As the festivities of the New Year wind down into the odd everyday ups and downs of January–one day biting cold, a week later balmy breezes confuse crocuses into poking up buds–several note-worthy happenings have been popping along in the restaurant world. A Frankfort Ave. stalwart celebrates an anniversary, Germantown hipsters get a new pizza place, and a wine tasting for a good cause are among upcoming events.
- Bourbons Bistro, 2255 Frankfort Ave., is marking its 10th year in business this year, a notable landmark for an industry known for the evanescence of new businesses.
Beginning February 2, Bourbons Bistro will be open seven days a week. The bar area will open at 4:30 p.m. with happy hour lasting until 7. Dining service will begin at 5.
- The old VFW Post, at 1045 Goss Avenue in Germantown, has morphed into The Post, thanks to owners Nash Neely and Laura Clemmons Neely. The pie concept at the new place will be New York-style. Neely and his kitchen crew tested several different recipe approaches to their dough and sauces before settling on their final product line.
Though he calls himself a pizza purist, Neely will offer some specialty pies, like the Army Brat (olive oil base, bratwurst, garlic, jalapeno, cheddar, sauerkraut and brown mustard drizzle) and The Peace Treaty (light Thousand Island dressing base, corned beef, sauerkraut and Swiss)–sort of a a Rueben pizza. Post Pizza is open 4 p.m. – 2 a.m. Wednesday – Monday at 1045 Goss Ave.
- Sunday, Jan. 25, from 5 to 9 p.m., the Tyler Park neighborhood will host a French wine tasting, with hors d’oeuvres, to benefit the Tyler Park Master Plan renovations. The event is sponsored by The Wine Market, who will provide the beverages. The tasting will take place at.the Mid City Mall, 1250 Bardstown Rd. Tickets are $25, and can be purchased at The Wine Market, 1200 Bardstown Rd., or from your friendly neighborhood Tyler Park Neighborhood Association board member.
- The Picarescala Culinary Institute, which is associated with Los Monitos Language Institute, will offer French cooking classes, focusing on crepe making Tuesday, Jan. 27, and a Valentine;s Date Night on Feb. 14. Classes are 6:30-8:30 p.m. The crepes class will cost $49, the Valentine’s Date class will be $178 per couple. All class fees also includes wine. The classes will be at the Crane house, 1244 S. Third St. Call (502) 893-0933.
- Another special cooking class will be offered Wednesday, Feb. 4 in the kitchen at Bourbon Barrel Foods, in the Butchertown Market building, 1201 Story Ave. Tuscan-trained chef Gina Stipo will assist attendees in making Italian winter meals, with dishes such as risotto and braised meats. The cost is $55. Call (502) 333-6103.