LOUISVILLE, KY – You've never been to a fundraising event like this! On March 6—National Dress in Blue Day—when most people are donning their best blue gear some will also be dancing the night away at the Mellwood Arts Center. The Bottoms Up Bash starts at 7:30 in the evening and attendees will be bidding on silent auction items, enjoying delicious drinks and great food, and dancing the night away. All of this is to fight the number one cancer killer among non-smoking men and women in the U.S.
“There are so many things lined up this year that will make this event one to remember,” said Lindy Reinhardt, Community Outreach and Survivor Support Manager for the Colon Cancer Prevention Project and Bottoms Up Bash event manager. “From the signature blue cocktails by Hpnotiq, wine by Old 502 Winery, beer by Falls City, delicious food from North End Café, the underwear decorating station, the dessert bar, extensive silent auction and more, there will be something for everyone to indulge in while also helping us raise awareness about colon cancer prevention and the importance of screening for this highly preventable disease. It will be a time to celebrate survivors, raise awareness about colon cancer, and honor loved ones who have passed on. I know my mother who passed away from colon cancer would have loved to be at this Bottoms Up Bash event; I believe many others in our community will, too!”
The blue-themed Bottoms Up Bash will be on Friday, March 6 from 7:30 p.m. to midnight at the Mellwood Arts Center. The Bash will feature live music by Louisville band Kudmani, heavy appetizers, a dessert bar, blue signature cocktails, wine, beer, and more. VIP ticket holders will receive exclusive VIP-only perks including guaranteed seating, chocolate wine from Old 502 Winery, a bourbon tasting from Four Roses, a gift bag, and more. Last year, the Bash drew a crowd of over 400 people, and it is expected to be a sell-out this year with over 500 people in attendance.
The Bash is one of two major events organized by the Colon Cancer Prevention Project, a non-profit based in Louisville that is on a mission to eliminate colon cancer, a highly preventable disease that strikes about 143,000 men and women in the United States each year. “I volunteer in memory of my grandmother who I lost to colon cancer. She’s the reason I’m motivated to help spread the word about how preventable this disease is,” said Whitney Perry, Chair of the Bottoms Up Bash Planning Committee and Volunteer for the Colon Cancer Prevention Project.
Regular tickets are $50 and include the food, beer and wine options, live music, silent auction, and underwear decorating area; a limited number of VIP tickets that include all regular ticket benefits plus VIP-only perks are $100 each, or a table of eight for $800. Limited raffle tickets are also for sale. Tickets can be purchased online at www.coloncancerpreventionproject.org through 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4. Attendees must be 21 or older.
Do it for the guts, the glory and the t-shirt.
The Louisville Polar Plunge benefiting Special Olympics Kentucky is right around the corner, but there’s still time to register.
The Plunge works just like a walk-a-thon, but with one big twist; after meeting their fundraising goal of at least $75, participants plunge into the icy Ohio River.
After plunging, participants are invited to join one of the city’s best tailgate parties with beer, donuts and heated tents.
There is no deadline to register.
Click Here to register.
FIRST WAVE OF 2015 FORECASTLE FESTIVAL LINEUP ANNOUNCED
MY MORNING JACKET RETURNS WITH SAM SMITH,
WIDESPREAD PANIC, MODEST MOUSE
Cage the Elephant, Houndmouth, TWEEDY, Tallest Man On Earth, Portugal. The Man,
First Aid Kit, RL Grime, Shovels & Rope + Dozens More Round Out Initial Lineup
Tickets on Sale Friday, January 30 at Noon EST via ForecastleFest.com
LOUISVILLE, KY (January 27, 2015) – The Forecastle Festival will return this summer led by Louisville hometown heroes My Morning Jacket; soulful breakout star, Sam Smith; southern rock heavyweights, Widespread Panic; and indie veterans, Modest Mouse. The three-day music celebration, now in its 13th year, will take place July 17–19, 2015, at the award-winning Waterfront Park, a sweeping green space on the banks of the Ohio River framed by the skyline of downtown Louisville.
Hailing from Bowling Green, Kentucky, and New Albany, Indiana, respectively, Cage the Elephantand Houndmouth add to the stellar regional talent atop this year’s Forecastle bill, the former currently working on their follow-up to the Grammy-nominated Melophobia and the latter eyeing a March 17 release of the highly-anticipated Little Neon Limelight via Rough Trade Records.
The family duo of Wilco frontman Jeff and his son Spencer Tweedy will showcase their recent collaboration as TWEEDY, while The Word, featuring pedal steel virtuoso Robert Randolph, B3 maestro John Medeski and the incomparable North Mississippi Allstars will bring the gospel stylings of Soul Food, their first album in 14 years, coming out May 5. Others notable acts includeTallest Man On Earth, Portugal. The Man, RL Grime, First Aid Kit, Desaparecidos, Shovels & Rope, Big K.R.I.T. and more. A full list of confirmed artists from the initial lineup can be found below. Additional artists will be announced in the coming weeks.
