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Photo Contest Announced for new eMag

Posted by chaska on May 13, 2010

Food. Community. Connection.

These are the cornerstones that support the Bon Vivant Savant, ‘live well, live wisely’ foundation. And we’re looking for all the talented photographers out there to help make our new website – launching at the end of this month – beautiful.

Bon Vivant Savant, leading the area with unique dining events that connect people with food & fun experiences is evolving into a regional, online lifestyle magazine that will represent the best around Kentuckiana, Lexington, Cincinnati/N.KY and surrounding areas. Articles on food, great events, the arts & culture as well as personal profiles by inspired/inspiring folks will grace the online pages – all supported by an online forum as well. Contest Rules & How to Enter


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Derby Days…

Posted by chaska on May 5, 2010


Oh first Saturday in May. Joy. From hawkers that stand around Central Avenue, selling their wares or allowing car tire divots in their yards, to those that pass in their beautiful refinery, eating magnificent foods and drinking heavenly cocktails, enjoying an atmosphere like none other. My Old Kentucky Home indeed.
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Huge crowd on hand for Taste of Derby Festival

Posted by chaska on May 5, 2010

Chefs of Jack Fry's

PHOTO & STORY by STEVE COOMES, freelance food  & restaurant writer

More than 1,000 hungry donors packed Slugger Field’s Hall of Fame Pavilion on April 22 for the Taste of Derby Festival. In its 23rd year, the annual fundraiser for Louisville’s Dare to Care food bank gathered more than 50 local restaurants and beverage providers who donated food and drink for the cause of feeding the area’s hungry. Read the rest of this entry »

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Building toward the next step…

Posted by chaska on May 4, 2010

Building toward the next incarnation of BVS is proving to be a beautiful adventure – one of which, I couldn’t be more excited. We’ll be announcing some of our feature contributors soon, but in the meantime, we’re still looking for a few good folks – writers, photographers, event organizers/caterers & ad sales – especially in the areas of Lexington and N. KY/Cincinnati. We’ll be doing our soft launch by the end of this month and then doing a full launch within a month to 6 weeks. Not only will we have amazing articles, but you’ll also find insider information, tips and tricks in our forum.

What we’re looking for and what to look forward to… Read the rest of this entry »

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Food. Community. Connection.

Posted by chaska on April 24, 2010

FOOD. COMMUNITY. CONNECTION. Bon Vivant Savant is evolving and we couldn’t be more excited. The website you are currently viewing will be changing – radically – in about four weeks. We’ll be posting an image of the new design, just a little temptation for you, just after Derby. And believe me, I think you’ll be excited too. Don’t worry though, our great dining events like the Supper Speakeasy and Wine & Wisdoms aren’t going anywhere. We’re still fully dedicated to our dining club members, but we’re also developing great in-home parties with BVS@Home as well as developing our website into a fully interactive online, lifestyle magazine that will focus not only on Kentuckiana, but will also grow to incorporate Lexington, Northern KY, Cincinnati and the surrounding regions. We’ll bring you the best our community has to offer: food, arts & entertainment, people – all in the vein of living well and living wisely!

Interested in contributing? We’ve got some great contributors lined up already (we’ll be announcing more after Derby), but we’d like to hear from you, our readers. We’re looking for great stories, photos or videos on local life – whatever that means for you.  Want to share your passion for art, music, food, your city, your job, your family, your volunteer work? Great, it’s all about living life to its fullest. Full credit and appropriate links will be given for all content utilized by the site. Contact me directly for more info.

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We’re 2! Let’s celebrate with some fun incentives!

Posted by chaska on April 18, 2010

Bon Vivant is officially two years old! And we have lots of fun ways for you to share and celebrate with us.

Member Incentives:

  • Book any home party with us by June 15 and as the host, you enjoy the party for free! Party must be held by September 1 to qualify. Minimum of 10 people.
  • Attend any Dining Club Event, i.e. Speakeasys or Wine & Wisdoms, between now and the end of June and be entered to win a champagne hot air balloon ride for two. This trip is valued at $375. Drawing will be held during the Speakeasy on June 27th. Couples and singles are both considered one entry.
  • Join us for any Speakeasy from now through June and members pay only $125 for two people. That’s a savings of $25.

Not a member yet? That’s OK. We have great rates and now is the time to join. If you join us by May 1, you’ll be entered for the hot air balloon tip as well – which makes you also eligible for all the great incentives listed above!

Wondering what we have in store for you? Well let me tell you what fun we have planned…

April 20 – Bourbon Barrel Foods Speakeasy with Matt Jamie and chef Michael Hargrove
May 20 – Floral Themed Speakeasy – which will be featured in Food & Dining Magazine’s September Issue
June – Photography Wine & Wisdom with Dan Dry (date TBD)
June 27 – Dark Room Speakeasy with Dan Dry as our special guest and Dallas McGarity of Z’s Fusion as chef.
July 14 – Down & Dirty Blues Wine & Wisdom and Cajun Boil with Big Poppa Stampley
July 24 – Special Movie Event – Pop-Up Drive in of Wizard of Oz with Live Pink Floyd band playing Dark Side of the Moon
July 29 – Rock & Roll Speakeasy with chef Alison Mann
August – Progressive Dining Speakeasy
September – Multimedia Speakeasy

Hope to see you at an event soon!

