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80/20 at Kaelin’s Grand Opening June 7

It’s been two years in the making, and 80/20 at Kaelin’s is ready to open its doors with a big bash during their grand opening June 7 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at 1801 Newburg Rd. at the corner of Speed Ave. Locals will recognize the familiar sign that says “If you can’t stop, please wave” and the large original Kaelin’s neon sign now restored and hanging from a post out front.

Seating is limited. Considering the number of locals who have been anxiously waiting this opening (including us), it would be wise to make your reservation by clicking here.    The new menu includes food items like burgers, barbecue, fried chicken and more plus cocktails and ice cream made in house.

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2nd Annual Crawfish boil at Lou Lou Food + Drink Saturday

Lou Lou Food + Drink brings back the 2nd Annual Crawfish Boil this Saturday, June 2 from 1 to 8 p.m. , promising to be bigger and better than last year.

This event is for the whole family and features cold beer, live music, and activities for kids in addition to the roll out of new menu dishes. (Reservations for evening recommended.) Read more to see details.

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Exclusive: Owners of Lou Lou Food + Drink Buy Equus / Jack’s Lounge: Changes Coming

Jared Matthews is owner operator at Lou Lou Food + Drink (108 Sears Ave) and runs both Diamond Pub & Billiards locations (3814 Frankfort Ave, 630 Barret Ave) , but now he is adding another restaurant and bar to his plate. Matthews, who purchased Lou Lou Food + Drink 18 months ago with his financial partner Thomas Barnes, has purchased (with Barnes) Equus Restaurant and Jack’s Lounge (122 Sears Ave) from Chef Dean Corbett. Equus has been in the Saint Matthews neighborhood for over 30 years. A celebration will be June 30, where people can check out the new menu and new look. (The restaurant will not close and will maintain business as usual through the process.)

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The Old Stone Inn Closed in Shelbyville Saturday

The building housing the Old Stone Inn has been in Shelbyville, Kentucky since the 1800’s. Some say 1790, but the local historian reportedly informed a restaurateur there that claiming that on the menus was incorrect. The building has been home to the Old Stone Inn under various management since the 1920’s. The most recent incarnation, The Eleanor Hamilton Old Stone Inn, closed Saturday.

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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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Mother’s Day Brunch at Louisville Restaurants

610 Magnolia, 610 W Magnolia St, www.610magnolia.com (502) 636-0783 

May 13 Brunch – Usually, dinner only, this brunch is three courses plus canapes and a glass of champagne for $65 per person, plus tax and gratuity.  Reservations required.

 

8UP Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen, 350 W. Chestnut St www.8uplouisville.com 502-631-4180   May 13 Brunch or Dinner:  Festive brunch with à la carte sweet and savory specials from executive chef Casper Van Drongelen from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. with photo booth from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Smoked salmon crêpe, Crab omelet with lumb crab, spinach & tomato relish, veggie omelet, pork shoulder,  huevos rancheros, bourbon peaches & cream French toast, sticky bun à la mode and more.) Dinner from 4 to 9 p.m.Reservations are highly recommended

 

Brasserie Provence, 150 N Hurstbourne Lane,  www.brasserieprovence.com 502.883.3153 

May 13, Brunch 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. three course brunch   $45 per person or $15 for children under 12 plus tax and gratuity. A credit card is required to hold all reservations. See Menu Here.

 

Bristol Bar & Grille (All locations) www.bristolbarandgrille.com

May 13 Brunch: Everything from the classic scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, grits, biscuits and gravy, Belgian waffles to pastries, pasta, fresh vegetables, fried chicken, roast beef and green chili wontons will be available. Cost is $32 for adults and $10 for kids ages 4 to 11 plus beverages, tax and gratuity. Contact individual locations for reservations.Highlands: 1321 Bardstown Rd. (502) 456-1702; Downtown: 614 W. Main St. (502) 582-1995; East: 300 N. Hurstbourne Pkwy. (502) 426-0627.

