Party for Bill and Becky Lamb

On Aug. 10, Angela Bisig and Arnold Rivera hosted a going-away dinner party for Bill and Becky Lamb at their home.

Photos by Kathryn Harrington

Signature Social 2019

On Aug. 8, March of Dimes hosted its annual preview of the Signature Chefs Auction at Churchill Downs. Those in attendance were introduced to this year’s event co-chairs, Monica Bohn and Bryan Wiegandt, and Ambassador Family, Erin, Charley and Emory Grant. The Signature Chefs Auction will take place on Nov. 14 at the Omni Louisville Hotel.

Photos by Andrea Hutchinson

Margaritas in the Ville

Presented by el Jimador, LEO Weekly’s annual margarita tasting took place at Captain’s Quarters on Aug. 8. Local bars and restaurants brought their A-game in hopes of winning the judges’ and peoples’ votes. Odeon took home the Critics’ Choice Award and Ernesto’s American Bar & Grill took home the People’s Choice Award.

Photos by Kathryn Harrington

Taste of South Louisville

Bring an open heart—and an empty belly—to this delicious event on Saturday, August 17. 

Taste of South Louisville is the best way to taste-test your way through more than 25 restaurants with brick and mortar locations in the South part of town. Enjoy barbeque plates from Shack in the Back, local seafood creations by The Seafood Lady, and delicious Asian cuisine from Vietnam Kitchen, in addition to plates and drinks from Sunergos Coffee, Wagner’s Pharmacy, Lady J’s Lemonade, and many more. 

When you’re so full you’re nearly bursting with great food, you can walk it off by making the rounds through the silent auction or wait to see if you’ve won a door prize. The event will also host some must-see secret special guests and a cash bar.

In addition to supporting local businesses in the South end of Louisville, Taste of South Louisville benefits South Louisville Community Ministries. Started in 1975, SLCM has been serving the South Louisville area for more than 40 years. The group advocates for collective compassion and works to make the neighborhoods in South Louisville great places to live. 

The Taste of Louisville event will raise money to help SLCM continue their mission to provide support and aid for neighbors in crisis by allowing them to help with stable housing and hunger. 

The event starts at 6pm and ends at 8:30pm. It’s hosted in the prestigious Millionaires Row at Churchill Downs. Adult tickets are $50. Admission for children ages 5 through 11 is $10 and children aged 4 and under can enter the event for free. 

Saturday, August 17, 2019 from 6:00PM – 8:30PM

Taco Open Benefiting The Ruch Foundation

Do you like tacos? Do you like golf? 

If you answered a resounding YES! to the questions above, you’ll want to register for a slot in the 11th annual Taco Open at the Oxmoor Country Club. 

Each $100 ticket includes six holes of golf with carts, along with an open bar so you can enjoy some margaritas with your tacos from the complimentary Mexican Cantina. While you knock golf balls into holes, you’ll enjoy live music from 64 West. 

In addition to the golf open, there will be an exciting raffle. Each $25 raffle ticket enters you in to win highly coveted prizes like a rare bottle of Pappy Van Winkle bourbon, tickets to Victoria National & Valhalla Golf Experience, bottles of Titos Vodka, and much more.

The event benefits The Ruch Foundation, which was started in 2008 in memory of James F. Ruch, a golf enthusiast who passed away due to small-cell lung cancer. In his honor, the foundation provides scholarships and continuing education opportunities to the Hosparus of Louisville nursing program. The 11th annual Taco Open serves to raise funds that will continue to support the foundation’s mission. 

The event starts at 3pm on Saturday, August 17 and ends at 9pm. General admission tickets are $100. If you can’t make it but would still like to support the event and the foundation, you can choose donation tickets priced at $100 or $250. 

Saturday, August 17, 2019 from 3:00PM – 9:00PM

What’s Cooking

Louisville’s Most Picturesque Dining Experience is Reborn

Offering sweeping views of the river and downtown Louisville paired with a supper club-style menu, Swizzle, a new restaurant by the Al J. Schneider Company and The Galt House Hotel, will welcome diners next spring.

