These industry innovators are expanding what’s possible in food and drink in the Midwest, from groundbreaking chefs to progressive brewery owners and hospitality pros.

April is a Kansas Citian by way of New Mexico, worker bee, freelance writer and photographer, food, music, animal and travel lover.

Natalie Gallagher is a writer. She’s never met a carb she didn’t like.

Nancy Stiles is the managing editor at Feast.