PROFILES

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

Chef Peng S. Looi: The Roots of Success

It is impossible to appreciate the food of Chef Peng S. Looi without knowing a little bit about Malaysia, the Southeast Asian nation that shares land and maritime borders with Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia,...

Game: Adam Burress and Chase Mucerino hunt it down, grind it up and feed...

Burress and Mucerino pair-bonded at Sullivan College ten years ago and worked their way together through kitchens including Blu, Jeff Ruby’s, and Seviche before opening Hammerheads, the popular gourmet-bar-food dive in Germantown. In February —...

Profile: Pho Ba Luu

Saigon Memories Pho Ba Luu owners Jessica Mach and Stewart Davis bring Saigon street food to NuLu with a little touch of motherly love Saigon and Louisville are 9,000 miles apart, but Jessica Mach has found...

Trail Blazer

By creating the Urban Bourbon Trail, the CVB's Stacey Yates helped put Bourbon tourism on the map. These days, Louisville’s Urban Bourbon Trail, a network of 34 establishments that promote and celebrate Bourbon by offering...

Ale: There’s an app for that

Buckhead’s  tablets help make your beer choice better . Human nature often displays a yearning for simpler times — a slower pace of life, fewer worries, and a return to the good old days. Consider how...

The Rise of West Louisville Dining

There is something happening in West Louisville that should interest foodies all over the city. In this issue of Food & Dining we list 21 sit-down restaurants west of Ninth Street, by far the...

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...

Heitzman’s — Going strong after four generations.

It all started in 1891, when her great-granddad, Jacob Heitzman, opened Heitzman’s Bakery. In 1924, her grandfather, Charles, took over. In 1954, her parents took the helm and added a catering division. Fifteen years...

Hip Hops — Gordon Biersch: Still Leading with Lager

Märzen, known as Oktoberfest in its autumnal guise, is an Old World style of lager beer originating in the German state of Bavaria. Talk is cheap, so let’s have a sip — strictly for research...
Fernando Martinez, owner Ole Restaurant Group and El Taco Luchador

Profile — Fernando Martinez of El Taco Luchador and Olé Restaurant Group

Building an Empire Fernando Martinez has built a culinary empire in Louisville with staples like Havana Rumba, Mussel & Burger Bar and El Taco Luchador. Now he wants to expand beyond the city limits. (Originally published...