august – it’s not the heat, it’s the humidity

Posted by chaska on August 2, 2008

At least that’s what you hear most people say (myself included) in these dog days of summer around here. But it’s not just the weather that’s heating up, our calendar and our original series just keep getting bigger and better! August finds us with our second Nibble & Sip, the fourth movie in our Picnics & Flicks series (E.T. – I can hardly wait), as well as the first of our Supper Speakeasys! As always, contact information for making reservations is on the sidebar to your right. Enjoy the pool for one more month, have a picnic and sip some yummy lemonade!

In this edition:

  • Membership special continues
  • BVS Events
  • Lou’s To Do’s
  • Tempt the tastebuds
  • Hot links & Coming Attractions


Friends, like wines, come in all varieties and flavors. And that 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 members. Among the new features on its way is a forum for members only and I hope to have that launched by September… fingers crossed! Check out our ‘belonging’ page for all member benefits.

Thursday, August 14
Supper Speakeasy
$65 – only 25 spots.
I’m so excited about our first Supper Speakeasy I can hardly wait. We selected our first location (think red) and our first chef willing to head the challenge is Charlie Owen, known by you perhaps as Executive Chef and owner of Leander’s on Oak as well as the Exec Chef from Steam, Fire & Ice. People still talk about his amazing seabass from there! Our menu includes four courses, plus a cocktail hour. Once you have made reservations and paid, you will be contacted within 48 hours of the event to let you know where we will be dining.
If you want to know a little more about underground dining, check out this article which has some other good links as well.

Saturday, August 16
Picnic ‘n’ Flicks Under the Stars
EP Tom Sawyer State Park 3000 Freys Hill Rd 40241
“E.T. The Extra Terrestrial” with band Weber
7pm – midnightish
Members (M) – Free, Non-Members (NM) – $5

Join us for our 4th 80s classic, “ET” as we enjoy another movie under the stars. This family fun event features free popcorn, live music 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.

Thursday, August 21
Nibble & Sip

Jarfi’s Bistro
1543 Bardstown Rd (the old Lentini’s)

Reservations are highly recommended
6:00 – 8:00pm
Ticket Price in Advance includes 2 complimentary Raffle Tix:
M – $20 NM – $25
Ticket Price at the Door includes 1 complimentary Raffle Tix:

M – $20
NM – $30

This KY Happy Hour will feature 2-3 complimentary KY Nibbles prepared by one of Louisville’s favorite, Chef Jeff Jarfi. Chef Jarfi will spin his Mediterranean flair and presentation on KY grown summer veggies as the main ingredient mixing them with several surprises. Nibbles will include: Chicken Drummettes stuffed with local corn & herbs, Bruschetta with local tomatoes, guacamole and local goat cheese and KY ham on local cucumber rounds with Benedictine. Guests will receive two complimentary special lemonade cocktailsGuava Mojitos and Basil Rosemary Lemonade (both with or without alcohol). There will also be a cash bar. To get the crowd grooving while enjoying fabulous food, delicious lemonade and outstanding atmosphere-local artist, Maestro J, will provide entertainment with his blazin electric violin.This summer celebration will also highlight a raffle. The prize is a Year Free Membership to Bon Vivant Savant and an in-home mixology party!

Always happening (and super cool!): L&N Wine Bar and Bistro, Corks for Charity. Order a bottle of wine, write your name and number on the cork and wineers will have the bottle prices donated to the selected harity for the month and win a gift certificate to L&N.
Last chance for adventure and history buffs: This is the last month for Survivor Jamestown at the Frazier Arms Museum. It is 1607 and you have just arrived in the New World with the goal of surviving for one year! This summer find out if you can beat the odds and determine your fate in Survivor: Jamestown. It all depends on the choices you make and a bit of a”mazing” luck! Search for gold, climb over rocky waterfalls, slide down a zip line and crawl through logs to find food and lasso fish, meet unusual wildlife, see what awaits you when you spin the wheel of misfortune and much more while you explore this family-friendly maze full of twists and turns!
Just beginning and fun for all: Mellwood Arts Center.
Artists, architects, engineers, boy scouts, teachers, etc. will be called upon to create 18 fully functioning and unusual putt putt courses that will be open to the public for entertainment. This project is a perfect way of initiating contact between the public at large with art through an interactive relationship. The exhibition “18 Art Holes” will be hosted by the Mellwood Art Center in partnership with the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft during the months of August through October. “18 Art Holes” will coincide with The Ryder Cup, which comes to Louisville, Kentucky September 16-21 bringing thousands of world wide golf enthusiasts to town. Through Oct 31.

For more Louisville Happenings, visit here.

Grilled Summer Salmon w/ Mustard and Herbs Source: © EatingWell Magazine and
Salmon cooks over a bed of lemon and fresh herbs to infuse it with flavor and keep the fish tender and moist. We like a blend of thyme, tarragon and oregano, but any of your favorite herbs will work. Make it a Meal: Serve with grilled new potatoes tossed in an herb vinaigrette and steamed green beans. For full recipe and side dish suggestions, click here.

I love this new group of sites whose parent company and owners are Louisville based. Think myspace as far as creating an online community, but for a more adult crowd. Designed to specialize in interests and hobbies for all, each site focuses on pets, food, gardening, etc. More to come soon, but maybe you’ll want to start here:

Sept 9 – Red/Blue Wine & Wisdom Dinner with guest Anne Northup, Primo Restaurant
Sept 19 – Ghostbusters
Sept 26 – Ultimate Tailgating Nibble & Sip at Impellizeri’s on Bardstown Rd


2 Responses to “august – it’s not the heat, it’s the humidity”

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  2. Ruby said


    Enjoyed your visit. Please come again and spend more time.

    This site is exciting. Keep up the fun ideas and hard work. Success is just a few steps away.

    Off to bed.

    Love you, Jo.


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