February 22, 2019, Earnest, Kentucky – Where The Rain Starts, The Chefs Of Joe Beef In Montreal Gave Up Alcohol And Their Whole Restaurant Changed

Atmosphere:

We used to joke on the radio about how it was always raining over in Earnest, Kentucky because some weather guy liked to use the expression “the rain will begin in earnest . . .” Well, the rain begins in earnest and everywhere else, too, this evening and it will persist until a cold front sweeps through overnight Saturday. Today – Cloudy, with a high near 49.

Art:

Edgar Degas, Before the Performance (1896)
More about the artist from Britannica.

Thought:

My nearby hometown of Louisville is seeing an extraordinary surge in bourbon-related tourism. When I read this article I thought of some Louisville area chefs and “booze ambassadors” who might be walking the same, deadly path. They’ll stop someday – one way or another. They always do.

What if your livelihood depended on holding court with fellow boozers every night? What if booze defined you?

From Bon Appetit: . . . the two chefs—who are legendary, along with their iconic Montreal restaurant, for bacchanalian-level eating and drinking—began discussing their recent sobriety and how it has impacted the culture of their restaurants. They spoke with such candor that I asked McMillan to talk more. Here’s what he had to say. —Julia Kramer


“The path to the light looks dark,
the real power seems weak, 
the greatest love seems indifferent, 
the greatest wisdom looks childish.”

Lao Tzu

Thought of the day provided by Thomas Brown – Madwillow Creekhouse.