A few of items of note from the local world of food:
- New item: The CCAC Culinary Arts students will be putting on a pasta fundraiser for lunch this Friday (and most of the pasta will be of the fresh, handmade variety). Proceeds will go to the Martha A. Rayl Scholarship program, which benefits CCAC students who move on to culinary school.
- I’ve always wondered why grocery stores don’t have bars in them. You know, get a couple of beers or glasses of wine in them and send them out into the store – they’ll buy more, right? Well, Schnucks is calling my bluff. You can now buy glasses of wine and bottles of beer (including Boulevard products, Schlafly APA, etc.) from the Kaldi’s area and take it with you while you shop. They even have “dollar off” happy hours Friday night and Saturday. So money.
- Our long, sordid nightmare involving the former Osco Drug space seems to be coming to a close.
Stan Kroenke will try to bankruptLucky’s Farmers Market, a small, Colorado-based chain that maybe-sorta-could give many long-suffering Columbians their Trader Joe’s fix. From the Missourian:
Lucky’s President Bo Sharon said the store will employ more than 100 people and sell local produce and meats from farmers and vendors. He said the more time the company spends in Columbia, the better a connection it will create with people living here.
Sharon said the company was looking for a city with a strong sense of community, and Columbia’s “good people and strong values” fit well with his business. He said Lucky’s employees used the grassroots style of getting to know Columbia. They spent a lot of time in town beforehand, shopping at the grocery stores and talking to residents.
- During that one- or two-day spring we had I really enjoyed Chainbreaker White IPA. It may be destined to become my favorite session/lawnmower beer, and the folks behind it, Deschutes Brewery of Portland, Oregon, will be at the Conley Hy-Vee tomorrow:
“Woody” the beer barrel-shaped sample wagon from Deschutes Brewery will be paying us a visit tomorrow, April 24th! They will be in our parking lot giving out free samples from 4:00-5:30pm before their big tasting at 44 Stone that evening.