Mayor Greg Fischer, Congressman John Yarmuth and others will don chef hats on Saturday. | Courtesy of Creative Commons

Have you ever daydreamed about having Mayor Greg Fischer feed you grapes while Gill Holland fanned you with a palm frond? Maybe it’s just us — but on Saturday, this dream could kind of become a reality when the Progressive Action Committee of Kentucky (PACK) hosts “MENu Tasting and Silent Auction,” a benefit event for the Fairness Campaign.

The idea is to put a spin on traditional gender roles, and organizers have tapped an impressive list of “celebrity chefs” to participate, including Fischer, Holland, Congressman John Yarmuth, Councilman Brandon Coan, State Rep. Reginald Meeks, Sen. Gerald Neal, Bobby Petrino Jr., George Stinson, LEO Weekly editor Aaron Yarmuth, Modern Louisville editor Remy Sisk, and Tim and Roy Koons-McGee, owners of Comfy Cow.

This is the first fundraiser organized by PACK, a women’s advocacy group that formed three years ago to support progressive causes throughout Kentucky. Pam Gersh, a member of PACK, tells Insider the group is now 25 members strong and advocates for everything from LGBTQ rights to sensible gun laws.

“MENu Tasting” will benefit the Fairness Campaign.

“In the current political climate, we feel it is critical to support organizations any way that we can,” she says. “This event grew out of the presidential election — we met a few days after and decided it was now the time to take action, and we approached the Fairness Campaign about doing a fundraiser for them because we knew they were facing a tough Kentucky legislative session.”

If all goes well Saturday — and with a lineup like the one mentioned above, it should be a fun and interesting evening — PACK will host more events in town.

Local businesses also have donated many coveted items for the silent auction portion — 120 to be exact, according to Gersh — including a VIP package to Bourbon & Beyond, a personal tour of Old Louisville by Tom Owen, gift certificates to area restaurants, a golf outing and much more.

And along with food and the silent auction, there will be live entertainment by the Louisville Gay Men’s Chorus, caricatures by Courier-Journal cartoonist Marc Murphy, and wine tastings by Old 502 Winery.

“MENu Tasting” takes place Saturday, June 3, from 6-10 p.m. at the Thomas Jefferson Unitarian Church, 4963 Brownsboro Road. Tickets are $20.

This story has been updated.

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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."