What? More special dinners? Why?

Because they fill up, of course. Because a lot of diners in town realize that special menus related to interesting wine, beer or even cocktail choices are fun. Such dinners allow chefs more flexibility and the chance to try out new dishes, or use unusual ingredients. Such dinners allow diners to sample wines or beers they may not be familiar with, wines that are often good values, and not that pricey at retail. And such dinners are a good reason to try out restaurants you might not have tried yet. Here are three dinners that are up in the next week. Try one. Continue reading What? More special dinners? Why?

PERSONALITY, STYLE AND CREATIVITY SHINE AT LE MOO

Louisville is quickly becoming famous as a world-class food city. Its evolution in this regard over the past 25 years has been remarkable. From a few solitary outposts, the area has developed an abundance of ethnic, international, fusion and chef-inspired venues where diners can satisfy almost any culinary curiosity. Continue reading PERSONALITY, STYLE AND CREATIVITY SHINE AT LE MOO

Please & Thank You on the Avenue opens tomorrow

The popular NuLu coffee spot and breakfast place, Please & Thank You, is opening another location, at 2341 Frankfort Ave., to be called Please and Thank You on the Avenue. It is located in the space that for many years was a TV repair shop right between El Mundo and Con Huevos, and will be open tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 26. Continue reading Please & Thank You on the Avenue opens tomorrow

BirraCibo opens in 4th Street Live

An Italian restaurant focusing on artisanal pizzas, wine and craft beer, BirraCibo, is having a soft opening this week in 4th Street Live, in the space that used to be RiRa Irish Pub. The first night of this tryout soft opening will be tonight, Feb. 24, starting at 5 p.m. with a media preview event. The grand opening is now set for Feb. 29.

The large, 9,000-square-foot restaurant will seat over 100 diners and offer an outdoor patio as well as a charcuterie station behind the main bar.  Two private rooms will be available for private parties and events.

The new restaurant is part of Junior Bridgeman’s ever-growing restaurant empire. His company has brought in Bruce Mosely as executive chef, who has worked at several gastro-pubs in California and in the Washington, D.C., area.

Gospel Bird opens in New Albany; Silvio’s reopens after fire

Eric Morris’s new southern cuisine-inspired restaurant Gospel Bird is now open at 207 E. Main St., New Albany. The name reflects the popularity of fried chicken as a post-Sunday service meal throughout the South, but fried chicken will be only one of the offerings at the new restaurant.

And Silvio’s, 104 Fairfax Ave., is now re-opened, following the major fire that struck a string of St. Matthews’ restaurants in early January (Superchefs and Chef Maria’s Greek deli, which abut Silvio’s, are still closed).

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Plenty of special dinners; all worth a look

The next week or so will see several restaurants offering special dinners, focused on Bourbon and wine. All will offer multi-course meals paired with alcoholic beverages. The menus will show off each chef’s talents and interests that extend beyond the regular menus, each will offer cocktails or wines, chosen in collaboration with chefs and beverages specialists, paired with the dishes, and each will boast an expert guest to comment on the choices for the pairings. The result is an entertaining dinner, out-of-the-ordinary food and new wine or whiskey knowledge to bandy about. And all for a very reasonable cost, considering all that you get. Here are the dinners upcoming: Continue reading Plenty of special dinners; all worth a look

Chefs for Hope dinner to benefit Salvation Army training program

For several years the Louisville Salvation Army has run a Culinary Arts Training program which “helps individuals living in poverty learn vocational skills and self-confidence to support life-long self-sufficiency,” according to a news release. The annual Chefs for Hope dinner raises money for this worthy endeavor. 100 percent of the proceeds of the dinner will benefit the students’ classroom training. To date, 125 men and women have graduated the 10-week program, of which Sullivan University is a partner. Continue reading Chefs for Hope dinner to benefit Salvation Army training program