Weekend passes go on sale this Friday, January 30, 2015, at noon EST at ForecastleFest.com and all Ticketmaster outlets. A limited number of weekend passes start at $144.50 plus fees. VIP experiences, travel packages and payment plan options will also be available. Full details can be found at ForecastleFest.com.
The Bourbon Lodge, Forecastle’s slice of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, will return in 2015 with a full lineup of bourbon offerings, bourbon education, a bourbon-inspired culinary experience and much more. Fans of bourbon will have the option to purchase advanced Bourbon Lodge memberships with their weekend pass through Ticketmaster.
Also returning in 2015, The Kentucky Landing will feature a variety of regional craft beers, local food trucks and a selection of non-profit organizations and craft vendors selling Kentucky-made goods.
Highlighted in Rolling Stone as “one of the coolest festivals in America” and acclaimed by American Songwriter as “a rock and roll paradise,” the Forecastle Festival has evolved from a small community event into one of the country’s premier festival destinations.
The event offers an immersive experience that’s distinctly Louisville—beyond the first-class musical lineup—highlighting the region’s burgeoning culinary and arts scene, Kentucky’s unique bourbon heritage and more. The festival continues to emphasize sustainability practices and conservation initiatives, exhibited by the festival’s non-profit organization, the Forecastle Foundation.
Artist additions, single day tickets and late-night show tickets, along with the daily schedule of artists, late-night events and other activities will be available soon. For the latest news and updates from Forecastle Festival, fans can visit ForecastleFest.com, Facebook and Twitter, and sign up for the Forecastle newsletter.
My Morning Jacket
Cage the Elephant
Tallest Man On Earth
Portugal. The Man
First Aid Kit
Shovels & Rope
Cold War Kids
The Gaslight Anthem
St. Paul & the Broken Bones
Over The Rhine
The Lone Bellow
People Under The Stairs
The Barr Brothers
JEFF The Brotherhood
Fly Golden Eagle
By: Kelsey Westbrook, Co-Founder of Saving Sunny Inc.
Saving Sunny, Inc. will host an evening of colorful fun at the Bluegrass Brewing Company Bourbon Barrel Loft (300 W. Main Street) this Friday, January 9th at 8pm. Divas Unleashed will include incredible drag shows featuring locally famous queens Tova Ura Vitch, Katt Heart Feelya, Kashmeer St. James, Ava Johnson, Jessica Silvers and local drag king, David Boneme, for his last ever Louisville performance. There will also be bingo, cocktails, complimentary snacks, and dancing. $10 cover, all proceeds benefitting Saving Sunny, Inc., an animal rescue and community advocacy organization providing assistance for pet owners living in under served communities in Louisville. http://www.savingsunnyinc.org
By: Allison Myers
Heads up foodies! It’s 502 Lunch Week in Louisville. Participating restaurants are offering a special two course menu with beverage for $10 or $15 per person.
502 Lunch Week runs from September 8 – September 19. It’s a great way to try a new spot that’s been on your list or a way to get a good deal at a local favorite.
My co-worker and I decide to give Brasserie Provence a try because it was such a beautiful day and we knew they had a patio (despite it facing a parking lot). Brasserie Provence offers your choice of one of three entrees, a dessert option and drink for $15.
We split the sandwich of the day which was an amazing Mediterranean chicken salad on ciabatta and the hamburger with arugula, tomato, brie cheese, prosciutto, caramelized onions and red pepper aioli. The burger was not on the level of Mussel and Burger Bar and Grind but tasty. Both were served with French fries and mesclun salad. The salad dressing was delicious and refreshing. The fries were good but a bit on the salty side. Pro tip: Ask for a side of the red pepper aioli or ketchup to dip your fries in.
For dessert, we opted for the marjolaine cake which had layers of chocolate, raspberry and hazelnut and the Blackberry Sorbet. The two desserts complimented each other very well. But I must say the blackberry sorbet was like eating blackberry cobbler. Every bite was a little piece of cobbler heaven.
Overall, the start of my 502 Lunch week has been very successful. Here’s to the next 11 days!
For the participating restaurants and menus, check out the 502 Lunch Week website.
Heritage BBQ presented by Goose Island Beer Co. is bringing its flavor-packed, global BBQ tour back to Louisville this Sunday, September 7th. Five local and notable chefs to put their love of globally-influenced whole pig BBQ to the test in a friendly but fierce competition to promote the consumption of heritage breed pigs raised by local family farms.
Last year’s winner, Annie Pettry of Decca, is leaving it all up to the boys this time around. This year’s competing chefs include Levon Wallace of Proof on Main at 21c Museum Hotel, Tyler Morris of Rye on Market, Brian Enyart of El Camino, Jeffery Dailey of Corbett’s and Ryan Rogers of Feast BBQ. Each chef will be given a 200 pound heritage breed pig to create six dishes for a crowd of pork-loving enthusiasts. A panel of 20 respected judges will vote for Louisville’s “BBQ King.”
