Just 35 minutes north of Louisville in Scottsburg, Indiana, the Jonas family runs their family business, Goat Milk Stuff – a great and affordable day trip for the entire family. What once began as PJ Jonas making soap for her children in their kitchen has become an expansive farm and business, run by PJ, her husband Jim, their eight children, and some hired help. In addition to making and selling soap, balms, other toiletries and foods like fudge, gelato and other treats made from goat milk, the family is now serving lunch Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is the third week of lunch service, and we noticed a steady full stream of business the entire time we were there. Jim said that they’ve been serving about 30 plates per lunch so far. If you really want to make the most of the trip, you can pay just $5 for 30 minutes of play and cuddle time with their baby goats, which I fully recommend. (Click to continue reading and see the gallery of cuteness overload.)
Today is the last day, and thankfully a beautiful day, to enjoy the Louisville skyline from the Jeffersonville location of Bristol Bar & Grille. The lease has expired at the Sheraton Louisville Riverside Hotel at 700 W. Riverside Drive, and the restaurant is not going to renew it. According to a press release, the hotel will keep service going with a concept called Bridge and Barrel, but they are actively seeking a new tenant for the space as well as the space left vacant by Bearno’s, who left last year.
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
Just in time for their two-year anniversary, gourmet frozen treat shop Steel City Pops has partnered with Quills Coffee to open a Saint Matthews coffee and pop shop at 117 St. Matthews Ave. Steel City Pops posted to their Instagram account last night, saying the location is “ SO CLOSE,” directing people to their blog for more info.
Bar Vetti, 800 S Fourth St., is now having a guest chef on the second Monday of each month. Last month, the restaurant featured Holy Grale’s Josh Lehman, and this month’s guest is Paul Skulas, formerly of Portage House, who is about to open his new deep South concept Couvillion in April.
The Brown Hotel and its famous Hot Brown have caught the attention of former American Idol winner Taylor Hicks, who will feature this signature dish on the new season of INSP’s award-winning original culinary-travel series State Plate, which follows Hicks as he tastes his way across the United States on a quest to assemble plates that represent each state’s most historic and tastiest foods.
The episode highlighting iconic Kentucky dishes will air on Monday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m. EST and features the Brown Hotel’s executive chef James Adams and Hicks preparing and eating the Hot Brown in the hotel’s kitchen and four-star English Grill. This episode also features Frankfort, Lexington, Lawrenceburg and Louisville for Benedictine, burgoo, spoonbread, and bourbon balls.
Photography by Chris Witzke of the famous Hot Brown
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
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.
Jeffersonville restaurant The Portage House, 117 E Riverside Dr, changed ownership over the weekend as one of the previous owners Paul Skulas continues work on his new concept, Couvillion, in the former Finn’s space at the Germantown Lofts. Doers Restaurant Group, which Skulas was an investor in, decided to sell Portage House after Skulas started work on his new project. The group still owns Parlor Pizza in Jeffersonville, 131 W Chestnut St.
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.