Gumby is back in
of Gumby's Custom Catering at 2nd and Hill Streets has opened
the Garden Room Café at the Spectrum Building, the old Male High School
at 911 S. Breckenridge Street.
Prestigiacomo-Wilder has created a menu to reflect her family's Italian
culinary background and love of good food. A menu of soups, salads,
sandwiches, and desserts is served on weekdays. A Sunday Buffet Brunch is
also offered. Reservations for brunch are recommended but not required.
Call 625-1900 or 635-0240 for reservations or a menu.
Creativity in Many Forms
Mahmoud creates jewelry as an expression of beauty. She is well known in
the neighborhood and region for her handcrafted creations using silver,
amber, turquoise, crystal, marble, pearls and other natural stones.
A native of Eritrea
who as a teenager fled to Sudan during the worst days of Eritrea’s
30-year war of independence from Ethiopia, Rekia has led a varied and
adventurous life. She worked odd jobs in Saudi Arabia and was employed by
the Saudi royal family as a handmaiden to a royal princess. She eventually
moved to Ohio where she ran a grocery business while raising her daughter.
Rekia speaks five languages, has traveled extensively, and currently works
with school and education centers to make children aware of and
understanding of diversity. She will be traveling to Turkey this summer.
Rekia is also a
creative cook. The Ouerbacker Court resident often brings a favorite bread
or dessert to neighborhood gatherings. Many neighbors have sampled and
enjoyed Rekia’s Zatar bread. Following is a history, description, and
recipe for this traditional Middle Eastern flatbread:
Zatar bread is
considered to be a Middle Eastern flat bread which came from the country
regions of Egypt, Lebanon and Syria. Since people couldn’t go without
bread, bakers became powerful in the Roman Empire. The Romans learned
about sourdough breadbaking from the Greeks. By the First Century BC,
there were over 258 bakeries in the city of Rome.
Creative and sensual
meaning for breadbaking exists in all cultures.
Romans use it as a
symbol of love and peace. Greeks named it "Joy of the
Mountains." To the ancients, the oven represented a giant womb, a
place of wonder and creation. The heat from the oven transformed the soft
dough, as if a miracle took place. The metaphor is found when a pregnant
woman says "she’s got one in the oven." For Christians, sacred
bread was not only a special gift from God, but metaphorically was God
himself in the form of the holy wafer.
What is Zatar?
an Arabic word for wild thyme and is common to Middle Eastern cooking. The
word Zatar is spelled Za’tar, Zaatar, and Zahtar. Zatar is an herb
mixture and flavors that comes in several varieties, but it is commonly
made of sesame seeds, oregano, thyme and sumac. It is eaten most often
with flat bread and olive oil or yogurt cheese.
Zatar is served by
dipping the flat bread in olive oil. The Romans and Greeks also ate bread
dry or with olive oil, and sometimes dunked their bread in wine.
Mediterraneans use it as herbs to relax the stomach and help refresh
memory and digestion. In the Middle East, zatar is sprinkled on ripe
tomatoes or yogurt cheese that is used as a vegetable dip. Italians use
zatar as a main ingredient for pizza and pasta sauce. Thyme (Zatar) herb
is also used as a salad dressing by mixing two tablespoons of thyme and
four tablespoons of olive oil.
There are various
ways to make Zatar bread. The following is one of the recipes to make a
tasty Zatar Bread.
1 cup of sourdough
1 cup of warm water
(about 85° F)
1 teaspoon of salt
Two ¾ cups wheat
¼ cup zatar herb
¼ cup olive oil
In a mixing bowl,
dissolve the starter in warm water, about 85° F. (Replenish your starter
with about 1 cup of flour and 1 cup of water.) The starter will begin to
dissolve as soon as you start stirring it. After a minute or so, stir in
the salt and 1 cup of flour. Put about 1-1/4 additional cups of wheat
flour, and when the mixture comes away from the sides of the bowl, turn it
out on your floured work surface.
approximately another ½ cup of flour. Work for about 5 minutes until
dough becomes silky. Place the dough in an unoiled bowl and cover to keep
the dough from drying out. Set in a warm place, about 80°F, for 3 to 5
hours. Then, turn the dough out onto your floured work surface.
Grease the bottoms
of 2 standard-size uninsulated cookie sheets with olive oil. Then, using a
sharp knife, divide the dough in two. With a rolling pin, flatten the
dough to a uniform ¼-inch thickness.
Place dough on
cookie sheets where it should easily fit. With your hand, spread a liberal
coat of olive oil across top of dough. Spread 1/8 cup of zatar herb on
each bread to be. Once again, spread a liberal coating of olive oil, but
this time, on top of the zatar. Mush it around a little, and the zatar
will stick better. Cover and let unbaked bread sit for about 30-minutes.
Preheat oven to
425°F and bake for about 15 minutes or until done. ("Done" does
not mean brittle). Use insulated cookie sheets if bread bottoms are hard
and tough. Zatar breads should be soft. If you forgot to preheat your
oven, just bake the breads for an extra 5 minutes.
