Chef EDWARD FARROW has been tapped to oversee the kitchen at the soon-to-open Panorama Restaurant in the Saint Louis Art Museum's new East Building, set to debut this summer. Farrow is a CIA grad and a member of Slow Food and is known for his dedication to local purveyors. Most recently, he served as executive chef at the cafe of the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, Az.

Chef IVY MAGRUDER of Vin De Set is the latest St. Louis culinarian to appear on national TV. He'll be featured on the Cooking Channel's America's Best Bites on Saturday, June 22 at 3:30 p.m local time.

Shakespeare Festival St. Louis is partnering with Bixby's in the Missouri History Museum to offer what they're touting as an "intimate and elegant communal dining experience" during the Festival's run of Twelfth Night. Those with a love of things culinary and literary can enjoy a full-course meal and a reserved seat ticket for the show for $50. For more info, go online at

O'Fallon Brewery soon will be offering a new series of high-gravity beers dubbed The Brewer's Stash. The series will feature a rotating selection of specialty brews in four-packs of 12-ounce bottles. The first beer to hit stores will be Sticke (pronounced schtick-uh) It To The Man, a darker, hoppier version of the traditional Duesseldorf Alt style. According to Ofallon's brewmaster BRIAN OWENS, "Our new ‘Brewer’s Stash’ series—and Sticke It To The Man, in particular—targets beer-drinkers who are looking to discover big, bold, special beers.”

Missouri wines continue to be recognized nationally. Augusta Wine Company took home an armful of awards from the recent Pacific Rim Wine Competition, held last month in Southern California. Thirty wine pros blind-tasted approximately 2,000 wines during the competition. Augusta ended up with eight awards between its Augusta Winery and Montelle Winery entries, including Best of Class and Gold for Augusta's 2010 Chambourcin and 2012 Chardonel. Well done!

Apparently, May is National Hamburger Month; and to celebrate, Smashburger locations will be giving away free burgers to customers with the last name of Burger, or variations of it (Berger, Weinberger, Rosenberger etc), on Tuesday, May 28. There’s a limit of one burger per customer with the lucky surname. And yes, you have to prove yourself with a valid driver's license, passport or picture ID.

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