The Kentucky Restaurant Association is hosting its 39th Annual Taste of Louisville on Wednesday October 17 at the Mellwood Arts Center from 6-9 p.m.

According to a news release, last year’s speakeasy theme was so well received it will return as the 2012 theme, and everyone attending is encouraged to dress in period costume.

Tickets are $65 each and available by clicking here.

The event will include a silent auction, benefiting  and The Kentucky Restaurant Association, is going to bigger and better this year, including more art by local artists.  A gallery area is being created to showcase all the donated pieces.

In addition to samples of food and drink provided by nearly four dozen restaurants, hotels and hospitality industry suppliers, this year’s Taste will feature a live band playing Roaring ‘20s tunes, a cocktail competition (sponsored by Republic National Distributing) and an outside beer and wine garden outside this year.

Proceeds from the event are donated each year to a charity, and this year’s selected recipient is Community Health Charities of Kentucky, a federation of the state’s premier health organizations that have joined together to raise charitable contributions in the workplace.

Through partnering with local employers, CHCK connects employees to health and wellness information, volunteer opportunities and the ability to direct donations to the local health charities of their choice.

Below is a current list of exhibitors and providers:

  • Kern’s Kitchen
  • Dumante Liqueur
  • Angel’s Envy
  • Bristol Bar and Grille
  • Gary’s on Spring
  • Buckhead Mountain Grill
  • The Oakroom
  • The Brown Hotel
  • The Crowne Plaza Catering
  • Makers Mark
  • Varanese
  • Blue Bell Creamery
  • Consumers Choice Coffee
  • Boombozz Pizza
  • Lynn’s Paradise Café
  • Martini Italian Bistro
  • Patrick O’sheas
  • Mark’s Feed Store
  • Brix Wine Bar & Bistro
  • DiFabio’s Casapela
  • 60 West
  • Mitchell’s Fishmarket
  • Lovers Leap Winery
  • NABC
  • BBC
  • Kentucky Ale
  • Cumberland Brew
  • Falls City
  • AP Crafters
  • D’orios Pizza
  • Seviche
  • Chuy’s
  • John Conti Coffee
  • Mattingly Foods
  • Kern’s Kitchen
  • Van Zandt Emerich and Cary
  • Masonic Homes
  • C&H Audio
  • Louisville Magazine
  • Louisville.com
  • Sign-a-rama
  • Lite 106.9
  • Universal Linen
  • Heartland Payments
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Steve Coomes
Steve Coomes is a restaurant veteran turned award-winning food, spirits and travel writer. In his 24-year career, he has edited and written for multiple national trade and consumer publications including Nation's Restaurant News and Southern Living. He is a feature writer for Louisville magazine, Edible Louisville & The Bluegrass and Food & Dining Magazine. The author of two books, "Country Ham: A Southern Tradition of Hogs, Salt & Smoke," and the "Home Distiller's Guide to Spirits," he also serves as a ghostwriter for multiple clients.

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