EDT Podcast: Remembering Legendary Chef Deano

Welcome to the city’s only podcast devoted to the city’s culinary scene. This week, that local scene lost a giant, a legend, when Dean Corbett passed away after a heart attack. It’s no exaggeration to say that anyone who worked in a restaurant in this town knew Chef Deano. His work with multiple charities may have been his largest legacy.

We look back on Dean’s life, and share with you an interview Rick did with him in 2014. In hearing Corbett talk about this life, his family and his work, you understand the man’s passion and sense of humor, and his pure love of his restaurants and the chefs he’s worked with.

In the second part of the show, there’s some speculation about what happened with the Bluegrass Burger operation on Frankfort Avenue, which abruptly closed over the weekend. After our recording, we learned that Dan Borsch is taking over the site for the second-ever Burger Boy. The first is an institution in Old Louisville. Also, this week’s Taste of Louisville at Churchill Downs features a silent disco, a term we just added to our vocabulary. And it’s almost Halloween, so our friends at Fourth Street Live have their spook on the “Wicked Wonderland Weekend.”

After having Amici Cafe owner Don Reinhardt on the show last week, Rick made a special trip to sample the White Pizza (white as a Donald Trump rally), and deemed it delicious. Carolyn raves about her birthday dinner on Frankfort Avenue’s At the Italian Table. But she’s getting no slack from Rick after admitting she had a burger at McDonald’s.

It’s all in a very interesting episode of EatDrinkTalk. Tune in, and tell your friends.

 

EDT Podcast 82: Mixing it up with Mixologist Nic Christiansen

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.

soggy times at Bourbon and Beyond

 

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.

Tell your friends about EatDrinkTalk, the city’s top podcast on restaurants and bars, and check us out anytime at EatDrinkTalk.net.

 

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.

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

Going Beyond Bourbon with Fred Minnick

Bourbon historian and journalist Fred Minnick stops by the studio to talk about his role in September’s Bourbon and Beyond Festival, which features a lineup of master distillers, chefs and musicians that makes the second festival one of the best in the country. Minnick is the author of seven books, mostly about drinking, and is the curator of all things bourbon at the upcoming fest.

Carolyn and Rick were inspired by last week’s appearance on the show by Anoosh Shariat to make our Eat of the Week choices at his two establishments. Carolyn and friends spent a night at Anoosh Bistro, and she raved about the Shrimp Scampi. Across the parking lot, Rick broke free, sort of, from his diet to try a veggie pizza at Noosh Nosh.

We noticed the LEO Weekly story on restaurant noise, and agreed that some of our local hotspots are just too darn loud. Out in the East End, we learned that a favorite haunt, Brownie’s the Shed, is shutting down. Carolyn talked with the owner, who said Brownie’s will continue in the East End, but wouldn’t reveal the location.

Our sponsor, Fourth Street Live!, is revving up for a big concert this weekend, and for the June 30 Family Fun Day, when you’re encouraged to bring your pet to the entertainment venue. Thanks for listening, and check our site out anytime at www.EatDrinkTalk.net.

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.

 

Here for the Beer at Fest of Ale, plus our Eats of the Week

Come on in and listen to another tasty episode of Louisville’s only podcast devoted to dining and drinking. We start off with a great interview with Tisha Gainey, the queen of local beer festivals, and Courtney Lewis, who has helped organized this year’s 13th annual Fest of Ale on the New Albany riverfront.

While Carolyn missed the interview, she was out west sampling a delicious meal from the Fat Ox in Scottsdale, Arizona. That was her Eat of the Week contribution, while Rick sampled fish tacos at Gravely Brewing and Citizen 7.

We were a bit surprised, but excited, about changes coming to one of our favorite local spots – Jack’s Lounge and Equus. Legendary owner Dean Corbett sold the business to Jared Matthews, but will stay on as Executive Chef. Matthews, who has had success down the street with Cafe Lou Lou, promises a revamped menu featuring more seafood and reasonable pricing.

Local politicians have a knack for sticking their noses where they don’t belong – and that’s true at the Metro Council this week. By a 13-11 vote, the Council passed an ordinance requiring restaurants to offer healthy menus for kids, if they have a kids menu. One dissenting Council member said we’ve gone too far when we tell parents what to feed their kids.

We’re looking forward to the next Hot Country Nights show at Fourth Street Live! It’s Russell Dickerson on the 16th. But this weekend, we’re kicking it at the Denim and Diamonds benefit Friday, then going to Fest of Ale in New Albany on Saturday. Thanks for listening to EatDrinkTalk, and catch us online at EatDrinkTalk.net.

Getting the Lowdown on the Rabbit Hole with Michael Motamedi

It’s another mouth-watering episode of the city’s only podcast devoted to Eatin’ and Drinkin’, and there’s a lot to say.

First we welcome Michael Motamedi to the studio from Rabbit Hole Distillery, where this week in NuLu the boutique bourbonists are preparing their first batch of product from the shiny new distillery, which just had its ribbon-cutting last month. Motamedi is a former chef who describes his trek to Louisville as a serendipitous journey.

Rick and Carolyn offer up a new segment – Eat of the Week. Carolyn describes her rendezvous with Asian-inspired chicken at Chick”n & Mi on Brownsboro Road. Rick ventured into Butchertown for a date with Naive, the new healthy food spot.

In the news, there’s a bar with a view making its debut at Copper & Kings, a happy result of the Kentucky legislature’s decision to allow distillery’s to serve their product on premises, a law that also affects our new friends at Rabbit Hole. We peaked at a list that showed 41 restaurants have opened since the beginning of the year, and 34 are on the way. That includes, we hope, the new Big Woods restaurant and brewery rumored to be in the works at Waterfront Park.
Our sponsor, Fourth Street Live, is bringing the Average White Band to town as it continues to bring quality concerts downtown.

There’s plenty more to do in our bustling city, and you can see details at EatDrinkTalk.net in addition to listening to this great podcast. Please tell your friends and catch us on iTunes.

Michael Motadeti with Rick at the Louisville.am studio