Trick or Treat – EDT Podcast with Valerie Terry and Paul Tuell

It’s another exciting week of eating and drinking in one of the nation’s busiest event towns. While Carolyn is off in the from tundra of Iceland, Rick has been busy getting ready for America’s most popular drinking holiday. Actually, Halloween falls in behind St. Patrick’s and New Year’s in terms to alcohol consumption, but what’s more fun than dressing up as someone else and consuming pumpkin-spiced (or chocolate-infused) drinks.

As I learned from my guests, Saturday is chock full of ways to combine socializing with spooky, starting with an all-day shopping party at Work the Metal in Butchertown. Valerie Terry tells us why shopping is a perfect holiday adventure. Ballotin Whiskey’s Paul Tuell has concocted some special recipes, and they do involve chocolate-flavored whiskey, for the event. He’s also leading us to the St. Matthews Bar Crawl, with 11 establishments participating in the event.

Still, the biggest event coming to these parts is next week’s Equestricon, a world-class trade show being held for the second time ever Oct. 29-30, coinciding with next week’s Breeders Cup. Also, David Danielson’s takeover of the Old Stone Inn in Simpsonville becomes official when it opens for business Oct. 26. Have you noticed all the activity at 2nd and Liberty? That’s where the long-anticipated sports bar/restaurant concept Griff’s is inching its way toward an opening date.

Our friends at Fourth Street Live! aren’t missing out on the Halloween craziness. The venue’s Wicked Wonderland party on Saturday is offering up four $1,000 prizes for the best costumes. Thanks for tuning in to EatDrinkTalk.

Bill Brymer photo

Bill Brymer Photo

Bill Brymer Photo

Sippin’ Forever in Blue Jeans, with Jason Smith and Paul Tuell

There’s plenty of eatin’ and drinkin’ to talk about in Louisville, and Washington, so let’s get right to it. Carolyn traveled to our nation’s Capitol on business, and feasted at Succotash, owned and operated by our own Edward Lee. At another stop, she came face to eye with a fish, she ordered the catch of the day, and was a bit uncomfortable with its presentation.

Around here we noticed that the new version of the old Kaelin’s on Newburg Road is now hiring, the last step before the new 80/20 Kaelin’s opens there. Flavour is the new restaurant in the Highlands, a Caribbean/Creole spot, taking the place of Asiatique, which closed just a few weeks ago. Rick visited a one-year-old restaurant on West Broadway, Angie’s Home Cooking, which is where you would go if you were looking for good meat loaf.

Our guests made us a succulent sipper – the “Forever in Blue Jeans” special in honor of the Denim & Diamonds fundraiser, coming June 1. Paul Tuell used his Boubon Ball Ballotin Chocolate Whiskey, with a blueberry sauce and ginger beer, to make the special concoction. Jason Smith, the GM at Gordon Biersch, explains how his work for the Parkinson’s Support Center is a chance to give back to the organization that helps those with Parkinson’s. Jason, who has Parkinson’s himself, recruits some of the city’s top chefs to donate their time for the event.

Paul Tuell, Jason Smith, Carolyn McLean and Rick Redding

Be in the Know with EatDrinkTalk’s News Appetizer

Welcome to your awesome new weekly update on Louisville’s dining and drinking scene from the editors of Make it your first course as you plan your week, and be the ‘in-the-know’ person at your next dinner party or Happy Hour.

And please check out the latest EatDrinkTalk podcast. Our second trip to the podcast center produced some entertaining conversation about soft openings, delectable drinks and restaurant news. Plus conversations with Drew Kulsveen of Willett’s Distillery and Paul Tuell of Ballotin Whiskey. Listen here:

Prospect restaurant prospects? With Bristol Bar & Grille’s lease not being renewed after 10 years, the question remains, “What business will replace it?” All secret sources point to another restaurant coming in, and one well-placed source says it’s going to be Gustavo’s Mexican Grill, which is located in Crestwood. That place is always packed and serves food about as fast as you can order it.

Though the restaurant’s website isn’t working, one internet reviewer did write, “The best Shrimp and Cheese Bureto ever.” Does a misspelled endorsement still count?

My source is as good as any and highly believable. But my gut wonders why 1. Kroger would deny Bristol the right to stay when it’s been a good renter, and 2. why Kroger would replace a prominent local chain with a far-less-known Mexican concept—especially when the well-established Los Aztecas is just around the corner from what’s soon to be the old Bristol site?

