Saturday, Sept. 6, from 4:30-8:30 p.m., six Louisville restaurant chefs will put on their grilling aprons to create a Backyard BBQ dinner to benefit Home of the Innocents.
The 9th annual fund-raiser will be led this year by Brown Hotel executive chef Josh Bennis, who will be joined at the barbecue pits and grills by Shawn Ward of The Brewery, Fernando Martinez of Mussel and Burger Bar (among other restaurants), Dean Corbett of Corbett’s, Equus and Jack’s Lounge, Troy Schuster formerly of 211 Clover Lane, Tavis Rockwell of Louvino, Ming Pu of River City Winery, Matt Durham of the Seelbach Hotel, and Nancy Russman, chef, cooking instructor and author of “Kids’ Club Cookbook.” The party will have a Polynesian theme this year, so you can wander around among the tiki torches munching on things like grilled Polynesian chicken with a jalapeno-garlic jerk rub, grilled BBQ-glazed Spam sliders with a pineapple-jicama slaw on a sweet Hawaiian roll and tropical fruit salad with mango, kiwi, pineapple and melon. John Cliff of JBS Swift will also be cooking up ribs for those who want less exotic fare. Prizes will be awarded to children wearing their most festive island-themed costumes and adults wearing the most festive Hawaiian shirt. Tickets will be $50 for adults, $30 for seniors, $20 for students ages 11-18 years old, with children under 10 years free.  Reserved table for 8 will be $500.  To purchase tickets, click here.