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Mollie LaFavers

Culinary Arts Grants for Black-Owned Restaurants Awarded to Five Louisville Restaurants
Grants made possible by Fund for the Arts and Rabbit Hole Distillery

LOUISVILLE (September 7, 2021) – Fund for the Arts’ Culinary Initiative Strategic Relief Fund and Rabbit Hole are pleased to announce that $2,500 Culinary Arts Grants will be awarded to five Black-Owned Restaurants in Louisville. The grants are meant to celebrate Louisville’s vibrant culinary institutions and to help them recover from the devastating impacts of COVID-19.

On June 14, 2021 Rabbit Hole unveiled its highly-anticipated Single Barrel release and launched its national Single Barrel Program. At a special launch event held that evening at the Rabbit Hole Distillery in NuLu, all proceeds from the sale of the limited edition “Single Barrel” art bottles were donated to support the Fund’s COVID-19 Restaurant Relief Grants.

Recipients of the Culinary Arts Grants for Black-Owned Restaurants were selected through a nomination process. Community members were invited to nominate local Louisville restaurants that they believed represented the vibrancy of our community’s culinary sector. All grant recipients were chosen from those that were nominated.

Recipients of the Culinary Arts Grants for Black-Owned Restaurants are listed below.
Ada’s Kitchen
The Black Italian
Daddy Rich’s
Sultra’s Vegan Kitchen (formerly Flora Kitchenette)
Shirley Mae’s Café

Andre Kimo Stone Guess, President & CEO of the Fund for the Arts said, “The Fund’s Culinary Initiative Strategic Relief Fund supports Louisville’s vibrant cultural sector by providing targeted financial support to culinary institutions that are pillars in our community. We are grateful to Rabbit Hole for helping us further the impact of this program, especially after a year that has been exceedingly difficult for the culinary
arts community.”

Fund for the Arts Board Member and Senior Vice President of Republic Bank & Trust Carolle Jones Clay said, “After this last year when many families were struggling financially, it’s truly a blessing to have Rabbit Hole’s gift fund these Culinary Arts Grants for Black-Owned Restaurants. I think that it is important now more than ever that these restaurant owners receive this financial lifeline so that they can get back to doing the work that they do so well. They’re sure to feel the mental lift from this grant.”

Rabbit Hole’s Founder/Whiskey Maker Kaveh Zamanian said, “We stand with the local culinary arts community and are pleased to have had the opportunity to lend our support to these deserving restaurants. It is our hope that they come back stronger than ever.”

About Fund for the Arts
Fund for the Arts is a regional nonprofit with the mission to maximize the impact of the arts on economic development, education, and quality of life in our community. The Fund is a convener, promoter, leader, and driver of Imagine Greater Louisville 2025, the region’s arts and cultural plan. It facilitates the largest arts grant program in Kentucky as well as conducts one of the oldest united arts campaigns in the country. For more information,

About Rabbit Hole
Diversifying the spirits landscape with one-of-a-kind whiskeys is Kentucky-based Rabbit Hole. Established in 2012 by Founder and Whiskey Maker Kaveh Zamanian, Rabbit Hole unifies heritage techniques with innovative, exclusive mash bills to create singular expressions of super-premium American whiskey. Through its signature bottlings – Cavehill Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Boxergrail Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey, Dareringer Straight Bourbon Whiskey Finished in PX Sherry Casks and Heigold Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Rabbit Hole turns the whiskey world on its tail, inviting imbibers to take a sip and dive down the rabbit hole, where “there’s no going back™.” The brand’s iconic, awe-inspiring distillery, named the architectural icon of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, produces 1.2 million proof gallons annually and showcases the entire process of crafting bourbon from grain to bottle, unlike any other distillery in the country. Follow Rabbit Hole on Instagram @Rabbit Hole and Facebook @Rabbit Hole Distillery.


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