Celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse is coming to Louisville to kick off the first Fork, Cork & Style event at Churchill Downs. The festival, 1 to 10 p.m. Sept. 12, will feature signature foods from around the country, celebrity chef cooking demonstrations and a wine tasting. The first 1,000 tickets are $15 and $50 (includes wine tasting). Tickets are $25 and $60 through Aug. 29, then $35 and $70. Go to www.forkcorkandstyle.com.
A fresh concept at Shaker Village
It doesn't get any fresher than Shaker Village's summer menu.
The new seed-to-table dining concept at the Trustees' Office Dining Room offers heirloom fruits and vegetables grown at Pleasant Hill or on nearby farms.
"Sunday Suppers" are $20 and include a starter, main course, dessert and non-alcoholic beverage. Entrees include buttermilk fried chicken, baby back ribs and country ham. Call 1-800-734-5611, Ext. 1545, or go to www.shakervillageky.org. Shaker Village is at 3501 Lexington Road, Harrodsburg.
Chef headed for national contest
Jeremy Ashby, executive chef at Azur Restaurant and Patio, will represent Kentucky at the Great American Seafood Cook Off on Aug. 7 in New Orleans.
Ashby created the seafood dish that won the Great Kentucky Seafood Cook Off last week in Louisville. It features a freshwater woven prawn with buttermilk, Kentucky paddlefish caviar crème fraiche, pea sprouts and avocado mousse.
Azur is at 3070 Lakecrest Circle in Beaumont Centre. Call (859) 296-1007 or go to www.azurrestaurant.com.
Gluten-free at Mellow Mushroom
Mellow Mushroom Pizza now is serving a gluten-free pizza crust and two types of gluten-free bottled beers. Also, the restaurant, 503 South Upper Street, will open at 10 a.m. for the next few weeks to show World Cup soccer matches and serve breakfast pizzas. Call (859) 281-6111.
Watercolor and culinary artistry
Watercolor artist Adam Wisler will participate in Friday's Gallery Hop at The Julep Cup Restaurant, 111 Woodland Avenue. Wisler's fiancée, Lindsay Brooks, chef/owner of The Julep Cup, will prepare a lineup of tempting appetizers for the event. Hours are 5 to 8 p.m. Call (859) 226-0300.
Have a hankering for seafood?
Merrick Inn, 1074 Merrick Drive, will have a fish fry and seafood extravaganza from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Thursday. The menu includes seafood platters, seviche and shrimp cocktail. The Mike Archer Band will entertain. Call (859) 269-5417.
Varden's celebrates summer
Varden's has a new summer menu created by chef Matt Corbin. It features locally grown vegetables and includes a fresh salsa sampler (red onion, red pepper and Granny Smith apple salsa; corn, tomato and bittersweet chocolate salsa; and herb salsa verde). Varden's is at 509 Main Street in Paris. Call (859) 987-4700 or go to www.vardens.com.
It's Dad's day; take him out
Here are some places to take dad for a Father's Day meal Sunday.
■ Keene Run Clubhouse, 5600 Harrodsburg Road, will serve brunch 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call (859) 272-8003.
■ Max & Erma's,1848 Alysheba Way in Hamburg, is celebrating with a dinner special that includes two Laredo steaks with two side items and fresh baked cookies for $31.99. New summer drinks on the menu include wild berry lemonade and wild berry margaritas. Call (859) 543-8111.
■ The Grape Leaf Mediterranean Restaurant, 393 Waller Avenue, normally is closed Sunday but will open for Father's Day. The buffet will be served noon to 9 p.m. The cost is $9.95. Call (859) 231-1792 or go to www.grapeleafky.com.
Farmers market reports
Local tomatoes are ripe. Pick up a pound or two at these markets.
■ Bluegrass Farmers' Market has homegrown tomatoes, broccoli, raspberries, blueberries, green beans, eggs, squash and herbs. The farmers now accept EBT/debit cards. The market is on Richmond Road, in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and 3 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Go to www.localharvest.org/blog/29529.
■ Lexington Farmers Market will have tomatoes, kale and collard greens, Swiss chard, beets, turnips, broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, eggplant, Southern corn and garlic. The Saturday market is at Cheapside and Main Street, Tuesday and Thursday markets are at Broadway and Maxwell Street, and Sunday sales are on Southland Drive.
■ The Woodford County Farmers Market will open a location in Midway from 3 to 6 p.m. Mondays on Railroad Street near U.S. 62/Midway Road. In Versailles, the market is open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at Courthouse Square and 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays at Versailles Presbyterian Church, 130 North Main Street. On Saturday, the market will join The Green Scene, an environmental festival in Big Spring Park beginning at 9:30 a.m.