Dare to Care Food Bank is a local nonprofit agency with a mission to lead the community to feed the hungry and conquer the cycle of need. In the past twelve months, Dare to Care distributed over 13 million meals to nearly 200,000 different people in eight Kentucky and five Indiana counties. The Dare to Care Community Kitchen, in partnership with Lift a Life Foundation, also serves 19 Kids Cafes in neighborhood afterschool locations.
In addition to providing food to hundreds of emergency kitchens, shelters and food pantries, Dare to Care operates several programs targeting the most vulnerable in our community. These programs include:
Backpack Buddy: provides nutritious, kid-friendly foods to children from low-income families on weekends when they do not receive free and reduced-price breakfasts and lunches
Community Kitchen: prepares and delivers hot, nutritious meals to Kids Cafes.
Mobile Pantry: brings a pantry directly to a neighborhood and provides fresh produce and other nutritious food items for our neighbors in isolated pockets of need
Patrol Against Hunger: provides nutritionally balanced food boxes to seniors in need through a unique partnership with the Louisville Metro Police Department
Cooking Matters: empowers families with the skills, knowledge and confidence to prepare healthy and affordable meals
The doors of the first Liquor Barns, the Ultimate Party Stores were opened by Robert Rosenstein and his father Irving in October, 1987. Liquor Barns are full service party stores that served to revolutionize the wine and spirits industry by successfully marrying it to its natural and fitting partners: specialty food and party ware, key ingredients in celebrating the good life. From birthdays and bar mitzvahs to weddings and pool parties, every product that a customer could possibly want or need for their special event was now available under one roof. Having grown up with malls and “mega-stores”, our customers understood the concept of “one-stop shopping” and loved the benefits as newly interpreted and embodied at Liquor Barn, their Ultimate Party Sources in Lexington , on Richmond Road and Southland Drive . In 1995, we built a better and bigger barn and opened our 50,000+ square foot Beaumont Centre store. It is located just off Harrodsburg Road at New Circle Road, close to Lexington ‘s Blue Grass Field and Keeneland Race Course. Beaumont replaced our smaller, nearby Southland Drive store. We also have two smaller neighborhood locations, Shoppers Village Liquor stores, conveniently located in Lexington ‘s Chevy Chase area, and on New Circle Road at Broadway.
With a keen eye on developing trends, we have helped our customers celebrate the good life for over twenty years by continually adding to our inventory of ultimate party products. One of the most exciting areas of growth for Liquor Barn has been in Kentucky-made products. From the resurgence of Kentucky wineries and the traditional distilling of Kentucky Bourbon to preserves, salsas, barbecue sauces and artisan cheeses, “Kentucky Proud” is a sure sign of good taste in our Commonwealth. In addition to the retail success that Liquor Barn has achieved, we strongly believe that “it isn’t enough to do well, you must also do good”. And boy, does Liquor Barn do a lot of “good” within our commonwealth’s communities. In addition to being active and involved board members of numerous charities, we have elevated Liquor Barn’s participation in several large yearly charity functions to new heights. Through sponsorships and donations, and with a focus on medical and arts-related non-profit organizations, Liquor Barn has helped raise in excess of a million dollars for those Kentuckians in need over the last two plus decades. Our Kentucky employees are active participants in many of our fund-raising efforts and add to the familial sense of the communities where we live and work.
Louisville Eccentric Observer
The Louisville Eccentric Observer (LEO) was founded in 1990 as a free source of a wide range of opinions and commentary on current affairs, as well as a guide to local and regional entertainment and recreation opportunities. Through the years, LEO has evolved into the Louisville area’s most urbane and challenging newsweekly, including reportage on topics often avoided by mainstream media.In addition to a variety of perspectives on contemporary issues, LEO carries several syndicated columns and features, including News of the Weird, Real Astrology, and The New York Times Crossword Puzzle. In addition, LEO newsweekly publishes only locally written reviews of books, movies, theater and other artistic performances, musical recordings, and local musicians.LEO is distributed free every Wednesday through a network of more than 900 locations in Louisville and Southern Indiana.LEO is a member of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies.
LouisvilleBeer.com launched on August 1, 2011, and has since become the online source for the calendar (and coverage) of events, videos, beer reviews, news, and education on craft beer in Kentuckiana. We recently launched our sHOP, where we sell our own merchandise as well as items from local breweries. We have had over 32,000 unique visitors to the site in the past 6 months. LouisvilleBeer.com was featured in a CNN.com article about Oktoberfest celebrations.
In September 2013, LouisvilleBeer.com organized the 4th Annual Louisville Craft Beer Week (LCBW). This was our third year as the organizers, and this 2013 event was the biggest yet. LCBW is a 9-day, city wide celebration of local and regional craft beer. The primary goals are to promote our area’s thriving craft beer culture, and enhance beer knowledge and appreciation. Last year we had 3 sponsors, and this year we had 7. With 30,000 16-page pullout guides published in LEO Weekly, +/- 70 events in 9 days, 40,644 page views (up from 17,000+ in 2012), 10,542 unique visitors (up from 5,544) and 38 Gigabytes of bandwidth drained from LouisvilleBeer.com’s servers (up from 16), this year’s LCBW proved to be a sweeping success.
LouisvilleBeer.com consistently adds new contributing writers insuring timely and fresh content. Our current contributors are: Roger Baylor (Owner, New Albanian Brewing Company), Adam Watson (Co-owner, Against the Grain Brewery), John King (hardcore beer geek/blogger), Cresant Smith (self-described “Beer Nerd”), Kevin Patterson (GM/Beer School moderator and Certified Cicerone at The Beer Trappe in Lexington), Peter Fingerson and Henry Hunt take care of our growing homebrewing section, and Jason Lyvers and Dawn Howard (both formerly of L’ville Beer on Louisville.com).
John Wurth is the founder of LouisvilleBeer.com. By day, John is the VP of Marketing at Lenihan Sotheby’s International Realty, so he knows a thing or two about marketing, design, photography, video and how to get eyeballs to websites. John’s passion for fine beer and excellency in brewing drove him to create a website for likeminded craft beer connoisseurs. What started as a hobby and meet-up site rapidly became the portal to the local craft beer scene, and continues to grow in followers daily.
The Kentucky Guild of Brewers is an organization formed with the purpose of providing a unified voice of Kentucky brewers to educate & promote the craft brewing industry in the Bluegrass State. Drink up Kentucky!