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Porkland BBQ in the Portland Neighborhood of Louisville, KY

Celebrate National BBQ Day at Porkland BBQ In Louisville, KY

Hey, y’all! Tomorrow, May 16th, is #NationalBBQDay — if that ain’t a reason to celebrate, I’ve never heard of one!

While there is a plethora of BBQ in the city, I urge you to visit my friends at Porkland BBQ. Located in the Portland Neighborhood in the West End, Porkland is a destination in and of itself. The restaurant is very large and is the perfect place to meet friends, eat with family, and enjoy community.

Housed on 26th and St. Cecilia, Porkland started as a Friday Fish Fry. The crowds proved that they were on to something, for each fish fry proved to be a bigger success than the last! The original fish now resides on the daily menu at Porkland and I’m definitely ordering it on my next visit — from what I’ve heard, it’s Write Your MeeMaw Good!

At Porkland, you’ll find all of your favorites — pulled pork, pulled chicken, round steak, rib tips, macaroni and cheese, potato salad, and more. The portions are hearty and the price point is low; I know you’ll be pleased!

Pulled Pork At Porkland BBQ in the Portland Neighborhood of Louisville, KY

Rib Tips At Porkland BBQ in the Portland Neighborhood of Louisville, KY

Other highlights of the menu include the “Churched Up Tater Tots”, which features deep-fried tater tots smothered in nacho cheese, pulled pork or chicken, and sautéed onions; oh, and they have a Louisville classic – rolled oysters!

Rolled oysters are one of my absolute favorite foods – and to be honest, they are hard to find! Porkland’s take on the dish garnered two thumbs up from me!

Rolled Oysters At Porkland BBQ in the Portland Neighborhood of Louisville, KY

So, you want delicious food — that in and of itself should be enough to make you want to visit my friends at Porkland BBQ. That said, there’s more — it’s a restaurant with a mission!

All proceeds go back into the Portland Community, as the restaurant is a part of local nonprofit Love City Inc. I got to sit down and have lunch with one of the owners during my visit and the passion and hard work that goes into Portland was palpable. It was inspiring!

They claim to be a restaurant for the community by the community – and y’all, I can assure you that they stand up to their words.

Visit Porkland BBQ:

2519 St Cecilia St, Louisville, KY 40212

…and be sure to tell them that I sent ya!

Porkland BBQ in the Portland Neighborhood of Louisville, KY

As always: Happy Eating, Happy Traveling, Happy Living!

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

My best,

JC

FTC: This is not a commissioned post; as always, all expressed opinions are my own.

Honey Chicken Mac and Cheese from Back Home Restaurant in Elizabethtown, KY

A Culinary Exploration of Elizabethtown, Kentucky

Hey, y’all!

It’s no secret by now that I love to explore the food scene in every nook and cranny of our state. My most recent trip took me to nearby Elizabethtown, Kentucky — an area that I have visited several times, yet one that I wanted to learn more about.

Just a short drive from my home in Louisville, KY, Elizabethtown is a fantastic day-trip location just south of the city on I65. From a very charming downtown, to fabulous boutiques, to southern food, to delicious cocktails — Elizabethtown embodies all that I love about the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

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There’s no better place to start off your morning than Vibe Coffee. Appropriately named, you’ll love the atmosphere as soon as you walk in. It’s cozy, welcoming, and the perfect meeting place for friends and colleagues.

JC Phelps (JCP Eats) at Vibe Coffee In Elizabethtown KY

After sharing some home-roasted coffee beans with a friend in 2011, the owners were inspired to grow the art of coffee in Elizabethtown. They knew that the community needed a gathering place that featured cutting edge brewing techniques and speciality coffee. Two years later, the opportunity presented itself to put in a shop in a historic building downtown; the building was previously the home of the Town and Country Dress Shop for almost half of a century. I love what the owners have done to the space, yet it was clear that a respect for the historical charm remains – which, in my eyes, is something to celebrate.

I had to try both an iced vanilla latte (my classic ordered) and an iced matcha; both were absolutely delicious!

Feel free to also come to Vibe with an appetite — they serve up waffles, homemade pastries, and delicious açaí bowls (my favorite – and my choice!), all while using as many local and organic ingredients as possible.

