Zagat dubs Louisville one of 7 U.S. emerging restaurant towns

Zagat, whose guides to U.S. restaurants have long directed customers to good eats, has named Louisville one of seven up-and-coming food towns in the U.S.

It’s a suitable honor to be sure. The other six include Nashville, Birmingham, Ala., Athens, Ga., Boulder, Colo., Salt Lake City and Charleston, S.C. That last one … hmm … we think that long ago passed the “up and coming” level, but alas, it’s Zagat’s list. The others really are some rockin’ restaurant towns, so if your travels take you there, have your fork handy. Continue reading Zagat dubs Louisville one of 7 U.S. emerging restaurant towns

Vodka — The Gateway Spirit

I am a cocktail enthusiast, part of a small but growing handful of people who drink because we love the art of drinking.

I love the theatrics involved in preparing a quality drink: the sound of ice cracking, the ease and elegance with which a bartender moves his fingers around the swiveled stem of a bar spoon, mist from orange and lemon peels releasing their oils, and finally, the moment a drink is poured into a glass, velvety smooth with a few ice crystals floating on top, ready to be experienced. Continue reading Vodka — The Gateway Spirit

‘Soul Food Junkies’ documentary showing at Ali Center March 25

Food & Dining focuses mostly on what’s cooking in Louisville restaurants, but we thought it important to lead you to an excellent documentary that takes a hard look at the blessings and curses of the fatty-flavorful cuisine African Americans call soul food. Continue reading ‘Soul Food Junkies’ documentary showing at Ali Center March 25

List of Louisville restaurants featured on TV is growing.

News that Seviche will be featured on an upcoming Food Network show got us asking: What other Louisville restaurants have made it to the national small screen?

And wouldn’t you know it, just as there’s an app for nearly everything, there’s a website, TVFoodMaps.com, that shows which restaurants in each town have been featured. Continue reading List of Louisville restaurants featured on TV is growing.

Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail lands on National Geographic’s 10 Best Spring Trips for 2013.

So National Geographic has named the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Tour a “Best Spring Trip” for 2013. Well, we’ll be darned—and darned proud.

Seems the yellow-bordered magazine of our youths, the one packed with photographs of mountain peak ascents, exotic wildlife and pics otherwise deemed um, well, unacceptable outside of a strictly educational setting, has the hots for one of Kentucky’s greatest travel treasures. Continue reading Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail lands on National Geographic’s 10 Best Spring Trips for 2013.

Food & Dining magazine wins multiple photography awards for 2012 work.

A series of images published in Food & Dining last year collected top honors last month in the 39th annual Louie Awards, an event produced by the American Advertising Federation’s Louisville Chapter.

The photos were shot by our longtime chief photographer, Dan Dry. In his day job, he is senior vice president/chief visual officer at Power Creative, a top local advertising and graphics design firm. In his other identity as one of the country’s best photographers, he has won over 400 awards, including a Pulitzer and National Press Photographer of the Year. Continue reading Food & Dining magazine wins multiple photography awards for 2012 work.

The State of Louisville Brewing.

Resident beer expert Roger Baylor takes a look at how far our local brewing has come…

The Kentucky Derby has taken place right here in Louisville every year since 1875. From 1979 through 1992, there was no locally brewed beer to celebrate the Run for the Roses, but when Sea Hero captured the race in 1993, a few hardy and pioneering microbrew fans could be found drinking Silo Red Rock Ale. Later that fall, Bluegrass Brewing Company was founded, and there Louisville’s present-day craft beer story really begins. Continue reading The State of Louisville Brewing.

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