TOPS Louisville: December 2017

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December 2017 // Priceless

TOPS Who’s Who // What’s New // What To Do DECEMBER 2017 Vol. 1 • No. 12

the HOLIDAY issue Giving • Gifting • getting dressed

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FUNDAMENTALS top notes Bourbon & Benevolence


Last MInute Gifts


Reinventing Brunch


Hand-made Holidays




Look of the Month: Sheen and Shine


Boutique Spotlight: Apricot Village


Holiday Belles


Wow Wedding: Sara & Erik


How to MYO Gift Basket


Charity Begins at Christmas


Special: The Giving Issue


at home Dream Closets


How to Style a Sofa


tour of homes: The Art of Decking the Halls


faces+places New+Noteworthy: Food for the Soul



Tops Cares: The School With No Grades


Meet the media: The Voice of the Season


cuisine Dining: Roc Stars


TOP 5 Dining: Moveable Feasts


Bourbon and Chocolate


arts+entertainment Music: Sounds of the Season


Film: Courage Takes the Stage




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Norton Children’s Is Looking For Heroes


Tighten Up


Calendar: What to do in Lou


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Out & About


Giving Tree Gala


Hosparus Candle Glow Gala


Weekend of Wine and Design


BIAK Brain Ball


Louisville Orchestra Greatest Gala


TOPS November VIP Party


Bluegrass Center for Autism Gala


Joy Mangano Event


Snow Ball


Chenoweth Square Holiday Walk


Knight of Knights Inauguration Gala


Norton Commons Fall Festival


Metro United Way


100th Anniversary Gala


Gilda’s Club Louisville Night




Event photo captions are typically provided to TOPS by the event organizers. We do our best to check names and spelling, but we are all human and make mistakes. Please contact with any corrections and we will make note of it in the next issue.


CONTRIBUTORS Photographers

Danny Alexander Dick Arnspiger Joy Bauer Jolea Brown Clay Cook Tim Furlong Jr. David Harrison Ryan Noltemeyer Anissa Pate Steve Squall

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Rocko Jerome Allison Jones Steve Kaufman Marcella Kragel Ina Miller Nancy Miller Remy Sisk

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Deck more than just your halls this holiday season.

Letter from the editor


After completing our first full year in publication, those of us at TOPS Louisville are feeling celebratory. And very, very grateful. Thank you to everyone who has embraced this fledgling monthly and supported our efforts to tell the good news of our dynamic, diverse city. (If you’re reading this now, we mean you.) This magazine is truly a collaboration between the handful of us on staff and the community we enthusiastically cover…which is why we can’t wait to get started on the next one. Happy Holidays!


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The TOPS Holiday Cover We sent out a last-minute e-vite… and they came. Our final cover of 2017 features some of our dearest friends, supporters, staffers and subjects at one of our favorite locations, the Speed Art Museum. (It was shot after dark to celebrate the museum’s new After Hours cocktail series on the third Friday of every month.) And, fittingly, it was photographed by Clay Cook, the man behind our very first, also stunning cover. We couldn’t have had the incredible year we had without any one of them. Or you. 1. Christine Fellingham, Editor in Chief, TOPS Louisville

21. Kurt Roberson, Heyman Talent, July cover

36. Dick Arnspiger, Photographer, TOPS Louisville

2. Tim Furlong jr., Photographer, TOPS Louisville

22. Mary George Meiners, Sales Manager, TOPS Louisville

37. Valinda Weibel, Tour of Homes Feature, June

3. Danny Alexander, Photographer, TOPS Louisville

23. Jean West, Exec. Dir of Communications for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services

38. Lee Robinson, CEO, The Lee W. Robinson Company

24. Elizabeth Kizito, Owner, Kizito Cookies, february cover

40. Soozie Eastman, Executive Director, Louisville Film Society, august cover

25. Ashley Olson, Account Executive, TOPS Louisville

41. Eric Gurevitch, Director Of Communications and Engagement, Fund for the Arts

4. Allison Jones, Writer, TOPS Louisville 5. Pam Leet, General Manager, TOPS Louisville 6. Ivvy Shurn, Wedding Feature, November 7. Laura Ross, Public Relations Manager , Speed Art Museum 8. Tara Basset, columnist, Puppy Pack Adventures 9. Byrone Smith, Fashion Designer, may cover

26. Terri Waller, Account Executive, TOPS Louisville 27. Joanna HITE Shelton, Production Manager/Lead Graphic Designer, TOPS Louisville

39. Steve Squall, Photographer, TOPS Louisville

42. Rocko Jerome, Brand Ambassador, TOPS Louisville 43. Shanna Ward, Sr Event Manager, Kentucky Derby Festival

10. Kelin Rapp, Project Manager, TOPS Louisville

28. Mike Berry, President and CEO, Kentucky Derby Festival

11. Kevin Grangier, Founder/CEO Belle Noble Entertainment Group

29. Heather French Henry, former Miss America, Commissioner of Veterans Affairs, january cover

45. Yamilca Rodriguez, Creator, Louisville Bespoke

12. David Harrison, Photographer, TOPS Louisville

30. Stacey Robinson, Vice President and Chief of Staff, Kentucky Derby Festival

47. Marcella Kragel, ina marcella events, columnist

13. Amy Nic, Morning Show Host, 97.5 WAMZ 14. Kaylynn Paulin, heyman Talent, september cover 15. Stacy Cadolini, Owner, Roc Restaurant 16. Rocco Cadolini, Owner, Roc Restaurant 17. Keith Yarber, founder and ceo, TOPS Louisville 18. Andy Treinen, Director of Marketing, Frazier Museum

31. Karen Lawrence, Philanthropist/Founder of Camp Hi-Ho/Mother of Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence, june cover 32. Rodes Robinson, VP, The Lee W. Robinson Company 33. Juliana Valencia, Morning Anchor, WHAS 11

19. Penelope Peavler, President and CEO, Frazier Museum

34. Laurie Pfeiffer Lennon, Account Executive, TOPS Louisville

20. Julie Mitchell, Account Executive, TOPS Louisville

35. Mark Maxwell, Bandleader, Louisville Crashers

44. Jenny Pfanenstiel, founder, Formé Millinery 46. Ryan Noltemeyer, Photographer, TOPS Louisville 48. Kevin Broady, Graphic Designer, TOPS LOuisville 49. Ina Miller, Ina Marcella Events, columnist 50. Howard Gittli, Versatile Musician, Louisville Crashers *Not pictured: Donna Barton Brothers, Former Jockey/ NBC Sports Analyst, April Cover, and husband Frank Brothers, American Thoroughbred Race Horse Trainer *Not pictured: Jeanne Hilt, Dir. Of Marketing and Communications, Louisville Downtown Partnership

Cover Credits:

PHOTO BY CLAY COOK Assisted by Hunter Zieske, Amie Santavicca and Louis Tinsley.

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Bourbon & Benevolence A new scholarship program funded by Ballotin Chocolate Whiskey rewards deserving dining industry employees with professional enrichment that boosts their careers and our local bourbon culture. BY CHRISTINE FELLINGHAM • PHOTOS BY DICK ARNSPIGER


aul Tuell is a man who sees possibilities where others may not. His popular line of chocolate whiskeys, including Chocolate Mint, Bourbon Ball and Caramel Turtle may have caused some initial eye-rolling among bourbon purists, but it’s now being embraced by foodies and chefs alike—appearing on dessert menus at Café Lou Lou and cocktail menus all over town. It’s not surprising, then, that the founder and president of this one-of-a-kind whiskey company also sees untapped potential in the bar and restaurant industry—specifically with the front of the house employees who, with the right education and certification, could become dynamic ambassadors of our bourbon culture. “If you go to a restaurant in Napa Valley or Sonoma, those

servers have to be on their A-game,” says Tuell. “They’re serving a bunch of wine enthusiasts and they have to be able to go toe to toe with them. It’s the same here. We have this bourbon tourism boom going on. When people come in from all over the world, we need our bartenders and servers to be able to hold their own.” A proponent of bourbon education, he has been an instructor in the bourbon-certification programs at Moonshine University since its inception. But, this fall, he went a step further, creating “The Stave & Thief Scholarship” at Moonshine benefiting Apron Inc., a non-profit organization developed to provide a safety net and support system for dining industry workers. “It’s a forward-looking way of helping those in the

Ryan Lindauer, left, and

Paul Tuell

industry,” he says. “The scholarship benefits the individual because they’re more marketable and better equipped. It benefits the customer who is the key to this. And it benefits the beverage and alcohol industry that’s so active in this town.” The scholarship provides recipients the opportunity to attend the Stave & Thief Bourbon Certification program offered at Moonshine University free of cost. There will be one recipient each quarter; the first, Ryan Lindauer, a server from Equus and Jack’s Lounge, received his certification last month. “This certification is part of treating these jobs like careers and it benefits all of us,” says Tuell. “The dining industry is very interconnected and it’s embedded in our community. It feels good to be able to help.”  TOPS LOUISVILLE | December 2017 17

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Last-Minute Gifts It’s not too late. These thoughtful, local gifts can help you finish that list. PHOTOS BY DICK ARNSPIGER

Vintage Print Mirrors • $8 each Available at Tunie’s Boutique • 1301 Herr Lane

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Canvas Flask • $14 Available Fresh Boutique • 1201 Herr Lane

Gloves • Plaid $24, strap $26, Pom $27.50 Available at Lemon Tree • 3915 Chenoweth Square

Tassel Earrings • $30 Available at Collections Boutique • 1301 Herr Lane

What I Love About Christmas Ceramic Mug • $12 Available at Darling State of Mind • 1301 Herr Lane

Jolly Bombs • $32 Available Fresh Boutique • 1201 Herr Lane

Holiday Figurines • $24, $48, $43.50 Available at Cartwheels • 3919 Chenoweth Square

Best Furry Friend Ornament • $10 Available at Apricot Lane Boutique • 1301 Herr Lane

LUX Candle • $27 Available at Dolfingers • 3937 Chenoweth Square

Made With Love Butter Dish and Spreader • $18 Available at Work the Metal • 1201 Story Avenue

Botanical Reed Diffuser • $68 Available at Digs Home & Garden •3905 Chenoweth Square

12 Days of Christmas in Kentucky Tea Towel • $12 Available at Darling State of Mind • 1301 Herr Lane

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Last-Minute Gifts

Holiday Spoon and Tea Towel Set • $16 Available at Work the Metal • 1201 Story Ave

Tile Coasters • $10 each Available at Tunie’s Boutique • 1301 Herr Lane

Voluspa Candles • $12, $22, $74 Available at Fleur De Lis • 3913 Chenoweth Square

Cozy Oversized Sweaters • under $80 Available at Liv Boutique • 3704 Lexington Road

Christmas Tree Tray • $48 Available at Cartwheels •3919 Chenoweth Square

Scarf, Hat and Gloves • $45, $25, $15 Available at Apricot Lane Boutique • 1301 Herr Lane

Charley Harper Jigsaw puzzle • $19 Available at Digs Home & Garden • 3905 Chenoweth Square

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Homemade Dog Treats • $12.99 lb available at wag n wash • 1201 Herr Lane

Kashwere Blanket • $165 Available at Bedded Bliss • 3936 Chenoweth Square


Let Your Senses Do the Picking


hen you’re trying to cross the last few names off your holiday gift list, our advice is to get out and go see things for yourself. It’s especially good advice when those folks seem like they already have everything. Being able to see, feel, and interact with what’s in-store will help you seal the deal with ease. And if you get stuck between two things, don’t stress! Just lean on the expertise of the sales associates – you’ll be surprised at how far just a little conversation will go. This year, visit The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass and let your instincts do

the picking. Those softer-than-air silk scarves by Gucci will be shouting your best friend’s name. You’ll see your brother’s eyes in the baby blue ties by Brooks Brothers, and you’ll think of grandma’s homemade pies when you catch the scent of hot cocoa at Ghirardelli Chocolates. Experience the widest variety of stylish savings by our leading fashion retailers. From warm winter coats at The North Face to luxurious leather boots at Tory Burch, the gifts you give during the holidays are more than just stuff—they’re celebrations of the people you love most.



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Reinventing Brunch The ever-inventive and local Zeggz team brings fun, fast-casual service, fresh-squeezed orange juice and, wait for it, champagne and Tito’s on tap to a brunch spot near you. 22 TOPS LOUISVILLE | December 2017

In photo, from left: Jenn Hale, Stylebone; Jacky Ruch, Tito’s Vodka; Ashton Lockhart, ZEGGZ; Cara King, Sotheby’s; Lainey Jurich, Commercial Kentucky; Marvin Dyer, Dwellings; Steve Wilson, 21c Museum Hotels.



he local owners and creators of Zeggz can’t lend you the gleaming, marble-clad kitchen they used to stage their own spectacular version of holiday brunch. But they can, and do, serve up everything you see here— fat slices of French toast, piles of pancakes, casual but contemporary ambiance and, you heard us right, the self-serve champagne and Tito’s. Just add either adult beverage to your tomato juice or fresh-squeezed orange juice and whatever uncle so-and-so said at that family dinner last night just won’t matter as much. With





Farmhouse Club, Derby Cobb, Picoso Omelette and Piggy Sticks (bacon wrapped pancakes on a stick) for the kids, the fast-casual brunch chain has this hybrid meal so perfected that people tend to think the company must be national. “People are often surprised that we’re a local chain,” says partner and president Ashton Lockhart. “But we’re a group of local guys who grew up in the restaurant business and had this vision of bringing brunch back.” That they did. Thanks to the guys from Zeggz, you can host a family or friend get-together without lifting a finger— except to refresh that mimosa. Cheers.

