Humor: A Short List of Things that Restaurateurs Hate

[Originally published in the Fall 2017 issue of Food & Dining Magazine]

These days, everyone knows who the chefs are. But does anyone know anything about the restaurateurs behind them? Chances are you don’t. Who would want to, anyway? They rarely boast full-body food-related tattoos, never profess that their establishment fosters “community” and believe that ‘locally sourced’ means stuff from the Restaurant Depot down the street. Akin to Danny DeVito’s character Louie in the classic sitcom “Taxi,” owners are the pitiable stunted hobgoblins that do their selfish best to wield authority while bitching constantly about food cost. I should know. I am now one of them. And from behind the curtain in the wizard’s throne room, or Louie’s steel cage hoisted far above the garage floor, I now present a short list of what people like us hate. You are welcome. Continue reading Humor: A Short List of Things that Restaurateurs Hate

Equus guest chef pop-up dinner series starts next week

Starting Wednesday, Oct. 11, Equus & Jack’s Lounge chef-owner Dean Corbett will launch a monthly pop-up dinner series featuring guest chefs from around the region. The first such guest chef will be a Lousivillian, Mirin’s Griffin Paulin. Continue reading Equus guest chef pop-up dinner series starts next week

3rd Turn Brewing opens Oldham Gardens taproom and beer garden

3rd Turn Brewing, which opened its first taproom last year in a restored 1878 church on Gaslight Square in Jeffersontown, has now opened  Oldham Gardens, a 16-handle taproom with outdoor bar and patios, expansive garden and event space on a four-acre farm in Crestwood. The brewery complex at 6300 Old Lagrange Rd. will grow herbs, fruit and vegetables on the farm that will be used in their brewing. Continue reading 3rd Turn Brewing opens Oldham Gardens taproom and beer garden

Wiltshire Pantry moves commissary to Shelby Park

Wiltshire Pantry, the restaurant, bakery and catering business that has been growing slowly but surely for over 20 years, has moved its commissary operations into a new 4,250-square-foot space at 900 E. Kentucky St. – about triple the space of its former commissary on River Rd. The Wiltshire kitchen is the second tenant in the former Axton Candy & Tobacco Co. building, which Mike Safai owner of the local coffee roastery Safai Coffee, bought in July 2016. Continue reading Wiltshire Pantry moves commissary to Shelby Park

Looking into the future: more restaurants planned

We recently posted about several new restaurants that have opened in recent weeks. Several other new restaurant announcements have been circulating as well, but about businesses planned for the near future. Aware that, as the saying goes, there is many a slip twixt cup and the lip, nonetheless, here are some future dining choices we will be keeping an eye on. Continue reading Looking into the future: more restaurants planned

Easy Entertaining — Farmers’ Market Inspired Elegant but Easy Summer Party

[Originally published in the Fall 2017 issue of Food & Dining Magazine]

We like what late summer here in the Ohio Valley provides us for parties — long, lazy afternoons and evenings; patios and decks ideal for grilling and eating al fresco; sitting in the dark listening to the crickets. And, of course, the bounty at the farmers markets’ that provide the freshest foods to feed guests. Continue reading Easy Entertaining — Farmers’ Market Inspired Elegant but Easy Summer Party

Tandoori Fusion to open Monday

Tandoori Fusion, an Indian restaurant that has been talked about for some months, is finally ready to open Monday, Oct. 2 in the Chamberlain Pointe shopping center,9708 Brownsboro Rd. Restaurant owner Purna Veer, a professional software consultant, also owns a farm in Oldham County, which will supply fresh vegetables for the restaurant in season. Continue reading Tandoori Fusion to open Monday

Hull & High Water opens today

Hull & High Water, downtown New Albany’s much-anticipated seafood restaurant, will open today, Sept. 28 at 4 p.m. at 324 E. Main St., after a silly kerfuffle about the name being too similar to a yet-to-open bar (Hell and High Water) in downtown Louisville. Continue reading Hull & High Water opens today

Recent restaurant openings

Come November, the Winter issue of F&D will have a thorough run-down of all the newest restaurants in town. But in the meantime, it is valuable to know what has been happening in the last month or so to add to the dining choices. Here are some of the newest dining spots that we have had word of Continue reading Recent restaurant openings

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