The LouVino Menu with Bill Jennings, and the EDT podcast has advice for John Schnatter

It’s amazing how many talented chefs find their way to Louisville. Or in Bill Jennings’ case, find their way home to Louisville. We talk with the executive chef at LouVino about the restaurant’s growth, his upbringing in the ‘Ville, and going off to culinary school in New York straight out of St. X.

Of course, the story dominating local news is the collapse of John Schnatter’s reputation. Even though the story was just breaking when the podcast was recorded, Carolyn brings her take as a crisis public relations expert, and has some advice that we’re sure Schnatter will ignore.

Our Eats of the Week segment includes Carolyn’s trip to Germantown’s newest dining hotspot – Couvillion, where she sampled some southern-style Brisket and sides. Rick tried a slice from the new Pizza Bar at Fourth Street Live.

Speaking of the downtown entertainment venue, the show’s sponsor holds its Farmers Market every Wednesday, and the big show coming up on the Street is Nelly on August 3.

In studio with Bill Jennings

EDT Podcast: Forecastle Sets Sail with Bourbon Lodge in Front

Carolyn and Rick have been keeping a busy schedule eating and drinking around town, all so we can talk about it here on the EatDrinkTalk podcast. We start with Carolyn’s Eat of the Week, which she found in Westport Village at the Artesano Tapas spot. She gives the Ole Restaurant Group spot high marks for some succulent lunch dishes.

Rick went all the way to Nashville to discover that city’s equivalent of the ‘Ville’s own Seafood Lady. It was not fancy, just mouth-watering seafood (lobster, shrimp) served in styrofoam containers.

It’s Forecastle Week in the ‘Ville, and while concert-goers savor the sounds of the likes of Jason Isbell and Arcade Fire, many end up in the air-conditioned comfort of the Bourbon Lodge. Liquor Barn’s Brad Williams traces the evolution of the attraction, which has become a big event in the bourbon world, thanks to the keen interest in the project by founder J.K. McKnight. Williams says the Rarities Bar is a treasure to bourbon aficionados, with plenty of bottles you won’t find elsewhere.

We got an early look at Louisville Magazine’s Best of Louisville awards in restaurants, and have some nits to pick with the choices. And Carolyn had a chance encounter with Mitch McConnell, who has experienced unpleasantness on a few recent trips to local restaurants.

Thanks to our sponsor, Fourth Street Live!, which is gearing up for the Nelly concert August 3 and is welcoming the new Pizza Bar to the Street.

Brad Williams hosts the Bourbon Lodge at Forecastle

Carolyn’s Eat of the Week from Artesano Tapas

We’re Fond of Madeleine Dee – Listen to the Seasoned Cynic on the EDT Podcast

We welcome Madeleine Dee to the show, fresh from an appearance on the Food Network. The local chef, who operates Fond on Frankfort Avenue, brings a special kind of passion to her work that extends to a line of products and an upcoming gig at the new Logan Street Market. She discussed her TV appearance, including the recommendation from Chef Edward Lee and a conversation with Martha Stewart.

Carolyn’s Eat of the Week was an awesome fish taco in Texas, while Rick raved about the Halibut at Mesh.

In the news, we learned the location of the new Brownie’s the Shed — it’s on Linn Station Road and ideal for the neighborhood bar. The Down One Bourbon Bar was fine as it was, according to Carolyn, but will be even better when it reopens this week as part of the Galt House’s $80 million renovation. We are looking forward to Mozza Pi’s new location in Distillery Commons, and to the expansion of The Manhattan Project on Frankfort Avenue. And speaking of hot locales, last week’s ribbon-cutting for the soccer stadium has us wondering what new delectables will be coming soon to Butchertown.

At Fourth Street Live!, the big news is the upcoming show by Nelly and other hip hop artists the first week of August.

Thanks for listening, and please tell your friends about EatDrinkTalk. Look for us online at EatDrinkTalk.net.

We’re all screaming for Bernoulli in latest EDT Podcast

It’s summer, a time when our thoughts turn to . . . ice cream, of course. The founders of Bernoulli Small Batch Ice Cream, Brian and Allyson Comstock, have turned a part-time passion into a phenomenal business success story. Listen to this episode of EatDrinkTalk to see how they did it.

