





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Homes For The Holidays Home tours offer inspiration and good cheer.


ake time to view some beautiful holiday sights this month with a holiday home tour. Here in Columbia, the 31st annual Women’s Symphony League Holiday Home Tour runs for three days, from Friday, Dec. 5, to Sunday, Dec. 7.



“Seeing the beautiful homes decorated for the holiday season has become a tradition for many of our attendees,” says Nancy Griggs, who chairs the home tour committee. “It’s great to go with a carload of family and friends.” The tour begins at the Ronald McDonald House, 3501 Lansing Ave.,

and includes four private homes, all within 10 minutes of each other. Expect to spend about two hours on the tour. “In addition to seeing unique and beautiful homes, you can obtain ideas for decorating your own home or just enjoy the tour and get in the holiday mood,” Griggs says. Presented by Commerce Bank, the tour is also sponsored by House of Brokers and Stephanie Wilmsmeyer State Farm. Proceeds benefit the Missouri Symphony’s Hot Summer Nights festival and the Missouri Symphony Conservatory. Tickets cost $15 in advance, available at several businesses around town or online; admission is $20 at the door. Groups of 10 or more can get tickets for $10 each. Times are noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 5, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 6, and noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 7. For more information, contact the Missouri Symphony Society at 573-875-0600 or visit Another opportunity to look inside homes made magnificent for the holidays takes place in Boonville. The Boonville Tourism Commission hosts its Christmas Homes Tour on Saturday, Dec. 6, from noon to 4 p.m. Boonville has more than 450 historic sites on the National Historic Register, as well as one local historic district. The city’s wealth of history makes this Christmas homes tour particularly apt. “The highlight of the tour is the homes, all built from 1855 to 1900,” says Sherry Broyles, assistant director of tourism for the Boonville Tourism Commission. “The Walter Williams home features more than 100 decorated trees! The trolley ride to the homes is an extra treat.” Catch the trolley at the First Christian Church, 301 Fourth St. in Boonville. Plan two hours for this tour, and check out other events happening the same day in Boonville, including the Toyland Parade, the Sugar Plum Tea

Party at the High Street Victorian and “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” at Thespian Hall. The Christmas Homes Tour costs $20, with proceeds going back into the Christmas in Historic Boonville fund. Tickets are available at the Boonville Visitors Center. For more information, call 660-882-3962 or visit — ANITA NEAL HARRISON

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see DECEMBER 5  Shopkeepers throughout The District go to great lengths to outdo one another in the annual LIVING WINDOWS FESTIVAL. For weeks, they work on sewing costumes, building sets and writing scripts to transform their front windows into stages for live holiday performances. Adding to the holiday celebration are open houses, strolling carolers, holiday treats and visits with Santa. Free; 6 to 8 p.m.; downtown Columbia; 573-442-6816;

watch DECEMBER 12–21  Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre brings to life the familiar story of a heartless miser given one last chance at redemption by visiting ghosts. The timeless message, dazzling performances and delightful music of “A CHRISTMAS CAROL” will get the entire family in the Christmas spirit. $35.50; 2 and 8 p.m.; 114 High St., Arrow Rock; 660-837-3311;

listen DECEMBER 21  The SHELTER INSURANCE SYMPHONY OF TOYS HOLIDAY CONCERT at the Missouri Theatre features a festive mix of music for the season from the Missouri Symphony Orchestra, the Missouri Symphony Children’s Chorus, the Columbia Chorale and renowned soprano Teresa Gomez. A special guest from the North Pole will also make an appearance! The concert benefits the U.S. Marines’ Toys for Tots program. Children and students who bring a new, unwrapped toy receive free admission. Adults $17, students and children $9; 3 p.m.; 203 S. Ninth St.; 573-875-0600;

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Magical Memories Local artist Chris Fletcher shares his personal connection to the Magic Tree.


elebrating its 20th anniversary this holiday season, the Magic Tree has become one of Columbia’s beloved holiday traditions. The tree’s astonishing color and light would be attraction enough to draw an artist’s eye, but local artist Chris Fletcher had a more personal reason for sketching the Magic Tree: The man behind the tree’s magical transformation, Randy Fletcher, is his stepfather. “He’s always been very supportive of me and my own interests in painting,” Chris says of Randy, who goes by “Will Treelighter” in his Magic Tree role. “His appreciation for the beauty of the tree is, of course, why he goes to the trouble of lighting every branch.” Chris was 24 and no longer living in Columbia when Randy decorated the first Magic Tree — a crabapple at the home where Randy still lives with his wife, Bette. Not long after Chris returned to town, the Magic Tree made its move to the Village of Cherry Hill. Although the Magic Tree was not part of Chris’ childhood, he says Randy’s love of beauty and nature was an early and lasting influence on his artistic development. The Fletchers went on lots of walks in See mor the woods at Rock Bridge e of Chris F letcher Memorial State Park, The ’s work at www .fletch Pinnacles and other places, erchris . weebly .com. and those hikes remain an inspiration for his drawings and paintings.



“At first, I drew and painted the landscape directly from observation,” DECEMBER 11  he says, “but even now, Witness the enchanting moment I find my abstract work of the Magic Tree’s 20th often turns into some anniversary lighting at the Village kind of landscape with of Cherry Hill’s MAGIC TREE rocks, roots and vines, HOLIDAY FESTIVAL. Along with which must come from the tree lighting, the festivities those memories.” will include carriage rides, a visit His Magic Tree from Santa and a holiday bazaar. drawings — created Free; 6 to 9 p.m., tree lighting at 6; with a Wacom Bamboo Corona Road; 573-777-5900; pen tablet — evolved as well. They began with a Magic-Tree/181701518508346 drawing of random tree branches and leaves, which Chris realized must resemble Randy’s view while wrapping branches. “So it seemed the next logical step would be to try to depict him doing that,” Chris says. He created two drawings with Randy on a ladder and then sketched a scene from memories “of people coming from all over to hang out underneath it, with little kids pointing and excited about seeing it,” he says. “I was trying to recall the reflecting of the light on the people and the ground,” he says. “I guess I don’t see the tree as just an isolated thing now. It’s also about all the people and their reactions to it.” — ANITA NEAL HARRISON




See You In The Funny Pages A new book celebrates a comic strip legend.


ost people think Mizzou’s relationship with comics begins and ends with Mort Walker’s Beetle Bailey strip. Walker attended the University of Missouri after serving in the armed forces and developed the Beetle Bailey character originally as a hapless undergrad attending a school much like MU. Other comics fans may be familiar with the Dick Tracy mural that Chester Gould gifted to Ernie’s Café & Steak House after what I assume was a satisfactory meal there. The truth is that Columbia’s comic book connection is more extensive than this. St. Louis’ Steve Gerber attended MU in the 1960s before going to work at Marvel Comics where he created the much-misunderstood, ill-tempered iconoclast that was Howard the Duck. The Duck was the ribald, anthropomorphic essence of everything snarky and bizarre in what has lately become known as the “Marvel Universe,” but it was, alas, far ahead of its time. Even the George Lucas-produced movie flopped, yet the comic remains among the most influential to emerge from the comic book world’s reinvention in the 1970s. When Frank Stack arrived in mid-Missouri to join the MU art faculty in the mid-1960s, he was already drawing and publishing (under the moniker Foolbert Sturgeon) his “New Adventures of Jesus” strip, regarded by many as the original underground comic. Like Walker, Stack would draw much inspiration from the inanities and contradictions of life and work on



a college campus. Now an emeritus professor of art, Stack continues to create and publish several strips internationally, and has donated many comics from his extensive collection to MU’s Ellis Library. (Frank Stack’s son, Robert, drew an excellent strip for The Maneater while an MU student, one of dozens of talented comic artists who got their start at that student newspaper.) When comics artist J.B. Winter moved to mid-Missouri a decade or so ago, he immediately started to conduct research and educate people about comic art here in Columbia. With the help of friends, he established the Mid-Missouri Comics Collective. The group’s website,, serves as a portal for mid-Missouri artists to communicate and share ideas. Members of this collective sponsor the 24-Hour Comic Marathons that take place occasionally at the Columbia Art League. A few years back, before crowdsourcing, Winter published the remarkable 50 States Comic — a cartoonist “jam session” that featured 50 panels drawn by artists from every state in the union. Winter’s mission seems always to have been to draw and to educate about drawing. Both impulses drive his newest book, Miss Mizzou: A Life Beyond Comics. The book details the history of Steve Canyon creator Milton Caniff ’s comic strip character Miss Mizzou, and the various promotional tie-ins the character inspired in the 1950s and 1960s. Caniff, besides being a widely read strip artist, also helped establish what has become the Smithsonian of Comic Collections at his alma mater, the University of Ohio. Caniff had no real connection to the University of Missouri other than the Journalism School’s interest in newspaper graphics, but a brief visit to Columbia in the early 1950s made a lasting impression in the form of a memorable character. Miss Mizzou was

introduced into the Steve Canyon comic strip in 1952, with her name being a reference to the University of Missouri. The character (loosely based on Marilyn Monroe) is a small-time nightclub entertainer, originally a waitress in Columbia, who gets caught up in international adventures with Air Force pilot Steve Canyon. Miss Mizzou (whose wardrobe was a trench coat worn, it was implied, pas de culotte) quickly became a popular regular character in the strip and would reappear in various story lines during Steve Canyon’s four decades of newspaper publication. Winter’s book explores the origins and ramifications of the Miss Mizzou character in terms of comic art as well as her and her creator’s impact on Columbia in the aftermath of Caniff ’s brief visit. It seems, for example, that his visit and his ensuing contribution to Mizzou culture created a large enough impression on campus and town that Providence Road was nearly renamed in Caniff ’s honor. (In fact, there exist several Caniff/Canyon-related streets in the subdivision at the south end of Ashland Road.) This is not to mention the scads of speculation over the years as to which Columbian might have served as the risqué character’s inspiration. (MU Professor Emeritus W. Ray Wood swears to me that it was his ex-wife.) For those interested in the Miss Mizzou character, Winter promises to continue blogging about her on his site. Or you could just stroll over to the Reynolds Alumni Center on the MU campus to see Caniff ’s lifesized, full-color rendering of her on permanent display there.

KEVIN WALSH considers himself a student of music’s effect on people. Since moving to Columbia in 1975, his professional ventures have included music retailer, radio show host and a brief stint as Truman the Tiger. He currently hosts “The (So Called) Good Life,” from 3 to 6 p.m. every Wednesday on KOPN 89.5 FM and streaming live at DECEMBER 2014 INSIDE COLUMBIA



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“Into The Woods”

Along with religious festivities, family gatherings and the arrival of St. Nick, Christmas has become a prime opening day for a smattering of highly anticipated movies. One of this year’s Christmas Day highlights is “Into the Woods,” a Disney adaptation of the Tony-winning ’80s fantasy Broadway musical. Directed by Oscar-winner Rob Marshall (“Chicago” and “Memoirs of a Geisha”), “Into the Woods” intertwines many tale-as-old-as-time elements into an original narrative by following a childless pair of bakers (James Corden and Emily Blunt) who desire to start a family but must contend with the witch (Meryl Streep) who cursed them with barrenness. In their search to find a way to break the witch’s spell and bring themselves a family, the pair crosses paths with some well-known Grimm fairy tale characters: Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Prince Charming (Chris Pine), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), the Big Bad Wolf (Johnny Depp), as well as Jack — the one with the beanstalk — and Rapunzel, among others, all headed “into the woods” in search of the things they wish for most. It soon becomes clear that “be careful what you wish for” is at the heart of this tale, though, as the characters encounter both comical and tragic unexpected consequences in their quests for fulfillment. For those familiar with the stage production, note that the film adaptation of “Into the Woods” features most of the original score from Stephen Sondheim’s play, but some major plot elements have been changed in order to make the film family-friendly. The screen version is still a faithful adaptation of the original story, however, with Sondheim approving the plot and musical changes, and James Lapine — who originally directed the theater production and wrote the story’s book version — penning the screenplay for Disney’s adaptation. — REVIEWED BY AMANDA STAFFORD

(Walt Disney Pictures) Wide Release: Dec. 25 Starring: Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Johnny Depp and Tracey Ullman Trailer: www. Rated: PG


“Live in Dublin” 3 CD/1 DVD Box Set Artist: Leonard Cohen (Legacy) Release Date: Dec. 2


“The London Sessions”

Artist: Mary J. Blige (Capitol Records) Release Date: Dec. 2


“Rock or Bust” Artist: AC/DC (Columbia) Release Date: Dec. 2

“Greatest Hits: Decade #1”

Artist: Carrie Underwood (Sony Music Nashville) Release Date: Dec. 9

“Monuments to an Elegy”

Artist: Smashing Pumpkins (BMG Rights Management) Release Date: Dec. 9


The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons: The History of the Human Brain as Revealed by True Stories of Trauma, Madness, and Recovery By Sam Kean (Little, Brown and Co., 2014 I start with an apology: I try to alternate fiction and nonfiction books for these reviews, but I was so smitten with the title of this book that I had no choice but to review two nonfiction books consecutively. Sam Kean presents a fascinating look into the human brain with accounts that range as far back as 1559, during the reign of France’s King Henry II. When the king was injured in a jousting match, neither of the two dueling doctors who fought over his treatment could prevent his death. But what they learned helped develop the field of neurosurgery. Truly, the brain is an amazing thing. Did you know that it is possible to see with your tongue? Did you know that face-blindness is a real neurological disorder? Were you aware that the brain contains a hardwired scaffold of the full body that makes it possible for people born without limbs to experience phantom limb sensations? We owe much to Wilder Penfield, the doctor who began mapping the brain in the 1930s. He discovered that the face, lips and hands all “own huge, Canada-sized territories” of the brain. Penfield also presented evidence of brain wiring and discovered the functions of the temporal lobes. This book covers a wide range of known abilities and dysfunctions of the human brain. Kean presents a wonderfully accessible explanation of just how much we do — and don’t — know about our brains. — REVIEWED BY AMY CRUMP DECEMBER 2014 INSIDE COLUMBIA



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A Home For the Holidays Spending time with family and friends, wrapping gifts to place under the tree, and hanging stockings from the mantel are all memories that become tradition each holiday season. Creating new memories and honoring family traditions are even more memorable when they’re done in a home of your very own. When you’re ready to purchase a home, make sure you’re well-represented. House of Brokers is the trusted name in the Columbia real estate market and our real estate professionals look forward to helping you find the perfect home. This holiday, put your trust in our house.

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Cha Boutique is a women’s clothing and accessories store specializing in classy, hip apparel including shoes and trendy accessories. The newest store in The District in downtown Columbia will be your ultimate resource for the latest fashion trends from slogan tees to luxe silk dresses. This holiday season, Cha has you covered. Whether you are buying a gift or looking for that perfect holiday outfit, choose from a large selection of crystal belts, knit beanies and frostys from St. Louis designers KM2 ($35-$150) or cozy up in a cashmere sweater like the “Brooklyn” from Joie (pictured near left, $258). You’re sure to find the perfect gift for that special someone this holiday season at Cha Boutique in Columbia!

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The holiday season can be hectic and stressful. Certainly there’s someone on your list who could use the relaxing relief of a visit to Back Space Therapeutic Massage. Back Space offers a warm and inviting environment, and a wide range of massage options including Swedish massage, hot stone massage and sports massage. Muscle tension melts away under the touch of our talented therapists. This year, give a gift that will be warmly welcomed — a gift card to Back Space.

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If you’re looking for the perfect gift this holiday season, give award-winning wines from Stone Hill Winery. Choose a customized gift basket, or a laser-engraved gift such as an etched wine bottle or wineglass. Or, give a gift certificate to the winery or Vintage Restaurant, located onsite in Hermann. Call 800-909-WINE to order your customized gift basket, the perfect gift big or small! Wine, gift certificates, etched items and limited gift boxes are also available online at You can find Stone Hill wines at local grocery stores, too, or at any of their three locations in Hermann, Branson and New Florence. 

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Happy Holidays from the staff and students at Sam Brown’s Cosmetology & Barber Institute! The goal of Sam Brown’s is to provide its students with a highly qualified yet affordable education, so that they’ll understand all aspects of the industry and be able to pass both the practical and written State Board exams. With a limit of 30 students allowed each term, Sam Brown’s Cosmetology & Barber Institute offers individualized attention to its students in an upscale salon environment. Students receive a great deal of hands-on experience working with actual clients in all aspects of the cosmetology/ barber field, starting them on the path to a successful career.

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‘Tis the season to pick out perfect gifts, and we have something for everyone on your list! Above left: Tiger drawings by Ashley Cooper, candles by Voluspa, photography by David Frech and rugs by Dash and Albert. Top right: Gown by 3 Marthas, doll by Corolle, diaper bag by Petunia Picklebottom. We have a large selection of dinnerware for children, as well as an extensive selection of Christmas gifts for babies and children. Bottom right: Baggallini clutch, just one of many we carry from the largest selection of Baggalini handbags in central Missouri, and one of many statement necklaces in stock. We also have a large selection of charm bracelets and necklaces by Beaucoup (not pictured) and sentiment jewelry by Lenny and Eva.

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Nothing can sweeten the holidays like delicious, made-from-scratch, filledwith-grandma’s-kind-of-love pies! Whether you’re hosting a huge holiday dinner, heading to a potluck or need a hostess gift, delectable selections from Peggy Jean’s Pies are sure to be appreciated. Choose 5” baby, 7” regular or 12” family sizes (above left). Enjoy classics, such as cherry (bottom right), or one of Peggy Jean’s more unusual flavors such as sour cream cherry. You can also give a yummy gift of individual jelly jar pies (top right). Celebrate this season with perfectly prepared pies from Peggy Jean’s.

601 E. Broadway #303 573-449-1070

The special person in your life will be ecstatic to find a little green box from Betz Jewelers under the tree this holiday season! With jewelry to fit any budget, our friendly staff is happy to help you pick the perfect piece. Clockwise from left: diamond and sapphire rings in 18K white gold; diamond and multi-colored sapphire bracelet in 18K white gold; Spark ruby and diamond rings in 18K white gold; Anna Beck Collection, starting at $100 (made in Bali of sterling silver and 18K yellow gold vermeil); Reflections of Color, starting at $250 (made with sterling silver, 18K yellow gold and colored gems) Holiday Wish Book 2014 HWB-11

2450 Trails West Ave. 573-445-4465

This holiday season, give the gift that keeps on giving for long after the holidays are over. For 30 years, Rost Inc. has been the premier and largest landscape design/build firm in central Missouri offering our clients exceptional design services and detailed installation. Â Our retail division, Superior Garden Center, provides an extensive inventory specializing in large trees and shrubs, perennials, annuals, bulk mulch and rock, and pottery. We also provide services such as delivery, custom potting and landscape planting. Give the perfect gift for any homeowner this year and get them a gift card to Rost Inc. and Superior Garden Center. Gift cards are sold in any increments, never expire and are sure to please everyone on your list. Winter hours vary; call 573-445-4465 or order online at

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Larry’s Boots 6401 A Highway 40 W. Exit 121 573-446-2668

There are sure to be smiles on Christmas morning when folks unwrap fashionable finery from Larry’s Boots. Guys will really go for a handsome hat from Stetson ($199.99) or a smart shirt ($95.95) or pull over ($109.95) from Ariat. Gals will love a pretty paisley Roper shirt ($49.99) or an Ariat jacket ($109.95). Santa can deliver some beautiful boots for your favorite cowgirl (bottom left to right: Spirit $249.99, Old Gringo $289.99, Spirit $259.99). The cowboy on your list is sure to get a kick out of good-looking boots (bottom right, left to right Tony Lama $419.99, Lucchese $279.99, Ariat $159.99). This season, shop the largest selection of boots in MidMissouri at Larry’s Boots!

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The Mizzou Store 911 E. Rollins Columbia, MO 65211 1-800-827-8447

Deck the halls in Mizzou spirit this holiday season. The Mizzou Store has a gift for every Tiger fan. Choose from holiday favorites including fabulous figurines, nutcrackers and ornaments ($16.99$49.99). Give a cozy cardigan, earmuffs, a beanie, gloves or scarf ($15.99-$89.99). Find the perfect present from our wide selection of wallets, watches and billfolds ($35-$95). Or consider a household gift such as a Tiger table runner ($69.99). Shop the largest and most unique selection of Mizzou merchandise and deck the halls with black and gold. RAH, RAH, RAH, RAH, RAH, RAH!

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The Holiday Songbook The Christmas Song

White Christmas

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose, Yuletide carols being sung by a choir, And folks dressed up like Eskimos.

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas, Just like the ones I used to know. Where the treetops glisten, and children listen, To hear sleigh bells in the snow.

Everybody knows a turkey and some Mistletoe help to make the season bright. Tiny tots with their eyes all aglow Will find it hard to sleep tonight. They know that Santa’s on his way; He’s loaded lots of toys and goodies On his sleigh. And every mother’s Child is gonna spy to see if Reindeer really know how to fly.

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas, With every Christmas card I write. May your days be merry and bright, And may all your Christmases be white. I’m dreaming of a white Christmas, With every Christmas card I write. May your days be merry and bright, And may all your Christmases be white.

And so, I’m offering this Simple phrase to kids from One to ninety-two. Altho’ it’s been said many times Many ways, “Merry Christmas to you.”