Additionally this year, Heritage BBQ will debut “BBQ TRADITIONS,” a series of pop-up pairings where notable chefs will serve one dish that best exemplifies a culinary tradition and BBQ culture from anywhere in the world such as Braai from Africa, Char Siu from China, Churrasco from Brazil and Barbacoa from Mexico.
Guests will also experience:
“This is the new Q that celebrates hundreds of grilling - and smoking -traditions from around the world. We are on a mission to redefine BBQ as social eating, the act of gathering around fire, making friends and eating responsibly-raised animals. Together we work around the clock to preserve timeless family traditions from all over the globe. The bottom line is to host an event that develops the conversation of local food and heritage pigs, thus creating long-term growth, jobs on farms and better food choices for the future,” explains Brady Lowe, founder of Cochon 555.
Don’t miss out the epic foodie event of the year! Come find out who will be named as Louisville’s BBQ King.
Tickets for general admission start at $100, and VIP tickets for early admission are $200. To purchase tickets, visit the website http://cochon555.com/2014-tour/louisville/.
Where: 21c Museum Hotel
700 West Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202
When: Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014
4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
ABOUT HERITAGE BBQ by COCHON 555
Started in 2012 in an effort to bridge the gap between family farms and all categories of BBQ restaurants, Heritage BBQ by Cochon 555, is the first national BBQ competition dedicated to supporting a new direction for heritage breed pigs by expanding the conversation to a global economy. Created by Cochon 555 Founder Brady Lowe, Heritage BBQ engages existing BBQ restaurants in the local and sustainable food conversation taking place nationwide while simultaneously breaking ground on a new hyper-local, globally-themed, farm-supporting BBQ.
Good morning from the Highlands. It’s Saturday morning and I’m sitting in a small, quaint café on Bardstown Road that’s busting at the seams with activity. A large group of women celebrate a birthday and another large group of friends talk about their canoeing trip (yes, I ease drop on occasion). Several families, couples and even some parties of one share a beautiful Louisville Saturday enjoying coffee, eggs, waffles and pancakes.
The space is small. Basically, it’s two rooms with tables and chairs. There’s also a couple of tables outside on the sidewalk, which is a great spot for people watching. Lots of Louisville love covers the walls with pictures of Louisville icons from Hunter S. Thompson to Jennifer Lawrence.
Highland Morning’s menu features home-style southern breakfast and lunch eats that simply make your mouth happy. I love that they serve breakfast and lunch all day long. The menu has traditional favorites like eggs benedict, huevos rancheros, omelets and their award winning biscuits and gravy.
What makes Highland Morning stand out among all the breakfast/brunch spots in the Ville? One word –waffles!
“Come on get happy, don’t worry, be happy,” and “because I’m happy,” play in my head as I devour the amazingly perfect Dutch Apple Pie Waffles. Seriously. My life has been forever changed by this tasty morning treat. Dutch Apple Pie Waffles ($8.49) are new to the regular menu. The golden brown waffles are stuffed with spiced apples and white chocolate chips, covered with homemade vanilla compote and graham cracker crusts and topped with real whipped cream and caramel drizzle. It’s nice they come in four little mini waffles making it easy to share.
For all you Nutella lovers, you must try the Katie’s Leaning Tower of Waffles ($7.99). It’s a tower of crispy Belgian waffles stacked high with Nutella and fresh strawberries in each layer and topped with whipped cream and sprinkled with powdered sugar. It’s a beautiful display of waffles that’s almost edible art.
Although waffles are my jam, I can get down with omelets as well. Trying to have a well-rounded breakfast, I decided to try out a couple of omelets. Highland Morning’s omelets are served with famous Kentucky stone ground grits or you can substitute grits of the day or skillet potatoes for 99 cents.
The Ultimate Veggie Omelet ($8.49) is a three-egg omelet filled with spinach, mushrooms, tomatoes, onions and cheese. I added pico de gallo for a little extra flavor and went with the skillet potatoes. My omelet was light and fluffy and the veggies were delicious and cooked well. The skillet potatoes were a nice complement to the omelet. My only regret was adding the pico de gallo as just too much. It completely covered the omelet. Maybe next time I’ll just ask for a side of pico.
The Kentucky’s Pick Three Omelet ($8.99) a three-egg omelet filled with your favorite three ingredients, freshly diced bacon, diced ham, Purnell’s sausage, onions, fresh peppers, mushrooms, diced tomatoes, jalapenos, baby spinach, diced avocados and your choice of one: American, cheddar, cheddar-jack, pepper jack, Swiss cheese or shredded mozzarella. My husband ordered it with bacon, jalapenos and fresh peppers and cheese. I have to say it was a better choice than my veggie omelet. I enjoyed the texture of the light, fluffy eggs mixed with the flavors of the savory bacon and the hotness of the peppers. It’s true. Bacon always makes everything better.
Service was prompt and attentive even though the place was packed. No wonder they recently expanded to the former comic store space next door.
To quote their tagline “Breakfast Done Right” is how they roll at Highland Morning. So go on, jump in and get happy!
Highland Morning is located at 1416 Bardstown Road, Louisville KY 40204 502-365-3900