Food & Dining

WFPL food writers Ashlee Clark-Thompson and Dana McMahan bring you the best in food news and reviews.


2:51 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

JCPS Students Heading to the Farm to Combat Childhood Obesity

Credit U.S. Agriculture Department

Two Jefferson County Public Schools are getting some help in the fight against childhood obesity.

A $200,000 grant announced Wednesday will help local nonprofit groups The Food Literacy Project and New Roots establish programs in Wellington Elementary and Hazelwood Elementary to educate students and their families about the benefits of a healthy diet,  said Alice Bridges, vice president of Healthy Communities for KentuckyOne Health.

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Food and Dining
12:31 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

What You Need to Know to Find Good Tacos in Louisville

Tacos from El Taco Lucador.
Credit Ashlee Clark Thompson for WFPL News

I never thought I would have to type a sentence like this:

I’m sick of tacos.

It’s a problem I’ve only just confronted as I explored Louisville’s burgeoning taco scene. Casual restaurants in the area have embraced and celebrated the taco so much that it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the options available. But what a wonderful problem for a city to have.

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Local News
9:00 am
Sat October 26, 2013

Mayor Greg Fischer Endorses 'Food Principles' for Louisville

Credit Credit Vassil/Wikimedia Commons

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer on Friday added his name to a list of nearly 50 entities that endorse a project focusing on creating accessibility to healthy food options for residents.

The Louisville Community Food Principles were created by the Leadership Louisville Bingham Fellows Class of 2013 to help direct the community toward a smart food culture by eliminating food deserts, educating the public about nutrition and supporting local sustainably farmed food.

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Local News
12:29 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Kentucky Food Prices Reach All-Time High, Officials Say No Cause For Alarm

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Kentucky food prices are at an all time high, according to the State Farm Bureau’s quarterly marketplace report. But this isn't a cause for concern, says bureau spokesman Dan Smaldone.

“This is one moment. This is one quarter. We’ll see what happens the next quarter. Really, this is most likely just catching up to where the rest of the nation has been for a few more months ahead of us.”

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Food and Dining
11:54 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Derby Pie Maker, Claudia Sanders Dinner House End Trademark Dispute

Derby pie
Credit Creative Commons

A chocolate-nut pie by any other name may be just as sweet, but it won't be a Derby Pie.

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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
11:35 am
Fri February 22, 2013

502 Restaurant Week Begins

A meal at Harvest. Harvest is one of 30 restaurants participating in 502 Restaurant Week.
Edsel Little Flickr

My attempts to save a little extra money for a splurge are usually half-hearted. Just check my savings account. But there’s an envelope on my kitchen table with a trio of Andrew Jacksons reserved for a night out during 502 Restaurant Week. 

City-wide restaurant weeks have cropped up in markets across the country since New York founded a lunch-only (now expanded) restaurant week in 1992. Like similar events in other cities, 502 Restaurant Week gives diners the opportunity to eat at participating upscale establishments for a discounted rate. 

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Food and Dining
11:28 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Archdiocese of Louisville Releases 2013 Lenten Fish Fry Schedule

Credit Jeffreyw / Flickr

 (Update: Looking for the 2014 schedule? Here it is.)

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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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