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Lexington Burger Week

The first ever Lexington BURGER WEEK is July 6-12th! It doesn't get better than this! There are 20 restaurants participating from all over town and each one is creating a special $5 that isn't on their regular menu. The chefs are competing for the most unique burger in town. The hardest part of the whole week is going to be deciding which restaurant to visit first!

The Five Commandments of Burger Week

1. They will run out. The restaurants are going to be making A LOT of these burgers, so try to understand if they run out. There will be 19 other restaurants also serving burgers that are just as tasty that you should try next!

2. There will be waits. Be prepared to have to wait for a table. This event is going to be very popular, so try to go early or make sure to be patient with our restaurants.

3.  Tips are appreciated. $5 brings out the cheap in all of us, but really, you're getting a $10-15 burger (many restaurants go way overboard with ingredients, trying to outdo each other), so please tip at least 20%. The people who are serving you are working harder during Burger Week than at any other point in the year. A kind word will also be welcome - these people are our friends and neighbors.

4. You really should buy a drink or other food. While extra purchases are not a requirement, I think it says something good about you if you show a little love to a restaurant going above and beyond to bring you an awesome burger. Pick up some fries and a pint of Kentucky Ale. You'll enjoy yourself more.

5. Check Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Restaurants are encouraged to post their waits and remaining burgers for the day. Go to lexingtonburgerweek.com and don't forget to tag your Instagram photos and tweets with #lexburgerweek.

Now to the good stuff, the burgers!

1. The Pole Dancer from A La Lucie
Two Angus beef patties with a bourbon soaked Bellavitano and Swiss mac and cheese waffle in between, topped with applewood smoked bacon, onion ring, pickle, tomato, chopped lettuce and a Dijon mayonnaise “special sauce.” The Dancer will be served on a split-top potato bread bun and skewered. Best paired with: Kentucky Ale


2. Two Drunken Burgers from Enoteca
Two red wine-soaked burger sliders covered in melted drunken goat cheese from Spain, topped with house cured pork belly, green peppers cooked in Kentucky Ale, and baby greens served on brioche buns with house aioli on the side. Best paired with: Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale


3. Smokin' Beer Cheese Burger from JDI
An Angus patty topped with in-house smoked pulled pork, JDI beer cheese made with Kentucky Ale, fresh red onions; breaded and fried with lettuce, and tomato. Best paired with: Kentucky Ale

4. The Animal Club from Country Club
A Kentucky beef patty from Marksbury Farm Foods, seared with mustard bbq sauce, 2 slices American cheese, smoked onions, pickles, lettuce, Garey Farm heirloom tomato, BBQ 1000 Island, on a toasted Sunrise Bakery bun. Best paired with: Kentucky White Ale

5. Kentucky Beef Burger from Al's Bar
A beef burger blended with Bourbon butter crimini mushrooms, topped with Kenny’s Swiss cheese, house-pickled Garey Farms kale kraut and our Russian dressing. We’ll also offer a lentil patty using the same treatment for vegetarians. Best paired with: Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout


6. Far East Bound & Down O'Round from Shamrock Bar and Grill
O’Round with a dollop of Sriracha, fire roasted green chiles, pepperjack cheese, finished with garden fresh leaf lettuce, diced red onion, and a hand breaded, Panko fried green tomato with a butter grilled bun lathered with Sriracha aioli. Best paired with: Kentucky Old Fashioned Barrel Ale


7. Best Friend Burger from Best Friend Bar
A beef patty topped with house made pimento cheese, fried green tomato, fried shallots, Sriracha mayo, tomato onion jam and fresh cilantro on a potato bun. Best paired with: Kentucky IPA

8. Five Buck Burger from Drake'sA ginormous 100% USDA beef patty with honey-jalapeno barbecue sauce, heaps of American cheese, and house fried onion straws. Best paired with: Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale


9. Beef WELL-ington Burger from Smithtown Seafood
Locally sourced beef burger with mushroom duxelles, coffee stout demi-glace, crumbled Kenny’s Barren County bleu cheese, crispy buttermilk onions, roast garlic aïoli, and FoodChain mustard microgreens on a croissant. Best with: Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout


10. Backyard Voodoo Burger from Lynagh's
A perfectly seasoned ground sirloin patty on a toasted brioche bun, topped with caramelized onions and drenched in a root beer and onion sauce so damn good it can only be called Voodoo. Best paired with: Kentucky Kolsch


11. Rising Sun Burger from Alfalfa Restaurant
A 1/4 lb Local Stone Cross Farms beef burger topped with tamari marinated grilled onions, tempura battered shiitake mushrooms, cucumber-ginger pickle and wasabi mayo on a housemade sesame bun using Weisenberger Mill flour. Best paired with: Kentucky Ale


12. Thai Me Down Burger from Lexington Diner
A 1/3 lb. local Cooper Brothers burger with Thai Peanut Sauce, mushrooms, caramelized onion, smoked gouda, and Asian vegetables with a sweet jalapeno chili sauce on a Sunrise Bakery brioche bun. Lexington Diner does not serve beer.


