This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending the South Oldham Lion’s Club – Backyard BBQ Festival. If you aren’t familiar with this event, don’t worry, you soon will! This is at least the 3rd year that I am aware that the event has existed. Prior incarnations of the event had it at different venues with different formats. I think however this year event organizers have hit the nail on the head.
The event was held at The Maples property, located between Highway 22 and Highway 146. This is the same property that the city of Crestwood purchased to turn into a city park eventually. This event was an excellent showcase for the property. The grounds roll gently, and part of the property has a natural canopy of shade provided by trees that have seen their share of summers come and go.
Everywhere I looked, I saw groups of people gathering under big shade trees enjoying themselves. In fact, too many people! The event proved to be so popular that the concession stand ran out of food! Obviously a problem, but if you are are going to have a problem, having too much interest is a nice one to have. I’m sure next year efforts will be doubled, and with a proven record of attendance it will be easier to attract sponsors and participants.
The craft fair portion of the event appeared to be receiving brisk attendance as well. My girlfriend helped to contribute to at least one of the booth’s sales total for the day by purchasing a pair of ear rings.
I’m not sure who all was responsible for coordinating the event, but a big hats off to The South Oldaham Lion’s Club and Kim Buckler and her staff with ALLinOne Marketing for their obvious efforts.
Saturday butterfly count set for Oldham County
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — It’s time to step up and be a counter — a butterfly counter, that is, during the annual trek this weekend to add to the national butterfly census.
University of Louisville biology professor emeritus Charles Covell will join with other butterfly specialists to lead the butterfly count expedition Saturday, June 27, at UofL’s Horner Wildlife Sanctuary in Oldham County.
Since the group started this survey in 1976, 70 butterfly species and more than 26,000 individual butterflies have been recorded, according to Covell.
Volunteer counters will meet at 9:30 a.m. at the parking lot of the now–closed Brownsboro general store, which is one mile northwest of Exit 14 off Interstate 71 and about 20 miles north of Louisville. If it rains heavily, the count will be postponed until the same time Sunday, June 28, if that day’s weather is clear.
The count is in a defined area from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., although volunteers do not have to stay the entire time. Children are welcome. Covell suggests that people wear hats, hiking shoes, long pants and long-sleeved shirts and bring insect repellent, water and lunch.
Covell will supply nets but volunteers also can use cameras, binoculars and notebooks to gather information. The data will be reported to the North American Butterfly Association for its published results.
Although Covell retired from UofL in 2004, he continues to lead the annual local effort. He now works as a curator for the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera & Biodiversity in Gainesville, Fla.
He organized the Society of Kentucky Lepidopterists for the study of butterflies and moths in 1974. He wrote “Butterflies and Moths of Kentucky” and the 1984 Peterson “Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America.”
For more information, contact Covell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 502-639-2691.
You are invited to a Town Hall Meeting…
Hosted By : Magistrate Rick Rash
When : Thursday June 25th 6:00 til ?
Where : Briar Hill Park
Those invited include:
State Senator Ernie Harris
State Representative David Osborne
County Judge Executive Duane Murner
Sheriff Steve Sparrow
County Clerk Julie Barr
County Attorney John Fendley
Jailer Mike Simpson
PVA Ron Winters
County Treasurer Stan Clark will have tether rides in his hot air Balloon (weather permitting)
Industrial Disposal will be signing up recycling customers.
County Clerk Julie Barr will be registering voters.
Sheriff Steve Sparrow will have a child identification and safety awareness program.
Bring your Lawn chairs. Hot dogs and drinks will be served. Briar Hill Park is located at the intersection of Briar Hill Parkway and E Orchard Grass Blvd.
9th Annual Arts on the Green
Saturday & Sunday, June 6th and 7th
10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
Courthouse Lawn, KY 53 & Main Street LaGrange
More than 100 exhibitors, art, food, children’s activities
For more information, please contact the Arts Association of Oldham County, 222-3822.
Transition from the hectic pace of racing at Derby to relaxing and shopping along the river. Celebrate Mother’s Day with Mom at long-time local restaurant, Captain’s Quarters Riverside Grille (CQ). The restaurant will be serving its traditional Mother’s Day Weekend menu. While waiting for your lunch or dinner table, shop “Art On The River” alongside the edge of scenic Ohio River. The Art Show will feature 25-30 local fine Art and Craft artists that will display their wide range of works throughout the weekend; admission is free. Hours for the Art Show are 12:00 noon to 8:00pm Saturday and Sunday, and also includes live entertainment and the option for beer and wine tasting. Art lovers can wander the numerous booths; sit on the lawn or along the dock and take in all the action. The CQ lawn makes a comfortable spot from which to enjoy the Art Show and spring weather. The water tends to bring a peaceful atmosphere, and people enjoy being outside and hearing the sound of water, according to the restaurant owner, Andrew Masterson. CQ in Harrods Creek is a site traditionally known for hosting an Annual Art Show and Sailing Regatta in the fall. The fall Art Show began 6 years ago as an overwhelming success, and has blossomed ever since. Estimated attendance has been anywhere from 200-500 visitors per day. However, this is the first year CQ has hosted “Art on the River” in the spring. The Art Show will go on even if it rains, as each artist will have a covered tent. CQ is located off River Road near Wolf Pen Branch Road at 5700 Captain’s Quarters Road. While soaking up the one-of-a-kind hand-made shopping opportunities, stop by to check out the wooden deck that’s been replaced – it’s even bigger and better for dancing, drinking, or relaxing to music.
