Martini Italian Bistro will be present once again. | Courtesy of Apron Inc.

There are dozens of tasting events held throughout the year, each filling its own niche and usually raising funds for its own charities. One tasting experience, however, gives back to the very industry it promotes — The Taste of Independents, which benefits Apron Inc.

The fourth annual iteration will be held on Sunday, July 22, and tickets are still available.

More than 30 restaurants will offer up samples of their finest fare at Taste of Independents, which last year alone attracted more than 400 people and raised more than $20,000 for Apron. The local nonprofit helps provide temporary financial relief to those in the dining industry — from bartenders to chefs. Since its inception in 2011, Apron has provided $161,000 in grants to 157 individuals.

Samples for days! | Courtesy of Apron Inc.

Participating restaurants at Taste include Anoosh Bistro, Butchertown Grocery, Harvest, Coal’s Artisan Pizza, Uptown Café, La Chasse, Porcini, Bristol Bar & Grill, Sweet Surrender and many more. Plus, you can expect samples of local wine, whiskey and craft beer.

And in addition to food and drink, there’s a silent auction — featuring items from artists, restaurants and liquor companies and more — an awards ceremony and live music by the Robbie Bartlett Duo.

“The Taste of Independents keeps getting better and more fun every year,” says Apron President Gary Fox in a news release. “It is the one event where independent restaurants come out to help their own, and they really put on a great spread. It is a wonderful way to spend a summer Sunday afternoon.”

The event will run from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 22, at The Olmsted, 3701 Frankfort Ave. Tickets are $50 in advance, $60 at the door.

Sara Havens is the Culture Editor at Insider Louisville. She's known around town as the Bar Belle and updates her blog ( daily. 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."


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