Why Bison?

From ancient forests and savannahs of Kentucky comes a native food that helps define our local cuisine as naturally delicious.

There was a blip on the culinary radar a decade or so ago, when chefs became enamored of exotic meats, particularly ostrich, which was purported to be lean and crammed with protein. It tasted OK, but it was somewhat removed from its terroir, as it were. Even if the birds were raised in Southern Indiana, it didn’t feel like they belonged on our menus. Continue reading Why Bison?

Set up your Home Bar in time for Derby Parties.

Many of us host parties during Derby Season and from the entertaining front, the home bar is the center of attention.

Here is a guide to help you get that home bar up and running.

For beginning entertainers, the bar is a place to build upon as you start to entertain more often. Don’t worry about getting everything all at once. Build your tools, spirits and glass collection a little at a time. Continue reading Set up your Home Bar in time for Derby Parties.

Cheers! Falls City brewing opens tasting room Saturday

File this one under…  FINALLY!

David Easterling has talked about it for a long time, but come Saturday at noon, the owner of Falls City Beer will open his new tasting room at 545 E. Barrett Ave.

It is not a bar where you can expect to get beer by the glass. According to Easterling, it is a place designed as a stop to familiarize yourself with new Falls City products and get your growlers filled. Continue reading Cheers! Falls City brewing opens tasting room Saturday

Beat the post-Downs rush and dine early Varanese

As Churchill Downs and NBC continue to push back the start times of the Kentucky Oaks and the Kentucky Derby, it slices into the dinner hour and costs restaurateurs significant sales. Talk that the Derby will one day be run under the lights only makes things worse.

(Geez, the idea that so many drunks in the infield will have that much more time to party is a frightening notion all on its own.) Continue reading Beat the post-Downs rush and dine early Varanese

Sidebar at Whiskey Row opening pushed back until May

Whether you’re an eager customer or a restaurant owner, there are few things more aggravating than a delayed restaurant opening. So common are these events that the old saying in the restaurant industry is, “Every opening is just one government inspection away,” though the government isn’t always to blame.

In the case of restaurants like Sidebar on Whiskey Row, a new operation going into a very old building, it’s commonly a construction issue. The building is more than 150 years old, and according operating partner Rich Ruth, putting modern toys into an ancient chest is causing a few delays. Continue reading Sidebar at Whiskey Row opening pushed back until May

Majid’s hosting the ‘Bloodhorse’ Derby winner dinner April 25

Before anyone goes there, know that no horses were harmed in the creation of this menu.

Where do you think we are? Italy? Japan?

The Bloodhorse dinnner is a rather clever celebration of one of Kentucky’s greatest living assets — big, beautiful, lovely and badass thoroughbreds — to be held at Majid’s St. Matthews on April 25 at 7 p.m. Plus, if you’re not familiar with “Bloodhorse,” it’s a leading publication in the equine industry. Continue reading Majid’s hosting the ‘Bloodhorse’ Derby winner dinner April 25

Big honor: Louisville chosen to host James Beard Foundation Boot Camp

We know, the headline ain’t so sexy, but we’re sticking with the facts and hoping you read further—because this event is significant for li’l ol’ Louisville.

Our fair city has been chosen to host the second-annual James Beard Foundation‘s Chefs Boot Camp for Policy Change.

Since those outside the culinary world might not realize why this is important, allow us to explain why it is. Continue reading Big honor: Louisville chosen to host James Beard Foundation Boot Camp

A cure for your Thunder hunger-over: Food Truck Sunday on Frankfort Avenue

The Frankfort Avenue Business Association (FABA) is hosting its first Food Truck Sunday on Sunday, April 21, the morning after Thunder Over Louisville.

The event will be held on the lawn of the St. Joseph Children’s Home (2823 Frankfort Ave.), from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and feature food trucks include Grind Gourmet Burger Truck, Sweet ‘N’ Savory, French Indo-Canada and the Homemade Ice Cream and Pie Kitchen. Continue reading A cure for your Thunder hunger-over: Food Truck Sunday on Frankfort Avenue