Acai Bowl at Vibe Coffee In Elizabethtown KY

Visit Vibe Coffee:

34 Public Square, Elizabethtown, KY 42701

After breakfast and coffee, be sure to check out the many boutiques and shops in downtown Elizabethtown. You’ll be delighted — I know that I was — at the vast selection. Needless to say, I came home with a few (read: several) shopping bags.

When you’re ready for lunch, head on over to visit the Back Home Restaurant. As the name suggests, the food is very reminiscent of back home in the south. Upon seeing the menu, you’ll find Kentucky favorites + a plethora of recipes that celebrate life south of the Mason-Dixon Line.

Located in a gorgeous old home, Back Home Restaurant is a bipartite stop: it’s a full-service restaurant with an attached boutique. Their history spans back to almost 30 years ago to Linda and Tommy Fulkerson; the tradition is now being carried on by their daughter, Lori (along with her husband, Steve).

Back Home Restaurant In Elizabethtown, KY

I had to start my meal with the Sweet Onion Soufflé — a homemade Vidalia onion dip, served with tortilla chips. The dip was creamy and rich, quickly becoming a new favorite for me. I’ll definitely try to recreate it here on the blog for y’all!

As for my main course, I couldn’t resist the Honey Chicken Mac-and-Cheese. Chicken tenders tossed in honey, on top of baked mac-and-cheese, loaded with bacon. I mean — how can you go wrong with that, y’all?

Honey Chicken Mac and Cheese from Back Home Restaurant in Elizabethtown, KY

Visit Back Home Restaurant:

251 West Dixie Avenue, Elizabethtown KY, 42701

Post-lunch, feel free to check out many of the other attractions in town: the Brown Pusey House & Gardens, the State Theater, Denizen Plant Shop, the Herb & Olive Market, Freeman Lake Park, or the fabulous Elizabethtown Sports Park — to merely name a few destinations (more on that in a future post).

After exploring all that Hardin County has to offer, relax with a cold one from Flywheel Brewing. The team at Flywheel believes in the power of high-quality, local craft beers. Upon walking in, you’ll feel right at home in the bar, which is welcoming, open, and bright. You’ll also find a beer on tap that appeals to every palate. I was delighted to find a couple sour beers, which are my current favorites.

Whether you are looking for live music, beer yoga, or a place to relax after work, Flywheel Brewing is the place for you!

Visit Flywheel Brewing:

218 S Mulberry St. Suite 103, Elizabethtown, KY 42701.

Looking for a unique dinner spot? Look no further than the Wicked Eye Woman! With a gastropub feel, the staff at the Wicked Eye Woman brings English Pub food with a southern twist. An oasis of comfort food, the menu is very large and has something for any diner. Come hungry — the food is quite heavy, though as I am sure y’all know by now, there are no complaints here on that end!

To start, I ventured into the lighter side of the menu with the Grilled Tomato, Basil, and Feta salad. Note: it’s quite large and could easy be a meal; that said, I enjoyed snacking on it and it was a great start to the meal.

For my main course, the Brisket Melt was calling my name. The sourdough sandwich has smoked brisket and cheddar, which is beautifully grilled and delightfully composed. The brisket was tender and oh-so-juicy; quite literally, this sandwich was a dream.

As for a side, look no further than the smothered wicked fries, which feature the restaurant’s rarebit cheese, bacon, and sour cream. I’m not going to understate, y’all — this was my favorite thing that I consumed all day. For those that are not familiar, rarebit cheese is a Welsh delicacy.

I also had to sample the shrimp and grits, which pack a slight spicy punch. They were divine!

Shrimp and Grits at The Wicked Eye Woman In Elizabethtown, KY

Visit the Wicked Eye Woman:

133 West Dixie Avenue, Elizabethtown, KY 42701.

After a fabulous day of food, it was time for a nightcap – thus, we headed over to the Bourbon Barrel Tavern, which is conveniently located downtown near the square. Featuring a huge selection of bourbon, there will be a libation to provide a Kentucky Hug that is sure to delight any palate. Not a bourbon drinker? They have a large selection of craft beer — and if you love live music, be sure to check them out on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights!

JC Phelps (JCP Eats) at Bourbon Barrel Tavern In Elizabethtown KY

I ended the night with a bourbon + Ale-8-One cocktail. It doesn’t get more Kentucky than that! If you are looking for a mixer for a bourbon cocktail, the ginger profile of Ale-8-One pairs perfectly. Trust me on that one, y’all.

