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garden & gun: three modern twists on southern preserves – garden & gun

chef sara bradley grew up eating her grandmother’s pickled corn by the jarful. “my parents would have to stop me because I’d give myself a bellyache,” says bradley…


the bourbon review: america’s best bourbon bars 2020

while many of the distilleries in kentucky have shut their doors to tourists, bourbon country’s bars are powering through the pandemic as safely as they can, determined to show out-of-town guests a good time…


cheers magazine: ruth bader gin-sburg

sara bradley, chef/proprietor of freight house in paducah, ky, created this recipe in february 2019 to honor the supreme court justice.

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the manual: the best brandies for sidecars, according to bartenders

this Kentucky brandy, appropriately aged in bourbon barrels, earned high marks from many of our surveyed experts, including chef/proprietor sara bradley of freight house in paducah, kentucky.


the manual: the manual podcast / farm to table with sara bradley

which new bourbon are we pumped about? what does it take to be a master journeyman? where are we excited to travel to next? the manual is dedicated to helping men live a more engaged life – and that means learning new things…

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kentucky monthly: confit squash casserole

offering traditional southern cuisine with a modern twist, the freight house uses the freshest locally sourced ingredients to create innovative dishes in the manner in which they were intended to be served—in season.


whas-tv (louisville, ky): top chef’s sara bradley shows how to make pecan shortcake

former top chef contestant sara bradley of freight house shows how to make pecan shortcake.

chef-sara interview: chef sara bradley

chef sara bradley is the chef/proprietor of freight house restaurant located in her hometown of paducah, ky. opened in 2015, the restaurant serves meals with traditional southern flavors while utilizing fresh, in-season ingredients locally sourced from established farming partners.


the manual: how to make your own homemade peanut butter

in order to help in your quest to become the next great quarantine chef, we reached out to a pro to get her recipe for how to make peanut butter at home. This recipe comes to us from chef sara bradley of the Freight House in paducah, kentucky…


the manual: everything you need to know about french mother sauces

as far as mother sauces go, i am a lover of roux. there is something so rewarding about cooking the flour out perfectly and creating a perfectly velvety sauce,” says chef/proprietor sara bradley…

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wine enthusiast magazine: bars and restaurants have a chance to change for the better. will they take it?

it would be nice to have a collective to say, ‘hey, these are the farmers we need to support locally. how can we make it more economical for them? could we have them all deliver on thursday?’,” says sara bradley…

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styleblueprint: virtual vacation: travel to paducah, ky

the renowned freight house is led by chef/proprietor sara bradley, runner-up on season 16 of bravo’s “top chef.” chef sara opened freight house’s doors in 2015 under the ethos food is more than just eating; your food has a story.

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drift travel: entertaining videos welcome virtual travelers to kentucky

kentucky’s picturesque outdoors meets cooking adventures in this mini-series hosted by chef adam glick. from preparing cocktails and kentucky bbq with “top chef” alum sara bradley at freight house, her restaurant in paducah…

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bake magazine: featured formula: peanut butter chess pie

many recipes are handed down through generations, and chef Sara Bradley is no exception — well, with the exception that her mother bebe also oversees the pastry program at sara’s freight house restaurant…

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flavor & the menu: sara bradley

sara bradley is a master of using flavor combinations to elevate virtually any dish, even the asian carp…

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the independent: five common mistakes people make when cooking steak, according to top chefs

the heat of the pan isn’t the only temperature to be aware of when cooking steak, according to sara bradley, chef at freight house, who told us…

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kentucky monthly: sara bradley, ouita michel headline empowerHER

bravo’s “top chef” season 16 runner-up and freight house chef and owner, sara bradley is teaming up with award-winning chef, restaurateur, and “top chef” celebrity judge, ouita michel…

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the lane report: sara bradley and ouita michel look to empowerHER in paducah

top chefs will headline city’s first women in business conference followed by multi-course culinary experience…


galentine’s day at freight house

if you know freight house, you know we love a good themed event. whether it’s an occasion or non-occasion, we don’t care. we just dig celebrating. for our most recent event fitting this bill, it’s a little bit of both.

Bourbon Dinner

paducah bourbon society’s holiday dinner party

as you probably can deduce, we love the paducah bourbon society. it’s by far one of the coolest clubs in paducah, run by some very classy and palate-knowledgeable folks…

chef sara talks how to organize shop and plan like a profressional chef

how to organize, shop, and plan like a professional chef

as we hope you know, one of chef sara’s missions as a restaurant owner and community figure is to share the knowledge she has gained throughout her education and professional career…

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an evening of john williams & friends costume contest

freight house is, and always has been, a huge proponent of the arts. we proudly showcase art from local, regional, and national artists on our walls….

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heart of kentucky at the james beard house

this past february, chef sara had the opportunity to cook at the famed james beard house in new york city.

