Oldham County Slogan and Logo Contest

January 23, 2009 by  
Filed under Business

Communities across the country are recognized by their logo or slogan. This is your chance to be a part of developing the Oldham County image! Use the form below to submit your slogan/logo. Submissions will be accepted from January 5 to February 14, 2009. Come back beginning March 6, 2009 to vote for your favorites from the top 5 slogans and top 5 logos selected by our committee. The winner(s) will receive $1000 – $500 for winning logo/$500 for winning slogan.

Submit your entries by visiting http://www.oldhamera.com/slogo

Shrimp & Grits Throwdown

January 22, 2009 by  
Filed under Entertainment

Local Chefs to Compete in the LouisvilleHotBytes Shrimp & Grits Throwdown

The heat will be on in Louisville on February 9th, when 13 top local Chefs will compete for the “Best Shrimp & Grits” title at a charity fundraiser for FEAT, an organization that provides support, encouragement and information to parents of children with autism.

Shrimp & Grits is not original to the Louisville area; it arrived on the Louisville dining scene in the mid-‘90s. Since then, many a local chef has taken this low-country classic – turned bistro dish – and made it entirely their own.

Thirteen of Louisville’s top chefs will be showcasing their culinary creations at the competition: Chef Jeffrey Jacobs, Café Lou Lou St. Matthews; Chef Harold Baker, Westport General Store; Chefs Steve Bryant & Corey Watson, Son of a Sailor; Chef Rick Adams, L&N Wine Bar and Bistro; Chef Mark Albert, Baxter Station Bar and Grille; Chef David Lee Burns, Captain’s Quarters Riverside Grille; Chef Chris Howerton, Corbett’s- An American Place; Chef Justin McMillan, Windsor Restaurant; Chef Bill Smith, Shady Lane Café; Chefs Dallas McGarity & Stephen Dennison; Chef Dan Thomas, Big Spring Country Club; Chefs Anthony Lorie & Tyson Long, Juleps Catering at Sullivan University; Chef Shawn Ward, Jack Fry’s.

Scoring the work of these great chefs will be a panel of 3 local culinary celebrities:
Robin Garr – Publisher of LouisvilleHotbytes.com and food reviewer for the Voice-Tribune and Leo Weekly;
Chef Dean Corbett- Host of “Secrets of Louisville Chefs” and Chef/Owner of Jack’s, Equus and Corbett’s An American Place; and
Chef John Castro, CEC – Executive Chef, Winston’s Restaurant and Executive Chef/Partner, Yang Kee Noodle.

Deejay J.J. Jackson of 100.5 Louie FM will be the Master of Ceremonies for the intense competition, to be held at 6:30 pm at Captain’s Quarters Riverside Grille. Guests at the Throwdown will enjoy samples of each of the 13 entries along with a cash bar, watch the competitors go head-to-head, and vote for their favorite dish with “ The People’s Choice Award”.

Will Crawford, one of the event organizers, speaks of his own experience raising a son with autism: “A group of mothers started FEAT in 1999 as a support group dedicated to helping our children become the best they could become. Without the help of this organization, we and hundreds of other families would still be flailing in the dark looking for answers on how to help our children suffering from this disorder.”

Sponsored by LouisvilleHotBytes.com, Republic National Distributing Company, Captain’s Quarters Riverside Grille, and Ecosteward, all proceeds from tickets to this event will go to FEAT, along with a portion of the liquor sales.

Tickets are $15 per person, and can be purchased on-line at www.featoflouisville.org and at participating restaurants. For additional information, contact the Westport General Store at (502) 222-4626.

About FEAT:
FEAT stands for Families for Effective Autism Treatment. FEAT of Louisville was organized in the summer of 1999 by a small group of parents seeking guidance, support, encouragement and information to facilitate treatment for their child on the autism spectrum. FEAT originated in California in 1993 and has chapters operating in many states across the nation.

FEAT of Louisville is a non-profit organization of parents and professionals dedicated to ensuring that all individuals with autism have the opportunity to reach their full potential through all forms of effective early intervention. To learn more, please visit www.featoflouisville.org

About LouisvilleHotbytes.com:
Robin Garr’s LouisvilleHotBytes.com is the city’s top spot for comprehensive, accurate and unbiased reviews of Louisville-area restaurants, food and drink, and its most vibrant interactive community of food-and-dining enthusiasts, consumers and food-industry professionals. With several hundred thousand readers per month, it attracts the largest audience specific to food and drink in the metro area. www.louisvillehotbytes.com

The Day the Earth Stood Still

January 13, 2009 by  
Filed under Suzie's Movies

Yup, it’s a remake of the well known 1951 movie of the same name. (Based on a short story by Harry Bates titled ‘Farewell to the Master”.) 
Just in case you don’t remember it… 

An alien space craft (in this remake a glowing orb) comes to earth with two visitors on board. The first is a massive robot specifically designed to protect the second visitor,  one of  more human- like appearance.  All these aliens want to do  is to travel to earth to warn us that we are ruining our own home,  earth. They attempt  to reason with the leaders of earth and encourage them to rethink their relationship with their own home planet. Things don’t go so well. 

