Back for the 2nd year, Louisville Hot Brown Week is October 23-29 : Official Travel Source

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Back for the 2nd year, Louisville Hot Brown Week is October 23-29

Back for the 2nd year, Louisville Hot Brown Week is October 23-29

$10-$12 Hot Brown specials at local, participating restaurants

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (October 2, 2023) – A signature dish of Louisville since 1926, Louisville Tourism has teamed up with over a dozen local restaurants to produce the 2nd Annual Louisville Hot Brown Week. The week will encourage locals and visitors to indulge in Louisville’s most famous dish by dining at participating restaurants offering $10-$12 Hot Brown specials from October 23 to 29.

A Hot Brown is a hot, open-faced sandwich made with Texas toast, thick-sliced turkey, cheesy Mornay sauce, crispy bacon and tomatoes, all baked until bubbling hot. The Hot Brown may be native to Louisville, but the dish is known around the globe, including recognition in Southern Living, The Los Angeles Times and The Wall Street Journal. It’s also been spotlighted on the “Today” show, “Good Morning America” and the Travel Channel’s “Man vs. Food.”

For those unfamiliar with the Hot Brown, the iconic dish was said to be invented at Louisville’s historic Brown Hotel back in the1920s. The hotel would regularly host guests for dinner and late-night dancing, and after kicking up their heels in the luxurious, gilded ballroom, would head to the restaurant for a bite to eat. It wasn’t long before they grew tired of the traditional late-night fare, so Chef Fred K. Schmidt came up with a new, mouthwatering menu item – and the decadent Hot Brown was born. The Brown Hotel will celebrate the 100th anniversary of its opening during the week on October 25.

Louisville Hot Brown Week will kick off with the Hot Brown Showdown benefiting Waterfront Park on Sunday, October 22 from 12-3pm. This cook-off and tasting event invites restaurants and caterers from around the Bluegrass to compete for the title of best Hot Brown or Hot Brown riff. Tickets are $30 and are available online.

“Building on last year’s success, Louisville Tourism continues to support this festive week to encourage awareness of our city’s favorite sandwich. Not only are we celebrating the iconic Hot Brown, but also its birthplace with the 100th anniversary of the historic Brown Hotel. Louisville Hot Brown Week is a great way to engage locals and visitors to learn the history behind the famous dish as well as showcase our local culinary talent.,” said Michael Fetter, Director of Marketing for Louisville Tourism.

Louisville, featured on Season 16 of Top Chef, continues to gain national exposure as a culinary destination. USA Today proclaimed Bourbon City one of “30 U.S. Cities with Underrated Food Scenes” and Travel + Leisure recently named Louisville one of the ‘Best Food Cities in the U.S.’ 

Current participating restaurants include Big Bad Breakfast Germantown, Big Bad Breakfast Norton Commons, Gorilla Bob’s Grub Shack, Parlour Downtown Louisville, Parlour Frankfort Avenue, Parlour Jeffersontown, Parlour Jeffersonville, Parlour New Albany, Rubbies Southside Bar & Grill, Sidebar at Whiskey Row, The Cafe, and The Goose Eatery & Hangout, with more to be announced soon.

Additionally, an official Louisville Hot Brown Week app is available. Navigate your way through the city and reward your APPetite with the app— available in both the Google Play and Apple Store. Check-in at four or more locations to be entered to win $250 in gift cards. You can download the app at

Dining participants will also be able to earn points throughout the week towards a second grand prize of $200 in gift cards by checking into participating restaurants. Diners who accumulate 150 points during the week will receive a special ‘Get Down with The Hot Brown’ t-shirt as a bonus gift.

For details and most up to date list of participating restaurants visit or follow @hotbrownweek on Instagram.

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