Event: Grind’s first birthday party at the Old 502 Winery, 4.5.13

The food truck Grind has grown from a Kickstarter project to one of the most popular places in the area to get a burger.

Liz and Jesse Huot, the couple behind the burgers, will celebrate their first anniversary with a party from 6-10 p.m. Friday, April 5, at the Old 502 Winery (formerly River Bend Winery) in downtown Louisville. This also coincides with the First Friday Trolley Hop, so the good times and wine will indeed roll.

Word on Grind’s Facebook page is that there will be an extra special burger for the evening called The Anniversary, “our delicious 1/3# custom-blended burger topped with seared Stone Cross Farms pork belly, sauteed kale, Boone Creek Creamery gruyere cheese with a Spanish paprika aioli.” I don’t even know where to begin with that description.

Grind’s First Anniversary Party

When: 6-10 p.m. Friday, April 5 (food served from 6-8 p.m. only)

Where: Old 502 Winery, 120 S. 10th Street, Louisville

More information: Facebook event page

Who should win Friday’s Food Trucks Love Local Contest?

The Louisville food truck community is about to throw down for a chance at 10 days of free parking.

Friday is National Food Day, and Louisville Metro Government is celebrating with a “Local Food Day” and a Food Trucks Love Local Contest at Sixth and Jefferson streetsFood trucks that participate in contest must create a dish with a local food component. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and another to-be-named local celebrity will judge the dishes in two categories — best main dish and best other dish. Winner gets 10 days of free parking at a metered space.

Here are the participating trucks, as of Oct. 31:

  • French Indo-Canada
  • Genius in a Box
  • Get It on a Bun at Booty’s
  • Grind
  • Gyros Express
  • Holy Mole
  • Louisville Dessert Truck
  • Traveling Kitchen


Food Trucks Love Local Contest

    • When: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, 2012
    • Where: Sixth and Jefferson streets, Louisville
    • Cost: Free to watch, pay to eat
    • Information: Facebook event page


Prime parking is on the line here, folks. So tell me, what food truck(s) would you like to see win this fun competition? Take it to the comments.

Louisville food trucks gathering for two events this month

Remember when there were, like, no food trucks in town?

There are at least a dozen food trucks with offerings span the food spectrum. And the good news is they play nice and have events together.

Here are a couple of food truck round-ups taking place this month during which you can sample a variety of Louisville’s best food from the side of a truck.

  • DisTRUCKtion at Apocalypse Brew Works: Lil Cheezers, Holy Molé, Grind, Bluegrass Brick Oven Pizza, French Indo-Canada and Annie May’s Sweet Cafe will each create a new dish just for this event.
    • When: Friday, Oct. 19, 5 — 10 p.m.
    • Where: Apocalypse Brew Works, 1612 Mellwood Ave., Louisville
    • Cost: Free admission
    • For more information: Facebook event page
  • Trucktober Fest: A two-day event featuring food trucks, a battle of the bands, trick-or-treating for kids, and a costume contest
    • When: Friday, Oct. 26, 5 — 11 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 27, 11 a.m. — 11 p.m.
    • Where: Iroquois Park, 5216 New Cut Road, Louisville
    • Cost: Free admission with a canned good for Southwest Ministries
    • For more information: Facebook event page

Event: The Moth StorySLAM and Grind food truck, Tuesday, Sept. 25

Want to hear some good storytellers, have a drink or two, and eat one of the best burgers in town?

Spend your evening at The Moth StorySLAM next Tuesday, Sept. 25 at Headliners Music Hall.

A story slam is similar to a poetry slam. Folks put their name in a box for a chance to tell the audience a true story pertaining to the topic of the evening. Next week’s topic is Unintended.

The Moth StorySLAM takes place on the last Tuesday of every month. This month’s Moth will be extra special because Grind food truck will be parked outside Headliners from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Liz Huot, who runs Grind with her husband, Jesse, said they will develop a special burger just for the story slam. A grand slam, perhaps?

Full disclosure, I’ve volunteered at the merchandise table for several months, and I’m friends with the producer of the show, Tara Anderson. I always have a good time listening to the often surprising stories regular people tell. I even told a story once.

For more information about the event, go to The Moth’s website or Headliners’ website. Hope to see you there — and remember to bring some food money.

The Moth StorySLAM, Headliners Music Hall, 1386 Lexington Road, Louisville

When: Sept. 25; doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m.

Cost: $8

Help The Paper celebrate its first birthday Saturday at Nach Bar

The Paper, a monthly publication all about our fair city for which I freelance, is turning one.

What better way to celebrate than a birthday party?

Head to the Nach Bar Saturday, Aug. 4 to celebrate The Paper’s first birthday.

Here’s the info:
Where: Nachbar – 969 Charles Street, 40204
When: Festivities begin at 5 p.m. Aug. 4
What’s going on: Grind Truck, Jamie’s 14K Cupcakes, prizes, takeaway bags, beer, live music, general merriment and good time having

I’ll be out of town for a wedding, so have a drink (or three) for me.

Bits and pieces: Angry Birds cookbook, Cone-ing and other food news from the web, 6.13.11

  • Young whippersnappers have created a new online sensation called “cone-ing.” In short, it’s when someone buys an ice cream cone and grabs it from the cashier upside-down, all while being videotaped (see above clip). Hilarious confusion ensues!  /sarcasm  But really, guys, why are we wasting perfectly good ice cream? It’s too hot for all that. (Gawker)
  • I recently downloaded Angry Birds to my phone and subsequently lost about 50 percent of my productivity. Now the company behind this addictive game is publishing a book of egg recipes. (Huffington Post)
  • Speaking of phones, the Android Market now has an app that allows users to follow their favorite food trucks based on the trucks’ Twitter feeds. Unfortunately, Louisville isn’t one of the cities featured on this app, but the description promises that more cities will be added soon. (Lifehacker)
  • Heaven Hill Distilleries has released a new drink called Hpnotiq Harmonie, which not only contains terrible spelling, but “a blend of premium French vodka, natural fruits, flowers and cognac.” Just reading that description makes me a little tipsy. (Business First of Louisville)
  • Do you always spill your fast food in the car because of inadequate drink and food holders? Take a look at this awesome paint tray that was hacked into a food holder. (Lifehacker)