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contents top notes Getting The 15 Ball Rolling Spring Spree 16 Channeling A 17 Music Maker Create A 18 Backyard Oasis Star Power 20 TOP SHOPS: Valentine’s 22 Day Gifts

life+style fashion: 28 I Love Hue WOW Wedding: 36 The Seppenfields Exclusive: Carson Kressley: 42 Back In The Saddle Special: Pot Stocks: 50 Don’t Get Burned Special: 52 Show Me The Money Special: How To Have The 55 Retirement Of Your Dreams Special: 57 Money Masters

at home the urban farmer: 72 Good Seeds Tour of Homes: 74 Made For Memories

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TOP 5 dining: Date Night 90

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health+beauty Spa Treatements That 102 Will Make You Melt The Doctor Is In 104

community Meet The Media: Rachel Platt 108 Marcella And Ina 112 Vertiable Verdi 113 TOPS Cares: 114 Partying For Pets TOPS Cares: 115 Pump It Up Calendar: 126 What to Do in Lou

photos Out & About 24 Announcement Of The 116 2019 KDF Princesses USA Cares American 118 Proud Dinner American Heart Association Louisville 120 Recognition Dinner Kentucky Opera 122 Patrons’ Circle Party Four Roses VIP Event 123 Bourbons Bistro Bourbon & Blankets 124 Cocktail Party After Hours At The Speed 125 Top Shots 64 TOPS LOUISVILLE | February 2019 7

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Photography: Dick Arnspiger, Danny Alexander, Robin Conway, Tyler Franklin, Tim Furlong Jr., Candice Gentry, Anissa Pate, Bill Wine Writers: Kristie Crenshaw, Rocko Jerome, Allison Jones, Marcella Kragel, Ina Miller, Nancy Miller Fashion Intern: Emme Metry TOP Marketing Group • 100 Executive park, Suite 101 • Louisville, Ky 40207 (502) 780-7825 • topslouisville.com The views and comments expressed by the authors are not always that of our editors or publishers. While every effort has been made to ensure th accuracy of the information in this publication, TOP Marketing Group accepts no responsibility or liability for any errors, omissions or resultant consequences, including any loss or damage arising from the reliance on information in this publication. All images contained in TOPS Louisville magazine are subject to the copyright of the artist or photographer as named, but not limited thereto. Reproduction of any part of this magazine without prior written permission is prohibited.

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Getting The Ball Rolling The ball that begins it all-- the Fillies Derby Ball-- turns sixty this year. And, with some fun new twists and Monte Durham as coemcee, this bash at The Marriott Downtown is going to be one memorable anniversary for the city’s official Derby Festival kickoff. PHOTO BY DANNY ALEXANDER


t’s the only gala in town to have a royal court, a coronation and Say Yes to the Dress style icon Monte Durham as co-emcee. The Fillies Derby ball has sixty years of glamour and good works to celebrate and the women behind this iconic ball are feeling pressure to do some next-level planning. “It’s both a blessing and a curse to have this kind of history behind you,” says Shannon Adkins, this year’s Ball Chair. “We have these wonderful traditions we want to honor and then we also want to keep evolving and improving and adding new surprises and attracting the next generation of guests.”

Renovations at The Marriott Downtown have aided in the Fillies’ search for new and novel experiences. Chic new lounge areas on the mezzanine have inspired tastings and the creation of another cozy lounge area, The All New Fillies Diamond Lounge, next to the ballroom. “We want to engage all of the senses,” says Adkins. “So we’re using these areas to have special tastings of local spirits and local food. It also allows us to create different environments that are still part of the overall experience.” Bringing in favorite local band Caribou to get everyone on the dance floor with their mix of old and new music will keep the energy level high. “They cover everything from Eighties to Justin Timberlake and Bruno Mars,” says Adkins. “They have a

huge following and they know how to keep things upbeat and fun...” The same can be said for perennially popular television personality and style guru Monte Durham who is co-hosting with Jack FM station director and former princess Sarah Jourdan. Monte returns for the second time and is sure to make one of our city’s most beloved Derby season tradition-- the crowning of the Derby Queen-- a standout experience. For all of these reasons and more, this year’s Fillies Derby Ball is a can’t-miss event for anyone interested in supporting the Derby Festival in our city and finally welcome the first signs of spring. “We’re lucky that our ball comes early. We’re the first-- before things get crazy later in the season,” says Adkins. “Who doesn’t need an excuse to go gown shopping in March?” 


The 2019 Fillies Derby Ball takes place on Saturday, April 6, at 6:30 P.M. at The Marriott Downtown Louisville. Tickets are $200 or $2000 for a table of ten ($2700 for a corporate table of ten) and go on sale on March 1 at KDF.org. TOPS LOUISVILLE | February 2019 15

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SPREE Just when you’re ready to usher winter out of your wardrobe and home, the thirteenth annual Tulips & Juleps Art & Gift Market transforms Slugger Field into our city’s biggest spring shopping destination. Come shop, sip and re-style your life. BY KEVIN BROADY PHOTOS COURTESY OF JUNIOR LEAGUE OF LOUISVILLE


ho’s ready to do some shopping? The Junior League of Louisville will hold its 13th annual Tulips & Juleps Art & Gift Market in the vast space at Louisville Slugger Field, where shoppers can browse their way through more than sixty-five vendors from across the region who will offer everything you need to banish winter, transform yourself and your home and, yes, get dressed for Derby. If you’re seeking inspiration and ideas, you’ll find them here. There’s plenty of updated décor for home and garden that will spruce up your living room, front door, and yard. And you can dress the whole family from head to toe, because the huge array of merchandise includes adorable boutique

children's wear, jewelry, women’s clothing and even health and beauty products. While you’re at it, you can even get a jumpstart on Derby since there are beautiful hats, bow ties and jewelry in the mix. There’s more than shopping to keep you busy. Sample sips and refreshments or place a few bids at their signature silent auction. (Silent Auction items can be viewed in person during Juleps After Dark on Friday evening.) This year’s items include a trip to Punta Gorda, a week-long trip to Camp Hi-Ho, two Southwest tickets and much more. (You do not need to be present to bid on these items. Tulips & Juleps will be using an online platform from Handbid.) Whether you come for the shopping, food, or fun, know that your attendance at Tulips & Juleps supports JLL's efforts in the community. Proceeds from the event benefit the Junior League of Louisville, in their 98th year, an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Just a few of the many projects they’re involved in include mentoring events at Boys and

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Girls Haven and Maryhurst, maintaining and stocking six little libraries, signing up children for Dolly Parton's Imagination Library and helping teach children entrepreneurial skills with Lemonade Day Louisville. Last year, JLL’s efforts raised over $20,000 in funds to support their mission and hopes to raise even more this year. So, if you haven’t made this annual shopping extravaganza a tradition, it’s time. 


Tulips & Juleps will be held on Friday, March 1, from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, March 2, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is a minimum $5.00 donation to attend. Juleps After Dark Happy Hour, featuring the Bourbon and Wine Pull, hors d’oeuvres, and entertainment, takes place from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday. VIP tickets are $25.00, which includes a swag bag for the first 300 entrants. For more information and tickets, go to www.juniorleaguelouisville.org.


Music Maker Behind the well-loved songs of Irving Berlin is a rags-to-riches American success story that is beautifully portrayed through the powerful performance of virtuoso Hershey Felder. Rocko Jerome reports on this compelling Actors Theatre production. PHOTO COURTESY OF ACTORS THEATRE


his month, Actors Theatre of Louisville highlights one of the masters of the Great American Songbook with Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin. Playwright and actor Hershey Felder performs his one-man show as the incomparable Mr.Berlin, exploring the heart and soul of the man who wrote such beloved classics as I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm, Puttin' On The Ritz and God Bless America. We hear these songs so often that it's hard to imagine a world without them. The man who brought them into the cultural vernacular has a fascinating life story, filled with compelling drama. He was born in Russia in 1888 and came to America at

just five years of age, growing up in crushing poverty in New York City. From these humble beginnings, Berlin built an astounding legacy, living to the ripe old age of 101. This play is the next best thing to spending real personal time with this American icon. Felder is an acclaimed virtuoso. He has performed around the world to thrilled audiences. Here, he explores the personal story of this brilliant artist, singing and playing piano in an intimate show. It's one in a series of off-Broadway musical biographies that he has created and performed for the stage, having previously featured George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein, and Frédéric

Chopin. It's an evening that's sure to give you a whole new sense of perspective, bringing history to life before your eyes.


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Just in time for Derby, Digs is giving away a comfy-chic dining set complete with umbrella. Here’s how to get in on this dream deal.


s if impending Spring and Derby isn’t enough of an excuse to steal over to the infinitely browse-able décor, accessory and inspiration filled shop on Chenoweth Lane yet, here’s your new excuse: Digs Home and Garden Center is partnering with TOPS to give away a gorgeous Lane Venture table and armchairs with a Treasure Garden umbrella valued at $4775. All you have to do is go to topslouisville.com and register to win (any time after February 7.) The winner will be drawn at the TOPS launch party at Digs on April 10 where there

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will also be wine, cheese, appetizers and plenty of ideas for transforming your home inside and out. The store has everything from accessories to furniture to hostess gifts, because owner Ben Palmer-Ball brilliantly stages his store with items big and small to fit the way people really shop.

there’s no better place or time to do it. (FYI: If you are the big winner, Tops will be back to photograph the results of your outdoor makeover. We’d love to see you in a spring issue!)

While you don’t have to be present to win, you won’t want to miss the fun and the fabulous pre-Derby shopping. Digs is a real-life resource designed to help customers evolve their homes over time or overnight. If yours can use a little freshening inside or out,


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Virgo: the virgin (Aug 23-Sep 22)

Taurus: The Bull (Apr 20-May 20)

Libra: the scales (Sep 23-Oct 22)

Look forward to a lot more travel and expanding your mind through education and exploration! Travel with your love or if single meet someone in distant lands or while pursuing higher education!

Do you like the sound of more money? Apply for that mortgage, get more sales, and win big with financial goals and dreams! Earthy, passionate sign that you are, if you’re partnered up, you’ve hit the jackpot, because this same financial house rules sex and intimacy. If you’re single meet someone in the financial market, stocks, an investor or financial advisor. Make financial goals with your partner if it makes sense. BY JOY YASCONE

Joy Yascone Elms MA is an astrological intuitive and counselor and author of the annual astrological guide The Power of Divine Timing available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble.com or http://www.thepowerofdivinetiming.com

STAR POWER This month, astrological intuitive and author Joy Yascone Elms joins us with her empowering insights. Here, her sign-by-sign guide. PHOTOGRAPHED BY GRETCHEN BELL


s we move into the month of February 2019, it’s a wonderful time to embrace love in its many expressions. Whether you’re happily single, partnered up, or looking for romance, the planets will be offering benevolence and change in all areas of life—including your love life. What I find encouraging about the study of the movement of the planets and their effect on us on earth, is that it offers hope that the tide will change. “Not now” does not mean “not ever.” The universe always provides hope and that’s what my column will focus on every month. With that in mind, I’m starting the year with a sneak peek at your blessings for 2019. Here we go! 

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Gemini: The twins (May 21-Jun 20)

Home is where the heart is and your blessings this year! Plan to move in with your steady mate to assure success if you are ready. If married, spend date nights in relaxing by the fire with your mate or purchase a home or renovate together.

You are an ace at communication, writing and speaking this year! Communication is the key and you have it-- and blessings-- with siblings. If single, have your sibling introduce you to a potential mate!

Scorpio: the scorpion (Oct 23-Nov 21) You are likely to get a raise and enjoy your work and how you earn an income. Meet someone single at work, or in connection to how you earn a living joyously.

After years of trials in relationships and marriage, you have blessings now in both! Yes, Gemini, now everyone wants to partner with you. If married or already partnered up, your relationship should start to feel better than it has in a long time. If not in a healthy marriage, you may get courage to leave or heal the relationship.

Sagittarius: the archer (Nov 22-Dec 21)

Cancer: the crab (June 21-July 22)

Go on a shamanistic journey. Forge your own wellness and spiritual path! Angels work behind the scenes to help you! Nurture spiritual connection with your partner or meet someone in, let’s say, yoga class.

