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I was overjoyed that Chef Ouita Michel, one of the very first guests on the podcast, agreed to have me over to Holly Hill Inn to talk about her new cookbook, Just A Few Miles South, which has just been released from the University Press of Kentucky. It’s a beautiful book, and you’ll want to pick up a copy. You can get a signed copy directly from Ch…
 
Vivian and I discuss the response to her “pickle” episode of Somewhere South in which she visited Kentucky. Also, when I spoke with Vivian in the spring the pandemic lockdowns were just beginning. She and I discuss the impact on her own restaurants, and what changes she believes will be here to stay. Plus, we discuss her new cookbook ‘This Will Mak…
 
It’s Kentucky Derby Week, so it must be September! As crazy as that sounds, that’s the reality we have in 2020—a Kentucky Derby on Labor Day weekend with no spectators. But that’s not what we expected at the beginning of the year. We all thought there would be a Kentucky Derby in May like there was supposed to be. With that in mind, I scheduled an …
 
It’s August, so that means it must be time to think about the Kentucky Derby! Only in 2020 could that statement make any kind of sense. But it’s likely you won’t be going to the Derby, because very few can this year. It’s the perfect time to have a Derby party at home. Today’s guest has written the book on Derby parties. Peggy Noe Stevens’ has co-w…
 
Alex Francke is a former Miss Teen Kentucky and also a graduate of the University of Kentucky who is in the unique position of being the only two term Miss Kentucky. She talks about her unique role as a spokesperson for Kentucky agriculture and Kentucky proud, her travels overseas including the foods she loved, as well as the challenges of her own …
 
Eat Kentucky welcomes back Adrian Miller, James Beard Award winning author of Soul Food. If you haven’t listened to EK Episode 17 where Adrian and I talk about Chef Dolly Johnson, an African-American White House chef from Lexington, I would encourage you to do so. There we also explore Adrian’s background and discuss his books. I asked Adrian to co…
 
We are celebrating National Ice Cream month in July. I was able to travel to Versailles to speak with Beth Richardson of Spotz Gelato. Spotz started as a food truck, but blossomed into brick and mortar locations now in three Central Kentucky towns plus a semi-permanent food truck location in Lexington. Beth and I discuss the early beginnings of Spo…
 
Professor David Shields is the Carolina Distinguished Professor at the University of South Carolina. He is also a lost food discoverer and preservationist—a Southern food archaeologist. Dr. Shields is the author of numerous books, including Southern Provisions: The Creation and Revival of a Cuisine, and The Culinarians: Lives and Careers From the F…
 
Adrian Miller, the Soul Food Scholar, is a Denver, Colorado based James Beard Award winning author and food historian as well as a certified barbecue judge and former White House advisor to President Bill Clinton. In this episode Adrian and I talk about Lexington, Kentucky chef Dolly Johnson, an African-American White House chef for two presidents …
 
Marianne Eaves made bourbon history when she left Brown Forman and was named master distiller of Castle & Key Distillery in 2015, making her the first female master distiller in Kentucky since Prohibition. A year ago Eaves shocked the bourbon industry when she resigned from the Woodford Country distillery to pursue other opportunities. In this epis…
 
This episode’s guest is not only a restaurateur, but also the founder and host of Kentucky Sports Radio, Matt Jones. He is the co-author, along with Chris Tomlin, of the New York Times Bestselling book Mitch, Please, which is not only a tour of all 120 Kentucky counties, but a critique of Kentucky’s longtime United States Senator Mitch McConnell, a…
 
The Southern Foodways Alliance was founded two decades ago by John T. Edge in Oxford, Mississippi as part of the University of Mississippi’s Center for the Study of Southern Culture. Their mission is to document, study, and explore the diverse food cultures of the changing American South. The SFA hosts and sponsors events and seminars, produces doc…
 
Chef Vivian Howard’s new show Somewhere South recently debuted on PBS stations across the country. The show is her follow up to the wildly popular series A Chef’s Life. Chef Howard was the first woman to win a Peabody award for a cooking show since Julia Child, and she was a semi-finalist for the James Beard Award’s Best Chef Southeast five consecu…
 
