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Kentucky by Heart: Some important options for this weekend — Epicurean Experience, American Creed

By Steve Flairy
KyForward columnist

A few columns ago, I shared some early information about a charity gala affair, called “Epicurean Experience.”

Its purpose is to raise funds for the Kentucky United Methodist Children’s Homes (KyUMH). Details are now being finalized and I’d like to share some of the exciting features for the event this Saturday, April 27, at the new campus at 1115 Ashgrove Road, in Nicholasville.

It lasts from 5-8 p.m.

First, though, some words of praise about this private organization with a big heart. It’s been in operation since 1871, according to the KyUMH web site, to “serve Christ by providing for the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of children and families.” Its long-time service is a tribute to how successful the mission has succeeded.

The organization is going “all out” to make sure the affair will be a special treat for attendees and ultimately help those it serves.

“Our vision for this night is to have some of the region’s most talented and innovative chefs bring their best to the table for an Epicurean Evening—a culinary extravaganza to benefit the children and families served by Kentucky United Methodist Children’s Homes,” Communications/Public Relations Coordinator Rebecca Hurshman said. “It’s one part tasting, one part auction, one part party, and all parts fun.”

Azur Chef Jeremy Ashby

There will be entertainment, plus live and silent auctions hosted by Fox 56’s television anchor Marvin Bartlett. Here are a few impressive bid items: a Florida vacation, a signed UK basketball by Coach John Calipari, and tickets to Disneyland.

The ticket cost is $75 per person. That includes the tasting of small servings of a signature savory or sweet dish prepared by an assortment of top-notch chefs from the central Kentucky area. They include: CJ Gabrielson (J Alexander’s); Josh Smouse (Honey); Emilie McCauley (The Glitz); Jeremy Ashby (Azur); Ranada Riley (Ranada’s Bistro and Bar); and Jason Wells (The Kentucky Castle). Also serving at the food fest will be Catering by Donna; Sharp’s Candies; Gig’s Cupcakes; and European Delights Gourmet Bakery.

Hurshman summed up Saturday’s Epicurean Experience this way: “The goal of the evening is to raise funds for our mission of bringing hope and healing to children while providing a delightful and inspiring evening for supporters.”

Call 859-523-3001 or visit the website.

American Creed

And speaking of positive initiatives, another special event is taking place this weekend in Versailles at the Woodford County Library (WCL).

On Sunday, April 28, at 1 p.m, there will be a free showing of American Creed. A box lunch, also free, including such choices as chicken salad, roasted ham, turkey breast and more by a local caterer, will be available for attendees to enjoy during the one-hour documentary.

According to Heather Plunkett, library staff member, “American Creed explores authentic stories, national ideals, and identity from diverse points of view. Host Condoleeza Rice, former U.S. Secretary of State, and David M. Kennedy, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, come together from different points of view to investigate the idea of a unifying American creed.”

Following the watching, a discussion will be moderated by Lori Garkovich and Rick Schein. Garkovich is a retired professor and state extension specialist from the Department of Community and Leadership Development at the University of Kentucky (UK). Shein is UK Professor of Geography with an emphasis in historic preservation, American studies, and social theory.

“The program is designed to help people have those ‘difficult conversations’ during this touchpoint time in our country,” said Adult Services Librarian Emily Saderholm, “and we’re always looking to improve engagement in the community.”

This is a special treat for Kentuckians, as the WCL is one of only 50 libraries in the U.S. (the only one in Kentucky) that has received a grant from the American Library Association, in partnership with Citizen Film and the National Writing Project, for this special program, called American Creed: Community Conversations.

Call Woodford County Library to sign up at 859-873-5191.


Steve Flairty is a teacher, public speaker and an author of six books: a biography of former Kentucky Afield host Tim Farmer and five in the Kentucky’s Everyday Heroes series, including a kids’ version. Steve’s “Kentucky’s Everyday Heroes #4,” was released in 2015. Steve is a senior correspondent for Kentucky Monthly, a weekly KyForward and NKyTribune columnist and a member of the Kentucky Humanities Council Speakers Bureau. Contact him at sflairty2001@yahoo.com or visit his Facebook page, “Kentucky in Common: Word Sketches in Tribute.” (Steve’s photo by Connie McDonald)   

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