I personally find the people on this site to be amazing resources which I greatly appreciate. I will for about the 7th year in a row be coming to Kansas City to be a Judge at the American Royal BBQ Competition the first couple of days in October. I'll be judging the Invitational and the Open so I won't have a whole lot of time. But, we're coming in a bit early because we've really come to look forward to our yearly trip and love your city. Thus, I need an update! There's some good beer in it for the suggestions that I use - for real. Last year I was turned on to Pigwich, a place where I ate 2 times before leaving! And, of course, I make my yearly pilgrimage to Boulevard (hope to see you Ted!) where I trust I will go again, at least once, with hopes of tasting something new. But to my current question! What's the latest and greatest in: 1. Brewery scene; beer bar; bottle shop(s)? 2. What are the "must go" places for good food, both very high end and then just plain good and funky? (Like I said, we love Pigwich! And, we make our yearly trip to Smithville to Justus Drugstore, which we love also. I again have reservations at Justus and we'll go to Pigwich right from the airport when we land!) But, I need the new and great places - where are all the "cool kids" eating this year?? (Best new suggestion will get a "waxed" Bruery beer not distributed). I will send a very decent bottle of beer to not only my favorite place but this year will send a nice bottle to anyone (the first person!) to recommend ANY of the places to which I go, the bottles being one not distributed in K.C. and likely from California or Colorado. Thanks. Hope this does not offend. You all have been wonderful in the past and I appreciate your suggestions. I'm asking early so that I can make reservations and plan accordingly.