This episode’s guest is someone many of you are familiar with from Bravo’s Top Chef Season 16, which featured Kentucky locations and ingredients. Chef Sara Bradley operates the Freight House in Paducah, Kentucky, a farm to table restaurant that also features one of the top rated bourbon bars in the country. Sara discusses her busy travel schedule, …
 
For this episode I traveled to the town square in Bardstown, Kentucky and visited Chef Newman Miller at the Harrison-Smith house, a 240 year old structure that now serves as a private event space. You may have seen Chef Miller on season 16 of Top Chef when the popular show visited Maker’s Mark distillery, where Newman serves as chef at Maker’s Star…
 
If you eat in Kentucky it’s pretty certain at some point you’re going to eat out. This episode I’m joined by Louisville based Kentucky Restaurant Association President and CEO Stacy Roof. Stacy has been with the KRA for a quarter century as an advocate for Kentucky’s restaurants. Stacy discusses the role of the KRA as a champion and resource for Ke…
 
There may not be anyone in Kentucky’s food scene who has been hotter over the past six months than my guest in this episode of Eat Kentucky. From a feature article in Bon Appetit to a cover recipe in Food & Wine with a myriad of appearances far and wide, Samantha Fore of Tuk Tuk Sri Lankan Bites has been everywhere. She shows no signs of slowing do…
 
Way back in episode 3, an unemployed Hayley Harmon visited the podcast for a chat. Today, she’s back with a job, a new show, and a co-host, Lee Cruse. You probably saw Lee & Hayley’s viral video announcement about their new show premiering on Monday, February 17 at 4 PM on Lexington’s ABC-36. In this episode Lee and Hayley welcome me to their new o…
 
You can’t have Kentucky food without Kentucky ingredients. So I start off the new year talking with Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles who was just re-elected to a second term in November. Commissioner Quarles is a native of Scott County and has been involved in Kentucky agriculture his entire life. In this episode I travel to Frankfort…
 
In this episode host Alan Cornett talks with Dixon Dedman of the Beaumont Inn and Kentucky Owl Bourbon. This year Harrodsburg’s Beaumont Inn celebrates its centennial. In 1949 Duncan Hines—the real writer Duncan Hines—called Beaumont Inn “the best eating place in Kentucky.” Dixon discusses the Beaumont Inn’s 100 years, their surprise win of the Jam…
 
In this episode host Alan Cornett talks with Garden & Gun magazine Senior Editor CJ Lotz, one of the contributors to the new book Southern Women: More Than 100 Stories of Innovators, Artists, and Icons. CJ talks about the new book, important Southern women in her own life (including adopted Kentucky poet Ada Limón), and her upcoming article on grit…
 
In this episode I talk with the Culinary Evangelist, Lexington chef Dan Wu of Atomic Ramen at the Barn at The Summit. Dan and I discuss his time on Master Chef Season 5--getting an insiders look--the career path that led him to pursue ramen, the trailblazing doors that have opened to him, and the value of taking chances, plus why Dan vowed never to…
 
Lexington based TV anchor and co-host of The A Block podcast Hayley Harmon joins host Alan Cornett to discuss how she got into TV, the radically different career path she almost took, some go-to Lexington area restaurants, and the weirdest request she ever received from a viewer. Hayley also shares some news about her new podcast as well as the one…
 
Central Kentucky culinary icon Chef Ouita Michel joins host Alan Cornett to discuss her current cookbook project, the development of the Lexington area food scene over the past two decades, her creative way to de-seed pawpaws, her relationship with Woodford Reserve, and whether or not the Holly Hill Inn is haunted. Chef Ouita is a multiple-time Jam…
 
Louisville based food writer Ashlie D. Stevens joins host Alan Cornett to discuss the prevalence of Japanese food in Kentucky, giraffes in bathtubs, snack food black markets, and whether or not quinoa whiskey is healthier. Ashlie writes for Salon.com and her work has appeared on NPR, at Eater, at The Guardian, and at a host of other outlets. Read a…
 
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