Category Archives: Events

  1. It’s cookie time. Have you found your Girl Scout?


    February 19, 2014 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Sweet, glorious Girl Scout cookies. (Marit & Toomas Hinnosaar, Flickr Creative Commons)

    Want to support girls? Just want something to calm that aching sweet tooth? Here’s how you can get your hands on some Girl Scout cookies.

  2. Last-minute event alert: March of Dimes to celebrate good food to help babies

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    November 14, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    This is SUPERSONIC last minute, but the March of Dimes will host a foodie event tonight to raise money for the non-profit’s efforts to fund research to find the causes of premature birth and developing strategies to prevent it.

    The March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction will take place today, Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. at the Marriott Louisville Downtown. Here’s a rundown of the event, courtesy of the March of Dimes:

    • Guests sample culinary creations from 25 of Louisville’s finest white tablecloth restaurants followed by an exciting live auction featuring experiential dining packages and unique items. The Lead chef is Josh Moore of Volare Italian Ristorante.
    • Participating restaurants include: August Moon Chinese Bistro, Bistro 1860 Wine Bar, Bourbons Bistro, Buck’s Restaurant and Bar, Corbett’s, Jack Fry’s, Lilly’s Bistro, Napa River Grill, Rivue and Varanese.
    • To reserve your table or seat, contact Kim Ulrich at or 502-473-6683.
    • Want to help March of Dimes? Make a donation ( or call March of Dimes Ohio Valley Division at (800) 255-5857 for volunteer opportunities.


  3. Like Lilly’s? You’ll love the Wednesday small plate specials

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    October 9, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Lilly’s Bistro is a pretty fancy restaurant that provides opportunities to sample the menu without increasing your personal debt ceiling …
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  4. Event alert: Butchertown Porktoberfest, Oct. 11, 2013

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    September 11, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    If you have an aversion to swine, look away.
    Still on board? Then you might be interested in the first-ever Butchertown Porktoberfest from 5-10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, at The Pointe, 1205 East Washington Street.


    Here’s a blurb about the event from the Butchertown Neighborhood Association:


    This barbeque and pork inspired culinary competition will feature live music by Hog Operation and Johnny Berry, local brew from Apocalypse Brewery and food samples from more than 15 of Louisville’s finest restaurants. …

    Participating restaurants include Atria, Cellar Door Chocolates, Decca, Farm to Fork, Harvest, Holy Grale, Jack Knife, Momma’s Pickles Mustard and BBQ, Monkey Wrench, Morels, RYE, St. Charles Exchange, Stellar Sweets, The Bristol and Wiltshire.

    Don’t fret, vegheads (I say that term lovingly) — there will be vegetarian options at the event.

    Admission is free, but bring some cash to buy samples, proceeds from which will benefit the Butchertown Neighborhood Association.


    Butchertown Porktoberfest

    5-10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11

    The Pointe, 1205 East Washington Street

    For more information:




  5. Drinks with Many Ladies: Learning about fancy ice cubes and proper daiquiris at Sidebar on Whiskey Row

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    September 4, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Cheers to a New Year.

    Blogger’s note: This is a post I wrote for the Drinks with Many Ladies blog. DWML is a meet-up of ladies that includes socializing and learning about adult beverages. I’ve been to several of these meet-ups, and I’ve had a great time meeting other alcohol enthusiasts and plain ol’ nice people. For more information about the group, visit the Drinks with Many Ladies blog or email me.

  6. WorldFest – where international food, music and culture collide, Aug. 30 – Sept. 2


    August 28, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Courtesy WorldFest Facebook page.

    I’m a sucker for an outdoor festival, especially the ones with free admission and a bunch of participating food vendors. WorldFest has all that going for it, plus some.

    WorldFest, an international festival in its 11th year, will take place this weekend, Aug. 30 – Sept. 2, on the Belvedere in downtown Louisville. Here’s some of what you’ll find at WorldFest, courtesy of Louisville Metro Government:

    • More than 50 bands and performers
    • More than 30 food vendors
    • Nearly 150 booths with information about different cultures
    • A naturalization ceremony
    • A Parade of Cultures down Jefferson and Fifth streets
    • Cooking Up Cultures culinary demonstrations — with free samples (!)

    Visit Louisville Metro Government’s website or Facebook for more information about WorldFest and a schedule of performances.

    WorldFest, Aug. 30-Sept. 2, the Belvedere, downtown Louisville

    Aug. 30, Aug. 31 and Sept. 1: Open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

    Sept. 2: Open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  7. Last-minute event alert: Taste of South Louisville at Churchill Downs, Saturday, Aug. 24

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    August 23, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    (Blogger’s note: This is a guest post from reader Adam Price. Thanks, Adam!)

