EDT 45 – St. Paddy’s Week In Louisville

It’s St. Paddy’s Week on the Eat Drink Talk Podcast

You feeling the luck o’ the Irish this week? We are, given our special guests lined up for this week’s podcast: Michael Reidy of the Irish Rover, and Louisville’s adopted Irish son and chef, Finbar Kinsella. Both talk about how this famous holiday is celebrated in their homeland and how that’s been influenced by how Irish-Americans celebrate here. The chilly but well-attended St. Patrick’s Day parade got us thinking that all of us should work some Irish whiskey into our sipping regimen this week. (Green beer’s silly and flavorless anyway!) We certainly filled up at three amazing meals last week: an incredible beer-paired dinner at Red Barn Kitchen; a tasting of several dishes from Artesano’s new spring menu; and some hearty bites off the new brunch menu at Lola.

Since Rick’s on vacation this week, Steve filled in to do double duty in our weekly Favorites segment, citing the blueberry scones at Lola and the pimento cheese and horseradish grit cakes at Red Barn Kitchen as his favorite bites. Fave drinks were the Country Boy French saison beer, and the amazing 2017 10-Year Rye Release from Michter’s he’ll review soon.

Tune in and listen as he talks about it all on our 45th episode. And please tell your friends about EatDrinkTalk!

EDT 44 – Kelly Ramsey and Zack Wolf

The EatDrinkTalk crew has been diving especially deep in the local food and drink scene, and we have the stories to show for it. First up in the news is the exciting move being made by Brett Davis to open the Remedy Bar in the old Hilltop Theater in Clifton. We love a good birthday party, and the Nachbar in Germantown is celebrating its 10th, while in Middletown, there’s the new Tsubaki Sushi Bar that just opened. We sampled new menu items at Mercato Italiano in Norton Commons, and tried the new brunch at the Red Barn Kitchen in Lyndon. Meanwhile, Steve talks about his adventures at last week’s Bourbon Classic, which has grown into a major regional event.

Steve’s guest is Kelly Ramsey, who talks about the pairing of bourbon and chocolate for her business, Art Eatables. Zack Wolf, the young chef at Mercato Italiano, talks to Rick about the journey from his not-so-long ago days as a culinary student at Sullivan University to his dream job of working with Fernando Martinez as an executive chef.

We have a new sponsor for our Favorites segment, and it happens to be one of our absolute favorite spots in town — Copper & Kings. Steve’s choice was the spicy steak tartare with chopped peanuts prepared by Ryan Rogers for the Bourbon Classic, along with Mike Wajda’s pimento cheese macaroons at the same event. Rick opted for Mercato’s strachiatella insalata on the new spring menu, a delectable tomato and cheese concoction. At the Red Barn Kitchen, it was the $1 mimosa that topped Rick’s list. Steve opted for a Copper & Kings Brandy Old Fashioned.

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EDT 43 – Jeff Faith and Jenn Dejardins

It’s been an exceptionally eventful week for the EatDrinkTalk crew, as we spent a delicious week scoping out the city’s restaurant and bar scene to bring you this excellent podcast. In the news, we start with word that a big change is coming to Corbett’s, the fine dining destination in the East End. Chef Dean Corbett is taking a page from his Jack’s Lounge location in St. Matthews and offering a new menu and concept called Jack’s Lounge at Corbett’s. In Clifton, we learned that the Hilltop Tavern is temporarily closed, thanks to faulty plumbing. We’ll tell you what you need to know about the Bourbon Classic and the American Brandy Dinner in town, and fill you in on an innovative program at Copper & Kings to develop and train bartenders.

In our popular favorites segment, Steve recommends the papadzules at the Mayan Cafe and a rare Knob Creek barrel pick he recommends keeping in the freezer. Rick’s experience at the Gravy Cup competition left him satisfied and full, but he chose the Con Huevos version of the Southern staple as his pick of the week, along with a cold Fehr’s Beer at Akash Brewing in NuLu.

Speaking of Fehr’s, the first interview of the show is with Jeff Faith, who acquired rights to the brand three years ago and is now brewing Fehr’s in Louisville for the first time in four decades. He’s also an airplane mechanic and a local musician who plays several times a week at various venues. Jenn Dejardins’ story is an inspiring one — she worked her way through school in the hospitality industry, and now heads up the Ideal Bartender program at Copper & Kings.

