Category Archives: food news

Where to eat in Louisville right now

Although I have sang the praises of many of these restaurants- it doesn’t hurt to have the fine folks at the James Beard Awards agree with my tastes. Maybe they have been reading my blog? 🙂 Here’s a list of chefs and restaurants that are making Louisville so wonderful:

Congratulations to James Beard semi-finalist Harvest for Best New Restaurant.

Remember when I about melted over their chocolate pumpkin bread pudding with caramel and whipped cream? Maybe this will jog your memory:

Makes me want to grow a garden! And force their chefs to cook me food everyday. Congrats Harvest.

Congratulations to the Oakroom at the Seelbach Hilton for the James Beard nomination for Outstanding Service.  Although I often focus on the many exciting new restaurants opening up in Louisville, the Oakroom has not only bred numerous great chefs who were inspired to start their own ventures, but they continuously push the envelope with their food.  I have fond memories of my very first pecan pie salad with blue cheese ice cream, pumpkin soup with bison sausage, and their melt-in-your mouth ribeye.  And of course the service has always been impeccable, which everyone knows is half of the dining experience.

And in the Best Chef Southeast category, congratulations to Seviche’s Anthony Lamas and 610 Magnolia’s Chef Edward Lee. When I first moved to Louisville everyone told me I had to go to Seviche and they were right.  From the spicy empanadas, to the gorgeous tuna tacuitos seviche, Chef Anthony brings the Latin thunder. Having received this nomination for the past two years I’m crossing my fingers that this year he can go all the way.

Chef Edward Lee has been in the press lately for getting to the top 4 in Top Chef and he couldn’t have represented Louisville better.  Funny, caring, charismatic and honest Chef Lee deserves all of these great food accomplishments.  And if his day couldn’t get any better, Greater Louisville Inc. also named Chef Lee as the recipient of the Thomas Edison Award for bringing success to both Louisville and himself.  Get info on the awards ceremony and purchase tickets here.

Cheers to all of those nominated for making this city such a great place to live and eat. Now get out there and enjoy the best!

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I’ve got your fix

I’ve got your fix of Girl Scout cookies, a beautiful bundle of cookies so great they’ll send you to the store to get an extra gallon of milk.  It doesn’t matter that Tagalongs were called Peanut Butter Patties when you were little.  You know you still want them.  Especially since the cookies you pre-ordered have not and will not be delivered to our area until March! Oh yes I did!

Get your samoas, peanut butter cremes, thin mints, peanut butter patties, and trefoils! Ok fine. I'll throw in the Savannah Smiles (lemon cookies) and the Dulce de Leche caramel cookies too.

Although the pre-sales are over you still have one more time to purchase cookies during their booth sales March 2-March 18. Then it’s over for another year. The tech savvy Girl Scouts even have a cookie locator app that can be downloaded to find a cookie booth closest to you in March.

But you can’t wait that longGet your cookie fix right now! Tell me which Girl Scout cookie you love the best in the comment section of this post and you can win the whole bundle. I’ll even ship them to my far away subscribers! The winner will be pulled this Friday at 9 am. And sorry Boy Scouts. Popcorn is lame.

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Freddy Shiraz jealous of Eddie Merlot’s new cookbook

Update: Want to win a copy of the cookbook for your personal collection? Simply LIKE my Facebook page and post the name of the recipe you like to make the best at home. The winner will be pulled this Friday at 9 am.  The winner’s cookbook will be available at the downtown Eddie Merlot’s location. Good luck!

(…and my recipe would be sriracha spiced deviled eggs!)

True or false. Eddie Merlot’s is delicious. That’s true! I had a fancy pants lunch there not too long ago and had a great time.  But unless you’re planning on hitting the lottery tonight it’s unlikely you have the bankroll to eat there as often as you may like. That’s where their cookbook comes in handy.   Executive Chef Matthew Nolot lets loose all the secrets of the food that has graced the Louisville menu since 2010 (and their other 7 locations).

Available at the Eddie Merlot's on 455 S. Fourth Street for $34.95.

Now I’m not what you call a “cooking enthusiast”.  But I did browse a few menus in the book and realized these recipes aren’t for novice cookers.  They have hefty ingredient lists, like their version of the French Onion Soup, which has 21 components. That’s some upscale onion soup!

Take a sneak peak at their absolutely delicious Baked Mac and Cheese recipe (best topped with lobster).

Or better yet, someone start a blog and try every recipe in the book, with megabites over for dinner every night. I’ll bring the wine!

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Cook for Top Chef

I have such a profound interest in chefs for someone who does very little cooking herself.  Chefs are often creative, gutsy, and have complete control of every aspect of their kitchen.  They’ve got the dicey personality that takes no prisoners, which why I think it was surprising to a lot of viewers that Top Chef’s Beverly is such a meek person.   But watching 610 Magnolia‘s Chef Edward Lee compete on Top Chef this season makes me very proud that he is from Louisville.  He is now in the top 4 in the competition, which is no easy feat considering they started the season with 29 excellent chefs.  Not to mention this guy is hilarious.

Follow Chef Lee on Twitter or Facebook.

I hope that as Louisville continues to gain attention as one of the coolest foodie towns in the world (thanks ZAGAT).  Are you a Louisville chef looking to step into the massive shoes of Edward Lee? Well Top Chef Season 10 is now casting:

I’m currently casting for Top Chef 10 and I’ve been doing a lot of research into the chefs that would be great for the show. You might already be familiar with the show, but in recent years we’ve had some pretty amazing chefs who’ve pushed the boundaries in the culinary world, so we’re really trying to raise the bar this season. We’re looking for strong, talented, and entertaining chefs who have really charismatic personalities (or any traits that might get people to sit up and pay attention) and hopefully have pretty impressive resumes to match.

Robyn Kiyomi
Casting Associate | Top Chef 10

Here’s to more Louisville on Top Chef Season 10! And if you get a moment, share a little love on Chef Lee and vote him your fan favorite.

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Give it to me, NOW!

Wild Eggs is bringing out the inner Veruca Salt in me. “Daddy I want the 3,000,000th egg!” Give it to me, NOW!

Who will win the magical 3,000,000th egg?

Wild Eggs is running a wild promotion that awards one lucky patron with breakfast for a year for 2 at their restaurant! But it can’t be an egg mixed within a pancake, a muffin, or in their french toast. It’s got to be a straight up delicious egg found in favorites like Kalamity Kate’s Border Benedict or my personal favorite, the Ace of a BLT, which is my mind is the perfect breakfast sandwich.  Love me some avocado.

Ace of a BLT: Avocado, cheddar, perfect medium fried egg, bacon, lettuce and tomato on crisp sourdough, typically served with skillet potatoes. Makes you say nom.

And according to my local egghead statistician, Marge Innovera, odds are with you that the 3,000,000th egg will be served any day now:

  • Chef J.J. Kingery says the lucky egg will likely be served in late January (now) to early February (almost now)
  • 1900 eggs a day are served at Wild Eggs every day, 6500 eggs per week
  • No one has won it yet. So your odds are even better. That’s math baby.

Win the golden egg at 4 locations: 3985 Dutchmans Lane, 1311 Herr Lane, 153 English Station Road, or if you’re feeling really adventurous, head out to their Denver location: 300 East Alameda Avenue. If you’re going for the big win make sure you have tears ready, an acceptance speech, and my email so we can grab free breakfast together next week. Good luck!

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