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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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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!

Sign up here for our free digital subscription and every new issue delivered to your inbox . You’ll also get special invitations to parties, tastings, and special events exclusive to our subscribers – like our issue release party on May 30.


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.

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.

 Guests are welcomed with an artisan French-Kentucky cocktail, after which the game begins. Each course is paired with one French wine and one wine produced in a new world wine country. Guests will decide which is which. First course includes an asparagus, hearts of palm & snow pea salad with fresh goat cheese and cilantro vinaigrette accompanied by two wines from the same cépage. The second course of baked John Dory, ginger polenta and mango butter will also be paired with two wines from the same cépage. The third course of braised beef short ribs with chick pea purée and avocado relish will be served with two blended wines. Lastly, the dinner will end with a grilled lamb chop, wild mushroom eggplant gratin and barbecue reduction with an additional two blended wines.

Wines will be available for purchase with a 15% discount through Westport Whiskey & Wine.


(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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(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).

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Chefs Face Off at 10th Annual Buy Local Fair

The Louisville Independent Business Alliance (LIBA) will host the 10th Annual Buy Local Fair with a special Iron Chef-style cooking competition on Sunday, May 20th from 12:00 p.m. to  6:00 p.m. at Louisville Water Tower Park, 3005 River Road. Presented by Louisville Water Company, admission to the Fair is free, parking is $5 per car. 

Two chefs will go head to head with mystery ingredients at 3:15 p.m. and hope for a favorable ruling from a panel of four judges. Two of the judges are to be determined (one through a LIBA social media contest and another through a YELP affiliation), but the other two judges are Executive Chef Cody Stone from DECCA and Art Director and Foodie Rachel Quast, who from Common Table.

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JTown Summer Craft Beer Fest Discounted Pre-sale Ticket Party Saturday

Beer drinkers have one day to buy their tickets for the JTown Summer Craft Beer Fest in advance at a discount. Cox’s Smokers Outlet and Spirit Shoppe at 3920 Ruckriegel Parkway will host a parking lot pre-sale party on Saturday, May 12 from 2 to 5 p.m. Tickets will be $25, saving buyers $10 plus fees.

While grabbing your tickets, you’ll be able to enjoy special limited release brews from 3rd Turn Brewing, Mile Wide and Against the Grain in addition to food from El Mambo Food Truck and in-store cigar and discounted beer specials.

The festival itself, at the Pavillion in the heart of J-Town on Saturday July 7 from 4 to 8 p.m.,  promises growth this year with more breweries, more beer, and more bands on two live music stages.