1. Bits and Pieces: Barbecue, beer and other Louisville food news, 12.12.14

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    December 12, 2014 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Events

    BBC Taproom at 636 E. Main St. will offer $1 pints in exchange for a new, unwrapped toy for the charity Toys for Tots. I can dig it. (Insider Louisville)

    News

    In the corporate world, this would be called “synergy.” In my world, it’s a plain good idea. Great Flood Brewing Company on Bardstown Road has teamed with Grind Burger Kitchen on the brewery’s 100th batch. The beer, called G&G Blowin’ Smoke, will compliment the food truck/restaurant’s B&B, a heavenly burger of brie, bacon and habenero jam. I’m old enough to be secure in my dislike of most beers. However, I’m willing to give this one a try with my next B&B. (Insider Louisville)
    There might be a plant coming to the West End that will convert food waste to methane gas. This plant will be a part of the West Louisville Food Hub, “a 25-acre food distribution center being developed at 30th and Market streets.” (Business First of Louisville)

    Openings

    Feast BBQ, a restaurant located in New Albany, will open a Louisville location on East Market Street next Thursday, Dec. 18. This doesn’t help in my quest for reasons to visit southern Indiana. I’m a little weary of this communal dining concept, though (check out this slideshow). Everyone doesn’t need to see exactly how messy I am when I eat, especially barbecue. (Business First of Louisville)

  2. Don’t sleep on Aldi for your holiday baking needs

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    December 10, 2014 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Pineapple thumbprints were the first cookies of this holiday season in the Thompson house.

    Three years ago, I started a Christmas tradition by accident.

    It was a bittersweet holiday season. I had just started a new day job, but the first paycheck hadn’t come in yet. I was also freshly married, so my family tripled in size. I didn’t have a lot of money, but I wanted to do something nice for my relatives.

    That November and December, I baked and baked and baked. Batches upon batches of sugar cookies, oatmeal raisin cookies, chocolate chip cookies and double-chocolate cookies filled my freezer. Cookie sheets and parchment paper were my faithful companions, along with a dog eager to catch batter that flew out of the mixing bowl. And bless my poor oven’s heart — that thing really earned its keep that winter.

    Fortunately, the cookies were a hit. And to keep up with my annual holiday baking, I’ve turned to one of my favorite retailers — Aldi.

  3. Bobby who? Here are the celeb chefs I want to see open a restaurant in Louisville

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    December 2, 2014 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    It’s a good thing I’ve settled my imaginary beef with Bobby Flay. It looks like this celebrity chef is making serious googly eyes at Louisville.

    The Courier-Journal reported back in September that Flay was scouting possible locations to open a restaurant in Louisville. And Insider Louisville is hearing some buzz that Flay’s going to set up in the former Burger’s Market on Grinstead Drive.

    I used to have an unreasonable dislike for Flay. I didn’t like how he rolled into town with his Food Network show, Throwdown with Bobby Flay, like he owned the joint and challenged chefs. Quit showing off, Flay. Then I met him in person when I was a reporter on the red carpet at the Barnstable Brown party. He was actually pretty nice, which completely squashed the rivalry I had built in my head.

    So, I’m cool with Flay coming to Louisville. It’s just that there are a few other celebrity chefs and TV personalities that I would like to see make a restaurant home in Louisville. Come along with me as I play pretend with folks I’d like to see in our city.

  4. Event: Dare to Care’s Bobby Ellis Thanksgiving Eve Vigil, Nov. 26

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    November 26, 2014 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Take a moment tonight to think about the folks who do without on Thanksgiving and every other day of the year. (Courtesy Satya Murthy, Flickr Creative Commons)

    I’m thankful that I’ve never gone hungry.

    Sure, I’ve chomped at the bit waiting for my next meal. I’ve even been hangry a time or three. Fortunately, there has always been food in my fridge and cabinets.

    That’s not the case for many families in our community. In Jefferson County, 17.2% of people are food insecure, according to the non-profit Feeding America. That means that 127,320 people have at some point had inadequate or uncertain access to nutritious food.

    Dare to Care, a food bank that serves the Kentuckiana region, has done a lot to address hunger in our community. Tonight, the organization will host a candlelight vigil to honor Bobby Ellis, the nine-year-old boy whose death from malnutrition on Thanksgiving Eve 1969 sparked the Dare to Care movement.

