It’s another exciting week of eating and drinking in one of the nation’s busiest event towns. While Carolyn is off in the from tundra of Iceland, Rick has been busy getting ready for America’s most popular drinking holiday. Actually, Halloween falls in behind St. Patrick’s and New Year’s in terms to alcohol consumption, but what’s more fun than dressing up as someone else and consuming pumpkin-spiced (or chocolate-infused) drinks.
As I learned from my guests, Saturday is chock full of ways to combine socializing with spooky, starting with an all-day shopping party at Work the Metal in Butchertown. Valerie Terry tells us why shopping is a perfect holiday adventure. Ballotin Whiskey’s Paul Tuell has concocted some special recipes, and they do involve chocolate-flavored whiskey, for the event. He’s also leading us to the St. Matthews Bar Crawl, with 11 establishments participating in the event.
Still, the biggest event coming to these parts is next week’s Equestricon, a world-class trade show being held for the second time ever Oct. 29-30, coinciding with next week’s Breeders Cup. Also, David Danielson’s takeover of the Old Stone Inn in Simpsonville becomes official when it opens for business Oct. 26. Have you noticed all the activity at 2nd and Liberty? That’s where the long-anticipated sports bar/restaurant concept Griff’s is inching its way toward an opening date.
Our friends at Fourth Street Live! aren’t missing out on the Halloween craziness. The venue’s Wicked Wonderland party on Saturday is offering up four $1,000 prizes for the best costumes. Thanks for tuning in to EatDrinkTalk.
We’re carbing up here on EatDrinkTalk with Amici owner Don Reinhardt. He’s got a great story, one that originates in Valley Station, detours all across the country and end up a year ago in Old Louisville, where he bought Amici Cafe. His changes include all-new marketing which puts the spotlight on Mama, and a highly-entertaining menu, with one dish described as being as white as a Donald Trump rally.
We’re strongly considering a trip to Amici this weekend, primarily because the world-famous Garvin Gate Blues Festival is happening right down the street. Then, on Sunday, the Ironman is back weaving its way through many parts of the city.
Also, we’re talking up Vegan eats with the opening of V-Grits at the old Monkey Wrench. Carolyn’s Eat of the Week is a vegan taco enjoyed at Taco Luchador, while Rick raves about the Cajun Crawfish Linguine at Cafe Lou Lou.
All this and more on the city’s best and only podcast devoted to deliciousness, EatDrinkTalk.
We’re drying out after a soggy experience at Bourbon and Beyond, but we’re confident that the sun will return. And we’ve got plenty of news about the local restaurant scene.
First, though, we spent an afternoon at Butchertown Grocery, getting to know beverage director Nic Christiansen and her stellar lineup of concoctions, including the house favorite, Lady Midnight. Listen in to our interview, which took place upstairs at Lola’s.
Among the topics we tackle in the news segment are the new apostrophe-less ideas from Papa John(‘), the closing to Clifton’s Pizza and the sale of Joe Huber’s restaurant in Starlight, Ind.
At a star-studded VIP tent sponsored by Bardstown Bourbon Company, we ran into plenty of celebrities, and learned that our pal David Danielson is close to re-opening the Old Stone Inn in Shelbyville. We’re also ready for the new late-night spot on Main Street, Robyn’s Nest Bourbon Bistro.
Our Eat of the Week came from Cunningham’s Creekside on the River, where we tried a tasty blackened fish sandwich. Also, though, Rick tried Butchertown Grocery’s Chicken and Waffle, and a sweet beignet.
Coming soon to Fourth Street Live! is the annual Strassenfest, a family-friendly celebration of the city’s German heritage. Catch us every week at EatDrinkTalk.net and the Louisville.am network.
As much as we are all fans of music and food, at this weekend’s Bourbon and Beyond Festival the chefs and musicians may be the biggest admirers of each other’s performances.
That’s one thing we learned from Tiffany Dorman, who calls herself an “experiential strategist with a focus in the integration of food, beverage and music in the live event space.” And this weekend, she’ll be making sure the culinary aspect of the Festival goes off as planned, while also giving the musicians and chefs an opportunity to mingle backstage.
