Bits and Pieces: Damaris Phillips, Wild Turkey and other Louisville food news, 8.16.13

Blogger’s note: I haven’t been under a rock for the past week or so. Rather, I’ve been under the thumb of The Man. My responsibilities at the day job really kicked into gear this week. After 10-hour days of looking at a computer screen, I had to give my mind and eyes a break from the digital world when I got home. I think I’m past the worst, though. So, onward!

News

Damaris Phillips, winner of Food Network Star. (Photo courtesy of Food Network)
Damaris Phillips, winner of Food Network Star. (Photo courtesy of Food Network)
  • A big ol’ congratulations to Louisville native Damaris Phillips, who won the reality competition Food Network Star. Damaris is a culinary arts instructor at Jefferson Community and Technical College. (Eater Louisville)
  • "Dinner Impossible" chef Robert Irvi...
    “Dinner Impossible” chef Robert Irvine giving his verdict on finished item (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    And speaking of Food Network, celebrity chef Robert Irvine brought his show, Restaurant: Impossible, to Louisville this week to revamp Coach Lamp Restaurant and Pub in Germantown. The restaurant received a makeover and is now Brooke and Billy’s Back Patio. Insider Louisville has a good write-up of the changes. (Insider Louisville)

  • Lawrenceburg, Ky.-based Wild Turkey Distillery has a new rye and bourbon combo called Forgiven, a product that was created by accident. (Business First of Louisville)
  • Anybody heard about the cronut, the croissant/doughnut hybrid that has become wildly popular in New York City? Wiltshire Pantry Bakery and Cafe has its own version called doughssants. Good luck getting one — these things sell out fast. (Eater Louisville)

Drink, socialize to support Louisvillian Damaris Phillips as the next Food Network Star

Look, a Louisville person! In Food Network Magazine! And on Food Network!
Look, a Louisville person! In Food Network Magazine! And on Food Network!

I blame my lack of cable on being tardy to the Damaris Phillips party (also, my computer’s inability to play videos right now, but that’s a different story).

Damaris is a Louisville native who is one of three finalists on the ninth season of Food Network Star. If she wins, her concept for a show is called Eat, Date, Love, which sounds delightful.

If you’re reading this post before 9 a.m. Eastern time, you can still vote for Damaris to take home the Food Network Star title here.

If you’re a late riser, join a bunch of ladies and gentlemen at Molly Malone’s in the Highlands to watch the finale episode this Sunday, Aug. 11. This weekly watch party has been going on all season, so my apologies for completely missing that boat. Here’s some info about the viewing party from the Louisville blog Drinks with Many Ladies:

From what I can gather the party starts at 8pm and goes till about 11pm.

So who is with me?

Oh and this “drink up” is not just for the ladies this time.

Men, this is your chance so come on out.

Also go VOTE, VOTE, VOTE! You can vote up to 10 times a day, until Wednesday, for Damaris- http://star.foodnetwork.com/

You can follow Damaris on twitter- @chefDPhillips

If you would like more info a few good articles have been written:

http://insiderlouisville.com/news/2013/08/05/vote-for-louisvilles-own-chef-demaris-phillips-for-next-food-network-star/

http://www.wave3.com/story/23044324/vote-for-louisville-chef-to-win-food-network-star-finale

Good luck, Damaris. And thanks for representing Louisville.