MozzaPi ready to settle down in Anchorage

It’s been a long, slow road for one of the first and most enduring of Louisville’s food trucks, MozzaPi. Owner Tom Edwards has established a steady catering business with the wood-burning oven mounted on a truck chassis and has branched out into artisanal bread baking, grinding his own brands of stone-ground flours and grits, and providing hands-on classes in working with sourdough and pizza making. Now Edwards is ready to settle down and build himself a café and flour mill in Anchorage. Continue reading MozzaPi ready to settle down in Anchorage

Big Momma’s free Christmas dinner needs helpers, contributions

For seven years now Big Momma’s Soul Kitchen, at 4532 W. Broadway, has served a free Christmas dinner to everyone who showed up at the door. Last year, over 1000 dinners were provided, and this year several hundred more are expected to line up for the meal of meatloaf, green beans, homemade yams, stuffed chicken, smothered pork chops, ham, cornbread and more. To handle that many diners and that much food, Big Momma’s needs help in the kitchen. Continue reading Big Momma’s free Christmas dinner needs helpers, contributions

Sapporo reopened after extensive renovations

One of Louisville’s oldest and most established sushi and Japanese steakhouses, Sapporo, at 1706 Bardstown Rd., is open again after extensive renovations that have expanded the sushi bar, remodeled the kitchen, added a new dining area for private parties and replaced the flooring. All this was done in less that two months, a remarkably short turn-around. Continue reading Sapporo reopened after extensive renovations

Vinnie & the Vets

[Originally Published in the Winter 2015 issue of Food & Dining Magazine.]

Many who remember Casa Grisanti say restaurant service in Louisville was never better. And those who really know their restaurants can point to places such as Vincenzo’s, Corbett’s, the English Grill and others as standard bearers of that service tradition. Not ironically, a handful of employees at those three restaurants were veterans of Casa Grisanti, most notable among them, Vincenzo Gabrielle. He was hired as the restaurant’s maître d’ in 1975 and later became a partner with Michael Grisanti. Continue reading Vinnie & the Vets

Highlands North End Café to add pizza component

An idea that has had a long gestation is soon to be a-borning at North End Cafe’s Highland location at 2116 Bardstown Rd. Chef and operating partner Christopher Seckman will turn the restaurant’s under-used banquet room into North End Slice, a walk-up-and-order pizza by the slice outlet. Continue reading Highlands North End Café to add pizza component

Germantown food renaissance gains a bakery

The robust expansion of food businesses in Germantown continues with the opening of JB Cakes at 1101 Goss Ave. Owners Jared Langdon, Ally Sosh and Brittany-Ann Wick make and sell cupcakes, cookies and cakes for special occasions of all kinds. A special feature of the new store is custom cupcakes: pick out your choice of flavor of fresh cupcake, choose your icing and other toppings, and it will be created for you as you watch. Continue reading Germantown food renaissance gains a bakery

Holiday sparkling wine dinner at Brasserie Provence

As part of  its Holiday Celebration, Brasserie Provence, 150 N. Hurstbourne Pkwy.  will host a 5-course sparkling wine dinner on Thursday, Dec. 10 at 6:30 p.m.

The reception will start with a Blanquette de Limoux, followed by three different Champagne Brut styles and a New Mexico Demi-Sec sparkling wine finish. Continue reading Holiday sparkling wine dinner at Brasserie Provence

Trail Blazer

By creating the Urban Bourbon Trail, the CVB’s Stacey Yates helped put Bourbon tourism on the map.

[Originally published in the Winter 2015 issue of Food & Dining Magazine]

These days, Louisville’s Urban Bourbon Trail, a network of 34 establishments that promote and celebrate Bourbon by offering at least 50 brands, is so popular that “I’m waiting for Gattiland to call and say, ‘We have 50 Bourbons – can we be we on the Trail?’” Continue reading Trail Blazer