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CONTENTS

JANUARY

the food issue

Volume 13 Number 1

LIFE & STYLE 30

Nutrition News: Dieting Trends

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Health Report: Health Resolutions You’ll Actually Keep

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Renew You

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Outfit of the Month: Big Blue Fabness

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GorJess: Julia Roberts’ Red Carpet Glamour

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WOW Wedding: Kelsey + Justin

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WOW Wedding: Kelley + John

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Weddings Unveiled: 2019 Wedding Trends

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Wedding Planning Checklist

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Wedding Vendor Guide

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2019 AUDI R8

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CONTENTS AT HOME

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Tour of Homes: Gray Grandeur

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Color Catalog: Behr Blueprint

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Super Mom: Cicely N. Carter

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Pets: Marijuana + Your Pets

EATS & ENTERTAINMENT

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Top Chef sets up their kitchen in Kentucky

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Lexington’s TOP Chefs + Restaurateur

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Nonprofit Spotlight: God’s Pantry

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popculture: Comfort Food

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Bite Into January

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BBN: Athletically, Hagans

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Equine Update


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Out & About

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TOPS December Preview Party

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Junior League Holly Day Market Party

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Kiss A Pig

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Alltech Celebration of Song

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Commerce Lexington Business Link

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UK Basketball

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Top Shots

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NEW & NOTEWORTHY 150

New & Noteworthy

CALENDAR 154

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FEBRUARY movers, shakers & moneymakers

Correction: In the December issue, in our New & Noteworthy feature “Local News: Senior Sleigh delivers holiday cheer to local seniors” (page 50) The Senior Sleigh is the creation of Missy Ward who started it 6 years ago at Motorvation with 25 names. When Ward moved to Rector Hayden brought the project with her. It has been at Rector Hayden for the past 3 years and this year had 900 names.

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Connected care and superior outcomes at Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital

Designed to return patients to leading active, independent lives, Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital is a 232-bed rehabilitation hospital that provides a higher level of comprehensive rehabilitation services.


Photos

Hourglass Open House

OUT and ABOUT 13th Annual YMCA Reindeer Ramble

Fayette Heating & Air’s Gift of Heat

Ann Bakhaus and Tate Sherman at the Anheuser Busch event at the Speakeasy

Sweat Sip and See event

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Start the

New Year in Style!

Dressing Kentucky for Over 30 Years.

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LIFE & STYLE

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Nutrition News: Dieting Trends

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WOW Wedding: Kelsey + Justin

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Health Report: Health Resolutions You’ll Actually Keep

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WOW Wedding: Kelley + John

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Renew You

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Weddings Unveiled: 2019 Wedding Trends

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Outfit of the Month: Big Blue Fabness

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Wedding Planning Checklist

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GorJess: Julia Roberts’ Red Carpet Glamour

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Wedding Vendor Guide


Lifestyle

BY AMANDA HARPER

T H E K ETO DI E T

INTERMITTENT FA STING

The ketogenic diet (keto) is a high-fat, moderate-protein, low-carb diet that forces the body to burn fats rather than carbohydrates. Originally developed to help children with difficult-to-control epilepsy, the keto diet has gained traction as a lifestyle choice among weightlifters and people who want to lose a significant amount of weight.

More an eating pattern than an actual diet, intermittent fasting (IF) is a carefully regimented plan to alternate days of normal eating with periods of fasting and restricted caloric intake.

Typically, the brain runs on glucose converted from consumed carbohydrates. When there are very few carbs in the diet, the liver begins to convert fat into fatty acids and ketone bodies. The brain begins to use the ketone bodies as fuel, and this state is known as ketosis. This change has significant benefits for about half of children with refractory epilepsy as well as adults. (It should not be considered a holistic, natural or alternative treatment to epilepsy, but may be one part of an overall doctor-supervised plan to treat epilepsy.) The research hasn’t been conducted to properly evaluate the ketogenic diet as a long-term weight management system. Getting into ketosis can be challenging. Many people who follow the keto diet try to consume fewer than 20 grams of carbohydrates a day: the typical American eats 300 grams or more. A nutritionist familiar with the keto diet should be able to offer suggestions for the right kinds of fat, protein and carb-free vegetables to focus on. 30

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Some IF followers participate in the 16/8 method, limiting daily eating to an 8-hour period, then fasting for 16 hours. Some choose to fast for 24 hours once or twice a week, perhaps eating dinner one day then not eating again until dinner the following evening. Other fans of IF ascribe to the 5:2 Diet, eating only 500-600 calories on two non-consecutive days each week, eating as normal on the other five. It’s absolutely essential to talk to your doctor before considering fasting or restricting calories. Once your doctor has cleared you to start IF, ease into the diet and track your calories and macros to ensure you’re staying consistent. Remember to drink plenty of water, even when fasting. Studies in the National Center for Biotechnology Information archives have shown possible links between IF and boosted cellular repair and human growth hormone. The bad news is that several studies have shown that IF may be no more effective for weight loss than simply counting calories and macros while eating on a normal schedule.


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W HO L E 30® Rather than a long-term diet, Whole30® is a 30-day eating plan, aiming to reset eating patterns by cutting out certain food groups, like sugar, grains, dairy and legumes. It’s a branded program that sells books, coaching and products to support you for the month.

CHECK OUT THIS WHOLE30 TACO SALAD RECIPE ON ASAUCYKITCHEN.COM

Whole30® is fairly restrictive. The first rule is to cut out added sugar, whether real or artificial. Skip alcohol in any form, grains, legumes, dairy, carrageenan, MSG, sulfites, baked goods, junk food or other treats (even if they are made with approved ingredients). Whole30® also discourages stepping on the scale or taking measurements throughout the month. Like most short-term fad diets, there isn’t much research to back up the implied benefits. It’s hard to study how changing your diet so intensely for 30 days is actually affecting you. The complicated rules make it difficult to follow, even for such a relatively short window. Most people will find the Paleo diet’s slightly more relaxed rules easier to follow.

F LEX I TAR I AN Many people find Vegetarianism difficult to commit to on a long-term basis. Rather than making a total overhaul to exclude animal products, Flexitarianism focuses on making smart swaps with plant-based products when possible. Rather than a diet, it’s a lifestyle change that is backed by some pretty solid evidence. Research shows that regularly consuming red meat and processed meats increases the risk of death by heart attack, stroke and diabetes. On the flip side, diets that are too low in nuts, seeds, seafood, fruits and vegetables are also deadly. Flexitarians plan their meal choices to address those issues. As an added benefit, it’s easy to create vegetarian dishes that are lower in both fat and calories while being more nutrient-dense. Flexitarians tend to swap red meat and processed meats for other proteins and plant-based dishes. Many go completely vegetarian or vegan for certain days of the week, such as Meatless Mondays. Flexitarianism shares many qualities with the Mediterranean Diet, which has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and is associated with a reduced incidence of cancer, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.

YOU CAN USE APPS LIKE MY FITNESS PAL, LOSE IT AND FIT NOW TO TRACK YOUR FOODS AND DIETING GOALS.

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THE COMMITMENT TO LOSE WEIGHT IS THE

NUMBER-ONE N E W YE A R'S R E S O LU T I O N IN AMERICA.

Just to think about... HOW LONG DOES THE AVERAGE AMERICAN KEEP THEIR LOSS RESOLUTION?

NEW YEAR'S DAY

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ONE WEEK

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TWO WEEKS

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ONE MONTH

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SIX MONTHS

46%

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BY JORDAN HOLT

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ew Year’s Resolutions – the word “year” in that phrase tends to turn into “month”, then to “never” as life catches up with you a few weeks after January 1st. Well-intentioned resolutions turn into background noise that are occasionally remembered, but by February, the significance and motivation to stick with them is lost until the next New Year’s Eve rolls around. The key to achieving New Year’s Resolutions is to make attainable goals that may be difficult, but definitely not impossible. When resolutions become a lifestyle, the goal is accomplished more easily. When the right mindset is paired with reasonable resolutions, 2019 can be the best year yet! Here are some ideas for realistic, but meaningful resolutions.

Focus on "Yes" Yes, this is a simple one. Simple, but so effective. Saying “yes” more often can be life changing, and increases positivity of the mind. The power of “yes” can lead to new experiences and opportunities, and can conquer the fear and skepticism that may come with overthinking and hesitating. Consider saying “yes” to this resolution, and see what doors open in the New Year.

Movement Making a New Year’s Resolution to go to the gym every morning before work may be a bit of a stretch. However, vowing to workout two or three days a week is very attainable. This “workout” may be the gym, but it also could be a walk around the neighborhood, taking the stairs whenever possible, or taking a couple laps around the office during the day. A little physical activity can make a world’s difference.

Mindful Eating Every year, everyone faces the haunting resolution of “I’m going to eat healthier”. What does “healthier” even mean? Less carbs, more greens, designated cheat days? This one can lead to a lot of personal restrictions that can make meal time a lot more stressful than it was to begin with. Maybe this year, the resolution for you is to eat more mindfully. Being more aware of what is being consumed and the portion sizes can help with eating habits. Plus, you’ll enjoy each glorious bite to the fullest!

Adding Spice to Life Weird, right? Adding spice to dishes can take it from bland and boring to a 5-star cuisine. Maybe defeating Gordon Ramsey in a cook-off is unrealistic, but knowing spices can reduce inflammation and strengthen the body is a pretty good win. Nutritionists recommend using spices such as turmeric, ginger, cumin, rosemary and mint for their surprising health benefits–just look ‘em up. Consider vowing to cook a couple meals a week with a new kick and spice up your life!

Living Positively This doesn’t mean forcing a smile and acting happy. This is a resolution that is totally unique to you. For you, living positively may mean establishing a decent sleep schedule or drinking more water. It also may take on a more psychological face such as mental health, social fulfillment or finding ways to decrease stress. Think about digging a little deeper and arriving at a meaningful goal to improve overall happiness.

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that many people most associate with massage. Thuyvi Vischi, LMT of Massage by Vi is trained in a variety of modalities to serve the unique needs of those in her care, such as patients with cancer.

Massage by Vi specializes in massage for cancer patients, which requires a different approach than traditional spa massages. Vi’s techniques can not only provide increased relaxation, but have been shown to improve sleep and immune function, as well as relieve the anxiety, pain, fatigue and nausea that often accompany treatment. A 2004 study looked at the effects of massage on nearly 1300 cancer patients over 3 years. The study found that massage therapy helped reduce their pain, nausea, fatigue, anxiety and depression. Another study found that massage significantly reduced their levels of stress hormones. Another benefit of therapeutic massage is lymphatic drainage. Many plastic surgery patients can benefit from this service following procedures like liposuction or Brazilian butt lifts, to help reduce swelling and prevent fluid buildup in the site. A trained massage therapist can offer targeted treatment that simulates wound healing, improving circulation in the area that can prevent the formation of scar tissue and fibrosis, ultimately reducing discomfort. There are a number of general issues that therapeutic massage has been documented to help soothe, such as anxiety, headaches and digestive disorders. Vi can make recommendations for the right kind of work to help with a number of concerns, like insomnia due to stress or lack of flexibility. She also enjoys working with other holistic providers, such as chiropractors, nutritionists and mental health care professionals.

THUYVI VISCHI, LMT Owner, Massage Therapist

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Founded in 1991 by Deborah Dyer, RN, BSN, and the late Jacqueline Smith, RN, BSN, Central Kentucky Research Associates (CKRA) is one of the most highly experienced multispecialty clinical research sites in the nation. Located in Lexington, CKRA was Kentucky’s first independent clinical drug research facility. Since that time, CKRA has conducted over 500 Phase I through IV clinical trials across a broad spectrum of therapeutic areas, including cardiology, dermatology, musculoskeletal and immunology. CKRA is a proud member of the Alliance for Multispecialty Research (AMR), an industry-leading clinical research company comprised of 17 elite research centers across the United States, and threetime winner of the World Vaccine Congress’s Vaccine Industry Excellence (ViE) Award for “Best Clinical Trial Site or Network” (2013, 2015, 2017). Membership in AMR is determined by rigorous peer review, quality requirements, and therapeutic expertise. Clinical research trials are carefully controlled research studies that test how well new medical approaches work in people. They are designed to answer specific scientific questions about vaccines, new therapies, or ways of using known treatments to determine whether those new drugs or treatments are both safe and effective.

MARK S. ADAMS, MD Principal Investigator

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People who participate in clinical trials do so for many different reasons. They may want to play a more active role in their own health care or gain access to new medical treatments that aren’t currently available to them. Some people participate because they feel good knowing that the information obtained from their participation in a study will ultimately benefit others with the same condition. In addition, participants can receive medical evaluations, study-related lab tests, and study medications at no cost, and they’re usually compensated for their time and travel. For more information about current and upcoming research studies, contact Central Kentucky Research Associates. 3475 Richmond Rd. 3rd Floor // Lexington // (859) 264-8999 // CKRAresearch.com

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LEXINGTON WOMEN’S HEALTH

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will offer weight loss telemedicine appointments! Isn’t it time health care became a little more convenient? A program at Lexington Women’s Health is allowing weight loss patients to get support, assistance and advice from absolutely anywhere using the power of telemedicine. In 2019, patients are becoming increasingly receptive to the idea of communicating with their health care provider using video conferencing software, known as telemedicine. Patients can use their smart phone or tablet to get the care they need without leaving their home, office or busy schedule behind. This innovative approach to health care offers many direct and measurable benefits to both patients and health care providers. When done correctly, telemedicine is one of the best ways for medical practices to improve their reach, streamline patient care and reduce costs. It’s also extremely convenient for patients! Sarah Dougherty, PA-C is offering virtual follow-up weight loss appointments for existing weight loss patients via telemedicine. These live video “visits” allow Sarah to talk to her patients in real-time, wherever they are. Because Lexington Women’s Health serves so many active, engaged, efficient and incredible women, Sarah and the LWH team know firsthand just how important the convenience of telemedicine can be. Sarah is thrilled to be able to put her care within arm’s reach of busy Kentucky women.