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the louisville courier journal: behind the scenes at the james beard taste america event

the courier journal takes you behind the scenes at the james beard taste america event headlined by chef sara and richard blais.

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the bourbon review: america’s best bourbon bars 2019

freight house was named one of america’s best bourbon bars of 2019 by the bourbon review.

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murray ledger & times: murray state small business development center clients earn state-level recognition

freight house was one of three businesses to receive the 2019 pacesetter award, which celebrates high-performing small buisinesses.

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food & wine: ‘top chef’ runner-up sara bradley on the pressure of being the hometown favorite coming in second

chef sara talked with food & wine to discuss the pressures of being on the show, what it’s like behind the scenes, and how that is represented at freight house.

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chicago tribune: ‘top chef’ fans can dig into sara bradley’s winning dishes at her kentucky restaurant

the trib talked to chef sara about adding dishes served on the show to the freight house menu.

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foodism: kentucky chef sara bradley on her state’s culinary heritage and unique produce

chef sara chatted with foodism, a magazine and online food blog, about creating dishes with kentucky’s produce.

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atlanta journal-constitution: this kentucky “top chef” restaurant is worth the trip to paducah

the atlanta journal-constitution profiles freight house & chef sara, and says its well worth the drive.

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bravo’s top chef: season 16 contestant sara bradley is expecting her first child

the daily dish shared chef sara’s exciting news and how the “party mom” moniker ultimately came to fruition.

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courier journal: how to visit all the places featured on ‘top chef’ 16

the courier journal takes you on a road trip to all the locations featured in the season (that we know of), including challenge locations, places cast and crew dined, and restaurants owned by current and former kentucky contestants.

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murray ledger: paducah native represents kentucky cuisine on ‘top chef’

the murray ledger interviewed chef sara after surviving the first episode of top chef kentucky, discussing the show, her background, and western kentucky cuisine.

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courier journal: meet the kentucky contestant on the upcoming season of ‘top chef’

the courier journal previews the upcoming season of top chef, set in kentucky, and interviews chef sara, the lone kentuckian competing.

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style blueprint: sara bradley of “top chef kentucky” – faces of the south

style blueprint interviewed chef sara for their “faces of the south” series, giving a little insight into who she is and what she’s all about.

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west kentucky star: chef sara bradley survives in top chef tv debut

chef sara talked with the west kentucky star about some of her experiences on the show and what it’s like being in front of the camera.

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whas 11 abc: kentucky native competing in ‘top chef’ season 16

whas 11 interviewed chef sara ahead of the premiere to talk about freight house and representing kentucky in the upcoming season of top chef.

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hamburg journal: when does bravo’s top chef kentucky premiere?

the monthly magazine offers its own preview of the much anticipated top chef season, and tips their cap to the only kentucky chef to be competing.

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ace weekly: top chef comes to kentucky: burgoo, bourbon and benedectine, oh my

ace weekly previews season 16 of top chef and shouts out the “hometown girl” and freight house.

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smiley pete: new “top chef” season validates kentucky’s growing renown as a dining destination

the online publication highlights the upcoming season of top chef, including a nod to kentucky cuisine, and chef sara bradley as the lone kentucky contestant.

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top chef kentucky: chef sara to participate in upcoming season

chef sara will be competing in season 16 of top chef, which is set primarily in kentucky. get your first look at the upcoming season.

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lonely planet: under the radar usa – creativity & culture in paducah, kentucky

lonely planet makes the case for why paducah should be on everyone’s radar, and kindly shows freight house a little love along the way.

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chicago tribune: why visit paducah? because artists, preservationists and foodies think you should.

the chicago tribune seconded the notion that paducah is most certainly THE place to visit, for some really good reasons.

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thrillist: these bold new takes on southern classics are reinventing the region’s cuisine.

thrillist gave chef sara and freight house a shout out after getting wind of our hot damn hot brown in their reinvented southern cuisine feature.

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lexington herald leader: why visit paducah? because artists, preservationists and foodies think you should.

the lexington herald leader made its way to paducah to see what all of the hype was about, and showed chef sara, bebe, and freight house some love.

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paducah sun: local restaurant promotes asian carp

the paducah sun met with chef sara to discuss how this local fish made its way to the menu, and how eating it just might be the best solution to overpopulation.

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wkms – something from nothing: sara bradley’s recipe for freight house

justin lewis of wkms interviewed chef sara for their “something from nothing” podcast, where she talks about her first experiences in the kitchen and how she came about bringing freight house to paducah.

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garden & gun: standout southern easter dishes 

garden & gun magazine once again shout out freight house’s famous spicy beer cheese on their list of standout dishes to elevate your easter gathering.

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garden & gun: an angel’s share in kentucky 

garden & gun profiled chef sara and her extensive bourbon collection, how she chooses her stock, and why we should be drinking it (and not saving).

