Tonight’s best bet: A Taste of the Highlands

Twenty-plus restaurants, bars and food purveyors will show off their culinary talents tonight, Tuesday, Feb. 28, at the first ‘Taste of the Highlands’ festival. The tasting event is a fund raiser for Highlands Community Ministries, and will take place from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Highlands Community Campus, 1228 E. Breckinridge St. Continue reading Tonight’s best bet: A Taste of the Highlands

Mardi Gras Crawfish Boil at Exchange Pub

Tomorrow is Fat Tuesday, what the French call Mardi Gras, the day before Lent begins, so it is the time to chow down on rich foods. The Exchange Pub + Kitchen, 118 W. Main St., New Albany, Ind., will provide that opportunity with one of the great Louisiana Mardi Gras traditions, a Crawfish Boil. Continue reading Mardi Gras Crawfish Boil at Exchange Pub

Comings and Goings — Spring 2017

The lively local restaurant scene continues to percolate as this dreary winter draws to a close. Throughout the last three months there was some upheaval in the restaurant world here, as a few long-running businesses ended, others changed hands and still others tried to reinvent themselves. Newcomers have joined the fray, 21 by our count. At least eight of those serve ethnic foods, owned by newcomers to America trying to gain a foothold by feeding us, always a welcoming way to join in the national ambition to make good by doing what you know how to do. Four additional outlets of existing restaurants have opened as well. There were only 13 restaurant closings in that time, plus four multi-location restaurants that have closed one outlet but still have others open. Continue reading Comings and Goings — Spring 2017

HOT OFF THE PRESSES: THE NEW ISSUE OF FOOD & DINING HAS HIT THE STANDS!

Our Spring 2017 issue of Food & Dining Magazine is now available on newsstands and online!

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In this issue:

(PROFILE) Ramiro’s — A Family Affair

(SPIRITS) Mezcal Mala Idea

(PROFILE) Habana Blues Tapas

(COLUMN) Comings & Goings

(COLUMN) Staff Picks

(COLUMN) Easy Entertaining — Appetizers and Cocktails

(COLUMN) Cooking with Ron — Get on the Gravy Train

(HUMOR) 2017 Dining Trends

2 special dinners this Thursday

Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday,  this year is Feb. 28, but 610 Magnolia will be celebrating Thursday, Feb. 23, to get people in the mood. Also on Thursday Feb. 23, Lilly’s, 1147 Bardstown Rd., will host a wine dinner inspired by Chef/owner Kathy Cary’s recent trip to Costa Rica. Continue reading 2 special dinners this Thursday

502 Restaurant Week lasts a fortnight this year

Two dozen Louisville restaurants will offer dinner specials between Wednesday, Feb. 22 and Wednesday, March 8, a promotion organized by 502 Events LLC,.  Participating restaurants create a special 3-course dinner menu for the 15-day event. Diners pay $50.20 per couple or $50.20 per person, depending on the restaurant and the special. Continue reading 502 Restaurant Week lasts a fortnight this year

A slew of dinners from John Varanese

Chef/restaurateur John Varanese, long known for his special dinners, is giving his kitchen staffs a special workout next week, with three such dinners. On Tuesday, Feb. 21, at Varanese, 2106 Frankfort Ave., he will serve his annual Tradition vs. Innovation wine dinner, matching pairing of Old World and New World wines with each course. Wednesday, Feb. 22, will see a reprise of his recent Progressive Dinner, with dishes served at each of his three restaurants in turn. And on Tuesday, Feb. 28, he will celebrate the first anniversary of Levee at the River House with a tasting of premium Napa Valley wines, served with assorted appetizers. Continue reading A slew of dinners from John Varanese

Edward Lee plans Whiskey Dry in Fourth Street Live

Chef and restaurateur Edward Lee, who operates Milkwood and 610 Magnolia in Louisville and Succotash in Washington, D.C., is planning another restaurant, a casual dining spot, at Fourth Street Live. To be called Whiskey Dry, Lee’s new restaurant will be a casual burger and whiskey bar with a “chef-centric point of view.” Continue reading Edward Lee plans Whiskey Dry in Fourth Street Live