Headlining this weekâ€™s Association of the Louisville Orchestra (ALO) parties for A La Carte (to benefit the orchestra) was Dinner at the Green Room. The Green Room is the banquet room at the commissary of the new â€œG meals on demand and to go,â€ owned by John Shaw Woo. Founded with the concept of providing healthy meals at affordable prices, G Meals is finding more and more corporate and individual customers all over town.
Gathering for cocktails were June Creek, Jo Ann Gammon, Nancy and David Laird, LaDonna and Larry Shapin, Terri and Steve Bass, Jeanne James and Dennis Hesthaven, John Johnson and his daughter Shay, Emma Birk and John King, Ed Schadt, Christy Kramer, Carolyn and David Neustadt, Karen and Ken Sales and Shaio Woo among others.
Between JoAnn and Nancy itâ€™s not known which one works harder to make A La Carte a success, but they have been at it a long time and are very much appreciated for their efforts. At the Green Room it was stormy outside but warm and fuzzy inside.
One of Louisvilleâ€™s most generous, Sam Swope, hosted another of his gala parties to celebrate yet another of his fundraising motorcycle rides through the countryside, by scores of his friends from all over. They ride for the pure joy of riding, and to raise money for KOSAIR Charities. This yearâ€™s ride was on Sunday up to Makerâ€™s Mark at Loretto, Ky., where Bill Samuels hosted a reception and tour for the group.
The party was held at Samâ€™s new Lexus dealership on Blankenbaker Parkway. Since Sam officially retired at the end of last year, it probably should be said that the event was held by Sam, at the dealership where Patti Swope is the Board Chair and Dick Swope is the president and CEO.
It takes a big man to turn his business, the Swope Auto Group, over to the next generation, but Patti and Dick have been at it a long time and are up to the challenge. And, they have learned a lot about generosity from Sam. It was recently announced that the Swope Auto Group is the title sponsor of the Heuser Hearing Instituteâ€™s Sound Beginnings Breakfast on Thursday, September 20, and Sam is the eventâ€™s Honorary Chairman. The Instituteâ€™s Hearing & Language Academy is a preschool for hearing impaired children, and has never turned away a child because of the familyâ€™s inability to pay tuition. A lot of Louisvillians are grateful to a lot of Swopes.
Sullivan Universityâ€™s National Center for hospitality Studies will honor Chef Paul Virant of Chicagoâ€™s Perennial Virant with the Distinguished Visiting Chef award on Thursday, Aug. 9.
As recipient of the award, Chef Virant will present on-campus cooking demonstrations in addition to a question-and-answer session held exclusively for Sullivan University students. He will also sign copies of his book, â€œThe Preservation Kitchen: The Craft of Making and Cooking with Pickles, Preserves, and Aigre-doux.â€ Aigre-doux means bitter-sweet. (I looked it up.)
According to his bio, Paul Virant is the chef and owner of Michelin-star restaurant Vie in Western Springs, Ill. and Perennial Virant in Chicago. He credits his grandmothers, both avid canners, for instilling in him a reverence for local ingredients and serving as the inspiring force behind his becoming a chef.
He has a national reputation and has garnered regional and national attention, including a three-star review by Phil Vettel of the Chicago Tribune and a spot on Gayotâ€™s list of top 40 Resturants in the U.S.
Fabulous Finds, the exceptional resale shop at 2101 Frankfort Ave. has received an enormous collection of ladies designer clothing and is offering it for sale at really reasonable prices. All of the clothes are sizes 2-4 and include slacks, suits, & jackets. Some of the designers included are Hermes, Ron Leal, Armani, & Carlisle. The collection is being shown privately and is not available at the shop. To learn more, call 502.893.3635 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.