Kentucky Proud Incredible Food Show #IFS2011 Part 1 The Chefs

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Kentucky Proud Incredible Food Show Sullivan University Stage Lexington KY 2012

In its third year, the Kentucky Proud    Incredible Food Show held at Rupp Arena is like Disneyland for foodies. With nearly 100 exhibitors, numerous culinary demonstrations, small classroom chats, and cookbook signings Lexington’s Rupp Arena staff took this year’s show to a higher level.

On the Road Lexington Kentucky Proud
Incredible Food Show Part 1

We got to Rupp around 9:30, after a side trip to the Lexington Farmers Market. Rhoda and I made a wide sweep through the exhibit hall….scoping out new vendors.

I was waiting for Tim Laird, author ofThat’s Entertaining! with Tim Laird when the Chief Foodie of the Kentucky Food Bloggers Association Mindy Wilson flew by me her red hair on fire. You can meet Mindy at The World in My Kitchen where I’ll be doing a guest post in January.

Rhoda and I caught a few minutes of Barbara Napier’s talk “On the Farm and Vegetarian Cooking.” I could listen to Barbara talk about Snug Hollow Farm Bed and Breakfast all day.


Alas…Rhoda rushed me up or we would have missed our floor seats with the Voltaggio Brothers first show. I got so caught up in Barbara’s talk; we totally missed the Kentucky Bloggers Association meet up. Apologies to you all.


The Chefs

Voltaggio Brothers play with food Molecular Gastronomy Incredibe Food Show KY

The Voltaggio Brothers show was full of energy and fun. The chefs were challenged to use local ingredients…..and they certainly used them in most unusual ways! Like mad scientists, the crowd saw vegetables transformed into an edible landscape plate…..complete with dirt, trees, and snow. Molecular Gastronomy, their preferred culinary technique, uses catalysts such as liquid nitrogen to make ordinary ingredients into extraordinary plate fulls of art. I’ll be posting Backstage with The Voltaggio Brothers Volt Ink impressions plus an exclusive interview with the Voltaggios later this week.

Chef John Foster Sullivan College Incredible Food Show Secrets of Bluegrass Chefs

From the Voltaggio Brothers show we rushed to see the filming of “Secrets of The Bluegrass Chefs hosted by Tim Laird.” Sullivan University’s John Foster was the first chef up.

Chef Jeremy Ashby of Azur Restaurant and Patio Sunnyside Up Radio Incredible Food Show

Next was Chef Jeremy Ashby of Azur Restaurant and Patio, a rising star on the Kentucky food scene.

Tim Laird Chief Entertainment Officer Brown Forman Secrets of Bluegrass Chefs

The show concluded with Tim Laird, a spokesperson for Brown-Forman , creating a cocktail with Woodford Reserve Bourbon.

Chef Jeremy Ashby, Tim Laird, Chef John Foster Secrets of Bluegrass Chefs

Perhaps one of my favorite photos of the show was of Chef Jeremy Ashby Tim Laird and Chef Foster sharing a laugh.

Tommorrow a look at the Incredible Food Show #IFS2011 Part II Cookbook Authors and Vendors who made the Incredible Food Show Kentucky Proud. Wednesday will feature my behind the scenes impressions of the Voltaggio Brothers, a review of their new cookbook, and Friday the Voltaggio Brothers exclusive interview.

Incredible Food Show #IFS2011 Part II Cookbook Authors and Vendors

Disclaimer I recieve a small compensation from Amazon. At the time of this writing, I am not compensated for other links above. I paid full admission price to the Incredible Food Show, as did my assistant Rhoda.

More Voltaggio Brothers in Lexington KY
Volt Ink Recipes Stories Brothers Bryan Voltaggio and Michael Voltaggio
Backstage with The Voltaggio Brothers Volt Ink
Voltaggio Brothers Bryan and Michael The Interview

About Joyce Pinson

Joyce Friend Pinson is a regional farm-to-table columnist for the Appalachian-News Express. She is a local television host. Her column show and blog, Friends Drift Inn, explores food, gardening, and real life farm-to-table stories from the perspective of a baby boomer in Appalachia. Joyce has a background in agriculture, media, and small business. Joyce is an heirloom gardening addict and home canner. She has a penchant for big hats, pointy toed shoes, and bourbon. Along with her husband Charlie, Joyce really does live in a barn where they ballroom dance. And laugh. And cook. And giggle.