Leo: the lion (July 23-Aug 22)

Aquarius: the water bearer (Jan 20-Feb 18)

Work is your solace and joy, as well as a wellness and fitness routine! Work out and pursue fitness with your mate or meet someone who is single at the gym or at work.

Your love life and romance, a creative project and your children are blessed and protected and will be a delight to you! If partnered up, love and romance should start to feel fun, and free like it was in the beginning. If single, you might meet your true love now with Jupiter planet of blessings in your house of love and romance.

You will meet your people and most likely love your life by this time next year. Soulmate, friendships, career… you have the Midas touch!

Capricorn: the goat (Dec 22-Jan 19)

Friends are your dearest blessing; your social life is about to light up! Have a friend make an introduction for you.

Pisces: the fish (Feb 19-Mar 20)

You are crowned to have the best career advantages this year to make your dreams a reality! Focus on your career and creating balance with your partner perhaps making a career dream together. Meet your love while happily focusing on your career if single.

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Mary Fowler at the AHA Louisville Recognition Dinner

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28 I Love Hue Wow Wedding:

36 The Seppenfields Exclusive:


42 Back in the Saddle The Money Issue:

50 Pot Stocks: Don’t Get Burned The Money Issue:

52 Show Me the Money The Money Issue:

55 How to Have the Retirement of Your Dreams

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57 Money Masters

LOUNGE LOOKS On Jonathan: Etro seersucker sport coat, $199.99, Brioni dress shirt, $50.99, and Tallia linen pants, $24.99, all at Evolve: The Men's Resale Shop.

Downtown at a chic boutique hotel, romance blossoms between one stunning couple and spring’s vibrant new hues. Here, scenes from their stylized encounter at the sparkling new AC Hotel.

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On Emily: Sadie & Sage crop top, $44, and wide-leg pant, $78, and Moda Luxe handbag, $78, all at Six Sisters. Hoop earrings, $12, at Work the Metal. BedStu “Turner”shoes, $165, at Tunie’s Boutique.

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Shoshanna dress, $422, and Free People sweater, $148, both at Merci Boutique. Matisse “Evie” shoes, $158, at Six Sisters. Earrings, $9, at Work the Metal.

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DO+BE green romper, $65, at Apricot Lane. Bailey 44 jacket, $348, at Rodeo Drive. Leaf Handbag, $64, at Six Sisters. Earrings, $14, at Work the Metal. BedStu shoes, $165, at Tunie’s Boutique.


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DATE NIGHT Trina Turk jacket, $198, and pant, $248, both at Rodeo Drive. Black tank shirt, $45, at Rodeo Drive. Hoop earrings, $12, at Work the Metal. Handbag, $88, at Apricot Lane. BedStu shoes, $165, at Tunie’s Boutique.

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On Emily: Jill Stuart gown, $368, at Liv Boutique. Bag, $39, and beaded earrings, $16, at Work the Metal. Matisse “Evie” clogs, $158, at Six Sisters. On Jonathan: Café Coton striped dress shirt, $28.99, and Robert Graham sport coat, $129.99, both at Evolve: The Men's Resale Shop.

GETTING COZY Johnny Was jacket, $425, at Tunie’s Boutique. Lilly Pulitzer button-front linen shirt, $98, Lilly Pulitzer white jeans, $158, and Lilly Pulitzer clutch, $158, all at Peppermint Palm. Coral earrings, $14, at Work the Metal. Matisse “Evie” shoes, $158, at Six Sisters.

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seppenfields TIFFANY + JONATHAN

When a hometown friendship turns into a romance, the big day is filled with two lifetimes of shared memories. BY KEVIN BROADY PHOTOS BY LINDSEY ZITZKE PHOTOGRAPHY


hile Tiffany Broughton and Jonathan Seppenfield are both from Shelbyville and had mutual friends who hung out together, the two never truly connected until their sophomore year at the University of Kentucky. It all started after he invited her over one night for dinner. “We’ve spent just about every day together since then,” says Tiffany. “We should have known being ‘just friends’ wasn’t in the cards for us, and I am so thankful for that. Jonathan’s proposal was unique and filled with imagination. His dad worked at Woodford Reserve Distillery for 25 years. “Jonathan told me that Woodford was throwing his dad a 25th anniversary dinner and it would be a pretty fancy event. That we would get to sign a bourbon barrel that the family would get to

keep,” the bride recalls. “The night of the dinner, we arrived at Woodford Distillery, drove around to the back and a guard waved us on through. No cars were around so I figured we were early, which we typically are. We went into the warehouse and there was a barrel with a bottle of Woodford sitting on it. The head of the barrel said, ‘Jonathan and Tiffany December 4th, 2016.’ I was still so confused. I looked closer and engraved on the bottle of Woodford was, ‘Tiffany, will you marry me?’” She turned around and Jonathan was on one knee with the most beautiful ring she’d ever seen. “After I managed to mumble ‘Yes,’ he told me that a photographer was hiding in the warehouse capturing the moment and our families would be joining us for a catered dinner,” she says. “It was the perfect night.”

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adventure began. With both of them being from same hometown, having a venue that was convenient for both families was important. Tiffany also knew she had always wanted a barn wedding; someplace where they could still have beautiful décor and a semi-formal celebration. They selected Eden Springs Farmstead, which offered a bucolic but elegant setting that fit the bride’s vision. “I couldn’t have asked for a better team of vendors! Everything was amazing and worked so well together,” says Tiffany. “After the wedding people raved about the food, drinks, flowers, cake, etc.

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b u t s e e in g it a ll c o m e t o g e t h e r w a s s o m e t h in g I w ill n e v e r f o rg e t . P e o p le w ill a lw a y s h a v e a n o p in io n , b u t it ’s s o im p o r t a n t t o re m e m b e r t h a t it is y o u r s a n d y o u r f ia n c é ’s d a y. D o n ’t le t anyone change or take a w a y t h in g s t h a t m e a n the most to you and y o u r re la t io n s h ip .

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The best compliment the couple received? “That our wedding was so ‘us!’” she says. The two wanted to represent their relationship throughout the entire day, so they chose vendors who could accommodate that. Live music has been a constant in their relationship, so they chose a live band. A typical date night for them was Mexican food and margaritas, so they chose to do a fajita bar and frozen margaritas. Neither of them loves cake, but both love cheesecake, so they had mini cheesecakes in six different flavors with toppings to add. On the tables, amber beer bottles (cut off at the neck) held candles. There were bits and pieces of their relationship sprinkled throughout both the ceremony and the reception. “The day was a whirlwind,” says Tiffany. “The fondest memory I have is reading our vows. We wrote our own vows, and hearing Jonathan read his was so special. Walking down the aisle with my father, then Jonathan’s and my first dance were two things I’ve dreamed about since I was little.” Her advice for other couples embarking on the planning process? “Enjoy it,” she says “Wedding planning is hard and stressful but seeing it all come together was something I will never forget. People will always have an opinion, but it’s so important to remember that it is yours and your fiancé’s day. Don’t let anyone change or take away things that mean the most to you and your relationship.” 

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While we know him as a style guru and reality show host, Carson Kressley is a lifelong equestrian who returns to our state to help raise money for the American Saddlebred Museum and Saddlebred Rescue. BY CHRISTINE FELLINGHAM PHOTOS BY ANDREW TOMASINO

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on-point style critiques and dry sense of humor have made him a household name and media darling. Carson Kressley, one of the founding cast members of Bravo’s groundbreaking Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and co-host of Bravo’s new Get a Room with Carson & Thom, has the travel schedule of a perennially popular media personality-- appearing on red carpets and morning television, and commentating for countless awards shows. While these gigs often have him dashing back and forth between the two coasts, one of his most frequent destinations is somewhere in the middle… right here in Kentucky. “I grew up in a very horsey family,” the Pennsylvania native explains. “I’ve always been very involved with the American Saddlebred breed and the heart and soul of it is in Kentucky. So, I’ve been coming to Kentucky for years, ever since I was a teen. I have two horses I compete with that I keep in Kentucky. I attend the Lexington Junior League, the Shelbyville Horse Show and the Kentucky State Fair. I’ve been attending for thirty-five years and I’ve been fortunate to win a couple of titles.”

Museum for eleven years. “This is a cause that is near and dear to my heart. I’m very committed to the cause of the museum, which is to preserve the history and heritage of the American Saddlebred.” He’s excited not just about the cause—but about the fashion and the location. “I’ll be emceeing and hosting. I’ll actually kind of narrate the fashions that we’re seeing from our partner, Rodeo Drive." Those fashions should be truly runway-worthy. “We’re having all kinds of merchandise flown in from Paris and Italy just for the show,” says Michelle Tas-


have a good time.” Of course, the location will lend glamour too. Carson is thrilled to be visiting Churchill during the off season. “I love the idea of seeing how cool that venue can be without all the pomp and circumstance,” he says. “It’s a chance to enjoy the place for what it is: one of American’s greatest cultural landmarks.” As for personal landmarks, Carson recently purchased his own farm in Pennsylvania and he considers it his perfect retreat. “It’s just a great place to escape from the city and relax and recharge,’ he says. This latest home, like his wardrobe, is a tribute to his equestrian upbringing. “I’ve always been influenced by equestrian style,” he says. “It’s something I’ve always lived with and it’s something I’ve always been attracted to. I’m grateful. I could have grown up doing disco. Equestrian style is evergreen and always in good taste.”


His appearance this month at Churchill Downs to emcee the Runway and Rescue Fashion Show, therefore, is more than a celebrity fly-by. “I love lending my name to causes to help raise awareness, but this is more than that,” says Carson, who has been a board member of the American Saddlebred

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man, the vice president of Rodeo Drive, who runs the boutique with her mother, Raquel Koff. “Marchesa is sending us thirty looks. The vendors (including Alice + Olivia, Lafayette 148, Joseph Ribkoff) are all sending us very special things. Our vision for the show is a reflection of our store: shopping is for fun. We are a party. We will translate that to the stage. People should come ready to see beautiful clothes and to

He honed his equestrian aesthetic working at Ralph Lauren in New York City, a high profi le role which eventually helped lead to his television career on Bravo. It’s a career that is evolving in a new stylistic direction, due to this latest home-buying and decorating experience. “After I bought the farm, I enlisted my friend Thom (Filicia, the decor expert from Queer Eye) to help me decorate,” he says. “I didn’t want it to look like an equestrian theme park.”

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life+Style The experience of working with his former castmate led organically to the idea for their new Bravo decorating show, Get a Room with Carson & Thom. “I’ve always loved interior design and I feel it’s very much a cousin to fashion,” says Carson. “It’s all about color, proportion, texture and materials. But decorating is a little more scientific than fashion can be and I found that I had a lot to learn.” He originally attempted to decorate the home himself, and the results looked like a before from one of his reality show episodes. “I tried to do it head-to-toe and I made some terrible mistakes,” he says. “So I was continually calling Thom and he gave me great advice about resources and functionality. I thought that me learning about decorating would be a great show.” Bravo agreed and signed the pair to create a new series. With the first season of Get a Room under their belts, Carson is hoping they’ll get signed for a second, so he can continue the satisfying experience of pairing with a close friend to encourage people to translate their personal taste and style into living spaces they truly love. “I feel like I’m very lucky,” he says. “I get to work with people I like and help other people improve their lives too. Some people are good at sports. Others are investment bankers. I love being able to share style and taste with people. I love being able to say, ‘Here are these little things you can do that will make you look, feel and live better. What could be more rewarding than that?” 


Runway and Rescue, benefitting the American Saddlebred Museum and select American Saddlebred rescues, takes place on Friday, February 15, at 7:00 pm at Churchill Downs Starting Gate Suite. It includes a fashion show with looks from Rodeo Drive, live auction, cocktails, and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $75 for members, $100 for non-members. For more information or tickets, go to www.asbmuseum.org or call the American Saddlebred Museum at 859-259-2746. PHOTO BY RODOLFO MARTINEZ

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What would Carson buy with

$50, $500 or $5,000?

He’s used to revamping people’s wardrobes and homes. Here’s how he’d spend a range of sums on your closet and dwelling.



