Although I have sang the praises of many of these restaurants- it doesn’t hurt to have the fine folks at the James Beard Awards agree with my tastes. Maybe they have been reading my blog? Here’s a list of chefs and restaurants that are making Louisville so wonderful:
Congratulations to James Beard semi-finalist Harvest for Best New Restaurant.
Remember when I about melted over their chocolate pumpkin bread pudding with caramel and whipped cream? Maybe this will jog your memory:
Congratulations to the Oakroom at the Seelbach Hilton for the James Beard nomination for Outstanding Service. Although I often focus on the many exciting new restaurants opening up in Louisville, the Oakroom has not only bred numerous great chefs who were inspired to start their own ventures, but they continuously push the envelope with their food. I have fond memories of my very first pecan pie salad with blue cheese ice cream, pumpkin soup with bison sausage, and their melt-in-your mouth ribeye. And of course the service has always been impeccable, which everyone knows is half of the dining experience.
And in the Best Chef Southeast category, congratulations to Seviche’s Anthony Lamas and 610 Magnolia’s Chef Edward Lee. When I first moved to Louisville everyone told me I had to go to Seviche and they were right. From the spicy empanadas, to the gorgeous tuna tacuitos seviche, Chef Anthony brings the Latin thunder. Having received this nomination for the past two years I’m crossing my fingers that this year he can go all the way.
Chef Edward Lee has been in the press lately for getting to the top 4 in Top Chef and he couldn’t have represented Louisville better. Funny, caring, charismatic and honest Chef Lee deserves all of these great food accomplishments. And if his day couldn’t get any better, Greater Louisville Inc. also named Chef Lee as the recipient of the Thomas Edison Award for bringing success to both Louisville and himself. Get info on the awards ceremony and purchase tickets here.
Cheers to all of those nominated for making this city such a great place to live and eat. Now get out there and enjoy the best!