Perched 25 stories above River Road, Swizzle is inspired by a restaurant of the same name that operated on Chestnut Street in downtown Louisville in the 1940s and 50s. Back then, the spot was named for the drink stirrers that could mix a patron’s cocktail with just a quick swirl and was billed as the “headquarters for grand food.”

“During the golden era of supper clubs, a swizzle stick was symbolic of a fun night out – of well-executed American cuisine, free-flowing cocktails and memories made with friends and family,” said Scott Shoenberger, president and CEO of the Al J. Schneider Company. “We wanted to honor that tradition, creating an ambiance and menu that’s accessible for an everyday dining experience.

The restaurant will feature the area’s best prime steaks, chops, sustainable seafood and local produce, all served up from an open-concept exhibition kitchen situated in the middle of the restaurant, allowing diners to watch the action. The beverage program will take a more retro tone, with classic cocktails, including seasonal features, and a curated list of wines available by the glass or bottle. The décor will have a retro-meets-modern vibe, with a bold color palette and clean, geometric lines paired with throwback fixtures and finishes. 

The restaurant will also feature expanded private dining options and an exhibition kitchen. A pair of dining rooms overlooking the exhibition kitchen will host intimate dinners for small groups of up to 10 diners or can be combined to accommodate as many as 24 guests. The Swizzle menu for groups will also be available in the Waterford room, which will be expanded to serve up to 275 guests.

While a chef for the new restaurant has not been named, the concept and menu are in development by two pedigreed culinary masters. Executive Chef Michael Putnam, who joined The Galt House Hotel culinary team in 2017, was previously the executive chef for Wolfgang Puck Catering at Sony Pictures Studios in Los Angeles, catering high-profile events such as the Academy Awards and the Emmys. Executive Sous Chef Kendall Linhart, who also arrived at the Galt House Hotel in 2017, trained at the Culinary Institute of America, and previously led the kitchen at Daniel Boulard’s db Moderne Bistro in New York City.

“Michael and Kendall have been integral in reinvigorating The Galt House’s culinary program over the past 18 months,” said Shoenberger. “They have embraced the vision we have for honoring Louisville’s culinary past with our new restaurant offerings, and we’re thrilled to see what they develop for Swizzle.”

The new restaurant is part of The Galt House Hotel’s $80 million, multi-year transformation that encompasses nearly every portion of the historic property including guest rooms, meeting spaces and common areas, plus an overhaul of the food and beverage program. Earlier this month, the iconic property announced that it would debut an entirely new restaurant concept called Walker’s Exchange, inspired by Louisville’s 19th century culinary history.

For more information about Swizzle, please visit www.swizzle25.com and follow on Facebook, Instagram.


Copper & Kings Launches Riding With The King Limited Release American Brandy Aged in King Estate Red Wine Barrels 

Louisville-based Copper & Kings American Brandy Co. announces its latest novel barrel-finished, pure copper pot-distilled American Brandy limited release, Riding With The King. The launch is timed to coincide with Elvis Week, Aug. 9-17.

Photo courtesy of Copper & Kings.

The brandy is just over five years old, with 29 months of maturation in juicy King Estate Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre French oak barrels that are 228 liters/60 gallons in size. This followed an original 32 months in Kentucky Bourbon barrels. The distillate is 100 percent Muscat d’Alexandrie, and double-distilled in Copper & Kings’ Vendome copper pot stills in Butchertown, Louisville, Kentucky. As with all Copper & Kings’ American Brandy, the spirit is non-chill filtered, with natural color and natural flavor, unadulterated with boisé or caramel color. 

Master Distiller Brandon O’Daniel described Riding With The King: “This is nice and crisp, a little frisky, with red wine and red fruit notes. The tannins from the French oak give it a little grip, a slight ‘chewiness’ building to a sexy dry mid-palate, and then it finishes clean and long. It’s bright, hints of savory spice, cranberry, cherries, with a bit of zip. It is non-chill filtered and 108 proof, so a bit of cold water and/or some ice opens it up beautifully, it’s lovely brandy. I’m proud of it and I think that it will appeal to lovers of youthful, fruity Armagnac – without any bitter tannins, but also brandy drinkers, scotch drinkers and American whiskey drinkers – it has a lot of palate stretch. You can’t fence us in, we will keep taking American Brandy in new directions, and that’s the joy of it.”

