Brace yourselves. The Great Gelato Giveaway is upon us.

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.

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

Here is how the giveaway will work, courtesy of Gelato Gilberto:

The Gelatomobile will magically appear at random locations during the month of July. We’ll post the location and secret password on our Facebook page on the day of each appearance. The first ten people to find the Gelatomobile and say the password will get a free pint of gorgeous gelato. (One pint per family/group please–we want everyone to get a chance.) There may or may not be consolation prizes at each location.

Visit Gelato Gilberto’s Facebook page for more info.

 

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

Gadzooks, that's a lot of chocolate.
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.

Carve out time for these free Louisville events this weekend

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.

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

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

Anyhoozers, there are a couple of free events that will take place this weekend in our fair city. So if you can’t find something to do, don’t look at me.

Old Louisville SpringFest

  • What: Vendors, food trucks, artists and 10+ hours of local music; named as one of the Top Roadtrip Destinations for Spring 2012 by Travel+Leisure Magazine
  • When: 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 16, and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 17
  • Where: Old Louisville
  • More information: oldlouisvillespringfest.org

 

Buy Local Fair

  • What: More than 150 booths showcasing goods and services from a variety of local businesses, musicians, artists and craftspeople, community organizations, and farmers; includes cooking competition between Milkwood’s Chef Kevin Ashworth and RYE on Market’s Chef De Cuisine Joe Bane
  • When: Noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 18
  • Where: Louisville Water Tower
  • More information: keeplouisvilleweird.com/buylocalfair

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

 

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

Many of the food-centric sessions that caught my fancy.

  • How to eat intuitively and give up diets for good
  • How to make vegan biscuits and gravy
  • How to grind your own cornmeal
  • How to grow herbs and garlic
  • How to pair wine with food
  • How to decorate cupcakes
  • How to make baklava
  • How to choose, sample and serve terrific cheeses

Click here for a complete schedule of classes and map of the library.

How-To Festival

Louisville Free Public Library Main Branch

Saturday, May 10

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

301 York Street, Louisville, Ky.

It’s that time again. Let Them Tweet Cake, 5.7.14

I’m in the mood for some cake and some ladies.

Get your mind out of the gutter, I’m talkin’ ’bout Let Them Tweet Cake.

This event that I try to regularly attend is just a bunch of ladies (and a few gents) talking tech at a dessert shop, Sweet Surrender Dessert Café. We let our geek flags fly HIGH.

It’s been a while since the last Tweet Cake, but this tweet-up is right on time for me. I’m excited to see old friends and meet some new ones.

See you then, yes?

Let Them Tweet Cake

6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 7

Sweet Surrender Dessert Café, 1804 Frankfort Avenue, Louisville, Ky.

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

I was never a Girl Scout. I blame my brother, who quit Cub Scouts after my mom had bought all the swag. The wasted money sullied any kind of scouting for me.

That absence in my childhood fed my admiration for the Girl Scouts. I’m all for the empowerment of girls — and accessories that display your talents and achievements.

Old-school Girl Scouts. (Flickr Creative Commons)
Old-school Girl Scouts. (Flickr Creative Commons)

Late last year, I became a volunteer for Troop 628 of the Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana, thanks to my friend Christine. Now, I get to see how powerful it is to teach girls they can do anything. I get to watch girls who are eager to learn new things and not ashamed of that hunger for knowledge.

I also have a good line on where to get some Girl Scout cookies.

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

Buying a box is a lot more than just breaking your New Year’s Resolutions (like you were going to make it past February with those, anyway). We’re raising little entrepreneurs. From Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana’s website:

The Girl Scout cookie program is much more than a fundraiser. It’s a fun way for girls of all ages to earn the money that fuels their dreams. And it’s a powerful, hands-on leadership and entrepreneurial program where girls learn goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics.

The Girl Scout cookie program can lead to bigger things for girls in business, in society and in life. Helping girls dream more, have more opportunities and do more than they ever thought possible.

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:

  • You’ll see Girl Scout cookie booths popping up in front of stores around the city Feb. 21 to March 16. A certain awesome troop will be stationed at the Holiday Manor Kroger during the coming weeks. Come say hi and buy a box or two.
  • You can also ask a Girl Scout you know if she’ll take an additional order.
  • There’s a neat Girl Scouts app to lead you to your nearest Girl Scout booth.
  • Remember, cookies are $3.50 a box.
  • On Feb. 26, Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana will host the annual Desserts First fundraising event. Chefs from around Louisville will make desserts using Girl Scout cookies. Click here for more information about the event.

 

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, it’s time for an important question: What’s your favorite Girl Scout cookie?

Bits and Pieces: Grind food truck, Gelato Gilberto and other Louisville food news from the web, 2.17.14

Blogger’s note: Y’ALL. I have been buried in the delightful terror that is grad school. I’ll have to tell you about it one day. I’m blogging while I’m up for air.

