It’s said that necessity is the mother of invention, and this summer, Missouri’s food and drink industries proved the old adage true. As bars and restaurants across the region were forced to rethink their operations amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many responded swiftly, in downright creative ways.

These innovations kept us connected to the local food scene for the past few months, and we hope they stick around for good.

Jessica is a freelance writer based in Columbia, Missouri. She lives by the words of M.F.K. Fisher: "First we eat, then we do everything else."