The real Hall's beer cheese will be in stores soon

Herald-Leader food writerOctober 31, 2012 

For almost five decades, Hall's on the River has been serving beer cheese that was "invented" just across the road by neighboring barkeep Johnny Allman.

The owners of Hall's never shared their recipe for snappy beer cheese or sold the cheese anywhere other than the restaurant at 1225 Athens-Boonesboro Road in Clark County. In the 1980s they sold the right to use the name "Hall's" to a company that made a version of beer cheese.

"People always ask us why the Hall's beer cheese they get at the restaurant tastes better than the 'Hall's' they were buying at the stores," restaurant co-owner Melissa Crase said.

Recently, Crase and her husband, Karl, now sole owners of the restaurant, reacquired the trademark to sell the brand in retail stores, she said.

"Prior to the upcoming launch, the original recipe could only be found by those willing to make the trek to Hall's," she said.

The couple expect its snappy beer cheese to be available in retail stores before Christmas.

Hall's popular beer cheese received accolades in the October issue of Southern Living in an article titled "Brewgrass country fall escape." Writer Erin Shaw Street said the beer spread is a state staple, and "We love the version at Hall's on the River."

Street's itinerary included the Brewgrass Trail, specifically West Sixth Brewing and Country Boy Brewing in Lexington, and Beer Engine and Lore Brewing Company in Danville. She recommended cheesy poofs (pastries filled with Gouda and fontina) and duck brat sliders at The Village Idiot and the beer school at The Beer Trappe, both in Lexington, and the soft pretzels and beer bread at Midway School Bakery.

Ebook is talking turkey

I'm guessing many in the tech-savvy generation who downloads ebooks probably have never cooked a turkey. No worries. This holiday s eason, inexperienced cooks can learn to prepare the holiday bird from an ebook.

Let's Talk Turkey is designed to help holiday cooks pull together a holiday meal (Thanksgiving in particular) that is true to their style and skill level.

Hearst Magazines and the New York City-based ebook publisher Open Road Media are releasing a collection of recipes from Redbook, Good Housekeeping, Country Living and Woman's Day magazines. The ebook covers everything from drafting calendars and checklists for holiday meal planning, to recipes for turkey and all the fixings, to what to do if you're having a "turkey 911" and need to troubleshoot an aspect of your holiday dinner. Let's Talk Turkey is $3.99.

Doing Kentucky Proud

Kentucky Women in Agriculture will host Taste of Kentucky Proud at its 13th annual conference in Louisville next week.

Culinary students from Sullivan University will present their Kentucky Proud food creations, and local chefs will prepare a variety of dishes including bison, goat, beef, pork and aquaculture products.

Tickets for the Taste are $20 for non-members. Go to Kywomeninag.com or call Sharon Furches at (270) 293-8151. The event will be Nov. 8 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Airport.

Sharon Thompson: (859) 231-3321. Twitter: @FlavorsofKY. Blog: Flavorsofkentucky.bloginky.com

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