Bits and Pieces: Banh Mi Hero, Andrew Zimmern and other Louisville food news from the web, 12.10.12


  • Heaven Hill Distilleries Inc. wants $10 million from the city for “an artisan distillery, a retail store and other tourist-oriented activities” that the company is developing on West Main Street. The project is called the Evan Williams Experience. Fancy. (Courier-Journal)
  • Louisville-based online company FoodCalc has launched EveryoneEat, an iPhone and Android app to help people with chronic illnesses make better choices about their meals when they go out to eat. (Business First of Louisville)



  • A new Vietnamese restaurant called Banh Mi Hero has opened in the Highlands. You can get banh mi sandwiches, Vietnamese-style tacos and jasmine rice cups. (Consuming Louisville)
  • The owners of Hammerheads in Germantown plan to open a new restaurant on Lexington Road called Grind House in January. Grind House will feature burgers made of meat such as wild boar, ostrich, duck, venison and elk. (Business First of Louisville)




Man v. Food Nation to feature Louisville on tonight’s episode

I have a not-so-secret crush on Man v. Food Nation host Adam Richman. 

I mean, come on, look at this guy:

What’s not to love?

Anyway, Richman stopped in Louisville during the Kentucky Derby Festival to film an episode of the Travel Channel‘s Man v. Food Nation, the latest incarnation of the show Man v. Food. In case you haven’t checked out this show, it basically follows Richman around the country as he explores local restaurants and participates in ridiculously awesome food challenges.

The Louisville episode airs tonight at 9 p.m. on the Travel Channel. Richman lived in Louisville from 1997-1998 (too bad I was just a child at the time), so the episode is a mini homecoming for one of my favorite food stars.

During the episode, Richman visits the Brown Hotel to reveal the history of the Hot Brown, Lynn’s Paradise Café and The Comfy Cow, the Courier-Journal reports. You can check out some behind-the-scenes photos of Richman’s Derby City trip here.

Bits and pieces: Man v. Food, the 5-second rule and other food news from the web, 10.4.10

  • TV chef Alton Brown has a few things to say about the show Man v. Food, and they aren’t too nice. In an interview with Zap2It, Brown called the Travel Channel program “disgusting” and said that it glorifies gluttony. But that hurt the feelings of Man v. Food host Adam Richman, according to, who responded via Twitter: “Alton Brown: MvF is about indulgence-NOT gluttony-& has brought loads of biz to Mom-n-Pop places. You were my hero, sir. No more.” Ouch. I’m a fan of both MvF and Brown’s Food Network program, Good Eats, so I wish Brown and Richman would just bro-hug it out and teach me how to grill a perfect sirloin.
  • I love kitchen gadgets, but they are often one-trick ponies that sit dusty in the back of the cabinet. Real Simple Magazine has some useful tips on repurposing rarely used appliances, such as making calzones on a waffle iron.
  • Noreen Malone, a writer over at, got sick of reading articles about grocery shopping on the cheap in response to the recession. So Malone took a different approach – she shopped at Whole Foods for the most expensive dinner for two. She didn’t actually buy anything, but her article provided an interesting look at how indulgent one could be in the grocery aisles (a half-pound tuna steak for $22.99/pound – no, ma’am).
  • I’m a huge fan of the website Jezebel, and this flowchart is one reason why: “A Guide To Eating Food Off The Floor.” It’s a humorous look at the situation we’ve all been in – a tasty morsel has landed on a potentially germ-ridden floor. Decisions, decisions.