EDT Podcast Explores Musician/Chef Dynamic with Tiffany Dorman

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.

Tiffany Dorman in studio with Rick and Carolyn

 

 

EDT Podcast: Going Down One for Bourbon

Welcome to the city’s only podcast devoted to its restaurant and bar scene, where this week Carolyn asks Rick for his opinion on porn — food porn, that is. The practice of taking photos of your food and posting on social media is prevalent enough that Yelp! has a list of the most popular local spots to do it.

Carolyn’s Eat of the Week comes from The Goat, the popular East End restaurant located in an apartment complex that’s getting rave reviews. Rick brings back a story from the Google cafeteria in Boulder. And here’s a scoop – Carolyn has the news that Jeff Brantley, our guest form the Logan Street Market a few weeks back, has settled on Bramble as the name of his new restaurant.

Our guest is Nick Swope, GM at Down One Bourbon Bar, who finally puts to rest the mystery of why the newly-remodeled hotspot was closed when Rick visited the night of the Rod Stewart show at the Yum! Center. Beyond that detail, Nick tells us about the success of Down One’s 30-minute lunch guarantee, the weekly Bluegrass set with HIckory Vaught, and why it’s always Bourbon Month there.

At Fourth Street Live!, there’s a fitness event and the upcoming Strassenfest to attract visitors, in addition to the venue’s outstanding restaurants and bars. Also this weekend, there’s the Kentucky Bourbon Festival in Bardstown to keep bourbon lovers busy.

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EDT Podcast Celebrates Bourbon Month

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.

 

EDT Podcast: Look What’s Coming to Logan Street

Thanks to our visit with Jeff Brantley and Sara Height, we can envision the thriving marketplace coming to Shelby Park. The Logan Street Market is expected to open in early 2019 featuring restaurants, a brewery and vendors playing fresh food and drink.

We recorded the show with a heavy heart this week, as we learned of the passing of John Asher just before we started. John, the VP of racing at Churchill Downs, touched both Rick and Carolyn in a special way, and will be missed by horseracing fans the world over.

Carolyn spent a day at the Kentucky State Fair eating corn dogs, balanced with a visit to a vegan restaurant in St. Matthews. Rick shares his story of being among the first to tour the Rabbit Hole Distillery, where he loves the view. He also experienced Jazz in Central Park, a festive and beautiful day in Old Louisville.

At Fourth Street Live!, you can look forward to the weekly Farmers Market, the Battle of the Bluegrass Crossfit Competition and the Dracula Blood Drive. Keep up with us at EatDrinkTalk.net.

EDT Podcast with Tom Edwards of Mozza Pi

If you haven’t been to Tom Edwards’ creation at the edge of Anchorage, you’re missing a culinary treat. Edwards is the force behind Mozza Pi, which occupies a rustic stand-alone barn Edwards built, and the pizza comes from an oven he also built. And much of the bread and baked goods sold here are made using grains he mills on site.

We talk with Tom about his approach to food and business, and his plans to open a new restaurant in Distillery Commons, in what used to be a bar called Cliffhanger’s. He says the new place, which will have plenty of special features, will open around Derbytime. But he’s not being specific about which Derby.

Carolyn spotted a drinking trend, and brought in a bottle of Rosé because she says all the cool celebrities are on to it. We tried it out with EDT producer Dan Vonderheide, who joined Rick in pooh-poohing the idea.

We’re also anticipating a few things — the opening of Martin’s BBQ in the old Lynn’s Paradise Cafe building this week, the countdown to opening of the downtown Taco Luchador, and the first distillery tours are being offered at Rabbit Hole in NuLu. Carolyn expresses her glee about going to the Kentucky State Fair this week, and Rick reports he made an unusual stop for a night out at Gerstle’s.

Our sponsor, Fourth Street Live!, is hosting the big Nelly show this weekend, and in September it will host a blood drive associated with Actor’s Theatre’s production of Dracula. It’s all here at EatDrinkTalk, the ‘Ville’s favorite podcast for restaurant and bar news.