Visit the Bourbon Barrel Tavern:

110 W Dixie Ave, Elizabethtown, KY 42701

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Elizabethtown, Kentucky is a gem of our state — and if you are looking for a perfect getaway in the Commonwealth, look no further!

Adventure awaits — what are you waiting for, y’all?

To keep up with all things in Elizabethtown, visit the website of the Tourism and Convention Bureau and follow them on Instagram!

As always: Happy Eating, Happy Traveling, Happy Living!

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

My best,

JC

FTC: This is a commissioned post; however, as always, all opinions are my own.

The Barrel Room In Shelbyville, KY

Have A Drink In Downtown Shelbyville At The Barrel Room

Hey, y’all!

It should come as no surprise that I love Shelbyville, KY; evidence can be found here, here, here, here, and here!

There’s plenty to do in the American Saddlebred Capital of the World — and apart from the horse farms, many of my favorite things are located on Main Street. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: a robust, active, small town downtown has a charm that cannot be beat. That is, to understate, one of my favorite things about Shelby County, Kentucky.

If you’re downtown, you’ll be greeted by a plethora of photo opportunities, Kentucky history, restaurants, shops, and so much more. After a full day on the town, I’m proud to let y’all know about the perfect place to relax afterwards: the Barrel Room!

JC Phelps (JCP Eats) At The Barrel Room In Shelbyville, KY

The Barrel Room In Shelbyville, KY

The Barrel Room is the newest addition to the downtown scene; the brainchild and second location of the Old Louisville Brewery, it has brought an even deeper sense of community to Shelbyville.

With very few options like the Barrel Room in Shelby County, the Barrel Room is setting the stage for even more growth and expansion for the county – and as a frequent visitor, that excites me very much! Owner Wade Mattingly understood that there weren’t many pub options in the Central Kentucky oasis, which serves as a meeting point between Lexington and Louisville. Thus, he decided to fill the void!

I believe in our Commonwealth, its people, and of course, our food scene. It takes movers and shakers – along with ambitious counties like Shelby County – to keep the ball rolling for us. That’s why I was especially elated to be invited to the Barrel Room to check out all that they have to offer.

With around 17-18 beers on tap, there is a choice for all palates. Want a Horchata Milk Porter? A Cranberry Citrus Cider? Oh, what about a Belgravia Blonde Ale? Surely you’d want a Derby Double Dry Hopped IPA… and don’t get me started on that delicious Dunkel!

Another one of my favorite parts is that you can grab a delicious to-go meal in Downtown Shelbyville (we had Mexican food!) and enjoy it inside the Barrel Room with your drinks; another option is to order for delivery with Bell House Restaurant while there! How convenient is that?

The Barrel Room In Shelbyville, KY

All of these – and so much more – can currently be found on tap at the Barrel Room. With a rotating menu, you can see what is currently being poured here.

JC Phelps (JCP Eats) At The Barrel Room In Shelbyville, KY

Not a beer drinker? Well, it is Kentucky after all! Be sure to enjoy their bourbon selection, which is sure to delight all who desire that Kentucky Hug from their libation!

Not planning your next visit to Shelby County, KY? Y’all, what are you waiting for! Adventure awaits — and I know that you’ll be delighted by all there is to see, do, eat, and drink in this community.

As always: Happy Eating, Happy Traveling, Happy Living!

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

My best,

JC

FTC: This is a commissioned post; however, as always, all opinions are my own.

Kentucky Mint Julep by JCP Eats (JC Phelps)

How To Make The Iconic Mint Julep This Derby Season With Four Roses Bourbon

Hey, y’all!

I hope you are well — and that you getting some rest for the upcoming week! It’s going to be one for the books. There’s nothing quite like the Run for the Roses and I am, especially this time of year, immensely proud to be a Kentuckian.

The Derby, to me, signifies tradition.

If you’ve been to Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby, chances are you’ve indulged in one (or two!) Mint Juleps. The iconic bourbon cocktail is a celebrated piece of southern culture — and one that I take very seriously.

Kentucky Mint Julep by JCP Eats (JC Phelps)

The Mint Julep has been the official drink of the Kentucky Derby since 1938, though its history is much more expansive. It was first mentioned in print in 1803; It’s also said that KY Senator Henry Clay made the drink popular in Washington, D.C. at the Round Robin Bar around 1850.

