Fortyish 49 – What’s Up With Yoga?

You’ve seen it. Yoga with goats? Yoga with beer? Hot yoga? Stephanie and Dan sought answers from yoga expert Jessie Alexander on the basics and what’s good for people of a certain age. On a different note, cancer has been at the forefront of life in recent days and will continue to affect people of all ages for the unforeseeable future. What, if anything, can we do about that?

EDT 55 – Leo Fante and Sarah Ross

The best restaurant and bar podcast in the city is back with a refreshing serving of news and personalities. First up, be on the lookout for mushroom-blended burgers at your favorite restaurants. Last week, Rick sampled four of them at Harvest, which hosted the kickoff for a nationwide James Beard Foundation sustainability initiative to reduce meat consumption by adding ground mushrooms to ground meats.

Steve reports that a new national study shows indie restaurants gaining on market share vs. chains, though he suspects those operations aren’t making more because there are so many new players.

Watch for Highland Morning in St. Matthews to expand, and after years of planning the owners of Mozza Pi are ready to open in Anchorage. Last weekend, the Buy Local Fair was planned for Sunday, but on Friday, organizers listened to weather forecasts and canceled the event over severe weather concerns. As you’d expect, Sunday afternoon turned out gorgeous .

Rick’s guest is local coffee legend Leo Fante, who opened his unusual coffee shop on Grinstead Drive 11 weeks ago. The shop is a coffee lovers’ dream, with special roasts made in-house, a nice menu and, yes, alcohol.

Steve calls the Bravazzi Hard Italian Soda he sampled “the best adult soda I’ve ever had.” So he talks with Sarah Ross, the company’s co-founder, who was in town promoting helping launch the product here. Tune in to hear all this and more on EatDrinkTalk.

Rusty Satellite 202 – Ashley Parker and Jennifer Washle, with Lauren Hendricks

Lauren Hendricks is back to co-host the show with me, as she’s gearing up for the big Buy Local Festival at the Water Tower on Sunday.

My first guest is the force behind that event — Louisville Independent Business Alliance president Ashley Parker. She’s a real estate agent and a master of the sport of stand-up paddleboarding. Listen in as she explains why it’s so important to buy goods and services from locally-owned businesses.

Jennifer Washle’s story is one of courage and compassion. I’ve known her for years as the organizer of the Bisig Impact Group’s concert series, including the Kentucky Reggae Festival coming Memorial Day weekend. But Jennifer is a cancer survivor who has the rare courage to want to talk about her journey in hopes that it will help someone else.

Lauren and I both like to eat – so we end up talking about some favorite local restaurants and my experience going to an event to promote the Blended Burger Project, a national campaign that will involve up to 500 restaurants, all of whom will offer a mushroom and meat patty with their own twists. And we’ll both be attending the Highlands Beer Fest, another of the city’s big weekend events. Join us, and tell your friends about the Rusty Satellite Show.

Fortyish 48 – 40ish In The Big Apple

Stephanie’s friend Lisa came to visit from New York City so she and Dan sat down and got the full download on her life, how she got where she is, her outlook on life at 40ish, and what goals she still wants to accomplish. Dan also reads through a tweet stream of an acquaintance who seemingly goes through a mid-life crisis 140 characters at a time – and finds it fairly accurate for a guy of a certain age.

EDT 54 – Jim McArthur and Jason Smith

The best bar and restaurant podcast in the ‘Ville is back with more news and conversations sure to tingle your taste buds. We’ve got a report on the new Cuvee Wine Bar, a great new spot in the East End opened by one of the few Master Sommeliers in the region.

And remember that you heard it here first — Tony Palombino will convert the Boombozz Tap House in St. Matthews to a new concept called Waylon’s Feed and Firewater, a close cousin to his Merle’s Whiskey Kitchen downtown. We’re also seeing signs, including one that reads “Now Hiring” at the Mission Barbecue in St. Matthews, one of a projected 50 new restaurants scheduled to open in the city in 2017.

We’re looking forward to the Highlands Beer Fest behind the Mid-City Mall on Saturday. (Did you know it was the first modern-day brewfest in the city?) On Sunday, two of our favorite chefs — Harvest’s Patrick Roney and Jacob Coronado of the Red Herring — will face off in an Iron Chef-like competition at the Louisville Independent Business Association’s Buy Local Fair at the Water Tower.

Steve’s guest this week is Harvest Restaurant co-owner Jim McArthur, who has some unique insight into downtown’s changes, and how good it will be for business, when the Convention Center and other construction projects are complete in 2018. Rick sat down with veteran restaurant operator Jason Smith at Gordon Biersch to talk about one of Jason’s pet projects — the Denim & Diamonds fundraiser for Parkinson’s disease. Smith has early onset Parkinson’s, and talks about how he’s affected by the disease and why he’s so passionate about raising money for treatment.

