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🍳 This restaurant is gold
The House of Marigold restaurant in Middletown
The House of Marigold features fresh flowers and chic decor throughout. | Photo by LOUtoday
The House of Marigold is celebrating its grand opening this Saturday, March 25 — but we were lucky enough to get a sneak peek of Kris and Adrienne Cole’s latest creation.

From the moment we walked toward the entrance, it was clear that we were stepping into a place that’s stacked with Instagram-worthy photo ops. The front windows are covered with huge decal outlines of — what else — marigolds.

Inside, blush pink, pale yellow, and sage green walls are complemented by wood-top tables outfitted with fresh flowers. But the decor was just the beginning.

The House of Marigold - sage green wall

The House of Marigold’s interior is trendy yet cozy.


Photo by LOUtoday

The cocktail menu boasts a dozen options, including traditional brunch offerings like mimosas, as well as other drinks — like the tequila-based Shady Pines, which is the Marigold’s take on a margarita with pineapple syrup. City Editor Lennie really enjoyed the Cocotini, made with Effen vodka, coffee liqueur, cold brew concentrate, and vanilla sweet cream.

In addition to boozy brunch drinks, we tried a variety of savory and sweet menu items whipped up by Chef Kris. Here are a few things we sampled:
  • House-made biscuits with butter and seasonal jam
  • French toast topped with lemongrass powdered sugar and local maple syrup
  • Deviled eggs — which came with 4+ toppings
  • Cornbread with whipped butter and sorghum
  • Avocado toast on Blue Dog Bakery bread and sprinkled with house-made everything seasoning
Shrimp and Grits at The House of Marigold

We’re fans of The House of Marigold’s shrimp and grits.


Photo by LOUtoday

While there wasn’t a dish we didn’t like, the one that stood out was the shrimp and grits made with white cheddar Weisenberger grits, blended veggies, and prosciutto.

With delicious dishes and chic decor, it seems like husband-and-wife team Kris and Adrienne have found the formula for gold — Marigold, that is. If you want to get in on this, we suggest saving a table ASAP.
Our state flower is the goldenrod. Which other states can make the same claim?

