Sharon Thompson: Bourbon Society dinner goes urban camping; Kentucky distilleries, wineries win awards

swthompson@herald-leader.comJuly 1, 2014 

Azur Restaurant & Patio is serving campfire-inspired dishes for its Red, White & Bourbon celebration at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. The urban camping-themed event, presented with the Lexington Bourbon Society, will feature dishes created by chef Jeremy Ashby. Included are shrimp boil, apple-smoked pork belly with baked beans, wood-fired baked trout with country ham piccata butter, and s'mores bars. Signature summer bourbon cocktails from Buffalo Trace and Jim Beam will be available. Cost is $40, $25 for Bourbon Society members. Call (859) 296-1007. Azur is at 3070 Lakecrest Circle.

Truck is loaded with peaches, headed for Ky.

Peaches from Georgia will be arriving in Central Kentucky next week. Jessica and Stephen Rose own and operate The Peach Truck and transport the fruit from the Pearson Farm in Fort Valley, Ga., to Tennessee and Kentucky.

The couple started The Peach Truck in Nashville, with the idea that people should be able to get fresh Georgia peaches right off the tree.

They traded in their car for an old Jeep truck and began selling the fresh fruit by the bagful; within the first five weeks they sold more than 10 tons of peaches. The Roses don't have a retail space, so they bring the fruit directly to the consumer. Go to Thepeachtruck.com.

Here's their Central Kentucky schedule:

July 9 and July 30: 8 to 9:30 a.m., Ace Hardware in Danville; 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Bluegrass Ace Hardware, Richmond; 2 to 3:30 p.m., King's Garden, Lexington; 5 to 6:30 p.m., Wilson Nurseries, Frankfort.

Cork & Tap festival makes monthly appearances

Downtown Lexington Corp. has changed the name of the Vintage Kentucky Wine and Beer Festival to Kentucky Cork & Tap. The festival, featuring Kentucky wine and beer, has expanded into a four-night series on the second Friday of the month. The first was in June. Each night features up to five Kentucky wineries, local beers from Lexington's craft breweries, and live music. The remaining events will be 5 to 9 p.m. July 11, Aug. 8 and Sept. 12 at Fifth Third Bank Pavilion at Cheapside Park. Go to Downtownlex.com.

Shepherdsville vineyard becomes first two-at-a-time Ky. cup winner

Wight-Meyer Vineyard and Winery of Shepherdsville became the first Kentucky winery to win the Commissioner's Cup for the top Kentucky wine in more than one category at the 2014 Kentucky Commonwealth Commercial Wine Competition & Commissioner's Cup last month.

Wight-Meyer's vignoles was voted best dry white wine, and its Pine Creek Summer earned honors as best sweet/dessert/fruit wine. Other Commissioner's Cup awards went to the Bourbon Barrel red from Old 502 Winery of Louisville, best dry red wine; StoneBrook Winery of Camp Springs, dry rosé 2013, best rosé/blush wine; and Baker-Bird Winery of Augusta, Kentucky Black Barrel 2012, best boutique (small production) wine. Go to Competition.kentuckywine.com.

More ice cream toppings to love

July is Ice Cream Month, but who needs any extra encouragement? Smuckers hopes we'll enjoy ice cream even more with its new flavor toppings that include salted caramel, chocolate coconut, and microwaveable hot dark chocolate. Added flavors for Magic Shell are chocolate pretzel and rainbow sherbet.

Smucker's wants you to use these toppings to create sundaes, take photos, and submit them for a chance to win a grand prize of $5,000 toward a summer vacation. Upload photos via Instagram, Facebook or Twitter (use the hashtag #SundaeFundae). Go to Smuckers.com.

Buffalo Trace takes several medals at L.A. spirits competition

Buffalo Trace Distillery took its whiskey to L.A. and brought home the gold.

The distillery won seven medals at the Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits competition in May. Whiskies earning medals included: Eagle Rare single barrel Kentucky straight bourbon, gold; Buffalo Trace Kentucky straight bourbon, E.H. Taylor single barrel bourbon, Blanton's single barrel bourbon, and Stagg Jr. Kentucky straight bourbon, silver; and 15-year-old Pappy Van Winkle, bronze. In the packaging competition, Blanton's single barrel bourbon won gold. Go to Laspiritscomp.com or Buffalotracedistillery.com.

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

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