Easy Entertaining — Farmers’ Market Inspired Elegant but Easy Summer Party

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

We like what late summer here in the Ohio Valley provides us for parties — long, lazy afternoons and evenings; patios and decks ideal for grilling and eating al fresco; sitting in the dark listening to the crickets. And, of course, the bounty at the farmers markets’ that provide the freshest foods to feed guests. Continue reading Easy Entertaining — Farmers’ Market Inspired Elegant but Easy Summer Party

Hull & High Water opens today

Hull & High Water, downtown New Albany’s much-anticipated seafood restaurant, will open today, Sept. 28 at 4 p.m. at 324 E. Main St., after a silly kerfuffle about the name being too similar to a yet-to-open bar (Hell and High Water) in downtown Louisville. Continue reading Hull & High Water opens today

Recent restaurant news: lunch, movies and more

The arrival of autumn seems to be the time for restaurants to rethink their offerings, and expand their services. That is the case for several notable eating spots around town, who have introduced new lunch service, menu specials or other enhancements for dining interest. Let’s start with lunch. Continue reading Recent restaurant news: lunch, movies and more

Clarksville Famous Dave’s, New Albany Urban Bread Co. close

Two multi-outlet restaurants each have recently closed one of their locations. The Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que restaurant at 1360 Veterans Pkwy, in Clarksville, which opened in 2005, has ceased operation. And Urban Bread Company, which expanded from its Jeffersonville birthplace into New Albany, has closed that location at 145 E. Main St. Continue reading Clarksville Famous Dave’s, New Albany Urban Bread Co. close

Bourbon & Beyond: what you need to know

Bourbon & Beyond begins tomorrow, Sept. 23, and runs through Sunday, Sept. 24, at Champions Park, 2050 River Rd. This new music, food and Bourbon festival is aiming high on all three legs of its schedule. Top-notch music acts lined up to perform include Stevie Nicks, Eddie Vedder and the Steve Miller Band.  Chefs from near and far (Tom Colicchio, Edward Lee, Chris Cosentino, Amanda Freitag, Cosmo Goss and Erling Wu-Bower, Kevin Ashworth, Anthony Lamas and Anthony Falco) will be cooking with Bourbon, offering brunches both days, smoking up some genuine Southern barbecue, steaming up a massive NOLA-style crawfish boil, and giving live cooking demos. Distilleries from around the state will show off their products, conduct tasting workshops and run discussions on topics such as “The Wonder Women of Whiskey,” led by local author and bourbon expert Susan Reigler. In short, lots of fun will be in store. Continue reading Bourbon & Beyond: what you need to know

D. Nalley’s to be reborn again

Ya just can’t keep a retro, nostalgia-inducing institution like D. Nalley’s down. After a long, multi-decade run, the little diner that time forgot closed, then was to be revived as a BBQ place (an idea that fizzled) and then was opened briefly in its former identity as a diner, but failed to find traction after a few months. Now, the classic site at 970 S. Third St. in Old Louisville is being readied to reopen again as a diner. Continue reading D. Nalley’s to be reborn again

Bourbon & Beyond coming up this weekend

Fall is a time of festivals galore, many of them featuring booze or beer. We just finished the Kentucky Bourbon Festival in Bardstown, and this weekend, Sept. 23-24, at Champions Park, 2050 River Rd. you can find Bourbon & Beyond, the new music and Bourbon festival that will include chefs from near and far cooking with Bourbon, distilleries from around the state showing off their products, and some big-name music acts. Continue reading Bourbon & Beyond coming up this weekend

Fond enters retail market

Fond of Louisville, which began as a small, carefully curated food store and restaurant two years ago  at 2520 Frankfort Ave., has undergone several changes in that time. The dining spaces have been redesigned, the kitchen has been updated, and now the owner, Madeleine  Dee, is planning to sell some of her products in local stores. Continue reading Fond enters retail market

Cooking with Ron: Home cooking — Then and Now

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

Recently, a neighbor stopped by to give me a little gift, just something she had found while going through her files that she was sure I would be interested in. She presented me with a rare and curious document indeed: an intact copy of “Cissy Gregg’s Cookbook and Guide to Gracious Living.” Continue reading Cooking with Ron: Home cooking — Then and Now

Two wine events worth noting

Next week, two more-than-usually interesting wine events are taking place, both well worth the attention of budding wine enthusiasts. LouVino’s Highlands location will host a wine dinner featuring natural, unfiltered wines on Tuesday, Sept. 19, and Brasserie Provence will host a tasting of three red Bordeaux on Wednesday, Sept. 20. Continue reading Two wine events worth noting