State Plate Features Kentucky in Episode Monday

The Brown Hotel and its famous Hot Brown have caught the attention of former American Idol winner Taylor Hicks, who will feature this signature dish on the new season of INSP’s award-winning original culinary-travel series State Plate, which follows Hicks as he tastes his way across the United States on a quest to assemble plates that represent each state’s most historic and tastiest foods. 

The episode highlighting iconic Kentucky dishes will air on Monday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m. EST and features the Brown Hotel’s executive chef James Adams and Hicks preparing and eating the Hot Brown in the hotel’s kitchen and four-star English Grill. This episode also features Frankfort, Lexington, Lawrenceburg and Louisville for Benedictine, burgoo, spoonbread, and bourbon balls.

Photography by Chris Witzke of the famous Hot Brown

Get your Dancin’ and Day Drink on with Disco Brunch Sunday

If you enjoy the artsy and fun vibe in the HIghlands, get ready for something new and sparkly. Roc, 1327 Bardstown Rd, is going to be hosting disco brunches, and the first one is this Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Every month will have a theme, and this one features the 80’s with a guitarist, percussionist and a DJ. You can come dressed as you like or join the staff in your 80’s garb. $50 per person includes one brunch item, one dessert, two drinks and a whole lot of dancin’; reservations are requested and can be made by calling 502-459-7878.

“I had a restaurant in new york, and we threw lots of parties,” said owner Rocco Cadalini. “By noon, there will be heavy duty music. The idea is that by the time you leave, you’ll feel like you were at a disco all night.”


Photography: One of Cadalini’s disco brunches in New York, courtesy of Roc

Weekend Concerts For Restaurant Flood Victims

As the water finally begins to recede, those who make their living along the Ohio River are just starting their long journey to recovery. The floods were unforgiving for numerous bars and restaurants that dot River Road. So, restaurateur Chef John Varanese made the decision to rally the Louisville community in support of its food community. The Ohio River flooding cut off revenue for several days and now significant resources will be spent to cleanup and rebuild the eateries so they can reopen for business. To help fill that financial void, Varanese, owner of River House Restaurant & Raw Bar, Levee, as well as Varanese Restaurant, will host benefit concerts this Thursday, March 8 through Saturday, March 10, for his colleagues in the food and beverage industry. Varanese will also be delivering food and bottled water to employees and volunteers doing clean up at restaurants on Friday.

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Heine Brothers’ in Omni Hotel Grand Opening Friday

Join Mayor Greg Fischer for a ribbon cutting as Heine Brothers’ Coffee celebrates the grand opening  of their newest location at the new Omni Hotel at 400 S. 2nd Street in downtown Louisville. The newest Heine Bros will be part of the Falls City Market, a 20,000 sq. foot urban market and food hall including grocery, brick oven pizza, a florist, wine & spirits, and more. This new location will be open seven-days-a-week from 6 a.m.-8 p.m.

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Portage House Changes Ownership, Menu, Hours As Skulas Leaves

Jeffersonville restaurant The Portage House, 117 E Riverside Dr, changed ownership over the weekend as one of the previous owners Paul Skulas continues work on his new concept, Couvillion, in the former Finn’s space at the Germantown Lofts.   Doers Restaurant Group, which Skulas was an investor in,  decided to sell Portage House after Skulas started work on his new project. The group still owns Parlor Pizza in Jeffersonville, 131 W Chestnut St.

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Enjoy Spanish Wines, Five courses Thursday at The English Grill

Just named the “most romantic restaurant” in Kentucky by Food & Wine Magazine, the English Grill at downtown Louisville’s historic Brown Hotel will highlight wines from Spain’s renowned Castilla-La Mancha region known for its red wine blends on Thursday, March 8 at 6:30 p.m. The five-course menu prepared by chef de cuisine Dustin Willett will showcase the season’s finest ingredients paired with Marqués de Griñón wines. Cost for the dinner and wine pairings is $75 per person, plus tax and gratuity. For more information, or to make a reservation, call 502-583-1234 or visit their website.

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Celebrate Receding Louisville Flood Waters With Special Cocktails

Doc Crow’s is featuring two cocktails this week to celebrate the (hopefully continued) receding of Louisville flood waters. Both cocktails are available through this weekend for $9.

“After the Flood,” created by bartender Joe Hoban, includes Bols Genever, Storico Vermouth di Torino Cocchi, Kronan Swedish Punsch, a dash of Angostura bitters and garnished with expressed grapefruit peel.

Or try “The Crest Line,” Keri Smith’s creation with Tanqueray Malacca, Suze, grapefruit juice, lemon juice, demerara syrup and Swedish herbs, garnished with fresh cracked black pepper and a sprig of thyme.

 Photo courtesy of Doc Crow’s and cropped with permission.

Pizza Hut Scores as Papa John’s Slices Ties with NFL

Pizza Hut just landed a new marketing plan thanks to Papa John’s and the NFL cutting ties. You might remember when former CEO John Schnatter blamed declining sales on NFL players taking one knee. In the wake of that scandal, there was a change in leadership and a change in marketing.  Papa John’s has been the official pizza of the NFL since 2010, but CNBC reported Tuesday that current CEO Steve Ritchie has announced that the chain will be cutting ties (as part of a mutal agreement) with the NFL and focusing their marketing on 22 specific teams instead.

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Comings & Goings

As we sit down to assess the state of the local restaurant world this issue, we see that we have passed a milestone — our total listings at the back of the magazine top 1,400 Louisville area restaurants for the first time. We have tallied more openings than closings in each issue for four straight years. (The last negative tally was Spring of 2014, when two more businesses closed than new restaurants opened.) As we look back on the entire year in 2017, we noted 103 openings opposed to 52 closings – almost 2 to 1. And the torrid pace of new dining options continues into 2018. In this issue, we note more total openings (new stand-alone businesses and additional locations of existing restaurants) than we listed in any single issue in 2017 – a total of 34 new places to eat. Continue reading Comings & Goings

Free Entry Monday To First Ever Louisville Black and Local Food Festival

The first ever Black and Local Food Festival happens Monday March 5 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the University of Louisville Bigelow Hall-Miller IT Center, 199, 101 Eastern Pkwy, The event will feature free entry to food tastings, entertainment, and shopping and is presented by the U of L Engage Lead Serve Board (ELSB), Student Activities Board (SAB) and Black Student Union (BSU).

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