News

  • Louisville loves Liz and Jesse Huot. How do I know? I linked to a story about the pair behind Grind food truck opening a brick-and-mortar restaurant, and it’s the most read post EVER on the Ashlee Eats Facebook page. The couple plans to open a restaurant in the building that used to house Oasis Sushi on Preston Highway. Congratulations, you crazy kids. (Courier-Journal)
Picture courtesy of Kristin Gilbert.
Picture courtesy of Kristin Gilbert.
  • Gelato Gilberto, a gelato shop in Norton Commons, will head to Portland (Louisville, not Oregon) for wholesale production of its sweet, sweet deliciousness. (Business First of Louisville)
The Chicken Peppadew pizza at Boombozz in Westport Village.
The Chicken Peppadew pizza at Boombozz in Westport Village.
  • Boombozz Pizza will open a new location in the planned Middletown Commons, a shopping outlet that is being built on Shelbyville Road near the Gene Snyder Freeway. The restaurant plans to open in late 2014. (Business First of Louisville)

 

Events

  • We’re in the middle of The Comfy Cow’s fourth annual Chocopalooza. The ice cream shop is offering 10 flavors of chocolate ice cream at its three locations, and 10 percent of the proceeds will benefit the Make a Wish Foundation. I’ve got my eye on the Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie. (Comfy Cow website)
  • Tomorrow is National Drink Wine Day, which begs the question, “What day isn’t National Drink Wine Day?” But anyway, Eddie Merlot’s is celebrating with half priced pours of the restaurant’s vintages from 4 to 11 p.m. Feb. 18 in the lounge and bar area. The restaurant is at 455 South Fourth Street in downtown Louisville. (Eddie Merlot’s news release)

 

Etc.

  • Here’s a fun little tidbit about Kentucky’s most famous native son, Abraham Lincoln (sorry, George Clooney): he knew his way around a kitchen. A new book called Abraham Lincoln in the Kitchen: A Culinary View of Lincoln’s Life and Times, “looks at our 16th president’s life through the extraordinary stories of what he ate, cooked and served, along with recipes modified for the modern kitchen.” (NPR)

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

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 kulrich@marchofdimes.com or 502-473-6683.
  • Want to help March of Dimes? Make a donation (https://www.marchofdimes.com/kentucky/support_giving.html) or call March of Dimes Ohio Valley Division at (800) 255-5857 for volunteer opportunities.

Event alert: Butchertown Porktoberfest, Oct. 11, 2013

If you have an aversion to swine, look away.

BBQ smoked pork shoulders (Boston butt roasts)
BBQ smoked pork shoulders (Boston butt roasts) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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: http://www.butchertown.blogspot.com/

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

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.

A bourbon sampling and a little reading at Drinks with Many Ladies.
A bourbon sampling and a little reading at Drinks with Many Ladies.

Drinking is fun. So is learning. Add the two together with a knowledgeable mixologist and a group of rambunctious women and you have the most recent installment of the Drinks with Many Ladies meet-up.

A dozen ladies got together for a basic lesson in cocktails a couple of weeks ago at Sidebar at Whiskey Row, one of the more recent additions to Main Street in downtown Louisville. Sidebar specializes in the basics — burgers and bourbon, a perfect mash-up for Drinks with Many Ladies.

Rich, the managing partner at Sidebar, led us through more than an hour of cocktail basics. We sampled, we smelled, we learned how to properly stir a cocktail (a feat that’s harder than it looks). Here are some lessons from our evening:

  • Not all bourbon is created equal. We started the evening with four bourbon samples — Old Granddad, Col. E.H. Taylor, Old Forester Signature and Four Roses. Each had distinct flavors ranging from fiery (I’m looking at you, Granddad) to smooth.
  • A well-crafted ice cube takes a cocktail from good to great. Sidebar is one of the few places in town with one of these freezers. Ice created in a Kold-Draft machine is more dense than normal ice cubes, so the cubes melt slower and don’t water down your drink as much.
  • The perfect cocktail is 3/4 ounce acid, 3/4 ounce simple sugar and 2 ounces of liquor. I will have this recipe engraved on my headstone.
  • And speaking of proper cocktails, a daiquiri should only have rum, lime juice and simple syrup. Rich made up some daiquiris to give us a taste of the real thing. Such a simple recipe puts those fruity mixes to shame.
Kara, a Drinks with Many Ladies member, makes a cocktail with Rich of Sidebar.
Kara, a Drinks with Many Ladies member, makes a cocktail with Rich of Sidebar.
  • Use lime juice with clear liquors, lemon juice with dark liquors. And use fresh juice when you can.
  • You don’t need many tools to start your own bar at home. Here are the basic tools Rich recommended for a home bar: a Boston shaker, Hawthorne strainer, Julep strainer, muddler, a long spoon and a jigger. Drink with Many Ladies regular Rachel recommended the Dine Company on Preston Highway for buying these supplies at a good price.
  • Recommended reading: “Imbibe!” by David Wondrich. Sidebar even has a copy behind the bar. I love a literate watering hole.
  • There’s nothing wrong with drinking blue alcohol out of a fishbowl. A good lesson for us all.
Look, Ma, I made an Old Fashioned!
Look, Ma, I made an Old Fashioned!

A special thanks to Rich and the folks at Sidebar for hosting Drinks with Many Ladies.