13. Lum's Olie Burger from The Ketch Seafood Restaurant
A 6 oz. Angus chuck patty seasoned with the original Lum’s Burger Spice Mix, cooked over white oak coals, topped with provolone, Romano & Parmesan cheese and served on our house baked, toasted bun with Original Lum’s Sauce. Try it with an order of spicy Lum’s Fries. Best paired with: Kentucky Ale


14. Hot Diggity Dog Beer Cheese Burger from Columbia Steakhouse
An 8 oz. burger with a chargrilled 100% beef hot dog, our artisan top-secret beer cheese and leafy green lettuce. Served on a butter-toasted sesame seed bun. Best paired with: Kentucky Ale


15. Western Burger from AP Suggins
An 8 oz. burger topped with a spicy Kansas City style BBQ sauce, hickory smoked bacon, sharp cheddar cheese, a beer battered onion ring, romaine lettuce and sliced tomato on a toasted bun. Best paired with: Kentucky Ale


16. Caballero Steak Burger from Coba Cocina
A steak burger with arugula, queso fresco and chimichurri. Best paired with: Kentucky Kolsch


17. West Kentucky Blue Jack Mutton Burger from Billy's BBQ
A fresh rosemary and garlic infused mutton burger with melted bleu cheese crumbles or pepperjack cheese topped with pickles, lettuce, onion and tomato on a sesame seed bun. Best paired with: Kentucky Ale


18. Beaumont Bomber Burger from BRU Burger
A tri-cut blend of sirloin, chuck, and brisket topped with chorizo, white cheddar, sauteed peppers, eggs, hashbrowns, and a star anise gravy, sitting on a brioche bun. Best paired with: Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout


19. Bite the Bulleit Burger from The Cellar
An 8 oz. burger smothered in a bourbon glaze, caramel onions, bacon and two slices of smoked gouda cheese topped with a toasted sesame seed bun. Best paired with: Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale


20. Drunken Cajun Butter from Bourbon & Toulouse/CCI
A 1/4 lb. beef patty mixed with bourbon smoked garlic salt, minced onion, sharp cheddar cheese, creole spiced bread butter, Cajun power hot sauce and Sadistic Mistress homemade ketchup. Best paired with: Kentucky Ale


Now comes the hard part...what's going to be your first stop!? Visit www.lexingtonburgerweek.com for more information!

Ball Homes Night of Hope



We're looking forward to one of our annual traditions, the sixth annual Ball Homes Night of Hope. This year’s event takes place on Thursday, November 13th at 7pm, at the Lexington Opera House. This year's featured speaker is country singer/songwriter Jimmy Wayne, the author of Paper Angels and the new book Walk to Beautiful, the story of his inspiring journey to raise awareness of homeless children.

Jimmy Wayne survived an abusive childhood and years of shuffling through the foster care system, eventually ending up homeless. He was taken in by a couple who fostered his love of music and helped him get his education. After completing his associates degree in criminal justice, he auditioned for a songwriting job for Acuff-Rose, and in 2008 had his first Billboard Top 40 country hits, including the #1 hit "Do You Believe Me Now." Jimmy Wayne never forgot his past though, and on January 1, 2010, he set out on a 1700 mile solo hike from Nashville to Phoenix to raise awareness of homeless youth. Called the "Meet Me Halfway" campaign, he walked 25 miles a day, and was covered by major national media, including People and USA Today. The story of this journey is chronicled in Jimmy's newest book, Walk to Beautiful.

All proceeds from the evening’s festivities go to the Hope Center, to help battle homelessness, addiction and mental illness across Kentucky.

For tickets or more information on this special event, visit the Hope Center website.

Scott County Tour of Homes


We're excited to be a part of the 2014 Scott County Tour of Homes, presented by the Scott County Home Builders AssociationThe tour will be held for two weekends, September 6-7 and 13-14 from 1-5pm, and admission is free. 

 

This year, Ball Homes has seven homes in the tour.  Our Baldwin and Manhattan II model homes will be featured in The Landing at Pleasant Valley.  

In McClelland View, our Cavanaugh II Expanded and Westmont II models will be open, and the new Talbot model in the Village at Lanes Run

Also new this year is  the
Livingston model in the Abbey at Old Oxford.

