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Meal time is almost always a social time. However, there are instances when a meal alone can be just as relaxing and refreshing as it would be with friends and family. 

But, where can you go and eat alone without feeling on display or actually feeling alone? Where can you eat surrounded by strangers, but feel as if you're in the comfort of your home? 

The Food Critics will show you the best places to eat out alone.  This week's panel includes host Charles Ferruzza of  The Pitch and Fat City Blog, Mary Bloch of Around the Block, Emily Farris of Feed Me KC and Chris Becicka of Ingram's Magazine.

Legislation filed in the Missouri Senate would require all genetically modified meats and fish raised and sold in the state to be labeled as such. The bill is sponsored by Democrat Jamilah Nasheed of St. Louis.  She says people have a right to know what they’re putting in their bodies.

“We’ve had an industrial boom, we’ve had a technical boom, and now we have a biotech boom, and there hasn’t been a major studies to show one way or the other if genetically modified foods are good or bad,” says Nasheed.

Eating Healthy In The New Year

Jan 11, 2013

We're 11 days into the new year.  How's that resolution to eat better going?

Food: From Farm To Table

Jan 9, 2013

Food is a major part of American culture, and the way we mass produce it has made headlines in the last few years— many of them not good.

Bill Anderson / KCUR

If you're looking for a good wine this holiday season, you needn't look far.  You'll find a bunch of great wineries bottling their goods in the Kansas City Region.

Food For A Hanukkah Feast

Dec 7, 2012

It just wouldn't be Hanukkah without the oil. Latkes, jelly doughnuts and other foods for the holiday are drenched in the stuff to honor the miracle of the oil lamp in the Hanukkah story.

The Otter, Squirrel And Deer Hunter

Dec 3, 2012

If you've ever hunted for your food in the Oregon Trail video game, you know it's no easy task. Now, imagine stepping into the game yourself.

Troubleshooting The Turkey

Nov 20, 2012

Every cook has had the nightmare-- a solidly-frozen turkey on Thursday morning, no onions for the green bean casserole and a pumpkin pie gone wrong.

Trouble Brewing For King Of Beers

Nov 20, 2012

Once upon a time, Anheuser-Busch hopped on the throne as the king of beers. Then, the foam head started to collapse.

Food Critics: Super Soups

Nov 15, 2012

Ludwig Van Beethoven once theorized: "Only the pure in heart can make a good soup."

Evan Swigart

If you've never heard of a Maiden’s Blush or a Parkeroo, you're not alone, but a new book catalogues these and other forgotten cocktails from past generations.

Food Critics: Comfort Food

Nov 1, 2012

As the weather cools off, and the hours of daylight become scarcer, our culinary musings turn to comfort food.

'Last Bite' Cookbook Features Kansas City Chefs

Oct 31, 2012
Photography by Roy Inman. Book design by Eric Schotland.

In Kansas City, not only do we love to devour tasty dishes, we pay homage to the culinary folk who prepare them.

Are Healthy & Halloween Mutually Exclusive?

Oct 31, 2012
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On Halloween it's not just ghosts and goblins you need to fear.  There's enough candy out there to fuel a perpetual sugar high.

Elana Gordon / KCUR

In recent years, there’s been a concerted push at the local and national levels to expand access to healthy food, particularly in low-income areas.

Back In The Swing After Breast Cancer

Oct 23, 2012
Andrews McMeel Publishing

You weathered the diagnosis, underwent surgery, and made it through multiple rounds of chemotherapy.  In short, you've survived breast cancer.


Oct 22, 2012

In 1987 Congress designated October as National Pizza Month and we at Central Standard are nothing if not dedicated to the observance of this acknowledgment of one of our favorite foods.

Food Critics: Best Meals Under $10

Oct 19, 2012

You're staring at an empty refrigerator realizing if you want to eat you're going to have to go out.  A quick check of the wallet shows it not much fuller than the fridge. So where can you find a decent meal for less than $10?

Think you're part of the food-literati? True or false: 13 million more acres of farmland would be required to produce enough fruit and vegetables for the daily diets of all Americans to meet U.S. Department of Agriculture nutrition guidelines.

Highlight Reel

Oct 5, 2012
flickr / Ronan_C

We've got a rare treat for you.

Tune in this week when Food Critics Charles Ferruzza, of The Pitch and Fat City Blog, and Emily Farris, of Feed Me KC, join forces with history host Monroe Dodd to bring you a very special edition of Central Standard Friday.

Julie Denesha / KCUR

So three absolutely amazing chefs were walking down the street one day when a man jumped out from behind a bush... and surprised them with a simple request:

Food Critics: Non-Traditional Dining

Sep 21, 2012
flickr / toastforbrekkie

Coming up on Central Standard Friday, host Charles Ferruzza and the Food Critics discuss the best non-traditional places for delicious eats.

Food Critics: Eating Out In Lawrence

Sep 7, 2012
flickr / Kansas Poetry (Patrick)

Coming up on Central Standard Friday, host Charles Ferruzza and the Food Critics share their favorite spots in Lawrence. We're talking the best coffee shops, bars and even fine dining in that fun college town west of KC.

Food Critics: Sweet!

Aug 24, 2012
Angela C. Bond / The Pitch

Coming up on Central Standard Friday, host Charles Ferruzza and the Food Critics share their favorite spots for a sweet treat in town. From ice cream to macaroons to a slice of coconut cake – we’re coming by with the dessert tray.

KC's Sparkling Cocktail Culture

Aug 16, 2012
Ink Magazine

On this Thursday's Central Standard, how local bartenders are helping KC reclaim its status as the Paris of the Plains.

Milk & Honey (& Haunts!)

Aug 14, 2012

What can be done when you hear blood curdling screams and shrieking coming from your oven? Offer the ghosts a salted caramel macaroon, of course.

Food Critics: Brunch

Aug 10, 2012
Librarian Avenger / Flickr

This is not the most recent version of the best brunch offerings in Kansas City. Look at the most recent version here.

A Butcher Shop With A Garden

Aug 2, 2012
Tomeka Weatherspoon / KCUR

On this Thursday's Central Standard, a look at a new kind of butcher shop in the East Bottoms, offering whole-pig butchering classes, homemade chutneys, and locally sourced meats.