Louisville, KY— The Courier Journal Wine & Food Experience original set for Oct. 10 was canceled this year due to COVID-19, like most fall events. But there’s still a way to participate — and support some locally-owned restaurants in the process.
Since restaurants can’t serve up bites of popular dishes in person, this year’s annual food event has been turned into the Courier Journal Wine & Food Experience — TO GO, to encourage guests to go on their own tasting adventure.
From Oct. 9 through Oct. 31, the initiative encourages Louisville diners to order carryout, delivery, or dine in at one of the six participating restaurants: Ciao Ristorante, 1201 Payne St., The Comfy Cow, 2221 Frankfort Ave., Chateau Bourbon, 10630 Meeting St., Red Hog Restaurant & Butcher Shop, 2622 Frankfort Ave., LouVino, 11400 Main St. and 1606 Bardstown Road, and Public House by Against the Grain, 1576 Bardstown Road.
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Then take a picture of your food, receipt, or selfie and upload it to the Courier Journal Wine & Food Experience website for a chance to win gift cards to your favorite restaurants or a grand prize of $1,000.
“Any business is good business right now,” said Public House by Against the Grain co-owner Sam Cruz. “In the grand scheme of things, it’s not a good year for restaurants or bars, and an opportunity to engage with customers at any level is worth it.”
Cruz said he recently lowered the prices at Public House and added new menu items like wings, which seem to be a hit. The restaurant’s specialty is burgers and fries.
The participating restaurants offer a variety of foods from Italian cuisine to Southern small bites to sweet ice cream treats. Though this year’s event features less participating restaurants than last year, each offers a different kind of food to try.
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Last year’s Courier Journal Wine & Food Experience presented by Kroger featured dozens of Kentucky restaurants serving up their best food, wine, beer and spirits. The USA Today Network event was part of a 10-city tour that also included stops in Chicago, Cincinnati and Indianapolis. The 2019 event was headlined by celebrity guest Alex Guarnaschelli, the chef and restaurateur best known as a judge on Food Network’s “Chopped.”
Eighty-nine percent of Wine & Food attendees in the past said they discovered a new restaurant at a Wine & Food Experience event. This year, the challenge is here: find a new one to-go.
For more information and the learn how to enter the $1,000 contest, visit wineandfood.usatoday.com.
Dahlia Ghabour: 502-582-4497; [email protected]; Twitter: @dghabour. Support strong journalism by subscribing today: courier-journal.com/subscribe.
How to enter the Wine & Food Experience TO GO:
Order delivery, carryout, or dine in at one of six participating Wine & Food Experience restaurants. Take a picture of your food, receipt, or selfie and upload it for a chance to win gift cards to your favorite restaurants or a grand prize of $1,000.
Participating 2020 restaurants:
- Ciao Ristorante, 1201 Payne St. 502-690-3532. Delivery available via Grubhub
- Chateau Bourbon, 10630 Meeting St. 502-290-6553.
- The Comfy Cow, 2221 Frankfort Ave. 502-883-4237. Delivery available via Postmates, Grubhub, DoorDash and UberEats
- LouVino, 11400 Main St. and 1606 Bardstown Road. 502-742-1426. Delivery available via Grubhub
- Red Hog Restaurant & Butcher Shop, 2622 Frankfort Ave. 502-890-6976. Call in or order carryout online
- Public House by Against the Grain, 1576 Bardstown Road. 502-409-9866. Call in for carryout
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