The first mistake the aliens made was to land in the good ‘ol USA where their trip was mistaken for an aggressive attack. Their second  mistake was to land in New York’s Central Park  where the answer to everything – at least in this movie- is to shoot first and ask questions later.  After such an ugly greeting  the aliens decide that humans are too abusive and violent to be allowed to continue screwing up the planet.  Plans are set in motion for the elimination of all humans. And yet, at the last moment …. well, I won’t ruin the movie for you. I won’t ruin the movie for you because it’s already ruined. And it’s a shame because it could have been so good!

This movie started out with some fairly good possibilities, like a decent cast. You got Kathy Bates, Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly, and to heighten the cuteness factor there’s  Will Smith’s son, Jaden. For good measure they threw in a few key scenes with John Cleese. John Cleese! Have you ever seen John Cleese in anything that wasn’t good?! And you can’t blame Keanu Reeves weird, detached acting style for any of this movies problems either. Reeves plays one of the aliens and his stilted delivery worked very well in the movie. In fact, Keanu Reeves as an alien is very believable.  Nope, what ruined this film was the amazingly dull, lifeless screen play, horrible dialogue, and the poor to nonexistent respect for the spoken language. It was dull, clunky and sometimes goofy. In fact, in my opinion, I think the real reason the aliens decided to eliminate the humans was not because of their violent tendencies but rather their ridiculous conversations with each other. So now an already preachy movie turns into a a  painful 103 minute endurance trial. Adding insult to injury is  some obvious and shameless product placement for McDonalds, Honda and Windows. I guess you have to pay for the stinky movie somehow. 

Somewhere near the end of the movie Reeves character gives us a clue that the joke is on us. He seriously says, “Mankind can survive, but there will be a terrible price to pay.” Now I realize exactly what that price was.  After surviving a near holocaust, mankind would later  make a movie about it and we, as a nation, would have to sit through it. Lord help us.

Gran Torino

January 7, 2009 by  
Filed under Suzie's Movies

Clint Eastwood comes out with another movie close on the heels of his last venture, The Changeling. Gran Torino is however, a very different sort of movie with a very different feel. It will, no doubt, attract a very different audience as well. Unlike The Changeling which was finely crafted in meticulous detail and marvelous to look at , Grand Torino felt quickly made, almost thrown together. It has the look and feel of a story told in a bar instead of a piece of literature. Don’t get me wrong, I loved this movie, as did the rest of the audience that viewed it. Heck, a bunch of people stood up and applauded during the closing credits. It may even pull in big box office dollars. It just didn’t have that solidly crafted feel that Eastwood’s best films have. (Think, Unforgiven or Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil)

Clint Eastwood stars in the movie as Walt Kowalski, a recently widowed Korean war vet that just wants to be left alone in his self imposed misery. He’s grumpy, growly and an irascible, very un-PC raciest. Somehow we still come to love him. (He is, after all, Clint Eastwood.) We follow Walt for a short week while he is thrown full force back into living life. Walt’s Asian neighbor’s son , in a gang initiation, attempts to steal Walt’s prize possession, a pristine, 1972 Ford Gran Torino. (obviously these kids never saw Dirty Harry.) Such an action only inflames Walt’s racist attitudes. The neighboring family opts to handle their son’s disgrace by indenturing him to Walt for a week. During this time Walt learns to appreciate their culture and the unique problems they face as immigrants. While the movie is packed with laugh out loud moments it eventually brings us back to the reality of what it means to live in a ghetto.

