He has traveled the world, speaks fluent German and Spanish, teaches language at Bellarmine University and hosts ghost tours in downtown Louisville on the side. David Dominé’s plate isn’t full yet, though. The author of the “Ghost of Old Louisville” series has just written another book, this time focusing on the culinary delights of Kentucky. We sat down with Dominé to talk about his book “111 Fabulous Food Finds: Best Bites in the Bluegrass,” and the variety of other ventures he’s become involved in over the years.
What inspired you to write this book?
In traveling around the state and researching places, I thought it was time to do this book. I decided to go with 111 (food finds) because 100 or 101 is sort of standard. I wanted to visit places where I could get interesting pictures, places where there’s a story to the building or the people who own the place, and if it’s a restaurant that’s been around 100 years or 50 years, generally they’re doing something right. It’s just trying to get people out and about in the state and get them to eat and discover a little bit too.
How long did it take you to compile the information and write the book?
Probably a good, solid two years. I had to take a hiatus for another book project. I whittled the book down to 111, but I probably checked out 300 to 400 places.
Do you plan to publish another book with the other restaurants you visited?
There will be a second edition. I discovered a couple of good places that I can’t believe I missed, so I’ll update it. What I want to do is make this into a national series. I want to have a “fabulous food find” for each state. I’m working on a couple other states right now.
Out of the 111 restaurants in the book, is there one that is your favorite?
I don’t know if there’s a favorite. I have some favorites. Here in Louisville, I really like the Oakroom. I like Wagner’s. I like the whole spectrum, from holes-in-the-wall to five-star restaurants.
Is a fabulous food find more about the food or the atmosphere?
The food should be good, but there are a couple places where the food is OK but the building itself is interesting or the history, or maybe it’s located in an interesting place. One of the places, Bread of Life Café, is run by this Mennonite family and they take in refugee children. It’s just a neat story and a good cause.
Are you currently working on any other books?
I’m actually working on the fourth volume in the “Ghosts of Old Louisville” series. I’m also working on memoirs of when I lived in my house on Third Street, which is where all the stuff happened that got me interested in the haunted past of Old Louisville. I don’t even know if I believe in ghosts. I consider myself a skeptic, but I love ghost stories. I find it’s a way to sugarcoat history and architecture and colorful characters.
You seem to be involved in a lot. How have you been able to succeed in so many different ventures?
I just know how to manage my time I think. I don’t lay around at home a lot; I’m usually doing something. And most of the stuff that I’m involved with that’s successful are things that I enjoy. Food, languages, writing – those are all my interests. I just really like Louisville and living here and like getting other people turned on about the good things in Louisville.
“111 Fabulous Food Finds: Best Bites in the Bluegrass” is available in local bookstores and online at www.amazon.com.
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Ashley spends half her time writing stories at The Voice-Tribune office and half her time out on the town conducting interviews, while occasionally dressing in wild outfits to fully immerse herself in the experience (aka Princess Leia at Comic Con). Ashley is a huge UofL fan and loves the Yankees and the Boston Celtics (she is fully aware of the irony). She hopes to one day outshine Erin Andrews on ESPN and enjoys running, Bardstown Road/Fourth Street, Breaking Bad and reality TV (she’s not ashamed to admit that).