Panorama's Art at the Table Launches a New Era for the Art Museum (PHOTOS)

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Escargot Proven├žal with oven-dried heirloom tomatoes, fennel, tarragon and Schlafly Pale Ale. | Nancy Stiles

Ivy Magruder came on as the executive chef at Panorama (1 Fine Arts Drive; 314-721-0072) in May after a stint at Gamlin Restaurant Group and running Vin de Set for years. Panorama launched at the Saint Louis Art Museum in July 2013 but struggled to garner the same recognition as the Missouri History Museum's restaurant, Bixby's. After overhauling the menu a few weeks ago, his first Art at the Table event debuted last night, and Gut Check was on hand to check it out.

See also: Chef Ivy Magruder on Whiskey, the Next Big Local Chef and Secret Nocturnal Behavior

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Annie Gunn's, Balaban's, Truffles and More Win Wine Spectator Awards

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Tamber Bey's 2010 Rabicano cabernet/merlot Bordeaux blend at Balaban's. | Nancy Stiles

Every year, Wine Spectator gives out restaurant awards for wine lists at eateries around the country. There are three levels: the Award of Excellence, the Best of Award of Excellence and the Grand Award at the top.

See also: Best Wine List (Price Be Damned) 2013: Elaia Sommelier Andrey Ivanov's Favorite Wine

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Kevin Nashan Talks Battling New York Chef Harold Moore on Knife Fight

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Kevin Nashan at Sidney Street Cafe. | Caroline Yoo

Kevin Nashan is one of the most renowned chefs in town -- James Beard Award nominee, executive chef at Sidney Street Cafe and the Peacemaker -- but can he stand up to a Knife Fight? It's a cooking competition series on the Esquire Network which challenges two chefs against each other to create multiple dishes in just an hour with surprise ingredients.

It's hosted by Top Chef winner Ilan Hall after hours in his Los Angeles restaurant the Gorbals. Earlier this year, Nashan took on New York City chef Harold Moore. The episode airs Tuesday, September 2, so we talked to Nashan about working under pressure, the inevitable knife mishap and getting out of your comfort zone.

See also: Kevin Nashan Brings the Coast to Peacemaker Lobster & Crab Co.

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Five Bistro Spotlights Northern Italy With Il Poggio Pop-Up [PHOTOS]

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Fitchner Farm Piedmontese beef carpaccio. | Nancy Stiles

The latest edition of Five Bistro's (5100 Daggett Avenue; 314-773-5553) rotating pop-up restaurants begins today, and it's called Il Poggio. It means "the hill" -- fitting -- and is a celebration of Northern Italian cuisine.

See also: Five Bistro Debuts Mon Petit Chou Pop-Up (PHOTOS)

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Fozzie's Named One of the Best Sandwich Shops in America

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The "Big Bend Mafia" at Fozzie's. | Jennifer Silverberg

We've known that Fozzie's Sandwich Emprorium (1170 South Big Bend Boulevard, Richmond Heights; 314-932-5414) was outstanding for years, but others are taking notice. Food & Wine has named it one of the twenty best sandwich shops in the country this week.

See also: #54: The Gracey at Fozzie's Sandwich Emporium

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The Crossing at New Town's Strange Meats and Store-Bought Treats: Review [UPDATE]

The "Rue Royale Heifer" burger. | Caroline Yoo

Editor's note: A previous version of this review inaccurately named Wendy Noble as the chef. She left the restaurant before our critic's visits. We regret the error.

The author is also responding to some of the negative feedback this review has received. Read it by clicking here.

The Crossing at New Town
(3331 Rue Royale, St. Charles; 314-606-3262)
Hours: 5-11 p.m. Wed.-Fri., noon-11 p.m. Sat., noon-9 p.m. Sun. (Closed Mon. and Tues.)

A few miles off Route 370, New Town rises out of the St. Charles floodplain like the Land of Oz. The planned community appears out of nowhere, flanked by vast fields of genetically modified corn and a fiberglass giraffe hawking RVs. Once hyped as the next big thing in real estate, the development promised its residents a life that looked like the back lot for the movie Pleasantville: an escape to a simpler time when Old Glory hung from the town bandstand. Then the real estate bubble burst, and New Town failed to take off. Today, rather than a utopian enclave, it's just an "old timey" subdivision.

See also: Review: Salt + Smoke Distinguishes Itself in the Crowd of New St. Louis Barbecue

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Goshen Coffee Opens Tasting Room at 4 Hands Brewery

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Goshen Coffee is strictly wholesale, but it has been hosting periodic popups this summer at 4 Hands Brewing Co. (1220 South Eighth Street; 314-436-1559). Goshen, which began in 2009, has announced that it will open a permanent tasting room at the brewery, which is just finishing up its own expansion project.

See also: Chef's Choice: Matt Herren, 222 Artisan Bakery and Goshen Coffee

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Bar Louie Adds Chesterfield Valley Location

Bar Louie Kirkwood. | Cailin Murray

Bar Louie (multiple locations) is opening its fourth St. Louis location this fall in the valley at 103 Chesterfield Valley Drive. Bar Louie St. Charles opened last fall at the Streets of St. Charles development. The new location will be near Fox & Hound and Filippo's Italian Kitchen off the main drag in the valley.

See also: Bar Louie Opening St. Charles Location

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Prasino St. Charles Gets New Ownership

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The dining room at Prasino. | Jennifer Silverberg

Prasino (1520 South Fifth Street, St. Charles;) opened last spring, the first Missouri outpost of the Chicago-based, eco-friendly chain. Reviews were mixed at best -- we found it inconsistent -- and the restaurant has continued operating fairly quietly for the better part of a year.

See also: Green, But Sustainable? Prasino has eco-friendly dining down. Consistency is a work in progress.

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Corner 17's Fluffy Ice: A Frozen Taiwanese Treat Topped with Fresh Fruit

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Welcome to Sugar High, a series devoted solely to spotlighting the best ways to sate a sweet tooth in St. Louis. We'll sample the best the city has to offer at restaurants, bakeries and holes-in-the-wall, and provide some insight on how these confections are made along the way.

Corner 17's "Green Tea Matcha Fluffy Ice." | Photos by Mabel Suen
In addition to its specialty hand-pulled noodles, Corner 17 (6623 Delmar Boulevard; University City; 314-727-2402) features a full menu of desserts and drinks, including tapioca-studded treats and fresh fruit juices. While the standard "Corner 17 Milk Tea" with boba hits the spot, it's the unique final item on the restaurant's chalkboard menu that most captures our dessert-loving eye: the fluffy ice.

See also: First Look: Corner 17

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