Food And Drink


The Salt
3:00 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Test Your Food IQ: Do We Need More Farms To Grow Fruits And Veggies For All?

Orchards like this one in Adams County, PA, and other U.S. farms face worldwide competition for their apples and apple products due to imports.
Brad C. Bower AP

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.

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Central Standard Friday
9:30 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Highlight Reel

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.

Up to Date
10:27 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Kansas City Chefs Create Culinary Treasures

The culinary staff from Room 39 prepares dinner at Powell Gardens' "Under the Harvest Moon" dinner on Sunday
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:

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Central Standard Friday
9:13 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Food Critics: Non-Traditional Dining

flickr / toastforbrekkie

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

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Central Standard Friday
9:42 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Food Critics: Eating Out In Lawrence

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.

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Central Standard Friday
9:25 am
Fri August 24, 2012

Food Critics: Sweet!

Brownie, meet waffle. From Charles' review of Remedy Food + Drink in this week's Pitch.
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.

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Central Standard
10:23 am
Thu August 16, 2012

KC's Sparkling Cocktail Culture

Some of Kansas City's top bartenders are participating in the Paris of the Plains cocktail festival.
Ink Magazine

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

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Central Standard
10:13 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Milk & Honey (& Haunts!)

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.

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Central Standard Friday
8:56 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Food Critics: Brunch

Brunch is really a cult for some. Yes, that is a mimosa, a bloody mary, and coffee.
Librarian Avenger Flickr

Would you like a complimentary mimosa or bloody mary with that pile of food? Join us for brunch on this Central Standard Friday, as host Charles Ferruzza and the Food Critics discuss the best spots in town for a leisurely brunch. From chicken and waffles to eggs benedict to corned-beef hash -- where do you love to go on a lazy Saturday?

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Central Standard
9:38 am
Thu August 2, 2012

A Butcher Shop With A Garden

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.

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Central Standard Fridays
2:23 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Food Critics: Late Night Dining

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?

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Hospitals Serving Up More Than Green Jell-O

Most hospital food doesn't tend to rouse a healthy appetite

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.

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10:44 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Unique Grocery Store Rolls Into Kansas City

Fourth graders at the Boys & Girls Club visit Truman's new mobile grocery store.
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.

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Central Standard
9:54 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Recipes For A Heatwave

Grilled Vegetable Napoleon
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.

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Central Standard Friday
9:31 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Food Critics: Restaurant Etiquette

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:

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Central Standard
11:47 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Picnic Recipes: Watermelon Salad & Everything Slaw

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.

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Central Standard Friday
9:38 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Food Critics: Lunch Time

Pork Tenderloin Sandwich at the Big Biscuit, 12276 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Shawnee, KS
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.

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Central Standard Fridays
9:42 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Food Critics: Destination Dining

Justice Drugstore dessert
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.

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Central Standard Friday
5:14 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Food Critics: Party Of 10+

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.

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Central Standard
1:24 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Everyone's A Critic: Yelp Reviews

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.

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Central Standard Friday
2:14 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Food Critics: Dining Al Fresco

Cafe Des Amis, 112 Main St, Parkville, MO

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.

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7:00 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Government, Agencies Debate Food Aid Programs At KC Conference

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.

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3:28 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

So Long, Boulevard Twist-Off Caps

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.

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The Salt
9:53 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Don't Call It A Malbec: Europe Sours On British Winery's Plan

The European Union is forcing a British winery to give away wine made with Argentinian Malbec grapes. Here, a cluster of Malbec grapes hang from a vine.
Eric Risberg AP

Originally published on Mon April 23, 2012 10:17 am

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."

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Central Standard
2:13 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

Spring-Inspired Recipes

Asparagus and Potato Salad with Mint and Lemon Dressing
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.

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Up to Date
10:06 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Can 'Boozing It Up' Make Us More Conservative?

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

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The Salt
9:42 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Food Stamps Helped Many Families Weather The Recession

Food stamps kept the carts rolling during the recession.

Originally published on Tue April 17, 2012 10:26 am

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.

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The Salt
12:41 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Fast Food In The U.S. Has Way More Salt Than In Other Countries

In the United States, you get the extra salt for free.

Originally published on Mon April 23, 2012 2:46 pm

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.

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The Salt
4:11 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

Now On The Menu For Hungry Kids: Supper At School

Students at Garfield Elementary School eat dinner as part of an after-school program in Kansas City, Mo. In the past few years, a federally subsidized school dinner program has spread from six to all 50 states.
Charlie Riedel AP

Originally published on Tue April 10, 2012 12:34 pm

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."

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Walt Bodine Show
4:18 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

Food Critics: Finding A Great Sandwich

French Dip at Room 39 - roast beef, arugula, and caramelized red onions sandwiched between French baguette slathered with garlic aioli
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.

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