Louisville has been named one of the tastiest towns in the South by Southern Living magazine, an honor that will tout our innovative food scene to the magazine’s 15 million readers.
Best of all, we’ve still got a shot at being #1. The top tastiest town will be chosen by online voting that starts today. (You may vote once a day at www.southernliving.com/tasty until Jan. 31st.) The winner will be announced in the April 2012 edition.
“Given Louisville’s talented chefs and their creative use of local food, we should be honored but not surprised,” said Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer. “We’ve known for a long time that exciting things are happening in the Louisville food scene. I thrilled that we’ve earned our place on a list like this, right up there with a city like New Orleans. They may have a longer history of culinary arts, but when it comes to innovative food, we know we’re THE best place to eat today!”
In a news release about the list, Southern Living noted that: “from artisan ham shrines in Louisville to life-changing po’boys in New Orleans, the South bursts with hometown flavor.”
The magazine’s editors and Test Kitchen Professionals selected the ten cities during a summit at their Birmingham-based headquarters. (Birmingham is also on the list.) The magazine noted that Louisville was being honored for its “amazing food, artisan hams, juleps galore, and buzzy new ‘hoods like Frankfort Avenue and Bardstown Road.” The cities were evaluated on a five point criteria that included having “hot chefs on the rise,” local sustainable food practices, and diverse cuisine at a variety of price points.
“The forward-thinking cooks, chefs, artisans, and tastemakers in each of these established and emerging food scenes honor, preserve, and enrich our region’s distinct culinary traditions at every meal,” said Southern Living Editor Lindsay Bierman.
(The article above is taken from Mayor Fischers’ Newsroom)
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