Sure, most people like Dr. Seuss and probably have fond memories of reading his rhymes long ago. But there are two types of people who absolutely love the good doctor: children and English majors.
Lauren Titus, general manager of Garage Bar, falls into the latter category, obviously. As a former English and American literature major at New York University, Titus has always had a love of thoughtful, impeccably written prose, whether it’s for Chaucer scholars or kindergartners.
This summer marks five years Titus has been with the beloved NuLu bar and restaurant, so it’s not shocking that she had a hand in planning the Green Eggs and Ham Brunch at Garage Bar on Sunday to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday.
The event not only includes a creative menu by Chef Richard Sible, but also a special menu for kids as well as themed prizes, disguises and an egg hunt for children.
“It’s one of my favorite events of the year, because I get to hide green plastic eggs all over the property with surprises hidden inside for children to hunt for and find,” Titus tells Insider. “We’ll also have larger prizes for kids who turn their eggs in, including several copies of Dr. Seuss books and lots of Seuss swag. More than anything, I love having a day of whimsy and frivolity to nurture my inner child.”
Currently, Titus says her favorite Seuss book is “Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?” because she reads it to her nephew and it gives her “lots of opportunities for sound effects and silliness.”
So how is the chef going to pull off green eggs, you ask? Matcha green tea, of course. Titus explains: “Chef Sible is going to soak the eggs overnight in matcha, honey and vinegar to get the color and flavor imbued in the eggs. Then he’s going to serve them soft boiled with country ham and potato fritter and hollandaise sauce. I cannot wait to try it.”
For the kids, there’s going to be Eggs in a Basket (toast with an egg fried in the center), seared ham and potatoes, french toast, and scrambled eggs and bacon.
The Green Eggs and Ham Brunch runs Sunday, March 12, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Reservations are recommended but are not required. Garage Bar is located at 700 E. Market St.
Before Titus decides if she wants to eat her eggs in a boat or with a goat, she answered seven very important questions…
What’s the most surprising thing on your Bucket List?
I’ve always wanted to go to a beach where baby sea turtles hatch and protect them from predators and poachers with a Louisville Slugger until they reach the shore. It’s a sweet idea until you picture me swinging a baseball bat at birds, lizards and possibly humans.
What poster was on your wall in junior high?
When I was in middle school, there was a poster of an open-shirted Jordan Knight from New Kids on the Block on my wall, which, IN MY DEFENSE, I’d gotten in the fourth grade. In all honesty, however, I owe that poster a great deal of gratitude for launching my sexual development. (Thanks, Jordan!)
If you were mayor, to whom would you give the key to the city?
If I were mayor, I’d give the key to the city to Jerry Abramson, because as far as I’m concerned, he is Louisville. Also, I waited on him once and messed up almost everything possible on the table, so I’d like a chance to redeem myself.
What are your preferred pizza toppings?
When I customize a Margherita pizza at Garage Bar, I always add our housemade pepperoni, garlic confit and fromage blanc. It’s incredible — better than any pizza I’ve eaten anywhere else, including Italy.
If you could be any age for a week, what would it be?
I’d love to be about 3 years old again so I could hang out with my nephew and fit into his cardboard-box house, which he recently pointed out I was too big to get inside. It’d also be nice to have a vacation from adulthood, which I’ve yet to figure out.
What famous person do people say you resemble the most?
People have said I look like Drew Barrymore ever since “E.T.” came out, but the resemblance has faded a bit since we were both kids. Still, my college boyfriend’s grandmother called me “Drew” for our entire relationship.
Who would you most like to be stuck with in an elevator?
Right now, I’d love to be stuck in an elevator with Trevor Noah for many reasons — most of them not noble or high-brow. The first thing I’d ask him would be, “Hey, did you see that Tweet I sent you at 3 a.m. the other day?” From there, the magic would begin.