Famous pitmasters from five states will be at the Kentucky State BBQ Festival in Danville on Saturday and Sunday. They'll be cooking various styles of Southern barbecue including pork shoulder, ribs, brisket and chicken. The pitmasters are:
■ Melissa Cookston of Yazoo's Delta Q in Nesbit, Miss. She won the Memphis in May World BBQ Championship, making her the only female world champion.
■ Moe Cason Ponderosa BBQ Team of Des Moines, Iowa. He was a finalist on last year's BBQ Pitmasters show on TLC.
■ Craig Kimmel of Firehouse BBQ in Orange City, Fla. He has won 12 grand championships and more than 200 awards for his barbecue.
■ Shelly Hunt of Desperados Barbecue and Catering in Angola, N.Y. She is a member of the Kansas City Barbecue Society and a certified barbecue judge, and she is on the board of directors of the National Barbecue Association in Louisville.
■ Carey Bringle of Peg Leg Porker in Nashville. He is the creator of Peg Leg Porker Memphis wet sauce, which was named the No. 2 barbecue sauce in the country by Bon Appetit magazine.
The festival will be at Second Street and Constitution Square. Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Go to Kentuckybbqfestival.com.
■ Sutton's Restaurant, 110 North Locust Hill Road, will have a benefit for the Catholic Action Center at 9 p.m. Friday. Proceeds will help Community Inn provide shelter and services during the holidays and winter. Tickets are $50 in advance, $60 at the door. Included are appetizers, desserts, live music and bourbon tastings. Call (859) 268-2068.
■ Chef Jeff Mayer of Saul Good Restaurant & Pub will host "Cooking for a Cause: Secrets to Good Cooking" on Monday at Sullivan University. The international cooking demonstration and dinner will benefit Sweet Blessings, an organization that gives customized birthday cakes to underprivileged or seriously ill children. The event will be at Sullivan's Lexington campus, 2355 Harrodsburg Road. Tickets are $50 for the six-course meal. Email Ashley Boyd Gann at Ashley@sweetblessingscakes.org.
■ Wines on Vine, 400 Old Vine Street, is having a wine tasting from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Featured are new selections that will pair great with your Thanksgiving meal. Call (859) 243.0017.
■ Chateau du Vieux Corbeau Winery in Danville will have an open house from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Winemaker Dominique Brousseau will offer guided cellar tours at 1 and 4 p.m. In the Tasting Room, several Kentucky Proud producers will offer samples and sell their products. The winery is at 471 Stanford Avenue. Call (859) 236-1775 or (859) 236-1808.
■ Tables are still available for Holly Hill Inn's Classic Cassoulet Dinner at 6 p.m. Sunday. Chef Ouita Michel's traditional cassoulet uses white beans, confit of goose, fresh-cured local pork, local lamb and garlic sausage. Guest chef Clay McClure will help make the dinner, which requires more than two weeks of preparation. Clay apprenticed under French master chef Jean-Robert de Cavel at the Maisonette in Cincinnati. French wines from the Languedoc region will be offered by the glass and bottle, and a special wine flight will be available. The cost is $40. Call (859) 846-4732 or go to Hollyhillinn.com. Holly Hill is at 426 North Winter Street in Midway.
■ The Parkette Drive-In, 1230 East New Circle, will celebrate its 60th anniversary Nov. 11. From Monday through Nov. 12, the restaurant is offering french fries and Pepsi products for 60 cents each. Call (859) 254-8723 or go to Theparkette.com.
■ Portofino, 249 East Main Street, will offer Sunday evening jazz during November and December. On Sunday, at 7 p.m., Jessie Laine Powell will entertain. Call (859) 253-9300.
■ It's stone crab season, and Lexington Seafood is having crab delivered daily from the Gulf. "We will crack them for you and prepare them as a lunch or dinner or as an appetizer to go along with any of our fresh fish," co-owner Michael Yessin said. Call (859) 266-8888.
■ The menu for Greentree Tearoom this month features hearty fall favorites. Included are lobster bisque, sweet potato scone, chicken croquettes, curried egg salad, citrus spice panna cotta and candied ginger cake. Luncheon tea is served at noon Wednesday through Saturday. The tearoom, 521 West Short Street, is accepting reservations for private parties for the holidays. Call (859) 455-9660 or go to Greentreetearoom.com.
■ Hanna's on Lime, 214 South Limestone, will have its annual pre-Thanksgiving turkey and dressing special Wednesday. It's served with fresh cranberries and a side dish of your choice, for $7.95. Call (859) 252-6264.
■ Iron Chef, 3090 Old Todds Road, is offering specials for the weekend. For $15, you may choose an appetizer (crab Rangoon or fried won ton) and two combination meals (General Tso's chicken, sesame chicken, sweet and sour chicken, beef with broccoli). Call (859) 264-0155.
Farmers market report
■ Lexington Farmers Market has turnips, carrots, beets, radishes, collards, kale, spinach, lettuces, green and ripe tomatoes, rhubarb, potatoes, sweet potatoes, garlic, cheeses, sugar pumpkins, winter squash, baked goods, hot sauces, relishes and meats. Vendors are taking orders for Thanksgiving turkeys.
The Southland Drive market has closed for the season. The Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday markets will be open through November.