SARAH DOUGHERTY, PA-C Weight Loss Specialist

These new telemedicine appointments are also more cost-effective for patients. The appointments are just $50 each, which is the same or less than many insurance co-payments for in-office visits. There are other, indirect savings as well: no one wants to waste gas sitting in Lexington traffic! One benefit for many women will be that they don’t have to take off additional time from work, or miss important events sitting in a waiting room. Good news for other Lexington Women’s Health patients: Sarah plans to branch out and offer this service to other patients and needs. 1720 Nicholasville Rd. Ste. 702 // 1775 Alysheba Way Ste. 180 // Lexington (859) 264-8811 //lexingtonwomens.com

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is making health care truly personal Imagine a primary care experience that is readily available, less rushed and leaves each patient feeling truly listened to and understood. Imagine physicians who make time to discuss a variety of treatments, both traditional and non-traditional, and who are happy to take a call or text to immediately and directly answer any follow-up questions or concerns. Imagine all of this in a convenient location in the heart of Lexington. While that experience may be just a dream for many, Downtown Drs. Brown is a primary care office designed to make all of this possible, and more. The married two-physician team of Downtown Drs. Brown opened in September of 2018 at the corner of Jefferson and West 2nd Street in the former Jefferson Center building. They opened their membership-based practice in an effort to circumvent many of the frustrations patients currently feel with primary care. Membership medicine, sometimes referred to as “concierge medicine”, is a form of medical practice that emphasizes wellness, disease prevention and the patient’s overall experience. A membership with Downtown Drs. Brown includes an annual comprehensive physical exam that delves into many aspects of physical and mental health, as well as lifestyle management. The result is a customized wellness plan with follow-up intervals, communication and support for optimum health and disease prevention.

DRS. CADY & RYAN BROWN Owners, Providers

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Dr. Cady (Blackey) Brown and Dr. Ryan Brown are both trained in Internal Medicine and have been practicing for many years. They are thrilled to be able to offer a primary care experience that puts the focus on what’s most important: the doctor-patient relationship. The unique, upbeat practice is a breath of fresh air, making every experience a personal one. Downtown Drs. Brown are accepting new patients and are happy to set up a sit-down meeting with prospective patients to determine if they are the right fit. 535 West 2nd St. Ste. 101 // Lexington // (859) 687-6595 // DowntownDrsBrown.com

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PATIENT CHOICE ULTRASOUND AND THERMOGRAPHY t:

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gives patients a choice in breast tissue imaging

“Which one is better: a mammogram or a thermogram?”It’s a question that Kim Davis and Becky Chandler, Advanced Clinical Thermographer, are asked all the time, and one with a complicated answer. Both a mammogram and a thermogram produce images of the breast, and both offer the possibility of early breast cancer detection. But the two tests are very different and offer very different insights. Mammography involves compression and radiation of the breast tissue. Thermography is a less invasive procedure that involves neither. Mammograms show the structure of the breasts, whereas thermography measures the subtle temperature changes associated with the underlying disease or pathology. Thermography is a physiological test only. While it can’t “see” cancer, thermography can detect changes associated with a cancer while it is still at a cellular level – often before it becomes visible on a mammogram. The differences don’t stop there: thermography has other unique abilities. It can indicate estrogen dominance, an imbalance in estrogen levels that is often associated with higher breast cancer risk. It can detect lymphatic congestion, which is also known to be a precursor to the disease. The effects of diet and caffeine can also be seen in the breast – and even throughout the body with a body scan. Another option that many women aren’t aware they have is ultrasound. Ultrasound is another imaging option that avoids the compression and radiation of a mammogram.

KIM DAVIS, RDMS, RDCS, RVS Founder, CEO

The team at Patient Choice Ultrasound and Thermography knows that mammograms are seen as the gold standard in breast screening. But they want everyone to know that thermography and ultrasound have valid places as breast screening tools. Whenever a lump or suspicious pathology is detected in the breast, it absolutely should be investigated. There are multiple modalities to image the breast tissue, each with their own unique qualities. The Patient Choice team supports the choice of the patient above all else. 152 W. Tiverton Way Ste. 120 // Lexington // (859) 554-7360 // patientchoiceultrasound.com

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YMCA OF CENTRAL KENTUCKY :

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is offering free Intro to Pilates Reformer classes For improvements in flexibility, strength and coordination, try a free Intro to Pilates Reformer class at the YMCA of Central Kentucky. The Y offers four and eight-week sessions all year long at three locations in Lexington. Russell Desmarais has been taking Pilates Reformer since the Whitaker Family YMCA in Hamburg opened in 2017. He said, “Don’t be intimidated!” The Y offers classes from beginners to advanced and all classes are modifiable so everyone can go at their own pace. The instructors help guide each participant to progress through different levels. At the Y, instructors will teach every newcomer the basics of the reformer machine. They guide students through healthy flows on the reformer simultaneously achieving strength and flexibility. These classes are kind to joints while strengthening the core, posture and muscular tone. The Y instructors suggest that students come to class dressed and ready to move! They recommend loose-fitting, comfortable clothing made of breathable material, which will allow air flow. No shoes are necessary. They also suggest bringing water and a towel. “I love the Y because it is a place for my entire family,” Demarasis added. His wife enjoys taking a variety of group exercise classes and their five-year-old daughter enjoys swimming. “It’s a great place for all of us.”

JENNIFER WOLTERS, Instructor

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The Y will be offering free intro classes in January at the High Street YMCA (Downtown), Whitaker Family YMCA (Hamburg) and the C.M. Gatton Beaumont YMCA. Group and individual classes are available to members and non-members. More information on the classes at the Y and membership are available online. Pictured: YMCA instructor Jennifer Wolters and member Russell Desmarais at the Whitaker Family YMCA

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HOURGLASS LASH + SKIN BAR z: z u b uty a e B

now offers laser hair removal and skin resurfacing! It’s a new year, and the team at Hourglass Lash + Skin Bar is thrilled to unveil a new tool that will allow them to offer even more incredible services to help all of Central Kentucky feel confident, beautiful and radiant in 2019! Hourglass is pleased to share that they have acquired a new laser machine. In keeping with their commitment to offering the latest and most trusted services, this new laser will allow them to provide hair removal and skin resurfacing services. Unwanted hair is an embarrassing problem that plagues both women and men. Fortunately, their new laser can take care of that unsightly hair quickly and 100% pain-free. It can treat all areas with no down time. The team is thrilled to be able to offer Erbium laser resurfacing services. Erbium is the treatment of choice for patients wanting to achieve dramatic improvement in the appearance of their skin, offering a fresh glow with minimal downtime. Hourglass provides this service right in their office, which is conveniently located on East High Street between Fontaine Road and Cochran Road. Their IPL treatments can reduce many skin irregularities, like freckles, age spots and acne scars, as well as treat unsightly veins. Those with fine lines or wrinkles around the eyes or forehead or those with shallow scarring from acne may be good candidates for Hourglass’s laser resurfacing services. Some skin may not be a good candidate: this laser surfacing technique is not recommended for those with active acne, very dark skin or to treat stretch marks. A consultation with a member of the Hourglass team can help determine if laser resurfacing is the right fit.

BETH HOURIGAN, Owner/Operator

Beth Hourigan opened Hourglass in 2017. They offer a variety of services, including lashes, skin care, waxing, injectables, microneedling and more. These new laser resurfacing and hair removal services mean they can provide even more exciting ways to look and feel fantastic this year. 867 East High St. Ste. 230 // Lexington // (859) 904-SKIN // HourglassLex.com

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THE POWDER JAR z: z u b uty a e B

makes permanent makeup an art! Imagine waking up in the morning with perfectly lined eyes and lips with flawless brows. Permanent makeup cosmetic tattooing can make that happen! Permanent makeup (PMU) is the process by which sterile, hypoallergenic cosmetic pigments are placed into the dermal layer of skin using single-use, individual, disposable, sterile needles. PMU is different than conventional tattoos because different pigments are used. These pigments do fade over time, softening the look over the course of 1-5 years. It is recommended to get “color boosts” over time. Most procedures are done in two sessions: after the initial application, a follow-up appointment perfects the look. Many people are intimidated by the idea of getting tattoos in these areas. The treated areas are numbed using FDA-approved topical anesthetics to make the process more comfortable. PMU is quickly becoming an ordinary part of many women’s beauty routines, saving them valuable time in the morning. Cosmetic tattoo artist Gisella Rose said that lash enhancement tattoos are quickly becoming one of the most-requested procedures. A thin, natural-looking line is tattooed right onto the lash line. While the line can be thickened to serve double-duty as permanent eyeliner, many women love the way the subtle line makes their lashes look fuller and thicker at the lash line.

GISELLA ROSE, Permanenet Makeup Artist

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Gisella, who Is fully licensed and compliant with all DOH requirements, has been in the body art industry since 2005 with a background in makeup artistry. She has a passion for helping people feel beautiful through body art, helping to build clients’ confidence and making their natural beauty shine. Gisella does work by appointment only inside Horseshoe Tattoo Studio and offers free, no-obligation consultations to answer any questions about the process or results. She also offers powder brows, microblading, permanent lipliner and cosmetic freckle tattooing. 357 Southland Dr. // Lexington // (859) 414-6987 // ThePowderJar.com

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ARTHUR MURRAY DANCE STUDIO Fitness forum: makes getting fit a lot of fun through dance This year, it’s time to try something different to stay in shape! Ballroom Dancing is fast becoming one of the most popular sports to lose weight, stay fit, and have fun!

Dancing with or without a partner during a private lesson will burn an average of anywhere from 450–600 calories at a time. Most students find that dancing is the equivalent of walking a mile and a half! It helps improve posture and body alignment, strengthening the body’s core abdominal muscles. Dancing offers many health benefits. Dancing improves the cardiovascular system, helping to prevent heart disease and has been scientifically proven to help prevent Alzheimer’s disease in older people who dance on a regular basis! It’s a great stress reliever, as well. With so many different dances like Tango, Waltz, Rumba, Samba, and Quick Step, there is something for everyone. Try a free private lesson and see how easy and fun it can be with Lexington’s favorite dance studio! 1801 Alexandria Dr. Ste. 132 // Lexington (859) 278-7711 // LexingtonArthurMurray.com

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at Kentucky Foot Professionals Ingrown toenails are no fun. True ingrown nails are uncomfortable, often with a throbbing pain that makes walking difficult. Many are also infected, causing further discomfort and a host of symptoms that can be both painful and unsightly. Inflamed, discolored, crumbly, cracked and traumatized toe nails can all find relief at The Ingrown Clinic. A specialty within the field of podiatry, Dr. Chris Bryant and Kentucky Foot Professionals proudly put ingrown nails in their rightful place: kicked to the curb! They create a tailored treatment plan that not only corrects the ingrown toenail, but also helps address the cause and plan for a healthy podiatric future. This means that future occurrences can be lessened or prevented entirely. The Ingrown Clinic team takes toenails very seriously, offering feet, skin and nails the care they deserve. They do their best to get patients an appointment within 72 hours of their call – often in less time than that! 2659 Regency Road #110 // Lexington (859) 278-7313 // KyFootPros.net

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With Kentucky Basketball season in full swing and Lexington’s favorite color splashed all over town, we decided to dedicate our first official Outfit of 2019 to the Wildcats. Of course we had to do it in the most glamorous, fashion filled way. It’s no wonder Sally LaPointe’s sequined pieces are such a hit on the red carpet - they reflect the light from camera flashes so brilliantly. This skirt is covered with royal blue embellishments and lined in smooth stretch silk. Since this piece is super glitzy, we wanted to keep our accompanying top sleek and understated. This effortlessly chic turtleneck from Tory Burch features long sleeves, a ribbed knit and a fitted silhouette. Seeing as how wintertime weather has fully kicked in around the Bluegrass, a stylish coat was a must. Diane Von Furstenberg’s sumptuous faux fur jacket is made for social gatherings. It leads with a bold Cabernet backdrop and follows up with electric blue stripes making for a one shop stopping statement. For footwear, it is all about going light and slinky in an effort to not take away from our beautiful, shimmery skirt and bold jacket. Made in Italy from silver mirrored-leather, Aquazzura’s signature ‘Linda’ stilettos are designed with crisscross suede ties, serving up a sandal with a twist! For our bag, we capture the essence of Italian luxury and glamour with Valentino’s Rockstud crossbody. The trendy piece features a foldover top, gold-tone Rockstud embellishments, and an adjustable shoulder strap. Rounding things out in the beauty department, we wanted the makeup look to be all about lashes. Dior’s Diorshow Iconic Mascara is enriched with the Lift Model Extreme complex that boasts properties like those in hairspray to coat and set each lash for extreme waterproof wear. While this might not be a look you could wear court-side, there is no denying that this ensemble is oozing “Big Blue Fabness!”

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Julia Roberts' Soft & Easy Red Carpet Glamour

by: Jesse L. Brooks

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Kelsey Jane Fulkerson and Justin William Tereshko were destined to share a Happily Ever After, it just wasn’t love at first sight. Kelsey met her Prince Charming while attending Transylvania University though the two were just friends throughout school. Kelsey shares, “We were in the same orientation class although we did not start dating until years after we graduated.” Kelsey, who was born and raised in Lexington, relocated to Cincinnati after school, while Justin, who is originally from Indiana moved to North Carolina following graduation. Three years ago, when Justin was in Lexington visiting friends and family, the pair reconnected because as fate would have it, Kelsey had just recently moved back to town. “We were friends all through school and after graduation so were still close before we started dating,” says Kelsey, “but it wasn’t until that visit from North Carolina that we began dating.” Needless to say, sparks flew, and a few years later, the couple experienced a magical engagement at Disney World. Soon after, planning commenced for their special day on June 30th of 2018. It is by no coincidence that Disney would play a part in their wedding theme. “I love Disney, so there were always going to be subtle hints in the décor but the most important thing to us during the planning process was to use the same color scheme throughout,” she explains. If someone were to meet the couple or walk into their home, they would probably be able to guess exactly what their chosen wedding color scheme would be: grey, white and gold. “It’s easy to see that this is our favorite and a general theme in our lives and it was beautiful to see it reflected in our wedding,” says Kelsey. Justin and Kelsey’s ceremony was held at the historic and picturesque Central Christian Church and because of its’ inherent grandeur, no other decorations were needed besides flowers at the altar and door entrances. As Kelsey walked down the aisle to meet her handsome groom in her stunning Hayley Paige gown by Twirl Boutique, she carried her grandmother’s handkerchief on her bouquet. This heirloom has become quite the family tradition as Kelsey’s sister had also incorporated it into her wedding ceremony prior and following her own wedding, Kelsey graciously passed it along to her cousin for her big day. Adding to the uniqueness of their wedding, before the ceremony began, Kelsey presented Justin with a very special gift. “We were TOPS Magazine | January 2019

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a long distance couple up until the wedding. Justin lived in North Carolina the whole time we were dating and engaged. He only moved to Lexington a couple weeks before the wedding and for Justin’s present, I wrote him a letter every day for a year in a book that he got to open shortly before the wedding.” Justin reciprocated the sentiment with his own special gift to his bride. Kelsey explains, “Justin wrote his vows to me before the wedding as we did not write our own for the ceremony and they are framed in our house today.” But that was not all that Justin surprised Kelsey with on their special day. “Justin had decided he did not want to communicate with me directly on the wedding day, so we did not even talk to each other until I walked down the aisle. It was such a great moment, finally being able to see each other and know that we would be married in just a few short minutes!” Once the “I do’s” had been said, the party moved to their reception venue, Distillery Square, which was chosen so that the couple could play off an industrial space and accommodate their sizable guest list. To soften the industrial setting, the venue was adorned with soft-glowing chandeliers over the combination of long and round tables, each featuring flower centerpieces by Crist Creona Designs that were comprised mostly of white flowers with just a kiss of blush. A stunning chandelier made entirely of this whimsical flower combination hung over the dance floor, creating a unique, magical setting enjoyed by the bride, groom and all of their guests. As a nod to their Disney engagement, the table numbers were famous Disney couples handmade by her sister and the seating chart was created to look like a large scroll. These features added a lovely and sentimental touch to the aesthetic of their stunning wedding. When reflecting on their special day and asked if there was anything they would do differently, Kelsey says, “The day really was perfect and there is honestly not a thing that we would change!” This was in large part due to their amazing wedding planner, Shelly Fortune Event Design, whom Kelsey acknowledges by saying “everyone planning did such a great job and all of our decisions turned out to be the right ones, the perfect fit for us.” Kelsey and Justin also credit their family and friends for making their wedding day so special because some travelled from a great distance to be there. “Being able to celebrate with all of our family and friends was amazing and you could feel so much support and love the whole time,” remarks Kelsey. Upon leaving their reception, Justin immediately turned to Kelsey and exclaimed, ”That was awesome! Can we do it again next week?” This fairy tale wedding was not just magical in the present, but it will surely mark the foundation of Kelsey and Justin’s Happily Ever After.

