Chocolate and Wine Is So Fine

A box of Russell Stover for V-Day? Come on, you can do better than that. Instead splurge on two tickets to the Chocolate Wine Trail in Hermann. You and your honey will spend the third weekend of February sampling luscious chocolate and wine pairings at seven stops along the beautiful Hermann Wine Trail.

The tasting menu at the 2013 Chocolate Wine Trail, February 16 and 17, will feature:

• Adam Puchta Winery — Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcake, paired with the newly released Cat’s Meow

• Bias Winery — Chocolate-Dipped Strawberry Surprise, paired with Strawberry Weisser Flieder

• Dierberg Star Lane Tasting Room — Blueberries in a Black Pepper Chocolate-Syrah Syrup, paired with Three Saints Syrah

• Hermannhof Winery — Chocolate Truffle Torte with Norton-Blackberry Ganache, paired with Norton

• OakGlenn Winery — Cincinnati Chili, paired with Chardonel

• Röbller Winery — Chocolate Whoopie Pie, paired with Villa Rouge

• Stone Hill Winery — White Chocolate Popcorn with Raspberry Drizzle, paired with Brut Rosé Sparkling Wine

The $30 per person ticket price includes a souvenir wine glass. Participants also may enter a drawing for a $30 gift certificate from each winery and a night’s stay at a Hermann B&B. Wine Trail tickets may be purchased online at Visit Hermann or from the Hermann Welcome Center, 800-932-8687. Advance purchase is required. (A word to the wise—tickets usually sell out early for this popular event.)

Information about the Hermann Wine Trail is available at Hermann Wine Trail.

The Chocolate Wine Trail is one of five annual events hosted by the Hermann Wine Trail, which hugs the Missouri River for 20 scenic miles between Hermann and New Haven.

Thinking ahead? Bacon will be the theme of this year’s Wild Card Wine Trail the first weekend of May; Berries & BBQ Wine Trail during the last full weekend of July celebrates the flavors of summer; and the Holiday Fare Wine Trail is the third weekend of November for a festive start to the holiday season. Say Cheese Wine Trail rounds out the year during the second weekend of December which is the same weekend as Hermann’s popular Kristkindl Markt.

A CoMo Plan for Visitors

The holidays are upon us again and I am amping up for my family’s decision upon CoMo. Since my inlaws trip didn’t go as smoothly as I would have liked last year (in case you are wondering EVERY restaurant in The District is closed on Christmas Eve), I am doing a little more planning this year. I put together a little primer for them since parents have made frequent visits to our city but my sister and her husband haven’t visited before. I think they are picturing a quaint little town. Which it might be to them since even though Columbia is the 5th largest city in Missouri, they’re coming from Dallas which as a metroplex is edging towards the 5th largest in the US.

But we’re small but mighty.

After all we’ve got art museums, movie houses, theatres, scenic views and hiking spots that are perfect for any climate, even our winters.

It’s hard to mention Columbia without including the Ragtag cinema. A great place to watch the most promising independent films, with the option to eat and drink at the same time. The Ragtag cinema is also home to the True/False film festival that showcases cinematic documentaries every year. For history and art lovers, the Missouri University houses the Museum of Art and Archaeology, which displays 14,000 works of art and archaeological objects whilst the entry for the public is free.

We’re not all about the arts. Any outdoorsman would feel right at home as Rockbridge Memorial State Park, offering hiking and biking amongst other pursuits such as park tours that are available for first timers. And of course the Katy Trail is perfect for cold walks. We’re close enough to hit an entry and make a short trek to downtown to sample Missouri beers at Sycamore, Broadway Brewery, or my new favorite drinking spot… Trey. We might even hit Shakespeare’s for pizza and some Rockbridge pints, brewed right here in CoMO.

Though my family isn’t into college sports, we are hoping to entice them back for the Show-Me state games. It has been mentioned in ESPN’s list of 101 things all sports fans must experience before they die. We plan to show them some of the parks where the games take place as well as a drive by The Zou.

We’d also like to take them to some of the more quirky spots. My dad is a huge poker player and though he could play on from the comfort of our couch the way he does at home, I found out The Thirsty Turtle hosts games. We also plan to take them out to Midway to hit the antiques and show off the newest attraction. And of course the Magic Tree, or maybe Will Treelighter’s other tree at Unity.

What would be on your list for visitors?

CoMo Family : Where the Wild Things Are… At Orr Street Studios

Calling All Kids!

Join the artists at Orr Street studios for the Second Saturday for Kids event.
This month’s theme is Where the Wild Things Are.

Celebrate your inner wild creature by making costumes, books, and bookmarks. There will also be music by Sutu Forté’s THE PIANO IMPROVISERS!


