Tag Archives: Chefs
August 28, 2014 by Ashlee Clark Thompson
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.
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May 16, 2014 by Ashlee Clark Thompson
Once upon a time, I was a surly teenager. Not a problem child, mind you, just an adolescent who thought there was nothing to do in this town and couldn’t wait to get out.
Jump ahead 10 years. Is it me, or is Louisville a lot more bustling than it used to be? There always seems to be some kind of fair or concert or free something-or-the-other that pile up and fill my Google calendar. Or maybe it’s me who has changed, and I can see how fun this city has been all along. /introspection
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November 14, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson
This is SUPERSONIC last minute, but the March of Dimes will host a foodie event tonight to raise money for the non-profit’s efforts to fund research to find the causes of premature birth and developing strategies to prevent it.
The March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction will take place today, Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. at the Marriott Louisville Downtown. Here’s a rundown of the event, courtesy of the March of Dimes:
- Guests sample culinary creations from 25 of Louisville’s finest white tablecloth restaurants followed by an exciting live auction featuring experiential dining packages and unique items. The Lead chef is Josh Moore of Volare Italian Ristorante.
- Participating restaurants include: August Moon Chinese Bistro, Bistro 1860 Wine Bar, Bourbons Bistro, Buck’s Restaurant and Bar, Corbett’s, Jack Fry’s, Lilly’s Bistro, Napa River Grill, Rivue and Varanese.
- To reserve your table or seat, contact Kim Ulrich at firstname.lastname@example.org or 502-473-6683.
- Want to help March of Dimes? Make a donation (https://www.marchofdimes.com/kentucky/support_giving.html) or call March of Dimes Ohio Valley Division at (800) 255-5857 for volunteer opportunities.
September 11, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson
If you have an aversion to swine, look away.
Still on board? Then you might be interested in the first-ever Butchertown Porktoberfest from 5-10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, at The Pointe, 1205 East Washington Street.
Here’s a blurb about the event from the Butchertown Neighborhood Association:
This barbeque and pork inspired culinary competition will feature live music by Hog Operation and Johnny Berry, local brew from Apocalypse Brewery and food samples from more than 15 of Louisville’s finest restaurants. …
Participating restaurants include Atria, Cellar Door Chocolates, Decca, Farm to Fork, Harvest, Holy Grale, Jack Knife, Momma’s Pickles Mustard and BBQ, Monkey Wrench, Morels, RYE, St. Charles Exchange, Stellar Sweets, The Bristol and Wiltshire.
Don’t fret, vegheads (I say that term lovingly) — there will be vegetarian options at the event.
Admission is free, but bring some cash to buy samples, proceeds from which will benefit the Butchertown Neighborhood Association.
5-10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11
The Pointe, 1205 East Washington Street
For more information: http://www.butchertown.blogspot.com/
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July 12, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson
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May 30, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson
Full blogger disclosure: I work at the company featured in this blog post. A girl’s gotta eat, amirite?
Want to learn how to make a family recipe more healthful?
The Humana Recipe Makeover Challenge will pair three local cooks with some top Louisville chefs to spruce up recipes and make them all shiny and healthy.
WINNER ANNOUNCED: Celebrity chefs Marcus Samuelsson and Michelle Bernstein enjoy Louisville, Southern cooking12
May 6, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson
UPDATE: Congratulations to Keith and Linda, the winners of the giveaway! Check your emails soon for more information.
(Blogger’s note: Man, I have had so much good stuff to give away lately. I have a signed copy of Chef Marcus Samuelsson‘s memoir, Yes, Chef, and a signed copy of Chef Michelle Bernstein‘s cookbook, Cuisine a Latina, up for grabs. For a chance to win, leave a comment at the end of this post telling me why you would like to win one of these books. For an additional chance to win, like the Ashlee Eats Facebook page, then leave a comment telling me you like the page. You have until Tuesday, May 7, at 11:59 p.m. to enter to win. I’ll contact and announce the winner Wednesday, May 8.)
And in full disclosure, Everywhere Society social network provided me with compensation for this post about Macy’s Culinary Council. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own.
Celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson knew how to win over the crowd at his cooking demonstration at Macy’s last week. He brought a bottle of Maker’s Mark bourbon and handed out shots to the audience.
Samuelsson and chef Michelle Bernstein stopped by Louisville last week to share recipes and discuss cooking as part of the Macy’s Culinary Council demonstration at Macy’s at Oxmoor Mall.
Samuelsson is the winner of Bravo Network’s Top Chef Masters and a judge on the Food Network competition show Chopped. He is the chef/owner of Red Rooster Harlem, Ginny’s Supper Club and American Table Café and Bar in New York City.
The demonstration was free and open to the public, there were only about 75 seats available, which made the show intimate and fun. The chefs whipped up dishes, talked a little about their background in cooking and took questions from the audience.
The Macy’s folks invited me to attend the event and interview the chefs (and provided the signed books — thanks, Macy’s!). Here are some highlights from the evening:
- Samuelsson and Bernstein are big fans of Louisville’s culinary scene. “Those of us who don’t live here will always want to come back,” Bernstein said. Some stand-out restaurants they mentioned included 610 Magnolia, Proof on Main, Holy Grale and Seviche. Samuelsson compared Louisville to cities like Austin and Brooklyn, places “where craft and artisanal matters.”
- Think you’re too busy to cook for yourself? It might be time to change your priorities, Samuelsson said. People have put too much value in food being convenient instead of healthy and homemade. “It’s a matter of where you put food on the value ladder,” he said.
- The chefs cooked Southern dishes with their own personal twists. “Everything that is comfort food (in the South) is $36 in New York,” Samuelsson said. Samuelsson made coconut fried chicken with collards and gravy using chicken from a leftover curry stew. Bernstein served shrimp braised with jerez wine, creamy grits, gremolata and crunchy garlic.
- Even though she’s an award-winning chef, Bernstein still has trouble getting her toddler son to eat. “He’s my worst critic,” she said. “He spits (my food) out at me.”
- Macy’s will feature 610 Magnolia and Milkwood chef Edward Lee at its next cooking demonstration. Get more information about that event here. Also, Samuelsson and Bernstein kept referring to Lee as just plain “Ed.” For some reason, this amused me.
August 8, 2012 by Ashlee Clark Thompson
Food news doesn’t stop just because I’m tabulating survey results and trying to make the blog fancy.
Take, for instance, the invitation I got last week for a media open house at Proof on Main (the restaurant inside 21c Museum Hotel) to meet the restaurant’s new executive chef, Levon Wallace.
I could have skipped the event and used my time to finish the design of my new logo. But what fun is that?
I took a break from my computer and headed to Proof on Main. I met some fellow food writers, chatted with the former and current executive chef, and ate some tasty samples from Proof’s menu.
March 5, 2012 by Ashlee Clark Thompson
Remember Tiana, Disney’s first black princess from The Princess and the Frog? In case you forgot, you can find her …
July 12, 2011 by Ashlee Clark Thompson
The chef behind Proof on Main in the swanky 21c Museum Hotel will debut a new restaurant in NuLu at 5 p.m. …