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Holidays are ripe with an innate romanticism and Kelley Marie Greer and John Christopher Nunnelley are a testimony to the magic of the season. Though they met while working at Big Ass Fans, over the holidays of 2015 John asked Kelley to share a special seasonal moment with him: sipping bourbon and watching ice skaters at the Triangle Park Rink downtown. To his delight, she agreed and plans were made to enjoy the sights of the season. The weather unfortunately had other plans and rain forced the pair into the warmth of Charlie Brown’s where they drank White Russians and ate deep fried pepper jack cheese balls, “a tradition we have kept every December 21st since,” says Kelley. Kelley, who is a sixth generation Lexingtonian, and John, who is originally from Louisville, both attended the University of Kentucky, but they never realized quite how dramatically they’re affinity for the Kentucky Wildcats would impact their relationship. After a long, fun day of watching the CATS out with friends, they took the party back to John’s house where festivities continued late into the night. Unfortunately, those festivities ended swiftly when Kelley accidentally knocked a pull-up bar off of a doorframe and broke her leg after falling to the ground. “Three weeks into our relationship I got to meet my future Mother-in-Law and Step Father-in-Law as they picked Kelley up for surgery,” recalls John. Kelley’s recovery process strengthened the couples’ relationship and brought them closer to each other’s large families from very early on. Over the next eighteen months, Kelley and John discovered a shared love of travel, family and entertaining. Memories were created during this period that deepened their affection for each other and evolved into a true love and appreciation. On November 12 of 2017, John proposed to Kelley in a stunning sea of fallen golden ginkgo leaves near Catalpa Street, a staple of fall in Lexington. Kelley shares, “Seeing

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Life + Style the leaves that had blanketed the roads was my late Grandmother’s favorite spectacle to enjoy and John had never seen it in person so it was a very special memory.” But John and Kelley were not reveling in the beauty of the setting alone. Kelley remembers, “As soon as we were away from the photographers and families capturing memories in the leaves, John knelt down, pulled out a ring, and asked me to marry him.” Of course she said yes, setting off an unforgettable journey for them both. Kelley and John set their wedding for June 30th of last year where they were deeply honored and excited to celebrate with friends and family who filled their union with love and support since before their engagement. Planning began in earnest though there was never a doubt of where the wedding ceremony and following reception would be. Kelley explains, “Our chosen venues have a lot of family meaning because so many people have been married at Christ the King and have had their reception at Spindletop.” These beautiful locales were shared venues of her parents, sister and brother-in-law and several of her aunts and uncles so Kelley and John were happy to continue this tradition. Kelley adds, “Spindletop is also where my late Grandmother who we love so much had her 70th birthday and I grew up on the swim team as a Spindletop Barracuda so there is a great depth of memories held within this special space.” On the day of the wedding, the bride gifted the groom along with key members of the wedding party including flower girls, mother-of-the bride, father-of the bride, stepfather of the bride, mother of the groom and father of the groom with handkerchiefs stitched with a special message and what has become a symbol of the couple’s relationship: a golden gingko leaf from the day of their engagement. The bride and groom also gifted her dad suspenders on Fathers’ Day that had the words “Father of the Bride” stitched into the straps, a wonderful statement he enjoyed showing off at the reception. Kelley wore a breathtaking Stella York gown and a Sara Gabriel veil purchased at Twirl Boutique as she walked down the aisle to meet her groom, who himself looked very dapper in his Jos A. Banks tuxedo. Adding to the sentiment of their special day, the couple shares an anniversary with the sister of the bride and Matron of Honor and her husband, Christie and Ben Kessinger. Christie and Ben celebrated their 11th wedding anniversary by attending Kelley and John’s wedding, which happened to be at the same church, at the same time and in the same reception venue as theirs was eleven years prior. What’s more is that the Mother of the Bride and Stepfather of the Bride also celebrated their 16th wedding anniversary at the rehearsal dinner at The Apiary the evening before. All three beautiful brides are glad to share an anniversary weekend and delighted to be June Brides together.

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Following the ceremony, wedding guests moved the party to Spindletop. As the dance floor was getting crowded once the sun had set, the groomsman slipped away to trade their tuxedo shoes for the groom’s gift to his groomsman: LED light-up sneakers. Kelley had a matching white pair enhancing the ambiance of the outdoor veranda in the muggy summer heat as the soles of the shoes flashed bright, neon colors. This led to a volunteered necktie becoming an impromptu limbo stick and there was no chance of keeping guests from dancing. Another shining moment involved the brides’ sister and Maid of Honor, Lindsey, a thirtyone year old with Down syndrome. When Lindsey had her first dance with her dad and the Father of the Bride, Jim, there was not a dry eye in the building though the tears were mostly out of joy as onlookers smiled from ear to ear to see Lindsey twirling on the dance floor. Lindsey and Jim danced to a song Jim used to sing to Lindsey when she was a baby, “You Are So Beautiful To Me” by Joe Cocker. Kelley shares, “the words in the song couldn’t be truer and it is dear to our family’s hearts.” With so many great memories contending to be favorites of the day, the Father of the Bride, Jim had an unforgettable surprise for the couple: a small, wooden treasure box. Jim, who fully embraces the pirate lifestyle, presented this gift to the bride and groom following his speech. Inside of this treasure box were symbolic objects, some of which were real treasure to make the box fully legitimate as well as family heirlooms, including the box itself, formerly belonging to Jim’s grandfather. As Jim spoke, he explained the significance of each piece in the treasure box and the life lessons that he hoped the couple would remember when they looked at them, a touching tribute witnessed by all in attendance making this incredible wedding even more special.

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In the new year, the men are following suit (punny, huh?) with the mix-matched trend. Play around with different colors, patterns, ties and pocket squares.

ATTIRE For the ladies, 2019 will be filled with geometric details rather than soft, romantic lace like this stunner, Behati by Haley Paige. Other trends are minimalistic silhouettes similar to what Megan Markle wowed us with at the Royal Wedding and large statement details like bows.

INDUSTRIAL VENUES In 2018, we saw weddings at beautiful rustic barns and garden venues. In 2019, you'll see a shift from the typical romantic setting to a more modern, industrial aesthetic. Elements like exposed brick, metal beams, hanging bulbs and unfinished door frames are the perfect items to have on your venue checklist. Locations like the Livery and Castle + Key are the perfect starting point as they host gorgeous industrial details, but still exude that romantic atmosphere.

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COLOR PALETTES When you think of wedding color palettes, the first thing that comes to mind is soft pastels: the light blush and dusty blues. As we come into 2019, the palettes are taking a switch to the dark side. You'll be seeing a lot more deep and vibrant hues like pops of ruby red, oranges and jewel tones. Don't be afraid to play with color this year. Allow your flowers to be statement peices or think outside the box when it comes to bridesmaid dresses.

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LOGO BRANDING One of the hottest trends in weddings right now is branding. Having a logo or monogram that represents you both as a couple adds a personal touch. It can be as simple or complex as you like. From a modern typographic logo to a whimsical watercolor crest, the possibilities are endless.

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THE YEAR OF THE DAHLIA The flower pros are saying 2019 will be the year of the Dahlia. This soft and whimsical flower is super popular because of the variety of colors it offers and the beautiful, unique texture it brings to a floral arrangement.

You can work with a wedding stationery designer or watercolor artist to design your own custom logo and can carry it throughout your wedding space. Think custom napkins, drink koozies or a welcome sign.

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INCORPORATING NATURE Evolving from the popular "garden themed" weddings of 2018, brides will contimue to incorporate nature into their wedding decor. Think trees, twigs and hanging installations. These elements can be used to enhance your ceremony arch or backdrop. Adding vine or natural tree elements can create a stunning statement piece centered around the most important part of your day. Another use is to have your florist create a floral chandeliere or door framing to transform your reception space from ordinary to extraordinary.

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FOOD TRUCKS + SMALL BITES Traditionalists love a three course meal, but the opposite is trending in the new year. Brides are now going for fun small bites and comfort foods. Having a food truck is a great way to have a fun, interactive dinner for your guests. Plan to have a couple options so that your guests can choose what they're in the mood for! This also allows guests to mingle more during the reception. Another option is a themed food bar. The possibilities are endless, from a taco bar or pizza bar to an icecream sunday bar for desert. Let your guests have the power of creating their own plate with different tasty options.

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2019 trends are just beginning to unveil and are bound to create some beautiful and unique weddings. My number one tip for you? Don't be afraid to think outside the box. Use Pinterest, blogs and TOPS in Lexington Magazine as inspiration, but truly create a wedding that is your own!

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• Finalize guest list • Mail save the dates • Research hotels near venue and reserve room blocks • Choose bridesmaid attire/accessories • Register for gifts • Book florist

• Choose a wedding date • Plan out wedding theme/style • Choose/ask wedding party • Schedule engagement photos • Start compiling guest list

Determine your budget

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Research florists

Research hair/makeup; book stylist

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• Order invitations • Order wedding cake • Book your wedding night hotel • Work with florist to decide on floral decor • Plan welcome bags for out of town guests • Schedule dress fittings • Decide on playlist (including a "do not play" list) for your DJ or band • Order favors

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• Create a wedding website • Create/order save the dates • Book ceremony/ recpetion venue • Book officiant • Purchase wedding dress/veil (will take 6-8 months to arrive)

Alex Rose Gold Drop Earrings

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Air of Romance Dress

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Hayley Paige

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Bow Tie by R. Hanauer

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• Follow up with any guests who haven't RSVP'd • Give a final head count to caterer • Make sure DJ/band have playlists and timeline • Have final payments/tips ready for vendors • Deliver "musthave" image list to photographer/ videographer

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• Start organizing RSVPs • Write wedding vows • Review ceremony details with officiant • Apply for marriage license • Work with wedding planner on finalizing day of timeline; distribute to vendors

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Sleep Mask by Kate Spade

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Finalize seating arrangements

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• Pick up wedding rings • Confirm honeymoon reservations and start packing • Check in with wedding planner to confirm details with other vendors • Pick up marriage license • Order thank you notes • Finish any last minute DIY decor • Confirm delivery/ pick up of all rentals

• Make sure everything is laid out/packed for the big day (Essentials include: dress, rings, marriage license, shoes, etc.) • Deliver welcome bags to hotels • Get mani/pedi • Attend rehearsal and dinner

You're getting married tomorrow!! Haley Michelle Designs Lexington, Ky

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T H O U G H L A R G E I N S C A L E , T H I S H O M E I S M E T I C U L O U S LY D E S I G N E D D O W N T O T H E S M A L L E S T D E TA I L . Standing in front of The Gray Gables, you’d not be surprised to see the rocky Massachusetts shoreline in the distance or to catch a crisp, salty sea breeze. Instead, you see the beautiful backdrop of the Reserve at Greenbrier, a luxury community that offers oversized estate lots with mature trees and greenspace behind each residence. However, this home, built by Jimmy Nash Homes, gives a deliberate nod to the contemporary coastal style that is so popular in the northeast. “Our original vision was of a New England-style house. Think Nantucket. The exterior of this house probably has more design elements than any house we have ever built, but I think they all work together to give it its unique flavor,” says Jean Ann Corbin of Ambiance Designs, an interior designer who has been working alongside Jimmy for twelve years. These elements include finials, crown molding, stone steps, columns, dormers, transitional flaring and real-wood shakes. The build required the expertise of professionals from 15 different trades. To achieve the unique gray color, which is equally pleasing in both full sun and shade, DeRochers Painting used an innovative technique in which each shake is painted on all six sides. After the walls were put in place, they received another coat to give the surface a multi-dimensional tone and increase the longevity. Photos By | S H A U N R I N G Written By | D O N N A I S O N

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Planning the design for the house, which began as a model and was later purchased by Greg Couch (founder and president of Meridian Wealth Management), began a full year before breaking ground. This is typical of most Jimmy Nash Homes. During this planning process, Jimmy, architect Paul Lea, Jean Ann, their team, and the homeowner discuss each aspect of the home’s exterior and interior. Jimmy states, “We dissect every detail.” All the preparation paid off and made The Gray Gables a favorite during the Building Industry of Central Kentucky’s 2018 Grand Tour of Homes. But, consideration extends beyond a single project. Jimmy explains, “The culture is getting away from just focusing on individual homes to building communities.” Therefore, he considers the aesthetic impact on the streetscape and makes certain each home in his estates compliments the others. Both the impeccable attention to detail and peaceful palette of The Gray Gables continue to its interior.

