Last-minute event alert: Taste of South Louisville at Churchill Downs, Saturday, Aug. 24

Churchill Downs
Churchill Downs, the location of Taste of South Louisville. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(Blogger’s note: This is a guest post from reader Adam Price. Thanks, Adam!)


I spent last Saturday morning at the Beechmont open air (farmer’s) market talking about the 4th annual Taste of South Louisville to benefit South Louisville Community Ministries (SLCM). I spoke with a woman there who lamented that so many people have a negative perception of South Louisville, often formed without having spent much time here.

I suspect anyone who lives in South Louisville has encountered that at some point, and to be sure there are real poverty and crime issues. SLCM serves approximately 22,000 residents in zip codes 40214, 40215, 40208 and 40209, more than a quarter of those 22,000 live below the poverty line. We operate multiple Meals on Wheels routes, a food pantry, and offer direct assistance with utility, rent and medicine assistance. We also offer counseling through a partnership with Campbellsville University.  SLCM is working on the front lines to help those most in need and is making a real difference in people’s lives.

As I responded to the woman I spoke with on Saturday, the best way to combat that negative perception is to showcase the great things happening in our area. With a strong history of ethnic diversity, it is no surprise that many of the city’s best international restaurants reside in South Louisville.

This year, the Taste of South Louisville is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 24 at Churchill Downs Millionaire’s row from 6-8 p.m., tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for kids 5-11. There will be a silent auction that will include items like a football signed by AJ Green and an autographed Jennifer Lawrence poster. All proceeds go to benefit South Louisville Community Ministries.

Come have a great time, eat some wonderful food, and learn a little more about a great part of town, all for a good cause. You can find out more about our programs here or the taste of South Louisville here.

Participating Restaurants

Cardinal Hall of Fame Café                             PRP Pizza

DaLats Gateaux & Cafe                                 Rubbies

Flavours Catering                                         Seven Up/Snapple

Jimbos                                                       Shack in The Back

Kalisimbi                                                     Sunergos

Levy Restaurants at Churchill                          Terri Ann’s

Little Jerusalem                                            Tuscany

Main Street Deli                                            Vietnam Kitchen

Golden Grain Bakery                                      Khalil’s

Adam Price is a Louisville native, accountant at the University of Louisville, volunteer, and serves on the board of directors for South Louisville Community Ministries. He enjoys sports (especially UofL), the arts, craft beer and Kentucky bourbon…not in that order.

Eco-chef/activist/author Bryant Terry to speak at University of Louisville Thursday

I hadn’t heard of Chef Bryant Terry before I learned he was coming to speak at University of Louisville this week.

His interests and beliefs are impressive enough to make me want to learn more.

He calls himself an eco-chef, meaning he believes in sustainability and universal access to sustainable food. He created a non-profit to help young people learn and develop healthy eating habits. And he has a couple of cookbooks under his belt.

As I mentioned earlier, Terry will discuss access to healthful foods and how to eat well at the Student Activities Center at University of Louisville this Thursday, March 1. This event is part of U of L’s Body Appreciation, Body Awareness Week. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. with music and information tables. Terry’s talk (and cooking demonstration) starts at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $10, but you get in free if you’re a U of L student (lucky!). Learn more about the event and get your tickets here.

Chef Bryant Terry speech and cooking demonstration

When: 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 1, 2012

Where: Multipurpose Room, Student Activities Center, University of Louisville

Cost: $10 general admission, U of L students get in free



Papalinos testing new dishes at University of Louisville location

Some interesting developments from Papalinos NY Pizzeria can across my Facebook timeline today. Observe:

With the Hubs out of town this weekend, I might have to stop in and try that meatball sub. I haven’t been to Papalinos since I did the $10 Challenge there. IT’S BEEN TOO LONG.

Papalinos NY Pizzeria

337 W. Cardinal Blvd. (across from the campus of the University of Louisville)

Louisville, Ky.

Visit The Root Cellar for some great fresh, local groceries

Don't let the garage-like appearance deceive you. There's awesomeness inside.

I’ve only been out of Old Louisville for a couple of weeks, but there’s a lot I miss already.

Pizza night with my roommates. Burger Boy right down the street. The beautiful scenery that made my walks with Roscoe pleasant.

But a relatively new local produce market will keep me coming back to my old neighborhood.

The Root Cellar opened this May at the corner of Third and Hill streets in what appears to be a former garage or gas station. The business’ aim is simple – provide only locally raised food to a section of Louisville missing a retail outlet for fresh, local produce.

Here’s a blurb from The Root Cellar’s website:

The idea for The Root Cellar was born out of a desire to be part of the local food chain in an environmentally positive and socially conscientious way … The neighborhood of Old Louisville has been in need of a small, Mom and Pop retail store for many years.  The people have longed for just such an new idea in retailing that The Root Cellar provides.  We also are anxious to reach out to the other surrounding neighborhoods like California, Park Hill, Algonquin, Smoketown, Shelby Park, Limerick and Germantown, as well as, serve the University of Louisville and its unique blend of faculty, staff and students.

The Root Cellar provides a generous variety of local food that extends beyond fruits and vegetables. On a couple of recent visits, the shelves and refrigerators have been stocked with items such as milk, honey, bison meat and yogurt. I am a big fan of the eggs that The Root Cellar offers.

It’s wonderful to have this market in this part of town. I hope that kids and adults without regular exposure to the joys of local eating will benefit from The Root Cellar’s presence. Find out more about The Root Cellar on Facebook and Twitter.

The $10 Challenge: Shah’s Mongolian Grill

(Blogger’s note: I am actively taking recommendations for future $10 Challenge sites. My fiancé, Rob, has been urging me for months to try out the restaurant I featured this week.)

A table of young men began to sing along with the Ke$ha song that blasted through the speakers the other night as I ate a dish full of chicken and veggies at Shah’s Mongolian Grill.

Clearly, this University of Louisville-adjacent restaurant was not the best place for a young woman who has wiped her hands of the college crowd.

It’s hard to discuss Shah’s Mongolian Grill without a thorough description of the restaurant’s atmosphere, which  overtakes the great food offered there. First, a little bit about a Mongolian grill. These restaurants give patrons the opportunity to select meats, veggies and sauces of their choice that an employee collects in a bowl and dumps on a huge, flat grill. Here’s a peek at the selection:

Though the grill is right behind the register in plain sight, it was the sweet smell of flavored tobacco that grabbed my attention when I arrived at Shah’s.

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The $10 Challenge: China Inn

Ever heard the phrase, “Sex is like pizza – even when it is bad, it is still pretty good”?

I’d like to replace “pizza” with “Chinese food.”

Crowded buffets and hipster delivery guys have provided me with a steady stream of greasy, fatty, Americanized Chinese food for years. But each dish, no matter how mediocre, has satisfied my craving for something foreign enough to be exciting, yet familiar enough to be comforting.

China Inn manages to quell the need for Chinese food and go above the minimum expectations for this style of food. I’ve spent the past several hours trying to think of something witty to say about China Inn, but really, it comes down to this: China Inn is pretty darn good.

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