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Nourish Lexington distributed more than 50,000 meals since inception eight weeks ago

Nourish Lexington, which began serving meals eight weeks ago, has prepared and distributed more than 50,000 meals to date. The organization also announced that it has surpassed the $200,000 mark on dollars spent in the local economy. To date, 32 shift workers received payment. In addition, Nourish Lexington received $10,000 from the Coronavirus Response Fund at the Blue Grass Community Foundation. “The...

Keeneland, partners expand COVID-19 support with introduction of Nourish the Backstretch

Nourish the Backstretch, a partnership between Keeneland, Nourish Lexington and Blue Grass Farms Charities (BGFC) will provide weekly meals and groceries to stable-area workers at Keeneland and The Thoroughbred Center (TTC). More than 500 people are employed by trainers to care for horses at the two locations. Proceeds from wagers placed through Keeneland Select, Keeneland’s online ADW, during May...

Nourish Lexington initiative to employ displaced food service workers, feed Lexington families in need

Several Central Kentucky community organizations have announced the creation of Nourish Lexington, an initiative to utilize hospitality workers recently unemployed due to the COVID-19 closings as well as other community food assets to provide prepared meals to those who need immediate access to food. FoodChain, with support from the E.E. Murry Family Foundation, Keeneland and VisitLEX, formed Nourish...

Chef Ouita, other James Beard celebrated women chefs to cook F.E.A.S.T. for benefit on March 14

They met at a James Beard Boot Camp. They own successful restaurants from Chicago to Atlanta to Washington, D.C. But this is the first time they will all be cooking together for the public to sample. Central Kentucky’s own Chef Ouita Michel will bring these five women chef friends to Lexington to prepare a dinner to benefit FoodChain on Tuesday, March 14 at the Apiary. It will be the first-ever F.E.A.S.T....

Drink Like a Fish fund-raiser for FoodChain brings education, bluegrass and bourbon

FoodChain hosts its first spring fund-raiser tomorrow where they want guests to Drink Like a Fish at The Livery on Main Street in Lexington from 6:30-9:30 p.m.   FoodChain hosted 360 people in 11 tours in seven days in April. (Photo provided) Bartenders from the four Malone’s Bour Bon, Azur, Brasabana and Holly Hill family of restaurants are coming to serve their own bourbon cocktails and...

City Slickers: Agriculture goes urban as more people want to reconnect with food source

Rebecca Self has built a closed-loop urban agricultural production system at FoodChain in Lexington. It’s her hope that others will be inspired by what they see happening there. (Photo by Stephen Patton)   By Jeff Franklin Special to KyForward   Rebecca Self sees a disconnect between urban and rural.   “Food seems the perfect conduit to connect people,” the founder of FoodChain...

Lexington Calendar Project events to connect business leaders and spotlight nonprofits

(Photos from Lexington Calendar Project)

Lexington Calendar Project events to connect business leaders, spotlight nonprofits

By Elizabeth Adams KyForward correspondent   At a typical networking event, attendees walk away with wallet full of business cards. After the first Lexington Calendar Project event on Jan. 22, organizers hope members of the Lexington’s business community will leave with new friendships and a desire to do good.   The Lexington Calendar Project will connect members of the business community...

Bluegrass PRIDE: With their local-food focus, FoodChain and Seedleaf doing good things

By Schuyler Warren KyForward columnist   Cities are amazing things. They are not just locations in the landscape filled with people; each one is also a unique collection of material streams and processes. Unfortunately in the modern world, many of the underlying material flows supporting our urban lives often become hidden, to the point that we become unaware of where our food is grown and processed,...