At Friday's Taste of the Bluegrass, an annual fundraiser for God's Pantry Food Bank now in its 35th year, you can indulge your own gourmet cravings while helping others meet their food needs.
"We have everything from casual dining restaurants to fine dining represented, and in the beverage category coffees, sodas, local breweries and a cross-section of the beverage industry," said Marian Guinn, CEO of the food bank.
Among the 60 local food and beverage purveyors offering a taste are sure to be some you haven't tried and some old favorites.
"I have found restaurants that I didn't know existed, that have become favorites," said Guinn, adding that Azur, led by Executive Chef Jeremy Ashby at 3070 Lakecrest Circle, would be one of those. "Oh, their shrimp! It's just amazing."
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Last year, Limestone Blue, a locally sourced eatery at 133 N. Limestone, was one of the winners in the celebrity judging category. Limestone Blue has since become one of Guinn's new favorites.
Taste of the Bluegrass attendees are invited to rate their tastes and name people's choice winners.
"That's what the restaurant community loves about this event," she said. "It's a great way for them to market themselves to a broad cross-section of the community, and at the same time support a non-profit."
Though it's a fun event, the Taste has a serious purpose: alleviating hunger in some of Kentucky's neediest areas.
Last year's event raised more than $138,000 for the food bank, which enabled it to distribute more than $1 million worth of food to families in need in 50 counties in Central and Eastern Kentucky.