APRON, Inc. headed by Gary Fox, President, had a successful fifth annual Taste of Independents at the Olmstead on Sunday, July, 14th.

For eight years, APRON, Inc. has been providing financial relief to professional food and beverage industry workers of Louisville who have suffered accidents, family emergency, or have been victims of criminal acts.

As a registered 501 (c)(3), APRON, Inc. has kept its word to help those in financial distress and had raised over a quarter million dollars to help those in need in our community.

Jack’s Lounge was delivering excellent flavor with their offering

Fox, along with a list of dedicated board members has continued to engage and support a large community of service industry workers and restaurants who do not necessarily have the financial backing to help their employees if they fall into financial crisis or who otherwise cannot afford to handle a negative life event.

Four Pegs new chili, honey, ginger and citrus sauced chicken wing with roasted pistachios

The event showcases and highlights the culinary diversity of Louisville. The event drew a breadth of vendors including new and existing restaurants from across the city.

Many vendors showed up with some exciting dishes and drinks, including coffee, bourbon, cocktails, hors d’œuvres, sample plates, and desserts.

Wayne Blakey of Martini Italian Bistro with their fragrant and flavorful lasagna

Awards are given for those in the community who show outstanding conduct, action, and dedication to this very special close knit community. The People’s Choice Award is given to the vendor who receives the most votes by attendees. This year’s winner was Butchertown Grocery, who will be opening Butchertown Bakery in only a few short months.

Butchertown Grocery, winner of the People’s Choice Award, is opening Butchertown Bakery.

Amanda Johnson, pastry chef (left) and Chef Barbara Turner (middle) of Butchertown Grocery with Gary Fox, President, Apron, Inc. (left) with the People’s Choice Award

For more information or to make a donation visit APRON, Inc who can be reached at (502) 403-5683

Caroline Knop (second from right) of Simply PR, the amazing PR firm that helped produce Taste of Independents, enjoying the event with friends and colleagues

Parker is an international student, coffee enthusiast and media professional with a background in event marketing, intercultural communication and creative strategy. He enjoys traveling, making videos, and engaging in high-visibility projects. A Louisville native, Parker aims to promote organic and fair or direct trade coffee through coffee houses and roasters in Louisville and abroad. Understanding the intricacies and difficulties involved with the coffee trade, as Dark Roast Joe, Parker wants to change the dialogue around coffee and increase the demand for ethical coffee supply chains in Louisville while creating business opportunities with an emphasis on multiculturalism and multilingualism.