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas Have yourself a merry little Christmas. Let your heart be light. From now on Our troubles will be out of sight. Have yourself a merry little Christmas. Make the Yule-tide gay. From now on Our troubles will be miles away. Here we are as in olden days, Happy golden days of yore. Faithful friends who are dear to us, Gather near to us once more. Through the years we all will be together If the Fates allow. Hang a shining star upon the highest bough, And have yourself a merry little Christmas now.

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1705 N. Stadium Blvd. 573-474-4555

Be a stunning standout during the holidays! You can have the hair you’ve always dreamed of with a visit to Hair Therapy Salon. “DreamCatchers” hair extensions, available exclusively at Hair Therapy, can transform fine, lifeless or short hair into thick, long, beautiful-looking hair instantly! Crafted from high-quality European human hair, they use no damaging glues or waxes, and are cost-effective, reusable and long lasting.

111 S. Ninth St., Suite 170 573-443-8719 800-876-2553

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Allen’s Flowers is THE place to shop for Christmas! We have transformed our store to bring you the most beautiful Christmas designs in the latest color trends. We have heavenly angels, whimsical moose and reindeer, Santas from all around the world, along with sophisticated and sparkling Christmas décor and much more! Allen’s also has a large selection of flowers, fresh wreaths and garland to make your holiday parties and gatherings extra special.

Bluestem Missouri Crafts 13 South Ninth Street 573-442-0211

Bluestem Missouri Crafts has your holiday gift needs covered with everything from traditional toys for children to gorgeous objets d’art for the discerning adult – with hundreds of items in between! And it’s all handmade by one of more than 300 artists from Missouri or the eight neighboring states. This glass sculpture featuring a cobalt bowl with red roses ($126) was handcrafted by Charlotte Behrens. Her unique art is created with powdered glass and glass threads, giving her work a look that reflects joy.

1400 Forum Blvd. Suite 35 573-234-2275

Santa Paws stops here! At Treats Unleashed, you’ll find the perfect holiday gifts for your pets, like shop dog Gator, and the pet lovers on your list. Our decorated holiday treats are made-from-scratch and baked fresh daily. Choose from a wide selection of chews and toys to keep your dog or cat entertained this holiday season. Whether they’ve been “naughty or nice,” we have toys, collars, beds and more, available in all sizes, designs, colors and levels of durability to fit your pets’ needs. Pets always welcome! Family owned since 2003. Holiday Wish Book 2014 HWB-17

1013 E. Walnut St. Suite 100 573-673-3522

Far left: Our full length Moss maxi skirt’s perfect if layering’s your thing. The buttons, cross straps, ruffled panel and pleats add charming detail to this statement skirt. Pair with a chunky sweater and booties for a comfy day look or a crop top for an evening outfit ($158). Near left: Beach meets downtown cool in this Tyra Maxi dress with its long flowy silhouette. This sultry sleeveless dress features a halter top, high-thigh slits and an open back. Pair with a leather jacket and booties to complete your new look ($190). 

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Holiday Cookies, Phat Guy Style

We mix up some holiday treats with Santa’s not-so-little helpers. By Dahlia Falk • Food Styling by Sara Fougere • Photos By L.G. Patterson

Seven years ago, Inside Columbia unleashed a jolly crew of foodies on this city in search of decadent dishes and hidden culinary gems. Our Phat Guys, self-named for their fabulosity — or should that be phabulosity? — quickly gained collective acclaim here in our fair city. Today, the Phat Five (Scott Charton, Norm Ruebling, Don Stamper, Fred Parry and Larry Schuster) are still enjoying life with gusto and great food, and even team up once a year to host a charity golf tournament. Here we revisit a 2007 holiday treat from Inside Columbia’s archives: a Phat Guys holiday cookie extravaganza.

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t’s about that time — the most wonderful time of the year. Along with the snow and the lights and all things merry, the holidays just wouldn’t be complete without a few special people. We’re not talking elves. Or Santa and his missus. We’re talking about the Phat Guys, of course. Your favorite fivesome, whose bellies bear an uncanny resemblance to that jolly man from the North Pole, are here to spread their version of Christmas cheer. Now, they can’t tell you much about sleigh rides — and heaven forbid they give a lesson on the art of snow angels — but, if you want to talk Christmas cookies, they’re your guys. What? You think phat men can’t bake? Think again. Larry, Scott, Don, Norm and Fred have full cookie jars all year-round. But come Christmas time, they whip out their very manly aprons and get down to serious baking business. They sift, stir, mix and frost their little, er, big buns off

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because after years of consumption, they know these treats make the holidays a whole lot sweeter. While the rest of the population goes to bed with visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads, this group dreams about white chocolate Macadamia morsels, scrumptious eggnog snickerdoodles, tantalizing cherry toffee oatmeal treats, heavenly peanut butter balls and luscious lepp cookies. It’s no wonder Santa hasn’t visited this crew in years — the cookies and milk never even make it out of the kitchen. So because they are sick of receiving lumps of coal (which, after much debate, they’ve decided are more or less inedible), and in an effort to get back in the phat man’s good graces, the guys are sharing these sacred recipes with you. Set them out for Santa or bring them to Christmas dinner. Just beware that the side effects of a phat man’s family cookie recipe are intoxicating. After one bite, even the biggest Scrooge will be ho-ho-hoing and looking for you under the mistletoe.

White Chocolate Macadamia Cookies Makes 41/2 dozen cookies o o o o o o o o

1/2 cup butter, softened 1/2 cup sugar 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 jar (3 1/2 ounces) chopped macadamia nuts 1 cup vanilla or white chips

1. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in the egg and vanilla. 2. Combine flour and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture. Stir in nuts and vanilla chips.

3. Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for 10–12 minutes. Cool on wire racks.

Eggnog Snickerdoodles

Makes 6 o o o o o o o o o o


dozen cookies

1/2 cup butter, softened 1/2 cup shortening 13/4 cups sugar, divided 2 eggs 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon rum extract 23/4 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons cream of tartar 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg

1. In a mixing bowl, cream the butter, shortening and 1½ cups sugar. Beat in eggs and extract. 2. Combine the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. 3. In a shallow bowl, combine the nutmeg and remaining sugar. Roll dough into 1-inch balls; roll in sugar mixture. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 400 degrees for 10–12 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. minutes or until lightly browned. Holiday Wish Book 2014 HWB-21

Cherry Toffee Oatmeal Cookies Makes 24 3-inch cookies

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1 cup butter 3/4 cup sugar 3/4 cup light brown sugar 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla 11/2 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 cup dried cherries 1 cup chocolate, chopped 1 cup toffee 11/2 cups oatmeal

1. Cream together butter and sugars. Scrape bowl and add egg. 2. Mix in 1 teaspoon vanilla. 3. Sift together flour and baking soda; mix in a little at a time. 4. Add cherries, chocolate, toffee and oats. Mix until combined. 5. Divide into 3 logs, wrap in plastic wrap and chill. Slice into 1/2-inch to 3/4-inch-thick cookies. Bake at 350 degrees for 8–10 minutes.

Peanut Butter Balls Makes 50 balls o o o o o o

1 stick butter 2 cups smooth peanut butter 1 box powdered sugar 3 cups Rice Krispies cereal, crushed 1 cup chocolate chips 1/3 block paraffin wax


Melt butter and stir in peanut butter, powdered sugar and crushed Rice Krispies. Mix well and form into balls.


Melt paraffin and chocolate chips in a double boiler. Reduce heat and dip the balls in the chocolate, remove balls from chocolate and place in wax paper to cool.

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Grandmother ‘Gertrude’ Schuster’s Lebkuchen (Lepp Cookies) Makes 7–8 dozen cookies

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3 pints sorghum molasses 2 pints lard (if store-bought and not homemade, add 1 additional cup) 2 cups white sugar 2 pounds black raisins 1 quart black walnuts 3 cups buttermilk 2 tablespoons baking soda 1 tablespoon baking powder 2 tablespoons cinnamon 1 tablespoon allspice 1 tablespoon ginger 1 tablespoon nutmeg 1 tablespoon salt 5 pounds sifted flour


Cream sugar and lard (do not melt). Add sorghum molasses; mix well with creamed sugar and lard.


Place walnuts and raisins in separate pans and sift flour over each; coat well to prevent them from sticking together. Set aside.

3. Mix a small amount of flour with the other dry ingredients and spices. 4. Blend dry spice mixture into sugar/molasses/lard mixture and mix thoroughly. 5. Alternately add small portions of the rest of the flour and the buttermilk to the mixture, beginning with flour, until all of the flour and buttermilk are combined and mixed.

6. Stir in raisins. 7. Stir in nuts. 8. Cover pan with plastic wrap and cool in refrigerator or in winter air overnight. 9. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sprinkle some flour on large cutting board or countertop to form cookie dough into manageable loaves.

10. Slice loaves approximately 1/4-inch thick with floured knife or heavy monofilament line. 11. Bake approximately 10 minutes. Cookies are done when tops “spring back” (no imprint remains) after a light touch. Do not overbake.


Cool before serving. Enjoy these cookies dunked in hot coffee or cold milk. For an extra treat, add a glaze of sugar, syrup, egg white and water to the “flat” side of this tasty holiday spice cookie. Holiday Wish Book 2014 HWB-23

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Saturday, February 7 Historic Missouri Theatre, Columbia, MO



Build your faith at the 2015 CoMo Christian Men’s Conference, where you’ll be motivated by our guest speaker, moved by some incredible music, and inspired to do more and more than you ever thought possible.

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december events

Calendar  events with this icon are family friendly DECEMBER 1  The Holiday Ice Spectacular features world-class figure skaters and exciting choreography teamed with your favorite Christmas songs as Santa and the cast take you on an unforgettable nostalgic Christmas journey. It’s a holiday celebration, with ice on the Missouri Theatre stage! From $19, children $15; 7 p.m.; 203 S. Ninth St.; 573-882-3781;

DECEMBER 3  A holiday tradition returns to the University Concert Series, when for the first time ever, The Moscow Ballet’s “The Great Russian Nutcracker” comes to the Missouri Theatre stage. It’s the must-see event of the season! Celebrate



with the whole family as 40 Russian artists bring Tchaikovsky’s score, the magic of larger-than-life puppets and a growing Christmas tree to life. From $19, children $15; 7 p.m.; 203 S. Ninth St.; 573-882-3781;

DECEMBER 4 Jenny Lewis brings her indie/ folk/soul act to The Blue Note. Joe Levy, editor of Rolling Stone, has called Lewis “the best songwriter working today”; the new drama, “Very Good Girls,” starring Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen, showcases her talents in her debut as a film composer and music supervisor. $20 in advance, $25 day of show; doors open at 8 p.m., show at 9; 17 N. Ninth St.; 573874-1944;

DECEMBER 5  In the annual Living Windows Festival, shopkeepers throughout The District transform their front windows into stages for live holiday performances. Read more on Page 26. Free; 6 to 8 p.m.; downtown Columbia; 573-442-6816;

DECEMBER 5 PS:Gallery, in collaboration with Weinstein Gallery San Francisco, presents the inaugural Masters Exhibit Opening Reception, featuring works on paper by Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso, Robert Kipniss, and Rudolf Bauer. Luke Weinstein will be on hand to discuss the acquisition of works and their place within the life’s work of each artist. The exhibit will run for two weeks, Dec. 2–13, and will be open to the public during standard gallery hours. Free; 6 p.m.; 1025 E. Walnut; 573-442-4831;

DECEMBER 5  The Odyssey Chamber Music Series presents “Paganiniana” at First

Baptist Church. Virtuoso violinist Saeka Matsuyama plays Paganiniana, Moszkowski and Strauss Sonata with pianists Peter Miyamoto and Ayako Tsuruta and violinist Amy Appold. Brilliant virtuosity is also shared by flutists Steve Geibel and Michael White! $20 general admission, $10 students, free for children 12 and younger; 7 p.m.; 1112 E. Broadway; 573-825-0079;

DECEMBER 5 The work of the Stephens College senior filmmakers culminates in the Digital Film Senior Showcase, a community showcase of the seniors’ film projects in Charters Auditorium. Free; 7 to 9 p.m.; 1405 E. Broadway; 573-8767199;

DECEMBER 5–7  Take part in a favorite holiday tradition and see beautifully decorated homes in the 31st Annual Women’s Symphony League Holiday Home Tour. Read more on Page 26. $15 in advance, $20 at the door, group discounts; noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 5, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 6 , noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 7; 3501 Lansing Ave.; 573-875-0600;

DECEMBER 5–7, 12–14 Nick is a single, Italian-American from New Jersey. His parents have retired and moved to Florida, but both sets of his grandparents remain in New Jersey, and Nick has dinner with them every Sunday. When Nick is offered his dream job — in Seattle — the news doesn’t sit well with his beloved, albeit annoying, grandparents. Thus begins a series of grand schemes to keep Nick around, including bringing to dinner the lovely, and single, Caitlin O’Hare. “Over the River and Through the Woods” comes to the stage of Talking Horse Productions. $12 adults, $10 seniors and students; 7:30 p.m. except 6 p.m. Sunday; 210 Saint James St.; 573-268-1381;

DECEMBER 5–7, 10–11  Known for its bright, charming, resourceful and highly imaginative heroine, “Anne of Green Gables” has captivated audiences for generations. Experience this timeless tale for the first time at the Stephens College DECEMBER 2014 INSIDE COLUMBIA


Macklanburg Playhouse, or share it with someone you find charming and irrepressible, too. $14 admission, $7 students/seniors; 7:30 p.m. with 2 p.m. matinee Dec. 7; 100 Willis Ave.; 573-8767199;


See four historic homes bedecked for the holidays in the annual Boonville Tourism Commission’s Christmas Homes Tour. Read more on Page 26. $20; noon to 4 p.m.; 660-882-3967;


Celebrate the African-based festival that honors family, community and culture. The City Kwanzaa Celebration, held in the Frederick Douglass High School gym, offers entertainment, a community feast (covered dishes are welcome) and community awards. Free; 2 to 5:30 p.m. 573-874-6379;


Make a magical connection on the Santa Hotline! Children between the ages of 3 and 10 may call the North Pole and talk with Santa, Mrs. Claus or one



of the elves. This opportunity is available one day only. Free; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; 573-874-7473 or 573-874-6335;

DECEMBER 6 The Cheese and Sauerkraut 10-Mile is a no-wristwatch race in which participants must guess their finish time. The runner with the closest prediction wins a basket of cheeses, while the runner with the leastaccurate prediction takes home a can of sauerkraut. The race, organized by the Columbia Track Club, will start at the Katy Trail’s McBaine trailhead. $3 for non-CTC members; 8:30 a.m.; 7149 W. Route K; 573-874-2906;

DECEMBER 6 From cranberry candles to pine birdhouses, the Winter Vendor & Craft Bazaar at the Knights of Columbus Hall showcases home-based vendors. Find baked goods, resale items and handmade crafts, plus enter to win raffles and door prizes. Free; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; 2525 N. Stadium Blvd.; craftbazaarcolumbiamo

DECEMBER 6  Come strut your stuff during the inaugural Katy Trail Tunnel Trot! This family-friendly event offers a 5K run and a more challenging 12K run. Both races start at the Rocheport trailhead and head west on the Katy Trail. Runners will experience the historic 243-footlong tunnel at Rocheport, the only stone tunnel on the Katy. Awards and refreshments will follow the races. $20/5K, $25/12K; 1 p.m.; First Street, Rocheport; 800-334-6946;

DECEMBER 6, 7, 9, 13, 14  Long before Disney created its smash hit “Frozen,” a more traditional tale was told of a mystical queen with ice-cold powers. See the TRYPS presentation of “Snow Queen” at the Stephens College Warehouse Theatre. $10 adults, $5 children 18 and younger; performance times vary; 104 Willis Ave.; 573-4494536;

DECEMBER 7–9  Dickens is alive and well and greeting guests on the Stephens College campus in A Dickens Victorian Christmas, an annual Columbia holiday tradition. You won’t want to miss this authentic recreation of a 19th-century English Christmas celebration in the parlors of Stephens’ historic Senior Hall. Join Mr. and Mrs. Charles Dickens, along with the Stephens Concert Choir, for a spirited evening of holiday music, period dance, refreshments, games and frivolity. Appropriate for all ages. $20 admission, $10 students, free for children 12 and younger; 7:30 p.m.; 100 Waugh St.; 573-876-7199;

DECEMBER 10–14 GreenHouse Theatre collaborates with Orr Street Studios on a new, experimental adaptation of the Thornton Wilder classic “Our Town.” In true GreenHouse fashion, this version, written by the theater’s coartistic director Elizabeth Braaten Palmieri, is trimmed down and hip, using modern music and an art installation of chairs to create the world of the play. There are no props, and the actors play multiple roles. The show’s message befits the holiday season: Life is precious; time is of the essence. Online tickets $12 adults & $10 students, $15 at the door; 7:30 p.m.; 106 Orr St.; 952-913-8558;

DECEMBER 11  Witness the enchanting moment of the Magic Tree’s lighting at the Village of Cherry Hill’s Magic Tree Holiday Festival. Read more on Page 28 DECEMBER 2014 INSIDE COLUMBIA


Free; 6 to 9 p.m., tree lighting at 6; Corona Road; 573-777-5900; Magic-Tree/181701518508346

DECEMBER 12  The Charles Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol” has become a University Concert Series tradition with a full array of Christmas carols and holiday cheer. Families love the story of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge and the three ghosts of Christmas who must teach him the true meaning of the holiday before it’s too late. Nebraska Theatre Caravan will present the show at the Missouri Theatre. From $19, children $15; 7 p.m.; 203 S. Ninth St.; 573-882-3781;

DECEMBER 12–21  Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre’s “A Christmas Carol” will get you and your



entire family in the Christmas spirit. Read more on Page 26. $35.50; 2 and 8 p.m.; 114 High St., Arrow Rock; 660-8373311;

DECEMBER 13  Cheer on the Mizzou Men’s basketball team when they take on Xavier University of Cincinnati at Mizzou Arena. Price TBA; 3 p.m.; 1 Champions Drive; 573-884-PAWS (7297);

DECEMBER 13  Wear a holiday-themed costume, tie jingle bells to your shoes and raise funds to help find a cure for arthritis at the Jingle Bell Run/Walk in the Roger B. Wilson Government Center. The nationwide 5K of the Arthritis Foundation draws attention to America’s leading cause of disability and raises funds for research, health education and government advocacy. The event includes an Adult 5K Run/Walk, a 1 Mile Winter Walk and Youth 5K Run/ Walk. Adult 5K/$35, 1 Mile/$35, Youth 5K/$30; 8 a.m.; 801 E. Walnut; 314-4474883;

DECEMBER 14 Lil Debbie: The White Clouds Tour is coming to Mojo’s. Once a part of the rap group White Girl Mob, Lil Debbie has launched a solo career with the help of YouTube videos gone viral — several have gained more than a million views. From $15; doors open at 6:30 p.m., show at 7:30; 1013 Park Ave.; 573875-0588;


Set against the backdrop of the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis, the 1944 film “Meet Me in St. Louis” — starring Judy Garland, Margaret O’Brien, Mary Astor and June Lockhart — was nominated for four Oscars. It featured a soundtrack of amazing songs and voices, and has one of the more memorable holiday scenes in movie history: the debut of Garland’s classic “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” $8; 2 p.m.; 203 S. Ninth St.; 573-882-3781;

holiday lights from the comfort of Parks & Recreation’s mini-buses in the Lights and Sights Tour. Two tours depart from the city’s Activity & Recreation Center. Call ahead to reserve your seat. $7.50; 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. to 9 p.m.; 1701 W. Ash St.; 573-874-7460;

DECEMBER 17  No holiday season is complete without giving, and the 12-hour One for One Holiday Food Drive asks Columbians to donate one dollar or one nonperishable food item for every member of their immediate families. The proceeds and the food go straight to The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri, where $10 provides meals for 110 people in need. Volunteers, including Inside Columbia staff, will be “freezing for food” at the collection site. Last year’s drive netted 1,136,305 pounds of food! Free; 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.; corner of Broadway and Providence Road; 573474-1020;

DECEMBER 19  Enjoy some of Columbia’s beautiful

DECEMBER 21  The Shelter Insurance Symphony of Toys Holiday Concert at the Missouri Theatre will feature a variety of festive music to benefit the U.S. Marine’s Toys for Tots program. Read more on Page 26. $17, adults, $9 students and children; 3 p.m.; 203 S. Ninth St.; 573-875-0600; www.

DECEMBER 31  Kick off Columbia Eve Fest with the traditional Columbia Eve Fest 5K Run/Walk. This out-and-back race starts and ends near Cyclextreme, with the midpoint in the parking lot of the Hearnes Center. Entry to the race includes an activity admission pass to Columbia Eve Fest. Register by Dec.

