Food And Drink

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.

Food Critics: Late Night Dining

Jul 26, 2012
Thomas Hawk / flickr

Coming up on Central Standard Friday, host Charles Ferruzza and the Food Critics share their favorite late night dining spots. Where can you get a good meal after 10 o'clock, but before the last bar closes at 3?

Hospitals Serving Up More Than Green Jell-O

Jul 18, 2012

Hospital food doesn't tend to conjure images of gourmet cuisine or down-home victuals. In fact, most people tend to turn up their nose at the very thought of the bland meals that hospitals are known for serving.

Unique Grocery Store Rolls Into Kansas City

Jul 18, 2012
Elana Gordon / KCUR

People living in parts of Kansas City that aren’t near a big grocery store now have another food option. But it’s not your typical grocery store, and it’s not run by your typical vendor.

Recipes For A Heatwave

Jul 17, 2012
Shanita McAfee

On this Tuesday's Central Standard, a heat wave recipe exchange. Perfect ideas for those nights when stove is a four letter word.

Food Critics: Restaurant Etiquette

Jul 12, 2012
rwphotobug / flickr

Coming up on Central Standard Friday, host Charles Ferruzza and the Food Critics offer up a lesson in dining etiquette – from what to do with your cell phone, to how to eat BBQ with your boss.

This topic was inspired an e-mail we received from listener Mak (thanks!) who wrote us with this question:

Packing up a meal for this weekend's city-wide picnic? Here are some recipes you might want to try, and some tips for keeping your home-packed foods safe to eat later in the day.

Food Critics: Lunch Time

Jun 29, 2012
David LaCrone / KC Lunch Spots

Coming up on Central Standard Friday, host Charles Ferruzza and the Food Critics share their favorite spots for a midday meal -- whether you're in the mood for a food truck taco, pork tenderloin sandwich, burger, or bento box.

Food Critics: Destination Dining

Jun 15, 2012
Willowtree2005 / flickr

Coming up on Central Standard Friday, host Charles Ferruzza and the Food Critics share their favorite spots outside the KC metro area for dining -- including Baldwin City, Leavenworth, Atchison, and Rocheport.

Food Critics: Party Of 10+

May 31, 2012
inju / flickr

Coming up on Central Standard Friday, host Charles Ferruzza and the Food Critics share their favorite places for taking a large group out to eat on a special occasion.

Everyone's A Critic: Yelp Reviews

May 23, 2012
Victor1558 / Flickr

There's that old saying everyone’s a critic, and at no point in human history does this ring more true. In our wired world, we love to discover new places to whine and dine.

Food Critics: Dining Al Fresco

May 17, 2012

Coming up on Central Standard Friday, host Charles Ferruzza and the Food Critics share their favorite places for dining outdoors, including a patio in Parkville that feels like a tree house and a deck overlooking Lake Lotawana.

Laura Ziegler

The U.S. created its food aid program more than 50 years ago in part to alleviate surpluses in agricultural commodities. Surpluses aren't a persistent issue today, but world hunger has become a more acute problem.

So Long, Boulevard Twist-Off Caps

Apr 26, 2012
Herkie / Flickr--CC

Kansas City's Boulevard Brewery is no longer making beers with twist-off caps, reports Brad at the KC Beer Blog. Now all the beers produced by the Midwest’s largest specialty brewer will be capped with more effective, less hand-friendly pry-off tops.

A British winemaker has finally been given official approval to release a limited-edition wine made in collaboration with Malbec grape growers in Argentina, on one condition: It can't sell the wine, or label it a Malbec. Actually, it can't even call it wine at all.

The Chapel Down winery's only option for getting rid of its wine is to give it away as a sample, calling it a "fruit-derived alcoholic beverage from produce sourced outside the EU."

Spring-Inspired Recipes

Apr 18, 2012
Beth Bader

With each season comes exciting seasonal produce – but now what? On today's Central Standard, how to give your go-to recipes a spring makeover with seasonal ingredients including peas, garlic scapes & herbs, to name a few.

Could knocking back a few beers influence a person’s political views?

Food stamps have long been a favorite whipping boy of politicians looking to beat up on government spending. But the massive food-assistance program does help keep people out of poverty, according to new research.

Food stamp benefits led to a decline of 4.4 percent in poverty from 2000 to 2009, according to a new report from the USDA's Economic Research Service.

Want extra salt with that fast-food meal? Then buy it in the United States, where chicken dishes, pizzas, and even salads are loaded with far more salt than in Europe and Australia, according to new research.

The McDonald's Chicken McNuggets in the United States have more than twice as much salt as their sister nuggets in the United Kingdom. That's 1.6 grams of salt for every 100 grams of American nugget, compared with 0.6 grams in the U.K.

Not long after the start of the school year, Monique Sanders, a teacher at Nathan Hale Elementary School in Manchester, Conn., realized many of her students were going to bed hungry.

"It was very bad. I had parents calling me several times a week, asking did I know of any other way that they could get food because they had already gone to a food pantry," Sanders says. "The food pantry only allows you to go twice per month, so if you are running low on your food stamps or you didn't get what you needed and you're not able to feed your family, that's very stressful."

Food Critics: Finding A Great Sandwich

Apr 5, 2012
Ulterior Epicure / Flickr

Coming up on this Friday's Walt Bodine Show, a conversation about the greatest sandwiches in town – from Reubens and Clubs, to Meatball Subs and Tortas.

As we've reported, fish fraud – labeling a less-desirable species as a more desirable one – is more widespread than you'd think. Olive oil, too, isn't always what it seems. And honey from Asia is fraught with suspicion.

Food Critics: The Service Show

Mar 15, 2012

There's more to going out to eat than what's on your plate. On this Friday's Walt Bodine Show, we turn the tables for a look at area dining from the service perspective.

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Jeremy Bernfeld / Harvest Public Media

Some vegetarian food is getting a makeover. It's being made to look, feel and taste more like meat.

Food Critics: Takeout

Feb 24, 2012
pirate johnny / flickr

On some nights, there’s no greater luxury than ordering a meal to go. In this edition of the Walt Bodine Show, the Food Critics share their favorite take out spots – from Mediterranean kebabs, to Chinese noodles.

The Psychology Of Eating

Feb 20, 2012
celeste343 / flickr

On this Central Standard, we explore what happens to our brains on food. Have you ever wondered what goes on when you lie in bed, thinking about that late night snack?

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