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Iconic HopCat Fries Rebranded

Hey, y’all!

If you are from Kentucky, you are likely familiar with HopCat; there are locations in both Lexington and Louisville.

The Louisville location is in the Highlands at 1064 Bardstown Rd.

Their mission is a fun one: to be the best damn beer bar on the planet. They define great beer as as product that is made with both care and pride. If you are a beer aficionado in Louisville, you should check out their selection – I am confident that you will find both a beloved and a new favorite on the menu. They have 100 on tap!

However, HopCat is known for more than just their beer. If you are a foodie like me, you probably have dreams about their fries (fries before guys, am I right?). Beer-battered with amazing cracked pepper seasoning — they are downright addictive.

img_5835_facetune_14-01-2019-12-11-45Originally named “Crack Fries” due to their addictive nature, HopCat took it upon themselves to rebrand their iconic menu offering because they feel that the ever-growing drug problem is no joking matter — and it isn’t.

I very much appreciate their initiative and their desire to change how we frame and discuss drug culture. It takes a lot for a company, brand, or restaurant to redo something that they’ve done so well for years – however, at times, it is necessary to do so in good conscience.

Released today, they are proud to bring “Cosmik Fries” to all of their 17 area locations. The name Cosmik comes from the song “Cosmik Debris” by Frank Zappa, an anti-drug anthem.

Be sure to visit your local HopCat to celebrate the rebrand; if you are in the Louisville area, visit my Instagram before Friday and enter the giveaway I’m hosting for a $50 gift card!

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, all opinions are my own.

First Anniversary Party!

Hey, y’all!

I am SO proud to say that, alongside forty friends and family members, I celebrated my one year anniversary here on www.jcpeats.com. To say that it has been a journey, a rollercoaster, and an interesting ride would be a hyperbolic understatement.

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However, I’m not afraid of a walk on the wild side.

JCP Eats, as many of you know, started out of eating disorder recovery. It was a private Instagram account that I used to post photos of my food; this, in effect, was changing the way in which I looked at food.

Food photography became just that — photography. A form of art. It no longer represented a struggle on a plate; it was a subject — one that I eventually found to be both beautiful and therapeutic.

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That Instagram page became this online community. Fast forward one year and SO much has happened. My passion became my job – and for that, I will always be grateful. I owe that to each of you. Those of you that read, like, comment, and share my posts — it’s all because of you. Thank you, for the bottom of my heart, for making one of my dreams come true.

In true JCP fashion, I couldn’t let the momentous event pass without a proper party. For that, I have several people to thank.

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To my friends at Kroger: thank you for being the corporate sponsor of the event.

To my friends at Taziki’s: thank you for catering the fabulous food. It was a hit!

Side note: Lisa and Jeff at Taziki’s make catering an event SO easy. I simply emailed my order and Lisa arrived (early, might I add!) with a smile and all of the goodies. She set everything up beautifully and ensured that food/setup would not be something that I had to worry about. I can’t recommend them enough!

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To my friends at Yes Louisville/Yes Working: thank you for the event space and for helping me orchestrate it all.

To Mr. Lemaster, my bestie’s Dad: thank you for being the DJ and for keeping the party going!

To Becky: thank you for being a fabulous bartender!

To Jude: thank you for all you did the day of!

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And to each of my friends and family members that showed up to shower me with love: thank you. I owe so much of this to y’all.

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In the coming year, I hope to take y’all around the world with me, around the US, and most importantly, around more of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. I want to explore new regions, new cuisines, and new restaurants with you. I want to continue chasing this dream – and I hope y’all will stay along for the ride.

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, all opinions are my own.

 

Stoneware & Co. & Kentucky Bourbon Pie Company x JCP Eats

Hey, y’all!

Are you looking for the perfect holiday gift for the bourbon-lover, Kentucky-aficionado, and/or foodie in your life? If so, it’s your lucky day!

I have VERY exciting news: I am partnering with Stoneware & Co. + the Kentucky Bourbon Pie Company this holiday season. This is a dream partnership for me; I have been a life-long collector of Stoneware & Co. (previously Louisville Stoneware) products.

Here is a video describing the gift crate:

KBP and JCPEats Full Gift Crate Promo – V1 from Stoneware & Co. on Vimeo.

And here is a more detailed taste test:

Kentucky Bourbon Pie Taste Test V1 – Fall 2018 from Stoneware & Co. on Vimeo.

