We are almost to January which means we are almost to “One Thing I Love About Louisville” season. Each year in January Consuming Louisville runs a series of posts in which guest writers tell us about one particular thing they love about our fair city. Writers in the series have come from all sorts of backgrounds and professions and told us about so many great things (sorry the archives are gone, blame user error and server badness). The series is one of my favorite things on Consuming Louisville all year long.

Is there something you really about Louisville? Something you love so much you want to tell people about? Email info AT this domain and I’ll give you the scoop on participating with a “One Thing I Love About Louisville” essay. I’m excited to find out what you love.

Hanukkah begins at sundown tonight so it’s time, once again, to share Brigid Kaelin’s wonderful Hanukkah song Blue Dreidel No. 9 and its fantastic video.

To all who are celebrating: Hanukkah Sameach!

If you want to enjoy a very cool Hanukkah event you should come to the Chanukkah* Jam event at Zephyr Gallery (Facebook link) on Thursday December 18, 2014 at 5PM.

We’ll light the third candle and sing surrounded by the exhibition Stranger Than Function.

Join Cantor David Lipp, John Gage, Gareth Jones, Pat Lentz, Johnny Spanish, Cantor Sharon Hordes, Rabbi Gaylia Rooks and AlexanderSings for music, wine, apple cider, jelly doughnuts, and fun.

I personally will be bringing 50 doughnuts procured from Nord’s for the event so you know it’s going to be awesome.

Chanukkah* Jam
Thursday December 18, 2014

Zephyr Gallery
610 E Market St
Louisville, Kentucky 40202

*Since it’s a transliteration of the Hebrew word חנוכה there are about a million different possible spellings in English. Hanukkah is my preferred spelling but to each her own.

Since it’s the gift giving season Ryan Rogers has decided to give us all a really wonderful gift: Feast is opening its Louisville location next Thursday! Ryan of course is the genius owner of Feast BBQ (did you know he used to work at Momofuku Noodle Bar?). Feast is so wonderful it’s powerful enough to get even me to New Albany from time to time. But now that it’s going to be in on this side of the river? It. Is. On.

Feast is that rare restaurant that makes sure there is truly something for almost every one. In my case that means they have vegetarian options (at a BBQ restaurant!) that are outstanding. They aren’t just afterthought “mixed vegetable” entrees. The smoked tofu is outstanding and can be added to a variety of entrees instead of meat. And my carnivore loved ones tell me that all the meat options are freaking amazing.

Feast’s Louisville location is going to open next Thursday December 18, 2014. Initial hours are Tuesday-Thursday 11am-12am and Friday-Saturday 11am-2am with the kitchen serving food all day. In addition to all the barbecue goodness the new location will serve Feasts’s signature “bourbon slushies” and about 20 different regional craft beers.

Feast Louisville is in what once housed Cake Flour. They’ve done extensive renovations and added what I hear is a beautiful bar. I’m going to hopefully get an early look at it this week so I can post pictures and make you even more excited about Feast than I know you already are.

Feast BBQ
909 E. Market Street
Louisville, KY

One of my most beloved friends is Filipina. So with the super typhoon heading straight for the country the Philippines have been on my mind today. In a pleasant stroke of serendipity an email just landed in my inbox about a pop up Filipino dinner this Sunday night December 7, 2014. It’s part of an ambitious project to bring a communal Filipino dining experience to all 50 states and to support efforts to help built a school in an area of the Philippines that was devastated by a previous typhoon.

The SALO Project: Cooking and Gathering People in all 50 states through Filipino Food. SALO is a traveling Filipino Pop-Up Feast gathering adventurous diners who dare explore regions of the amazing 7,107-island Philippine archipelago through food beyond adobo and lumpia. Please join us for a five course traditional family style dinner full of extraordinary flavors composed from local and seasonal ingredients, served on banana leaves and eaten old-school sans utensils (kamayan), and an unprecedented opportunity to explore Filipino cuisine in a unique atmosphere.

Portion of the proceeds will be donated to ARK: Advancement for Rural Kids (www.ruralkids.org) to build a school in an area in the Visayas, Philippines struck by Typhoon Haiyan which has a farming and feeding program to empower the youth to be producers not consumers.

5 Course Filipino Pop-Up Feast
Secret Downtown Location
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Business First reports that the owner of Dragon King’s Daughter has purchased what was Lisa’s Oak Street Lounge. The Germantown neighborhood bar is now called Kaiju and its grand opening party will be tomorrow night at 9PM.

But most important in that Business First piece was a note about the bar’s food. Basically Kaiju doesn’t have a kitchen but will soon have its own food truck serving “Japanese street food.” This means things like savory pancakes, stir fried noodles and other deliciousness. It’s great to just know where a food truck is going to be (Portland’s food truck pods are so cool for that reason) and it’s great to have another variety of food truck goodness. The truck isn’t actually in operation yet but it sounds like it won’t be long before it is.

1004 E. Oak Street
Louisville, KY

After a very extended break Louisville Geek Dinner is returning. What, exactly, is a “Geek Dinner?” It’s a low key, no pressure, no pitching event for geeks of all tech varieties. Basically a whole bunch of programmers, front end devs, bloggers, social media geeks, designers, etc gather at BBC for food, drinks and good conversation. Nobody is pitching their idea or trying to sell anything, it’s just fun.

WHAT: A social networking event for those passionate about technology
WHEN: Dec 11th, 2014, 6:00pm EDT
WHERE: Bluegrass Brewing Company (St. Matthews location)
COST: FREE + Whatever you choose to spend on food and drinks

I’ll be there, you should come say hello.

Louisville illustrator Johanna Ehnle is selling an incredibly charming set of 4 holiday/winter cards on her website.


