Anthony Lamas, Bobby Benjamin to face off in farmers market chef competition

To mark the opening of the St. Matthews farmers market at Rainbow Blossom Natural Food Store, 3738 Lexington Rd, Sunday June 1, Louisville chefs Bobby Benjamin of La Coop: Bistro a Vins and Anthony Lamas of Seviche will compete in an Iron Chef-type competition at 1 p.m.

They will be given a main ingredient, which they will then supplement with other fresh, locally sourced ingredients purchased from the farmers market to create a dish on the fly. They will be judged based on taste, originality, healthiness and the ability of people to make the dishes at home. (That last requirement is always included in these contests, and is usually laughable.) Continue reading Anthony Lamas, Bobby Benjamin to face off in farmers market chef competition

New restaurant news, East End and NuLu

Chop Shop Salads,a fast-casual restaurant that sells salads and wraps, is poised to open its third location in town.

The new 1,500-square-foot store is set to open in early June at 203 N. Hurstbourne Parkway, joining the other Chop Shop locations downtown at 436 W. Market St. and in St. Matthews at 126 Breckinridge Lane.  Continue reading New restaurant news, East End and NuLu

Fiesta celebrates Senor Iguana’s renovations

After six months of work installing new tables, chairs and booths, and knocking out a wall to reconfigure seating, Señor Iguanas‘ flagship location in Clarksville is ready to celebrate.

The restaurant will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11:30 a.m. Friday, May 30, at the Clarksville location, 1415 Broadway St.and will have music, food and drink specials and giveaways May 29 through June 1. Continue reading Fiesta celebrates Senor Iguana’s renovations

Once you’ve recovered from celebrating Memorial Day, you can revive by celebrating National Brisket Day

That would be Wednesday, May 28, and to mark this auspicious event, the Bristol Bar & Grille Downtown, 614 W. Main St., will offer a special brisket dinner from 6-9:00 p.m. Continue reading Once you’ve recovered from celebrating Memorial Day, you can revive by celebrating National Brisket Day

Asian Bento Express opens in Dupont Circle

Asian Bento Express has recently opened at 4000 Dutchmans Lane, next to the Senor Iguanas.

The restaurant will serve Chinese, Japanese and Thai dishes, and without the MSG, pigments and excessive oiliness found in many quick Asian eateries.  The emphasis will be on  salad, green vegetables and healthy recipes. The current configuration of the restaurant makes for mostly take-out eating.

Eat your Bourbon with Chef Fernando Martinez

The interest in going beyond simply sipping bourbon continues to grow, and opportunities to learn more about using bourbon as a culinary ingredient proliferate.

Saturday, May 31, at 11 a.m., Bourbon Barrel Foods, 1201 Story Ave. (in the Butchertown Market complex) will host Chef Fernando Martinez, owner, chef, and “mastermind” behind Guca-Mole, Mussel&Burger Bar, The Place Downstairs, El Taco Luchador, Havana Rumba, and Mojito’s Tapas, in teaching his favorite recipes that use bourbon. Continue reading Eat your Bourbon with Chef Fernando Martinez

Lucky’s opens grocery store on Hurstbourne

Lucky’s Market, the newest outpost of a growing Boulder, Colorado-based “natural foods” chain, has opened in the Forum Center on North Hustbourne Pkwy.

The new store is the sixth one in the chain, with plans to expand to other markets in the Midwest and Rocky Mountains. Continue reading Lucky’s opens grocery store on Hurstbourne

Boombozz gets major shout-out from Pizza Today

Restaurant industry magazine Pizza Today ran a major feature in its May 2014 issue about Louisville pizza and craft beer magnate Tony Palombino, written by the magazine’s managing editor.

The story begins by noting the staying power of Palombino in a cut-throat business, with the most recent sales figures of over $8 million, and mentioning that his business is on the “brink of regional expansion.” Continue reading Boombozz gets major shout-out from Pizza Today