Category Archives: Events

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

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    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.

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    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

     

  2. 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

     

     

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

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    April 14, 2015 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

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    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

     

     

  4. 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.

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

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    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.

  6. Event Alert: Moth GrandSLAM, Friday, Feb. 27 (PS, I’m co-hosting)

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    February 26, 2015 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    That one time I hosted The Moth StorySlam at Headliners.

    I am the worst tooter of my own horn. It would be more noble to say it’s because I am modest. Really, it’s because I’m forgetful. I get so caught up in living that I forget to share the love with friends and family. My bad, guys.

    Anyhoozers, here is an attempt to remedy that.

    I’m co-hosting The Moth GrandSlam at 7 p.m. this Friday at the Kentucky Center for the Arts. I’m usually at the merch table at the Moth StorySlams at Headliners Music Hall, which usually take place on the last Tuesday of every month. I hosted one show in December, and the crowd was great, so I’m thrilled to have a chance to emcee the big event.

  7. Join me at the Girl Scouts fundraiser Desserts First, Feb. 25

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    February 13, 2015 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Samoas have never looked so good.

    Volunteering with the Girl Scouts for the past year and a half has given me the chance to help girls grow into independent thinkers and leaders. To help empower these young ladies, I’ve had to put on my big-girl pants and take chances.

    I camped for the first time in my life last year (it was in a lodge, BUT STILL). I learned how to build a fire so I could teach second graders about fire safety. And I’ve learned how to lead and cooperate with the eight wonderful women who co-lead our colossal troop of 45 girls. At some point between mediating a cheating allegation during a tense game of Marco Polo and holding my breath as I showed a timid girl how to light a match, I became a stronger woman along with my girls. So when the Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana asked me to be a guest judge at their annual foodie fundraiser, a resounding “YAAAAAS” was the only suitable response.

  8. Event: Dare to Care’s Bobby Ellis Thanksgiving Eve Vigil, Nov. 26

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    November 26, 2014 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Take a moment tonight to think about the folks who do without on Thanksgiving and every other day of the year. (Courtesy Satya Murthy, Flickr Creative Commons)

    I’m thankful that I’ve never gone hungry.

    Sure, I’ve chomped at the bit waiting for my next meal. I’ve even been hangry a time or three. Fortunately, there has always been food in my fridge and cabinets.

    That’s not the case for many families in our community. In Jefferson County, 17.2% of people are food insecure, according to the non-profit Feeding America. That means that 127,320 people have at some point had inadequate or uncertain access to nutritious food.

    Dare to Care, a food bank that serves the Kentuckiana region, has done a lot to address hunger in our community. Tonight, the organization will host a candlelight vigil to honor Bobby Ellis, the nine-year-old boy whose death from malnutrition on Thanksgiving Eve 1969 sparked the Dare to Care movement.

    Before you dive headfirst into the Thanksgiving spread tomorrow, take some time to remember a little boy who went hungry in our own city and consider what you can do to stop hunger.

  9. Books, brews, barbecue and ham: a rundown of upcoming foodie events

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    August 28, 2014 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    This ham will be served up tonight at Corbett's. What Roscoe would give for a hunk of that. (via Facebook)

    There’s a dog at my heels convinced that he needs a potty break, an empty suitcase that I need to fill in the next 24 hours and a boatload of news and information that I want to share.

    You could say I’m in a bit of a tizzy.

    This is going to be a down-and-dirty post. There’s so much happening in Louisville and in my own life that I have to do some USA Today-style bullets to give you a rundown of all the fabulous food events happening in town and a couple of updates from Ashlee Eats HQ.

    So take a deep breath, and pray that my dog, Roscoe, can hold his composure until I finish this post.

  10. Get your stomachs ready for the Kentucky State Fair, Aug. 14-24, 2014

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    August 14, 2014 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

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    My love for the Kentucky State Fair is deep, and it is real. It is so real that my friends Samantha, Beth and I started planning our trip to the fairgrounds last month.

    There is so much to see, do, and eat. The dogs herding ducks. Goats, pigs and cows giving mean side eye. A deep-fried Hot Brown? Why, I don't mind if I do. All this activity requires proper planning.

    The gates opened today, Aug. 14 at the Kentucky Exposition Center. The fair runs through Aug. 24. Visit the fair's website for information on parking, admission and everything you need to know about making your fair visit fun.

    I'm not going for another week. In the meantime, I will start hoarding Mylanta for all the deep-fried deliciousness.

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