I’m a horrible person because I ordered mine before I told you about them, to make sure I got my special set (subtract Merry Little Christmas, add more Cozy Winter). I acknowledge my horribleness and hope you’ll forgive me.

Order your cards before December 4 and your cards will be mailed to you on December 5. That will give you plenty of time to get them in the mail for the December trifecta of Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s Eve.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, the time to celebrate the end of Prohibition. On December 5 we remember the end to a deeply unhappy period in our country’s history.


As always Proof is up for a Repeal Day party. This Friday their bartenders will be decked out in Prohibition-era dress and serving classic “speakeasy cocktails.” You can actually start the celebrating early by ordering a drink from the Repeal Day cocktail menu they are introducing today which includes:

Twentieth Century
Gin, cocchi americano, creme de cacao, lemon juice

The Twentieth Century was invented by the United Kingdom Bartender’s Guild and can be found in the Cafe Royal Bar Book of 1937. Although this cocktail appears several years after prohibition, it embodies the artistry and mood of the cocktail world of the times. The cocktail is most likely named after the train, the 20th century Limited, which redefined ground travel at the time.

Singapore Sling
Gin, cherry heering, Benedictine, cointreau, pineapple, lime, grenadine, angostura

The most famous, and common, of slings–this drink is a great example of the evolution of modern palates can change classic drinks into something unique. The edition of juices, grenadine and cherry brandy make this a sweeter, fruitier drink. It is considered the progenitor of Tiki style drinks.

El Diablo
Silver Tequila, creme de cassis, lime, ginger root, ginger ale

There is little known about the origin of this delicious and refreshing cocktail. Included in bartenders Guide by Trader Vic in 1947, it is not noted as an original. A clear variation of the Moscow Mule, this drink is a great example of the rise in popularity of tequila.

El Presidente
Aged Rum, Dry Vermouth, Cointreau, Grenadine

Although there are several cocktails on account with this name, we are employing a recipe that arose in Havana during or just prior to Prohibition. We use Ron Zacapa 23 for the aged rum and substitute equal parts Morlacco and Maraschino liqueur for the grenadine.

The Delicious Sour
Applejack, peach liquor, lime, egg white, simple syrup

From the 1892 book, The Flowing Bowl, by William Schmidt. Unlike most cocktail recipes found at that time, many of these were undeniably of his own creation, using ingredients that were not common in cocktails such as vanilla ice cream, red wine and rum.

Champs Elysees
Cognac, green chartreuse, lemon, simple, angostura

First printed in the 1930 savoy cocktail book by harry craddock, this cocktail seems to be a play on the popular Sidecar, with the addition of chartreuse and angostura bitters. It is a bright, herbaceous cocktail perfect to begin a great evening.

Bobby Burns
Scotch, punt e mes, benedictine

Very close to a Rob Roy, the mix of equal parts scotch, punt e mes with a touch of Benedictine makes this a rich, complex drink anyone can enjoy.

Rye and Do(502)

Not to be left out of the Repeal Day fun new-ish social calendar and event org Do(502) has teamed up with Rye and Bulleit for a celebration of their own.

From 5p to 6p at RYE, we’ll be having our Slugger Meet Up and cocktail tasting where all Sluggers in attendance will be able to enjoy two special Bulleit cocktails on special that night for FREE. Then, from 5:30p to 7:30p, RYE will be creating $7 Bulleit cocktails for the public to celebrate Repeal Day!

We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

Think of Giving Tuesday as either an alternative or an addition to Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping. It’s a global movement but you can focus your generosity locally. In the Louisville area you can specifically support The Food Literacy Project. They are trying to raise one dollar for every kid that visited their farm last year aka $2,358. How can you help them? Well, you can always just make a donation that will be deeply appreciated. But Decca is adding some perks to the donation process to sweeten the deal for you.

1. From now until December 2 Decca will donate $1 of every drink special to the Food Literacy Project

2. If you donate at least $20 to the Food Literacy Project you can get 20% of your dinner bill at Decca on Giving Tuesday, December 2. (You’ll need to bring a copy of your your donation receipt or show it to them on your phone)

If you aren’t yet familiar with the Food Literacy Project here’s a little info:

The Food Literacy Project provides farm-based experiential education and entrepreneurial youth development programs that bring the Field-to-Fork experience to life for local youth.

Our plant, agriculture, and food education programs are available to public and private school classes, community groups, youth and after-school programs, and special needs groups. We also offer professional development for educators, focusing on ways to infuse themes of food and nutrition into curriculum. The Food Literacy Project offers a rare opportunity to engage in a sustainable food system, and to share in the pleasures and rewards of farming.

The Food Literacy Project envisions a community with a just and sustainable food system that cultivates healthy citizens. Our mission is to inspire a new generation to build healthy relationships with food, farming, and the land.

20artDoing some holiday shopping? You’d do well to check out the return of the $20 Art Show on December 13, 2014. Hosted by Copper and Kings, the event features many local artists all selling pieces for…can you guess how much? Yep, $20.

Artists at the show will include Douglas Miller, Jeral Tidwell, Sarah Tidwell, Robby Davis, Mickie Winters, Patrick Jilbert, Madpixel Art + Design, AngryBlue, Miss Happy Pink, Inherited Leather, Dustin Dirt, Bernhardt Geyer, Damon Thompson, J Cobb, Devin French, Lori Brown, Michelle Amos, Jill Morgan, Scott Scarboro, Harlan Welch-Scarboro, Drtyawsm, Tiffany Embry, Amy Elswick, Lilly Totten, Suz and Gary Bell, Natasha Sud, Mia Snell, Claire Raab, Kate Sedwick, Joe Autry, and Shandy Goodlett Gazo.

$20 Art Show
Saturday December 13, 2014

Copper and Kings
1121 E. Washington St
Louisville, KY