Former Louisville server says restaurant servers need to up their game

For good reason, Louisville’s restaurant scene has attracted a lot of national attention lately, and at least for Steve Coomes, one of our contributors, the lion’s share of credit for that attention is deserved by the kitchen, not in the front of the house.

Coomes claims Louisville’s best-known chefs correctly have been praised for their outstanding and innovative food, how well their supporting cooks are trained, and how carefully they source and manage ingredients. Continue reading Former Louisville server says restaurant servers need to up their game

F&D Recommends Jamaican Jerk Chicken at the Kentucky Reggae Festival (recipe included)

Certain foods bring more to the table than just their good taste. Some foods evoke a range of sensory connections that tie us to experiences and memories.

For me, when I eat the foods of the Caribbean, I see again the deep blue sky over the white sands that hug the blue-green waters, I hear the happy laughter of the people who have come to love living by that warm sea, who create rich art and music out of their long-established culture. Continue reading F&D Recommends Jamaican Jerk Chicken at the Kentucky Reggae Festival (recipe included)

Oakroom hosting ‘Great Gatsby’ ’74 movie and dinner June 1

You don’t have to be a Leo DiCaprio lover to find the June 1 Great Gatsby Dinner at The Oakroom a great event.

The five-course dinner will, no doubt, be an appropriately flashy presentation set in the period-correct dining room, where “Great Gatsby” author F. Scott Fitzgerald likely ate. (He was thrown out of the Seelbach Bar, legend has it.) Continue reading Oakroom hosting ‘Great Gatsby’ ’74 movie and dinner June 1

June 8 Bourbon Trail course on the schedule at Moonshine University

Before we get all serious and newsy … how do you not love a place named Moonshine University? Does it not make you wonder if going back to college would be the right thing to do—if and only if—you could enroll at Moon U? We bet class attendance would be 100 percent, 100 percent of the time. Continue reading June 8 Bourbon Trail course on the schedule at Moonshine University

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

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