Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Food Network's new show "The Next Iron Chef" kicks off at 9 pm EST/PDT Sunday, Oct. 7 as eight chefs compete from across the country compete to join the ranks of legendary Iron Chefs Bobby Flay, Cat Cora, and Mario Batali. The eight competitors: Aaron Sanchez, chef-owner, Paladar and Centrico, New York; Mourou Outtara, chef/owner, FarrahOlivia by Morou, Alexandria, Va.; John Besh, chef/owner Restaurant August, Luke, The Besh Steakhouse at Harrahs, New Orleans; and La Provence, Lacombe, La.), Traci Des Jardins, chef and co-owner Jardiniere; chef/owner, Mijita; managing chef, ACME Chophouse, San Francisco); Chris Cosentino, chef, Incanto and co-owner, Bocccalone Artisanal Meats, San Francisco); Jill Davie, chef de cuisine, Josie Restaurant, Los Angeles; Michael Symon, chef-owner, Lola and Lolita, Cleveland; and Gavin Kaysen, chef de cuisine, El Bizcocho, San Diego. foodnetwork.com
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Tuesday, June 26, 2007
IN THE NEWS: Velocity looks at hot dog stands, including Don's at Sixth and Liberty ... Leo's leoweekly and LouisvilleHotBytes.com critic Robin Garr gives 78 points to Frank’s Steakhouse (9601 Shelbyville Road). ... The Courier-Journal's courierjournal.com Marty Rosen gives three and a half stars to Mojito (2231 Holiday Manor Center, Louisville) and two and a half stars to the Chinese restaurant Liang's Cafe (3571 Springhurst Blvd., Louisville), while the paper also reports that Justin and Kristin Gilbert have reopened Gelato Gilberto at 9434 Norton Commons Blvd. in Prospect.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
IN THE NEWS: Velocity reviews Dundee Tavern (2224 Dundee Road; dundeetavern.com). velocityweekly.com ... Leo's Paige Moore-Heavin reviews Rivue (The Galt House, 140 N. Fourth St., www.rivue.com)., while Robin Garr notes the addition of pizza at Caffe Classico (2144 Frankfort Ave., www.caffe-classico.com). leoweekly.com ... The Courier-Journal looks at the growing trend of farmers markets. courierjournal.com
Monday, June 11, 2007
IN THE NEWS: Leo weekly and LouisvilleHotBytes.com's Robin Garr celebrates authentic Neapolitan pies at area pizza joints, including Primo (445 E. Market St.), Tony Boombozz Pizzeria (3334 Frankfort Ave.), and Luigi’s Pizzeria (712 W. Main St.). leoweekly.com ... Business First of Louisville profiles Paul Masterson, president and CEO of Masterson's Food & Drink. Masterson and three of his siblings -- Brian, Andrew and Sueanna Masterson -- co-own Masterson's, which does business as Masterson's Catering. What started as a 25-seat drive-in restaurant founded in 1939 by their Greek-immigrant grandfather, Nicholas Mastoras, has grown into one of Louisville's largest catering and restaurant companies, with annual sales of $14 million and 220 employees. ... The Courier-Journal considers soft shell crabs at Union Grill in the Brown hotel at Fourth and Broadway in downtown Louisville. ... Critic Marty Rosen awards three and a half stars to Sakura Blue (4600 Shelbyville Rd, Louisville). courierjournal.com
Tuesday, June 5, 2007
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Monday, May 21, 2007