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Jean Ann states, “We wanted the interior to be light and airy with lots of windows, beachy colors and simple but “wow” design elements. That said, we wanted every room to have something that made it special and I think we achieved that.” Everywhere you turn in the great room, you find exquisite examples of custom mill work, from the arched wood beams and catwalk that serve as the space’s central focal point to crown moldings and shiplap door profiles. Jean Ann states, “I love trim carpenters, a good one is a true artisan and always game to try something different. I think today’s houses should have as many standout architectural trim features as the homeowner can afford.” On this project, trim was entrusted to Doug Morgan, owner of Custom Interiors. To keep the seamless style but increase interest, Jean Ann uses a vast variety of textures, patterns and prints in the upholstered furnishings from Lexington Furniture. Gorgeous gunmetal fixtures from Kentucky Lighting & Supply and seven-inch-wide prefabricated, oiled flooring from Rodgers Floor Covering are used throughout the space to provide added continuity. In addition to the great room, the three-story home boasts six bedrooms, six and a half baths, a library, full walk-out basement and screened back porch with both ceiling fans and heaters making it usable for 10 out of 12 months a year. On the third floor, two of the bedrooms have built-in loft spaces which are used respectively as a gaming station and reading nook by two of his children. The end effect garnered The Gray Gables the first-place award in interior features and interior lighting on the Grand Tour.

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The kitchen contains some truly amazing attributes, such a 100% custom cabinetry from Kitchen Concept’s new KC Collection, a Carrera marble backsplash, a Francois & Co. hood constructed of cast stone and metal, and custom mill work on island and cabinet end panels. The space is kept clean and “casually beautiful” through the neutral color palette which employs nearly every shade of gray from lightest pearl to warm dove to deep charcoal. Jean Ann says, “For the last few years the color trend of choice is gray. But, I love it because there are so many beautiful colors that look good with gray.”

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The master bath houses an oversized shower and adjoining steam room, which can be remotely controlled through the Moen app; a coffee station; and both a walk-in closet and linen closet designed by Tapestries Closet & Window.

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From a design standpoint, no area is ignored. Even the laundry room, with its farm sink, quartz countertop, and designer tile, helps fulfill Jean Ann’s promise to make certain “no room is forgotten.”

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In the basement, you’ll find a full entertainment suite with a home theatre, cardio and weight rooms, and dining and bar area. One of the most eye-catching elements is the bar itself with a color-changing countertop and honeycomb backsplash made with a mixture of stone and metal, also designed by Kitchen Concepts. But, perhaps, the most unique feature is the sleek metal and glass, temperaturecontrolled wine cellar, which was inspired by a photograph Greg brought to the team.

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Being an avid reader and antique book collector, Greg opted to have a library with ample natural light, floor-to-ceiling bookshelves with a rolling ladder, and a comfortable seating area. The walls are painted a warm slate with an antique gold lighting fixture (a trend Jean Ann embraced from this year’s Atlanta design market).

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With sites such as Pinterest and Houzz, consumers are more involved than ever in the building process. Jimmy says, “They have a vision. They bring us their pictures and ideas. We get paid to make it happen.” But as a building expert who understands construction, he is not afraid to offer “strong suggestions” on what might better suit their needs. Technology is making it even easier to keep an open and ongoing dialogue. Online platforms like CoConstruct (used by Jimmy Nash Homes) provide a customer dashboard where clients can participate in every stage of the building and design process. By allowing clients to see quotes, the building schedule, and financials, as well as pictures of the build’s progress on their computer or phone from anywhere in the world, all involved stay on the same page. According to Jimmy, “It promotes transparency and accountability and gives the client confidence.” Strong customer relationships, coupled with the company’s bold building designs, stellar reputation, and environmental consciousness, make Jimmy Nash Homes one of Lexington’s most preferred builders and an annual stand-out at the Grand Tour of Homes. And that is why The Gray Gables is such a phenomenal example of architecture elevated to art.

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DESIGNER, JEAN ANN CORBIN OF AMBIANCE DESIGNS S AT D O W N W I T H U S TO S H A R E H E R I N S P I R AT I O N S A N D T I P S FO R AC H I E V I N G A G O R G E O U S H O M E .

WHERE DO YOU FIND YOUR INSPIRATION AS A DESIGNER?

I think I am like anyone else that loves design, I see it in everything. That said, Mother Nature was a fabulous designer. Practically speaking, twice a year, I go to the Americas Mart in Atlanta, a market that is only open only to the trade. There, I get to see all the new introductions in design for the coming year. I also like to tour new homes, read magazines, watch television design shows and preview design websites such as Houzz and Pinterest. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR DECORATING STYLE?

I hope I don’t have a style, per se. I see it as my job to adapt to the style of my client. I think I bring a lot to the table in adapting someone’s personal style in a cohesive, tasteful way. If I had to pick out one thing I always try to bring to the table, it’s that I never put form over function. In my business, I constantly see designers do things that look great…but that are totally impractical when it comes to the way we live in our homes today. RUNNING FROM YOUR BURNING HOME, ASIDE FROM LOVED ONES, WHAT DO YOU RESCUE?

I think I am just like everyone else in that regard, it definitely wouldn’t be furnishings. It would be family photos, keepsakes, and mementos. We do have an antique marble topped sideboard that was passed down through my husband’s family that he would want to save if possible. WHY IS COLOR SO IMPORTANT & HOW CAN A CLIENT FIND THEIR PERFECT PALETTE?

Most clients come to you with strong opinions about color. Everyone has favorites and most of us have colors that we really dislike. I love that incorporating color into your design palate is usually what will make your house stand out as uniquely your own. I have never used all the same colors in any two houses. NAME THREE THINGS EVERY ROOM SHOULD HAVE:

Correct scale, a few standout architectural elements, and good lighting. On a personal note, every room should have items that have sentimental value to the home owner. WHAT IS A COMMON MISCONCEPTION ABOUT WORKING WITH A DESIGNER?

That it will cost you a lot of money. I think I save my clients a lot more money than they pay me. Hopefully, I can formulate a design plan with them and help them to purchase the needed items to achieve their personal style while adhering to their individual budget. A big plus when working with a designer is that we have relationships with vendors and tradespeople, and we usually have negotiated the best prices for our clients which is a win/win for everyone. Impulse purchases are our worst enemy. They eat into the budget and rarely work with the design plan, so your bargain usually ends up costing us money. HOW SHOULD ONE GO ABOUT CHOOSING THE RIGHT DESIGNER FOR THEIR PROJECT?

Most of my work has always come through referrals. If you love your best friend’s or your neighbor’s house, you should ask them who they used and if they had a good experience. You can also always ask someone in the trades, such as a builder, who they have worked with that they liked. My experience has been that good people only like to work with good people. I love the people I work with.

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“Warmer than denim and softer than navy, Blueprint signifies optimism, authenticity and confidence. It is poised to be a classic for years to come.” Behr’s 2019 Color of the Year is a versatile choice that can be a dramatic statement or a calming accent, all depending on how it’s utilized. It offers a rich, striking touch that still feels timeless: Blueprint works just as beautifully with farmhouse décor as it does more contemporary furnishings. Here, Blueprint takes on a bold dimension when paired with other jewel tones. The warmth of this palette makes it a perfect choice for creative, thoughtful people: these colors inspire a sense of calm and comfort while still instilling a sense of possibility and excitement. Navy is a smart contrast, allowing the light blue of Blueprint to really shine through. Amber Autumn (along with other golds, brasses and tans) is a clever complement. An analogous hue like Vine Leaf is a natural fit that rounds out the palette nicely. Actual colors may vary from this printed representation.

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smile is worth a thousand words, but when it is the smile of your child, well, that’s worth more than a million. If anyone knows this it is our January Super Mom, Cicely N. Carter. “Seeing the spoils of my labor result in a happy kid and the awesome memories made together are the most rewarding parts of being a mom,” she shares. It also helps that Liam, Cicely’s nine-year-old son, often finds ways to remind Cicely on a regular basis that she is doing a great job. “I don’t always take credit where credit is due,” Cicely confesses, “but I’m working on that and learning to truly take compliments to heart.” Cicely reciprocates the sentiment, however, saying, “Liam, who is on the Autism Spectrum and highly functioning, is such an amazing little boy. He can push anyone to want to do better.” With this positive mentality, it’s no wonder why Cicely is Super Mom material. As a Nursery and Postpartum Nursing Assistant, Nursing Student, Freelance Makeup Artist and Blogger, Cicely strives to put being a mom first. “Time is fleeting and no matter how small it may seem, I make it a goal to spend quality time with Liam every day,” she says. Some of their favorite activities together include baking, reading, dance parties at home, watching movies, cuddling and travelling. Though time management is understandably challenging with the many roles she juggles, she shares that “somehow I squeeze in the time to study and actually see Liam.”

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On class days, the morning begins around 5:30am with studying and getting both Liam and herself ready for the school day. When class ends at 4:00pm, Cicely picks Liam up from the 21st Century after school program he is involved with at his elementary school. He also attends ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis) Therapy three times a week. “Lather, rinse and repeat this routine 3-4 times a week and then I work Thursdays through Sundays at my freelance job and at my hospital job,” she says. “I’m always trying to find some sort of balance, which can be hard to navigate with my hectic schedule and Liam’s activities.” One of her favorite tools to help her stay organized in all areas of life is her calendar and planner. It is “my biggest helper,” she proclaims. “Picture the jumbo Kate Spade or Lily Pulitzer agenda and that is my entire life in a nutshell! Things are color coded

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by highlighter and I mostly copy that schedule into my phone.” So no matter what obstacles come up, Cicely trusts that she has, as she puts it, “a system in place to help things go at least relatively smooth.” While being organized is a huge asset to balancing life obligations, she also stresses the importance of having a village behind you on your journey. “For me, that village consists not only of my amazing friends, my mom and dad and other family, but my supervisors (both past and present), coworkers, Liam’s teachers and support staff at his school, church family and so many other wonderful people who have touched our lives,” she says. Two very special people that have impacted Cicely the most in motivating her and inspiring her are her mother, and of course, her son. She shares, “Liam and my own mom are my biggest inspirations. My mom is a super mom in her own right and seeing her example growing up inspired me to be the best mom I can be to Liam.” She adds, “I couldn’t do the things I do daily without a truly unique and exceptional group of people that have my back and OUR backs and I am truly thankful to them all.”

“My mom is a super mom in her own right and seeing her example growing up inspired me to be the best mom I can be to Liam.”

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or glassy eyes, dazed expression, difficulty walking, vomiting, low or high heart rate, poor body temperature regulation, vocalization such as whining or crying, agitation, hypersensitivity, dribbling urine, tremors and in severe cases, seizures or coma. Symptoms typically occur 30 minutes to several hours after the animal is exposed to the marijuana and signs can last anywhere from 30 minutes to several hours after exposure depending on how much was ingested and the size of the animal. More concentrated forms of THC-containing marijuana, such as edibles, typically have a more profound effect on animals than consuming the dried plant material or inhaling secondhand smoke.

Written by Alexis Patinos Bluegrass Veterinary Specialists

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ith its legalization both medically and recreationally across the United States, marijuana is becoming more and more popular in American households. Unfortunately, this isn’t always great news for your furry companions if they happen to come across the popular green herb. The Pet Poison Hotline reported a 488% increase in marijuana ingestion cases over the last 6 years. With its rapidly growing popularity, here are some things we should know in regards to marijuana and its effects on our pets. Although there are over 80 different cannabinoids found in marijuana plants, THC and CBD are two of the most commonly recognized, used and studied cannabinoids. We know that some of the key differences are that THC has psychotropic effects and has a moderate level of toxicity in most pets, while CBD is non-psychotropic, non-toxic and is becoming more widely accepted as a medicinal form of marijuana in pets. Animals can be poisoned by THC-containing marijuana in a variety of ways including ingesting edibles (such as THC infused butters, brownies or cookies), consuming the owner’s supply or by inhaling second hand smoke. Both dogs and cats can be curious in nature, however dogs tend to be the more indiscriminate eaters, so they are more likely to eat a discarded joint, marijuana flowers or an edible and experience marijuana toxicity. Because dogs have larger concentrations of cannabinoid receptors than humans, they are more susceptible to the effects of THC-containing marijuana as well. The cannabinoid receptors are involved with things such as memory, appetite, and the sensation of pain. That being said, some common symptoms of marijuana toxicity include dilated pupils

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While often not fatal, pet owners are still encouraged to seek veterinary care for their pet or consult with the Pet Poison Hotline after their pet has ingested or inhaled marijuana. Although some pet owners may be concerned about the legal consequences in regards to the marijuana, admitting when and how much THC-infused product your animal may have consumed or inhaled is crucial in helping the veterinarian outline a treatment plan for your pet. It is important to know that veterinary staff are primarily seeking to help your pet and will not pursue legal actions against pet owners when disclosing information regarding their pet’s consumption of marijuana. Accurate and complete medical history also ensures that only necessary treatments are performed, helping prevent unnecessary diagnostics and treatments to be performed and ultimately, minimizing costs to the client. Although there is no cure for marijuana toxicity, veterinary staff are still able to provide your pet with supportive care during their recovery from the toxicity. Supportive care and hospitalization may include the administration of IV fluids to help keep the pet hydrated and promote excretion of toxins, thermoregulation, anti-nausea medications, anti-anxiety medications, medications to regulate the heart rate and respiration if needed and confinement to a small, quiet space to prevent noise overstimulation or injury from falling while in the disoriented, uncoordinated state. It can take anywhere from 18-36 hours for your pet to recover from the symptoms associated with marijuana toxicity. Some tips for preventing marijuana toxicity in your pets include keeping any THC-infused edibles or dried marijuana plants far out of your pets reach or in a locked drawer when not in use. If marijuana is being smoked, be sure your pet is kept in a separate area with plenty of ventilation until the smoke clears. If you suspect your pet may have ingested marijuana, contact the Pet Poison Hotline at 855-886-7965 or visit your nearest emergency vet to provide your pet with supportive care during their recovery.