The notoriety doesn’t end there, either — many presidents have fancied the Mint Julep and many writers have made them popular in their works, such as novelists Margaret Mitchell and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

The Clovers paid tribute to the drink in “One Mint Julep” and Ray Charles took the song to the top of the charts about a decade later. I also love to listen to “Julep” by the Punch Brothers.

Kentucky Mint Julep by JCP Eats (JC Phelps)

Kentucky Mint Julep by JCP Eats (JC Phelps)

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To quote the iconic song by the Clovers:

“A mint julep, a mint julep
One mint julep was the cause of it all…”

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It isn’t Derby season (or spring/summer) without a Mint Julep, y’all. You can have one at the track, or you can make it at home. If you opt to have it at home, please enjoy this recipe — it is SO easy and absolutely irresistible! Your next party will be a hit if you serve these, I promise you.

Kentucky Mint Julep by JCP Eats (JC Phelps)

Kentucky Mint Julep by JCP Eats (JC Phelps)

The Kentucky Mint Julep With Four Roses Bourbon

Ingredients:

2.5 oz. Four Roses Bourbon

4-5 Mint Leaves

3/4 oz. Simple Syrup

Crushed Ice

Directions:

  1. Pour simple syrup into a Derby glass.
  2. Add mint leaves and muddle to extract the flavor.
  3. Fill cup with crushed ice (almost to the top).
  4. Add Four Roses Bourbon.
  5. Stir and enjoy!

Now, won’t you sit down on the porch, stay awhile, and share a julep with me? You bring the conversation, I’ll bring the cocktails!

As always: Happy Eating, Happy Traveling, Happy Living!

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

My best,

JC

FTC: This is a sponsored post; however, as always, all opinions expressed are my own.

The Perfect KY Derby Party Menu

The Perfect Kentucky Derby Party Menu

Hey, y’all!

It’s Derby Season. Saying that arouses many emotions: I’m in disbelief that it is here, I am nervous because I am not ready, but more than anything, I am excited with every ounce of my being.

There’s no better time to be a Kentuckian. The best two minutes in sports each year, without doubt. The dresses, hats, heels, suits… it’s so glamorous! If you haven’t attended the Kentucky Derby, or visited Churchill Downs, put it on your bucket list!

I would argue that this is the best time to throw a party – and any great Derby Party menu should feature Kentucky delicacies! To help you do so, I’m teaming up with my friends at Kroger to share some of my foolproof, most reliable recipes!

Decor

While the menu is of utmost importance, don’t forget about the decor! I was very impressed with the selection of Derby-themed items at my Local Kroger. I chose to pick up a Derby Flag, an adorable horse + jockey, Julep Cups, Lily Glasses, and of course, red roses!

Kentucky Derby Party Decor -- JCP Eats

Cocktails

First and foremost, no Derby Party can happen without a Build-Your-Own Mint Julep Bar. The Punch Brothers said it best — “Heaven is a julep on the porch.” After having juleps on the porch of my new house with those that mean the most to me, I can attest to the validity of that statement.

Homemade Mint Juleps With Four Roses Bourbon - JCP Eats

Homemade Mint Juleps With Four Roses Bourbon - JCP Eats

The Kentucky Mint Julep

Ingredients:

2.5 oz. Four Roses Bourbon

4-5 Mint Leaves

3/4 oz. Simple Syrup

Crushed Ice

Directions:

  1. Pour simple syrup into a Derby glass.
  2. Add mint leaves and muddle to extract the flavor.
  3. Fill cup with crushed ice (almost to the top).
  4. Add Four Roses Bourbon.
  5. Stir and enjoy!

If you don’t like Mint Juleps (we can still be friends, y’all!), you’ll probably be a fan of the drink of the Kentucky Oaks, which is Friday at the track: the Oaks Lily. To host the ultimate Derby Party, I definitely recommend serving both cocktails. The best part? You can make the Lily ahead of time (and double, triple, quadruple the recipe!) to save yourself some stress during the event!

Kentucky Oaks Lily Cocktail - JCP Eats

Kentucky Derby Party - JCP Eats

The Finlandia® Oaks Lily®

Ingredients:

1.5 oz Finlandia Vodka

1 oz. Lemonade

.25 oz Triple Sec

3 oz. Cranberry Juice

Blackberries

Crushed Ice

Directions:

  1. Mix vodka, lemonade, triple sec, and cranberry juice together.
  2. Pour over a glass of crushed ice.
  3. Stir and enjoy (plus, if you like, add a blackberry or two into the drink)!

