Category Archives: Events

  1. Event Alert: Louisville Storytellers event will be all about food on Nov. 16

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    November 4, 2015 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Food and good stories complement one another like Nutella and pretzels (just try it if you don’t believe me). And later this month, the first-ever Louisville Storytellers event will turn the spotlight on this entertaining combination.

  2. 7 tips to get the most out of the Kentucky State Fair

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    August 25, 2015 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    The highlight of my visit was getting one-on-one time with Flint, one of the Miller border collies.

    ALERT: You have through Aug. 30 to visit the Kentucky State Fair.

    If you still need some convincing, here are 30 reasons why you should visit the fair, also known as the most exciting event of the year. And once you make the correct decision to go to the fair, here are some tips to make the most of your visit:

  3. Join me today, Aug. 21, at the Kentucky State Fair bourbon cooking competition

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    August 21, 2015 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Funnel cake because it's time for the Kentucky State Fair.

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year, guys. The Kentucky State Fair is in full swing.

    This year’s fair runs Aug. 20 through 30. Find out all the info about admission and hours here. I’ve documented my love affair with the fair for the past five years, so I won’t waste time running my list of reasons why you need to set aside some time to make it out to the Kentucky Fair and Expo Center. But I will mention one event that’s worth making a trip to the fairgrounds this evening.

    I will be one of a great group of judges at this year’s 30th annual Evan Williams Cooking Contest, at 6 p.m. today, Aug. 21, on the Gourmet Garden culinary stage in South Wing Lobby A of the expo center. The competition pits amateur and professional chefs against one another to find out who can prepare the best entree, soup, stew, barbecue or casserole that features Evan Williams Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. The Courier-Journal reports that there will be more than 80 dishes entered in the competition. That’s a lot of eatin’, friends. But someone has to judge these dishes, and I’m the lady for it. And you know I love judging a cooking competition — it’s like Chopped come to life.

    Evan Williams Cooking Competition at the Kentucky State Fair

    When: 6 p.m. today, Aug. 21

    Where: South Wing Lobby A, Kentucky State Fair and Exposition Center

    For more information: Kentucky State Fair’s website

  4. Event Alert: Kentucky Farm Festival, July 11-12, 2015

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    July 10, 2015 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Photo courtesy of Kentucky Farm Festival.

    I appreciate agriculture. It’s hard not to when you love food as much as I do. Sure, there’s the food stuff that’s scientifically modified and pushed down an assembly line that’s engineered to be DELICIOUS (Oreos, I can’t seem to quit you). But there’s nothing quite like a bite of fresh produce from a farmer, especially if s/he is close enough to call “neighbor.”

    If you share my appreciation or just want to learn more about local farming, Oldham County’s tourism and convention board will host Kentucky Farm Fest this weekend, July 11-12 in Crestwood at a farm called The Maples (because all good farms have names, dontchaknow). The Kentucky Department of Agriculture and Kentucky Proud are also sponsoring the event with the goal of celebrating agriculture.

    Some of the Kentucky Farm Festival’s activities will include animal demonstrations about shearing and milking, cooking demos, and workshops from chefs, distillers and farmers. You can take a look at the impressive lineup here. I’m pretty excited about the products that will be at the Foodie Market.

    Admission to the Kentucky Farm Festival is $5. For more information about getting there and where to park, visit the event’s website.

    Kentucky Farm Festival


    When: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. July 11, 2015; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. July 12

    Where: The Maples Farm, 6826 W. Highway 22, Crestwood, Ky. 40014

    Cost: $5


  5. Event Alert: BBQ book signing, Taste of Frankfort Avenue coming up this weekend

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    June 12, 2015 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    front cover

    I’m beginning to think I have a problem with filling my agenda. That is, I fill it too much.

    Along with the new job (hey, CNET!), I’ve also returned to grad school this semester. And I’m still promoting Louisville Diners. And I still write on this blog. And somewhere in the middle, a husband, a dog, friends and family. So you know what that means.

  6. Event Alert: TropiCuba celebrates opening with specials, live music Friday, 4.24.15


    April 23, 2015 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    This looks heavenly. (jeffreyw, Flickr Creative Commons)

    A sandwich becomes a work of art when it’s made Cuban-style. A cross-section of a Cuban sandwich looks like a delicious landscape — layers of ham, pork, cheese, mustard and pickles compressed between two dense, toasted slices of bread. So I’m pleased as punch that a new Cuban restaurant has opened in Louisville so I continue to admire and eat one of my favorite types of sandwiches.

