Chef Jasper Mirabile’s co-host is Overland Park, Kan.-based, award-winning travel, food, lifestyle and design writer Kimberly Winter Stern, also known as the gregarious and cuisine-informed Kim Dishes. A curious adventurer, Stern revels in the fast-paced lifestyle of someone in search of words to be written and stories to be told. Though the bipolar atmospheric changes in Kansas are sometimes challenging, Stern admits there is no place like the Heartland as a home base for her love of travel and food.

Stern constantly scours the country for culinary and destination jewels, never leaving home without her appetite or her vivid imagination. Prolific in eating, writing and discovering, this foodie satisfies an innate desire to sample the world’s gastronomic rainbow by meeting food artisan trendsetters, gaining insight into the culinary points-of-view of everyone from cheese makers, chocolatiers and chefs who set their city’s locavore pace to farmers who are passionate producers.

Stern writes for national, regional and local publications including the Kansas City Star, 913/Johnson County Kansas City Star, KC Magazine, KC Homes & Gardens, KANSAS! magazine, Kansas Outdoors and Generation Boom. She writes weekly for the KC Star Chow Town food blog and is the former managing editor of 435 South magazine where she helped Johnson County’s definitive lifestyle publication earn the coveted title of “Best Magazine in Kansas City” in 2011. Stern is a national blogger where she cooks, styles, shoots and writes about food … and loves to lick the bowl clean. Stern is a member of Slow Food Kansas City and Les Dames d’Escoffier. She is a board member of Gilda’s Club Kansas City and is 2014 chair of Giggle With Gilda.