Food and Dining
3:13 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Women Breaking Down Hogs, Beef and the 'Old Boy Network' in Kentucky Butchering Camps

Meet your meat: the pigs on Napoleon Ridge Farm.
Tricia Houston Napoleon Ridge Farm

Single-sex education is a time-honored approach in the traditional classroom, but a workshop in Napoleon, Kentucky, is extending the trend into the kitchen. Grrls Meat Camp will offer a hands-on modern butchery class just for women April 12-14 at Napoleon Ridge Farm, between Louisville and Cincinnati.

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Food and Dining
10:37 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Review: Don't Resist Decca

Decca on East Market Street.
Dana McMahan WFPL News

I resisted going to Decca. Yes, I heard all the swooning, but I wasn't buying it. I blame my stubborn Kentuckian side. We have plenty of good chefs. Plenty! We don't need somebody to come in from California to show us what good food is. We know from good food here.

But I kept hearing about it, and every word I heard was a rave. Curiosity got the better of me and I caved, so my husband Brian and I went for dinner (812 E. Market St.) on a cold weeknight in February. I hoped for a pleasant meal.

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Food and Dining
9:55 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Secrets of a Lonely Planet Writer: How Food Helps a City Land on Top

Eiderdown on Goss Avenue.
Credit Dana McMahan / WFPL News

We’re number one! So says Lonely Planet in their list of top U.S. travel destinations for 2013. The publishing monolith has evidently caught on to what we all already know – that this is a fine place to be. Because I closely follow (and revel in) Louisville’s culinary scene, I give our food and dining a lot of credit for this recognition. But how exactly does a city rise to the top of these lists?

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Food and Dining
3:44 pm
Sat January 12, 2013

Timeline: Former Employees' Complaints Preceded Lynn's Paradise Cafe Closing

A cement lion holds a rope blocking entrance to the Lynn's Paradise Cafe parking lot.
Credit Gabe Bullard / WFPL News

Lynn’s Paradise Café, a Louisville restaurant staple with national recognition, has closed after 22 years.

No official reason has been given for the abrupt closure, but it follows several days of media attention and backlash over new labor policies at the restaurant. The most contentious of those policies, according to several reports, is a requirement for servers to keep $100 in cash on them during each shift to ensure that secondary staff members such as bussers and bartenders receive their share of tips.

Here are the events that preceded the closing:

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Food and Dining
10:41 am
Thu January 3, 2013

REVIEW: Feast BBQ a Candidate for Last, Great Meal

The "Roosevelt" meal at Feast BBQ.
Dana McMahan WFPL News

The last thing you’d eat on Earth—should you have the choice—is a weighty matter. It’s no small decision to pick the food you’d go out on, and I keep a tight rein on my own shortlist. But the list grew by one when I crossed the river to New Albany on a dark December evening to visit Feast BBQ.

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Food and Dining
7:30 am
Thu November 29, 2012

How Prohibition Changed the Cocktail

The Opera is a classic cocktail from the 1920s served at St. Charles Exchange
Dana McMahan WFPL News

It's hard to believe there was a time when it was illegal to produce, sell and ship alcohol. Then again, in some places Prohibition might well have never been repealed. I lived in a dry county (Pulaski) myself, where I had to drive 50 miles to buy wine. The inhumanity! My delight at moving to Louisville, a block from Old Town Liquor, must have been something like the elation tipplers felt on Dec. 5, 1933, when the experiment known as Prohibition was repealed.

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Food and Dining
5:05 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Restaurants Face Uphill Battle for Cardinal Towne Diners

Brian Herbert brianherbert.com

Cardinal Towne seemed like a good location for Papalinos NY Pizzeria to open a second location.

Bolstered by the success of the restaurant’s Baxter Avenue store, co-owner Shelly Hernandez says she and her husband, co-owner Allan Rosenberg, rented a space in Cardinal Towne, a mixed-use development on Cardinal Boulevard. Sandwiched between the University of Louisville Belknap campus and Old Louisville, the location had the potential to draw patrons from two distinct communities. They opened the Cardinal Towne Papalinos store in August 2011.

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