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Mother’s Day Brunch at Louisville Restaurants

610 Magnolia, 610 W Magnolia St, (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 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, 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)

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, 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, (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

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 , 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)

32nd Annual Taste of Derby: Event Provides Quarter Million Meals to Kentucky Families

 Brown-Forman Corporation joins with Louisville’s renowned and vibrant foodie community to present the 32nd annual Taste of Derby Festival — the largest Dare to Care Food Bank fundraiser of the year — on April 17, 2018 at Louisville Slugger Field. This premier tasting event will begin at 5 p.m. and will feature  an eclectic lineup of over 40 Louisville eateries and 20 beverage vendors.

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Couvillion (PHOTOS) Opens April 16, Features Local Ingredients in Deep Southern Dishes

Couvillion, Louisville’s new deep south restaurant in the former Finn’s building at the Germantown Lofts at 1318 McHenry St, is set to open April 16. The restaurant will be open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 4- 10 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Their menu says they are closed Tuesdays because they “eat tacos on Tuesdays.”

Read More to get a peek at their menu and the restaurant

Couvillion (prounced Coo-vee-yon) is the newest concept from Chef Paul Skulas, formerly of Portage House. Portage House was sold to Fat Lamb owner Dallas McGarity last month. Skulas says that he and the previous owners were able to build Portage House from scratch, so it has been interesting putting a restaurant into a building where he is trying to fit into someone else’s “shoe.” The building has three interior dining areas and a great exterior patio.

Skulas owns the new restaurant with two partners who wish to remain anonymous but are present in small ways like the slogan on the menu “So good, it’d make a rabbit smack a bear,” which was a saying by one of the other owner’s grandfathers.

Skulas used to cook in Mississippi, and he and his wife visit Louisiana every year because they love the culture. He took his staff to New Orleans when deciding on their menu, so everyone could taste the food and beverage in order to experience the culture first hand and have a reference point. It resulted in a menu with offerings such as smothered pork chops, catfish couvillion, cracklins (skin-on, twice-fried chunks of pork belly, side of pepper jelly)  pepper jelly braised mussels and of course red beans and rice as well as a variety of other southern favorites like collard greens, house pickles, gumbo, boudin balls and desserts like bourbon banana pudding.

The menu also features vegetarian options as noted in the menu with the phrase, “Skip the meat; try the beet.” They have beetloaf, which is a beet rice, cheddar, and  mixed nut base loaf,  and beet burgers. Perhaps most surprising for special diets is their gluten free cornbread. Skulas said most of the menu is gluten free.

(Food Photography by Jessica Fey)

The walls are adorned with fake animal skulls, unique art, kitchenware and New Orleans style paintings by Whitney Carpenter. The largest painting of a woman with a skeleton suitor was commissioned by Skulas and his wife after they saw something similar on a garage in New Orleans. The hardwood flooring and raw lumber wall behind the bar give a hint of life by the bayou.

The jackalope on the wall by the bar is their unofficial mascot. It’s a fictional animal that can be lured out of hiding with a bowl of whiskey, which causes it to be inebriated and slow so you can catch it. So, they’ll be  offering the jackalope’s whiskey or bourbon of the week.

Bar Manager Dave Tuney created the cocktail menu and says, “Every cocktail we have on the menu is taking inspiration from the flavors of Paul’s menu. We’ll work with that and have several base cocktails like the Young Buck — bourbon, Peychoud’s bitters from New Orleans , Ale-8-one ginger ale —  and Lawless, our take on a Prohibition era cocktail called Scofflaw — bourbon instead of Rye, aromatized wine, a five-spice grenadine we built in house, and some of the herbs and flavors Paul uses in his menu.”

Ale 8 isn’t the only Kentucky supplier. Couvillion sources their ingredients from mostly Kentuckiana suppliers like Hensley Homegrown Farms, Broadbent Country Hams, Weisenberger Mill, Penn’s Ham, Lake Barkley Wild-Caught Catfish, Louismill, Boone’s Butcher Shop, Jake’s 150 Quick Stop, Clem’s Foods and Alabama’s Conecuh Sausage.


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Restaurant photography by Jessica Mathis

Help our city! Get Your Restaurant Employees Vaccinated for HEP A

Thanks to a partnership with the Department of Public Health and Wellness and the University of Louisville’s Global Health Center, Louisville is now subsidizing Hepatitis A vaccines for restaurant workers, so they can receive the vaccine for just $25, knocking $40 to $75 off the price. This is an important step in curbing the Hepatitis A outbreak declared by the state in November that has seen more than 200 cases in Louisville and has spread to Southern Indiana. The subsidy is an encouragement to employers to cover their employee’s vaccinations.  Read more to find out how to get the discounted vaccines.

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Tapas Fans, Rejoice! Artesano Vino Tapos Y Más reopening Friday

Olé Restaurant Group, the creative force behind Mussel & Burger Bar, El Taco Luchador, Mercato Italiano and Guaca Mole Cocina Mexicana announced today the reopening on Friday, April 6 of  Artesano Vino Tapas Y Más located in Westport Village,  1321 Herr Ln #130 .  The Spanish small plates restaurant had been shuttered several months after extensive flooding.

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Closed Bob Evans Selling Everything; Portland’s Porkland BBQ Opens; Comfy Cow Closes in New Albany

Here’s some news about openings and closings from around the web this week.

First, if you’re in the market for restaurant equipment, dishes or furniture, Bob Evans has closed at  4730 Poplar Level Road, and is selling off everything – dishes, racks, salt and pepper shakers, and liquid dispensers to counters and furniture. Check out their posting on Craigslist here.

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