16 to get a T-shirt. $25 adults and $15 children in advance, $30 adults and $20 children on race day; 4 p.m.; 19 S. Sixth St.;

DECEMBER 31  Ring in the New Year at Columbia Eve Fest, where culture is celebrated and community is created! This alcohol-free event will take place within one block of Ninth Street, PHOTO BY NOTLEY HAWKINS between Elm and Locust streets; venues include the Missouri Theatre, Columbia Art League, Missouri United Methodist Church, Shakespeare’s Pizza parking lot and the Ninth Street Stage. Enjoy live music, art, children’s entertainment, a master illusionist and more. $6 in advance, $8 at the door, free for children 6 and younger; 7 p.m.; downtown Columbia; 573-6738477;
















SEASON’S GREETINGS Show off your holiday cheer with a wreath. Pick up some greenery of your choice and mix in different colors and textures. This wreath combines faux traditional pine with golden laurel leaves. tied with a simple, red silk ribbon. Mix faux materials with real greens, or work with one of Columbia’s talented florists to create a live wreath just for your home. — MORGAN McCARTY PHOTO BY L.G. PATTERSON




25 Gifts For $25 Or Less From stocking stuffers to fun, little gift items, Columbia’s local boutiques have you covered — even if you’re on a tight budget. Christmas In New York and Christmas In Paris books, available at Tallulahs ($9.99 each)

Green garlic twist by Nex Trend, available at Tallulahs ($23) Red baby alpaca scarf, available at Mustard Seed Fair Trade ($25)

Burlap bow 5-by-7-inch frame, available at Cha Boutique ($20)

Semi-precious pendant gold necklace by Kevin N Anna, available at Poppy ($24)

Rose gold quilted handbag, available at Glik’s ($24)

Mix N’ Match Parfum set by Tokyo Milk, available at Makes Scents ($19)

Holiday tennis ball by Mud Pie, available at Tallulahs ($3.50)


Assorted key fobs by Smathers and Branson, available at Binghams ($25 each) INSIDE COLUMBIA DECEMBER 2014

Penguin ornament by Evening Star Studio, available at Poppy ($22)




Gingerbread girl and boy flex spatulas by Tovolo, available at Tallulahs ($11) Pink whale burp towel by 3 Marthas, available at Calhoun’s ($15.95)

Gray headscarf by Wooden Ships, available at Cha Boutique ($25)

Leaping deer ornament, available at Cha Boutique ($3.25)

Missouri gold state necklace by Cool and Interesting, available at Calhoun’s ($24.95)

Cardinal and deer ornaments by Fair Trade Federation, available at Mustard Seed Fair Trade ($13)

Bath Benefit Kit by Kneipp, available at Makes Scents ($24)

Where’s The Bone? plush book, available at Calhoun’s ($18.95) Silk & Clean stain remover for silk, and for wool and cotton, available at Binghams ($10 each)

Creature Floor Puzzles by Andrew Zuckerman, available at Calhoun’s ($24.95)






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A Walk In Wonderland

Find your heart’s desires at Frameworks Gifts & Interiors.


hen shoppers enter Frameworks Gifts & Interiors, the reaction of many is: “Wow.” “I hear that word from many people who walk into this store,” says Gary Duncan, who owns the store with his wife, Sharon. “A lady this afternoon said, ‘It’s magical. It smells so good. It’s just like walking into a wonderland.’ ” Gary and Sharon purchased Frameworks in 2001. They are the third party to own the business, which has stood at 901 Old 63 N. for 30 years. When the Duncans purchased Frameworks, its offerings were mostly limited to furniture, collectibles, needlework and custom framing. Under their care, the store has evolved to carry more gifts, accessories and home décor — everything from licensed Mizzou gear to gourmet food, a baby boutique, ladies accessories, Christmas ornaments, bath and body items, and books — while still specializing in custom framing. Gary Duncan shares more about the Frameworks story.



HOW DO YOU SET THE TONE FOR FRAMEWORKS? We’ve been very fortunate in that we’ve traveled a lot and we’ve seen Christmas displayed in many areas — as well as gifts — and we’ve patterned our store on memories of what we’ve seen. We want to be a place where people can find unique items at a good price, without having to go to St. Louis, Kansas City, New York or Chicago. WHAT ARE SOME SPECIFIC OFFERINGS? Gift lines, home décor, clocks — we’ve become the clock shop in Columbia. We feature Bulova, Timeworks, mantel and wall clocks of all kinds. We’ve brought in lines of jewelry from sterling silver to costume. We brought in ladies handbags, Vera Bradley and travel accessories. We have a baby boutique and feature books, plush, banks and other gift items for newborns to toddlers. People love to come here for retail therapy.

DESCRIBE THE FRAMING SERVICES YOU OFFER. We have hundreds of corner samples and mat board colors so people can pick anything they want to complement their artwork. Larry O’Bannon, our custom framer, has more than 30 years’ experience and is exceptional at framing historical things. A couple of years ago, we framed a newspaper from 1865. Most all of our framing is conservation for protection from aging and sun. Larry has created some fabulous memory boxes for customers. FRAMEWORKS IS KNOWN FOR AN INCREDIBLE SELECTION OF CHRISTMAS DÉCOR. WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR STRESS-FREE HOLIDAYDECORATING? Sharon recommends you get your decorating and gift buying done early. This will free up time to bake, entertain, enjoy friends and family, and not feel stressed out with hurry, hurry, hurry.




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previously served as the organization’s director of operations. He replaces Lee Russell, who retired in May after nine years with the CBOR, three years as CEO.

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Katie Essing is the new executive director for the downtown Community Improvement District. She joined the CID after leaving her position as vice president of marketing and communications for the Missouri Association of Realtors. Essing is the former senior general manager for Columbia Mall and Jefferson City’s Capital Mall. She began working for The District Nov. 3, replacing Carrie Gartner, who resigned this summer to take a position as the University of Missouri Health System’s director of communications and public relations.

Rose Fowler has joined Boone Hospital Center as chief operating officer. She replaces Randy Morrow, who retired in June after more than 38 years at Boone FOWLER Hospital, 11 as COO. Fowler comes to Boone Hospital Center from Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare of southeast Wisconsin, where she oversaw strategic planning, clinical systems, process improvement and operational responsibilities for three hospitals. She also served as site administrator for the system’s Sartori Memorial Hospital in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and managed major construction projects for Wheaton Franciscan. Matt Williams has been named president of the Columbia Landmark Bank. In his new role, Williams will serve as Columbia president and manage WILLIAMS the local commercial loan department, reporting directly to Andrew Beverley, who was recently

tapped to head Landmark’s commercial division for the entire organization. Williams previously served for seven years as the first president of Hawthorn Bank’s Columbia location.


Steve Smith has joined Job Point as interim president and CEO. He replaces Jim Loveless, who resigned to become executive director SMITH of Central Missouri Development Council and the Columbia Area Homebuilder’s Association. Smith spent nearly 12 years as Columbia market president of now-defunct Premier Bank, which closed in 2010. He most recently served as a vice president and loan officer for First State Community Bank.


Brian Toohey took the reins of the Columbia Board of Realtors this summer as chief executive officer. Toohey

Sandy Neal, director of business development and human resources for Alliance Water Resources, recently graduated from the Leadership Missouri NEAL program sponsored by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Neal was one of 35 who completed the 2014 Leadership Missouri program, a seven-month course designed to identify current and emerging leaders throughout Missouri, enhance their leadership skills and deepen their knowledge of the challenges and opportunities facing the state. Headquartered in Columbia, Alliance Water Resources provides contract operations and comprehensive management services for municipal and community water, wastewater and public works systems in Missouri, Iowa and Tennessee. Bank of Missouri President David Keller has joined the University of Missouri Research and Development Advisory Board. The board works to advance the university’s research partnerships with industry and government, promote translational research and the commercialization of new technologies from MU to the KELLER private sector, and foster development opportunities that enhance the university’s missions of research, teaching, service and economic development. Keller is among 15 individuals from central Missouri who are members of the 65-member board.

Columbia police officers competed in the recent annual Callaway Energy Center Local Law Enforcement Agency Tactical Shooting Competition. Ryan Brunstrom and Porter Wilson won first place overall team. Brunstrom also placed first in the handgun event; Wilson placed first in the tactical event and second in the rifle event. Patrick Corcoran placed second in the tactical event. Andrew Arnold also competed.









The Mizzou Alumni Association awarded its 55th Annual Distinguished Faculty Award to Marilyn Rantz, curators professor of nursing at the University of Missouri. Other local recipients of this year’s MAA FacultyAlumni Awards include: Margaret Duffy, MU strategic communication professor and CEO of Mojo Ad; Mitchell S. McKinney, MU communication KENNETT professor and department chairman; Vicki Russell, Columbia Daily Tribune publisher; James G. Thorne, MU veterinary pathobiology associate professor emeritus; Stephen Paul Ferris, MU senior associate dean OTTO for graduate studies and research, Trulaske College of Business; Jerry Kennett, vice president and chief medical officer at Boone Hospital Center; Donna C. Otto, MU emerita teaching instructor in nursing and TAYLOR project coordinator for Tiger Place; Jeremy Taylor, MU curators distinguished professor of genetics. The Better Business Bureau presented a Torch Award to StorageMart, along with nine other businesses and two charities in eastern Missouri and southern Illinois. The awards recognize businesses and organizations with a commitment to customer service through exceptionally high standards of behavior in buyer and seller or donor and client relationships. Gordon Burnam founded StorageMart in Columbia in 1999. Today, the familyowned business operates 149 self-storage properties throughout the United States and Canada.






CONTINUED FROM PAGE 75 Jeff Offutt has added to his franchise portfolio with the opening of Moe’s Southwest Grill on Oct. 23 at 308 S. Ninth St. Offutt, who owns about 44 Subway and four Five OFFUTT Guys franchises, plans to open 30 new Moe’s restaurants in Missouri over the next 10 years.




Stacy Bryant-Wimp, co-owner of Accurate Rx Pharmacy, took top honors as Business Woman of the Year in the Columbia Daily Tribune Women in Business Awards in October. Other award winners were Influence & Co. President Kelsey Meyer, named Emerging Business Woman of the Year, and Suzanne Rothwell, senior public relations director at Columbia College, who received the Professional Excellence Award. Becker’s Hospital Review has ranked Boone Hospital Center on three of its top hospital lists for oncology, cardiology and orthopedics. Becker’s lists Boone on its 2014 list of “100 Hospitals and Health Systems with Great Oncology Programs,” plus “100 Hospitals and Health Systems with Great Heart Programs” and “125 Hospitals and Health Systems with Great Orthopedic Programs.” Becker’s rankings are based on the quality of patient care, outcomes, research and development of groundbreaking programs and treatments. The Archer Daniels Midland Center for Agricultural Development opened at the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources in October. The ADM Center will provide students with opportunities for experiential learning in biofuel development, food production and energy processing. ADM provided a $1 million gift to establish the facility. Two longtime Columbia-based businesses rank high on a list of the nation’s top 100 agriculture cooperatives, according to recently released U.S. Department of Agriculture data. MFA Inc. ranks 19th by business volume with more than $1.5




business beat CONTINUED FROM PAGE 77 billion in 2013 revenue. MFA Oil Co. is 21st by business volume with more than $1.3 billion in 2013 revenue. Two other Missouri cooperatives made the USDA’s annual list: Kansas City’s Dairy Farmers of America at No. 3 and Ray-Carroll County Grain Growers Inc. of Richmond at No. 79. Socket has expanded its service area for telephone and Internet bundles to about 1,000 customers in homes and businesses near Forum Boulevard and Chapel Hill Road in Columbia. New services include Naked DSL Internet, which does not require an active landline. The 20-year-old Columbia-based, privately held company provides local and long-distance phone and Internet service to more than 20,000 business and residential customers in more than 400 Missouri cities. Columbia Surgical Associates and the University of Missouri Health System have announced an affiliation, effective Jan. 1. The move creates a collaboration between the 500 university physicians, including approximately 140 specialty surgeons, and 10 CSA surgeons specializing in general, bariatric, vascular, colorectal and breast cancer surgery. CSA physicians currently perform many surgical procedures at Boone Hospital Center; the new affiliation will give them additional privileges at University Hospital, MU Women’s and Children’s Hospital and other MU Health Care facilities. As part of the affiliation agreement, Columbia Surgical Associates will retain its unique identity and continue to serve patients at 3220 Bluff Creek Drive. The MU Health System will establish a separate corporation for the CSA affiliation. The International Academies of Emergency Dispatch has accredited Boone County Public Safety Joint Communications in emergency medical dispatch. IAED accreditation is based on implementation and compliance with the Medical Priority Dispatch System’s “20 Points of Excellence,” which include certification for all 911 emergency telecommunicators and proper system oversight. The PSJC earned accreditation in emergency fire dispatch earlier this year.



Knorr Marketing Communications is celebrating its 10th anniversary in business this year. President and CEO Wendy Knorr founded the marketing communications and event planning agency in 2004, initially focusing on strategic marketing communications, public and media relations, and graphic and Web design and development. KMC expanded its role and scope to include meeting management and event planning in 2009. Pictured from left to right: Annie Milles, Amy Chenault, Wendy Knorr, Katie Harris and Shelly Rolwing. The National Science Foundation has approved the University of Missouri as a satellite location for the new Research Data Center planned for Kansas City. The Kansas City and MU RDCs will contain data and records collected by the U.S. Bureau of the Census and available to certified researchers. The university has dedicated $1 million from the general operating budget to finance the new satellite facility, which will be located in Ellis Library on the MU campus, and fund the salary of a Census Bureau employee to operate it. MU will also create small grants for faculty to receive federal approval to use the facility and fund several doctoral fellowships to train students in using the database. The primary RDC in Kansas City is funded by the Kauffman Foundation. While the MU RDC is technically a satellite center, it will allow the same access to Census Bureau data as the primary RDC in Kansas City. The MU RDC is expected to be operational within the next year. The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association awarded University Hospital with two national honors for its Missouri Stroke Program. The hospital received the Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award, the highest distinction possible from Get With The Guidelines, a hospital-based quality improvement program that promotes

adherence to the latest stroke-treatment protocols. The Missouri Stroke Program also was named to the Target: Stroke Honor Roll, a quality campaign designed to improve outcomes for ischemic or clotrelated stroke patients. University Hospital’s Frank L. Mitchell Jr., MD, Trauma Center has been re-verified by the American College of Surgeons as a Level I trauma center, the highest national recognition for a trauma center. The Mitchell Center is one of only four Level I trauma centers in Missouri verified by the ACS Committee on Trauma. University of Missouri Health Care has won a 2014 UHC Quality Leadership Award as one of the nation’s top 12 academic medical centers for superior performance in delivering high-quality, safe, efficient, patient-centered and equitable care. UHC, a Chicago-based alliance of the nation’s leading nonprofit academic medical centers, announced the award Oct. 23. The UHC Quality Leadership Award uses an in-depth methodology and ranking system based on data analysis from the annual Quality and Accountability Study, which helps academic medical centers identify structures and processes associated with high performance in quality and safety across a broad spectrum of patient care.






CONTINUED FROM PAGE 78 Columbia Metro Rotary presented its annual Literacy Development Award to the Columbia Public Schools’ Title I Program in October. Metro Rotary has been a Partner in Education with the Title I program in the Columbia Public Schools since 2003; the awards help promote literacy and advance student learning. This year’s award total was $1,500. The Missouri Board of Public Buildings has authorized a $38.5 million bond issue to renovate the 121-yearold engineering building at the University of Missouri. The bonds LAFERRE HALL will pay for renovations at Lafferre Hall and a new laboratory. The work is scheduled for completion by the end of 2016. A student team at the University of Missouri will receive $14,874 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to study the feasibility of treating food waste mixed with swine manure, and gather data from the process related to energy use, greenhouse gases and recovered nutrients. The project, “Feasibility and Life Cycle Assessment of Anaerobic Co-Digestion of Campus Food Waste and Swine Manure,” is one of 42 student team projects funded this year in Phase I of EPA’s People, Prosperity and the Planet program. University of Missouri Health Care has opened three Mizzou Quick Care clinics in Columbia Hy-Vee grocery stores. The walkin medical clinics offer services to anyone 2 years and older for treatment for routine illnesses or common conditions such as sore throat or cough, urinary symptoms, skin rashes and minor injuries. The clinics also provide employment-screening physicals, sports physicals, pregnancy tests and limited adult immunizations. The Mizzou Quick Care clinics are linked to all MU Health Care providers through the health system’s electronic health records.

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robinson’s ramblings l BY JOHN ROBINSON

All Dressed Up And … Beware the hazards of formalwear.


Tell me this hasn’t happened to you: You just made your entrance to that special event, when blammo — you suffer a wardrobe malfunction. Or worse. My malfunction was worse. Maybe not as bad as yours, of course, since your crisis happened to you. But my crisis was worse than, well … Worse than the winter morning my alarm clock failed me, and I overslept for a 6 a.m. breakfast meeting in Jeff City. Hustling to dress in the still predawn darkness, I jumped into the nearest duds and flew out the door. It wasn’t until I reached the Capitol that I realized I’d slipped into one brown shoe and one black shoe. I tried to laugh it off. But I knew I faced a long day of explaining what can only be described as a rectal-cranial



inversion. After the meeting, I hid behind my desk for the rest of the day and limped home after the building emptied. It gets worse. At a national awards ceremony for tourism, Missouri was a nominee to win two Odyssey Awards — the tourism equivalent of the Oscars. In the ballroom at New York City’s Marriott Marquis, the crowd was dressed to the nines, and nominees fidgeted impatiently to learn their fate. After dinner, before the long program, I got up to find the restroom, and returned quickly to my seat. “And the winner is … Missouri!” the presenter gushed in that overhyped presenter style. I jumped out of my seat and leapt upon the stage. I’d rehearsed my acceptance speech over and over in my head, a punchy, hearty hillbilly thank-you that

wove in Twain and Truman and the Tigers. I delivered my lines flawlessly, and the crowd roared with laughter. I thought they were laughing with me … It wasn’t until I’d returned to my table, still triumphantly hoisting our Odyssey trophy, that a tablemate, tears of laughter in her eyes, leaned over and whispered to me, “Pull your jacket tails out of the back of your pants.” It gets worse. I rarely worry about my appearance, unless I know I’m going to have to cross through a spotlight. With no sense of fashion, I fret about wardrobe only when it’s too late to make a sensible adjustment. Thus, my track record in formalwear is littered with bad luck. The worst incident yet happened a few



weeks ago. But in this case, my poor tailoring was trumped by bad timing. On opening night at the Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival, Cheryl and I stayed to the very last chord. Filled with beer and nachos and beer and barbecue and beer and music and beer, we hiked past the bus lines, a half-mile downhill to a waiting designated driver who whisked us home to repair for the next day’s festivities. But the next day’s festivities had nothing to do with Roots N Blues. After a soul-satisfying late brunch at Ernie’s downtown — a feast of ham and eggs and toast and hash browns liberally peppered with Tabasco, Cheryl and I packed our formalwear into the car for a trip to Kansas City. That night, we would find out if I won an Emmy. Our film crew had been nominated for a series of short subjects called “Finding Wild Missouri.” The series follows my car and me off the beaten path into some of Missouri’s most nether regions. In our hotel room, my stomach rumbled as I wrapped the cummerbund around my waist, framing a tuxedo shirt that was giving me fits. In my haste to pack, I’d grabbed the wrong shirt — too short in the sleeves and too big in the neck. To get my bow tie to quit looking at my shoes, my shirt collar bunched around my neck like an accordion. So the comedy began, as we showed up to walk down the red carpet. Cheryl, resplendent in her gown and hair and makeup, was a photographer’s delight, and she deserved much better from her squire than my Bud Abbott body sticking out of a Lou Costello shirt. At least my upset stomach had settled down. We entered the giant convention hall and stood sipping Champagne among a who’s who of television glitterati, all basking in their own glow. Our film crew found our spot in a sea of sequins and white tablecloths. As we took our seats, I fumbled to smooth out my bunched-up collar. We were cautiously optimistic about our chances to win, and I wanted to be ready to spring from the table and claim my Emmy. I was proud of our crew. Our series was produced by the Missouri Department of Conservation, one of the oldest and best conservation agencies in the world, especially when it comes to film. That’s no idle boast. Legend has it that Missouri’s conservation folks taught Disney how to film animals. Our Columbia-based film crew — producer/director Beth Pike and videographer/editor Steve Hudnell — already have two Emmys sitting on the mantel. So there was reason to hope. Then the rumble began again. I willed my queasy stomach to settle down. But the hash browns and Tabasco and beer and nachos and a Champagne chaser forewarned of



their plans for an escape. I whispered to Cheryl, “I’ll be back.” It was halfway through the awards, and I knew our category would be coming up soon. I stood at the back entrance, halfway between the restrooms and our table. I could sprint either way at a moment’s notice. If my name was called, I could rush to the spotlight, and strut and fret my 20 seconds upon the stage. To get my mind off my discomfort, I practiced my acceptance speech over and over in my head. “I’d like to thank the Academy …” To misquote The Bard, my plan to take the stage was a tale told by an idiot. Full of sound and fury, my stomach dispatched me to the restroom, a hundred yards down the long hallway. When I emerged, adjacent to the backstage entrance, I saw our crew walking down the backstage steps, all hoisting their Emmys. Beth handed me a breadbasket-sized golden box that held my Emmy. “Where were you?” they asked. “Sorry, I missed the moment,” was all I could say, too sad to admit that when the Emmys called my name, I was in the crapper. I put on my game face for a photo with our crew, then Cheryl helped me back to our hotel room. We missed the rest of the festivities, the surprise appearance by legendary Eagles member Glenn Frey, and the afterglow party with a gaggle of familiar faces from Midwest television. Next morning, I felt better. We drove home, but not before we stopped along the way for a greasy-spoon breakfast because, well, life’s lessons are too-soon forgotten. Later that day, as the last Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival acts strutted on the stage, I sheepishly admitted to friends that when my name was called to accept the Emmy, Montezuma yanked me in a different direction. I finally could laugh about the turbulence I’d endured the previous night. A sunny Sunday afternoon filled with music in the pastoral setting of Stephens Lake Park helped me relax, eat more barbecue and have a beer, secure in the knowledge that this year — unlike last year — the Roots N Blues crew had provided ample banks of portable toilets.

