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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

Two notable wine dinners this week

Wine dinners continue at several area restaurants, offering off-the-regular-menu dishes that highlight the chef’s talents, and introduce diners to a variety of value-priced wines. Cuvée Wine Table, 3598 Springhurst Blvd., and Brasserie Provence, 150 N.Hurstbourne Pkwy. will both offer such dinners this week. Continue reading Two notable wine dinners this week

Two cool outdoor events tomorrow

If the weather cooperates, tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 14, will provide two special outdoor events for those interested in local foods and artisan products, and wine. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sullivan University will celebrate fall with the “Pumpkin LOAF” (Louisville Open Air Fair), and from 2 – 6 p.m., the third annual Wine on the River will be pouring at the Big Four Lawn at Waterfront Park, 401 River Rd. Continue reading Two cool outdoor events tomorrow

Nancy’s Bagel Grounds moves from Frankfort Ave.

After 21 years on Frankfort Ave. in upper Clifton, Nancy’s Bagel Grounds is moving and expanding. The lease on the property expired earlier this year, and The Manhattan Project Bourbon and sports bar in the rear of the building, which owns the building, wants to expand. Continue reading Nancy’s Bagel Grounds moves from Frankfort Ave.

Bar Vetti to open Monday at 800 Apartments

As promised to those who check out this site, there is again news of a new restaurant opening, news that appeared less than 24 hours after the most recent posting of new restaurants. Ryan Rogers, of Feast BBQ renown, is scheduled to open Bar Vetti, an Italian restaurant, Monday, Oct. 16  in the 800 Apartments.

Bar Vetti will be the latest new restaurant to feature Italian cuisine, joining ROC, Butchertown Pizza Hall, Lupo and Ciao as the most recent additions to the two dozen or so other Italian restaurants in the area. And, there is still the Germantown restaurant planned by the Gabriele family to anticipate.

Ryan Rogers has made a mark on both sides of the river with his Feast BBQ restaurants, and was an early area proponent of Nashville-style hot chicken with his Royals Hot Chicken in NuLu. His latest venture will try to bring some sophistication to the sort-of-dodgy area south of Broadway between downtown and Old Louisville — inevitably dubbed SoBro – and to add luster to the newly-renovated and upgraded, and already financially strapped  800 Building.

In a Courier-Journal story,  Rogers explained that he named his restaurant after one of the buildings uncovered in the volcano-destroyed city of Pompeii. “Vetti comes from the ruins of Pompeii,” Rogers said. “It’s one of the most well-preserved homes buried in the ash. They uncovered the home and it had these amazing frescos on the walls.” The implicit comparison of Pompeii and the fallen-into-desuetude-but-now-revitalized 800 Building is evocative, if a bit of a stretch.

Rogers and executive chef Andrew McCabe plan an Italian menu that is inspired by local products. Bar Vetti will initially open for dinner service only with a range of house-made pasta, pizzas and shareable plates. Like classic Italian cooking, Bar Vetti’s kitchen will focus on seasonally-available produce (no caprese salads without local tomatoes) and simple preparations to bring out the inherent flavors of ingredients.

The full bar of Bar Vetti will include at least six wines on draft, drawn from a keg, providing quality at moderate pricing. The restaurant hopes to draw customers from nearby downtown businesses, schools and Old Louisville residents.

To keep track of Bar Vetti’s progress, go to or the restaurant’s Facebook page, @barvetti.

Equus guest chef pop-up dinner series starts next week

Starting Wednesday, Oct. 11, Equus & Jack’s Lounge chef-owner Dean Corbett will launch a monthly pop-up dinner series featuring guest chefs from around the region. The first such guest chef will be a Lousivillian, Mirin’s Griffin Paulin. Continue reading Equus guest chef pop-up dinner series starts next week