    TropiCuba Restaurant and Bar has been open for a few weeks on Frankfort Avenue, but the restaurant will celebrate its grand opening this Friday, April 24, along with the regularly scheduled Frankfort Avenue Trolley Hop. Appetizers will be half price, happy hours specials will last all night long and there will be live music.


    TropiCuba serves traditional Cuban food such as ropa vieja (shredded beef pan-fried with green pepper, paprika and red onions, $12.99), lechón asado (slow-roasted pork marinated in citrus juices and spices, $13.99) and the Cubano sandwich ($8.99). I’m pretty interested in the spaghetti portion of the menu, specifically the spaghetti con jamón with ham and mozzarella cheese ($8.99). I hope this dish comes with a history lesson about how spaghetti ended up in Cuban cuisine, because I sure couldn’t find anything.

    I can’t make it to TropiCuba’s opening, but I’m eager to try Louisville’s latest Cuban fare. If any of you guys go, please report back.

    TropiCuba Grand Opening Celebration

    When: 6-10 p.m. Friday, April 24

    Where: TropiCuba Restaurant and Bar, 2206 Frankfort Ave, Louisville

    For more information: TropiCuba’s website and Facebook page


  7. Event Alert: Vinyl Brunch at the Tim Faulkner Gallery, 4.19.15

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    April 17, 2015 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    The stage at the Tim Faulkner Gallery in Portland.

    I’ve been spending a lot of time at the Tim Faulkner Gallery, a cool art gallery and event space in Portland.

    The lovely folks at the McQuixote Books & Coffee inside the gallery hosted my first Louisville Diners book signing. Then I was back this week for PechaKucha Night. And it looks like I need to make it back to the gallery for their monthly Vinyl Brunch series.

    The concept is borderline genius. For just $5, you get to eat breakfast and lunch items that Trevor of McQuixote Books & Coffee cooks. Plus, the gallery will play the vinyl records that brunch attendees bring. Bacon, eggs and a little Carpenters on deck? Yes, please.

    Vinyl Brunch

    When: Sunday, April 19, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

    Where: Tim Faulkner Gallery, 1512 Portland Ave., Louisville

    Cost: $5



  8. Event Alert: Today’s PechaKucha Night presentations focus on food


    April 14, 2015 by Ashlee Clark Thompson


    I get to participate in a great event tonight, and I’m still struggling with the proper pronunciation. 

    PechaKucha Night will take place from 8-10 p.m. today, April 14, at the Tim Faulkner Gallery in Portland. PechaKucha Nights, which take place in more than 700 cities in the world, are “informal and fun gatherings where creative people get together and share their ideas, works, thoughts, holiday snaps — just about anything, really — in the PechaKucha 20×20 format,” according to the PechaKucha website. That format is a presentation of 20 images for 20 seconds each.

    Tonight’s theme is “Food for Thought.” The line up is impressive, and I’m not just saying that because I’m one of the presenters. Scheduled speakers include Karter Louis of Hillbilly Tea, Edgardo Mansilla of the Americana Community Center, and Erika Chavez-Graziano of Cellar Door Chocolates.

    I’m excited to participate in this event. I don’t want to give too much away, but I’ll be talking about one of the reasons while diners are important to the Louisville community (hint: there are sporks involved). I expect a lot of thought-provoking discussion about food this evening, which is right up my alley. Now, excuse me while I practice my pronunciation.


    PechaKucha Night

    When: TONIGHT, April 14, 8 p.m. (doors open at 7)

    Where: Tim Faulkner Gallery, 1512 Portland Ave., Louisville

    Cost: $5 suggested donation

    For more information: PechaKucha Louisville’s website



  9. Celebrate Clifton’s Pizza’s 25th birthday with discounts on pies

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    March 19, 2015 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    A sample of Clifton's Pizza's product.

    If you appreciate pizza as much as I do, make a stop at Clifton’s Pizza this weekend. The restaurant, which is located at 2230 Frankfort Avenue, is celebrating 25 years in business from March 20-22. Owner Mark Langley tells me that festivities will include giveaways and discounts, like 25 percent off large pizzas. That means you could get a large, one-topping pizza for $13.31, which is $3.33/person for a party of four. Pretty good deal, if you ask me. Very $10 Challenge friendly.

  10. Desserts First event belongs in my life’s highlight reel


    March 2, 2015 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Delicious treats from Bluegrass Brewing Company at Desserts First, a fundraiser for Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana.

    Last week was a whirlwind of wonderful. Between hosting two events (the University of Louisville’s Fryberger Greek Sing and The Moth StorySLAM), I was a judge at Desserts First, a fundraiser for the Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana that took place at the Mellwood Arts Center last week. I’m pretty sure my participation as a judge ranks in the top five best experiences of my life.

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