    Before you dive headfirst into the Thanksgiving spread tomorrow, take some time to remember a little boy who went hungry in our own city and consider what you can do to stop hunger.

  5. Mission Manuscript: COMPLETE

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    November 25, 2014 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Snuggie? Check. Enthusiasm to be back on Ashlee Eats? DOUBLE CHECK.

    I did it. I wrote a book.

    Last week, I turned in the final version of my manuscript about Louisville diners to my publisher, History Press. My book is called Louisville Diners, because life is too short to dance around the point.

    The past few months have been brutal. I’ve never written so many words all at once in my entire life. I also discovered the true depths of my procrastination, which runs as deep as the ocean. I’ve panicked, worried, drank a lot of wine, and eaten my weight in Trader Joe’s organic blue corn tortilla chips.

  6. Books, brews, barbecue and ham: a rundown of upcoming foodie events

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    August 28, 2014 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    This ham will be served up tonight at Corbett's. What Roscoe would give for a hunk of that. (via Facebook)

    There’s a dog at my heels convinced that he needs a potty break, an empty suitcase that I need to fill in the next 24 hours and a boatload of news and information that I want to share.

    You could say I’m in a bit of a tizzy.

    This is going to be a down-and-dirty post. There’s so much happening in Louisville and in my own life that I have to do some USA Today-style bullets to give you a rundown of all the fabulous food events happening in town and a couple of updates from Ashlee Eats HQ.

    So take a deep breath, and pray that my dog, Roscoe, can hold his composure until I finish this post.

  7. Got 10 bucks? Check out the Tuesday chicken-and-grits special at the Monkey Wrench

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    August 19, 2014 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Fried chicken and grits. Photo courtesy Alexander + Hughes Advertising & Marketing

    The Monkey Wrench has changed its game up this year. A new chef and new outlook means this bar, once known mostly for burgers, is putting more of a Southern flair into its menu.

  8. Get your stomachs ready for the Kentucky State Fair, Aug. 14-24, 2014

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    August 14, 2014 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

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    My love for the Kentucky State Fair is deep, and it is real. It is so real that my friends Samantha, Beth and I started planning our trip to the fairgrounds last month.

    There is so much to see, do, and eat. The dogs herding ducks. Goats, pigs and cows giving mean side eye. A deep-fried Hot Brown? Why, I don't mind if I do. All this activity requires proper planning.

    The gates opened today, Aug. 14 at the Kentucky Exposition Center. The fair runs through Aug. 24. Visit the fair's website for information on parking, admission and everything you need to know about making your fair visit fun.

    I'm not going for another week. In the meantime, I will start hoarding Mylanta for all the deep-fried deliciousness.

  9. LouVino had me at wine and snacks

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    August 8, 2014 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    I don’t know if you know this about me, but I enjoy wine. Out of a bottle, box or jug, it’s my adult beverage of choice for an evening at home watching Murder, She Wrote. Fortunately, a new restaurant has opened on Bardstown Road that might get me out of the house in pursuit of wine and snacks.

    LouVino opened in July at 1606 Bardstown Road in the former De La Torre/La Bodega space. The restaurant specializes in “small plates” and “big wine.” A few words from co-owner Lauren Coulter:

    LouVino will have 40 wines by the glass, and an additional 40 by the bottle, along with an innovative “small plates” menu created by our executive chef, Tavis Rockwell.

    The small plate menu looks like the real deal. Most of the small plates are $10 or less, which is right up my alley to go with a nice glass of vino. I have my eye on the smoked gouda Hot Brown mac and cheese ($9), the loaded baked potato tots ($8), and the fried chicken tacos ($9).

    LouVino

    1606 Bardstown Road, Louisville, Ky.

    More info: LouVino’s websiteFacebook and Twitter

  10. Event Alert: Take your pup to Bark Brunch at The Cafe tomorrow, 8.2.14

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    August 1, 2014 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Chicken salad sandwich at The Cafe.

    Brunch is wonderful on its own. Add pets, and we’ve achieved next-level glee.

    The Café, a restaurant at 712 Brent Street in Louisville, will team up with 102.3 The Max and The Flea Off Market for a Bark Brunch this Saturday, Aug. 2. It’s your chance to bring your dog to the lovely patio of The Café for a meal.

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