Food

Lucie Slone Meyers is cooking with a purpose

March 24, 2017
Lucie Slone Meyers is cooking with a purpose

Four days before Valentine’s Day, Lucie Slone Meyers held court at a table in her nearly opened restaurant, The Red Light Kitchen & Lounge (780 N. Limestone). Between directing staffers on where to place tables, décor and bottles behind the bar, the grande dame of the Lexington restaurant scene talked shop with some of her […]

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The Restaurateur in the Arena

April 8, 2016
The Restaurateur in the Arena

Influenced by Theodore Roosevelt’s “Man in the Arena” quote. It is not the restaurant critic who counts; not the man or woman whose poison pen points out how the restaurateur stumbled, where the chef could have seasoned the food better or the bartender stirred the Old Fashioned colder. The people who count are those actually in […]

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Restaurant soft openings are practice runs, so don’t complain!

April 1, 2016
Restaurant soft openings are practice runs, so don’t complain!

I love restaurant soft openings, but not for the food or even the drink. I like seeing the excitement in the eyes of owners who’ve worked their brains loose trying to get their vision from blueprint to fruition. I appreciate the risks required to move from a well-capitalized business to modestly liquid before a paying […]

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Here’s a must buy bourbon: Westport Whiskey & Wine’s Maker’s 46 Private Select

March 25, 2016
Here’s a must buy bourbon: Westport Whiskey & Wine’s Maker’s 46 Private Select

I’m like most folks whose liquor shelf is lined with bourbon bottles costing between $10 to $50. There are a few moderately higher priced goodies thrown in, but I don’t generally recommend spending $75 or more on liquid—until today. Go to Westport Whiskey & Wine and get a bottle of Maker’s Mark Private Select Single […]

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After 3 years, Lynn’s Paradise Café sold to mystery buyer

March 24, 2016
After 3 years, Lynn’s Paradise Café sold to mystery buyer

It took more than three years to sell one of Louisville’s (formerly) busiest restaurants, but according to WDRB.com, Lynn’s Paradise Café has been sold. To whom, I don’t know. The story mentions a restaurant group that “will reveal itself in a couple of months,” but in the meantime, even my best restaurant real estate sources […]

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It’s a good deed to watch hoops in a Louisville bar this weekend

March 23, 2016
It's a good deed to watch hoops in a Louisville bar this weekend

It was bad news for local bars when the University of Louisville announced it would self-penalize its men’s basketball team by sitting out the post-season in the wake of a salacious recruiting scandal. Without a reason to head to one’s favorite drinkin’ haunt to cheer on the Cards, it was predicted local watering holes would […]

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Ignore restaurant critics and eat where you like

March 21, 2016
Ignore restaurant critics and eat where you like

During a recent restaurant meal, I saw the kitchen door swing wide to reveal pictures of two restaurant critics taped to its backside. Printed on separate 8 ½ x 11 sheets were the visages of The Courier-Journal’s Nancy Miller and Louisville HotByte’s Robin Garr, Louisville’s lone remaining restaurant critics. Clearly they were posted there to […]

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No Louisville food and drink fest until at least 2017

March 15, 2016
No Louisville food and drink fest until at least 2017

In a recent article I wrote for Insider Louisville, I mentioned that Louisville’s food and drink festival isn’t any nearer to happening than it was two-and-a-half years ago when a committee was convened to make it happen. Seems a lot of problems abound, not the least of which is too many voices in the room, […]

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Yes, Louisville, we need more pizza options

January 28, 2016
Yes, Louisville, we need more pizza options

Lots of Louisvillians are asking (mostly in social media) lately, “Do we really need another pizza place?” It’s a fair question, but the answer clearly is yes. Fact is no one needs pizza, but we want it badly, and it seems we’re always willing to try just one more variation on that well-worn theme of […]

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UPDATED: Devastating loss in American ham curing is significant, but temporary

January 21, 2016
UPDATED: Devastating loss in American ham curing is significant, but temporary

UPDATED: In the space of six weeks, America nearly lost two of its finest ham curing companies. The voluntary closure of Woodlands Pork in Louisville and the tragic fire at Edwards & Sons in Surry, Va., is a profound setback to the renaissance of American cured hams. The nation’s culinary community, which has supported both […]

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