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Four Roses Rose Julep Winners

The winners of the 15th annual Four Roses Rose Julep Cocktail Competition, part of the Kentucky Derby Festival’s Festival Unveiled event, were chosen by a panel of expert judges (Judges’ Choice), and the public (People’s Choice and Social Media Vote) at Mellwood Arts Center on Thursday, March 15 .

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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

Mint Julep Tours Expanding to Nashville

Mint Julep Experiences announced yesterday that they have expanded to serve the growing Nashville, Tennessee tourism industry. Owners Sean and Lisa Higgins utilized their 10 years of experiential tourism expertise to create memorable experiences on the Tennessee Whiskey Trail® and beyond. Two distinct day-long Tennessee whiskey adventures will start this April departing from downtown Nashville, five days a week. Continue reading Mint Julep Tours Expanding to Nashville

Double Barrel opening in former Match’s Cigar Bar in New Albany

Match’s Cigar Bar at 147 E. Main St. in New Albany will soon be a new bourbon bar and lounge called Double Barrel, owned by Michelle Ray and Courtney Cain. The two women will hire five new staff members in addition to keeping the current staff from their mobile bartending business “Naked by Sunday,” which they started last year to fill in at events.  As required in Indiana, the brick and mortar building will allow their mobile bartending services to offer cash and open bars at events like weddings. They plan to open the brick and mortar by the end of March.

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Get your Dancin’ and Day Drink on with Disco Brunch Sunday

If you enjoy the artsy and fun vibe in the HIghlands, get ready for something new and sparkly. Roc, 1327 Bardstown Rd, is going to be hosting disco brunches, and the first one is this Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Every month will have a theme, and this one features the 80’s with a guitarist, percussionist and a DJ. You can come dressed as you like or join the staff in your 80’s garb. $50 per person includes one brunch item, one dessert, two drinks and a whole lot of dancin’; reservations are requested and can be made by calling 502-459-7878.

“I had a restaurant in new york, and we threw lots of parties,” said owner Rocco Cadalini. “By noon, there will be heavy duty music. The idea is that by the time you leave, you’ll feel like you were at a disco all night.”


Photography: One of Cadalini’s disco brunches in New York, courtesy of Roc

Weekend Concerts For Restaurant Flood Victims

As the water finally begins to recede, those who make their living along the Ohio River are just starting their long journey to recovery. The floods were unforgiving for numerous bars and restaurants that dot River Road. So, restaurateur Chef John Varanese made the decision to rally the Louisville community in support of its food community. The Ohio River flooding cut off revenue for several days and now significant resources will be spent to cleanup and rebuild the eateries so they can reopen for business. To help fill that financial void, Varanese, owner of River House Restaurant & Raw Bar, Levee, as well as Varanese Restaurant, will host benefit concerts this Thursday, March 8 through Saturday, March 10, for his colleagues in the food and beverage industry. Varanese will also be delivering food and bottled water to employees and volunteers doing clean up at restaurants on Friday.

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Heine Brothers’ in Omni Hotel Grand Opening Friday

Join Mayor Greg Fischer for a ribbon cutting as Heine Brothers’ Coffee celebrates the grand opening  of their newest location at the new Omni Hotel at 400 S. 2nd Street in downtown Louisville. The newest Heine Bros will be part of the Falls City Market, a 20,000 sq. foot urban market and food hall including grocery, brick oven pizza, a florist, wine & spirits, and more. This new location will be open seven-days-a-week from 6 a.m.-8 p.m.

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Enjoy Spanish Wines, Five courses Thursday at The English Grill

Just named the “most romantic restaurant” in Kentucky by Food & Wine Magazine, the English Grill at downtown Louisville’s historic Brown Hotel will highlight wines from Spain’s renowned Castilla-La Mancha region known for its red wine blends on Thursday, March 8 at 6:30 p.m. The five-course menu prepared by chef de cuisine Dustin Willett will showcase the season’s finest ingredients paired with Marqués de Griñón wines. Cost for the dinner and wine pairings is $75 per person, plus tax and gratuity. For more information, or to make a reservation, call 502-583-1234 or visit their website.

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Celebrate Receding Louisville Flood Waters With Special Cocktails

Doc Crow’s is featuring two cocktails this week to celebrate the (hopefully continued) receding of Louisville flood waters. Both cocktails are available through this weekend for $9.

“After the Flood,” created by bartender Joe Hoban, includes Bols Genever, Storico Vermouth di Torino Cocchi, Kronan Swedish Punsch, a dash of Angostura bitters and garnished with expressed grapefruit peel.

Or try “The Crest Line,” Keri Smith’s creation with Tanqueray Malacca, Suze, grapefruit juice, lemon juice, demerara syrup and Swedish herbs, garnished with fresh cracked black pepper and a sprig of thyme.

 Photo courtesy of Doc Crow’s and cropped with permission.

Stir Dinner Engages All Five Senses and Benefits Art Sanctuary Tonight

Art Sanctuary, 1433 S Shelby Street,is joining in the  Bourbon Classic fun  tonight, March 1, with an innovative interactive evening that will benefit arts awareness.   Ina Marcella Events has joined forces with Woodford Reserve, Chef Madeleine Dee of Fond, and some surprise guests to stir all 5 of your senses. Tickets are $75 and available now at
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