A new Kentucky Derby Eve party is debuting in Lexington this year at The Polo Barn at Saxony Farm, 469 Browns Mill Road.
On May 1, Derby Eve Lexington will have bands, food, spirits and celebrities. "It's been several years since Lexington hosted its own official Derby Eve party and we're proud to work with the community to bring the idea to fruition. Many of the Lexington area farms have bred Derby winners and our horse industry businesses have long held strong connections to the first Saturday in May. We believe creating an annual celebration in Lexington, benefitting important charitable causes, is the right thing to do," said Bryan Pettigrew, senior vice president of marketing for Breeders' Cup and a Derby Eve Lexington organizer.
The party will benefit five charities: The Woodford Humane Society, Race for Education, Horses and Hope, Horse Aid Live and The Calipari Foundation.
General admission tickets are $200 each and include food and beverages; a limited number of VIP tickets at $350 are available. Purchase at Derbyevelex.horse.
■ Daily Offerings Coffee Roastery has opened at 529 W. Main St., across from the convention center. The roastery is new to downtown Lexington and features gluten-free café menu items. The specialty coffee house is owned by Lood and Kristie Kotze. Open Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Sundays. (859) 940-2562
■ Sarah's BBQ, 720 Henry Clay Blvd., has new summer hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Sarah's also has new menu items, including brisket burgers, pulled pork loaded fries, and smoked bologna egg and cheese on grilled Texas toast. (859) 309-1220.
■ Kroger on Chinoe, 1060 Chinoe Rd., is getting a Starbucks inside and a liquor store next door for a separate-entrance spirits shop. The Starbucks should open late May/early June, and the Wine and Spirits shop soon after.
■ Thorntons has introduced bourbon-ball donuts, just in time for the Kentucky Derby. Thorntons collaborated with Matt Jamie of Bourbon Barrel Foods in Louisville to create a bourbon cream-filled donut covered in bourbon-flavored chocolate icing, topped with a pecan. Available through May 2 at all Lexington, Louisville and southern Indiana stores for 99 cents each.
■ Coba Cocina, 2041 Richmond Road, will offer a dinner paired with Kenefick Ranch wines 6 p.m., April 29. A four-course, spring-inspired menu prepared by chef Jonathan Lundy with locally sourced ingredients will feature the 2012 Estate sauvignon blanc, the 2010 estate merlot, the 2007 cabernet sauvignon, and a rare 2011 Picket Road red blend. Reservations required; $75. (859) 523-8484.
■ Seedleaf, a Lexington non-profit dedicated to improving the availability of fresh food, has a new residential garden bed program. For a weekly fee, Seedleaf will install and maintain raised beds in your yard, and help with weeding, watering and new transplants. Two different kinds of raised beds: long-lasting cedar beds and galvanized steel tubs. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (859) 967-8865 for more information or a cost estimate.
Also, Seedleaf is launching a residential compost service called compost carpool. For a monthly fee, Seedleaf will pick up vegetable scraps and kitchen waste from your house weekly and compost the materials at a Seedleaf garden site. Finished compost will be returned.
■ Participants in a wine class at Wine + Market, 486 W. Second St., 6 p.m. Monday, will discuss cabernet franc, a grape that grows in many different regions around the world to produce wines ranging widely in style and flavor. For reservations, call (859) 225-0755; $15 per person.
Wine + Market also has picked out a barrel of Knob Creek and will hold a private selection release party 6 p.m. on April 29. Tasting lineup includes regular Knob Creek, Knob Creek Rye, and Wine + Market's 120-proof barrel. Tasting fee of $5 per person; fee waived if bottle is purchased for $40.95.
■ The Jim Beam American Stillhouse in Bardstown has released its 2015 calendar of special events. Beginning in April, guests can take part in monthly Distillery Days events — exclusive experiences ranging from a special mint julep celebration to a Father's Day bourbon-que — or reserve a spot on the new Behind the Beam Bourbon Experiences with Fred Noe, seventh generation master distiller.
Distillery Days kicks off with a Perfect Mint Julep Day Celebration from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 30 with guided tours of the Jim Beam distillery, live music, barbeque from Fred's Smokehouse, samples of the Beam family mint julep recipe and a special reading and book signing by whiskey authority Noah Rothbaum of his newest release, The Art of American Whiskey.