Free Online Ordering System Now Available for Free to Local Restaurants Monday, Jun 1 2020 

Louisville Web Design Firm

and Food & Dining Magazine Offer Free Online Ordering System to Help Restaurants

Food & Dining Magazine (foodanddine.com)  and Louisville web design firm Mr and Mrs Smith LLC, (mrwebsmith.com) are pleased to announce that they have partnered to create a free custom online restaurant ordering system to assist Louisville’s locally-owned restaurants coping with the coronavirus crisis.

The goal of this free service is plain and simple — to help Louisville restaurants reach and serve their customers in this new and ever-evolving environment.

This a free custom ordering system is designed specifically for the restaurant. It will reside on the restaurant’s own website. The entire process is completely free — no set-up fees, no monthly fees, no service fees, or delivery fees.

As the COVID-19 crisis forced Louisville restaurants to abruptly shift business models toward carryout and delivery both Jason Smith (founder of Mr and Mrs Smith, and designer of F&D‘s website) and John Carlos White (publisher of F&D) grew concerned that many independent restaurants lacked the technical resources and the funds to create an online ordering system tailored to meet this new demand.  In response, Smith set out to create a simple to use carry-out and delivery ordering system that can reside on the restaurant’s own website and easily accessed by customers on either a desktop or a mobile device.

The result is an intuitive ordering virtual menu system. Customers simply choose their items, add them to a cart, and check out. The free system allows restaurants to offer up to 18 menu items and connect the restaurant’s own online merchant for free (for full details see www.mrwebsmith.com/restaurant).

Restaurants can also opt to install additional features, for a fee, beyond the basic service, including offering more than 18 menu items, scheduled orders, delivery area restrictions, text message confirmation systems, daily and time slot limitations.

With the implementation of this free service, Food & Dining Magazine and Mr and Mrs Smith LLC are giving local independent restaurants access to high-quality design and technical support that has previously only been open to larger restaurants and chains.

“I believe delivery and carryout will continue to be a significant portion of a restaurants business well after this crisis has passed,” said White. “Restaurants need to be equipped for the new normal.”

“It is our desire,” said Smith “that our restaurants may once again thrive, both during and after this crisis.”

The One That’s All About Food and Drink — Rusty #347. And a Quiz. And Video Friday, Feb 28 2020 

It might be a good episode of our EatDrinkTalk podcast, currently on hiatus, to have this show featuring Stacy Roof of the Kentucky Restaurant Association and two of the people planning the upcoming Tailspin Ale Fest. Instead, it’s the 347th episode of the city’s longest-running and most interesting podcast, the Rusty Satellite Show.

And it features the second-ever Rusty Satellite NewsQuiz, in which Stacy correctly answered 6 of 11 questions about what’s going on in the ‘Ville. Now that it’s a staple of the show, I invite YOU to come on and/or suggest who we should have take the quiz – featuring its own theme music, borrowed from Jethro Tull.

with Stacy Roof of the KRA

The KRA is an active organization working to lobby legislators to prevent passage of a bill that Mayor Greg Fischer supports that would allow Metro Government to tax our meals. I’m on Stacy’s side, opposing the selection of restaurants to shoulder the burden of raising revenue. But Stacy is also busy promoting Louisville Restaurant Week, in which you are encouraged to try a new restaurant for a special price.

As Akasha Brewing in NuLu, I was among the first to try a special brew featuring raspberry and products from Bourbon Barrel Foods, concocted by head brewer Spencer Guy. He let me in on his career path, that included winning prizes as a home brewer. Tisha Gainey, co-founder of the Tailspin Ale Fest, offers up a lengthy list of pre-Tailspin events designed to get you ready for March 7.

You can also enjoy our video of the interview at Akasha here. Thanks as always to the Eye Care Institute and Heuser Health for sponsoring the show, along with REMAX Properties East, where our studio is located. And remember, if you’re in market for a new home, call me, Rick Redding, at 502-439-6391, and start your search here.

 

 

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Churchill Downs Launches Contest for Kentucky Derby’s First-Ever “Official Menu Taste Tester” Friday, Jan 31 2020 

Winning Derby Party Recipe Will Send One Foodie on a Trip to Louisville to Help Curate the Official Menu of the 146th Kentucky Derby

LOUISVILLE KY (January 28, 2020) — The race for a Triple Crown-worthy foodie is on! Churchill Downs Racetrack announced today its search for one passionate foodie to receive the honorary title of ‘Official Menu Taste Tester of the 146th Kentucky Derby.’ Now through February 12 the first 100 culinary connoisseurs to share their favorite original Derby party recipe will have the chance to join Churchill Downs’ Executive Chef David Danielson in the iconic racetrack’s kitchen to finalize this year’s Official Menu that will be served to thousands. To enter to win, please visit www.kentuckyderby.com/146menucontest.