The Comstocks also brought some of their most popular flavors to the studio, taking Rick off his diet in a way that was well worth it. The Comstocks are long-time friends of Carolyn’s, and were happy to answer all our ice cream questions.

Rick stopped in at the new bar in town, The Champagnery on Frankfort, for a look and taste of what this fancy place is like, destined to become a hotspot along with its neighbors – the Red Herring, the Silver Dollar and the Hilltop Tavern. Rick also visited the new trailhead for the Kentucky Bourbon Trail – the Frazier History Museum. Plus we update you on the next big thing at Fourth Street Live!, Family Fun Day.

There’s plenty more in the city’s favorite eating and drinking podcast, EatDrinkTalk.

Find us online at EatDrinkTalk.net, and on Twitter at @EatDrinkTalkLou.

Brian and Allyson Comstock help Carolyn with some prodcut

Fourth Street Live Welcomes the Family, and Pets, and More

There’s plenty of exciting attractions coming to Fourth Street Live!, including events for fans of basketball, country music, and healthy eating.

FAMILY FUN DAY

Bring the whole family, including those with four legs, to Fourth Street Live! on June 30 for the first-ever Family Fun Day. There will be a full schedule of activities suitable for little ones and furry friends alike.

It’s always fun to bring the family pet to a big event, especially with the opportunity to interact with other animals.

For $5, guests get an all-access wrist band. Proceeds benefit The Arrow Fund, a non-profit with a mission to provide veterinary care and support to animals who have been victims of extreme torture, abuse, and neglect.
From 1:00 through 5:00, activities include a magic show, balloon animals, a bounce house, face painting, a photo booth, Sno-cones and yes, even a doggie kissing booth. Bunny the Fortune Teller will be there to entertain, brought to the Family Fun Day festivities by Rudy Green’s Doggy Cuisine.

Make a day of it by planning a visit to a Fourth Street Live! restaurant before or after the Family Fun Day.

HOT COUNTRY NIGHTS

You can’t listen to a country music station long without hearing a Billy Currington hit, and the Georgia native will play them all in the middle of Fourth Street on Friday, June 22. His string of #1 hits includes “We Are Tonight,” “Hey Girl, “Good Directions,” “Must Be Doin’ Something Right” and “People Are Crazy.”

His most recent record, Summer Forever, was released in 2015 and includes the hits “Don’t it”, “Drinkin’ Town with a Football Problem”, “It Don’t Hurt Like it Used To”, and “Do I Make You Wanna”. That song reached #1 on the Country Airplay chart last August.

The opening act is Wild Feathers, a Nashville-based country rock band that released the album “Lonely is a Lifetime” in 2016. Tickets to the show are $20 in advance through Ticketfly.

On August 10, Grainger Smith will perform hits from his 2017 record “When the Good Guys Win.” Smith gained additional fame recently when he performed his hit “Happens Like That” on the TV series “The Bachelorette.” Tickets to Grainger Smith are available on Ticketfly for $11.

RISE ABOVE

Cardinal basketball fans have a special place in their heart for Russ Smith, Peyton Siva, Luke Hancock and other members of the contingent that beat Michigan in the 2013 NCAA Tournament championship game.

On June 29, many of these players will return to Fourth Street Live! to celebrate the team’s accomplishments with fans, sharing their stories of a magical season in which the Cards won the Big East Tournament and finished with a 35-5 record.

There will be opportunities for autographs and photos during the event, and prizes available include championship and team memorabilia.

Ticketholders also will be eligible for prize drawings that include championship and team memorabilia. General admission tickets to the team’s Five-Year Reunion Celebration are $20, and there are VIP and sponsorship opportunities available.

FARMERS MARKET

The first year of Fourth Street Live’s Farmer’s Market is already a big hit with downtown workers. There’s no better way to make good use of the lunch hour than by shopping for fresh and vegetables at what has become the city’s favorite mid-week market.

Every Wednesday, through Oct. 11, local farmers bring their best produce to the Fourth Street Live! Farmer’s Market. It’s open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the venue offers free parking for shoppers.

There’s no need to wait for the weekend, or to head for the suburbs, to find fresh vegetables and fruits. You’ll find everything you need for a salad, snack or side dish, and can even take a piece of fruit to enjoy back at the office.