Listen in as we hear some great stories about Dorman’s experience at multiple festivals.
You may not know that more than 150 restaurants have already opened this year, as many as in all of 2017, according to a list from Food and Dining Magazine. Of course, plenty of spots closed, but the net gain for the city is impressive.
And we’re looking forward to next year’s opening of Colonial Gardens near Iroquois Park, where construction is underway and developers have announced that four local restaurants will set up in what will be an exciting venue across the street from the Park.
At Fourth Street Live!, we’re looking ahead to Strassenfest in the first week of October, as well as the weekly live airing of the Bobby Petrino radio show, from the Sports and Social Club.
Thanks for listening to the city’s favorite podcast focused on the ‘Ville’s excellent restaurants and bars. Check out all that we’re doing at EatDrinkTalk.net.
It was a rough start to the Labor Day Holiday Weekend for Carolyn and fill-in host Dan V, but we muddled through and still had a good ‘ole time celebrating September – National Bourbon Heritage Month.
This episode we celebrate our Kentucky roots and one of the ONLY bills supported by both parties in American Government. Thank God for BOURBON!
It’s also a tribute to the restaurants closing (sigh) and the ones we miss, plus we chat about the path for other restaurateurs hoping to make it here in the River City.
Hang with us for 30-minutes and celebrate our culinary and spirits industry with two hosts who embody the Louisville lifestyle.
Since Carolyn got called out of town, Rick is flying solo at the EatDrinkTalk studio on Episode 73.
The show includes an interesting interview with Jared Matthews, who finds himself in charge of three distinctly different, but geographically aligned, neighborhood establishments.
Matthews originally became a partner in Diamonds Pub and Billiards, then bought Cafe Lou Lou just over a year ago. More recently, he brokered a deal with Chef Dean Corbett to take over the operation of Equus and Jack’s Lounge. And he’s the father of a new baby. All of his operations are close by the studio, so it was easy to come in and talk. Caroline Knop, another St. Matthews regular and a PR powerhouse, joins Rick in the interview.
Rick’s Eat of the Week, in addition to several choice samples at Apron’s Taste of Independents, was a blackened mahi mahi fish taco from LouVino, prepared by last week’s guest, Chef Bill Jennings. We’re looking forward to the August 9 Margarita in the ‘Ville contest at Captain’s Quarters, in which our guest Jared Matthews will have an entry for each of this three restaurants.
And at Fourth Street Live!, this weekend is the exciting Vault in the ‘Ville competition, which features pole vaulters doing their thing on Fourth. Next week is Danny and the Homewreckers, plus the big Nelly show. Thanks for joining us, and check out more at EatDrinkTalk.net.
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.
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.
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There’s plenty of eatin’ and drinkin’ to talk about in Louisville, and Washington, so let’s get right to it. Carolyn traveled to our nation’s Capitol on business, and feasted at Succotash, owned and operated by our own Edward Lee. At another stop, she came face to eye with a fish, she ordered the catch of the day, and was a bit uncomfortable with its presentation.
Around here we noticed that the new version of the old Kaelin’s on Newburg Road is now hiring, the last step before the new 80/20 Kaelin’s opens there. Flavour is the new restaurant in the Highlands, a Caribbean/Creole spot, taking the place of Asiatique, which closed just a few weeks ago. Rick visited a one-year-old restaurant on West Broadway, Angie’s Home Cooking, which is where you would go if you were looking for good meat loaf.
Our guests made us a succulent sipper – the “Forever in Blue Jeans” special in honor of the Denim & Diamonds fundraiser, coming June 1. Paul Tuell used his Boubon Ball Ballotin Chocolate Whiskey, with a blueberry sauce and ginger beer, to make the special concoction. Jason Smith, the GM at Gordon Biersch, explains how his work for the Parkinson’s Support Center is a chance to give back to the organization that helps those with Parkinson’s. Jason, who has Parkinson’s himself, recruits some of the city’s top chefs to donate their time for the event.