Sharon Thompson's Tidbits: Ky. authors are guests of honor at Friday fest

Herald-Leader food writerMay 16, 2012 

At Friday's Night of Literary Feasts, guests will have the opportunity to dine with one of their favorite Kentucky authors at a round of parties.

At the party hosted by Molly and Rob Lewis, cookbook author Maggie Green will show guests how to make a dessert recipe from The Kentucky Fresh Cookbook.

Dupree Catering is preparing that party's menu, featuring smoked trout and Kentucky Bibb lettuce salad with fresh chive vinaigrette; herb-crusted lamb chops with mint demi-glace; roasted new potatoes with garlic and parsley; Kentucky Proud asparagus; whole egg spoonbread with sweet cream butter; fresh strawberries with vanilla bourbon zabaglione; and chocolate truffles.

The Lexington Public Library's literary dinners will be at 8 p.m. Friday and the authors and hosts are:

■ Green will be hosted by Rob and Molly Lewis, Joy Robyn and Jim Fenwick at 175 Old Park Avenue.

■ Sallie Bingham, author of Mending, hosted by Linda Roach and Selma Owens at Bittersweet Farm, 3223 Paris Pike.

■ Kim Edwards, The Lake of Dreams, hosted by Denise and Paul Nierzwicki and Buzz Carmichael at 515 West Main Street.

■ Cynthia Ellingsen, The Whole Package, hosted by Amy Carrington, Elizabeth Deener, Margaret Ridley and Stephanie Spires at Gallery B, 145 West Main Street.

■ David King, Death in the City of Lights, hosted by Debbie and Larry Jones at The Lexington Club, 170 Esplanade.

■ Hooman Majd, The Ayatollah's Democracy, hosted by Meg Jewett and Alan Leavitt at Walnut Hall, 3719 Newtown Pike.

■ Bobbie Ann Mason, The Girl in the Blue Beret, hosted by Sue Ann Truitt at L.V. Harkness & Co., 531 West Short Street.

■ James C. Nicholson, The Kentucky Derby, hosted by Adrian and Whitney Mendiondo, Wells Bullard, Griffin and Sarah Wylie VanMeter, West Sixth Brewing Co., 501 West Sixth Street.

Dinner host assignments and directions will be given to each guest upon check-in at the cocktail reception for authors at 6 p.m. at the Central Library, 140 East Main Street.

Tickets are $150 and $250. Call Bill Watts at (859) 231-5557 or go to Lexpublib.org/feasts. Coffee with the authors will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Joseph-Beth Booksellers. The literary guests of honor will be available for book signings.

Wine & Vine Fest

The ninth annual Kentucky Wine & Vine Fest will be Friday and Saturday in Nicholasville.

On Friday night, the Wine Gala will feature Dominique Brousseau, winemaker at Chateau du Vieux Corbeau Winery in Danville, and other notable women in the wine business. Tickets are $50 a person, $90 a couple.

On Saturday, wineries and other vendors will be set up in downtown Nicholasville. The lineup includes Kentucky wineries, Kentucky Proud food, arts and crafts, Grape Stomp, live music, and the Run for the Merlot contest. Hours are noon to 7 p.m. Wine tent admission is $25 a person. For tickets, go to Kywineandvine.com or call (859) 881-3820.

Featured wineries are Purple Toad Winery, Paducah; Rose Hill Farm Winery, Butler; Chrisman Mill Vineyards, Nicholasville; Wight-Meyer Vineyard, Shepherdsville; Elk Creek Vineyards, Owenton; Best Vineyards, Elizabeth, Ind.; Prodigy Winery, Versailles; Generation Hill, Alexandria; White Moon Winery, Lebanon; Talon Winery, Lexington; StoneBrook Winery, Camp Springs; and Indian Creek Winery, Georgetown, Ind.

On Friday, the Kentucky wine country bus tour will visit Elk Creek Vineyards in Owenton, Capital Cellars in Frankfort, and Prodigy Vineyards in Versailles. Lunch will be served at Elk Creek. The all-day tour departs at 8:30 a.m. from Kentucky Bank, 920 Main St., Nicholasville. Tickets are $65 a person. Go to Kywineandvine.com or call (859) 881-3820.

Indian cooking class

Seetha Subramanian will teach a vegetarian cooking class from 6 to 9 p.m. May 23 at Fayette County Cooperative Extension, 1140 Red Mile Place. Cost is $35.

Subramanian will show how to make chapati, an unleavened bread, along with other vegetarian dishes made by people from the state of Maharashtra, India. Proceeds go to Swarna Gopal Rao scholarship program. To register, call (859) 523-5696 or email ssubramanian0001@kctcs.edu.

A Cretan menu

Panagia Pantovasilissa Greek Orthodox Church will hold a Greek dinner on Saturday featuring a menu from the island of Crete. The menu, prepared by chef Jim Scalos, includes lamb shanks, baked chicken, moussaka, Greek bruschetta, Cretan lentil soup, Cretan salad and wedding rice pilaf. Featured vineyard is Talon Winery. Hours are 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The church is at 920 Tates Creek Road. Go to Greekdinner.com.

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

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