Category Archives: Events

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Event Alert: Take your pup to Bark Brunch at The Cafe tomorrow, 8.2.14

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    August 1, 2014 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Chicken salad sandwich at The Cafe.

    Brunch is wonderful on its own. Add pets, and we’ve achieved next-level glee.

    The Café, a restaurant at 712 Brent Street in Louisville, will team up with 102.3 The Max and The Flea Off Market for a Bark Brunch this Saturday, Aug. 2. It’s your chance to bring your dog to the lovely patio of The Café for a meal.

  7. Brace yourselves. The Great Gelato Giveaway is upon us.

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    July 1, 2014 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Be on the lookout for the Gelatomobile (Picture courtesy of Kristin Gilbert).

    Ahh, Ohio Valley summers. Sultry, sweaty and sticky (I’d complain, but that would go against the vow I took during the Polar Vortex to not talk bad about the heat).

    The nice folks over at Gelato Gilberto have a solution to the summer woes. The gelato shop will give away 100 pints of the dessert starting today, July 1.

  8. Save your quarters for 25-cent scoops at Homemade Ice Cream and Pie Kitchen

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    May 29, 2014 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Gadzooks, that's a lot of chocolate.

    The mosquitoes are humming, the air has grown stagnant and the sweat has stopped evaporating from my brow.

    Yep, it’s almost summer in the Ohio Valley.

    Now, we all promised that we wouldn’t complain about the heat after such a long, dreary winter (I wasn’t complaining in the opening — those were scientific observations). Instead, let’s cool off with the Ninth Annual 25¢ Ice Cream Social at Homemade Ice Cream and Pie Kitchen.

    From noon to 5 p.m. this Saturday, May 31, all single scoops of ice cream are 25 cents at any of the 10 Pie Kitchen locations. There is some fine print: waffle cones and all other scoops such as doubles and triples are normal price.

    So go forth with your change, friends, and treat yo’ self to a scoop. Just don’t complain about the heat.

  9. Carve out time for these free Louisville events this weekend

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    May 16, 2014 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Me and the Hubs at 16. We were ready to blow this popsicle stand.

    Once upon a time, I was a surly teenager. Not a problem child, mind you, just an adolescent who thought there was nothing to do in this town and couldn’t wait to get out.
    Jump ahead 10 years. Is it me, or is Louisville a lot more bustling than it used to be? There always seems to be some kind of fair or concert or free something-or-the-other that pile up and fill my Google calendar. Or maybe it’s me who has changed, and I can see how fun this city has been all along. /introspection

  10. Event: Time to learn on the fly at the How-To Festival, 5.10.14

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    May 7, 2014 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Want to learn how to make your own chicken and dumplings?

    Have you ever wanted to learn something new and fun, like how to build a vertical garden or cook chicken and dumplings?

    The Louisville Free Public Library has a day of events to tickle your adventurous fancy.

    The library will present the How-To Festival at the main library branch this Saturday, May 10, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The family-friendly event was a big hit last year. According to the library, “nearly 3,000 people learned more than 50 things in 5 hours for free.” Yep, friends — all this learning is free.

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Sound checking at the Kentucky Center for the Arts for tonight's @themoth GrandSLAM. Still some tickets left for the show! Ice cream sandwich from Comfy Cow. Y'all... 🙌
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