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‘Tis the Season for Catering! Louisville Chefs to Cater Your Holiday Party

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATake a break this holiday season and leave the cooking to the professionals! Everyone needs a chance to celebrate worry free of cooking and cleaning. Some of our favorite caterers offer innovative party food that everyone will enjoy.

Bristol Catering
The catering staff at the Bristol has decades of experience and can provide complete logistical planning and execution, theme design and venue selection, customized or preselected menus and professional uniformed service staff. Whether you are looking for boxed lunches, a seated dinner or a buffet, the Bristol can meet all your needs. Call 502-584-3663 or visit

Some Bristol catering favorites:

  • Green chili wontons
  • Pork dijonnaise
  • Mini Kentucky hot browns
  • Potato pancakes with apple butter and sour cream

Juleps Catering at Sullivan University
Juleps Catering offers a variety of food service options, including passed canapés, carving stations, seated dinners, boxed and executive lunches and themed events. Call 502-454-4499 or visit for a full list of catering menus. Signature Juleps entrées include smoked pork chop; Juleps crab cakes, chicken Milanese and spicy spinach linguine. Popular action stations and displays include the Tapas/Meze Bar; the Mashed Potato Bar with the Antipasto Display. Gourmet sandwich and salad offerings include the Caprese Salad, Juleps cranberry-almond chicken salad sandwich; and the Kentucky roast beef sandwich.

Some Juleps catering favorites include:

  • Kentucky tamale pulled pork and grit terrine
  • Bacon wrapped scallop with merlot reduction on a sugar cane stick
  • Artichoke fritters- deep fried, served with Green Goddess dipping sauce

Ramsi’s Café on the World
Ramsi’s Cafe specializes in limitless possibilities. The large and diverse menu at Ramsi’s Café on the World is a great starting place for a custom menu for your event. But the options don’t stop there. Ramsi’s can prepare any kind of cuisine whatsoever. From multi-cultural wedding receptions to vegan cocktail parties to Kosher bar mitzvahs to Southern style picnics, the experience and expertise to create a menu that reflects your unique celebration is all there. Call 502-451-0700 or visit

Some Ramsi’s favorites are:

  • Crab cakes with Creole remoulade
  • Housemade falafel with fresh mint sauce
  • Friend plantains with maple syrup and ginger whipped cream

Crushed Ice Events
Whether you are hosting an intimate dinner party or a large-scale production, Crushed Ice Events provides every function they cater with a personal feel through meticulous attention to detail. From galas and socials, to conferences, to home and holiday parties, their progressive attitude is what sets them apart and gives each catered event a signature style. Call (502) 589-4700 or visit

Some Crushed Ice Event favorites:

  • Lobster bisque with sherry anise froth
  • Herb crostini with house-cured pastrami and Russian dressing
  • Bourbon pumpkin rolls with praline pecans and Creole cream cheese ice cream

Want event spaces or private dining ideas? We covered that too…

Listed below are some of our favorite private dining and event spaces in the Louisville area, check them out:

  • Seviche
  • The Bristol Bar and Grille
  • The Ice House
  • The Peterson-Dumesnil House
  • Distilled Spirits Epicenter
  • The Brown Hotel

Happy Holidays!!!

Chefs Offer Mouthwatering Thanksgiving Menus in Louisville and Chicago

Fall Cupcakes at The Bakery

Fall Cupcakes at The Bakery

Too busy, too tired, or don’t know how to cook a Thanksgiving dinner? Maybe you just want to try something different on this Thanksgiving holiday? Whatever the reason may be, there are restaurants all over that want to help you and share their Thanksgiving holiday with you. A number of restaurants across the country are offering Thanksgiving Day feasts. The dinners at these restaurants range from a sophisticated atmosphere to a casual dining experience for all families to enjoy.

In Louisville, Winston’s Restaurant at Sullivan University will be serving a sit-down meal for the first time this Thanksgiving. The staff at Winston’s has teamed up with The Bakery at Sullivan University and Juleps Catering to give you a Thanksgiving you won’t forget. The menu includes traditional favorites such as turkey, cornbread dressing, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie.

