Between meals, we’re trying to keep up with the news. Here’s the latest:
Three’s Company, But Four Fast Casual Pizza Chains? I’ve been to Blaze, Pieology and MOD — all fast casual pizza chains that serve up pies quick and tasty. Based on my visits, all seem to be getting good crowds. So it will be interesting to see if there’s room for Your Pizza here. The Athens, Ga.-based chain is scouting the market for expansion, according to the C-J.
Hoosier Beer Spot: Rails, which has an original location in Seymour, is the newest concept to grace the 1870’s era building most recently known as Sam’s Food and Spirits in Clarksville. As Insider reports, the new spot will serve up American fare and beers brewed in Hoosier-land.
Meet a Hometown Beer-oe: Credit the Louisville Independent Business Alliance for coming up with a new twist on its annual Beer Fest at Slugger Field. For the Sept. 23 event, Mayor Greg Fischer, chef Edward Lee, LIBA Founder John Timmons and Forecastle captain J.K. McKnight are consulting with local breweries to create limited edition brews for the party. And you get in for $5, and can drink from 4-10 p.m.
The First Course Includes a Corn Dog: As part of Louisville Craft Beer Week, the Butchertown Grocery and Goodwood Brewing Co. are offering up a six-course dinner, with beer pairings, for $100 a ticket. It’s on Sunday, Sept. 18, and chef Bobby Benjamin will include mussels, pork belly and pheasant at the feast. Get tickets here.
Boat on Over: Dockside dining has always been a special privilege up the Ohio at Captain’s Quarters. Now Chef John Varanese has unveiled his $125K project designed to attract people with boats, and people with friends who have boats, to his spacious River House restaurant and the Levee. He’s added eight boat slips, a lighted stairway and some new Adirondack chairs on the lawn.
Sullivan Wins Gold: At the American Culinary Federation (ACF) “Pastry Live” competition in Atlanta Aug. 21, bakers from the National Center for Hospitality Studies at Sullivan took home five gold medals. Winners, pictured above, are Chef Derek Spendlove, Jessica Waked Diaz, Benita Gomez, Markeisha Crutcher, Jaelin Rifkind, chef Kendall Kneis. The school has developed a longstanding reputation as serious pastry arts school, and this adds to that stellar reputation.