News & Reviews
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Growing up in a small village in southern Mexico, Chef Bruce Ucan roasted beans using this ancient Mayan recipe. At the Mayan Café, his tasty tok-sel lima beans surprise & delight customers.
Every Monday evening in November, we’ll be offering “Burrito & Margarita Night”. Each week, we’ll offer two new burritos (one vegetarian option) paired with a special margarita. How do blueberry-basil or strawberry-mango sound?! We’re celebrating the fall harvest in Mayan style by featuring fresh vegetables, local meats & sustainable seafood all rolled up into these killer burritos. [...]
If you’ve been asking yourself that question we’ve been hearing for several years now, the answer is, “Of course we’re anticipating the end of the Mayan calendar, December 21, 2012, with breath held and excitement mounted!” Our chef, Bruce Ucán, and his brother, our chef de cuisine, Willy Ucán, sat down to discuss what dishes [...]
Restaurant Review | Mayan Cafe Written by: Marty Rosen Printed in: Courier-Journal Dated: March 26, 2014 In this four-star review, restaurant critic, Marty Rosen, chronicles the history of Chef Bruce Ucan’s culinary story in Louisville – from the Gypsy van, to the Mayan Gypsy to the Mayan Cafe. “For almost two decades, chef Bruce Ucan [...]
This past September, we had the pleasure of catering Caitlin & Jay’s wedding at Caitlin’s parent’s farm in Shelbyville, Kentucky. Caitlin’s family had been coming to the Mayan Cafe for years, so we were thrilled to be a part of the celebration. Jay’s family had a farm in Virginia, so we used some of their [...]
The folks from StarChefs magazine and website, starchefs.com, recently made a visit to Louisville. They interviewed Chef Bruce and took lots of photographs of the food and our place. Check out his bio here and enjoy the photos!
The inspiration for this early summer cocktail came from a trip our general manager took to a small-batch vinegar shop in the area. Capshew Cellars is located in southern, Indiana and has a really great story. Bob Capshew, the owner, has been making small-batch vinegar and fruit wines for years, and his products are standing to become [...]
This Pomegranate Gin Smash cocktail is a refreshing complement to many of the flavors we serve at the Mayan Cafe. It’s the perfect cocktail for sitting on your front porch in the summer or entertaining friends in the spring. Try the recipe listed here. There are many types of gin out there, but we feel [...]
In September of 2013, we had the honor of catering Katie & Jeremy’s wedding at The Pointe in Butchertown. This building is just an incredible space – open, great windows, beautiful wooden floors. It sets the tone for some really awesome pictures. Katie & Jeremy had this amazing combination of traits – organized and detail-oriented while [...]
England’s own Condé Nast Traveller magazine recently came to Louisville and thoroughly enjoyed themselves in our up and coming neighborhood, NuLu. They visited some shops that have been here for decades like Joe Ley Antiques and Muth’s Candy as well as new places like Why Louisville and Please & Thank You. This is what writer, [...]
“Yucatuckian” by Steve Hacker Story Magazine This winter, Story Magazine did a lovely feature piece on Chef Ucán. They learned all about his days of the Gypsy van, one of Louisville’s original food trucks, as well as Bruce’s vision for farm-to-table fusion with Mayan dishes. Steve Squall took some amazing pictures as well that really [...]
In November of 2013, we had the pleasure of catering Stephanie & Stephen’s wedding. We know these good folks from their work in neighborhood, NuLu, so it was more fun than work to plan their menu. Both the ceremony and reception were outside, and the day couldn’t have been more beautiful. They wanted a low-key, casual [...]