Not really a review, just a personal note

My wife and I had the pleasure of wandering up the street where we live to Louvino, 1060 Bardstown Rd., last Tuesday, to check out the new neighborhood joint on its opening night. We were plenty pleased with what we experienced.

We had enjoyed Maggie and Miguel de la Torres and their Spanish restaurant, and their adjoining tapas place, La Bodega, and, while certainly understanding, regretted their decision to retire after a solid 25-year run. Continue reading Not really a review, just a personal note

Ramsi Kamar to be feted as Food Hero

Ramsi Kamar, who is owner, along with his wife, of Ramsi Cafe on the World, Bardstown Rd., is one of three farmers to be honored as Local Food Heroes of 2013 at a Farm to Table dinner Aug. 18 at Ramsi’s restaurant.

Kamar and his wife own a farm on the Jefferson-Shelby County line where they grow much of the produce they use int heir restaurant.  Kamar has been working with the UK Agriculture Department to devise more economical and ecologically sound ways to abate weeds, keep crops watered, and encourage longer growing seasons. Continue reading Ramsi Kamar to be feted as Food Hero

Puccini’s Smiling Teeth closes only Louisville store

A 7-year run for the fast casual Italian restaurant Puccini’s Smiling Teeth has come to an end as the home office of the chain closed its Shelbyville Road Plaza location at 4600 Shelbyville Road.

The Indianapolis-based Italian restaurant chain served pastas, salads and pizza, including one with a gluten-free crust. Continue reading Puccini’s Smiling Teeth closes only Louisville store

A noble tradition continues: Winston’s annual tomato dinner

Tomatoes garden grown, warm from the vine, waiting on the kitchen windowsill for dinner, is the quintessential image of summer that I take from my childhood. That must be why I look forward to the announcement of Winston’s tomato dinner every August.

Diners can indulge in a four-course tomato extravaganza Friday or Saturday, Aug. 8 or 9, 6:30 p.m. at Winston’s Restaurant, on the Sullivan University campus,. 3101 Bardstown Rd. Wines chosen to complement the flavors of each dish will be available for an extra charge. Continue reading A noble tradition continues: Winston’s annual tomato dinner

BBQ the focus of Limestone’s July menu special

Each month during the summer, Limestone, 10001 Forest Green Blvd., adds a seasonally-themed special three-course prix-fixe menu option, available for dinner on Thursday, Friday or Saturday.

July’s special will be fresh tomato gazpacho with a garlic crouton and sour cream, BBQ baby back ribs with cole slaw and roasted corn on the cob, and grilled fresh pineapple on butter rum sponge cake for dessert.

The special menu will be $18.95.  Call (502) 426-7477.

Cena to replace The Place Downstairs

New brooms sweep clean, they say, and newly appointed executive chef at The Place Downstairs Allan Rosenberg has swept away owner Fernando Martinez’s original fine dining concept, and with Martinez’s blessing will inaugurate the space below Mussel and Burger Bar later this summer as Cena, an Italian concept.

“Cena”, which means dinner in Italian, will be a slightly more casual Italian restaurant. Rosenberg’s experience has been largely with Italian food, and he and his staff are already working on the new menu, which is likely to have shareable sized portions. Continue reading Cena to replace The Place Downstairs

Brasserie Provence – Traditional southern French brasserie

When he was just a 16-year-old serving tourists on the beach in his home city of Cannes, Guy Genoud knew that one day, he would open his own restaurant.

He could envision every detail: It would be a warm and welcoming place where the service was professional but not stuffy, with a large menu of good food at affordable prices. Of course, he never imagined that it would be located in a strip shopping center in Louisville, Kentucky. But as the French say, “C’est la vie.” Continue reading Brasserie Provence – Traditional southern French brasserie

French Wine Tasting at Bristol–Jeffersonville

Thursday, July 17,  from 6:30-7:30 p.m., Bristol Bar & Grille’s Scott Harper, Master Sommelier, and GM of the Jeffersonville, Ind., restaurant, 700 W. Riverside Dr., will lead a tasting of French wines. This will be a “walk-around” tasting, a sampling of five wines that Harper has chosen for the expression of their characteristic grape varieties, and their value.

That evening, the Bristol Jeffersonville menu will offer a special menu of French foods and wines for those wishing to stay, dine, and continue their immersion in French wines. Continue reading French Wine Tasting at Bristol–Jeffersonville

Shariat and Mesh part ways; unclear future for both

Noted Louisville restaurateur, Anoosh Shariat, who, was slated to be executive chef at Mesh when it opened in the fall in the site of the old Azalea (and older La Paloma. And old, old site of Bauer’s) on Brownsboro Rd., has now left the Cunningham Restaurant Group, where he had been training to take the helm of the new restaurant.

For the past several months, Shariat has worked in restaurants owned by Mesh’s Indianapolis-based parent company in preparation for his role as executive chef at Mesh. Continue reading Shariat and Mesh part ways; unclear future for both

“Orphan whiskey”: Should you jump on the latest booze bandwagon?

I admit it:  I am a sucker for almost any wine labeled “Old Vine.” Grapes from old vines have to be better, don’t they? And the same goes for whiskey, no?  If it’s been in the barrel for 20 years or more, it’s got to be dynamite, for sure.

Well, the answer won’t be much of a spoiler:  No, not necessarily, and Maybe, but probably not. Continue reading “Orphan whiskey”: Should you jump on the latest booze bandwagon?