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Cocktails and Couture mixes food, fashion and fun

Get ready for a fast paced night of fun at Copper and Kings Distillery, 1121 E. Washington St.,  this Friday with “Cocktails and Couture” — a night of food, fashion, shopping, comedy and musical entertainment. The doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the fun runs from 6 p.m. until 11 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door and are $20 for individuals or $35 for a couple.

This event comes to you from event producer Tawana Bain and her partner Andrea Meriweather. We spoke with Bain, who also produces ongoing fashion events at Mediterranean bar and grill Vis A Vis, and she said this is a little grander scale than their usual events, because it’s the end of the year bash to support Charity of Love Increasing Faith and Hope (CLIFH),  a non-profit that gives support to fatherless children.

Cocktails and Couture schedule for food, fashion , dating fun in Louisville

The night will start off at 6 p.m.  with Copper and Kings cocktails and small bites by Gigi Bites (included in ticket price) with  relationship columnist Mindy Honey (LEO, Playboy, Teen Vogue) and community activist Ravon Churchill as emcees.  The menu includes Spanakopita, Mini Quiche, Meatballs, Veggie Spread, Cheese platter, Batch Tails, Mac n Cheese,  and Bacon Balls.

This opening reception will be followed by live entertainment from R&B artist Junior Jackson. Then, everyone will move to the second floor for a fashion show by All for Men Threads.

“We typically do a male and female fashion show, but this is our end of the year bash sponsored by All for Men Threads, so we are focusing on the men,” said Bain. “Ten males will be on the floor in fashion looks, engaging with the audience, and all eyes will be on them.”

Everyone will move to the third level of the building at 7 p.m. for a pop up fashion shop and open enrollment with Ideal Bartending School before returning to the first level for a dating panel made up of singles and couples. Audience members can ask the panel whatever they want and enjoy the candid answers. The dating panel is hosted by Prenashee Shiffawn, a dating/relationship and social media personality and owner of Shee Said, He Said.

“We try not to make it [the dating panel] a signature part of the night, “ Bain explained. “But we tried it last time and it went very well. We try to include one newlywed, a veteran wed, and single on the panel.”

After a short break, comedians Jason English and Tara Crush-Cooley will close things out with a comedy show.  D.J. Samosa will also be entertaining throughout the night, and Bain said she’s very excited to have female D.J. because they usually feature males.


Summer in December: South American Wine Dinner

Join the Varanese  crew —  executive chef / proprietor John Varanese, chef de cuisine Erik Abraham, sous chef Callie Critchelow — and guest speaker James Kaiser from Excelsior Wines on Tuesday, December 19 for  “Summer in December,” a South American wine experience.

This wine dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. and will be $65 per person (plus tax and gratuity.) There is also a $40 per person “food only” option. Reservations must be made in advance with a credit card and can be made in person at 2106 Frankfort Ave, by emailing  or by calling 502-899-9904.

First Course

Amado Sur, Torrontes

Grilled avocado tostada with chipotle aioli,

tomatillo salsa and queso fresco

Second Course

Marques de Casa Concha, Chardonnay

Crispy fried shrimp over a green cabbage, lime and jalapeno slaw

topped with a habanero jam

Third Course

Casillero del Diablo, Pinot Noir

Smoked chorizo and potato hash topped with a soft cooked egg

finished with a cilantro hollandaise

Forth Course

Trivento Golden Reserve, Malbec

Slow braised pork ropa vieja

served with long grain rice and a black bean puree

Fifth Course

Don Melchor, Cabernet Sauvignon

Roasted leg of lamb served over white sweet potato puree

topped with salsa verde and charred tomatoes

Sixth Course

Frontera Moonlight, Late Harvest Blend

Mango flan with dried mango and macadamia nut crumble

and dulce leche


Red Herring changes ownership, adds full dinner menu

Red Herring ownership change

One of Louisville’s newest cocktail lounges, Red Herring faced a sudden change recently when co-owner Brett Davis moved to work at a winery in Michigan. Executive chef Jacob Coronado and bar manager Clay Livingston stepped up to join building owner Mo Deljoo as co-owners.  Coronado is excited to be able make some changes – like expanding their small bites menu into a full dinner menu that will change almost weekly based on visits to farmers markets with his kitchen staff. He said he is most excited that the things he hoped for the most are already happening.

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Seviche’s holiday Dinner and a Movie

Seviche, – A Latin Restaurant, at 1535 Bardstown Rd, continues their Dinner and a Movie  series with the holiday favorite Home Alone on December 17 and 18 at  6 p.m. Dinner is $95 per person; it includes a cocktail reception before dinner and wine pairings.   

Seviche usually ties the menu into a meal served in the film, but this month’s offering is an upscale holiday inspired meal.

Call 502-473-8560 to make a reservation.

