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Evolution Of Kansas City's Restaurants

Nov 7, 2016

Kansas City has made quite a name for itself as a foodie town. We're internationally known for our barbecue, and our chefs are getting nominated for James Beard awards.

But it wasn't always this way. We used to call ourselves a cowtown, back when steakhouses were our specialty, and only vacations held the promise of 'adventurous' food. So how did we did make it onto the map as an emerging food town, up on, even ahead of, the latest trends?


  • Charles Ferruzza, food writer, KCUR food critic
  • Andrea Broomfield, food historian
  • Kate Hodel, network builder, KCSourceLink
  • Ted Habiger, co-owner and chef, Room 39