safe_imageSlaughterhouse live! The long-running dispute between owners of The Blind Pig and Meat, the cocktail lounge located above it, will finally end when the barn gate closes on the Pig this Saturday.

Owners Joe Frase and Mike Grider say the protracted personal and legal battles have left them in debt, so they’re calling it quits.

The battle broke out some months ago when local officials learned Meat didn’t have its own liquor license. Or, better said, couldn’t have its own liquor license because of a knot-headed nuance forbidding second floor bars outside of hotels.

(Gee, ya think someone in the hotel business musta greased a politician’s palm somewhere somehow?)

Nuanced or not, the liquor laws are clear that two separate businesses can’t share the same liquor license, so the Pig should have known two couldn’t drink from that trough in the first place.

Which is exactly what the Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Controls thought in January when it charged The Blind Pig with numerous violations tied to its misuse of said liquor license.

A few months later, Meat closed, which its owner, Peyton Ray, blamed on a rotten relationship with The Blind Pig’s owners, whom he said, “turned off the lights, locked the doors, turned off the water,” according to Eater Louisville.

The fun continued when building owner Andy Bleiden sold the edifice to Ray in May, turning the jilted barkeep into the jilter’s landlord.

Even were Rodney King alive to ask, “Can’t we all get along?” it likely wouldn’t have patched up what sources close to the situation say was an actual friendship just last year.

With the Pig’s death, could that mean Meat will rise from the ashes, bloody rare and ready for battle on the increasingly competitive cocktail scene?

I’m highly dubious. City authorities tend to be less generous toward those who try to side step any rules, much less booze standards.

Bottom line: Restaurant space available in Butchertown.

pappyKathy cooks, Julian pours, you spend like a trust fund baby: Speaking of cocktails—and we’re talking reeeeaaally pricey ones that come with swell exceptional food—if you’ve got $200 lying around not budgeted, you know, couch cushion money, we recommend you spend it on the upcoming Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon Dinner at Lilly’s on Nov. 13.

In what the staff at Insider Louisville believes is the most expensive public meal ever hosted in le Ville de Lou, Kathy Cary and Julian Van Winkle III will partner to prepare a feast whose lone flaw is being scheduled on a school night. Wethinks guests will need to sleep this one off like hibernating caniforms.

Van Winkle himself will lead guests through tastings of the five bourbons almost nobody outside of a restaurateur can get a bottle of, and talk about how swell it sips alongside Cary’s cuisine.

Atop the $200 fee is tax and gratuity, so shake those piggy banks good and hard, peeps! You gots to take care of your servers, bartenders and Uncle Sam.

Despite the lofty price, it’ll sell out faster than Kate Gosselin, so you best snag a reservation (call 502-451-0447) if you want to lavish yourself with this early Christmas present.

Designated driver not included, but we’re sure they’ll call you a Yallah Cab if you need it.

Take a gander at what you get for that sum:

  • First course: butternut bourbon pecan velouté with pulled quail confit, paired with Old Rip Van Winkle 10-year-old bourbon
  • Second course: hearty winter salad with candied pecans, pork belly lardons, poached egg and warm bacon vinaigrette, paired with Pappy Van Winkle 12-year-old bourbon
  • Third course: smoked bourbon bacon-wrapped scallops with loaded grits and rosemary lobster cream, paired with Pappy Van Winkle 15-year-old bourbon
  • Fourth course: duck fat drunken filet with spoonbread, Brussels sprouts, chestnuts and bourbon demi-glace, paired with Pappy Van Winkle 20-year-old bourbon
  • Fifth course: bourbon brioche bread pudding with bourbon chocolate anglaise, paired with Pappy Van Winkle 23-year-old bourbon

Estimated calorie count … our calculator broke.

I say you—of course, I say you because this is out of my price range—should apply the age-old “eat the dessert first” logic and get the “23” upfront in case you can’t grind your way through the whole meal. It’s truly amazing stuff.

whole-foods1Whole Price: $20. Yeah a whole meal. And it’s paired with beer!

A dream compared to the 401(k) dinger above?

Tis real, my friends, and it’s even being held at Whole Foods. (Though not the one in the picture at right. There’s just not a pretty picture of our local strip-centere WF, so we chose this one.)

The high-end market is putting on a veggie-centric spread to promote the prepared foods section in its store — which is fab — and show customers it’s actually a place where you can take the family out for a meal.

So, at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 30, its team of chefs will serve the following:

  • Appetizer: seasonal fruit and nut plate, paired with Southern Tier Pumpkin
  • Salad: kale with cranberries and pecans, paired with Hofbrau Oktoberfest
  • Soup: butternut squash soup with chard and mushrooms in acorn squash bowl, paired with Brooklyn Post Road Pumpkin Ale
  • Entrée: butterflied lamb or balsamic glazed sweet potato lentil cake over mashed root vegetable puree, paired with Bells Best Brown
  • Dessert: baked honey crsip apples stuffed with figs and hazelnuts, paired with Bells Double Cream Stout)

It’s a reservations-only event, so call 502-899-5545 to get your seat.

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Steve Coomes
Steve Coomes is a restaurant veteran turned award-winning food, spirits and travel writer. In his 24-year career, he has edited and written for multiple national trade and consumer publications including Nation's Restaurant News and Southern Living. He is a feature writer for Louisville magazine, Edible Louisville & The Bluegrass and Food & Dining Magazine. The author of two books, "Country Ham: A Southern Tradition of Hogs, Salt & Smoke," and the "Home Distiller's Guide to Spirits," he also serves as a ghostwriter for multiple clients.

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