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kentucky tourism: better in the bluegrass

kentucky tourism recently launched a campaign to promote the culinary arts in kentucky, highlighting the state’s incredible culinary diversity. freight house is listed as the featured restaurant for the western kentucky region on kentucky tourism’s list of featured restaurants.

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thrillist: the best small-town restaurant in every state

thrillist created a list of what they deemed the best small-town restaurants in every state. freight house was named best in kentucky.

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paducah sun: paducah delegation brings flavors, ideas from mexico

the paducah sun breaks down paducah, and freight house’s participation in the “sabores y saberes” festival, where chef bradley, along with local aritsts and musicians, cooked, performed and entertained in san cristobal de las casas, mexico.

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wkms: paducah to be featured at artisanal and gastronomic festival in mexico

wkms highlights the upcoming trip by chef bradley to san cristobal de las casas, mexico, where she, alongside other paducah artists, were invited to participate in the “sabores y saberes” artisanal and gastronomic festival.

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wkms: two kentucky chefs to bring taste of bluegrass to james beard house

wkms profiled the “heart of kentucky” dinner at the james beard house, which featured chef sara and chef ouita michel.

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wpsd: sara bradley named entrepreneur of the year

the paducah area chamber of commerce celebrated local businesses and nonprofit organizations with awards during its annual meeting and business celebration. freight house chef and proprietor sara bradley was named paducah’s entrepreneur of the year.

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west kentucky star: chef sara to represent kentucky at NYC event

the west kentucky star provided a feature on chef sara in anticipation of the james beard foundation dinner.

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paducah sun: freight house chef to cook at acclaimed NYC eatery

the paducah sun interviewed chef sara about her invitation to cook at the famed james beard house to promote kentucky cuisine.

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lexington herald reader: kentucky chefs will wow culinary scene with carp, chicken livers

the lexington herald reader gives a rundown of chefs sara bradley and ouita michel ahead of their james beard foundation dinner.

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food & wine: why restaurants are obsessing over ale-8-one

food & wine magazine profiled chef bradley, and other kentucky chefs, who have been incorporating the famous kentucky soft drink into their cooking processes.

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mccracken county public library: how to host the perfect dinner party

chef bradley hosted a class at the mccracken county public library on how to host the perfect dinner party for the local public, including tips, tricks, and a full menu for your event.


fine cooking: chef’s must-have tools

chef bradley lists one of her must-have tools everyone should have in their kitchen.

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chicago tribune: ​former chicago chef returns home

the chicago tribune profiled chef bradley and freight house for the lifestyle and travel section.

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midwest living: weekend getaway in paducah, ky

midwest living featured paducah, ky in its regional travel section, listing freight house as one of the ways to “taste paducah.”

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jen around the world: the first and only farm to table restaurant in paducah, ky

jennifer sikora, a lifestyle, food and travel blogger, visited the freight house and wrote a review based on her experience.

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edible louisville: bluegrass favorite restaurant/chef

chef bradley was featured on edible louisville’s local hero awards, receiving their “favorite restaurant/chef” title in the bluegrass region.

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garden & gun: when beer meets cheese

garden & gun featured the famous freight house beer cheese recipe and a little bit about its kentucky heritage for their section titled “the skillet.”


great bourbon bars: freight house

freight house is proud to be included in the list of america’s great bourbon bars.

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tasting table: best small towns for food in the us

freight house was featured as one of the destinations to eat in tasting table’s “best small towns for food in the united states.”

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usa today: fall’s juiciest apple dishes and drinks

usa today featured freight house’s apple bourbon crisp on their list of “fall’s juiciest apple dishes and drinks.”


know where your food comes from: farm to table dining

freight house is listed on the “know where your food comes from” website promoting local and sustainable agriculture that cares for people, animals, land and water.

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the southern: chef sara bradley and freight house return to her roots

the southern life & style section featured an in-depth interview with chef bradley regarding her paducah ties, her mission, and how she is working to redefine southern cooking.

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thrillist: underrated southern towns you need to be spending a lot more time in.

thrillist named freight house “must-eat food” in paducah in this list of underrated southern towns you need to be spending a lot more time in.

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wkms underwriter spotlight: freight house restaurant

dixie lynn, and underwriter for wkms in murray, profiled freight house for the news organization shortly after opening.

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paducah life: new southern cuisine for downtown paducah

profile in paducah life magazine of chef bradley and freight house to announce the opening and chef bradley’s deep ties to the community.

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wpsd: farm to table food coming to paducah

wpsd feature on chef sara bradley and the grand opening of freight house, western kentucky’s first farm to table restaurant.

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wkms: meet the chef of freight house

chef bradley’s interview with wkms prior to freight house’s grand opening.

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