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

For my own personal reasons I’m always deeply grateful that Heine Brothers is open on holidays when, traditionally, everything else is closed. Knowing how nice the people at Heine Brothers are I knew they’d never force someone to work on a holiday they’d normally spend with family/friends. I assumed Heine Brothers would let people choose to work on the holidays if they wanted to. Turns out I was right:

Note: All shifts on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day are staffed by volunteers from our staff, who are available to work on that day for various reasons (celebrate on other days, family out of town, etc). Many of our regulars have no where to go during the holidays, and we’re happy to provide a place with a friendly face where everyone is welcome.

Thanksgiving – November 27 2014
HB-Longest Ave: closed for the day
HB-Frankfort Ave: open 7am-4pm
HB-Chenoweth Lane: open 7am-4pm
HB-Douglass Loop: open 7am-3pm
HB-Gardiner Lane: open 7am-9pm
HB-Shelbyville Road: closed for the day
HB-Schnitzelburg: open 8am-4pm
HB-Main Street: closed for the day, also closed on Friday November 28 2014
HB-Fourth Street: closed for the day, open 10am-8pm on Friday November 28 2014 for Light Up Louisville
HB-Northfield: closed for the day
HB-Blankenbaker Parkway: closed for the day
Vint: open 8am-4pm

Christmas Eve – December 24 2014
HB-Longest Ave: open until 5pm
HB-Frankfort Ave: open until 5pm
HB-Chenoweth Lane: open until 5pm
HB-Douglass Loop: open until 5pm
HB-Gardiner Lane: open until 5pm
HB-Shelbyville Road: open until 5pm
HB-Schnitzelburg: open until 5pm
HB-Main Street: open until 3pm
HB-Fourth Street: open until 3pm
HB-Northfield: open until 5pm
HB-Blankenbaker Parkway: open until 5pm
Vint: open until 5pm

Christmas – December 25 2014
HB-Longest Ave: closed for the day
HB-Frankfort Ave: open 7am-4pm
HB-Chenoweth Lane: open 7am-4pm
HB-Douglass Loop: open 7am-9pm
HB-Gardiner Lane: open 7am-9pm
HB-Shelbyville Road: closed for the day
HB-Schnitzelburg: open 8am-4pm
HB-Main Street: closed for the day
HB-Fourth Street: closed for the day
HB-Northfield: closed for the day
HB-Blankenbaker Parkway: closed for the day
Vint: open 8am-4pm

New Year’s Eve – December 31 2014
HB-Longest Ave: open until 9pm
HB-Frankfort Ave: open until 9pm
HB-Chenoweth Lane: open until 6pm
HB-Douglass Loop: open until 9pm
HB-Gardiner Lane: open until 9pm
HB-Shelbyville Road: open until 6pm
HB-Schnitzelburg: open until 9pm
HB-Main Street: open until 3pm
HB-Fourth Street: open until 3pm
HB-Northfield: open until 6pm
HB-Blankenbaker Parkway: open until 6pm
Vint: open until 6pm
New Year’s Day – January 1 2015

HB-Longest Ave: opens at 7am
HB-Frankfort Ave: opens at 7am
HB-Chenoweth Lane: opens at 7am
HB-Douglass Loop: opens at 7am
HB-Gardiner Lane: opens at 7am
HB-Shelbyville Road: opens at 7am
HB-Schnitzelburg: opens at 7am
HB-Main Street: closed for the day
HB-Fourth Street: closed for the day
HB-Northfield: opens at 7am
HB-Blankenbaker Parkway: opens at 7am
Vint: opens at 7am

It’s possible that telling you about listening parties for the Serial podcast is the very reason Consuming Louisville came back to life.

Starting on December 4, Please and Thank You is going to be hosting listening parties in their back room on Thursdays at 9AM. Gather together with fellow devotees to enjoy delicious P&TY hot chocolate, breakfast goodies (or the world’s best chocolate chip cookies) and listen to the latest episode of the most talked about podcast since…ever.

jarritosI think The Ville Taqueria has been open for a couple months now. We only made our way there on Sunday and I’m kicking myself a little for missing out on Mexican food awesomeness in St. Matthews for so long. But made it we did and the report is a very positive one. Located on Westport Road, essentially behind the St. Matthews BBC, The Ville Taqueria makes its home in a building that previously held a frozen yogurt shop and before that a seafood restaurant. Let’s hope this is the business that sticks around and is successful in this location for a long time.

