February 2013

Chef Jean-Marc Larrue journeys from France to cook and teach at Lilly’s Feb. 21-26

February 12, 2013
Chef Jean-Marc Larrue journeys from France to cook and teach at Lilly’s Feb. 21-26

It’s increasingly common that chefs cook in each other’s kitchens for special events, such as celebrity fundraisers. But that chef Jean-Marc Larrue will leave his Avignon, France, restaurant, Jardins de la Tour, to spend four February days cooking at Lilly’s—a Kentucky Bistro – now that’s remarkable. Kathy Cary, chef-owner, Lilly’s: A Kentucky Bistro His visit was cooked up between Lilly’s […]

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Better burger boom continues as Game and Sidebar at Whiskey Row open soon

February 12, 2013
Better burger boom continues as Game and Sidebar at Whiskey Row open soon

UPDATED 9:30 p.m. The name of the Sidebar at Whiskey Row was reported incorrectly. Save for apple pie, there’s hardly a more iconic statement of culinary Americana than the hamburger. The Breakfast Burger at Mussel & Burger bar in Jeffersontown. In the last century, home grillers made it good while McDonald’s made it generic and […]

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Q4 Yum! Brands report: China chicken scare threatens 2013 earnings

February 12, 2013
Q4 Yum! Brands report: China chicken scare threatens 2013 earnings

In a country where a good air quality day in any industrial city makes a Los Angeles smog alert day look clear by comparison; where food safety outside of said cities is questionable at best; and where people are imprisoned for speaking their minds, there exists a populous bent out of shape about antibiotic-stuffed chickens? […]

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For most, waiting tables is temporary work, not a career

February 12, 2013
For most, waiting tables is temporary work, not a career

There’s been a lot of anger vented in social media following server Leila DiFazio’s dismissal from Lynn’s Paradise Café. Some of it’s righteous, some it’s naïve. Fair gripe #1: Lynn’s servers shouldn’t have been demanded to liquefy its support staff tip pool by carrying $100 cash to work. The business serves as the bank, especially when […]

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Beer ye, beer ye, NABC and Varanese pairing up for unique dinner for Feb. 7

February 12, 2013
Beer ye, beer ye, NABC and Varanese pairing up for unique dinner for Feb. 7

When contemplating the menu for an upcoming beer dinner at Varanese, chef-owner John Varanese took an unconventional approach by tasting the beer first and then crafting a menu around it. And while that approach would make Homer Simpson proud, he said it just made the most sense. John Varanese, chef and owner of Varanese. “Beer’s food […]

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Manly meals: Big brews, beef and bloody Marys for brunch at Bank Street Brewhouse

February 7, 2013
Manly meals: Big brews, beef and bloody Marys for brunch at Bank Street Brewhouse

Beef, beer and “bloodies.” Now that’s a manly way to start off your Super Bowl Sunday. If such a lineup interests you, then cross the Sherman-Minton for that and more during brunch atBank Street Brewhouse (415 Bank Street, New Albany). It starts at 10 a.m. and runs until 2 p.m. If, like me, you lean toward […]

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3rd time the charm? Quattro opens Friday on 4th Street Live in former Mozzaria site

February 7, 2013
3rd time the charm? Quattro opens Friday on 4th Street Live in former Mozzaria site

As the old saying goes, perhaps the third time is the charm for the so-far luckless restaurant spot at 450 S. Fourth Street.  Red Star Tavern, its first tenant, operated there for a few years before closing in late 2011. Then came Mozzaria, an Italian concept that nearly self-imploded under the major misguidance of founding chef, Matthew Antonovich. […]

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Cunningham Restaurant Group signs letter of intent for Azalea property in East Louisville

February 7, 2013
Cunningham Restaurant Group signs letter of intent for Azalea property in East Louisville

Indianapolis-based Cunningham Restaurant Group has signed a letter of intent to develop a restaurant on the much-coveted – and sorely neglected – site of the original Bauer’s 1870 Tavern at 3608 Brownsboro Road. Led by Mike Cunningham, CRG has five high-end casual concepts and 10 total restaurants scattered throughout Indiana and Ohio. (Click here to see a list […]

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If you haven’t been: St. Charles Exchange, where you can sip, sup and linger in class

February 7, 2013
If you haven’t been: St. Charles Exchange, where you can sip, sup and linger in class

Few restaurant rooms in town are as inviting as the main dining space at the St. Charles Exchange. Balancing simplicity and sophistication, the décor takes you back a century to a time when the restaurant-bar was a common feature in the lobbies of classy hotels. Button-tucked high-backed leather booths, black bistro tables, soft light emanating from […]

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After Sandy: Ripple effect of storm damage spreads impact far through the seafood supply chain

February 6, 2013
After Sandy: Ripple effect of storm damage spreads impact far through the seafood supply chain

Parsons Seafood wasn’t built in a day, but Superstorm Sandy nearly destroyed the century-old shellfish farming and wholesaler in less than 24 hours. With its relentless one-two, water-and-wind punches, the largest Atlantic hurricane on record pummeled the New Jersey shore at Tuckerton on Oct. 29, leveling the business’s oyster hatchery and sending a surge of sea […]

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