Duck taunters all win at Vietnam Kitchen

Hey! Vietnamese Kitchen’s got duck! Succulent, delicious duck, fatty and rich! And they’ve got “mock duck,” too: an alternative invented by vegetarian Buddhist monks! Either way, if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it must be … well, you know. Naturally my mind spun a Pythonesque duck-taunting fight. REAL DUCK: Go … Continued

Locavore Lore: Growing food accessibility from the root

Theresa Zawacki is passionate about building a stronger economy through locally grown food. As senior policy adviser for Louisville Forward, Zawacki fosters relationships between farmers and new and existing markets. Her program connects growers to eaters in schools, institutions, restaurants and underserved neighborhoods. On the surface, bringing more local food to the community seems like … Continued

The Taste Bud: The mega-pita incident

I was hanging out with my pals Vince, Matt and Zach, the owners of Great Flood Brewing, watching (and pseudo-helping) them brew a batch of beer recently when Matt told me Vince was going to run out and grab some lunch. “You want in on it?” Matt asked. Sure, I said. I didn’t even know … Continued

Hate winter? Warm your soul and tummy at Bistro 1860

I try hard to be open-minded. I really do. Consider the evidence: I’m a U of L grad, but I’m willing to root for UK or even IU, assuming that they aren’t playing the home team. I’m male yet feminist, straight yet affirming. And even as a card-carrying liberal, I voted for at least one … Continued

Brasserie Provence soothes the savage critic

“Music hath charms to soothe the savage breast.” Or maybe “beast.” Everybody thinks the Bard wrote this, but it was actually William Congreve, a decidedly lesser poet who lived a century or so after Bill Shakspear trod the boards. Whatever. My breast was savage, and so was my beast, the other day. I was crabby. … Continued

Industry Standard – Is perception reality

Sometimes perception is reality. If a group of diners comes into your restaurant and has to wait a bit longer to be seated than they’d like, they will often naturally exaggerate that wait time when they relate the experience to other people. Their “45-minute” wait for a table might in reality have been 20 minutes, … Continued

The Taste Bud: Kern’s Korner keeps on keeping on

I’d driven by Kern’s Korner maybe, oh, a gazillion times in my life and had never stopped. Heck, the tiny location near the intersection of Bardstown Road and Trevilian Way would be easy to miss if you weren’t looking for it, truth be told. It never occurred to me to stop until my friend Jessica … Continued

Toast on New Albany’s Market lights our fire

I should have known that Toast on Market’s spicy chipotle grilled cheese sandwich was going to be hot, because spicy chipotle. But I didn’t quite expect flames to come shooting out my mouth while my endorphins took off in a wild and crazy rush around my brain. Wooee! That sandwich is HOT! In fact, even … Continued

Locavore Lore

Emily Diamond knows that preparation for a sustainable holiday meal begins in January. That’s when the one-woman powerhouse behind Diamond Family Farm in La Grange begins scheduling livestock orders for her community-supported agriculture (CSA) program. Since we’re approaching the day of giving thanks, I talked with Diamond about her philosophy behind the natural way she … Continued

The Taste Bud: Soul food by the Downs

You gotta like soul food. It always takes me back in time, reminds me of my grandparents and the home cooking my grandmother did. Sure, it was usually fried, fatty and unhealthy for the body, but it truly was warming for the soul. Enter Cook N’ Company Restaurant. It opened back in the summer at … Continued