Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Official Chef of the Kentucky Society of Washington's 2009 Bluegrass Ball

On Monday, Jan. 19, Kentuckians will celebrate the 2009 Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C. at the Kentucky Society of Washington’s quadrennial Bluegrass Ball in the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. The event is the ultimate celebration of Kentucky hospitality, and representing the rich culinary traditions of the state will be chef Michael Paley of Proof on Main in Louisville. Chef Paley has designed a menu that features the finest ingredients of the Bluegrass state, including grilled Kentucky bison tenderloin and warm vanilla pudding cake with cherries marinated in Kentucky bourbon. During the weeks leading up to the Bluegrass Ball, chef Paley’s kitchen will be a hotbed of activity as he seeks out the best products of the region and prepares to serve the black-tie crowd on the eve of one of the country’s most historic inaugurations

Chef Paley was chosen to preside over the menu at the Bluegrass Ball because of his commitment to supporting Kentucky agriculture and the national notoriety he has brought to the regional dining scene. In the Oct. 2008 issue, Bon Appétit mentioned Paley as the most notable chef in Louisville as part of a feature on America’s foodiest small towns. In November of the same year, chef Paley traveled to Italy as an official Kentucky delegate for the Slow Food International Terra Madre gathering, where he gave many culinary enthusiasts their first taste of Kentucky bison. Proof is an official attraction on Louisville’s Urban Bourbon Trail and is renowned for their selection of over 50 fine bourbons.

The Kentucky Society of Washington was established in 1912 and is one of the oldest state societies in our nation’s capital. The Society was organized for the promotion of goodwill and fellowship among Kentuckians in the Washington area, for the preservation and perpetuation of the history and traditions of Kentucky, for the stimulation of state pride and for the cultivation of the best of Kentucky spirit and hospitality. For more information, visit www.kentuckysociety.org or email inauguralballchair@kentuckysociety.org.

To make reservations at Proof on Main, call (502) 217-6360. Proof on Main is located at 702 West Main Street. For more information visit www.proofonmain.com.

Lunch: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday

Dinner: 5:30 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday
5:30 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Bar Menu: 2 p.m. to midnight Monday through Thursday
2 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday
5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday
5 p.m. to midnight Sunday

Bar: 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Thursday
11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday
5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday
5 p.m. to midnight Sunday

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