Buy Christmas cookies; help educate a chef

Saturday, Dec. 2, from 1-5 p.m.,  Les Dames d’Escoffier Kentucky will host the organization’s third annual holiday bake sale at Ramsi’s Café, 1293 Bardstown Rd. All proceeds from the sale, which will offer both sweet and savory holiday treats, will benefit LDEIKY’s scholarship fund.

Items available, baked by local celebrated chefs, skilled bakers, and LDEIKY members, include homemade cookies, breads, cakes, cupcakes, muffins, scones, pies, and much more. Shoppers can start their holiday shopping at the bake sale, and then join in the season’s festivities at Bardstown Road Aglow. Continue reading Buy Christmas cookies; help educate a chef

Science Hill opens again – and adds a pub

We reported earlier that Science Hill Inn had closed due to an illness in the McCarty family that had run the restaurant. We are now happy to report that the renowned Shelbyville restaurant is opened again, under new ownership, with a new name and new kitchen crew. In addition, a small pub at the rear of the restaurant has been resurrected, and is serving food and drinks in the evenings. Continue reading Science Hill opens again – and adds a pub

Varanese re-creates Beard House dinner

Monday, Nov. 27, at 7 p.m., chef/restaurateur John Varanese will recreate the dishes he and his staff prepared for James Beard House dinners in 2012 and 2017. The dinner, served with top wines from Grgich Hills Estates, will be at Varanese’s River House Restaurant and Raw Bar, 3015 River Rd. Continue reading Varanese re-creates Beard House dinner

RYE’s holiday “Miracle” pop-up bar in Green Bldg.

Again this year RYE is participating in the nation-wide holiday bar event called “Miracle,” which started in 2014 in New York City, and has now spread to 50 cities around the world. RYE is the Louisville host to the event, but will stage it, starting Friday, Nov. 24, and running for one month, until Christmas Eve, in the gallery of the Green Building, 732 E. Market St.

A story in Insider Louisville  gives the details about the genesis of the holiday “Miracle” concept, which is also happening in New Orleans, Washington, D.C., Austin, Asheville, Los Angeles and Hong Kong, among other sites.

Drinks and small bites will be served 5 p.m.-midnight Sundays through Thursdays and 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays, in the decorated-for-the-holidays Green Building art gallery. In a press release, Doug Petry, RYE’s beverage director, said, “The RYE team is excited to bring back ‘Miracle’ with a brand-new location that allows us to host more patrons. It’s impossible not to be caught up in the holiday spirit, and ‘Miracle’ is a celebration of that kitschy fun everyone remembers as a child and wants to relive as an adult.” A portion of all sales will be donated to the Food Literacy Project.

Among those kitschy fun things will be a Christmas-themed karaoke and seasonally-inspired cocktails such as a Snowball Old Fashioned and How The Gimlet Stole Christmas.

A Milestone Anniversary for Asiatique

The continuing number of new restaurants to open in the area has been worth remarking on, but so is the fact that so many restaurants have continued to be major players for decades. Asiatique, 1767 Bardstown Rd., is the latest veteran to mark a milestone in the often chancy restaurant business, with their 24th anniversary. Continue reading A Milestone Anniversary for Asiatique

Comings & Goings — Winter 2017

[Originally Published in the Winter 2017 issue of Food & Dining Magazine.]

Now here’s something we found interesting as we were reflecting on Food & Dining’s coverage of the local restaurant industry: in the over 14 years or so and 58 issues of the magazine, this column has noted that restaurant business closings have outnumbered openings only five times. This column in this issue continues to mark this remarkable growth. In the last three months, restaurants that have opened (brand new businesses and expansions into new locations of existing businesses) have outnumbered restaurant closings 28 to 13. Continue reading Comings & Goings — Winter 2017

Chik’n & Mi gets best new restaurant honors

Thrillist, everyone’s favorite online listicle source, has named Chik’n & Mi, 2319 Brownsboro Rd, Louisville’s best new restaurant.

The Thrillist citation cites the trepidation that owners Jason McCollum and Aenith Sananikone-McCollum at first felt when they opened in a location that had seen a number of other restaurant ideas come and go in short order. But the McCollums, who had studied at Culinary Institute of America in New York, redesigned the space and decided to focus on ramen and fried chicken “with an Asian twist.” Continue reading Chik’n & Mi gets best new restaurant honors