SoulFeast Week officially kicks off this Friday, bringing Lexington a 10-day culinary experience highlighting Black restaurants, chefs, and farmers + their delicious contributions to our bustling foodie scene.
Today, we’re laying out how you can sip, snack, and celebrate with soul.
The hip-hop brunch is about more than just food + bubbly. | Photo provided by SoulFeast Week
How to party 🥂
Kickoff Soiree | Fri., June 17 | 6:30 p.m. | Lexington Marriott City Center, 121 W. Vine St. | $60 | Mix + mingle with the chefs, farmers + faces behind SoulFeast over good eats and cocktails.
Soulteenth Fest | Sat., June 18 | 12-7 p.m. | Moondance Amphitheater, 1152 Monarch St. | Free | Celebrate Juneteenth with a special day highlighting Black-owned vendors, chefs + more.
The Riff Room | Sat., June 18 | 9 p.m.-1 a.m. | Lexington Marriott City Center, 121 W. Vine St. | $85 | Enjoy a guided New Riff bourbon tasting featuring new releases + a carefully-curated menu to benefit further minority participation in bourbon education.
Korbel Juneteenth Hip-Hop Brunch | Sun., June 19 | Lexington Marriott City Center, 121 W. Vine St. | 12-4 p.m. | $40+ | Savor the flavor at this hip-hop-inspired brunch with bottomless Korbel mimosas and music from DJ Always.
The Social Vegan’s Black Restaurant Week picks. | Photo provided by SoulFeast Week
Where to dig in 🍽️
Each participating Black-owned restaurant will offer a $10 meal featuring at least one ingredient sourced from a local Black farmer.
The Social Vegan, 101 W. Loudon Ave. | Vegan Chick’n, Buffalo Chick’n + Chick’n salad sandwiches with all the plant-based fixins’
Men in Kilts can help you tackle tricky home projects. | GIF provided by Men in Kilts
Sure, dads can spend their weekend cleaning the gutters — but do they actually want to? Probably not. Enter: Men in Kilts Lexington, a cleaning service created by-a-dad-for-dads that takes care of bothersome and time-consuming home projects (so dads havemore timeto spend with their families).
Men in Kilts’ core services include:
Window + gutter cleaning
Bonus: This makes a great last-minute Father’s Day gift. 🏠*
City council gave a final reading + approval to Mayor Linda Gorton’s $473 million budgetyesterday making it official for the fiscal year starting July 1.Be sure to check out CivicLex’s LFUCG Budget page for all the latest details and stay tuned for a full breakdown. 💰 (Lexington Herald-Leader)
Bluegrass Crime Stoppers + Lexington Police Department are increasing tip rewards to $2,500 for any information provided by the public that leads to the arrest and closure of a homicide case. This initiative will run for the next three months and applies to 2022 cases. (Lexington Herald-Leader)
Don’t wait until morning to put out your herbies + carts. Lexington’s Division of Waste Management will begin trash pick-up 30 minutes earlythis week to help keep workers out of extreme temperatures. That means the collection will begin around 5 a.m. or possibly earlier. ♻️(Lexington Herald-Leader)
The PGA Tour Barbasol Championship is giving away tickets to community heroes — active duty military members, veterans, first responders + teachers and educators. New this year is the addition of the Galls Patriots Outpost area, whereactive-duty militaryand veterans can relax with complimentary food and beverages. ⛳ (WKYT)
Lexington ranked No. 13 on LawnStarter’s list of 2022’s Best Cities for Single Dads. The site compared 200 US cities based on 36 key indicators like — child care costs, access to parks, financial assistance for children with disabilities + more. We already knew it, but this proves Kentucky Dads do it best. 🏆 (Lawnstarter)
$600,675. That’s how much Jon Carloftis paid former partner Dale Fisher for his interest in their historic home, Botherum, saving the 19th-century landmark from going up for public auction. It was previously reported the home would undergo a Master’s Commissioner sale. 🏡 (Lexington Herald-Leader)
Alex Keedy, a local cyber professional at Intel 471, made the shortlist of finalists for Women in IT’s “Next Generation Leader of the Year” award. The honor is given to women under 30 who have demonstrated innovation using technology while progressing through their careers. Alex has degrees from UK + Johns Hopkins University. 💻
Last week, we asked you to submit your best dad joke for a chance to be featured on a t-shirt or mug sold in Six & Main, our online store. Congrats to readers Jeff M., Natalie J., Anne M., and Elizabeth C. for submitting winning dad jokes that will be featured on merch (just in time for Father’s Day). All winners have been contacted, and thanks to everyone who submitted. Shop the dad joke collection.
Planning a backyard celebration for Father’s Day? Kroger has tons of BBQ and grilling recipes that Dad will love.(Flank steak with chimichurri? Yes, please.) 🥩*
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Check out this show stopping beautiful bovine that just arrived at Shaker Village. Did you know, the Texas Longhorn is considered critically endangered by the Livestock Conservancy? Well, now this soon-to-be-named new addition gets to call central Kentucky home. Be sure to follow along to see which name was the winner + stop by The Farm at Shaker Village to pay him a visit.
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Editor’s pick: Erin + I have been drooling all week as we looked up the delicious details of SoulFeast Week. I’m keeping an eye on tickets to the Korbel Champagne VIP Lounge because bubbly is my love language and I have to get my hands on some shrimp and grits.
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