The winner of this unique gourmet getaway will be awarded a trip to Louisville with a guest in March 2020 to learn the secrets behind Danielson’s Southern specialties, tasting their way through fresh takes on classic Kentucky fare to help select the final dishes for this year’s official Derby menu. The experience also includes dining vouchers to discover Louisville’s best restaurants and tickets to the 146th Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve on May 2, 2020 to see the official menu come to life.

“The Kentucky Derby is more than just the greatest two minutes in sports – it’s a celebration of authentic Kentucky flavors, ingredients and traditions, both at Churchill Downs and across the country as viewers celebrate at home,” said Chef Danielson. “I’m excited to bring in the culinary expertise of a passionate foodie to add a special twist to this year’s menu and our culinary traditions.”

Enthusiastic foodies who are 21 or older and a resident of the 48 contiguous U.S. can enter by completing the online entry form and submitting their favorite original Derby party recipe. Chef Danielson will select the ‘Official Menu Taste Tester’ and winning recipe based on three key “ingredients:” creativity, ease of preparation and consistency with the Derby party theme.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  Contest submission begins on 1/28/2020 at 12:00:01 a.m. ET and ends on 2/12/2020 at 11:59:59 p.m. ET or when 100 submissions have been received, whichever occurs first.  Open only to legal U.S. residents residing in the 48 contiguous U.S. & D.C. who are 21 years of age or older and who have not been convicted of a felony or any crime of moral turpitude or have been prohibited/excluded from gambling in any state or jurisdiction. Transportation to/from the Kentucky Derby in May is the sole responsibility of the winner. See Official Rules at www.kentuckyderby.com/146menucontest for additional eligibility restrictions, prize descriptions/restrictions and complete details. Void in AK, HI and where prohibited.  Sponsor:  Churchill Downs Racetrack, LLC.

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Coming in 2020: Vince Tyra at the Breakfast of Champions Friday, Dec 20 2019 

We are excited to start the New Year with University of Louisville Athletic Director Vince Tyra!

At the January 15th Breakfast of Champions (Wednesday rather than our usual Tuesday), Vince will provide an insider view of the great things happening in UofL Athletics as well as share insights on leading in times of adversity and change.

In addition to a chance to hear from and get to know Vince, the breakfast will offer a great opportunity to mix with other engaged business and community leaders. Don’t miss it!

Wednesday
JANUARY 15
7:30 – 8:30 AM
UofL University Club
200 E Brandeis Ave 40208

$20 at Door
Hot Buffet Breakfast
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About Vince:
Vince Tyra, a Louisville native with strong business credentials, was named the University of Louisville’s Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics and Director of Athletics in March 2018. He served in an interim role leading Cardinal Athletics for six months prior to his appointment.

Tyra (pronounced TIE-ray) has been highly active since assuming his position, using his business acumen, passion for Cardinal Athletics and background in athletics to lead UofL during a period of transition. He has provided leadership while continuing to move the Cardinals forward in all sports, building upon the positive legacy of previous athletics successes, and taking the time to personally reach out to the UofL fan base and donors on multiple fronts.

Prior to coming to UofL, Tyra served as an operating partner for Southfield Capital (based in Greenwich, CT), chairman of the board and interim Chief Executive Officer of Elite Medical (based in Clearwater, FL), corporate advisor for ISCO Industries (based in Louisville, KY), and president of Retail and Activewear for Fruit of the Loom (Bowling Green, KY).

A former standout athlete himself, Tyra graduated from Trinity High School in Louisville in 1984 as the state’s top baseball prospect and was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame. He was a four-year baseball letterman (1985-88) and two-time team captain at the University of Kentucky, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in health administration in 1989.

A long-time supporter of UofL Athletics, his father Charlie Tyra was a consensus All-American at UofL, led the Cardinals to the 1956 National Invitation Tournament Championship and is one of four players with his jersey number (No. 8) retired at UofL.

Tyra and his wife Lori have five children: Sydney, Audrey, Olivia, Spencer and Cooper.

About Breakfast of Champions:
The Breakfast of Champions features an interesting speaker, hot breakfast and great networking with people making things happen in Louisville. Events are held on the second Tuesday of odd-numbered months. The Breakfast is co-hosted by Dick Wilson, Katie Gaughan, Ken Grossman, Rick Redding, Bill Rothballer, and Delene Taylor (Welcome, Delene!)
Copyright © 2019 Breakfast of Champions, All rights reserved.

