Category Archives: Events

  1. Want to learn about food writing? Join me for a workshop tomorrow at Butchertown Grocery

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    May 13, 2016 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    I’ve been writing about food for six years and counting. Now, it’s time to pay it forward.

    I’m co-leading a food-writing workshop sponsored by Louisville Literary Arts (I’m on the board of this great non-profit) from 5 to 7 p.m. tomorrow, May 14 at the restaurant Butchertown Grocery. Author David Domine and I will teach participants about what makes good food writing and how to improve your own skills. There’s also some hands-on (read: EDIBLE) writing activities.

    There are a few spots left, but hurry because we’re keeping the workshop small and intimate. I’d love to see you there.

  2. Event alert: Celebrate great black women of Kentucky tonight at the Clifton Center

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    March 10, 2016 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    It’s way past my bedtime, but I wanted to get something up quick about an event from Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, a social justice organization that’s doing good work for folks in the state.

    Tonight is the third annual We Are Kentuckians: Celebrating Our Common Heritage, a bash that brings together art, music and food in celebration of the people of the Commonwealth. This year’s gathering specifically focuses on lifting up black women in Kentucky (*clears throat* YAAAAAAS).

  3. It’s that time of year: Join me at the Desserts First fundraiser for Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana

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    February 22, 2016 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

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    It’s that magical time of year when Girl Scout cookies and top Louisville chefs come together for Desserts First, an annual fundraiser for the Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana. At the event, which takes place this Wednesday, chefs have to create appetizers, drinks and desserts that incorporate Girl Scout cookies.

  4. Come to the Moth tonight, and bring some mittens, too

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    December 29, 2015 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

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    I’ve been involved with Moth StorySLAM events at Headliners Music Hall for about four years, and one thing that’s kept me around is the sense of community among the storytellers and attendees. There are the folks I can always count on seeing on the last Tuesday of every month, the newbies who leave gushing about how much fun they’ve had, and the storytellers who impress me with their honesty and bravery to tell their own stories to a room full of strangers.

  5. 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.

  6. 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:

  7. 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

  8. 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

     

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

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    June 12, 2015 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

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    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.

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

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    April 23, 2015 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

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    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

     

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