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It’s all about food – Kentucky food – on state’s new culinary destination website

  A series of initiatives to promote culinary tourism in Kentucky have begun with the launch of a food-focused website KentuckyCuisine.com.   Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism Commissioner Mike Mangeot announced the initiatives at the Kentucky Travel Industry Association’s annual fall conference in Northern Kentucky.   The department kicked off its culinary efforts in...

Johnathan Gay: If given time, SOAR has potential to transform Eastern Kentucky

Legend has it that in 1972 the Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai was asked to give his assessment of the French Revolution. Although the uprising began in 1789, Zhou cryptically answered “it’s too early to tell.” Folks looking for the full impact of the Shaping our Appalachia initiative would be well advised to take Zhou’s long-term view of history.   Last week, 10 working-groups, headed by...

New ideas, new partnerships emerge as SOAR groups share top ideas for Eastern Kentucky

Ten working groups organized under the Shaping Our Appalachian Region, or SOAR, initiative have presented their top findings. And despite the different working group topics, several common themes emerged among the recommendations:   • The need for cross-agency collaboration, especially in economic development • Desire for training and investment in entrepreneurship • Strong interest...

Perry Co. walk organizer sees himself as part of problem and solution to area’s health woes

Sam Neace, organizer of the Great Perry County Walk Saturday, Sept. 20, knows firsthand that healthy habits begin with a single step. (Photo by Cris Ritchie)   By Kristy Robinson Horine KyForward correspondent   When it comes to health and fitness, Sam Neace might be one of the worst role models around. At least, that’s the way he sees it.   “I don’t pay anywhere near as much...

Bon Appetit Appalachia! guide highlights
48 Eastern Kentucky food destinations

Forty-eight food destinations in Eastern Kentucky are included in a new mapguide developed by the Appalachian Regional Commission to promote culinary tourism throughout the region.   The ARC just announced the launch of the Bon Appetit Appalachia tourism mapguide showcasing 283 of the Appalachian region’s most distinctive food destinations. The mapguide is available as an insert in the summer...