The Fourth Street Live! Farmer’s Market has become increasingly popular among downtown workers and visitors alike. And it’s easy to stop for a quick bite at any of Fourth Street’s restaurants.

Kentucky Double Dollars and SNAP are accepted.

 

A Candid Conversation with Anoosh Shariat, And Special Eats of the Week

On the EatDrinkTalk podcast, join us for a candid, heartfelt conversation with culinary legend Anoosh Shariat about his battle with Cancer and what that means for his restaurants and staff.

Shariat said his main concern is making sure his staff at both restaurants (Anoosh Bistro and Noosh Nosh) understand that even though he’s undergoing treatment, the restaurants are operating and their jobs are safe. In fact, he recently brought in Chef Mark Ford to help continue his culinary tradition, with an emphasis on healthy eating.

Carolyn nearly forgot her Eat of the Week choice, but came through to describe some delish dishes at Naive. Rick ventured west to Porkland, a community restaurant that’s making new in Portland.

It’s a bit of a slow news week, but we noticed the new bar in Butchertown, ALEX&NDER, in the Copper & Kings building. We also  speculate about the chances of the region’s 2nd Ax-Throwing concept, opening soon in Clarksville.

We’ve got more tickets to the Russell Dickerson show coming Friday to Fourth Street Live!, so listen in to learn how to win.

 

Anoosh with his beloved oven, Maria

at Porkland, in Portland

 

Uniquely the ‘Ville with Kevin Gibson – and We’re Giving Away Russell Dickerson tickets

We’re continuing to eat and drink our way through the city, and talking about her on the city’s only podcast devoted to the ‘Ville’s culinary scene. And this week, listen to the show to learn how to get FREE, yes, FREE, tickets to the Russell Dickerson concert at Fourth Street Live!

Our guest this week is an expert on the city’s unique eateries. In fact, Kevin Gibson wrote a book about it. In the studio, he talks about some of his old favorites, like Ollie’s Trolley, and a new one, Oskar’s. Then there’s Rick’s old haunt, Angilo’s Pizza on Berry Boulevard. Kevin has three books about Louisville to his credit, and writes frequently about food and beer for Insider Louisville, LEO Weekly and others.

Our Eat of the Week segement includes Carolyn’s visit to the Kentucky Taco Co., near the U of L campus, where she and her husband tried one of about everything on the menu. Rick got special treatment at Hull and Hi

Eat of the Week – El Taco Luchador

gh Water in New Albany for a blackened grouper, a dish that fits with his healthy diet.

Around town, there’s plenty going on, including the opening of 80/20 Kaelin’s, and a steak and sushi spot on Brownsboro. And we let you know where a restaurant called Fort Knockers, not kidding, is going to be. For bourbon lovers, the Kentucky Bourbon Affair has events scheduled all around town this week, and the opening of the Old Forester Distillery downtown is just around the corner.

Remember to listen to the show to learn how to get your FREE tickets to Russell Dickerson. Join us for more at EatDrinkTalk.net, on Twitter (@eatdrinktalklou) and on Facebook at eatdrinktalk.

 

Rye whiskey to be focus of 2nd Village Anchor Whisk(e)y Five dinners

We love our bourbon here, but the sun doesn’t rise and set on Kentucky Nectar only.

And the folks at Village Anchor aim to continue teaching that with the second of five Whisk(e)y Five dinners set for July 6, at 6:30 p.m. On the heels of a June Scotch-paired dinner, rye whiskey is the spirit accompaniment for this meal.

Susan Reigler, whiskey writer and certified executive bourbon steward, returns as the tasting guide for the dinner that also will showcase chef Henry Wesley’s paired menu. Given that most Louisvillians are likely bourbon-first fans, Reigler starts the evening with a baseline taste of Kentucky nectar before moving on to the featured sipper.

