Sara Shepherd

Reporter

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I’m the Journal-World’s enterprise reporter, tasked with finding interesting stories that reflect the Lawrence and Douglas County communities. My beat includes daily news articles and more in-depth projects on a variety of subjects.

I also write about the Lawrence restaurant scene — where everything from garden-fresh craft cocktails to exotic Asian hotpots to bacon cheeseburgers slathered with peanut butter can all be yours (to actually eat, or just read about if you’d rather). Check out my blog, Wined & Dined, and weekly food spotlight, Off the Beaten Plate, on Lawrence.com.

Previously, I was a cops and courts reporter for The Kansas City Star, where I covered untimely death or destruction of some kind most every day for a few years. I’ve also covered suburban city government and schools for The Star and The Shawnee Dispatch, a weekly paper just up the road. My first beat at the Journal-World was features, covering food, arts, entertainment and lifestyle.

I’m a fourth-generation graduate of Kansas University, where I majored in journalism, art history and French. To reach me, call 785-832-7187 or send email to sshepherd@ljworld.com. Follow me on Twitter @saramarieshep.

Recent Stories

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Off the Beaten Plate: Biscuit Ben-Yay at Big Biscuit

Part biscuit, part french toast, part beignet, tastes like funnel cake.

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Off the Beaten Plate: Nightmare on Massachusetts Street at Ingredient

It may not be an eating challenge, but this is one big burger. Finishing the whole thing could be nightmarish for some.

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Off the Beaten Plate: Chicken fried meatloaf at Basil Leaf

The full name of this dish is “Chicken Fried Filet of Three Meatloaf” — with the three meats being pork, bison and beef.

Beyond vegetables: Array of food, other offerings at farmers market opening for the season on Saturday

The Lawrence Farmers Market opens for the season on Saturday. It’s easy to pick up everything you need for a whole meal at the market — even the centerpiece. Meet four of the many vendors ready to help set your table. By Sara Shepherd

Weather smiles on 20th annual Brew to Brew run

This weekend’s 20th annual Brew to Brew run attracted thousands of entrants, who enjoyed near-perfect spring weather for the 40-plus mile Kansas City-to-Lawrence relay. By Sara Shepherd

Indian tacos raise money, fill bellies at church's monthly sale

Monthly Indian taco sales have been a tradition for more than 30 years at the Lawrence Indian United Methodist Church. Not only do they help the church raise needed funds, they give locals a chance to indulge in an Indian specialty rarely found on restaurant menus. By Sara Shepherd

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Off the Beaten Plate: Creamy Chicken Philly Pizza at Henry T’s

America, where even sandwiches can grow up to be anything they want to be — including pizza.

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Off the Beaten Plate: Deep fried Twinkies at Yokohama

On the one hand, fried Twinkies at a sushi place don’t make sense. On the other hand, the way Yokohama makes them, they kind of do.

Lawrence quilt museum added to national Underground Railroad program

Quilter Marla Jackson’s African American Museum and Textile Academy will be added to the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program, network leaders decided this month. By Sara Shepherd

KC nomination for national arts post could boost Lawrence's image by proximity

Having someone from nearby Kansas City in the nation’s top arts position could also reflect positively on Lawrence by proximity, some local arts leaders say. By Sara Shepherd

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