“With fashion, spend your money on accessories that you can keep and wear forever.”

“I use the opposite strategy with decor: Spend the big money on basic investment pieces for the major rooms; then spend less on accessories you can switch out.”

$50: “Something trendy from Zara, Marshall’s or Uniglo. A top or pair of pants you can wear for this season and toss.”

$500: “Buy a great pair of shoes or belt.”

$5,000: “I don’t know if I’ve ever spent that much on any one item, but maybe get a great watch. Buy something you can keep forever that makes every outfit look more elegant.”

$50: “Have fun with accessories. Buy a few pillows; towels, a throw for your bed.”

$500: “Buy a piece of artwork. It doesn’t have to be a huge investment, but something pricey that you can have for a long time. The great thing about art is you can always resell it.”

$5,000: “Buy a dining room table or sofa-- one of your anchor pieces.”

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Sure, it’s early. But we had Carson’s ear, so we had to ask. Here’s what this equestrian fashion expert had to say about dressing for our city’s big day. “I think that for most big events that are fashion centric, time is your friend. When you have extra time you can make better shopping decisions. Start the hunt now. The hardest piece to find is a headpiece. It could be a headband, a fascinator, but embrace that tradition and make that the thing that’s special and unique. And once you have that great headpiece, work backwards and find a great dress. Or be more innovative and do jumpsuit or pantsuit and then a great shoe and you’re done.”

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WHERE ARE WE? In the eyes of the federal government, the use and possession of cannabis for any purpose is illegal. This has kept many major global market players in the marijuana industry out of the United States. Things changed in December when the latest US Farm Bill was signed. By and large, this legalized hemp and CBD nationwide. One of the world’s largest marijuana companies, Canopy Growth, announced that it will “participate in the American market now that there is a clear federally permissible path.”






These global companies saw an additional boost in October when recreational use was legalized nationwide in Canada. As other countries and states change their legislation towards legalization, marijuana companies are sure to grow and expand.

WHAT ARE THE RISKS? Even with more permissible attitudes toward marijuana, the fact is that it’s still illegal. As presidential administrations change, so does the federal government’s attitude on flexing its muscle regarding marijuana. While popular opinion seems to be moving towards keeping pot around for good, there is still much up in the air. Given that marijuana is fairly new to the trading game, it's important to note that it can be difficult to accurately project a company’s earnings when they’re so closely tied to pending legislation. Even when a territory declares marijuana or hemp legal, red tape can tie up the industry’s ability to get growers and sellers to work and in permitted, legal shops and farms. Many worry that marijuana stocks are the next Dot-Com Bubble. Experts agree that bubbles tend to be caused by speculators. Keep an eye on how big corporations are treating marijuana stocks: their staying power may be the bellwether on how high pot stocks can climb–and how long they’ll stay there.

WHAT SHOULD YOU CONSIDER? Think about what kind of marijuana industry company you wish to invest in. Some companies grow, distribute and study marijuana directly (these are often known as “plant-touching” companies). They are the understandably most at risk when state and federal regulations are involved, but as suppliers, they also stand to make great gains when the tide turns in their favor. Other companies strictly handle medical marijuana

business, which tends to lose some portion of market share when states vote in favor of recreational use. There is a creative option available for more cautious investors: consider companies that don't deal in the marijuana industry directly. For example, Scotts Miracle-Gro is a “pot stock” because a subsidiary, Hawthorne Gardening based in California, offers hydroponic growing supplies and other gardening tools used by cannabis growers in legal US states. The Motley Fool has been following marijuana stocks worldwide and contributor Keith Speights has this to say: “If you think the case for investing in marijuana stocks outweighs the risks, it's important to think about marijuana stocks as you would any other stock you're considering buying.” Many global companies have been playing in OTC Markets Group, where they saw looser filing and disclosure requirements. That can make knowing the company you’re getting into a little more difficult. Even well-established companies have at times over-projected their growth, disappointing investors in the past couple years. The nature of the marijuana market–and risky stocks in general–is that you should be prepared for big swings in both directions. Speights added, “Your decision to invest in these stocks or stay away hinges on how comfortable you are with accepting the risks associated with the high-growth and high-volatility marijuana industry.” As with any stock, there is one key question to ask yourself before you invest: could I afford to lose my entire investment?

WHAT ARE THE (POTENTIAL) REWARDS? Potentially, lots and lots of green. The United States Marijuana Index gained 71.49% in one year. Compare that to the 12% gain seen by the S&P 500 and it’s clear that marijuana stocks are more than smoke and mirrors. As part of a balanced, carefully considered portfolio, pot stocks could be a lucrative–and fun!–investment. Given that marijuana has gained such acceptance, it’s an industry that seems to be on the brink of good things. According to ArcView Market Research and BDS Analytics, legal cannabis revenue in the US is projected to hit $23.4 billion in the next three years or so. “Overall, there is a possibility that the global marijuana market will more than triple from 2018 to the end of 2022,” said Speights. “Investors who accurately pick those winners should be set for some fantastic returns over the next few years.” 

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in 2019 Planning for your future and setting new goals? Before you overhaul your budget, take a peek at the big financial waves in 2019. NO MORE BANK ACCOUNTS



Louisvillians love to shop local and spend their money on experiences, things and everyday living. Here’s a breakdown of where the money goes on a monthly, weekly and daily basis.



$11.00 - Basic lunchtime menu (including drink)

$20,968 – New economy car

$7.00 – Fast food combo meal $4.68 – Boneless chicken breast (1lb.) $.99 – Quart of whole fat milk

$2.15 – Gallon of gas $51 – Monthly public transportation $17 – Taxi trip (5 miles)

$3.07 – One dozen large eggs


$4.13 – Tomatoes (2lbs.)

$8 – Cold medication

$5.89 – Local cheese (16oz.)

$17 – One box of antibiotics


$3.12 – Apples (2lbs.)

$108 – Short visit to a doctor

Sure, salary matters in 2019, but people are making hard calculations as to exactly how all those “bonus” work perks affect their bottom line. We’re talking about options like working from home, ample maternity or paternity leave (four months or more), paid meals, worksite coffee house, company daycare just to name a few.

$1.48 – Potatoes (2lbs.)

$3.65 – Deodorant (1.5oz)

$3.02 – Domestic beer (16oz.)

$4.79 – Hair Shampoo (12oz.)

$12.00 – Red table wine

$3.27 – Four rolls of toilet paper

$1.82 – 2 liters of Coca-Cola

$2.50 – Toothpaste

$2.15 – Bread for 2 people for 1 day

$17 – Standard men’s haircut



$1219 – Monthly Rent (900 square feet), expensive area

$40 – Dinner for two at a local pub

Zelle, Venmo, PayPal— as we inch closer to a cashless society, many millennials are feeling less of a need to go to the bank.

BUYING YOUR SECOND HOME Thanks to the increase of median home prices in major US cities, some folks are buying in the country, while maintaining rentals in the urban areas where they work. Why? Cheaper taxes and monetize during vacation months.

$813 – Monthly Rent (900 square feet), average area $164 – Utilities one month, 2 people (gas, electric, heat…) $44 – Internet one month

ME-TIME BUDGET Americans are spending more time with those they love, which is their top priority, followed by exercising and carving out more “me time” for themselves. What does this mean for your budget? People are actively making self-care (massage, yoga, community face masks, etc.) a monthly budgetary item.

CLOTHING $41 – One pair of jeans $42 - One summer dress $88 – One pair of sport shoes $117 – Men’s leather business shoes \

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ment OF YOUR DREAMS What does your ideal post-career life look like? Whether you envision long days on the golf course, lazy days on the beach or exciting trips to far-flung destinations, these local experts have strategies that can make your dream a reality. BY KRISTIE CRENSHAW

“Retirement” is not a one-size-fits-all scenario. Everyone has a different vision of what that time in their life will look like: living a cultured life in a condo in the city, sharing a cabin nestled in the woods, luxuriating in a beach house or enjoying an endless road trip in an RV. Here’s what the experts have to say about how to get where you want to be by the time you’re ready to start that next chapter.

GOAL: Start early! Every dollar invested during your twenties can have a significant impact on your quality of life during your golden years. DO: In the early stages of your career (and a lower tax bracket), contribute to a Roth IRA or Roth 401(k). Unlike a traditional IRA or 401(k), distributions during your retirement years come out tax free. DON’T: Don’t be conservative. You want this money to grow over the coming decades. JUST GETTING STARTED: You have 40+ years to let your investment returns compound until your retirement years. Let the magic of compounding work for you!


MARY CASEY S OF KENTUCKY FINANCIAL GROUP PUTS THIS PERIOD INTO PERSPECTIVE: GOAL: Maximize your 401k contributions. Build your safety nets. DO: If you are not able to invest the allowable IRS maximum then put your 401(k) on automatic increase until you get to the maximum contribution. DON’T: Don’t have a large portion of your retirement in company stock or one specific stock. A well-balanced portfolio will assist through market volatility. JUST GETTING STARTED: If you have a mortgage and children, take the time to do legal documents and make a life insurance plan. Safety nets are very important in the event of an unexpected illness or death. (“My father passed unexpectedly at 32, so I have personal experience with this,” shares Mary.)

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NORTHWESTERN MUTUAL TELLS US HOW TO GET SERIOUS: GOAL: Strategically save and invest based on your goals. DO: Work with a professional to see if you are on track and how to best manage your investments. Address long-term care for aging parents, purchasing a vacation property or other goals, while staying within your financial retirement plan. DON’T: Don’t allow competing priorities to get in the way when it comes to saving. Pay yourself first. JUST GETTING STARTED: Create a written financial plan. Identify any gaps and discuss the various options to shore those up; short and long-term.

CREDITS/DISCLOSURES: Mary P. Casey, Senior Associate Kentucky Financial Group 2225 Lexington Rd Louisville, KY 40206 Contact: 502-992-3578 Securities offered through Private Client Services LLC. MEMBER FINRA, SIPC Northwestern Mutual 462 S 4th St, Suite 1900 Louisville KY 40202 www.louisville.nm.com

Bruce Corwin, Financial Advisor Raymond James & Associates, Inc. 400 W. Market St., Suite 2100 Louisville, KY 40202 Member New York Stock Exchange/SIPC. Contact: 502-569-4117 or bruce.corwin@raymondjames.com *Opinions are those of Bruce Corwin and not necessarily Raymond James, and are subject to change without notice. Ann Wells, CEO Commonwealth Bank & Trust www.cbandt.com

BRUCE CORWIN HAS THE LOWDOWN ON MID-LIFE PLANNING: GOAL: Income may be at its highest point in your career and kids may be leaving the nest; a perfect time to shift resources toward your retirement savings. Calculate what mortgage payment could pay off your house by the time you retire, and consider its feasibility. DO: Consider long-term care insurance. It may be very affordable at this age and can help you avoid an expense that could derail your retirement plans. DON’T: Consider not putting all of your retirement savings in conservative investments. You might still have another 40 years ahead of you. A portion of your money could be invested with an allocation appropriate for a longer time horizon. JUST GETTING STARTED: You’re probably off to a late start. Other financial obligations may have taken priority in your life, but no more. Make retirement savings your priority. Consider maximizing your retirement contributions and develop a plan to pay off your mortgage by the time you retire.

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MARY CASEY ADDRESSES SOME POSSIBLE PAIN-POINTS: GOAL: Refine your financial plan and budget. DO: Examine your expenses. Determine your health care strategy. Build a detailed financial assessment. DON’T: Don’t take Social Security early. Age 62 is the earliest you can begin receiving Social Security benefits. For each year you wait (until age 70), your monthly benefit will increase, and the additional income adds up quickly. Waiting even one year could make a significant difference. JUST GETTING STARTED: Meet with the Social Security office and a professional advisor. Consider including your children in the conversations. Anne Wells, CEO of Commonwealth Bank & Trust, gives us the deal in a nutshell, ”Whether you are just starting to save for retirement or nearing the big day, it’s always important to continuously review and measure the plan against your goals. Work with a professional and don’t hesitate to get a second opinion. It’s your money and your retirement that’s at stake, so it’s important to stay personally engaged.”

