Are you a Bob’s Burger’s fan? Then Morris Book Shop, 882 East High Street, has the contest for you. Building on the Bob’s Burger’s Cookbook released this year, Morris will hold a Bob’s Burgers Cook-off on June 12, with proceeds benefiting Glean KY. Ten competitors will get 45 minutes to make the most pun-tastic burger they can imagine on grills set up behind the store.
If you want to be a cook — the competition is only open to home cooks — contact Morris at 859-276-0494. If you want to sample the sliders, get there early and make a $5 donation for three burger tickets. Additional tickets are $2 each. The cooking competition will start at 12:15 p.m.
Cooks will make 20 sliders for guest tasting, and then have an additional 30 minutes to make one full-size burger for judges Dan Wu, the Culinary Evangelist; Traci James of Mix 94.5; and Wyatt Sarbacker of Marksbury Farms. Gastro Gnomes food truck chef Andrew Suthers will be the emcee for the day.
Marksbury Farm is donating both a pound of beef in the prize pack and all of the beef for the event. Other prizes include copies of Bob’s Burgers books, a Bob’s Burgers apron, and Morris gift card.
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“We are positive we will run out of burgers, and are talking with other food vendors who may do a pop-up shop in the store,” said Natalie Cunningham of Morris Book Shop. One possibility: a nearby pizzeria could pop-up “Jimmy Pesto’s” (named for Bob’s Burger’s nemesis) and sell slices.
▪ Love to see Kentucky farm dinners? Maybe you could host one for charity. The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is accepting applications from community organizations interested in hosting Kentucky Proud dinners now through the Fall of 2016. The Kentucky Proud Food to Fork Program will provide matching funds to qualifying applicants for dinners that showcase local food products.
“The purpose of the Kentucky Proud Food to Fork Program is to raise awareness of local farms, farmers, producers, and Kentucky Proud products while helping a good cause,” Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said. “I encourage local organizations to send us your proposals.”
For more information, go to the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s website, Kyagr.com.
▪ Bour-Bon, 6161 Main Street in Paris, will host a book signing from 5 to 8 p.m. Susan Reigler will sign Kentucky, Sweet & Savory, Finding the Artisan Foods and Beverages of the Bluegrass State. She also will have limited copies of the Bourbon Tasting Notebook. Reigler will discuss the books and more while sampling 100-proof Old Forester Signature, Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond and Old Grand-Dad Bottled-in-Bond. Call 859-987-1662 for reservations. It’s $10 at the door for the event.
▪ Creative Table Kitchen and Catering, 185 Pasadena Drive, will host a Women Chefs Dinner Series 6:30 p.m. May 25, featuring five female chefs – Shannon Collins, Maribeth Tolson, Jessica VanHouten, Ranada West-Riley and Carrie Arps – serving five courses. It’s $50 per person, with 20 percent of proceeds going to the Nest, center for women, children and families in crisis. Reservations required; call 859-948-3125. Full bar available.
▪ For May, Greentree Tea Room, 521 West Short Street, has strawberry soup; cream scone with lemon curd and Fayette cream; asparagus crepe with Mornay sauce; egg salad, cucumber dill and shrimp tea sandwiches; dark chocolate mousse, Greentree filled French wafers, coconut cupcakes; and Darjeeling tea. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 859-455-9660.
▪ The new Upstart Crow, 101 West Short Street, will have cocktail-hour prices from opening to closing on May 20 in remembrance of all the great customers, friends made, and fun times at the original Upstart Crow (from 1972 to 1978) at the corner of South Broadway and Angliana Avenue and Morgan’s Café (from 1978 to 1985) at the corner of Main Street and Mill Avenue.
▪ Bluegrass Farmers Market, at Azur, 3070 Lakecrest Circle, and Liquor Barn, 1837 Plaudit Place, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, will have local cutting celery, chive and lettuce-leaf basil plants, chocolate mint, asparagus (limited quantity), green onions, black seeded Simpson lettuce, collards, curly and red kale, mustard greens, French breakfast radishes, Easter egg radishes, chocolate mint, hanging baskets, meats, eggs, plants, breads and more.
▪ Lexington Farmers Market, Cheapside Park from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Southland Drive from 10 a.m. 2 p.m. Sunday, will have fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables, meats, eggs, plants, bread, honey, spring greens and more.
▪ Jessamine Growers Farmers Market, behind City Hall at the corner of Main and Rice streets in Wilmore from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, will have locally grown spring greens, and other seasonal vegetables, garden transplants, perennials and more.