John Foster: Sharing insight into grandeur of Ferris Wheel, the restaurant business, success, failure

The restaurant industry has always been an amusement park attraction, for as long as I’ve called Lexington my home. Part funhouse, part coaster, with the unpredictable nature of a tilt a whirl and the grandeur of the Ferris Wheel. More than once I’ve seen fortunes rise and fall, sending seismic shifts throughout our tight-knit community,…

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Chef John Foster: Meal planning takes center stage in the kitchen as holiday season approaches

Holiday meals always present the most obvious challenges to cooks. Pre-planning, prep lists that stretch over two or three days. Multiple trips to the grocery store and multiple carts are standard operating procedure this time of year. So many articles on holiday planning, menus and “new” techniques fill the magazines or websites of the cooking…

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Chef Foster: ‘Hopping John’ is a must for New Year’s Eve — not only delicious, but it renews hope

If you’re like most people around this time of year, food, in all forms is first and foremost in your mind. Either it’s a part of an event you’re planning, a get together with family, or a posh celebration on New Year’s Eve. Many articles, (including some of mine) focus on what to serve, how to do it well, and what results we declare…

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Sen. John Schickel is keynote speaker at statewide banquet for Knights of Columbus

State Sen. John Schickel, R-Union, delivered remarks to an audience of devoted Knights of Columbus members as the keynote speaker recently at a statewide banquet. The event at All Saints Parish Hall in Walton in Northern Kentucky celebrated the profound contributions of the world’s most prominent Catholic men’s lay organization, boasting over 6,000 dedicated members….

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First Lady Glenna Bevin launches ‘Uniting the Community’ to rally support for foster care, adoption

First Lady Glenna Bevin joined with the Governor’s Office of Faith and Community Based Initiatives, Orphan Care Alliance, and 16 local organizations in Hardin County to launch “Uniting the Community” on Sunday. This new initiative engages the faith community, local government, and nonprofit organizations to empower Kentucky families to support foster care and adoption. “The…

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NKU asks food service provider to remove Papa John’s pizza franchise from the Student Union

Staff report Northern Kentucky University’s new president Ashish Vaidya has asked its food service provider to remove the Papa John’s pizza franchise from the Student Union. In a message to the university community, Vaidya said NKU “has a longstanding commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion that is embedded in all facets of our campus” and…

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Thanks to Duffle Shuffle, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services collected bags for foster children

An effort to help foster children that was launched at the Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky took such root in the state that the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) has distributed several hundred duffle bags, backpacks and luggage to children across Kentucky. The Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky launched a “Duffle Shuffle” campaign…

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Former foster child, County Music’s Jimmy Wayne to perform at Sunrise Children’s Services event

Award-winning country recording artist, New York Times bestselling author, and keynote speaker Jimmy Wayne will be the featured performer at a Sunrise Children’s Services fundraiser on Saturday, Aug. 26. The event will be held at Lexington Christian Academy (450 W. Reynolds Rd.) at 7 p.m. with doors opening at 6:15 p.m. A former foster child,…

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