The space is smaller than it looks from outside. There are really only a handful each of tables and booths and ordering is handled at the counter. The menu (PFD) is broken down into styles and fillings. You’ll first choose your style of tacos, burritos, quesadillas or tortas. Essentially these styles represent everything that goes into your burrito/taco/etc that isn’t meat. Then you’ll choose from things like masa crusted tilapia, Dos XX braised brisket or tequila citrus chicken to round out your items. There is a vegetarian option for fillings but it’s a little unexciting. So I ordered a heavily modified burrito (I hate vegetables and thus can never order a vegetarian entree the way it’s described on the menu). I’d happily pay a ridiculous upcharge if they’d make tofu or seitan an option for fillings.

B had both chicken and beef tacos. She raved about the tacos at large and specifically about the tortillas they came wrapped in.

cornThe true highlight of the meal though, for me, was the corn. It’s a whole ear of corn that has been grilled and then slathered with mayo and then sprinked with cotija cheese and chile powder. It’s a sweet, savory, unexpectedly delicious combination. I really really hope they buy a ton of local corn that is super sweet in late summer and have a party to celebrate the awesomeness that corn prepared in the Mexican street food style.

Sidebar: I’ve always seen corn on the cob done in this style called Elote. The Ville Taqueria lists it as Esquite though.

They offer a wide variety of salsas. I’m a pansy when it comes to spicy food so B tried several salsas and told me not to even taste most because I would make a face when my tongue started burning. She liked the ones she tried a great deal. Except the one that was the exact color of Doritos. She wasn’t feeling that one.

The food is cheap. So cheap that we had a metric ton of tacos, burritos, corn and rice for a little over $20. It was a great deal for a really excellent meal.

While The Ville Taqueria doesn’t have fountain Coke Zero (or fountain drinks of any kind for that matter) it does offer Mexican Coke and Jarritos, beer, margaritas and a concoction I’m equally fascinated and horrified by: BourbonRita. You go try that and report back to the class how it is.

The Ville Taqueria
3922 Westport Road
Louisville, Kentucky
(502) 721-TACO (8226) (outstanding job on the phone number)

Let's see if we can have fun with this site again.

Grace has missed you.

Grace has missed you.

Late in 2013 I realized I was burned out with Consuming Louisville. I’d been writing, on a near daily basis, on the site for more than 5 years. I was tired. The grind of the site had surpassed the joy of the site. So I put Consuming Louisville on hiatus in March.

I thought I’d soon revive it as a long form feature site instead of a traditional blog. Something like The Bitter Southerner, except Louisville focused. But, to be honest, I lost interest in that idea pretty quickly. It would have been more work than I had been doing and my heart wasn’t in it. So, if you had asked me in say August, what the future held for Consuming Louisville? I’d have said “Nothing.” But here we are, so what changed?

Since the day I first created Consuming Louisville I’ve felt a responsibility to its mission and its audience. A responsibility to get the word out about cool stuff and to help people find awesome things to buy, eat and do in Louisville. One of the reasons I felt ok with putting the site on hiatus was because Eater had rolled out a Louisville site and was doing a good job sharing information on new restaurants, menu updates, restaurant closings, etc. So it felt like Consuming Louisville wasn’t really needed. But a few months after I shuttered this site Eater decided to abandon Louisville. And since that time I’ve noticed new restaurants coming to my neighborhood that I’ve seen before I heard about. None of the sites that I read have been talking about them (or I’ve missed those posts, a very likely possibility) and none of the foodies that I’m connected with on Twitter or Instagram have been rehashing their visits. This makes me think that there’s once again, perhaps, a need for Consuming Louisville.

But whether or not Louisville needs this site, I need it again. I need an outlet to tell you about the awesome taqueria that B and I had lunch at yesterday. I need a spot to tell you about the Mediterranean place that moved locations and is now delivering in the Highlands. I need a place to note interesting and important events happening soon. I feel compelled to tell you these things. And besides, my wife told me “I want you to start Consuming Louisville back up again.” I’ve been successfully pair bonded for 19 years by doing what my wife wants, I’m not about to stop now.

So welcome back to Consuming Louisville.

I’m still hammering out kinks so if something look wrong or doesn’t behave correctly on the site please let me know. I nuked the database from the previous incarnation of Consuming Louisville so we’re starting completely from scratch. It’s a like a new notebook and fresh pencils on the first day of school.