Missouri’s motto is “close to home, far from ordinary” and they are referring to more than just the scenic beauty and historic monuments. Missourians have a fine tradition of both gourmet and down-home cooking and they love to share what they know. Marry your love of cooking and interest in this diverse state by taking a cooking vacation through Missouri. Here’s where to start.
Culinary Sojourn in the Heartland: Rocheport, Missouri
Organized by Epitourean travel, guests will enjoy a three-day gourmet cooking delight. Not only will travelers learn how to make gourmet dinners for two, but they will also get to have private cooking classes, wine tasting at Les Nourgeois Vineyards and luxurious surroundings.
A Thyme for Everything: Lee’s Summit, Missouri
A diamond in the historic downtown area of Lee’s Summit, A Thyme for Everything is a gourmet cooking supply store that hosts wonderful cooking classes to get you started. Take a evening class in Greek cooking, dessert and party cooking or even a selection of chocolate creations just to name a few.
The Inn at Harbour Ridge: Osage Beach, Missouri
This charming bed and breakfast has beautiful rooms and is close to scenic locations around the Lake of the Ozarks, but the real treat is the Wednesday evening cooking classes. Lead by Chef Barbara and the Innkeeper of the Harbour Ridge, you’ll learn how to make some of their signature dishes and desserts.
Silver Dollar City’s Culinary Craft School: Branson, Missouri
Branson is known worldwide for their entertainment, shopping and outdoor activities, and the Culinary Craft School continues to charm with their traditional style and down-home cooking. Learn how to cook great meals with garden fresh ingredients or make “pizza’s with pizzazz.”
Annual Missouri Wine and Food Festival: Excelsior Springs, Missouri
This yearly event features wine and foods from local artisans and includes wine sampling and food cooking demonstrations. Enjoy traditional bluegrass music while relaxing at the Elms resort and Spa over the Independence Day weekend.