Support New Albany arts by eating BBQ and drinking beer

Tonight, Friday, Aug. 26, the sixth-annual Bourbon, Beer & BBQ festival, hosted by the Arts Council of Southern Indiana (ASCI), will take place at New Albany’s Pepin Mansion. Proceeds will support New Albany arts through the Pat Harrison Arts Center Gallery, where the ACSI is located.

The BBQ will be provided by Shawn’s Southern BBQ, Capriole Cheese and Southern Indiana Zaxby’s locations will provide the appetizers and desserts will be from Smiles Cakes, Cafe 157 and Aladdin’s Cafe. Continue reading Support New Albany arts by eating BBQ and drinking beer

Hawaiian Hog BBQ dinner at 610 Magnolia

Saturday, Aug. 27 at 6:30 p.m. the folks at 610 Magnolia, 610 W. Magnolia Ave., will barbecue a whole hog in the La Caja oven, the trendy device for cooking whole animals. The dinner will have a Hawaiian theme, appropriate for an end-of-summer party.

The succulent roasted pig will be served with hamachi poke salad, grilled pineapple salsa and halo-halo style dessert, a popular Filipino dessert that mixes shaved ice and evaporated milk with things like boiled sweet beans, coconut, sago, agar jelly and fruits. Tropical summer drinks will be served too.

The dinner will be family style and casual, served in The Wine Studio across the street from the restaurant.

The family style BBQ dinner will be $45. Beverages are additional.

Restaurant reviewer joins restaurant group

Nancy Miller, the restaurant reviewer and Cook’s Corner compiler for the Louisville Courier-Journal, whose reviews run in the Velocity section on Thursdays, will leave her reviewer’s position to become director of training and restaurant development for Belle Noble Entertainment Group LLC, which owns Le Moo, Village Anchor and PICNIC. Continue reading Restaurant reviewer joins restaurant group

Logan’s Roadhouse on Shelbyville Rd. closes

As part of a trend noted in the media recently of mid-range restaurant chain’s difficulties in recent months, the Logan’s Roadhouse restaurant at 5005 Shelbyville Road at Ten Pin Lane in St. Matthews has closed abruptly. The Nashville-based restaurant chain has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, and as a result are closing up to twenty of its 250 outlets nationwide.

Three other Louisville-area Logan’s outlets remain open – at 5229 Dixie Highway, on Alliant Avenue off Blankenbaker Parkway, and on Lewis & Clark Parkway in Clarksville, Ind.

The bankruptcy plan is designed to try to restructure the company’s finances and better allocate the capital is has. Closing the least profitable stores is part of that plan. Like many similar chains with design themes and middle-of-the-road menus, Logan’s Roadhouse has experienced reduced customer traffic and depressed sales.

Rodney Strong wine dinner at Varanese

The monthly wine dinner at Varanese, 2106 Frankfort Ave. will be tomorrow, Tuesday, Aug. 23 at 6:30 p.m., and feature wines from the Rodney Strong Vineyards. Those who have been to previous such dinners know that the special menu, featuring dishes devised for the dinner to pair with the featured wines, is sure to be a treat. Continue reading Rodney Strong wine dinner at Varanese

Along the Urban Bourbon Trail— Proof on Main

Since it first opened in 2006, the 21C Museum Hotel Louisville has twice been named the Top Hotel in the U.S. by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine. That is because it is more than a place to eat and sleep – it is a bona fide cultural institution. The 21C broadens public access to contemporary art with its rotating collection of paintings, sculptures, photos and video installations. That same creative spirit extends to Proof on Main, the hotel’s celebrated restaurant. This is especially apparent in the way the bartenders and cooks at Proof on Main use Kentucky’s most popular export: Bourbon. Continue reading Along the Urban Bourbon Trail— Proof on Main

2 donut purveyors are coming to town

For some, the allure of a donut is impossible to resist. At least that is what the Hi-Five Doughnut truck and North Lime Donuts of Lexington hope, as they plan to open stores in Louisville this year. Hi-Five, which has been operating a food truck around town, will settle down in Butchertown at 1011 E. Main St., and North Lime Donuts will create a store in the Edison Center on the western edge of Old Louisville at Seventh and Ormsby.

Annie Harlow and Leslie Wilson, owners of “Shelby,” their affectionately-named food truck, have operated a peripatetic business as they looked for a permanent store location. Developer Andy Blieden offered a space in his Butcher Block development, which Harlow and Wilson decided was just the ticket.

The building has the large open space Harlow and Wilson wanted, as well as a large front window that will allow the public to see in. The building will need considerable renovation, and they will keep Shelby rolling in the meantime. They hope that the stable location will allow them to experiment more with creating unusual doughnuts.

Harlow and Wilson hope they can open their store at the end of this year or possibly early next year – winter is a slow season for food trucks in general, and doughnut trucks in particular.

North Lime Coffee and Donuts has developed a following in Lexington, and have been looking to open a store in Louisville as well.  According to a story in Insider Louisville, North Lime will be part of the Edison Center, the rehab of the old LG&E plant at 701 W.Ormsby into a mixed-use facility that is the new location of the offices of Louisville Metro Government, which used to be located on Barret Ave.

Renovations to this space are needed as well, and a winter opening date is also in the works for North Lime Coffee and Donuts.

Taste of South Louisville at Churchill Downs

On Saturday, Aug. 20 from 6 – 8:30 p.m. the South Louisville Community Ministries will host the 7th annual Taste of South Louisville at Churchill Downs Millionaires Row. About 20 Louisville restaurants from the popular Vietnam Kitchen and Little Jerusalem to lesser known Southside businesses such as Franco’s Restaurant and Khalil’s will be featured. Continue reading Taste of South Louisville at Churchill Downs

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