Looks like one of our favorite chefs will be leaving the Lou soon: It's been announced that FABRIZIO SCHENARDI, executive chef of Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis will be heading south this coming spring to help open up a new Four Seasons property at Disney World in Orlando. In the meantime, the search is on for someone to fill his sizable culinary shoes. He'll have some familiar company in his new gig: Local Four Seasons food and beverage director STEPHEN WANCHA also will be moving to Florida to work on the same property, which is scheduled to open for business sometime this summer. All the best, we'll miss you both!
Burger fans, rejoice! The second Five Star Burgers location is now open for business at 312 South Kirkwood Road in Kirkwood.
Chef JOHN DILL has been tapped to be exec chef at Hollywood Casino in Maryland Heights. He has plenty of casino culinary experience, having served as executive chef at Circus Circus in Las Vegas and as director of food and beverage at Boomtown Casino in Biloxi, Miss., along with a myriad of other kitchen positions during his career. Welcome!
Celeb chef, THOMAS KELLER of The French Laundry fame, is now selling gluten-free products under the name Cup4Cup, and they're now available locally at the Schnuck's Des Peres store and all Dierbergs locations. Products include multi-purpose flour, pizza crust mix, brownie mix, and pancake and waffle mix. Learn more about the line at cup4cup.com.
Looking for a sweet gift idea? Piccione Pastry is offering a variety of holiday pastry boxes just in time for the season. Choose from a variety of flavors of cassata cake, Italian pound cake, festive apple cranberry crostada, panettone, a box of authentic Italian cookies, or peppermint meringue cookies. All pastries come in a brown window box with a gift tag already attached. Orders can be picked up in-store or delivered. Details at piccionepastry.com.
The fourth annual Freeze-Que Barbecue Competition will be held Saturday, January 25, from noon to 6 p.m. at Highway 61 Roadhouse in Webster Groves. Some 40 teams will compete for a variety of prizes. The event, sponsored by New Belgium Brewing Company, is a fundraiser for Rainbows for Kids (rainbowsforkids.org) and Operation BBQ Relief (operationbbqrelief.org).fabri