Mushrooms are the highlight of Irvine festival

Herald-Leader food writer,Sharon ThompsonApril 25, 2012 

Chef Matthew Starling will be cooking morel mushrooms in the mountains on Saturday.

Starling, chef at The Woodford Inn in Versailles, will be the guest chef at the annual Mountain Mushroom Festival in downtown Irvine. He will demonstrate mushroom cooking at 1 p.m. at the mushroom market tent. The mushroom cook-off will be held at noon. Entries are accepted until the start of the competition.

Fresh morel mushrooms will be available, and there will be arts, crafts, and live entertainment. Go to Mountainmushroomfestival.org.

B&B celebrates its success

Maple Hill Manor Bed & Breakfast in Springfield was selected as the top B&B for hospitality and service in Kentucky by the Bed & Breakfast Association of Kentucky.

The annual five-star service award is based on a review of the nearly 50,000 independent B&B guest reviews submitted to TripAdvisor.com and other leading travel review sites. Maple Hill co-owner Tyler Horton said, "It's a true honor to be chosen for this five-star service award, and we thank our guests for the positive reviews that resulted in this award."

To celebrate the award announcement and its 25th anniversary operating as a B&B, Maple Hill is a offering discounts. Call (859) 336-3075, 1-800-886-7546 or go to Maplehillmanor.com.

Get your artwork on a bottle of Early Times

Early Times mint julep, the official drink of the Kentucky Derby, has released the 2012 commemorative Kentucky Derby bottle. It features art by Celeste Susany of Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Susany, a former bottle artist, won the second national artist search contest conducted by Early Times to find the art for the 2012 bottle. Susany's Out of the Gate was selected from hundreds of entries from across the country. She also received $5,000 and a trip for two to the Derby.

Early Times is now giving artists the opportunity to submit their work for the chance to be featured on the 2013 Kentucky Derby bottle. Go to Earlytimes.com for details.

The winner will get a trip for two to the 2013 Kentucky Derby, $5,000 in cash and the opportunity of having his or her art featured on the 2013 Early Times mint julep bottle. The deadline is June 28.

The one-liter premixed Early Times mint julep commemorative bottle is $14.99.

Sharon Thompson: (859) 231-3321. Twitter: @Flavorsofky. Blog: Flavorsofkentucky.bloginky.com.

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