Tidbits: End of summer dining events abound

swthompson@herald-leader.com,by sharon ThompsonAugust 14, 2014 

Bojangles' Famous Chicken 'n Biscuits, a Southeastern regional chain of fast food restaurants, has opened its first Kentucky location in London, at 159 South Laurel Road. The chicken and biscuit chain serves hand-breaded chicken, made-from-scratch buttermilk biscuits, and dirty rice. Hours are 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Go to Bojangles.com.

Events

Dudley's on Short, 259 West Short Street, will have a bourbon dinner on Wednesday in celebration of the 60th anniversary of Master Distiller Jimmy Russell with Wild Turkey Distillery. The six-course dinner will feature bourbon flavors and the limited Wild Turkey diamond anniversary bourbon. Cost is $60. Call (859) 252-1010.

Winchell's, 348 Southland Drive, will hold a lobster boil on Tuesday. The three-course dinner includes New England clam chowder, whole lobster served with corn on the cob and new potatoes, and fruit cobbler. Cost is $35. Call for (859) 278-9424.

Smithtown Seafood chef Jonathan Sanning is firing up the grill for an end-of-summer seafood feast for the monthly Tanks to Table beer dinner at 7 p.m. Thursday. The menu features mixed seafood grill with sauce bar, fresh corn salad, charred potato salad, heirloom tomato salad, fresh-baked bread, and mixed berry cobbler. Smithtown is at 501 West Sixth Street. West Sixth Brewing has created an amber with bourbon and BBQ spices for the dinner. Cost is $25. Call (859) 303-4100.

Chuy's Mexican Restaurant, 3841 Nicholasville Centre Drive, will hold its annual green chile festival Monday through Sept. 7.

Each spring, Chuy's contracts with farmers in the Hatch Valley in New Mexico to grow more than 1.5 million pounds of green chiles for its restaurants. Chuy's will be introducing a menu of eight green chile-inspired dishes during the three-week period, including holy quesadillas, green chile BBQ chicken tacos, and Frito pie enchiladas. Drink specials include prickly pear margarita, blackberry rocks margarita, and New Mexican martini, made with green chile infused tequila. Call (859) 245-2489 or go to Chuys.com.

Rooster Brewing, 609 Main Street in Paris, features a food truck each week and on Friday. CrazyBoutCajun will be at the brewery from 5:15 to 9 p.m. Call (859) 707-3436 or go to Roosterbrew.com.

Woodford Reserve Distillery will serve a bourbon Kentuscan dinner on Friday and Saturday. Chef-in-residence Ouita Michel and chef de cuisine Nat Henton are celebrating Italian flavors and local Bluegrass ingredients with a menu featuring heirloom tomato caprese; vegetable lasagna; bourbon barrel skirt steak; eggplant caponata; gnocchi alla Romana; and almond sponge cake with Woodford Reserve soaked peaches and blackberries. Cost is $50. The distillery is at 7855 McCracken Pike. Call (859) 879-1953 or email Catering@b-f.com.

Specials

■ Soup specials at Bakery Blessings & Bookstore @ the Bar in August are chilled peach and pinto bean. Jan Sullivan now is making fresh bread including pretzel roll and Italian. The café is at 1999 Harrodsburg Road. Call (859) 554-6044.

Farmers market report

Bluegrass Farmers' Market has 100 percent homegrown corn, tomatoes, green beans, squash, peppers, and melons. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs, 3450 Richmond Road, and at Azur Restaurant, 3070 Lakecrest Circle. Go to Bluegrassfarmersmarket.org.

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

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