“Das Meal At Science Hill” to benefit service industry workers

Wednesday, Jan.  28 starting at 5:30 p.m., Science Hill Inn, 525 Washington Street, Shelbyville, will offer a special “German meal with a Southern flair,” to benefit Apron, Inc., an organization that helps food industry workers in times of need. Science Hill chef Ellen Gill McCarty benefitted from Apron’s assistance during her recent bout of cancer treatments, and wanted to give back to the group that helped her. Continue reading


Dine Around for APRON to benefit service workers

Restaurant industry workers–chefs and line cooks, servers, bar tenders, dishwashers and other back-of-the-house essential workers–are notoriously less protected by worker benefits such as sick leave and health insurance. When financial hardships caused by illness or injury strike, Apron, Inc., a non -profit focused on helping restaurant workers in need, steps in. Tuesday, Jan 27 diners can help by patronizing Dine Around for Apron at any of the more than 40 Louisville-area restaurants that will donate a portion of the day’s profits to Apron. Continue reading


Spirits: Modern Day Moonshine

Shop any decent liquor store and you’ll find a growing number of clear spirits that aren’t gin, vodka or rum. I’m talking moonshine, a debatably named clear liquor and tasty tribute to the turbulent times of Prohibition.

Baby Boomers hearing the word “moonshine” recall “The Beverly Hillbillies’” Granny Clampett sipping “white lightnin’” from an earthen jug labeled “XXX.” She made her “rheumatiz medicine” from an unknown recipe in an illegal still. Much the same occurs today on the Discovery Channel’s “Moonshiners” show, where its scofflaw characters make ‘shine by “recipes” that vary with nearly every episode. What’s available, affordable and fermentable is what gets used. Sometimes that’s sugar and water, other times it’s some ground corn, sugar and water. Once rotting strawberries served as the sugar source for a batch o’ hooch that emerged blue from the still. (Thankfully, the hard luck hill jacks ditched it.) Continue reading


Beer with a Scientist nights begin again at Against the Grain

Beer with a Scientist–a series of casual seminars designed to share scientific knowledge with interested amateurs–is beginning a new series of sessions at Against the Grain Brewery, 401 E. Main St.

Begun late last year by a group calling itself Louisville Underground Science, the goal is to “disseminate all things science to the general public of Louisville,” according the to group’s Facebok page. Sam Cruz, co-owner of the brewery, located at Louisville Slugger Field, said, “The goal is to get people in the know.”  After the main talk, “the audience can ask questions. There’s no need to be intimidated.” Continue reading


Restaurant tid-bits, January edition

As the festivities of the New Year wind down into the odd everyday ups and downs of January–one day biting cold, a week later balmy breezes confuse crocuses into poking up buds–several note-worthy happenings have been popping along in the restaurant world. A Frankfort Ave. stalwart celebrates an anniversary, Germantown hipsters get a  new pizza place, and a wine tasting for a good cause are among upcoming  events.

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New Waffle House location set to open in February

Neither being the butt of stand-up comedians’ jokes nor the advancement of civic infrastructure can keep a Waffle House down. The Jeffersonville, Ind. outpost of the iconic blue-collar 24/7 eatery was razed in 2013 to make way for the new Ohio River bridge, but a new Waffle House is scheduled to open by Valentine’s Day at 1510 E. Tenth St. in J’ville. Continue reading


Barrel House Social to open in St. Matthews in  March

The restaurant space at 6201 Dutchmans Lane has seen a number of occupants offering  lots of different fun, food and drink concepts, the most recent, and one of the shortest lived, was the Tilted Kilt Pub, which was most notable for the silly, but tight-fitting costumes on the servers. But now Tony Palombino of Tony Boomboz pizza fame is partnering with Bruce Rosenblatt, a 20-year restaurant veteran, to develop that space into Barrel House Social, a craft beer and shared plates restaurant, which is slated to open on March 3. Continue reading

Stout Burgers

California burger chain to start grilling in old La Bodega space

When Chad and Lauren Coulter last year bought the properties at 1606 and 1604 Bardstown Rd. when Maggie and Miguel de la Torres retired from their restaurant business, they opened the popular Louvino in the space at 1606. After some months of searching for a tenant for the space next door that the de la Torres had operated as La Bodega Tapas Bar, they have finally leased it to Los Angeles-based Stout Burgers & Beers. Continue reading


Chef Q&A: The Oakroom’s Patrick Roney

Patrick Roney spent 10 years working as a private chef on yachts. He moved to Louisville two and a half years ago with one goal in mind – to work at the Oakroom, Louisville’s only AAA Five Diamond restaurant. But even Roney thought it would take more than a few months to land at the restaurant in the Seelbach Hilton Louisville.

“My wife’s family is from the area and we’ve eaten our way through most of the restaurants in Louisville,” Roney explains. “I always admired the Oakroom. I worked at Avalon for about four months when I heard that the Oakroom needed a Chef De Cuisine. Even I am amazed at how quickly it happened.”

Roney talked to Food & Dining only days after the Oakroom was recertified. Each year AAA reviews nearly 30,000 restaurants, but just 0.2 percent make the Five Diamond list. Roney was understandably happy that the Oakroom made the cut again. Continue reading

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