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Restaurant tidbits, September edition, part 2

I.  Bourbon Month specials at Bourbons Bistro

Bourbon’s Bistro, 2255 Frankfort Ave., will mark Bourbon Heritage Month with a Wednesday bar snack special. Executive chef Jeff Bridges, will concoct a series of “Bourbon Bites” for munching at the bar.  Chef Jeff Bridges described them as “the perfect complement to bourbon sippin’.”

And on Friday, Sept. 26, Bourbon’s Bistro will offer a Bourbon 101 class in its private event space to coincide with the F.A.T. Friday Trolley Hop. Guests will be provided with a flight of bourbon and some taste training. Cost is $20, and reservations can be made by phone or email.

II. Taste locally-produced wines  The Ice House 

Thursday, Sept. 18 at 6 p.m. The Ice House Lounge at 217 E. Main St. in downtown Louisville will host a locally-focused  “Straight from the Bottle” wine tasting, sampling wines from Old 502 Winery, Little Kentucky River Winery and Huber’s Orchard and Winery 

The class is part of a six-course series led by Ice House Director and wine guru Erica Schell. A cash bar will be open for refreshments before and after the tasting. Tickets are $20  Space is limited. Call (502) 589-4700 or go to www.IceHouseLouisville.com.

III. Louvino now has backyard patio

The rear patio is how open and serving drinks and small plates at Louvino, 1606 Bardstown Rd. The attractive enclosed space, a few steps below the parking lot and effectively screened off from with with wood paneling and abundant potted greenery, will provide fresh air, and shelter from the elements and perhaps the high-decibel count of the popular interior.

IV. Dustin Staggers leaves Monkey Wrench; will focus on developing Roux

Chef Dustin Staggers, who has made The Monkey Wrench, 1025 Barret Ave., an affordable dining destination, will leave his position as Executive Chef there to concentrate on the early October opening of his new restaurant, Roux, 1325 Bardstown Rd. Staggers will continue as Executive Consultant at the Monkey Wrench, a reduced role that will have him designing menus and assisting in event execution. His two Sous-Chefs, Janelle Hall and Tyler Vogt, will be in charge of the Monkey Wrench kitchen.

 V. Yum! Food truck Fridays at Yum! Center

Every Friday in September, one or more food trucks have been on the Yum! Center plaza from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., adding to the lunch choices for the business crowds in the area. Sept. 19 look for Pollo, Genius in a Box and Get it on a Bun at Booty’s Diner. On Sept. 26  Boss Hog’s BBQ will be smoking.