Appetizers

Since the Kentucky Derby is the most quintessential event in the Commonwealth, the menu should reflect the heritage of our state. Thus, I chose to make some tried and true favorites, along with some dishes inspired by our amazing culinary scene!

Homemade Spinach Dip - JCP Eats

Homemade Spinach Dip - JCP Eats

The World's Easiest Spinach Dip

Ingredients:

10 oz frozen spinach, cooked and drained

16 oz. sour cream

1 oz. packet of dry ranch mix

1 circular loaf of King’s Hawaiian Bread

Directions:

  1. Cook frozen spinach according to directions on bag; drain until all juice is gone.
  2. Combine spinach, sour cream, and dry ranch mix; stir until fully combined.
  3. Refrigerate spinach dip.
  4. When ready to serve, remove the top and middle parts of the King’s Hawaiian Bread. Using the center as a bowl, scoop spinach dip into the bread and use removed hunks for dipping.
  5. Enjoy!

It doesn’t get much more Kentucky than country ham — and these elevated sliders, which feature an orange fig spread, are simply irresistible!

Pro tip: you can get sliced country ham at the deli in your local Kroger. It saves SO much time and it is just as good as preparing a whole ham yourself; plus, you’ll have less waste!

Country Ham Sliders - JCP Eats

Country Ham + Orange Fig Marmalade Biscuit Sliders

Ingredients:

1 package of frozen tea biscuits

1 lb. country ham

1 jar of Dalmatia Orange Fig Spread

Directions:

  1. Bake tea biscuits according to the directions listed on the bag.
  2. After letting biscuits cool, slice through the middle.
  3. Spread Dalmatia Orange Fig Spread on both sides of the biscuit.
  4. Place country ham between the biscuit halves, combining the top and bottom sections.
  5. Enjoy!

My favorite food that originated in Louisville is, without hesitation, benedictine. It would be a travesty to have a Derby party without it! Invented by Jennie Carter Benedict near the beginning of the 20th century, benedictine has delighted Louisville (and southern!) diners for decades.

I usually serve mine in sandwich form with bacon; isn’t everything better with a little bacon, y’all?

Homemade Benedictine and Bacon Sliders - JCP Eats

Homemade Benedictine and Bacon Sliders - JCP Eats

Homemade Benedictine and Bacon Sliders - JCP Eats

Bacon + Benedictine Yeast Roll Sliders

Ingredients:

1 package of Sister Schubert Park House-Style Frozen Yeast Rolls

1 package of bacon (I love the Private Selection brand at Kroger)

1.5 medium cucumbers (peeled, seeds removed, finely diced)

1 Vidalia onion (finely diced)

8 oz. cream cheese, softened

Salt, to taste

1-2 dashes of hot sauce

2-3 drops of green food coloring

Directions:

  1. Cook Sister Schubert rolls according to the directions on the package. After cooled, slice an opening in the middle.
  2. Prepare bacon according to preference (I prefer to cook it in the oven). Once cooled, chop it into small pieces.
  3. Slice cucumbers in half, peel, remove all seeds, and finely dice.
  4. Finely dice the Vidalia onion.
  5. In a mixing bowl, combine diced cucumber, onion, cream cheese, salt, hot sauce, and green food coloring until well-combined.
  6. Scoop benedictine spread in the middle of the Sister Schubert roll, topping with bacon crumbles.
  7. Enjoy – I promise that these will be a hit!

Main Course

Does it get more iconic than a Kentucky Hot Brown? Brilliantly created by Chef Fred Schmidt of the Brown Hotel in the 1920’s, the Hot Brown was originally made to feed the huge crowds of dancers and party-goers that visited the landmark hotel. It was heavy, filling, and immediately became iconic.

Once you have a bite, you’ll understand why.

To create the Hot Brown for my Derby Dinner Party, I chose to use the original recipe provided by the Brown Hotel. All credit goes to the Brown. I made very few modifications: I used peppered turkey breast as the meat, topped the dish with crumbled bacon instead of full slices, changed the layout/quantity of bread, and baked multiple hot browns together (casserole style) in a baking dish. This made mass preparation for a party much easier!

