EDT 6 – Michael Riedy and Dave Sweet

EDT6DaveSweetIt’s been an exciting week in the world of drinking and dining, and Steve and Rick are back with a few good tales from the bar. First, we showcase the Junior League event at Equus that Rick attended, hearing from Dean Corbett about the entertaining history of his restaurant and all about the four courses served. Steve’s been on a whirlwind trip around the Commonwealth this week, but made sure to be back to participate in the Kentucky Bourbon Affair and Whisky Live.

The sad truth is that workers in the restaurant industry are susceptible, like anyone else, to the scourge of heroin. The death by overdose of a local worker reminds us of the total addiction takes on our society.

Steve and Rick also share their favorite culinary and spirits indulgences, and talk about some local news. Steve’s guest, Michael Reidy, is the colorful Irishman behind the success of The Irish Rover, and comes on the show to discuss a special series of dishes being served on Frankfort Avenue. Rick stopped in to the Marriott East to share a sip with Whisky Live organizer Dave Sweet as he geared up of the international event being held right here in the River City.

EDT 5 – Brent Elliott and Chad Coulter

EDT5 Brent-Elliot Four RosesThere’s no shortage of dining and drinking news, and the EatDrinkTalk crew has found plenty to talk about. We start with the long-awaited opening of the Taj bar in Nulu, which seems to be perfectly situated for success and has a real neighborhood vibe. But we’ve also discovered other new projects that are coming — including a Vietnamese dining spot that will be a prime part of the new Butcher Block development and the second Louvino location in Middletown. We’re wishing our friend Danny Mac well in his new pizza venture in the Mellwood Arts Center.

Of course, with all the celebrities and dignitaries coming to town for the Muhammad Ali funeral, we wonder where those folks are gonna get something to eat. Plus we kick around the concept of Louvino and wonder why its success hasn’t led to a flurry on wine bars opening. Steve spent much of the week on the road, discovering dining and drinking gems in Bowling Green and Paducah. Plus, he got to sample some fine whiskey in Cox’s Creek, where he interviewed Master Distiller Brent Elliott.

Rick stopped in to see Chad Coulter at Louvino in the Highlands, discovering the secret of that concept’s success and how he evolved from pharmacist to business owner and now construction manager. Join us anytime at eatdrinktalk.net and send us your ideas at Rick@EatDrinkTalk.net and Steve@EatDrinkTalk.net.

EDT 4 – Peerless Distilling’s Corky Taylor And The Ky. Bourbon Affair’s Adam Johnson Talk Local Liquor

Photo by Bill Brymer
Photo by Bill Brymer

On this week’s EatDrinkTalk podcast, we discuss a bit of sad news as Clay Wallace, owner and chef at Café Lou Lou, closed his longstanding Douglass Loop location after a lengthy dispute with his landlord. On the bright side we talk about Ciao, a new Italian restaurant under construction in the former Baxter Avenue space. Italian grub would be a great addition to the Irish Hill and/or Phoenix Hill eatin’ line-up.

Depending on whose story you believe, Cahoots, the troubled bar that lost its liquor license for a month last winter, isn’t closing. Or maybe it is. A pair of published stories reveal differing stories from its landlord and the business’s owner. And if you can believe anything about the local restaurant scene, it’s that another restaurant is offering brunch. This weekend, Boombozz Pizza & Taphouse in the Highlands will begin brunch service selling breakfast pizzas and multiple waffle choices. Seems this brunch craze won’t end anytime soon.

As always, we save the best for last, and that includes this week’s interviews. Rick sits down with Corky Taylor, co-owner of Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co., the 1-year-old whiskey distillery in downtown Louisville. Taylor’s story of entrepreneurism is fascinating on its own, but what Rick sees at the distillery blows his mind. And he also gets to sample its bourbon right from the barrel. (Sorry, folks, but it won’t be released until 2019.) And speaking of bourbon, Steve meets up with Adam Johnson, director of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail and an organizer of this month’s Kentucky Bourbon Affair. If you like Kentucky brown liquor, this is an event you don’t want to miss. Listen in while Johnson pours out the details.

