Seasonal Summer Beer! Jeffersontown Summer Craft Beer Fest Returns July 7.

Louisville’s craft beer scene continues to grow, and that’s good news for craft beer fest fans in search of seasonal summer beers. The Jeffersontown Summer Craft Beer Fest is returning for its fourth year from 4 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 7 to the Jeffersontown Pavilion venue at 10434 Watterson Trail. This year’s event will have double the space and more breweries, featuring more than 85 craft beers from national favorites like Terrapin Brewing and Leinenkugel’s as well as a whole corner of Kentucky only breweries and ciders, wines and local vendors. Tickets are $35 in advance and $45 at the gate. (if not sold out). They can be purchased in advanced at Cox’s Smokers Outlet and Spirit Shoppes, The Chamber Jeffersontown or online.

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MasterChef Finalist Brandi Mudd Joins New MasterChef Summer Camp (Shares Recipe)

Last week, we reported on Louisville native Gerron Hurt being on the current season 9 of MasterChef (where home cooks compete for $250,000 and other prizes), and we shared some advice for him from Brandi Mudd — who was a finalist on season 7. Like Hurt, Mudd is a Kentucky native and was also a teacher. She’s not teaching anymore, though, because the competition changed her life – and like Hurt, she almost passed on the opportunity to compete.

“Before MasterChef, I had never dreamed of being on tv or had the confidence to do something like that,” she explained.” I was like a kid taking a pie to the county fair. So, when things escalated and they were talking about me being on camera, I told them I’d never been on camera before. They said ‘You do know this is a television show, right?’ It really hadn’t sunk in until I had been accepted to be on camera.”

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Chefs Battle Behind the Bar Monday Night at Red Herring

Red Herring Cocktail Lounge & Kitchen, 1757 Frankfort Ave, will host Bistro 1860’s Michael Crouch for a Chef Bartending Battle on Monday June 18, pulling Crouch out of the kitchen and pitting him against Red Herring Chef Jacob Coronado.

What exactly does that mean?  It means you can be the judge from 8 p.m. to midnight, putting these chefs to the cocktail test by ordering  drinks – a simple old fashioned to a more complex whiskey sour – and voting by putting a donation into the corresponding chef’s bucket. 

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Clarksville Is About To See A Storming Crab

A Clarksville, Tennessee (yes, Tennessee) boiled Cajun seafood restaurant is coming to Clarksville, Indiana – and that’s not the only coincidence. The Tennessee restaurant is on Lowes Drive, and the new Indiana restaurant opens June 27 (grand opening July 2) in the former Famous Dave’s building at 1360 Veteran’s Pky in front of Lowe’s hardware store.

Although the first Storming Crab’s restaurant in Tennessee has been open just over half a year, it’s been quite a success with “lines out the door,” according to co-owner Kevin Weng.  One review on their site from customer Billy Jones says, “This place rocks like a hurricane! Staff was very helpful in explaining the menu and respectful. The food was mind blowing! Cajun Style Dining at it’s finest!”

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Louisville Native Progressing Through MasterChef Season 9 on Fox

Gerron HurtIf you watch MasterChef on Fox (a show where home chefs compete for $250,000, their own cookbook and other honors), you might want to tune in to season nine, which premiered May 30,  to see Gerron Hurt compete — a louisville native who now splits his time between Louisville and Nashville, Tennessee. Hurt  went to Fern Creek High School before Western Kentucky University, and now he is a Nashville school teacher, whose life changed on a whim when he decided to go to the Master Chef auditions kind of last minute.

“I was watching the news in Nashville one day, and I saw that they would be doing auditions at a local hotel,” said Hurt. “I wasn’t going to go, but my fiance convinced me I needed to. She said it would be a great opportunity and that I really needed to go. So, I dropped everything and went to the auditions.”

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Rooibee Red Tea is No More

After 10 years, Louisville company Rooibee Red Tea ceased operations on June 4, 2018. The company originally began selling its tea at local Farmers Markets and was the first company to create and market a full line of organic, ready-to-drink rooibos teas in the United States. They issued a news release stating they could not find the capital they need to fund and grow the company.

“It is with a heavy heart that the Board of Directors announces the closing of Rooibee Red Tea Company,” said Chairwoman Phoebe Wood in a news release. “While the company had a loyal following of consumers, unfortunately we could not get the funding to grow the company. We thank all of our loyal fans and specifically the Louisville community for supporting us over the last decade.

Dare to Care Summer Meals for Children Locations and Times

Dare to Care has expanded their summer meals program for children by offering lunch and breakfast at dozens of new locations.  Meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Read More for full listing of Louisville and Southern Indiana locations.

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French Wine Class June 13, and Five Course Meal June 21 at Brasserie Provence

A  collection of rosés from different french regions is coming to Brasserie Provence, 150 N. Hurstbourne Pkwy, for the summer solstice on Thursday, June 21st at 6:30pm! Advanced level sommelier Julie Defriend will be there from Vintner Select for this annual 5-course rosé wine dinner, paired with Chef Patrick Gosden’s French summertime menu. The rosé wine dinner is $75 per person plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 502-883-3153.

Read More for the menu and wine class information for June 13.

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Copper & Kings New Public Bar, Alex&nder, Opens on Third Floor Tonight

Copper & Kings has been renovating their third floor event space into something beautiful for the public to enjoy, and it opens tonight. Alex&nder is the city’s only brandy bar, and it opens onto a patio with a view of the skyline (and soon – the soccer stadium.) The bar will be open from 5 to 11 p.m. tonight and then Wednesday through Sunday from 5 p.m. to midnight (although these hours might change).

The bar will offer a variety of cocktails featuring the Copper & Kings product line (absinthe, brandy, gin, Butchertown Soda), draft beers (Against the Grain, Monnik, Sun King and Modelo), wines, mocktails and charcuterie plates from Smoking Goose.

Cocktails featured with charcuterie in the image below  are the brandy Old Fashioned and the Guns and Roset. Photos of menu by Heath Plum

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EarthSave Louisville Free Vegan Cooking Class and Potluck Saturday

EarthSave Louisville will be offering their monthly free Vegan cooking class at United Crescent Hill Ministries, 150 State St, this Saturday, June 9,  from 4 to 5:30 p.m. This month’s class will have a Beatles Yellow Submarine theme. There is always a potluck dinner following the class, and the events are open to the public. Please RSVP to Nate at 502-299-9520, and let them know if this is your first time or not so as to provide orientation as needed. 

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