A scene from a previous Taste of Louisville | Courtesy of Taste of Louisville
A scene from a previous Taste of Louisville | Courtesy of Taste of Louisville

For 42 years now, the Kentucky Restaurant Association’s Louisville chapter has hosted Taste of Louisville, a casual event that offers up a wide selection of the city’s best food and drinks, all in the name of supporting a local charity. This year’s foodie extravaganza is next Wednesday, and organizers say there are still tickets left.

Since the first Taste held in 1974, the event has raised more than $250,000 for local charities. This year’s charity partners are Seven Counties Services and Harbor House, which will receive a portion of ticket sales and auction items.

More than 50 local restaurants and spirits companies will be offering up samples, including Bourbons Bistro, Against the Grain, Bulleit Bourbon, Joella’s Hot Chicken, Napa River Grill, River House, Dish on Market, Copper & King’s, Uptown CafĂ© and many, many more.

The Bar Belle will once again judge the drink competition. | Courtesy of Taste of Louisville
The Bar Belle will once again judge the drink competition. | Courtesy of Taste of Louisville

There’s also food and drink contests voted on by a panel of judges, including Insider’s Sara Havens (aka The Bar Belle), who will judge the spirits competition, naturally.

Taste of Louisville will be held at the Louisville Executive Aviation hangar at Bowman Field, 2700 Gast Blvd., from 6-9 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 5. Tickets are available online for $60 through Tuesday, or $65 at the door.

Sara Havens
Sara Havens is the Culture Editor at Insider Louisville, known around town as the Bar Belle (barbelleblog.com). She's a former editor of LEO Weekly and has written for Playboy and The Alcohol Professor. Havens is the author of two books: "The Bar Belle" and "The Bar Belle Vol. 2."