APRON Inc.’s Two Significant Fundraising Events Are Back

Chef Ellen Gill McCarty, Gary Fox and Dawn Bianconcini.

The Ten Taste Salute and Taste of Independents events raise money to support those in the restaurant industry


By Elizabeth Scinta
Photos provided by APRON Inc. and Dan Dry


APRON Inc. is celebrating its talented restaurant community with two fun events, Taste of Independents and The Ten Taste Salute. The nonprofit organization was founded in 2011 as a way to “provide temporary, limited financial relief to professional food and beverage workers in Louisville … who work at locally-owned establishments and who are experiencing financial distress due to illness, accident, emergency or a catastrophic event through no fault of their own,” according to the APRON Inc. website.

On July 17, the Olmsted will be turned into a sampling mecca for Taste of Independents, a widely popular event in the community. After taking a hiatus with the pandemic, APRON Inc. is thrilled to be hosting the event once again. “Since K.O.B.B.E. partnered with Apron in 2021 for Bourbon & Benevolence, we’ve been wanting to strengthen that relationship. So we’re excited to be participating in this year’s Taste of Independents and to have Apron as our beneficiary again for Bourbon & Benevolence on Saturday, December 10,” said Jamar Mack, Founder and President of Kentucky’s Original Black Bourbon Enthusiasts (K.O.B.B.E.).

Ten Taste Salute 2021 (Photo by Dan Dry)

Alongside K.O.B.B.E., guests can also expect to see a table for Gill on the Go, according to Chef Ellen Gill McCarty. Attendees will be able to sample from over 20 of Louisville’s best independent chefs while enjoying melodious jazz music performed by the Robbie Bartlett duo. Additionally, there will be a silent auction that you won’t want to miss.

The second event APRON Inc. will be hosting this year is the glittering The Ten Taste Salute gala on October 9. Inside the atrium of The Cafe at Paristown, attendees will revel in a five-course meal prepared by five distinguished chefs. Paired with the five courses will be five cocktail tastings from five signature bartenders; cheers! Throughout the night, guests can nibble on hors d’oeuvres, throw their betting paddles in the air at the live auction, and celebrate the award winners who have generously extended a hand to help those around them.

APRON Inc. has helped many in the restaurant industry come out on top when life is dealing them a bad hand. “I can speak from experience how Apron made my dark days a little brighter. They have helped me out more than once with my overwhelming bills while I’ve been going to Norton Cancer Institute for the last eight years,” explained McCarty. “I’m so glad I am able to at least give back a little by participating in the Taste of Independents. Eat good food, drink tasty beverages and reconnect with those who love this industry as much as me.” Tickets to APRON Inc.’s two biggest fundraisers of the year are already being sold on their website (aproninc.org).

Joe Huber’s Family Farm & Restaurant hosts a Music & Magic Show

Enjoy great music from Ragamuffin Sons and be mystified by illusions from David Sloan


By Elizabeth Scinta
Photos provided by Joe Huber’s Family Farm & Restaurant and Tascha Sodan


Joe Huber’s Family Farm & Restaurant is hosting a Music & Magic Show on the Farm with Ragamuffin Sons and David Sloan on July 16. The barn doors will open at 5 p.m., where attendees can enjoy the buffet dinner featuring delectable Southern comfort options before the show begins.

The farm was purchased in 1926, and in 1983, the construction of the restaurant was complete. The farm and restaurant have been a staple to the Starlight community ever since. One might be familiar with the pumpkin patch and the iconic pumpkin butter but not so familiar with the events they host throughout the year. The Music & Magic Show is one of the many events they host throughout the year and is a guaranteed good time. After indulging some delectable bites, stay put for the start of the show at 6 p.m.

Ragamuffin Sons, a local Christian rock band, will kick off the show with David Meek on the lead vocals, rhythm guitar and keyboard, Brian Foster on the lead guitar and background vocals, Jim Dandy on the rhythm guitar, Sam Montgomery on the bass guitar, Ron Powers on the drums and background vocals and Patrick Perry on the keys.

“Ragamuffin Sons is honored and excited to partner with the Huber’s Farm Family to bring music back to the farm. We are super excited to be sharing the evening with David Sloan Illusions. Come prepared to be amazed, uplifted, and well fed,” said Meek.

Following their performance, local David Sloan, a Christian Illusionist, will take the stage. Illusionists present one reality to the audience while hiding something in a way that tricks the audience into being surprised at what they’re seeing. You never know what trick Sloan has up his sleeves, so make sure to attend the event to see what he’s hiding.


Pandora Productions 25th Anniversary Gala

Photos by Andrea Hutchinson

Gala attendees dressed to the nines to fit the theme “Studio 54” at Pandora Production’s 25th Anniversary Gala on June 10. Guests enjoyed dinner from Wiltshire Pantry with desserts by Georgia’s Sweet Potato Pie Co. while honoring those who have made a difference in the LGBTQ+ community over the past 25 years.

Let’s Dance Louisville

Photos by Andrea Hutchinson

Like Dancing With The Stars, but the local edition. On June 18, twelve local celebrities competed in the seventh annual Let’s Dance Louisville to see who would come out on top. All of the proceeds from the event went to Feed My Neighbor’s lunch program at The Sandefur Dining Room. Clay Marshall from Bourbon Tango and Melissa Goodlett from F45 took home the first place trophy.

Stitzel-Weller Summer Friday

Photos by Madeline Mullenbach

Stitzel-Weller Distillery hosted their Summer Friday event on June 17. Attendees enjoyed draft cocktails from B&B Trailer, to-go charcuterie and pimento cheese, corn hole and live music.

SKYN Lounge Open House

Photos by Andrea Hutchinson

Skyn Lounge hosted an Open House on June 2 with hors d’oeuvres, DJ Roya Entertainment and live salt facial demonstrations. The open house had Roubaix’s new line and a raffle that was full of great goodies from local businesses.

VOICE Louisville Launch Event at Castle & Key Distillery

Photos by Andrea Hutchinson

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Kentucky to the World

Photos by Kentucky to the World

Kentucky to the World hosted their first live speaker series event in over two years with Louisville native Chris Fischer, OCEARCH Founder and Expedition Leader. The series of events included over 300 attendees – local children and students – as they heard from Chris about his journey of catching frogs in Kentucky to saving sharks and helping bring balance to our oceans through his global nonprofit OCEARCH.

Artist Chimel Ford’s HeART Exhibit

Photos by Andrea Hutchinson

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Arts on the Green

Photos by Madeline Mullenbach

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Hermitage Farm Classic

Photos by Andrea Hutchinson

Hermitage Farm hosts the Kentucky Classic, a three-day Combined Driving Event Competition on even-numbered years, at their beautiful historic grounds. The weekend offered exciting days with plenty of endurance competitions and a VIP area with food and bourbon selections from Barn8.

Angel’s Envy Expansion Celebration

Photos by Andrea Hutchinson

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