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t’s not as hot in a Top Chef kitchen as it looks on TV; it’s hotter. On one sweltering June day, a handful of local reporters including this editor from TOPS, visited the local set of the legendary reality show. From first glance, the studio is a stunning temporary tribute to our state. The refrigerators are housed in a kind of kitchen paddock. There’s a bourbon wall, of course, and reclaimed wood trim. But as you get closer, the sweltering temperature and humidity add even more of a touch of local authenticity. It hits you hard as soon as you walk onto the set. With dozens of sparkling Monogram ovens all preheating at once (“we want the chefs to be able to use any equipment they want,” explains Padma), everyone milling about looks a little wilted. Everyone, that is, except the queen of culinary cool, host Padma Lakshmi, who strides into the Kentucky-themed space in above-the-knee suede boots and a body-skimming dress looking supernaturally radiant and not quite as moist as the rest of the crew. She tapes a few lines with the definitely more drenched guest judge Art Smith. They flub a few, crack up and quickly correct themselves. In person, Padma is imposing but fun, unflappable but approachable, and she seems to come with her own perpetual spotlight. When she walks into the control room to watch the takes, she turns to speak to the guests gathered on folding chairs. It’s mostly a mix of journalists and YUM

employees; the Quick Fire challenge is a KFC-inspired fried chicken cook-off. Everyone is transfixed as she tells the story of her first, chance meeting with Muhammad Ali. “I was living in Los Angeles and I had just finished boxing practice,” she says. “I was driving east on Santa Monica and I stopped at Holloway Cleaners. It was one of those places where they do the dry cleaning there on the premises. I’m standing at the counter and I hear the door open and the little chimes jingle and all forty people who were behind the counter busily working, ironing, steaming all stopped what they were doing and stared. So much so that I just turned around to see what everyone was staring at. He was moving pretty slowly by that time, from Parkinson’s, and he got close to me and I was just stuttering... I mean the only other person I’ve been so starstuck with is Mother Teresa. That’s the only other person, but it’s a totally different experience... and he said, ‘I love you too.’ Anyway, it was a very brief exchange, but it was very powerful. I met him a couple of years later at a charity event and, by that time, he couldn’t speak, but you could tell that he loved people and he loved to be around people. It was in his eyes. It was always mesmerizing to be around him.” Padma is a woman who effortlessly combines beauty with substance and, when I sat down with her for a private conversation later in front of her trailer, she seemed to appreciate those same qualities in our state, which she was visiting for the first time in her life.

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We were settled into comfy upholstered chairs on the “front porch” of her airstream, which was part of a little trailer village the cast and crew create inside the gigantic rented industrial space. Daughter Krishna has her own tiny trailer next door and there’s an astro-turf town green and lawn games; it’s a little slice of Americana in the middle of a vast cement and metal structure. Padma relaxes into the throw pillows and asks an assistant to bring a ‘big thing of ice water with vitamin C powder,” which, honestly, sounded pretty tempting after the hours spent in the sweltering kitchen. While it’s been a long day, she is completely gracious about adding an interview onto the end of it.

Did you do any research before your first trip to Kentucky? “Well, I mean I’ve never been to Kentucky, but I’ve been interested in Muhammad Ali’s life all of my life, so that’s why I knew so much about his history here and the best pieces of filmmaking about his career. The William Kennedy film is not to be missed, by the way. How do you immerse yourself in each new location? “I like to know a little bit about the place I’m going, but that’s not just about the show. I’m a natural born nomad and the reason that I have the career in food that I do is because of my love of travel and my having traveled a lot as a model. So, I had the opportunity to travel to many more places than the average young person does through modeling. And when I travel, the first place I go is a local farmers market or spice market—whether it’s the Yucatan in Mexico or Marekesh. I am first and foremost a writer and I’m very interested in food and how it connects people because to me food is the connective tissue for all of us and our cultures. If you think about any big milestones that we have as a society, whether it’s a birth, a death, a power lunch, a courtship, it’s all centered around food. So I’m fascinated by it as a way to understand a culture. Since we’ve been here, I’ve been eating out with Krishna (her daughter, 8) at local places. We’ve had a lot of barbecue… but a lot of healthy food. A lot of farm to table. It’s been delicious.” Is your daughter, Krishna, an adventurous eater too? “She actually has always been a great eater. But, speaking of Kentucky Fried Chicken, we do make fried chicken. We will do breaded chicken cutlets; we make fried chicken a lot, but we use my recipe: buttermilk and cayenne in the crust mix and green mango powder. It gives you a little tartness. But she’s a great eater. She was actually even a better eater when she was three and hadn’t gone to school yet.” You brought her with you. Does she travel with you often? “She has gone home now for the last week of school. But she’s a very good traveler and I take her with me whenever I can. I have a little bag I pack that’s light enough for her to carry by herself with little tiny containers of playdough. She has a little water color set and I even cut the paper up—that thicker card stock paper-- and tell her to make greeting cards for everyone. She’s not a whiney kid. A lot of times, if we’ve been sitting on a long flight and we get up to leave at the end, people near us will say, ‘Oh my god, there’s a child sitting behind me? I didn’t even notice.’”

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How possible is it for you to have a normal dining experience while you’re traveling? “Well, we call ahead. I think it’s fair to call ahead. Plus, I want to get a good table! Sometimes we walk in and stand in line, which is weird because they don’t like me to wait in line, but I don’t want people who’ve been in line to feel like ‘What the heck?’ if someone offers to seat us. I think it is possible to have a normal experience if they don’t know who I am. But if it’s in a restaurant environment, people figure it out. So I know how to go incognito. I don’t wear makeup, I wear a ponytail, I put on glasses and then I usually go unnoticed. You have some news besides the new season—a collection for MAC cosmetics! “Yes. It’s already out. It’s great. As a brown-skinned woman, there weren’t a lot of colors that worked for me when I was modeling. I would take my own foundation and mix colors. So, to bring a collection of makeup that actually looks good on dark skin and light skin as well. I also am very proud of the fact that it looks good on brown skinned woman. Makeup doesn’t look on our skin like it looks in the pan. I wanted the return of color on the skin and I’m very proud that it does look good on all complexions. We’ve had an incredible response just on social media. It’s been very gratifying.” Your makeup collection and the steamy conditions on the set lead me to wonder what you do to keep your skin looking so flawless. “I don’t wear a lot of makeup when I’m not working. What I usually do is I take little concealer where I need it. As we age, you don’t want to pack on the makeup. I wash my face a lot, and I also steam my skin. Even when I’m in a hotel like I am now, I will ask room service to bring me a huge pot of hot water or a carafe of hot water for tea and I’ll ask them for a big, deep fruit bowl or stock pot. I’ll just put the hot water in the bowl and put a few drops of tea tree oil. Then I’ll take a towel and hold it over my head and the bowl and I’ll steam with the tea tree. After that , I just tone my face and throw ice water on it and it closes my pores. You mentioned in the control room that you can tell a lot about a chef from his work station. How? “You can tell a lot about a chef from their station. For instance, there have been times when I’ve walked up in some of the first quick fires of the season and I see a huge mess and I know that that chef isn’t going to make it far. Because it’s your work ethic. It’s your respect for the ingredients. I understand that they’re in a rush and all hell breaks loose and I don’t expect them to keep a neat and tidy kitchen but if it’s a complete mess, that says something.”

You can be pretty direct with the chefs about their food. When I ask my girlfriend how I look, I want to know. I don’t want her to hurt my feelings, but she won’t be doing me a favor if she’s not truthful. I try to be as helpful to them in my commentary as I can, and I think it’s a real testament to our show that we have had more genuine captains of our industry made than any other reality show, even American Idol. Stephanie Izzard has a huge impact in Chicago. We have Richard Blaz, Kevin Gillespie, Ed Lee in Louisville. We’re going to go to Milkwood tonight. (One of Ed’s places.)

I’m very interested in food and how it connects people because to me food is the connective tissue for all of us and our cultures.” What has impressed you most about Kentucky? “How warm and friendly everyone is here. I love how everyone is so incredibly welcoming. I think people are genuinely superexcited to have us here and they are genuinely nice people. I’ve also really been enjoying the natural beauty. I’ve always lived in a big city, so this is different for me. Driving from Louisville to Lexington, the landscape is just stunning. When I drive around just outside of the city limits, I always here the song ‘America’ in my head. I understand what it means. It’s just this beautiful vista, with rolling hills, the paddocks with horses, the cows, sheep. It’s like stepping into a children’s book. It’s very idyllic for me.”

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COLE ARIMES

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of COLES 735 MAIN

735 EAST MAIN STREET - LEXINGTON (859) 266-9000

How would you describe Coles? Coles is an intimate space focused on making every dining experience spectacular, whether you’re looking for a fine dining meal for a special celebration or a great burger at our bar after work. We’re a Lexington family-run business, and we love supporting our local farms and the Bluegrass community. Do you have a favorite ingredient? Picking a favorite local ingredient is nearly impossible to narrow down for a chef, but I do love cooking with our locally-foraged mushrooms. Their flavors are so rich and earthy. But really, my favorite ingredient seems to change with each season - produce at the peak of freshness is unmatched for flavor, and the local pork, beef and chicken we get from regional farmers is of such high quality. We hear that you’ve got a project in the works. Can you share any details? We’re beyond excited to introduce Lexington to our new restaurants: Epping’s on Eastside (pictured) and Poppy & Olive are scheduled to open at the beginning of 2019. It’s been a labor of love getting the historic building ready for these two concepts. Epping’s will feature fresh, scratch-kitchen ingredients that come together for pastries, sandwiches and an evolving menu of international flavors. Poppy & Olive is our “parent-friendly” restaurant—a place where you can bring the kids for a menu and atmosphere they’ll love, all while mom and dad get to have a great meal and drinks. SPONSORED CONTENT

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SE TH R U SSE L L Executive Chef

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Creative Director

of LUNDY’S SPECIAL EVENTS

1385 PRIDEMORE COURT - LEXINGTON (859) 255-0717 LUNDYSCATERING.COM

What sets you apart from other chefs/restaurateurs? As an off-premise catering firm, our kitchen is typically not in the same place twice! We are constantly challenging our culinary team to produce restaurant, farm-to-table fare in unique settings. With regards to the food itself, our strength is in the traditional southern classics, all while striving to stay ahead of the curve with the most current food trends. What is your favorite local ingredient to use when cooking? Hands down, we love Weisenberger Flour and Stoneground Grits. How would you describe Lexington’s food scene? Our food scene is robust! Lexington’s heritage and deep rooted stories make our offerings diverse, eclectic and delicious! We aren’t just famous for our rolling farms and bourbon; we have stellar southern barbecue, continental classics, and every ethnic option you can imagine. It’s all represented right here in our town by some of the most talented chef ’s and restauranteurs in the country. What do you love most about the industry? The catering industry is ever-changing and never boring. One day you may be hosting an intimate group of 10 and the next day preparing for a gala for 500, then on to a major event for 10,000. Each day is always different, bringing new challenges and opportunity for creativity! Our menus are always the variable as each item is custom-tailored and designed around each client’s vision.

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R ANADA RILEY Chef/Owner

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400 OLD VINE STREET | LEXINGTON (859) 523-4141 | RANADAS.COM What do you love most about the restaurant industry? Like most chefs, I enjoy meeting people and making them happy through food and drink, but for me, teaching someone about new flavors they may not have tried before—that’s priceless.

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Do you have a favorite entrée? It seems like I have a new favorite every day, when I taste the nightly specials! However, I keep coming back to Bourbon Beef Banh Mi, which is marinated flank steak topped with Banh mi vegetables tossed in sweet chili and drizzled with miso aioli .

DO U G LA S J O HA N N ES Chef/Owner

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(859) 585-1464 CHEFDOUGSGOURMETFOODS.COM How would you describe your mobile kitchen? My mobile kitchen is a kaleidoscope of flavors inspired by my childhood and my Caribbean culture. I have a great love for flavors and spices and I try to convey this love through my Bluegrass-Caribbean, New Wave dishes. What is one ingredient you can’t live without? Gluten Free Yellow Cornmeal from Weisenberger Mills is a must in my kitchen as it is the backbone of our Deluxe Fish Fry Breading! SPONSORED CONTENT

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RUSSELL BLAIR Executive Chef

of BOONE’S TRACE NATIONAL GOLF CLUB

175 GLENEAGLES BOULEVARD - RICHMOND (859) 623-4653 | BTNGC.COM

How would you describe your restaurant? Boone’s Trace has a sports bar and grill atmosphere with a full fine dining menu. My favorite dish is our Shrimp and Penne Pasta done in a classic garlic and white wine beurre blanc. What is your favorite local ingredient to cook with? I love to cook with Bourbon as well as Kentucky Proud Beef. So I definitely enjoy preparing our Prime Rib which is the special on Thursday nights, alongside seasonal specials, fresh soups and desserts. What do you love most about the restaurant industry? Every day is a challenge since you’re only as good as your last meal, so chefs must be creative, resilient and consistently deliver a great product in a great atmosphere. However, in this industry you also have the opportunity to make people happy every day.

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JANEY THOMPSON Executive Chef

of DUPREE

CATERING & EVENTS

& THE MANE ON MAIN

201 EAST MAIN STREET - LEXINGTON (859) 231-0464 DUPREECATERING.COM THEMANEONMAIN.COM

What sets you apart from other chefs? As a catering chef, I enjoy the closeness of working with clients to create a memorable experience. I have immense pride in our “from scratch” approach and in bringing freshly prepared and seasonal ingredients to any location whether it’s our event venue—The Mane on Main, fine dining in a field or to a luncheon on a production floor. What is your favorite dish? I don’t know if I can choose, it’s like picking your favorite child! Right now my favorite is our Kimchee Blini with Korean Fried Chicken and Pickled Carrot. What do you love most about the restaurant industry? Hands down, the thing that has kept me in this job the past 15 years is that I love being part of our guests’ special moments and offering something that I love as part of that celebration. What is your favorite meal to make at home? At home, I keep it simple. A delicious roasted chicken is a thing of beauty combined with some fresh greens and a light vinaigrette. SPONSORED CONTENT

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Owner/Operator

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Executive Chef

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310 WEST SHORT STREET - LEXINGTON (859) 469-8960

What makes your restaurant unique? Dougie Allen: Crēaux was designed to bring people of different backgrounds and economic statuses together. Partners Ieasha Allen and Stephen Scaldaferri and I had a vision to bring the feel good times of a trip to New Orleans right here to Lexington. We feature signature cocktails and an inspired menu of creole classics with a Bluegrass touch. We are also proud to offer live jazz and soulful music on a consistent basis to our city. What is your favorite dish on the menu? Sara Turney: My favorite dish on the menu is our shrimp and grits, its such a classic southern staple. I’m excited for the next evolution of our menu; I plan on creating some great specials—dishes such as NOLA Crawfish Mac and Cheese and Muffulettas. What do you love most about the restaurant industry? Sara Turney: I love that it is an industry that is constantly evolving—it’s a challenge. You have to be creative, forward thinking all while creating memories for your customers. Dougie Allen: Absolutely agree, the interaction and opportunity to provide a guest a positive experience they can’t get anywhere else is very rewarding. What is special about Lexington’s food scene? Sara Turney: Lexington’s food scene is surprisingly diverse. It is still developing, which gives chefs snd restaurateurs an opportunity to bring things people don’t expect to the table. There are so many talented people here who have so much to offer, it’s exciting to be a part of that.

