The Celebrity Chef Dinners Seires at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games are winding down, and there are only two more opportunities to enjoy dinner with some of America's top chefs.
Jonathan Lundy, chef/owner of Jonathan at Gratz Park Inn, prepared the meal on opening night with Michael Schwartz of Miami and Traci Des Jardins of San Francisco.
"It was great for the chefs," Lundy said. "Everything was taken care of and everything was on schedule. There was zero drama."
The only regret for Lundy was that he didn't get to mingle with the guests. "By the time we got dessert out, it was time to go to the (opening) ceremony."
Jacqueline Duke of Lexington attended the dinner prepared by John Besh, "whose restaurant, August in New Orleans, we adore," she said. Besh cooked with Portofino's Nat Tate. "We started with a tasty medley of seafood appetizers, followed by an interesting four-course dinner highlighted by foie gras," Duke said. "Each dish was paired with the appropriate wine. It's exciting to showcase such culinary talent in the Bluegrass and to benefit the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation, the Beard Foundation and the World Equestrian Games."
On Friday, Anthony Lamas, chef at Seviche in Louisville, will join Philippe Boulot, chef of MAC and Heathman Restaurant in Portland, Ore., and Vitaly Paley, chef/owner of Paley's Place Bistro & Bar, also in Portland.
Saturday's chefs are Dean Corbett of Equus Restaurant in Louisville, Christopher Lee of Aureole by Charlie Palmer in New York, Ouita Michel of Holly Hill Inn in Midway and Michael Cimarusti of Providence Restaurant in Los Angeles.
A ticket for each James Beard Foundation dinner is $300. They are available until 3 p.m. on the day of the event. Go to Alltechfeigames.com and click on "James Beard Celebrity Chef Tickets" for information.
Grazing at the vineyard
Southdown Babydoll sheep are grazing among the grape vines at Old Crow Farm Winery in Danville.
"We're experimenting with the sheep in clearing the vineyard of grass and weeds," winemaker André Brousseau said.
A blessing of the sheep will be held at 10 a.m. Oct. 16, and a wine-tasting will follow. The label is Chateau du Vieux Corbeau.
"Southdown Babydolls are one of the oldest breeds of sheep, originating in England over 200 years ago," Brousseau said. "They are short, stocky sheep with a perpetual smile on their faces. We hope to make this a family event and eventually be such that kids can get up close and personal with the sheep."
Old Crow Farm is at 471 Stanford Avenue, Danville. Call (859) 236-1808.
Welcome to Napa Valley
When the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games opened Sept. 25, the Hilton Lexington/Downtown Hotel popped the cork on a bottle of wine from Napa Valley's Valley Gate Vineyards. The hotel introduced the winery's premium wines and is selling them by the glass and bottle in Triangle Grille and Bigg Blue Martini. A bottle of Valley Gate Vineyards 2009 Napa Valley Pinot Noir also is available for purchase in each of the hotel's guest rooms.
"We are honored to be the first hotel, restaurant and lounge in the country to serve wines from Valley Gate Vineyards," general manager Jordan Cooper said in an e-mail.
The Hilton will serve four wines from the vineyard's initial portfolio: 2009 Sauvignon blanc, 2009 chardonnay, 2009 Pinot noir, and 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon.
Valley Gate is on the southern edge of Napa Valley in Jamieson Canyon. It opened in July. Go to Valleygatevineyards.com for more information. The Hilton is at 369 West Vine Street.