We’ve got all that and plenty more at the EatDrinkTalk.net web site, so download the podcast and check us out online.

EDT 42 – Doug Gossman and Ed Hartless

The tastiest podcast in these parts is back with another deep dive into the local dining and drinking scene. We start this week with a few laughs from our afternoon at the Tailspin Ale Fest, where we were pouring plenty of little glasses of great beer. Across the river, we learned the long-awaited Parlour pizzeria will open at the foot of the Big Four Bridge on March 15. Rick talked with Mike Safei last week about the coffee company’s new digs in Shelby Park and some exciting plans being made, including a brewery and bakery. We’re looking forward to a few big events this week — The Ideal Bartender event at Copper & Kings Wednesday, Das Meal in Shelbyville on Thursday, and the 5th Annual Gravy Cup on Saturday.

Steve’s guest is Doug Gossman, who started a business in the Highlands known as the Bristol Bar & Grille four decades ago. The success story was an unlikely one, as Gossman explains that he never expected multiple locations and this kind of longevity. Rick talked with Fourth Street Live! exec Ed Hartless, who is focused on bringing in local restaurants (like the upcoming Whiskey Dry from Edward Lee) and becoming more involved in local events.

In our Favorites segment, Rick chose a Traveler Beer Co. Pineapple Shandy at Tailspin, while Steve picked an as-yet-unnamed concoction involving Green Chartreuse concocted by barkeep Daniel Mahony at The Portage House in Jeffersonville. His favorite bite there was a perfectly prepared whole roasted trout. Rick was amazed at the speed of the service, and the quality of the meal, when he ordered a Buffalo Chicken Salad at Double Dogs in Middletown.

And finally, we want you to make a reservation with our sponsor, Harvest Restaurant, for a special Chef’s Table on Feb. 23. The fantastic meal, led by farmer Judith Schad, features courses accented with Goat Cheese. It’s $85, plus $35 for wine pairings, and you’ll save 10 percent by mentioning EatDrinkTalk when you call 384-9090.

EDT 41 – Ellen Gill McCarty/Michael Beckmann and Ian Hall

The tastiest restaurant and drinking podcast in the ‘Ville is back with another helping of insights into our thriving local scene. We start the show with news that heralded chef Oakroom chef Nick Sullivan has joined Geoffrey Heyde for the launch of the new Fork & Barrel, which opens this spring in the former Basa spot on Frankfort Avenue. We’re also celebrating the addition of food at one of our favorite cocktail bars, Meta.
Can you believe that the Bristol Bar & Grille has been around four decades? Back then you could get a beer for $1.50, and we’re thrilled that the Highlands landmark is rolling back prices to that level for its 40th anniversary. Speaking of places open late, revelers on Baxter may have gotten used to the walk-up window Up All Night, operated by the owner of Loui Loui’s in J-town. But the hotspot closed at the first of the year because it couldn’t find enough good workers. The good news — a new owner is taking over the spot soon.
Ellen Gill McCarty and her family have operated Shelbyville’s Science Hill Inn for more than four decades. That includes staying open during McCarty’s recent battle with cancer. Our friends at Apron Inc. helped her through her illness, and she’s giving back by donating some of the proceeds from Das Meal. That’s a special event on Feb. 23 featuring German food and beer, and is co-hosted by our guest Michael Beckmann.
Ian Hall’s experience operating New Albany’s The Exchange and Brooklyn and the Butcher — two highly successful but different restaurants — makes for an interesting conversation with Steve.
Many of these stories, and more, can be found on our delicious web site —EatDrinkTalk.net Check it out every day.

EDT 40 – Tisha Gainey and James Gunnoe/Heather Burks

The city’s most delicious eating and drinking podcast is back, dishing up the latest in Louisville restaurant scene. We start with big news on Fourth Street Live, where chef Edward Lee announced he will open a whiskey and burger spot dubbed Whiskey Dry, later this year. Also, we mourn the loss of the BBC in St. Matthews, and wonder how the next concept will do in its favorable location for nightlife. We’re hearing owner Pat Hagan is considering duplicating the BBC location elsewhere in the city.

On the EatDrinkTalk.net web site, we update news about Louisville Vegan Jerky owner Stanley Chase III, who announced plans to open a Highlands storefront named Morel, this spring. The review on the Goss Avenue Pub are all favorable so far, boosting the creds of Schnitzelburg-Germantown as a foodie destination. Down the street at The Pearl, they’re selling private barrel picks of bourbon at an amazing rate. Looking ahead, Steve has written about Robert Simonson, the acclaimed author who will make an appearance Sunday at Copper & Kings.