In our Copper & Kings favorites segment, Steve chose to sample friend oysters at La Chasse, while Rick picked the eggplant Parmesan from the menu at Ciao, where he also enjoyed a memorable Old Fashioned. With many to choose from, Steve selected the Chateau de Puligny he tried during a press event at the new Cuvee Wine Bar.

Rusty Satellite 202 – Rolf Eisinger and Keith Lerme

The Rusty Satellite Show once again offers up some of the most interesting people in the ‘Ville this week. First, I went on location at Oak and Garvin, where Rolf Eisinger was supervising the installation of a new bike-sharing station, one of 27 being installed around town. Rolf is the city’s bicycle and pedestrian coordinator, which means he’s really busy during National Bike Month and preparing for a big Bike to Work event culminating at Fourth Street Live! next week.

I was fascinated by the story of Keith Lerme, who came to his position as VP and Regional Director of the Make-A-Wish Foundation after a high-profile career in hospitality — with Yum!, Barnes & Noble, GiGi’s Cupcakes and at Sullivan University. Listen as he explains how his life changed instantly when he learned his high school-aged daughter would have to endure brain surgery. He’s gearing up for Make-A-Wish’s big fundraiser on May 20 at Kentucky Kingdom.

Of course, we’re all in recovery mode after a big Derby Week, one in which I enjoyed the high-profile Culinary Kickoff at the Ali Center and won a few bucks on Always Dreaming. One of this month’s highlights is the Highlands Beer Fest on May 20. I talked with John Bizzell at the Highlands ValuMarket about that event’s history and what’s new this year. There’s plenty more interesting topics on the 201st episode of the Rusty Satellte Show.

Fortyish 47 – Do we REALLY improve with age?

They say (sometimes) that people are like wine and cheese – the older we get, the better. But Dan took the Gallup Strengths Finder assessment for his job and decided to dive into the deep end of the pool with that knowledge to discover that we’re pretty much wired from a young age with our talents. Stephanie took the quiz as well and the two run down their top 5 strengths to learn more about what makes the other tick.

EDT 53 – John Bizzell and Jared Schubert

We begin the second year of EatDrinkTalk podcasts with a show sure to get you motivated to sample some of the city’s finest cuisine and cocktails. Steve and Rick are, of course, in recovery mode after an event-filled Derby Week. We review Rick’s experience at the first Culinary Kickoff at the Ali Center, where three nationally recognized chefs offered up their best. The highlight for Steve was a trip aboard the Belle of Louisville, where he sampled special bottles from Four Roses. Later, he enjoyed more bourbon sampling at the Stitzel-Weller Affair on Derby Eve.

For our Copper & Kings favorites, both Rick and Steve went back to basics. Steve’s was a pizza on Derby night from The Post in Germantown. Rick took in a Derby tradition by having a hearty breakfast at Wagner’s Pharmacy. Drink-wise, both of us stuck to bourbon. Steve chose the Belle of Louisville version of Four Roses specialties, and complained that the experiment he tried — a whiskey and pickleback, was a huge fail. Rick picked an Old Fashioned off the Derby menu at the Village Anchor.

Our first guest has worked for the same company since he was 16. Maybe that’s why John Bizzell is so good at his job as manager of the Highlands ValuMarket, where he’s preparing for the Highlands Beer Fest on May 20. Steve’s guest, Jared Schubert, is an expert on Louisville’s cocktail scene as partner in the newly created Bauhaus, a beverage consultancy.

Rusty Satellite 200 – Mayor Greg Fischer and Cyndy Tandy

Mayor Greg Fischer drops by — actually I dropped by his place — to appear on the 200th episode of the Rusty Satellite Show. Fischer says he loves the job, and the opportunity to make a difference, as he’s set to begin campaigning for a third term. We talk about crime, economic development, bourbon and the West End, as well as his own assessment of how the city’s doing.

On the very first show, about four years ago, Cyndy Tandy was a featured guest on what was then a new and unknown media venture. So I asked her back to reminisce a bit about the show and talk, of course, about the Derby. Listen in as we talk about some major moments in the show’s history.

Of course, it is Derby Week, so we talk about some local traditions – Dawn at the Downs, a trip to Wagner’s, and how to play your hunches to win money at Churchill Downs. And I took a trip over to the newly-remodeled Second Floor Clubhouse to sample some of the new menu items from Executive Chef Dave Danielson.

It’s all here in an especially interesting Rusty Satellite Show — with a big thank you to Passport Health Plan and the Eye Care Institute for sponsoring the show. We’ll see you for Show #201 next week.