Derby Is A Comin’

John Reisert, Stacy Robinson, Carl Mittelsten and Carl Simpson.

John Reisert, Stacy Robinson, Carl Mittelsten and Carl Simpson.

The Slice is a celebration of the spice, style and soul of Louisville and was held last Saturday evening in a big white tent at St. Augustine Church at 13th and Broadway. It is one of the official, non-profit Kentucky Derby Festival events. It offered both Southern cuisine and music influenced by Louisville’s “melting pot” of cultures.

Harry Dennery was there with his Krispy Krunchy Chicken. It is a Cajun recipe and it was good. Harry is from New Orleans, you know.

Cartie Arvin and her mother Essie Arvin.

Cartie Arvin and her mother Essie Arvin.

The Slice Charities raises funds to support community service organizations which provide emergency food, prescription drugs, housing and utility assistance to those in need and scholarships for education to the residents of West Louisville and elsewhere.

This year, The Slice: Spice, Style & Soul will salute social services of West Louisville. Hosea Mitchell, president and CEO of The Slice Charities of Louisville, Inc. says “We are happy to have Jennifer Hoffman, winner of Amazing Race 18. She’s also an ESPNU Analyst. Hoffman is no stranger to The Slice. She actually attended the year she won the Amazing Race but she was not allowed to tell us then. We will also welcome Kimberly Cecil-Jones. Both of these ladies work hard in our community and we are happy to have them be our guests.”

The board consists of Hosea Mitchell, chair; Father Patrick Delahanty; Janet Geurin Muller; Margaret Staples; John E. White; and Jermaine Higgins.

Sherlene M. Shanklin and Harry Dennery.

Sherlene M. Shanklin and Harry Dennery.

The honorary chair of The Slice this year was our very own Angie Fenton, editor of what you are reading now! Everyone loves her and she had a handsome date too!

The co-chairs of everything from décor and food to marketing to ticket sales and more were Carol Belser, Doris Logan, Kathryn Whitlock, Lee Ewing, Malcolm Pullen, Annette Cowden, Verna, Doris and William Goatley, Gregory Wilson, Sherlene Shanklin, Janie and Robert Henderson, Welma Yocum and Rose Ellis.

The Slice had wonderful “swag” bags for each guest. They had small bottles of Four Roses and two small boxes of divine candy (consumed before we got home!) from DB Bourbon Candy and Serenity Delights furnished by Robyn C. Stuart.

Speaking of Four Roses – have you been to see their facility near Lawrenceburg on the banks of the scenic Salt River? The Distillery was built in 1920 and features a unique Spanish Mission-Style architecture. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. They operate continuously, except for the summer months. But tours are year round.

They’re Coming Back!

Save the date – Saturday, June 1, 2013 – for one day only. Yes, a famous French fashion house founded in 1854 is returning for one day only with a Garden Party and Trunk Show at Running Water Farm. This fashion house only sells its products through standalone boutiques, lease departments in high-end department stores and through the e-commerce section of its website.

They are returning to Louisville to host this one-of-a-kind, unique event to benefit Heuser Hearing & Language Academy. Products to view and purchase will range from luxury luggage and leather goods to ready-to-wear, shoes, watches, jewelry, accessories, sunglasses and more. Watch my column for upcoming details and how you can attend this event at no charge.