Posts Tagged ‘dining’

Huge crowd on hand for Taste of Derby Festival

Posted by chaska on May 5, 2010

Chefs of Jack Fry's

PHOTO & STORY by STEVE COOMES, freelance food  & restaurant writer

More than 1,000 hungry donors packed Slugger Field’s Hall of Fame Pavilion on April 22 for the Taste of Derby Festival. In its 23rd year, the annual fundraiser for Louisville’s Dare to Care food bank gathered more than 50 local restaurants and beverage providers who donated food and drink for the cause of feeding the area’s hungry. Read the rest of this entry »

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Supper Speakeasy – Dinner in Bloom

Posted by chaska on April 30, 2010

flowers An All Floral Experience
WHEN: Thursday, May 20, 2010   6:30pm
WHERE: New Albany, IN
SPOTS: 40 spots available
COST: $75 per person all inclusive (six courses, wine, welcome cocktail, entertainment, tax and gratuity)
RSVP:  502-287.2772 or click the button below to purchase securely online. Fees will apply to online purchases. Buy Tickets

Spring is here, summer is around the corner and one of the prettiest times of the year is now – and aren’t flowers the best way to celebrate? Join us as we dine and delight on 6 dishes – all utilizing flowers in some way – oils, infusion, ingredients, etc. – all accompanied by wines and cocktails that enhance the experience. We’ll enjoy a cocktail hour starting at 6:30 with live music as well, then move into a delightful dinner at 7:30. The menu, a sample of which is below and prepared by Chef Michael Hargrove, delights the tastebuds and the senses at every turn.

Proceeds for this dinner benefit the local chapter of the MS Society, and as a special treat, 10 lucky guests will have the chance to watch our chefs work their magic first hand as we have an open kitchen at our secret location! Please indicate that you are interested in this as an option when making your reservation. MENU

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Food. Community. Connection.

Posted by chaska on April 24, 2010


FOOD. COMMUNITY. CONNECTION. Bon Vivant Savant is evolving and we couldn’t be more excited. The website you are currently viewing will be changing – radically – in about four weeks. We’ll be posting an image of the new design, just a little temptation for you, just after Derby. And believe me, I think you’ll be excited too. Don’t worry though, our great dining events like the Supper Speakeasy and Wine & Wisdoms aren’t going anywhere. We’re still fully dedicated to our dining club members, but we’re also developing great in-home parties with BVS@Home as well as developing our website into a fully interactive online, lifestyle magazine that will focus not only on Kentuckiana, but will also grow to incorporate Lexington, Northern KY, Cincinnati and the surrounding regions. We’ll bring you the best our community has to offer: food, arts & entertainment, people – all in the vein of living well and living wisely!

Interested in contributing? We’ve got some great contributors lined up already (we’ll be announcing more after Derby), but we’d like to hear from you, our readers. We’re looking for great stories, photos or videos on local life – whatever that means for you.  Want to share your passion for art, music, food, your city, your job, your family, your volunteer work? Great, it’s all about living life to its fullest. Full credit and appropriate links will be given for all content utilized by the site. Contact me directly for more info.


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We’re 2! Let’s celebrate with some fun incentives!

Posted by chaska on April 18, 2010

Bon Vivant is officially two years old! And we have lots of fun ways for you to share and celebrate with us.

Member Incentives:

  • Book any home party with us by June 15 and as the host, you enjoy the party for free! Party must be held by September 1 to qualify. Minimum of 10 people.
  • Attend any Dining Club Event, i.e. Speakeasys or Wine & Wisdoms, between now and the end of June and be entered to win a champagne hot air balloon ride for two. This trip is valued at $375. Drawing will be held during the Speakeasy on June 27th. Couples and singles are both considered one entry.
  • Join us for any Speakeasy from now through June and members pay only $125 for two people. That’s a savings of $25.

Not a member yet? That’s OK. We have great rates and now is the time to join. If you join us by May 1, you’ll be entered for the hot air balloon tip as well – which makes you also eligible for all the great incentives listed above!

Wondering what we have in store for you? Well let me tell you what fun we have planned…

April 20 – Bourbon Barrel Foods Speakeasy with Matt Jamie and chef Michael Hargrove
May 20 – Floral Themed Speakeasy – which will be featured in Food & Dining Magazine’s September Issue
June – Photography Wine & Wisdom with Dan Dry (date TBD)
June 27 – Dark Room Speakeasy with Dan Dry as our special guest and Dallas McGarity of Z’s Fusion as chef.
July 14 – Down & Dirty Blues Wine & Wisdom and Cajun Boil with Big Poppa Stampley
July 24 – Special Movie Event – Pop-Up Drive in of Wizard of Oz with Live Pink Floyd band playing Dark Side of the Moon
July 29 – Rock & Roll Speakeasy with chef Alison Mann
August – Progressive Dining Speakeasy
September – Multimedia Speakeasy

Hope to see you at an event soon!

