Q • At an Art at the Table dinner at Panorama at the St. Louis Art Museum, the chefs wowed the crowd with an enormous slab of Mississippi Mud Pie. I’d love to make this at home. — Laura Helling, St. Charles
A • Panorama executive chef Ivy Magruder calls himself a St. Louis kid. “I grew up sledding on Art Hill; my three kids are, too.”
Magruder’s new role at the St. Louis Art Museum is part passion, part ambassador. “When St. Louisans bring guests here, they should know that the museum and Panorama represent the best of St. Louis.”
Panorama diners get the best seats for people watching, too. It’s in the Art Museum’s new wing overlooking King Louis IX and the Grand Basin. With floor-to-ceiling glass, Panorama is literally a window into Forest Park.
Magruder hopes that St. Louisans will also “see the seasons” on Panorama plates. The spring menu launched recently with spring colors and flavors. “Nature does food well; we just add a little seasoning and clean sauces.”
Magruder showcases Panorama at monthly reservation-only themed dinners called Art at the Table. For the opening of the George Caleb Bingham and the River exhibit in February, Panorama chefs crafted a menu with foods from along the Mississippi. Mud Pie is a departure from Panorama’s usual fine-dining fare but is a popular dessert that fit the dinner’s river theme. “All the flavors are familiar and comforting. It’s simple; it brings back good memories.”
This week only, Mississippi Mud Pie will be available at Panorama during lunch through Friday and for Saturday and Sunday’s Easter brunch.