“We often say we don’t do passion plays, but in truth we were more than a little in love with the chance to work with the King family and with Ed King in particular,” said Copper & Kings Founder Joe Heron. “The King family are true American pioneers, with a sly twinkle, subtle adventurousness and the directness of real entrepreneurs. It’s a proud moment for us at Copper & Kings, and we are very grateful to Ed and his family. It took a while to get in the bottle – almost three years, but wow, another unique American Brandy interpretation, another adventure – this time riding with a King. This brandy soars and swoops, very layered with coltish legs. I’m going to hang on to a few of these for myself.”

Copper & Kings Creative Director Ron Jasin said: “We wanted to translate the red wine concept in the bottle to the label to pay homage not only to Ed King, his family and their history, but also to the King(s) of rock and roll. Britany Baker’s oil painting of a plush, velvet seat on Elvis Presley’s abandoned Lockheed Jetstar plane (languishing in the New Mexico desert) is a perfect metaphor for the spirit and the foundation of the label. Art in a bottle, heart on our sleeve. Flying high, singing our song.”

Riding With The King American Brandy – $65/750 mL

Available only in select fine retailers across Copper & Kings national distribution footprint and at the distillery.


Evan Williams Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Will Award Coveted Blue Ribbon to Top Culinary Creation at 34th Annual Cooking Contest 

Kentucky Bourbon and southern cooking, there’s no better combination for seriously good cuisine. That’s why the Evan Williams Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Cooking Contest at the Kentucky State Fair has become a beloved, time-honored tradition for so many. 

Now in its 34th year, the Evan Williams Cooking Contest is a platform for amateur chefs to showcase their creations in hopes of winning cash prizes and the chance for their recipe to be included in the Evan Williams Cookbook. 

Christy Cox of Louisville won the 2018 Blue Ribbon for her Mr. Williams’ Country Ham and Tomato Pie. Photo courtesy of Evan Williams.

This beloved competition, on Friday, Aug. 16, will be judged by luminaries from Louisville’s booming bourbon and culinary scenes. Judges include: Steve Coomes, food and spirits writer, speaker and book author. He is the author of ‘Country Ham: A Southern Tradition of Hogs, Salt & Smoke’; Sarah Fritschner, Coordinator, Louisville Farm to Table, local food consultant, and food writer; Sara Havens, freelance spirits writer and author of The Bar Belle Blog and two books including ‘The Bar Belle’ and ‘The Bar Belle Vol. 2’; Fred Minnick, Wall Street Journal-bestselling author of ‘Whiskey Women,’ ‘Bourbon Curious’ and ‘Bourbon: The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of An American Whiskey’; Maggie Kimberl, Content Editor at American Whiskey Magazine, Contributing Editor at Whisky Magazine, Managing Editor at Bourbonveach.com, and contributor to The Bourbon Review, The Alcohol Professor, and more; and Jodie Filiatreau, Artisanal Distiller for the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience. 

Judges will rate entries based on originality, ease of preparation, appearance, name and contribution of Evan Williams Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey to the taste and aroma of the dish. 

Jesse and MJ, hosts of The Morning Play with Jesse and MJ on 106.9 PLAY, will emcee the event and Jeff Dailey, Harvest Restaurant, will demonstrate several of his own Evan Williams Bourbon-inspired dishes. 

Evan Williams is the country’s second-largest selling brand of Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. 

Chocolate Fest

One of the year’s tastiest events took place at Mellwood Art Center on Aug. 3. Benefiting Kentuckiana AIDS Alliance (KAA), Chocolate Fest provided guests with sweet treats, unlimited spirits and dazzling entertainment.

Photos by Kathryn Harrington

Purrfect Day Cafe One-Year Anniversary Celebration on Aug. 8 

Photos courtesy of Purrfect Day Cafe

On Aug. 8, 2019, stop by for the one-year mark of the PDC grand opening and learn more about this unique partnership that is saving lives.

The Purrfect Day Café opened on International Cat Day on Aug. 8, 2018. Since then, more than 1,300 Kentucky Humane Society cats and kittens have been adopted through the café – blowing past the goal of 300 annual adoptions that Purrfect Day Café and KHS set.

