Lexington olive oil retailer Oliva Bella will be showcased at a dinner Oct. 29 in Louisville.
Owner Lea Ann Vessels will join Kathy Cary, chef/owner of Lilly's — A Kentucky Bistro, for a special dinner featuring artisan products from Oliva Bella.
Dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a tasting of select items, followed by a four-course meal focusing on extra-virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegar. Each of the products is sourced directly from small family farms in Italy by Vessels, who will talk about the origins and health benefits of them. The cost is $65 and includes wine pairings. Call (502) 451-0447.
The menu will feature Rivercrest Farm rabbit liver pâté with grilled boule and Rustico olive oil, halibut poached in Sardo olive oil with housemade crisp pepperoni and cauliflower risotto, Foxhollow Farm oxtail ravioli with Delicato olive oil, and black pepper ice cream with balsamico de modena.
Oliva Bella is at 400 Old Vine Street. Call (859) 938-3567 or go to Olivabella.com. Lilly's is at 1147 Bardstown Road, Louisville. Go to Lillyslapeche.com.
Reaching out to farms
Kentucky Coffeetree Café, 35 West Broadway, Frankfort, is participating in Dine Out for Farms. The event, which runs Sunday through Oct. 22, is a nationwide celebration of food, farmers and the land. Coffeetree Café specializes in homemade local and organic foods, and microbrew beers. Call (502) 875-3009 or go to Kentuckycoffeetree.com.
Restaurants in 22 states and the District of Columbia are participating this year in American Farmland Trust's second annual event by contributing a percentage of sales during the week or by making a straight donation to help save farms. Participating venues are listed at Farmland.org/dineout-locate.If dinner time at your house is chaotic and you need help with menu planning, Lexington's Tiffany King can help.
She has a blog, Eatathomecooks.com, that offers easy recipes that can be made in minimal time with common pantry ingredients.
"I started my blog almost three years ago, when gas prices first started skyrocketing. My son was playing on a soccer team that does a fair amount of traveling, so we were feeling the rising gas costs," she said. "Practices and games often cut into meal times. We tried to avoid eating out by packing foods or loading up the slow cooker, but I was surprised at how many people ran through the drive-through instead.
"I decided to start Eat at Home to share easy recipes and cooking tips with other families. Since then, Eat at Home has grown to also include menus and grocery lists along with the recipes and tips."
King and her husband, Jim, are the parents of four. The oldest is in college, and she home-schools the others.
Tiffany King also has written an eBook, Feast in 15, which is available as a PDF or on Kindle. It's $4.99 at Feastin15.com.
Support for eating disorders
People who want to overcome binge, compulsive or emotional eating can find help with the Overcoming Eating Disorders support group. Meetings are 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. on Mondays through Dec. 5 at Bliss Wellness Center, 2416 Sir Barton Way, Suite 125.
The group facilitator is Megan Roop, who has recovered from an eating disorder. The meetings are designed for people who want to improve their relationship with food, body and image.
"We all struggle with one or all of these things at some point in our lives. Whatever the challenge might be — emotional eating, anorexia, bulimia, overexercising, depression, negative body image or other such problems — the label does not matter. What matters is that there is a life waiting for you that is free from all of these things," Roop said.
The group is sponsored by the National Organization of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders. Call Roop at (561) 779-0290or go to Recovery.zalance.com.