View a segment of John Robinson’s Emmy-winning series at DECEMBER 2014 INSIDE COLUMBIA



home décor l BY PEG GILL

The Green Scene Decorate with live greenery to delight the senses this season.

Everyone loves the piney scent of a real Christmas tree. But once you’ve taken your selection home, how can you keep it fresh? Wayne Harmon, owner of Starr Pines near Boonville, offers some tips. First, Harmon says, select a stand with a large reservoir of water. If you’re not going to set up your tree right away, Harmon advises putting it in a bucket of water in the garage. When you’re ready to put it in the stand, make a fresh cut



of a quarter-inch or more off the trunk. This opens up the stem so that water can move up via the cells through the tree. Once your tree is in the stand, immediately fill the stand with water. “They say that in the first 24 hours, a tree of average height will take a gallon of water,” Harmon explains. “Check the level before you go to bed and immediately when you get up.” What about adding aspirin or sugar to the water to help prolong the life of

the tree? “I don’t think the old wives’ tales hold any water,” Harmon says with a chuckle. In his opinion, the only thing you need to add to your tree stand is water, on a regular basis. Harmon also stresses the importance of inspecting the lights you plan to put on the tree. Check them thoroughly for fraying or other warning signs that they’re past their prime. “When in doubt, throw them out,” says Harmon. “Lights are relatively inexpensive.” Starr Pines, Harmon’s tree farm, offers customers a choice between the memorymaking experience of cutting down a tree or choosing from a selection of precut trees. In either case, the tree will be mechanically cleaned to shake out any old needles. Ah, needles. A lot of people aren’t too fond of them and the mess they make when dropped by a real tree or garland. So what’s a person pining for that holiday scent supposed to do? Darla Manley, master floral designer with Allen’s Flowers, has a suggestion. Manley recommends investing in a good quality artificial tree or garland, and adding fresh evergreen boughs to it for fragrance. Two of the most fragrant, fresh add-ins are incense cedar and white pine. Use a sharp knife or garden shears to cut the boughs to the desired length, and tuck them in at varying intervals to create a natural look. For a fireplace mantel, “Do a permanent silk garland,” Manley suggests. “Add fresh boughs and dot the garland with spray roses and baby’s breath. They look really cool as they dry.” Handling fresh boughs often leaves sap on fingers and hands, but Manley has a trick for quick cleanup: use olive oil. It’ll remove the sap and has the added bonus of hydrating your hands! Whether you go the fresh route, or opt for artificial ornamentation augmented with fresh boughs, decorating with live greenery can add a festive flair to your home this holiday season.



Mahimahi fish tacos from Room 38 Restaurant Lounge2014 COLUMBIA&DECEMBER 88 INSIDE



hether we eat to live or live to eat, a good dining deal is reason to get excited. And the dozens of dining deals you’ll find in Columbia means the excitement can last for many meals to come. Our collection of CoMo cheap eats starts out with some offerings that cost next-to-nothing — treats and meals for less than $5. There are even more deals that hover in the cheap range, with prices less than $10. “Cheap” is a relative term, though, and we’ve discovered some great values in the $10 to $20 range as well. Some of these higher-priced offerings are still great deals because of the large portion sizes — bring a friend to help tackle these dishes — while others are fine dining steals. CoMo is dishing out great flavor at great prices. It’s time to eat up!



Booches Billiards

Or Less Main Squeeze

28 S. Ninth St.; 573-817-5616; The Deal: RBS, $5 The Delicious Details: A humble bowl of rice and beans is a highprotein, flavorful, low-fat dish — the perfect meal when you want a lot of nutrition and a full belly for just $5. Organic whole-grain brown rice and seasoned organic beans loaded with organic onions, garlic and spices are topped with house-made organic salsa and organic green onions. Add cheese or avocado for $1 more, or flavor it up with a selection from the condiment bar for free.


220 S. Eighth St.; 573-445-1965; The Deal: Cookies, 79 cents each or $8.49/dozen The Delicious Details: Choose from snickerdoodles, chocolate chip with pecans, and oatmeal raisin. All of the cookies are made in the kitchen with common ingredients and recipes. Dough is made as needed, and the cookies are baked at least daily to be fresh.

El Tigre

10 W. Nifong Blvd.; 573-442-2983; The Deal: Tacos, $2.99 The Delicious Details: Made with well-seasoned shredded chicken or ground beef, these tacos feature a homemade crunchy taco shell, unlike any you ever had. They are topped with fresh lettuce and tomato and plenty of shredded cheese. During happy hour, this good deal becomes a true steal at $1.

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110 S. Ninth St.; 573-874-9519 The Deal: Booches’ Burger, $3.50 The Delicious Details: The famous Booches’ Burger is a quarter-pound of juicy, beefy goodness. For 25 cents more, make it a cheeseburger, with a melted combo of American and Swiss. Another favorite at Booches is the chili, made fresh daily. At $3.25 for a bowl (add a quarter for cheese), the not-toohot, not-too-mild, but seasonedjust-right chili is a popular side to the burger, and the whole meal is just $7.

Midway One Stop Diner

6401 U.S. 40 W.; 573-445-6542 The Deal: Half-order biscuits and gravy, $1.69 The Delicious Details: The gravy is made from seasoned sausage, fried in butter and flour to make a roux. The cooks slowly add milk and more flour until the gravy reaches just the right thickness, just like Grandma’s. The halforder is one biscuit; full order is two biscuits for just $3.49. The diner is open 24 hours, and biscuits and gravy is on the menu all day and night.

El Rancho

1014 E. Broadway; 573-875-2121; The Deal: Burrito Supreme, $4.95 The Delicious Details: Seven lunch combo specials are in the $5 range; nearly everything on the menu is priced at less than $7. This beef burrito is topped with cheese sauce, lettuce, sour cream and tomatoes.

Billiards on Broadway

514 E. Broadway; 573-449-0116 The Deal: Burger and fries, $5.50 The Delicious Details: Normally $6.50, the burger and fries offering drops $1 during lunch, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Made with one-third pound of fresh

Midwestern ground chuck, the burger comes with green leaf lettuce, tomato, onion and pickles on a toasted sesame seed bun. Choose from several cheeses — from American to bleu — for just 79 cents more.

G&D Steakhouse

2001 W. Worley St.; 573-4453504; The Deal: Lunch specials, $4.69 to $6.49 The Delicious Details: Available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Super Value Lunch Meals include a hamburger and fries for $4.69, or a cheeseburger and fries for $4.89. For a little more change, you can get a double cheeseburger and fries for $5.99, or step up to the new Tantalizing Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich — served with grilled onions, peppers, cheese and fries — for $6.49. With prices that low, dessert is in order, and the baklava — a piece of Grecian heaven made from Momma Elly’s recipe — is just $2.99.

Bur Oak Brewing Co. The Deal: Free beer samples The Delicious Details: Take a free tour of Bur Oak Brewing Co. and enjoy free samples of local beer. Try Trail Bender, a crisp, refreshing beer, and Lily Ale, a craft beer that tempts wine and cocktail drinkers with its notes of orange, raspberry and lavender, plus a number of other samples. 8250 Trade Center Drive; 573-814-2178;

Las Margaritas 10 Southampton Drive; 573-442-7500; The Deal: Lunch Tostaguac, $4.99 The Delicious Details: A flat, crisp tortilla is covered with ground beef, refried beans, lettuce, guacamole and sliced tomato, and served with Mexican rice and beans. This is just one of 12 lunch offerings in the $5 range, and there are another five items — including fajitas — between $6 and $8.

Günter Hans 7 Hitt St.; 573-256-1205; The Deal: Homemade bretzels, $2.99 The Delicious Details: Made from scratch using a recipe from Munich, Germany, this signature item is baked fresh every time you order. With

Sycamore The Deal: Thai Beef Kabob, $8 The Delicious Details: This small plate or appetizer features four ounces of tender beef filet, marinated and grilled, and served with a house-made spicy peanut sauce. While 4 ounces of beef filet for $8 is an amazing deal, sometimes you will find this kabob on the bar menu during happy hour. Grab it then for a mere $4! 800 E. Broadway; 573-874-8090; thinner arms and a thicker center than its American counterpart, the bretzel blends the best of both worlds — a freshly baked bread that is both chewy and crispy. Order a liter of beer (the equivalent of two pints) and get one bretzel free!

Addison’s 709 Cherry St.; 573-256-1995; The Deal: Nachos Bianco, $5 The Delicious Details: Normally $9.95, these nachos drop to $5 during happy hour. The dish starts with a foundation of wonton chips, topped with mozzarella and Asiago cheese sauce. After they’re baked until crispy, the nachos are topped with tomato, olives, green onions and banana peppers, plus your choice of chicken, chorizo sausage or black beans. It’s a unique take on the traditional Mexican-style nachos, guaranteed to please.

Jamaican Jerk Hut

Or Less Sub Shop

209 S. Eighth St., 2105 W. Worley St., 212 E. Green Meadows Road, 601 Business Loop 70 W.; 573-4491919; The Deal: Lunch special, $7.30 The Delicious Details: Every weekday has its own sandwich, and the deal always comes with a half-sub, chips and a 24-ounce drink. Subs are made-to-order on fresh homemade bread — choose between white, wheat or rye — and sent through the oven to create the perfectly toasted creation. All of the ingredients are fresh and never frozen. The roast beef is slow-cooked in-store and sliced thin, and the sauerkraut (featured in the Sausage ’n’ Kraut Sub) is hand-squeezed and mixed with a special recipe.

Mobile Food Truck; 573-694-6086;\JerkHut The Deal: Jerk wings, $6 The Delicious Details: Extralarge chicken wings seasoned with traditional tropical jerk spices and marinated overnight are slow-grilled over a charcoal/ pimento wood flame. The 12-spice dry rub includes pimento berries and Scotch bonnet peppers. It’s a sweet but spicy blend, not too hot to enjoy, and the meat melts in your mouth.

Peggy Jean’s Pies

3601 Buttonwood Drive, Suite E; 573-447-7437; The Deal: 5-inch baby pie, $6 to $7.25 The Delicious Details: Baby pies are offered in more than 40 different flavors, with cream pies costing $6, fruit pies $6.75 and nut pies $7.25. Peggy Jean’s starts pies from scratch each morning using recipes

that are more than 100 years old. The pies are made with real ingredients and no preservatives. Baby pies are about the size of 1½ slices and make a thoughtful gift — for someone else or yourself!

Playing With Fire Wood Fired Pizza Mobile Food Truck; 573-579-1192; The Deal: Margherita pizza, $8 The Delicious Details: This 10inch personal pizza is a classic example of the Neapolitanstyle pizza. It starts off with handmade, naturally leavened dough that has been coldfermented for 48 hours to develop flavor. PWF tops the dough with the house sauce — which consists of only Italian San Marzano tomatoes and salt — followed by fresh mozzarella. The finish is fresh basil grown on Drummond Farm in Boone County and a drizzle of Italian olive oil. DECEMBER 2014 2014 INSIDE INSIDE COLUMBIA COLUMBIA DECEMBER


Broadway Diner

Carlito’s Cabo

Ranch House BBQ

22 S. Fourth St.; 573-875-1173 The Deal: Daily lunch special, $6.45 The Delicious Details: Available Monday through Friday, the daily lunch special does not follow a weekly schedule but always includes an entrée — such as chicken strips, meatloaf or roast beef — plus a potato of the day, plus a fresh vegetable, plus soup or salad, plus Texas toast, plus a beverage — and it all adds up to full satisfaction, always for $6.45.

12-A Business Loop 70 E.; 573-443-6370;

1714 Lindberg Drive; 573-814-3316;

The Deal: Lomo Saltado, $9.60

The Deal: Thursday lunch special: BBQ

The Delicious Details: This traditional

Brisket Melt, $7.95

Peruvian dish features flambéed Angus beef

The Delicious Details: This popular lunch

seasoned with a blend of spices, sautéed

special is not on the regular menu; it’s

with red onions, tomatoes and Peruvian

available only on Thursdays between 11

yellow peppers, and served over a bed of

a.m. and 2 p.m. Topped with a sweet house-

fried potato slices and rice.

made barbecue sauce, melted cheddar

Perche Creek Café 6751 U.S. 40; 573-446-7400; The Deal: Hand-breaded pork tenderloin sandwich, $7.49 The Delicious Details: The café’s signature item, the pork tenderloin, uses local pork from Patchwork Family Farms. It’s handbreaded in a secret breading and fried until golden brown. This tenderloin is huge, juicy and delicious. The sandwich comes with chips for the regular price, or add a dollar for fries or another side. There’s also the option of a Pork Tenderloin Dinner, which comes with two sides and Texas toast for $8.99.

and grilled onions, this beef brisket has

Café Poland

tantalizing flavor, and the deal comes with

807 Locust St.; 573-874-8929 The Deal: Pierogies, six for $7.50

one side. Other lunch specials include a

The Delicious Details: The owners of Café

sandwich, plus fries and a drink, for $6.95,

Poland are originally from the Polish city of

Tuesday through Friday.

hamburger, cheeseburger or pulled pork

Swinoujscie, near the Baltic Sea, and their menu is full of homemade Eastern European goodness, including hunter’s sauerkraut

Coley’s American Bistro

stew, goulash and stuffed cabbage. The

15 S. Sixth St.; 573-442-8887;

pierogies are handcrafted Polish dumplings

The Deal: Bistro tacos, $8

and come in three varieties: meat (mixed

The Delicious Details: Made from scratch

pork and beef), potato and farmer’s cheese,

with fresh ingredients, these tacos feature

and mushroom and sauerkraut. They are

pork that is slow-cooked until it falls apart.

served with fried onions and sour cream, for

Coley’s adds black bean and corn salsa with

a combination of sweet, savory flavors.

a cilantro vinaigrette, plus fresh cilantro and

Bleu Restaurant & Wine Bar The Deal: Bleu Burger, $10 The Delicious Details: This gourmet burger offers 7 ounces of Missouri-farmed, hormone-free burger, topped with arugula, sun-dried tomato aioli, confit mushrooms and a choice of Muenster, cheddar, Swiss or Gorgonzola cheese, served on a potato bun with your choice of side. 811 E. Walnut St.; 573-442-8220;

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salsa roja, and wraps it up in a corn tortilla. Bistro tacos are a relatively healthy and clean way to eat out at a restaurant, and with three to an order, they are a filling meal — or great for sharing.

Cat’s Kitchen

Room 38 Restaurant & Lounge The Deal: Mahimahi fish tacos, $9.50 The Delicious Details: Mahimahi fish, seared with fresh lime juice, gets topped with fresh mango salsa, vinegar slaw and orange honey chipotle sauce and served inside a grilled tortilla. Everything, including the tortilla, is made fresh in-house, giving these tacos delicious, vibrant flavor. 38 N. Eighth St.; 573-449-3838;

1802 Paris Road; 573-443-0991 The Deal: Lunch special, $7 to $9 The Delicious Details: The lunch specials at this classic American diner change daily and include meatloaf, smothered chops, chicken and homemade noodles (dumplings), pork roast, catfish on Friday and fried chicken on Sunday. None of the specials are on the menu — that’s what makes them special! —and all are $7, except the catfish and fried chicken, which are $9.

1839 Taphouse 212 E. Green Meadows Road; 573-441-1839; The Deal: Beerdough Pizza, $9 to $12 for 12-inch medium The Delicious Details: This pizza begins with madefrom-scratch dough created with Taphouse Ale, an Abbey Dubbel brewed by Crown Valley Brewing. Atop this gourmet dough goes made-from-scratch sauce. You choose from a list of quality ingredients for a super cheesy pie. Both the house ale and the Beerdough Pizza have won Inside Columbia’s Best of Columbia awards.


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Umbria Rustic Italian The Deal: Board and Bottle, $20 The Delicious Details: This special consists of a bottle of wine paired with the diner’s choice of either a fresh market board — which comes with artisan cheeses, freshly cut meats, bruschetta and more tasty temptations — or a homemade stone-fired pizza. This deal is good Monday through Saturday from 3 to 6 p.m. and again from 9 p.m. to close. 904 Elm St., Suite 108; 573-447-862;

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Ozark Mountain Biscuit Co.

Flat Branch Pub & Brewing

Mobile Food Truck; 573-999-9323; The Deal: Chicken-fried chicken

Or Less

biscuit sandwich, $8 The Delicious Details: Each sandwich is made-to-order and begins with award-winning buttermilk biscuits made every morning from scratch, with love. All-natural chicken breast, sourced from local farmers, is covered in seasoning and fried until golden and crispy. A soft egg and locally sourced, simmered collard greens top the chicken; finishing off the lipsmacking goodness is Patchwork Family Farms pork sausage sawmill gravy.

The Heidelberg 410 S. Ninth St.; 573-449-6927; The Deal: Pork loin sandwich, $8.99 The Delicious Details: A ’Berg tradition, this sandwich is huge — so big two people can share it. Locally sourced pork is handbreaded in the restaurant, fried and placed on a Kaiser bun from The Upper Crust. Lettuce, tomato, pickle and mayo are the standard toppings, and some diners like to add onion. The

Babbo’s Spaghetteria 1305 Grindstone Parkway; 573-442-9446; The Deal: Lasagna, $11 The Delicious Details: This is a fill-you-up, brick-sized portion of pasta with housemade marinara, Italian sausage, ground beef, ricotta, Parmesan and Romano cheeses. On Tuesdays, get the lasagna and a salad for $10 at dinner.

Shotgun Pete’s BBQ Shack 28 N. Ninth St.; 573-442-7878; The Deal: BBQ Nachos, $12 The Delicious Details: One regular-sized order of these deluxe nachos can feed two people. Nacho chips are smothered with nacho cheese, barbecue beans, jalapeños, hot relish, slaw and meat of the customer’s choosing. There is also a large BBQ Nacho Platter for $22 that will feed three or four people.

sandwich comes with fries or another choice of side.

B&B Bagel Co. 124 E. Nifong Blvd., Suite A; 573442-5857; The Deal: The Works, $12.69 The Delicious Details: This deal comes with 13 bagels and two cream cheeses, meaning you can feed 13 people breakfast for less than $1 per person. And B&B Bagel proudly declares it is the only place in central Missouri that makes real New York-style boiled and baked bagels.

115 S. Fifth St.; 573-499-0400; The Deal: Smoked Salmon With Potato Cakes, $14.99 The Delicious Details: Inhouse smoked salmon is crumbled atop two madefrom-scratch panko-breaded, Parmesan-dusted potato cakes and topped with diced tomatoes and a rich béarnaisestyle cream sauce. Steamed broccoli comes on the side.

CoMo Smoke and Fire 4600 Paris Road, Suite 102; 573-443-3473; The Deal: Sunday buffet, $15.99 The Delicious Details: The offerings on this all-you-caneat buffet include smoked ribs, pulled pork, brisket, smoked turkey, smoked ham, fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, baked beans, bacon cheddar ranch potato salad, mustard potato salad, creamy slaw, vinegar slaw, salad bar, cookies and brownies. All meats are slow-cooked to perfection and sides are all made in-house. Make just one trip to the buffet for $10.99, which also includes a soft drink.

La Terraza Mexicana Grill 1412 Forum Blvd.; 573-445-9444; The Deal: Deluxe Molcajete, $15.99 The Delicious Details: This authentic Mexican dish combines grilled steak, grilled chicken, shrimp and chorizo (Spanish sausage), adds grilled onions, bell pepper and cactus, mixes in four sauces and finishes with a generous

topping of cheese. It gets its name from the traditional super-hot stone dish it is served in, a molcajete. One order can easily serve two to three people.

Grand Cru 2600 S. Providence Road; 573-443-2600; The Deal: Free-Range Chicken And Waffles, $16 The Delicious Details: A house-made cheddar cheese jalapeño waffle is topped with slow-cooked, free-range chicken and then covered in a house-made bourbon brown sugar syrup. It’s a different take on traditional chicken and waffles but still delivers that sweet and savory meal everyone loves.

Shakespeare’s Pizza Downtown: 225 S. Ninth St., 573-449-2454; West: 3304 W. Broadway, 573-447-1202; South: 3911 Peachtree Drive, 573-447-7435; The Deal: The Masterpiece, $31.25 The Delicious Details: A full meal for four, maybe five, this 16-inch large pizza weighs almost 5 pounds. Toppings include red onions, pepperoni, Canadian bacon, fresh mushrooms, black olives, green peppers, Italian sausage and lean ground beef. Forks are strongly recommended. This is the pie that won ABC’s “Good Morning America” “Best Bites Challenge: College Edition” in 2010.

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Moving Forward in Orthopedics Boone Hospital Center has a long tradition as a leader in surgical and nonsurgical orthopedic treatments. The hospital has a trained team of orthopedic caregivers who serve inside specialized units for fractures, joint replacement and spine problems.


