Georgetown’s Seed to Feed Dinner Series features local cuisine

by Dorothea Wingo

Seed to Feed, a monthly dinner series that runs July through October, will kick off Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Royal Spring Park with a hog roast, live music and beer by Country Boy Brewing.

The dinner series consists of four events in locations throughout Georgetown with complementary décor and menus prepared by regional chefs.

“Being the new face in Georgetown, I wanted to provide something new for the community. All of the money from the dinner series goes back into foundations in Scott County,” said Justin Thompson with Local Feed, host of the kickoff.

Each dinner will be hosted at a farm or non-profit organization in Scott County. The dinners will consist of about five courses that will be paired with local beers, wines or bourbons, when appropriate. Music and silent auctions may also be included.

The first event, Scott County Farms to Food, scheduled for July 15, will take place at the Kentucky Horse Park and will feature chef Jacob Coronado with 8Up Elevated Drinkery and Kitchen in Louisville. Meat and vegetables will be entirely from Scott County farms, and the dinner will benefit the Farms to Food Bank participant, Amen House.

On Aug. 12, Yuko-En Sister City will have the feel of an upscale cocktail party with chef stations, craft drinks and opportunities to mingle at Yuko-En Garden. Proceeds will go toward the landscaping and upkeep of Yuko-En Garden. Local Feed’s sous chef Julian Stone will be the guest chef.

On Sept. 16, Kentucky Traditions will focus on the history of Kentucky’s food and spirits at Ward Hall in an elegant backyard garden party by guest chef Jonathan Searles of Lockbox at the 21c Museum Hotel in Lexington.

The final event, Old World at Old Friends Retired Thoroughbred Farm, will kick off the autumn racing season, taking place the day before Keeneland’s fall meet on Oct. 6. The meal will be prepared using Old World techniques by Patrick Roney, chef at Harvest in Louisville.

All Seed to Feed events begin at 7 p.m. Ticket prices range from $60 to $100 per event. Tickets are available at and may be purchased in person at Local Feed, 214 South Water Street, Georgetown.

Tourism contributes nearly $153 million to Scott County economy

In 2015, nearly 25,000 visitors took the Toyota Motor Manufacturing tour, voted one of the top 10 industrial tours in America. The visitors came from all 50 states and 77 countries. Also in 2015, nearly 20,000 visitors toured Old Friends Retired Thoroughbred Farm, including 90 motor coach tours.

“The amount of visitors to the Georgetown/Scott County area is evidence that Georgetown is a vacation destination for people from all over, and the numbers are growing,” said Lori Saunders, executive director of Georgetown/Scott County Tourism.

In addition, many visitors to Georgetown visit the Kentucky Horse Park for events such as the Rolex Three-Day Event and participate in events like Georgetown’s Horsey Hundred bike race.

According to the “Economic Impact of Kentucky’s Travel and Tourism Industry — 2014 and 2015,” Scott County had nearly $153 million in total travel spending, up $6 million from 2014. For the 15-county region that includes Scott, expenditures were a little more than $3 billion.

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