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We haven’t scheduled our next PechaKucha Night yet, but in the meantime you can watch some presentations, look at our map to see if there are any scheduled PKNs in nearby cities, or have a look at the long list of upcoming events, to see if there’s one you can attend!


Featured Presentation

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Colin Blake

Creative Director, Flavorman in Louisville

As the creative director of a beverage development company, Colin Blake explores what labels such as "All Natural" really mean, and how things like bugs are "all natural" and very much are used to flavor the foods we eat.

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Mighty Fine Farm and Food

@ VOL 15 ON APR 14, 2015

"Eating and feeding and food is not what we do to sustain life, it is life. We make it meaningful when we make it a life moment instead of a pitstop."

In Mighty Fine Farm and Food, from PechaKucha Night LouisvilleVol. 15 Steve Paradis matter-of-factly discusses the importance of good food in all its aspects. An acute intelligence and subtle profoundness shines though his down-to-earth, no-nonsense approach to good, honest, down-home food, farming, and health.

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Internationals Impact on Farming and Food in Louisville

@ VOL 15 ON APR 14, 2015

Edgardo Mansilla talks about learning different farming techniques and food cultures from the increasing influx of international immigrants to Louisville through Americana Community Center

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Slow Food

@ VOL 15 ON APR 14, 2015

From success stories to local initiatives, Gina explains the history and importance of the Slow Food movement.

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Culinary School

@ VOL 15 ON APR 14, 2015

Richard describes his experience in culinary school. He talks about the good and bad reasons people attend, and what to expect when you graduate.

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Soy Sauce made in Louisville?

@ VOL 15 ON APR 14, 2015

Matt Jamie describes how he came back to Louisville to start Bourbon Barrel Foods and that something about the city and state is attracting others to come to or return and get involved in the vibrant food scene.

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Diners: A Place Where You Can be a Spork

@ VOL 15 ON APR 14, 2015

Ashlee Clark Thompson describes her experience of not quite fitting in growing up and how diners are the places that you can be yourself and fit in.

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West Louisville FoodPort

@ VOL 15 ON APR 14, 2015

Stephen Reily describes the West Louisville FoodPort that is being developed on 24 acres of land in the heart of an urban neighborhood. The project is not only being developed to become a major food processing and distribution hub, but to be a catalyst for a disinvested neighborhood in Louisville.

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Cultivating Community

@ VOL 15 ON APR 14, 2015

Pairing poety and stories, Matt describes the importance of cultivating communities through farming, encompassing the cycle of healthy plants, animals, and earth.



Searching Out the World’s Rarest Chocolate

Ever wondered how chocolate is made? Well, wonder no more!
Erika Chavez-Graziano founded a small business called Cellar Door Chocolates, and is an expert on cacao. In “Searching Out the World’s Rarest Chocolate” from PKN Louisville Vol 15, Erika recounts her travel to Peru to find the world’s rarest cacao and the process of making it into chocolate.

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About the City's Organizers

  • Patrick Piuma

    Patrick Piuma is the Director of the Urban Design Studio at the University of Louisville and co-founding board member of City Collaborative. Patrick has a Master of Urban Planning degree from the University of Louisville. He is focused on improving the quality of life and place in Louisville and the surrounding region through the lens of sustainability and the design of the built environment.

  • Cliff Ashburner

    Dad, runner, dirt lawyer.

  • Pat Smith

    Pat Smith is a planner, data consultant, and a Co-Founder of City Collaborative, a nonprofit organization for urban research, outreach, and experimentation. He works as a civic technologist, connecting people, platforms, and programs for social good in Louisville and across Kentucky. Pat serves in a leadership role for Louisville’s Code for America Brigade program, and teaches classes as an adjunct instructor in the Department of Urban and Public Affairs at the University of Louisville.

  • Claude Stephens

    From Kentucky. Staying. Facilitator of Outreach and Regenerative Design at Bernheim. Founder, Professional Porch Sitters Union. Once studied bryophytes. Urban chicken farmer. Experimenting with play.

  • Stephen Kertis

    Stephen began his career at PBS, working as a producer on documentary projects centering on people. His work culminated in being nominated for and winning an Emmy. Following his time in the broadcast world he joined a Nashville based marketing / advertising firm as the director of production working with such clients as DHL America and Dollar General. In 2008, he started Kertis Creative, an answer to our rapidly changing media world. Kertis lives, works and adventures in the south.