ORTHOPEDIC SPECIALTIE S Boone Hospital Center has a long tradition as a leader in surgical and nonsurgical orthopedic treatments. The hospital has a trained team of orthopedic caregivers who serve inside specialized units for fractures, joint replacement and spine problems. Boone Hospital’s services are comprehensive and multidisciplinary, involving a multidisciplinary team of professionals who can help patients from surgery, through rehabilitation and following discharge.



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Shanna Marshall


Orthopedic Specialties Service Line Director Shanna Marshall started at Boone Hospital Center in 1996, as a PCT in Cardiology while in nursing school. Upon graduation she worked on surgical specialties before transferring to PACU in 1999. Marshall has had management responsibilities for PACU, Short Stay and Orthopedics.

Services ● Joint Replacement Center ● Fracture Center ● Spine Center ● Surgeons specializing in


Foot and ankle


Hand and wrist



Hip and knee

Blue Distinction Center for Knee, Hip and Spine Replacement – Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield


Neck and back


Shoulder and elbow





Best Hospital for Patient Experience in Orthopedics – Women Certified Becker’s 100 Hospitals with Great Orthopedic Programs 2014

{ PAT I E N T P E R S P E C T I V E }

“His personality just gives you confidence. The first time he walked into the room, I said ‘ You’re just a boy, what do you know about shoulders?’ He said ‘Give me a chance, and I’ll show you.’ That’s exactly what he did.” — Mike Vogel

TO L E A R N M O R E , V I S I T B O O N E . O R G / O R T H O . 2

Boone Hospital Center




Surgery: Orthopedic Spine

Surgery: Orthopedic Joint



Columbia Orthopaedic Group 1 S. Keene Street Columbia MO 65201 (573) 443-2402

Columbia Orthopaedic Group 1 S. Keene Street Columbia MO 65201 (573) 443-2402



University of Missouri Hospital and Clinics-Columbia, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

University of MissouriColumbia, University of Missouri Hospital and Clinics-Columbia, Ohio State University Medical School



Surgery: Orthopedic Sports Medicine

Surgery: Orthopedic Hand


Columbia Orthopaedic Group 1 S. Keene Street Columbia MO 65201 (573) 443-2402


Columbia Orthopaedic Group 1 S. Keene Street Columbia MO 65201 (573) 443-2402


University of Michigan, University of California-Los Angeles, Indiana Center for Hand Surgery


University of Missouri-Columbia, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital



Surgery: Orthopedic Joint

Surgery: Orthopedic Spine



Columbia Orthopaedic Group 1 S. Keene Street Columbia MO 65201 (573) 443-2402

Columbia Orthopaedic Group 1 S. Keene Street Columbia MO 65201 (573) 443-2402



University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, University of MissouriColumbia, Texas Hip and Knee Center

Duke University



Surgery: Orthopedic Shoulder

Surgery: Orthopedic Joint



Columbia Orthopaedic Group 1 S. Keene Street Columbia MO 65201 (573) 876-8408

Columbia Orthopaedic Group 1 S. Keene Street Columbia MO 65201 (573) 443-2402



University of Iowa College of Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center, University of Auckland

Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, University of Missouri-Columbia





S U R G E R Y: O R T H O P E D I C THOMAS R. HIGHLAND, MD Surgery: Orthopedic Spine

Surgery: Orthopedic Foot & Ankle



Columbia Orthopaedic Group 1 S. Keene Street Columbia MO 65201 (573) 443-2402

Columbia Orthopaedic Group 1 S. Keene Street Columbia MO 65201 (573) 441-3795



University of MissouriColumbia, Wayne State University School of Medicine, University of Rochester

University of Missouri-Columbia, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Washington University School of Medicine



Surgery: Orthopedic Joint

Surgery: Orthopedic Spine



Columbia Orthopaedic Group 1 S. Keene Street Columbia MO 65201 (573) 443-2402

Columbia Orthopaedic Group 1 S. Keene Street Columbia MO 65201 (573) 443-2402 Ext. 407



University of MissouriColumbia, University of Kansas-Wichita, Anderson Orthopedic Clinic Virginia

University of Missouri-Kansas City, Truman Medical Center, McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University



Surgery: Orthopedic Joint

Surgery: Orthopedic Spine



Columbia Orthopaedic Group 1 S. Keene Street Columbia MO 65201 (573) 443-2402

Columbia Orthopaedic Group 1 S. Keene Street Columbia MO 65201 (573) 443-2402 Ext. 1



University of TennesseeMemphis, University of Missouri-Columbia, Anderson Orthopedic Clinic Virginia

University of Missouri-Columbia, Cedars-Sinai Hospital



Surgery: Orthopedic Hand



Surgery: Orthopedic Spine



Columbia Orthopaedic Group 1 S. Keene Street Columbia MO 65201 (573) 443-2402

Columbia Orthopaedic Group 1 S. Keene Street Columbia MO 65201 (573) 443-2402



University of Missouri Hospital and Clinics-Columbia, Marshall University School of Medicine, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

University of Missouri-Columbia, Texas Back Institute

Boone Hospital Center




Surgery: Orthopedic Sports Medicine

Surgery: Orthopedic Fracture CONTACT:

Columbia Orthopaedic Group 1 S. Keene Street Columbia MO 65201 (573) 443-2402


Columbia Orthopaedic Group 1 S. Keene Street Columbia MO 65201 (573) 876-8652


Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science, University of Colorado-Denver




Surgery: Orthopedic Spine

Surgery: Orthopedic Spine



Columbia Orthopaedic Group 1 S. Keene Street Columbia MO 65201 (573) 443-2402

Columbia Orthopaedic Group 1 S. Keene Street Columbia MO 65201 (573) 443-2402



University of Missouri-Columbia, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

University of Michigan, Medical University of South Carolina, Jewett Orthopaedic Clinic

University of Colorado-Denver, University of Hawaii, University of Missouri-Columbia, American Sports Medicine Institute



Surgery: Orthopedic Shoulder & Knee

Surgery: Podiatry


Columbia Orthopaedic Group 1 South Keene Street Columbia MO 65201 (573) 441-3795


Columbia Orthopaedic Group 1 S. Keene Street Columbia MO 65201 (573) 443-2402


Des Moines Osteopathic College, DePaul Health Center


University of MissouriColumbia, Akron City Hospital, University of Basel-Switzerland


Boone Hospital Center and the Columbia Orthopaedic Group perform more hip, knee and spine procedures than anyone else in mid-Missouri.

Surgery: Orthopedic Sports Medicine CONTACT:

Columbia Orthopaedic Group 1 S. Keene Street Columbia MO 65201 (573) 443-2402 EDUCATION:

University of Michigan, Hughston Orthopedic Clinic-Georgia






Boone Hospital Team Helps Tebbetts Woman Escape Severe Knee Arthritis

rom her home in Tebbetts, Mo., Belinda Heimericks can look down upon the Missouri River bottoms and the Katy Trail. For years, she loved spending hours biking and walking along the trail, enjoying the views of farmland and majestic bluffs. But in recent years, those trips became fewer and fewer. For the past decade, Belinda, 63, has suffered from arthritis in both of her knees. About three years ago, the pain became severe, requiring her to take pain medication just to make it through each day. In addition to limiting her time on the Katy Trail, Belinda’s increasing pain was starting to take the fun out of life — making it difficult to enjoy a 2013 trip to the St. Louis Zoo with six of her eight grandkids. “Any time I had an outing, I would have to plan out how long I was going to be walking and make sure that I could take my pain medication throughout the day,” she says. “If I didn’t do that, I wouldn’t be able to make it through the day.” Looking for help, Belinda turned to Columbia Orthopaedic Group, the physician practice affiliated with Boone Hospital Center’s orthopedic program. At first, Belinda and her doctor tried using injections to stop the pain, but those did not provide lasting relief. Then, orthopedic surgery specialist Ben Holt, MD, decided that performing replacement surgery was the best path forward. He recommended doing both knees at once. “What I ask people is, ‘Which knee bothers you more?’ And if they can’t tell me which knee bothers them more, then generally those patients do better having both knees done at the same time,” Dr. Holt says. “Doing them both at once


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BY JACOB LUECKE means they avoid having to face the risks of surgery twice and having to do rehab twice. This way, they can get it all over with at the same time.” While replacement surgery was a big step, Belinda says she trusted Dr. Holt and the Columbia Orthopaedic Group, noting that the practice had helped her family members in the past. “I had heard excellent things about them and my experience with Columbia Orthopaedics has always been very positive,” she says. “Our family has always had excellent outcomes.” As a nurse who works in a management role with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Belinda says she was also aware of Boone Hospital’s reputation for outstanding nursing care. The hospital’s Magnet designation made her feel comfortable she would be in good hands as she recovered from surgery. “With my nursing background, I pay attention to the reputation of the nursing care provided at the different hospitals,” she says. “I knew that Boone Hospital Center was a Magnet hospital, which for me is very important because I know that signals that the nursing care is going to be excellent.” Belinda’s surgery took place on Dec. 6, 2013. While the procedure is called “replacement” surgery, Dr. Holt says that term often leads to confusion. Rather than removing and replacing a patient’s knees, the surgery actually involves resurfacing the knees. Belinda’s surgery took a little more than two hours. During that time, Dr. Holt cut away a small amount of bone on both of her knees, enabling him to install a new metal surface. He then placed a plastic insert to pad where the two metal surfaces would come together in the knee. “A lot of times people have a real misconception about what we do,” Dr. Holt says. “Really I think the better term would be total knee resurfacing, because that’s really what we are doing.”

Post-surgery, Belinda rides the trail with her grandson.

The surgery went smoothly. After the procedure, as Belinda recovered at Boone Hospital, she says her nurses lived up to their strong reputation. “They were just outstanding,” she says. “I think what struck me about it was how they anticipated my needs. I didn’t have to tell them I was experiencing pain; they were there and saying, ‘It’s time. We think you need more pain medication so that we can stay ahead of the pain.’ They were anticipating what my needs were and that made it much more tolerable.” On the fourth day after the surgery, Belinda was able to return home, where she underwent a month of in-home therapy before doing one additional month of outpatient therapy. As she recovered, her world began to open up again. Just four months after the surgery, she attended a soccer class with her 4-year-old grandson. She was far from a bystander.


“I was out in that class with him and I was able to kick the soccer ball and dribble it down the field,” Belinda says. “Before the surgery, I would have been sitting on the sidelines watching everyone else. That’s how quickly it all came back” This summer, Belinda went on an outof-state work trip where her hotel was five blocks from her meetings. Yet each day, she skipped the shuttle and walked instead — enjoying the opportunity to sightsee. “I had no knee pain and I didn’t have to take any medications,” she says. “I was able to walk as far as I wanted.” This contrasted greatly with a similar trip in 2013, when Belinda needed assistance just to get around the airport. Dr. Holt says such strong results are common with knee replacement patients. “It’s usually a dramatic improvement,” Dr. Holt says. “Not every knee replacement patient is totally pain-free all the time. But usually, in comparison

it’s a dramatic improvement from what they had before.” With Belinda’s great outcome — she says she feels no pain except for some occasional, normal stiffness — Belinda is not shy about endorsing the service she received at Boone Hospital. “I just can’t speak highly enough about the nursing care, the care provided by the physical therapists and the medical staff at Boone Hospital Center,” she says. “My husband and I have decided if we need to be hospitalized anywhere in central Missouri, it needs to be at Boone Hospital.” Belinda also had high praise for Dr. Holt, whom she says has a wonderful bedside manner and a great sense of humor. “He is an excellent practitioner, he’s very personable,” she says. “I highly recommend him. The first thing I say to anyone is if they have any kind of knee or hip problems, I say you need to schedule an appointment with Dr. Holt. He is fantastic.”

When to see an orthopedic specialist for knee pain? As people get older, it’s common to feel aches and pains every now and then. But if the pain is persistent, Dr. Holt says there is a wide variety of techniques that a specialist can use to help relieve the pain — with replacement surgery being one of the later options. “The normal knee really shouldn’t hurt,” Dr. Holt says. “It’s one thing to have an ache or pain here and there, but if you are having discomfort several days of the week — week after week — there is something going on that probably needs to be addressed. If it’s ignored, it may just continue to get worse.”

















GO NUTS Did you know Brunswick is the official Missouri Pecan Capital? The town (roughly 70 miles northwest of Columbia) is home to both the “World’s Largest Pecan” and the Annual Brunswick Pecan Festival (which celebrated its 34th year in October). According to the Missouri Northern Pecan Growers, the Missouri pecan has a unique taste due to a cooler climate and shorter growing season than its southern counterparts. From pralines to pies, pecans are everywhere this holiday season. The question is … how will you put your pecans to tasty use? — MORGAN McCARTY




the wine list l BY KATHY CASTEEL

Hearth & Home Cozy up to winter with this fruitful Pinot Noir. “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose …” If the smooth sound of Nat King Cole’s crooning fills your ears this holiday season, listen up. Fill your glass with a versatile Pinot Noir that can warm your soul as you ease into winter. Eagle Roost Vineyards of Lodi, Calif., offers Blazon Pinot Noir, a richer and more full-bodied version of this elegant red wine varietal, unlike any Pinot produced in cooler climes to the north. Lodi is not a traditional Pinot Noir appellation, and Blazon is no traditional Pinot Noir. Its supple, fruitful character with a hint of spiciness may make you want to re-check the label just to make sure you’re not sipping one of Lodi’s better-known Zinfandels. This impressive wine balances substantial flavor with delicate structure. Blazon’s dark-fruit aroma leads to a smooth, plummy flavor with raspberry/blackberry notes and a hint of cocoa. There are no tannins

to get in the way of the velvety finish that carries a bit of oak spice. Serve Blazon with simple, rich foods such as grilled salmon, roast beef, chicken cooked in red wine or any dish with mushrooms. Its versatility also complements roast or braised lamb, pheasant and duck, as well as grilled shark and swordfish. The vineyards that provide the grapes for this Pinot Noir span the southwest portion of the Lodi American Viticulture Area at the northern edge of California’s San Joaquin Valley. The area’s Mediterranean climate, with its warm days and cool nights, brings out an intensity of flavor in the grapes that cool-weather Pinot Noir areas simply cannot match. The alluvial soil of sand and loam brings complexity to the layers of flavor. Blazon Pinot Noir is available in Columbia. Check with your favorite local wine shop.

The Lowdown On Lodi Best known for old-vine Zinfandel, the Lodi appellation has been home to grape production since 1850, starting with Tokay Flame table grapes. Wild grapes thrived in the local landscape of the California Delta, their vines dangling from the trees along riverbanks. The abundance led early trappers to dub the Calaveras River “Wine Creek.” By the turn of the 20th century,



wine grapes had taken over the area with plantings of Zinfandel. Designation as an AVA in 1986 opened the door to premium wine production of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc … and more recently, Pinot Noir. The area has built a reputation for rich wines with concentrated flavors, thanks to the warm-climate terroir.

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como cuisine l BY PEG GILL

Chili Weather

Knock off winter’s chill with a local favorite.


mm, chili. Nothing warms you up on a cold day better than a hearty helping of the spicy concoction. It’s a fall and winter favorite and a popular dish at more than a few tailgates during football season. It inspires festivals like the annual Lupus Chili Fest just across the river in Lupus, and let’s not forget the competitive nature that chili arouses in its aficionados; you’ll find chili cookoffs all across the country, including Columbia’s own Rootin’ Tootin’ Chili Cookoff every February. Chili is an easy one-pot dish that can be made on the stovetop or in a slow cooker. For starters, there’s always classic chili con carne, made with red kidney beans, beef, onion, chilies, spices, tomatoes and tomato sauce or paste. You can also enjoy white bean, chicken and vegetarian or vegan variet-



ies. No matter what you prefer, chili makes a satisfying meal. For many Columbians, the favorite local spot to get their chili fix is right at home. In the mood for an outsidethe-house experience? Check out these chili hotspots. Venerable Booches Billiards (110 S. Ninth St.) is the hands-down favorite for many Columbians, especially when the chili is served with cheese and corn chips, or alongside one of Booches’ famous burgers. In fact, chili and a burger is one of the most popular items on the Booches menu. Co-owner Rick Robertson says he isn’t sure what’s behind the local love for Booches’ chili, but he adds that it’s made fresh every day with a lot of love. Another popular chili stronghold is CoMo Smoke and Fire (4600 Paris Road, Suite 102). CoMo Smoke and

Fire offers chili made with three kinds of beans, beef and veggies in a thick tomato sauce. Stadium Grill (1219 Fellows Place) serves heaping bowls of chili with just a bit of sweetness, because it’s made with the addition of barbecue sauce. For a vegetarian option, hit Main Squeeze (28 S. Ninth St.). The downtown eatery serves a special organic soul-food chili. Several restaurants in town — including Café Berlin (220 N. 10th St.), Broadway Brewery (816 E. Broadway), and Flat Branch Pub & Brewing (115 S. Fifth St.) — don’t feature chili as a regular menu item but offer it occasionally as a special. Next time you have a hankering for chili, give these insider favorites a try. You just might find a new fave away from home.




cooking with brook l BY FOOD EDITOR BROOK HARLAN

A Winter’s Tail Explore the culinary possibilities of oxtail. It seems like every culture has its own twist on oxtails. An oxtail is not necessarily only from an ox; it is the common name given to the tail segment of a cow, ox or steer. Any culture that eats beef has numerous variations. From braised dishes to soup, all it takes is a few changes of ingredients to create a completely different flavor profile. It is a great dish to make this time of year when it starts to get a little cold outside. Oxtails also make great leftovers. COOKING This is not your typical beef — you can’t sear it and serve it like a steak. It is full of connective tissue and collagen, which when heated turns into a rubbery mess. If you cook it properly, that rubbery mess cooks down to a fork-tender, delicious braised dish. These simple steps will ensure a tender oxtail. You may also use them with other tough cuts. Sear. Use a low to medium heat and be careful not to crowd the pan. You can take it slow. There is no rush. You are looking for an even crust around each piece. Deglaze/cover with liquid. Use a small amount of your braising liquid or other flavorful liquid once you have seared all your pieces of oxtail and reserved outside of the pot. Pour a small amount into the hot pan to release the fond that was created during the searing process. Then add the rest of the braising liquid; you want the meat just covered, not drowning. Cook to fork tender. There is no thermometer needed to tell the doneness; your fork will do that. A nice generic number that everyone uses to cook everything in kitchens is 350 degrees. This will kill your beef — it will become dry and stringy. Your ideal temperature in the pan is 180 to 210 degrees (200 to 250 in the oven). It will take 3 to 6 hours to take your meat from tough to tender (depending on the exact temperature and size of your meat). If the temperature becomes too high, your meat will be stringy and dry.



SEASONING Liquids and aromatics give you a limitless amount of flavor combinations. Since beef is served in so many different cultures, everyone has a variation on oxtail. Most of the unique

seasonings are specialty local items such as habanero peppers, tomatoes, white wine, soy sauce or ginger. The local specialties are what make the unique flavor.










Serves 3 to 4 2 to 3 pounds oxtails Salt and pepper to taste Olive oil as needed to sear 1 onion, large diced 2 cups dry red wine 2 sprigs thyme 2 bay leaves 4 cloves garlic 1 to 2 quarts low-sodium or unsalted brown stock (beef or chicken), preferably homemade In a bowl or pan, heavily season oxtail with salt and pepper. Heat a medium saucepan or pot (3 to 5 quart) to medium heat, and then lightly coat the bottom of the pan with olive oil. Place just enough pieces of oxtail in the pan to cover the bottom while leaving space between each one; they should not be touching (too many and they will steam instead of sear). Sear each piece on every side; it may take 4 to 5 minutes per side. When each piece is done, replace with another piece. Once all pieces have been seared, reserve to the side (you can use the same bowl you seasoned them in since they are still raw and not ready to eat). Discard all but about ž of the fat remaining in the pan and add the onions. SautÊ onions for about 3 minutes over medium heat until they become fragrant and the edges start to become slightly brown. Add the red wine and simmer until the vol-




ume reduces by half. Add the seared oxtails back into the pan; add thyme, bay leaves, garlic and stock. Cover and place into a 250-degree oven for 4 to 6 hours, until meat becomes tender. Once meat has started to become tender (after 2 to 3 hours), move the lid to slightly ajar so the stock will


start to evaporate and thicken. Once the oxtails have become tender, remove pan from oven and place on the range with the lid removed. Keep at a low simmer until the liquid has reduced to the desired consistency. Season and serve over rice pilaf, risotto, grits, polenta, pasta or beans.

VARIATIONS General: Serve with your choice of side vegetables or add heartier vegetables into the braise along with the onions. Jamaican: Replace red wine with water; use about 2 tablespoons soy sauce and 1 tablespoon ground allspice when seasoning; cut back on salt; add 4 tablespoons minced fresh ginger and 1 minced scotch bonnet or habanero pepper when you add stock. Serve with rice pilaf. Chinese: Remove thyme and bay leaf; replace olive oil with sesame oil; replace red wine with 1½ cups water and ½ cup rice vinegar; use about 2 tablespoons soy sauce when seasoning; add 3 to 4 pieces star anise, ½ cup chili paste and 4 tablespoons minced fresh ginger when adding water. Serve with rice pilaf. Italian: Replace red wine with dry white wine; add 2 sprigs rosemary with the herbs; replace stock with 1 quart white chicken stock and 1 quart diced tomatoes. Serve with pasta or polenta.

