LouisvilleKY racked up accolades in 2018

  LOUISVILLE, Ky. – National media, including a multitude of prominent travel and tourism authorities, singled out Louisville in 2018 affirming the city as one of the “U.S. Cities on the Rise” as well as one of “The 10 Coolest U.S. Cities to Visit in 2018.”  A major highlight was Lonely Planet designating Bourbon Country one of the “10 Top U.S. Destinations for 2018.” Louisville’s culinary scene continues to be an attraction, bolstered by Top Chef Kentucky’s filming of the show’s 16th season and accolades including Fodor’s Travel nod to the city on their list of “Cities with an Unexpectedly International…

Louisville Uncovered presents: A timeless Louisville favorite food lives on, nearly 120 years later.

Louisville Uncovered presents a fresh episode: “Benedictine Uncovered”   Benedictine, is a spread made with cucumbers and cream cheese, was invented near the beginning of the 20th century by Jennie Carter Benedict (1860–1928), a caterer, restaurateur and cookbook author in Louisville, Kentucky.[11] After attending Fannie Farmer’s Boston Cooking School, she built a 256-square-foot kitchen with a 48-square-foot pantry in her backyard in 1893 (with no running water!) for what she thought was an excessive $316.85 so she could better serve her catering clientele. Watch the story, now, “Uncovered” here: In 1900, “Miss Jennie”  opened a restaurant and tea room…

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TGIF Local Lunch Post – Feedback is Delicious! Vote for Vittles!

For almost two years, I’ve enjoyed throwing together some food for thought as it pertains to grabbing lunch on Friday.  Ideally, readers will take and share suggestions for the midday meal and continue to support local independent restaurants, groceries, growers, and events throughout the week. This column grew from a Facebook post in early 2011, starting as a friendly suggestion for lunch before heading into the weekend. A year later it moved to Rick Redding’s, giving  TGIF Local Lunch Post a new home and  a nice boost, hopefully attracting  new readers very week. For past columns, check out this…

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TEDxManhattan Gives Louisville Food for Thought

On Saturday’s wintry morning, the air flecked with an occasional snowflake, a couple hundred people made their way into the York Street Library to spend the whole day talking about one very important subject: food. The local foodies were there for the TEDxManhattan “Changing the Way We Eat” Viewing Party, a live webcast of an all day event in NYC focused on sustainable food and farming. I got there early for registration and milled around in the lobby, drawn by the earthy tunes of a band called Vessel and the free Heine Bros. coffee. I felt a twinge of guilt…

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TEDxManhattan plows the way for sustainable farming

In the dead of winter, Louisville’s local food movement prepares to go into full bloom as Seed Capital Kentucky and the Louisville Free Public Library get ready to host the TEDxManhattan “Changing the Way We Eat” Viewing Party. The event will take place this Saturday, January 21 from 10a.m. to 6p.m. at the main branch, downtown. It’s our city’s second incarnation of the event that began in the Big Apple. The main event in Manhattan will feature 20-plus speakers—all local food, farm-to-table and environmental activists, including Gary Oppenheimer. Louisville’s version will include live web streaming of this year’s Manhattan speakers….

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One Day in Stockholm, Sweden, on a budget.

The second we stepped off the plane and onto the tarmac, David said, “Breathe that. Isn’t that the best air you’ve ever inhaled?” He was absolutely right. It was cool, crisp, and pure. Granted, we were about 100km outside of Stockhom at the Skavsta airport, surrounded by uninhabited land and fir trees, but it turns out that unpolluted air is everywhere in Sweden. I felt my allergies vanish with every breath. What does one do with 36 hours in Stockholm? We knew we were heading to the My Morning Jacket show the night of David’s birthday, so that left us…

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Fixing Kentucky’s Obesity Problem – “FOOD” Stamps! REALLY?

Americans love fast food. (We spent $165 billion on it in 2010.) But we don’t all love it equally. Like the obesity rate, fast-food consumption varies widely by region. Residents of some states disproportionately choose fast food over other options when they go out to eat, with consequences for the state’s collective health. Using government data on the percentage of restaurants in each state that serve fast food and the percentage of dining-out dollars the average resident spends in them each year, identified the 10 states where fast-food consumption is most prevalent. Kentucky is in the top five! Colonel…

Red Hog Tapas Satisfy!

Last night, my cohabitante Sarah and I decided not to slave in the kitchen, but to venture out. We’re very well acquainted with the abundant assortment of excellent eateries within walking distance of our Crescent Hill home, but I decided to surprise Sarah by trying something new. I noticed that Red Hog Tapas open only on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Perfect timing. We passed on seeing an early showing of the movie “Limitless,” only to find that Red Hog’s tapas menu could be similarly headlined. But wait, there’s more – a separate sheet of Red Hog Specials. And an amazing assortment of very reasonably priced wines and draught and bottled beers.

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Is it possible to have an environmentally-conscious event without breaking the bank?

The most common piece of advice I’ve read in wedding books and magazines is to make a list of priorities, so we know what’s important to each other in a wedding. Being the social creatures that we are, we know we want to be surrounded by family and friends,  have an open bar, and a live band. (How could a local musician use a DJ for her wedding?)  As far as planning goes, however, a major factor for us is being as Green as possible. Sure, we could just buy carbon offsets from a site like this one, but I’d…

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The Holy Grale Is Inspired

Twenty rotating taps cover a broad variety of craft beer styles from all around the world. And their creative menu is nothing short of devinely inspired. The kitchen is in clear view, preparing lots of snacks that go well with the beer of your choice.