 

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A Jolly Old Show — Rusty Talks with Zack Pennington and Jeff Stum Friday, Dec 20 2019 

Ho Ho Ho! The Rusty Satellite Show is feeling extra jolly this season, bringing you more of the most interesting people in the ‘Ville. And throughout January, you’ll be hearing the interviews I’m recording this week with politicians, artists, actors and more as I recover from ankle surgery.

Zack Pennignton is already on Rusty’s Wall of Fame

Of course you’re gonna love this show. What is it you think this town really needs? Did you say a karaoke bar? Zack Pennington, the extraordinary entrepreneur who brought you the city’s first axe-throwing venue, is planning a karaoke bar like no other.  So figure out your go-to karaoke song and head down to NoreABar — coming soon to NuLu. Zack has moved to Texas, sort of, but still spends plenty of time here.

We’ve accepted that Kentucky is in the race for last to approve any sort of marijuana legalization, but Jeff Stum is betting on CBD as the next big thing. He’s the man behind Hectare’s, a series of CBD products to give you energy, or help you relax. It’s made from Kentucky hemp, grown on a farm in southern Kentucky. You remember Jeff from his previous appearances here, promoting a Chai Tea (that didn’t make it) and Ballotin Chocolate Whiskey (which is thriving). I caught up with Jeff at Diamond’s Pub & Grub in St. Matthews, and recorded before a live audience of two.

Rusty alumni in the news include GLI boss Kent Oyler, who is stepping down there, and handing things over to Sarah Davasher-Wisdom, a wise pick. And Marc Murphy, Ricky L. Jones and Aaron Yarmuth were among those attending and speaking at an downtown rally called Impeach and Remove, one of hundreds of national events encouraging the removal of Trump.

Jeff Stum and me at Diamonds Pub and Grub

I put consecutive show #337 together at the ReMax Properties East studio, where the Sokoler team was just named one of the top ReMax team in the nation. This podcast is sponsored by my friends at the Eye Care Institute and Heuser Health.

 

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Paristown’s The Village Market is Coming Next Year Friday, Dec 13 2019 

New food and beverage hub will focus on keeping it local

(LOUISVILLE, KY) – The remarkable urban renewal momentum taking place in the historic Village of Paristown continues with the announcement of the addition of a new, Louisville-centric modern food hall and bar called The Village Market.  Slated to open in early Spring 2020, The Village Market will showcase six local restaurant concepts in a casual indoor/outdoor breezy space that also includes an open, oversized bar that will feature a wide variety of spirits, beers, and craft cocktails.

According to Steve Smith, Paristown’s Managing Partner, “The Village Market will be the center of activity in the burgeoning cultural arts and entertainment district.  Our guests will find it a great place to grab a bite before a show at Old Forester’s Paristown Hall, or spend the afternoon hanging out with friends and enjoying a wide variety of local food and drinks.”
The Village Market will be located in the building at 712 Brent Street that currently houses The Café, one of Louisville’s most popular restaurants.  The existing structure will undergo a substantial renovation in order to create an authentic and welcoming aesthetic that perfectly integrates Paristown’s unique outdoor gathering spaces.   In addition, reconfigured kitchen facilities have been designed to foster collaboration and maximize operational efficiency for six different chef-driven food concepts.

As previously announced, The Café will move to its new location just across Brent Street in the four-story building currently undergoing a major historic restoration.  The Café has recently announced that it is now open on Sundays from 9 am – 3 pm and now offers a full bar, including fresh-squeezed juices and handmade cocktails.  After the move to their new Paristown location, they will expand their hours of operation to include breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week.  The Café is expected to relocate to its new home in March 2020, with construction on the current 712 Brent Street building slated to begin immediately after.

After the transformation is complete, The Village Market footprint will be about 9,000 sq. ft., including the outdoor dining area.  “The Village Market will be known as the perfect place for friends, family and colleagues to gather in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere with great, affordable local food and drinks that appeal to every palette,” Smith said.   “Plus, patrons will be delighted to discover a wide array of great local music, artistic performances, art fairs, and even Farmer’s Markets when visiting Paristown’s newest casual dining and social gathering hub,” he added.

