Love pie? The Downtown Lexington Corp. wants your best pies for the annual Great American Pie Contest, to be held at noon July 2 at the Fifth Third Bank Pavilion in Cheapside Park. Awards will be presented for best made-from-scratch, best semi-homemade and prettiest pies. Applications, as well as additional information, are available at Downtownlex.com. Deadline to apply is July 1.
After the judging, slices of pie, along with Chaney's Dairy Barn ice cream, will be available for free at the Ice Cream Social hosted by Alltech. The event will last until both the pie and ice cream are gone.
■ If Cheryl Truman's story on Tuesday about Magee's Bakery in Maysville has you hankering for George Clooney's favorite transparent pie, it's simple to make, says award-winning pie maker Barbara Harper Bach of Lexington.
Here's her recipe from her book, The Pure Kentucky Pie Clinic:
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8 tablespoons of butter (1 stick), softened
2 cups sugar
1 cup heavy cream
4 medium eggs, beaten
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
9-inch unbaked pie shell
1 teaspoon vanilla
In a mixer, beat the butter and sugar until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add cream and eggs, beating until smooth. Add the flour and vanilla and stir until smooth. Pour into crust and bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes, until a golden brown crust forms.
■ More pie: The Lexington Lions Club Bluegrass Fair, July 9-19, will host the Best Pie of the Summer competition with adult and youth divisions on July 18, with prizes from King Arthur Flour. Call Liz Kingsland at Fayette County Cooperative Extension, (859) 257-5582, or email email@example.com or Ces.ca.uky.edu/fayette.
■ Still looking for Father's Day ideas? Woodford Reserve Distillery, 7855 McCracken Pike in Versailles, has several ways to celebrate Friday through Sunday. Glenn's Creek Café at the distillery will have bourbon barrel-smoked pork shoulder from Hood's Heritage Hogs, served with Woodford sauce on a brioche bun, with red chili cabbage slaw and fingerling potato salad for $11.50.
On Saturday, the distillery is offering a four-course dinner prepared by chef-in-residence Ouita Michel and her culinary team for $60 plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required; call (859) 879-1953 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Sunday, the distillery will have a special Father's Day gourmet brunch in the Dryer House. Buffet will include barrel stave smoked salmon with red wine mustard vinaigrette, Woodford barbecue pork chops, grilled "Dadatouille" — local vegetables classic ratatouille style — corn pudding and homemade berry cobbler. The meal begins at 1 p.m.; cost is $40 a person plus tax and gratuity. Make reservations, which are required, at (859) 879-1953 or email@example.com.
■ And Michel has created a special brunch menu for Father's Day at Holly Hill Inn, 426 North Winter Street in Midway. Multicourse menu includes prime rib, pork chops, eggs Baltimore with crab cakes and other entree selections.
Bar specials include bourbon cocktails and Bloody Marys. Children's menu available. $25 for three courses. For reservations, call (859) 846-4732.
■ Herald-Leader alum Ashlee Clark Thomson will be at Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 161 Lexington Green Circle, at 2 p.m. Saturday to sign Louisville Diners, her book on tasty and inexpensive places to eat in Derby City. Kevin Kelly, author of Kentucky Speedway, and Peter Brackney, author of Lost Lexington, also will be there.
■ Bourbon with a side of doughnuts: From 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Bluegrass Tavern, 115 Cheapside, will offer Aged & Glazed, special a la carte pairings of Jim Beam whiskeys and North Lime doughnuts, such as Signature Craft with glazed cherry cake donut for $5. Or Devil's Cut with jalapeño white cheddar donut for $3.
■ From noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Best Friend Bar, 500 East Euclid Avenue, will host Pints for a Purpose, a benefit for Lexington Art League.
Local potters, including David Kring, Amelia Daniel Stamps, Melisa Beth Ceramics, Link Henderson, Luke Gnadinger, Leah Combs, Amanda Bridges and Steve Heartsill, will be selling their handcrafted ceramic pints; proceeds support further artistic programming at the Lexington Art League.
A portion of food and drink purchases from Best Friend Bar will also be donated to the league.
■ It's finally summer: On Sunday, Jon Carloftis will host a summer solstice garden celebration at the Governor's Mansion in Frankfort.
This all-day event is packed with great food (Ann Evans, executive director of the Kentucky Governor's Mansion, is preparing the menu for the morning, afternoon and evening events) and beautiful gardens. For tickets and information, go to Gardenlifestyleshow.com.
■ From 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Lexington Farmers' Market will have a special evening community market at First African Baptist Church, at the corner of Price Road and Georgetown Road. Community organizations can get a table for free with advanced registration (email firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday to register).