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Taste of Innovation, the signature party of IdeaFestival, brings together unlimited food and spirits from some of the region’s most creative chefs, restaurants, brewers, distillers and mixologists. The event takes place at Churchill Downs – Millionaire’s Row 4 in Louisville, KY, Gate 17 on Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. While food is one of our most basic necessities, its sophistication continues to fascinate people around the world. Taste of Innovation celebrates not only taste, but also preparation, presentation, health, sustainability, packaging and art.

Taste of Innovation is presented by Churchill Downs, Brown-Forman, York Management, Preston-Osborne and Xstreme Media. The food theme for the 2011 Taste of Innovation is “Innovative Farm to Table,” in which all participants are requested to use fresh ingredients from within a 150-mile radius, when possible. The beverage theme is “Ice” and will highlight innovative elements involving all things ice and water.

Taste of Innovation attendees will be treated to a live demonstration by Chef Bobby Benjamin of The Oakroom (Kentucky's only AAA Five-Diamond Awarded Restaurant) and Chef/Owner Anthony Lamas (recent Extreme Chef & James Beard Nominee) of Seviche. Chefs Benjamin and Lamas will use liquid nitrogen as a key element in their show to create a seviche serving bowl by spinning flavor inside a balloon, sear foie gras using an anti-griddle and freeze alcohol to create a cool cocktail.

A second demonstration will be offered by Chef Jo-Jo, Levy’s Restaurant at Churchill Downs, and Chef Dallas McGarity, three time James Beard House guest chef and executive partner and chef at Marketplace Restaurant.  Taste of Innovation also will offer a silent auction, with proceeds going to the IdeaFestival Student Scholarship fund.

Participating restaurants include Anchorage Café, August Moon Chinese Bistro, Asiatique, Bourbon’s Bistro, Comfy Cow, Creation Gardens, Grasshoppers Distribution, Harvest, Jamie’s 14K Cupcakes, Kern’s Kitchen, Krispy Krunchy Chicken, Le Gallo Rosso Bistro, Levy’s Restaurant – Churchill Downs, Lilly’s Bistro, Marketplace Restaurant, Meridian Café, The Oakroom, Proof on Main, Seviche – A Latin Restaurant, Shalimar Indian Restaurant and Volare.

Beverage and spirit participants include Edge Outreach – Your Global Water Partner, Heaven Hill Distillery, Heine Brothers Coffee, Louisville Water Company Pure Tap, Michter’s American Whiskey Co., Republic National Distributing Company of KY, Rooibee Red Tea and VINT.

Admission to this event is $30.00 per person; purchase tickets in advance or on site, please visit, or call toll-free 1-800-775-7777 or call 502-584-7777 or visit the Kentucky Center Box Office.

The IdeaFestival is a world-class event that attracts leading and diverse influencers from across the U.S. and around the globe to explore and celebrate imagination and cutting-edge ideas. IdeaFestival serves as a springboard for high-speed innovation, product development and creative endeavors. The Festival appeals to a broad cross-section of people—with presenters selected for their ideas, achievements and ability to communicate to a wide-ranging audience.

Photographs Courtesy of Tonya York-Dees.

Taste of Innovation 2010

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