Also in Louisville, The Brown Hotel offers two different style Thanksgiving Dinners. J.Graham’s Café invites you to try the buffet of seasonal entrees and handmade desserts. Featured dishes of this special Thanksgiving Day menu included Kansas City strip loin, maple-glazed Kentucky ham, and citrus roasted turkey breast. J. Graham’s Café offers a more casual family Thanksgiving dinner.

For a more sophisticated feel The Brown Hotel opens their English Grill to you on Thanksgiving. The English Grill will be serving delectable appetizers such as duck confit in croute, a pickle bar, and a selection of imported meats, to start the holiday dinner. The Thanksgiving Day entrees will include; Ora King salmon, pan seared filet mignon, and a traditional turkey plate.

Louisville is not the only place offering wonderful Thanksgiving Day dinners. Big Jones in Chicago wants to celebrate as well with their festive Southern feast. Deep fried turkey, vegetables served family style, and pineapple conserves highlight this southern style Thanksgiving menu.

These restaurants definitely know how to do Thanksgiving, with these mouth watering menus. How could you say no? Get stuffed and have a Happy Thanksgiving.

Moonshine University presents Gin Enthusiast

Moonshine UniversityOn Saturday, Nov. 9, Moonshine University at Distilled Spirits Epicenter will offer a two-hour Gin Enthusiast class that will explore the classifications and botanicals of gin, as well as its resurgence in popularity in the United States. The class takes place from 3 to 5 p.m. and costs $29 per person. MoonshineUniversity is located at 801 S. 8th St. To register, call (502) 301-8126 or email

The Gin Enthusiast class, like Moonshine University’s Bourbon Enthusiast classes, is suitable for both novices and connoisseurs. The afternoon will include a lesson on the making and history of gin, sensory evaluations of different types of gins and gin botanicals and a distillery tour. Class participants will also have the opportunity to work together to create a custom gin based on their favorite botanicals.

Seviche chef Anthony Lamas featured in new documentary TV show “Back Home” on Fusion Network

From Oct. 1 through 5, chef Anthony Lamas of Seviche restaurant traveled through his mother’s homeland in Mexico filming an episode of “Back Home,” a new documentary television series produced by Diego Luna (“Milk,” “Y Tu Mamá También,” “Frida”) for Fusion Network. Lamas divided his time between Mexico City and Oaxaca, cooking with some of Mexico’s premier chefs during a culinary journey exploring indigenous ingredients and a variety of cooking techniques. The show will ultimately portray the connections between Mexican culinary culture and chef Lamas’ kitchen in Louisville, Ky., demonstrating a celebration of Latino heritage through food. The “Back Home” episode featuring chef Lamas is set to air on Sunday, Nov. 10.

Carriage House named one of Esquire’s “Best New Restaurants of 2013”

Carriage HouseCarriage House, which opened in September 2012, has earned a place on Esquire Magazine’sBest New Restaurants of 2013” which is in the magazine’s November issue. This list was compiled by Esquire’s well-respected food and travel correspondent John Mariani, who traveled and dined his way across the country to make his top restaurant choices. Carriage House is one of only 20 restaurants in America to receive this year’s prestigious title.

Carriage House chef/partner Mark Steuer was thrilled with the recognition and said “With Carriage House, I wanted to bring the diversity and sophistication of Lowcountry food to the Chicago culinary scene. I’ll never get tired of surprising diners who thought that Southern food was nothing more than biscuits and gravy. I’m honored that John Mariani believes in what we are doing.”

