Art At The Table—Distilled Dinners at Panorama

Cool event Friday night, September 25, at Panorama at the St. Louis Art Museum!

Panorama pic

It begins with a tour of the galleries at 7:00 p.m. followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m prepared by executive chef Ivy Magruder (pictured below) and his Panorama team.

Ivy on TV

Specialty cocktails from Pinckney Bend Distillery will be featured.

home_slider_cask_ginCost is 65/person plus tax and tip. Garage parking included. To make a reservation, call 314-655-5490.

Here’s the food and beverage menu:

Course 1
Soup and Salad
Mesclun Salad, with local goat cheese, maple-glazed pecans,
honeycrisp apples, and maple-Dijon vinaigrette

Chilled Corn Bisque

Keith’s Spiked Cider,
American Corn Whiskey

Course 2
Salt Cod Fritters with assorted aiolis
Smoked Three-Grain Vodka

Course 3
Rabbit Cacciatore with cracked black pepper pappardelle
Rested American Whiskey

Course 4
Gin and Tonic Cake
The Perfect Gin and Tonic

Saint Louis


Valentine’s Day—One Of The Big Ones

V-day is huge for restaurants. This year it falls on a Saturday. Convenient for couples. But owners would prefer V-day happen on a weeknight, since tables are generally in greater demand on Saturdays anyway.


Here’s what a few local restaurants have planned for Valentine’s 2014.

Panorama at the Art Museum is offering a special 3-course prix fixe dinner on Friday night, February 13, 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For $65 per couple, you can share an Aphrodisiac Menu For Two, created by chef Ivy Magruder:

Roasted Asparagus with avocado, arugula salad and basil honey vinaigrette

Rum and Coffee Marinated Filet with artichoke-tarragon risotto and butter-poached lobster

Double Chocolate Brownie Tart with raspberries and vanilla ice cream

Panorama will offer brunch on Valentine’s Day and Sunday, Feb. 15 from 10:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m. The view is spectacular! Call 314-655-5490 for reservations.

Panorama pic

The Ritz-Carlton in Clayton is featuring a Romance Menu on Friday and Saturday nights (February 13 and 14), 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in The Grill. It’s priced at $99/person. (They’ll also have a la carte items available.)

The Ritz has an overnight stay package that includes deluxe accommodations, dinner for two, breakfast for two, a “rose petal turndown” for $459. Available Friday and Saturday nights. Call 314-719-1433 for dining reservations or 800-241-3333 for the overnight package.


Kemoll’s is hosting a Valentine’s Dinner and Dance on Saturday, February 14 up on the 42nd floor of the Met Square building.

Cost is $100/person which includes your meal, open bar, tip and parking. (Not to mention a nice view of the Arch!) Dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m. Here’s the Kemoll’s V-day menu:

1st course: Caesar Salad with shaved parmesan, 5 cheese croutons, and grilled anchovies

2nd course: Farfalle Pasta tossed in a creamy wild mushroom alfredo and fries procuito

3rd course: Grilled Filet Mignon with garlic bourism and Tiger Shrimp sauteed in a roasted red pepper scampi butter served with balsamic marinated asparagus

4th course: Belgium Waffle Strawberry Shortcake topped with vanilla bourbon syrup glaze.

Call 314-421-0555 to make your reservation.

Meg Sally

Tenacious Eats, which matches a 5-course food and cocktail menu to a movie, is sold out for its Valentine’s Day presentation of When Harry Met Sally. But, at last check, tickets are available for Friday, February 13. For info visit

You should note that a Tenacious Eats dinner is not your usual formal dinner date. It’s not quite Rocky Horror at the Tiv, but it is a looser, more fun kind of night out. $65/person.

Whatever restaurant you may be thinking about for Valentine’s Day, it’s important to make your reservation soon.

Also, consider that Valentine’s Day means a bit of an adjustment for restaurants, since most V-day reservations are for parties of 2. (A normal Saturday may include several parties of 4 or 6.)

