Central Kentuckians are getting ready for company. If you're planning to entertain around the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games at the Kentucky Horse Park in September, you'll want a copy of Sterling Bits Cookbook Sketchbook by Kathy Mayfield and illustrated by Suzy Smith (McClanahan, $19.95).
The book is filled with regional recipes and ideas for entertaining based on the culture and traditions of Kentucky's equine industry.
The cookbook is divided into four equestrian seasons. In the spring, menus focus on Keeneland's spring meet, the Kentucky Derby, the Rolex Three-Day Event and High Hope Steeplechase. Summer turns to The Red Mile harness track and the Lexington Junior League Horse Show. Fall features ideas for meals before or after fox hunting and trail riding, and comfort foods were created for the winter foaling season.
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The peaches are ripe at Reed Valley Orchard.
Dana and Trudie Reed sell a variety of fruits and vegetables at their on-farm market on Paris Pike, just off Townsend Valley Road in Bourbon County.
The orchard also has fresh blueberries, blackberries, and a wide selection of vegetables. The Reeds offer guided tours of the orchard and a historic stagecoach walking trail. Call (859) 987-6480 or go to www.reedvalleyorchard.com.
Two fruits in one
Summer is a perfect time to reach for an aprium — a cross between an apricot and a plum.
The Brittany gold aprium is Meijer's unique item of the week. Grown in California, the aprium resembles the apricot's bright orange flesh and the plum's size and shape. They are available from mid-May through August. The intensely sweet flavor of the aprium makes the perfect addition to desserts like pies and cobblers, and to salads and yogurt.
Cultivate a relationship with your food, its growers
Corbett's: An American Place in Louisville will hold a dinner Aug. 3 to honor Kentucky farmers.
The five-course Meet the Farmers dinner will feature ingredients from farms that supply Corbett's throughout the year. Agricultural experts from each farm will be available to meet with guests and answer questions. Farms include Gallrein in Shelbyville, Garey in Paris, Triple J in Georgetown, Grateful Greens in Louisville, Ol' Land in Prospect, Waterworks in Shelbyville, Bray's Orchard in Bedford and Sunshine in La Grange.
Here's the menu: corn soup with rock shrimp; red-veined sorrel with mozzarella and tomato; trout with mixed baby peppers and leeks; prime beef with Kennebec potatoes; and peach and wild berries in puff pastry with honey almond ice cream.
The cost is $65. Corbett's is at 5050 Norton Healthcare Boulevard in Old Brownsboro Crossing. Call (502) 327-5058 or go to www.corbettsrestaurant.com.
Golf outing raises money to honor late chef
Louisville restaurants Napa River Grill and Wild Eggs will pay tribute to a late sous chef on Aug. 2.
The Napa River Grill Culinary Cup, a golf scramble to benefit the Kenneth Black Memorial Scholarship Fund, will be held at the Cardinal Club in Simpsonville. Black was a sous chef for Napa River Grill who was killed in a motorcycle accident April 23.
The Napa River Grill Culinary Scholarship Fund was created in 2003 to help give young people the opportunity to earn a degree in culinary arts. After the death of Black, a Sullivan University alumnus, the scholarship was renamed in his honor. Call (502) 423-5822.
Wine documentary wins silver awards
A documentary about Kentucky's growing wine industry has won national awards for excellence. Vintage Kentucky: The Vine to Wine Experience received two silver awards at the 31st annual Telly Awards, which honor the best local, regional and cable television commercials and programs, video and film productions, and work created for the Web.
The film, a project of the Kentucky Grape and Wine Council and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, tells the story of Kentucky's wine industry from its status as a national leader in the 1800s to its demise as a result of Prohibition to its current re-emergence. Go to www.kentuckywine.com.