National Bourbon Heritage Month Celebrated by Kentucky Restaurants

Bourbon has a special connection through the state lines of Kentucky. In the month of September, here in Kentucky we raise our glasses for a special National Bourbon Heritage Month toast. It comes as no surprise that many restaurants and hotels across the state show their appreciation by formulating special menus and events featuring America’s Native Spirit.  The assortment of participating Louisville restaurants and hotels in this celebration are as follows.Versailles

NuLu hotspot La Coop is known for their French food with Southern flair and that finesse carries over to the bar too! The restaurant, which was recently named Louisville Magazine’s Best New Restaurant 2013, serves a bourbon cocktail called the Versailles with Four Roses, vermouth, ginger liqueur and lemon bitters that is classically French with Kentucky spirit. The cocktail is the running to become NuLu Festival’s official drink – vote is open now here.

AJBF-TasteAmericaChallenge-ChickenConfitwithBlackberry-BourbonPreservesGritsCrispyKaleandCherryTomatoeswithGoatCheeseMousses part of the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America Local Dish Challenge, Ramsi’s Café is serving a special Kentucky-inspired dish that’s perfect for National Bourbon Heritage Month. Maker’s Mark bourbon and fresh local blackberries make a sweet preserve that tops chicken confit from co-owners Ramsi and Rhona Kamar’s Raising Hope Organic Farm. The dish also includes creamy grits, crispy kale (also from their farm), goat cheese mousse and pan-seared cherry tomatoes. A member of the Urban Bourbon Trail, Ramsi’s offers an array of farm-to-bar cocktails and a long list of regional bourbons.

Bourbon ManhattanThe Brown Hotel’s chef Laurent Géroli will have a mouthwatering selection of bourbon-infused offerings available in the English Grill including an indulgent bourbon-vanilla crème brûlée that’s not to be missed! Classic cocktails from the hotel’s 90-year history are available in the Lobby Bar including the Brown Hotel’s signature Manhattan with orange bitters and a house made bourbon-soaked cherry and a traditional Mint Julep with simple syrup infused with fresh mint leaves! The Brown Hotel’s Lobby Bar is a proud member of the Urban Bourbon Trail.

A stop on the Urban Bourbon Trail, Lilly’s offers a range of bourbon cocktails and bourbon-inspired dishes to help celebrate Kentucky’s signature spirit. One bourbon cocktail  Lilly’s features is The Ficus Eye, made with Corner’s Creek bourbon, muddled fig, mint leaves, brown sugar and ginger ale, available for $9. Lilly’s is also offering the Old Hat Cattle Company Burger with house-made bacon, bourbon-onion jam, Kenny’s apple cheddar, local greens, whole grain mustard and house-made pickles for $15. They continue the bourbon celebration with the Celebrate the Hog dish made with pork tenderloin, sweet potato gratin, pork belly, bourbon-bacon collards and pork-citrus reduction for $26.  For more information call (502) 451-0447.

Main Street Cafe 035Main Street Café joins in offering the Main Street “Smokin’” Mary for $9. It has a unique mix of Bloody Mary blend, Old Forester KY Bourbon, Smoked Bourbon Paprika all Hickory Smoked & garnished on the side with MSC Bacon, Celery & Lemon.  The Sweet Tea Sour made with Old Forester Kentucky bourbon, sweet tea syrup, lemon juice and egg white is another highlighted drink for $7.Kentucky Colonel

Doc Crow’s has new cocktails that showcase their private barrel selection, which is Doc Crow’s 2nd Union Henry McKenna Single Barrel Bottled in Bond. The $9 Pomegranate Smash Lemonade is contrived from the private barrel selection of Henry McKenna Bottled in Bond bourbon, mint, house-made pomegranate grenadine and fresh lemon juice. In addition, the Southern Spiced Tea also made with, Henry McKenna Bottled in Bond bourbon, brewed black tea and house-made allspice chai syrup for $9. These two delectable drinks are also available non-alcoholic for only $5. Call (502) 587-1626 for more information.

Down the hatch!

