Help The Paper celebrate its first birthday Saturday at Nach Bar

The Paper, a monthly publication all about our fair city for which I freelance, is turning one.

What better way to celebrate than a birthday party?

Head to the Nach Bar Saturday, Aug. 4 to celebrate The Paper’s first birthday.

Here’s the info:
Where: Nachbar – 969 Charles Street, 40204
When: Festivities begin at 5 p.m. Aug. 4
What’s going on: Grind Truck, Jamie’s 14K Cupcakes, prizes, takeaway bags, beer, live music, general merriment and good time having

I’ll be out of town for a wedding, so have a drink (or three) for me.

Check me out in the Courier-Journal’s My Routine column

Want to know what my signature drink is? Interested in my favorite dish from a Louisville restaurant?

Then hop on over to the Courier-Journal and read the paper’s “My Routine” column in which I answer some questions about, well, my routine.

Shout out to Matt Frassica, the features writer at the C-J who wrote the article. Thanks for making me sound somewhat intelligent.

“The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake” author to speak in Louisville today

I’m still on my kick of reading books in which food plays a main character, so I’m psyched that the author of a book I’ve mentioned on the blog will visit Louisville tonight.

Aimee Bender, the author of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, will read passages from her novel at 7 p.m. today at Carmichael’s Bookstore at 2720 Frankfort Avenue, according to the Courier-Journal.

This novel isn’t just about food. Rather, it’s the story of a girl who can taste what people were feeling when they cooked the food she eats. As weird as it sounds, the novel works because of Bender’s great writing.

5 places to find free food in Louisville

The only thing better than cheap food? 

Free food. 

I learned a lot about scoring free food in college during those dark days when my meal plan and bank accounts were exhausted. It was easy back them — there was always a friend from whom I could pilfer, a student organization using food to entice new members and the occasional care package from my mom. 

Free food has become harder to find as a real grown-up. But here are a few events and places where I have gotten something to munch for nothing out-of-pocket. 

  • Tweet-ups. These meetings of the mind are publicized via the social networking website Twitter and attendees usually RSVP on a secondary site such as Twtvite. I usually hear about these events via the people I follow on Twitter, natch. This week, I attended a monthly tweet-up organized by the Social Media Club of Louisville at Patrick O’Shea’s downtown.
Free food, new people, good times.

 

There were free hors d’oeuvres (buffalo chicken dip and a cheese platter) and Verizon reps (the sponsors of the event) were there to show off the Droid X. Plus, I met a load of  techies, bloggers and other neat people based in Louisville, so the event was a success. 

  

  • Trolley Hops. These events encourage attendees to park your car, hop on a trolley (for free) and stop by various local businesses along the trolley’s route. Many of these businesses, which include art galleries, restaurants and retailers, offer up free snacks (and sometimes alcohol) for visitors. Earlier this summer, some friends and I attended the First Friday Trolley Hop, which takes place from 5 to 11 p.m. on the first Friday of each month along the Market and Main street area in downtown Louisville. In one night, I had a glass of wine, a can of diet Coke, some tasty coffee cake and even more samples of wine — all for free. Next weekend, I’ll be on another trolley for the F.A.T. Friday Hop on Frankfort Avenue.

  

  • Places of worship. Whatever your religious or spiritual preference, you can usually find some yummy, free goodies where you go to get your praise on. When I recently got baptized, the church set up a reception with cake, punch and hors d’oeuvres. Michelle over at Consuming Louisville shared with me recently that her synagogue serves up a full lunch after services.

  

  • Corporate volunteer days. I’m going to let you in on a little secret I’ve learned from working at a non-profit and organizing big groups of volunteers. If your employer wants to devote a day to community service, do it. Not only are you providing some much-needed assistance to a worthy agency, but you will more than likely get a nice lunch from your boss. Forget PB & J, I’m talking Panera and Jimmy John’s. So volunteer — your community and stomach will thank you.

  

  • Your mother’s (or father’s) kitchen. Yes, it’s obvious, but some of the best meals I’ve had in Louisville have been straight from Mama Bear’s stove. If you have parents or relatives in Louisville who are great cooks, visit them. Often. The more you visit, the greater your chances of dropping in on a day when the chef of the house has whipped up a classic. I went to my parents’ house in Shively after a long day at work a few weeks ago, and there was a pot full of spaghetti and meatballs waiting for me on the burner. Heck. Yes.

  

There are probably more free food finds that I have yet to discover, so share your suggestions in the comments.