Category Archives: Blog News

  1. Grad school is hard, and other things I learned during my blog blackout


    April 14, 2014 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    You remember that scene in Jumanji in which Robin Williams emerges from the board game after 20 some-odd years and has NO IDEA what’s going on in his hometown?

    Other than the whole trapped-in-a-jungle-board-game hell, I can completely relate.

    In November, I started my first semester in the Master’s of Fine Arts program at Spalding University. My concentration is creative nonfiction. I’m not gonna lie — I thought this would be relatively easy-peasy to fit into my life. I was a journalist. I have a food blog. I got this creative nonfiction thing in the bag, I thought.

    Holy shiitake, was I wrong.

  2. Got an idea for a post or podcast?


    August 6, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    I finally got somewhat fancy and dedicated a Gmail account to this blog. 

    If you want to give me a shout, just send an email to ashlee [dot] eats [at] gmail [dot] com (did I type that correctly, Internet?).

    Here are some things you should send me:

    • Ideas for $10 Challenges 
    • Restaurant news (openings, closings, upgrades, downgrades)
    • Pictures of food (seriously, I’ll marvel at them)
    • Blog post ideas — guest posts included!

    Here are some things you should not send me:

    • Naked pictures. Just throwin’ that out there. DON’T GET ANY IDEAS.
    • Anything that will break my computer (viruses and the like)
    • Spam (the email clutter, not the food — the food is acceptable)
  3. Visit to hear the Deliciously Louisville podcast and other great shows


    July 10, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Want to hear me talk about food with fascinating Louisville people?
    Check out Deliciously Louisville, my podcast on I interview folks around town about dining, restaurants and whatever strikes our fancy.

  4. Paula Deen, a podcast and everything I missed during my social media blackout


    July 1, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    This has been a crazy couple of weeks. Technically, kind of a crazy year. But let me start in the present.

    I’ve been absent or only halfheartedly involved in the interwebs for the past two weeks because I’ve focused on completing my application for grad school. I sent my materials off yesterday (almost 24 hours before the deadline — improvement!).

  5. A food blogger needs a food tattoo, right?


    March 12, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    You’re looking at my lower back. My muffin top area, if you will. Upon that muffin top is a permanent slice of cheesecake, a tattoo that I’ve affectionately named Lulu.

    This is my first and only tattoo. Kudos to the amazing tattoo artist Amanda Pepper in St. Louis for creating this. I knew I couldn’t go wrong with an artist who shares my love of desserts and Golden Girls.

    I don’t want to wax poetically about what it symbolizes (visit the blog F Yeah Tattoos if you’re into that). I’ll simply say that Lulu is a little souvenir from my 20s that I get to carry with me for a lifetime. And it’s as cute as a button.

  6. And the Grind winners are…


    January 17, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Thank you to everyone who entered to win one of two vouchers to Grind food truck. And, of course, thank you to Grind for being awesome and providing aforementioned vouchers.

    And the winners of a voucher good for one voucher from Grind are …

    • J.J. V., who said, “Their new Veggie Burger is amazing! Filled with all that fiber goodness!”
    • Britt, who said, “I would love to try the veggie burger!”

    Congratulations, winners. Look out for an email about getting your voucher.

  7. [Giveaway] Celebrate an Ashlee Eats Facebook milestone with a chance to win a burger from Grind


    January 15, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    **This giveaway is closed. Thanks for commenting!**

    Sometime around the new year, the Ashlee Eats Facebook page hit a great milestone — 100 fans, baby.

    I think that calls for a giveaway.

    Liz and Jesse, the couple behind the Grind gourmet burger truck and favorite of Ashlee Eats readers, have offered up two vouchers for a blog giveaway, each worth one burger from the Grind truck. These would be great to use at Truckin’ Ain’t Easy, a food truck gathering at Apocalypse Brew Works on Friday, Jan. 25 (click here for more details).

    It’s easy to win. Just answer this question:

    What’s your favorite burger from Grind? If you haven’t had one, what kind of Grind burger would you like to taste?

    For a chance to win one of the vouchers, leave a comment on this blog post or the Ashlee Eats Facebook page. Just one comment per person, please.

    Post your comment by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16. I will choose two winners (one voucher each) on Thursday.

    And thanks for reading and liking the Facebook page!

  8. Update your Rolodex, I changed my Twitter name

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    October 23, 2012 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    A friend asked me why I was @ashleeclark on Twitter rather than @AshleeEats.

    Good question.

    The Twitter account came literally years before this blog, but it’s time for an update.

    You can now find me on Twitter as @AshleeEats at

  9. Leave a comment about Shakespeare to win a copy of the Menu and Hours iPhone app


    October 16, 2012 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Michelle Jones of Consuming Louisville and I want to give away some goodies.

    Michelle is the creator of Menu and Hours, a Louisville-centric iPhone app that provides basic information about your favorite local restaurants. I may have talked about the app a time or two.

    We want to share this app with the world (well, the iPhone world, but Android development is in progress). Any time that I write a $10 Challenge that features a restaurant on Menu and Hours, Michelle will give away two free copies of the app (usually $2.99 in the iTunes Store) to readers who leave a comment on the $10 Challenge post. 

    The Bard’s Town, the most recent $10 Challenge contender, is featured on Menu and Hours. For a chance to win one of two free copies of Menu and Hours, answer the following Bard-themed question in the comments section of this post:

    What is your favorite William Shakespeare play? (Or tell me why you don’t have a favorite Billy Shakes play.)

    You have until Thursday to leave a comment. I’ll randomly select two names on Friday.

  10. A little $10 Challenge housekeeping

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    October 5, 2012 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    I keep a little notebook in my purse in which I take notes on future blog posts, Twitter updates and freelance assignments.

    That notebook is getting full fast.

    I’ve been blessed to pick up some extra freelance writing assignments, including writing for LEO Weekly and the WFPL blog. I’m working on balancing those responsibilities to my first passion — this blog. I want to maintain a level of writing of which I can be proud.

    To accomplish all this, I’m going to publish the $10 Challenge every other Friday. That will give me more time to write a good piece and meet other deadlines. So come back to the blog next Friday for the next $10 Challenge.

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