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April Supper Speakeasy: Bourbon Barrel Foods

Posted by chaska on March 25, 2010

BOURBON BARREL FOODS DINNER
WHEN: Tuesday, April 20, 6:30p
WHERE: As always, only revealed to those who RSVP
CHEF: Michael Hargrove
COST: $75 per person (tax & gratuity included)
WHAT: 6 courses, plus cocktails & wine, upscale non-alcoholic options also available
RSVP: Please call 502.287.2772 or RSVP using the button below. To avoid service charges, please call to make your reservation.

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I’m delighted to announce a delicious dinner which will incorporate all the wonderful ingredients produced by Matt Jamie of Bourbon Barrel Foods. What better way to start off the Derby Celebrations, than with this perfect home grown dinner that has global influences.

The concept behind this dinner is to take cuisines from different parts of the world and use the bourbon barrel foods products to complete the dishes

Reception –SPAIN

Steamed mussels- chorizo white wine and oregano
Bean and rosemary dip
Albondigas de soffritto

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FRANCE
Smoked garlic and country potato soup w/BBF Black pepper creme fraiche

ITALY
Pasta alla carbonara
Eggs, pecorino romano, guanciale and BBF black pepper

VIETNAM
Duck two ways
Sorghum poached breast, Kentuckyaki glazed onions and duck crackling
Duck pho

HUNGARY
Goulash
Beef short rib, braised cabbage, crispy spaetzle, BBF smoked paprika broth

USA
Ice cream trio
Salted caramel/Chocolate soy/Blueberry sorghum

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Wine & Wisdom – Flamenco Dinner at La Catalana

Posted by chaska on January 26, 2010

Our first Wine & Wisdom of the year finds us visiting and enjoying the delightful new Spanish restaurant, La Catalana. If you haven’t discovered this little gem yet (next door to Havana Rumba) you really should consider joining us for an evening of food, fun and flamenco.

The purpose of the Wine & Wisdom is to elevate the traditional wine dinner to the next level and create a full cultural and/or educational experience where the food and drink are more of  an enhancement versus the focus of the overall event.

WHEN: Friday, February 12 6:30pm
WHERE: La Catalana Restaurant, next door to Havana Rumba
COST: $35 + tip for BVS members, $45 + tip for non-members*
*if you join that evening, the $10 event fee will be applied toward your membership fee
Call 502.287.2772 or email for RSVP You may also purchase through the button below which will include a small service charge. BVS members should contact me directly.
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Our evening starts with a conversation with Domino, the owner of La Catalana and will cover the dining traditions of northern Spain. At 7:00, we’ll take over the front of the restaurant for a VIP view of Flamenco Louisville’s performance all while enjoying a delicious dinner of tapas, paella, sangria and more. If you speak Spanish, or have been wanting to practice, this is the evening for you as most of our delightful hosts are all native speakers!

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Tapas:
Huevos rellenos (stuffed eggs with tuna)
Tortilla de Patatas (Potato tortilla/omlette)
Mejillones Tigres (Tiger Mussels)
Berejena a la Parmesana (eggplant parmesan – some of the best I’ve ever had and I’m not a huge eggplant lover!)

Main Course:
Traditional Paella
Black Rice with seafood

Dessert:
Peras al Vino (Pears in Wine)

Pitchers of Sangria and non alcoholic drinks included
Additional wines and cocktails available with special pricing for our event

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Supper Speakeasy to feature Cancer fighting and preventing foods

Posted by chaska on January 15, 2010

COOKING TO FIGHT CANCER
WHEN: Saturday, January 30, 6:30p
WHERE: As always, only revealed to those who RSVP
CHEF: Alison Mann, most recently sous chef to Chef Curtis Stone of TLC’s “Take Home Chef
COST: $75 per person
RSVP: You may either call 502.287.2772 or click on the button below to purchase online. Service charges will apply to online purchases.
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WHAT: All courses focusing on foods to assist in the fight against cancer or assist in prevention! Plus, enjoy the opportunity to hear directly from Kinsey Morrison, 13 yr old cancer survivor recently seen in the Courier-Journal here. More details to develop. Stay tuned. Proceeds to help benefit Gilda’s Club of Louisville.

Enjoy this amazing menu prepared by Chef Alison Mann, while also learning about the benefits of certain foods for fighting and preventing cancer. Alison is a certified nutritionist, and while our menu is not meant as a prescription, we are looking forward to all aspects of healthy living and the nutritional benefits of several foods. This is a first in a quarterly series this year of healthy lifestyle Supper Speakeasys. As always, all courses are paired with wine provided by Bryant Distributing.