Let us know what you think of the show by emailing Steve@eatdrinktalk.net or Rick@eatdrinktalk.net. And while you’re at it, sends us tips and tidbits about restaurant and bar news items, really cool restaurant personalities we should interview or your favorite places to eat and drink in Louisville!

EDT 3 – Larry Rice and Todd Antz

Photo credit: Andrew Hyslop.
Photo credit: Andrew Hyslop.

EatDrinkTalk enters its third week as Louisville’s go-to source for restaurant and drinks news. Episode 3 begins with the news that co-host Steve Coomes has left Insider Louisville after a 70-month stretch that saw him write 882 stories. The great news is now all that accumulated food and drink knowledge will be devoted to EDT!

Rick and Steve then weigh in on the restaurant finalists chosen in Louisville magazine’s annual Best of Louisville Awards. Some they liked, some they didn’t, and their opinions about both are strong. The guys also talked about two amazing multicourse dinners they enjoyed this week: Rick’s five-course feed at Buck’s, and Steve’s 11-course death row dinner at Bistro 1860.

One of the biggest news items of the week—that El Camino is moving from the Highlands to Germantown—set the stage for Steve’s interview with Larry Rice, operating partner of El Camino. Rice discussed why he and his partners kept the move off the radar as long as possible. Rick’s interview with Keg Liquors owner Todd Antz is all about craft beer, specifically Antz’s annual Keg Liquors Fest of Ale on June 4. If you’ve never been, know it’s one of the area’s best, and the selection of beers is phenomenal. Click here for tickets. It always sells out.

 

Let us know what you think of the show by emailing Steve@eatdrinktalk.net or Rick@eatdrinktalk.net. And while you’re at it, sends us tips and tidbits about restaurant and bar news items, really cool restaurant personalities we should interview or your favorite places to eat and drink in Louisville!

EDT 2 – Drew Kulsveen and Paul Tuell

TuellEDTWith our inaugural Eat. Drink. Talk. podcast behind us, we launch into episode 2 with an abundance of Louisville restaurant and drinks news to discuss. We even talk about how to behave at soft openings. (Didn’t know you’d get a manners lesson, did you!)

This week’s show starts with a discussion of the big news this week: Bristol Bar & Grille in Prospect was not allowed by Kroger, it’s landlord, to renew its lease after being a great tenant for 10 years. That means this venerable restaurant will close May 29. Rick and Steve discuss why this happened and who they think might fill in that blank space.

We then move straight on to drinking when Steve interviews Drew Kulsveen, master distiller at Willet Distillery in Bardstown. Merely hoping to learn what new ryes and bourbons were aging in Willet’s rickhouses, Steve instead discovered a massive construction effort underway to add a bed and breakfast in, new visitors center, restaurant and grist mill to the historic property. Rick then talks to Paul Tuell, the branding mastermind behind the line of Ballotin Chocolate Whiskeys. The guys chat about the brand’s creation and the many, many cocktails and foods you can flavor with these delicious products.

Let us know what you think of the show by emailing Steve@eatdrinktalk.net or Rick@eatdrinktalk.net. And while you’re at it, sends us tips and tidbits about restaurant and bar news items, really cool restaurant personalities we should interview or your favorite places to eat and drink in Louisville!

EDT 1 – Michael Crouch and Marianne Barnes

EDT1MarianneBarnesThis could be the start of something big. Join acclaimed food writer Steve Coomes and reporter Rick Redding for an entertaining podcast focused on the city’s incredible restaurant and bar scene. In the first show, Steve sits down with executive chef Michael Crouch of Bistro 1860 and talks about his cooking style and the upcoming Death Row Meal, in May. Rick takes a trip to Woodford County to talk with Master Distiller Marianne Barnes of Castle & Key, soon to be producing a broad line of spirits. Let us know what you think of the show by emailing Steve@eatdrinktalk.net or Rick@eatdrinktalk.net, or come out and see us May 18 at the 3rd Turn Brewery in Jeffersontown for the Cocktails with Champions, starting at 5:30.