The Kentucky Proud Incredible Food Show will entertain and educate food lovers with culinary seminars, cooking demonstrations and cookbook author signings Saturday and Sunday at Lexington Center and Rupp Arena.
More than 100 exhibitors, including Kentucky Proud producers and growers, specialty food companies, cooking products and wineries, will be at The Marketplace. Awards will be presented to exhibitors for best sweet, best savory and best booth display, and a People's Choice award. Winners will be announced at 3 p.m. Sunday.
Culinary students and chef instructors at Sullivan University's National Center for Hospitality Studies will have workshops at the food show. Here's Saturday's schedule for the Sullivan cooking stage:
■ Cooking From Scratch, 9:30 a.m. Learn to make Danish, croissants and sticky buns.
■ Let Them Eat Cake, 11 a.m. Chefs will build a cake using mini vegetables.
■ Holiday Cornucopia, 12:15 p.m. Chefs will share ideas for a holiday meal.
■ Revolutionary Cuisine, 1:45 p.m. Students will do a choreographed stir-fry to music.
■ Meat the Cleavers, 3 p.m. Knife skills and cutting bulk cuts of meat.
■ Pandemonium Pro-Am, 4:15 p.m. Professional chefs and participants from the audience will create dishes from a mystery basket.
The following workshops will be Sunday:
■ Harvesting Flavor in Soups, Stews and Chilies, 11:15 a.m. Economical ways to create dinner in a pot or slow cooker.
■ Pasta: Every Which Way, 2 p.m. Using one dough to make a variety of pastas.
On Sunday, five Bluegrass chefs will take the stage from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to present Sunday Suppers, a progressive dinner- cooking presentation. The chefs, who will give 30- minute demonstrations, are: Allyson Buchta and Brad Mitchell from the Governor's Mansion; Ouita Michel, chef/owner of Midway's Holly Hill Inn; Edward Lee, chef/ proprietor of 610 Magnolia in Louisville; and free-lance chef Brigitte Nguyen.
For a complete list of seminars and exhibitors, go to Incrediblefoodshow.com. Tickets, $15 each day, are available at the Lexington Center ticket office or at Ticketmaster.com.
Sipping and sightseeing
Historic Maple Hill Manor in Springfield is serving Christmas teas on Saturdays and Sundays during November and December.
Guests also may tour the historic bed-and-breakfast inn, which is on a working alpaca and llama farm. Innkeepers Todd Allen and Tyler Horton have an alpaca farm store that sells gift items made from luxury alpaca fur.
Tea is served from 1 to 6 p.m. The inn is at 2941 Perryville Road. Call (859) 336-3075 or go to Maplehillmanor.com.
Ambassador of seafood
Anthony Lamas, chef/owner of Seviche in Louisville, will participate in the 10th annual Cooking for Solutions sustainable food and wine celebration in May at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, Calif.
Lamas will receive the Seafood Ambassador award for his support of the sustainable seafood movement. Special guests will include Rick Moonen of RM Seafood in Las Vegas, who will be honored with the Chef of the Year award; Alton Brown, star of the Food Network's Iron Chef America and Good Eats; and P. Allen Smith, host of public television's P. Allen Smith's Garden Home.
Lamas was a 2010 semifinalist for the James Beard Foundation Best Chef Southeast award, and his restaurant was named one of the "10 great places for Latino flavor and flair" in the country by USA Today. Seviche is at 1538 Bardstown Road. Call (502) 473-8560 or go to Sevicherestaurant.com.
The Kentucky Chapter of the American Culinary Federation has named the 2010 chapter awards recipients and nominees for national awards. They are:
■ Kentucky chef of the year: Bret L. Donaldson, executive chef and principal partner, Stellar Craft Catering.
■ Pastry chef of the year: James Quinter, Sullivan University.
■ Chef educator of the year: Sam Mudd, Sullivan University.
■ Student chef of the year: Jonathon Salvi.
■ Associate member of the year: Gordon Food Service, Shepherdsville.
■ Chef professionalism award: George Allen Akmon, Sullivan University.
■ Hermann G. Rusch achievement award: Chef Derek Spendlove, Sullivan University.
■ Award of excellence: Lily's Bistro, Louisville.