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.

Latin All-Stars Team Up; Omni Video Release and Shopping Season

Latin All-Stars. Three of the city’s most celebrated chefs are combining their talents to create a spectacular culinary event at Seviche Jan. 30. Chefs Anthony Lamas of Seviche, Fernando Martinez of the Ole Restaurant Group (featured in this week’s EatDrinkTalk podcast) and Bruce Ucan of the Mayan Cafe will prepare an exclusive feast, with proceeds to benefit Partners in Health, an organization that provides aid to poor and marginalized people.

Care to be tempted? The menu includes specialties from each chef, including a Braised Lamb Tamale, Manioc Crusted Sea Scallops and Cochinillo Asado.

A ticket is $225, and includes passed hors d’oeuvres and champagne, a seven-course meal with wine pairings, a chef meet and greet, tax and gratuity. To make reservations or for additional information, please call (502) 473-8560.

2016-11-23-11-46-23When The Omni Opens — If you’ve been downtown, you’ve noticed how quickly the Omni Hotel is rising. Nothing is likely to have the impact on the local dining scene, and employment, than the opening of the Omni Hotel downtown in 2018. Check out the video (linked here), which includes the design of two restaurants and two bars (including a speakeasy that has a bowling alley).

screen-shot-2016-12-14-at-5-45-59-pmI May Be Shopping Here: As a proud last-minute Christmas gift shopper, I have marked Dec. 20 on the calendar for the Bourbon Pop-Up Gift Shop at the Green Building in NuLu. Revelry Boutique, Art Eatables and Louisville Stoneware head the list of vendors offering bourbon-themed gifts. Also, there are samples from Elijah Craig Bourbon. It lasts from 5-8 p.m.

Christmas Songs and Spirits: Next week at Lola, the bar above Butchertown Grocery, local artists Danny Kiely, Pete Peterson and Bruce Morrow will perform music from “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” There are two shows, at 8 and 9:30, and a ticket is $35, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Who to Google?: Here’s an odd list — the top local Google searches by name for 2016, from an article in Business First, includes local food and drink writer Fred Minnick. Bernie Sanders tops the list, but Fred finished ahead of both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

“I know my books have become popular in town, but how the hell did I get this,” Minnick asked my colleague, Steve Coomes in a text. “Seriously, do you understand this stuff?”

We’re proud of you, Fred, so just ride the joy!

Originals Video: You can check out the chefs and operators behind the Come Back Inn, Irish Rover, Bristol Bar & Grille, Le Relais and the Mayan Cafe in a new video series from the Louisville Originals, the organization of independent local restaurants.