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“In college I obtained a finance degree. My goal was to work in this profession. I feel strongly that it is necessary to be a student of the industry by making a commitment to research, and to reading and reviewing all relevant information to make the wisest decisions and to create the most successful financial plans for our clients,” says Smith, a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™. Horizon Wealth Management develops and delivers comprehensive financial plans customized for each individual. Keeping one’s investments on track is essential to a long-term strategy. Investment options include mutual funds, private REITS, stocks, alternative investments, bonds, government securities, annuities and life insurance. The best financial advice he gives clients is to determine their goals and needs and not to pay attention to what media suggests as desired goals. “I’m fortunate to work with a great team and I have outstanding partners who help me provide personalized investment advice to our clients. We have experienced substantial growth three years in a row and look forward to continuing that growth in 2019,” he says. Securities and advisory services offered through LPL Financial, a registered investment advisor. Member FINRA/SIPC. Financial Planning offered through Horizon Wealth Management, a registered investment advisor and separate entity from LPL Financial.

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loans; 10% down jumbo elite loans; no PMI loans; down payment assistant loans; zero down loans; construction to permanent loans; FHA; conventional loans; and those provided by USDA and VA. He and co-owner Chase Blume receive a great deal of personal satisfaction from helping clients purchase a home. “Seeing the pure joy on a new homeowner’s face when they get the keys at the closing table is a feeling that never gets old but keeps getting better,” says Shults. “We believe that investing in real estate, whether in one’s home or an investment property, is an excellent financial decision. Suggesting to use leverage whenever possible, he highlights his company’s low-down payment options, as well as no PMI options that may be available for less than a 20% down payment

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ndy Southworth, Vice President, Investment Services & Planning, is new to Thurston Springer after having spent almost 12 years with LPL Financial. He began his career with Edward Jones in 1999 after graduating from Hanover College and introduced himself to his potential clients by literally knocking on their doors. His passion for finance began long before that, when at age 10 his grandfather bought him three shares of Bob Evans stock.

Thurston Springer Financial is a full-service investment management firm founded in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1981. “Thurston Springer appealed to me because it is a smaller firm with a local office which allows me to spend more quality time with each client and to fully understand their unique situation.” As a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®), Andy believes a comprehensive written financial plan is integral in setting goals, developing a strategy to meet those goals and tracking progress over time. He is open and honest and often urges clients to save “until it hurts.” Andy genuinely cares about his clients and has a strong desire to develop not only a long-term business relationship but also a long-term personal relationship. “I have worked with many clients for over 15 years, and I consider them to be good friends. It has been very rewarding for me to strategize with clients and to discover ways for them to meet their objectives, whether it be college planning, wedding expenses, vacations, or a comfortable retirement.” Outside of the office, Andy serves on the Junior Achievement board, which gives him the opportunity to volunteer in the classroom, teaching children about economics and entrepreneurship. He coaches his three boys’ baseball teams, cheers them on in other sports and activities, and avidly follows college and professional sports. He is married to Carrie Jennings Southworth, a local orthodontist. Member FINRA/SIPC.

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outh Central Bank offers a full compliment of lending, Treasury Management and Private Banking depository services. “We are employing experienced relationship managers to provide consultative, value-added service to our clients in order to provide relevant financial solutions to individual clients. In a “throw back” to a bygone era of banking, we’re looking to employ experienced employees on the front line, instead of call centers and 800 numbers,” says Patrick J. Padden, President - Greater Louisville. Mark N. George, Senior Relationship Managers, reinforces that philosophy, saying, “My clients are individuals and not accounts. I look to be more than an order taker. I enjoy working side-by-side clients and investing my time to learn about their individual businesses so I can offer insight and advice from what I have learned over the years and through my professional training as a CPA.

Padden considers South Central Bank’s understanding of how credit and the utilization of deposit and treasury management services can impact and benefit a client’s business as a critical point of difference compared to other financial institutions. “With the industry’s elimination of traditional training programs, banks haven’t invested in training their lenders as they once did. Having been fortunate to have completed such a training program, in addition to advanced commercial real estate coursework, I’m better able to advise my clients on the technical aspects of their company’s financial operations, assist them in understanding their business and craft tailored financial solutions to augment their profitability,” he says. According to Padden, individuals and business owners should examine their financial plan and services at least every three years to review what new options are available and to determine if their current plan and services are relevant to their needs and goals. “Stay flexible in your business model and operation, because the one constant in life is change,” notes George.

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ells Fargo Advisors provides holistic advice in the areas of wealth management, investment management, wealth transfer planning, insurance, liability management and retirement planning. “In our business we get to see our clients live out their lives and work to accomplish things that they sometimes never thought possible. We watch them purchase their first home, send their children to college, retire gracefully and leave a lasting legacy. Being a part of every client’s journey and watching them work towards achieving their

goals is an honor and a privilege that makes us proud to be in our industry,” says Branch Manager Justin Schappe. He believes the key to long-term financial success is having a plan that’s based on personal goals, objectives and the ability to handle market volatility. “No one can predict what the market is going to do tomorrow, so being prepared with a plan that is reviewed and updated regularly can provide you the best path to meet your financial goals.” The guiding force behind Wells Fargo Advi-


sors is the philosophy of “Clients. First. Always.” Wells Fargo Advisors believes clients are at the heart of all planning and execution. Providing clients with the highest quality advice and service to help them succeed financially is the top priority. Additionally, striving to be good stewards of the local community is a component of the company’s mission. Wells Fargo Advisors, in partnership with Wells Fargo & Co., works with many local organizations and non-profits, including Habitat for Humanity, Norton Children’s Hospital and the Kentucky Center for the Arts. The company has been featured in the Largest Financial Advisory Firms from 2016 to 2018 in the Business First Book of Lists and was named Top Corporate Fundraiser for the Susan G. Komen Race for a Cure in 2016. Ad. CAR 0119-02829

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ccording to research from Northwestern Mutual, 87% of Americans agree that nothing makes them happier or more confident than feeling that their finances are order. “Our advisors find it most rewarding when they are able to play a part in relieving a person’s financial stress and anxiety and to help our clients see how their dreams can become a reality,” says Dan Rivers, CFP, Managing Partner of Northwestern Mutual-Louisville. While some companies focus only on insurance and others only on investment strategies, Northwestern Mutual clients are able to partner with an advisor who will look at a client’s overall financial picture. This integrated approach works to build an achievable, flexible financial plan with the right mix of insurance products and investment strategies to help clients meet their goals. “Our financial advisors work with individuals, families and businesses to understand their big picture and to design a plan tailored to those goals,” he explains.

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Selecting the right financial advisor is a major decision, as Rivers acknowledges. “Find a financial partner to help you along. We are all unique - whether it’s our current financial situation or our future one. Having a professional to provide outside perspective will help you create a plan to address any financial future you envision. A financial advisor can guide you to see financial blind spots and the ways to account for them.” Northwestern Mutual has had an office in the central business district of Louisville since 1870. Business First ranked the company among the Top 10 Financial Advisory Firms and the Association for Fundraising Professionals recently named Northwestern Mutual-Louisville the 2018 Corporate Philanthropist of the Year. The Louisville financial advisors and professionals shown in this photograph are a small representation of the qualified and credentialed financial professionals at Northwestern Mutual-Louisville. The company is proud to acknowledge them, as well as others throughout its offices in Kentucky and Indiana for their dedication to their clients through ongoing education and development. Pictured above: Mark Kull, CFP; Myke Romaine, CFP; Jason Sterett, CFP; Aaron Young, CFP; Alex Jolly, CFP; Zach Chamberlain, CFP; Cory Thorne, CFP; Dan Rivers, CFP; Ralph Barringer, CFP; Bill Yancey, CFP; Matt Blanford, CFP.

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eople have a tendency to view debt as a bad thing. However, leveraging a company or business to help fund its growth is a positive,” says David Smith, who as a Senior Vice President of Limestone Bank has particular expertise in commercial banking and relationship management. Limestone Bank offers comprehensive consumer and commercial banking services, operating 15 banking centers in 12 counties across Kentucky as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Limestone Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: LMST), a Louisville, Kentucky-based holding company. The Bank’s markets include metropolitan Louisville, in Jefferson County, and the surrounding counties of Henry and Bullitt, and extend south along the Interstate 65 corridor, as well as in Lexington. Smith values the opportunity to delve into a company’s financials, and as a team, work together to help the company reach its goals and achieve success. “We set ourselves apart because we are willing to sit down and take the time to learn about our clients in order to provide solutions so they can reach their goals. We have the willingness to be part of each of our client’s team, not just their lender. I want to see their business prosper and grow. The more I know and understand their business, the better I can help them achieve their goals,” he says. Smith has more than 20 years of experience in the banking industry, and has earned the distinction of being named one of Business First’s Forty Under 40.

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entral Bank & Trust Co. provides a range of banking, insurance, investment, mortgage and wealth management services, all provided at the local level. A full-service banking company, Central Bank also provides business services, including cash management and treasury services. “The banking industry found me. I was introduced to banking by a college friend who thought her bank would like a female small business owner on their team. The rest is history,” says Trish Osborn, Vice President/Private Banking Office. “I’m a people person. The financial industry has given me an opportunity to meet a diverse group. I also love problem solving. There’s a great deal of personal satisfaction in helping someone realize a dream, achieve a goal or just helping them understand their options. That someone trusts me with something so tremendously important to them is a very gratifying aspect of what I get to do for a living,” she says. Perhaps one of her most valuable pieces of advice to clients is to create a plan that will provide financial freedom. “Stick to the plan no matter what life throws at you. You want to be prepared for unexpected events,” she elaborates. The experience Osborn gained while operating a family’s business prior to her banking careers gives her a unique perspective and understanding of her clients’ challenges. “I really enjoy working in the community bank platform. At Central Bank, we take an active role in the well-being of the communities we serve. A great recent example of this is the creation of a specialized short-term loan program for government employees affected by the recent shutdown. Another example is our Central Community Money Market product that mirrors our current Money Market account. The notable difference is that when customers open this account, they can choose a nonprofit from the bank’s approved list to receive an annual donation from Central Bank,” she says.

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e help our clients achieve their dreams and provide capital to businesses so they can grow and employ people. As a result, our community thrives. Last year alone, Independence Bank donated $2.4 million to our local partners,” says John W. Shaver, Senior Vice President, Commercial Lending. “Central to our mission is doing what’s right and fair for our customers, communities and employees.” He provides individual clients and their families personal banking services, including lending opportunities, deposit needs and introduction to the bank’s Wealth Management services, along with business lending and Treasury Management services. “I have been fortunate to have experienced many facets of the financial services industry during my work life and now operate as a partner to the clients whom I get to serve,” he says. He advises that when times are frustrating, or even scary, try to stay calm, take a breath and seek advice. Finances can be intimidating, but a financial partner will help provide guidance through the tough spots with support and counsel.

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It’s time to start planting, but growing gorgeous blooms or produce begins with selecting quality seeds. Managing editor and lifelong farmer Kevin Broady has all the advice you need to shop smart.


eeds are tiny marvels. The potential locked inside every seed is both awe-inspiring and humbling. As we approach spring, gardeners buy them by the thousands. With preparation, skill, and a little luck, those seeds will become millions of flowers, vegetables and fruits later this year. Seeds can be purchased at home improvement stores, nurseries and through seed catalogs. And if you haven’t already done so, you need to start shopping. But not all seeds are created equal, some are more likely to yield beautiful results than others, so choose wisely.

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here are a few general rules to follow: • Buy fresh seed from a reliable source. Some plants will grow from old seed, but fresh seed is usually more viable and vigorous. • Use a loose, well-drained, sterile potting mix. A loose soil allows the first roots and shoots to easily sprout. • Plant one or two seeds per container.Only one or two seeds will allow seedling roots to grow healthy and prevent separating multiple sprouts later on. • Sow seeds in moist, but not soaking wet, soil mix. Seeds can rot if the soil is too wet. • Supply bright light. Not all seeds need light to germinate, but after sprouting, seedlings require bright light for best development.