What’s included in the gift crate? 

  • An 11″ Louisville Pottery Collection Thumb Print Pie Plate in White
  • Two Jars of Kentucky Bourbon Pie In a Jar (Pick your flavor: Pecan, Apple or Cherry)
  • One Jonathan Spoons Cherry Wood Pie Server
  • Plus, the crate is great for decor!

Now that, y’all, is a jam-packed, well-rounded gift. I can’t wait to bake in that plate – it’s stunning!

You can shop the crate HERE.

Not interested in the full crate? You can purchase just the pies here!

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Have any questions? Shoot me a message – I’m happy to answer!

Happy Holiday Shopping, y’all!

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

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

My best,

JC

FTC: This is a sponsored post; additionally, the links listed are affiliate and I earn a commission off of them.

Stoneware & Co.

Hey, y’all!

Stoneware & Co. is, hands down, one of my favorite businesses in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Through my acquisitions and pieces that I have inherited, I have amassed a collection of almost 1,000 pieces.

Yes, you read that correctly – and I love each and every one of them.

How did I obtain such a collection?

John B. Taylor, the namesake and owner of the business for decades, became a family friend to Elizabeth Phelps, my great-grandmother. MawMaw was the founder of the Russell County Library and Mr. Taylor was a voracious reader; he picked up many books from her on his trips to Lake Cumberland. Over the following decades, he brought many pieces down to my family on the farm – and we have cherished them since.

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I have so many memories attached to the company.

Sweet tea poured from their pitchers on the porch.

Lifting the lid to the butter dish to accompany pones of cornbread.

Farm-fresh veggies served in their bowls.

Drinks dispensed out of the samovar.

Ashtrays that caught the ends of those Misty cigarettes.

Salt and pepper shakers that seasoned many a meal.

Sugar and honey pots ready to make everything better with a dash and a pinch.

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When I think about my childhood, I remember seeing Stoneware in my grandmother’s cabinets.

When I think about meals at the farmhouse, I remember eating off of Stoneware.

When I think about learning how to cook, I think of plating it on Stoneware.

When I think about my family, I think about the memories that we have shared together at Stoneware-filled tables.

When I think about Stoneware, I think about my MawMaw, my JJ, my Grandmother Jude. These three, whether it be by example or by passed-down stories, taught me how to lead a life well-lived – one with class, respect, and dignity. I owe so much to them.

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If my pieces could talk, I’m sure they would, in true Appalachian fashion, tell one hell of a story.

Stoneware has been, is, and will always be a major part of my life – and that’s why I am so proud to be collaborating with them! I have a really fun announcement coming to y’all in the next few days – stay tuned!

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

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

My best,

JC

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

Socializing At Taziki’s

Hey, y’all!

I hope all of you have been well. Before I hop into my new post, I want to thank each and every reader of last week’s post. It was a heavy one — and the response that I received moved me to tears over and over again.

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Food, to me, is a social experience. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. While I want the food to be well-sourced, well-prepared, and well-seasoned – I also want the atmosphere to be conducive to conversation. Plating can ruin a meal, as can ambiance.

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I find good atmosphere hard to come by at times – especially in the fast-casual realm.

That’s where Taziki’s comes in: I love their food, I love how accommodating the staff is, and I love eating there with friends. It’s a warm space: easy, casual, and inviting.

I have – on many occasions- spent a few hours in there without even realizing. It also doesn’t hurt that they have Diet Coke (PTL, am I right?) — if the DC is flowin’, I am good to go for as long as I need to be.

I recently met up with my best friend Shelby to introduce her to the greatness. She had never tried their food (a true loss, y’all). To say she was pleased would be a hyperbolic understatement.

We split a bottle of wine, shared plenty of laughs, and left full as ticks!

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Now — the food!

Chicken Feast with Taziki Sauce (the best!)

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The special that night was the Chicken Portobello Sandwich. It was my first time having it — and I’m already craving it again!

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If you go to Taziki’s without ordering hummus, you’re doing it wrong. Case closed.

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Calling all lemon fanatics (like me!): you must get this soup! Chicken + herbs + the most delicious lemon broth. 10/10 recommend!

