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In Jtown, protestors showed up to greet Mitch McConnell.

LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: From Tailspin to a Turtle’s Appearance, and on to the Gravy Cup,

Much was focused this week on Mitch McConnell’s appearance at a luncheon sponsored by the Jeffersontown Chamber. Plenty of protesters showed up at the Marriott, but none were able to get anywhere close to the Senator, who took only a few questions from the audience, mostly about healthcare. Of course, Mitch and his colleagues don’t like talking about a topic for which they don’t have an answer. But let’s move on to more pleasant topics, like how I’m never going to lose any weight with this kind of schedule. It all started Saturday at the Tailspin Ale Fest at Bowman…


Some pre-Tailspin fun with organizer Tisha Gainey at Bowman Field

LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: In a Tailspin with EatDrinkTalk and Rusty Satellite

If you didn’t get a ticket at one of the many pre-Tailspin events held around town, you may be out of luck. But if you are going to the Tailspin Ale Fest at Bowman Field Saturday, come by and let me pour you a beer. I’ll be a volunteer beer filler upper at the 4th annual Winter Warmer, along with my EatDrinkTalk partner Steve Coomes. Here’s a story from EDT about it. Speaking of EDT, this week’s podcast is a tasty one, and includes my interview with Chef Ellen Gill McCarty, and Michael Beckmann, talking about Das Meal, a five-course beer-paired…


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LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: A Sweet Artistic Treat For Your Sweetie

Perhaps the best, and surely the sweetest, treat of the week was last night’s reception at Cellar Door Chocolates. Two of the loveliest Rusty Satellite alumni have teamed up to offer Barnhart Bars, a series of chocolate bars packaged with artistic, romantic images of women. Erika Chavez-Graziano, the entrepreneur behind Cellar Door, and Jeaneen Barnhart, the local artist known for beautiful images of horses and women, debuted the Barnhart Bars at Cellar Door’s 4th Street location Thursday to an approving, capacity crowd. Chavez-Graziano described the care that has gone into creating the new product. The bars sell for $12. “We…


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Be A Romance Hero, Make a Valentine’s Reservation

This post originally appeared at EatDrinkTalk.net, where you can find lots of other great ideas for going out.  The business of serving the romantics among us makes for a pretty big day for our friends at local restaurants, and creating the cocktails, course and wine pairings is a good excuse for chefs and operators to get creative. Whether you’re into the spirit of Valentine’s Day or not, it is an expectation that you will come up with something to show your sweetie she’s special. You’re all in the same boat, and getting a good table, and having a good idea, is what will…



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LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: Despite All That, a Super Week

We’re only a few weeks into this Trump thing, and our focus seems to be jumping from one scary concept to another. My vote for the most troubling thing Trump said in the last week is his determination to “destroy” the Johnson Amendment. It may not sound like much, but it would allow churches across the country to become politicized and, I think, to become a focal point for campaigning. Trump wants to allow religious leaders, whose businesses are tax-exempt, to openly campaign for causes and candidates. Here at home, there were protests galore downtown in reaction to Trump’s immigration executive order,…


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Another Day, Another Local Rally Against Trump’s Immigration Order

The group Indivisible KY held a rally on Tuesday in front of the Gene Snyder Federal Building in downtown Louisville. The focus of the rally was Kentucky’s senior Senator Mitch McConnell. Indvisible KY, a new statewide activist organization, complained that McConnell refused to listen to those urging Congress to “stop the ban on Muslim refugees entering the U.S. and to stop the planning of the construction of a wall on the Mexico border.” An estimated 250 participants attended the event, many holding telephones and signs asking McConnell to call them, a reference to the senator’s lack of communication with constituents about…


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LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: We’re All Business (Meetings), Dirty Bourbon, Delbert and the Seafood Lady

You might think it’s a pretty mediocre week when a highlight is attending two business organizations’ annual meeting, but both the Greater Louisville Inc. event at The Palace and the Jeffersontown Annual Meeting at the Community Center were worthy events. Plus, I got a chance to sample a plate from the Seafood Lady, tried a Dirty Bourbon at SET from my pals at Ballotin Whiskey, played rare January golf and got myself back on the racquetball court. And, a new Delbert McClinton recording was released. And it’s called “Prick of the Litter.” How cool. Plus I met some very interesting…


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LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: A Double Dogs Doozy, The New Chief and the Cal Cast

On Monday, you can experience the opening of the new Double Dogs restaurant in Middletown, out by the Snyder. I was invited to a preview event last night, and the place is done up right, with a dog theme (in the spring, you can take your pup there and eat on the patio). The theme is incorporated throughout, down to the Bo’s Dog Bowl Nachos, served in, that’s right, a dog bowl. Check out my story on the place over at EatDrinkTalk, where you’ll also learn about the opening of the Goss Avenue Pub (in the former Craft House spot)…


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End of an Era for the Monkey Wrench

After 12 years as a go-to spot for live music, the Monkey Wrench on Barret will shut down for good April 1. Dennie Humphrey made the surprise announcement today in a Facebook post filled with emotion. “It’s with a big smile, bittersweet amazingness and a lot of pride I announce that in March, the month of our 12 year anniversary, Monkey Wrench is saying goodbye,” he wrote. In an interview, Humphrey said he made the decision after a lot of consideration, saying that it would take $150,000 to upgrade the facility to remain competitive as both a restaurant and nightspot….