From Padma Lakshmi’s visit to Kentucky to the death of a judicial candidate, here are Insider’s top stories this week.

Padma Lakshmi dishes about her experiences in Kentucky so far

Friday morning, Insider was invited to go on the set of “Top Chef” and watch how the show is made. Padma Lakshmi, host of “Top Chef,” created a stir when she landed in Louisville and sampled the local food scene this month, writes Lisa Hornung. Read more about first impressions: Padma Lakshmi is even more gorgeous in person than on TV, and she’s also amazingly gracious and nice. She was friendly and warm to everyone she met, from the contestants to the guest judges to the media. She gave many interviews and didn’t seem at all put out to talk to reporters, even after a long day filming.

Original Heine Brothers’ in Highlands closing May 31, new location opens next day

Louisvillians are running out of time to have one last coffee at the original Heine Brothers’ Coffee. The iconic location at Bardstown Road and Longest Avenue is closing as of Thursday, May 31, the coffee company announced, reported Kevin Gibson. Read more about how when the first Heine Brothers’ opened Oct. 1, 1994, no one could have guessed then that it would become a Louisville mainstay.

Waterfront Park gets ‘screaming’ new attraction

A hairpin-turning, lime green jet boat with the face of a shark painted on its facade is one of the latest attractions at Waterfront Park, wrote Darla Carter. Read more about how Mayor Greg Fischer and other dignitaries gathered at the park Thursday to announce the boat known as the Scream Machine and other new features and activities, such as excursions by the Louisville Kayak Co.

Brown-Forman CEO to retire; to be succeeded by COO

Brown-Forman CEO Paul Varga will retire at the end of the year and will be succeeded by Chief Operating Officer Lawson Whiting, the distiller announced Tuesday, reported Boris Ladwig. Read more about how Varga, 54, joined Brown-Forman 31 years ago and has served as chief executive since 2005, and the company’s total shareholder return of 17 percent under his leadership.

Death of judicial candidate has no recent precedent, state says
Daniel Alvarez

While the sudden death of the ninth division district court primary winner Daniel “Danny” Alvarez has shocked and saddened city leaders and citizens, it has also made the outcome of that election somewhat “unprecedented,” a state official said, wrote Jonathan Meador. Read more about how Alvarez’s death creates a unique situation that the Kentucky Secretary of State’s office says has no recent precedent.



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