> Chef LIZ SCHUSTER, who left Racket Club Ladue last October to join Brian Hale’s culinary team at the Chase Park Plaza, shared the news that she’ll be working on a cooking show tentatively titled ‘Farm to Fork with Chef Schuster’ for a local TV station. She couldn’t reveal the station, but says it’s not a cable network. The show will concentrate on Midwestern cuisine—what Schuster deems HOTH (High on the Hog). Each one-hour episode will feature local chefs and food purveyors. If all goes well, the initial six episodes will air in June. As if that’s not enough to fill Schuster’s plate, she’s officially become the culinary event chef for L’École Culinaire.
> Halftime calls: International Tap House, the popular beer bar in Chesterfield Valley, will soon have a second location in Soulard. Owners BRAD LOBDELL and SEAN CONROY couldn’t pass up the 3,500-square-foot space at 9th and Soulard streets, plus another 2,500 square feet outdoors for a patio. Doors should open June 11, just in time for the start of the World Cup. To celebrate the coincidence, there’ll be beers on tap that hail from 24 of the 32 countries represented in the tourney…Name change for Brickhouse Pub & Grill: It’s now Wildwood Pub & Grill. It is in Wildwood, after all…Racanelli’s Cucina Pizzeria and Bar in the U. City Loop and its express eatery have closed indefinitely for renovations. No word on when they’ll reopen.
> Morning fix: LYNNE MORGAN, a fave barista who worked some 10 years at La Duzzi on Clayton Road, is back behind the coffee bar. Loyalists can say their hellos and get a jolt from her java-making skills at the Nadoz location at The Boulevard…Companion just opened a discount bread outlet at its baking facility on 4555 Gustine in South City. Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings, the Companion Early Bird Outlet will sell a selection of breads and pastries at 35- to 40-percent off retail prices…If you want your breakfast bucks to support local community projects, then consider picking up a pack of Junior League of Saint Louis Cinnamon Rolls. You’ll find them at The Market at Busch’s Grove, Ladue Market, Spicers of Ladue, Women’s Exchange, Freddie’s Market, Hanneke’s Westwood Grocery, and Straubs in Webster Groves, Clayton and Town and Country.
> Gluten-free gets groovin’: Herbie’s in the CWE has launched a gluten-free menu that includes apps, soups, salads and flatbreads plus 12 entrées. GM Shea Behymer also noted that owner Aaron Teitelbaum is working on a vegetarian menu…Beck’s Gluten-Free, the Ellisville-based maker of meals, cakes and breads, is holding a food drive throughout March to benefit Circle of Concern food pantry in Valley Park. The company is also celebrating its one-year anniversary by giving a $3.65 discount to customers who spend more than $30. The deal is good in-store or online at becksgf.com.
> The Clayton Farmer’s Market and the Soulard Farmer’s Market are both featured in Farmers Market Cookbook: A Fresh Look at Local Flavor, a newly published farmers market guide that includes more than 200 seasonal recipes, cooking tips and color photographs. The publication will be available beginning March 16 at all major booksellers.