Lou's Pub & Package, Birmingham, Ala.; J Lounge, Golden Gopher, The Edison, The Broadway Bar, La Cita, Bordello, Redwood, and Bar 107, Los Angeles; Musso & Frank Grill, Hollywood, Calif.; The Polo Lounge, Beverly Hills; Beach Ball, Newport Beach, Calif.; Brennan's Pub, Marina Del Ray, Calif.; Bourbon & Branch, The Owl Tree, Vesuvio, and Zeitgeist, San Francisco; The Sportsman, Sonora, Calif.; Cruise Room, and El Chapultepec, Denver; Jimbo's, and Churchill's Pub, Miami; The Clermont Lounge, Atlanta; Lewers Lounge at the Halekulani Hotel, and La Mariana Sailing Club, Honolulu; The California Clipper, The Red Lion Pub, Bungalow, The Matchbox, Hideout, and Chipp Inn, Chicago; The Red Key, and Nicky Blaine's, Indianapolis; The Old Seelbach Bar, Louisville; The Chart Room, The Bar at Tujague's, Fritzel's European Jazz Pub, and Napoleon House, New Orleans; The Brewer's Art, and Shamrock Inn, Baltimore; B-Side Lounge, Cambridge, Mass.; No. 9 Park, Boston; Doyle's Cafe, Jamaica Plain, Mass.; The Bar at Seldom Blues, Detroit; Miller's Bar, Dearborn, Mich.; Bulldog NE, and Nye's Polonaise Room, Minneapolis; Half Time Rec, St. Paul; John D. McGurk's, St. Louis; Any bar on the Strip, Double Down Saloon, and Petrossian Bar, Las Vegas; Bemelmans Bar in the Carlyle Hotel, Little Branch, The Bar at Keens Steakhouse, Minetta Tavern, Jimmy's Corner, The Angel's Share, The Brooklyn Inn, The Rose Bar at the Gramercy Park Hotel, Flatiron Lounge, The Saloon, San Domenico Restaurant, Spuyten Duyvil, 21 Club, Grassroots Tavern, Bill's Gay 90s, Julius', and Pegu Club, New York City; Freddy's Bar & Backroom, Brooklyn; Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden, Queens; Thomas Street Tavern, Charlotte, NC; Andyman's Treehouse, Columbus, Ohio; The Library Bar & Grill, Norman, Okla.; Friendly Lounge, The Grey Lodge, and Southwark, Philadelphia; Dee's Cafe, Pittsburgh; Tootsie's Orchid Lounge, and Robert's Western World, Nashville; La Tuna, San Antonio; Donn's Depot, Austin; The Inwood Lounge, Dallas; Shooting Star Saloon, Huntsville, Utah; Sambar, Zig Zag Cafe, and Fu Kun Wu, Seattle; Hawk 'n' Dove, and The Tune Inn, Washington, DC; Holler House, Milwaukee.
IN THE NEWS: Business First of Louisville reports that Louisville-based Papa John's International Inc. earned the highest customer satisfaction rating among pizza chains in the this year's American Customer Satisfaction Index. Produced by the Stephen M. Ross Business School at the University of Michigan, in partnership with the American Society for Quality, the ACSI surveys consumers about the quality of products and services available in the United States. Papa John's was followed by Detroit-based Little Caesar Enterprises Inc., Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Domino's Pizza Inc. and Pizza Hut, a unit of Louisville-based Yum Brands Inc. ... Speaking of Yum Brands, Business First also reports that the company's board of directors has approved a two-for-one stock split. In a news release, Yum said it expects to return $1.3 billion to shareholders this year by reducing its share count by at least 3 percent through buybacks and dividends. Yum operates the KFC, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, Long John Silver's and A&W All-American Foods restaurant brands. ... Marty Rosen awards three stars in his Courier-Journal review of Yaching's East West Cuisine (105 S. Fourth St.). courierjournal.com ... LouisvilleHotBytes.com and Leo's Robin Garr takes a look at vegetarian dining options, including City Café (1250 Bardstown Road), Zen Garden (2240 Frankfort Ave.), and Shiraz Mediterranean Grill (2011 Frankfort Ave.) leoweekly.com ... Velocity velocityweekly.com takes a bite out of five different pies from five different pizza joints: Za's Pizza Pub (1573 Bardstown Road), Jockamo's (983 Goss Ave.), Wick's Pizza (several locations), Spinelli's Pizzeria (614 Baxter Ave.) and Tony BoomBozz (various locations).