Brook Harlan is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y. He is a culinary arts instructor at the Columbia Area Career Center. DECEMBER 2014 INSIDE COLUMBIA



dining out l BY PEG GILL

Onward & Upward Taj Mahal looks to expand in 2015. Back in 2013, Susheel Philip Gill could see that his restaurant, Taj Mahal Indian Cuisine, had outgrown its space after 11 years and needed room to expand. He chose to move across the street into his current space at 500 E. Walnut St. Now, a little more than a year later, Gill is ready to expand again. This time, however, it will be in an upward direction. The restaurateur plans to open a grocery store on the top level of Taj Mahal in February or March 2015. He offers a simple explanation for his decision, citing the closing of an Indian grocery in town, adding, “There is a Mediterranean market here that has some Indian items, but there’s no depth.” The new grocery store will be housed in the restaurant’s second-floor balcony space, and Gill says it will stock a wide variety of authentic Indian food items, as well as fresh produce. “Whenever possible,” he says, “the produce will be local.” In addition to selling authentic Indian grocery items and fresh produce, Gill says the store will also stock some authentic Indian souvenir items such as handmade, hand-painted, papier-mâché flower vases, paintings, statues, carvings and scarves. He hopes to make the store experience “like Cracker Barrel,” he says. The grocery will keep the same hours as the restaurant, which serves lunch from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily, and dinner 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday



Taj Mahal owners Philip and Ranjoo Gill

through Saturday and 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday. Gill insists the grocery addition will not impact the restaurant adversely. Taj Mahal, he says, remains his bread and butter (or, if you prefer, naan and raita). The restaurant’s faithful clientele will be happy to hear that the popular downtown lunch destination will continue offering its all-you-can-eat lunch buffet for $8.95 per person. The buffet boasts a broad selection of entrées, condiments and side dishes, with items changing daily. Offerings might include Egg Biryani, a mixture of basmati rice, hardboiled eggs, tomatoes and scallions with lamb meatballs; Chicken Curry; Aloo Gobhi, potatoes and cauliflower with tomatoes and scallions in sauce; Dal Makhani, lentils cooked in butter with fresh onions, ginger, garlic and tomatoes; and Chicken Tikka Masala — boneless, broiled chicken with onions, tomatoes and ground spices in a cream sauce. There are always four to five vegetable dishes, such as carrots and green peas and Saag, a creamed spinach dish. The buffet offers naan, an unleavened soft flatbread that’s the perfect vehicle for dipping into

creamy yogurt-based raita, or mopping up sauces. Buffet desserts include tropical fruit custard and patisa, a sweet biscuitlike offering. Diners can also opt to order off the full menu. Taj Mahal serves an array of appetizers, including a variety of Pakora dishes — batter-fried chicken, cheese or vegetables. Other appetizer options include Garlic Shrimp and the Taj Mahal Appetizer Platter. The restaurant serves more than a dozen different breads, including roti and deep-fried poori, as well as the staple, naan. Taj Mahal also serves a wide menu of chicken, lamb, goat, seafood and vegetable offerings, along with specialties from the Tandoor charcoal clay oven. Gill claims no other restaurant in Columbia serves as many goat selections as the four offerings of Taj Mahal, including mild Goat Yakhani (pieces of goat cooked in yogurt with Indian spices) and Palak Goshat (smashed baby spinach cooked with bone-in goat enhanced with traditional authentic Indian spices). For now, Taj Mahal remains a popular place to dine downtown. But there’s a lot more “in store” next year! PHOTO BY L.G. PATTERSON

Spicing It Up Spices play a major role in the northern Indian dishes served at Taj Mahal. Owner Philip Gill happily ticks off a lengthy list. “We use coriander, ground coriander, and coriander seed,” he says, “cumin, turmeric, black and green cardamoms, curry, cinnamon, ginger, garlic, onion, cloves and bay leaves.”

Crowd Pleasers Taj Mahal owner Philip Gill says his wife, Ranjoo, does all the cooking at lunchtime for the restaurant while he cooks at dinnertime. “Sometimes if we get overwhelmed and busy,” he adds, “she comes and rescues me!” According to Gill, the restaurant’s most popular dishes include Chicken Curry, Chicken Tikka Masala and Chicken Kabab Masala. Two other bestsellers are Tandoori Chicken and Tandoori Shrimp, broiled over flaming coals in the Tandoor charcoal clay oven.



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Y Romantic

$ - $10 and under

 Family Friendly

$$ - $11-$15

_ Good For Groups

$$$ - $16-$20

 Drink Specials

$$$$ - $21 and up

 Free Wi-Fi Available

lll AMERICAN 44 Stone Public House $-$$$ 3910 Peachtree Drive, Suite H 573-443-2726 Hours: 11 am–10 pm Tues–


Thurs, 11 am–midnight Fri–Sat, 10:30 am–9 pm Sun 63 Diner $  5801 Highway 763 N.


INSIDE COLUMBIA DECEMBER 2014 Hours: 11 am–9 pm Tues–Sat, Closed Sun–Mon Abigail’s $$–$$$$ ( 206 Central St., Rocheport 573-698-3000 Hours: 11 am–2 pm, 5 pm– last party leaves Wed–Sun, Closed Mon–Tues Addison’s $–$$$ ((except Fri–Sat) Y _  709 Cherry St. 573-256-1995 addisons Hours: 11 am–midnight Mon– Sat (bar until 1), 11 am–11 pm Sun (bar until midnight) Bleu Restaurant & Wine Bar $–$$$$   811 E. Walnut St. 573-442-8220 Hours: 11 am–8 pm Mon, 11 am–10 pm Tues–Sat, 10 am–10 pm, brunch 10 am–2 pm Sun Cat’s Kitchen $ 1502 Paris Road 573-443-0991 Hours: 6 am–2pm Mon– Thurs, 6am–8 pm Fri, 6am–11 am Sat, Closed Sun Cattle Drive $–$$ 7 N. Sixth St. 573-817-2000 Hours: 4 pm–midnight Mon– Thurs, 11 am–midnight Fri-Sun Claire’s Café $ 595 N. Route B, Hallsville 573-696-2900

Hours: 6 am–8pm Mon–Sat, 7 am–2pm Sun Coley’s American Bistro $–$$$ ( Y  _  15 S. Sixth St. 573-442-8887 Hours: 11 am–2 pm and 4– 10 pm Mon–Thurs, 11 am– 2 pm and 4–11 pm Fri, 11 am–11 pm Sat, 4–9 pm Sun Columbia Star Dinner Train

$$$$ (  6501 N. Brown Station Road 573-474-2223 Hours: Board at 5:15 pm, depart at 6 pm Sat; board at 12:15 pm, depart at 1 pm Sun Reservations must be made 3 days prior to departure. D. Rowe’s $-$$$  _ ((6+) 1005 Club Village Drive 573-443-8004 www.drowes Hours: 11 am–10 pm Mon– Thurs, 11 am–11 pm Fri–Sat, 11 am–9 pm Sun (bar until 1:30 am)

Hours: 11 am–9 pm daily The Heidelberg $–$$ _  410 S. Ninth St. 573-449-6927 Hours: 11 am–1 am Mon– Sat, 10 am–midnight Sun Houlihan’s $-$$ 2541 Broadway Bluffs Drive 573-815-7210 Hours: 11 am–10 pm Mon– Thurs, 11 am–11 pm Fri–Sat, 11 am–10 pm Sun Jersey Dogs $ 5695 Clark Lane, Suite P 573-355-4106 Hours: 10 am–3 pm Mon– Tues, Thurs–Fri, 10 am–5 pm Sat, Closed Wed & Sun Jimmy’s Family Steakhouse $-$$$  _ 3101 S. Providence Road 573-443-1796 Hours: 11 am–9 pm Mon– Thurs, 11 am–9:30 pm Fri–Sat Mad Cow $  _  503 E. Nifong Blvd.

(Rock Bridge Shopping Center) 573-214-0393

Hours: 10 am–9 pm daily

Flat Branch Pub & Brewing $-$$$  _  115 S. Fifth St. 573-499-0400 Hours: 11 am–midnight daily

Mugs Up Drive-In $  603 Orange St. 573-443-7238 Hours: 11 am–8 pm Mon– Thurs, 11 am–9 pm Fri– Sat, Closed Sun, Closed Nov–Feb

G&D Steak House $-$$$  2001 W. Worley St. 573-445-3504

Murry’s $-$$$  3107 Green Meadows Way 573-442-4969 Hours: 11 am–midnight Mon–

Sat, Closed Sun Tellers Gallery and Bar $$–$$$$ Y  820 E. Broadway 573-441-8355 Hours: 11 am–12:30 am Mon–Sat (bar until 1:30 am), Closed Sun Trailside Cafe & Bike Shop $  700 First St., Rocheport 573-698-2702 Hours: 9 am–6 pm Mon– Tues, Closed Wed, 9 am–7 pm Thurs–Fri, 8 am– 7 pm Sat, 9 am–7 pm Sun

lll ASIAN ABC Chinese Cuisine $ 3510 I-70 Drive S.E. 573-443-3535 Hours: 11 am–9 pm Sun– Thurs, 11 am–10 pm Fri–Sat Bamboo Terrace $$ 3101 W. Broadway 573-886-5555 Hours: 11 am–9 pm Sun– Thurs, 11 am–10 pm Fri–Sat Bangkok Gardens $–$$ _Y 811 Cherry St. 573-874-3284 Hours: 11 am–2 pm Mon- Sat, 5 pm–8:30 pm Mon–Thurs, 5 pm–9:30pm Fri–Sat, Closed Sun Chim’s Thai Kitchen $  ChimsThaiKitchen 3907 Peachtree Drive 573-777-8626 Hours: 11 am–9 pm Sun–

SPE CI A L A DVE RTI S IN G S E CTION Thurs, 11 am–10 pm Fri–Sat Chopsticks $ _ 1705 N. Providence Road 573-886-9005 Hours: 10 am–10 pm Mon– Thurs, 10 am–11 pm Fri–Sat, 11 am–10 pm Sun

Formosa $ 913A E. Broadway 573-449-3339 Hours: 10 am–10 pm Sun– Thurs, 10 am–11 pm Fri-Sat Geisha Sushi Bar 804 E. Broadway 573-777-9997 Hours: 11 am–2 pm lunch Mon–Sat, 5 pm–9:30 pm dinner Mon–Thurs, 5 pm–10:30 pm dinner Fri– Sat, Closed Sun

House of Chow $-$$ Y 2101 W. Broadway 573-445-8800 Hours: 11 am–2 pm and 4:30 pm–9 pm Mon–Sat, Closed Sun HuHot

Mongolian Grill $–$$  _ 

3802 Buttonwood Drive 573-874-2000 Hours: 11 am–9 pm Sun–Thurs, 11 am–10 pm Fri–Sat Jina Yoo’s Asian Bistro $-$$$$ Y ( 2200 Forum Blvd. 573-446-5462 Hours: 11 am–2 pm and 5 pm–9:30 pm Mon–Thurs, 11 am–2 pm and 5 pm– 10 pm Fri, 5 pm–10 pm Sat, 5 pm–8:30 pm Sun Jingo $-$$  1201 E. Broadway 573-874-2530 Hours: 11 am–11 pm Mon–Tues, 11 am–2 am Wed-Sat, 11:30 am-10:30 pm Sun Kampai Sushi Bar 907 Alley A 573-442-2239 Hours: 11:30 am–2:30 pm Mon-Fri, 5 pm–10 pm Mon– Thurs, 5 pm–11 pm Fri–Sat, 5 pm–9 pm Sun

KUI Korean BBQ $$ 22 N. Ninth St. 573-442-7888 Hours: 11am–2:30 pm, 3:30–9:30 pm Mon–Sat Osaka Japanese Restaurant Sushi Bar and Hibachi Steakhouse $$-$$$ _ 120 E. Nifong Blvd. 573-875-8588 Hours: 11:30 am–2:30 pm Tues–Sat, 5 pm–10 pm Tues–Thurs, 5 pm–10:30 pm Fri–Sat, 5 pm–9:30 pm Sun, Closed Mon Peking Restaurant $  212 E. Green Meadows Road 573-256-6060 Hours: 11 am–2:30 pm Mon–Sat, 4:30 pm–9:30 pm Mon–Thurs, 4:30 pm–10 pm Fri–Sat, 11 am–3 pm and 4:30 pm–9 pm Sun Sake $$ (  16 S. 10th St. 573-443-7253 Hours: 11 am–1:30 am Mon–Sat; Noon–midnight

Saigon Bistro $  _ _ 912 E. Broadway 573-442-9469

Hours: 11 am–7 pm Mon– Thurs, 11 am–8 pm Fri–Sat, Closed Sun Thip Thai Cuisine $ 904 E. Broadway 573-442-0852 Hours: 11am–2:30 pm, 5–10 pm daily

lll BAKERY & CAFÉ B&B Bagel Co. $  124 E. Nifong Blvd. 573-442-5857 Hours: 6 am–4 pm Mon– Fri, 6 am–3 pm Sat–Sun BBC II $ 220 S. Eighth St. 573-445-1965 breadbasketcafe Hours: 10 am–11 pm Mon–Thurs, 10 am– midnight Fri, 11 am–midnight Sat, 11 am– 9 pm Sun Blenders: Smoothies + Juices $ 308 S. Ninth St., Suite 113 573-889-8430 Hours: 7 am–7 pm Mon–Sun

www.blenderscolumbia. com

Cherie’s Cake Boutique & Tea Room 3078 Lindbergh 573 356-6224 www.cheriescakeboutique. com Hours: 11 am–3 pm Mon–Fri Dande Café $ 110 Orr St. 573-442-8740 Hours: 7 am–3 pm Mon– Fri, 8 am–3 pm Sat Hot Box Cookies $ 1013 E. Broadway 573-777-8777 Hours: Noon–midnight Sun, 11 am–midnight Mon-Tues, 11 am–1:30 am Wed–Thurs, 11 am–2:30 am Fri–Sat Main Squeeze Natural Foods Café & Juice Bar $  28 S. Ninth St. 573-817-5616 Hours: 10 am–8 pm Mon– Sat, 10 am–3 pm Sun Peggy Jean’s Pies 3601 Buttonwood Drive, Suite E 573-447-PIES (7437)

Hours: 10:30 am–5:30 pm Tues–Fri, 9 am–1 pm Sat, Closed Sun–Mon UKnead Sweets $ 808 Cherry St. 573-777-8808 Hours: 9 am–8 pm Mon– Thurs, 9 am–10 pm Fri–Sat, Closed Sun The Upper Crust Bakery Café & Catering $_ 3107 Green Meadows Way 573-874-4044 Hours: 6:30 am–8 pm Mon–Fri, 8 am–8 pm Sat, 8 am–3 pm Sun The Uprise Bakery $ 10 Hitt St 573-256-2265 Hours: 6:30am-8pm daily, bar open 5pm-1am daily




lll BAR & GRILL 1839 Taphouse $ _ 212 E. Green Meadows Drive, Suite 2 573-441-1839

Hours: 4 pm–1:30 am Mon– Sat, 4 pm–midnight Sun Bengals Bar & Grill $_ 227 S. Sixth St. 573-875-2337

Hours: 11 am–1:30 am, Closed Sun

Billiards on Broadway $ _ 514 E. Broadway 573-449-0116 www.billiardson Hours: 11 am–1 am Mon–Sat, Noon–midnight Sun Booches Billiard Hall $ 110 S. Ninth St. 573-874-9519 Hours: 11 am–midnight Mon– Sat, Closed Sun Broadway Brewery $-$$$ 816 E. Broadway 573-443-5054 Hours: 5 pm–midnight Mon, 11 am–midnight Tues–Sun Cheerleader Pub & Grill $–$$1400 Cinnamon Hill Lane 573-442-6066 Hours: 11 am–11 pm daily

CJ’s in Tiger Country $ _ 704 E. Broadway 573-442-7777 www.cjs– 11am-2pm and 4pm-9pm Tues-Fri, 11am-9pm Sat, Closed Sun-Mon D&D Pub and Grub $ 6307 Leupold Court 573-442-7302 Hours: 11 am–1:30 am Mon– Sat, 11 am–midnight Sun DC’s Bar & Grill $ _ 904 Business Loop 70 E. 573-256-0111 Hours: 11:30 am–1:30 am Mon–Sat Deuce Pub & Pit $-$$ _  3700 Monterey Drive 573-443-4350 Hours: 3 pm–1 am Mon–Wed, 11 am–1 am Thurs-Sat, 11 ammidnight Sun The Fifth Down Bar & Grill $  _ 

912 Rain Forest Parkway 573-442-8700 Hours: 11 am–1 am Mon–Sat Harpo’s $  _ 29 S. 10th St. 573-443-5418 Hours: 11 am–1 am Mon–Sat, 11 am–midnight Sun

International Tap House $ 308 S. Ninth St. 573-443-1401 Hours: 1pm–1am Mon–Thurs, Noon–1am Fri, 11am–1am Sat, 11am–midnight Sun KLiK’s $  205 N. 10th St. 573-449-6692

Hours: 11 am–1 am Mon–Fri, 4 pm–1 am Sat

Legends Restaurant & Bar $–$$ $$ 10 W. Nifong Blvd., Suite M 573-441-2211 Hours: 11 am­–1 ­ 0 pm daily McNally’s $ _  7 N. Sixth St.

573-441-1284 Hours: 4 pm–1:30 am Mon–Sat Nash Vegas $ 929 E. Broadway NashVegasBar Hours: 4pm–1:15 am Tues–Fri, 12 pm–1:15 am Sat, Closed Sun 9th Street Public House $ 36 N. Ninth St. 573-777-9782 Hours: 3:30 pm–1 am Mon–Fri, noon–1 am Sat, noon–midnight Sun

Pem’s Place $  _  3919 S. Providence Road 573-447-7070 Hours: 5–9 pm Tues, 5 pm– 1 am Fri–Sat

573-445-8383 Hours: 11 am–midnight daily Stadium Grill 1219 Fellows Place (Stadium Boulevard & College Avenue) 573-777-9292 www.stadiumgrill Hours: 11 am–9 pm Sun–Thurs, 11 am–midnight Fri–Sat

Tiger Club $(_  1116 Business Loop 70 E. 573-874-0312 Hours: 2 pm–1 am Mon–Sat The Roof $–$$ 1111 E. Broadway Hours: 4–11 pm Mon–Tues, 4 pm –midnight Wed, 4 pm–1 am Thurs–Sat, 4 pm–midnight Sun 573-875-7000

Quinton’s Deli & Bar $ 124 S. Ninth St. 573-815-1047

The Tiger Zou Pub & Grill $-$$ _  3200 Penn Terrace, Suite 121 573-214-0973 Hours: 11:30 am–1 am Mon– Sat, 11:30 am–midnight Sun

Shiloh Bar & Grill $ _ 402 E. Broadway 573-875-1800 Hours: 11 am–1 am Mon–Sat, 11 am–midnight Sun With live music, TVs on every wall, a huge outdoor patio, and drink specials every day, Shiloh is always busy, but during football season it’s positively teeming. The menu features house favorites, such as the Shiloh Burger — a beef patty topped with bacon and Swiss.