Paristown will be known for vibrant and active outdoor spaces that are seasonally programmed to include a wide variety of eclectic offerings designed to appeal to all audiences and all ages.  According to Smith, “Paristown is a place where people from all walks of life can come together to eat, drink, and enjoy an ever-changing array of local arts and crafts fairs or exhibitions, musicians, performance artists, small makers, and even community gatherings that are always authentic and welcoming.”  Old Forester’s Paristown Hall, Stoneware & Co., and Christy’s Garden anchor the cultural arts and entertainment district.  The remaining first phase of development, which includes two major historic restorations, is scheduled to be completed during the first quarter of 2020.

Established in 1854 along Beargrass Creek and just east of downtown Louisville directly off of East Broadway, the historic Village of Paristown is a jumble of workplaces, residences, and local businesses with both a fascinating past and bright future.  The seven-acre area surrounding Brent Street is undergoing a major revitalization that will bring many new jobs and visitors to the area.
For more information, go to: www.paristown.c

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New Rusty — An Eat Your Bourbon Visit; and LHOME’s Awesome Loan Program Thursday, Nov 14 2019 

The Rusty Satellite Show’s consecutive episodes streak, now numbering 332, is not deterred by the host’s various travels. This week, after spending five glorious days in Colorado, your intrepid interviewer returned to learn about a wonderful loan program for immigrants and West End residents, and to visit the almost-open Eat Your Bourbon Marketplace on Frankfort Avenue.

Amy Shir

Matt Jamie says he’s doing all this for the first time — developing a line of bourbon-related food products, promoting a retail store…and now opening a marketplace next door to his retail outlet on Frankfort Avenue, where you can get a drink, sample creations from his cookbook, and purchase items from his expanded line of products. His energetic marketing assistant, Emily Kanisasty, joins in the fun over some Bourbon Smoked Chili Peanuts.

Jamie has even hired a locally-famous chef, Michael Crouch, to keep a continuous line of scrumptious goodies (all made with Eat Your Bourbon ingredients) ready for sampling. The grand opening is Nov. 22, and the first 20 to show up get a free cocktail.

I met Amy Shir a year ago at her office on Berry Boulevard. With the success of her LHOME project, it was time to have her on the show. Shir’s has provided 68 loans since it began two years ago, and all but one have kept to the payback schedule. That’s quite a record considering recipients are mostly people who are turned down by banks — immigrants and people of color from West Louisville. Shir’s program is helping residents pay their property tax, fix up their homes and get the proper credentials for starting a business.

with Emily Kaniasty and Matt Jamie at Eat Your Bourbon Marketplace

On Tuesday, the #1 basketball team in the country, the Kentucky Wildcats, lost to the Purple Aces of Evansville, so I wondered if John Calipari might take a page from Gov. Matt Bevin’s book and claim “irregularities” during the game and refuse to concede. I’m also wondering how Bevin is taking the news that Indiana just boasted of a $92 million month, a 160 percent increase, on money waged through sports betting.  Bevin called that fool’s gold, but I’d sure like to have some of it for Kentucky.

The city’s most interesting and longest-running podcast originates from the REMAX Properties East Studio on Timberwood Circle, which reminds you that it’s always a good time to buy a new home. Call Rick at 502-439-6391 to talk real estate.

The show is also thankful for the generous support it receives from the Eye Care Institute and Heuser Health.

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NuLu Fest Returns Sept. 28 Monday, Sep 23 2019 

Now in its 11th year, the newly expanded festival will take place on September 28th in the 600 – 900 blocks of East Market Street in Downtown, Louisville. NuLu Fest 2019 is presented by Royal’s Hot Chicken, Feast BBQ, and bar Vetti. This year’s event will feature two stages that will ‘book-end’ East Market St, with even more local entertainment and live music throughout the day provided by sonoBLAST! Records.

This year’s lineup includes; Fredrick The Younger, The Fervor, Tyrone Cotton, Tyler Lance Walker Gill, Carly Johnson, Bridge 19, Beware The Images, and a performance from Lincoln Elementary Performing Arts School. Additionally, we will have local DJs playing throughout the day and night starting at 1:30pm in the Green Building Lot. This year’s DJ lineup includes; DJ Joe Dubb, Blythe & Lisa of The Spinsters Union of Louisville, DJ Hi-Def, and Sam Sneed.

NuLu Fest 2019 will also feature expanded offerings of bourbon, beer, and other spirits.

Our Nulu Bourbon Row will feature specialty bourbon bars from Four Roses, Bulleit, and Michter’s.

The Kentucky Guild of Brewers Beer Garden features West Sixth Brewing, Against The Grain, Falls City Beer, Goodwood Brewing Co., Milewide Beer Co., Akasha Brewing Co., and Gordon Biersch.