Points to Clint Eastwood for his acting and for his decision to cast real Hmong actors in the appropriate roles. Unfortunately many of the actors selected were inexperienced. For many of them, this was their first time on screen. Some key scenes suffered due to their lack of skill and this distracted from the solemnity of the final few scenes. It’s a shame but I think given a little more time and a little coaching, better performances from the supporting actors would have helped polish this movie into an academy contender. As it is it’s still a great flick but will unfortunately be put on the end of the Eastwood shelf next to Bronco Billy and Space Cowboys. Good, fun and clever but not great.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

January 7, 2009 by  
Filed under Suzie's Movies

Based on a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald written in 1921, the Curious Tale of Benjamin Button is a sorrowful tale reflecting societies attitudes on the aged and aging. (Screen writers, Eric Roth and Robin Swicord take quite a few liberties with the original literary work, but by doing so, gives us a more introspective, heartfelt story.)

Benjamin Button (played by Brad Pitt) is born an old man, an infant that is wrinkled and crippled at birth with many of the maladies that usually accost the elderly. As he ages he actually grows into his youth. It’s a simple enough premise, even if it is fanciful and impossible. It’s the way the notion plays out as he lives his life that offers us a glimpse into a society that values character over youth and beauty.

Director David Fincher (Se7en and Fight Club) charms wonderful performances from all of his actors, not only his leads but the entire cast. Pitt’s performance, once again, shows us he is more than just a pretty face. And while no one will ever question the acting chops of the wonderful Cate Blanchett, in this movie her skills are almost overshadowed by her beauty and grace as she portrays the dancer that Benjamin falls in love with. Taraji Henson, Mahershalalhashbaz Ali and Jared Harris weigh in with notable supporting actor contributions.

Excellent performances conveyed with beautiful photography and a script that almost sings results in a sweetly melancholy movie that will no doubt become another classic for Christmastime viewing.

Foxhollow offers cooking classes

January 5, 2009 by  
Filed under Entertainment

Cooking Classes Winter 2009

About Foxhollow

Foxhollow Farm Center is a not-for-profit Education, Conference and Retreat Center. We are located at the heart of Foxhollow Farm; a lush 1300-acre grass fed beef and vegetable farm located just North of Louisville.   Our core values of ‘living in harmony with the earth’ and ‘developing harmony and balance within ourselves’ are the founding principles of our educational programs.

Our Vital Foods Program offers healthy cooking classes and earth friendly gardening workshops using organic and bio-dynamic methods.  Chef Derek Kelley is committed to cooking food that is locally grown and filled with the vital nutrients that nature provides.

Saturday January 17th 11:00-1:00
The Art of Stocks.  In this class you will learn to produce your own beautiful stocks that you can freeze, if you’re feeling adventurous—can it.  We will be making chicken stock, beef stock, vegetable stock, and fish stock that you can use to make a soup, enhance a dish, or just sip as a warm broth.  $35

Tuesday January 20th 6:30-8:30
Sourdough and Long Fermentation Breads
Participants in this class will learn some of the science and history behind sourdough breads, and why they are still a good choice for today’s home bread maker.    Chef Derek will demonstrate and discuss how to start and maintain a sourdough starter.  He will also demonstrate mixing, kneading, shaping, and baking of several different varieties.  Menu items include traditional sourdough, herbed sourdough, and old-dough Crown loaf.  Participants will get to enjoy fresh warm bread and take home a sourdough starter to begin their baking at home. $40

Saturday January 24th 11:00-1:30
The Winter Soup Pot in this class we will explore the art of soup making in the winter.  It’s easy to forget about all the vegetable that are available in the winter in this class will be using several to make great tasting soups.  Winter vegetable soup with barley, mixed bean soup with sausage, Beef and potato soup.  We will enjoy these soups with warm bread. $35

Saturday February 7th 11:00-1:30
The warm slice of bread.  Everyone loves fresh baked bread and in this class you will see how easy it is to make your own bread at home.  We will be making yeast raised dinner rolls, 100% whole wheat loaf, and raisin cinnamon bread that’s perfect for toast. $35

Saturday February 14th 4:00-7:00
Date Night.  An Asian adventure.  In this class couples will learn to make several easy to prepare dishes.  We will learn to prepare a fresh spring roll, eggrolls, egg drop soup, stir-fry rice, and rice pudding.  In this class couples will work together to prepare their vegetables, bring some knives. $70 per couple
Feel free to bring a bottle of wine.

Starts February 21st ends March 14th  Saturdays 11:00-1:00
Hands-on  culinary basic skills  course.  This is a 4 week course to that will take you through the basics in cooking.  We hope you will become more confident and proficient in the kitchen.  In these classes you will begin with general knife skills and special cuts,  then move onto soups and stocks where you will utilize those skills.  The next class we will be preparing several different starches and vegetables, and the last class we will put our new skills together as a finished plate. $160 *Bring your cutting knife and apron to class

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