Dine Out Wednesday to Benefit Local Food/Beverage Pros Facing Hardship

Apron Inc. is a non-profit who provides limited financial aid to professionals who work in locally owned restaurants and locally run food and beverage industry-based establishments in the Louisville Metro area. You can help this non-profit provide financial relief to clients who have had an injury,  illness or other life hardship by dining out for the 6th Annual Dine-Around event on Wednesday, February 21. (Read more for a list of participating restaurants.)

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Cool Lists Louisville Showed Up On This Month

Louisville has been growing exponentially and hitting “top destination” and “top foodie” lists a lot in recent years.  Here are some cool lists some of our food community made this month:

Louisville is #9 in the top ten beer destinations at Vinepair.com . “Ten years ago, Louisville, Kentucky had no beer tourism. Today, there are 40 craft breweries in the state, with 15 craft breweries in the city of Louisville alone. Kentucky Guild of Brewers president Derek Selznick says Kentucky brewers increased production by 20 percent in 2017, and the city anticipates 12 new breweries this year.”

Art Eatables was named the Best Chocolate Shop in Kentucky by 24/7 Wall St.

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Brown Hotel’s English Grill was named the most romantic restaurant in the state by Food & Wine. (This restaurant was also named most popular in the state by People Magazine in September 2017.)

 

Ward 426 Features Jack Daniels Pairings at Five Course Meal Thursday

Ward 426, 426 Baxter Ave, is hosting a five course dinner with Jack Daniels pairings on February 22 at 6:30 p.m. with delicious offerings like bay scalloops, venison and brown butter cake.  Tickets are  $70, and reservations can be made by calling (502)-365-2505. Read more to see the menu and pairings.

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New Louisville Openings News and Rumors From Around the Web

Louisville native Megan Beaven opened her first No Baked Cookie Dough location in Nashville after moving there for school but plans to open her second location at 805 Blankenbaker Parkway sometime this spring. According to this article in the courier journal, the cookie dough is safe to eat (due to heat treated flour and lack of eggs) and comes in nine different flavors.

According to Wave 3 , Bluegrass Brewing Company is returning to Fourth St at 654 S Fourth St. sometime in late March or early April with hopes of serving the Palace and Mercury Ballroom crowds.

Business Insider is tracking a potential Joella’s Hot Chicken opening in the Highlands.

Louisville Business First gave a sneak peek at the Louisville location of Lexington born North Lime Coffee and Donuts opening  most likely in March at 1228 S. Seventh St.

And a European fashioned pub, Pints and Union, should open at 114 E. Market in New Albany sometime in April, as reported by Louisvlile Insider.

Nothing Says Love Like Fishing For Dates …or Deep Fried Twinkies

While February 14 is the day typically known for love, this year it falls on Ash Wednesday, Long John Silver’s busiest day of the year. So, the seafood chain will be turning its affections to the day after and celebrating plenty of fish in the sea by referring to February 15 as #Plentyfish Day. They will set up optional “community” tables in their dining rooms where people can mingle and meet new potential dates. Customers who state they are “going fishing” when placing their order will receive a deep fried Twinkie.

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Fifth Annual Tail Spin Ale Fest Saturday

The Fifth Annual Tailspin Ale Fest takes off at historic Bowman Field this Saturday, February 17 from 2 p.m. (for VIP, general admission at 3) to 7 p.m.  Over 75 local and national American craft breweries  will come together in the WWII era hangar at Louisville Executive Aviation with a special “Kentucky Heritage” section featuring beers brewed in the bluegrass state. Food trucks, live tunes, photo booths, pin-up girls and vintage airplanes are all part of the entertainment. General admission is $50+ Fees; VIP tickets are $75 + Fees. This relatively young beer festival has raised over $40,000 for the Dare to Care food bank and is Ranked #6 in USA Today’s 10 Best Awards for Best Beer Fest in The Country.

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Mardis Gras in Louisville

Fat Tuesday and Galentine’s Day fall on the same day this year, and I’m tempted to crack the joke that women everywhere will be quick to call it PHAT Tuesday (Pretty Hot And Tempting), but that’s a joke with a limited audience. You can read a few suggestions for Galentine’s Day here, but today we’re flashing some Fat Tuesday and other Mardis Gras celebrations for your wild abandon.

Copper and Kings, 1121 E Washington St, 7 p.m.   FRIDAY, February 9

Mardi Gras Masquerade with proceeds to benefit St. Joseph Catholic Church – Louisville KY Save The Steeples Campaign. Classic New Orleans cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks, delicious food, live entertainment & more – all benefitting a Butchertown neighborhood cause.  $10 Entry (10 years+) includes food,  cash bar

Crescent Hill Craft House, 2636 Frankfort Ave Tuesday, February 13

There will be a few Cajun specialties on the menu including Peel and Eat Shrimp (by the 1/2 lb and lb) and Oysters on the Half Shell paired with Braxton Brewing Company beer!

All month long you can enjoy $4.50/pints and $7.25/flights of Braxton brews including:

Revamp India Pale Ale (IPA), 6.5% ABV, Haven Hefeweizen, 5.2% ABV, Dead Blow Tropical Stout brewed w/ Starter Coffee, 7.2% ABV, Braxton Labs Berliner Weisse, 4.8% ABVGraeter’s Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip Milk Stout, 7% ABV

Lou Lou Food + Drink, 108 Sears Ave, 11 to 11 p.m. (Music 6 p.m.) Tuesday, February 13

* We strongly suggest making your reservations early @ cafeloulou.com or call 502-893-7776

Food, spirits, beer, and live music (Trippin Roots.). Authentic Cajun Menu All Day including: Crawfish Etoufee, Red Beans and Rice, Jambalaya, Seafood Gumbo, Shrimp Po Boy, Shrimp and Grits, Muffuletta And Chef Jon Pauly’s surprise Cajun Dishes with cocktails like hurricanes, Punch, Paradise, Bloody Sundays, Abita Beer

Magnolia Bar, 1398 S 2nd St, 9 p.m.Tuesday, February 13

Featuring drink specials, beads, music and Roy’s Famous Crawfish Boil.

Red Herring, 1757 Frankfort Ave – 8 p.m. Tuesday, February 2-13

Live jazz and traditional zydeco music featuring Kiana & the Sun Kings. Chef Jacob Coronado’s themed menu includes chicken jambalaya, shrimp and grits, tasso ham gumbo and king cake. In addition, drink specials for French Quarter favorites like Erin Rose’s frozen Irish Coffee, Fernet Ramos Gin Fizz, fish bowl Hurricanes for three, King for the Day and Sazerac will be offered. Guests who find a baby in their king cake slice will win a Red Herring gift card. The Mardi Gras specials will also be available for lunch starting at 11 a.m.

 

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