The Show-Me State Is Coming to the Heart of New York City
Hosted by Visit Missouri, the Show-Me-Verse is an exclusive media event to experience Missouri like never before.

“The Voice” contestant and St. Louis native Kennedy Holmes kicks off the event with a live performance.

Enjoy Missouri wine, spirits and light bites in an immersive dome featuring stunning 360-degree visuals of the state. Visit with experts who can speak to Missouri’s top attractions, outdoor adventures, winemaking history and critically acclaimed cuisine. 

Tuesday, May 23, 2023
5-8 p.m.

Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central
89 E. 42nd St.
New York, NY 10017

Special Performance by Kennedy Holmes

Experience a live Missouri-inspired performance from “The Voice” contestant and St. Louis native Kennedy Holmes.

Connect With Industry Experts

Nick Bognar

Head Chef, Indo

Nick Bognar is the executive chef and co-owner of St. Louis restaurants Indo and Sado. Their menus reflect his identity as a Thai American chef and showcase his talents in Japanese, Thai and Southeast Asian cooking. He was named a James Beard semifinalist for 2023 Best Chef: Midwest and one of the Best New Chefs by Food & Wine.

David Kelly

Director, Missouri State Parks

For over 35 years, David Kelly has been helping travelers experience the rugged splendor of the Missouri wilderness. He oversees the Missouri State Parks system, including the longest developed rails-to-trails project in the country — the 240-mile Katy Trail.

Jeff Wilhoit

Creative Services and Digital Content Manager, Big Cedar Lodge

Headquartered in Springfield, Missouri, and founded by the visionary Johnny Morris, Bass Pro Shops is one of the country’s largest outdoor retailers with a mission to “inspire everyone to enjoy, love and conserve the great outdoors.” In addition to their retail presence, Bass Pro brands include Big Cedar Lodge, Camp Long Creek and Finley Farms.

Rashida Phillips

Executive Director, American Jazz Museum

Since 1997, the American Jazz Museum has been showcasing the sights and sounds of jazz in Kansas City’s Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District. Rashida Phillips, a jazz expert and St. Louis native, has worked at a variety of cultural organizations before her appointment to the museum in 2020.  

Bob Kendrick

President, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

Bob Kendrick is one of the leading authorities on the topic of Negro Leagues Baseball history and its connection to issues relating to sports, race and diversity. Throughout his legendary career, he has worked to further the legacy of the leagues and its players. The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum is the world’s only museum dedicated to preserving and celebrating the history of African American baseball and its impact on our nation’s social advancement.   

John Dedeke

Content Managing Editor, Missouri Botanical Garden

Located in the heart of one of St. Louis’ historic neighborhoods, the Missouri Botanical Garden is a 79-acre oasis in the city. Since its founding in 1859, the garden has expanded to include numerous features, including the Climatron®, the world’s first geodesic dome greenhouse.  

Annette Alden

Marketing Director, Missouri Wine and Grape Board

Missouri’s Wine and Grape Board supports and promotes the state’s 10 wine trails, 129 wineries and 1,800 acres of grapes. The Show-Me State’s historic wine country is one of the oldest in the nation and is known for its beautiful views and quality wines. Annette Alden helps consumers discover elevated wine experiences and Missouri’s unique varietals. 


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