New restaurant serves Somali food

Imanka restaurant, newly opened in the International Mall on S. Eighth St., near York St., serves food drawn from the cuisine of Somalia, a new option for adventurous Louisville diners happy to see a recent proliferation of ethnic restaurants around town.

Mohamed Abbi Abdalla and his family, opened the new restaurant earlier this month. The restaurant is named for Abdalla’s great-grandfather, Imam, according to a story in Business First.

Some typical dishes served at Imanka are chicken suqaar, a chicken stew, or goat seasoned with onions and green peppers. These entrees come with a side of rice, a banana and a salad.

Louisville now has a population of about 1,500 Somali refugees. Imanka joins Baraka Somali Restaurant on Oak Street in offering the foods of this beleaguered African nation.

The International Mall has come to be known as the Somali Mall International. Opened in 2008, the mall gives home to several small businesses started by entrepreneurial refugees.

Greenmarket Popup tomorrow at Fresh Start

Another farmers market opportunity will appear tomorrow, Wednesday, July 26, from 10 a.m. to noon at Fresh Start Growers’ Supply, 1007 E. Jefferson St. in NuLu. The market is organized by Louisville Farm to Table, a Metro government group whose mission, according to their website, is “to increase the capacity of the local food system by working to increase production, marketing, distribution and sales of Kentucky edible agriculture products and to meet the demand of Louisville’s market for local foods.” Continue reading Greenmarket Popup tomorrow at Fresh Start

A promotional collaboration between the Kentucky Beef Council, Goodwood Brewing and several Louisville restaurants have named the week of July 24-30 $5 Burger Week. Participating restaurants will offer burgers for $5.  For example, Red Herring, 1757 Frankfort Ave., will offer a 6-ounce Black Hawk Farms burger with house-made ketchup; Drake’s will serve a BLT burger and Stout Burgers & Beers, 1604 Bardstown Rd., is serving a SHU Burger with roasted red bell pepper spread, pepper jack cheese and house-made chipotle aioli. For a full list of those participating, and a description of the types of burgers they have on offer, click hereContinue reading

Pho Ba Luu extends daytime hours, adds Sunday specials

The popular Vietnamese street food spot Pho Ba Luu, 1019 E. Main St., has extended serving hours both during the week and on weekends. No longer will anyone have to suffer pho withdrawal during the early afternoons; the restaurant will no longer close between lunch and dinner service, but will be open all day during the week, serving the full menu.

Also, Pho Ba Luu will serve Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays will feature $3 mimosa and Bloody Mary specials. “We think people will want some lighter fare during Sundays in the summer,” owner Stewart Davis said, suggesting that Vietnamese street food is ideal for slaking hunger without leaving diners feeling bloated and sluggish during hot weather.

Lede Family Wines dinner at The English Grill

Tuesday, July 25, 6:30 p.m., The English Grill at the Brown Hotel, 335 W. Broadway, will host a special dinner featuring the wines of California’s Lede Family Winery. Jason Lede will speak about his wine selections for the dinner, from the Stags Leap District of Napa Valley, Anderson Valley and Sonoma Coast. Continue reading Lede Family Wines dinner at The English Grill

Humor — Our First Mardi Gras

Earlier this year my wife and I decided that, since we didn’t already have enough problems, we should open yet another bakery. But, unlike our other locations, this one would have a secret ingredient to boost the bottom line — booze! We lucked into a prime location in the Garden District on St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans. Being the only writer on the Food & Dining staff not actually based in Louisville, some context might be helpful. Down here we have this thing called Mardi Gras, which is sort of like our version of the Derby. And as the Derby has its buildup of events like Thunder Over Louisville, Pegasus Parade, etc., Mardi Gras builds to a similar crescendo over the three-week period leading up to Fat Tuesday. Continue reading Humor — Our First Mardi Gras

Farmers’ Market Guide — Buy local to eat local

One of the few things that get me out of bed on Saturday mornings is knowing there are several farmers’ markets where I can go to buy freshly picked local fruits and vegetables I crave, while maybe discovering something new I haven’t tried before and getting advice on how to prepare it. But it’s equally motivating to know I’ll get to schmooze with neighbors while getting a cooked-to-order omelet, bowl of grits or biscuit-and-egg sandwich I can eat while shopping. Continue reading Farmers’ Market Guide — Buy local to eat local