Sowing Indoors In cold climates, warm-weather plants that are easy to transplant but vulnerable to late frosts, can be sown indoors. Tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, roses, and pansies are good examples of plants that will have a jump on the growing season if sowed inside. The process is simple. Prepare your containers with soil. Sit them in a waterproof tray. Sow seeds at the depth recommended on the seed packet. Place containers and trays under fluorescent lights or in a sunny area, and cover with a clear lid to retain moisture. Keep them at about 70 degrees, unless otherwise noted on the seed packet. After the plants sprout, thin

them accordingly. If possible, fill the waterproof tray with water and let it soak into the soil from the bottom. Seedlings take 8 to 12 weeks to mature, once plants have two sets of true leaves and the frost date has passed, carefully transplant them into the garden.

Pruning trees, shrubs and flowers The earlier the better is the motto for pruning most shade and fruit trees. Pruning can be done any time temperatures are above twenty degrees and before spring growth starts. Prune fruit trees to open up the interior, which will allow more light to reach into the center and promote better fruit production. Pruning methods vary by kind of fruit tree grown. Summer flowering shrubs that bloom on the current season's growth, such as panicle hydrangea, rose-of-Sharon, and Japanese spirea, can be pruned in early spring to shape the plants, remove older or damaged branches and promote flowering. Start spring clean-up of roses by cutting out all stems that died over the winter, then prune to shape the bush and achieve the desired height. You’re well on your way to having not only beautiful trees, shrubs and flowering plants but also a healthy, vigorous vegetable garden that will produce a bountiful harvest. Give your garden moisture, nutrients (which we will discuss in future columns) and keep them weeded, for tasty, nutritious produce and beautiful blossoms. 

A Year of Great Gardening Here’s your month-by-month breakdown on when, how and what to do, to produce a beautiful, bountiful vegetable or flower garden. March


Now that time has changed, and the days are getting longer, spring is upon us. Prepare your soil. Soil temperature needs to be near 60° F or higher for plant survival and growth. Plow or till your soil if the ground has thawed. Prune roses and plant cool-weather annuals.

Watch them grow, making sure they get enough water, usually mother nature takes care of that. Keep those pesky little weeds out of your garden, plants thrive from the good sunlight.

April Watch your weather forecast closely, on average, the frost-free growing season for the Louisville area starts Apr 19 and ends Oct 20, approximately 205 days of growing time. Late April start planting vegetables along with trees, shrubs and perennials.

May Get planting, the weather is right and plant growth is ideal. Try to have everything you want to grow in the ground with-in the first two weeks of May. By the end of May, you can give them a boost with some fertilizer. Also plant warm-season annual flowers and start adding mulch to your trees and flower beds.

July Start picking. Begin thinking about canning your produce. Get all your supplies together. Plant any seeds you want for a late harvest. Keep up with watering. Watch for pests.

August Start canning, most canning supplies can be found at retail and grocery stores. There are lots of books about canning, so visit your local bookstore. Start composting from yard cuttings.

October Frost will be coming soon, so finish picking and canning your final vegetables. Prepare soil for next year, by removing any plants that are not producing any more, and place in composting bed. Bring in any houseplants that spent the summer outside.

November Finish preparing your soil for next year, give it a good plow or tilling. Plant spring-blooming bulbs.

December Think about what you want to plant next spring, order from seeds catalogs. Decorate for the holidays.

January 2020 Plan your garden and what type of seeds and supplies you might need.

February 2020 September Continue canning, most plants will have stopped producing by now, unless you have planted a late garden. Plant fall flowers, trees and shrubs. Keep composting.

Start your seeds indoors. Prune summer-flowering shrubs.

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This sweeping home for empty nesters was designed and decorated to be the perfect gathering place for everyone in the extended family. BY ALLISON JONES PHOTOGRAPHS BY TIM FURLONG JR.


he story of this enchanted house began with a single goal in mind: designing a home where Janet and Charles Price could create memories with their expanding family. While empty nesters, they enjoy frequent visits from their daughter and her family of six who live in Colorado Springs, and with their local son and his family of four. “When we’re all together, there are twelve of us, so it is nice to have the extra room to enjoy our time together,” Janet shares. They entrusted their vision to builder, Mike Blacketer of The Blacketer Company and interior designer Karista Hannah of Set the Stage and within a year, they were living in their dream home. “Working with Mike and Karista was our favorite part of the process. They were wonderful and made the experience so much easier with all the decisions that needed to be made.” The collaboration took the Price’s style from traditional to a more transitional décor aimed at providing a comfortable vibe.

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When we’re all together, there are twelve of us, so it is nice to have the extra room to enjoy our time together

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e love the open concept. It suits our family well when we are all together.� The great room and kitchen provide an amazing space that has already become a foundation for special memories with family and friends. Cross-back bar chairs at the curved breakfast bar create a comfy conversation spot while stylish lantern fixtures provide warm light. Big family meals are easy at an expansive farmhouse table accentuated by a rustic chandelier. Built-ins flanking the fireplace hold whimsical collectibles and a plush sectional invites relaxation.

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pstairs, the master bedroom is a sanctuary. Luxurious linens dress the bed complemented by the patterned accent wall. Wingback chairs find a home in front of the stately window providing an amazing view of the surrounding landscape including the pool. A tufted bench resides at the foot of the bed while the shiplap ceiling adds unique architectural dimension to the room. What makes this home so endearing is the use of every nook and cranny – inside and outside. Two landings – one going to the lower level and the other going to the second floor – feature cozy sitting areas that are a favorite spot for their grandchildren. Originally destined to be a dining room, the space to the right of the foyer evolved into a piano room which is an unexpected, yet pleasant surprise. The lower level is an entertainer’s dream with a custom bar and a media room. Warmer months allow them to utilize their outdoor space which includes a pool and an outdoor kitchen surrounded by five acres of lush landscape. Janet sums up her home beautifully by sharing, “I think more than anything our home has a warm and very welcoming feel when you walk in the front door. We love to host events. We enjoy sharing our blessings with our family and friends.” 

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It’s the question we get asked most often about our décor stories: What paint color is that? Here, the answers: Ceilings BENJAMIN MOORE PAPER WHITE #1590 Trim, doors SHERWIN WILLIAMS PURE WHITE SW7005 Foyer, hallway, great room, kitchen, upstairs hallway, walls BENJAMIN MOORE REVERE PEWTER HC-172 Office, piano room, sunroom walls BENJAMIN MOORE PLYMOUTH ROCK #1543 Office trim, piano room trim, master bathroom BENJAMIN MOORE LONDON FOG #1541 Master bedroom BENJAMIN MOORE HIMALAYAN TREK #1542 Game room, media room, bar BENJAMIN MOORE HARBOR GRAY AC-25

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For the money issue, a few fun ideas for your next business lunch. The fabled ritziness of The English Grill at The Brown Hotel is alive and well, though pretentiousness is nowhere to be found. Whether you’re pitching a high-power deal or are deep in negotiations, the unobtrusive staff won’t get in your way as you enjoy Chef de Cuisine Dustin Willett’s melding of traditional southern with his signature innovativeness. Owner Kevin Grangier is a stranger to minimalism. Think of the interior of Le Moo as a stage set for some souped-up wheeling and dealing. Go for the menu’s power player,

a 32-ounce Tomahawk ribeye, if you’re out to make an impression. If subtlety better suits your style, blitz your palate with a repertoire of more modest steaks, as well as soups, salads, seafood and pasta.

Pizza Lupo is so much more than pizza. Fermented Fresno chili tagliatelle with shrimp and Chef Max Balliet’s take on XO sauce is making him one of the city’s buzzed-about chefs.

Kathy Cary and her restaurant, Lilly’s Bistro, are one of Louisville’s classiest duos. As the chef who first gave true local meaning to farm-totable, she’s keeping it exciting and ever-changing. The dining room is intimate for quiet biz buzz. Kathy, herself, is a savvy businessperson so you can be sure your experience will be seriously successful. Get down to business in the urban glitzy seafood haven Brendon’s Catch 22. The raw bar showcases a colossal seafood tower. Vegans, vegetarians and carnivores will all feel right at home as the menu is extensively varied. The three-martini lunch may be a thing of the past, but business diners may not want to forgo the restaurant’s craft cocktails and reserve wine list.

Cook Like a Chef Dust is building up on the cookbooks on your shelf and the egos of television chefs are beginning to grate on your nerves. Yet, you want to be inspired and learn to cook as if you know what you’re doing. Let Cooking at Millie’s into your life. Resident Chef Allison Mann and guest chefs from some of Louisville’s top restaurants teach hands-on classes. You’ll learn to finesse three-course meals and will be able to eat what you cook during the class. And, there’s wine to liven up (or mellow) the learning process.

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Date Night Whether your definition of romance includes wine and roses or charcuterie and comfy leather couches, Nancy Miller promises that these dining destinations will serve up an evening to remember. PHOTOGRAPHS BY DANNY ALEXANDER


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f it’s not the date of your dreams and if you’re rolling your eyes instead of gazing into your partner’s, you’ll appreciate RIVUE’s view, perhaps the best in the city. For a date that hits the skids from the getgo, order the Dirty Rotten Shame cocktail. But, when the chemistry is good, sharing the view will be a beautiful add-on to dinner atop The Galt House Hotel. Chef de Cuisine Kendall Linhart, who has worked with national hot shot chefs such as Daniel Boulud and Michael White, likes to source local products and supports sustainable fishing practices. “We have scallops from Maine and snapper from the Caribbean,” says the chef who can be expected to serve the unexpected. The snapper boasts a southern flair, being non-traditionally accompanied by cannellini beans and collard greens. His Peking duck breast with braised endive, almonds, grapes and Skordalia sauce is a showstopper of a date dish. Dessert offerings run from a decadent chocolate bombe to a lighter goat cheese cake with candied beans, blackberries and thyme-infused honey. “Our caramel apple crostada is a romantic thing to share. Of course, you don’t share food unless you really care about the other person,” he adds. Who can imagine not caring about the bourbon ball flight? Dark and white chocolate and three different bourbons. So delicious they spark a ho-hum date with a pleasurably sweet kick.

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Mercato Italiano 10640 MEETING STREET 502-690-3200


ouble dates are a frequent occurrence at Mercato Italiano where couples relax in a casual atmosphere and indulge in Italian dishes that range from traditional to innovative interpretations. “Our upstairs dining is a little quieter for those who want to enjoy dinner for two in a more romantic setting,” says chef and owner Peter Pagano. Regulars keep returning for mussels served over pork sausage, four types of pizzas and short rib ravioli. They and first timers will be delightfully confronted with new dishes such as tortellini con maiale (ground pork, spinach and ricotta in a pork broth), butternut squash gnocchi and branzino (Mediterranean sea bass) over root vegetable salad.

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Pagano could serve his chicken saltimbocca with pasta or mashed potatoes and receive no complaints, but being a culinary matchmaker, he decided to pair it with a seasonal salad of butternut squash, beets and kale. It has caught on among guests at the Norton Commons spot. Brunch might be a fun, no-pressure date. Choose from dishes like steak and eggs, a choice of four frittatas, Belgian waffles or paninis. If your dating has been smooth sailing and you’re ready for a meet-the-family dinner, Pagano welcomes you to Nonna’s Night, held every Sunday. Reminiscent of his childhood gatherings at his grandmother’s house, the family-style dinners feature an antipasti platter, chicken cutlets, spaghetti and meatballs and Nonna’s cheesecake. Depending on what kind of evening you had in mind, you may join a community table or request a private table for two.


quus Restaurant/Jack’s Lounge is part of Louisville’s culinary history. Jared Matthews is respecting the vision of founder Chef Dean Corbett while infusing both spaces with his own signature style. He’s thrilled when guests choose Equus and Jack’s for a first date or a night of rekindling romance. “People seem to like coming here because they can choose between Jack’s Lounge, where they can relax in a casual but intimate setting of leather couches and candlelight or the Equus dining room that’s a little more formal,” says Matthews.