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2010 Teasers…

Posted by chaska on January 26, 2010

Oh yeah, baby…you’ll definitely want to be reading our newsletter (if you’re not on it, you should sign up now)  to keep up with all the fantastic events and opportunities we have planned this year – from new partnerships, to new series and some seriously unique “one-off” events – well, there’s a ton of fun to be had! Take a peek:

F-N Art

For those of you with art in your heart, the F-N Art quarterly event (minds out of the gutters, it just means Friendship and Art), offers a chance to mingle with other artists, art lovers and any one else who feels the desire to express themselves through art.  The theme for the first F-N Art series is “Madness” and will be launched in March – see the connection? Clever, no? All forms of art are encouraged. And kudos must be given to my friend Carrie in Birmingham who introduced me the the F-N Art concept.

Fleur de LIVE

Have you ever wanted to ask a musician a question but were afraid to hear yourself on the radio? Have you been to a live gig, heard a great song and wondered where the artist’s inspiration came from?  The Fleur De LIVE event will offer you a chance to see, hear and have a dialogue with local artists in an intimate, unplugged venue that encourages interaction and participation. Series debuts in July.


Think Gallery Hop but with live performances. The return of the Theatre Hop happens in May this year. Our 2nd (nearly) annual event features theatre companies from around the city giving short performances in non-traditional venues. Hop from gallery to bar to restaurant for a 2 hr revolving show clock and finish the evening with a late happy hour and cast party where you can meet the performers.


While we can’t reveal all the details just yet, I am excited to announce that BVS and LEO have joined forces to offer some spectacular events and experiential advertising options in celebration of LEO’s 20th Anniversary this year. Details to be revealed soon!

Many of you know my fascination and enjoyment experimenting with Miracle Fruit, but you may not realize my interest in exploring the health benefits (obesity, diabetes, chemotherapy patients) of the berries/tablets as well. With these life enhancing properties in mind, BVS has partnered with mberry, a company based in AZ, who is very proactive in spreading the word on this intriguing fruit. Starting now, subscribers to BVS newsletter are able to purchase through the mberry site and receive a discount of 15% and free shipping. Discount code to be sent in the upcoming newsletter.

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Campo Negro/Finca el Reposo Argentinian Wine Dinner

Posted by chaska on December 10, 2009

Join Tim Stratman of Vanguard wines for a fabulous Argentinian tasting from the Campo Negro and Finca el Reposo portfolios, including the difficult to find Saint Jeannet. Four-course menu will be delightfully prepared by 60 West Bistro in St. Matthews and all wines will be available for purchase and pre-order through 4 Flights Wine Boutique in Norton Commons.

WHAT: Four Course menu tasting with Wine
WHEN: Monday, December 14, 7:00pm
WHERE: 60 West Bistro, St. Matthews, 3939 Shelbyville Rd (by Burdorf’s, the old Bacons for Louisville folks)
COST: $45 + tax and gratuity (this is not a BVS event, so no member pricing)
RSVP: Call the restaurant to reserve your space – (502) 719-9717

Saint Jeannet
Ahi Sashimi with Fresh Gari (Marinated Ginger), Daikon Radish, Shoyu Sauce aside Anise Scented Napa Cabbage Slaw

FR Malbec
Ground Brisket and Black Bean Chili served over a Grilled Rosemary Potato Wedge with Roasted Corn Salsa

CN Malbec
Blackened Bone-in center cut Pork Chop with Rich Mole’ served over Roasted Beet Salad, Sautéed Baby Bok Choy, Toasted Sesame Seeds, and Caramelized Red Onion

Blackberry Mousse with Espresso Creme

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BVS adds new mobile parties to its list o’ fun!

Posted by chaska on November 5, 2009

23 march 09 jo.s speakeasy 003 In addition to our holiday themed tasting, we have also added other versatile festive options! Whether you just want to add on to an already fabulous fete or you’re looking for us to BE the entertainment, check out what we have in mind for you:

Three mobile wine tastings (all include 5-6 wines):
– It’s a Wonderful Wine
– New Wines for the New Year (wines you’ve probably haven’t heard of but should have)
– The Best of Bubbly

Mobile Mixology. Let Stephen Dennison come out and either teach you how to prepare the perfect cocktail or entertain you with his stories and vivid imagination as he pleases your thirsty palate. Options include:
– The Classic Cocktails
– Culinary Cocktails (featuring cocktails created for Anthony Bourdain and the Idea Festival)
– Before & After Cocktails w/ Light bites featuring Miracle Fruit – originally created for the Before and After Speakeasy in June of 2009

Pricing starts at $20 per person, but may be altered to include heavy hors d’doeuvres or a full dinner. Most tastings are recommended for up to 40 people, but can be arranged for larger groups with some adjustments.

Call 502.287.2772 or email for details or to book your party!

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Cellar Door Chocolate “365 Days of Chocolate” Launch Party

Posted by chaska on November 3, 2009

Launch-webYou heard right, 365 Days of Chocolate, and it is the brilliant idea from Erika Chavez-Graziano, owner and delish truffle maker of Cellar Door Chocolate.

WHEN: Friday, November 13, 7-10p
WHERE: Park Place @ Slugger Field
WHAT: Enjoy an ample tasting of local brews, paired with delightful truffles as well as a light dinner of wild mushroom bruschetta, stuffed endive and mussels with pomme frites all while groovin’ to the seductive beats of DJ Kim Sorise. Local brews include BBC Taproom, Browning’s, Cumberland and NABC.
TICKETS: $25 in advance/$35 at the door
RSVP: by calling 502.287.2772 and save on the online booking fee ($4 per ticket), or book securely online by clicking the LWE button below

portion of the proceeds benefit Crusade for Children

Tune in to the Terry Meiners Show on WHAS Radio, Wednesday, November 4 betwen 3:30 and 4pm to hear Erika and Jo talk more about the event or watch us Saturday morning, Nov. 7, on WHAS Weekend GMK at 7:15 am.
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