They’re reporting brisk business at the newly christened Panorama restaurant at the Saint Louis Art Museum’s new East Building. We’re told that lunch reservations have been booked since the restaurant opened, and dinner (served only on Friday) also is a hot ticket. That’s great news for Bon Appetit Management Company and executive chef EDWARD FARROW, who officially rolled out their creative farm-to-fork menu late last month. Among the highlights: Local Roasted Heritage Pork with Summer Herbs and Mustard Stone-Ground Missouri Grits, Corn Flour Crusted Chicken Livers atop watermelon cubes and An Ode to Summer—a spectacular vegetable and fruit dish that changes daily based on what’s fresh that day.
Basso at The Cheshire has launched a new ‘Brewers In The Basement’ series of craft beer events. Once a month, the restaurant will feature a collection of top beers from select brewers, along with four specialty menu items created by Chef PATRICK CONNOLLY. Guests can then compete to successfully pair the beers with the food. Get the schedule at basso-stl.com.
Washington University has released the names of the first two tenants for its $80-million retail and student housing development currently under construction in the Delmar Loop at the corner of Delmar Boulevard and Eastgate Avenue. Global Foods Market has signed on to be the anchor tenant, while Joe Edwards' Peacock Loop Diner will provide the Loop's first 24-hour eatery. Look for the first buildings in the development, including these two vendors, to open for business in August 2014. The project’s official name: The Lofts of Washington University.
Patty Long Catering is looking for help in naming its event space located at 112 Sidney Street. According to Joan Long, "We used to call this building the River Bottom Saloon. But with all of the changes we’ve made, it’s really such a nice space for weddings, corporate events and other types of parties, that the word ‘saloon’ just didn’t do it justice.” Go to Patty Long’s Facebook page to suggest ideas and for a chance to win a Soulard gift basket.
The mobile eatery Tikka Tikka Taco will be competing on the upcoming season of Food Network's Great Food Truck Race, hosted by celeb chef Tyler Florence. The season kicks off on Sunday, Aug. 18. Good luck!