July is hot, hot, hot!

Posted by chaska on July 4, 2008

Bienvenidos to all guys, gals and gourmands! June saw the first of BVS’s original series and we just keep getting bigger and better in July! You’ll notice that the newsletter is here now and will be posted monthly for all to see. It’s all a part of the evolution as our universe expands. Hope you’ll keep coming along for the ride. Some new features will be added each month. This month, you’ll notice that event locations are linked to Google Maps for ease of finding directions. Also, contact information for making reservations is on the sidebar to your right. Keep cool and be cooler!

In this edition:

  • Member Thank You and membership special – Something for everyone!
  • My Hired Hands
  • BVS Events
  • Lou’s To Do’s
  • Tempt the tastebuds
  • Hot links & Coming Attractions


For all you wonderful people who have decided to join early and be a part of this adventure from the start, I am here to say thank you!! For being the first on the bandwagon and handing over your hard earned dollars, I am granting you lifetime membership. That’s right – one time payment, lifetime of fun. In addition, you will also be receiving a Highlands VIP card to tide you over while we build our own member perks. This is a great partnership with two companies who want to promote and encourage local business and local spending. Look for your card with your welcome pack… I promise, they’re coming! I’ve hired help…

Not a member yet? Not to worry. I’m extending the same special offer – a lifetime membership and a free Highlands VIP card – for the first 100 people to join BVS. And yes, I’m starting at zero. Why would I do this? It’s simple. I’m brimming with ideas for future members’ only events, but I can’t do any of them until I have members. Simple as that. And if you’re wondering who are current members are, they’re men, women, 30s – 60s, singles, couples, hetero and GLB. It’s nice mix and we’re brought together all for the reason of meeting new friends and sharing our passions. Think of it as a social networking group where food, beverage and the arts are often the binding elements.


I would be remiss if I didn’t give a little shout out for my Right Hand and my Schmoozer! If you haven’t already met them, you will. My new Right Hand is Ms. Liz Spilman. She is going to be aiding me in a bit of organization as well as being, that’s right, my right hand at our events. And of course, my publicist, Caroline Knop AKA the Schmoozer. This woman has been such an integral part of getting the word out and creating such great buzz for our group. Without a doubt, BVS is benefiting from her wondrous ways! You can check out some of our press hits by checking out our press page.

If you haven’t heard about our new events, find a bit more out here. We’ve introduced the first ever Theatre Hop (a great success) and our Nibble & Sips… July heats up with more of our original series that showcase the ‘ville and the gems we have in it.

Thursday, July 17
Shakespeare in Central Park – Twelfth Night
Free admission – RSVP kindly requested for saving space

Possibly my favorite of the bard’s plays. If you haven;t seen this one, you’re in for a treat. If you have, then treat yourself to seeing this performance by the Globe Players, the high school troupe of Kentucky’s Shakespeare Festival. This great comedy is a feast of love, mistaken identity, scheming, practical jokes, misguided advances, drunken clowns, and plenty of laughter and suspense. Follow Viola and Sebastian through the twists and turns that will, as in all Shakespeare comedies, end in all lovers reunited. We’ll have our own area marked off as well as a table to promote all things BVS. Bring a picnic, chairs or blanket and enjoy an evening of theatrical frivolity at its best.

Friday, July 18
WHAS Good Morning Kentuckiana
5am – 7am

Come join us if you dare (I know 5am is early for me) or just tune in to WHAS as Terry Meiners hosts GMK from the park with BVS as their special guest!

Saturday, July 19
Picnic ‘n’ Flicks Under the Stars
EP Tom Sawyer State Park 3000 Freys Hill Rd 40241
“Sixteen Candles” with band Identity Crisis from Mom’s Rock School
7pm – midnightish
Members (M) – Free, Non-Members (NM) – $5

Join us for our 3rd 80s classic, “Sixteen Candles” as we enjoy another movie under the stars. This family fun events features free popcorn and lemonade, live music by Identity Crisis and some good ol’ fashioned fun with cornhole and other games. Music starts at 7:00, movie at sundown, roughly 9:30. Pack your picnic, blankets, chairs, dogs, kids and come have a relaxing evening under the stars. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Screen and sound provided by Louisville Audio Xterior.

Saturday, July 26
Wine & Wisdom – The Beauty of Flamenco w/ Flamenco Louisville
Olivia’s at the Goss Ave Antinque Mall 946 Goss Ave 40217
6:00p – 9:00p
**Reservations Required**
Advance Reservations M: $50, NM $55 Week of M: $60, NM $65

Bon Vivant Savant has created another local original series –Wine & Widsom. The first event will kick-off at Olivia’s. This exciting new dining series will feature Spanish wine tastings; dancers, Diana Dinacola and Paula Collins as well as musician, Paul Carney of Flamenco Louisville will present the wisdom, history and beauty behind the baila of Flamenco and Olivia’s, Owner/Chef Travis Hall will present tapas tasting stations throughout the spacious and gorgeous restaurant featuring select foods of the region. Menu will be added to the website prior to the event, but you can expect a minimum of cocktail tapas (olives, cheeses cured meats), 6 main tapas and wines for pairing with all. ¡Vamos a bailar!

July 4 – Waterfront Festival, great live music, fireworks and it’s all free
July 4 & 5 – Italian Picnic Buffet at Primo Restaurant, $25pp, 6-10pm
July/Aug – “Howard Schatz Redux” Photo Exhibit, Paul Paletti Gallery Don’t miss out on these amazing under water shots… they will take your breath away! 713 E. East Market
For more Louisville Happenings, visit here.

Summer is here and I think about Lemonade. So I’ve been playing around a bit and here is my favorite mix so far: Start with an unsweetened lemonade and give it a twist – Basil & Rosemary Simple Syrup. This makes a really lovely savory drink that is light and refreshing. Just muddle fresh basil and rosemary with powdered sugar and water, then add to taste. You can also boil 1 c. sugar to 2 c. water with the rosemary and basil, then let cool. Depends on how much time you have. Add a splash of gingerale for some bubbles – and perhaps your favorite vodka should you prefer to spike it a bit! Enjoy!

Or if gin and tonic is your thing, try making your own by trying Jeffrey Morgenthaler’s recipe. I know I can’t wait to play around with this one!

I think this may be my new favorite online news: www.topix.com It will automatically log you in to your local area and news is at your fingertips. I guarantee I’ll be utilizing this place a bunch!

August 14 – Our FIRST Supper Speakeasy. Check the Originals page to find out more.
Aug TBD – Nibble & Sip, Local Summer Veggies and Sweet ‘n’ Savory Lemonades
Aug 16 – E.T. the Extra Terrestrial
Sept 9 – Wine & Wisdom with guest Anne Northup! Primo Restaurant
Sept 19 – Ghostbusters


3 Responses to “July is hot, hot, hot!”

  1. […] is a perfect way to describe our members too. So far, I’ve had a few people take me up on my special offer for being among the first 100 and I’m still looking for more to join the ranks of lifetime […]

  2. […] way to describe our members too. So far, we’re up to 40 members who have taken advantage of  my special offer to be among the first 100 and I’m still looking for more to join the ranks of lifetime […]

  3. […] way to describe our members too. So far, we’re up to 40 members who have taken advantage of  my special offer to be among the first 100 and I’m still looking for more to join the ranks of lifetime […]

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