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FAL-WIN 2016

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1 6 F a l l | W i n t e r B R I D E REHEARSAL DINNER Your To-Do List TOP DOLLAR Top pick: Brooklyn & the Butcher (148 E. Market St., New Albany) Trust us — nothing will calm pre-wedding nerves like a 34-ounce Tomahawk ribeye ($75) and Brooklyn & the Butcher's signature cocktail, made with fat-washed bourbon. The charming modern steakhouse in New Albany's Mayberry-esque downtown also boasts a plush speakeasy bar in the basement of the historic hotel building. Small Party: Le Moo (2300 Lexington Road) Le Moo is (in name and in execution) kitschy culinaria meets uppity eatery, a luxurious brocade labyrinth with a meat- driven menu. Midsize Party: Volare (2300 Frankfort Ave.) Volare's beautiful private party space and universally appealing Italian fare (much of the menu is augmented with fresh vegetables from Chef Josh Moore's farm in Shelbyville) make it the primo spot for a more traditional rehearsal dinner gathering. Big Party: Proof on Main (702 W. Main St.) If you want to truly dazzle your rehearsal dinner guests, surround them with the sensual experience of 21c: contemporary-art exhibits, amusing/disturbing bathrooms, that corridor of ominous light on the elevator, the red penguin sentinels, the red-glass-decked limo…and, of course, the legendary food. Rehearsal Dinners for Foodies By Elizabeth Myers Nothing brings people together like food. Ideally, all this pre-marriage mingling and meeting (and toasting, and laughing, and inevitably joking about when the couple will produce a grandchild) will be at one of these Louisville restaurants, perfect for rehearsal dinners of every size, budget and taste. MIDRANGE Top Pick: Lilly's Bistro (1147 Bardstown Road) Veteran Louisville chef Kathy Cary was responsibly sourcing ingredients from Kentucky farmers before "farm-to-table" became just another expected asterisk at the end of every trendy menu. A dinner at Lilly's would give rehearsal dinner guests a true taste of what Southern cooking should taste like in 2016 — think pimento cheese wontons with Broadbent bacon, or Stonecross pork carnitas. Midsize Party: Marketplace Restaurant (651 S. Fourth St.) Marketplace serves Southern-inspired food with Asian-Italian infuences in Theater Square downtown. The pleasant patio at Marketplace might also be the prettiest possible setting for all those embarrassing rehearsal dinner toasts. Small Party: Rivue Restaurant and Lounge (140 N. Fourth St.) Instead of a dinner, try a rehearsal Sunday brunch at Rivue (atop the west Galt House tower; it's one of those rotating restaurants popularized in America around the 1960s and '70s). The omelet, wafe and meat- carving stations at the bufet should be the frst stop on the brunch train, followed by the heaping plates of charcuterie, cheese, fresh fruits and frosting-heavy cupcakes. (REALLY) BUDGET FRIENDLY: Top Pick: Simply Thai (323 Wallace Ave.) Celebrate THAI-ing the knot with a fun and relaxed rehearsal evening at Simply Thai in St. Matthews. A little unexpected and untraditional perhaps, but hey, top-notch Thai is hard to fnd, just like true love. Small Party: Grind Burger Kitchen (829 E. Market St.) Celebrate the fairytale ending for which you just rehearsed with a bacon and Brie burger (with a brew!) on Grind's back patio in Nulu. Midsize Party: Feast BBQ (909 E. Market St.) What's better than throwing a casual rehearsal dinner barbecue in your backyard? Throwing a casual rehearsal dinner barbecue in Nulu, at Feast BBQ, where you don't have to watch the grill and you can get a refreshing alcoholic slushy to boot. Big Party: North End Cafe (1722 Frankfort Ave.) North End's menu is encyclopedic and their price point is consistently reasonable, so even a picky party of tired wedding guests can fnd something to satisfy everyone; North End even does a great job of providing vegan and vegetarian options for every meal. Honorable mention: Hillbilly Tea (106 W. Main St.) Hillbilly Tea just re-opened in downtown Louisville. It's not open full time as this issue goes to press, but if things go into full swing again it will immediately jump to the top of the list for charming, interesting and relatively afordable spots to wine and dine a wedding party. Photo by Gail Kamenish

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