Trumans Bar & Grill $-$$ _ 3304 Broadway Business Park Court 573-445-1669 Hours: 6 am–1:30 am Mon– Sat, 9 am–midnight Sun

Sports Zone $-$$$ _  2200 1-70 Drive S.W. (Holiday Inn Executive Center)


Hours: 11 am–1 am Mon–Sat, 10 am–3 pm and 5 pm–midnight Sun

Willie’s Pub & Pool $ _ 1109 E. Broadway 573-499-1800 Hours: 11 am–1:30 am Mon– Sat, 11 am–midnight Sun

Buckingham Smokehouse BBQ $-$$  3804 Buttonwood Drive 573-499-1490 Hours: 11 am–9 pm Sun– Thurs, 11 am–10 pm Fri–Sat

5614 E. St. Charles Road 573-777-7711 Hours: 11 am–9 pm Mon–Thurs, 11am–10 pm Fri–Sat, Closed Sun

Como Smoke and Fire $–$$ 4600 Paris Road, Suite 102 573-443-3473 Hours: 11 am–9 am Mon– Thurs, 11 am–midnight Fri–Sat Lonnie Ray’s Café and BBQ $-$$$ 81 E. Sexton St., Harrisburg 573-874-0020 Hours: 11 am–8 pm Tue–Fri, 8 am–8 pm Sat, Closed Sun–Mon Lutz’s BBQ $$ 200 E. Nifong Blvd. 573-636-4227 Hours: 10 am–8 pm Mon-Sat, Closed on Sundays Ranch House BBQ $ 1716 Lindberg Drive 573-814-3316 Hours: 7 am–9 pm Mon–Thurs, 7 am–10 pm Fri–Sat, Closed Sun Rocheport Bike And BBQ $  103 Pike St., Rocheport 573-698-3008 Hours: 11 am–7 pm Wed–Sun

Shotgun Pete’s BBQ Shack $ 28 N. Ninth St. 573-442-7878 Hours: 11:30 am–9:30 pm Tues–Thurs, 11:30 am–2 am Fri, Noon–midnight Sat, Closed Sun–Mon Smokin’ Chick’s BBQ Restaurant $-$$$  _ 3310 W. Broadway 573-256-6450 Hours: Mon–Sun 11 am–9 pm

lll BREAKFAST & DINERS Broadway Diner $

22 S. Fourth St. 573-875-1173 Hours: 5 am–3 pm Sun–Mon, reopen 11 pm–3 pm the following day Thurs–Sat

Café Berlin $  220 N. 10th St. 573-441-0400 Hours: 8 am–2 pm, 5pm–1am Mon–Sat, 8 am–2pm, 5pm– midnight Sun

Ernie’s Café & Steakhouse $  1005 E. Walnut St. 573-874-7804 Hours: 6:30 am–2:45 pm daily Lucy’s Corner Café $ 522 E. Broadway 573-875-1700 Hours: 6 am–2 pm Mon–Fri, 7 am–1 pm Sat-Sun

lll COFFEE Coffee Zone $  11 N. Ninth St. 573-449-8215 Hours: 6:30 am–9 pm MonSat, 8 am-9 pm Sun Dunn Bros. Coffee _  1412 Forum Blvd. 573-446-4122 Hours: 6 am–8 pm Mon–Fri,



7 am–6 pm Sat–Sun Fretboard Coffee $ 1013 E. Walnut St. 573-227-2233 Hours: 7 am–3 pm Mon–Fri, 8 am–3 pm Sat–Sun It’s Coffee and Yogurt $ 2300 Bernadette Drive (Columbia Mall) 573-256-1077

Hours: 10 am–9 pm Mon–Sat, 11 am–6 pm Kaldi’s Coffeehouse $  29 S. Ninth St. 573-874-2566 Hours: 6 am–11 pm Mon–Fri, 7 am–11 pm Sat–Sun 2902 Forum Blvd., Suite 103 573-874-1803 Hours: 7:30 am–7 pm Mon– Fri, 7:30 am–6 pm Sat, 7:30 am–5 pm Sun 1400 Forum Blvd. (Schnucks) 573-446-2800 Hours: 6 am–8 pm daily

Lakota Coffee Co. $  24 S. Ninth St. 573-874-2852 Hours: 6 am–midnight daily Lollicup Tea Zone 23 S. Ninth St. 573-256-1933 2300 Bernadette Drive (Columbia Mall) 573-447-4701 Hours: 10:30 am–10 pm Mon–Sat, 11:30 am–5 pm Sun (Ninth Street), 10 am– 9 pm Mon–Sat, 11 am– 6 pm Sun (Columbia Mall) Shortwave Coffee $ 915 Alley A 573-214-0880 Hours: 7 am–1 pm Mon–Fri, Closed Sat & Sun

lll DELI Hoss’s Market & Rotisserie $–$$$   1010A Club Village Drive 573-815-9711 Hours: 10 am–8 pm Mon–Sat, Closed Sun Lee Street Deli $ 603 Lee St. 573-442-4111 Hours: 9 am–7 pm Mon–Fri, 1 am–3 am Fri & Sat late-night, 10 am–5 pm Sat–Sun New Deli $ _ 3200 Vandiver Drive, Suite 10A 573-474-2200 Hours: 11 am–8 pm Mon–Sat New York Deli $ 1301 Vandiver Drive 573-886-3354 Hours: 8 am–6:30 pm Mon–Fri, 9 am–3 pm Sat, Closed Sun Pickleman’s Gourmet Café $–$$ 2513 Old 63 S. 573-886-2300 Hours: 10 am–2 am daily 1106 E. Broadway 573-875-2400 Hours: 10 am–2 am Sun– Wed, 10 am–2:30 am Thurs–Sat 3103 W. Broadway, Suite 105 573-875-0400 Hours: 10 am–10 pm


Sub Shop $   573-449-1919 209 S. Eighth St. Hours: 8 am–midnight Mon–Fri, 10 am–midnight Sat-Sun 2105 W. Worley St. Hours: 10 am–9 pm daily 212 Green Meadows Road Hours: 10 am–9 pm daily 601 Business Loop 70 W., Suite 203 (Parkade Center) Hours: 8 am–8 pm Mon–Fri

The SandWitch at Eastside Tavern $$ 1016A E. Broadway 573-268-1169 columbiasandwich Hours: 11 am–10 pm Tues–Sat

lll DESSERT & ICE CREAM Cold Stone Creamery 904 Elm St., Suite 100 573-443-5522 www.coldstone Hours: Noon–10:30 pm Sun–Thurs, Noon–11 pm Fri–Sat Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers $ 100 Brickton Road 573-442-2415 Hours: 10:30 am–10 pm Sun–Thurs, 10:30 am–11 pm Fri–Sat

Randy’s Frozen Custard $  3304 W. Broadway Business Park 573-446-3071 Hours: 11 am–9:30 pm, Mon–Thurs, 11 am–10:30 pm Fri-Sat, 11 am–9:30 pm Sun Sparky’s Homemade Ice Cream $

21 S. Ninth St. 573-443-7400 Hours: 11 am–11 pm daily (March–Dec) Closed Sun–Thurs (Jan–Feb)

Grand Cru Restaurant $$–$$$$ ( _ Y 2600 S. Providence Road 573-443-2600 Hours: 11 am–late night Mon–Fri, 5 pm–late night Sat, Closed Sun Jack’s Gourmet $$–$$$$ ( Y 1903 Business Loop 70 E. 573-449-3927 www.jacksgourmet Hours: 4 pm–10 pm Mon– Sat, Closed Sun Les Bourgeois Bistro $–$$$$ ( Y _  12847 W. Highway BB, Rocheport 573-698-2300 Hours: 11 am–8 pm TuesSat, 11 am–3 pm Sun, Closed Mon Mar–Oct: 11 am–9 pm Tues–Sat, 11 am–3 pm Sun, Closed Mon Les Bourgeois, situated on a bluff overlooking the Missouri River as it winds through a thick grove of trees, can easily claim one of the best views in central Missouri. One of Missouri’s largest wineries, every aspect of production, from the vineyard to the bottle, happens on-site. The famed appetizer every diner must sample is Gorgonzola cheesecake, served warm with basil pesto, tomato coulis and toasted Ellis Bakery bread. Room 38 Restaurant & Lounge $–$$$ Y _ ( 38 N. Eighth St. 573-449-3838 Hours: 11 am–1 am MonSat, Closed Sun

11Eleven $-$$$$

Sophia’s $–$$$ Y _(except Fri and Sat) 3915 S. Providence Road 573-874-8009 www.addisonssophias. com/sophias Hours: 11 am–midnight Mon-Sat, 11 am–11 pm Sun

CC’s City Broiler $$$–$$$$ Y 1401 Forum Blvd. 573-445-7772 Hours: 5 pm–10 pm daily

Sycamore $$$ Y ( 800 E. Broadway 573-874-8090 www.sycamorerestaurant. com Hours: 11 am–2 pm Mon– Fri, 5 pm–10 pm Mon–Sat, bar open until 11 pm Mon– Thurs and midnight Fri–Sat, Closed Sun

lll FINE DINING 1111 E. Broadway 573-875-7000 Hours: 6 am to 10 pm Sun– Thurs, 6 am to 11 pm Fri–Sat

Chris McD’s Restaurant & Wine Bar $$–$$$$ Y ((5+) 1400 Forum Blvd. #6 573-446-6237 Hours: 4:30 pm–10 pm Mon–Sat, Closed Sun Churchill’s $$$$ ( 2200 I-70 Drive S.W. (Holiday Inn Executive Center) 573-445-8531 Hours: 5:30 pm–10 pm Tues–Sat Glenn’s Café $$–$$$$ (Y _  29 S. Eighth St. 573-875-8888 Hours: 10 am–11 pm Mon–Sat, 10:30 am–11 pm Sun

Trey $$$ 21 N. Ninth St. 573-777-8654 Hours: 11 am–10 pm Tues–Sun

The Wine Cellar & Bistro $$$ ( Y 505 Cherry St. 573-442-7281 Hours: 11 am–2 pm Mon– Fri, 5–10 pm Mon–Sat, 5–9 pm Sun

lll FOOD TRUCKS CoMo Dough Wood Fired Pizza Pizza 573-356-3898 Lilly’s Cantina Baja Midwest Fusion 573-355-4831



SP E C I A L A DV E RT I SI N G SE C T IO N Jamaican Jerk Hut $ Jamaican 573-694-6086 JamJerkHut

Jersey Dogs $ Hot Dogs 573-355-4106 Kona Ice $ Flavored Shaved Ice 573-819-5432 konaicecomo Ozark Mountain Biscuit Co. $ Southern Cuisine 573-999-9323 www.ozarkmountainbiscuits. com Pepe’s Taco Truck $ Mexican

573-268-4503 Playing With Fire Wood Fired Pizza $ Pizza 573-579-1192 Sunflower Waffle Co. $ Chicken & Waffles 573-340-8925 SunflowerWaffle

lll INTERNATIONAL Café Poland $ 

807 Locust St. 573-874-8929 Hours: 10:30 am–7:30 pm Mon–Fri Casablanca Mediterranean Grill $–$$ _ 501 Elm St. 573-442-4883 Hours: 11 am–10 pm Mon– Sat, noon–5 pm Sun

Babbo’s Spaghetteria $$  _ 1305 Grindstone Parkway 573-442-9446 www.babbos Hours: 11 am–2 pm and 5 pm–9 pm Mon–Thurs, 11 am–2 pm and 5 pm– 10 pm Fri, 5 pm–10 pm Sat, Noon–8 pm Sun Italian Village $–$$$ _ 711 Vandiver Drive #B 573-442-8821 Hours: 10 am–11 pm Sun– Thurs, 10 am–midnight Fri–Sat The Pasta Factory $–$$ _ ( Y 3103 W. Broadway, Suite 109

573-449-3948 Hours: 11 am–10 pm Sun–Thurs, 11 am–10:30 pm Fri–Sat Umbria Rustic Italian $-$$$$ 904 Elm St., Suite 108 573-447-UMBR (8627) Hours: 11 am–10 pm Sun– Thurs, 11 am–11 pm Fri–Sat

lll MEXICAN Carlito’s $  12 Business Loop 70 E. 573-443-6370 Hours: 11 am–7 pm Mon– Fri, Closed Sat–Sun El Campo Azul $–$$ 504 Business Loop 70 W. 573-442-3898 Hours: 11 am–10 pm daily El Jimador $ _ 3200 Penn Terrace 573-474-7300 Hours: 11 am–10 pm Mon–Thurs, 11 am–10:30 pm Fri–Sat, 11 am–9 pm Sun

Günter Hans $ 7 Hitt St. 573-256-1205 Hours: 4 pm–11 pm Mon–Thu, 11 am–11 pm Fri–Sat, Closed Sun

El Maguey 901 E. Nifong Blvd. 573-874-3812 21 Conley Road 573-443-7977 Hours: 11 am–10 pm Mon-Thurs, 11 am–10:30 pm Fri–Sat

International Café $–$$ 26 S. Ninth St.

573-449-4560 Hours: 11 am–9 pm daily Oasis Mediterranean Cafe $  2609 E. Broadway 573-442-8727 Hours: 10 am–8 pm Mon– Sat, 12–6 pm Sun Olive Café $–$$  21 N. Providence Road 573-442-9004 Hours: 10 am–9 pm Mon– Sat, 10 am–8 pm Sun Rush’s Pizzeria & Bakery $–$$$  _ 1104 Locust St. 573-449-RUSH (7874) Hours: 11 am–10 pm Mon– Thurs, 11 am–2:30 am the next day Fri–Sat, 4 pm– 10 pm Sun Taj Mahal $–$$  (

500 E. Walnut St., Suite 110




Curries Indian ToGo Restaurant $ 2518 Business Loop 70 E. 573-355-5357 Hours: 4 pm–10 pm Mon– Sun

India’s House $–$$ 1101 E. Broadway 573-817-2009 Hours: 11 am–2:30 pm, 5 pm–9:30 pm Mon–Sat, 5 pm–9 pm Sun


Hours: 11 am–2:30 pm, 5 pm–9:30 pm daily

El Rancho $ 1014 E. Broadway 573-875-2121 Hours: 11 am–2 am Mon– Wed, 11 am–3 am Thurs– Sat, 11 am–11 pm Sun El Tigre $–$$$

10 W. Nifong Blvd., Suite M 573-442-2983 Hours: 11 am–10 pm Mon– Sat, 11 am–8 pm Sun José Jalapeños $( _   3412 Grindstone Parkway 573-442-7388 Hours: 11 am–10 pm Mon– Thurs, 11 am–10:30 pm Fri–Sat

La Siesta Mexican Cuisine $-$$ _  33 N. Ninth St. 573-449-8788 3890 Range Line St., Suite 115 573-228-9844 Hours: 11–10 pm Mon– Wed, 11–10:30 pm Thurs– Sat,11 am–9 pm Sun

SPE CI A L A DVE RTI S IN G S E CTION La Terraza Grill $ 1412 Forum Blvd., Suite 140 573-445-9444 Hours: 7 am–10 pm, Mon– Thurs, 10:30 am–10:30 pm Fri–Sat, 7 am–9 pm Sun Las Margaritas $

10 E. Southampton Drive 573-442-7500 Hours: 11 am–10 pm Sun–Thurs, 11 am–10:30 pm Fri–Sat

Mi Tierra 2513 Old 63 S. 573-214-0072 Hours: 10 am–10pm Mon– Thurs, 10 am–10:30 pm Fri–Sat, 10 am–9 pm Sun Pancheros Mexican Grill $ 421 N. Stadium Blvd. 573-445-3096 Hours: 10:30 am–10 pm Sun–Thurs, 10:30 am–11 pm Fri–Sat Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant $  3306 W. Broadway Business Park 573-445-2946 Hours: 11 am–10 pm Sun– Thurs, 11 am–11 pm Fri–Sat

lll PIZZA Angelo’s Pizza and Steak House $_( 4107 S. Providence Road 573-443-6100 www.angelospizza Hours: 11 am–10 pm Mon– Sat, 11 am–9 pm Sun Arris’ Pizza $–$$$ _  ( 1020 E. Green Meadows Road 573-441-1199 Hours: 11 am–10 pm Mon– Thurs, 11 am–11 pm Fri–Sat,11 am–10 pm Sun Brooklyn Pizzeria $ 909 Cherry St. 573-449-2768 Hours: 11am–12am Sun– Thurs, 11am–2am Fri–Sat G&D Pizzaria $–$$$ _  2101 W. Broadway 573-445-8336 Hours: 11 am–10 pm Mon– Sat, Closed Sun George’s Pizza and Steakhouse $–$$ 5695 Clark Lane 573-214-2080 Hours: 11 am–10 pm daily Gumby’s Pizza & Wings 1201 E. Broadway 573-874-8629, Hours: 10:30 am–2 am Mon– Wed, 10:30 am– 3 am Thurs–Sat, 10:30 am– midnight Sun Kostaki’s Pizzeria $$$  2101 Corona Road #105 573-446-7779 Hours: 11 am–10 pm Mon– Thurs, 11 am–11 pm Fri–Sat, Closed Sun

3412 Grindstone Parkway 573-446-7779 Hours: 4–10 pm Mon–Wed, 4–11 pm Thurs, 4 pm–midnight Fri, 10 am–midnight Sat, noon–10 pm Sun

Pickleman’s Gourmet Café $–$$ 2513 Old 63 S. 573-886-2300 Hours: 10 am–2 am daily

1106 E. Broadway 573-875-2400 Hours: 10 am–2 am Sun– Wed, 10 am–2:30 am Thurs–Sat

3103 W. Broadway, Suite 105 573-875-0400 Hours: 10 am–10 pm

Playing With Fire $ 573-579-1192

Shakespeare’s Pizza $–$$ _ 227 S. Ninth St. 573-449-2454 Hours: 11 am–10 pm Sun– Thurs, 11 am–1:30 am Fri–Sat 3304 W. Broadway Business Park Court #E 573-447-1202 Hours: 11 am–10 pm Sun– Thurs, 11 am–11 pm Fri–Sat 3911 Peachtree Drive 573-447-7435 Hours: 11 am–10 pm Sun– Thurs, 11 am–11 pm Fri–Sat Southside Pizza & Pub $–$$ 3908 Peachtree Drive 573-256-4221 www.southsidepizza Hours: 3 pm–1:30 am Mon– Fri, 11 am–1:30 am Sat, 11 am–midnight Sun Tony’s Pizza Palace $  416 E. Walnut St. 573-442-3188 Hours: 11 am–2 pm Mon–Fri,4 pm–11 pm Mon–Thurs, 4 pm–12:30 am Fri–Sat, 4 pm–9 pm Sun


& HOMESTYLE Dexter’s Broaster Chicken $ 711 Vandiver, Suite A 573- 447-7259 Hours: 10:30 am–10:30 pm, Mon–Sun

Jazz, A Louisiana Kitchen $–$$$    214 Stadium Blvd. 573-443-5299 Hours: 11 am–9 pm Sun– Mon,11 am–10 pm Tues– Thurs, 11 am–11 pm Fri–Sat JJ’s Cafe $ (_ 600 Business Loop 70 W. 573-442-4773 Hours: 6:30 am–2 pm daily Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken 2316 Paris Road 573-474-5337

2200 W. Ash St., Suite 102 573-445-6650 Hours: 10 am–9 pm Sun–Thurs, 10 am–10 pm Fri–Sat

Midway Family Restaurant 6401 Highway 40 W. 573-445-6542 Hours: 24 hours, 7 days a week Perche Creek Café $  6751 Highway 40 W. 573-446-7400 Hours: 6 am–2 pm Mon–Sat, 7 am–Noon Sun Zaxby’s $–$$ 1411 Cinnamon Hill Lane 573-442-2525 Hours: 10:30 am–10 pm Sun–Thurs, 10:30 am–11 pm Fri–Sat 3922 S. Providence Road 573-447-8500 Hours: 10:30 am–10 pm Sun–Thurs, 10:30 am–11 pm Fri–Sat v













MAKE A MINT Everyone can enjoy the simple flavor of a peppermint candy cane, so why not make them at home? Throw a candycane-making party this month. Gather your friends, family and neighbors and work as a team to knead and make the candy cane “dough” and create fun shapes, flavors and colors. Head to our website,, for our favorite candy cane recipe. — MORGAN McCARTY




a wedding story l BY ANITA NEAL HARRISON

Sarah Franken & Austin Bernard Married December 31, 2013





ustin Bernard first heard about Sarah Franken from his best friend’s girlfriend. She worked with Sarah, a physician specializing in obstetrics-gynecology, in the Boone Hospital Center operating room. Austin also worked at the hospital but in the magnetic resonance imaging department. Following his friend’s tip, Austin looked up Sarah on Facebook and realized he had just seen her profile on He found her on that site again and introduced himself. Sarah had already heard about Austin from their mutual friend. After one phone call, Austin and Sarah set up a casual meeting at a University of Missouri basketball game. That was in December 2012. Each came to the game with a friend, and they all met up at halftime. “It was so comfortable,” Sarah says. “We talked the whole rest of the game.” A first date followed that weekend, and the relationship progressed easily. Six months after their meeting, Austin suggested a hike at The Pinnacles, where he and Sarah had gone on their third date. It was a beautiful June afternoon, and when they found a quiet spot, Austin surprised Sarah with a ring and a proposal. Sarah and Austin were wed on New Year’s Eve 2013 at A.P. Green Chapel on the University of Missouri campus. The Rev. John Tinnin from The Crossing church officiated. Sarah wore a heavily beaded, winter-white gown with a trumpet fit and sweetheart neckline. The beading swirled and trailed down the fitted bodice and then disappeared on the tulle skirt. For the ceremony, Sarah attached tulle cap sleeves, and for outdoor photos, she wore a white faux-fur bolera coat and elbow-length gloves. She accessorized with a sparkling necklace and earrings and a feathery, crystal headpiece, worn to the side of her low updo. She carried a round, hand-tied bouquet of white roses and calla lilies accented with crystal broaches.




Victoria’s Bridal, Jefferson City


Victoria’s Bridal, Jefferson City


Men’s Wearhouse


Melissa Kinkade, Clip Joint South


Ashley Turner Photography


Bev Richardson, Carrollton


Safari Sound


Tartelette Bakery


L.C. Betz Jewelers



Macy’s; McAdams’ Ltd.