Other specialty bars include a Nouvelle Bar & Bottle curated wine bar. Rabbit Hole Gin, La Crema Wine, Nulu Tequila, and Tito’s Handmade Vodka will all be offered at our two new Premium Bars located near each stage, in addition to Four Roses Bourbon, West Sixth Brewing Co., and Against The Grain.

Focusing on local and regional original businesses. The festival runs from 11:00am – 11:00am and the family-friendly event as always is free and open to the public. In addition to live music the festival features numerous food and retail booths by local vendors, activities for all ages and a Kid’s Area from 11am until 5pm that will be located on Shelby Street.

There will be an official NuLu Fest After Party at TAJ Louisville following the event.

NuLu Fest is proudly sponsored by those mentioned above as well as; Park Community Credit Union, Jagermeister, Garage Bar, Louisville Downtown Partnership, Red Bull, Louisville Public Media, Jeb Advertising, Smith Creek, Le Leche, Red Tree, WestRock, Sunny Acres Farm, Cityspace Self Storage, and MPerfect.

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Rusty 324 is all about Bourbon..and Beyond, with Ben Sollee and the Bourbon Babe, Carla Carlton Thursday, Sep 19 2019 

It is a special Bourbon and Beyond episode of the Rusty Satellite Show, with both Ben Sollee and Carla Carlton playing a role in the giant event near the Fairgrounds. And with a sunny forecast, we’ll get to experience the full effect we missed last year due to torrential rains.

Sollee was on the show in 2015, before he’d moved to Louisville and settled in to raise a family. Then, as a touring musician, he was intent of having an impact on the environment. As he explains on the show, Sollee has since taken on good causes as a personal mission, and has taken a job with Canopy, which encourages companies throughout the state to be good citizens. He’s also excited about performing this weekend at the big fest — you can catch him Saturday at Noon.

When you christen yourself with a hip nickname — as The Bourbon Babe did many years ago — there’s an expectation of expertise. And Carla Carlton knows bourbon. She’s written books, operates a web site, and is hosting a panel of bourbon experts during a session at Bourbon and Beyond Friday night at 5. You’ll hear how she’s made her mark in the male-dominated culture of bourbon media, all while holding down a real job at Bellarmine.

The news that Rick Pitino settled his $37 million lawsuit against U of L for ZERO in cash was shocking to most who’ve followed the story. And all he got was that the school changed the wording on his departure to – resigned. At REMAX Properties East, there’s some big news. The Rusty Satellite Show sponsor has a change in leadership as Joe Hayden takes over a Broker/Owner from the legendary Harrell Tague.

This Rusty Satellite Show is sponsored by the Eye Care Institute, Passport Health Plan and Heuser Health, along with REMAX Properties East, which provides our state-of-the-art studio. If you’re interested in buying or selling a home, and now is a great time to do so, call Rick Redding at 502-439-6391.

Ben Sollee

The Bourbon Babe, Carla Carlton

 

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Let’s Talk Some Football and Festivals with Gabe Duverge and Doris Sims Thursday, Aug 29 2019 

Are you ready for some football? And are you ready for some of the country’s most spectacular country and rock and roll performers right here in Louisville?

You’ll hear all about both on the city’s longest-running and most interesting podcast. First up, Doris Sims makes a return engagement at the REMAX Properties East studios to talk about three September festivals — Hometown Rising, Bourbon and Beyond and Louder Than Life. We talk about how her employer, Danny Wimmer Presents, doubled down on the ‘Ville despite the disastrous weather that forced cancellation of most of two festivals down along the Ohio River last year. I learn about the new site across the street from the Fairgrounds, and Doris shares some behind-the-scenes stuff about the artists.

The buzz on the University of Louisville football team is decidedly reserved, and I bring in sports expert Gabe Duverge to fill us in on what to expect from new coach Scott Satterfield’s Cardinals. One thing to count on — a lopsided loss at Cardinal Stadium when Notre Dame comes to town Monday night. Duverge, who hosts his own podcast called “What High School Did You Go To?”, has followed U of L athletics closely since his days at Manual High School.

It’s a fun show that I was fortunate to put together on my 59th birthday, just before a round of golf at Glen Oaks Country Club and then a night on the town at Waterfront Wednesday. Thanks to my terrific sponsors for making the show possible: Passport Health Plan, the Eye Care Institute, Heuser Health and of course REMAX Properties East. And if you’re looking to buy or sell in the city’s active real estate market, check out my site for the Sokoler Team, or call me at 502-439-6391,

with Doris Sims

with Gabe Duverge

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