This Saturday August 10th, is the 164th annual St. Joseph’s Picnic. While the “Picnic with a Purpose” festivities draw 60,000 people, it is actually a capital campaign push for more residential cottages at St. Joseph’s with revenue benefiting the kids and the agency. Resident Chef of St. Joe’s, Finbar Kinsella, has a busy week on his hands ordering and prepping for the 5,000-6,000 chicken dinners being served that day.
A typical workweek for Finbar, (his name meaning “fair hair” in Ireland), is working Monday through Friday with child development at St. Joe’s serving up breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snacks for 100 kids, as well as serving 40 residential kids 7 days a week. But when it comes to the big picnic he goes into prep mode. Finbar credits a lot of dedicated people working many hours, a couple hundred volunteers, and local culinary students for pulling off the feat. The goal is to have 5,000 chicken dinners ready for the crowd, with a contingency plan to have more if the weather is good. The chicken dinner has become a picnic tradition, served with green beans, red potatoes, coleslaw, a summer salad, and Milo’s ice tea and lemonade for $9 per person. Last year the chicken platters sold out.
This Saturday Chef Finbar’s team will start serving at noon, managing 11 huge chicken fryers in the grounds with 4-5 fryers going at once and the rest getting the oil back up to temperature for the next batch. Weisenberger Mills has donated all the seasoned flour. Chef Finbar tries to source locally as much as possible for the big event with the cucumbers and tomatoes coming from Kentucky Proud and local farms in Indiana. That day the Lady of Lourdes are also serving up hot dogs, fried fish, bratwursts, steak sandwiches, pork-chop sandwiches and french fries.
If you are attending the picnic this year, Green Bean Delivery is adding a special bonus for those who donate $5. For every $5 donation they are giving St. Joe’s two pounds of fruits and vegetables for the children. See you this Saturday at this amazing event!
KFC Eleven is a bold experiment happening right smack in the middle of the Highlands is opening up on August 5th. Why so bold? KFC is removing their bones and biscuits, even giving their mashed potatoes a makeover with by infusing garlic into the a new “smashed” potato mix. The inside and outside have changed leaning on an earthy feel with wooden paneling and green paint which sort of reminds you of Chipotle. The meals inside KFC Eleven will be healthier with salads, flatbreads, and rice bowls, their will be free wifi, and KFC is so dedicated to this new fast-casual concept they are already planning a second location. Are you more likely to go to a KFC Eleven then a normal KFC?
Avalon makeover is coming along. The owners of Silver Dollar on Frankfort Avenue are continuing to renovate the fallen restaurant Avalon in the Highlands to give Louisville a taste of Mexican street food. Their new restaurant, El Camino, is planning on opening up later this winter. El Camino is going to feel like a restaurant in Southern California with authentic Mexican dishes and drinks carved out of coconuts. Following Silver Dollars lead, El Camino will serve brunch on the weekends.