ZEGGZ (two locations)

2400 Lime Kiln Lane, Suite 3 502-742-6292

11615 Shelbyville Road, Suite 102 502-882-1650

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Hand -Made Holidays In an era of impersonal, online gifting, BAZ and BEA’s artisan line of hand-carved, hand-dyed, reclaimed wood accessories are a welcome, wearable antidote. It’s just another reason to fall in love with this magical micro-boutique. BY CHRISTINE FELLINGHAM PHOTOS BY RYAN NOLTEMEYER


t’s not as if Nathan Smothers and Justin Keibler, owners of BAZ and BEA, aren’t already busy enough running their Bardstown Road boutique. Or creating their original, custom-dyeable collection (a sixpiece capsule wardrobe of versatile, dyed-to-please pieces). Or doing free wardrobe consultations. Or, even, making hand-made earrings. When it comes to offering personalized, one-of-a-kind style statements and gifts, they don’t have an off button. It shouldn’t have come as a surprise, then, that the dramatic, chunky wooden accessories displayed about the shop are hand cut, carved and colored (with high-density pigments). What is surprising is the price: The striking, one-of-a-kind pieces range from $32 to $85. They can be purchased BAZ and BEA is located at in their natural state either to be worn that 1433 Bardstown Road. Call way-- or so a gift recipient can dream up their own color scheme during an in-store consul(502) 365-1029 or go to tation and the piece can be custom-colored. for more Justin, of course, would be happy to oblige. information.


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AFB was an easy choice. From our first meeting it was clear they did not just look at numbers on a page, but at us as individuals. They believe, with us, in our dreams and goals. They see us as we see the students we individuals.” - John & Teresa Savage, Academy for Individual Excellence

About the Academy for Individual Excellence The Academy for Individual Excellence (AIE) is a preschool-12th grade Christian school dedicated to the task of enabling students to achieve “Individual Excellence” in character and academics. Through a unique approach designed to hold in high regard the family unit, AIE functions to promote strong work ethic, engagement, accountability, and compassion. Students ranging from advanced to those who need additional support as they progress on the journey of learning are inspired to succeed. We invite you to visit to learn more about the exciting opportunities that await your family at AIE where students are respected for the individuals they are.

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OUT + ABout Happenings in the City

Gilda’s Club Louisville

Brain Injury Alliance of Kentucky - Brain Ball

Metro United Way 100th Anniversary Gala

Louisville Downtown Partnership - IgoDOWNTOWN

Lee Robinson’s Soiree

Louisville Orchestra - Teddy Abrams Concert

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GIVING TREE GALA The Marcus Lindsey | November 7 | | Photos by Dick Arnspiger

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Katy and Andrew Cusick

Kurt and Anissa Neubauer

Julie and Doug Dorsey

Jim and Claudette Patton

Lindsey Brodsky and Jess Owens

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Kim and Chuck Morton, Will Baumgardner

David and Leighan Dickerson, Tracy and John Cline


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Hosparus Candle Glow Gala Louisville Marriott Downtown | November 4 | | Photos by Jolea Brown

Janet Lively and Darrin McCauley

Charlie and Danielle Archer with Roger and Karen Harberson

Matthew Porter and Randy Blevins

Evan Nobel with Denise and Billy Roby

Tammy Stuart and Dennis Petrullo

Kristina Messina and Kelly Messina

Joe Willis, Paige McCauley, Susan and Logan Willis

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Weekend of wine and design Pendennis Club | November 11 | Pendennis Historical Foundation | Photos by Terry Steiden

Lee Robinson, Thomas and Amanda Altstadt

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Trace Mayer and Jana Dowds

Matt and Ellie Eldridge

Michelle and Erik Evans, Ann Wells, Rhonda Frey and Stacy Todd

Della and Andrew Crone

Glenda and Bob Dangremon

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Catherine Kennedy, Babs Robinson, Sarah Kennedy Dolce, and Carroll Kennedy

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Brain Ball Marriott East | | November 17 | Photos By Dick Arnspiger

Robyn Raque, Paige and Tom Raque

Alex and Caroline Nauert, Courtney and Mason Smith

Anith Guzman Tomcheck and Scott Tomchek

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Carson and Emily Sullivan, Krystal and Jon Court

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Louisville Orchestra Greatest Gala The Kentucky Center | November 4 | | Photos by Dick Arnspiger

Christen Boone, Meredith Lawrence, Gregg and Lesa Seibert, JP Davis

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John and Sharon Malloy

Jerry and Madeline Abramson

Augusta and Gill Holland

Jeffrey Eifler, Dave Zettel and Rev. Al Shands

Joseph and Winona Shipwreck, Barry Motes

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Judy and Stan Logan, Christy and Chuck Cavanaugh

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TOPS November VIP Party ZEGGZ Restaurant | November 9 | | Photos by Dick Arnspiger

Kristie Crenshaw, Craig Stevenson, Karen Casi and Carrie Ann Smith

Diane Smith and Diane Tuell

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Marvin Dyer, Fariba Cox, Lesa and Richard Buckler

Karen Casi and Jolea Brown

Ashley Olson and Pam Leet

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Grace Iglehart, Kenneth Whobrey and Olivia Smith

Rananna McKenzie, Linda Waller and Whitney Waller

Jeff Hunter, Christine Fellingham and Jason Kees

Shannon Barton and Anissa Pate

Steven Edwards and Nicholas Moore




Bluegrass Center for Autism Gala The Ice House Downtown | November 11 | | Photos by Candice Malone

Katie Travis, Sam Jackson and Justine Scheuher

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Genny and David Wenta

Erica and Josh Richardson

Pat Chapman, Beverly Edwards, Marinell Baker and Ellen Skomsky

Meghann Scharfenberger and Tara Denham

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Carin Isaacs and Dana Robinson

Alexa Khazai and Candace Becker

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Look of the month: Sheen and Shine Boutique Spotlight: Apricot Lane Holiday Belles WOW WEdding: Sara & Eric How to MYO Gift Basket Charity Begins at Christmas The giving issue

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here: Gilded Star Maxi By For

Love and Lemons, $238; Velvet Santi Jumpsuit by LACAUSA, $135; Lotta Love Star Necklace by Frazier Sterling, $42; all at Caden.

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This season’s velvet and metallics bring a luxe touch to dressing up. Caden boutique owner MacKenzie Gordon shares her on-point style advice.



henever I wear metallics, sequins, or a luxe fabric like velvet, I feel it’s best to be sparse with accessories.

Subtle usage of gold or silver works well. Let the cut of the garment dictate the type of accessory. For example, if the neckline is high, pair with earrings and bracelets. When showing off your décolletage, incorporate necklaces. Choose ones of different lengths and layer them. Stick with classic pumps and a simple clutch. Add a little edge to these typically girly-girl looks by draping a leather jacket over the shoulders. As far as makeup goes, don’t reinvent the wheel. Sometimes you can’t beat the classic red lip and winged eyeliner. If my outfit is boldly patterned or of an extreme color I tend to balance it with simple. Try a natural eye and a rich lip. Think, deep burgundy. When the outfit is on the less adventurous side, I glam it up. Use a metallic smokey eye, gold or bronze and balance it with a nude glossy lip. Then bump up the highlighter on the cheek bones.” 

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Apricot Lane With stylish surprises arriving every day and clothes, accessories and gifts that cater to both teens and adults, it’s no wonder this cozy boutique has been bustling for eight years. BY CHRISTINE FELLINGHAM PHOTOS BY RYAN NOLTEMEYER


t’s not easy to appeal to moms, grandmas and teens alike, but Apricot Lane in Westport Village makes it look effortless. Their wide appeal is obvious as soon as you set foot inside the door of the homey, light-filled store with its comfy chairs and piles of magazines. Everywhere you look, there are style options: mini dresses, maxi skirts, cropped tops, billowy tunics, ankle boots, flats. And, yet, the selection isn’t random, but, rather, a carefully-curated mix. This month, for instance, velvet and a palette heavy on blush, red and jewel tones makes the wide variety of choices look cohesive. “We go after the trends,” says owner Wendy Lytle, who opened the store eight years ago. “But we’ll do them in a variety of ways to make them wearable for everyone. Crushed velvet is a trend, so we have it in rompers, dresses, long sleeves, short sleeves, shorts, skirts.” Not only does that approach allow almost anyone to have success in their dressing rooms (which are fabulous, by the way), but it also allows everyone to put together an entire outfit in one thoroughly enjoyable shopping excursion. “We want to make sure you can do the whole look,” says Lytle. “We have the purse, the shoes, the clothes and the accessories. We make it easy for someone to come in and get a head-to-toe look for any occasion— whether it’s a business trip or a party.” Or even a wedding. “We have bridesmaids come in all the time to get different dresses in matching colors,” she says. “Our stylists are trained to be able to help pull it

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all together and make sure people come out feeling great about how they look.” Their prices are as encouraging as their staff. Prices range from about twenty dollars for tops to ninety-nine for dresses; accessories and gifts are often less than twenty. And the merchandise is always changing. “We get shipments every day,” says Lytle. “There are always new things to see.”

Owner Wendy Lytle

While the fast turnover and reasonable prices make the boutique a fun place to shop every day, it has also gained a following for special gatherings like meetings, girls’ nights and even book clubs. “We love doing private shopping nights,” says Lytle. “We’ve been offering them since we opened and it’s when we really shine. You just need ten people and we bring the wine and the cheese!” There’s no fee to host a gathering there—just incentives. “The hostess gets twenty percent off that night and the guests get ten. And we’ll also give ten percent back to any organization of the host’s choice.” Not surprisingly, a lot of organizations have taken them up on this offer. “We’ve had PTA groups, book clubs, bridal parties, girls’ nights and, last month, we hosted NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners),” says Lytle. “We’d be happy to host an ornament exchange if we still have open days on the calendar!”

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H Get Decked Out Stripe and fringe jacket, $84, at Six Sisters in Nulu. Strapless accordionpleat dress, $42, at Darling State of Mind in Westport Village. Leather tassel earrings, $39, at Apricot Lane. Cocktail rings, $40, at Apricot Lane.

HOLIDAY ‘Tis the season to put a very merry spin on dressing up. So, go ahead, celebrate. Add some sparkle. Layer in lace… or leopard or luxe metallic leather. Slip into something velvet-y. Pop a pair of red earrings. Spread the joy. It’s time to shine. Photographed by STEVE SQUALL

Styled & Written by CHRISTINE FELLINGHAM Shot on location at SpringHouse Apartments at 8400 Tapestry Circle Hair by Shawn Beirne and makeup by Jessie Coleman of Joseph’s Salon and Spa Models: Kaylynn Paulin for Heyman Talent and Jaela Packer

Go Big Wide pants, $96, at Collections in Westport Village. Alice + Olivia patent jacket, $895, at Rodeo Drive. Summer Eliason necklace, $140, at Liv Boutique.

Bring Presence Red romper-maxi, $69, at Apricot Lane. Satin wrap shoes, $178, and beaded tassel earrings, $35, all at Monkees of Louisville.

Lounge Around

On Jaela, left: Velvet slip dress, $55, at Apricot Lane. Drop earrings, $38, at Liv Boutique. Forme fascinator, $425, at Forme Millinery in Mellwood Arts Complex and On Kaylynn: Glitter lounge robe, $128, at Rodeo Drive. Earrings, $24, at Liv Boutique. Forme fascinator, $450, at Forme Millinery.

Uncover a Shoulder

Beaded jumpsuit, $204, at Six Sisters in Nulu. Forme Fascinator, $450, at Forme Millinery in Mellwood Arts Complex or

Just Add Sequins

Haley Bob sequined maxi, $356, at Rodeo Drive. Forme fascinator. $350, at Forme Millinery in Mellwood Arts Complex or

Get gilded

Dress, $46, at Darling State of Mind in Westport Village. Gold clutch, $62, at Monkees of Louisville.

Rock leopard Alice + Olivia coat, $495, and cropped gold pants, $375; Trina Turk leopard blouse, $440, Vince shoes, $225, all at Rodeo Drive. Earrings, $35, at Monkees of Louisville.

Mix in metals

Alice + Olivia blouse, $440, Stuart Weitzman boots, $598, and purse, $152, all at Rodeo Drive. Leather pleated skirt, $58, and earrings, $38, at Liv Boutique.

