The fifteenth PechaKucha Louisville will take place Friday, April 14 beginning at 7 p.m. at the Tim Faulkner Gallery, 1512 Portland Ave. The theme for the night is “Food for Thought.”
Organizer Patrick Piuma explained the genesis of the food theme in a press release: “With all of the buzz, both local and national, around the food scene in Louisville, the announcement of the West Louisville FoodPort, and one of Louisville’s economic drivers being food and beverage, we wanted to provide an event that celebrated food.”
Doors open at 7 p.m., with the presentations beginning at 8. The event is free, but donations are accepted to support the series. A cash bar will serve refreshments.
PechaKucha (correctly pronounced peh-chak-cha, but more often Americanized to pet-cha-koo-cha) events offer a variety of local speakers, each of whom is permitted to show 20 slides, each slide lasting 20 seconds. The slides automatically advance, so each speaker has six minutes and forty seconds to talk. The format helps the speakers organize thoughts succinctly, and forces the audience to pay attention lest they miss ideas as they flow past. The pace is rapid, with the next speaker going to the stage as the previous speaker finishes. Each new presentation begins immediately.
Eight to 12 speakers are planned for “Food for Thought,” all of whom are involved in some way with the food scene in Louisville. Presenters are free to organize their own thoughts within the theme of the event. “The hope is that people will walk away with a deeper knowledge about what is going on in our city and be inspired by some of the ideas and passion that drives the speakers to do what they do,” said Piuma in the press release.
The list of confirmed presenters for “Food for Thought” includes Chefs Edward Lee and Gina Stipo, Bourbon Barrel Foods President Matt Jamie, Cellar Door Chocolates Founder Erika Chavez-Graziano and food writer Ashlee Clark Thompson, among others.