Grappling with the quandary of choosing among starters such as the restaurant’s nothing-short-of-famous nachos, crab cakes or mushroom fumé can be a bonding experience. For an entrée, if your appetite is running more toward down-home and hearty rather than gourmand lofty, you probably won’t say no to Yankee pot roast or fried chicken. Balancing the menu are dishes such as rock shrimp Jenkins, Scottish salmon and wild boar with bordelaise sauce. “The filet mignon with Four Roses demi-glace is a popular date item,” Matthew says out of experience. That’s not surprising to Louisvillians who have a fondness for bourbon straight, on the rocks or sauced up. The chocolate raspberry torte is a delicious aphrodisiac. If you want to ramp up the finale, the Café Gates, an after-dinner drink of Grand Marnier, crème de Cacao and cream will do the trick.

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s we all know, dates can have their glitches. But the glitches won’t come from the food or atmosphere at Anoosh Bistro. “We’re a great spot for dates because of our elegant atmosphere that has a special occasion feel. And we have some very nice private areas for quiet conversations,” says Executive Chef Mark Ford. An appetizer such as lobster bisque is a classic dish that speaks of the restaurant’s four-star fine dining. Grilled artichoke or shrimp Julep are reliable conversation starters and palate pleasers. And you may learn a lot about the other person by his or choice of items for the cheese and charcuterie platter. Pâté or soppressata? Prosciutto or country ham? French Brie or goat cheese? Ford recommends the slow-braised lamb shank with mashed potatoes for its shareability. If sharing isn’t your idea of the perfect meal, there are plenty of choices to go it alone. The menu is divided into From the Water (cioppino, trout Provencal, lemon sole rollatini), From the Land (rack of lamb, duck and dumplings, grilled beef tenderloin) and Pasta (chicken linguine, vegetable risotto.) “We make it a point to know what dietary preferences are trending,” says Ford. He and owner Anoosh Shariat, a vegetarian, create an array of vegetarian dishes such as mushroom pasta, vegetable Bolognese and vegetable Wellington. “Anoosh is very present in front of the house,” he adds. “Our goal is to provide an experience, not just dinner. For special occasions, we go above and beyond.”


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hite tablecloths, live jazz, a waterfall, fresh flowers and candlelight set the mood for date night at Varanese. Okay, enough about the ambiance, you say? What about the food? Chef/owner John Varanese has been a featured chef at the James Beard House in New York. That’s an accomplishment that should assure you he’s up to the task of creating a menu worthy of a special night of getting-to-know-you or so-happy-I know you. But you don’t have to look toward New York for kudos to him. Louisville diners are smitten with him and his menu. “Over the years we have seen multiple marriage proposals take place here and many people return for their anniversaries,” says Varanese, who has been called on to display

an engagement ring in a dessert or surprise a guest with a necklace to celebrate an anniversary. His menu is replete with a diverse selection of meat, seafood and vegetarian fare. “I always think something light and colorful is good for a date night. Our pecan-crusted white bass with honey jalapeño butter has proven to be a favorite,” he says. One of his personal top picks would be Hawaiian butterfish with smoked bacon, caramelized onion risotto and tomato butter sauce. An appetizer platter of lump crab-stuffed fried avocado, pork biscuits, barbecue duck confit egg rolls and cheese spheres is a sure-fire jump starter to any dinner. Varanese suggests enjoying a cocktail as a date ice breaker. “The French Fusion, Liquid Spa or Breakfast @ the V would really hit it.” 

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couture CUISINE Cozy, charming La Chasse has a new chef in the kitchen and exciting new culinary creations on the menu. Nancy Miller shares a taste of Kristina Dyer’s delicious and daring new direction. PHOTOGRAPHS BY DANNY ALEXANDER

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ristina Dyer isn’t a new name on the Louisville food scene. She has worked at Café Metro, Le Relais, Seviche, Butchertown Grocery and other high-profile restaurants around town. Now the executive chef at La Chasse, she’s taking on her most formidable challenge yet, and she’s loving it. “I like the creative freedom I have at La Chasse and I enjoy the fast pace,” she says. “There’s nothing better than introducing people to foods they may not be familiar with. Not everyone is an adventurous eater, but if you can turn them on to something like sweetbreads, that’s awesome.” If she hadn’t jumped on the chef track, she probably would have become a teacher. Her inner educator still flourishes as she patiently takes

time to explain to her kitchen staff her vision for a particular dish and the intricacies of preparing it and taking it to another level. She believes that kind of relationship is essential to a successful kitchen. “The restaurant business has moved past the time where it was acceptable for a chef to yell or throw things, and when owners were crazy,” she says. “Here, there’s no slamming or cussing or temper tantrums. I have a very polite kitchen staff and Isaac Fox is the nicest owner. At many restaurants, there’s a stark distinction between the front and back of the house. Here it all flows really well. We say please and thank you and we’ve built an environment that isn’t hostile. It’s very family-esque.”

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kristina dyer WHO IS YOUR CULINARY IDOL? I have the utmost respect for Anthony Bourdain. His death was such a loss to the culinary community.

WHAT’S THE CRAZIEST REQUEST YOU’VE EVER HAD FROM A DINER? Someone had recently undergone surgery and asked us to blend their steak. (It wasn’t at La Chasse.) We did little tasting cups of blended steak, vegetables and mashed potatoes.

MOST OF US CAN ONLY WISH TO COOK LIKE A PROFESSIONAL CHEF. ARE THERE ANY COOKBOOKS YOU CAN RECOMMEND TO HELP US? I enjoy On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen. I like The Escoffier Cookbook because I like Old School Techniques. And the Culinary Bible is great.


In her new role, she’s veering slightly away from La Chasse’s initial concept of Southern French/Spanish fusion, although distinctly French options such as cassoulet remain. To coordinate and complement her menu in relation to Fox’s seasonal craft cocktails, she cocoons in her living room, with six notepads, a laptop and cats by her side. From that behind-the-scenes planning comes dishes such as lamb Porterhouse with curried cauliflower and fingerling potatoes, duck confit and waffles, and ricotta gnocchi. She rarely has time to eat an entire dinner before service begins, but given the chance, she might opt for the scallops with curried lentils with butternut squash, cucumber-garlic labneh and lemongrass beurre blanc. As a young child, she learned a lot

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about cooking from her grandmother, who was a stickler about the timing of meals. Lunch was served at noon, dinner promptly at five o’clock. “I remember helping her make ebelskivers in a cast-iron skillet. They’re almost like donut holes but are the consistency of pancakes. I thought it was so much fun pouring the batter in the skillet and cooking them into little balls. We would also take trips to an Asian market where everyone knew and loved her. Then we would go home and make pork fried rice in an electric wok,” says Dyer. “Those are great memories.” Will pork fried rice and ebelskivers appear on her La Chasse menu? Maybe not, but a Country Pork Chop with Red Eye Gravy is a menu star. Lucky for us, she’s sharing it with TOPS readers. 

I once worked for a chef who, in the middle of the rush, dropped a whole sheet tray of short ribs. The kitchen went silent. He just walked out of the kitchen and left the restaurant. I said, “Let’s keep trucking.” He came back in 15 or 20 minutes.

WHAT’S YOUR IDEA OF THE PERFECT FEAST, IF YOU DIDN’T HAVE TO PREPARE IT? I love tapas…a table full of different types of hummus, some dates, charcuterie…a huge spread of little bites. I get bored eating one plate of the same thing.

DO YOU COOK MUCH AT HOME? No. I’m single. Cooking for one isn’t fun. But if my mom comes over or my sister is in town, I’m the first one in the kitchen. On my day off, I’m tidying up the apartment, being lazy, watching television and opening the door to the pizza delivery.

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Vegetable or canola oil 6 14oz bone-in pork chops Salt and pepper to taste Korean chili flakes to taste

− Preheat oven to 450°. Preferably in a cast iron skillet, heat the oil. Season pork chops with salt and pepper. Sear chops on both sides until they are golden brown. Place them on a baking sheet. Bake until the desired temperature is reached (145°-150° for medium rare, 150°-155° for medium, 155°-160° for medium-well, 160° for well-done.) To serve: Place the grits on a plate. Top with a pork chop, redeye gravy, agrodolce and Korean chili flakes.


4 cups whole milk 1 cup heavy cream 1 cup Weisenberger grits ½ red bell pepper, diced ½ jalapeño, brunoised 4 scallions, thinly sliced ½ cup Parmesan cheese ½ cup fontina cheese Salt and pepper to taste

− In a saucepan, bring milk and cream to the point right before simmering. Whisk in grits. Reduce heat to low, continually stirring grits so they don’t scorch. When mixture reaches the consistency of slightly thickened oatmeal, add peppers and scallions. Remove from heat. Whisk in cheese, salt and pepper.


3 tablespoons butter 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour Pinch of nutmeg 1 ½ cups heavy cream Salt and pepper ½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese

− In a small sauce pot, melt the butter. Whisk in flour and cook until a blond roux forms. Whisk in cream slowly to form a bechamel. Bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer for three to four minutes. Remove from heat. Add nutmeg, salt and pepper. Stir in cheese until it is completely melted. Set aside.

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½ medium yellow onion, julienned 1 teaspoon garlic, minced 1 tablespoon vegetable or canola oil 4 ounces country ham, sliced and chopped 3 tablespoons espresso liqueur 4 ounces coffee 3 tablespoons brown sugar 1 cup heavy cream 1 cup Mornay Tabasco to taste Salt and pepper to taste

− In a small saucepot over low to medium-heat, sauté onion and garlic in oil until caramelization begins. Add ham; cook two to three minutes. Deglaze with espresso liqueur; reduce by half. Add coffee and brown sugar; bring to a boil. Add cream; return to a boil. Reduce to a simmer. Whisk in Mornay. Cook over medium-low heat until gravy thickness is achieved, stirring often as to not scorch the bottom. Add Tabasco, salt and pepper.


1 Granny Smith apple, small, diced 1 tablespoon vegetable or canola oil ¼ cup dried cherries ¼ cup butter-toasted hazelnuts 1 cup sherry vinegar ½ cup brown sugar 1 tablespoons butter Salt and pepper to taste Crushed red pepper to taste

− In a small sauté pan, sauté the apple the oil. Add cherries and hazelnuts. Cook for two to three minutes. In a small skillet, combine sherry vinegar and brown sugar. Reduce by two-thirds. Deglaze the cherries and hazelnuts with four tablespoons of the cherry reduction. Reduce by half. Add butter and cook for one minute. Seasoned with salt, pepper and crushed red pepper.

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hether you want to indulge your sweetheart or simply take a body-and-mind melting moment for yourself, our city has no shortage of sybaritic spa experiences. While it’s nearly impossible to pick favorites, we’re sharing four that have delivered near-nirvana-like relaxation for our most trusted sources. Any one of the could be the trick that banishes late-winter blahs or sets the mood for an unforgettably romantic weekend.