Layer lavishly Eli Tahari faux fur tunic vest, $498, and Trina Turk gold pants, $298, at Rodeo Drive. Black bomber jacket, $94, at Six Sisters in Nulu. Gold clutch, $62, and drop earrings, $42, at Monkees of Louisville. Red plaid scarf, $25, at Apricot Lane.

Feel the fringe

Fringe top, $86 at Collections. Leather pants, $798, at Rodeo Drive. Chanel-inspired bag, $142, at Liv Boutique.

Simply sparkle

On Jaela, left: Shimmering sheath, $44, from Baz and Bea. Shoes, $140, and gold clutch, $62, at Monkees of Louisville. On Kaylynn: Sequined striped strapless dress, $56, at Baz and Bea. Clutch, $60, and Vince velvet shoes, $225, at Rodeo Drive.

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fter falling in love almost at first sight, Sara and Erik Sanders dated for six years before he popped the question. “We met at Rhodes College in Memphis,” Sara says. “We got to know each other through intramurals—he played basketball and I was scorekeeper!” The couple began dating during her sophomore year (his senior) and continued after Erik’s graduation— when he moved to Louisiana to attend law school at Louisiana State University. During the next five years, they continued to date through semesters abroad and Sara’s move to New Orleans. The subject of marriage often came up and so did the

subject of wedding location: “The first decision we made was that our wedding would be in Louisville— this was decided before the actual proposal!” says Sara. That moment came on Friday, November 13, 2015. “My parents were visiting from Louisville,” says Sara, “and we had decided to spend Thursday and Friday in New Orleans,” she says. “I thought Erik and his parents were going to come meet us for dinner and drinks, but Erik arrived early and surprised me in Jackson Square near the hotel where we were staying for the weekend. My parents and a couple of friends were there to congratulate us, and Erik’s parents met us to celebrate!”

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hey quickly settled on a date and chose the historic Brown Hotel as their venue. “Convenience for our guests was a huge factor since most of our guests were from out of town and many had never been to Louisville,” says Sara. “Having the wedding ceremony, reception, and room block at the same venue was very convenient! Many of our guests told us how convenient everything was for them throughout the weekend, and we are so grateful the Brown could make all of that work for us. The rehearsal dinner and welcome party were held next door at the Marketplace Restaurant allowing for a different ambiance while preserving the convenience factor.” While Sara’s mother had to do a lot of the legwork and appointments, Sara helped with planning on short trips home. “We had such special relationships with each of our vendors, and they were so accommodating in the planning with us being out of town and needing to cram everything in on one or two days at a time.” She and Erik also decided early on that they wanted to have elements representative of both Louisville and New Orleans emphasized throughout the weekend. Erik’s mom used fleur de lis Mardi Gras style beads as favors for the guests at the rehearsal dinner, their send-off was a parade led by a second line brass band, and wedding favors were koozies and second line handkerchiefs. They had Louisville-themed elements beyond the location— naming the tables at the wedding after Derby winners, using a bourbon barrel head as a guest book, and using KFC buckets to hold all of their “room drop” goodies. (These included a variety of Louisville-made products including Modjeskas, Ale-8-One, bourbon balls and horseshoes.) Most important to Erik was his groom’s cake. “Melissa at Louisvillicious created an incredible 3D Lynx cat cake per Erik’s vision,” says Sara. “Rhodes’ mascot is the lynx, so he knew he wanted that to be the focus for his cake from day one.”



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here were special moments during the actual ceremony too, which was a mixed faith Christian-Jewish service. “Our officiant, Jud Hendrix, assisted us in creating a very personalized ceremony that involved some Jewish customs and a Christian prayer,” says Sara. They had two literary readings about marriage and relationships, and Erik’s aunt said some words about the couple in place of a homily—a very personal and touching element during an otherwise short-and-sweet ceremony. The ceremony closed with Erik’s Uncle reading the Shehecheyanu, a Jewish blessing, and Erik breaking the glass followed by a collective, “Mazel Tov.” “It was not very traditional, but it was very us,” says Sara. There were other unique touches throughout the evening. For the reception, the couple hired a caricature artist instead of having a photo booth. They also had an ice bar that served only champagne and a draft beer bar comprising a tap behind two bourbon barrels and a table top. “At one of the two main bars, one of the bartenders had his fingers stained red from making old fashioned cocktails all night,” she says. As for Sara’s advice to other couple’s planning their big day? “Decide early on the things you are willing to compromise on and those other things that are very important to you,” she says. “Schedule time to plan and stay organized and be a little selfish in the planning. You won’t be able to accommodate everyone and you will make yourself crazy trying.”

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Venues: The Brown Hotel, Marketplace Restaurant (Rehearsal Dinner and Welcome Party) Photographer: Robert Burge Photography Videographer: Kay Rountree Videography Caterer: The Brown Hotel Wedding cake: Mert’s Cakes Groom’s cake: Louisvillicious Cakes and Desserts Dress: Lillian West, from Couture Closet Wedding planner: Marcie Hancock at A Thorough Fare

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How To MYO Gift Basket It’s the season for giving, and as event planners and lovers of shopping local, Ina Miller and Marcella Kragel know a thing or two about assembling the perfect gift basket. Here, their creative list of local ideas is the perfect lastminute gift to all of us!


here are so many thoughtful and creative ways to let friends and family know you appreciate them during this holiday season. As event planners, we’re big believers in the ability of a good gift basket to make someone feel appreciated. Of course, we’re talking about something more than a pre-packaged basket of muffins or fruit. We know how a carefully-curated swag bag can make every guest feel fussed over and thanked, so we tend to think of gift baskets as a more personal version of The Swag Bag. Let’s be honest, sometimes it’s too hard to pick just one thing for a treasured friend. To spare you time spent scouring stores, here are a few of our favorite sources and basket-stuffers. We have one for just about every type of friend on your list.

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A R L A T slee C p S LO Baskets “A Good Night Sleep” Basket

This is perfect for the out-of-towner just in for the holidays. Our version would include; something that smells great, so pretty much anything from Peace of the Earth (801 E Market Street), a great bottle of wine, like Boredough from Old 502 Winery (120 S 10th Street), an oversize cozy scarf from Local Etsy ( market/louisville_ky), and for a final touch, throw in a beautiful journal and pen from Celebrations (3632 Brownsboro Road) with a handwritten inscription thanking your guest for staying with you and providing space to record the day’s happenings.

“The Louisville Local” Basket

We’re sure everyone has sent or received a “Best of Kentucky” themed basket, but by focusing on our eclectic city, you can surprise your guests with something beyond the standard bourbon balls and horseshoes. While a little bourbon can’t hurt, if you mix it with your favorite local treats, you elevate the predictable into something special. Our perfect mix would be a bottle of Blade and Bow (found at almost any local liquor store, but we like Old Town Wine and Spirits at 1528 Bardstown Road), colorful thumb-print cookies from Plehn’s Bakery (3940 Shelbyville Road), and locally roasted coffee from Good Folks ( Round it out with a personalized Louisville Stoneware Mug (371 Brent Street).

“Celebrate the Louisville Arts” Basket We are big fans of Louisville’s vibrant art scene and feel it often doesn’t get the credit due from out-of-towners. Open their eyes to all our city has to offer with a basket inspired by our amazing local artists, from visual, to performing, and culinary. We would start with a beautiful coloring book from Carmichael’s Kids (1313 Bardstown Road), colored pencils from Preston Art’s Center (3048 Bardstown Road), a small piece of handmade local art from Mellwood Arts Complex, and passes to the Speed Art Museum (2035 S 3rd Street). Top it all off with two gift certificates: one for lunch to the Speed Museum’s delicious Wiltshire at the Speed restaurant and another to a favorite live music venue like Gerstle’s Place (3801 Frankfort Avenue) or Butchertown Social (1601 Story Avenue).

Pre-Made Upgrades Sometimes you just don’t have the time to shop around. Try these easy hacks to upgrade pre-made baskets. 1. Ditch the basket, and by that, we mean the actual basket, for something more unexpected. For example, a fun Louisville themed tote from 5-0-Lou (2235 Frankfort Avenue) will give the recipient something fun to use the next time they visit the farmer’s market and remind them of how thoughtful you are. 2. Brighten up gourmet food baskets with something freshly baked from Fleur-di-Lis Bakery (1759 Bardstown Road) or fresh flowers to make it look more luxurious. 3. Add one special extra item that will tie the generic basket to the individual you are gifting it to. For instance, a gift card to a favorite restaurant turns a wine and chocolate basket into a romantic after-dinner treat for a favorite couple, just the way tickets to the Derby Museum (704 Central Avenue) turn a Kentucky themed basket into a treasured memory for Kentucky first-timers.

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

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Charity Christmas BEGINS AT

Give your cynicism the season off. The numbers show that people are increasingly generous—especially during the holiday giving season. BY STEVE KAUFMAN


ingers, from Elvis to Ariana Grande, have sung about what they want to get for Christmas. “My baby, back to me . . . my three front teeth . . . lots of toys and goodies . . . a yacht; and really, that’s not a lot . . .” But the holidays are also about giving. Not just presents and entertaining, but – more than that – charitable donating. And it turns out that the United States is remarkably charitable. And Louisville is not exactly stingy either.

GOOD NEWS: GENEROSITY IS TRENDING According to “The Annual Report on Philanthropy, 2017,” conducted by Giving USA, American individuals, estates, foundations and corporations contributed an estimated $390.05 billion to U.S. charities in 2016. Total giving rose 2.7 percent in current dollars (1.4 percent adjusted for inflation) from the $379.89 billion for total giving in 2015.

Giving to all nine major categories of recipient organizations grew, making 2016 just the sixth time in the past 40 years that this has occurred. The nine categories are religion; education; human services; giving to foundations; health; public-society benefit; arts, culture and humanities;

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international affairs; and environment and animals. The rise in total giving was spurred largely by giving from individuals, which increased nearly 4 percent in 2016.

Giving by foundations increased 3.5 percent to an estimated $59.28 billion in 2016. Giving by individuals totaled an estimated $281.86 billion.

Giving by corporations increased by 3.5 percent in 2016, totaling $18.55 billion.

Not surprisingly, much of this charity ratchets up during the Christmas holiday.

The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University found that respondents to a

recent survey gave about 24 percent of their annual total charitable donations between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. And the Nonprofit Research Collaborative said, in its 2011 Nonprofit Fundraising Survey, that over half of the nonprofits queried reported that they received over a quarter of their contributions between October and December. 16 percent of all organizations received over half their year’s total contributions during those months. A GuideStar survey revealed the same: 50.5 percent of the organizations surveyed said they received the majority of their contributions between October and December.

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Not surprisingly, giving starts at the top. An October 2017 article in The Chronicle of Philanthropy said that the top income earners ($200,000 and above) accounted for more than half of all itemized contributions. In Kentucky, according to the survey, that group’s share of the total giving pool has increased 2.4 percent since 2012.

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In general, high net worth donors are said to be increasingly directing their gifts toward operating support for nonprofits. High net worth donors were more likely to donate for this purpose in 2011 (60.9 percent) than they were in 2009 (55.5 percent). Over the same period, the percentage of high net worth donors funding specific programs, making capital gifts and providing funding for other reasons (such as for personal benefit) declined.

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It’s not just donations that are on the increase. The rate of charitable volunteering by high net worth individuals continues to grow, at least according to a 2012 study:

High net worth individuals were most likely to have served on a nonprofit board (60.6 percent) or to have spent time on board-serving activities (an average of 144.6 hours).

In 2011, 89 percent of high net worth individuals volunteered (up 10 percentage points from 2009).

Those high net worth individuals who volunteered 101 to 200 hours gave the highest average amount at $95,868.

Over one-third (35.1 percent) of these individuals volunteered more than 200 hours in 2011. High net worth individuals were most likely to volunteer on their own (78.5 percent), rather than with family, friends, or coworkers.

Those who volunteered more than 200 hours gave the second-highest average amount at $68,619. High net worth donors gave the highest average amount in contributions to organizations both where they volunteered and believed their gift would have the largest impact ($102,642).

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entucky Select Properties has had its best sales year ever in 2017. As the top selling 100% locally-owned and independent residential real estate company in the market, the company’s success has again been driven in part by its commitment to investing in non-profit organizations that enhance the quality of life for all Louisvillians. In the past year the company and its agents supported 32 non-profits either financially or through volunteerism

including Gilda’s Club, Blessings in a Backpack, HUG Reading Program, Metro United Way, Fund for the Arts, 21st Century Parks, Olmsted Parks Conservancy, St. John’s Center and Family Scholar House. Kentucky Select agents see themselves as ambassadors for the city, and their appreciation for Louisville continues to inspire a commitment to serve the many people who have helped contribute to their success.