PS — this recipe, like all of the others previously mentioned, can easily be multiplied!

Homemade Hot Brown - JCP Eats

The Iconic Kentucky Hot Brown

(inspiration credit: the Brown Hotel)

Ingredients (yield: 2 hot browns):

2 oz. butter

2 oz. all-purpose flour

8 oz. heavy cream

8 oz. whole milk

1/2 c. Pecorino Romano, grated (extra tbsp. for garnish)

2-4 slices of peppered turkey breast from the deli (thinly sliced)

2 slices of Texas Toast

4 slices of bacon, cooked and chopped (if desired)

2 thick slices of Roma tomato

Salt, to taste

Pepper, to taste

Nutmeg, to taste

Paprika, to taste

Parsley, chopped for garnish

Directions:

Mornay Sauce:

  1. Melt the butter and slowly whisk in the flour to create a roux.
  2. Cook roux for an additional minute over medium heat, stirring constantly.
  3. Pour the heavy cream and whole milk into the roux, whisking until the cream begins to simmer (around 3 minutes).
  4. Remove sauce from the heat and whisk in the Pecorino Romano. It is finished when the Mornay sauce is smooth.
  5. Add salt, pepper, and nutmeg to taste.

Preparation:

  1. Cook bacon according to preference ( I prefer to cook it in the oven). Leave bacon in full slices if you want to go the traditional route; chop if you prefer to crumble it on top, like I do.
  2. Trim the crust off of the Texas Toast & broil on high in the oven until fully toasted.

Construction:

  1. Spray a baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Layer Texas Toast in a baking dish, covering each with 2-4 slices of turkey.
  3. Pour the Mornay sauce in the dish, covering the toast.
  4. Top with a slice of Roma tomato and sprinkle additional Pecorino Romano on top of the dish.
  5. Broil until the cheese browns.
  6. Remove from oven, top with bacon, paprika, and parsley.
  7. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Dessert

There is no dessert more fit for the Kentucky Derby than the signature Derby Pie from Kern’s Kitchen. Created in 1954, it has been hand-crafted and enjoyed by Kentuckians (and world wide) for decades. The official pie of the Kentucky Derby, the recipe is a secret – however, it is publicly known that it is downright delicious!

The chocolate nut pie is sweet, rich, and is sure to please a crowd – and it can be picked up at your local Kroger!

Kentucky Derby Party Derby Pie Kern's Kitchen-- JCP Eats

Kentucky Derby Party Derby Pie Kern's Kitchen-- JCP Eats

You have the decor, the cocktails, the appetizers, the main course, and the dessert. The only thing left? Your friends! All of these dishes are best enjoyed when shared with those that you love.

Kentucky — and Derby — spirit is meant to be shared; I am so grateful that some of my nearest and dearest friends joined me for this fine occasion!

My first dinner party at my new house will be one that I will not forget.

Kentucky Derby Party - JCP Eats

Kentucky Derby Party - JCP Eats

Kentucky Derby Party - JCP Eats

Kentucky Derby Party - JCP Eats

Kentucky Derby Party - JCP Eats

All of items mentioned – from the food, to the alcohol, to the decor – I found at my local Kroger + Kroger Wine/Spirits Store.

I love Kroger because it is truly a one-stop shop; for that, I – and any host/hostess – am forever grateful.

As always: Happy Eating, Happy Traveling, Happy Living!

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

My best,

JC

FTC: This is a sponsored post; however, as always, all opinions are my own.

Poke Bowl In Louisville KY - Porch Kitchen & Bar

Southern Food In Louisville: Porch Kitchen & Bar

Hey, y’all!

Nestled in Downtown Louisville is a fantastic oasis of southern food — one that is not to be missed. On plates at Porch Kitchen & Bar, you’ll find elevated comfort food, classics, and southern flair; in your glass, you’ll find craft cocktails with great liquors, fresh herbs, and delectable profiles.

Porch Kitchen & Bar sees itself as a destination, as the front porch is for many (especially for us south of the Mason-Dixon). The name comes from the cultural significance of the American porch: the neighborhood’s living room, a place to pass time, and a place to connect people.

I love that notion, y’all — isn’t that what food does for all of us?

Upon entering, you’ll in be in awe of how gorgeous the space is; sit down, have a drink, stay for a while, and prepare your palate for a fabulous meal.

