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Chef Harold Baker meets Bobby Flay

But whether he beat Bobby Flay, we will have to wait to November to find out.

Last Thursday, Harold Baker, Executive Chef at Gary’s on Spring, competed on the Food Network show “Beat Bobby Flay.” Though he was excited to talk with F&D with the experience, those pesky protocols of reality TV that keep the outcome in suspense until broadcast time prevented him from revealing too many details. Baker was,  however, eager to talk about what led up to his appearance on the Food TV show. Continue reading Chef Harold Baker meets Bobby Flay

Decca hosts Top Chef alums tonight

Tonight, Friday, May 5, Chef Annie Pettry will host some of her fellow competitors from last season’s Top Chef: Charleston TV show for a special Beats & Eats event in the Cellar Lounge at Decca.  On hand will be  Katsuji Tanabe, Gerald Sombright, season winner Brooke Williamson and others guests and DJ Ryan Rugger will spin old-school hip-hop music. There will be drink specials and a late-night menu of the chefs’ favorite snacks, all under $10. Admission is free. The fun starts at 11 p.m. Continue reading Decca hosts Top Chef alums tonight

ROC, Fork & Barrel open now

Two new finer-dining restaurants have opened this week, the long-awaited ROC, at 1327 Bardstown Rd., which has been under renovation for a while, and Fork & Barrel, a fairly quick conversion of the former Basa space at 2244 Frankfort Ave. into a restaurant with a southern American menu focus, run by Geoffrey Heyde, formerly chef at Village Anchor & Pub. Continue reading ROC, Fork & Barrel open now

Demo chefs needed for New Roots

Restaurant chefs and non-professional cooks with a flair for using fresh, local ingredients are needed by New Roots, the West End project to provide better foods in an area deemed a “food desert.” Local chefs and home cooking enthusiasts are invited to Cook to the Root, a cocktail reception at Monnik Beer Co.,1036 E. Burnett St.  from 6-8 p.m. Sunday, April 9. Continue reading Demo chefs needed for New Roots

Farm to Fork to open café in Portland

Sherry Hurley, who has been operating Farm to Fork as a catering business for several years, will move its catering operations into a former firehouse at 2425 Portland Ave., and open its first café there later in the summer. The building doubles the space Hurley currently has, which will allow her to continue to expand.

As a recent Insider Louisville story points out, Hurley will be joining several other businesses run by women in the Portland area. Karyn Moskowitz operates New Roots there, which strives to provide healthier food options for an area with few fresh food purveyors. Jessica Pendergrass runs Louisville Grows in Portland, Colleen Clines has the Anchal Project and Laura Rountree is chef at The Table, a pay-what-you-can-or-think-it-is-worth restaurant.

Hurley is leasing the building but hopes to buy it in the future. Farm to Fork is moving its offices into the Anchor Building at 2509 Portland Ave. soon, and next month, its catering kitchen will open in the former firehouse. Hurley hopes to have the café serving in the late summer. The cafe will serve breakfast and lunch. The menu is still in the works but likely will include grits, biscuits, soup, salads and sandwiches.

2 Beard-nominated chefs cook dinner at 610 Magnolia

Tuesday, March 28, Chef/ owner Edward Lee will collaborate with Ian Boden of The Shack in Staunton, Virginia to present a 5-course dinner at 610 Magnolia, 610 W. Magnolia Ave. Both Lee and Boden are nominated for “Best Chef” in their respective geographical areas for the 2017 James Beard Awards. Continue reading 2 Beard-nominated chefs cook dinner at 610 Magnolia

Varanese offers Lenten specials

Feeling the need of his Catholic patrons to keep to Lenten dietary restrictions, and yet to have a nice meal out, John Varanese again is offering a menu special at his namesake restaurant, Varanese, 2106 Frankfort Ave. Two diners can enjoy a meatless 3-course dinner for $50 every Friday until Easter (which is April 16 this year). Continue reading Varanese offers Lenten specials