COST: $0

Catherine Parke at 573-289-0825 (cell) ,

CoMo Family : CPS Transportation Discussion

Columbia parents and guardian are invited to attend a community discussion on bus transportation and school start times. The event will be held on Wednesday, October 10th, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at the Stoney Creek Inn. If you are interested in attending or have questions, please contact the Community Relations Department at (573) 214-3960 or send an electronic RSVP to

“World Café : A community conversation on bus transportation & school start times In Columbia Public Schools
We Need Your Input!
Please join us in small group discussions
at our Community Meeting (World Café-Style) as you travel the room to different tables to discuss topics related to Bus Transportation & School Start Times
October 10, 2012
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Stoney Creek Inn
(2601 S. Providence Road)
Please RSVP to Molly Delgado, (573)214-3960 or e-mail
Walk-Ins Welcome!”

Today in CoMo : Startup Weekend Party at Bleu

Columbia Startup Weekend, September 28th-30th at Museao, is a 54-hour event that brings entrepreneurs, developers, designers, etc. together to build business ideas over the span of a weekend. Teams are surrounded with expert mentors and the resources they need to focus on building their business.

Everyone is welcome to the Startup Weekend Opening Ceremony party tonight 9/27 at Bleu Restaurant (811 East Walnut Street) from 7-9pm. Tickets are $10 at the door. This cover gets you two free beverages as well as appetizers. All Startup Weekend participants, sponsors, mentors and judges are invited to attend FREE of charge! So why not signup? Tickets are being nabbed quickly. To sign up/for more info go to

As a bonus, SmartRide will be offering their services for FREE to attendees. You focus on having fun. SmartRide will ensure you have safe transportation home. SmartRide is a new company in town that provides safe professional drivers to get you and your car home. Schedule ahead or rent a driver for the night out, SmartRide offers services for members and non-members.

For the Startup Weekend Party, reserve now through or call 573-303-5950. *Make sure to mention the code STARTUP* Then dispatch will know that your ride is free Thursday evening. Don’t forget to leave a tip for the driver.

*Promo Code: STARTUP*

CoMo Events : O’Fallon Beer Dinner

Eat, drink and be merry in the Culinary Adventure Center.

Savor rustic, hearty flavors perfectly paired with O’Fallon Beers. Enjoy a colorful and culinary evening, complete with a five-course meal expertly prepared by Culinary Adventures’ Executive Chef Dennis Clay. The evening’s featured beers will be a Smoked Porter, 5 Day IPA, Pumpkin, Hemp Hop Rye and a Belgian Dark Stout. The dinner begins at 6 p.m., Oct. 10 at 47 E. Broadway.

Tickets are $50 and available for purchase here.

STL Event : Disney on Ice

If you’re not a blues fan, or your kids are Disney fans, you will want to enter this giveaway. Up for grabs? Four tickets to Disney on Ice : Treasure Trove on September 22 in St. Louis at 3pm. Click through to enter!

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Welcome to CoMo : On YouTube

So the Columbia Visitors and Convention Association made a video to welcome all of our new SEC friends. What do you think? Is it an accurate representation of Columbia?

5 Things for your CoMo Weekend


1. Columbia normally has limited things to entertain the kiddos (beyond the awesome library and our extensive park system of course.) If you want to pony up two dollars per adult (kids under 12 are free) you can let your kids loose at Kid City at the Expo Center on Saturday. With a storybook section, and obstacle course, a kids bank and kitchen, and arts and crafts from local favorites Creative Days Arts Studio, Kid City is turning the Expo Center into a kids’ museum for a day. There will also be fun from Shakespeare’s and Dora and Elmo will be making an appearance.

2. Enjoy one of the last weekends of the summer at Mojo’s Saturday afternoon. The Hair Hole benefit has music, food, and a vinyl swap. The Collective’s own Zac Early will be spinning records too. Check out the Facebook event for more details. Suggested donation is $5 at the door.

3.  Sunday mornings are a lot less lazy at the Farm and Art Market. This week you can listen to the music of The Onions while stocking up on fresh food and local crafts. There will also be a dutch oven cooking demonstration from 11am-1pm.

4. Watch an Audrey Hepburn film come to life on the Maplewood Barn Theater stage. A recently blinded woman is terrorized by a trio of thugs as they search her apartment for a valuable doll in Wait Until Dark. Box office opens at seven and the show starts at eight. Tickets are seven dollars for adults.

5. Built to Spill takes the stage Sunday night at The Blue Note. The doors open at seven, show starts at eight, and tickets are a bargain at $16.

CoMo Events : Jazz Under the Stars

CoMo Events : Jazz Under the Stars

The Jazz Series & Missouri Theatre announced their “Jazz Under The Stars” series, a three concert Thursday night summer series on the roof of the Missouri Theatre during June, July and August.

June 14 -Eric Slaughter Trio
July 19 – Diverse
August 16 – MU Faculty All-Stars

Three-concert Passes will be on sale beginning May 14. Single-concert tickets on sale beginning May 26. Limited reserved table seating and general admission/standing room available. Get your tickets at the Missouri Theatre, 203 S. Ninth St. or call the box office at (573) 875-0600. You can also purchase tickets  on-line at