Blue Dog Bakery offshoot Red Hog returning to Crescent Hill

The entrepreneurial spirit of Louisville’s restaurateurs seems unquenchable. Among the restaurant owners who have carved out a strong niche in the market, but look to plow new ground are Kit Garrett and Bobby Hancock, co-owners of Blue Dog Bakery and Cafe, 2868 Frankfort Ave., who are planning to resurrect in full an idea they tried out temporarily a few years ago. Yes, Red Hog is returning. Continue reading


Porcini wine dinner to feature winemaker Peter Franus

Thursday, March 5, at 6:30 p.m., Porcini, 2730 Frankfort Ave, will offer a special dinner pairing chef John Plymale’s Italian dishes with wines made by Peter Franus from grapes he selects from vineyards throughout Napa Valley, California. Franus will be the dinner guest, speaking about his winemaking philosophy and discussing his pairings for the meal.
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Traditional Mexican breakfasts come to Crescent Hill

The rise of breakfast-centric restaurants is an interesting and worthy addition to the dining scene locally. This trend gets a new actor by mid-march with Con Huevos opening in the tiny storefront formerly occupied by Sari Sari at 2339 Frankfort Ave. You will be able to get a lot of Mexican breakfast items, con huevos (with eggs) or without, and you don’t even have to be amused by the cheeky punning name. Continue reading


Bobby Benjamin, Dustin Staggers plan two new restaurant concepts

Two of Louisville restaurant world’s young stars have bold new plans in the works. Bobby Benjamin and his partners are converting the Butchertown space that most recently was the Blind Pig into Butchertown Grocery, a “neighborhood fine casual dining restaurant and bar” by this fall. Dustin Staggers, who already this year has opened Roux and Rumplings, plans to open America. The Diner. at 814 Cherokee Rd. by early summer. (The space across from Cave Hill was once a laundromat.) Continue reading


8UP: Starting Out On Top

Atlanta-based Concentrics Restaurants’ gorgeous rooftop concept signals national interest in Louisville

Located atop the Hilton Garden Inn at Chestnut and Fourth streets, the striking dining spaces of 8Up offer several ways to enjoy a brand-new view of the city, from the intimate fine dining room to the vibrant lounge to the breathtaking open patio — all with maximum enjoyment in mind. As developing partner Todd Rushing says: “We do fun well.”

As a big-city restaurateur looking for new opportunities, Todd Rushing knew from research that Louisville had the essential ingredients for success: A burgeoning food culture. Talented chefs. Legendary traditions. Continue reading


Chefs for Hope dinner to benefit Salvation Army culinary program

Saturday, Feb. 28, at 6:30 p.m. at Big Spring Country Club, 5901 Dutchmans Ln., five top chefs from around the city will collaborate with Salvation Army culinary students to prepare a dinner to raise money to support the training program that brings discipline to men and women who have gone off the tracks and succumbed to drink and drugs.

This year’s chefs who will work together to instruct the volunteer students in how to plan, create and serve the six-course meal include Geoffrey Heyde of Village Anchor Pub & Roost, Oscar Maldonado of Wiltshire on Market, Anoosh Shariat, of Anoosh Bistro, Daniel Stage from Louisville Country Club and Dean Corbett owner of Equus, Jack’s Lounge and Corbett’s. Continue reading


Prepare your senses for 17th annual Gravity Head Festival

Those who admire beer with big body, assertive flavor and high levels of alcohol will have lots to sample at New Albanian Brewing company’s annual Gravity Head event, beginning at 7 a.m. Friday, Feb. 27, with the tapping of the first group of kegs, which will be served with breakfast pizza and donuts at New Albanian, 3312 Plaza Drive, just off Grant Line Road in New Albany.

Through the end of March, themed events will continue, along with the tapping of more kegs (62 beers in all), ending with The Session Head, which involves the tapping of lower-gravity “session” beers. Continue reading


Fork + Bottle dinners to start at Proof on Main

It is always fun to see what new ideas restaurants come up with to give new tweaks to the always-reliable wine dinner. Starting Thursday, Feb. 26 at 6:30 p.m., Proof on Main, 702 W. Main St., will hold the first of three monthly Fork+Bottle dinners, special mid-week events that challenge bartenders to devise cocktails or beer pairings that match a three-course dinner created by the Proof kitchen. Continue reading

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