And now, to conclude this post and put you in a romantic state of mind for Valentine’s Day, here’s a classic love song from the Reverend Al Green!

Ivy In Charge

Ivy In Charge

Veteran St. Louis chef Ivy Magruder has taken control of the kitchen at Panorama, the restaurant that opened last summer in the St. Louis Art Museum.

Panorama pic

A new summer menu has just been announced which includes, among other items:

Fresh Summer Pea Soup
pistachio gremolata, crème fraîche, shoots

Summer Kale Salad
avocado, strawberries, toasted almonds and
lemon-chia seed vinaigrette

Pan Seared Golden Scallops
creamy-pea-basil risotto, sherry gastrique

Basque Chicken
summer bell peppers, artichoke hearts, fresh basil,
tomatoes, grilled crusty French bread

Grilled Beef Tenderloin
onion ring, Foyot sauce, summer-tomatoes,
spinach, roasted fingerling potato

Ivy on TV

Panorama is also kicking off a monthly dinner series on Wednesday, August 27. For each dinner Panorama will partner with a local winery or brewery. The first event will feature a prix fixe menu of items paired with Schlafly beers. Cost is $75 (which includes tax and gratuity). Call 314-655-5490 for reservations.

Panorama is open for lunch Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and for dinner on Fridays, 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday brunch is offered 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Click HERE to go to Panorama’s website.

The Docket at SLU Law School

In August, Saint Louis University introduced the repurposed building downtown at 100 North Tucker Boulevard as the new home of the SLU Law School.

On the first floor is a beautiful new restaurant called The Docket. It provides a place for SLU law students and faculty to have a bite and a sip, but it is also open to the public. The Docket is close to the Civil Courts building and just a block from St. Louis City Hall.

Docket interior

I spoke to executive chef Treff Baker about the food at the Docket, although I started our chat (3:53) by asking about his first name Treff. Family name? (Click below to listen.)

Here are some pics of Docket food. From among the dishes I sampled, my favorite was the Papperdelle Bolognese pasta dish (third photo) with a spicy sausage. Click HERE for a link to The Docket’s menu.

Docket foodDocket pizzaDocket pasta

The Docket has a cool bar area with a good selection of local beers on draft.

Docket beer

Docket bar area

The Docket is open Monday thru Friday from 7:30 a.m. serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Open til 9:00 p.m. Monday thru Thursday, til 10:00 p.m. on Fridays. Also open for dinner on Saturday evenings 5:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.

General manager Jorge Rama says, “The idea here is really to bring the downtown local community as well as the SLU law students, faculty and staff, the civil community, and kind of get everybody together and get them to all mingle together.”

But how’s your burger, Jorge? “Our burgers are sliders, Missouri grass-fed. It’s super delicious! We have no gas grill here so it’s actually wood-fired.”

It’s worth noting that The Docket is run by Bon Appetit Management Company (Bamco), the same group that is in charge at Panorama in the new east wing of St. Louis Art Museum. Bamco also handles food service at a large number of institutions around the US including Washington University here in town.

Click HERE to go to The Docket’s Facebook page. Reach The Docket at 314-977-4615.

Panorama at St. Louis Art Museum

I recently was invited to taste some of the food at Panorama, the new beautiful new dining area at the St. Louis Art Museum.

Panorama is located in the newly-opened east addition to the museum. Panorama has a huge picture window that looks to the north and offers great natural light during daytime hours.

The beef at Panorama is grass-fed from Rain Crow Ranch. The salmon is wild caught.

Thanks to the crew at Panorama and the Art Museum for great food and hospitality.

I interviewed Panorama’s chef Edward Farrow. Click on the link below to listen to our chat, which begins with a mention of his St. Louis connections:

Edward Farrow interview (5:54)

Here are pics of a few of the items sampled.

Pave of Quinoa and Avocado:


Skirt Steak:

Skirt steak



Chocolate Cherry “Pot de Créme”:

Pot de Créme

Panorama’s hours are:

Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Sunday (brunch), 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Call 314-655-5490 for reservations.

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