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Chef John Foster: Cooking is art and will always need a human touch, despite advent of cooking robots

I just finished reading an article about robots making food and I must confess that I’m a bit freaked out. I like the idea of consistency as much as the next chef or restaurateur but the thought of gleaming, sleek machines pumping out food at an accelerated rate with very little human involvement blurs the lines of the creative process. Someone has to set the concept, something could do the heavy...

Beth Underwood: From Red-eye gravy to shoo-fly pie, a tasty tour of some southern culinary oddities

As a child of the south, I long ago learned the role of a good white half-runner in southern cuisine. From cook-outs and potlucks to Sunday dinners, this summer staple is as much a part of meals as the fried chicken and cornbread. Almost as important as white half-runners themselves is the art of stringing and snapping them. And if I close my eyes, I can still see Granny sitting on the porch snapping...

Transylvania Theater’s 2018-19 season under leadership of new program director Tosha Fowler

Transylvania University’s 2018-19 theater season will feature four productions — from the contemporary to Shakespeare — under the leadership of Tosha Fowler, the new Lucille C. Little Chair of Theater and program director. All productions will be in Little Theater and are free to the public thanks to the generous support of the Dixon-White Fund. Transylvania Theater will benefit from Fowler’s...

World’s largest bounce house coming to Lexington’s Masterson Station Park Sept. 21–23

Parks and Recreation invites Lexington residents of all ages to join in on record-setting fun Sept. 21–23, as the largest bounce house in the world is coming to Masterson Station Park. The Big Bounce America, the Guinness World Record holder for largest inflatable castle, is more than 10,000 square feet. Along with a huge bounce house, the event includes a village of other attractions like inflatable...

Christine Luken releases second book, ‘Manage Money Like a Boss,’ aimed at creative entreprenuers

When Christine Luken began writing her second book Manage Money Like a Boss, her original target audience was anyone with a small business. But then she noticed something interesting. She observed that many of the creative entrepreneurs she knew – artists, musicians, photographers, and the like – had a strained push-pull relationship with money and success. They wanted to make more income...

Kentucky by Heart: The day Thomas Clark helped my son with a social studies question and other tidbits

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared at KyForward April 11, 2017 By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist During my years teaching fourth grade, students knew that whatever social studies lessons I taught, I would make direct connections to the state of Kentucky. Not only did I see the practice as educationally sound, but it was also a good opportunity to indulge my Bluegrass passion....

Transylvania professor’s ‘Elkhorn’ book wins Thomas D. Clark Medallion, highlights state’s history, culture

Richard Taylor, Transylvania University’s Kenan Visiting Writer and a former Kentucky poet laureate, has received the Thomas D. Clark Medallion for his new book, “Elkhorn: Evolution of a Kentucky Landscape.” Named after the founder of the University Press of Kentucky, the medallion is awarded to one book each year for highlighting the state’s history and culture. “Elkhorn” is published...

Chef John Foster: Having two jobs (teaching, owning a restaurant) means work is always on the mind

As I write this, Sullivan University is on break. I find myself at a loss for what to do as my work often dictates what I do with myself when I’m on break. I know I’ll be at work in the restaurant tonight, but what to do with the rest of my day? The answer is complex, and multilayered, nothing as simple as lying in bed until noon eating bonbons (not that I ever did that!). And yes, the answer...

Beth Underwood: We will never forget — sharing one of many stories from a tragic 9-11 that remind us

Writer’s Note: As this week marks the 17th anniversary of 9/11, I’d like to share the story of Rick Rescorla. Chances are you know who he is — several documentaries feature his story as a 9/11 hero. He was also in the battle of Ia Drang. Remember the book and movie, We Were Soldiers Once… and Young? That’s him on the cover of that book jacket. On the 10th anniversary of 9/11, I came...

Brig. General Benjamin Adams, an aviator, retires from Kentucky National Guard after 40-year career

Kentucky Today A 40-year veteran took his final flight Saturday during a celebration of his retirement from the Army. 
Brig. Gen. Benjamin F. Adams arrived via helicopter for his retirement as the assistant adjutant general for the Kentucky National Guard at the Army Aviation Support Facility within Boone National Guard Center, according to the State-Journal. Brigadier General Benjamin Adams speaks...

