The EatDrinkTalk crew is back with another exciting episode, a full menu of news and information about Louisville’s independent restaurant and drinking scene. First up — a couple of new choices for discriminating diners. The long-awaited Eagle Food and Beer Hall in the Highlands is serving up fried chicken and craft beer, while Ciao made its debut on Payne Street. Both new spots feature elegantly designed interiors. But we think the operators behind Ciao, and others, are going to have to step up their marketing to compete in the over-crowded quest for business.

We also noticed the new Jeptha Creed distillery near Simpsonville opened for business, despite not having any actual booze to choose from. Later this week, we’ll check out the new Angel’s Envy downtown for its press opening.

Rick’s interview with David Danielson, the executive chef at Churchill Downs, comes just as the veteran chef prepares to serve Thanksgiving dinner next week to 7,000 patrons. And he’s already planning for Derby 2017, some six months before the big event. Danielson oversees the entire food operation at the track, from fine dining in the Mansion to the hot dogs sold near the paddock.

Steve’s got some great bourbon stories from Jim Kokoris, author of “Big Man of Jim Beam: Booker Noe and the Number One Bourbon in the World.” While there may be some disagreement on who is responsible for making bourbon big again, that discussion has to begin with Booker Noe.  Enjoy this delectable episode of EatDrinkTalk, and please tell your friends.

Author Jim Kokoris
Dave Danielson at Churchill Downs