With everything going on in the economy, Masterson wanted to do something to support a local non profit organization. “The Center for Women and Families seemed like the perfect fit since our event is held over Mother’s Day weekend. Donations are being collected at each tent, and the proceeds provide a substantial benefit to 14 counties in KY and IN. It seems like a win-win situation for everyone involved.” According to Corissa A. Phillips, Director of Communications at The Center, 100% of the proceeds go to work in our local community. The donation will aid in The Center’s effort to eliminate domestic violence, sexual violence and economic hardship through service, education, and advocacy. The Center is dedicated to helping all individuals reach economic self sufficiency, and has been serving the Louisville area since 1912. For more information about The Center, go to www.thecenteronline.org.
For more information, visit www.cqriverside.com/artshow. Artists interested in participating in the Art Show should contact Marsha Hernandez, coordinator for Art On The River at email@example.com. Artists that register for the 2-day event by 04/11/09 will receive a discounted Registration Fee. The artist that collects the most money for The Center for Women and Families will receive his/her tent rental fee returned ($120). To register online you can visit http://www.cqriverside.com/Specials/art_show_registration.htm
4th Annual Taste of Oldham
This is our annual fundraising event which allows Challengers to increase our capacity to enhance our substance abuse programs in our schools and community. You will enjoy food from Oldham County’s best restaurants, silent and live auctions and lots more fun. Corporate sponsorships are available and tickets will be $30 each.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS for this event:
Date: Monday, April 6, 2009
Place: The Holloway Conference Center at Kavanaugh Life Enrichment Center (Crestwood)
Contact Melissa Gerges, Challengers of Oldham County, 222-2340, for corporate sponsorships, tickets or more information.
Arbor Ridge Vine & Grill of Crestwood fights the high cost of Wine Dinners by continuing its series of wine tasting seminars on Tuesday, March 31st. The series runs with an event every 2 weeks ending on April 28th and features a speaker covering 3 ounce tastings of each wine and light hor d’ouveres at a cost of $20 per person; limit of 30 attendees per evening. RSVP required. Start time is 8:00pm.
On March 31st, Mr. Jim Downey, On-Premise Wine Manager for Southern Wine and Spirits will discuss the differences in wine making techniques comparing 3 Rieslings and regional differences in a varietal by comparing 3 Pinot Noirs. The wines will be:
o Schloss Vollrads QBA Riesling
o Schloss Vollrads Kabinett Riesling
o Schloss Vollrads Spatlese Riesling
o Matua Pinot Noir
o Erath Pinot Noir
o Hob Nob Pinot Noir
April 14th will have Ms. Maggie Peak, Director of Public Relations for Little Black Dress Wines here to provide an overview of their acclaimed 4 wine portfolio:
o Pinot Grigio
o Pinot Noir
Our last tasting in the Series is April 28th and Mr. Gerry Lynch, Regional Manager
of Napa Ridge Winery, will discuss their:
o Sauvignon Blanc
o Cabernet Sauvignon
o Reserve Merlot
Attendees get the effect of a wine dinner, dedicated speaker and some wonderful paired wine and food, at a fraction of the cost. For information, directions and to RSVP call Arbor Ridge Vine & Grill at (502) 241-5544. Visit them on the web at www.arborridgevineandgrill.com
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.
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
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
Cooking Classes Winter 2009
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
Oldham County Wired has received word that Varsity Pizza and Pints will be hosting a Chili Cook Off. Here is a quick run down on the rules and how you can enter. This sounds like a lot of fun. If you make it out, be sure to look for me.
You can download a copy of the application by clicking here.
1.) Entry fee is $25.00 for individuals and $50.00 for restaurants.
2.) Contestants are accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis.
3.) Contestant must turn in application in advance of event; no walk-ins accepted.
4.) To accommodate crowds, contestant must bring at least 3 full gallons of piping hot chili.
5.) Chili must be prepared for event and table set up between 10:00–10:45 a.m.
6.) Contestants must stay and serve chili to guests.
7.) If chili runs out, contestants must stay until contest winners are announced at 4:00 p.m.
8.) Contestant can sample other entries.
9.) Varsity will provide all contestants with serving cups for chili and electric.
10.) Contestants must provide own table/booth for set up.
11.) Contestants are not permitted to sell chili during event.
12.) We encourage you to have fun, be creative, decorate your ‘space’ and wear a funny costume.
Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:
Best Chili – Restaurant/Company Team Category
Best Chili – Individual (Red meat, white meat, vegetarian)
Hottest Chili Overall
Most Creative/Best Decorated Set-up Space
Best Overall Chili People’s Choice Award
To register, turn in application to: Varsity Pizza & Pints 6825 Central Ave., Crestwood, KY 40014
Or fax application to: Varsity Pizza & Pints, Attn: Tonya Parker at (502) 243-1106
Deadline to enter is October 31st!!