Canine ‘Lucy Lou’ Kayser, former Rabbit Hash mayor and write-in presidential candidate has died

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor Former Rabbit Hash mayor and write-in presidential candidate Lucy Lou has died. Mayor Lucy Lou (photos courtesy of Bobbi Layne Kayser) The 12-year-old border collie died Monday from kidney failure attributed to her age, according to the Rabbit Hash Historical Society. Lucy Lou lived her whole life in Rabbit Hash and was a familiar face in the community, with...

Kentucky by Heart: Liberty Elementary ‘purncipal’ Gerry Brooks offers fun relief from classroom stress

Editor’s Note: The following is reprinted column from the August issue of Kentucky Monthly. By Steve Flairty KyForward Columnist “Purncipal” Gerry Brooks promotes positive “edjercation” leadership tied in with a steady diet of funny stuff for his teachers at Liberty Elementary School in Lexington. And in recent years, the good-natured frivolity he shares, mostly via social media, has...

Rick Pitino’s new book: Defending himself (again) against the scandals at UofL, telling ‘his story’

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today Rick Pitino’s new memoir, Pitino: My Story, hit the bookshelves and internet booksellers’ websites this week, and it’s sure to receive a lot of interest and conversation from college basketball fans and the media.   In many ways, the overriding thread of the book isn’t surprising. The former Louisville coach continues to play the role of victim,...

Kentucky Artisan Center presents new exhibit by internationally-renowned artists Powell, Sandoval

A new exhibit recognizing internationally known Kentucky artists Stephen Rolfe Powell and Arturo Alonzo Sandoval was announced this week by the Kentucky Artisan Center. As innovators in their respective fields, both Powell and Sandoval have expanded boundaries by utilizing unusual materials and pushing their mediums into new and exciting formats. A Meet-the-Artist reception will be held on Sept. 9...

Chef Foster: On college trip with son, we discovered while food can be great — service really matters

It isn’t often that I get a chance to sit and observe from the other side of the kitchen door. Most of my life and career has been spent in a kitchen or a classroom, playing an active role in the process of making and serving food to the general public. Even in my other food-related activities, like writing this column or helping out in a community garden, it is an action taken, not observed...

Beth Underwood: It may just seem like a lot of hot air, but there’s something to be said for full-service

At the risk of dating myself, remember the days when real service stations, i.e. gas stations with attendants, existed? The attendants scurried out to greet customers as soon as their car tires tripped the bell. They checked the oil, cleaned the windshield and pumped the gas, while the customer sat in the comfort of his or her car. Back then, it was the bane of my existence, or so I thought. Who had...

Public event celebrates Lexington’s Pope Villa listing on National Register of Historic Places

A rare surviving example of the work of early American architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the National Park Service (NPS) has announced. Pope Villa in Lexington was individually listed for its national significance to architecture, interpreted “for its information potential with respect to the interaction of architects and builders in the...

Kentucky by Heart: More popular book selections; Kentucky Playwrights and Screenwriters Conference

Editor’s Note: This is the second in a two-part series on what books are popular among Kentuckians. By Steve Flairty KyForward Columnist Over in Mt. Sterling, Cynthia Wilson has read both Rob Lowe’s biographies, Love Life and Stories I Only Tell My Friends. “They were stellar,” she said. “He’s a very good writer and painfully open about his life, yet very discrete. Now I’m reading...

Kentucky Teacher: Jurassic Quest exhibit gives students an up close look at life-like dinosaurs

By Bobby Ellis Special to KyForward If you’ve ever watched “Jurassic Park” and thought that a Tyrannosaurus rex would be fun to ride on or that you might actually want to meet a 6-foot tall carnivorous lizard, then Jurassic Quest is the place for you. Over the course of three days, dinosaurs of all kinds, shapes and sizes took over the Kentucky Convention Center during Jurassic Quest, a traveling,...

Faculty art show at UK’s Bolivar Art Gallery offers students an intimate look at professors artistic vision

By Whitney Hale University of Kentucky As an art student, what better way is there to get to know your professor than through their own artistic vision? This will be possible for many of University of Kentucky’s own aspiring young artists, as well as the community at large, as the Bolivar Art Gallery stages its first show of the year, “Faculty Series: VOL. II,” the second annual exhibition featuring...