PROFILES

Profiles of Restaurants, Chefs, Restauranteurs, Food Growers, Food Purveyors and more.

Q&A: Coby Ming of Harvest

As a female in a male-dominated field, Chef Coby Ming is used to being underestimated. In fact, she welcomes it. In the variety of places she worked before becoming head chef at Harvest, she says,...

$10 Challenge— Toonerville Deli

I had never eaten a Reuben before I visited Toonerville Deli. As a kid, this type of sandwich intimidated me. Maybe the flavors were too complex for my naïve palate. I wasn’t stuck on...

Pick 3 — The Joy Luck Profile

Joy Luck is a promising new venture at 1285 Bardstown Rd. (taking over the space vacated by Kashmir’s move), that exudes spirit and the vitality of a cross-generational collaboration. Alvin Lee wanted his parents...

Arata Sushi Profile

One of the more recent dedicated sushi bars making a name for itself is Arata Sushi on Louisville’s East side in Prospect. Opened in 2011 by Paras and Detak Tiwari, experienced investors with a...

Chef Q&A: Adam Burress and Chase Mucerino

Adam Burress and Chase Mucerino have literally grown up together in the Louisville restaurant scene. The two chefs met in the culinary program at Sullivan University. Chef Jayson Llewellyn tapped them to work with...

Louis Le Français: A Timeless Take on French Cuisine

Some 4,285 miles east of New Albany, Indiana, lies the French village of Miradoux, where chef Louis Retailleau was born. Set in the agriculturally abundant Gascony region, Miradoux’s landscape is reminiscent of Kentucky or Southern...

Manny & Merle’s: Tony Palombino’s latest brainstorm, adds country funk to Whiskey Row

Tony Palombino is at it again. The dining-concept king who brought fish tacos and potato-topped pizza to Louisville is now serving up “ModMex” cuisine washed down with bourbon and tequila and followed by a chaser...

A profile of Fernando Martinez — whose The Place Downstairs opens this week

Fernando Martinez has the golden touch with restaurants. Here’s why 2014 will be his biggest year yet. It’s December 2013, and Fernando Martinez is weeks away from opening two new restaurants: a taqueria in the...

Restaurant Profile — Al Hamra Halal Mediterranean Buffet & Feast

A Chef-Driven Celebration of Middle Eastern Cuisine in All its Colorful Glory For Louisville-area diners who’ve come to enjoy Arabic cuisine via the menus served at gracious dining venues like The Grape Leaf and welcoming,...

Dragon King’s Daughter

Osaka meets Oaxaca: How a Japanese chef discovered Mexico in Kentucky. The cuisine at Dragon King's Daughter flashes more passports than a Jason Bourne movie. Chef Toki Masabuchi’s dishes, based on Japanese classics, are prone to...