Fans of chain restaurants have new choices in town

There is a business meme circulating that claims that new restaurant chains opening in a city speak to that city’s economic strength, as perceived by outsiders. If that is the case, the Louisville looks to be booming, with several new small chains setting up shop around town. Continue reading Fans of chain restaurants have new choices in town

Musical chairs for NuLu chefs

Coby Ming was the chef at Wiltshire on Market when it first opened, but she left to become head chef at Harvest Restaurant when it opened virtually next door. Now Ming is returning to the Wiltshire fold, leaving Harvest to organize the Wiltshire at the Speed cafe when the Speed Museum re-opens. She will be joined by Harvest pastry chef Patricia Knight. Continue reading Musical chairs for NuLu chefs

Palombino looking to Middletown for second Joella’s Chicken store

“We’ve been amazed  by the response to Joella’s,” Tony Palombino said in a phone interview. “It’s been terrific, and given us a lot of encouragement to open a second restaurant.”

That second Joella’s Hot Chicken will be in Middletown, at a site that Palombino can’t reveal just yet. He is shooting for a mid-January 2016 opening, to give the East End a chance to sample Nashville-style spicy chicken. Continue reading Palombino looking to Middletown for second Joella’s Chicken store

So you think you know wines? Master Sommeliers Course will test your limits

Sullivan University will offer a two-day Introductory Sommelier Course & Exam Sunday, Sept. 27 and Monday, Sept 28, 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., ending with a multiple choice theory exam on Monday. The course is intended for hospitality professionals, but is open to anyone. Continue reading So you think you know wines? Master Sommeliers Course will test your limits

Venerable Twig and Leaf has new owners, will get new look

The Twig and Leaf diner in the Highlands has been around forever, it seems, and like many old-time, old-school eateries, it has seen better days. Two new owners, Gibin George and Ferhan Ali are buying Twig and Leaf, 2122 Bardstown Rd., with a promise of returning it to a semblance of its past glory. Continue reading Venerable Twig and Leaf has new owners, will get new look

Science Hill “Sunday Supper” to benefit APRON

Science Hill Inn chef Ellen Gill McCarty recently benefited from the APRON fund, which provides temporary financial assistance to restaurant workers facing medical crises. “Having the help of APRON was unbelievable and I want to give back to my fellow friends in the industry,” McCarty said in a press release.

That assistance will be an APRON fund-raising Sunday, Sept 27, at Science Hill Inn, 525 Washington St.,Shelbyville, a Sunday Supper featuring Southern comfort food prepared by McCarty and her staff. Continue reading Science Hill “Sunday Supper” to benefit APRON

 Backyard Fried Chicken Throwdown to complete September pop-ups at 610 Magnolia

Nashville style Hot Chicken will be the menu focus Saturday, Sept. 26, 6:30 p.m. at The Wine Studio @ 610 Magnolia, across the street from the restaurant. John Lasater of Nashville’s popular Hattie B’s will join 610 Magnolia’s kitchen staff for the evening. Continue reading  Backyard Fried Chicken Throwdown to complete September pop-ups at 610 Magnolia

Winston’s John Castro looking to win big at breakfast

John Castro, executive chef at Winston’s and culinary instructor at Sullivan University, has entered a contest, the Hometown Breakfast Battle, sponsored by Thomas’s English Muffins, hoping to beat out the 135 other chefs competing for the $25,000 first prize. Continue reading Winston’s John Castro looking to win big at breakfast