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HOT OFF THE PRESSES — The Summer 2018 Issue Is On The Racks!

Our Summer 2018 issue of Food & Dining Magazine is now available on newsstands and online!

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Letter from Editor

My name is Jessica Lynn Mathis, and I’m your new editor-in-chief. Here’s what’s coming in the future for Food & Dining.

Comings & Goings

A summary of changes on the local restaurant scene — with openings. closings, moves and more.

Profile: ROC: Traditional Southern Italian With Flair

From Italy to New York to Louisville, this transplant brings Southern Italy cuisine and showmanship to this popular Highland spot.


Profile: Sarino: Carrying On Tradition

With family restaurants in Italy, Louisville (Vincenzo’s) and St. Louis,  this third generation offers authentic Italian and Neapolitan pizza in Germantown.

Profile: bar Vetti: A Kentucky Take on Italian

Inspired by an ancient house in Pompeii, bar Vetti gives new life to the ground floor of the 800 Tower, fusing Kentucky sourced ingredients with Italian methods.

Hip Hops: Rise of the NE IPA

Roger Baylor recounts the history of New England IPAs and dishes with Mile Wide Brewing about their Nomah!

Easy Entertaining |Bourbon Country Cooking

The Laird’s celebrate the 10th anniversary of this column with recipes from their newest  “Bourbon Country Cookbook” — a collaboration with Churchill Downs Executive Chef David Danielson

Cooking with Ron |When Summer Comes

Summer and picnics go together like Kentucky and Bourbon, but Ron takes you around the world with recipes for a globally inspired feast at the park

Restaurant Guide
Our comprehensive listing of over 1,400 area restaurants complete with reviews.

(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.

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

(Audio Interviews, Recipes) Celebrity Chef Michelle Bernstein Talks with Comedian, Foodie Mike Glazer

Comedian, writer Mike Glazer (HBO, Food Network, Funny or Die, BuzzFeed, FOX, truTV, FUSE, High Times, Fullscreen, The Chive, CBS, UCB Theatre, and Second City Chicago ) won third place on America’s Worst Cooks in 2014 but has since graduated a culinary program and been able to work on sets like The F Word with Gordon Ramsey and co-hosts a food podcast called Weed and Grub.  He has been following his love of food with increased food related appearances, leading to many types of opportunities. So, he seemed like a great person to bring along to Macy’s to interview Macy’s Culinary Council Chefs Anthony Lamas of Seviche fame and James Beard Award Winning Crumb on Parchment’s Michelle Bernstein, also known for her many television appearances.

Here, find the audio interview between Glazer and Chef Bernstein,  who later gave a demonstration and tasting of her Sweet Lemon Tea Brined Fried Chicken and gravy, Braised Greens and Rose Kissed Cupcakes to just over 100 eager audience members on the third floor in the home department of Macy’s at Oxmoor Mall. (See recipes below.) Attendee seats each had a free kitchen whisk, a pack of wet wipes, recipe cards and a bottled water upon arrival. Bernstein is also the author of “Cuisine a Latina” and Host of Check Please South Florida (WPBT2) and Host of Soflo Taste (Channel 10).

Read More to listen to the audio interview and to eat up her lovely recipes.

Continue reading (Audio Interviews, Recipes) Celebrity Chef Michelle Bernstein Talks with Comedian, Foodie Mike Glazer

Photos in New Omni Hotel – Hotel, Restaurants, Market and Bars Now Open

The Omni Hotel in Louisville opened last week and is now hosting guests, but it’s more than a hotel.  It’s a destination for locals as well, with various restaurants or bars to choose from in addition to Falls City Market: a marketplace with a Heine Brothers coffee shop, groceries, gifts, a florist, a liquor store, barbecue, sushi, pizza and more to choose from when hungry. (The pool is not open to the public.)

Here are some photos of the various spaces within the new 30 story hotel. The rooftop pool was not open, but there are some photos of the patio space there. Also, Bob’s Steakhouse is open, but was not open when we visited for photos.d

North Lime Donuts and Coffee Opens To Eager Crowd

Lexington born North Lime Coffee and Donuts opened their Louisville location yesterday at 1228 South Seventh St to a hungry crowd. Early photos showed lines extending out the door despite the rain. As a matter of fact, (as you can see from the featured photo) they were so busy, they had to sell some of the sample donuts to keep up.

Continue reading North Lime Donuts and Coffee Opens To Eager Crowd

Bourbon Apple Hot Toddy Cures the Cold?

The extreme cold doesn’t seem to be letting up any time soon, and we want to share a recipe we found that may help with the sniffles — or, if nothing else, at least help pass all the time indoors. The winter favorite hot toddy takes a delicious spin in this Apple Bourbon hot toddy recipe from Food Network, and while it may not cure the common cold, it’s bound to make it more bearable.  So, grab your favorite Kentucky bourbon and settle in. 

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

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

Easy Entertaining — Farmers’ Market Inspired Elegant but Easy Summer Party

[Originally published in the Fall 2017 issue of Food & Dining Magazine]

We like what late summer here in the Ohio Valley provides us for parties — long, lazy afternoons and evenings; patios and decks ideal for grilling and eating al fresco; sitting in the dark listening to the crickets. And, of course, the bounty at the farmers markets’ that provide the freshest foods to feed guests. Continue reading Easy Entertaining — Farmers’ Market Inspired Elegant but Easy Summer Party