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urt and Anissa Neubauer started the Olive Branch Foundation after they discovered first hand just how difficult it is to domestically adopt a child in the United States. They vowed to do everything they could to assist those in similar positions and navigate a way to cut the governmental red tape. Their ultimate goal is to help the more than a quarter of a million children across the country in need of a good, loving home and family. Many children are born into absolutely harrowing conditions. All too often, the system grants too many chances to biological parents who are criminally doing things to damage helpless, innocent children, both actively and passively. The Olive Branch Foundation is working with lawmakers to change the laws that currently put potential adopted parents through an expensive, grueling, time-consuming process, while children spend their formative years in toxic and damaging environments. The Foundation also assists with the associated costs that adoptive parents encounter, such as special dietary needs for kids born addicted to drugs. It continually makes progress, but the broken system in place is vast and difficult to change. Every bit of assistance makes a difference. Please help, either through a financial contribution or volunteering. Visit www. for more information.

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very day, the Kentucky Humane Society (KHS) makes lifesaving changes for animals. Sweet, little furry friends like Lego, a 10-weekold shepherd puppy, who came to KHS from Eastern Kentucky with his siblings. The tiny pup was half the size of the others, with no energy to romp and play. Shelter veterinarian, Dr. Emily Bewley, suspected a heart defect. She ordered an x-ray and determined that Lego was born with a rare birth defect, and without emergency surgery, he wouldn’t survive. While he was on the operating table, little Lego’s heart stopped and the staff performed CPR on him to bring him back to life. The veterinary team gently breathed for him through a tube, filling his tiny lungs up with air. Miraculously, his heart began to beat again. The team cheered, but they knew that Lego’s long fight was far from over. Dr. Bewley adopted Lego herself, and has nursed him to greater care than he ever could’ve had without that vital care at that pivotal moment. The Kentucky Humane Society is offering a chance to help even more animals in need this season: Thanks to an amazing offer from PetFirst Pet Insurance, every gift received before December 31 will be matched — dollar for dollar — up to $10,000. Your gift to them saves the lives of our little companions and helps find them loving homes.

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It began over 100 years ago with one woman, Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low, who believed in the power of every girl. Today, we continue her vision of building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place by helping them discover their inner strength, passions, and talents. And with programs serving girls in over 700 zip codes, there’s a chance for every girl to do something amazing. We help every girl discover who she can be and what she can do, wherever she chooses to put her energy.

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he Center for Women and Families is Kentuckiana’s Rape Crisis and Domestic Violence Center providing free, safe and confidential services for anyone who has experienced domestic violence or sexual assault. November 16 through December 22nd, The Center will hold its annual Holiday Gift Card Drive. Gift cards empower clients and help them on their journey to breaking free and taking control of their lives. Make a difference this holiday season and donate a $25 gift card. Our goal is to provide gift cards to 1,000 families this year. Please donate cards in increments of $25. Suggested stores include Kroger, Meijer, Target and Walmart. For more information or to make a donation visit our website at www.

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f your child needed specialized therapy to recover from a surgery or accident, what would you do? If your child wasn’t hitting developmental milestones, where would you turn? If your child had a congenital disorder and needed lifelong care, how would you cope? If you are like many moms and dads, you turn to Kids Center for Pediatric Therapies. Why? Because you know your child will receive world-class care from highly trained and experienced therapists. Our team of compassionate professionals improves the lives of thousands of children right here in Kentuckiana – whether those kids are facing an urgent need, a devastating disease, or seeking to improve their quality of life. But, what happens to children who need care and whose family can’t afford the insurance deductibles or copays? Or what if their insurance doesn’t cover therapy care at all? One of the things that makes Kids Center so unique and special is the heart of the mission established 59 years ago: no child is ever turned away from life-changing care because of a family’s limited financial means. That means parents who work multiple jobs but not enough hours in one place to qualify for health insurance, parents who have been laid off from a great job but can’t afford the COBRA payments to keep their insurance, or parents who have scaled back to a one-income household to care for their child with special needs have a place they can bring their children to get the therapy they need to grow, learn, and thrive. This is possible ONLY with community support. Your gifts offer immediate resources that are directed to current needs and opportunities that directly benefit children of all ages and with a variety of physical, sensory, and cognitive challenges. At Kids Center, we see the ABILITY in EVERY child! If you would like to learn more about Kids Center for Pediatric Therapies, please visit our website at

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arl Truman’s passion for veteran’s causes includes serving on the Board of Directors for Honor Flight Bluegrass. Their mission is simple: to take every living veteran of World War II to Washington DC and let them see firsthand the memorials and tributes built in honor to their staggering sacrifices. The priority is WWII veterans but Korean War and Vietnam War veterans are also included. That’s why Mr. Truman, himself a retired Lieutenant Colonel from the U.S. Army, serves on the local chapter this very important program. Mr. Truman has a passion to help these men and women, who have carried so much weight for so long, and are parts of a generation that is notoriously reticent to speak about it. Seeing these tributes in person on such a trip allows them to find a measure of peace in the twilight of their years,

knowing that they are so appreciated by so many. “It was a tremendous honor to present the military honors at the funeral of one of the WWII veterans I met through Honor Flight” Truman said of his experience. “I wish my father, who was a WWII veteran, was still here to experience this.” The Honor Flight is at no cost to the veterans. Each of them travels with a guardian for the day, someone who can monitor their condition and ensure a safe trip. A medical team accompanies each group, as does a group of police officers once they are on the ground in our nation’s capital. You can help by making a donation or applying as a veteran or to be a guardian at

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id you know that a staggering 1 in 6 people go hungry? Dare to Care Food Bank leads our community to feed the hungry and conquer the cycle of need. They fulfill this mission through innovative programs, efficient operations and by partnering with over 200 local food pantries, shelters and kitchens to get food to people in need. Last year, Dare to Care supplied food for more than 20 million meals, including 7 million pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables. The Dare to Care Community Kitchen prepares and delivers over 1,500 hot suppers every weekday to children at afterschool sites in our community. Recently, Dare to Care is piloting new partnerships with medical offices to deliver help to the sick who suffer food insecurity. Dare to Care relies on our community to help fulfill our mission. Simply put, our work would not be possible without the generosity of the tens of thousands of individuals and groups who volunteer their time and donate funds. Join them, and the fight to end hunger, today! Please visit to find ways that you can help.

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eople always ask me if I am angry at God for giving me cancer. At first, I always answered honestly; I said “Yes.” Then I realized that God didn’t give me cancer. Instead, He has given me the strength to get through this horrible disease. I truly believe I am supposed to be a voice to help others out there who are going through cancer or any kind of body issues that make us feel so insecure. I just want to be able to help as many families out there who are going through cancer, so they can focus of their recovery. The financial burden cancer brings is unbelievable, which is why I am so proud of Jill’s Wish Foundation.

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Wearing our green T-shirts as a symbol of Insperity’s unified commitment to the back to women like herself and shine grace upon them. Sadly, community, employees dedicated 58,562 Jill passed away from the disease in early February 2016. She was 38. Her mission is to help people financially going through breast volunteer hours to worthy causes last year. cancer, so they could focus on recovery and not financial needs such as mortgage, rent or utilities. Jill’s Wish continues to grow with the help of Jill’s husband Bart Conley and the many people on the board, committee and volunteers that give of themselves because of their passion for Jill and her WISH. If you would like to volunteer, make a donation, or learn more about Jill’s Wish Foundation, please visit our website at | 800-465-3800

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pal’s Dream Foundation started in Louisville in 2012. They are proud to be a volunteer based, one of a kind organization founded by two compassionate people who saw a need to serve the most vulnerable in our communities: our seniors living in nursing homes. 90% of all donations are used to fulfill their mission- to restore dignity, respect and joy by celebrating and enriching the lives of seniors living in area nursing homes. They serve nursing home residents who rely solely on Medicaid for their ongoing personal needs. Many have been abandoned by their family or their families simply do not have the financial means to support them. Opal’s Dream grants wishes and fulfills dreams for individual seniors as well as the entire nursing home community. They have purchased dentures and hearing aids as well as prosthetic legs and electric wheel chairs. They have even reunited families from across the country. They are also in the spirit of giving by providing Christmas bags to over 5,000 residents in over 52 homes that they serve in Southern Indiana and Kentucky.

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s 2017 comes to a close Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana celebrates accomplishments from the last half century while planning for a bright future of positive impact for children throughout our community. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana opened its doors on December 18th, 1967 and from their inaugural 1-to-1 mentoring match, have steadily made our community better, one child at a time. In 50 years this agency has served over 13,000 youth. Each day they support their vision that all children can achieve success in life. While new innovative programs like School to Work and CONNECT eMentoring evolve to meet the unique needs and challenges children face today, the core service of creating and professionally supporting 1-to-1 mentoring matches has remained steadfast. BBBS invites you to celebrate this anniversary milestone and support the next 50 years of impact. Visit to make a year-end gift today.


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ou can’t wrap it up in a bow, but you can give a gift that will spread that holiday joy throughout the year. “The gift of a new closet—a more curated and organized space, creates calm and joy,” says Marilyn Jones, vice president and co-owner of Closet Factory. And it’s not uncommon: “We have many people giving gift certificates for closet makeovers,” she says. “We’ve also had people give certificates for pantries, mudrooms and media walls. These are all spaces that are not only beautiful but they help people’s lives function better.” Your gift closet doesn’t have to break the bank. It can be as simple or luxurious as you like. “We can add features to an existing closet or transform a large space,” says Jones. “We’ve done gift certificates for a few hundred dollars on up to thousands. No matter what the budget, the result will be a closet uniquely designed to fit the recipient’s needs.” You can have some fun by wrapping a valet rod, $60, or a sliding scarf rack, $75, together with a gift certificate for a made-to-order closet. The certificates can be made in any amount and all start with a complimentary design consultation. Most closets can be finished within four to six weeks. Says Jones, “Most people find the entire process enjoyable— because they inevitably declutter and simplify their lives by organizing their wardrobe. It’s really the perfect start to the new year!” (To learn more: Call Closet Factory at 502-489-3901.)

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Pile on pillows: Don’t place the predictable matching pillow on either side. Instead, create an interesting grouping on one end like the trio here. Toss in texture: A throw blanket doesn’t just keep you warm; it’s an excuse to add a visual and tactile interest. Choose a fabric that’s nothing like your upholstery. Play with pattern: Here, patterns with different scales are unified with a splash of red and are infinitely more interesting than matchy-matchy accents. ON THIS PAGE:

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The Art Of Decking The Halls Just in time to inspire your own holiday decorating, Lee Robinson, master of posh yet personal design, dressed up a client’s home for the holidays. Watch him add some swag and abandon the Christmas décor clichés. BY ALLISON JONES PHOTOS BY TIM FURLONG, JR.

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nnovative and inviting are perfect descriptions of this stunning home that Lee Robinson, Chief Executive Officer of The Lee W Robinson Company, created for his clients— a young family with two active boys. A blend of contemporary and traditional that he labels “modern glam,” this home blends sophisticated design with warm accessories to create a very personal, one-of-a-kind ambience. Family pieces blend effortlessly with furniture from young designers such as Mary McDonald and Celerie Kimball, giving the home a youthful but elegant vibe. With this foundation, decorating for the holidays is merely an extension of the décor in play. “Holiday decorating should complement and never overpower or compete with the permanent décor of the home,” says Robinson who recently decked their halls for holiday entertaining. “My criteria is simple, spare, and sophisticated.” “We wanted the foyer to be grand yet youthful and we also wanted to use marble, so we opted for a modern way of handling it,” he says. The foyer greets guests with its smooth marble flooring in a light gray and white hue peppered with silver strips that give the space an extra pop. Robinson chose an octagon motif inlay for the center of the design. Walls are clad in a Schumacher covering from Mary McDonald and feature fabric pieces framed in silver leaf frames— also Mary McDonald. Festive poinsettias find a home under the modern version of an old Georgian eagle table created by designer Thom Filicia that showcases stylish lamps and silver holiday ornamentation. An elegant chandelier illuminates the space while small boxwood wreaths complement the Julian Chichester mirrors that line the walls. Lee designed Georgian headers above the doors that add another striking, custom detail. Aged mirrors reflect one another at each end of the transverse hallway with pedestals featuring lighted alabaster urns containing bold flower arrangements that are changed out seasonally.

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he study is a breathtaking room full of surprises. Lacquered blue walls command attention, while Mary McDonald club chairs with stilettos-like legs and a velvet sofa adorned with Missoni pillows form a cozy conversation pit. Instead of built-in bookcases, Lee opted for matching Celerie Kimball shelves to flank the fireplace and accommodate books and collectibles. In the dining room, custom wainscoting panels with mirror inlay add a touch of drama and sparkle. Banquettes provide extra seating when the family is entertaining large groups. The walls are Stark – a hand-folded origami pattern with sterling silver leaf. Robinson echoed the palette by incorporating silver ornaments into the greenery he placed on the mantel. “I like to incorporate live greenery into holiday décor whenever possible,” he says. “Decorating with nature adds a timeless element.” The farm-to-table arrangement including kale that has been sprayed with just a touch of silver adds a festive twist to the dining room table. Ornaments and twinkling lights dress the Christmas tree in the hearth room. “This is where the family spends most of their time,” says Robinson. Chairs covered in a colorful Jim Thompson fabric embrace the round table that’s ideal for lively family dinners. Beams add an architectural element to the room while creating an instant focal point. Pillows created by local muralist Tania Vartan accessorize the accent chairs flanking the fireplace. Festive stockings decorate the mantel while poinsettias pose on the hearth. “When decorating for the holidays, I like to incorporate the five senses – taste, sight, touch, smell and sound,” says Robinson. “Candles, music, holiday treats along with beautiful decorations that are tactile in nature add those details that make the occasion special.” 

