Chef Peng S. Looi: The Roots of Success

It is impossible to appreciate the food of Chef Peng S. Looi without knowing a little bit about Malaysia, the Southeast Asian nation that shares land and maritime borders with Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Malaysia has developed a sophisticated cuisine that incorporates components from all its neighbors with a native twist. This multi-cultural approach to cooking had a huge impact on Looi, who is part-owner and executive chef of two of Louisville’s premier restaurants — Asiatique Restaurant and August Moon Chinese Bistro. Continue reading Chef Peng S. Looi: The Roots of Success

La Gallo Rosso to reopen in Mellwood Center

La Gallo Rosso, the long-time Bardstown Rd. favorite that closed last year,  will return, with chef Annette Saco again at the helm. After losing her lease, and trying another venture, Saco is re-opening her Italian bistro at the Mellwood Art Center, 1860 Mellwood Ave. Continue reading La Gallo Rosso to reopen in Mellwood Center

“Das Meal At Science Hill” to benefit service industry workers

Wednesday, Jan.  28 starting at 5:30 p.m., Science Hill Inn, 525 Washington Street, Shelbyville, will offer a special “German meal with a Southern flair,” to benefit Apron, Inc., an organization that helps food industry workers in times of need. Science Hill chef Ellen Gill McCarty benefitted from Apron’s assistance during her recent bout of cancer treatments, and wanted to give back to the group that helped her. Continue reading “Das Meal At Science Hill” to benefit service industry workers

Dine Around for APRON to benefit service workers

Restaurant industry workers–chefs and line cooks, servers, bar tenders, dishwashers and other back-of-the-house essential workers–are notoriously less protected by worker benefits such as sick leave and health insurance. When financial hardships caused by illness or injury strike, Apron, Inc., a non -profit focused on helping restaurant workers in need, steps in. Tuesday, Jan 27 diners can help by patronizing Dine Around for Apron at any of the more than 40 Louisville-area restaurants that will donate a portion of the day’s profits to Apron. Continue reading Dine Around for APRON to benefit service workers

Modern Day Moonshine

Shop any decent liquor store and you’ll find a growing number of clear spirits that aren’t gin, vodka or rum. I’m talking moonshine, a debatably named clear liquor and tasty tribute to the turbulent times of Prohibition.

Baby Boomers hearing the word “moonshine” recall “The Beverly Hillbillies’” Granny Clampett sipping “white lightnin’” from an earthen jug labeled “XXX.” She made her “rheumatiz medicine” from an unknown recipe in an illegal still. Much the same occurs today on the Discovery Channel’s “Moonshiners” show, where its scofflaw characters make ‘shine by “recipes” that vary with nearly every episode. What’s available, affordable and fermentable is what gets used. Sometimes that’s sugar and water, other times it’s some ground corn, sugar and water. Once rotting strawberries served as the sugar source for a batch o’ hooch that emerged blue from the still. (Thankfully, the hard luck hill jacks ditched it.) Continue reading Modern Day Moonshine

Beer with a Scientist nights begin again at Against the Grain

Beer with a Scientist–a series of casual seminars designed to share scientific knowledge with interested amateurs–is beginning a new series of sessions at Against the Grain Brewery, 401 E. Main St.

Begun late last year by a group calling itself Louisville Underground Science, the goal is to “disseminate all things science to the general public of Louisville,” according the to group’s Facebok page. Sam Cruz, co-owner of the brewery, located at Louisville Slugger Field, said, “The goal is to get people in the know.”  After the main talk, “the audience can ask questions. There’s no need to be intimidated.” Continue reading Beer with a Scientist nights begin again at Against the Grain

Restaurant tid-bits, January edition

As the festivities of the New Year wind down into the odd everyday ups and downs of January–one day biting cold, a week later balmy breezes confuse crocuses into poking up buds–several note-worthy happenings have been popping along in the restaurant world. A Frankfort Ave. stalwart celebrates an anniversary, Germantown hipsters get a  new pizza place, and a wine tasting for a good cause are among upcoming  events.

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New Waffle House location set to open in February

Neither being the butt of stand-up comedians’ jokes nor the advancement of civic infrastructure can keep a Waffle House down. The Jeffersonville, Ind. outpost of the iconic blue-collar 24/7 eatery was razed in 2013 to make way for the new Ohio River bridge, but a new Waffle House is scheduled to open by Valentine’s Day at 1510 E. Tenth St. in J’ville. Continue reading New Waffle House location set to open in February