Second Green District Salads to open downtown

After opening one quick service luncheon spot in St Matthews this past spring, the owners of the Green District are to open a downtown store. The locally-owned salad restaurant is renovating the first-floor space at 225 S. Fifth St., to suit their business needs. Continue reading Second Green District Salads to open downtown

Volare renovations underway, reopening set for Friday

Volare, the upscale Italian restaurant at 2300 Frankfort Ave., has been closed since Sunday. Aug. 27 for what executive chef and managing partner Josh Moore said was a “light and modern” renovation. When the restaurant reopens Thursday, Aug. 31, Moore will also be offering a remodeled menu, inspired by his recent honeymoon trip to Italy. Continue reading Volare renovations underway, reopening set for Friday

Tour France at Varanese Wine Dinner

Tomorrow, Tuesday, Aug. 29, at 6:30 p.m.Varanese, 2106 Frankfort Ave., is hosting a Tour de France Wine Dinner featuring six wines from different regions of France paired with a 6-course dinner. The special guest for the evening will be Jason Wyatt, Certified Sommelier and Fine Wine Portfolio Manager at Southern Glazers Wine & Spirits, who will be on hand to talk about the qualities and attributes of his selected wine pairings.

The menu, created by the Varanese team led by Chef Erik Abraham, will consist of chilled oysters on the half shell with smoked bacon and jalapeno mignonette, paired with Whispering Angel Rosé, from Provence;  white peach gazpacho paired with Simmonet & Febvre , a Burgundy Chablis; cold smoked duck breast with roasted sweet potatoes, served with Gerard Bertrand Pinot Noir, Languedoc; braised pork belly and house-made sausage cassoulet, served with a Rhone wine, Ogier Lirac; braised lamb neck ragout topped with sliced Spinella ribeye steak with crispy bone marrow, paired with Chateau les Trois Croix Fronsac, Bordeaux; and dessert of fried beignet with caramelized apples served with honey comb and lavender ice cream, and with Trimbach Late Harvest Gewurztraminer, Alsace

The cost of dinner and wine pairings is $65. Call (502) 99-9904 or email letsdine@varanese.com.

Casual, Chic & Inviting — Ciao Ristorante makes its mark

[Originally published in the Fall 2017 issue of Food & Dining Magazine]

On the shady corner of Payne and Cooper Streets in Louisville’s Irish Hill neighborhood, a new dining spot has revamped the space once occupied by Baxter Station. Unlike its predecessor, Ciao now adds a jaunty modern element to the quiet residential area with a steel and glass entryway and glowing orange against muted black and burnt umber walls. One enters a stylish setting not easily categorized — steel and iron, beautiful wood, whimsical lighting fixtures — but which suggests “Relax, this is a playful place.” Continue reading Casual, Chic & Inviting — Ciao Ristorante makes its mark

Fantasy football drafts require reality food and brews

The F&D team includes a lot of crazy football fans who will soon immerse themselves in our annual fantasy football team drafts. How crazy are we? We run and sponsor three leagues and hold three separate parties on three separate days to manage the madness.

Probably better than any restaurant company, Buffalo Wild Wings has catered to fantasy gridiron leagues by creating free fantasy football draft kits (for up to 20 people). Kits include several very cool things… Continue reading Fantasy football drafts require reality food and brews

Bluegrass VegFest 2017 at Tim Faulkner Gallery tomorrow

Kristina Addington and partner Jeff Hennis created Bluegrass VegFest last year, drawing a large and enthusiastic turnout, so much so that this year’s vegetarian food event, which will be tomorrow, Aug. 26, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. has expanded into a larger venue, the popular Tim Faulkner Gallery, 1512 Portland Ave. Admission is open to all, but a $5 donation is encouraged. Continue reading Bluegrass VegFest 2017 at Tim Faulkner Gallery tomorrow

Anoosh Shariat shines light on kidney donations

To celebrate his 60th birthday, renowned chef Anoosh Shariat will hold an informational event and breakfast at Noosh Nosh, 4816 Brownsboro Center, tomorrow, Friday, Aug. 25 at 9 a.m. to highlight the need for living kidney donors. Shariat is holding the event to help his friend, former University of Louisville swim coach Rick Hill, in his search for a living kidney donor. Shariat also hopes to help build awareness about all living donor opportunities. Continue reading Anoosh Shariat shines light on kidney donations

St. Matthews El Taco Luchador opens today

Chef Fernando Martinez’s Olé Restaurant Group’s popular quick-serve restaurant, El Taco Luchador, purveyor of fresh, tasty tacos, tortas and Latin side dishes, will open the highly-anticipated second location at 112 Meridian Ave. The space across from Trinity High School had long been the Meridian Café. Continue reading St. Matthews El Taco Luchador opens today

Mall St. Matthews food court gets update

Fighting against recent news reports of the demise of shopping malls, Mall St. Matthews on Shelbyville Rd. is investing in a renovation of the mall’s food courts, to the tune of almost three-quarters of a million dollars. The upgrade work will include new furnishings and modernized restrooms. Continue reading Mall St. Matthews food court gets update