Louisville keeps gaining respect as a restaurant town. This month the Zagat restaurant guide organization named the city one of the “Best Foodie Getaways Around the World.”
“You’ll find an impressive amount of top-notch restaurants featuring both rustic and city-fied food” in Louisville, according to an article published on the well-known restaurant digest’s website at blog.zagat.com.
“Being on lists like this is not only a lot of fun, it’s another indication of the growing strength of the food and beverage sector in the city’s economy,” said Mayor Greg Fischer. “Louisville has worked hard to enhance our already strong reputation for great food.”
In addition to the Zagat list, Louisville was named one of the South’s Ten “Tastiest Towns” by Southern Living magazine in December. The Slow Foods National Congress will be held in Louisville this spring, and in the summer Middlebury College in Vermont will send 12 students to a program called FoodWorks Louisville.
Fischer even gave a “State of the Local Food Economy” speech last month, discussing how private-public partnerships had reinvented Louisville’s food scene – building on a tradition of fine hospitality by becoming truly innovative and cutting-edge. Excellent culinary-arts education programs at Sullivan University and Jefferson Community Technical College supply local restaurants with top-quality chefs, while initiatives such as Farm to Table help connect local farmers to caterers, chefs and school cafeterias.
The city’s innovative food and beverage sector is one of four business clusters Louisville economic development officials are using as a launching pad to generate business creation.