Nourish Cafe and Market Cooking Classes

Here at Feast Native, you know we are all about local businesses and chefs that find unique ways to share their craft with the community. While we have sung the praises of Nourish Café and Market previously, today we wanted to tell you a bit more about a special way they’re sharing their love of wellness and good food with Columbia: cooking classes! 

Several times a month, Chef Kimber Dean offers a cooking class. Previous classes have included healthy Halloween treats, making salads fun again, energy bites and bars, and even cooking classes for kids! Nourish’s cooking classes offer a hands-on cooking experience where you get to learn some delicious new recipes, meet new people, and eat some tasty dishes. 

Nourish and Chef Kimber Dean make good food and ingredients easy and accessible through these cooking classes, teaching you new ways to put a healthy spin on some of your favorite meals, sides, and desserts. The majority of the recipes you will learn about through these classes are vegan, dairy, gluten, soy, corn, processed sugar, pork, and peanut free! It’s a great way to learn more about the small changes you can make to everyday recipes and learn from one of the best chefs in town. 

We recommend grabbing a couple of friends or your partner and making a date out of it! It’s a great activity to participate in as a family as well. If cooking classes aren’t up your alley, or you prefer cooking at home, we recommend checking out Chef Kimber Dean’s new cookbook, Happy Baking and Desserts, available on Amazon! 

Their next cooking class is Thursday, November 15that 6pm. Chef Kimber Dean will teach attendees all about healthy Thanksgiving treats, just in time for the holidays! Learn more on their Facebook page, or call 573-818-2240 to reserve your spot. 

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Heart of Health Exchange

Kristen Williams is the brain behind Hempsley, a holistic wellness company based right here in Columbia, Missouri. We met Kristen when she put together a thoughtfully curated herbal blend as a takeaway from a dinner we attended at the beginning of the summer. Since then, we have grown to love the Hempsley aesthetic and have learned more about our own approach to holistic health.

Kristen has had a vision since the beginning of her company to put together a “hands-on educational experience to learn about your endocannabinoid system and how to care for it.” She asked us if we could provide coverage for it and we were more than happy, not only because we wanted the education for ourselves, but because this was someone local, bringing together local businesses, and being passionate about their mission.

This year, the Heart of Health Exchange brought together companies from across the nation, all supporting holistic wellness. Some of those partners included local companies like Soul Seat, The New Territory Magazine, Makes Scents, and Nourish, among others, that share a similar mission. The day included early morning yoga, a locally-sourced breakfast, an ingestion station, product testing, and several hands-on tables where guests could make their own at-home wellness products. 


We aren’t going to attempt to explain the endocannabinoid system and how it works, but Hempsley has tons of resources for you if you are even the least bit curious. We will tell you that the Heart of Health Exchange is just a beginning. We have a feeling that Kristen will be back next year with an even bigger and better event, and we hope that you join in!

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Roots 'N' Blues Isn't Just About the Music

In our eyes, there are two major festivals in Columbia, Missouri each year: True/False Film Festival in March and the Roots ‘N’ Blues ‘N’ BBQ Festival at the end of September. The whole town seems to be there, you get to be a part of something bigger than Columbia without having to travel, and the rest of the state has their eyes right here for a moment. 

For a music festival that has BBQ in their name, you may come for the music, but you stay for the food. Vendor Row becomes the thoroughfare of nourishment for the tens of thousands of festival goers who spend the major part of their day dancing, waving, and singing to their favorite or newly discovered artists all weekend. 

What we love about Roots ‘N’ Blues is that they seem to prioritize local vendors and the number of vendors seems to grow each year. Some of our favorites, who you can routinely find slinging their noms over the three-day festival run are: Peggy Jeans Pies, Giofre Apiaries Honey Ice Cream, Glenn’s Cafe, Jamaican Jerk Hut, Big Daddy’s BBQ, Manzo’s Pizza, Ozark Mountain Biscuit Truck, and Grill-A Brothers, to name a few. As you can tell, the offerings don’t end at BBQ. You can eat your way through as many vendors as there are artists playing music throughout the weekend, and even the beer has a local edge with Logboat Brewing and Bur Oak Brewing being accessible at many tents throughout the festival grounds. We even came across Well Being Brewery out of the St. Louis area for all you non-alcoholic beer drinkers. 

If you were one of the lucky VIP ticket holders, you also had your fair share of fantastic food offerings from places like Peachtree Catering and Room 38.


We love seeing the community benefit from these large, regional events that have grown out of the local community here in Columbia themselves. It’s truly a grass-roots effort to support and grow these events, which have a major impact on the local producers and restauranteurs in the town we are living by giving them an opportunity to feed and water the attendees.

We’ll see you out there next year!

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