showcasing the city’s history,” says Susan
Wade, public relations manager for the
Springfield Missouri CVB.
Downtown Springfield, she adds,
is home to more than 40 chef-owned
restaurants of varying cuisines, and many
are located in historic buildings.
Among them are Aviary Cafe &
Creperie, Gailey’s Breakfast Cafe, which
Wade says “has the best sweet potato hash
browns around,” and Mudhouse, which is
famous for its coffee and sandwiches.
If the group wants to get acquainted with
Columbia’s cuisine scene, Megan McConachie, marketing and communications
manager for the Columbia CVB, suggests
Columbia Culinary Tours, which customizes private outings for groups.
“Sample selections on the tour range
from Cajun to doughnuts to even olive
oil,” she says. “This delicious experience
gives groups a look behind the scenes
of what makes Columbia such a great
And located in Rocheport, only 15 min-
utes west of Columbia, is Les Bourgeois
Winery, which McConachie says “has
long been a bluff-top escape for wine
enthusiasts in mid-Missouri.”
Les Bourgeois is now home to a new
tasting room with seating for up to 30
people, and group tours are available.
Lake of the Ozarks
Wine-tasting continues along the Lake of
the Ozarks Wine Trail, which features six
wineries, including Sugarloaf Vineyard
and Seven Springs Winery.
“With breathtaking views, wine tastings
and delicious food, our wineries are
all about the overall experience,” says
Rebecca Green, public relations manager
for Lake of the Ozarks CVB.
The Lake of the Ozarks area also has
group-friendly restaurants, many of
which are situated on the water with
lovely lake views.
The newest additions to the lake’s
portfolio of eateries are Tucker’s Shuckers
Oysters & Tap and Redhead Lakeside Grill.
Two must-stops in St. Joseph are Tipple
Hill Winery & Vineyard, which facilitates
group tours and tastings, and Galvin’s
Dinnerhouse, where everything is
homemade and “the pan-fried chicken
is legendary,” according to Mary Supple,
director of sales at the St. Joseph CVB.
“Groups will enjoy the specialty pan-fried chicken dinners, though there are
steaks and pecan-crusted trout, too, all
served family-style with soup, salad, muffins, corn, green beans and freshly baked
bread,” she says.
For a tasty outing in downtown St.
Charles, tour guide Dishing Up America
has groups covered.
According to Elizabeth Phelps, assistant director at the Greater St. Charles
CVB, the tour offers an opportunity for
groups to discover Missouri’s oldest and
largest historic district.
“Your Dishing Up guide will introduce
you to a few restaurant characters and
There’s something about a midsized, Midwest town that knows how to have a good time without
breaking the bank. With so much to offer in such close proximity, you can do more with your meeting
and your attendees can do even more with their weekend.
Give us a call. Our staff is happy to help guide you through planning your next event in Columbia.
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