By now you’ve probably heard that Mike Odette is taking over chef duties for Boone County National Bank due to Jacques Laboile’s long-awaited retirement becoming imminent. Mike’s been interested in making this move for some time, and it’s a natural one – better hours, benefits, security, etc. He’s got a couple of young kids. But it will be challenge for the rest of the Sycamore crew, which Mike has helped make one of the best in the area. Supposedly he’s going to stay on as Executive Chef for at least a while, but who knows?
Other news I don’t happen to be breaking but would be remiss if I did not share:
- Gunter Hans, a Euro-focused bakery and specialty goods store (or something) will be opening in the former Pasta Factory location downtown.
- Playing with Fire Wood Fired Pizza, a mobile pizza operation, says they’ll be ready to turn out “Neapolitan-style pizzas” mid-summer.
- Continuing the expansion of Columbia’s niche coffee scene, Frequency Coffee will be opening in the space just to the east of Kampai Alley. It looks sleek, and offers a brick and mortar alternative to my own personal favorite, Fretboard Coffee. You can find Fretboard’s top-notch beans at The Root Cellar, by delivery (!) and brewed fresh at the Columbia Farmers Market and North Village markets. I highly recommend the Kenya Kichwa Tembo roast.
- The Wine Cellar and Bistro debuted their spring menu this past weekend. See you there.