This story was updated with corrected info about Fried Chicken Throw Down event.
Brandy cocktail tasting at Wine Studio: Kinda short notice, we know, but at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, chef Edward Lee and wine director Ricardo Barillas of 610 Magnolia will partner with Copper & Kings American Brandy Co. for a tasting event at 610 Magnolia Wine Studio — a really neat space if you’ve never been there. Copper & Kings founder Joe Heron and head distiller Brandon O’Daniel will lead a brandy tasting and discuss the new Louisville distillery’s American spirits. They’ll also be making cocktails and serving canapés.
Cost is $40 per person, plus tax and gratuity, and seating is limited. Call 636-0783 to make reservations.
Gettin’ veggie with it! On Monday, Oct. 20, The Mayan Café is hosting vegetarian wine dinner featuring a three-course dinner and four tastes of wines from organic California wineries. Click here to see the menu or trust that whatever chef and co-owner Bruce Ucan serves will be amazing. One of the wineries featured that evening also grows its own organic veggies, which will be shipped to MC for the dinner.
Beast Feast Whole Hog Pickin’: On Wednesday, Oct. 22, Decca is hosting its second annual Whole Hog Pig Pickin’ at 5:30 p.m. Executive chef Annie Pettry will be working in collaboration with pit master Andrew Armstrong of Bourbon Barrel BBQ to smoke a whole heritage-breed hog raised at Woodlands Pork. FWIW, these hogs are truly free-range hogs that live their days in the West Virginia foothills of the Appalachian Forest. Their meat — as far as my palate knows — is unrivaled.
Expect a big ol’ caloric love-in of pork, sides and dessert served family style. The price for grub alone is $39 (steal of the week!), or you can pay $59 to get paired libations from Falls City Beer and Copper & Kings Distillery. (C&KD should bill itself as “The Ubiquitous Brandy.” Not sure I’ve ever witnessed such a well-executed and all-encompassing marketing blitz locally.)
Before dinner, you’re invited to play some corn hole outside, hang with friends by the fire pit and meet the farmers, chefs and the pit master. Make reservations at Opentable.com or call 749-8128.
A second “Shed” under construction: The first Brownie’s “The Shed” Grille & Bar (at 237 Whittington Pkwy.) apparently has pleased enough Shed Heads in the East End to consider cultivating a new crop in the Highlands at 1578 Bardstown Road. That spot last housed Philly Steak & Burger and is located between Cumberland Brewing and Café 360. The spot has seen a few businesses come and go, including Ray’s Monkey House — a name almost as odd as Brownie’s “The Shed” Grille & Bar.
Varanese hosting Constellation Wine Dinner for V Foundation: No shortage of cancer-related fundraisers, is there? That’s good, seeing as there’s no shortage of cancer patients. So on Thursday, Oct. 23, you may want to combine your love of food and wine with your love of suffering humans and get a seat at Varanese for the Constellation Wine Dinner at 6:30 p.m. The six-course fundraiser dinner will include guest speaker Bob Valvano, sports broadcaster, former basketball coach and brother of Jimmy Valvano, the beloved North Carolina State hoops coach for whom the V Foundation is named. Cost of the dinner is $75 per person, plus tax and gratuity, and reservations are required. Call 899-9904 or email [email protected] to make yours. Click here to see the menu.
Our guts are rumbling over Rumplings Slurp Shop: The Courier-Journal recently ran an article in which Louisville chefs were asked what type of restaurants the town lacked, and several said noodle shops. Well, it just so happens that chefs Dustin Staggers and Griffin Paulin, who are still in the thick of just opening Roux Louisville, were already at work to meet that need by opening up Rumplings Slurp Shop in the old Baby D’s Bagels location at 2009 Highland Ave.
As you may assume from the name, the menu will feature Asian noodle bowls and dumplings. Interestingly, it’ll stay open until 5 a.m. daily to serve night owls working late shifts in the hospitality industry. According to its Facebook page, Rumplings should open in early November.