Sarah’s maid of honor, her sister, Laura Franken, wore a full-length black satin A-line gown with diagonal pleating on the bodice and a white belt with a large white flower with crystals in its center. In the outdoor photos, she also wore elbow-length black gloves and a black faux-fur wrap. She carried a smaller version of the bridal bouquet. Austin and his best man, his brother, Stuart Bernard, wore fitted black tuxedos with black bow ties and white rose boutonnieres. Austin also wore a white pocket square. A.P. Green Chapel provided an intimate setting for Austin and Sarah to exchange their vows. The graceful chapel, with its exposed wooden rafters, wooden pews and stained glass windows, required minimal decoration. Two tall, slender white columns framed the stage and were topped with tall arrangements of white and purple flowers. After the wedding, the celebration moved to the university’s Reynolds Alumni Center. Entering the reception, guests picked up sparkly black, silver or gold noisemakers with their names and table assignments. The tables were covered with a shimmery fabric in a rich eggplant-purple; the chair covers and napkins were black. Metallic accents fit the glitzy, New Year’s Eve theme and included gold charger plates, as well as center-


piece vases with touches of silver and gold. The vases held tall, whimsical arrangements of white flowers accented with thin curly sticks painted gold and illuminated with small white lights. The wedding cake brought together all of the elements in an elegant, five-tier design featuring unusual, striking textures and patterns in gold, purple, white and silver. A highlight of the night was the bride and groom’s first dance. The groom’s cousin Matilda Edge is an opera singer, and she sang the Celine Dion version of “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face.” At midnight, there was a countdown to the New Year and a Champagne toast. The night ended with a sparkler sendoff. Sarah and Austin took a 10-day honeymoon to Costa Rica. They spent the first part of their trip in an area near a volcano, where they went ziplining, hiking and water rappelling (rappelling down waterfalls). Then they moved to the beach, where they relaxed, read and indulged in massages next to the water. Sarah and Austin make their home in Columbia. Sarah is the daughter of John and Terre Franken of Carrollton. She now has her own OB-GYN practice, Columbia Women’s Care. Austin is the son of Ronald and Yvonne Bernard of Sturgeon. He is an MRI technologist at Boone Hospital Center.



a wedding story l BY ANITA NEAL HARRISON

Kate Gunn & Scott Wilson Married December 31, 2013



rom the time guests opened their invitations, they knew the wedding of Kate Gunn and Scott Wilson would be memorable. “We actually found and got permission to use images from Stephens College in the 1930s on our invites,” Kate says. The historic images helped set the tone for a classic black-tie New Year’s Eve wedding with a Downton Abbey flair. The stationery, designed by Hoot Design Co., also offered the first clue that from beginning to end, Kate and Scott would support local businesses and artists in their wedding celebration. That patronage of local businesses made an early appearance in Kate and Scott’s relationship. Their romance began in the heart of downtown Columbia at Top Ten Wines, where they met while out with mutual friends on Dec. 5, 2007. Five years to the day after their meeting, Scott took Kate back to Top Ten and other establishments they had visited that first night, ending the nostalgic tour with a proposal at their downtown apartment. Kate and Scott chose New Year’s Eve 2013 for their wedding



date and Firestone Baars Chapel on the Stephens College campus for their venue. The rehearsal dinner took the couple back to Top Ten Wines, where Kate and Scott met. The menu included Booches burgers, Shakespeare’s pizza and Scott’s signature drink. “They literally have a drink in several downtown bars called the Scott Wilson,” Kate says. The New Year’s Eve wedding color scheme was ivory with metallic accents. Kate wore a strapless satin sheath dress by UllaMaija. Pewter and bronze embroidery shimmered on the scoopneck bodice, and on the back of the dress, a line of satin-covered buttons extended from the top of the bodice to the end of the cathedral-length train. Kate wore her hair in a chignon, covered with a simple cathedral veil edged with small metallic beading. She carried an ivory bouquet of balsa wood flowers, a sustainable paper product that creates exquisite bouquets that last. Kate’s bridesmaids wore various metallic, floor-length gowns. The dresses varied a great deal but blended beautifully and brought glamour to the front of the chapel. The bridesmaids also



carried ivory bouquets of balsa wood flowers. The men wore classic black tuxedos with ivory balsa wood boutonnieres. As a tribute to Kate’s Scottish heritage, the men in Kate’s family and Scott also wore a sprig of juniper, the plant badge for the Gunn family. Kate’s father wore a kilt made of his family tartan, a plaid of blue, green and black with a thin red stripe. At the reception, Kate’s mother and sisters wore sashes of the Gunn tartan. Minimal decoration went into the beautiful Firestone Baars Chapel, designed by architect Eero Saarinen of St. Louis Gateway Arch fame. Candles in the nooks of the walls illuminated the chapel and two large arrangements of white flowers framed the stairs. An opera singer performed “Ave Maria” and “Auld Lang Syne,” and the minister, the Rev. Bradley Williams, lead Kate and Scott through an exchange of vows they had written. The reception followed in the Kimball Ballroom of Stephens’ Lela Raney Wood

Hall, decorated with a profusion of candles, sequined table runners and tall clear vases holding metallic Christmas balls and lights. “We wanted to keep it warm and simple with some pops of metallic,” Kate says. A bagpiper in full regalia welcomed everyone into the reception, and dinner was a gourmet affair. “We spent a lot of time on our menu and loved everything, from the sushi and tenderloin to the sparkling sugared cranberries on top of brie,” Kate says. A highlight of the night came just before the cutting of the cake, when Scott announced he had a surprise for Kate. At first wary of being surprised before 200 guests, Kate became the picture of wonder and excitement when Scott announced he had commissioned local artist Jenny McGee, who was among the guests, to create a painting to honor his bride. “Kate has been a huge supporter of Columbia’s artists, and I knew a commissioned piece — particularly from a local artist we love — would be perfect for her,”

Scott says. “I will always remember the look on Kate’s face when she realized that it was a commissioned piece by Jenny McGee and first saw it.” Nearly all of the guests stayed to celebrate the New Year with Scott and Kate. The guests were pampered throughout the night with hot chocolate and coffee, latenight snacks, a cigar lounge in a heated tent and a Champagne fountain. Everyone counted down to midnight, and then the party continued for a good hour more. Scott and Kate spent their honeymoon in Puerto Rico, including time on Vieques, an island off the Puerto Rican mainland. They continue to live in downtown Columbia. Kate is the daughter of Stephen and Lisa Gunn of Columbia. She works as a regional advancement officer for the University of Missouri and is also the executive director of Artrageous Fridays. Scott is the son of Janie Briggs of Liberty and the late Jerry Wilson. He is a partner at the Hines Law Firm.


Anna Maier, New York


The French Laundry



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Monarch Jewelry

Wes Warner, Kansas City



The Beach Salon

SilverBox Photographers


Tartelette Bakery

White Knight

J&K Kelly Photography


The Tiger Hotel

Jenny McGee

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wedding planner l BY ANITA NEAL HARRISON

Get organized.

Hanks provides her clients with a Google drive guest list database that allows them to share the document with their parents. “I recommend the couple start the list with all of their guests, and then share it with all of the parents and allow them to add to the list,” Hanks says. Just in case parents might forget their allotted number, Hanks suggests assigning parents a color and highlighting their rows. “That way, they are just filling in those blanks,” she says.

The Guest Quest Here are 7 tips for simplifying your guest list. Getting a guest list to a manageable number can seem impossible. Although it’s probably never going to be easy — except for couples who elope, and some will consider that option after starting this task — these tips from wedding planner Anne Hanks of AnnaBelle Events will help couples succeed in getting through this stressful job.

Decide on a fair split.

Traditional etiquette dictates that the couple gets half the guest list and each set of parents gets 25 percent. Hanks adds that if there are more than two sets of parents on a side, that side would still get 25 percent to split among the parents. “The guest count should never be less than 50 percent of the couple’s guests,” Hanks says.

Figure in some declined invitations.

“As a rule of thumb, I plan on 85 percent of a guest list attending,” Hanks says. “A few factors that make that higher are all-local families, very close family and smaller guest lists. In those cases, I tend to plan on a higher percentage — 90 to 95 percent.” That means if the target guest list is 100, couples will usually be safe inviting 110 to 115.

Give parents their numbers ASAP.

“It’s much easier to start out on the same page than to try to trim the list later,” Hanks says.



Start with a dream list.

“Forgetting people can cause a big conflict and drive you crazy with worrying,” Hanks says, “so in the beginning, include absolutely everyone you would like to invite, along with their kids.”

Establish cutting rules, and follow them!

Possibilities include: no one under the age of 12; no one we haven’t spoken to in 12 months who isn’t family; no one we don’t expect to be our friends still in five years; no one we wouldn’t call to see if visiting their town; and no one who hasn’t met both the bride and the groom.

Have a B-list.

“When ordering invites, always order 20 or so extra because you can send out a second round of invites if your RSVPs come in with more ‘No’s’ than planned,” Hanks says. ”If you think you will do this, then make your RSVP deadline a bit sooner, so your second round doesn’t go out with just a week to RSVP.”



wedding planner l BY PEG GILL

Bridesmade-To-Order Attendants are choosing the styles that suit their shape.


nce upon a time, a bride-to-be would choose a bridesmaid’s dress in a single style in a single color for all of her attendants to wear, regardless of their sizes or shapes. Short-waisted, long-legged, pear shaped — it didn’t matter; all the bridesmaids wore a single style and color, frequently with lessthan-flattering results. To add insult to injury, the dress was often a frothy confection that would never be worn again, and relegated to the back of the wearer’s closet until she got around to donating it to charity, repurposing it as a Halloween costume, or handing it off to a local theater department. Some former bridesmaids have even worn their old dresses for a night of “Formal Bowling.” But today’s brides are moving away from the single-style-fits-all approach to bridesmaids’ dresses. Instead, they’re selecting the color they want the dresses



to be, and giving their bridesmaids the option of choosing the style of dress they’d like to wear from the options available at the bridal shop. Style choices mean an attendant can dress to her strengths. Maybe one attendant likes showing off her shoulders. A halter style bridesmaid’s dress might be her pick. A more Rubenesque attendant might choose a waist-whittling wrap style. A pregnant bridesmaid could pick an empire waist style to skim over her baby bump. Another trend that’s gaining in popularity is the “convertible dress,” some of which can be worn as many as eight different ways. Many companies are now offering this option. The assortment of available styles can be broad, as a visit to any bridal shop will attest. This “bridesmade-to-order” approach can be particularly appealing to the bride with a large wedding party

made up of many diverse body types. According to local wedding planner Natalie Imhoff, a certified wedding planner with The Bridal Solution, allowing bridesmaids to select the style of their dresses has been a trend occurring nationally for the past three or four years that just started to hit midMissouri last year. “I can’t think of a wedding I’ve had in the past 18 months that didn’t have some kind of difference or variation between the bridesmaids’ dresses,” Imhoff says. She adds that many brides are opting not only for different styles of bridesmaids’ dresses but for dresses in different hues or shades of the same color, too, with “absolutely beautiful” results. Nothing is ever certain in the fashion world, but these trends might result in a bridesmaid owning a dress that she might actually wear again!




Joyful Occasions Mid-Missouri brides and grooms share their happy news. Erin Daugherty and Brett Burri were wed on Sept. 13 at the bride’s parents’ home in Columbia. Erin is the daughter of Jack and Cindy Daugherty of Columbia. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with a pre-law degree in 2004 and now works as a Realtor with Re/Max in Columbia. Brett is the son of Charlie and Patty Burri of St. Joseph. He is the Columbia market president at Providence Bank. At the wedding, a pontoon boat ferried guests across Lake Sundance to the wedding site, which will eventually be in the couple’s backyard.

Bree Engebritson and Craig Anderson will marry on June 27 at First Baptist Church of Columbia. Bree is the daughter of Scott and Lisa Engebritson of Lake Ozark. She graduated from the University of Missouri with an education degree in 2011 and is working on a Master of Education Administration from William Woods University, with an anticipated graduation date of 2016. She currently works as a language arts teacher for Columbia Public Schools. Craig is the son of Jack and Cheryl Anderson of Slater. He also graduated from the University of Missouri with an education degree in 2011. He is now the co-owner of Woody’s Gentlemen’s Clothiers and works for Inspire Capital Corp.

Kristen Johnson and Jeffrey Richter were wed on Aug. 2 at Senior Hall on the Stephens College campus. Kristen is the daughter of Betty Johnson of Jefferson City. She has a bachelor’s degree in health sciences from Truman State University and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Missouri. She is currently working on a master’s degree in nurse anesthesia, which she expects to receive in 2015 from Webster University. Jeffrey is the son of Harry and Suzanne Richter of Jefferson City. He graduated from the University of Missouri with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and is now pursuing certification as a public accountant while working as an accountant in Columbia.

Micaela Murphy and Travis Tumlin were wed on July 12 at The Point at Thousand Hills State Park in Kirksville. Micaela is the daughter of Marla and Donald Murphy of Green City. She graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in history in 2012 and now works as an administrative assistant for Thompson Toyota in Edgewood, Md. Travis is the son of Brian and Rhonda Tumlin of La Plata. He graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in mechanical engineering in 2013 and now works as a contracted mechanical engineer for the U.S. Army Research Laboratory at the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Aberdeen, Md. The couple’s wedding featured several tributes to Mizzou and Columbia, including Missouri golf tees in Travis’s boutonniere, a Mizzou golf-ball groom’s cake and Hot Box Cookies for favors.



Lori Hofsess and Corey Whitesides will marry on June 6 at Lake Sundance in Columbia. Lori is the daughter of Bob and Dana Hofsess of Columbia. She graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering in 2011 and with a Master of Business Administration in 2012. She now works as a health care information technology consultant at Cerner Corp. in Kansas City. Corey is the son of David and Charlene Whitesides of Columbia. He graduated from the University of Missouri with a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences in 2010 and from South University in Savannah, Ga., with a Master of Physician Assistant Studies in 2013. He now works as a physician assistant for DFP Orthopaedics in Kansas City.

Would you like to see your wedding featured in Inside Columbia? Ask your photographer to send us a CD with 15 to 20 high-resolution photos from your wedding and reception, accompanied by a note that includes the bride and groom’s contact information. If your wedding is chosen for a feature, you will be contacted by a reporter who will interview you for the story. Photo disks will only be returned if accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped mailer. Mail the photo disk to Editor, Inside Columbia, 47 E. Broadway, Columbia, MO 65203.



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4th Annual Nine-Ball Billiards Tournament The fourth annual two-man nine-ball billiards tournament to benefit the Gurucharri Foundation took place Nov. 8 at Billiards on Broadway. Two dozen teams dueled on the felt tables, spending an enjoyable afternoon in the process! When the chalk dust settled, Erica Utterback and John Ackerman took the crown in an epic battle with Lauren Flaker and Jonathan Illori. The money raised provides financial assistance to mid-Missouri individuals undergoing cancer treatment. The Gurucharri Foundation has provided more than $390,000 in assistance since 2006. This year’s tournament raised approximately $5,000.

Kevin Harvey, Kent Babel, Beau Durk and Morgan Kendrick


Robert McDavid, Bill Tillotson, Michael Gilman and Matt Kujath

Tim Kutcha, Nyle Klinginsmith, Roy Willard and Austin Kutcha

Sean Hamilton, Thaddeus Hamilton, Bill Bales and Matthew Vandelicht

Matt and Andrew Beckett with Blake and Will McWilliams

Travis Horn, Ken Horn, Erica Utterback and John Ackerman

Jackson and Ed Orr





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2014 Purses and Passions for True North The good folks at Lazer Lanes hosted the 7th Annual Purses and Passions Around the World fundraiser on Oct. 16 to benefit the True North organization. Door prizes, raffle prizes and silent auction items tempted the scores of supporters of the organization. Keep your calendar open for next year’s event!

Jack Richert and Ryan Trenter

Celeste Hardnock, Kristy Jones Bryant and Stella Grove Nathan Bock, Chaz Trujillo and Adam Stratman

Whitney Schneider, Rusty Coats and Sue Hamilton

Sarah and Kelly Poor



Louise Martin and Mary Jo Henry

Frankie Minor, Melanie Willis Coats and Jon Class

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Hoops for a Cause On Sept. 25, more than 350 people gathered on the floor of Mizzou Arena for the MFA Oil Hoops for a Cause presented by Commerce Bank, benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbia. Coaches Kim Anderson and Robin Pingeton were on hand with the men’s and women’s basketball teams to host the event. The event raised more than $100,000 for after-school and summer camp programming at the Boys & Girls Club. Ken and Kim Weymuth, Kim Anderson, Debbie and Ed Portell

Ken and Diane Caspall with Andrea and James Greer

Bill and Kathy Lloyd with Dennis Palmer

Norm Stewart and R. Bowen Loftin

Mary and Ed Scott with Ashley and Jordan Cox

Trey Cunningham with Rachael and Mel Zelenak



Cindy and Brian Hazelrigg

Chip Chalender, EJ Sansone, Dana Patrick and John Ehler




2014 Alumni Cooking Challenge The Boone County Chapter of the Mizzou Alumni Association hosted its inaugural Culinary Adventures event at the headquarters of Inside Columbia magazine on Oct. 29. A cocktail social, cooking challenge (complete with celebrity chef Sara Fougere) and silent auction made up this fun evening for dozens of chapter supporters — and raised more than $1,200 towards student scholarships.

John Faaborg and Jon McRoberts

Jeanne Dzurick and Carol Hurt

Denise Payne, Janice Faaborg and Cecil Moore Wendy Evans, Lisa Joffe and Billy Cabral

Elisa Torres and Denise Falco

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Roanetta Rodgers, Tom Elsbury and Julie Elsbury

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As a photographer, I have access to some unique points of view in the community. Here is one of them, in A New View. Assignment: Rainout at the MLB American League Championship Series THE LOCATION: Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City


got my Christmas present early this year. I have had the opportunity to shoot a lot of MLB baseball over the past 10 years. Baseball is by far my favorite sport and during those years my favorite team has not been in a post-season equation. But all that changed with the 2014 Kansas City Royals. I have been a Royals fan since the expansion year of 1969. The team had a good run in the late 1970s and early ’80s and peaked with the 11-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 7 of the 1985 World Series. Since then, the well has been dry. The Royals tease me each year with winning streaks that give me hope, but they usually follow with the agony of a losing streak. I can handle having a team that loses on a regular basis. I watch the game for the love of the game. But it’s the hope that hurts. This year, that hope didn’t sting as much. The wildcard game against the Oakland Athletics was the best game I’ve ever witnessed (even better than David Freese’s performance for the Cardinals in Game 6 of the 2011 World Series). Each game after that, the Royals played ball like they knew they were going to win it all. In the end, the Royals fell one run short. I was just happy to be there to witness it. Merry Christmas to me.








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County Commission Was Wrong To Alter War Memorial


ast July, the Boone County Commission took it upon itself to cover a religious symbol on a war memorial dedicated to two Boone Countians who lost their lives during Operation Desert Storm. Even though the memorial had been in place for more than 20 years, the commission covered the symbol with a plaque, fearing an accusation that it violated rules pertaining to the separation of church and state. The commission took this action without consulting the families of the fallen soldiers or the individual who donated the memorial. This act of “political correctness” is a disappointment and has, rightfully, angered local veterans and those dedicated to honoring the sacrifices made by those who paid the ultimate price for our country. According to published reports, Boone County’s attorney, C.J. Dykhouse, alleges that an inquiry came from the Washington, D.C.-based Americans United for Separation of Church and State citing a possible violation of the First Amendment by displaying a religious symbol on government property. Wanting to avoid the mere threat of litigation, the county covered the symbol without benefit of public discussion. It’s important to note that this war memorial was dedicated specifically to Patrick Connor and Steven Farnen, the two Boone County citizens who lost their lives during Desert Storm. Interestingly enough, the symbol in question is an ichthus, commonly referred to as a “Jesus Fish.” While the intent of the donor and fallen soldier’s families may have been entirely spiritual, religious scholars are quick to point out that the term ichthus literally means fish and doesn’t necessarily carry any sort of religious connotation. At the same time, they point out that the federal government allows religious symbols on tombstones in its government-owned cemeteries including Jefferson Barracks in St. Louis and Arlington National Cemetery near our nation’s capital. If they so desire, families may elect to have the Christian symbol of the cross or the Jewish Star of David engraved on a fallen soldier’s tombstone. I wonder why the Boone County Commission felt obligated to be more politically correct than the federal government or the U.S. Department of Defense. The answer may be that our local commission is more

“Wanting to avoid the mere threat of litigation, the county covered the symbol without benefit of public discussion.”



susceptible to being “bullied” by anti-Christian groups than the federal government. These groups, cloaking their agenda behind the shaky church vs. state argument, know that a small county government won’t have the resources to defend its position, even if it is the right thing to do. While it seems that some would like to rewrite the history books, our country was founded largely on the basis of protecting one’s religious freedoms. The intent of our founding fathers was to give citizens the freedom OF religion rather than freedom FROM religion. What’s the harm in allowing a family the opportunity to express that their son’s life was guided by a Christian faith in God that likely made him willing to give his life for the freedoms we so cherish? I don’t view the presence of an ichthus on a public memorial to be a violation of the First Amendment. To the contrary, I view the removal or covering of the religious symbol to be a violation of the rights of these fallen soldiers and their families who supported the use of the symbol. In a letter that has circulated among veteran’s groups, Marsha Connor, the mother of Navy Lt. Patrick Connor, called the County Commission’s decision to “dishonor” her son’s memorial marker questionable and laughable. Of course, neither the commission nor Dykhouse consulted her. To most observers, it seems as if county officials made a unilateral decision to erase any clue of this soldier’s faith from the most public record of his unselfish sacrifice. That’s unfortunate. The county will argue that they were only trying to avoid costly litigation with a group that is itching to sue small rural governments in the Bible Belt that don’t have the financial resources to defend themselves. To that, one must ask the commission to consider how high a price should be paid for standing on one’s principle. Would spending tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees even begin to approach the price paid by Patrick Connor and Steven Farnen? I think not. I hope the county commissioners will decide to reverse their decision. While it may subject the citizens of Boone County to litigation that could have easily been avoided, it would also send a message to generations of men and women who have chosen to step forward to defend the rights of their fellow countrymen. This should not be merely a financial decision for our elected leaders; it should be one based on the principle of doing what is right on behalf of those who can no longer speak for themselves.

Fred Parry Publisher




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