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Eater Louisville monthly recap debuts in Louisville Magazine’s October issue

Louisville Magazine's October 2013 coverThe October issue of Louisville Magazine features the debut of “The Tasting Menu,” my monthly recap of the city’s restaurant and nightlife news from Eater Louisville. Look for it at finer newstands and mailboxes later this week. Or read a PDF here:

“The Tasting Menu”

And that last line wasn’t a joke: always fun when Larry King is your muse.

Photo: Courtesy Louisville Magazine

Read about how I (almost) won money handicapping Saratoga’s fall meet in November’s Louisville Magazine

Life tip: Your gambling habit can’t be judged if you’re only playing the ponies for work. At least that was the rationale for my article “Pony Excess” which ran in Louisville Magazine‘s November issue.

Read a .pdf of the article here.

My wife looked at Matt Mignanelli‘s illustration (at top) that accompanied my article, shook her head, and said, “Yep, that’s what happened.”

Louisville Magazine’s November issue launch party is tonight, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Louisville Science Center. Hope to see you there.

Illustration: Courtesy Louisville Magazine/Matt Mignanelli, Louisville Magazine are hiring ad execs, staff writer

Louisville Magazine and are looking for ad executives:

Louisville Magazine and its sister company are looking for accomplished account executives for new business development. If you are self motivated and have proven sales and communication skills, give us a shout! Print and online experience helpful. Position is commission based. Please submit cover letter and resume to

Also, Louisville Magazine is hiring a full-time staff writer. That’s right, a full-time editorial position:

Wanted: a staff writer. Qualifications: Talent and a great attitude. Duties: Write. Louisville Magazine is looking for somebody who’ll turn into a master at longform journalism, who thinks up story ideas 24/7 (never underestimate the story idea formed in deep sleep), who has a sense of humor, who is as adept at doing the quirky front-of-the-book pieces as the deeply reported profiles and issue stories that shine in the feature well. Must appreciate good editing and play well with others. It wouldn’t hurt if you’d like to have some fun, too — especially since working at a magazine is only the best job in the world. Oh, and did we mention talent and attitude? We’re big on the best of both. Salary will be commensurate with skill and experience. To respond, please send résumé and clips to Kane Webb at or at 137 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd., Suite 101, Louisville, Ky., 40202-1438.

And, as always, is looking for writers. And interns.

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Trend alert: The cool kids are killing their own meat (so sayeth the New York Times)

Me (top) and an 170-pound eight-point buck (bottom).

Me (top) and an 170-pound eight-point buck (bottom).

Well color my deer hunting article for Louisville Magazine’s March issue at the front of the trend curve. From Dwight Garner’s “A New Breed of Hunter Shoots, Eats and Tells in The New York Times:

In May 2011 [Mark] Zuckerberg made a pledge to consume, for one year, only meat he had hunted or slaughtered himself. He got a hunting license and shot a bison. “My personal challenge,” he explained, is “being thankful for the food I have to eat.”

If four new books are any indication, Mr. Zuckerberg is the decidedly nonmacho, non-pickup-driving embodiment of a new breed of American hunter. These young memoirists have loaded their rifles and shotguns for complicated reasons, including culinary one-upmanship. Nothing wows jaded dinner guests like a braised shank of calf moose that you’ve recently “harvested” and “dressed” — hunting euphemisms for killed, skinned and disemboweled — before bringing it to the table.

What feels counterintuitive and new here though is this: These writers have largely taken to hunting, they say, for ethical reasons. They’ve read their Michael Pollan and Eric Schlosser, their Peter Singer and Jonathan Safran Foer, and are intimate with the horrors of industrial meat production.

They no longer wish to have an anonymous hit man between themselves and supper. They want to thoughtfully stare their protein in the face, to take locavorism to blood-flecked new heights. What they desire, as Tovar Cerulli puts it his new book “The Mindful Carnivore: A Vegetarian’s Hunt for Sustenance” (Pegasus), is as follows: “To eat with my eyes wide open.”

My desire was a little less saccharine: I just wanted to each fresh, organic, local, and cheap—and maybe have a little fun too.

My deep freeze still holds about 50 pounds of venison (next up is a venison chili in our new slow cooker). I’m hoping to bag a turkey soon though. Tim Farmer, the host of Kentucky Afield, which aired my deer hunt, and I have a bet: if Mitt Romney wins the 2012 U.S. presidential election, I’m designing Farmer a website; if Barack Obama wins, Farmer’s taking me to his “honeyhole.” (When pressed he explained that’s man-speak for a prized hunting spot. Good thing he clarified—I’d already bought some brie, which pairs wonderfully with honey.)

Full disclosure: this post is just a cheap excuse to re-run that photo.