Monday, May 14, 2007
Forbes' Top 10 Restaurant Cities:
1. New York City
3. San Francisco
4. Los Angeles
5. New Orleans
7. Washington, D.C.
10. Las Vegas
Rankings were based on: Overall number of restaurants above the fast food level; Number of fine dining restaurants with national and international standing; Solid representation of regional American food; A wide segment of second-tier restaurants that would include seafood, steakhouses, and independently chef-owned restaurants; Breadth and depth of ethnic restaurants, especially if the city has neighborhood such as a Chinatown; A significant number of neigborhood restaurants where the locals tend to eat out regularly; A well-traveled clientele that regards eating out in that city one of the real pleasures of going there.
IN THE NEWS: Business First of Louisville reports on Shane's Rib Shack restaurant, scheduled to open June 7 in Glenview Pointe Shopping Center on Brownsboro Road. Cutler is a franchisee of Atlanta-based Raving Brands, which owns the Shane's brand and seven other brands. The Glenview Pointe store will be the first of two Shane's stores planned for Louisville, with a second store scheduled to open in 2008 at Chamberlain Point Shopping Center, 9702 Brownsboro Road at Chamberlain Lane. There are 57 Shane's open now, with a total of 100 scheduled to be open by the end of the year. Each is adapted from the original tin-roofed Shane's Rib Shack, which opened in 2002 in rural McDonough, Ga. ... From wcpo.com: "Cincinnati restaurateur Jeff Ruby was at his restaurant in Louisville for Kentucky Derby weekend, when an employee approached him, apparently excited that O.J. Simpson was sitting down to dinner. Ruby said he took another puff of his cigar and another sip of his drink and decided, "I don't want him here." Ruby said he found Simpson in the Churchhill room of his Jeff Ruby's Louisville steakhouse and told Simpson, "I'm not serving you." Ruby said he did it for the Goldman and Brown families, referring, of course, to the families of the people O.J. was accused of killing. Simpson was found not guilty in the criminal trial, but liable in a civil trial. After telling Simpson to leave, he said the former NFL football star was "classy" about it, rounded up his party and left. Then, Ruby said, he went into the Churchill Room to be sure they were gone and people at other tables started standing. "They all got up and gave me a standing ovation, started applauding." Ruby said it happened throughout the restaurant. He added that the next day in the restaurant, "Nobody in Louisville was talking about who won the Derby, who lost, what happened to the favorite, or the Queen. They were just talking about 'O.J. got thrown out of the place.'" ... The Courier-Journal's Marty Rosen looks at ethnic sandwiches, including The Victorian at The Cafe at the Antique Mall, and also gives two and a half stars in his review of Pig City BBQ, 12003 Shelbyville Road. courierjournal.com ... Velocity reviews Ballyhoo's Baja Grill is at 1702 Bardstown Road. velocityweekly.com ... The invaluable LouisvilleHotBytes.com reviews Hero’s New York Pizza Pub, 10509 Watterson Trail, and L&N Wine Bar and Bistro, 1765 Mellwood Ave.
Tuesday, May 8, 2007
Chicago's Frontera Grill won Outstanding Restaurant of the Year and Michel Richard of Michel Richard Citronelle in Washington, D.C. was named Outstanding Chef at the 2007 James Beard Foundation Awards Ceremony. Hosted by CBS Early Show anchor Hannah Storm, the Beard Awards were held May 7 at Avery Fisher Hall in New York's Lincoln Center. More than 60 awards were presented by the country's pre-eminent nonprofit culinary organization, in its 20th anniversary celebration, and more than 1,600 industry leaders attended the ceremony. Other top awards went to: New York's L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon, named Best New Restaurant; Thomas Keller (The French Laundry, Yountville, Ca.) received the award for Outstanding Restaurateur; and David Chang (Momofuku Noodle Bar, New York) received the Rising Star Chef of the Year award. Celebrity and culinary superstar attendees included Stephanie March, Ted Allen, Katie Lee Joel, Martha Stewart, Wolfgang Puck, Bobby Flay, Thomas Keller, Jose Andres, Tom Colicchio, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Padma Lakshmi, and Marcus Samuelsson. The Foundation's Media Awards took place at a separate event at the Hudson Theatre at Millennium Broadway Hotel on May 6. All Award winners received a bronze medallion etched with the image of the late James Beard, the esteemed chef, cookbook author, and food journalist. There are no cash awards. Established in 1990, the James Beard Foundation Awards recognizes outstanding achievement within the fine food and beverage industry in North America. For full awards results, please visit http://www.jamesbeard.org.