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Be sure to visit Taziki’s at their two Louisville-area locations: Middletown (13317 Shelbyville Rd #105, Louisville, KY 40223) and St. Matthews (106 Fairfax Ave, Louisville, KY 40207) – and 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 commissioned post; however, all opinions are my own.

 

 

Meet JCP Eats: An Intimate Charcuterie Board Class

Hey, y’all!

Working full-time online has perks and downfalls; however, I contend that it’s mostly full of perks.

The best part of my job, hands down, is meeting Kentuckians, business owners, restauranteurs, and people that are inspired by their craft. They are the best at what they do, they work day in and day out, and they inspire me to be a better version of myself and a better businessman each day.

Included in this group of people that I love meeting are y’all – the people that follow, support, and encourage me daily. If only I could tell y’all what that means to me; I am rarely pressed for words, but words fail me. Y’all have turned into family, into friends, and into a large part of my life. For that, I thank you.

With that comes the first structured, organized meetup in JCP Eats history – I am so excited that I could yee-haw from the top of the Appalachian Mountains!

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What is it?

A class! Just in time for the holiday season, I am teaching a Charcuterie Class in Louisville, KY!

When? 

Wednesday, October 17 at 6:30 PM – 8 PM

Where?

Yes Working, 965 Baxter Avenue, Louisville, KY 40204

How Can You Purchase Tickets?

Visit the EventBrite page here; note: space is very limited – be sure to get your ticket ASAP!

What Will The Class Entail? 

A demonstration of how to craft the perfect charcuterie tray, a tasting, a meet and greet, question and answer, and surprises! Hint: There will be a Louisville Stoneware tray to be given to one of the attendees!

I hope to see all y’all soon!

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

My best,

JC

FTC: This is not a sponsored post; all opinions are my own.

Give For Good Louisville 2018

Hey, y’all!

Tomorrow is Give For Good Louisville, hosted by the Community Foundation of Louisville, which is the largest annual day of local giving! Philanthropy is something that is very important to me and I am so proud to be able to use this platform to bring light to some of my favorite causes!

About Give For Good:

This 24-hour online giving day was created to inspire people to give generously to one or more of the 500+ local participating nonprofits that make our community one where people can thrive.

How To Participate:

Online giving takes place between midnight and 11:59 PM at www.giveforgoodlouisville.org.

Who I Am Supporting This Year:

*note: there are SO many worthy charities and this is merely a small drop in the bucket of what is being done in our community. Do your research and find one that aligns with you!

House of Ruth

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House of Ruth is one of my favorite charities and I have been on their side for years; their mission is near and dear to my heart and I am proud to support them!

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To quote, “House of Ruth provides housing and support services for people with HIV/AIDS and their families who are homeless, at risk of losing their homes, or need financial help. (House of Ruth does) this through a continuum of services:  emergency shelter, short and long-term housing, mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment, advocacy for clients, and basic needs assistance to provide food, clothes, rent, utilities, public transportation, and back-to-school support.”

Boys and Girls Haven

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The Boys and Girls Haven is a newer charity to me, but one that I feel is very worthy of support. “Boys & Girls Haven is an almost 70 year old organization that specializes in teens and tweens in foster care who have experienced emotional or physical abuse. There are five core programs: traditional therapeutic foster care, residential foster care, Pre and Independent Living, Community Based Preventative services, and Independence Readiness.

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This year the focus is on independence Readiness (IR), which is the newest and most unique program. IR works with youth in the care of Boys and Girls Haven to provide skills assessments, trauma therapy, and career mentoring.”

Gilda’s Club Louisville

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“Gilda’s Club Louisville provides free social & emotional support resources to those impacted by cancer in our community. This includes everything from support groups to fitness classes, social events in the community & more! With the opening of their new clubhouse in Summer 2019 they will become the largest cancer support community in the world including satellite locations in Portland & Southern Indiana!

For a limited time, all donations to Gilda’s Club are being tripled though the generous matching campaigns of the James Graham Brown Foundation and Kosair Charities! Private donations, however, make up the majority of the operating budget and every dollar counts. Help Gilda’s ensure that no one in our community faces cancer alone.”

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Having lost family members to cancer, and having friends that are survivors, I very much support Gilda’s Club and their mission!

Y’all – let’s show up tomorrow with giving hearts. Thank you to the Community Foundation of Louisville for facilitating this day of giving!

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

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

My best,

JC

FTC: This is not a sponsored post; all opinions are my own.

 

 

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