Time to plan for special dinners

Two special dinners this week highlight the range of local chefs’ interests and ambitions. Thursday, Nov. 2, Varanese, 2106 Frankfort Ave., will host its second annual Pork and Pinot dinner, pairing wines from around the world made from the pinot noir grape and dishes made with the multifarious possibilities of the meat from happy hogs. Sunday, Nov. 5, Sullivan University’s A Tale of Five Courses pop-up dinner organized by Chef James Moran pays tribute to Creole-Cajun cuisine, the dishes that inspired him to pursue his culinary degree. Continue reading Time to plan for special dinners

Ballotin Chocolate Whiskey celebrates National Chocolate Day – and APRON

Saturday, Oct. 28, from 3-6 p.m., Ballotin Chocolate Whiskey is sponsoring a special chocolate tasting event in Louisville and Lexington at the Springhurst Liquor Barn, 4301 Town Center Drive, and the Hamburg Liquor Barn in Lexington. Ballotin has invited West 6th Brewing, Old 502 Winery, Rabbit Hole Distilling, Cellar Door Chocolates, Hi-Five Doughnuts, Steel City Pops, Chateau Bourbon and Bourbon Women to showcase the many ways chocolate influences, flavors, and defines some favorite local products and brands. Continue reading Ballotin Chocolate Whiskey celebrates National Chocolate Day – and APRON

ROC begins brunch service, and plans a Hallowe’en shindig

ROC, the Italian restaurant at 1327 Bardstown Rd. opened this past year by New York restaurateur Rocco Cadolini, has begun to serve Sunday brunch, but that refined late morning offering will be preceded this week by a Hallowe’en costume party dinner. Cadolini started this Hallowe’en tradition in his Tribeca restaurant after 9/11, “to bring up Tribeca’s spirit,” as he explained. That tradition will continue in Louisville, with a little twist. Continue reading ROC begins brunch service, and plans a Hallowe’en shindig

More restaurants on the horizon

As I expected, no sooner than we post news of new restaurants, word arrives of even more that are planned for the near future. It does not seem that local appetites have reached the saturation point just yet.

According to a story in the Courier-Journal, the second location of Roof Top Grill, a Jamaican restaurant in the West End, will open in November at 414 W. Oak St.

Roof Top Grill has been serving the native cuisine of Jamaican owner Courtney Johnson for about five years. During that time he has fended off queries about his opening another location. He felt the time had come when the site in Old Louisville became available.

The menu of traditional Jamaican fare will include jerk chicken, curry with chicken, turkey and goat and rib tips, along with Kentucky favorites like fried catfish, barbecue and beef patties.

Johnson hopes to open the first week of November. He’ll have a full bar at this location; look for Jamaican beer and white rum among the drinks.

Nouvelle, a French-style wine bar, is expected to open in mid-November at 214 S. Clay St. in NuLu. Insider Louisville reported that the bar will sell more than 40 wines by the glass and 200 to 300 wines by the bottle. The focus will be on affordable, interesting wines. Customers can choose a three-ounce, six-ounce or nine-ounce pour, with prices varying.

In addition to wine, a selection of beers, ciders, classic cocktails, bourbons and scotches also will be available. A small bites menu of items such as cheese, charcuterie, hummus and bread, will be served, along with desserts.

Ryan Rogers, who last week opened bar Vetti, an Italian restaurant and bar in the 800 Building, has announced plans for his restaurant group HiCotton Hospitality, to open the third iteration of his first local restaurant, Feast BBQ in Jeffersontown.

A date for an opening of that suburban location has not yet been determined.

Brown Hotel hosts “Chocolate Bourbon Nights”

As the autumn chill sets in at last, the Lobby Bar at the Brown Hotel, 335 W. Broadway,  is offering comfort Tuesday through Thursday this week, Oct. 24 to 26 with Chocolate Bourbon Nights. Each evening from 7 to 10 p.m., the Lobby Bar will set up a Bourbon chocolate buffet with a variety of mini desserts, along with a selection of more than 100 Bourbons, Bourbon flights and chocolate martinis in addition to the Lobby Bar’s regular food and cocktail menus. Continue reading Brown Hotel hosts “Chocolate Bourbon Nights”

Food and drink fun for this weekend

Fall always provides plenty of entertainment options involving food and drink. Oktoberfests proliferate, beer festivals abound, cook-offs pull in competitive cooks and local newspapers owned by national companies try to horn in with their own much-publicized (and expensive) food and wine fun. Here are some things to do this weekend. Continue reading Food and drink fun for this weekend

Taste of Louisville benefits local charities

For the 42nd year, local Louisville restaurants and food and drink purveyors are banding together for A Taste of Louisville, a fund-raiser that will benefit  the local Kentucky Restaurant Association chapter, the Home of the Innocents and Jill’s Wish. Over 40 local businesses that provide food and drink, along with several national businesses, such as Coppola Winery and Bogle Vineyard, will offer samples of their products and skills in the Louisville Executive Aviation Hangar at Bowman Field, 2700 Gast Blvd., on Wednesday, Oct. 18, beginning at 6 p.m. Since 1974, Taste of Louisville has raised over $250,000 for local charities, according to a press release. Continue reading Taste of Louisville benefits local charities