More than 20 restaurants participating in inaugural ‘Taste of the Highlands’ on Fat Tuesday

Billy Goat Strut Revue will perform at “A Taste of the Highlands.” | Photo by Edward Neary

For a neighborhood known for its kitschy eateries and bars, it’s unfathomable to think there has never been an event that brings them all together for a good cause — until now. The first-ever “A Taste of the Highlands” will showcase more than 20 Highlands businesses on Tuesday, Feb. 28, and help raise funds for the nonprofit Highlands Community Ministries.

Organized by the Highland Commerce Guild, the event will feature food and drink samples from participating restaurants and sponsors, as well as live music by the Billy Goat Strut Revue. The theme of the evening is, of course, Fat Tuesday and all that entails — beads, masks, jazz and more.

From Jack Fry’s and Kizito Cookies to Joy Luck and O’Shea’s, many of your favorite Highlands restaurants will be dishing out samples, and you can wash it all down with libations from Great Flood Brewery, Cumberland Brews, sponsor Maker’s Mark and even Heine Bros. Coffee.

Mary Beth Rother of the Highland Commerce Guild tells Insider the event is meant to showcase Louisville’s “restaurant row” and also help raise funds for an important organization. Plus, it celebrates some of the city’s best restaurants.

“(I’m) looking forward to sampling the creativity of the Highlands chefs and the concoctions of Maker’s Mark and our breweries,” she says.

Highlands Community Ministries helps residents in need of food and emergency financial help and offers quality-of-life programs. It’s comprised of 22 area congregations and was officially formed in 1970.

“A Taste of the Highlands” takes place from 5:30-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at the Highlands Community Campus, 1228 E. Breckinridge St. Tickets are $50, and you must be 21 and over to attend.