History in the glass on the menu during De La Torre’s Raventos wine dinner May 22

Louisville diners are treated to lots of wine dinners, but this one appears to be a bit special.

The De La Torre’s (1606 Bardstown Rd.) Raventos wine dinner, set for Wednesday, May 22, at 7 p.m., will feature Arnau Roca, who is coming from Barcelona as special guest. Continue reading History in the glass on the menu during De La Torre’s Raventos wine dinner May 22

Get your mugs ready for the Highlands Beer Festival Saturday

Some 213 beers from 60 breweries will poured at this weekend’s Highlands Beer Festival, held from 5-9 p.m. inside Mid-City Mall (1250 Bardstown Road).

The Festival is sponsored by the ever-generous and always beer-minded folks at ValuMarket, whose growler offerings are always good. At a similar event in December, 1,030 people came to drink about 150 different beers. Continue reading Get your mugs ready for the Highlands Beer Festival Saturday

Oh, the chefs, they are a changin’

Less than a month after he was made executive chef at the St. Charles Exchange, Tyler Powell is on his way to The Silver Dollar, the red-hot honky-tonk in Clifton, where he’ll assume the same title.

Powell had recently replaced Patrick McCandless as the executive chef at the one-year-old St. Charles, but apparently had been in talks with Silver Dollar operators for some time about the move. Continue reading Oh, the chefs, they are a changin’

May 18 Bacon Ball moves to Oxmoor Farm to handle swelling crowd

The Louisville Visual Arts Association’s third-annual Bacon Ball is leaving the Louisville Water Tower site for more a spacious pen at Oxmoor Farm, located just behind Oxmoor Mall.

Last year’s event drew 1,200 bacon lovers, requiring the switch to a larger venue. Continue reading May 18 Bacon Ball moves to Oxmoor Farm to handle swelling crowd

Surprise! Sidebar at Whiskey Row now open to the public

Though the official grand opening of Sidebar at Whiskey Row isn’t scheduled until May 14, the better burger, cocktail-centered, classy-casual restaurant officially opened to the public this week for both lunch and dinner.

Located at 129 N. Second Street (directly across from the KFC Yum! Center, which will make it a prime spot for pre- and post-game grub), operating hours are 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Wednesday, and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. Continue reading Surprise! Sidebar at Whiskey Row now open to the public

Good beer, grub and 150 booths at LIBA Buy Local Fair Saturday

Saturday’s fifth-annual Buy Local Fair is setting up to be a doozy not only for people who support local businesses, but for lovers of local foods and beer.

Sponsored by the Louisville Independent Business Alliance (LIBA), the event has grown to include more than 150 booths showcasing goods and services from a variety of local businesses, musicians, artists and craftspeople, community organizations and farmers. Continue reading Good beer, grub and 150 booths at LIBA Buy Local Fair Saturday

Late night Derby party: Varanese hosting 27th-annual Billy’s Burger Bash

Twenty-seven years ago, Billy Rapaport was really hungry, but still wide awake after working all week as NBC’s field producer for its Kentucky Derby coverage. The wiry, energetic Rapaport took his film crew to Zena’s downtown for some beer and blues, only to find its kitchen was closed after midnight.

Starving and eager to stay, Rapaport convinced Zena’s owners he’d do the cooking for his crew—and anyone who wanted food—if they’d let him, and they did. Thus began what became known as Billy’s Burger Bash, a late night post-Derby party for anyone with the energy after that long week. Continue reading Late night Derby party: Varanese hosting 27th-annual Billy’s Burger Bash

Furloughed Meat cocktailers to shake at Angel’s Envy ‘pop-up bar’ on Main

Here’s a cool and unexpected Derby Week bar opportunity: Angel’s Envy (the super-premium bourbon made by master distiller Lincoln Henderson) is hosting a pop-up bar from tonight through Sunday at 400 E. Main St., right across from Slugger Field.

Hours are Thursday 4-9 p.m. and Friday through Sunday 5 p.m.-12 a.m. As is the case with any bar, all must be 21 or older to enter.

For a temporary spot, it’s purty cushy. Check out the picture. Continue reading Furloughed Meat cocktailers to shake at Angel’s Envy ‘pop-up bar’ on Main

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