The British (bartenders) are coming! to Meta Thursday: If you’re into cocktails, this is a big deal. Several bartenders from Punch Room, a famed, multi-operation bar line in London, will end their tour of the U.S. in Louisville Thursday night at Meta theater.

Their cocktail-making tour began in New York, moved to Chicago and stops here. That’s right, our town, a cocktail town whose reputation is sharply on the rise. Long story short, Meta owner Jeremy Johnson called this another endorsement of Louisville as a significant city for spirits and cocktails. The event runs from 7-10 p.m. Say hi to me if you come.

Plenty at Buck’s: You can still get tickets for a Five-course Ballotin Whiskey Dinner at Buck’s in Old Louisville Tuesday night. It’s all going to be great, though I might consider going straight for dessert: Ballotin Flight with House Made Ice Cream.

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Anchorage Amaze: Expect tasty things from PICNIC, a new concept near the popular Village Anchor in Anchorage. Kevin Grangier, whose company Belle Noble Entertainment Group also brought you Le Moo on Lexington Road, has more concepts cooking. This one, featuring local and organic produce, as well as soups, sandwiches and a salad bar, opens in July.

A Banana Split on Frankfort? We always thought that no matter how wonderful the Butter Pecan is, it would be hard for Frankfort Avenue foodies to support a Comfy Cow AND a Homemade Pie Kitchen right across the street from each other. Word from the Homemade folks on Facebook is that they’re taking their Rocky Road to Dixie Highway. The Post says Homemade is selling the building (hmm, to whom we wonder?) due to an offer it couldn’t refuse. Like Mint Chocolate Chip.

OK, we’ll have more morsels for you soon. Watch this space for breaking drinking and dining news. And a special new podcast this and every Friday.


EDT #2 – Cheers with Willett’s Drew Kulsveen and Paul Tuell of Ballotin

With our inaugural EatDrinkTalk podcast behind us, we launch into episode 2 with an abundance of Louisville restaurant and drinks news to discuss. We even talk about how to behave at soft openings. (Didn’t know you’d get a manners lesson, did you?)

This week’s show starts with a discussion of the big news this week: Bristol Bar & Grille in Prospect was not allowed by Kroger, its landlord, to renew its lease after being a great tenant for 10 years. That means this venerable restaurant will close May 29. Rick and Steve discuss why this happened and who they think might fill in that blank space.

EDT Founders Rick and Steve at the 3rd Turn

EDT Founders Rick and Steve at the 3rd Turn

We then move straight on to drinking as Steve interviews Drew Kulsveen, master distiller at Willett Distillery in Bardstown. Merely hoping to learn what new ryes and bourbons were aging in Willett’s rickhouses, Steve instead discovered a massive construction effort underway to add a bed and breakfast in, new visitors center, restaurant and grist mill to the historic property. Rick then talks to Paul Tuell, the branding mastermind behind the line of Ballotin Chocolate Whiskeys. The guys chat about the brand’s creation and the many, many cocktails and foods you can flavor with these delicious products.

Let us know what you think of the show by emailing or And while you’re at it, sends us tips and tidbits about restaurant and bar news items, really cool restaurant personalities we should interview or your favorite places to eat and drink in Louisville!

Drew Kulsveen

Drew Kulsveen

Paul Tuell

Paul Tuell



From Rusty Satellite: Greg Hayden of 3rd Turn Brewery, Paul Tuell of Ballotin and EDT’s Steve Coomes

If you haven’t been out to Jeffersontown to check out the 3rd Turn Brewery, now’s the time to do it. Greg Hayden and his partners have built a great outdoor patio right next to the old church building. In this show, Greg joins with Ballotin Whiskey founder Paul Tuell to talk about the May 18 Cocktails with Champions event. Plus, it benefits the Bike MS event.

Also, I’m starting a brand new project with my friend Steve Coomes. It’s called EatDrinkTalk, and our first podcast debuts Friday. Steve’s the city’s best-known food and dining writer, and has interests in spirits as well. We talk about what we’re going to talk about on the new show.

Thanks to hearing Harry Pickens at the Breakfast of Champions, I’m thinking a lot more positively these days, and I go over that on the show. It’s a great episode, so download it now.


Rick Redding and Steve Coomes. Photo by Bill Brymer