Week Off to a Jolly Start

There is a hot new store in the Paddock Shops on Brownsboro Road called Total Wine & More. It is Kentucky’s first wine, spirits and beer superstore. They had a grand opening preview party last week and everyone you ever saw at a cocktail party was there. It was fun to sip along and visit old friends.  Total Wine intends to be involved in the community;  10 percent of wine sales opening weekend were donated to The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts.

Total Wine advertises that they have the lowest prices along with over 3,000 spirits, 8,000 wines, and  2,500 beers. They have a climate-controlled wine cellar, walk-in cigar humidor, padded floors, tasting bar, “brewery district” with a growler station, concierge service, free access to a wine pairing app and complimentary educational books about wine, beer and spirits. Wow! What more do you need?



The building that houses Corbett’s an American Place was once the Von Allmen family home and farm. It was built the same year that President Zachary Taylor left office. Nestled on two acres and surrounded by 100-year-old maple and sweet bay magnolia trees, the site was one of the early operating dairy farms in Kentucky.

Inside and out, the home has exceptional architectural details, including a grand staircase, 14-foot ceilings, a brick and limestone cellar, and a sweeping front porch. Every aspect of the home has been lovingly restored and updated by Chef Dean Corbett along with Pat Durham Builders, Ben Palmer-Ball Architecture and Meg Vogt Interior Designs. Corbett’s intent was to offer his guests an elegant, inviting dining experience.

Recently Corbett’s fall menu was introduced at a luncheon for a group of enthusiastic food folks. Beautifully presented starters included a chef’s selection of house-cured meats, a wild mushroom tart, grilled lobster with potato gnocchi, and roasted pork belly sliders. A great romanesco cauliflower salad featuring pumpkin seeds, pickled shallot and roasted beets with a goat cheese ranch dressing was terrific.

And then there were the entrees some of which were beef cheek ravioli, pumpkin risotto, black tiger shrimp and a lamb porterhouse chop. Desserts were too good to be true. Rye chocolate pudding, pumpkin ice cream with a brioche doughnut, roasted figs with blue cheese ice cream, and walnut cake.

It wasn’t good. It was sinfully wonderful!


Last year’s “outstanding daytime event” is sold out. Yep. All 25 movie-themed decorated tables of 10 were snapped up a month ago. So if you want to among the crowd at the Crystal Ballroom at the Brown Hotel on Thursday, October 20, you better find a table host with an extra seat at their table.

Sponsored by Heuser Hearing Institute’s fundraising arm, Butterfly Society, to benefit the Institute’s Hearing & Language Academy, it will have a silent auction and a live auction that includes a theatre package with New York “Hamilton” tickets, a pair of $11,000 diamond earrings, a restaurant gift card package worth more than $6,000, and a chance to have your name as a character in Sue Grafton’s next book “Z is for …”

Butterfly Society President Pam Thompson and Libby Parkinson, who chaired last year’s event with Deborah Greenwald, and is doing it again this year are enormously excited about the potential success. VT