A. Alabama and Louisiana
B. Nebraska and South Carolina
C. Tennessee and Virginia
D. Texas and West Virginia

See the answer in the Wrap.
Thursday, March 23
  • Dinos Under Louisville | Thursday, March 23-Sunday, April 30 | 10 a.m.-8 p.m. | Louisville Mega Cavern, 1841 Taylor Ave., Louisville | $49.99 | Drive through the caverns and see larger-than-life dinosaurs.
  • National Puppy Day Celebration | Thursday, Mar. 23 | 6:30-9 p.m. | Club K9 Dog Park Bar, 9316 Taylorsville Rd., Louisville | Free | Adopt a pup, enter a raffle, shop doggie merch, and munch on grub from Taco Mi Ranchito.
Friday, March 24
  • Arlo McKinley | Friday, Mar. 24 | 7 p.m. | Headliners Music Hall, 1386 Lexington Rd., Louisville | $18 | See this American country singer and singer-songwriter.
Saturday, March 25
  • Opening Day at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens | Saturday, Mar. 25 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Yew Dell Botanical Gardens, 6220 Old La Grange Rd., Crestwood | $9 for non-member adults | Celebrate the reopening of the gardens with a plant sale, drop-in tours, and more.
  • NuLu BockFest & Wurst Fest | Saturday, Mar. 25 | 12-6 p.m. | NuLu, East Market St., Louisville | Free | Watch LOUtoday’s baby goat in the goat races, drink bock-style beers, and enjoy sausages from local makers.
  • Conversations that Connect | Saturday, Mar. 25 | 2-4 p.m. | The Inner Warrior, 600 Distillery Commons Ste. 250, Louisville | $37 | Find ways to connect through challenging conversations while standing firmly in your own values and integrity.
Sunday, March 26
  • Spring is here! | Sunday, Mar. 26 | 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Louisville Nature Center, 3745 Illinois Ave., Louisville | Free | Take a guided walk through the forest, then enjoy a bird-watching picnic.
Tuesday, March 28
  • The Moth StorySLAM | Tuesday, Mar. 28 | 7 p.m. | Headliners Music Hall, 1386 Lexington Rd., Louisville | $15 | Hear five-minute stories about make-or-break, all-or-nothing situations.
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SmartAsset matches you with vetted financial advisors in your area. | Photo by SmartAsset
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News Notes
  • 58º | Showers | 53% chance of rain
  • Bae’s Baekery announced on Instagram that it will be taking over the the former Sweet Surrender space, which closed this past December. The bakery — known for its jumbo stuffed cookies — will expand on its offerings at the Frankfort Avenue location with espresso drinks, full-service coffee, breakfast sandwiches, and more.
  • The Butchertown Art Fair returns on Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4. The juried art show will feature handcrafted artwork from 60+ artists plus live music, food trucks, and more. Artist applications are being accepted through Sunday, March 26. Find out more on the Butchertown Neighborhood Facebook page.
  • Speed Art Museum exhibit “Rounding the Circle: The Mary and Al Shands Collection” opens this Friday, March 24. It is part of a collection of contemporary art gifted to the museum from the private collection of the late Al & Mary Shands, who were prominent Louisville civic leaders.
  • Shack in the Back BBQ is hosting a fundraiser to support the American Heart Association Go Red for Women campaign on Wednesday, March 29, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The Fairdale restaurant will donate 10% of the day’s proceeds to the cause.
  • Louisville Free Public Library wants your books. Donations of adult and children’s nonfiction books, current adult fiction books, current paperbacks, unabridged audio books, music CDs, and more are being accepted. All materials must be in good condition. Visit them online for details.
  • As part of Petco Love’s new national vaccination initiative, Animal Care Society is vaccinating LOU pets for free this Saturday, March 25, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. If your furry friend needs a shot, they’ll be available via a drive-thru on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Mega-adoption event “LOU ADOPTS!” is slated for Saturday, May 13, 12-4 p.m. Hosted by the Kentucky Humane Society and Louisville Metro Animal Services, the pup-filled afternoon at the Kentucky Exposition Center will feature about 100 dogs and puppies from seven local shelters. (WHAS11)
  • Calling all soccer fans: Louisville City FC’s home opener vs. El Paso Locomotive FC kicks off at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 25. Excited yet? We’ve got the inside scoop on who to watch and what to do when you attend a game at Lynn Family Stadium.*
  • Coldwell Banker McMahan is seeking candidates for their New Licensee program, which provides training, mentoring, and coaching to individuals who want to establish their own successful real estate business. For consideration, email your resume to Lesley DePaola, Career Development Director.*
City Guide
🌳 Your guide to Louisville’s best parks
Waterfront Park in Louisville, KY
Waterfront Park boasts 85 acres of greenery along the Ohio River. | Photo courtesy of Louisville Tourism
Whether you’re looking for a place to play with your kiddos or just want to decompress with off-screen time, we’ve rounded up 15+ parks and recreational spots for you to enjoy. Ready to plan your trip? Grab your shades and your water bottle — here are some of Louisville’s best:

Central Park, 1140 S. 4th St.
Home to the annual Shakespeare in the Park performances, Central Park covers 16.67 acres in Old Louisville. Its grounds feature an amphitheater, arbor, memorial, pergola, picnic tables, playground, and more.

Cherokee Park, 745 Cochran Hill Rd.
Characterized by long winding roads that open to beautiful vistas and large open spaces, Cherokee Park’s 380+ acres include areas for fishing, grilling, archery, sledding, and more. Its main feature is the 2.4-mile Scenic Loop, which boasts separate lanes for vehicle traffic and recreational users.
The Wrap
Lennie Omalza Today’s Edition By:
From the Editor
One of my favorite decor details at The House of Marigold, printed above the entrance to the kitchen, is the definition of brunch: “The meal eaten when you sleep long enough to skip breakfast, but are too impatient to wait until lunch.” It’s the story of my life every weekend.
Quiz Answer:     Nebraska and South Carolina
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