October 2012

Operators keeping quiet on polarizing political issues

October 30, 2012
Operators keeping quiet on polarizing political issues

By Steve Coomes, Contributing Editor, Nation’s Restaurant News Political tension is running high throughout the industry’s bar rooms, board rooms and dining rooms as President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney slug it out for the presidency in the run-up to the Nov. 6 elections. But many restaurant leaders are nonetheless hesitant to […]

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Dining out on vacation proves Louisville’s value as a restaurant community

October 30, 2012
Dining out on vacation proves Louisville’s value as a restaurant community

It didn’t take a trip out of town to remind me how good Louisville restaurants are, but 10 days in Siesta Key, Fla., really drove the point home. (I’m spoiled. I admit it.) And that’s surprising given the money that flows through this small resort area: There is no shortage of luxury cars and eight-figure homes. […]

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Travel: Sand, surf and sitting sums up Siesta Key vacation

October 30, 2012
Travel: Sand, surf and sitting sums up Siesta Key vacation

My family has joked for ages that Siesta Key, Fla., is for the nearly dead or the newly wed because it’s so quiet when we come here during Oldham County schools’ annual fall break. The hotels are far from full, the already expansive beach is exceedingly roomy and traffic is a bother only when slipping in […]

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Alltech Brewing to sell Kentucky Coffee Bourbon Barrel Ale next month

October 17, 2012
Alltech Brewing to sell Kentucky Coffee Bourbon Barrel Ale next month

While with a tour group admiring Lexington’s brand-spankin’-new Town Branch Distillerylast Saturday, in bounded a 60-ish man wearing running tights below running shorts, a jacket and a ball cap. A laggard late to the tour? A runner thirsty for whiskey instead of water? Nope. It was Dr. Pearse Lyons, the multimillionaire guy who owns that joint […]

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Louisville’s menu labeling law takes effect today, but will it really help anyone?

October 15, 2012
Louisville’s menu labeling law takes effect today, but will it really help anyone?

Call me cynical—please, since it’s much nicer than some other things I’ve been called lately—but I struggle to see the significance of the menu labeling law that takes effect in Louisville today. Why? Because the law, which says any foodservice establishment that has made nutritional information about its food available in the past, be it […]

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Yum! Brands hits sales homerun in 2012’s third quarter

October 10, 2012
Yum! Brands hits sales homerun in 2012’s third quarter

Restaurant analysts predicted months ago that Yum! Brands would turn in a positive third quarter for 2012, but few expected that performance would be so spectacular. Call it a homerun a home run for a company that, despite some struggles in the past two years, is figuring out how to wring more dollars from consumers’ […]

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Books and bourbon are just part of the buzz behind new Jim Beam Stillhouse

October 9, 2012
Books and bourbon are just part of the buzz behind new Jim Beam Stillhouse

Call it ironic timing or a wake-up call to a gin drinker (me), but a good chunk of my freelance work lately has been devoted to writing about two of Kentucky’s most important bourbon towns, Bardstown and Lexington. Just this month alone, Jim Beam officially opened its new American Stillhouse visitors’ center, and Alltech unveiled […]

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Life skills and knife skills: Seviche to host private butchery classes

October 8, 2012
Life skills and knife skills: Seviche to host private butchery classes

Some time ago, Seviche chef-owner Anthony Lamas mentioned in a Facebook posted how his kitchen staff loved to butcher whole animals such as pigs and fish. The remark caught the attention of a few Facebook friends who encouraged Lamas to “show us how to do that, too.” Thus, the idea for a butchery class was […]

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Boombozz Pizza & Taphouse rolling out fried pizza ‘Montanara’

October 5, 2012
Boombozz Pizza & Taphouse rolling out fried pizza ‘Montanara’

Boombozz Pizza & Taphouse is introducing a Neapolitan-style fried pizza dubbed the Montanara. That’s right, fried pizza, but it’s probably not what you’re thinking … “Didn’t I have one at the state fair, something to fend off the nasty aftertaste of that Krispy-Kreme burger?” The answer is, no, you haven’t, not at the KFEC, anyway. This […]

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Foodie tourists! Kentucky culinary odyssey includes Seviche, Ghyslain, La Coop and others

October 4, 2012
Foodie tourists! Kentucky culinary odyssey includes Seviche, Ghyslain, La Coop and others

A sign that culinary tourism has arrived here: Gwen Pratesi, the blogger behind Bunkycooks (a James Beard Award-nominated food and travel blog), is hosting a tour of Louisville restaurants designed to give out-of-towners a look into the inner workings of some top Louisville restaurants, distillers and food producers. According to a news release, the three-day, two-night tour […]

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