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Food for the Soul The Crase family will be using their food businesses—built on the iconic Hall’s beer cheese and Hall’s family restaurant—to create a legacy foundation in memory of their parents BY STEVE KAUFMAN


he Crase family, originally from Somerset, Ky., has long been known for both food and philanthropy. For three generations, they’ve owned Hall’s On The River, a historic watering hole in Kentucky where families gather for southern comfort food and football games. They’re also the makers of a nearlegendary line of beer cheeses, originally served at the restaurant and now sold in supermarkets across the country. They made the good of the community their work too. Dr. Jim Crase, chief of staff at Somerset Memorial Hospital and a former Kentucky State Senator, was active in donating his time and money to

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improve healthcare and health education in Pulaski County. Jan Crase was one of the founders of Lake Cumberland Performing Arts. Both were alumni and supporters of Berea College and served on the school’s board of directors. Jan Crase passed away in 2010, Jim in 2016. “They believed in the idea that ‘to whom much is given, from whom much is expected,’” says their son, Karl. So, Karl and his sisters, Kit Crase and Kim Claytor, have set up the Crase Family Foundation to carry on their late parents’ philanthropic legacy.

“The foundation will focus on improving medical care and medical education in Pulaski County, the same interest my father had while practicing medicine there for 50 years,” says Karl. “Another focus will be education and the arts, my mother’s passion.” There will be educational scholarships and endowments to colleges, universities and trade schools. But Karl is also president of the Crase Family Companies and he’s spearheading more positive developments there as well. There is a Microfoodery in development that will produce specialty foods with an

emphasis on sustainability, organic ingredients and nutrition. The microfoodery, based in economically depressed Rockcastle, KY, will also provide several hundred jobs in an area devastated by abandoned factories.

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It is fitting, then, that part of the foundation’s interest will be in culinary education, as well. “A lot of our philanthropic work is related to the Kentucky Restaurant Association Education Foundation,” Karl says. He’s on the National Restaurant Association board, as well. Even before the foundation was set up, the Crase Family was a big supporter of Habitat for Humanities International. Through those efforts, Crase met celebrity chef Roshara Sanders, a military veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan deployments who, after she left the service, attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, on the GI Bill. Sanders went on to win a Food Network competition, “Chopped: Military Vets” and, in 2016, was named one of NBC’s “Top Under 28 Black Entrepreneurs.” She says the minute she met Crase, at a Habitat event in South Carolina, she was hooked by his devotion to that cause. It turns out, she was raised in a Habitat home in Bridgeport, CT. Now she will partner with the Crase Companies, developing a line of products for the Microfoodery. Not only was she attracted by Karl’s support of philanthropy, but also by the Microfoodery’s intention to be environmentally friendly and sustainable. “My passion,” she says, “is food that is farm-to-table — organic, fresh, fun, nutritious and economically friendly.” Crase says the initial output of the new Microfoodery will be dips and spreads, cheese balls and cheese logs. “But Chef Ro has a license to develop other products for us. She stands for what we stand for and had carte blanch.”

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The School With No Grades The Academy for Individual Excellence honors personal growth, without judgment or criticism. Effort is rewarded, compassion is emphasized. And there’s no homework. BY STEVE KAUFMAN


hen John Savage’s son was approaching high school graduation, someone asked him where he planned to attend college. “I don’t know,” said the boy. “My father hasn’t opened one yet.” Like many family jokes, this one is rooted in reality. It’s pretty much how founder and director Savage’s Academy for Individual Excellence grew, one grade at a time, from an actual one-room schoolhouse to the full K-through-12 educational facility it is today. It grew as his five children’s educational needs grew, starting when the oldest was eight years old and the youngest hadn’t yet been born. Thirty years ago, Savage was teaching in a small private school in Louisville and having trouble making ends meet. A fellow teacher approached him about starting a preschool. He worked on the financial backing, got the loan, signed the lease, bought the equipment and opened the doors. “To meet my own kids’ needs, I thought, ‘Why not add Kindergarten?’ Then ‘Why not add first grade?’ Then ‘Why not second?’ ” His degree was in elementary education, so he figured he’d go as far as third grade, and then be done. But when you’re building something, “done” often never happens. From the beginning, his approach to education was based on personal growth rather than test scores, and it began to catch on around the community.

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Today, that “community” extends to families from throughout Jefferson County, Bullitt and Spencer counties and Southern Indiana – more than 400 students in all. “I was never trying to build a school, so I didn’t depend on someone else’s design or curriculum or style,” Savage says. “It just developed day by day and grew into its identity.” Which is? “It’s the students’ journeys, and they progress as they’re ready to progress,” he says. “I wasn’t developing a program. I couldn’t afford a curriculum, or textbooks, or a faculty. So I was just teaching kids.” He goes back to his own child-rearing as the model. “I wanted the best for my kids, to have successful adult lives,” he says. “I didn’t make decisions based on the norm, I made decisions based on what I believed would help them. I evaluated them on where they were yesterday and what they are doing today. It’s like any parent; We just get up every day and teach our children a little more than we’d taught them yesterday.” It’s all done according to four key principles that Savage has come to develop.

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Work ethic. “The common piece that I could praise every student for. Even with the students with learning issues, if I focused on their work ethic, they tended to stay eager and ready. They could ask for help without feeling they were making a negative statement.” Engagement. “As youngsters, kids are always willing to try something new, without fear of failure. We learn a lot by trying, even by failing. And if they begin to identify themselves by engaging, rather than by failing, they lose their fear of trying.” Accountability. “I don’t want our kids to fall into the trap of blaming others. ‘The teacher was too tough . . . The subject was hard.’ I want them to know that we’re measuring their approach to a problem, not their result. Where they end the process is not as important as how they do it. “The kids who can do just enough to get an A, learn simply to meet the bar. And the kids who have learning problems, or low IQs, or anxiety issues know, going in, that they can’t complete the work, so why bother to try? They blame everybody else, or ‘this is a stupid assignment,’ or ‘I don’t care.’ Which is not true, because all children care.” Compassion. The kids at the top are encouraged not to look at the struggling students as holding them back or wasting their time, but to help so that everybody grows. “They’ll feel valuable because they helped, and the students that required the help will feel valuable because the smarter students took the time to help them.” And grades? Counterproductive, Savage says. “Do you grade your children on how they walk, talk, eat, potty? Of course not. You just watch for development, for

opportunities for them to grow and advance. It’s all done gradually. It develops at each child’s own pace.” The concept has found an audience. “Either parents will like our philosophy and buy into it, or they won’t,” Savage says. “So many people say, ‘Yes, finally!’ They’ve been so beat up elsewhere, frustrated, fighting with their children over homework and studying.” The Academy assigns no homework. “I want children to go home and be with their families,” he says. “I don’t want to take the time away. I want parents to spend the time raising their children, working with them, encouraging them.” Nor is there an honor roll. “If you have an honor roll, there has to be a dishonor roll. We want to honor all children, and forget who made the grades.” Nor competitions. “We’re not going to have a spelling bee, when I have a child here with dyslexia or processing difficulties. If we make this a competition to see who’s going to win, we already know who’s going to lose. I can’t encourage them to try and win – they know they won’t win! Why put them through it? It encourages the likelihood that they’ll learn how to

cheat, or copy or quit.” Nor class valedictorians. “We just ask who wants to say something at graduation.” In the spring, after being owned by ResCare for 19 years, Savage took the school back as a non-profit and created AIE Inc. He needed a loan to buy the building he was leasing and to have some working capital, but most banks saw only a brand new corporation that didn’t meet their lending criteria. “But American Founders Bank decided they could work with us. They said, ‘What you’re doing is important work.’ ” Also as of the spring, The Academy is part of the Kentucky Christian Athletic Association. But, Savage insists, “I don’t have a doctrine that I want to teach. That’s not my job, it’s the parents’ job. I’m not trying to convert to a religion, I’m trying to convert to a way of life.”


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The Voice Of The Season Starting in early November, MJ Stevens of 106.9 plays non-stop Christmas music. If you’re not ready for it so early, she says, “We’ll be here when you are.” BY STEVE KAUFMAN PHOTOS BY RYAN NOLTEMEYER


arly in November, radio station 106.9 PLAY flicked the switch, and – for the next seven weeks, through Christmas Day – the station is playing nothing but holiday music. From 5:30 to 10 every weekday morning, MJ Stevens has been spinning holiday tune’s along with her on-air partner, Jesse Rasmussen. Then she’s back on the air for the midday show, 10-3 in the afternoon. We all know the drill: “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” “Santa Baby.” For Stevens, that’s more than eight hours a day of continual Frosty and Rudolph and Mommies Kissing Santa Claus. If she didn’t like the seasonal music, it could be combat duty for her. But Stevens loves it. All music, in fact. After all, she was raised on the radio in her Evansville, Ind., childhood home. “My mother always had the radio on,” she recalls. “She said I started singing before I started talking. My dad played some guitar and piano, and loved blues, country, R&B. He would strum air guitar on the steering wheel, along with the radio, when we were out in the car.”



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My mother always had the radio on. She said I started singing before I started talking.”

“And he was convinced he could dance like James Brown.” She was a “choir geek” in high school – “I lettered in choir” – and was part of a madrigal group hired for local office parties and open houses during Christmas. Was she good? “My mom thought so.” And, in fact, she went to the University of Evansville to study music therapy, but sat in on a sociology class one day, fell in love with it and switched majors. However, she also started an extracurricular campus activity that would surface years later into a career. “I thought it would be cool to volunteer for the campus radio station, WUEV,” she says. “They were looking for someone to do a blues and urban show. It wasn’t real mainstream at the time. I was the only candidate who watched BET [Black Entertainment Television], so I did the show all through college. Two turntables, one CD player and me.” She found she liked the ability “to talk to people without actually talking to people. Like being on stage, but also sitting in your living room.” Upon graduation, she put radio aside and worked for a domestic violence shelter in Evansville, but found that the work followed her home. “It affected me too much.”

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So, she moved about 700 miles, and pretty much 180 degrees, away from what she’d been doing, becoming an activities coordinator for a resort in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

because “they liked my Midwestern accent.”

“There are worse things than playing volleyball and hosting wine and cheese parties,” she says. “But I began to think that there are not that many 50-year-old activities directors. I might want to think about getting a real job.”

In 2010, they thought maybe Zack ought to have a real life, and live closer to her family. Louisville was near enough to Evansville, a city they’d often visit with her parents for vacations and holidays. But radio jobs were not hanging from trees.

Turn the radio back on! She found an opening as a morning co-host at WYAK, a Myrtle Beach station, and got the job

“It’s a tough market,” she says, “because radio people who are here don’t want to leave here.”

Radio became her life again, followed by a husband, Matt Stevens, and, in 2004, son Zack.

She met with the program director at 106.9 (LITE at the time), but all he could offer was a job in sales administration and on the reception desk. She took it. “I figured it would get my foot in the door.” It did, of course. When she landed the midday show on sister station 107.7 The Eagle, “People said, ‘They got so desperate, they put the receptionist on the air!’ They didn’t know I had 13 years of experience.” Eventually, she got the midday shift on 106.9, then the morning show with Jeff Ramsey, then two years ago, a new partner, Jesse Ras. Music is also a way of life at her home, just as it was for her growing up. Son Zack, now 13, is heavy into sports, but also developing his own diverse music library. “I’ve tried to give him a well-rounded exposure,” Stevens says. “My husband gave me a combination record player/CD player for my birthday, so I could play my father’s extensive vinyl collection. I had to explain to Zack how albums work.” She put on Waylon Jennings and Aretha Franklin, not a bad introductory tutorial, “and he was down with both of them. I thought, ‘Okay, that’s a good start.’”



Of course, MJ Stevens has to listen to them all on 106.9. These are the ones that get her excited. “I Wonder as I Wander” “A beautiful song, sung by any tenor.”

“Do You Hear What I Hear?” “My son heard it at Christmas, and used to ask me to sing it to him at bedtime all year. Whitney Houston’s version is a good one. The classic Bing Crosby/David Bowie duet is hard to beat, too.”

“Santa, Bring My Baby Back to Me” “By Elvis. One of my all-time favorites. My son gets embarrassed when I sing and dance to that one.”

“Mary, Did You Know?” “The Pentatonix version is really popular right now. I’m also sweet on Kathy Mattea’s version.”

“I’ll Be Home for Christmas” “That’s a classic, by any performer. It’s hard to mess that one up.”

