coming back for seconds.
From the Italian restaurants of The Hill to smokehouses like
Pappy’s and Sugarfire, which cook up world-famous ribs, St.
Louis is a mecca for foodies.
“One great way to give your group a glimpse of our amazing
culinary scene is to join a dine-around,” says Anthony Paraino,
director of communications for the St. Louis CVC.
He cites StL Culinary Tours as one of the city’s tour operators ready to facilitate a delicious journey for both large and
St. Louis also boasts Urban Chestnut Brewing Co., Schlafly
Bottleworks and Square One Brewery & Distillery, among other
craft brewers, as well as Anheuser-Busch, the mega-popular
purveyor of Budweiser, which offers free brewery tours, according to Paraino.
In Kansas City, home to four James Beard award-winning
chefs and even more nominees, there is an incredible lineup
of group-friendly restaurants to explore, as well as some of the
best barbecue in the country.
According to Derek Klaus, senior communications manager
for Visit KC, a great way for groups to experience Kansas City’s
world-famous barbecue is through local operator KC Barbecue
Tours, whose stops include the popular Gates Bar-B-Q, LC’s
Bar-B-Q and Woodyard Bar-B-Que.
“Attendees walk away with knowledge of Kansas City-style
barbecue and, of course, full bellies,” he says.
Cooking classes, Klaus adds, are extremely popular for groups
meeting in Kansas City.
“The Sundry, a farm-to-table market less than a mile from
the Kansas City Convention Center, offers fun and accessible
classes where groups can learn to make their own sushi, soups
and cocktails,” he says.
In Branson, which has become known as the moonshine headquarters of Southwest Missouri, groups of up to 75 can tour
Copper Run Distillery, according to Deborah Cohen, director of
meeting and convention sales at the Branson/Lakes Area CVB.
“It’s a small-batch distillery just north of Branson that uses
local resources like pure limestone-rich Ozark water to create
moonshine, rum and whiskey,” she says. “They can create custom cocktails and provide live music as well.”
The Show Me State is a scrumptious place that’s home to an impressive array of group- friendly fine-dining options, fun
foodie tours and enough barbecue,
microbrews and wine to keep any group
PAPPY’S SMOKEHOUSE, ST. LOUIS
Missouri puts on quite a
spread when it comes to
food and beverage options
AVIARY CAFE AND CREPERIE, SPRINGFIELD GATES BAR-B-Q, KANSAS CITY COPPER RUN DISTILLERY, BRANSON