Carriage House, Bangers & Lace and UN86’D present Aug. 25 block party to benefit restaurant workers in need

Carriage HouseWicker Park neighborhood favorites Carriage House and Bangers & Lace are teaming up with UN86’D to throw a block party benefiting restaurant workers in need on Sunday, Aug. 25 from noon to 10 p.m. For $25, guests will enjoy food by chefs Mark Steuer and Adam Wendt; cotton candy and s’mores by pastry chef Bryce Caron; and beer, Templeton Rye, Olmeca Altos and Bacardi cocktails. The event will also feature music by Sons of the West (5 p.m.) and Power Haunts (7 p.m.) and an art sale by Tony Fitzpatrick. Among other party games, a Bacardi dunk tank will offer the chance to dunk local chefs and bartenders. A portion of the proceeds from the tickets sales will go to UN86’D to help restaurant professionals in need because of illness, accident or other issues. The block party will be located on Paulina St. between Carriage House (1700 W. Division St.) and Bangers & Lace (1670 W. Division St.).

BAKU – Robata-Bar-Sushi – to open late August in stunning two story venue

BakuAt the end of August, BAKU – Robata-Bar-Sushi -will open its doors at 4515 Sharon Road, directly across from the entrance to the Southpark Mall. A new restaurant concept for Charlotte, BAKU will spotlight innovative Japanese comfort food meant to be shared around the table – a style that could be classified as Japanese Robata. The bar on the second floor, BAKU Lounge will showcase signature cocktails and offer a hip, late night venue for Southpark.

The cuisine will be prepared in the open kitchen on Robata and Yakitori grills. The sushi and sashimi will be of the highest quality in exquisite plate presentations. There will be an extensive array of premium sakes, in addition to cocktails, the wine list and beers on tap – all selected to pair perfectly with the cuisine. Chef Michael Shortino is the executive chef and chef Anoosh Shariat is the consulting culinary partner. Brad Byrd rounds out the BAKU team as general manager.

Distilled Spirits Epicenter and Flavorman to be featured on Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods America

On Monday, Aug. 12, at 9 p.m. EDT, Distilled Spirits Epicenter and Flavorman will be featured on the Louisville episode of Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods America with Andrew Zimmern. The episode, titled Louisville: Bourbon and Burgoo, features Zimmern tasting an alcohol-free bourbon beverage and barbecued sheep meat, according to Zimmern visited Flavorman and Distilled Spirits Epicenter in December of 2012 during his culinary tour of the region. Founder Dave Dafoe provided a tour which included the development lab where Flavorman creates beverage formulations, the Moonshine University classroom and Grease Monkey Distillery.

David Dafoe, Andrew Zimmern and Marlena Mcguffy

David Dafoe, founder of Flavorman, a beverage product development company, introduces Andrew to the complex world of flavor science with some help from head flavor scientist, Marlena McGuffy.

Enjoy National Bourbon Heritage Month at the Brown Hotel

Bourbon ManhattanThe Brown HotelThe Brown Hotel will celebrate the rich heritage and tradition of bourbon in Kentucky this September with an inviting lineup of whiskey-inspired specials in honor of National Bourbon Heritage Month. Whiskey lovers from around the world can stay at the iconic downtown Louisville hotel with easy access to Kentucky’s finest distilleries, some of the nation’s best bourbon bars and the 22nd annual Kentucky Bourbon Festival.

The “Bourbon and the Brown” room package is available now with rates starting at $259 per night. Classically Kentucky creations will be included in the package which includes an overnight stay in one of the hotel’s 293 recently renovated guest rooms, a bourbon flight for two in the memorable Lobby Bar, a box of locally made bourbon balls, and two Hot Browns – the famous open-faced sandwich created at the Brown Hotel in 1926. For availability, call the Brown Hotel at (502) 583-1234.

Chef Laurent Géroli will have a mouthwatering selection of bourbon-infused offerings available in the English Grill including an indulgent bourbon-vanilla crème brûlée that’s not to be missed! Classic cocktails from the hotel’s 90-year history are available in the Lobby Bar including the Brown Hotel’s signature Manhattan with orange bitters and a house made bourbon-soaked cherry and a traditional Mint Julep with simple syrup infused with fresh mint leaves. And don’t forget to stamp your passport to Bourbon Country! The Brown Hotel’s Lobby Bar is a proud member of the Urban Bourbon Trail.