Old Kentucky Chocolates introduced a new candy at the Retail Confectioners International meeting last week at the Hyatt Regency and won "best new piece." The sea salt-and-chocolate-covered potato chips are available at the store, 450 Southland Drive. Call (859) 278-4444 or go to www.oldkycandy.com.
Reminisce with author
Do you remember The Magic Pan, Rogers Restaurant, Clay's Restaurant, Joyland Park and the Ben Ali Theater?
If so, you can reminisce about some of Lexington's long-gone restaurants and hangouts with Steve Demaree this month.
Demaree, author of several mysteries, has a new book, Lexington & Me. He will sign copies at 7 p.m. July 16 at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Lexington Green; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 23 at Calistoga Café, 2217 War Admiral Way; and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 30 at Schlotzsky's Deli, 4001 Nicholasville Road. Contact Demaree at firstname.lastname@example.org.
French dinner at Whitehall
The historic Whitehall House & Gardens in Louisville will host a five-course French wine dinner July 10. Chef Gregoire Guiot of Mirabelle Gourmet Catering will prepare the dinner, which includes a French version of pizza topped with anchovies, olives and Parmesan cheese and heirloom tomato on Boursin cheese toast; artichoke salad over seasonal greens with tomato chives concasse; fresh mint gratine; petite beef tenderloin au poivre; chicken Normandy with mushroom apple cider cream sauce; potato au gratin; asparagus hollandaise, and duet of chocolate mousse and crème brûlée.
Whitehall was built in the mid-1850s as a modest eight-room Italianate farmhouse and was later transformed into a classical Greek Revival-style mansion. The 10-acre grounds feature the Hardy Fern Foundation's woodland fern garden, a formal Florentine garden, and others filled with hydrangeas and peonies.
The mansion is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, and the gardens are open from dawn to dusk. Call (502) 897-2944 or go to www.historichomes.org. The cost of the dinner is $65. Whitehall is at 3110 Lexington Road.
Archway Cookies is having a summer contest for "almost homemade" recipes. The Sweet Summer Treats online recipe contest encourages baking enthusiasts to use Archway cookies in recipes in three categories: dessert with ice cream; dessert without ice cream; and non-dessert creations, such as appetizers or muffins. Judging will be based on uniqueness, taste and the incorporation of at least one Archway cookie. The entry deadline is Aug. 15. Go to www.archwaycookies.com.