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I was recently invited to sample some of their menu. My good friend Jackie joined me; to understate, it was a fabulous evening of great food and friendship. We left already planning our next visit!

What We Ordered:

You must start your meal with a cocktail. If you’re a bourbon aficionado, you’ll love the selection — Jackie started her meal with an old fashioned. She then proceeded to order a second, if that’s any inclination as to how good it was.

JC Phelps, JCP Eats, at Porch Kitchen and Bar in Downtown Louisville

Cocktails at at Porch Kitchen and Bar, Downtown Louisville, KY

JC Phelps, JCP Eats, at Porch Kitchen and Bar in Downtown Louisville

The Porch Kitchen & Bar is famous for their Lump Crab Hush Puppies. An elevated classic, which you know that I love. The addition of crab is, dare I say, genius.

Lump Crab Hush Puppies at Porch Kitchen and Bar, Downtown Louisville, KY

If there’s a tuna poke bowl on the menu, I want it. Their Spicy Tuna Poke Bowl features tuna, baby bell pepper, cucumber, snap peas, toasted sesame seeds, and a fabulous ginger dressing.

Tuna poke bowl at Porch Kitchen and Bar, Downtown Louisville, KY

The best thing that I tried on the menu, hands down, was the Smoked Beef & Cheddar, which features chopped beef brisket, sharp cheddar, and spicy BBQ sauce. It was SO delicious — I’ve been craving it, y’all.

Smoked Beef and Cheddar at Porch Kitchen and Bar, Downtown Louisville, KY

Of course, we had to have dessert. We ordered the “Everything” Cake Doughnuts, which has a build-your-own concept. Jackie loved it — and if you are a hands-on diner, this is a dessert for you.

The other dessert, my favorite, was the Warm Butter Bourbon Cake, which has French vanilla ice cream and candied pecans. It was a perfect end to a fabulous meal!

"Everything" Cake Donuts at Porch Kitchen and Bar, Downtown Louisville, KY

Dessert at Porch Kitchen and Bar, Downtown Louisville, KY

You can visit my friends at Porch Kitchen & Bar at 280 W Jefferson St., Louisville, Kentucky 40202. Tell ’em that I sent ya!

As always: Happy Eating, Happy Traveling, Happy Living!

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

My best,

JC

FTC: This is a sponsored post; however, as always, all opinions are my own.

Four Roses Peach Rose Cocktail - Kentucky Bourbon Summer and Spring Cocktails JCP Eats

A Refreshing Four Roses Bourbon Cocktail For Kentucky Derby Season: The Peach Rose

Hey, y’all!

Did you attend Bourbonville last night at the Louisville Palace? A new event added to the Kentucky Derby Festival, it was designed to allow individuals that have a deep respect for our Commonwealth’s nectar — bourbon aficionados — to mix, mingle, and enjoy speciality cocktails. The event invited guests to taste signature drinks from Kentucky distilleries, enjoy Bourbon-inspired cuisine, and meet the Master Distillers.

My friends at Four Roses featured a delicious cocktail that I know y’all will love. I posted it over on my Instagram page, but wanted to share here on the blog, too. Perfect for the spring + summer, I think that this would be a lovely cocktail to serve at a Kentucky Derby Party!

Easy to make and delicious, it is sure to please a crowd. Thank me later, y’all!

Four Roses Peach Rose Cocktail - Kentucky Bourbon Summer and Spring Cocktails JCP Eats

Four Roses Peach Rose Cocktail

Ingredients:

1 oz. Four Roses Single Barrel

1/4 Peach (cut into pieces)

3/4 oz. Simple Syrup

3/4 oz. Lemon Juice

1 oz. Pimms®

Splash of Ginger Beer

Crushed Ice

Basil for garnish

Directions:

  1. Muddle peach with simple syrup and lemon juice, extracting the flavor.
  2. Add the Pimms® and Four Roses Single Barrel.
  3. Shake over ice and strain into a mason jar.
  4. Fill the glass with crushed ice and top it off with a splash of ginger beer.
  5. Garnish with a lemon rind + fresh basil.

Any cocktail infused with peach (and that has bourbon) is a cocktail for me, y’all.

Cheers!

As always: Happy Eating, Happy Traveling, Happy Living!

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

My best,

JC

FTC: This is a sponsored post; however, as always, all opinions are my own.

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