Speaking of events, Tailspin Ale Fest is Feb. 18, so Rick went to Bowman Field to check on what’s new with the fourth-annual shindig with organizer Tisha Gainey. Steve’s guests are James Gunnoe and Heather Burks, owners of Eiderdown, who are revamping and reopening their six-year-old restaurant week.

Of course, EDT always has some great favorites to talk about. With plenty of courses to choose from, Steve chose the crab and corn Bisque at his favorite dish served at the Latin All-Stars dinner last week. Rick opted for spicy shrimp and roasted peanut stir-fry at August Moon. The last course at the Latin All-Stars dinner was paired with a 23-year-old Panama Pacific Rum that had Steve wishing for seconds, while Rick opted for August Moon’s ginger and honey mojito.

EDT 39 – Anthony Lamas and Dawn Bianconcini

The city’s top restaurant and bar podcast dives deeper into some of the most compelling stories and issues in the ‘Ville. We start with confirmation that the BBC in St. Matthews has will close Feb. 5 and become Sullivan’s, a restaurant and sports bar. And Steve’s sources say that’s not the last major upheaval in the popular nightspot area — but you’ll have to wait a week to hear about it. Rick went to GLI’s Annual Meeting and listened to the latest from John Schnatter, including a new TV spot and some previews of his upcoming autobiography “Papa.” We also discuss visits to the Manhattan Project, the Mayan Cafe and the Seafood Lady.

Steve’s interview with Seviche’s Anthony Lamas includes details of what sounds like an amazing evening — when he will join Bruce Ucan of the Mayan Cafe and Fernando Martinez of the Ole Restaurant Group for a Latin All-Stars chef collaboration. Plus, Lamas is bringing back the popular Dinner and a Movie concept in time for Valentine’s Day. Local restaurant workers know all about APRON Inc., the non-profit that raises money to help workers who suffer short-term disabilities or find themselves out of work through no fault of their own, such as when their workplace catches fire. Rick talked with Dawn Bianconcini, an APRON officer, at SuperChefs in the Highlands. She said 15 employees there received help after a 2016 fire. One of the group’s biggest fund-raisers, the APRON Dine-Around, is coming up Feb. 8, and more than 40 local restaurants are donating a part of their proceeds to the cause.

Everyone loves to hear our weekly favorite eats and drinks — and we don’t disappoint this time. Steve had the opportunity to try one of the Mayan Cafe’s special 10th anniversary dishes. Rick checked out why there’s so much buzz at the Seafood Lady, sampling some Cajun crab and shrimp. A big tequila fan, Steve explained his ArteNOM full flight, while Rick sampled a Dirty Bourbon, featuring Maker’s Mark and Ballotin Original Chocolate Whiskey.

There’s plenty more appetizing news at the EatDrinkTalk.net web site, so come back and check it daily. And thanks for downloading the EatDrinkTalk podcast.

EDT 37 – Dallas McGarity and Marilyn Patterson

The ‘Ville’s best restaurant and bar podcast is rolling in 2017. Listen in for a newsy first segment with Steve and Rick — starting with the new restaurant heading for the old Basa spot on Frankfort Avenue. Fork & Barrel will feature a classic American menu from Geoffrey Heyde, who locals will remember from the Village Anchor and SET. The owners of the failed Germantown Craft House on Goss Avenue have ditched their original idea for the space — Devil’s Due — for a simpler fast-casual concept featuring $6-$9 sandwich choices. Meanwhile, we’re wondering what’s taking construction so long at the planned ROC upscale Italian restaurant in the Highlands, which has been underway for a while now. We’re awaiting next week’s opening in Middletown of Double Dogs, a small chain that started in Bowling Green. Finally, the public announcement that Louisville Cream is coming to a retail spot in NuLu is big news for ice cream lovers, and Steve calls it his favorite in Louisville.

Steve’s interview with Dallas McGarity focuses on how the Fat Lamb, located in the busy Grinstead/Bardstown corridor, has exceeded expectation in a spot where two previous concepts failed. Marilyn Patterson talks with Rick about her two jobs (general counsel, marketing director) at the growing Norton Commons development. The neighborhood’s six full-service dinner options are gearing up for the development’s first-ever Restaurant Week, starting on Monday.

