Last-minute event alert: Humana Recipe Makeover Challenge, 5.30.13

Full blogger disclosure: I work at the company featured in this blog post. A girl’s gotta eat, amirite?

shrimp & grits
shrimp & grits (Photo credit: joannova, a/k/a foodalogue)

Want to learn how to make a family recipe more healthful?

The Humana Recipe Makeover Challenge will pair three local cooks with some top Louisville chefs to spruce up recipes and make them all shiny and healthy. Here’s a blurb about the event, which takes place at 11 a.m. today at the Humana Guidance Center at 1918 Hikes Lane:

During the challenge, Chef Allen Hubbard from Martini Italian Bistro will be remaking lasagna. The Seelbach Hilton Hotel’s Chef Patrick Roney will reimagine mac-n-cheese. Shrimp-n-grits will receive a healthy makeover from Chef Jeff Jarfi of Jarfi’s Catering. All the remade recipes will be taste-tested by the Guidance Center audience, and everything will be recorded for a future segment of Secrets of Bluegrass Chefs.

If you can’t make it to the event, the Humana Guidance Center is a place worthy of a visit. “It opened seven months ago as a community gathering place where older adults, families and individuals can also receive personal, face-to-face service on their health plans,” according to Humana. Plus, the center is open to everyone, whether or not you’re a Humana member.

The downtown Vint Coffee shops are now Heine Brothers’, and they’re giving away coffee Wednesday

Ahh, a good cup of coffee.
Ahh, a good cup of coffee.

Well, color me surprised.

The Vint Coffee location I often visit at 516 W. Main Street next to Humana HQ has turned into a Heine Brothers’ coffeehouse. Ditto at the Vint location at 462 S. Fourth Street.

I was two seconds from being super confused until I remembered that this replacement had been in the works for months.

Heine and Vint announced that they were merging back in November 2011. As of Monday, the two downtown Vint locations carry the Heine Brothers’ name, Insider Louisville reports. The Frankfort Avenue Vint will stay the same.

To mark the occasion, the downtown Heine Brothers’ locations will offer buy one, get one free coffee on Wednesday, Jan. 9. I’ll drink to that.

Three things I have learned about food and office jobs


I recently started a new job working for The Man. 

It’s only taken me a week to realize that The Man sure loves eatin’.

I work at Humana, the most traditional work environment that I’ve ever been a part of. And these office people love food. LOVE. IT. And I love them for loving food as much as I do.

Here are three observations I’ve made during my week at the company about the role that food plays in corporate America:

  1. Forget breakfast. Lunch is the most important meal of the day. The lunch hour is the glimmer of hope that gets you through the morning and lulls you into a pleasant stupor that lasts the rest of the day. Deliberations begin as early as 10 a.m. with across-the-cubicle rumblings: “Did you bring your lunch today?” “Want to go get something?” “Where should we go today?” “Think Linda will want to come, too?” In less than two hours, a good-sized crew has formed to head out for their midday meal. And you take the full hour. Oh, yes, you take the full hour.
  2. There are always free (and usually unhealthy) goodies to snack on throughout the day. This week, I found myself popping peanut butter M&Ms into my mouth one by one for 10 minutes straight. Why? Because they were there. BECAUSE FOOD IS ALWAYS THERE. I define “there” as a common table in the break room, your supervisor’s desk, or any other slab of space with free food up for grabs. There’s always one co-worker nice enough to bring snacks to share with the office and thwart any intentions you had of eating healthy.
  3. Any occasion is a reason for food. New person on staff? Doughnuts for everybody. Someone’s switching departments? A departure cake in company colors. End of a productive year? Bring in Qdoba for a lunch celebration. This all happened during my first week. In five days, I have eaten more sweets in celebration than I have all holiday season. AND I LOVED IT.

I know some of my readers work in similar settings. What are some observations you have made about food and office jobs?



Excuse me for the wonky blog

Life has been getting out of hand lately.

In a good way, of course.

Posts to the blog have been a bit irregular lately because my day job has been keeping me busy. But I feel blessed because when I’m busy, that means lots of people are volunteering at Neighborhood House.

A few weeks ago, the CEO of Humana was on a ladder painting a staircase. Then the president of KFC came by and served Original Recipe chicken to the families that come to Neighborhood House. And we still have more groups on their way to contribute this holiday season.

Thanks for hanging in there with me during this hectic time. I’m still here, running on Diet Coke, coffee and prayers.