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JONATH AN SE AR LE Executive Chef

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LOCKBOX

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167 WEST MAIN STREET | LEXINGTON (859) 899-6860 | LOCKBOXLEX.COM What sets you apart from other chefs? Lockbox is a thoughtful, soulful, ingredient-driven restaurant showcasing the bluegrass. Therefore it’s important that I celebrate the ingredients by presenting them with simplicity and skill. What do you love most about your career? I love the craft, mentorship and work-with-your-hands realness of it all. It’s brutal and you really can’t escape being judged for your work, but it’s so rewarding.

B RYC E A N DER S ON Co-owner

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VINAIGRETTE SALAD KITCHEN

4 LEXINGTON + 1 LOUISVILLE LOCATION (859) 569-4040 VINAIGRETTESALADKITCHEN.COM What sets Vinaigrette apart from other local establishments? The secret in Vinaigrette’s menu is working with amazing chefs from around town. Ouita Michel and Sara Gibbs have been involved in every one of our salad and soup creations. What is your favorite local ingredient? My favorite local ingredient is our Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes from Crooked Row Farms on Winchester Road. They are fresh, juicy, flavorful, colorful and with the amount of tomatoes Vinaigrette serves to customers, it has a real local farm impact. SPONSORED CONTENT

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319 CEDAR STREET | LEXINGTON (859) 523-3464 | NAPABURGERBAR.COM What sets Napa Prime apart from other restaurants? The emphasis is on prime ingredients. We wanted to reinforce that with fresh seafood and prime burgers. I wanted to create a menu that you cannot duplicate at home. If you can make these items at home, then we offer no value to you as a guest. What is your favorite dish? New York steak with chimichurri sauce and a side of french fries is my favorite. But, I’m a big fan of anything with Bourbon—it’s definitely my favorite local ingredient.

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455-D SOUTHLAND DRIVE | LEXINGTON (859) 278-1813 | GOODFOODS.COOP How would you describe your restaurant? Our cafe offers a bakery, made-from-scratch hot bar, salad bar, soup bar and made-to-order sandwiches; all featuring fresh, local, organic foods that cater to a variety of diets. What sets you apart from other chefs? I get to exercise a broad range of culinary skills each day—from helping to choose the gourmet cheeses we carry in the grocery to hopping behind the mixer in the bakery to developing recipes for our cafe. I also get to work closely with local farmers. In fact, our kitchen purchases about $130,000 in local foods each year. 112

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JASEN FONTAINE Executive Chef

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1800 NEWTOWN PIKE - LEXINGTON (859) 288-6155 What sets you apart from other chefs? I like to use as many local and micro-local ingredients as possible; anything that tells a story about Kentucky. I love to highlight the food and the passion that goes into making it. I hope to impart that on my son, we love making juicy Lucy burgers together What do you love most about the restaurant industry? I love the interaction between so many people and getting to hear about how we have an impact on someone’s day.

Marriott ( JW Steakhouse)

When you aren’t in the kitchen, what do you like to do? I love to be outside: bike riding, hiking and playing with my kids.

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135 WEST MAIN STREET - LEXINGTON (859) 618-6318 | WESTMAIN.COM How would you describe West Main? West Main Crafting Co. is a craft cocktail bar. We make all of our ingredients in-house to provide the most exciting drinking experience possible. In addition to our vast collection of spirits and cocktails, we offer a thoughtful, Kentucky Proud food menu with shareable plates, entrees and specials. What is your favorite item on the menu? Honestly, it’s a simple cocktail but our Gin & Tonic continues to be one of my favorites. We mix Castle & Key, which is locally produced gin with our homemade tonic and carbonate it behind the bar. We keep it on draft, that’s how easy it is to drink. What is your favorite local ingredient Bourbon, of course! An Old-Fashioned Cocktail is my favorite way to wind down after a long day.

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LARRY HUNTER Executive Chef

of CARSON’S FOOD & DRINK

362 EAST MAIN STREET - LEXINGTON (859) 309-3039 CARSONSFOODANDDRINK.COM

What sets you apart from other chefs and restaurateurs? Here at Carson’s we have a passion for excellence. Our chef-driven menu is centered on seasonal offerings which are served in a truly casual, yet elegant environment. What is your favorite dish? My favorites here at Carson’s are the Ahi Poke appetizer and Filet Medallions entree. When I’m cooking at home, my “go-to” meal is Grilled Steak with Carson’s Truffle Butter. When you aren’t in the kitchen, what do you like to do? Rock climbing in the Red River Gorge gets me out of the kitchen! What do you love most about the local restaurant industry? I love the fast pace environment and the passion it takes to make excellence. Over the past 5 years, Lexingtonians have come to expect a higher quality dining experience and it’s both fun and challenging to rise above those expectations. SPONSORED CONTENT

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Non-Profit Spotlight:

God’s Pantry

One in six Kentuckians are unsure where their next meal will come from. God’s Pantry is here to help. story by Lauren Henry Rogers | photos courtesy of God’s Pantry In a food-centric world, it is difficult to imagine ever being without. Goals are made around visiting every new restaurant opening in town. Social media feeds are flooded by images of the latest and greatest trending recipes. Meal prepping has become a weekly tradition once a car full of groceries is unloaded from the supermarket. But there are a staggering number of people who could never imagine this reality as their own. One in six of our own Kentucky residents do not know where their next meal will come from, a statistic that brings shudders to all hearts. This equates to about 253,460 people in just the central and eastern parts of our state right now who are at risk of going hungry. Thankfully, there is an incredible organization in our midst working diligently to end hunger for good: God’s Pantry. God’s Pantry Food Bank serves fifty counties in Central and Eastern Kentucky with the mission to reduce hunger through community cooperation by making the best possible use of all available resources. God’s Pantry Food Bank CEO and President,

Michael Halligan says, “Food is a catalyst for delivering hope. It’s about helping people get to a better place in life.” With this goal always at the forefront, God’s Pantry has had a remarkable history for delivering hope, and meals, to those in need. For example, from July 1 – October 31, 2018, 34.5 million pounds of food were distributed throughout Central and Eastern Kentucky culminating to about 10,579,123 meals created with over 13.6 million pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables delivered to their service areas. Food is received by God’s Pantry in one of three ways: donations, USDA Government Commodity Programs and purchased products to supplement the available inventory. “God’s Pantry really helps to close the gap, so to speak,” shares one food bank recipient, “and it makes our meals go a much longer way.” Hunger does not discriminate. It affects people of all ages, all backgrounds and across all locations. Less than a month ago, a Fayette County teacher shared that one of her students who had been out of school for a few days approached her and asked, “Can I talk to

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you for a second?” “Sure,” she replied, “What’s going on?” Though she wasn’t entirely prepared for his answer, she listened with an open mind, and an open heart. “I’m hungry,” he responded. “I’ve been at home and my mom doesn’t have money to get food right now.”

County Program alone there are fifty-one providers in partnership with God’s Pantry ready to serve. As Michael Halligan often says, “You don’t end hunger with a food bank: you end hunger through a food bank by getting food into the community where hunger exists.”

Unfortunately, this story is not un-common; more than one in five of our Kentucky children experience food insecurity on a daily basis. “It’s hard for children to learn or be active when they are hungry,” shares Katie, one of the God’s Pantry Food Bank employees. She continues, “Our programs provide food at times when schools are closed, like weekends and summer break. By doing my job at God’s Pantry Food Bank, I am able to help kids be their best every day.”

Together, we can end hunger. We can instill hope and we can help to change lives for the better. We can make an impact in helping God’s Pantry Food Bank meet and exceed their 2019 goals with a plethora of unique opportunities. Here are some great ways to get involved.

What’s more, Kentucky is ranked sixth in the nation for having one out of every ten elderly persons being unsure of what and if they will have something to eat each day. Christin, a faithful volunteer of God’s Pantry Food Bank urges, “everyone should have access to enough nutritious food to accomplish what they need to in a normal day. With so much food available it’s important that we work harder at making sure that excess food reaches hungry people.” One of the most common misconceptions surrounding hunger is that hunger affects people without money or without resources. “The reality is that most hungry people have some form of income, but they do not have enough income to sustain themselves properly,” Michael Halligan clarifies. In an effort to combat the hunger plaguing our state, this past March, the Kentucky Hunger Initiative was launched, “the first ever of its kind to address food insecurity in our state,” says Ryan Quarles, the KDA Commissioner of Agriculture.” Quarles continues, “There’s not a one size fits all solution for Kentucky because it is such a regional state. For example, what might work great in deep Eastern Kentucky may not work or be implemented in Louisville.” On that end, the need to focus on each county individually is quite imperative to best serve the needs of the community depending on what those specific needs are. Currently, there are 433 partner food pantries and meal programs across the state and in the Fayette

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Volunteer: There are a number of ways to get involved for those who would like to volunteer their time in the fight against hunger with God’s Pantry Food Bank. These can include signing up for warehouse shifts, pantry shifts where you help clients check-in and gather food, processing phone referrals from social service agencies, arranging for client food pickup as a Central Intake Volunteer or providing meals and snacks to children outside of school hours through the Kids Café and Backpack Programs.

Advocate: The best way to advocate for hunger by contacting our lawmakers to continue fighting this serious, though often hidden problem targeting Kentucky’s children, seniors and families. When contacted, lawmakers listen. Talk to your representatitves today.

Give: There are several ways to give to God’s Pantry Food Bank to make a difference. Whether it is through donations or participating in fabulous events like Taste of The Bluegrass and Golf for the Hungry or throwing down in Kentucky’s Chili Wars, every bit adds up to help in this charitable endeavor. Visit godspantry.org to find out more about their upcoming events and help make 2019 the most successful year yet for fighting hunger! •


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Comfort Food RECIPES

Healthy Stovetop

Mac & Cheese Prep Time: 5 minutes | Cook Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients: 12 ounces whole wheat elbow macaroni, dry 2 tablespoons unsalted butter ½ small yellow onion, diced 2 tablespoons white whole wheat flour 1 cup skim milk 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth 1 cup reduced-fat mild cheddar shredded cheese ½ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon black pepper

Preparation: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the macaroni according to package directions for al dente. Heat a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add the butter and onion, and cook until the onions are translucent, 4-6 minutes. Stir in the flour and cook for about 1 minute. Increase the heat to medium-high and whisk in the milk and chicken broth. Stir frequently until the sauce starts to thicken, 10-12 minutes. Stir in the cheese, salt, and black pepper. Add the cheese sauce to the drained macaroni, and stir to evenly coat. NUTRITION FACTS

Yield: 6 servings | Serving Size: 1 cup

Calories 304 | Fat 9g | Saturated Fat 4g | Cholesterol 23mg Sodium 358mg | Carbohydrates 45g | Fiber: 7g | Sugar 4g | Protein 16g

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Slow-Cooker Chicken

PotPie

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low

Ingredients:

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 small onion, diced

3½ celery stalks, diced

2 (10.5-ounce) cans Campbell’s Healthy Request condensed cream of chicken soup

1 cup fat-free milk

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon dried thyme

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon black pepper

1 (16-ounce) bag frozen mixed vegetables, thawed

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

1 (12-ounce) can Pillsbury Grands! Jr. Golden Layers Flaky Biscuits

Preparation: Place the chicken breasts in a slow cooker. Top the chicken with the onion and celery. In a small bowl, combine the chicken soup, milk, garlic powder, thyme, salt and pepper and whisk until mixed well. Pour the mixture into the slow cooker. Cover and cook on high heat for 4 hours or on low heat for 8 hours. About 30 minutes before serving, remove the chicken from the slow cooker with a slotted spoon and shred with two forks. Return the shredded chicken to the slow cooker and stir in the vegetables and parsley. Cook for an additional 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Bake the biscuits according to the package directions. To serve, place a heaping 1 cup of the chicken mixture in each bowl and top with a biscuit.

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Lean Turkey

Chili

Prep Time: less than 10 minutes Cook Time: 25-30 minutes

Ingredients: ½ tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon minced garlic 1 yellow onion, diced 1 pound lean ground turkey 14.5-ounce can pinto beans, drained and rinsed 14.5-ounce can reduced-sodium black beans, drained and rinsed 14.5-ounce can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed Two 14.5-ounce reduced-sodium diced tomatoes 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth 6-ounce can tomato paste 2 tablespoons chili powder 2 tablespoons cumin 1 tablespoon paprika 1 teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon black pepper ½ teaspoon cinnamon

Preparation: Heat a large stockpot over medium-high heat, add the oil and cook the garlic, onion, and turkey for about 6-8 minutes until the turkey is cooked and the onions are translucent. Use a wooden spoon to break the turkey up as it cooks. Add the remaining ingredients to the pot and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat and simmer uncovered for 15 to 20 minutes. Serve with optional toppings as desired. NUTRITION FACTS

Yield: 9 servings | Serving Size: 1 cup

Calories 240 | Fat 7g | Saturated Fat 1g | Cholesterol 36mg Sodium 587mg | Carbohydrates 34g | Fiber: 10g | Sugar 6g | Protein 18g

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Southern

“Fried” Chicken Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

4 (4-ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breasts

¾ cup fat-free milk

1 tablespoon Frank’s RedHot sauce

1 cup cornflakes

1 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons black pepper

½ cup panko bread crumbs

NUTRITION FACTS Yield: 4 servings | Serving Size: 3 pieces of chicken Calories 165 | Fat 3g | Carbohydrates 14g | Fiber: 0g Sugar 3g | Protein 25g

Preparation: Place the chicken breasts between 2 pieces of wax paper and gently pound with flat side of meat mallet or rolling pin until the breasts are about ½ inch thick. Cut each breast into 3 equal pieces. In a small bowl, whisk together the milk and hot sauce. Place the chicken pieces in a large resealable bag and pour in the milk mixture. Squeeze out excess air, seal the bag, and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours and up to overnight (depending on how much time you have). When you’re ready to cook, preheat oven to 400° F. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray. In a food processor, combine ½ cup of the cornflakes, the paprika, salt, and pepper. Pulse until the cornflakes become crumbs. Pour them into a shallow baking dish and stir in the panko. In a small resealable bag, gently crush the remaining ½ cup cornflakes by hand into small pieces. Transfer the hand-crushed cornflakes to the pankocrumb mixture. Remove the chicken pieces one at a time from the marinade and place in the cornflake mixture. Evenly cover each piece of chicken. Arrange the chicken in a single layer on the baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes at 400° F, then reduce the oven temperature to 350° F and bake until the chicken is cooked through and crispy, 5 to 10 minutes longer. TOPS Magazine | January 2019

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APRICOT DAY Forget-me-not apricot

A more firm and tart cousin to the peach, apricots are a versitile ingredient for sweet and savory dishes alike. Rich in beta-carotene, fiber and vitamins C and A, this velvety fruit is a healthy addition to any meal. In fact, this little superfood is helping us stick with our New Year’s Resolutions.

