image001Chefs and cooks from 14 of Louisville’s finest restaurants will vie for the title of Top Hog at the first Butchertown Porktoberfest on Fri., Oct. 11 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The event will be held at The Pointe office complex at 1205 E. Washington St., and include food samples, a cash bar featuring prohibition-era cocktails and  brew from Apocalypse Brew Works (including their special Butchertown Brown beer)

Live tunes will pour forth from Hog Operation (appropriately) and Johnny Berry.

Beer, pork and great music: What else do you need for a good time?

Don’t invite your cardiologist or gastroenterologist to this, even if you’re friends with them.

Participating restaurants and companies in this porcine powerhouse evening include: Atria, Cellar Door Chocolates, Decca, Farm to Fork, Harvest, Holy Grale, Jackknife Cafe, Monkey Wrench, Morels, Red Cherry Apron, RYE on Market, Stellar Sweets, The Bristol and Wiltshire.

The list of entries thus far include:

  • Hay smoked pork, bacon dashi broth, soft boiled egg, crispy smoked barley, green onions by RYE
  • Chocolate bacon macaroons by Stellar Sweets
  • Las Vegas Elvis Pie sober or soused, fried green tomato pie and Cuban sandwich pie by Red Cherry Apron
  • Bourbon barrel smoked pulled pork with chimichurri on ciabatta by Jackknife Café
  • Green chili wonton nachos and curry pork pan sliders by The Bristol
  • Carolina BBQ “pork” sliders (vegan) with slaw and pickled red onion by Morel’s

Attendees will be able to sample the barbeque and pork inspired dishes, as well as vegetarian options, and then vote for their favorite in four different categories:

  • People’s Choice
  • Best Vegetarian
  • Most Creative
  • Best Dessert

A panel of judges will select the Best Overall dish, and the winners of all five categories will win a cash prize and a Porktoberfest trophy.

Admission is free, and food and drink tickets will be sold for $1 each. Food samples are 2 tickets and drink prices vary.

If your fingers aren’t too greasy, Pinot’s Palette will also allow attendees to “Paint Your Own Pig on Canvas.”

In light of that offering, let’s review: pork, beer, cocktails, painting.

Can’t wait to see the art resulting from this event!

All proceeds will benefit the Butchertown Neighborhood Association Inc.

For more information, click here or find us on Facebook.

The 2013 Butchertown Porktoberfest is sponsored by the participating restaurants, as well as the Bluegrass Green Co., Eye Care Institute, Proud & Proud PLLC, White Clay, Tachau Meek, Bittner’s, Why Louisville, The Pointe, YUM! Brands and 9th District Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh.

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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.

One thought on “Steve Coomes: Pigs rule at first-ever Butchertown Porktoberfest next week

  1. Gee, what will happen if all the BBQ-foodies are exposed to the JBS-Swift operation? Will the newbies in the nabe protest the porkfest? And, seriously, vegetarian options?

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