To celebrate this incredible achievement, Purrfect Day Café at 1741 Bardstown Road is inviting the public to join them for drink specials, refreshments and the chance to win prizes. No reservations are needed to just hang out in the cafe area. 

Purrfect Day will be offering complimentary non-alcoholic beverages to adopters (one per family), 10 percent off all in-store merchandise, cake, a selfie station, raffles, a 4:30 p.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony with Greater Louisville Inc. – Metro Chamber of Commerce and more. 

More info can be found at the Facebook event page.

St. Francis School Opens its New Theater and Front Entrance

St. Francis School, “the School of Thought,” has completed a major renovation and addition at their Goshen Campus. The project, named Goshen Main Amp, Theater & Lobby Renovation, will provide St. Francis’ Preschool through eighth-grade students with a completely updated and much larger theater space to support their National Youth Arts award-winning performing arts program. The 4,000-square-foot addition and renovation includes seating for 400 in the new theater, an outdoor amphitheater classroom space and a revamped main entryway with a new modern canopy. Design features include the use of natural wood throughout and a large southern canopy and tall glass walls framing the campus’ verdant rear fields while keeping light and heat and heat levels manageable within the theater. The theater is outfitted with a modern digital lighting and audio system, new mechanical system and fixed seating for the upper half of the theater, allowing for greater comfort for the audience while maintaining the child-oriented open-tiered seating for the lower half of the theater.

“This project gives our school a more welcoming entrance and lobby and a performing arts space to match the quality of our students’ talent. It is wonderful news for St. Francis, and also for Oldham County, because the theater could host community concerts and plays, as well as school events. Since our enrollment has grown over 27 percent in the last six years, our performing arts programs, and the seating we need for them, have grown as well. The incredible support from our donors allows us to complete this gorgeous renovation,” said Head of School Alexandra S. Thurstone G’80, ’84.

This $3.4 million-dollar project marks the third of the four building projects included in the School’s $20 million Capital Campaign, with the Goshen gym completed in 2014 and high school expansion in 2016. The architect is Lake|Flato of San Antonio, Texas, and the general contractor is Louisville-based Buffalo Construction, Inc.

A community opening will be held at St. Francis School’s Goshen Campus at 11000 US Highway 42, Goshen 40026 on August 10, 2019, at noon during its Back-to-School Picnic.

American Red Cross VIP Event

Lexus of Louisville Owner Walter Weibel presented a check to the American Red Cross for $25,000 on the evening of Aug. 1.

Photos by Frankie Steele

James Beard Foundation Press Conference

On July 31, the James Beard Foundation and Mayor Greg Fischer announced the return of the  James Beard Foundation Taste America presented by Capital One. The two-part event will take place in Louisville Sept. 26 and 27 and include a benefit dinner at the Speed Art Museum as well as Raising the Bar, a cocktail reception on the Brown Hotel’s rooftop. For tickets and more information, visit jamesbeard.org/taste-america-louisville.

Photos by Kathryn Harrington

Fabulous and Fit After Fifty

Like the saying goes: Age is just a number. Being strong and healthy is possible at every age. Celebrate your continued strength during Maximum Results’ event Fabulous & Fit After Fifty. 

Join hosts Ann Bowden of WLKY TV and Denyce Maxwell of Urban Lifestylez for a morning of enlightenment. The event will include a keynote speech from Donna Richardson, a best-selling author of “Witness to Fitness” and creator of the clothing line “Clothing with Confidence.” Richardson has traveled across the world to motivate people to lead powerful and productive lives. 

Interactive panels will include local hosts like Cathy Zion of Today’s Media, Ivy Brito of State Farm, and Deborah Turner of AARP. The holistic conference will discuss a variety of topics, such as health, wellness, finances, relationships, and more – nothing if off limits.

The morning event runs from 10am to 12:30pm—the perfect way to jumpstart a powerful Saturday. The even will be hosted at the Hilton Garden Inn at the Louisville Airport. Sponsors of the event include Humana, Norton Healthcare, State Farm, AARP, Wendy’s, and Today’s Woman. 

Saturday, August 10, 2019 from 10:00AM – 12:30PM
Hilton Garden Inn Louisville Airport