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The Scoop: Edward Farrow to lead culinary operations at SLAM’s Panorama and The Café

May 13th 05:05pm, 2013

Last September, the Saint Louis Art Museum announced that Bon Appétit Management Co., had been awarded the contract to oversee food service at the cultural destination in Forest Park. As SLAM prepares for the grand opening of its new East Building on June 29, The Scoop has confirmed that Edward Farrow will be the executive chef behind Panorama, SLAM’s restaurant in the new wing, and The Café, its lower-level upscale snack and coffee bar.

Farrow comes to St. Louis from his native Phoenix where he worked most recently for The Café at the Musical Instrument Museum, another Bon Appétit-operated venue known by its acronym MIM. Since graduating from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park in 1990, Farrow has worked alongside many talented culinary names including: Patrick O’Connell at The Inn at Little Washington in Washington, DC; David Burke at The River Café in Brooklyn, N.Y.; David Kellaway at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nev.; Alessandro Stratta at the now defunct Mary Elaine’s in Scottsdale, Ariz.; Gerard Pangaud at Gerard’s Place and The Ritz Carlton, Pentagon City in Arlington, Va.; Roberto Donna at the now shuttered Galileo in DC; and now deceased Jean Louis Palladin at Jean-Louis at The Watergate. Taking the reins of the restaurant Kai at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa in 2006, Farrow garnered the restaurant 5 Mobile/Forbes stars and 5 diamonds from AAA. Farrow left that post in 2010 to open The Café at MIM. Although Farrow is new to the Midwest, he is not a stranger to the Gateway City as his wife is a St. Louis native.

Farrow will oversee all culinary operations at SLAM, including Panorama and The Café. Panorama is named for the sweeping view of Forest Park that the restaurant offers via an expanse of floor-to-ceiling glass windows. Design features like a leather banquette that runs the length of one opposite wall and an operable semi-transparent screen that separates the 90-seat restaurant from a private dining area are among the elements that lend the space a contemporary feel marked with clean, geometric lines.

Although the Panorama menu is still in the development stages, Farrow stated that he will continue to adhere to a philosophy of sourcing local, ethically produced, sustainable food, just as he did at MIM, which was named Phoenix’s best museum restaurant in 2012 by The Arizona Republic. The wine list, expected to change frequently, will feature some 30 food-friendly wines that hail primarily from North American wineries that adhere to sustainable principles.

The lower-level cafe, easily accessed from the main level via a new staircase (situated where a water fountain used to be), will offer grab-and-go items, made-to-order salads, paninis, wraps, soups and kid-friendly fare, along with coffee, soda and bottled beverages.

The museum will maintain its regular hours up to and including Sunday, June 16. After that, doors at SLAM will stay shut for nearly two weeks until the grand opening on June 29. The cafe will be open to the public starting June 29. On July 1, Panorama will begin its hours of operation, offering lunch Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., dinner on Fridays from 5 to 9 p.m., and Sunday brunch.

By Ligaya Figueras

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