Many who remember Casa Grisanti say restaurant service in Louisville was never better. And those who really know their restaurants can point to places such as Vincenzo’s, Corbett’s, the English Grill and others as standard bearers of that service tradition. Not ironically, a handful of employees at those three restaurants were veterans of Casa Grisanti, most notable among them, Vincenzo Gabrielle. He was hired as the restaurant’s maître d’ in 1975 and later became a partner with Michael Grisanti. Continue reading Vinnie & the Vets
After 30 years, Equus and its owner-chef Dean Corbett are still cooking for fans in St. Matthews
In August, Equus reached a milestone few restaurants in Louisville’s history have achieved: 30 years in operation. Continue reading 3 Decades, 4 Stars— Equus Turns Thirty
The Cellar Lounge at Decca (812 E. Market Street) is the place to be May 21 when the restaurant launches its Beats & Eats series. Beats & Eats nights are pop-up events featuring chef Annie Pettry’s interpretations of international street foods combined with music from that part of the world.
Shop any decent liquor store and you’ll find a growing number of clear spirits that aren’t gin, vodka or rum. I’m talking moonshine, a debatably named clear liquor and tasty tribute to the turbulent times of Prohibition.
Baby Boomers hearing the word “moonshine” recall “The Beverly Hillbillies’” Granny Clampett sipping “white lightnin’” from an earthen jug labeled “XXX.” She made her “rheumatiz medicine” from an unknown recipe in an illegal still. Much the same occurs today on the Discovery Channel’s “Moonshiners” show, where its scofflaw characters make ‘shine by “recipes” that vary with nearly every episode. What’s available, affordable and fermentable is what gets used. Sometimes that’s sugar and water, other times it’s some ground corn, sugar and water. Once rotting strawberries served as the sugar source for a batch o’ hooch that emerged blue from the still. (Thankfully, the hard luck hill jacks ditched it.) Continue reading Modern Day Moonshine
The bourbon craze deserves some credit for tequila’s soaring popularity.
Most Baby Boomers recall bourbon as “the drunk’s drink” in the 1970s. Back then, gin was coming in, vodka was rockin’ and rum was running. Clear was king and brown was down.
What a difference a generation makes. Continue reading Tequila: Brothers in the Barrel
If you like The Brewery, here’s some great news: It’s going to get even better. Way better.
Under the banner of Louisville Eats Good LLC, Dean Corbett (owner of Equus, Jack’s Lounge and Corbett’s: An American Place); Shawn Ward (Jack Fry’s executive chef for 18 years); Nirmesh Agrawal (assistant manager at Corbett’s); and Brian Flowers (former executive chef and partner at Bravo, and former general manager at Ruby Tuesdays) will engage in a makeover of the longtime 426 Baxter Ave. watering hole. Continue reading Dean Corbett and Shawn Ward among four partners overhauling The Brewery
Construction is well underway at the Ice House complex (217 East Main St.) to open a cigar and whiskey bar there this summer.
The venue, to be named either Vice Whiskey and Cigar Bar or Churchill’s Whiskey and Cigar Bar, will be located directly behind the Main Street Café, but accessible through the back of the building on Washington St. Continue reading Summertime opening of whiskey and cigar bar to heat up Ice House complex