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May 30 marks a decade of Fest of Ales

Keg Liquors Fest of Ale surely has to be one of the more enjoyable fund-raisers associated with the Crusade for Children, marking its tenth year Saturday, May 30, 5-7 p.m. at St. Anthony’s of Padua, 320 North Sherwood Ave. in Clarksville, Ind.

All 1500 available tickets usually sell out, showing an enthusiastic following in Southern Indiana for the Crusade and for the support of craft beer in Indiana.  More than 100 craft beers will be available for sampling, and the Men’s Group of St. Anthony’s will provide food, with their proceeds going to support scholarships for local students. Continue reading


Celebrate Memorial Day weekend with Rumpfest

A summer of music, beer and food festivals starts Sunday, May 24 with the RumpFest coming to the Highlands. Highland Avenue from the alley to Baxter Ave. will close at 10 a.m. for setup and RumpFest will be open to the public by 1 or 2 p.m., thanks to Griffin Paulin, Executive Chef and co-owner of Rumplings, and James Morris, of the nearby apparel store Sole Foundation. Continue reading


LouVino owners think big for second location in Middletown

When Chad and Lauren Coulter thought of expanding their business, they were leery of taking over and adapting another existing space after coping with renovations–and the ensuing headaches–that turned the former de la Torres restaurant at 1606 Bardstown Rd. into their popular wine flight and small plate restaurant LouVino. Finding favorable lease terms was another factor in their decision to build their own structure to house a second LouVino concept, at 11400 Main St. in Middletown.

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What’s going on in Louisville Restaurant Scene? Here’s our Quarterly ‘Openings & Closings’ recap.

[Originally published in F&D Summer 15 issue]

It has been a vibrant and verdant spring around the area, and a fertile season for restaurants as well. This past quarter saw the emergence of 29 new restaurants, and the closing of only 16, almost twice as many openings as closings. For the restaurants biz, that certainly is a good start to the year.

Last issue we reported on the opening of several new high-end restaurants–Ward 426, 8UP, Mesh. Of the two dozen plus new businesses we have to list here only Continue reading


Decca ‘Beats & Eats’ series kicks off with Southeast Asian bites and music

The Cellar Lounge at Decca (812 E. Market Street) is the place to be May 21 when the restaurant launches its Beats & Eats series. Beats & Eats nights are pop-up events featuring chef Annie Pettry’s interpretations of international street foods combined with music from that part of the world.

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Bourbon fantasy camp–adults only.

The second annual Kentucky Bourbon Affair–dubbed a fantasy camp for bourbon lovers–will be held Wednesday through Sunday, June 3-7, and will include a huge roster of events, from barrel selections at distilleries to a day of fishing with Jim Beam Master Distiller Fred Noe at his father’s favorite fishing hole (which includes a fish fry), to bourbon cooking classes to concerts and crab boils.

Nine distilleries–Bulleit, Four Roses, Heaven Hill, Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, Michter’s, Town Branch, Wild Turkey and Woodford Reserve–will participate in the event, opening their production facilities to tours, classes and other events. Continue reading


Ed Lee’s “Mind of a Chef” nominated for Emmy, and a summer TV special in the works

Chef Edward Lee of 610 Magnolia and Milkwood is having a memorable year after stepping into the TV world. The PBS series “Mind of a Chef” season three, which featured Lee and Sweden’s Magnus Nilsson, received five nominations for the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Entertainment Awards. The show was recognized in the Outstanding Culinary Program and Outstanding Culinary Host categories, and in three technical categories.

Although Ina Garten won the program award, Mind of a Chef won for all thre technical categories: Outstanding Main Title and Graphic Design,Outstanding Single Camera Photography, and Outstanding Single Camera Editing. Continue reading


It’s official: The old Tumbleweed will open as a Mexican restaurant

Signing a lease makes it official in the minds of lawyers. Only when the first burrito is served will it be official in the minds of local diners, but all is set for the Falls City Hospitality Group, the guys behind Doc Crow’s and Union Common in Nashville, are all set to reopen the River Road riverfront location that until recently was a Tumbleweed. Continue reading


Big Four Burgers resuscitates the old South Side Inn

Many lunch time diners on both sides of the river recall with fondness the funky authenticity of the old South Side Inn cafeteria, 114 E. Main St, New Albany, which had a 50-year-plus run until it finally closed in 2008. Now, local restaurant entrepreneur Matt McMahan has signed a lease on the property, and is rehabbing the structure to house the area’s second Big Four Burgers + Beer store. Continue reading

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