When baked: take
flat breads from the oven, cut into small sections as needed and use bread
to wipe up any olive oil remaining on the cookie sheet. If no olive oil is
left, pour a little olive oil in a bowl, dip in the breads and eat while
Makes 2 Flat Breads
For more information about Rekia’s jewelry, contact her at 635-9261 or email@example.com
Association Chairperson Number
1300 S. Third
Street Chuck Anderson 636-3396
Hank Triplett 636-2925
West Penny Johnson 636-1675
Ron Loughry 583-2984
Dot Wade 635-7885
Garvin Gate Bob
Arts & Crafts Jeff Schooler
Shalom Com. Peter Barnes-Davies 634-9694
St. James Court
Louise Shawkat 637-3606
Jerry Birschbach 635-0220
Mary Martin 637-4000
Jane LaPin 587-1028
Catherine Street Rhonda Williams 584-9231
Thank you Old
Dear Old Louisville
Neighbors and Friends,
and I thank all of our Old Louisville neighbors, friends, city officials,
and business associates who were involved in planning, organizing,
attending, and participating in our evening of honor on Thursday, May 15,
2003, at Masterson’s Restaurant.
The event was billed
as an evening of fun and neighborhood camaraderie, and all the folks who
attended and with whom we spoke indicated they had a really good time and
enjoyed the evening.
Marjorie and I had a
great time, and we appreciated all the kind remarks (and some of the other
remarks) that were put forth. We also appreciated visiting with some folks
we had not seen in a long time.
Marjorie and I
especially thank John Sistarenik, OLNC Chair, and those that worked with
him. You all did a great job, and I give you a B+.
Old Louisville is
truly a great neighborhood with a cosmopolitan citizenry. Every corner of
our neighborhood has a history and architecture that creates a sense that
our neighborhood is a special place. We are the stewards of this place at
this time in history.
We have accomplished
much. City officials who work with our on a daily basis comment that the
Old Louisville community sets the pace and sets much of the standard as
compared to other neighborhoods.
However, we have
much more to do. As Councilman George Unseld has stated on a number of
occasions, "When we all pull together, we can accomplish
That spirit was very
much in evidence on the evening of May 15 at Masterson’s Restaurant.
Again, Marjorie and
I thank you all for your honor.
A Signature Gate
for Old Louisville
Two tall columns,
which light from within at night, now grace the entrance to Old Louisville
at the I-65 south exit ramp at St. Catherine Street. Along with the
attractive landscaping, they provide a welcome to our neighborhood.
Chair of the West Saint Catherine Neighborhood Association, spoke at the
dedication of this Signage and Wayfinding project in April. Following are
I suppose you could
call this a monumental day for West St. Catherine Street, for Limerick and
Old Louisville, and for the city at large.
We stand here to
celebrate a project over two years in the making, the spearhead and the
model for Metro Louisville’s Signage and Wayfinding Campaign. As we are
all beginning to realize in the newly merged city, the growth and
character of our community is dependent largely upon neighborhood identity
and integrity. That is what the Signage and Wayfinding Campaign is all
about: identifying distinctive neighborhoods within the city and providing
inventive and attractive ways to point to their presence.
Of course, we feel
that our street and our neighborhood are among the city’s truly
distinctive areas. West St. Catherine, with its prominent exit off
Interstate 65, has become a sort of "gateway" to Old
Louisville-the principal route to one of the most compelling architectural
and preservation districts in the Eastern United States. We can hope that
these striking new obelisks will help signal our presence to tourists and,
in the long term, to new residents and businesses.
though, we are also considering a larger purpose.
Those of us who live
in the Old Louisville and Limerick districts have made a commitment to the
city core. We believe that the possibilities and potential of Metro
Louisville depend in a large part upon our attention to the heart of the
city-its older, traditionally urban neighborhoods. As the heart goes, so
goes the rest of the city, we believe, and one of the early steps to a
vibrant and vitalized Louisville is attending to the riches we already
have, preserving our heritage not only as an architectural showpiece, but
as a lively and productive urban district.
This project could
not have been undertaken without the vision and the unqualified support of
our Councilman, George Unseld. From the beginning, he has been a tireless
advocate of what you see in place today. His office has been behind us
financially, tactically, and even spiritually. His know-how and hard work
on these matters have only been matched by his kindness and encouragement.
And as this display lights up at night signaling our city’s renewed and
renewing optimism, we should thank George deeply for providing the first,
Chair - WSCNA
A Coffee Shop for
Old Louisville Coffee Shop will open early next month at Fourth and Hill.
It will feature coffee, espresso, loose-leaf teas, bagels, pastries,
sandwiches, and ice cream by the cone and quart.
owner/manager, hopes the shop will become a community gathering place for
Old Louisville. She plans to have exhibit space for art and to have craft
and jewelry items for sale. Live music is planned at some point in the
The shop will be
open Monday-Saturday, 7am-1:30pm and 4:30pm-8pm; Sunday, 7am-2pm.
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