Posted by: Jessie | October 6, 2011

Dinner at Proof


We celebrated our anniversary at Proof.  What a fun restaurant.  It is all about art and interesting food.  The bar is all about art, bourbon, and cocktails.  They put this description on their website:

Proof on Main offers an award-winning combination of inventive food and beverage paired with warm, professional service and exciting art-driven design. Locals flock to Proof for Chef Michael Paley’s flavor focused cooking that is inspired by the culinary traditions of Italy and the American South. Proof is committed to supporting the region’s sustainable farmers and producers, including our own Woodland Farm. This commitment carries over to the bar where over 50 of Kentucky’s finest bourbons are stocked and seasonal, ingredient-driven cocktails are featured.

Opened in February 2006 and developed by Louisville philanthropists and art collectors, Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson, Proof was honored to be named as one of “Best New Restaurants 2006,” by Esquire.

Other accolades include:

› Food & Wine magazine: “America’s 50 Most Amazing Wine Experiences”
› GQ magazine: One of three American “New Whiskey Temples”
› Santé magazine: “2008 Grand Award Spirits Hospitality Restaurant of the Year”
› Wine Spectator 2007, 2008, 2009: “Award of Excellence”
› Louisville’s Courier Journal: “Outstanding” Four-star review

The restaurant was full, it’s a good thing we had reservations.  People were dressed in business suits, cocktail dresses, and some were even wearing jeans.  The art in the dining room is called “A Sudden Gust of Wind.”  It is comprised of over 200 sheets of metal that emulate a stack of paper frozen in motion throughout the dining room.  A moment of explosion without the destruction.

Dinner was fabulous.  Eric had the sunchoke salad and the Bone-in Bison tenderloin.  He said it was excellent.  The bison was dry rubbed with spices and cooked very rare.  The bison was from the owner’s own ranch.  I had the butternut squash soup, which was slightly sweet.  It had pieces of toasted dark chocolate brioche, which was not sweet.  Wow.  The two together were just wonderful.  For my entree I had Pacific Sturgeon.  It was rich and tasty.  The Sturgeon was farm raised in Kentucky.  For dessert we had dark chocolate and beet cake with vanilla malt gelato and black walnut.  Wow!  It was rich, moist, and earthy.  To Die For!  We would not have known it had beets in it if they had not told us.

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