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ROC Stars Having shuttered their celebrity-studded restaurant in NYC to move closer to the Louisville branch of their family tree, Rocco and Stacy Cadolini bring authentic Italian cuisine, hospitality and a little bit of la dolce vita to Bardstown Road. BY CHRISTINE FELLINGHAM PHOTOS BY DANNY ALEXANDER


ou probably won’t bump into former clients Robert DeNiro, Gwyneth Paltrow or Jay-Zee at ROC on Bardstown Road, but you may feel a little bit of the stardust brush off on you. From the Tim Dixon diamond solitaire light fixtures on the patio to the gleaming,

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custom-designed bar, to the soft blue and lavender private dining rooms named after daughters Alessia and Sofia, this jewel box of a restaurant is carefully filled with a deft blend of both the impeccably-chic and the intensely personal. There are no fake Italian family photos here. But there is, however, a framed copy of a New York

magazine article featuring ROC. And an Italian grandmother’s cookbook by Food Network chef Rocco Dispirito (a ROC Tribeca fan) featuring Rocco’s grandmother. ROC is, in a word, authentic. From chef Giovanni Tenace’s sinfully-delicious homemade pasta to the flaming and

in twenty minutes.” (By the time the couple left, they were naturally “old friends” with Rocco. In fact, Paltrow became a regular when he opened ROC in 2000.) On another hilarious occasion, Stacy wound up calling on Rocco to chaperone hotel guest Michael Jordan to the train station in a town car. “He wanted to stop at Tiffany’s to buy a present,” says Rocco. “It’s Christmas time and it’s crazy. I say to the driver, ‘Pull over. We’re getting out.’ And, here I am, and I’m not so tall, and I’m guiding Michael Jordan through the crowd and keeping everyone away. I said, ‘I got this!’” And, it’s true. He has this. Whatever this may be. Whether it’s your romantic dinner, your family brunch, your birthday celebration or a retirement party. “Party is my middle name,” Rocco says. While their educational credentials are impressive (Rocco went to restaurant management school in Switzerland and Stacy got her hospitality degree in New York), the entertaining also comes naturally.

near-famous Cacio e Pepe (pecorino romano and spaghetti) prepared tableside by none other than Rocco himself to the unforgettable Tiramisu. “I’m old school,” announces Rocco. “The food here is fresh and made from scratch and that’s the difference. Giovanni, every morning, takes the huge bones, throws them in a huge pan to make his own stock…. The difference is it’s all real.” That’s not surprising since it is the latest baby (after two daughters and successful restaurants in both Tribeca and Brooklyn) of a couple who’ve earned

their stripes in the restaurant and hospitality industries and don’t have to rely on an ounce of artifice or pretense. Their romance is a classic New York love story. Stacy was a concierge at the swanky Essex House on Central Park South and Rocco worked front of the house at legendary Elio’s. “I used to call him to try to get tables for guests, because no one could get into Elio’s,” says Stacy. “One time, it was Valentine’s Day. And it’s 7:30 and Brad Pitt and Gwyneth Paltrow walk up and ask if we can get them in. Rocco said we could squeeze them in

Growing up in Sorrento, Italy, Rocco was a charming little boy who would have his grandmother and mother in hysterics while he was helping in the kitchen— peeling garlic, dicing onions and tomatoes and soaking in an incomparable education in Italian cuisine. “My mother and grandmother were fantastic cooks,” he says. “And it was just natural for them. They cooked beautifully without recipes with fresh ingredients and they made incredible food and incredible meals. What my mother would make for me with leftover spaghetti… The next morning, she would make this little crust out of baked spaghetti that was just perfection.” (It now appears on the brunch menu as “Concetta’s brunch” spaghetti al burro with sunny side up eggs.) Now, at ROC, Rocco skillfully combines his lifelong love of food and his passion for

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From Left: Rocco pictured with derby winner anthony bonomo, CEO of Time Warner Dick Parsons, rocco dispirito and Bethany Frankel

for parties. “I will bring a dead party to life,” he says. “You can have people come in my restaurant, all sitting like this, all nervous and I make sure they’re blasting the music and they shake a little bit, because that was not a fun party. That’s a talent! You cannot make a party if you don’t have it.” To allow his customers to have exactly the kind of party—big or small, corporate or private, elegant or over-the-top, he has given meticulous attention to entertaining details in a way only a true party animal could do. ROC has two smaller private rooms upstairs named after their daughters—one for parties of six to eight, one for parties of ten to fourteen— each with different, beautiful handmade tables and stunning light fixtures that make it appear as if you’re spending a fortune even when you’re not. They have a third small room with a long communal table and can fit 80 in the upstairs dining or 150 if you take over the whole place. There are gigantic pull-down screens both upstairs and at the bar for presentations, slide shows or sporting events and an incredible sound system. Not to mention, of course, the food; the extensive wine, bourbon and cocktail offerings and the services of Rocco himself. “I mean, I could come here tonight, by myself, with one table and make these people all stand up and dance,” he says. “Let’s do it.” Weddings, first communions, retirement parties, Stacy and Rocco have done it all over the years, and, every time, they do it with genuine gusto and enthusiasm. But they’re just as excited to be seating guests for dinner, lunch and now brunch at their

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Bardstown Road eatery. “What we really want and what we’ve always tried to be for our customers is a place where they feel comfortable coming regularly... and coming to celebrate,” says Stacy. “We want to be their dining room.” Her husband puts it this way: “I had a longtime customer once say to me, ‘Truly, I can remove my kitchen from my house because you are my kitchen,’” says Rocco. “To me, that is the ultimate compliment.”

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Whether you’re thinking small—six to eight—or over a hundred guests, start with a phonecall. “You should come in, see the space and let’s talk about budget,” says Rocco. “We will try to figure it out so you can have it here. At the end of the day, if you make your calculation, it will cost the same as shopping and cooking yourself. And we do all the work! And we have the service, the

food and the atmosphere.” If you don’t have your own occasion, pop into one of their many parties and events. There will be Santa brunches, a New Year’s Eve party, and next year, Carnivale and Disco Brunch. Go to for more info on lunch, brunch, dinner, parties and their after-hours weekend lounge.

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oliday entertaining is kind of our forte,” says 211 Clover Lane owner Andrew Smith. “The restaurant feels homey and quaint, much like it would be if you’re entertaining in your own home. We take care of everything, and what’s best is you don’t have to clean up!”


Chef Allen Heintzman will be happy to meet any special menu requests if you have a favorite holiday meal you’d like him to prepare just for your gathering. A particularly memorable party might start with a salad of roasted beets, sorrel and butternut squash, followed by short ribs or lamb shanks. “Allen’s garganelli pasta with a wild mushroom white wine cream sauce is out of this world,” says Smith. Trust him to suggest the perfect wines to pair with the menu of your choice and be sure to ask Emily Hornback about her ideas for specialty holiday cocktails, perhaps one she would create especially for you.

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Seasonal flowers and décor enhance 211 Clover Lane’s elegant ambience of a French countryside home or small restaurant, but you may bring your own decorations to personalize your table or private party room. The best parties are those at which guests never want to leave. That’s entertaining at 211 Clover Lane.

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Brendon’s Catch 23 505 S. FOURTH STREET 502-909-3323 BCATCH23.COM


e love the holidays at Brendon’s Catch 23,” says Erica Bachelor, principal and director of marketing for the Bachelor Companies and of the downtown Louisville restaurant. Brendon’s is bedecked for the holidays, but she and her staff will work with you to incorporate signature florals and other décor to help make your party the season’s most gabbed about affair. You may even make your own music selections that can be played in each of the restaurant’s private dining rooms. Whether your invite list is short or long, your guests will get in the holiday spirit in one of the restaurant’s five private dining rooms that accommodate six to 52 guests. Several menu packages created by Chef Ray Ramirez are sure to have dishes full of holiday flavor, just like you’d make at home (if you were an accomplished chef working in a state-of-the-art kitchen!) Or, you may design your party menu based on Brendon’s Catch 23 dinner offerings of seafood, prime steaks and Low Country favorites. Gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan dietary requests are met with hospitable attentiveness. Toast the holidays with cocktails such as the Bachelor Fix or Brendon’s 1081 and pair your party fare with wines from a sommelier-driven wine list.

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Equus and Jack’s Lounge 122 SEARS AVENUE 502-897-9721 EQUUSRESTAURANT.COM


ress up or come in holiday casual attire to enjoy Equus and Jack’s Lounge. Executive chef and owner Dean Corbett doesn’t wait until the holidays to welcome guests with congenial cheer, but he does ramp up things this time of year. In typical Corbett style, Equus and Jack’s Lounge are tastefully trimmed with the season’s colorful décor. Popular private party menus include mini beef Wellingtons, crab cakes and nachos. For a heartier culinary nod to the season, either Equus or Jack’s Lounge will gift your guests with sumptuous dishes such as steak and lobster or Parmesan-crusted sea bass. Special

menus are available for parties of 10 or more. In addition to the private dining room which holds 30 people seated and 40 for standing room only, the back room of Equus, which includes a bar, may be reserved. That’s where you can be the relaxed host or hostess of 50 to 70 guests. If you simply can’t limit your holiday soiree to those numbers of celebrants, the entire restaurant may be reserved for as many as 150 people. Equus and Jack’s Lounge are Cocktail Central as some of the city’s most talented mixologists craft magic in a glass, elevating a cocktail to a sublime experience.

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ould you like your guests to think you’re the most imaginative host ever? Check out MESA – A Collaborative Kitchen for an out-of-the-ordinary menu of party happenings. It’s where experiential parties are the name of the culinary game. Louisville’s and Southern Indiana’s big-name chefs conduct cooking classes and demonstrations and serve the types of innovative menus that have earned them those big reputations among the area’s most discerning foodies. A party at MESA is fun, lively and tasty. You can’t ask for much

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more than that. Well, you could, but that would be unattractively greedy. MESA also houses a boutique where you and your guests can do one-stop holiday shopping. You’ll find books, chocolates, olive oils, vinegars, cookware, kitchen utensils and gadgets, novelty wine items and barware. There’s even a salt bar. And a sugar bar. MESA has it all. Yours will be a unique party for friends who love to cook, friends who love to eat and friends who love to mingle with others who love to cook and eat.

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on vivant Kevin Grangier, owner of Le Moo, knows how to throw a spectacular party and will be delighted to help you host a fabulous event at his home away from home. “As families get busy around the holidays, rather than cooking large dinners at home, they’re choosing to join us, where everything is done for them, down to the smallest detail, from individualized menus to an atmosphere brimming with

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magnolia leaves, holly, ribbon and candles,” he says. “And, of course, entertaining in a restaurant relieves the host of the stress and minutiae that can accompany parties at home. It’s our pleasure for you to be the guest at your own party.” The Le Moo menu is a feast of party possibilities such as shrimp cocktail, Caesar salad, steak, lobster and crab legs. If you have favorite dishes your family or friends look forward to every year, Chef Chip

Lawrence and his team will prepare them with finesse. Whether you choose to seat your guests in the main dining room or in the intimate Bull Hall, where up to 14 people can dine, you’ll feel the unmistakable Le Moo welcome. If this is the year you want to spread holiday gaiety to a larger group, there’s no better place to do it than in the private Blue Moo, which can accommodate 100 people for dinner and 200 for cocktails.

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HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS CONCERT Ursuline Arts Center • December 16 • 7:30

Now entering its fifth year, the LGMC Holiday event can now truly be called a tradition. This always makes for a delightful evening, sure to warm the heart of even the Scroogiest of Scrooges. The men practice for months to make the night just right, and the mix of songs new and old will leave you going away humming, with that devil-may-care holiday spirit. Check out for more info.

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It’s not all Christmas carols and choirs this month. Rocko Jerome knows where to go for music that will keep your holiday season hopping. BY ROCKO JEROME


here’s no better time for a night out with great music than the holidays. And, over the next few weeks, there’s something in our city for any and all music lovers. Here are a few events that are sure to keep your spirits bright as we coast to the end of the year.

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Do you start to experience extreme Christmas song fatigue as the season starts to wind down? Here’s your antidote. His Purple Majesty may be dearly departed, but his immeasurable impact will be felt forever. Come be a part of a celebration of the life of the artist known as Prince. It’s a revue with all the big hits and a few or the deep cuts, courtesy of Milwaukee’s own Gabriel Sanchez. He’s an awardwinning Prince tribute artist, and he and his uncanny band will light up your Christmas Eve eve just right. Have a blast with your out of town friends who are back around for the holidays, and take in a little Purple Rain before you face the Jingle Bells. You can grab tickets from

St. PAUL AND THE BROKEN BONES The Palace Theater • New Year’s Eve • 8:00

Immediately evocative of Otis Redding and his unmistakable Stax Records Soul sound, this six-man band from Birmingham will light the night up right and bring 2018 in with a grin on your face. The gang is made up of young guys, who came from various unsuccessful bands, all just about ready to give up and look for “real jobs” before they became old guys. They found each other and decided to keep chasing the mountaintop for a little while longer. Two EPs and two LPs later, St. Paul and the Broken Bones have become beloved critical darlings. Just as is the case with every similarly stellar R&B outfit: whenever you hear them play, for that moment, all feels right in the world. Visit to purchase tickets directly.

