By Ginger Nance, Executive Director
With the approach of beautiful spring weather we will kick off our “Travel & Taste” opportunities for everyone to enjoy. Not only will we enjoy the great Kansas and Missouri scenery as we travel, we expect to find many nooks and hideaways that are favorites, plus local cuisines that this area of the U.S. has to offer.
Our first discovery is in a remote area known only to locals called Grandma’s Place, in the very small town of Osiris, Missouri. (Probably not even on a map anymore; there is no population found in the census). Osiris is north of Jericho Springs on Highway 97. You’d never guess this is an eating place, as it used to be a farm house and still looks the same.
Everything is homemade from scratch and wonderful! Here you will find foods I used to see only at church socials. You could drive 1,000 miles and never get a better meal. The corn bread and beans are awesome. I loved the blueberry cobbler. The homemade mashed potatoes and noodles are sure to pack on the pounds. The ham will melt in your mouth. It’s open only a couple of times a week, and the owner and her family do everything from cooking to cleanup.
The thing that makes it so great is the country atmosphere and friendly people, most whom are farm hands or retired. Even though it’s filled with regulars, there are no strangers in the room. Everyone speaks to you, and they visit back and forth from table to table. Places like this are few and far between, and you definitely feel like you are at your own grandma’s house. The name is fitting!
Second on our travels will be the small town of Scammon, Kansas, population approximately 467 (if you count pets too), to discover a place that is famous to locals called Josie’s Ristorante.
Josie’s is full of history, and everyone is welcomed as family. While raising their family, Mike and Sally Saporito had the dream to start a restaurant. This idea would come to life in 1986 as Josie’s Ristorante. Mike and Sally wanted to provide home-cooked Italian meals to the people of the Four State area and beyond. The recipes are passed down from family who hail from Italy. All food is prepared fresh daily, from their dinner pastas such as lasagna and ravioli to their very own blue cheese and Italian salad dressings. Their culinary team is composed of family members making the food they grew up with.
Join our Travel & Taste group, and come along as we discover unique hideaways together over friendship and great food!