Category Archives: News announcements

News of restaurant and food-related events. We’ll generally publish public-service announcements for all legitimate charitable benefits, and will consider for-profit dining events of broad interest upon request.

A peek at Food & Dining magazine

Food & Dining

The Winter 2007 edition of our sister publication, Food & Dining Louisville Edition, the city’s leading print publication about food and drink, is now available at news stands and by subscription.

To give you a little taste of what Food & Dining is all about, we’ve placed its Contents Page online. It includes brief descriptions of all this quarter’s articles, including feature stories on pizza, seafood, Frankfort Avenue eateries and much, much more, with outstanding food photography by Dan Dry.

We hope this sample will inspire you to subscribe, a deal that’s a no-brainer for food lovers, since an $18 annual subscription will earn you back an $18 restaurant gift certificate; add $6 and get two years, or a subscription for a friend.

Taste a free sample of Food & Dining

Little bit of coffee in your beer?

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Click the image to open a video interview with BBC Head Brewer Jerry Gnagy

If you like beer but worry that a mug or two will make you sleepy, get ready for this: Bluegrass Brewing Company and Heine Brothers’ Coffee have joined forces to launch a new microbrewed coffee stout, a rich and warming BBC black beer with two good shots of Heine’s mellow Mexico Stout blended in.

The caffeinated brew, made with organic, fair-trade coffee, will go on sale at BBC in St. Matthews on Friday, Feb. 9.
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Stuff your stocking with a Louisville Originals gift cert

Gift Cert

Just in time for the holidays, the Louisville Originals independent restaurant association has launched a new restaurant gift-card program.

Available online at, cards can be purchased in any amount from $25 to $1,000. Order online, and your gift cards will arrive within three days after receipt of payment. Or buy in bulk for all your friends: Orders of five or more cards receive a 5 percent discount on the total charge.

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Oakroom’s Richards vs. Iron Chef!

Chefs Duane and Todd
Photo by Food & Dining Magazine

Chef Todd Richards, executive chef of the Seelbach Hotel’s Oakroom, has been invited to compete on Food Network’s Iron Chef America.

Richards, with his chef de cuisine Duane Nutter (left in the photo) and a third Oakroom chef to be selected, will travel to New York City for the taping on Oct. 17. The episode will be broadcast on FoodTV in January.

“We will be doing some intense training,” Richards said, adding that the chefs plan practice sessions every Sunday and Monday from now until show time.

The January broadcast will give the Oakroom a double-barreled blast of national publicity, Richards said, as they also have an invitation to James Beard House in January or February.

With its enduring American Automobile Association five-diamond rating, the Oakroom under Richards and Nutter is said to be the nation’s only “five-star” restaurant operated by a team of African-American chefs.

“This is great for the city also,” Richards said. “Most of the chefs they pick are in New York, California or Chicago. So to be in Louisville and on the show is great.”

LouisvilleHotBytes congratulates these honored chefs. We can hardly wait to see which of the Iron Chefs they take on. Allez Cuisiner!

LouisvilleHotBytes in LEO

LEOA brand new look for LEO’s dining reports
Notice something different in your weekly LEO? Wednesday, April 12, we launched LEO’s Eat ‘n’ Blog with LouisvilleHotBytes, a new look in the local alternative weekly’s dining, food and drink reporting that’s a team effort in more ways than one.

The boundary between print media and the Internet begins to blur as we undertake this venture, with Louisville journalist Robin Garr in charge of a team of food-savvy writers – including familiar faces from both LEO and LouisvilleHotBytes – who’ll provide bold, incisive and unabashedly opinionated “blog-style” commentary, in print and online, about good things to eat and drink in the Metro and where to find them.
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Taste of Louisville at James Beard House

James Beard

The menu and wine list have been set for “Taste of Louisville” at James Beard House, a culinary event that will bring five of Louisville’s top chefs to the New York culinary mecca on April 3. Cooking as a team will be Chefs Peng Looi (Asiatique and August Moon) and Anoosh Shariat (Park Place and Brownings), who are organizing the event, joined by Chefs Dean Corbett (Equus and Jack’s), Daniel Stage (Le Relais) and Shawn Ward (Jack Fry’s).

Thanks to Peng Looi for passing along the bill of fare, which looks to be a spectacular array of some of our city’s most innovative cooking. The wines seem well-chosen given that choices were apparently limited to selections distributed by event co-sponsor Brown-Forman.

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