Fabulous fish dinner April 2 at Bistro 1860

Get set for one of the most intriguing special dinners of the early spring, compliments of Bistro 1860 and the Honolulu Fish Co. On Thursday, April 2, beginning at 6:30 p.m., Chef Michael Crouch and his staff will serve nine–count them–courses, composed of some of the Pacific Ocean’s best bounty, caught using ecologically-sound methods. Each course will be paired with wines from around the world. Continue reading Fabulous fish dinner April 2 at Bistro 1860

Joe & Larry’s Chicken Shack to feature Nashville-style hot chicken

Michael Crouch, Executive Chef at Bistro 1860, 1765 Mellwood Ave., will open Joe & Larry’s Chicken Shack later this spring in the little building behind the restaurant on the corner of Mellwood and Brownsboro Rd. The very casual dining place carries the names of the fathers of Crouch and his business partner. Continue reading Joe & Larry’s Chicken Shack to feature Nashville-style hot chicken

F&D columnist Ashlee Thompson publishes book on “Louisville Diners”

Ashlee Thompson, who occasionally writes her “$10 Challenge” column for Food & Dining, has expanded her quest for inexpensive, tasty meals into a book-length study of the history and future of diners in the Louisville area. “Louisville Diners,” published by History Press, is now available at local stores.

For the purposes of her book, Thompson decided on a specific definition of “diner,” a type of restaurant that has different connotations around the country. For Thompson’s purposes, she confined herself to restaurants where the average entree is less than $10, the food is considered American home-style cuisine, and they serve breakfast. Continue reading F&D columnist Ashlee Thompson publishes book on “Louisville Diners”

Earth Friends Cafe moves back to New Albany

Earth Friends Cafe, the vegetarian and vegan-friendly lunch spot that has led a peripatetic existence (it started in New Albany on Grant Line Rd., moved to NuLu, and most recently took up residence in the corner space of the Kentucky International Convention Center on Third St.) is on the move again. It has closed its downtown location at the Convention Center, and is set to reopen in the space that had been New Albanian Brewing Co.‘s Bank Street Brewhouse. Continue reading Earth Friends Cafe moves back to New Albany

Two wine dinners offer embarrassment of riches

Two wine dinners scheduled for Tuesday, March 24 offer adventurous diners and curious wine drinkers a dilemma: which to choose. Varanese, 2106 Frankfort Ave., will pair six wines from the Chalk Hill and Kuleto labels of Foley Estates in California with special dishes from chef John Varanese’s repertoire. On the same night, Brasserie Provence, 150 N.Hurstbourne Pwy., will welcome Louisville native John Bojanowski, who lives now in Languedoc in southern France and makes organic, artisanal wines at his Clos du Gravillas vineyards. Continue reading Two wine dinners offer embarrassment of riches

Craft Beer: Where it has been, and where it is going

In 1976, the birth of New Albion Brewing Company in California presaged a revolution in beer. Four decades later, under the nom de plume of “craft beer,” the revolution seems permanently embedded in American culture, although the attendant hysteria about its growth may be obscuring a fundamental question: What is craft beer, anyway?

When it comes to epistemology, former President Bill Clinton is my choice for getting to the heart of the matter: It depends on what the meaning of the word “is” is. Keeping Clinton’s Theorem in mind, let’s take a quick look back at Craft Beer Nation’s year in 2014, as viewed by the numbers. Continue reading Craft Beer: Where it has been, and where it is going