The menu is as follows:

Winter salad – apple, cranberry, blue cheese, walnuts
Butternut squash bisque – black truffle, goat cheese, breadcrumbs
Pork belly – brussel sprouts, pecans, bourbon barrel maple
Filet mignon – potatoes au gratin, buerre rouge, baby roots
Eggnog Cheesecake – rum, vanilla bean crema, gingerbread

Anoosh offers December lunch menu in Louisville

Shoppers will have another option for lunch while out in the flurry of holiday errands this year. Anoosh Bistro, 4864 Brownsboro Rd, will be offering lunch service from Tuesday, December 5 through Friday December 22. Lunch will be served Tuesday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dinner will continue Monday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

“We know many folks will have visitors in town for the holidays and work up an appetite shopping at the nearby boutiques and malls,” said executive chef and owner Anoosh Shariatt in his press release. “We welcome all to our tables for a good-for-you, hearty meal.”

The casual restaurant’s menu boasts fresh seafood, pasta, risotto, salads, beef and vegetarian options.

Last year, Shariat only offered dinner, but he decide to listen to customer requests and offer a prix fixe menu which includes a choice of entree with the homemade soup of the day or house salad for $25 plus tax and gratuity. For reservations or more information, call 502-690-6585.

The December lunch menu offers the  following entrees to choose from:

  • Salmon with pomegranate gastrique and seasonal vegetables
  • Rosemary chicken with seasonal vegetables
  • Pork tenderloin with roasted apples, sherry demi-glace and seasonal vegetables
  • House-made pasta with roasted mushrooms, sundried tomatoes and asparagus

Celebrate  Repeal Day at Varanese tonight

Marking the anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition has become an annual event around town, with many bars offering specials to commemorate the United States returning to its senses after a disastrous experiment of social engineering. Tonight, Dec. 5 at 6:30 p.m., Varanese, 2106 Frankfort Ave., goes all-out with a grand Repeal Day dinner, partnering with Old Forester and  featuring guest speaker Todd Vice of Kentucky Spirits to talk about the history of the national experiment in dry living, and his choices for Bourbon pairings with the 4-course dinner.

The Reception Cocktail will be a Smoked Pineapple Bourbon Cocktail, followed by the first course of lump crab cake with lettuce salad served with a mustard dijonnaise, The first course will be accompanied by tastings of Old Forester 86, Woodford Reserve, Old Forester Statesman and Old Forester 1920 Prohibition Style Bourbons.

The second course will be a frisée salad with confit butternut squash, toasted pumpkin seeds and goat cheese, with a maple-bourbon vinaigrette.

The third course, fried quail served over buttermilk waffles with a sunnyside-up egg and braised greens, will be paired with a Bourbon Rouge cocktail.

The dessert cocktail with be Old Forester Pear Cocktail, and the dessert will be spiced apple crumb cake with Bourbon caramel frosting and cinnamon marshmallow ice cream.

The dinner and Bourbon pairings will be $60. Calling (502) 899-9904 or email

Annual bake sale funds culinary scholarships

Louisville bake sale funds scholarships for culinary school and helps connect local farms to schools and restaurants

You can again support the Kentucky chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier (LDEIKY) while feeding your love of baked goods during their third annual bake sale at Ramsi’s Café on the World, 1293 Bardstown Rd. on Saturday, Dec. 2. from 1 to 5 p.m. (or until sold out, which has happened within the first few hours in previous years.)

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Holiday Champagne dinner at Brasserie Provence

Brasserie Provence, 150 N.Hurstbourne Pkwy., will host its fourth annual 5-course Holiday Champagne Dinner on Thursday, December 7 at 6:30 p.m. Advanced Level Sommelier Julie DeFriend from Vintner Select will be on hand to discuss her selections of a reserve sparkling wine, three unusual Champagnes and a Champagne liqueur served with dessert. Continue reading Holiday Champagne dinner at Brasserie Provence

Local boy hits it big in NYC restaurant world

Louisville native Akhtar Nawab is one of the featured chefs in the November online feature of Food and Wine magazine in which immigrant chefs celebrate Thanksgiving with their families,  with their own mixture of ethnic and American foods and rituals. The article, found here online, includes a video of Nawab and his mother talking about his life-long interest in making food, and his family’s at first grudging acceptance of his decision to cook for a living. Continue reading Local boy hits it big in NYC restaurant world

Buy Christmas cookies; help educate a chef

Saturday, Dec. 2, from 1-5 p.m.,  Les Dames d’Escoffier Kentucky will host the organization’s third annual holiday bake sale at Ramsi’s Café, 1293 Bardstown Rd. All proceeds from the sale, which will offer both sweet and savory holiday treats, will benefit LDEIKY’s scholarship fund.

Items available, baked by local celebrated chefs, skilled bakers, and LDEIKY members, include homemade cookies, breads, cakes, cupcakes, muffins, scones, pies, and much more. Shoppers can start their holiday shopping at the bake sale, and then join in the season’s festivities at Bardstown Road Aglow. Continue reading Buy Christmas cookies; help educate a chef