The Best of Louisville, Kentucky
Concocted by Beverage Director Nic Christiansen, Treasurer to the United States Bartenders' Guild
Only the second time I've had C&W in my life, but definitely the largest I've ever seen. The photo doesn't do its actual size justice, and I'm still asking myself how I polished that cutting board clean.
Delicately prepared local ingredients made up the evening's tasting menu put together by Executive Cheff Annie Pettry, who's passion for quality and technique garnered the attention of New York Magazine, Food Network and Food & Wine Magazine (2014 The People's Best New Chef nominee) to name a few. Fun facts; Pettry can be seen competing on Season 14 of Top Chef on the Bravo network and grew up in Asheville, NC, a few hours from where I currently reside.
80% of the ingredients at Harvest are sourced locally from within 100 mile radius and baked, cured, preserved and smoked in house - just like the trout above.
I had never eaten, much less heard of "burgoo" before, which is a type of rustic meat and vegetable stew. Back in it's time of inception burgoo would be prepared communally, I imagine by way of everyone bringing an ingredient they had available.
This may not be the best dish to illustrate chef's "sophisticated style", but a "hash" by definition is a piling of several ingredients. Take my word for it, it was beautiful on the palette!
I enjoyed my time in Louisville & taking in all that the Kentucky Derby had to offer. The quality and diversity of all the restaurants impressed me, and there are still a few more mentionable one's which there weren't enough meals for. A suggestion for the party-goer, if ever you end up in Louisville, check out 8up rooftop restaurant & lounge, the closest you'll feel to New York City in Louisville. I hope you enjoyed my Best of Louisville, and remember, the locals pronounce it "Loo-uh-ville". Stay tuned for another "Best of" piece in the coming weeks. As always, thank you for reading my blog.
For more local cuisine check out Relais & Chateaux member restaurant, Europea in Montreal.