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Restaurant tid-bits, September edition Part I

I. Anthony Lamas, chef/owner of Seviche, A Latin Restaurant, Bardstown Rd., is among more than a dozen chefs from around the country invited to the James Beard Foundation’s fifth Chefs Boot Camp for Policy & Change at 21c Museum Hotel in Bentonville, Ark. The 3-day symposium, which met Sept. 7 to 9, focused on “policy and advocacy skills through the lens of access and affordability of food,” according to a press release.

Lamas has previously been cited by Monterey Bay Aquarium for his efforts to use and promote fish from sustainable fishery populations.

 II. Napa River dinner to feature Ste. Michelle wines

September 10, from 6:30-9 p.m., Napa River Grill, 1211 Herr Lane, will host Thom Horsey, National Wine Educator for Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, who will discuss his pairings for a 6-course dinner.  The wines will inlcude Eroica Riesling, Chateau Ste Michelle “Horse Heaven Hills” Sauvignon Blanc, 14 Hands Reserve Merlot Spring Valley Vineyards  “Nina Lee” Syrah.  Stags Leap Wine Cellars “Artemis” Cabernet Sauvignon and Chateau Ste Michelle Late Harvest Chenin Blanc.

The dinner and wine pairings will be $55,  Call 502 893-0141.

 III. Edward Lee begins his co-host duties this week, along with much-ballyhoed Magnus Nilsson, for the third season of PBS’s “The Mind of a Chef.”  Produced by Anthony Bourdain, the not-your-usual cooking show blends cooking, travel, history, art and science, with each episode delving below the surface to understand the inspirations behind food traditions and trends.

Several episodes will have a local Louisville and Kentucky focus. After exploring his roots in New York’s rich multi-ethnic food environment, Lee will examine how the move to Louisville has inspired and shaped his cooking.  That episode will first air Monday, Sept. 29 at 1:30 p.m. on KET2 and Thursday, Oct. 2 at midnight  on KET.

The Oct. 6 episode (rebroadacast Oct. 9) has Lee traveling around Kentucky to explore country ham and sorghum. And, of course, he has his obligatory “Bourbon” episode, Monday, Oct. 20 and Thursday, Oct. 23.

IV. Downtown White Castle to be demolished!

And then rebuilt, of course, in the post-modern iteration similar to the re-build on Shelbyville Rd in St. Matthews. The renovations are expected to take about five months, and the funky unwholesomeness of the old Porcelain Palace will be replaced with a family-friendly, updated decor, including large-screen TVs and a modern, open kitchen area.The restaurant’s design will include counter stools, which were once a mainstay at White Caste locations.

The latest re-fashioning will be the fourth incarnation of the cult fast-food outlet on Broadway at Seventh St.