Stanley Demos, who for 20 years owned The Coach House, an upscale restaurant on South Broadway that had several other owners before its most recent closing in 2008, received a special presentation from the Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs to commemorate his 50 continuous years of membership. Demos, below, was honored at a gala dinner in February at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Sarasota, Fla., where he now lives.
Chaîne is an international food and wine society founded in 1248 and headquartered in Paris. The chapter in the United States is in its 52nd year. Its membership consists of about 6,000, gourmets, chefs, restaurateurs, hoteliers, oenologists, winery owners, sommeliers and others interested in the finest of dining.
In January 1962, two years after the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs held its first gala dinner in the United States, grand chancelier Jean Valby inducted Demos as a Chevalier member. The induction ceremony was held in the Roof Garden (now called The Roof) at the St. Regis Hotel in New York. Demos was president of the Sarasota chapter.
Michel up for Beard honor again
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Ouita Michel, chef/owner of Holly Hill Inn in Midway, is in the running for the fifth consecutive year for best chef: Southeast, a 2012 James Beard Foundation award. Louisville chefs Anthony Lamas of Seviche and Edward Lee of 610 Magnolia, a Top Chef contestant this season, also are semifinalists. Go to James Beard.org.
Culinary awards to be presented
The American Culinary Federation, Bluegrass Chapter, will hold its annual President Awards dinner March 12 at The Club at Spindletop Hall, 3414 Iron Works Pike.
Hors d'oeuvres will be served at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7. The menu includes rabbit and duck breast confit, cornmeal- crusted cod loin, and braised veal cheeks. Cost is $50, $40 for members, $20 for students. Call chef Ed Valente at The Club at Spindletop Hall at (859) 255-2777.
Cooking class focuses on flavored oils
The Club at Spindletop Hall is teaming with Stuarto's Olive Oil Co. to offer a class on cooking with flavored olive oils and infused sea salts. The class will be 6 to 8 p.m. March 14 with guest chef Jeremy Ashby, executive chef at Azur restaurant in Beaumont Centre. The cost is $35.
Stuarto's is at 2200 War Admiral Way. Call (859) 263-0088.
March lineup at Good Foods
Good Foods Market & Café has a variety of classes and events planned for March.
■ Sampling Saturday. 11 a.m. Saturday. Free. Tour the store with staff dietitian Beth Loiselle and sample products from local producers.
■ Organic gardening with Casey County farmer Jerome Lange. 7 p.m. Tuesday and March 27. $12 each session.
■ Better Eating for Life. 2 p.m. March 10 and 24. $12 each session.
■ Beer and cheese pairings. 7 p.m. March 13. $20.
Good Foods is at 455 Southland Drive. Call (859) 278-1813.Saul Good Restaurant & Pub is looking for new pizza ideas to add to its menu and is having a contest to find them.
If you have a recipe you think would be a best seller at Saul Good, email a description of your pizza, a list of major ingredients and information about a charity you support to: email@example.com. Saul Good will accept emails through March 23, then select 12 finalists to compete in a live cook-off at the Hamburg restaurant, 1808 Alysheba Way, at 6 p.m. March 27.
The winning entry will be featured on the restaurant's menu, and Saul Good will donate $1,000 to the creator's charity of choice. The celebrity panel of judges will include Jonathan Lundy, chef/owner of Jonathan at Gratz Park; DeAnn Stephens of 98.1 The Bull; and Steve Coomes, an experienced national pizza judge and former editor-in-chief of Pizza Today magazine.
"We want to encourage both novice and experienced cooks to participate in our first annual pizza cook-off," owner Rob Perez said. "We're looking for entries that offer unique and innovative twists on flavor combinations."
Pizza dough will be supplied to contestants, and they will have the use of the restaurant's 500-degree brick pizza oven. Go to Saulgoodpub.com.
Derby party supplies
If you would like to host an authentic Derby party, you can find everything you need at Kentuckyderbyparty.com. The Web site is the official online resource for planning and hosting the Kentucky Derby party experience.
The 138th running of the Kentucky Derby will be May 5 at Churchill Downs in Louisville. The Downs and Woodford Reserve are giving away the Ultimate Derby Party package, which includes a catered party for 40, a 47-inch Toshiba flat-screen TV, official Kentucky Derby 138 party supplies, and a Derby outfit for the host provided by Vineyard Vines. Register at Kentuckyderbyparty.com, where you'll also find party planning tips from Tim Laird of Brown-Forman and Churchill Downs chef Jo-Jo Doyle.