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Southern Living names us a Tasty Town ... heh

by Robin Garr » Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:46 pm

In their widely ignored follow-up to last year's scam, er, contest, Southern Living has ranked Louisville among the South's Ten Tastiest Towns (in an alphabetical, un-ranked list) after giving the title to Durham.

Interesting choice of top spots, including the currently closed Meat. It looks like they sent in a reporter and someone pointed him/her to NuLu. :mrgreen:

Here's the un-edited news release.

LOUISVILLE HONORED AS ONE OF THE
“TASTIEST TOWNS IN THE SOUTH”
IN THE MAY ISSUE OF SOUTHERN LIVING


The City Is Recognized for Refined Fare Without Pretense

To celebrate the best of today’s Southern cuisine, Southern Living announces the “10 Tastiest Towns in the South,” as determined by popular vote. Each town is featured in the May issue, on newsstands April 19th. For the full story, go to www.southernliving.com/tasty

Southern Living editors identified the most compelling food destinations across the region and allowed consumers to vote for their favorites once per day from January 10th to February 28th.

While Durham, NC took home the top award, Louisville, KY impressed editors and voters alike. In a town where bourbon is king, Louisville was recognized for its refined fare without pretense.

In the issue, Southern Living editors share the culinary vibe of each destination, identify its star tastemakers, and cite where to go for the best bites and the best nightcap.

Chefs Kathy Cary and Edward Lee are cited as the city’s star tastemakers. The magazine also singles out Garage Bar, MilkWood and St. Charles Exchange and recommends the Far From Frisco cocktail at Meat.

“The South's culinary scene has become richer and more diverse than ever,” said Southern Living Travel and Features Editor Jennifer Cole. “Whether you’re a native or a tourist, there's an endless variety of dishes, restaurants and local flavors to discover across our region.”



The Southern Living 10 “Tastiest Towns in the South” are:

Asheville, NC: Intrepid casual fare from a tight-knit, indie-chef community

Atlanta, GA: Tradition infused with global punch thanks to heritage-minded chefs

Austin, TX: Where smoke and swagger meet urban ethnic style with a twang
Charleston, SC: Hyper-attention to local sourcing and indigenous heirloom ingredients

Durham, NC: Artisans devoted to coffee beans, brews, and the craft of humble foods

Greenville, SC: Internationally inspired food with a locally owned, Main Street sensibility

Louisville, KY: Refined fare without pretense, in a town where bourbon is king

Memphis, TN: A bountiful crossroads of ’cue, crops and rising culinary stars

Miami, FL: A culinary Mrs. Robinson (mature, refined, sexier than ever) with a Southern accent

New Orleans, LA: A masterful, provocative gumbo of oysters and innovators



Southern Living editors identified the top 10 “Tastiest Towns in the South” based on the following criteria:



· Food as a cultural identity: The unique food or ethnicity that defines a particular Southern region

· Growth of a culinary-minded community: The influence that the culinary industry has on the local community and tourism

· Diverse cuisine at a variety of price points: Accessibility to hearty, flavorful meals at any budget

· Local, sustainable food practices: The focus on sourcing products from local purveyors to geographically define where each meal comes from

· Hot chefs on the rise: The influence of the area’s culinary talent in the media and pop culture

· Abundance of buzz-worthy food events: The number of festivals in the area that celebrate all things food and drink
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Re: Southern Living names us a Tasty Town ... heh

by Jay M. » Tue Apr 09, 2013 9:09 pm

Robin Garr wrote:...the currently closed Meat.


Sorry for going OT, but when did this happen?
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Re: Southern Living names us a Tasty Town ... heh

by Robin Garr » Tue Apr 09, 2013 10:16 pm

Jay M. wrote:
Robin Garr wrote:...the currently closed Meat.


Sorry for going OT, but when did this happen?

I don't have all the details, Jay, but I think it's a temporary closure owing to an ABC issue.
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Re: Southern Living names us a Tasty Town ... heh

by Leah S » Wed Apr 10, 2013 10:30 am

Looks like Eater Louisville's got some back story.
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Re: Southern Living names us a Tasty Town ... heh

by Jay M. » Wed Apr 10, 2013 12:23 pm

Leah S wrote:Looks like Eater Louisville's got some back story.


We are big supporters of the local food and drink scene, but I have to say that scene never lacks drama.

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