Back in the mid-1980s, I was invited on KCUR 89.3's Walt Bodine Show
to discuss restaurants with a panel of local food writers including, at that time, the late Larry "Fats" Goldberg
and KCMO's chatty Bobbi Marx
(a total pro — I was entranced by her), restaurateur Lou Jane Temple, Squire
columnist Johanna Hall, then-Pitch
columnist Kathy Hale
(and later, her successor, Jane Berkowitz) and John Martellaro, then of The Kansas City Star.
In those early days, the food-critics show was an occasional feature of veteran broadcaster Bodine's schedule, maybe once every six weeks or so.
The panel didn't change so frequently over the years, but in the last decade of Walt Bodine's tenure at KCUR, it became a more frequent staple in his lineup: first, once a month, then every other Friday. For most of the last decade, the panel has included me, Christine Becicka, Mary Bloch, and Gloria Gale. Food writer and culinary entrepreneur Emily Farris joined the panel nearly two years ago, discussing new restaurants and taking phone calls from listeners.