FIG NEWTON DAY Golden crisp This Japanese food favorite is seafood or vegetables simply batter-dipped then fried, but chefs around the world include traditional and nontraditional tempura offerings on their menus. We intend to celebrate with Aqua Sushi’s ever-popular Crab Rangoon Roll, which is crab and cream cheese blend, seaweed, tempurafried; topped with sushi sauce and sweet chili sauce.

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The human love affair with cheese dates all the way back to 5,500 BCE according to earliest known records. Today, we enjoy more than 1,500 varieties of cheese. On the 20th, we’ll be making a beeline to Liquor Barn for a good wedge of Manchego and a nice Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Chill chaser Though we are “all about” bourbon here in Kentucky, we can switch to Jameson for one day. Coffee, sugar, cream and Irish Whiskey make up this winter favorite. Pop over to Fáilte Irish Shop on Upper St. for Irish snacks such as Boland’s Custard Creams or O’Neills Shortbread to chase the coffee and winter’s chill away.


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Popcorn first became popular in the U.S in the mid-1800’s. Its popularity continues today; 13 billion quarts of popcorn are consumed annually in America. Buttery, salted or sweetly caramel are popcorn staples. Popcorn Paradise on National Ave. goes far beyond basic with flavors inspired by and created right here in Central Kentucky. Why not celebrate popcorn day with Bourbon Caramel or Chili Cheese flavors? We hear it’s Paradise!

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CROISSANT DAY The good flaky

The secret to all those flaky layers? Oh, you better believe it’s butter! Each layer is created through a process of rolling out the prepared dough, adding a layer of butter, folding and chilling. The process is repeated multiple times to create this soft and airy crescent of bread. We’re obsessed with the croissant variety at Magee’s Bakery—get in line early for your choice of Chocolate, Cheese, Almond or Plain. Diners can also get breakfast or lunch sandwiches served on a croissant.

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2016 • Pinot Noir • Alcohol: 14.5%

A complex nose of smokey raspberry fruit with a hint of pepper and spice. The flavor profile is one of red cherry, raspberry and plum with rounded, silky tannins and vanilla spice all leading to a juice, mouthwatering finish. This pinot noir will pair well with herb-roasted pork tenderloin, a pamegranate-citrus glazed duck breast, oven-baked salmon or hearb roasted mushrooms.

January

Celebrations New Belgium

LIQUID PARADISE IPA IPA • ABV8%

New Belgium Brewing is set to release a new rotating IPA series. First up is Liquid Paradise IPA, which pours golden in color and bursts with the aroma of tropical fruit, passionfruit and the notes of pineapple really come through. Using a cutting-edge new single hop innovation, Mosaic Incognito, Liquid Paradise boasts a mélange of tropical notes to create a delicately bitter and extremely aromatic IPA. This IPA has a big juicy hop flavor upfront but still manages to hold on to the wonderful malty biscuit flavor that is a staple for New Belgium beers. The finish is bold with hop bitterness with just enough of the fruity sweetness to leave you with anticipation for the next drink.


Athletically, HAGANS By Larry Vaught | VaughtsViews.com

H

e might not be quite as fast as former Kentucky point guards John Wall and DeAaron Fox, but very few players are. Yet Kentucky coach John Calipari does see some of both Tyler Ulis and DeAndre Liggins, two great defensive guards, in Ashton Hagans. He has the tenacity and quickness to stay with opposing offensive players just like Ulis did. Like Liggins, Hagans can be a physical defender who will maul an opponent rather than let him score. “He knows to stay in front and to body you. He’s not afraid to be physical,” Calipari said. “DeAndre was a little longer. Ashton off the ball isn’t the same as he is on the ball, where DeAndre could keep you from catching it. But Ashton can get there because of his athletic ability to where he can do it.” The athletic ability runs in his family because he has two cousins that were professional athletes. Ronnie Brown played football at Auburn and then in the NFL while Trey Thompkins played basketball at Georgia and then in the NBA and overseas. Brown and Thompkins were both all-SEC players.

Ashton Hagans has one cousin who played in the NFL and another one who played in the NBA. (Vicky Graff Photo)

him playing quarterback, running back and cornerback.

“They are like mentors to me telling me to keep my head on, play my game and just do what I have to do to get to the next level. It is a blessing to have them in my life because they have been through it all,” Hagans said. “They tell me what to expect and the hard work you have to put in not just at practice but in the mornings and the afternoons. That extra work it takes to make me a better player.” Most star athletes in Georgia grow up to be football players. Hagans had the same opportunity as his Little League team won the state championship with

“I was really good at football. I wouldn’t say I was soft. I could take the hits, but I really didn’t like getting hit, especially when it was cold outside. I would just ball up (in the cold). I had to go to the indoor sport (basketball) that was warmer,” Hagans said. As he got better and better in basketball, he realized he could become a Division I player. He originally committed to play basketball at Georgia before changing his mind. He then reclassified from the 2019 recruiting class to the 2018 class and became a late addition to UK’s class. Getting a chance to play with freshman E.J. Montgomery at Kentucky had special appeal to Hagans. The two Georgia stars had tried to play AAU or high school basketball together, but it never worked out. “We had a lot of discussions before he committed to Kentucky and I was trying to get finished with everything (school-wise). Once he made his decision to come, I knew that was my chance to play with him finally,” Hagans said. “I have always wanted to play with somebody that could open up my game with the ability he has. That’s just making this year even more fun for me.”

He’s a

BULLET.

He has so much speed on the open floor.

Kentucky assistant coach Tony Barbee says the best is yet to come for Hagans. “He’s a guy that’s still learning. He’s thinking about what’s next instead of just reacting to what’s next, and that’s just a natural progression of any young player,” Barbee said. “Sometimes it comes quicker than others. We don’t want him out thinking defensively because he’s so disruptive. He puts pressure on the ball, and if you can disrupt the timing of any offense starting at the point then your defense can be really good, and that’s what Ashton brings to the floor. Now we just need him to pick some of the other things up and he will.” ESPN recruiting director Paul Biancardi has no doubt Hagans will do that — and more. “He’s a bullet. He has so much speed in the open floor. He’s a great two-way player, the kind Cal loves,” Biancardi said. “His offense will keep getting better, but his defense is always there. Cal takes pride in having a great defensive team and Ashton can help give him that.” 128

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EQUINE update

By Jen Roytz

KEENELAND YEAR ‘ROUND TOUR

Each Tuesday and Saturday through March 30, 2019 Keeneland Race Course The perfect outing for those interested in Keeneland’s history or horseracing in general, this outdoor guided walking tour takes guests through the Keeneland Paddock and Grandstand, around the grounds, into the renowned Sales Pavilion (when available) and trackside. After the tour, guests are encouraged to enjoy breakfast at the Track Kitchen, the Keeneland Gift Shop or the Library, which is one of the world’s largest repositories of information related to the Thoroughbred. For more information visit keeneland.com or call 859-288-4142.

KEENELAND JANUARY HORSES OF ALL AGES SALE January 7-10 Keeneland Sales Pavilion

The Keeneland January horses of all ages sale is one of the premier venues to purchase Thoroughbreds for breeding, racing or resale. Spectators are welcome to attend the sale and can walk the grounds, take a seat around the auction arena or enjoy food and beverages in the Limestone Café or Pavilion Bar. For more information, go to keeneland.com.

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TEX CAUTHEN SEMINAR: OPTIMIZING FARRIER/VETERINARIAN/RESEARCHER INTERACTIONS January 20 | 9am - 5pm Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Auditorium

Named in memory of legendary horseman and farrier Ronald “Tex” Cauthen, this day-long seminar will focus on how veterinarians, farriers and researchers can work better together to treat, research and ultimately learn from bone changes in the hoof and musculoskeletal injuries in and around the area. Scheduled speakers include Drs. David Horhov, Rob Holland, Laura Kennedy, Raul Bras and Simon Curtis. The seminar is free, but guests must RSVP by January 16 to fdp@farrierproducts.com or by calling 502-513-3058.

HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC WITH AMY SKINNER January 26-27 Central Kentucky Riding for Hope

Horse trainer Amy Skinner works horses of all breeds and disciplines and their owners to promote softness, balance and relaxation. This 2-day course will focus on using groundwork to improve skills in the saddle on day 1, then will focus on more under saddle work on day 2, including lead changes, bracing, rein lameness and other common issues. This clinic is aimed at horses transitioning from one discipline to another or for green horses. Costs to participate with a horse are $100 for one day or $180 for both days, or $15 per day to audit (watch without a horse). For more information or to reserve a spot, email or call Josh McElroy ( Joshm@ckrh.org; 859-231-7066).

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ALLISON SPEARS AND DALE MORGAN

REN & GWYN EVERLY

DAN GLASS, SANTA AND LEANNE LANCASTER BROOKS SUSAN COLWELL, MARC COBANE, ZACH DOYLE AND DANA BACK-PACK

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CANDY LANE AND COLENE ELDRIDGE

BRIAN & MARLENA STEPHENS

JOY DINEEN AND LITANY WEBSTER

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KISS A PIG

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DAVID LESTER AND LARRY SMITH

HEATHER WRIGHT AND JENNIFER ALLEN

TYRA ROWE AND DOMINIQUE WRIGHT

TODD ZIEGLER AND ARTIE FORD

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CELEBRATION OF SONG The Square | December 9 alltech.com Photos by Rob Bolson

EMILIE FOJAN AND DEIRDRE LYONS

PAT HOST, LARRY HEHMAN AND JIM HOST

GARY & CONNIE JENNINGS AND JOHN NICHOLSON

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VALARIE & KYLE MCKINNEY

BILL & BARBARA YOUNG WITH THEIR FAMILY

TEMPA HOHMAN, ANN BAKHAUS AND NATHAN HOHMAN

BLAIR EBERHARDT AND BRIAN LAWLESS


EVERETT MCCORVEY

JANA JOSEPH AND DONNA MOLONEY

BONNIE & DAVE ADKISSON

TARA SPICER AND ROSE MARSHALL

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BUSINESS LINK Kentucky Eagle | December 6 commercelexington.com Photos by Ron Morrow

KYLE HARGROVE AND DWAYNE EDWARDS

JEN & DAVE MILLER AND WENDY MCALLISTER BOB AND CAMDEN BANEY

SAVANNAH BLANK AND MEGAN MARTIN

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BUSINESS LINK Kentucky Eagle | December 6 commercelexington.com Photos by Ron Morrow

TAFT MCKINSTRY, KEN HOLD, FAUSTO SARMIENTO AND BOB QUICK

ANN BAKHAUS AND JEANNINE PETELL

RICK WALLS

CHARITY BRADLEY AND MARY WILLIAMS

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SHAY SPRADLIN, HAZEN CHRISTENSEN AND MIRANDA HINCHMAN


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New &NOTEWORTHY NEW IN TOWN:

by Jordan Holt and Amanda Harper

Wild Fig gets new life as a worker cooperative in Lexington North Limestone’s Wild Fig Books and Coffee, owned by Kentucky writer Crystal Wilkinson and her partner Ronald Davis, closed its doors in September. This November, a new version of WILD FIG was formed, a worker cooperative led by April Taylor.

Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital offers connected care

Taylor is now the co-founder and worker-owner, bringing a new perspective to the Wild Fig business. The goal is to involve more people in the decision making process rather than just a few individuals discussing the big ideas.

CARDINAL HILL REHABILITATION HOSPITAL has been a part of the Central Kentucky community for over 60 years, providing high-quality rehabilitative care for patients recovering from debilitating illnesses and injuries including stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, hip fracture and amputation.

As a result, Taylor hopes to expand the legacy and the community Wild Fig reaches. Changes include a larger inventory that now has smudging materials, herbs, crystals and gemstones. There is also a co-working space to features documentary screenings. Guests will love the $5 meal deal, as well as the array of coffee drinks and pastries to choose from Desserts by Jai.

The hospital was purchased by HealthSouth Corp. in 2015. One of the nation’s leading providers of in-patient rehabilitation services, HealthSouth recently changed its name to Encompass Health Corp.

If there’s one thing to expect on North Limestone, it’s diversity. This street is a fun and engaging combination of all sorts of stores, restaurants and people. It’s a street of stories and celebration: Wild Fig is making its mark as a part of the neightborhood’s unique cultural landscape.

Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital continues to provide the same connected care and superior outcomes for patients by creating customized care plans for each individual. They remain committed to giving hope and enhancing outcomes for patients and their families through excellent physical rehabilitation care.

Since opening in November, Wild Fig has already surpassed their three-month sales projections. They look forward to welcoming any and all members of the Lexington community.

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Eats & Entertainment

New &NOTEWORTHY NEW IN TOWN:

Ranada’s offers eclectic cuisine and a taste of local culture on Old Vine When Walker’s closed in November, many wondered what would take its spot. Owner Larry Dean decided to give the eatery an overhaul, putting local chef Ranada Riley at the helm at Executive Chef. RANADA’S BISTRO & BAR features a menu carefully chosen by Riley. The eclectic menu pays homage to her culinary heroes while offering up surprise, alongside a touch of the familiar. What’s on the menu? From her Irish Eggrolls (corned beef, Swiss cheese, potatoes and grilled sauerkraut stuffed eggrolls with traditional Russian dressing) to the Bourbon Beef Banh Mi (sautéed beef tenderloin tips, bourbon soy marinade, sweet chili banh mi vegetables with Bulleit bourbon ginger glaze), there’s truly something for every taste. Flavors from Indian, Cuban, Southern, Asian and Italian cuisines appear in Ranada’s dishes, ready to pair with a wine or beer from their extensive selection. Riley noticed that many artistic venues have closed in recent months and wanted to build local culture into the eatery’s DNA. The walls are adorned with local art. Live music is a regular feature and special cultural events will be scheduled throughout the year to welcome everyone to gather and get a taste of something different. Ranada’s is open for dinner Tuesday-Saturday. They have plans to add lunch and brunch service in the future.

LOCAL NEWS:

Lexington activist receives presidential recognition Late President George H.W. Bush founded a program known as Points of Light to recognize individuals around the country for their volunteer efforts. The spotlight is shining on one deserving Lexingtonian. DEVINE CARAMA was the recipient of this honor for his work with non-profit “BELIEVING IN FOREVER”. Carama is well-known across the state as an artist and activist, particularly for his “A Coat to Keep the Cold Away” campaign in 2017. The drive featured Carama rapping outside in the freezing weather for 48 hours straight without a coat. He sustained frostbite, but achieved his goal of spreading awareness about how many children endure the cold without a coat each year. Carama then distributed coats to those in need, making winter a little warmer for children of Kentucky. This year, Carama embarked on a round-trip journey from Lexington to Morehead on foot, all without a coat. The campaign efforts led Carama and Believing in Forever to spread awareness and deliver 3,000 coats to children without coats in Kentucky. The effort of Carama managed to improve the lives of thousands, and will continue to do so in the years to come. Follow Believing in Forever on Facebook to learn how to support this important mission.