Caramelized  onion tart with ricotta, gruyere and arugula garnish

Asparagus Veloute

Tomato Tartare salad with roasted garlic, basil oil and micro greens…possibly bay scallops bound by a chive

Pan-seared whitefish over artichoke puree, tomato lobster buerre blanc and steamed spinach

Blueberry creme brulee with rosemary lemon curd ice cream

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Campo Negro/Finca el Reposo Argentinian Wine Dinner

Posted by chaska on December 10, 2009

Join Tim Stratman of Vanguard wines for a fabulous Argentinian tasting from the Campo Negro and Finca el Reposo portfolios, including the difficult to find Saint Jeannet. Four-course menu will be delightfully prepared by 60 West Bistro in St. Matthews and all wines will be available for purchase and pre-order through 4 Flights Wine Boutique in Norton Commons.

WHAT: Four Course menu tasting with Wine
WHEN: Monday, December 14, 7:00pm
WHERE: 60 West Bistro, St. Matthews, 3939 Shelbyville Rd (by Burdorf’s, the old Bacons for Louisville folks)
COST: $45 + tax and gratuity (this is not a BVS event, so no member pricing)
RSVP: Call the restaurant to reserve your space – (502) 719-9717

Menu:
Saint Jeannet
Ahi Sashimi with Fresh Gari (Marinated Ginger), Daikon Radish, Shoyu Sauce aside Anise Scented Napa Cabbage Slaw

FR Malbec
Ground Brisket and Black Bean Chili served over a Grilled Rosemary Potato Wedge with Roasted Corn Salsa

CN Malbec
Blackened Bone-in center cut Pork Chop with Rich Mole’ served over Roasted Beet Salad, Sautéed Baby Bok Choy, Toasted Sesame Seeds, and Caramelized Red Onion

Cabernet
Blackberry Mousse with Espresso Creme

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It’s a Wonderful Wine & Wisdom Dinner

Posted by chaska on November 7, 2009

wonderful_life_GI_awardAnother favorite is back in full force! This time, we’re giving you a preview of our fabulous mobile wine tastings that have been created by Tom Johnson of Louisville Juice. Join us Monday, November 16, 7pm at L & N Wine Bar and Bistro to enjoy a wine tasting with a twist! Learn about wine through the eyes of a beloved holiday classic and delicious dishes by Chef Rick Adams.

MEMBERS: $35 + gratuity (call for promo code if you purchase online)
GENERAL PUBLIC: $55 + gratuity
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Seating is limited to 24 for this event
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1st course
Three – 1 oz. servings of today’s artisanal cheese selection. Traditional accompaniments.
Served with the Grecco di Tufo & Furst Riesling.

2nd course
Seared Sweetbreads, Capriole Farms goat cheese grits, Benton Farms bacon & whole grain mustard veal reduction, micro greens.
Served with the Protocolo Tempranillo.

3rd course
Duncan Farms Rabbit, swiss chard, celery root puree, bourbon pepper rabbit stock reduction.
Served with Plungerhead Zinfandel & Chono Cabernet

4th course
Classic Crème Brulee
Served with the Ivy Blondia Moscato

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The Dickensian Speakeasy – Even Scrooge himself would be pleased

Posted by chaska on November 7, 2009

FeastPicJoin us on Sunday, December 6, for a traditional Victorian feast with a menu that will delight and surprise, created by Chef Michael Hargrove, sous chef at the Jefferson Club currently and past executive chef at Primo. We will dine on historical goodies (menu is currently being finalized), including roast goose and Christmas Pudding, all while enjoying the beauty of a historical home from the period, a bit of wassail and the lovely singing of local carolers.

Non-Members: If you have not attended a Supper Speakeasy before, you may attend one before becoming a member.

Cost, as always, is $75 per person. Please call 502.287.2772 to reserve your space or click below to pay securely online. You will save $4 per ticket in service charges by calling.

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Cocktails
Fresh Eggnog
Hot Cider
Wassail

Hors d’oeuvres
Sweet and savory scones with clotted cream and young butter
Candied, spiced and roasted nuts
Charcuterie

roast-goose-apple-stuffing-tmMain Course
Roasted goose – Cranberry mustard and Bird gravy
Accompaniments
Mince meat pie
Baked acorn squash
Onion and chestnut dressing
Mashed potatoes
Glazed carrots
Roasted pearl onions  with bay and clove
Braised Greens

Dark Chocolate Buche De Noel

Dessert
Buche De Noel
…and a few surprises

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