We’re Fond of Madeleine Dee – Listen to the Seasoned Cynic on the EDT Podcast

We welcome Madeleine Dee to the show, fresh from an appearance on the Food Network. The local chef, who operates Fond on Frankfort Avenue, brings a special kind of passion to her work that extends to a line of products and an upcoming gig at the new Logan Street Market. She discussed her TV appearance, including the recommendation from Chef Edward Lee and a conversation with Martha Stewart.

Carolyn’s Eat of the Week was an awesome fish taco in Texas, while Rick raved about the Halibut at Mesh.

In the news, we learned the location of the new Brownie’s the Shed — it’s on Linn Station Road and ideal for the neighborhood bar. The Down One Bourbon Bar was fine as it was, according to Carolyn, but will be even better when it reopens this week as part of the Galt House’s $80 million renovation. We are looking forward to Mozza Pi’s new location in Distillery Commons, and to the expansion of The Manhattan Project on Frankfort Avenue. And speaking of hot locales, last week’s ribbon-cutting for the soccer stadium has us wondering what new delectables will be coming soon to Butchertown.

At Fourth Street Live!, the big news is the upcoming show by Nelly and other hip hop artists the first week of August.

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Now on Tuesdays, EDT Talks with Isaac Fox at La Chasse and Wayne Sweeney at Merle’s

The show moves to Tuesday and Rick and Steve are raving about their experience at 8UP. The hotspot atop the Hilton Garden Inn downtown is featuring a special Chef, Feed Me dinner — offering three special items chosen by chef Jacob Coronado for $33. The restaurant treated us to a brilliant rabbit roulade (with sweet pepper sausage), a tasty shrimp and grits selection, plus a sweet yolk dessert to top off the meal. We call it a bargain, delicious and filling.

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Isaac Fox, owner, La Chasse. | Photo by Steve Coomes

Steve’s interview with Isaac Fox, the operator at La Chasse in the Highlands, includes details on how he overcame an MSD issue that closed his popular restaurant briefly. Rick talked with Merle’s Whiskey Kitchen G.M. Wayne Sweeney and found out about some exciting future expansion plans for the newly renamed Main Street eatery. The move from modern Mexican to Southern has gone down smoothly so far.

In the news, we discuss the closing of Bearno’s in the Highlands and the opening of The Manhattan Project in Clifton. We wonder about an announcement this week by former general manager Adam Seger that the story behind a famous cocktail was a made-up tale created for marketing purposes. There’s also a new line expansion for Falls City Beer, more evidence of the growing thirst for more craft beer here.

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Wayne Sweeney, GM, Merle’s Whiskey Kitchen. | Photo by Rick Redding

In our Favorites segment, Steve chose the shrimp and grits from 8UP mentioned above, plus a taste of old Forester 115 proof from his personal collection. For Rick, there was the Oh Well, Oh Well concoction from the drinks menu at 8UP, and he sampled several tasty options at the Yelp! Art in Action event at the Palace Theater. We hope you enjoy the move to Tuesday by our podcast, and will tell your friends about it.

News Roundup: Red Barn’s July opening, new bar to Clifton, APRON Taste of Indies, Bourbon Mixer early tix

Red Barn Kitchen opening July 18: Or at least that’s the current date set by OLE Restaurant Group (owner of RBK, Artesano, Mercato, El Taco Luchador, Mussel & Burger Bar and Guaca Mole). Even for the super-star Martinez family, opening days can become moving targets. As Fernando Martinez mentioned in my recent podcast with him, in this brutally tough labor market, finding help isn’t easy, and if you can’t hire employees, you can’t train them. If you’re interested in working there, they’re actively seeking help.

Food pics on Red Barn Kitchen’s Facebook page are as enticing as you’d expect from ORG, and RBK chef Reed Johnson has told me he’s long overdue for getting the smoke rolling from the new Southern Pride units installed in the former Joe’s Older Than Dirt restaurant in Lyndon.

Stay tuned for more updates as we know ‘em.

How about a smoked pork chop with pimento grits? You can get this when Red Barn Kitchen opens July 18. | Photo courtesy of Red Barn Kitchen

How about a smoked pork chop with pimento grits? You can get this when Red Barn Kitchen opens July 18. | Photo courtesy of Red Barn Kitchen

Manhattan Project bar under construction in Clifton: Insider Louisville reported that a group of operators behind Baxter’s 942 Bar & Grill are working to open a modestly upscale restaurant and sports bar (meaning not as, well, relaxed as Baxter’s) at 2101 Frankfort Ave., in a 3,300-square-foot building directly behind Nancy’s Bagel Grounds. IL also reports that Kyle Schwan has been tapped to craft its menu. Since moving to Louisville from Colorado two years ago, the peripatetic Schwan has worked at Patrick O’Shea’s, Citizen 7 and Finn’s Southern Kitchen.

APRON annual Taste of Independents set for July 10: Here’s a worthy cause I support and, if you’re a restaurant fan with a heart for those who serve you, you can, too. On Sunday, July 10, APRON will host its annual Taste of Independents at The Olmsted (3701 Frankfort Ave.) from 1-4 p.m. The event raises funds to help local independent restaurant employees who face exceptional financial challenges due to personal crises such as medical emergencies. Trust me, there’s no such thing as too much cash for this need.

The afternoon features nibbles prepared by more than 30 top Louisville chefs, delicious adult beverages, a silent auction and live music by the Robbie Bartlett Duo. Tickets are a bargain at $40 (in advance, $45 at the door). Click here to learn more and get tickets.

Here’s just a partial list of who’ll be feeding you that afternoon:

  • Anoosh Bistro
  • Bistro 1860
  • Boombozz
  • Butchertown Grocery
  • Coal’s Artisan Pizza
  • Equus/Jack’s Lounge
  • Gary’s on Spring
  • Gospel Bird
  • Harvest
  • Joella’s Hot Chicken
  • LouVino
  • Martini Italian Bistro
  • Napa River Grill
  • Science Hill Inn
  • Ward 426

Get early bird pricing by July 1 for Bourbon Mixer: Tickets to the third-annual Bourbon Mixer are now on sale for $100 through July 1. Get them after that and it’ll cost you $125 to go to this great fundraiser put on by the Whisky Chicks and the Bourbon Brotherhood. The event is a fundraiser to benefit the Coalition for the Homeless, and it’s scheduled for August 13, 6 p.m. at The Gillespie (421 W. Market Street). The event will include tastings of unique bourbons, bourbon cocktails and even bourbon-infused treats like popsicles and root beer floats. More info to come as this event draws near.