* In its July issue, Louisville magazine readers voted Mozz Mozzarella Bar & Enoteca the town’s best new restaurant for 2011. Agree or disagree?
Without a doubt, such reader vote-ins often reflect merely the tastes of those industrious enough to fill out a ballot more than they measure the actual quality of a restaurant. And when I finally get my hands on this annual July issue — which I’ve yet to see — I know that, as in years past, I’m going to be saying, “Really?” about some of the places receiving “best” designations.
The good news is this will serve to boost biz even more at Mozz, which by any measure is a serious restaurant with more than enough merits to deserve the honor. I was down there recently and saw its new NuLu Lounge, which is a show stopper and must visit.
* PS: Louisville magazine also has a new editor, Kane Webb, who comes to us from Little Rock, Ark. In short, sharp dude, gets Louisville and wants to put some new twists on the publication.
* And speaking of industrious, some clever local found a link to a YouTube video showing El Mundo co-owner Bea Chamberlain and partner Shelby Lattis talking up her new restaurant in Provincetown, Mass., and posted it to LouisvilleHotBytes.com.
A cool lady and talented restaurateur, Bea gets little talk time amid the uber-precious and cloying exuberance of interviewer Stephen Holt. Frankly, I couldn’t make it through the whole 14:27 interview, so I don’t know if Lattis gets a speaking part in the otherwise visually attractive piece. Still, such a restaurant is worth knowing about should you visit the area.
* And speaking of incredibly cool people, Bruce Ucan, chef-co-owner of Mayan Café, will host a cooking class at the Foxhollow Farm Store on July 12 at 6:30 p.m. The class costs $65 per person and will include many tastes, of course, of Ucan’s creations.
If you’ve never met Ucan, had his food or seen Foxhollow, you owe it to yourself to sign up (241-9674 or email info(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)foxhollow.com?subject=Mayan%20Cafe%20Cooking%20Class) for what will surely be an enjoyable evening centered on local foods.
Despite the challenging task of preparing Mayan foods, it should be noted that Ucan sources some 80 percent of his ingredients from within 100 miles of Louisville: an impressive feat for a chef eager to stick to the traditions of his homeland, please American guests and actually make a modest profit.
* If you’ve got a hankerin’ for smoked foods and cool tunes served up in a sultry July setting, head to the Louisville Blues ‘n’ Barbecue Festival, July 8-10 at the Watertower on River Road. The tasty stuff will be supplied by F.A.B.D. Smokehouse (always high quality and consistent stuff when I’ve had it) and The Q, an outfit with which I’m familiar.
Tickets are $7 before 6 p.m., $10 afterwards. Children 10 years old and younger get in free.