Taste of Independents event benefits Louisville’s food industry workers

Samples, samples and more samples at Apron's Taste of Independents | Courtesy of Apron Inc.

Samples, samples and more samples at Apron’s Taste of Independents | Courtesy of Apron Inc.

More than 25 Louisville restaurants will offer up samples of their fare on Sunday, July 10, for the second annual Taste of Independents event that benefits Apron Inc. The list is an impressive mix of fancy and casual, new and old, so if you’ve been wanting to try out new places like Butchertown Grocery or New Albany’s Gospel Bird, this is the perfect opportunity to sample a little bit from a lot of places.

It’s also a chance to give back to the thousands of restaurant servers, chefs, bartenders and others who keep Louisville’s dining scene fresh and thriving. Apron is a nonprofit that provides financial relief to professional food and beverage industry workers who are employed by locally owned establishments. Oftentimes if someone gets ill or has an accident and needs to take time off, there is no means of compensation.

Apron president Gary Fox at last year's event | Courtesy of Apron Inc.

Apron president Gary Fox at last year’s event | Courtesy of Apron Inc.

Since its inception in 2011, Apron has provided grants totaling nearly $111,500 to 97 individuals. They receive support from more than 85 restaurants in the Greater Louisville area.

Apron’s president, Gary Fox, says this event is one of his favorites.

“It is our big yearly showcase where we raise funds for our program of helping independent restaurant workers in times of need, and to shine a spotlight on the immense talent of our independent chefs,” he says in a press release. “Louisville is increasingly becoming known for its culinary scene, and it’s our honor and privilege to get so many chefs in one place.”

Along with the food and drinks, there will be a silent auction and live music by the Robbie Bartlett Duo.

Taste of Independents will be held from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, July 10, at The Olmsted, 3701 Frankfort Ave. Admission is $40 in advance or $45 at the door.

Below is a full list of participating restaurants.

Anoosh Bistro
Bourbon’s Bistro
Brasserie Provence
Bristol Bar and Grille
Butchertown Grocery
Cadillac Coffee
Coal’s Artisan Pizza
The Comfy Cow
Commonwealth Tap
DiFabio’s Casapela
Equus/Jack’s Lounge
Gary’s on Spring
Gospel Bird
The Hub
The Irish Rover
Jack Fry’s
Joella’s Hot Chicken
Martini Italian Bistro
Science Hill Inn
The Silver Dollar
Tony Boombazz
Uptown Cafe
Ward 426