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Aveda Salt Glow Imagine spending sixty minutes in a hushed, softly-lit room while sea salts are gently massaged into every inch of your dry winter skin until those dead cells and rough patches on elbows, heels, and arms magically disappear. Next, you’ll be treated to a soothing oil rub that leaves your body so silky and soft that you won’t remember what winter even feels like. COST: $82 WHERE: Joseph’s Salon and Spa, 3938 Dutchmans Lane, (502) 897-5369

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aromatic, incredibly pleasurable, thirty-minute conditioning treatment will leave you relaxed into a puddle of pure stresslessness. (If that’s a word.) And, yes, afterwards, you will emerge with a lustrous, healthy head of hair that just begs to be taken out for a night on the town. COST: $45 WHERE: Strands Salon & Spa, 11400 Main Street, (502) 938-4247

Dr. Babor Pore-Cleansing Facial This is a weird case in which something that’s very good for you also happens to be so pleasurable that it fulfills your need for pure pampering. This complexion-perfecting treatment starts with a scrupulous skin analysis, steam and exfoliation and winds its way into a hand and arm massage and brightening am-

pule treatment enhanced by ultrasound. Did we mention there’s a décolletage massage and mask as well? It’s like cramming a spa weekend into a salon visit. No wonder you walk out glowing. COST: $80 WHERE: J Michael’s Spa & Salon, 4121 Shelbyville Road, (502) 742-8790

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The Doctor Is In One psychiatrist saw the long waiting lists for mental health appointments and said, “Enough.” Dr. Ora Frankel founded The Couch five years ago and has been helping patients in crisis ever since. BY CHRISTINE FELLINGHAM


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he first call to a mental health expert is typically triggered by a crisis. Unfortunately, that urgent need is often met with a lack of immediate solutions. “There aren’t a lot of urgent cares for anxiety, depression, addiction or any number of other difficult and devastating mental health issues,” says Dr. Ora Frankel, a board-certified psychiatrist and founder of The Couch Mental Healthcare Center near Holiday Manor. “And the wait to get into a psychiatrist in this city—or any—can be several months.” Or at least it used to be. That was before Dr. Frankel decided to address the growing need for reliable, accessible mental health services with a new kind of practice—a six-day-a-week, full-service psychiatric evaluation and therapy mental healthcare center. “I saw what had happened to my own patients… what they had to go through just to get some help. It’s easier

There aren’t a lot of urgent cares for anxiety, depression, addiction or any number of other difficult and devastating mental health issues.

and therapists who can help field questions, get refills and get the right patients to the right help. Dr. Frankel believes it’s all part of a culture where patients’ needs come first. “Patients deserve a respectful atmosphere,” she says. “They deserve a careful evaluation that results in the correct treatment. The treatment might be shortterm or it can be long term. Either way, we can help them.”

to find a therapist. But if you feel that you or your child need a psychiatrist, you can’t get in. People are out of luck or they get sub-optimal care and they’re sent out the door with a two-day supply of medicine.” With her twenty years of psychiatric experience, Dr. Frankel set out to create a practice that solved many of the problems she had seen in the mental health care field. “First, I wanted a place where we didn’t keep people waiting,” she says. “I wanted to be able to get them in the same day or the next day and get them tested and help them navigate the hierarchy of treatment. I also don’t want them waiting for refills, waiting for returned calls, waiting for answers.” So she has resolved little issues that can result in inferior care by making her practice user-friendly and organized. “We are very patient-centric,” she says. “We have text reminders for all appointments; we are open from 8:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. so working people can get in to see us. We offer on-line appointment scheduling so you can book at home in the evening. We’re available, respectful and responsive.” Delivering that kind of patient experience meant staffing up with psychiatric nurses

While all patients begin with a full evaluation, the course of treatment varies from there. Some are at The Couch short term; others develop a more long-term relationship that could involve a team of caregivers from Dr. Frankel to therapists to medication check-ins with nurse practitioners. “We even offer phone appointments in some cases,” she says. “We’re not going to abandon you if you’re traveling and you need us. The philosophy and mindset we have is very unique.” The services and the atmosphere at The Couch have been met with a flood of patients and national press and Dr. Frankel makes sure that her practice keeps growing to meet the demand. “We just doubled our space and remodeled to add more offices and practitioners,” she says. “The need is there.” And she is clearly gratified to be meeting it. “A patient once said to me, ‘I think I called 72 offices before I found you and I thank God I got here because I think I would have killed myself.’ That’s the gratitude we receive. The need is so desperate.” 


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achel Platt’s storyline flows perfectly. She was born a self-described "Air Force Brat" in Topeka, then moved all around the country as her military father served where he was needed. From this experience, she learned some of the skills that would continue to serve her throughout her life. "When you're always the new kid, you tend to shake off a lot of social anxiety," she observed. "You start to see and place value in the things that we all have in common."

When you’re always the new kid, you tend to shake off a lot of social anxiety. You start to see and place value in the things that we all have in common.




After a spectacular decades-spanning career at WHAS, Rachel Platt is moving into a new role as Frazier History Museum’s first Director of Community Engagement. Rocko Jerome visits as she begins a new chapter.

Rachel gravitated to journalism early on and it would be her only career for a long stretch of her life. Not long after graduation, she joined WHAS 11 as an anchor in 1989. Through the years, she fell in love with our River City. She met her husband and raised three kids here. "This is the only place they've ever lived," she says, proudly. Over the years, she could be seen on the 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. newscasts and was one of the hosts of Great Day Live, the beloved WHAS weekday morning show. She enjoyed every minute of her career at WHAS, but the time came to try something new. At the end of last year, she left WHAS after a 29-year run and has now taken on an exciting new job at the Frazier History Museum. Rachel is now its first Director of Community Engagement and Outreach and she enters at an exciting moment in the Museum’s history.


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Colleagues Again Rachel's trajectory follows a similar course as that of Frazier Vice President Andy Trenien. Andy also served as an anchor at WHAS years ago, even working right alongside Rachel on the air. His path took him off the air and into another passion, joining the Frazier in 2015 and taking a leadership role in this new direction, and his enthusiasm is infectious. “We tell stories about the culture, the industries, the arts, and the people of Kentucky and the impact that the state has on the world,” Andy says. "It's really wonderful to be working with him again," says Rachel. "We always had a fantastic working relationship, and I can feel that we still do. It already has begun to feel like home here at the museum."


he has arrived at a crossroads moment in her life, and she's accepting a challenging route. "There's this idea that once a woman reaches a certain age, her professional life is effectively over," Rachel observes. "I really hope to change that narrative. At this phase, we're smarter and more experienced than we've ever been. I will admit that a change this big is a bit scary, but I feel that this is the middle of my story. That's true for me as well as for the Frazier, so it just feels very fitting." Rachel is referring to the Frazier's recent remodel and expansion. The Main Street

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institution now features a sleek new design that showcases the history of our region but still feels very forward thinking and new. In addition to many fascinating exhibits and displays, there are also luxurious areas designed to serve as dynamic venues for a wide variety of events. Through a partnership with the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, the Frazier's first floor serves as the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® Welcome Center, the official jumping off point for tourists. It all feels very engaging and elegant without losing even an ounce of its rustic charm, living up to their

motto of “Where the World Meets Kentucky.” Rachel is enthusiastic about the possibilities that the newly renovated Frazier and her role there will have to offer the city, and she will be the first face and handshake that many will associate with the museum going forward. "The city is changing so rapidly and evolving in so many ways," she says, candidly. "It feels like we're all working together to write this next chapter, and it's shaping up to be something really outstanding. I just couldn't be more excited." 


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The Planners’ Guide To Budgeting Their flawless, festive events begin with a meticulous spreadsheet. Here, our inhouse event experts Marcella Kragel and Ina Miller share their time-tested budgeting strategies that will buy you the most fun with your funds.


s event planners, a lot of people assume we spend our days surrounded by beautiful textiles, china and flowers. That we spend hours brainstorming over colorful mood boards and swatches. The truth is, much of our time is spent at our desks, on our computers, pouring over spreadsheets. Yep… spreadsheets! While spreadsheets might not be glamorous, they keep us organized and enable us to be successful with our clients. If an event is unorganized or over budget, it doesn’t matter how good it looks. Budgeting is also often one of the most stressful aspects of event planning and without proper prep it is easy to get off track.

5 Steps to Basic Event Budgeting 1. Decide how much you can spend. Always do this first. It’s easy to think that you will just pick up a thing or two before the budgeting really begins, but this will almost always cause you to overspend. 2. Create your spreadsheet. Whether it’s on a pad of paper, Microsoft Excel or budgeting software, you build your spreadsheet by listing every element of your event that will require funds.

Budgeting is a skill and can be applied to all different types of events. Here is how our basic approach can be adapted no matter what the occasion: Fundraising


Ina Marcella Events is a full service event planning and creative consulting business co-owned by Ina Miller and Marcella Kragel. With shared backgrounds in the arts and non-profit management, and a mutual passion for community engagement, Ina and Marcella have developed a unique approach to event planning aimed at creating inspired one-of-a-kind events for their clients. Ina and Marcella have been friends for twenty years and each is married with three kids.

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When throwing an event to raise funds for a charitable recipient, you need to include the estimated revenue as well. If applicable, make sure to include projected ticket sales, sponsorships and in-kind donations in your budget breakdown so you have a constant big picture as you weigh decisions. Since the focus is on making money at the end of the event, the “actual” numbers will give you real-time information to keep your budget in check as planning progresses.

Family Events When creating an anniversary, birthday party, or shower budget, think about what

We like to group elements by subject matter to make sure funds are appropriately weighted. However you decide to organize your list, make sure all your elements are included upfront so nothing will be forgotten. This tip goes beyond budgeting, and ensures you have anticipated all aspects of your guests’ experience guaranteeing a great event. 3. Record your estimates and actual spending separately for comparison post event. Practice makes perfect, and over the years our projections have only improved, because we learn from every budget we make. 4. Overestimate rather than underestimate. When something comes in under budget you have a win, when you are too optimistic and allocate too few funds to an item, you will end up pulling money from other essential areas, often resulting in an event that is both unbalanced and over budget. 5. Don’t cut corners. While saving money is usually a good thing, we budget for a reason. Could you have spent more in one area to really make your event spectacular? When you save on one line-item, consider if the extra money would be best put to use helping enhance another.

you want your guests to remember most. If it’s food, put more of your budget towards hiring a great caterer or more expensive grocery items. If it’s the setting, keep the food simple and inexpensive and focus your time and effort on tablescapes and décor. Don’t shy away from hiring professionals like a bartender, great DJ or photographer to commemorate the evening. Planning for these expenses upfront won’t scare you away from them later in the process.


Weddings are incredibly personal. There are millions of articles and templates out there to assist in wedding budgeting, and almost all will tell you they have the perfect formula for budgeting. For example, they know what percentage you should spend on venue versus food and alcohol. Well, a foodie getting married is probably going to spend more on food, while an eloping couple might decide the dress budget isn’t as important as an amazing destination hotel. These templates don’t know the individuals. Therefore take them with a grain of salt and weight items as they pertain to the couple themselves. 


actions. From childhood through our entire lives, we can see how little certain things have changed.”

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The cast brings an absolute embarrassment of riches. Elizabethtown native and world-renowned baritone Anthony Clark Evans performs as the titular Rigoletto. John Irvin brings his golden tones to the role of the Duke of Mantua, a role previously played by the master, Luciano Pavarotti. Of particular note is the magnetic rising star Mané Galoyan, who is simply electrifying as Gilda. “She brings such a sense of force and purpose to the role,” says Kathleen. “Looking back in 10 years, you will be able to say that you saw the great Mané Galoyan in an early role.” 

Kentucky Opera opens this year with a work you know well and probably love, even if you don’t realize it. Rocko Jerome brings early insights into the upcoming production of Verdi’s Rigoletto. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE KENTUCKY OPERA


he renowned Kentucky Opera begins its 2019 program with a production of Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto, a timeless masterpiece designed to excite opera newbies and aficionados alike. It’s a tale of betrayal and intrigue centered around Rigoletto, a hunchbacked court jester with a sharp wit. He’s in the employ of a womanizing Duke who has eyes for Rigoletto’s daughter, Gilda. A conspiracy brings about a curse that fulfills itself in unexpected ways through a series of twists and turns that make Game of Thrones look like the Waltons, with some of the most beloved and recognizable opera music that you’ve ever heard along the way. In particular, the instantly recognizable and eminently hummable aria La donna è mobile, a tune that has most likely long ago bonded itself to your eternal aural memory via a lifetime of hearing it in movies, TV shows, cartoons, and commercials. So instantly recognizable is the work that, in a story that has become legend, Verdi limited its rehearsals to just a few late nights ahead of the initial premiere and swore his performers to secrecy, warning them to not even whistle the infectious notes anywhere within earshot of the public.

vision to her work, emphasizing its universal and vastly accessible tones. The main elements remain truly timeless, even if the plot hinges on a superstitious belief in curses that works best in that long-ago setting. “Rigoletto is a dramatic story that everybody can relate to,” she says. “It features a corrupt court, and we can certainly see ourselves in that mirror. The bully wins and doesn’t have to pay for his


Kentucky Opera’s presentation of Rigoletto will be performed on Friday, February 15 at 8:00pm and Sunday, February 17 at 2:00pm at the Kentucky Center. Tickets are available now. Please visit www.kentuckycenter.org for more information.

“It’s the first melody that most people think of when they think of opera, perhaps because it’s been in every pasta commercial known to man,” quips Stage Director Kathleen Belcher. New to Louisville, Kathleen is vastly experienced and well regarded, having directed a stellar series of operas across the country. While many modern productions of Rigoletto have recast the original 16th-century setting, Kathleen has instead opted to focus in on the classic and originally intended time period. She brings a sharp

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Partying for pets The fifth annual Animal Care Society Benefit Bash at Mellwood Arts & Entertainment Center is an evening of dinner, dancing, drinks and fun that supports our city’s first no-kill animal shelter.


t costs a lot of money to keep homeless pets alive until they can find their forever families. But since 1984, the Animal Care Society of Louisville has been devoted to doing just that: proving a safe, comfortable, caring environment for dogs and cats in need of adoption.

