How Derby 144 Went Down with Kent Taylor, plus a Knock-Knock Joke with Emerson

We’ve finally dried out from Saturday’s wettest Derby ever, and have plenty to talk about. Rick and Carolyn broke even with an across-the-board bet on Audible, which is, well, better than losing.

Our guest, Kent Taylor, sports director at WAVE 3, spent much of the day in the paddock, and gives us some of the insider story from that vantage point, including an explanation why highly-regarded Mendelssohn, Carolyn’s pick, struggled to finish dead last in the 20-horse field. And Kent brought along his daughter Emerson, who dazzles us with her repertoire of knock-knock jokes.

In the news, we found some stories about things that were supposed to happen by Derby Day, but didn’t. That includes the promising Barret bar spot that was the Monkey Wrench, which was supposed to be a new vegan restaurant and brewery. And then there’s the much-delayed old Lynn’s Paradise Cafe, which the Martin’s Barbecue chain finally has under construction. We also go through the list of the city’s largest breweries, and tell you about a new one under construction.

Carolyn shared a great story about meeting a Derby horse owner, the man behind Vino Rosso. Meanwhile Rick found himself drenched despite having access to covered portions of the track. It was also a big and successful week for our sponsor, Fourth Street Live!, which had patrons dancing in the street for three straight nights. They have a Farmers Market opening this week.

Join us for an engaging and appetizing show with Kent Taylor, and please tell your friends to listen. You can rate us on iTunes, and check out our web site, EatDrinkTalk.net, or our Twitter feed, #eatdrinktalklou.

Kent Taylor, with Emerson

EDT Celebrates Derby in Style with Andre Wilson

We open the show with a champagne celebration — for the addition of Fourth Street Live! as our fist official sponsor. The entertainment venue has an exciting lineup of Derby Week concerts you’ll want to hear about.

It’s our favorite time of the year and EatDrinkTalk is packed with plenty of entertaining information, starting with our special guest, Andre Wilson. When it comes to finding a knockout outfit for Derby, celebrities and locals alike turn to the city’s style master. Wilson’s clientele includes plenty of big names, many of whom have him on speed dial this week.

Wilson talks about how he got started, working in a clothing store at 15, and how this year he landed a prestigious assignment — designing those jackets worn by Derby Festival board members around town. Wilson’s are a definite improvement.

Rick and Carolyn have decided on the show’s pick in the big race — which of course is Audible. But there’s a world of things to do before Saturday afternoon. In restaurant news, the Tim Tam Tavern has reopened with a special twist – the six-decades old bar will be serving Danny Mac’s pizza. Carolyn is especially thrilled about the new Ehrler’s ice cream store opening downtown. And we can’t wait for the ribbon-cutting this week at Rabbit Hole in NuLu.

Join us as get prepared for a hectic and thrilling Derby Week. Find us on Twitter @EatDrinkTalkLou, and on Facebook, or check out all the news and events at EatDrinkTalk.net.

Andre Wilson

Churchill’s Remodeled 2nd Floor is Ready for the Masses

When you go to the track this week, you may be tempted to bring a box lunch, which many local restaurants are marketing to track-goers. But the advice here is that you shouldn’t do it out of fear that the grub at the track won’t satisfy you.

Dave Danielson

Dave Danielson

Executive Chef David Danielson is focused on the quality of cuisine at Churchill Downs, from the buffets on the expensive upper floors to the hot dogs you can buy in the paddock. Last week, he unveiled the newly remodeled 2nd Floor Clubhouse, which requires a relatively inexpensive ticket to enter, and where you can now choose from barbecue, pizza, Mexican, chicken and burgers, plus dessert.

Danielson, who appeared on the EatDrinkTalk podcast last fall, said that he’s been building relationships with local farmers to provide fresh produce. For instance, he showed me photos from a Mt. Washington farm producing lettuce and strawberries shipped directly to the track the day before they’re served.

Churchill Downs invited media to sample some of the new staples last Friday. I tried the Hot Brown Pizza, which did have the distinct flavor of the famed dish’s Mornay sauce, along with bacon and turkey. I also tried a chicken burrito at the Central Avenue Cantina. I could easily imagine ordering both for a treat while focusing on the horses.

spendabuckIn previous years, this second floor area was a self-serve circle where you picked up your own food and paid on the way out. Ready-to-please servers at the seven storefronts in the new configuration seem ready to go, though I’m sure they will be challenged to keep the lines short during Derby Week.

There is limited seating, so the idea here is to grab something and head back to your seat or out to the paddock.

I did appreciate the smart marketing folks who named the bars at two corners of the space, using aptly named past Derby winners — Spend a Buck and I’ll Have Another.