The evening’s feast includes:

  • *Surf and turf vol-au-vent; foie gras pâté; smoked rainbow trout mousse, pickled onion, hard-boiled egg, crispy caper; paried with Jim Beam Black 86 proof (the bourbon starter), Old Overholt 80 proof and Woodford Rye 90.4 proof
  • “Composure” – summer vegetable composed salad of sweet corn and peppers in cilantro, asparagus and pearls in sage, baby carrot and baby beets in rosemary mâche in lemon; High West Double Rye 92 proof
  • Sumac-encrusted Kentucky bison strip loin, smoked sweet potato purée, roasted heirloom cauliflower, baby carrots, pomegranate molasses, vanilla expresso demi-glace; Willett Rye 100 proof
  • Guajillo-brown butter flourless chocolate torte, strawberry-peppadew compote, mint gelée, Chantilly cream; Bulleit Rye 90 proof

The cost of the rye dinner is $75. If reservations are made for more than one dinner in the series, the cost is $65 per dinner. Reservations may be made by calling 502-708-1850 or by emailing Merritt Mowery at merritt@bellenoble.com.

Upcoming Whisk(e)y Five Dinners are scheduled for:

  • July 27 – International whiskeys
  • August 17 – Irish whiskeys
  • September 7 – Bourbons from beyond Kentucky

2 food truck owners suing Louisville over anti-competitive vending rules

A pair of local food truck owners are suing the City of Louisville over a law that restricts where they can park their vehicles and conduct business.

According to a news release, local food truck owners Troy King and Robert Martin will hold a press conference with the Institute for Justice (IJ) today to discuss lawsuit, which challenges the constitutionality of the city’s “150-foot proximity ban.” The law bans food trucks from operating within 150 feet of a brick-and-mortar restaurant, even when the truck is on private property. Plaintiffs claim the law turns large swaths of the city into “no-vending” zones for food trucks. King and Martin claim the proximity ban unfairly protects restaurants from competition.

In 2014, King purchased his first food truck, Pollo, which serves chicken and waffles, fried chicken tacos, chicken gyros, and fried chicken sandwiches. A city inspector threatened to tow his truck because King was serving customers within 150 feet of Cravings ala Carte (located at 101 S. 5th St.), a restaurant that also serves chicken dishes.

Martin’s truck, Red’s Comfort Food, sells specialty gourmet hot dogs and sausages. In 2015, a city inspector cited Martin for selling food within 150 feet of Down One Bourbon Bar, located at 321 W. Main St.

According to the news release, the IJ will assist in the suit, adding that IJ has won similar court battles as part of its National Street Vending Initiative.

Royals Hot Chicken hosting Brewed Food Louisville dinner Sunday

Royals Hot Chicken (736 E Market St.) chefs Ryan Rogers and Andrew McCabe will welcome the experimental food lab, Brewed Food, and Denver-based chef and certified Cicerone, Jensen Cummings, on Sunday, June 25, at 6 p.m., for a collaborative beer dinner. According to a news release, the innovative five-course menu will be paired with beers from Goodwood and New Belgium Brewing Company and incorporate brewing ingredients from both breweries.

The dinner is part of a national tour organized by Brewed Food lab. Cummings founded the company to promote craft brewing as a culinary art and core philosophy of cooking. He utilizes beer yeast to create unique food fermentations and incorporates ingredients such as hops, wort and spent grain into dishes. The goal of the Brewed Food tour is to share these techniques with chefs across the country. Cummings will be visiting Seattle, Atlanta, and Cincinnati in addition to Louisville.

The Brewed Food Louisville menu includes:

Reception: Goodwood Walnut Brown Ale served with koji-aged venison tartare; plum-infused wort, chocolate meringue, porcini, Zeus hop; and New Belgium Le Terroir served with sourdough blini; hopped yogurt, malted tender belly bacon, sour mash roe

First course: New Belgium Abbey & Voodoo Ranger IPA served with wort broth ochazuke; torrified wheat, grain soy, nukazuke, shio koji sashimi

Second course: Goodwood Barrel-Aged Saison served with Cara 45 malted barley risotto; fermented corn milk, special bacon, shaved oysters, centennial hops

Third course: New Belgium 2017 La Folie served with pork char sui; lop cheong, barrel-aged hoisin, spontaneous dragon fruit

Fourth course: Goodwood Bourbon Barrel Stout served with s’mores; spent grain cracker, yeasted Simcoe Hopmallow, mushroom powder

Tickets cost $50 and can be purchased by clicking here.