Food & Drink Week

Food & Drink Week
7:50 am
Sun November 24, 2013

Why and How We Might Eat Local for Thanksgiving

Heritage turkeys
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Thanksgiving day will send cooks to kitchens and eaters to table across Louisville and the rest of the U.S. For Richard McCarthy, it's a good reason to not just eat the food, but to think about where each ingredient and dish comes from and what it means to us personally.

McCarthy is the executive director of Slow Food USA, a national network  that supports, in their words, "good, clean and fair food for all." He was recently in Louisville and stopped by the WFPL studio. We talked about why and how Thanksgiving cooks can use local foods in their dishes.

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Food & Drink Week
7:00 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Greg Fischer's Thanksgiving: Family, Community Service and Bourbon-Infused Turkey

Mayor Greg Fischer
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When Thanksgiving rolls around, Mayor Greg Fischer spends part of his day at his grill with the turkey.

It's his specialty, he said, a "rotisserized turkey with a orange juice, bourbon baste underneath of the turkey.

"As the fumes waft into the turkey," he added, "infusing it with a slight Kentucky bourbon taste, it could possibly be the world's best turkey."

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Food & Drink Week
6:52 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Gabe Eggs on Louisville's Urban Chicken Keepers

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Five years ago, urban chickens were something for explorers, pioneers, homesteaders (hippies). Backyard chickens were a novelty. Because even if they were a major household food source, they weren't exactly necessary. The idea of having a personal stake in your private food chain was admirable, but seemed a bit hard.

Today chickens are a fairly average home accessory. So let us now praise famous hens, and the eggs that begat them (and they beget).

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Food & Drink Week
7:00 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Louisville's Chef Edward Lee Plays Catch Up in Celebrating (and Cooking on) Thanksgiving

Edward Lee
Credit Joseph Lord/WFPL News

This is the first story in WFPL's Food & Drink Week. We'll be exploring dining and libations in the Louisville area ahead of Thanksgiving. You'll find new stories here everyday for the next week.

For Thanksgiving cooks, nostalgia can be like the blackened crust burnt onto a pan over years—the same dishes every year, for the sake of tradition.

That's not a problem for Edward Lee, the world-famous chef at Louisville's 610 Magnolia who has appeared on Top Chef, Iron Chef America and more.

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Food and Dining
4:04 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

WFPL's Food & Drink Week Starts Wednesday


This week, WFPL is turning your radio into a cornucopia.

Beginning Wednesday, it's our inaugural Food & Drink Week. In Morning Edition, Here &  Now and All Things Considered, you'll hear stories about Louisville food, drink, farming and eating from the WFPL Newsroom. Highlights include an oral history of bourbon, a profile of Old Forrester, a look at how urban chicken keeping has become a bit mundane and holiday memories and recipes from Edward Lee, Mayor Greg Fischer and others.

And we'll have your favorite holiday specials on Thanksgiving:

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