    I spent last Saturday morning at the Beechmont open air (farmer’s) market talking about the 4th annual Taste of South Louisville to benefit South Louisville Community Ministries (SLCM). I spoke with a woman there who lamented that so many people have a negative perception of South Louisville, often formed without having spent much time here.

    I suspect anyone who lives in South Louisville has encountered that at some point, and to be sure there are real poverty and crime issues. SLCM serves approximately 22,000 residents in zip codes 40214, 40215, 40208 and 40209, more than a quarter of those 22,000 live below the poverty line. We operate multiple Meals on Wheels routes, a food pantry, and offer direct assistance with utility, rent and medicine assistance. We also offer counseling through a partnership with Campbellsville University.  SLCM is working on the front lines to help those most in need and is making a real difference in people’s lives.

    As I responded to the woman I spoke with on Saturday, the best way to combat that negative perception is to showcase the great things happening in our area. With a strong history of ethnic diversity, it is no surprise that many of the city’s best international restaurants reside in South Louisville.

    This year, the Taste of South Louisville is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 24 at Churchill Downs Millionaire’s row from 6-8 p.m., tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for kids 5-11. There will be a silent auction that will include items like a football signed by AJ Green and an autographed Jennifer Lawrence poster. All proceeds go to benefit South Louisville Community Ministries.

    Come have a great time, eat some wonderful food, and learn a little more about a great part of town, all for a good cause. You can find out more about our programs here or the taste of South Louisville here.

    Participating Restaurants

    Cardinal Hall of Fame Café                             PRP Pizza

    DaLats Gateaux & Cafe                                 Rubbies

    Flavours Catering                                         Seven Up/Snapple

    Jimbos                                                       Shack in The Back

    Kalisimbi                                                     Sunergos

    Levy Restaurants at Churchill                          Terri Ann’s

    Little Jerusalem                                            Tuscany

    Main Street Deli                                            Vietnam Kitchen

    Golden Grain Bakery                                      Khalil’s

    Adam Price is a Louisville native, accountant at the University of Louisville, volunteer, and serves on the board of directors for South Louisville Community Ministries. He enjoys sports (especially UofL), the arts, craft beer and Kentucky bourbon…not in that order.

  8. 30 things I love about the Kentucky State Fair


    August 21, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson


    1. The rows of food vendors that surround the exhibition center

    2. Balancing a corn dog, bottle of water and wallet while obtaining even mustard distribution on the corn dog
    4. The samples of country ham in the West Hall

    5. The sorghum samples on pieces of biscuits in the West Hall

    6. The rabbits

  9. Drink, socialize to support Louisvillian Damaris Phillips as the next Food Network Star

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    August 7, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Look, a Louisville person! In Food Network Magazine! And on Food Network!

    I blame my lack of cable on being tardy to the Damaris Phillips party (also, my computer’s inability to play videos right now, but that’s a different story).

    Damaris is a Louisville native who is one of three finalists on the ninth season of Food Network Star. If she wins, her concept for a show is called Eat, Date, Love, which sounds delightful.

    If you’re reading this post before 9 a.m. Eastern time, you can still vote for Damaris to take home the Food Network Star title here.

    If you’re a late riser, join a bunch of ladies and gentlemen at Molly Malone’s in the Highlands to watch the finale episode this Sunday, Aug. 11. This weekly watch party has been going on all season, so my apologies for completely missing that boat. Here’s some info about the viewing party from the Louisville blog Drinks with Many Ladies:

    From what I can gather the party starts at 8pm and goes till about 11pm.

    So who is with me?

    Oh and this “drink up” is not just for the ladies this time.

    Men, this is your chance so come on out.

    Also go VOTE, VOTE, VOTE! You can vote up to 10 times a day, until Wednesday, for Damaris-

    You can follow Damaris on twitter- @chefDPhillips

    If you would like more info a few good articles have been written:

    Good luck, Damaris. And thanks for representing Louisville.


  10. Cheap date idea: Thursday night tastings at Westport Whiskey & Wine

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    July 25, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Sipping on vino at Westport Whiskey and Wine.

    Wine tastings are an untapped resource for cheap entertainment. Think about the concept — you pay one low price and get to sample several varieties of vino and munch on unlimited cheese and crackers. Wine, cheese and crackers (separately or together) are three of my favorite things, which is why I enjoy the tastings at Westport Whiskey & Wine.

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