February 27, 2017


A Royal Residence

Photos by L.G. Patterson Fate was at work when Ron Onwezen was pulled over for driving just a hair too fast on Hwy 163 while out enjoying a morning cruise. It was there, with an idle moment to spare, that he noticed the parcel of land for sale on the south side of the highway. […]


Spring Landscaping 101

Pack up your parkas and grab your gardening gloves: Mid-Missouri springs may not be all sunshine and beautiful days, but the darkest depths of winter have finally passed and springtime landscaping might be possible at last. If you’re unsure about how to maintain your garden during this tricky season, have no fear. With the help […]


Venture Out

As the weather gets warmer, it’s safe to say we all anticipate entertaining outdoors. No matter what type of space you have, it’s easy to turn any backyard into an ideal place to entertain. We’ve gathered some tips on getting your space ready and how to transform a drab concrete slab into something great for […]


St. Paddy’s Beers

Editor’s note: This article was originally published in the February 2017 issue of Inside Columbia. Jon Whitaker is a certified cicerone and Beer Program Director at International Tap House in Kansas City, Mo. Of course we are going to talk about my go-to beers for St. Paddy’s day. The beauty of most of the Irish-style […]


Pairing Italian Reds

During the final weeks of winter, I deplete our pantry’s jars from last year’s garden. This winter we still have fruit butters, heirloom tomato salsa, pickled vegetables, hot sauce and several jars of tomatoes. This is a good thing for me, because despite my husband being a great chef, my go-to winter dish is simply […]


Making Room

photos by L.G. Patterson Since opening in August of 2008, business has been booming at Room 38, says owner Billy Giordano. “Every year since we’ve opened we’ve grown, pretty substantially, especially over the past I’d say four years, it’s hit quite the spike.” He says that as a result, the restaurant regularly has had to […]


Growing Pains

Alex George is a busy man. Author, attorney, husband and father, George is also the director and founder of Columbia’s Unbound Book Festival. As the festival approaches, it promises to be a stellar second-year event (www.unboundbookfestival.com). George has the additional adventure of promoting his newest novel, “Setting Free the Kites,” which is already gathering recognition […]



Bierocks are a traditional dish of Volga Germans, a community of Germans that lived in the southern part of Russia. This is where my mother’s family immigrated from in the early 20th century. Bierocks is a dish that I grew up with and is therefore very sentimental to my family, because of its heritage. I […]


Big Bucks for Columbia

Photo by L.G. Patterson “I don’t believe you.” The legislator glared over his bifocals as I testified. “I can prove it,” I answered, unfazed. “For every dollar you put in our budget, we’ll generate $60 for Missouri’s economy.” The legislator, a serious fiscal watchdog, had slashed Missouri’s 2005 tourism budget by 40 percent. It was […]


Ringing In The New Year

photos by Ashley Turner December 31, 2016 was more than just New Year’s Eve for Caroline Brumfield and Max Dornan. It was also the day they were married at The Tiger Hotel here in Columbia. Max and Caroline met on Tinder. He was an accountant in Memphis at the time and Caroline was going to […]


Delta Thrash

Photo courtesy of mollygenemusic.com. March is Women’s Month here in the United States. This is funny because it is just one month out of 12 when not only does this noble gender outnumber their male counterparts, they also, judging by January’s march, can out-organize men and make their point without inciting violence. Women, they say, […]


Georgia On My Mind

Nate Bohon, of Columbia, and Courtney Clay, of Roswell, Georgia will wed on June 17, 2017, at Chukkar Farm Polo Club and Event Facility in Alpharetta, Georgia. Nate graduated from Hickman High School in 2005 and did his undergraduate studies at the University of Missouri. He graduated in 2009 with his degree in nutrition and […]


Indispensable Ricotta

If you have ever eaten lasagna or cannolis you know how indispensable ricotta is in many recipes. Ricotta has become common enough to find in most grocery stores, but it might only come in small packages — and might set you back a bit. So why not make it yourself? There are only four ingredients. […]


This Is My Story

Dr. Peter Stiepleman has been the Columbia Public Schools superintendent since 2014. Peter is the second generation Stiepleman in the United States. He says that sharing the story of his family often helps him connect with others. “Superintendency really involves three jobs. One of those jobs is I’m the CEO of the third largest employer […]