EDT Podcast Checks Out Diner’s Past, and Present

Something old and something new on this episode of the EatDrinkTalk podcast. Check’s Cafe in Germantown is a true Louisville institution dating to 1939 – but the new Check’s BBQ & Blues is a more recent phenomenon. We’re glad to have owners Todd Zaborac and John Murrow on to tell us the details of one of our favorite local spots.

In our Eat of the Week segment, Rick and Carolyn reminisce about last week’s visit to the Bardstown Bourbon Company, where we sampled multiple delicious entries, including our favorties – brussels sprouts, gnocchi and fish tacos.

We’re excited to attend this week’s charity dinner at Ward 426 – it’s benefitting Suicide Prevention and is a tribute to the late Anthony Bourdain. There’s news too – Martin’s BBQ is set to open in the old Lynn’s Paradise Cafe after a longer-than-expected delay. And a Rafferty’s is giving way to a Rooster’s in the East End.

Rick is checking out some new cocktail classes at Angel’s Envy, and there’s an upcoming “Sip-osium” sponsored by the Bourbon Women Association on August 24. At Fourth Street Live! the Nelly show is set for next week, and football fans should know that Bobby Petrino will be doing his coach’s show there every week.

The original Check’s Cafe in Germantown

EDT Podcast – Look at the Cool Place We Found in Bardstown

For the first time, we took this whole podcast crew on the road, and what we found in Bardstown was nothing short of sensational.

The two-year-old Bardstown Bourbon Company just opened its restaurant, Bottle and Bond Kitchen and Bar, and has assembled an all-star team to do it right. We were greeted in the spacious dining room by David Mandell, one of the owner’s of the $40 million operation. He explained the success of the company’s primary business, which is collaborating with bourbon-makers to produce their spirits.

While Rick and Carolyn were impressed with the business, which has quadrupled in production capability since it opened, we wanted to see what a first-class restaurant was doing in a field in Bardstown. While we sampled every appetizer on the menu, plus a half-dozen signature cocktails, Director of Beverage Operations Dan Callaway filled us in on how the team was assembled and how the restaurant is focused on customers. Callaway was recruited from Louisville’s Decca Restaurant in April.

And we learned there’s more to come. Plans are in the works for a hotel on the site, but that’s a few years away. The facility has an impressive gift shop, where you can buy rare spirits, as well as a Visitors Center destined to become a primary stop on Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail.

As is usual on the show, Rick and Carolyn mentioned their Eat of the Week — a Noosh Nosh treat for her, and succulent meal at Butchertown Grocery for him. Carolyn has an update on Chef David Danielson’s purchase of the Old Stone Inn in Shelbyville, and this week marks the long-awaited opening of the Convention Center downtown.

It was an amazing road trip for eaters and drinker like us — so please join us and listen to the show.

What’s In, What’s Out? with Bobby Benjamin on the EDT Podcast

Butchertown Grocery’s Bobby Benjamin stops into the studio to talk about his new menu, and Carolyn asks for his up-or-down on several interesting restaurant/food trends. For example, is the Acai Bowl a thing that will last, and what about Fried Cauliflower?’

Carolyn is back after missing last week’s podcast, and she’s got an update on the Barton bourbon spill down in Bardstown. Maybe we’ll check it out when we go to the state’s bourbon capital for a special show next week from the Bardstown Bourbon Company and its new restaurant.

Meanwhile, Rick rants about his trip to Sunday’s Rod Stewart show and finding that the bars and restaurants around the Yum! Center were closed, despite a sellout crowd attending the rock show.

There’s plenty going on with our sponsor, Fourth Street Live!, including Full Contact Karaoke on August 9. Check out all our podcasts and an up-to-date list of things to do at EatDrinkTalk.net.

 

EDT Podcast: Jared Matthews on Diamonds, Cafe Lou Lou and Jack’s

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.

 

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