Mesh moves forward with naming of Anoosh Shariat as chef

It’s still just a bare razed patch on Brownsboro Rd. near Chenoweth, but the plans are that by fall of 2014, the spot that once housed Bauer’s Restaurant, then La Paloma, and then Azalea, will be Mesh, a 330-seat restaurant to be run by Cunningham Restaurant Group of Indianapolis, which has 6 restaurant concepts in Indy, Cincinnati and Lexington, a total of 14 properties altogether.

Recently, CRG named Anoosh Shariat as executive chef of the new restaurant.  Widely known in Louisville as the owner of the now-defunct Sharit’s and Browning’s, Shariat has been working as a restaurant industry consultant, and looking for ways to get back into the Louisville food scene, as reported by Insider Louisville. Continue reading Mesh moves forward with naming of Anoosh Shariat as chef

Five Whiskies Worth Stealing

The mystery of what happened to all that Pappy Van Winkle whiskey–95 bottles of 20-year-old Pappy Van Winkle, and nine bottles of 13-year-old rye reserve–, stolen from Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort last October remains unsolved, despite the $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the thieves.

Apparently that much-ballyhooed crime was the inspiration for a rare tasting event  Tuesday, April 8, 7-9 p.m. at Bourbons Bistro, 2255 Frankfort Ave.  Tom Fischer, founder of, the first and only online TV show and content site dedicated to bourbon, will join with Bourbons Bistro owner Jason Brauner to lead a tasting of five rare, limited release and small batch bourbon and rye whiskies. Continue reading Five Whiskies Worth Stealing

Are you ready to try barley wine?

Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co., Maker of Kentucky Bourbon Barrel ale, stout and pumpkin ale, is set to release a new seasonal brew, . Since it is made from grain, and not fruit, barley wine is really an ale, but it shares wine’s relatively high alcohol content–8 to 12 %.

The American-style Barley Wine is aged for six weeks in freshly decanted Kentucky Bourbon barrels. This style of aging provides a rich range of flavor elements–a malty backbone,  a citrusy hoppiness, and vanilla and caramel notes. Continue reading Are you ready to try barley wine?

de la Torres sold; Louvino wine bar to take over space

The 25-year run of Miguel and Maggie de la Torres will end April 11, when they will turn over the keys to their eponymous Spanish restaurant (and adjoining tapas bar, La Bodega) to the owners Chad and Lauren Coulter.

The couple now operate two Uptown Art  franchises, on Bardstown Rd. and in downtown New Albany. There, customers take art lessons while they sip wine. Chad Coulter said the success of both businesses opened their eyes to an underserved niche. Continue reading de la Torres sold; Louvino wine bar to take over space

It’s starting to look a lot like Derby

Perhaps the cold weather will have retarded the blossoming of the  dogwoods enough so that that mystical concurrence, Derby and dogwoods in bloom, might actually happen this year.

As we wait to see, Derby Festival events are getting under way.  On Monday, April 7 at 5:30 p.m., Varanese, 2106 Frankfort Ave., will host the 3rd annual Tale of the Horse cocktail competition. Continue reading It’s starting to look a lot like Derby

Gaze into your crystal (basket)ball and win pizzas for a year

We all know Friday will be crazy throughout the state.  UK and U of L go head to head in the NCAA basketball tournament; the winner advancing to the Elite 8.  To celebrate the craziness, Boombozz Pizza and Taphouse  is offering a prize of a year’s worth of free pizzas to anyone who correctly predicts the score of the game.

To enter the contest fans go to The deadline to enter is March 28, 2014 9 p.m. Continue reading Gaze into your crystal (basket)ball and win pizzas for a year

It’s lobster season at Eddie Merlot’s

Eddie Merlot’s (455 South Fourth Street, Suite 102) has from the start been known for its seafood as well as its steaks.  Now through April 18,  the handsome downtown eatery has added several lobster specials to the menu, at attractive price points. 

Executive Chef Anthony Lusiak has concocted several dishes to highlight the Lobster Madness menu.  You can start the meal with a Lobster Bisque ($8) , choose two pasta and lobster dishes–Lobster with Pappardelle Pasta ($26) in a cream sauce, or individual servings of the Eddie Merlot’s signature Lobster Macaroni & Cheese ($12). Continue reading It’s lobster season at Eddie Merlot’s

A profile of Fernando Martinez — whose The Place Downstairs opens this week

Fernando Martinez has the golden touch with restaurants. Here’s why 2014 will be his biggest year yet.

It’s December 2013, and Fernando Martinez is weeks away from opening two new restaurants: a taqueria in the Highlands and a fine-dining establishment in Jeffersontown. That’s on top of his two hugely popular East End dining spots, Guaca Mole and Mussel & Burger Bar, which opened in 2012 and 2013, respectively. It’s been a lively couple of years. Continue reading A profile of Fernando Martinez — whose The Place Downstairs opens this week

Local “Celebrity Chef” to Cook for Winston’s Fundraiser

Instead of looking to out-of-town chefs, as they sometimes have in the past for their “celebrity chef” fundraising dinner, Winston’s Restaurant has asked Josh Bettis, executive chef of the Brown Hotel to present a five-course dining event on April 17.

Ticket sales for the dinner will be donated to the Sullivan University Foundation, to be used for scholarships for culinary students. Continue reading Local “Celebrity Chef” to Cook for Winston’s Fundraiser