 

Brown Hotel 335 W. Broadway, www.brownhotel.com 502-583-1234.

May 13 English Grill, Fine Dining Brunch: Seating between 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. accompanied by live music from pianist Brad Tomlinson. The cost is $69 per adult, or $22 for children ages 4 to 12, plus tax and gratuity.  Reservations required.

 

May 13 J. Graham’s Café Casual Brunch: Seating at 9 and 11 a.m. or 1 and 3 p.m. The cost is $46 per adult, or $19 for children ages 4 to 12, plus tax and gratuity. Children under age 4 eat free.  Reservations required.

 

Lupo 1540 Frankfort Ave, www.pizzalupo.com (502) 409-8440

May 13 Lunch: Regular lunch menufrom 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., featuring Neapolitan wood-fired pizzas and sandwiches made with bread baked on the pizza-oven hearth, along with a few brunchy specials designed for moms. At the bar, classic fresh-squeezed mimosas, harissa bloody marys, and our housemade sparkling limoncello.

 

Mesa, 216 Pearl St New Albany www.mesachefs.com

May 12: Mother and daughter afternoon tea: Teas from The Olivet and a three-plate light lunch including garden rose caprese salad, tea sandwich duo and lemon olive oil scone.

 

Proof On Main, 702 W Main St , www.proofonmain.com 502.217.6360

May 13 Brunch: From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Executive chef Mike Wajda is preparing all your brunch favorites, plus a few specials that mom will love. Three-courses for $32 per person. Call for reservations. See menu here.

 

(Video, Photos) Wild Turkey’s Jimmy Russell at Brown Hotel

The Brown Hotel hosted Wild Turkey’s Master Distiller Jimmy Russel last Friday for a wonderful bourbon and bluegrass event on their roof garden patio.

Guests enjoyed a beautiful sunset with banjo music and cocktails from Wild Turkey alongside delicious hot browns,  barbecue,  and sides like sriracha coleslaw in addition to other tastes before headed inside to hear Russell speak about the Wild Turkey distilling process and guided tasting, including Matthew Mcconaughey’s  small-batch line of bourbon, Longbranch — which was very smooth and my favorite. Kentucky Straight Ice added to the unique exerience with premium ice branded with the Wild Turkey logo (see photos below.)

You can see the Facebook Live Broadcast of most of Russel’s discussion and tasting here.

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Handicapping Dinner Includes Three Course Dinner and Expert Commentary on Races Monday

Be ahead of the curve in your Derby picks with expert help. Join Mark Coomes and Jody Demling at Bourbons Bistro, 2255 Frankfort Ave, on Monday, April 30 for the Annual Kentucky Derby Handicapping Dinner. Cocktails are at 6 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Read More for more information on these special guests and the menu.

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Red Herring Celebrates First Birthday & Derby With Special Bites, Live Music & Mint Julep Varieties

Red Herring, 1757 Frankfort Ave., is celebrating its first birthday Derby week and is throwing the biggest bash in town. Starting Saturday, April 28 through May 5, this cocktail lounge will be offering  live music and four varieties of mint juleps.

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32nd Annual Taste of Derby at Slugger Field (Photos)

The 32nd annual Taste of Derby fundraiser for Dare to Care presented by Brown  Forman at Slugger Field was a very busy and fun filled tasting event with over 40 restaurants, caterers, breweries, distilleries and food  vendors offering samples to hungry and thirsty guests for the duration of the three hours with only a few tables starting to run out of samples at the very end. I tried and sampled my way through various tables offering meatballs of different types, some salmon dishes, steak samples,  a few brave (and delicious) vegetable based dishes and a variety of beers, wines, gins, vodkas and bourbons (and a cold brew coffee.) More than anything, I enjoyed getting to speak directly to so many lively and engaging people about their products and also discuss our amazing food and beverage community or their passion for food and drink. Continue reading 32nd Annual Taste of Derby at Slugger Field (Photos)