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The first no-kill shelter in our city, ACS has placed 12,000 pets in loving, responsible homes. Their mission is clear and compassionate. They care for surrendered dogs and cats until they can place them with compatible adopters. They do so with a small army of dedicated volunteers who provide the best possible care to the animals while they’re there. “More and more pets are finding themselves homeless through no fault of their own,” says Bunny Zeller, Executive Director of ACS. “Shelters are overflowing because of this.” With its facility on 12207 Westport Road, ACS is able to provide not only a home, but medical care and vaccinations to the pets they serve. These services are expensive, and the organization depends on membership dues, donations and fundraising to pay for them. “Our members provide much needed financial support,” says Zeller. “Our volunteers play a key role in the day to day care of our animals and enjoy the warmth and affection that only our furry guests can provide.” Money is also raised through sponsorship programs like Sponsor-a-Pet which allows participants to help feed, house and meet

medical needs of a specific dog or cat without physically being responsible for its care. The shelter also accepts donated supplies in order to provide for these deserving animals. They welcome community involvement in many forms to make their no-kill mission a reality. The result is an organization that celebrates the value and worthiness of both people and pets. “Every person and animal we serve receives respect and appreciation,” says Zeller. Who wouldn’t want to raise a drink to that sentiment? 


The fifth annual Animal Care Society Benefit Bash will be held on Saturday, March 16, at Mellwood Arts & Entertainment Center, from 6:00 P.M. to 11:00 P.M. It will include dinner, dancing, open bar and both a silent and live auction. Tickets are $110 in advance and $125 at the door. Go to animalcaressociety.ejoinme.org/ tickets2019 to purchase.


PUMP IT UP It may be cold out there, but it’s time to talk–and shop–Derby. And there’s no better place to do it than at the Pearls & Pumps Fashion at The Marriott Downtown.


here’s no better cure for the endof-winter blues than a wildly upbeat fashion show filled with fabulous looks for Derby and beyond. The annual Baptist Health fashion fundraiser, Pearls & Pumps, has been the first sign of spring fashion for years, but this is the first time it’s taking place at the recently renovated Marriott Downtown, with its mezzanine lounges and chic bourbon-themed décor.

You can expect the new digs to translate into new energy, a bigger crowd and more hats, local fashion and style ideas at this always-packed event. This year’s theme-- #Empowering Strong Women— promises to boost your spirits along with your wardrobe. So, don’t miss out. Call your friends and get your tickets now. We’ll see you there. 


The Baptist Health Pearls & Pumps #Empowering Strong Women fashion show will take place on Saturday, March 16, at The Marriott Downtown from 11:00 A.M to 2:00 P.M. Individual tickets are $100 and tables seat eight. For more information on sponsorship opportunities or to purchase tickets, visit pearlsandpumps.org.


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February events February 1 Republic Bank First Friday Hop

5:30pm-10pm, Downtown The First Friday Hop is an art show, tourist attraction, street party and celebration of galleries and artists that brings new visitors and new life to the Main and Market corridor. The Hop takes place every Friday, rain or shine and includes over 50 stops on the free LouLift with events, sales, new themes and fun ways to participate every month. The Hop is free to attend!

February 2 Louisville Men’s Basketball vs. North Carolina Time TBA, KFC Yum! Center

Fight For Air Climb Louisville

8am, PNC Tower One of the American Lung Association’s signature fundraising events, climbers and teams challenge themselves to reach the top of PNC Tower, raise money, beat the clock, and be the best.

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Star Wars: A New Hope in Concert

February 7

7:30pm, The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts The Louisville Orchestra will present Star Wars: A New Hope In Concert featuring screenings of the complete film with Oscar®-winning composer John Williams’ musical score performed live to the film.

February 6 Gheens Great Expectations Side-by-Side Concert

6:30pm, Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts The Kentucky Center and KMEA present Gheens Great Expectations Concert featuring the Louisville Orchestra, Louisville Youth Orchestra, conductor Doug Elmore, and cellist Anne Richardson. Free and open to the public, no tickets required.

TOPS Louisville 2nd Anniversary Party

5:30pm-8pm, Old 502 Winery Join TOPS as we celebrate our 2nd anniversary. Beverages provided by Old 502 Winery, Four Roses Bourbon and TITO’S Vodka. Small food bites provided by Louisville “TOP” chefs. See our Facebook page for more details!

2019 Louisville Jewish Film Festival

7pm, Village 8 Theatres The 21st annual Louisville Jewish Film Festival strives to show the richness and

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diversity of the Jewish experience by presenting the best contemporary international films. Join us as we watch the first film, An Act of Defiance. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12.50 at the door or $5 for students. The festival lasts February 7-27 and features 10 films.

7pm, KFC Yum! Center

11am-6pm, The Olmstead The inaugural “Power Up” conference is a lead-up event to the full-day IWL Women’s Leadership Conference.

February 10 2019 Aspire Basketball Academy Scholarship and Awards Gala

6:30pm-9pm The Majestic This year marks the First Annual A Night of Inspiration! Scholarship + Awards Gala for Aspire Basketball Academy. This fundraiser features a silent auction, appetizers, and live music and will be attended by current parents, alums, Louisville locals, and sports enthusiasts alike. Proceeds go directly to support students. Tickets are $50 and include drinks, appetizers and dessert.

7:30pm, The Kentucky Center This year’s event will be co-produced by musician and 90.5 WUOL Music Education Manager Jecorey “1200” Arthur and 91.9 WFPK Program Director Stacy Owen.

9pm, KFC Yum! Center

February 15 runway and rescue

7pm-11pm, Churchill Downs American Saddlebred Museum board member Carson Kressley will Emcee the evening’s festivities which include a fashion show, entertainment, cocktails, and heavy hors d’oeuvres. This fundraiser event will benefit the American Saddlebred Museum and select, non-profit, American Saddlebred rescues. Rodeo Drive will provide fashions modeled by professionals as well as members of the Saddlebred community.


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5-10pm, The Speed Art Museum On the third Friday of each month, the Museum will be open until 10 pm with an eclectic mix of music, performances, cash bar + food available by Wiltshire at the Speed, and of course art! Free for members and $18 for non-members.

6pm, Block Party Handmade Boutique Bring your BFF(s) to our prom-themed Galentine’s Day. Local all-female band Bungalow Betty will be performing. Attendees can also enjoy a DIY waffle station and a DIY Galentine’s Day card station, and shop to support local female artists and entrepreneurs. Admission is a box of tampons, pads, or a menstrual cup. These items will be donated in order to help women in need.


5pm-6:30pm or 7:30pm-9pm, Brasserie Provence French/Food/Romance - What’s Not To Love? Give Your Valentine Our 3-Course Pre-Fixe Dinner w/Choices, Amuse Bouche & Chocolate Heart Mignardise. Reservations Required: 502.883.3153

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February events February 16 AMERICAN RED CROSS Wrapped in Red Gala

6pm-12am, The Omni Hotel The Wrapped in Red Gala is the signature event of the American Red Cross Louisville Area Chapter. The Gala has become one of Louisville’s premiere philanthropic events, serving up a specially prepared three-course dinner, live entertainment and a live auction featuring exciting trips and oneof-a-kind items. It will feature a live and silent auction, as well as a special appearance by Country Music Artist Sara Evans!

25th Anniversary Fundraiser Gala for Uofl’s African American Theatre Program

7pm, University Club The University of Louisville Theatre Arts Department invites you to help celebrate 25 years of their African American Theatre Program with a fundraiser gala.

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Louisville Men’s Basketball vs. Clemson 12pm, KFC Yum! Center

Midtown Men

8pm, Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts The high-octane musical tour de force that took the Jersey Boys phenomenon to Broadway and beyond, brings to life the greatest hits of the Sixties, rocking performing arts centers and symphony halls across the continent. THE MIDTOWN MEN are the four lead cast members from the original Broadway show and they bring the hits of the Sixties with their crisp Rat-Pack style to our stage for a Valentine treat.

6th Annual Tailspin Ale Fest

2pm-7pm, Louisville Executive Aviation Center at Bowman Field The 6th annual Tailspin Ale Fest takes off at the historic Bowman Field Airport; This year marks a special feature – a 100% outdoor festival, making this a True Winter Warmer. The surrounding outside area of the WWII Era Hangar will be a Tailspin Tented Winter Wonderland giving the event a new

and different look for the attendees. Over 75 breweries present and over 250 beers available.


7pm, Copper & Kings Join us for this hands-on class with Copper & Kings’ bartenders as we teach you to make the world’s most refreshing cocktail. We’ll make the classic along with some variations including the Rosalita, Margarita’s fiery younger sister. Includes a short distillery tour. Tickets are $15. Limited to only 25 participants.


2pm-6pm, Mint Julep Tours You’ll visit three breweries with tours and tasting at each stop with insight from Mint Julep Tours ‘brew guru.’ You will get behind-the-scenes access and brewmaster meet-and-greets, you’ll learn the craft behind the city’s finest beers. The cost is $79 per person, which includes guided transportation,

three tours with tasting, pretzel necklace, and brewery swag. Departs hotel at 2pm and returns at 6pm. Tickets must be purchased in advance online.

Louisville Women’s Basketball vs. Miami 3pm KFC Yum! Center


6pm-7:30pm, Mahonia Studio Join Sayde at the new Mahonia Studio in Nulu for this workshop on selecting, sourcing, collecting and caring for a wide selection of awesome tropicals and houseplants. Tickets are $40 for Yew Dell members and $50 for non-members.

February 21 Legends Series 2019: Craft Bourbon Night

5:30pm, Kentucky Derby Museum The Museum has sought out the who’s who in the bourbon industry for a three-event series! These unique evenings will celebrate the culture, people and history of bourbon. Bourbon tastings handpicked by each Bourbon Master and appetizers will be served.

GENEALOGY THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHY: EXPLORING FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHS 12pm, The Filson Historical Society A large portion of The Filson Historical Society’s photos are comprised of local Louisville and Southern Indiana family photographs. Filson’s Curator of Photographs and Prints, Heather J. Potter, will give an overview of the photographic collection, a tutorial on how to search the collection, and some tips on how to preserve your own family photographs.

February 22 2019 FEATHERS AND FRIENDS GALA 6pm-11pm,The Seelbach Hilton The offical Ken-Ducky Derby Kick-Off event! This charity fundraising event is hosted by Harbor House of Louisville benefiting adults with physical and cognitive disabilities. Enjoy dinner, drinks, dancing, live music, wine spin, bourbon pull, photo booth, and a silent auction! This year, Feathers & Friends is Old Hollywood themed.

February 23 Louisville Cardinals Mens Basketball vs. Virginia 12pm, KFC Yum! Center


7pm-10pm, Southwest Library Come dressed to kill as we celebrate the 1985 classic film adaptation of the board game CLUE! This interactive evening will begin with Clue-inspired activities (board games, virtual reality, photo-ops and more!) and hors d’oeuvres, followed by a screening of the film at 8pm. 18+.

February 24 Louisville Cardinals Womens Basketball vs. Boston College 2pm, KFC Yum! Center

February 25 LES DAMES d’ESCOFFIER KY PRESENTS WINE CLASS WITH DAME JULIE DEFRIEND AT BRASSERIE PROVENCE 6:30pm, Brasserie Provence Join Les Dames’ Advanced Level Sommelier for the first of 3 fun & informative wine seminars on the most famous wine regions in France, including history, wine-making, and best of all, tasting samples. Tickets available through Eventbrite.

February 28 Louisville Cardinals Womens Basketball vs. NC State 7pm, KFC Yum! Center

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Cocktail Hour at the Twisted Pink Annual Masquerade Ball

Sean Muldoon, Walter Weibel and Toni Rizzo at the AHA Louisville Recognition Dinner

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American Proud Dinner

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