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New &NOTEWORTHY BUSINESS NEWS:

Kentucky-based Alltech cuts ribbon on England office A newly built office in Stamford, Lincolnshire, England, was opened by Dr. Mark Lyons, ALLTECH president and CEO, and Mrs. Deirdre Lyons, Alltech co-founder and director of corporate image and design. The 70,000-square-foot innovative design was initiated by Deirdre Lyons in late 2015 to accommodate Alltech’s growth in an office-only site. The office now reflects the nature of Alltech’s late founder, Dr. Pearse Lyons, with open spaces designed to nurture creativity and innovation. “Our new building, designed by Mrs. Lyons, brings together many of our Alltech teams for greater collaboration and improved service to our customers in animal and crop nutrition,” said Alric Blake, chief operating officer of Alltech. “Dr. Pearse Lyons established a culture of creativity and innovation at Alltech,” said Blake. “Our new U.K. office reflects that spirit as the company continues to grow and carry the mission forward.”

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AROUND TOWN:

“Let’s Dance, The Last Dance... One More Time” at the African American Ball! The African American Forum invites everyone to join them for “an evening of elegance, a night of excellence!” The AFRICAN AMERICAN BALL GRAND GALA FINALE will be held Saturday, January 19th at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Lexington/UK Coldstream ballroom. Each year, the ball has been one of Lexington’s can’t-miss signature events. Art, culture and entertainment join together to make an unforgettable evening. Tickets are limited. Net proceeds benefit the African American Forum Endowment Fund. The African American Forum, a non-profit arts and cultural organization, is committed to developing programs that support and highlight the artistic, cultural and educational achievements of African Americans. By sharing experiences reflective of African American culture, they encourage individuals to embrace diversity and, in doing so, create a greater, more united culture. To learn more, visit aafinc.com.


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JANUARY 5

JANUARY 12

8pm Lexington Opera House “Concert With The Stars” is a cabaret-style concert of Broadway show tunes, interwoven with behind-the-scenes stories from the guest stars. The Broadway Stars of today are joined by the Broadway Hopefuls of tomorrow, in various numbers. The LEX celebrates numerous alums that have made their Broadway or National Tour debut since appearing in a LEX production.

8:30pm Rupp Arena

Concert with the Stars

UK Men’s Basketball vs Vanderbilt University

Distinguished Young Women of Kentucky 2019 11:30am & 7:30pm Singletary Center for the Arts

Forthcoming

7pm The Lyric Theatre

UK Men’s Basketball at University of Alabama 1pm ESPN/UK Sports Network

Diamond Rings & Pretty Things Wedding Show 11am-4pm Lexington Center

Twelfth Night Ceili

8pm McTeggart Irish Dance Studio

Craft Brew Hop & TagaBrew

3:30pm-7:30pm Stone Fences Tours

JANUARY 8

UK Men’s Basketball vs Texas A&M University 7pm Rupp Arena

JANUARY 13 WWE Live

7pm Rupp Arena

UK Women's Basketball vs. Ole Miss 1pm Memorial Coliseum

Diamond Rings & Pretty Things Wedding Show 11am-4pm Lexington Center

JANUARY 11

JANUARY 15

7:30pm Singletary Center for the Arts

7pm ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU/SEC Network

Distinguished Young Women of Kentucky 2019

UK Men’s Basketball at University of Georgia


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JANUARY 20

JANUARY 25

8pm Lexington Opera House

1pm & 6:30pm Lexington Opera House

7pm Lexington Opera House

Kinky Boots

UK Gymnastics Excite Night

Kinky Boots

Harlem Globetrotters 3pm Rupp Arena

7pm Rupp Arena

JANUARY 19 Kinky Boots

2pm & 8pm Lexington Opera House

UK Men’s Basketball at Auburn University

Art, culture and entertainment collide for an unforgettable evening to support the African American Forum. Let’s Dance, The Last Dance… One More Time!

10am Lexington Center

6pm Rupp Arena

The Freedom March begins at 10am and the Commemorative Holiday Program is held in Heritage Hall at 11am.

American Girl

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Celebration

6:30am Lexington Center

JANUARY 22

UK Men’s Basketball vs Mississippi State University 7pm Rupp Arena

Spirit of Ivy Awards 11:30am Marriott Griffin Gate The ladies of Alpha Kappa Sorority invite everyone to the 14th Annual Coretta Scott King Spirit of Ivy Awards luncheon. The award recognizes Lexington area women who continue to exemplify strength and endurance.

7pm Limestone Hall

JANUARY 26

Unity: The Promise of Hope Breakfast 7:30pm Embassy Suites by Hilton

Bundle Up with Bourbon & Blues

JANUARY 21

4/6pm ESPN/EPSN2/UK Sports Network

The African American Ball Grand Gala Finale

American Girl

UK Men’s Basketball vs University of Kansas

11am, 3pm & 7pm Lexington Opera House

Rapunzel

2pm Lexington Children’s Theatre

LexPhil PB&J: Music Builds Exploration! 2pm Hummel Planetarium

JANUARY 29

UK Men’s Basketball at Vanderbilt University 9pm ESPN/ESPN2/UK Sports Network

JANUARY 24

UK Women's Basketball vs. University of Missouri

Shen Yun

7:30pm EKU Center for the Arts

6:30pm Memorial Coliseum

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CALENDAR // FEB 2019 JANUARY 30 Shen Yun 7:30pm EKU Center for the Arts

FEBRUARY 3

UK Women's Basketball vs. University of Florida 2pm Memorial Coliseum

JANUARY 31

UK Women's Basketball vs. University of South Carolina 6:30pm Memorial Coliseum

FEBRUARY 1 American Heart Association Heart Ball 6pm Lexington Center Celebrate LIFE with the American Heart Association and the 2019 Honoree, Keith Yarber, Founder of TOPS in Lexington! This black tie event is a can’t miss evening to raise funds for an incredible cause.

FEBRUARY 2

FEBRUARY 5

UK Men’s Basketball vs University of South Carolina 7pm Rupp Arena

UK Men’s Basketball at Mississippi State University 1pm CBS/UK Sports Network

Kentucky Sport, Boat & Recreation Show 9am Lexington Center

FEBRUARY 10

Kentucky Sport, Boat & Recreation Show 10am Lexington Center

FEBRUARY 7

Legally Blonde: The Musical

7:30pm EKU Center for the Arts

FEBRUARY 8 LexPhil: Brahms’ First

7:30pm Singletary Center for the Arts

FEBRUARY 12

UK Men’s Basketball vs Louisiana State University 7pm Rupp Arena

FEBRUARY 13

Kentucky Sport, Boat & Recreation Show

UK Men’s Basketball vs University of Tennessee

12pm Lexington Center

8pm Rupp Arena

7:30pm Singletary Center for the Arts

FEBRUARY 9

FEBRUARY 15

UK Men’s Basketball at University of Florida

2pm & 7:30pm

8pm Lexington Opera House

Winter Jam

6pm Rupp Arena

Canadian Brass with the UK Symphony

4/6pm ESPN/ESPN2/UK Sports Network

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Lexington Ballet Company: Sleeping Beauty

Finding Neverland


FEBRUARY 16

UK Men’s Basketball vs. University of Tennessee 8pm ESPN/ESPN2/UK Sports Network

Finding Neverland 2pm & 8pm Lexington Opera House

Lexington Chamber Chorale: Heart & Inspiration 7:30pm Second Presbyterian Church

Anne Frank 7pm Lexington Children’s Theatre

FEBRUARY 17 Finding Neverland

1pm & 6:30pm Lexington Opera House

Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quartet

7:30pm Singletary Center for the Arts

Cirque Mechanics 42Ft

7:30pm EKU Center for the Arts

FEBRUARY 20

UK Symphony Orchestra Side-by-Side with the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quartet 7:30pm Singletary Center for the Arts

FEBRUARY 21 Dierks Bentley

7pm Rupp Arena

FEBRUARY 22 The Real Music Festival Rupp Arena

FEBRUARY 27

James Taylor & His All-Star Band 7:30pm Rupp Arena

FEBRUARY 28

An Evening with Ronnie Milsap 7pm Lexington Opera House

The Price is Right Live

7:30pm EKU Center for the Arts

Blue Grass Trust Antiques & Garden Show Gala Preview Party 6pm-9pm Alltech Arena

MARCH 1 Madama Butterfly

7:30pm Singletary Center for the Arts

CKYO Teen Arts Festival 3pm Singletary Center for the Arts

FEBRUARY 19

UK Men’s Basketball at Missouri 9pm ESPN, ESPN2

FEBRUARY 23

UK Men’s Basketball v Auburn 1:30pm Rupp Arena

FEBRUARY 26

KC and the Sunshine Band

7:30pm EKU Center for the Arts

Blue Grass Trust Antiques & Garden Show Alltech Arena

UK Men’s Basketball v Arkansas 9pm Rupp Arena

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Keith Yarber AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION’S 2018/2019 HEART BALL HONOREE photos by Keni Parks, TOPS staff and courtesy of Keith Yarber

HELLO TOPS READER, If I ever had a year that I am glad is behind me, it was 2018. Four heart procedures, a diagnosis of sarcoidosis, and a debilitating withdrawal reaction to Prednisone. I missed out on a lot of life, family, friends, and work. 2019 HAS to get better, right? With that as a starting point, I am reaching out for your help, so read on, hearty reader! You may know me as the founder of TOP Marketing Group, the company that brought you the magazine you’re holding your hands right now, TOPS in Lexington, our city’s #1 read publication. But what you may not know is that I am a proud – and very lucky – survivor of heart disease. Growing up in eastern Kentucky as a kid, my eating habits weren’t the best (I reached for far more Moon Pies than salads). Heart disease runs in my family, but I thought if I exercised and stayed in athletic shape, it would be enough. That I could outrun my genes. I was wrong. At the age of 44, I volunteered for a cardiac screening. I aced a treadmill stress test and thought I was fine until more extensive test results revealed I needed double bypass surgery. I had 99% blockage in two arteries. My doctor said, “You’re a lucky one who caught it just in time.” Like most people would, I thanked my lucky stars and went on with my busy life. My wife and I raised two wonderful children and I stayed active. I even started a little business called TOPS out of the original American Heart Association office on Malabu Drive in 2005. Luck can only take you so far. A decade later, I began having trouble breathing. My employees noticed that I was turning gray. I was garbling some words. After multiple tests, it was discovered that

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my resting heart rate had dropped to 41 beats per minute – the average healthy resting heart rate is more to the tune of 60 - 70 BPM. I received a pacemaker (which I joked basically made me Ironman). To add to the fun, a few years later, I received a few stents in my heart. I was back to exercising a lot, doing well and feeling good after that. In that time, my wonderful kids had grown and were ready to enter college. TOPS had evolved into the company you know today. I thought I was out of the woods. Until two years ago. My breathing once again grew more and more labored. It was a chore just going up a flight of stairs. I was in the process of helping TOPS Louisville get off the ground. While there’s no good time for a small business owner to not feel well, it was a stressful time to feel so ill. As it turns out, what was originally diagnosed as asthma was instead Sarcoidosis, an inflammatory disease that can affect any major organ. A disease that has no cure and usually affects the lungs, but in my case, also affected my heart. My treatment is a consistent regiment of steroids, Methotrexate and Remicade, three powerful, potent drugs with awful side effects. One of those side effects? My heart was staying in AFIB, or “out of rhythm”, for most of 2018 in spite of my pacemaker. And for more fun, I experienced weight gain and and had a puff y face – I certainly didn’t need that! Just in the past few months, I had two procedures called cardioversions, and I received a brand-new pacemaker with a built-in defibrillator. The game changer for me was getting a heart ablation, which kicked my heart back into rhythm. I was finally able to get back to almost normal. Although my breathing is still somewhat labored, I’m now ready to climb some stairs!


“2018 WAS MY WORST (HEALTH) YEAR EVER. THAT’S WHY I’M ASKING FOR YOUR HELP.” TOPS Magazine | January 2019

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Dr. Greg and Michele White Chair Couple

Presented by: White, Greer & Maggard Orthodontics

Bluegrass Ballroom Lexington Center 6:00 pm: Reception/Silent Auction 7:30 pm: Dinner/Live Auction/Dancing The Jordan English Band

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For tickets: LexingtonHeartBall.heart.org 859.317.6878 • Mike Turner AHALexington


Why am I telling you all of this? I am a proud survivor, and I am grateful. I am also asking for your help, which is the main reason I agreed to share my story and air all of my medical laundry for the world to see! Many people wonder where the money goes when they support a charity like the American Heart Association. I’ve been an active volunteer and supporter of this organization in Lexington for many years. Through my work with them, I’ve seen firsthand that so much of what they are given stays right here close to home. Each year, they fund research that is conducted in Kentucky, helping to make huge medical advances that save lives like mine. Without medical research and without the efforts of the American Heart Association, I and so many other local community leaders wouldn’t be alive today to tell our stories. We wouldn’t be able to take care of our families, our loved ones or our clients, who we love like family! 2018 was – by far – my worst health year yet. I spent most of the year very ill, missing out on work and life, feeling rock-bottom miserable that I couldn’t fill all the roles in my busy life with 110% focus. But it’s 2019, and I’m thrilled to say that I am alive, well and more than ready to welcome this new year with new energy! I am so deeply humbled to be the 2019 Honoree of the American Heart Association’s Annual Heart Ball. I’m ready to join you in celebrating LIFE with some of Lexington’s most influential, powerful and inspiring leaders in one room on February 1st. I invite you to join me at the Heart Ball, and also ask for your kind and generous donation to help fund the research efforts of Kentucky’s #1 Killer of Women and Men. Trust me: it truly makes a meaningful difference. Thank you for your support,

Keith Yarber, President & Founder of TOP Marketing Group and a Heart Survivor

YOU CAN HELP SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT MISSION! VISIT TOPSINLEX.COM/HEARTBALL TO BUY TICKETS TO THE HEART BALL OR TO MAKE A DONATION TO THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION

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Alltech Celebration of Song

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Cynthia Lawrence sings at the UK -UNC game Mike Adams, Leah Taylor-Wright & Nathan Wright at the Kentucky Black Bourbon Guild Soft Launch

Lexington Christmas Parade

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