Nancy Shepherd, doyenne of Uptown Cafe & Cafe Metro, dies

Renowned local restaurateur Nancy Shepherd, who opened Café Metro in 1980 and the Uptown Café in 1985, died June 22 at the age of 69. Wheelchair-bound for many years, Shepherd continued to preside over her restaurants, greeting her customers and hobnobbing with anyone who sat down with her at the bar. In the wake of the economic upsets of 2008, Shepherd closed Café Metro in 2009, but she continued her reign at the Uptown, now owned by her daughter Kelley Ledford. Continue reading Nancy Shepherd, doyenne of Uptown Cafe & Cafe Metro, dies

Ballotin Chocolate Whiskey

People who know me won’t be surprised by the analogy that came to mind as I sat down to sample Ballotin Chocolate Whiskey, a new product from a veteran of the local distilling industry. What jumped into my head was the rabbit-duck illusion, an ambiguous 19th-century German drawing depicting a rabbit that, if you look again, looks like a duck, or a duck, if you blink, that resembles a rabbit. Which creature is it? Continue reading Ballotin Chocolate Whiskey

Sam’s at the Montrose closes in Clarksville

Southern Indiana restaurateur Sam Anderson has closed one of his businesses, Sam’s at the Montrose, and sold the historic building at 318 W. Lewis and Clark Pkwy., Clarksville. The new owner, David Lawrence, will begin to renovate the building to turn it into a craft brewery and restaurant to be called Rails Craft Brew & Eatery.

As reported by WDRB, Anderson was approached recently by Lawrence, who expressed interest in the property. Sales negotiations went quickly, and renovations will begin soon, with a projected opening of Rails by the middle of July. Continue reading Sam’s at the Montrose closes in Clarksville

Proof collaborative dinner to feature 21c Bentonville chef

As the 21C Hotel brand continues to grow, so do the range and scope of the restaurants associated with the hotels. A series of dinners created by Proof  Executive Chef Mike Wajda and chefs from the other 21C restaurants will bring Chef Matthew McClure of The Hive at 21c Bentonville to town Thursday, June 30. Continue reading Proof collaborative dinner to feature 21c Bentonville chef

Copper & Kings gets shout-out from beverage industry magazine

“Beverage World,” an industry magazine that focuses on the global beverage market with coverage of  innovative producers, distributors and marketers, has listed Louisville’s Copper & Kings American Brandy Co. as one of 10 up-and-coming drinks breaking from the pack, according to a press release. Continue reading Copper & Kings gets shout-out from beverage industry magazine

Move fast to catch the flick – and dinner – at Seviche

The Dinner And Movie Series at Seviche, 1538 Bardstown Rd., continues tonight and tomorrow, Monday and Tuesday, June 20 and 21 with a showing of “Bottle Shock,“ which tells the true story of the events leading up to the famous Paris Tastings of 1976, when Napa wines were judged better than famous French wines in a blind tasting. The event gave California wines the cachet to be regarded as among the great wines of the world. Continue reading Move fast to catch the flick – and dinner – at Seviche

River House Restaurant and Raw Bar — A dream deferred

We live in a microwave world where most people expect to get what they want immediately. But Chef John Varanese is proof that a little delayed gratification can be just as sweet. Varanese fell in love 15 years ago, not with a person but with a location. It took 15 years for him to get what he wanted, but in March the River House Restaurant and Raw Bar opened on the very spot that Varanese had coveted. That story, from love at first sight to grand opening, had enough twists and turns to fill a romance novel. Continue reading River House Restaurant and Raw Bar — A dream deferred

Wiltshire, Varanese, Seviche offer cool special dinners

Special  dinners are planned at three top restaurants, Wiltshire on Market, Varanese & Seviche planned for the coming week or so, and there is still time to get in on the very fairly priced fun. Wiltshire will highlight Spanish wines from Raventós i Blanc (a wine estate founded in 1497, five years after Columbus sailed); Varanese will inaugurate a new tradition of a Pork and Pinot dinner, and Seviche has invited nine of its former chefs who have gone on to head other restaurants to return and collaborate on an “alumni” dinner. Continue reading Wiltshire, Varanese, Seviche offer cool special dinners

Edward Lee steps up in response to Orlando shootings

Chef/restaurateur Edward Lee announced on his Facebook page that he plans to donate all the profits from his restaurants Milkwood and 610 Magnolia during the next 49 days to Louisville Youth Group, a nonprofit that serves LGBT youth ages 14 through 20 in Louisville and Southern Indiana.  Continue reading Edward Lee steps up in response to Orlando shootings

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