EDGE OF BARSTOW Stevie Ray’s Blues Bar • New Year’s Eve • 9:00

You could close down 2017 on a fiery groove with one of Louisville’s most propulsive and exciting Rock & Roll bands. Edge of Barstow’s influences are all across the musical map; you don’t have to listen too close to hear that unmistakable Muscle Shoals Sound, along with Memphis Blues and West Coast Funk. Nevertheless, the sound of this band is all their own and unmistakably theirs. Lookout 2018, Edge of Barstow has plans for you. Follow the band at


A SALUTE TO 70’s SOUL CINEMA Headliner’s Music Hall • Doors open at 8:30/Event kicks off at 9

Take a Superfly cruise back to the time when Shaft kept it cool and Coffy made it hot, and picture Louisville as it was when Pam Greer shot Sheba Baby here back in 1975. I’m just talking about the area’s reigning NYE event, the jam packed with excitement WFPK party. Join hosts Matt Anthony and Woodrow on the Radio as they keep the righteous platters spinning, along with killer live performances from the Zach Langoria Project featuring guest vocalists Otis Junior, Sheryl Rouse, and the incomparable Carly Johnson. Tickets and more info is available at

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Courage Takes The Stage A bold, experimental theatre company, Acting Against Cancer, has risen out of a need to give those touched by cancer a creative outlet. Artistic Director Remy Sisk, shares their inspiring narrative. BY REMY SISK PHOTOS COURTESY OF ACTING AGAINST CANCER


n 1996, Sandy Montgomery was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and given five years to live. As the family struggled to come to grips with this news, they found a new passion. Montgomery’s two young daughters began participating in after-school drama programs to occupy their time while their mother underwent treatment, but they became determined

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to use the arts not just to distract themselves, but to make a difference. In 1999, the girls staged a production of “Annie” in the basement of the Montgomerys’ Riverwood home and raised $200 under the name of Kids Acting Against Cancer. Fast forward 18 years and Acting Against Cancer is now a full-fledged, non-profit theatre company that has raised over

$500,000 in support of children touched by the disease. Whitten Montgomery, one of the two girls who took the first steps in founding this company, is the managing director of Acting Against Cancer. The company produces a five-show mainstage season and runs three different after-school programs for children. In the past, they have donated to the hematology/oncology clinic of Norton Children’s Hospital, Ellie Cat’s Crew and more, and also completed a $100,000 sponsorship of the teen room at Gilda’s Club Louisville. But now, the company itself has become the cause; no longer are they the middlemen for donations. With their after-school programs, which were first initiated in 2015, they have been able to change the lives of even more children touched by cancer. Any child who has been affected by cancer in any way – whether a parent has it, a sibling has it or they’re recovering from it – may participate in the programs for free. Consequently, kids whose lives have been capsized by this horrendous disease have the opportunity to explore what it means to be someone else for two hours, twice a

week. At the end of each semester, they get to present a musical for their friends and family, which allows their creativity to also have a tangible purpose and gives them a concrete goal toward which they may work during the semester. These programs, however, could not exist without the supplemental support of their mainstage season. In addition to the children’s programs, Acting Against Cancer functions in the community by producing high-quality, cutting-edge musicals with a focus on contemporary material that appeals to a wide variety of audiences. Over the last several years, they have produced such shows – with several being regional premieres – as Green Day’s “American Idiot,” “Legally Blonde,” “Heathers the Musical” and “The Wedding Singer,” and they annually produce “Rocky Horror” every Halloween. Currently, they are in the midst of working on “Rock of Ages,” a headbanging new musical set to some of the greatest rock hits of the 1980s. When people come to the mainstage shows, the AAC company takes deliberate action to ensure they are aware of the cause behind the scenes. The company lets them know that the actors are not just acting. They’re acting against cancer – literally. Ticket dollars go toward the sponsorship of children touched by cancer so they can explore the magic of theatre free of charge and learn what a cathartic outlet creativity and performance can be. Hopefully, with the ongoing support of the community, they will be able to continue the cycle of mainstage shows and children’s programming for decades to come. IF YOU’D LIKE TO GET INVOLVED Registration is now open for the Acting Against Cancer spring after-school programs, all of which take place at Acting Against Cancer’s rehearsal space and black box theatre at ArtSpace, 323 W. Broadway. The elementary school program will be performing “Seussical KIDS” in May, and the middle school program will be performing “Aladdin JR.” in May. Elementary school rehearses Tuesdays and Thursdays and tuition is $550. Middle school rehearses Monday and Wednesday and tuition is $600. For more information or to register, visit Remy Sisk, artistic director of Acting Against Cancer, is also the former Editor of Modern Louisville and a frequent contributor to TOPS Louisville.

Any child who has been affected by cancer in any way may participate in the program for free.

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AAC 2017-2018 CALENDAR

March 23–April 1, 2018 Presented by Acting Against Cancer Mainstage Tickets at

“Beauty and the Beast JR.”

“Seussical KIDS”

December 8-9, 2017 Presented by Acting Against Cancer Kids Elementary School Program Tickets at

May 11-12, 2018 Presented by Acting Against Cancer Kids Lower School Program Tickets at

“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”

“Aladdin JR.”

December 9-10, 2017 Presented by Acting Against Cancer Kids Middle School Program Tickets at

May 12-13, 2018 Presented by Acting Against Cancer Kids Middle School Program Tickets at

“Rock of Ages”

“Carrie the Musical ”

January 26–February 10, 2018 Presented by Acting Against Cancer Mainstage Tickets at

June 8-17, 2018 Presented by Acting Against Cancer Mainstage Tickets at

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Norton Children’s is Looking for Heroes To earn your hero cape or utility belt, become a monthly donor. BY STEVE KAUFMAN


orton Children’s Hospital is one of those compelling providers of specialized health care that ought to be on the minds of charitable donors all year round. It certainly was for Jennifer Lawrence. In 2016, the actress’s foundation donated $2 million to set up a cardiac intensive care unit. The 300-bed hospital is Louisville’s only Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center and serves as the primary pediatric teaching facility for the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Specialists offer comprehensive pediatric care, including a full range of services for congenital and acquired heart disease, cancer care, neurosciences, spine and orthopedic care and neonatal care. However, the hospital is not just a single building. Norton Children’s is a network of pediatricians and pediatric specialists, two hospitals, a medical center, four outpatient centers and a host of tele-medicine locations across the region. Apart from the main hospital at 231 E. Chestnut Street downtown, there is the medical center at 4910 Chamberlain Lane,

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near Norton Commons; Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital at 4001 Dutchman’s Lane, in the St. Matthews medical center; and outpatient centers in Bowling Green, Frankfort, Owensboro and Paducah. Plus, there are Norton Children’s Medical Associates facilities located throughout Jefferson County, Southern Indiana, Elizabethtown, Frankfort, Shelbyville, Shepherdsville and Mt. Washington. (The entire list is available at NortonChildrens. com.) But all those facts and statistics aside, the inspiring individual stories they tell, the successful outcomes they can boast of, and the photographs and stories of Norton Children’s Hospital’s past patients are a strong reminder of the hospital’s importance to this community. The not-forprofit hospital is open to every child who comes through its doors, regardless of the family’s ability to pay. In this season of giving, there is an easy way for people to give back. The Norton’s Children’s Hospital Foundation has recently set up a monthly Heroes for Kids program to help provide support for facilities, equipment, new technologies,

clinical research and child advocacy, as well as health education for patients and families. The Heroes for Kids program allows donors to spread their payments out over the year in monthly installments, once an automatic payment plan has been set up. To set your plan in motion, go to For answers to questions, more information or other ways to help, call 502-629-8060. The League of Justice has a chair waiting for you, even if you don’t have your own comic book.

10 per month

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will provide a specialty tilt chair for a child with disabilities in the hospital.

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A monthly gift is a simple way to make a steady impact on sick and injured children in our region. The cumulative impact of your gift at the end of one year can help provide lifesaving care. Here is the difference you can make in the life of a child who needs medical help by this time next year:



per month

will provide one chemotherapy injection to a child with cancer.



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Tighten Up

Bottom, Pre BodyTite and, top, only three months post BodyTite. Most noticeable results occur after six months.

You don’t need surgery to firm your face and body. Dr. Julene Samuels shares the new, non-surgical procedures that are making taut skin a possibility without significant side effects or down time. PHOTO COURTESY OF JULENE B. SAMUELS, MD, FACS


s a surgeon, I am a professed “anatomist.” As a plastic surgeon, I appreciate form and function. I have dedicated my practice to the art of sculpting the human body in ways that help my patients achieve the best physical versions of themselves. There is no question that when we feel good about how we look, we are happier as individuals, and this inner satisfaction spills over into many facets of our daily lives and relationships with others. This doesn’t mean we have to seek perfection in our outward appearances, but rather, that it is okay to consider changing aspects of our outward appearance that create negative energy in our daily lives. After appropriate efforts to manage our bodies by good diet, exercise and healthy habits, I tell patients everyday that they really should stop “beating themselves up” about aspects of their appearance that happen over the course of life and its rich experiences. In the past decade, we have seen a real revolution in the introduction of new non-surgical technologies for face and body contouring; yet truly innovative surgical advances have been lacking. I am now happy to be able to introduce to Louisville the latest in surgical advances in body and face contouring…BodyTite and FaceTite. BodyTite and FaceTite are radiofrequency devices that provide a new level of skin tightening to liposuction results of all areas of the body, face and neck, or they can be used as stand-alone skintightening, minimally-invasive techniques (when skin tightening without fat removal is desired). The radiofrequency used in these devices is more advanced due to its bipolar variety, as well as the addition of more real-time temperature and impedance control than what is currently available on other devices. This allows optimization of single session results while reducing the potential for discomfort or side effects. Procedures are performed in the office with local anesthesia and minimal oral or intravenous

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sedation (as desired by the patient). Even energy-assisted liposuction does not thoroughly tighten skin during its fat removal, so when combined with BodyTite or FaceTite, surgeons can now offer patients results that more closely approach the gold-standard results of surgery, but with much less effort. Recovery is one to two weeks, and when combined with ultrasound-assisted liposuction, bruising, swelling and discomfort are minimal. (The best long-lasting results are achieved when patients are near their “goal weight.) Look for the 3-D video on So, go ahead and hit the gym…but, remember, there may be limitations to achievable results, and it isn’t cheating to look further for ways to feel better about yourself. FaceTite and BodyTite are true advances to the list of surgical contouring options now available in Louisville.

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Norton Healthcare - Snow Ball Marriott Downtown | November 18 | | Photos by Dick Arnspiger

Alex Raver, Abigail Wyleta and Elizabeth Diemer

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Elizabeth Spalding, Ashton Kays and Kayla Clark

THE SNOW BALL GALA Once again, the annual fundraiser for Norton Children’s Hospital Foundation was a magical holiday kick-off for nearly a thousand black-tie guests.

This year’s Snow Ball, sponsored by Konica Minolta, managed to provide both beautiful traditions and breathtaking surprises. While it was the 28th year for the annual fundraiser, the event on Saturday, November 18, was fresh and fun—and full of new twists. The committee wisely used the wow factor of the Marriot renovations and the cozy new lounge areas along the mezzanine to create mini bourbon bars featuring Heaven Hill. Chef Graham Weber’s inventive menu included crab cakes with shrimp, an illuminated iced sorbet, fillet and scallops and a filled chocolate ornamental dessert that disappeared from everyone’s plates. Towering lucite candelabras and floating candles added sparkle and Groove Essential got everyone out on the dance floor. Happily, the memorable touches that make this signature event of the Festival of Trees & Lights (presented by Republic Bank) such a must-attend holiday gala remained: the flurry of snow that falls gently on guests as they step out of their cars, the receiving line of Louisville Ballet Snowflakes in the lobby and the winter-wonderland décor that transforms the ballroom year after year. This year’s festivities for a good cause will benefit the renovation and expansion of the neonatal intensive care unit.