Beard Award highlights are:
AMERICA'S CLASSICS: Primanti Brothers, Demetrios Patrinos, Pittsburgh, Pa.; The Pickwick, Christopher Wisocki, Duluth, Minn.; Doe's Eat Place, The Signa Family, Greenville, Miss.; Aunt Carrie's, Elsie Foy, Narragansett, R.I.; I
Brookville Hotel, Mark and Connie Martin, Abilene, Kan.; Weaver D's, Dexter Weaver, Athens, Ga.
BEST CHEF, GREAT LAKES: Grant Achatz, Alinea, Chicago
BEST CHEF, MID-ATLANTIC: R.J. Cooper, III, Vidalia, Washington, DC
BEST CHEF, MIDWEST: Celina Tio, The American Restaurant, Kansas City, Mo.
BEST CHEF, NEW YORK CITY: David Waltuck, Chanterelle, New York, NY
BEST CHEF, NORTHEAST: Frank McClelland, L'Espalier, Boston
BEST CHEF, NORTHWEST: John Sundstrom, Lark, Seattle
BEST CHEF, PACIFIC: Traci Des Jardins, Jardinière, San Francisco
BEST CHEF, SOUTH: Donald Link, Herbsaint, New Orleans
BEST CHEF, SOUTHEAST: Scott Peacock, Watershed, Decatur, Ga.
BEST CHEF, SOUTHWEST: Nobuo Fukuda, Sea Saw, Scottsdale, Ariz.
BEST NEW RESTAURANT: L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon, Chef-Owner: Joël Robuchon, New York, NY
OUTSTANDING CHEF: Michel Richard, Michel Richard Citronelle, Washington, DC
OUTSTANDING PASTRY CHEF: Michael Laskonis, Le Bernardin, New York, NY
OUTSTANDING RESTAURANT: Frontera Grill, chef-owner: Rick and Deann Bayless, Chicago
OUTSTANDING RESTAURATEUR: Thomas Keller, The French Laundry, Yountville, Calif.
OUTSTANDING SERVICE: Rick Tramonto, Gale Gand, and Richard Melman, Tru, Chicago
OUTSTANDING WINE AND SPIRITS PROFESSIONAL: Paul Draper, Ridge Vineyards, Cupertino, Calif.
OUTSTANDING WINE SERVICE: Mark Slater, Michel Richard Citronelle, Washington, DC
RISING STAR CHEF OF THE YEAR: David Chang, Momofuku Noodle Bar, New York, NY
IN THE NEWS: Business First of Louisville reports on the closings of the only Kentucky locations of the chains Harper's Restaurant (May 4) and Bahama Breeze (May 6) Harper's, located at 871 S. Hurstbourne Parkway, the latter soon to be replaced by Amerigo Italian Restaurant, a Nashville-based chain. ... Courier-Journal critic Marty Rosen gives three and a half stars (excellent) to The English Grill, 335 West Broadway. The paper also looks at Mother's Day dining options. courierjournal.com ... Leo looks at five area breweries from the perspective of Roger Baylor, co-owner of the New Albanian Brewing Co. in New Albany: Bluegrass Brewing Co. (BBC) 3929 Shelbyville Road; BBC Taproom, 636 E. Main St.; Browning’s Brewery, 401 E. Main St.; Cumberland Brews, 1576 Bardstown Road; and New Albanian Brewing Company, 3312 Plaza Drive, New Albany. ... Leo contributor Robin Garr of LouisvilleHotBytes.com examines the food choices at Slugger Field . ... Velocity looks at five new restaurants: Derby City Espresso, 331 E. Market St.; Tengo Sed Cantina, 410 S. Fourth St. ; Smoketown Bar-B-Que, 2044 S. Preston St.; Coco's Chocolate Café, 1759 Bardstown Road. ; and NV Tavern, 1202 Bardstown Road.
