I had a chance to meet Chef Craig Cyr, owner with his wife, Sarah, of The Wine Cellar & Bistro, after I read an article in the local newspaper, “The Columbia Daily Tribune” about local restaurants making an effort to use local food sources. Chef Craig was very receptive to using both our lamb and beef in some of the dishes offered on his menu. What a delightufl person! The restaurant atmosphere is charming, the service exceptional and of course the food is delicious–not just because our meats on our their menu! You can check out their menu on their web site www.winecellarbistro.com. They’re located at 505 Cherry St., Columbia, MO 65201.
The rest of the story is that the family that started this restaurant, the Vernon’s, and our family go way back! Sarah Vernon, the daughter, went to the same grade school I did, Grant Elementary on Broadway in Columbia. We both had a love for horses and started taking riding lessons at a local riding club called The Horse Fair. Sarah’s mother, Marilyn, was a superb artist, and I can remember spending many “sleep over” nights doing all sorts of fun crafts at their home on the corner of Garth and Stewart. Sarah rode a talented little pony named, Comet, and I rode a quarter horse/saddlebred mix named Navaho Dandy. We traveled all over the midwest together as a part of a pony club team. Marilyn and my mother were great Pony Club team moms! I stayed in contact with Marilyn over the years by visiting the artisian store she and several friends opened in downtown Columbia on Ninth Street called Bluestem, known internationally now as a retail outlet for many fine midwestern and beyond wearable, hangable and usable crafts. My day job with our family printing and mailing company, Direct Impaqt, provided printing and mailing services to Bluestem for their customer newsletters. Paul Vernon, the son, started this restaurant and Marilyn’s artistic touch shows in the beautiful decor of the The Wine Cellar & Bistro. This is definitely a Columbia destination to enjoy.
Please patronize The Wine Cellar & Bistor and support their desire to support local food producers and offer fine food dishes to their customers!