West Sixth Brewing, 501 W. 6th St., will celebrate three years in business this week with special events. The first, a collaboration beer dinner with County Club and Smithtown Seafood, is Tuesday night. Tickets (if any are still left) are $65. Go to West Sixth Brewing's Facebook page to see the menu and check availability.
On Friday, the brewery will celebrate its Bread Box community made up of the other groups and businesses that occupy the building, which was a former Rainbo Bread bakery. From 6 to 8 p.m, there will be a building-wide open house, where you'll get a chance to see Broke Spoke Community Bike Shop, the Roller Girls practice space, The Plantory, The Bread Box Studio Artists, Food Chain, Bluegrass Distillers, & Magic Beans Coffee Roasters. There will be a barrel-aged beer release and cookout on the patio.
On Saturday, the brewery will open at 10 a.m. for an all-day celebration. The first 100 people get a gift. The first 300 people get a free third birthday pint glass.
West Sixth will tap its Coffee Stout, Magic Beans will serve coffee, and Smithtown Seafood will have a special breakfast menu. At 3 p.m. there will be more free glassware and a birthday-dessert themed Firkin Bar, including the infamous Key Lime Pie-P-A Firkin. Shooting Frenzy and Bourbon 'n' Toulouse will be there, too.
■ Construction is moving right along on the build-out of Middle Fork Kitchen Bar in the James Pepper Distillery campus on Manchester Street. The restaurant plans to open on April 16, according to its Facebook page. You can see a video, first in a weekly series, of owner Mark Jensen on the progress.
"Our first episode, 'Setting The Table' is all about how my beverage director Brad (also my cousin) and I have literally built this place by hand. We've built the tables and the bar, we've upholstered the stools, we've built the wood-fireplace, we've even carved the tap handles. This is us making a place we want our friends (new and old) to come share," Jensen said.
■ The next Nourish Your Neighborhood Give Back Day is Thursday. The non-profit raises money to feed neighborhood families. Participating restaurants donate a portion of their proceeds to Nourish Your Neighborhood. The funds go to purchasing restaurant gift cards for families in need and also to their partner charity this month, Big Blue Pantry.
This month's participating restaurants are Stella's Kentucky Deli, Whole Foods Market, The Local Taco, Limestone Blue, J.Render's BBQ Food Truck, Ethereal Brewing, A Cup of Common Wealth and Minton's. Ongoing restaurant partners are Sunrise Bakery, Thai & Mighty Noodle Bowls, and North Lime Coffee & Donuts (both locations.)
■ Have a special menu planned for Easter? How about sweet treats? Submit items for the April 1 column by Friday.
■ Elmwood Stock Farm in Georgetown is offering CSA (community supported agriculture) shares for the summer season. Elmwood has a variety of options, including certified organic vegetables, eggs, meat and pantry items. First distribution week is May 4-8. Go to ElmwoodStockFarm.com for information on prices and pickup locations.
■ Green Pastures CSA, a new venture by Todd Clark and Chris Poore, will offer meat shares — beef, lamb, pork, chicken — delivered weekly. First distribution will be June 10. Go to GreenPasturesCSA.com for more information.
■ Cooper Brothers Gourmet Meats, 4379 Old Harrodsburg Road, is having a special for Lent: All fresh seafood is 15 percent off. (859) 296-6328.
■ The sixth annual Ferdinand's Ball gala, which kicks off the Kentucky Derby party season this year on April 30, will be a joint fundraiser for the Muhammad Ali Center and Old Friends Equine Retirement Facility.
The Ali Center, 144 N. Sixth St., is a multicultural center and museum dedicated to the life and legacy of Muhammad Ali. Old Friends is a non-profit Georgetown facility that rescues retired racehorses from neglect, abuse, and slaughter, offering them a peaceful final chapter to their lives.
This year, the red carpet, semi-formal gala will begin with a VIP dinner at 7 p.m. Guests will be served a gourmet meal with celebrities and community leaders, catered by Masterson's. VIP tickets also include the afterparty, which begins at 9 p.m. and includes an open bar, dessert by Spotz Gelato, and entertainment. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit Ferdinandsball.com.
Ferdinand's Ball was founded by sisters Kim Boyle and Aimee Boyle Wulfeck, in honor of Ferdinand, the 1986 Kentucky Derby Winner and 1987 Horse of the Year. After making millions racing, Ferdinand was sent to Japan and, following his stud career, ended up in a slaughterhouse, which spurred an international outcry.