The Town Is Busy!

Gilda’s Club had their annual fundraiser, Gilda’s Night, at Bittners last Saturday. Susanne and Robert Wayne were the honorary chairs. Jane Tierney chaired the event, which was founded by Annette Grisanti. The evening began with cocktails in the showrooms as people visited with each other, all the while eyeing the beautiful furnishings.

The delicious dinner was prepared by Dean Corbett and his staff of Corbett’s An American Place with Blue Dog Bakery and Sysco’s participation.

Some of the many Gilda’s Club supporters were Jill and Lance Tucker, Deborah and Bart Greenwald, H. and Ann Stroth, Terra Long and Harry Dennery, Susan and Bill Yarmuth, Sarah and Ted Steinbock, Sara and Jim Haynes, Annette Grisanti and Mike Kemper, Pat Ballard, Patricia and Mike Varin, Jeanne and David Ferguson and Cece and Dale Boden.

Among the fabulous items up for grabs was a dinner for 12 at Gilda’s Club by Kathy Cary that went for $8,000! She was so pleased that she immediately offered up another dinner at $8,000 to the under bidder who was thrilled to get it!

The gala event raised more than $700,000!


Quattra4 is an organization of female artists designing jewelry and wearable art for the dynamic woman. The group members are Sharon Major, Lesley Rahner Ewald, Roxy Lentz, Lona Northener and Sue Spencer. For several years, they have held a special show to sell their wares and to benefit a local charity.

This year’s show that nobody should miss is on Saturday, December 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Mirror Room of the Louisville Boat Club, 4200 River Road. The show this year is benefiting Heuser Hearing & Language Academy. To learn more about the artists and get a feeling for what you will see at the show go to or


Wakefield-Scearce has changed hands but not its taste in presenting wonderful antiques, fine porcelain and heirloom silver. Chuck Bolton is the new owner. His goal is to retain the fine furnishings, antiques, unique gifts, linens, silver and such that is expected by the gallery customers. The Christmas Open House is open!

For nearly 70 years, the gallery and its Science Hill Inn have been a storied part of Shelby County. The Christmas wreaths and decorations are already up and there is a steady flow of old and new customers making the trek up the road.

After you have stuffed yourselves on the delicious food at lunch you can walk some of the calories off by visiting the 20 seasonally decorated rooms upstairs. Each room has a fireplace. You know that Science Hill was a boarding school in days gone by. My best friend, the late Sug Schusterman, had her grandmother’s diploma from Science Hill hanging on her wall.

Ciao Chow

Last week I told you about The Manhattan Project, a brand new sports bar and food lab on Frankfort Avenue. It has made quite a splash. Not to rest on his laurels, this week one of the Manhattan Project partners, Fred Pizzonia, along Jesse Francis, has opened another restaurant called Ciao. Luigi Gelsomini who operates Luigi’s Pizza & Pasta on Main Street will be in charge of Ciao.

Located in the building formerly known as Baxter Station on Payne Street, even if you were a former regular at Baxter Station, you won’t recognize it when you walk into Ciao. Rustic wood, stained glass and interesting metals adorn the dining area, which extends way back behind the bar and on to the new kitchen.

Obviously, the menu is Italian. Good, earthy, tummy-filling Italian. Fried ravioli, frito misto and calamari are all great starters. The meatballs that come with spaghetti are as big as a baseball but more tasty. The sword fish is outstanding and the lasagna shouldn’t be missed. VT