Sunday, April 29, 2007
-- Outstanding Restaurant: Boulevard, San Francisco; Frontera Grill, Chicago; Magnolia Grill, Durham, N.C., Picholine, New York; Spiaggia, Chicago.
-- Best New Restaurant: A Voce, New York City; Chochon, New Orleans; Cut, Beverly Hill, Calif; L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon, New York City; Momofuku Ssam Bar, New York City; Restaurant Guy Savoy, Las Vegas.
-- Outstanding Restaurateur: Thomas Keller, The French Laundry, Yountville, Calif; Keith McNally, Balthazar, New York City; Richard Melman, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises (R.J. Grunts, Wildfire, Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba!), Chicago; Drew Nieporent, Myriad Restaurant Group (Tribeca Grill, Nobu, Rubicon), New York City; Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Jean Georges restaurant, New York City.
-- Outstanding Chef: Tom Colicchio, Craft, New York City; Lee Hefter, Spago, Beverly Hills, Calif.; Jean Joho, Everest, Chicago; Paul Kahan, Blackbird, Chicago; Michel Richard, Michel Richard Citronelle, Washington, D.C.
-- Rising Star Chef: Nate Appleman, A16, San Francisco; Graham Elliot Bowles, Avenues at The Peninsula Hotel, Philadelphia; David Chang, Momofuku Noodle Bar, New York; Patrick Connelly, Radius, Boston; Daniel Humm, Eleven Madison Park, New York City.
Restaurant magazine just released its list of the world's top 100 restaurants. (http://www.theworlds50best.com/2007_list.html) Here are the U.S. entries:
The French Laundry, Yountville, Ca. (No. 4)
Per Se, New York City (No. 9)
Jean Georges, New York City (No. 18)
Le Bernardin, New York City (No. 26)
Charlie Trotter's, Chicago (No. 30)
Daniel, New York City (No. 32)
Alinea, Chicago (No. 36)
Chez Panisse, Berkeley, Ca. (No. 40)
Masa, New York City (No. 56)
L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon at the Four Seasons, New York City (No. 64)
Peter Lugar, Brooklyn, NY (No. 69)
Nobu New York, New York City (No. 89)
Gramercy Tavern, New York city (No. 90)
WD-50, New York City (No. 91)
Zuni Café, San Francisco (No. 98)
Alex at Wynn, Las Vegas (No. 100)
IN THE NEWS: Susan Hershberg's growing Wiltshire Pantry catering operation has moved to a roomier site at 1310 E. Breckinridge St. with plans to reach $1 million in annual revenue in 2007, Business First of Louisville reports. The paper also has reported the April 1 closing of pioneering downtown African restaurant Cafe Kilimanjaro after 14 years in business. louisville.bizjournals.com. ... The Courier-Journal's Sarah Fritschner reviews the new Mojito, 2231 Holiday Manor Center. The paper also has a rundown of dining events during Derby Week. www.courier-journal.com. The C-J's sibling publication Velocity's 2 for $30 column features Mike Linnig's, 9308 Cane Run Road. www.velocityweekly.com ... Leo weekly takes a look at the influx of imported beers in area restaurants and pubs, specifically citing Jim and Toki Huie's Maido Essential Japanese Cuisine and Sake Bar on Frankfort Avenue. www.leoweekly.com ... Leo contributor Robin Garr's outstanding www.LouisvilleHotBytes.com site reviews both the new Mojito and Basa Modern Vietnamese restaurant, 2244 Frankfort Ave. (www.basarestaurant.net) ... Southern Living magazine (www.southernliving.com) 's May 2007 issue features: Napa River Grill, 3838 Dupont Circle; Proof on Main, 702 W. Main St.; Seviche, A Latin Restaurant, 1538 Bardstown Road; and Third Avenue Cafe, 1164 S. Third St.