For the 2nd year in a row, Keisha Johnson, hosted The Taste of West Louisville, in Louisville, Ky’s predominantly black West End of town. The annual event allows local food vendors to set up booths at the venue and serve speciality dishes from their menu.
Many of the vendors are caterers or restaurant owners from Louisville’s West End. The event was held on April 16, 2016, at the Shawnee Arts & Cultural Center and over 300 patrons purchased tickets to get a “Taste” of the food from West Louisville.
When the event debuted last year it must have made a lasting impression because tickets to this year’s event sold out nearly a week in advance.
Johnson emphasizes that the event is designed to give exposure to local businesses and to also raise money to provide college scholarships for high school seniors who reside in Louisville’s West End.
“FROM PROCEEDS FROM THE EVENT, AND THE HELP OF SPONSORS, WE ARE ABLE TO GIVE AWAY THREE $1,000 SCHOLARSHIPS TO DESERVING STUDENTS. ALONG WITH THE SCHOLARSHIP, SIMMONS COLLEGE OF KENTUCKY WILL MATCH $500 FOR TWO STUDENTS IF THEY DECIDE TO ENROLL AT SIMMONS.” – KEISHA JOHNSON
To apply for a scholarship – send an email to TWLscholarships@gmail.com, and a representative from The Taste of West Louisville will reply with an application.
Students applying are required to complete a 500 word essay. All applications must be received by May 7, 2016. The scholarships are slated to be given out at the Scholarship & Appreciation Banquet – place and time is to be announced.
Like the “Taste of West Louisville” page on FB & follow on IG @tasteofwestlou, to stay up to date with future events. Be on the lookout for the 3rd Annual Taste of West Louisville, April 15, 2017 (location TBA).