Growing close

Growing close

David and Arwen were living in the Washington, D.C., area, when they decided they needed to buy some land. “He started a community garden in our neighborhood and all of our neighbors called him ‘Farmer Dave,’” Arwen said. “That’s when the writing was on the wall that he needed land.”

 

Josh's Farm Report

Josh's Farm Report

Three Springs Farm has outfitted our opening with a prolific amount of beautiful produce. This restaurant has found amazing partners in Arwen and David, who own Three Springs Farm in Nicholas County. They send us the best lettuce in the world and we try to avoid screwing it up.

Derby Weekend in Midway

Derby Weekend in Midway

Though Honeywood’s husband, Howard, had a lifelong love of Thoroughbred horses as a breeder and owner of the horses he raised and raced, he never ran a horse in the Kentucky Derby. But Derby time at Honeywood and Howard’s house in Midway was an epic event.

Notes from an opening

Notes from an opening

Ouita’s first-ever revolving door was unlocked at 11 a.m. May 3 to whirl in guests for Honeywood’s first day of business. “I’m glad opening day is finally here,” she said. “We’ve done so much practice that our entire staff is ready to cook and serve and mix and pour.” So take a spin through the door and find yourself in a beautiful, welcoming space, with friendly faces ready to share the Honeywood experience.

 

First delivery from Three Springs!

First delivery from Three Springs!

David Wagoner is the Honeywood staff farmer — he's ours, all ours! — and on Tuesday, he drove his truck from Nicholas County loaded with tender lettuces, greens, baby beets and carrots to make his first official delivery to Honeywood. Ouita, Chef Josh and other staffers were sampling and raving about David's tasty lettuces. David's wife, Arwen, and daughter, Phoebe, helped ferry the Three Springs Farm bushel baskets into our new kitchen. We're getting closer to sharing David's great produce with guests! 

A sustainable friendship

A sustainable friendship

Stone Cross Farm has been described as the best-kept secret in Spencer County. Located on 103 acres of peaceful, rolling farmland along a long gravel lane near Taylorsville, Ky., the farm is owned by Patrick and Leeta Kennedy who moved there in 1990 after Patrick’s 140-acre family farm near Hurstbourne Lane in Louisville was taken for development. ...

Lessons Learned So Far

Lessons Learned So Far

Without question, the process of opening Honeywood has become the greatest learning experience of my life. I’m fortunate to be working with Ouita, Chris and Roger, whose vision of operating restaurants is to celebrate the flavors from Kentucky’s small farms and producers, and to celebrate the value of those farmers’ contribution to our local economy and culture...

I'll have an order of Springtime

I'll have an order of Springtime

My mother was a poet. For as long as I can remember, we had green salad at dinner. It was my job from about the age of 7 until I was 50 and she was too sick to eat her beloved salads, to clean the greens and chop the vegetables. Our family joked and teased her about adding too many vegetables; she wasn’t satisfied until the lettuces were mixed with peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, radishes, onions, carrots, broccoli stems, anything and everything in her fridge...

I'll tell you why Honeywood, by Chef Josh

I'll tell you why Honeywood, by Chef Josh

Honeywood owner Ouita Michel, who owns several Bluegrass area restaurants, has been besieged with, “Why another restaurant?” As for me, a chef with a fine dining background, I am asked often lately, “Why did you agree to the executive chef position at Honeywood?” The underlying question is really, “Why are you, a champion of and chef in small, fierce, free-standing restaurants, opening a 150-seat restaurant in a shopping center?” In truth, the answer to that question revealed itself well after I agreed to participate in the project...