In The Enclave at Payne's Landing, our new Coventry A model will be featured.  

Please visit us on the tour, or any time by appointment, to see the latest in new home design.

Lexington Grand Tour of Homes


Mark your calendars! The 2014 Grand Tour of Homes is set for Saturday and Sunday July 19-20, and 26-27.  This year's tour will include fourteen of our model homes--please join us for this special event.  

In total, the Tour features 44 homes, located in Fayette, Scott, Woodford, and Jessamine Counties.  Homes are open 1 to 5pm both weekends, and admission is free! 

This annual Central Kentucky event is presented by the Lexington Home Builder's Association and offers a great chance to see the latest in new homes. Read more about the Tour on their website.  

Several of our newest model homes are featured on the Tour.

In Georgetown, our Cavanaugh II Expanded and Westmont II models will be open, and the new Talbot model in the Village at Lanes Run.  Also new in Georgetown is the Livingston model in the Abbey at Old Oxford.



Our Arlington II Expanded and Cavanaugh II models in Glasford are new to the Tour this year.


 
Also new is our Albany model, which will be on the Tour in The Reserve at Bryant Oak.

The Florence II and Milan II models in The Walnut Hill Club at Chilesburg, our luxury townhome community, will also be on the Tour.  



To view these and other model homes by appointment, please contact a Ball Homes Specialist at Milestone Realty Consultants.

Summer Events in Louisville, KY

Summer months are a great excuse to get outside and enjoy all the events your community has to offer! Here are a few things that are going on in the upcoming weeks in Louisville, KY.

7th annual Louisville Festival of the Arts at Paddock Shops
June 7th and 8th, 10am-5pm, 4300 Summit Plaza Drive

The Festival of the Arts is an opportunity to meet America's finest artisans and crafters and peruse their work. Purchase their handcrafted jewelry, pottery, sculptures, photography, and much more.  Bring the family down to view the great art work, dine at one of the many restaurants, and peruse the many shops and boutiques.

24th annual Americana World Festival
June 7th, 11:00am-9:00pm, Iroquois Amphitheater, 1080 Amphitheater Rd.

Americana World Festival is a free, family-oriented event that brings together members of the local community to share and celebrate the cultural heritages of the Louisville Metro community and the neighborhoods surrounding Americana Community Center. There will be performances by various local groups and a Kids Zone will feature activities for children, such as face-painting, arts and crafts and games until 7 p.m. A variety of food and beverages will be sold by on-site vendors. International crafts and other goods will be available for purchase from local artists and vendors.


Kentucky Shakespeare’s Shakespeare in the Park
June-August, 8:00pm, C. Douglas Ramey Amphitheatre: 4th & Magnolia in Central Park

Kentucky Shakespeare’s annual Shakespeare in the Park shows offer opportunities for people of all ages to enjoy the works of Shakespeare in the beautiful outdoor setting of Old Louisville’s Central Park. The 2014 Shakespeare in the Park Summer Season will consist of 8 productions totaling 56 performances over 10 weeks. For a list of plays and dates, visit their website.

Monday Night Movies and Movies Under The Stars
Mondays & Saturdays: June-September, Doors Open at 7:00pm, Iroquois Amphitheater, 1080 Amphitheater Rd

Enjoy a family-friendly movie under the stars at Iroquois Amphitheater. Movies are free and run most Mondays and Saturdays. For a list of upcoming movies, visit their website

6th annual Smokin’ on the River BBQ, Blues and Brew Festival
June 13th and 14th, Riverside Drive in Jeffersonville, IN

Come and be a part of Jeffersonville's annual state BBQ competition. Watch professional BBQ teams vie for the championship trophy and share in a purse of over $8,500 or see amateurs compete in the Backyard division. Listen to music as you stroll down the river smelling the smoke of the BBQ and the gentle rush of the water. A Beer Garden will be open during the event for those 21 and over.

Bourbon By The Bridge
Saturday, June 14th, 6:00pm-9:00pm, Louisville Waterfront Park

Bourbon by the Bridge is a premiere bourbon tasting hosted by CASA of the River Region in partnership with Chase Bank.  Heaven Hill Distilleries, Brown-Forman, Maker’s Mark, Four Roses, Jefferson’s (Castle Brands), and Angel’s Envy provide cocktails, with hors d’oeurves by The Catering Company, and jazz music from John Scharfenberger & Band. Good spirits, food, and music are featured all in support of the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), an organization dedicated to providing specialized volunteers to children who have experienced abuse and neglect in six regional counties.


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