Southern Indiana Living

JUL-AUG 2018

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July/Aug 2018 • 24 Cafe 157 Restaurant / art gallery brings new flavor to downtown New Albany C afé 157 may look like just an- other restaurant in downtown New Albany, but it is anything but. The restaurant/art gallery is owner Linda Williams' newest adventure. Williams and her husband previ- ously ran a bed and breakfast and art gal- lery in Jeffersonville. Her goal was to take her passion for art and food and meld the two. Café 157 celebrated its second anni- versary in May at 157 E. Main St. "We focus on regional food — very healthy," she said. "My vision is what I eat at home — low nitrates, fresh organic greens…" Nicholas Lynch became the execu- tive chef this past Thanksgiving, and Wil- liams said he has been a breath of fresh air. "He has taken a lot of the stress out of this for me. I'm still captain of the ship and he's my first mate and it's wonder- ful." New menu items are added each week as specials, with one always being an Asian dish — the chef's specialty. Wil- liams said she appreciates Lynch's tech- nique and loves the Asian influence. "It's good for the hot not to linger, but to be just long enough that you want another bite," she said. Menu items include Thai basil stir- fry, a Banh Mi burger, pork scallopini, roasted brussels sprouts, baked catfish, homemade sourdough bread, humming- bird cake and more. One of the more unique menu items is the homemade chestnut caramel ice cream, which pays homage to Chestnuts and Pearls, the antique shop and art gal- lery on the second floor of the cafe build- ing. Williams said her team is working on more themed menu items. An artist and art teacher herself, Wil- liams is all about promoting local talent, which is the café's main purpose. "The café is really a vehicle for the gallery," she said. The gallery displays watercolor, photography and jewelry made by local and international artists. The work is also Story by Darian Eswine Photos by Michelle Hockman #EatLocal

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