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Chopped Viewing Party with Local Chef Madeleine Dee

MESA, A Collaborative Kitchen is hosting a special event tomorrow, June 5, where attendees can watch the 500th episode of Chopped with the first episode where Martha Stewart is a permanent judge. This episode features local participant Chef Madeleine Dee,  owner of Fond Restaurant, who will be at the viewing and serving up light refreshments . Cocktails are from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. and the party is from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets are $25 and  20% of ticket sales will go to Home of the Innocents. 

“I competed last year, and I had to keep it a secret for 7 months,” said Chef Dee. “Keeping that secret was the hardest thing I’ve ever done.”

Light refreshments from Chef Dee’s product line Fond Originals will be served (risotto Cakes with pasta sauce, fig pizzas, and their strawberry-ginger and blueberry-lemon jams with sugar cookies),   and there will be a cash bar. Fond Originals are sold in small stores like Paul’s Fruit Markets, MESA, the Bluegrass Exchange in Norton Commons and Highlands Fish Market in Chenoweth Square.

You can buy tickets online.  

Photography by Crystal  Ludwick

(Photos, Recipes) Chef Stooksbury and Ballotin Offer “Home Party” Delight at MESA

MESA, A Collaborative Kitchen, 216 Pearl St in New Albany,  is set up like a beautiful home kitchen, and taking a seat at their counter to watch the featured chef of the evening is like being at a chef’s private home dinner party. Last night, June 2,  Ballotin Whiskey and Chef Miranda Stooksbury teamed up to offer a delightful three course meal with wonderful cocktail pairings.  Chef Stooksbury is the owner of Clover and the Greens Catering  and offers private chef services and teaches people how to make delicious healthy meals.

Mesa Co-owner Rod Juarez said that people don’t stop to sit around the table and tell stories anymore and that is the environment they want to create at MESA. 

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Exclusive: Owners of Lou Lou Food + Drink Buy Equus / Jack’s Lounge: Changes Coming

Jared Matthews is owner operator at Lou Lou Food + Drink (108 Sears Ave) and runs both Diamond Pub & Billiards locations (3814 Frankfort Ave, 630 Barret Ave) , but now he is adding another restaurant and bar to his plate. Matthews, who purchased Lou Lou Food + Drink 18 months ago with his financial partner Thomas Barnes, has purchased (with Barnes) Equus Restaurant and Jack’s Lounge (122 Sears Ave) from Chef Dean Corbett. Equus has been in the Saint Matthews neighborhood for over 30 years. A celebration will be June 30, where people can check out the new menu and new look. (The restaurant will not close and will maintain business as usual through the process.)

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Mayor Fischer and Chefs Honor Vincenzo and Agostino Gabriele

The Sullivan University Scholarship Dinner honored Vincenzo and Agostino Gabriele, owners of Vincenzo’s, 150 S Fifth St., last night to recognize that Vincenzo’s has launched the careers of many in the culinary or food service industry and shaped Louisville food culture over the last 33 years. The dinner was presented by Sullivan University, The Italian Cultural Institute and the Italian American  Association of Louisville. The tickets were $125 and supported scholarships that will send two students announced at the dinner, Jessica Marcano and Sydnie Alexander,  to an intensive program at the Bivero Pizza Academy in Florence, Italy.

Bernardo J. Carducci,  president of the Italian-American Association of Louisville, brought his joyful and good nature to hosting the event, introducing other speakers throughout the evening.  Mayor Greg Fischer took a break fromthe primaries to give the brothers an official proclamation from the city, declaring that Vincenzo’s is one of the reasons Louisville is now a food destination and hitting so many “top ten” travel lists.

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RYE bringing Kentucky Flowers to Flower Dinner

RYE on Market is bringing the bounty of Kentucky local farms into the city with a four-course flower dinner on Thursday, May 24 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $75 per person.

RYE’s Executive Chef Zach Chancey designed the dinner menu that will be paired with Beverage Director Kelsey Hofmann’s cocktails. Guests can expect a line up of Black Rooster Farm fruits and florals that complement various proteins. 

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Put on Your Denim & Diamonds for Good Eats to Support Parkinson’s Center

Don your country-chic duds and jeans and support the Parkinson Support Center at the 11th Annual Denim & Diamond’s Gala Celebration on Friday, June 1 from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Historic Locust Grove, 561 Blankenbaker Lane. Individual tickets to Denim & Diamonds Gala are $200 and a table of 10 may be purchased for $2,000. Last year, they raised $155,000 and they are shooting for $200,000 in 2018. Click here to buy tickets online.

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Drink To Win at This Fun French Mystery Wine Dinner Game

Challenge your wine knowledge at Brasserie Provence, 150 N Hurstbourne Lane, on Wednesday, May 23rd at 6:30 p.m. at a mystery wine dinner. The game spans four French regions and four new world wine countries selected by advanced level sommelier Julie Defriend from Vintner Select. The blind tasting is paired with Chef Patrick’s international menu. If you can Identify the regions, countries & cépages of all eight wines, you’ll  win a special bottle of wine. The dinner is $75 per person plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 502-883-3153. Continue reading Drink To Win at This Fun French Mystery Wine Dinner Game

(Humor) The Clueless Ginger:  Water and Eggs? Wizardry!

Welcome to my very first ever confession of cluelessness. I’ve never had a reason to poach an egg, and so I never even took the time to learn. “Poaching an egg” is one of those things I’ve had swirl around me here or there, always skirting the edge of my consciousness or atop toast,  but I never knew what the technique was.

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MESA Will Pair Kids With Top Chefs at New Kids Cooking School

MESA, A Collaborative Kitchen will be opening a MESA Kids Cooking School this summer at 154 E. Main St. in New Albany, just around the corner from MESA’s current location. MESA Kids Cooking School will feature cooking camps, classes and themed events for children ages 7 to 14.

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Chef Stooksbury Rescheduled At Mesa With Shrimp, Steak and Whiskeys June 2

We recently reported on Chef Miranda Stooksbury, Owner of Clover and the Greens, and her three course meal with cocktail pairings at MESA that had to be rescheduled. It’s been rescheduled for June 2nd, and the new menu looks absolutely mouthwatering. She’ll be joined by Paul Tuell, co-owner of Ballotin Chocolate Whiskey for a night of stories and intimate cooking  with cocktails at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m.

Mesa Collaborative Kitchen (216 Pearl Street, New Albany) hosts chefs in a beautiful space set up for chef dinners where  24 diners are seated around the cooking area, so they can enjoy the chef’s demonstrative cooking and conversation.

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