The Louisville Independent Business Alliance postponed its annual Buy Local Fair last month because of the imminent threat of bad weather. As of this writing, the weather gods seem more benevolent for the event now scheduled for Sunday, July 2, at the Louisville Water Tower, its location for the last several years.
Since the Fair is an outdoor event, the LIBA team decided to play it safe when all the weather reports agreed that rain was on the way last month. The Buy Local Fair features over 180 booths from an array of local businesses, artists, nonprofits and farmers. There will be food and drink vendors, including a craft beer tent, live music, and cooking and cocktail competitions. This is the first year for the “Drink Local Craft Cocktail Competition,” where local bartenders will create unique cocktails and attendees can vote.
At the cooking competition, defending champion Patrick Roney of Harvest Restaurant will be taking on Jacob Coronado from Red Herring. In this Iron Chef-style cooking competition, the chefs will be given a basket of mystery ingredients and will have 30 minutes to create a dish for a panel of judges.
The rescheduled fair takes place Sunday, July 2, from noon to 6 p.m. at the Louisville Water Tower, 3005 River Road. Admission is free, though parking is $5 per vehicle. Ride your bike to avoid parking fees.
A new event begins tomorrow at Churchill Downs Downs After Dark series of nighttime entertainment. Before the spring meet ends, two top Louisville chefs will take their talents to the “Guest Chef Series @ Millionaire’s Row.” Continue reading New chef series at Downs After Dark
Our Summer 2016 issue of Food & Dining Magazine is now available on newsstand and online!
In this issue:
Comings & Goings — A summary of changes on the local restaurant scene, with openings, closings, moves and more.
Wiltshire at the Speed Profile — Greg Gapsis is wowed by the renovated museum, and well-fed by restaurateur Susan Hershberg’s café, Wiltshire at the Speed, where he also talks art and food with Chef Coby Ming
River House Restaurant and Raw Bar Profile — Michael L. Jones talks to Chef John Varanese about the 15-year struggle to open an elegant riverside restaurant. Continue reading Hot off the presses: The new issue of Food & Dining Magazine has hit the stands!
That new portmanteau word, “beer-unch”, is to call attention to a different sort of meal pairing. Harvest, 624 E. Market St., is collaborating with Goodwood Brewing Co., around the corner on 636 Main St., to offer a brunch tomorrow, Saturday, March 19, with dishes paired with Goodwood beers, followed by a tour of the brewery. Continue reading Beer-unch at Harvest tomorrow
Patrick Roney spent 10 years working as a private chef on yachts. He moved to Louisville two and a half years ago with one goal in mind – to work at the Oakroom, Louisville’s only AAA Five Diamond restaurant. But even Roney thought it would take more than a few months to land at the restaurant in the Seelbach Hilton Louisville.
“My wife’s family is from the area and we’ve eaten our way through most of the restaurants in Louisville,” Roney explains. “I always admired the Oakroom. I worked at Avalon for about four months when I heard that the Oakroom needed a Chef De Cuisine. Even I am amazed at how quickly it happened.”
Roney talked to Food & Dining only days after the Oakroom was recertified. Each year AAA reviews nearly 30,000 restaurants, but just 0.2 percent make the Five Diamond list. Roney was understandably happy that the Oakroom made the cut again. Continue reading Chef Q&A: The Oakroom’s Patrick Roney