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Local bartenders are participating in the Paris of the Plains cocktail festival. From left, Arturo Vera-Felicie of The Farmhouse, Ryan Maybee of Manifesto, Jenn Tosatto of The Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange, Travis Stewart of Port Fonda, Paige Unger of Michael Smith, Berto Santoro of Extra Virgin and Mark Church of Grunauer. Photo courtesy Ink Magazine.

KCUR: Toast to Kansas City's best beverages

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A boring beverage? Not in this town. Local bartenders are putting some serious thought into their mixed drinks. As a result, Kansas City is beginning to reclaim its status as the Paris of the Plains.

Ink Magazine’s Sarah Gish recently wrote about the city’s cocktail culture, which will no doubt garner more attention during the upcoming Paris of the Plains Festival and Bartending Competition. Gish was interviewed on KCUR’s Central Standard, where she points Kansas City’s 21+ crowd toward the area’s best refreshments.  

KCUR 89.3 FM, part of the National Public Radio’s digital network, is licensed by the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

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"In the five years since the competition started, Kansas City has become known for its cocktails."

Sarah Gish
Reporter, Ink Magazine