In our Favorites segment, Rick marvels at the Burnt Ends he ate at Momma’s Mustard, Pickles and BBQ on Hurstbourne. He tried a Breck Agave from the restaurant’s extensive menu of craft beer. For Steve, a healthy drink from LIFEbar at Rainbow Blossom included a banana, almond butter, cordycepts, locall raw honey, ginger, cinnamon and almond milk. Steve’s favorite food was a cured ham from Red Hog Butcher he described as fatty, lush and complex.

Thanks to our great sponsors — Norton Commons, Harvest Restaurant and Norton Commons — for presenting another great episode of EatDrinkTalk.

EDT 36 – Bruce Ucan, Annie Shadle of Mayan Cafe and Erik Abraham of Varanese

We’re continuing to dive deep into the news as the only local podcast devoted exclusively to Louisville’s restaurant and bar scene. We start with some bad luck as SuperChefs on Bardstown Road closed over the weekend due to frozen pipes. This misfortune comes a year after a fire burned the former location in St. Matthews. Let’s hope they get up and running again soon. One of our favorites, Butchertown Grocery, didn’t just make USA Today’s list of best new restaurants nationally — it came in No. 2. And we learned that a new wine bar will open soon in Springhurst under the direction of Master Sommelier Scott Harper of the Bristol in Jeffersonville. And we learned that Winston’s, on the Sullivan University campus, will reopen as a gluten-free restaurant.

We’re also glad to welcome Norton Commons as a show sponsor. The East End residential development will hold a Restaurant Week promotion starting Jan. 23, featuring specials from six participating restaurants, plus tasting specials at Commonwealth Tap. Norton Commons joins Harvest Restaurant and the Eye Care Institute as show sponsors.

Steve’s guests are Bruce Ucan and Anne Shadle, who are celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the Mayan Cafe’s opening with some amazing specials recalling the restaurant’s history. Rick dropped in to Varanese for a chat with executive chef Erik Abraham, whose responsibilities at the long-time Frankfort Ave. staple increased when owner John Varanese opened River House last year.

In our popular favorites segment, Steve chose the tasty House Cocktail at the Fat Lamb, a twist on the Old Fashioned and Manhattan, served up in a rocks glass. A nibble he enjoyed were lamb meatballs with tzatziki, gremolata and feta. To get warmed up for Norton Commons’ Restaurant Week, Rick stopped in at Citizen 7 for a fantastic Highlands margarita, along with a special Chimi topped with guac, plus a sampling of plantains.

Listen in and download our 35th episode of EatDrinkTalk on the Louisville.am podcast network.

EDT 35 – Mike Wajda and Nicholas Landers

We’re celebrating the New Year with another great podcast focused on eating and drinking in Louisville. We start things off with a news scoop — Steve reports that the Meridian Cafe in St. Matthews is the first restaurant closure of the year. But that’s actually good news, because operator Kristin Fults is reopening in Prospect with Melrose Café, and her old spot will become an El Taco Luchador later this year. The big story last week was the closing of Hillbilly Tea downtown, which prompted a post critical of operator Karter Louis on EatDrinkTalk and prompted a deluge of feedback in social media.

We got even more response to Steve’s post about media coverage of the industry, with many nodding their heads about reporters who don’t do the research and learn the details of what they’re writing about. The bottom line, though, is that we can all improve our skills, and the first of the year is a good time to reflect and resolve to do better. The same goes for restaurateurs, who must push to provide better service to keep the city among the nation’s elite restaurant towns.

In our favorites segment, Rick raves about the baked ziti at Silvio’s in St. Matthews, while Steve recommends marinated, pan-seared octopus served at La Chasse. He said the Normandy Jam cocktail there was complex and satisfying, while Rick kept with tradition and sipped champagne at midnight on New Year’s Eve at Loui Loui’s in J-Town.

The show has two great interviews. Mike Wajda, the executive chef at Proof on Main, has made his mark on that legendary restaurant. A genuinely nice guy, he was happy to show off the charcuterie and fermented pepper hot sauce tucked away in the 21C basement. Nicholas Landers, the top brewer at Gordon Biersch at Fourth Street Live!, knows beer. A chemistry major from Cincinnati, Landers played tube in a beer band there before heading to Chicago for beer school. Listen in to hear about the national chain’s involvement in local charities and events.