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Mary Beth and John Whittle

Dr. Lisa Daniel and Bill Johnson

Denise and Adam Kempf, Alicia Lewis and Shelly Gast


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Chenoweth Square Holiday Walk Chenoweth Square | November 3 | facebook:chenowethsquarewcw | Photos by Jolea Brown

Bonnie Vatter and Carol Giffen

Whitney Buente and Paige Burkley

Lisa and Joe Atkinson

Lesley Reynolds and Katie Wolff

Meridith Metzmeier and Kathy Lintiner

Kelin Rapp, Gracie Koch and Mary George Meiners

Tori Krick and Austin Doughty

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KNIGHT OF KNIGHTS INAUGURATION GALA Bellarmine University | October 28 | | Photos by Michelle Byrd

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Cheryl and Mike Anderson

Ruth Wagoner, John Selent, Amanda Benson and Tim Ryan

Cathy Banon and Judy Warren

Nan and Bud Spalding

Melissa and Kevin Zoeller

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Natalie and Mia Jones

Norton Commons Fall Festival Norton Commons | October 29 | | Photos by Nicole Mitchell

Marilyn Patterson and Cissy Walker

Miles, Jennifer and Mitch Greenfield, Pat Howerton, Bojangles

Emily, Grant and Jane Olivier

Kat Schweizer, Jessica Anaya, David Ising and Michelle Ciancio


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Metro United Way 100th Anniversary Gala Marriott Downtown | November 11 | | Photos by Michelle Byrd

Asia Peeples, Colexis and Colette Bridgewater, Cari Robinson

Darren Betz, Angie Corbett, Sherry and Gil Betz

Paula and Frank Harshaw

Fran Thornton and Heather Kleisner

Kelsie Smithson, Tony and Laura Ellis, JP Davis

Joel and Mary Turner

Stephen Riley and Emily Bingham

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Michelle Anderle, Megan Cox, Heather Daines and Danielle Druin


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Keith and Susan Inman

Gilda’s Club Louisville Night Rodes For Him For Her | November 10 | | Photos by Dick Arnspiger

Jonathon Raley and Michele Oberst

Madeline and Jerry Abramson

Tonya Cook and Karen Morrison

Tyler Whitty, Alli Truttmann, Ben and Meredith Lawrence, Karen Lawrence

Michael Motanedi, Vanessa Salas, Heather Bass and Kaveh Zamanian

Susan Yarmuth, Linda Caso, Lindsey Miller, John and Cathy Yarmuth

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Dec/Jan events DECEMBER 5

TOPS magazine Holiday Party

Old 502 Winery Old 502 Winery along with TOPS magazine, team up together to bring the holiday party of the year. This wine tasting event is for our readers, writers, photographers, models, subjects and staff, to celebrate not only the holidays but to show our appreciation to our clients. The event is from 5:30pm to 8:00pm; there will be live music from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Enjoy wine, beer and spirit tastings as well as appetizers, giveaways and prizes. Old 502 Winery will also be celebrating their 5th anniversary, located at 116 South 10th Street. Go to or for more details. DECEMBER 8

Louisville Christmas Gift and Decor Show 2017

Kentucky Fair and Expo Center One of the nation's finest Christmas Gift shows with dealers from across the country featuring gifts, crafts, decor, bath and body, jewelry, candles, and more. Fri 11-8, Sat 10-8, Sun 11-5. Free admission. Free photos with Santa. DECEMBER 8 - 16

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

The Kentucky Center The Herdmans are the worst kids in the whole history of the world; they lie, steal and cheat. Now they have bullied their way into the church’s annual Christmas pageant! Slated to be the “worst pageant ever,” the whole town has gathered in anticipation, waiting to see the Herdmans ruin Christmas. Will the pageant be a disaster as everyone is expecting, or will the spirit of the season change the hearts and minds of the Herdman family?

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Actors Theatre in the Victor Jory Theatre As the Christmas countdown begins, a disgruntled elf gives us a hilarious behind-thescenes tour of Macy’s Santaland. Delightfully irreverent and packed with David Sedaris’s signature wit, The Santaland Diaries is a holiday classic for those of us who prefer our eggnog spiked.

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A Christmas Carol: The Musical

The Future Grand Lyric Theater The Youth Repertory Theater Troupe of Louisville is back again with another showstopping musical! This holiday season they present to you "A Christmas Carol". The show opens on Friday December 15th at 7:00 pm - Sunday December 17th with an additional matinee performance @ 2:00pm on Sunday. As always thanks for your support and for purchasing your tickets online!


Cookies with Santa

Baptist Health Eastpoint Santa Claus is coming back to Baptist Eastpoint with a sleigh full of holiday cheer for the whole family. Join them for this free community event from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 at 2400 Eastpoint Parkway near Anchorage. Get a free photo with Santa, enjoy kid-friendly crafts and activities, munch on cookies and refreshments and enjoy the holiday music from several local school choirs.


The Brown-Forman Nutcracker

The Kentucky Center Experience the magic of this beautiful Louisville holiday tradition! The uniquely Louisville telling of the classic story of Marie and her journey with her Nutcracker prince is a festive fairy tale for both the young and young at heart. Filled with magic, artistry and awe-inspiring sets and costumes, it will transport you to a wonderland where dreams come true.


Laughter N The Ville 2

The Kentucky Center Featuring: Bill Bellamy, Kenny Howell, Chris Thomas (“The Mayor”), and Pierre. Hosted by Damon Williams. Preshow music by DJ Q at 8:00 p.m. in Whitney Hall. DECEMBER 24

Holiday In The City

Holiday Square Holiday in the City marks the beginning of the holiday season in Louisville! Enjoy holiday festivities and events throughout downtown, including the popular ice skating rink at Holiday Square, located at Fourth and Jefferson. Holiday in the City kicks off with the annual Light Up Louisville tradition on Friday, November 24 and continues through the holiday season until Monday, January 1.

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NYE 2018 Masquerade Party

Fourth Street Get ready Louisville, for NYE Live!, the city’s BIGGEST and BEST New Year’s Eve Party! This FREE event features music from 100% Poly, confetti canons, balloon drop, party favors and the ONLY BALL DROP in Louisville! Ring in the New Year as a VIP – Tickets include exclusive access to 6 bars and nightclubs and a premium drink package from 9PM to 12AM. Conveniently located in downtown Louisville at Fourth Street Live!, party-goers won’t have to look far for transportation, parking, restaurants and hotels.

The Gillespie The Gillespie will host a NYE Masquerade Party from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Party with an open bar featuring Korbel Champagne, Finlandia Vodka, Woodford Reserve, Bud Light and Budweiser. Kudmani and DJ Mikkus will be providing live music and entertainment for the evening. Limited presale tickets are available now for $75. General admission tickets will be available for $100, reserved cocktail tables are $225 for two guests, and $1000 for VIP tables of eight. This event is ages 21 and older.

Lou Year's Eve

New Year's Eve 2018 Presented by John-Kenyon

Downtown, W. Main St. This family-friendly New Year's party will take over downtown Louisville starting at 2 p.m.! There will be festivities and performances at multiple venues up and down Main Street, including at the Frazier Museum, the Science Center, 21c, KMAC, Louisville Slugger Museum, the Kentucky Center and more. Entertainment throughout the day will include performances by CirqueLouis, Billy Goat Strut Revue, Dave Moisan, Actors Theatre, Kentucky Shakespeare and Louisville Ballet, in addition to many, many more.

New Year's Eve at the Galt House

The Galt House The Galt House is hosting two different parties to celebrate the New Year. Neon New Year's Eve is an '80s-themed dance party in the Grand Ballroom from 8:30 p.m. to 4 a.m, with music by live band Bueller and DJ Havok. Blackout Affair New Year's Eve is a dress-to-impress party in the Archibald Cochran Ballroom from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m., with music by live band Encore and DJ Empty Beats. Whether you go Neon or Blackout, you can't go wrong.

Mellwood Arts Center Eventris brings you New Year’s Eve 2018 Presented by John-Kenyon at Mellwood Arts Center! Dance away 2017 with Tony and the Tan Lines and DJ KDogg from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. An $80 ticket will give guests access to cocktails, late night food and a champagne toast to ring in the new year. NYE 2018 is sponsored by John-Kenyon, Grey Goose Vodka, Bacardi USA, Angel's Envy, BoxCarPR, Coca-Cola, Bud Light and Red Bull.

Passalino’s NYE Bash

Passalino’s Passalino’s will host their annual NYE Bash beginning at 9 p.m. Guests will enjoy an open bar featuring Korbel Champagne, Finlandia Vodka, Woodford Reserve, Bud Light and Budweiser. Dance to fan favorite DJ Rewind. Tickets are $55 general admission or $800 for a VIP table for eight. This event is ages 21 and older.


Heartbreak Hotel – A Salute To Young Elvis

Derby Dinner Playhouse Starring Robert Shaw, this critically acclaimed concert production features the music of “Young Elvis” belting out hits from the first part of his career, starting in the mid-1950’s through the early 60’s. The show kicks off with Elvis’ first recordings at Sun Records in Memphis (“That’s All Right, Mama”, “Good Rockin’ Tonight”) through his chart topping years at RCA records (“Don’t Be Cruel”, “Hound Dog”), and even highlighting the King’s hits from his first movies (“Jailhouse Rock”, “Love Me Tender”). Featuring authentic costumes and top-notch musicians, this show is chock full of hip-swiveling, toe-tapping fun. JANUARY 11

TOPS January Winter Party

Ice house Louisville ice Revealing their new chic venue located in the heart of downtown Louisville. Amazing catering menu. Wedding vendors will share the latest for all your wedding and event wish list. Located at 226 E Washington St. from 5 to 8 p.m. Wine and spirit tastings, nibbles, music, and prizes. JANUARY 12 - 13

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto

The Kentucky Center Tchaikovsky's disastrous one-year marriage produced an extraordinary result, a violin concerto of remarkable beauty with both tenderness and fire. Violinist Gabriel Lefkowitz joined the Louisville Orchestra as concertmaster (principal first violin) in 2016 and this marks his first solo performance in Louisville.

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Dec/Jan events JANUARY 23 - 28


The Kentucky Center There’s never been a better time to experience Chicago, Broadway’s razzle-dazzle smash. This triumphant hit musical is the recipient of six Tony Awards®, two Olivier Awards, a Grammy® and thousands of standing ovations. A sensational tale of sin, corruption and all that jazz. Set in the legendary city during the roaring “jazz hot” 20s, Chicago tells the story of two rival vaudevillian murderesses locked up in Cook County Jail. Nightclub star Velma’s serving time for killing her husband and sister after finding the two in bed together. Driven chorus girl Roxie’s been tossed in the joint for bumping off the lover she’s been cheating on her husband with. Not one to rest on her laurels, Velma enlists the help of prison matron Mama Morton and slickster lawyer Billy Flynn, who turn Velma’s incarceration into a murder-of-theweek media frenzy, thus preparing the world for a splashy showbiz comeback. But Roxie’s got some of her own tricks up her sleeve.



The Kentucky Center StageOne joins with Kentucky Shakespeare to present this contemporary take on William Shakespeare’s classic tale of revenge. Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark, is visited by the ghost of his father. The dead king has some disturbing news: he was murdered by Hamlet’s uncle Claudius, who has stolen the throne. How far will the young prince go to avenge his father? Hamlet is considered one of Shakespeare’s most powerful and influential tragedies. JANUARY 12 - 14


The YUM Center The Harlem Globetrotters known for their one-of-a-kind family entertainment will bring their 2018 World Tour to the KFC Yum! Center on Friday, January 12 at 7:00 PM and Sunday, January 14 at 2:00 PM to take on their longtime adversaries, the Washington Generals.

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Kid Rock

The YUM Center Kid Rock recently released his new album, Sweet Southern Sugar and will also hit the road with his latest tour promoting the album. Sweet Southern Sugar is Kid Rock’s first album recorded in Nashville and ranges from country to classic rock, with a little rap sprinkled in between and highlights Kid Rock’s armory of talent, which transcends a single genre. FEBRUARY 10, 2018

2018 Louisville Heart Ball

Louisville Marriott Downtown A Celebration of creating and sharing. The evening celebrates: their work and mission; therir donors and volunteers; and — most importantly — the lives saved and improved because of everyone’s effort. The Heart Ball promises to be an engaging evening of fun and passion bringing community and philanthropic leaders together. Last year, the Heart Ball raised just over $71 million nation-wide allowing them to fund life-saving research and prevention programs in our community and across the country.


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The Kentucky Center In 1996, an original rock musical by a littleknown composer opened on Broadway...and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production. A re-imagining of Puccini's La Bohème, RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters—love.

FEBRUARY 16 - 18

The Barber of Seville

The Kentucky Center Even if you haven’t seen it live, you already know its famous music from cartoons and contemporary culture. Now, experience the world’s greatest comic opera in person! Determined to win the heart of the beautiful and feisty Rosina, Count Almaviva enlists the help of Figaro, the intrepid barber of Seville, to steal her away from her curmudgeonly guardian, who wants to marry her himself! The clever barber instigates a barrage of merry misunderstandings, dubious disguises, and double-crossings galore to ensure that true love triumphs after all!


NBA star Jimmy Butler, and announced the first leg of his 2018 “What Makes You Country Tour” which will stop in Louisville at KFC Yum! Center on February 18 and run through the Fall of next year with more dates to be announced soon. Kip Moore and The Cadillac Three are the special guests on the first leg.



Derby Dinner Playhouse A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you won’t soon forget! The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this tale of love, laughter, and friendship. The ultimate feel-good show!

Luke Bryan

The YUM Center Four-time Entertainer of the Year and American Idol judge Luke Bryan premiered the new music video for single “Light It Up,” featuring

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Gilda’s Club Mollie Smith and Michele Oberst

Wil Heuser

The TOPS team at the cover shoot at Speed Art Museum

Madelynne Myers (2017 Miss Kentucky USA)

The PGA Championship returns to Valhalla in 2024!

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