A slew of dinners from John Varanese

Chef/restaurateur John Varanese, long known for his special dinners, is giving his kitchen staffs a special workout next week, with three such dinners. On Tuesday, Feb. 21, at Varanese, 2106 Frankfort Ave., he will serve his annual Tradition vs. Innovation wine dinner, matching pairing of Old World and New World wines with each course. Wednesday, Feb. 22, will see a reprise of his recent Progressive Dinner, with dishes served at each of his three restaurants in turn. And on Tuesday, Feb. 28, he will celebrate the first anniversary of Levee at the River House with a tasting of premium Napa Valley wines, served with assorted appetizers. Continue reading A slew of dinners from John Varanese

Edward Lee plans Whiskey Dry in Fourth Street Live

Chef and restaurateur Edward Lee, who operates Milkwood and 610 Magnolia in Louisville and Succotash in Washington, D.C., is planning another restaurant, a casual dining spot, at Fourth Street Live. To be called Whiskey Dry, Lee’s new restaurant will be a casual burger and whiskey bar with a “chef-centric point of view.” Continue reading Edward Lee plans Whiskey Dry in Fourth Street Live

75 breweries pouring at Tailspin

Saturday, Feb. 18, more than 250 beers from over 75 breweries will be available for sampling at Tailspin Ale Fest, held at the WWII Era Louisville Executive Aviation Hangar at Bowman Field. In addition to being the first of several beer fests this year celebrating the success of the craft beer movement, TailSpin raises funds to support the local Dare to Care Food Bank. Continue reading 75 breweries pouring at Tailspin

AAA rates Louisville restaurants

AAA, which gives Diamond ratings to restaurants and hotels around the country to quickly clue their members in to the top dining establishments and hotels, has rated several Louisville restaurants Four Diamonds, their next-to-highest rating. Their highest rating, Five Diamonds, was awarded to The Oakroom at the Seelbach Hilton Hotel in downtown Louisville. AAA said in its announcement of the ratings that only 0.3 percent of the nearly 59,000 hotels and restaurants that AAA approves receive the Five Diamond rating. Continue reading AAA rates Louisville restaurants

Two crêperies close

Two small local restaurants that specialized in crêpes have closed. For Goodness Crêpes, started in late 2014 by Abby Peak and Carrie Ramsey at 619 Baxter Ave., closed for the Christmas holidays, but never reopened. Four Sisters, 2246Frankfort Ave. which served banh mi sandwiches, soups and Vietnamese coffee, in addition to sweet and savory crêpes, has also closed. Continue reading Two crêperies close

Dine Around for APRON today

APRON Inc., a local nonprofit that helps support restaurant workers forced to take time off due to an accident or illness, will benefit from diners eating today, Wednesday, Feb. 8, in any of the 50 restaurants participating in the periodic Dine Around for APRON fund raiser. Participating restaurants will donate a portion of that day’s proceeds to APRON’s fund. Continue reading Dine Around for APRON today

Bluegrass Brewing Co. closes original location

One of the pioneering craft beer outlets in Louisville, Bluegrass Brewing Co., has closed its original restaurant and brewing operation at 3909 Shelbyville Rd. in St. Matthews, where it had been for 23 years. That space will be taken over by Sullivan’s Tap House, to be operated by the owners of the now-closed Sully’s Saloon, at Fourth Street Live! Continue reading Bluegrass Brewing Co. closes original location

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