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A Taste for Life with Chris Williams; Turner Wathen Releases a New Rum

On Saturday, an all-star lineup of local chefs will come together to remember the brilliance of Anthony Bourdain. It’s happening at Four Pegs, and it’s happening because of a Facebook thread started by Chris Williams. Money raised, you can get in for $35, will go to charities involved in mental health. Williams, who took the operation of Four Pegs in Germantown in March, is bringing his reputation as a barbecue master to the place, with an upgraded menu that this week features a wild boar hot dog. Listen in for Chris’s fascinating story. After the interview, he told me a…


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LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: Looking Back, 2016 Wasn’t All that Bad

We’ve been reflecting on 2016 on the Rusty Satellite Show and EatDrinkTalk podcasts. I love all those end-0f-the-year lists, which I use to fill my Amazon Watchlist queue and take note of worthy books for future reading. And now that I’ve got a new friend, named Alexa, that plays my musical choices whenever I ask, I can easily remember what made news is 2016. However, I’m really tired of hearing people complain about the year, expressing joy for its demise, and dread about 2017. Yes, I’m aware that famous people passed away in 2016 – a list headed by Muhammad Ali…


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LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: The Johnson “incident”, stripper scandal, and a couple of pretty good podcasts

Did you hear the latest from Dan Johnson? Not the kooky, racist politician from Bullitt County running to be a state representative by posting offensive Facebook messages. No, this is our own Metro Councilman Dan Johnson, who got himself banned from GLI events (this seems to be an unprecedented action) for something he apparently said to a GLI female staff member during a group trip to Austin, Texas attended by several Metro Council members. Asked by the newspaper, no one else on the trip seems to have been aware of whatever it was Johnson did, though some think that the…


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LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: Swan’s Song and Seven Sense, Flugtag, and Birthdays

Ready for your final free weekend before football season? There’s plenty to do, starting with the Flugtag experience down at the Waterfront, where 40 groups will push their crafts off the edge of a 22-foot high platform. If history is any indication, most will promptly dive into the Ohio River, like those paper airplanes you used to try to fly across the room during Algebra class. For details, check out last week’s Rusty Satellite Show podcast here with Bill DeReamer. Which is also a place to hear about Saturday’s big party on Preston, the Seven Sense Festival, featuring 40 bands,…


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LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: Deer Me at Perry Park, Talking a Dive Bar, Vegan Jerky and the Doctor of Dunk

Greetings from Perry Park, Ky., an amazing little resort an hour or so northeast of Louisville. Home of a fine 27-hole golf course, a small hotel and a restaurant, all of which have been here a while. The logo includes a picture of a deer, and the three courses have names like Antlers and Buckskin, but we had no idea that when we walked outside at dusk we would see, not kidding, more than 50 deer wandering around the fairways. Amazing. If you’re looking for a nice getaway that includes golf, try this place. We found it looking for a…


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LouisvilleKY’s The WEEK: Good Eats in New Places, Lebowski, an Ark, Focus on Forecastle

If you’re like me, you probably keep a list in your head of local spots you want to get to, sort of like your Watchlist on Netflix. Then, when you’re in the car with your girlfriend and it comes time to go out to dinner, you can’t pull up the list from the recesses of your brain, and you end up at Olive Garden (just kidding, I don’t go there). On Tuesday I crossed one of those new spots off my list in spectacular fashion. After a drink at Volare for the NFocus Farewell Party (that print publication put out…


The new sign at Mint Julep Tours, at the Mellwood exit off 64, went up this week.

LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: Celebrating Independence, Podcast Excellence, Journo Awards and More

First up, congrats to all the winners, but especially my EatDrinkTalk partner Steve Coomes for a big win at the Society of Professional Journalism awards held Thursday night. Steve won for his work at Insider Louisville under the category of dining review/criticism. You can now read Steve’s award-winning journalism at EatDrinkTalk.net.  According to various Twitter posts: WDRB won 31 of the awards, including a first-place for Bill Lamb. Also, the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, the Courier-Journal and Business First took home trophies. For your listening pleasure. . . Here’s your chance to hear Steve Coomes and I discuss trendy…


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LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: Listening Pleasures in Liquor, Plus Ricky Jones, John Timmons and J-town

I’m told that getting to sample this 13-month old bourbon, currently aging at the Peerless Distillery on 10th Street, is quite a privilege. Lots of flavor, and the highlight of a brief tour of the facility that is celebrating its one-year anniversary today. Thanks to Corky Taylor, who has an amazing cache of stories to tell about his extraordinary life, beginning with his childhood in Henderson, being classmates with the Allman Brothers and Al Gore, golfing at Murray State and professionally, and running a very successful business. You can imagine that for a guy like that, retirement left a lot…


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LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: Good Times Eating Drinking and Talking…and Rocking

It’s time for some recovery, but there are so many cool things to do around here, it’s hard to slow down. No one at LouisvilleKY.com is complaining, of course. My highlight of the week was seeing my musical idol Paul Thorn at Waterfront Wednesday.  A little pre-concert shower deterred some, but Paula and I made our way up near the stage and even got this pic of Paul and Paula during his last-song jaunt into the crowd. Highlight #2 was the Ballotin Five-Course Dinner at Buck’s Restaurant. You can hear a little bit about chef Colter Hubsch’s creations, using all…


Our Hotness Levels for THE WEEK

If there was any doubt that summer was here, the hundred or so folks who ventured west to Portland to hear Gill Holland on Thursday night will confirm it. In a sweltering warehouse, Holland joked that it was the grand opening of the Portland Spa and Sauna. Air conditioning would be a great addition at the massive Tim Faulkner Gallery.   Holland, of course, is trying to do for Portland what he did for NuLu, turn around a dismal area that, though rich in history, is mainly an eyesore. And he knows about Portland’s history, its 1800s role as an…