Scene & Snapped: This Week In Parties

| September 6, 2012
Helen Dashti, Jennifer Rice, Chelsea Knipp and Charity Beck-Ghali.

Helen Dashti, Jennifer Rice, Chelsea Knipp and Charity Beck-Ghali.

The Voice-Tribune’s Best Dressed 2012

The Voice-Tribune’s Best Dressed of Louisville presented by Churchill Downs was held Aug. 25 at the Louisville Marriott Downtown.
Photos By The Voice-Tribune’s John Harralson.
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Jason Cobler, Chris George and Joseph Riggs.

Jason Cobler, Chris George and Joseph Riggs.

Most Imaginative Bartender Search

The 2012 Kentucky Bombay Sapphire GQ Magazine Most Imaginative Bartender final was held Aug. 28 at The Ice House.

The Voice-Tribune’s Angie Fenton emceed the contest, in which local bartenders had just 10 minutes to create their most unique cocktail using Bombay Sapphire gin. Once the judges narrowed the field to five, participants made a new cocktail using secret ingredients in an “Iron Chef” format.

Michael Anderson, the Kentucky winner of the 2012 Most Imaginative bartender search, was awarded a trophy and the opportunity to be featured in the December issue of GQ magazine. He and one guest will travel to Las Vegas Sept. 9-11 to compete in the national competition.

Photos by BILL WINE | Contributing Photographer
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Rick Ball and Cheryl Nelson.

Rick Ball and Cheryl Nelson.

Bluegrass Music & Burgoo Festival

The Louisville Water Tower hosted the annual Kentucky Bluegrass Music & Burgoo Festival, Sept. 1-3.

Attendees enjoyed live bands from around the country and indulged in traditional Kentucky burgoo made from mouthwatering cuts of meat and vegetables.

Photos by TIM VALENTINO | Contributing Photographer
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Tailgating with the Potter Gang for the UofL vs. UofK Football Game.

Tailgating with the Potter Gang for the UofL vs. UofK Football Game.

The Potter Boys’ Tailgate Party

University of Louisville and Kentucky Wildcat fans weathered the rain during tailgating, before the Cards beat the Cats 32-14 inside Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.

Two hours before – and, again, after – the Battle of the Bluegrass, brothers Art, Dennis and Mike Potter threw what they call the “tailgate party of all tailgates” out of an old retired Tarc bus, revamped with UofL-themed decor and a nice-sized bar. They also enlisted the Walnut Street Rhythm and Blues band for a performance at their tailgating spot, located directly east of Pole No. 4.

Photos by JAMES EATON | Contributing Photographer
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Mary Irvin and Martha Newman.

Mary Irvin and Martha Newman.

Worldfest 2012

One of the region’s largest international festivals, Worldfest, celebrated its 10th anniversary over Labor Day weekend, Aug. 31-Sept. 2, at the Belvedere in downtown Louisville.

A large crowd enjoyed three days of expanded world food, dance, culture, education, handmade products with styles from Africa, Asia, Europe, and Central and South America, as well as music from local and international talent.

New to Worldfest this year was the Global Village that showcased the culture and customs of more than 22 countries. The lively Parade of Cultures, held annually on the second day of the festival, also took place, featuring local and regional residents in their native dress and performances from a variety of artists.

Photos by LIAM SPRADLIN | Contributing Photographer
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Bill Hollander, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and Cynthia Knapek.

Bill Hollander, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and Cynthia Knapek.

Leadership Louisville Luncheon

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced the 25-year Vision Louisville initiative – a collaborative and inclusive planning process to explore and build a vision for a prosperous and vibrant future for the city – at the 2012 Leadership Louisville Luncheon on Aug. 30 at the Galt House East.

Fellow mayor, Kevin Johnson of Sacramento, attended the event as keynote speaker. Nearly 1,000 business and community leaders attended the luncheon. The Leadership Louisville Center also presented its Spirit of Yes! award to John Asher, vice president of racing communications for Churchill Downs.

Photos by TIM VALENTINO | Contributing Photographer
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Paula Campbell, Mary Kate Poling and Abby Drane.

Paula Campbell, Mary Kate Poling and Abby Drane.

Volare Ladies Night Benefiting Brooklawn

Volare Italian Ristorante hosted its Ladies Night on Aug. 29, with proceeds from the evening benefiting the Help Make It Home for Me initiative at Brooklawn Child and Family Services, a psychiatric residential treatment center for youth, ages 6 to 19, who need intensive therapeutic support to overcome the effects of abuse, neglect or other family crises.

R&B singer Robbie Bartlett performed throughout the night as guests mingled with friends and enjoyed special drink prices.

Volare is currently celebrating eight years of serving modern Italian cuisine, with “Crazy 8” specials through Sept. 30. Volare is located at 2300 Frankfort Ave. For more information, visit volare-restaurant.com.

Photos by BILL WINE | Contributing Photographer
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