Save the Glutens — A Public Service Announcement

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

I write to you today to bring your attention to a terrible plight, one that exists in plain view, yet remains unquestioned by many in our great nation. I speak to you of the Anti­Gluten Movement. As you may or may not be aware, a vast right­wing Anti­Gluten conspiracy threatens the existence of these remarkable creatures. We ask you today to do what you can to help correct this before it is too late, thereby restoring balance to the Force while simultaneously saving the polar bears. Girded with the facts below, you can make a difference. Continue reading Save the Glutens — A Public Service Announcement

Vis A Vis Bar & Grill replaces Barasti

The pleasant corner building at 1164 S. 3rd St., on the corner of Oak, has had several incarnations since the Third Avenue Café ended its run a few years ago. The new business there, replacing Barasti Bat & Grill, is now called Vis a Vis Bar & Grill, billed as presenting a Mediterranean and American menu. Continue reading Vis A Vis Bar & Grill replaces Barasti

Finally, Old Louisville Tavern reopens before Derby

F&D reported previously of the reopening of Old Louisville Tavern, 1532 S 4th St., but inevitable construction delays have prolonged the actual event. Now the popular eating and drinking establishment on the edge of the U of L campus is finally set to open t the end of April. Continue reading Finally, Old Louisville Tavern reopens before Derby

Cooper’s Craft, Brown-Forman’s newest Bourbon brand, unveiled

The actual retail rollout of the first new Brown-Forman Bourbon brand is not scheduled until later this summer, but the brand drumming has already begun.  The new brand, Cooper’s Craft,  has been a decade in development, and the marketing gurus have long-term plans to make the new brand as popular as Woodford Reserve, the last new brand, has been. Continue reading Cooper’s Craft, Brown-Forman’s newest Bourbon brand, unveiled

Four Roses sponsors Derby City Brewfest

A Bourbon distillery is sponsoring a beer festival Friday, May 6, Oaks Day, because this year there will be a competition for beers aged in Bourbon barrels – in Four Roses Bourbon barrels, of course. The winning brew will be awarded a trophy made by local artist Wayne Ferguson.

This new competition, which will feature 20 area breweries who have concocted brews just for the special Bourbon aging, will be one of the attractions, along with 100 beers from 28 local and regional craft brewers.  Continue reading Four Roses sponsors Derby City Brewfest

Taste of Derby Festival benefits Date to Care for 29th year

After all the hoopla surrounding Thunder over Louisville, the next big Derby Festival event is Tuesday, April 26, Dare to Care’s Taste of Derby, which starts at 5:30 p.m. in the Hall of Fame Pavilion at Slugger field, 401 E. Main St. Continue reading Taste of Derby Festival benefits Date to Care for 29th year

Butchertown Grocery hosts first Derby party

Derby evening, May 7, Butchertown Grocery, 1076 E. Washington St., will host its first Kentucky Derby party from 7 p.m. to midnight. A red carpet will welcome guests for cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres in the downstairs dining room, and live music and a variety of action stations in the upstairs bar. Continue reading Butchertown Grocery hosts first Derby party

Cork 101: Regional Picks — All Wine is Local

Our wine panel picks good values from their favorite wine regions, explaining why and how local conditions influence the character of wine. 

Often, people who want to know more about wine get befuddled because there seems to be too much to learn — grape varieties and vintages and appellations and labels that supposedly tell a lot, but appear to be written in code. One way is to sample wines of a particular region, to understand how the geography and geology and climate of a place affect the growth of grapes and determine the style of wines it produces. Continue reading Cork 101: Regional Picks — All Wine is Local

Louisville food scene again recognized by industry group

Louisville continues to get notice in “best” lists compiled by one promotional group or another. This time it is the World Food Travel Association that has named Louisville the top contender in the category of “Best Destination Experience.” Continue reading Louisville food scene again recognized by industry group