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Mayor Fischer presents austere budget for LouisvilleKY

LouisvilleKY., – Mayor Greg Fischer proposed last week an austere 2019-2020 city budget that manages the impact of a $35 million budget deficit, driven largely by a 12 percent increase in the city’s state pension costs, while working to minimize the impact on Louisville’s most vulnerable. The $623 million general fund budget anticipates a revenue growth rate of 2.9 percent, which is dwarfed by the size of the increased pension cost – $20 million higher than in 2018. The Mayor had previously warned that despite a growing economy, the pension challenge would, without new revenue, result in $35 million in…


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LouisvilleKY to get new Steak and Bourbon restaurant in Westport Village

LOUISVILLE, KY (April 26, 2019)—Olé Hospitality Group, the creative force behind Mussel & Burger Bar, Taco Luchador, Guaca Mole Cocina Mexicana announced today that Artesano Vino Tapas y Mas in Westport Village at 1321 Herr Ln #130 will close on April 28 to make way for the group’s newest concept, Steak & Bourbon: An American Grill. The new classic, casual American steakhouse will open its doors May 16. “We looked at a lot of locations around the city, but we really felt like the Westport Village spot was the best place to do it the right way,”  said Olé co-founder, Chef Fernando Martinez. …


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Bardstown Bourbon Company releases its first Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Collaboration, innovation and transparency define dynamic distillery’s first release BARDSTOWN, Ky. – – – The Bardstown Bourbon Company (BBCo), 1500 Parkway Drive, is announcing the release of its first Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Bardstown Bourbon Fusion Series #1. The product is a blend of Bardstown Bourbon Company’s estate-made, two-year-old wheat and high-rye bourbons, with an 11-year-old sourced Kentucky bourbon. Bardstown Bourbon Fusion Series #1 is the result of a collaboration of the company’s expert distilling, beverage and culinary teams working together to develop an exceptionally smooth, yet complex pour. “We are a new blend of bourbon makers pushing the boundaries through innovation, while…


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KDF had some big winners in two major LouisvilleKY races this weekend

 Louisville, KY.  – With near perfect weather conditions, 25 balloons lifted off from Bowman Field Saturday morning in the BB&T Great Balloon Race. The race got underway just after 7 AM, as light wind took the balloons east toward Shelbyville Road. The event was the last of four ballooning events in the 2019 BB&T Kentucky Derby Festival Great BalloonFest.  “The conditions for this morning’s race were as close to perfect as you could get,” said George Troutman, Balloonmeister for the Kentucky Derby Festival’s balloon events.  The 24 “Hound” balloons took off from Bowman Field in “chase” of the “Hare” – the…


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Teams bring home coveted trophies at the world’s largest robotic competition in LouisvilleKY

LOUISVILLE, Ky.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation has awarded the VEX Robotics Competition (VRC) Middle School and High School World Champions, along with the VEX U College World Champion winners at VEX Robotics World Championship 2019 in LouisvilleKY. Student-led teams from California, Connecticut, New Jersey, Ohio, Texas, Tennessee, and China brought home trophies for their achievements in robotics. “Taking home a World Champion award is a major milestone that exemplifies perseverance, ingenuity and sportsmanship which is the cornerstone of the competition,” said Dan Mantz, CEO of the REC Foundation. “These attributes will serve these students for the rest of…


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The stars are out this week in LouisvilleKY

Louisville, KY.  – The stars are coming out for this year’s Kentucky Derby Festival events. The Festival released this year’s celebrity guest list this morning. Many of the VIPs will take part in both the Celebrity Day at the Downs event on Thursday, May 2, as well as the Republic Bank Pegasus Parade later that same day, and some will attend the Trifecta Gala on Derby Eve  “We’re excited to have several special guests joining us for this year’s Kentucky Derby Festival,” said Stacey Robinson, Kentucky Derby Festival EVP and Chief of Staff. “They’re always awed by our spring time celebration…


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Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville to open Thursday at LouisvilleKY’s Waterfront

Louisville, KY. – The Kentucky Derby Festival’s ultimate entertainment venue – Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront – opens on Thursday, April 25, at 11 a.m. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held to mark the official opening of the 9-day event. The first 250 guests will also receive a free gift from Kroger. As part of the opening day festivities, attendees will have an opportunity to taste $2 and $3 food samples during Flavors of Fest-a-Ville from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. “Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville really is the ultimate entertainment venue during the Derby Festival,” said Mike Berry, KDF President & CEO. “Not…


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LouisvilleKY’s Michter’s Distiller Dan McKee To Succeed His Mentor Pamela Heilmann As Michter’s Master Distiller

LOUISVILLE, Ky., April 24, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — With Michter’s Master Distiller Pamela Heilmann’s decision to retire from full time work effective May 1st, Kentucky-based distiller Michter’s is implementing its succession plan. Michter’s Distiller Dan McKee will be elevated to Master Distiller, and Distillery Manager Matt Bell will become Distiller. When the 2019 bottling of Michter’s 10 Year Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon goes on sale this May, it will mark the final Michter’s release during Heilmann’s tenure as Master Distiller. “After we hired Pam, she brought over Dan with her from her prior company. It quickly became apparent that he was extraordinarily talented and would…


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KDF Race Expo opens Thursday in LouisvilleKY

Louisville, KY.   – Runners participating in the Humana Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon and Marathon® can pick up their race packets beginning tomorrow at the Race Expo and Packet Pick-Up. More than 12,000 people are expected to attend the two-day Race Expo in Hall B of the newly renovated Kentucky International Convention Center, open from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 25, and from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 26. There will be NO LATE ENTRIES for runners who want to participate in the races but are not registered. However, race organizers will offer 250 “Charity Bibs” for runners who missed the…


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Airbnb Announces Kentucky Derby Economic Impact Data for LouisvilleKY

LOUISVILLE, KY — Airbnb, the world’s leading community-driven hospitality company, announced today that Louisville residents will earn over $2.5 million in income while welcoming an additional 5,800 guests to Louisville this coming weekend as hotels largely sell out during the weekend of the Kentucky Derby. Home sharing will allow the city to utilize pre-existing resources – people’s homes – to expand lodging capacity and retain as many visitors as possible. This data is not a projection, but rather reflects only currently confirmed bookings during May 3-5. This economic infusion comes as Louisville hotels reach peak occupancy for the weekend, even with significantly spiked prices. “When more…