Only a couple of weeks are left to prefect your beer cheese recipe for the beer cheese competition in Winchester. The fourth annual Beer Cheese Festival will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 9. To enter your beer cheese in the contest, go to Beercheesefestival.com.
Join Cattle Crawl
The annual Fort Harrod Beef Festival Cattle Crawl is a progressive dinner that stops at restaurants that showcase beef. The dinner will be 6 to 11 p.m. Tuesday in Harrodsburg.
Here are the participating restaurants and their menu items:
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■ The Kentucky Fudge Company will serve mozzarella-stuffed meatballs.
■ The Olde Bus Station will prepare beef brisket salad with blue cheese vinaigrette dressing.
■ Eddie Montgomery Steak House will cook teriyaki marinated steak with roasted dill new potatoes and grilled squash and zucchini.
■ Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill will make sticky toffee pudding.
The event is limited to 55 people. They will travel by bus from the Mercer County Cooperative Extension Service, 1007 Lexington Road, to the restaurants.
The cost is $50. Call LeMayne Ellis (859)-734-5546 or Dana Anderson at (859) 734-4378.
Ky. pitmaster among best
Jack Easley, owner of Marion Pit Bar-B-Q in Western Kentucky, is one of the South's best pitmasters on Southern Living's "Smokin' Hot List."
The article in the June issue says, "There aren't any tables or chairs in the vinyl-sided hut, but out back there's a hickory-fired pit in which Jack smokes pork for 17 hours and soaks the meat with an exceptional tomato-based sauce."
His place is at 728 South Main Street in Marion. Call (270) 965-3318.
Southern Living gives readers a glimpse into the personalities behind the pits in a 13-page barbecue package that includes the "2012 'cue awards, celebrating everything from the sides to the sauces, the meat to the men and women across the South who smoke it to perfection." Go to SouthernLiving.com.
The nine other top pitmasters ar Rodney Scott, Scott's Bar-B-Que, Hemingway, S.C.; Francisca Andrin, Old Brick Pit Barbeque, Chamblee, Ga.; Sam Jones, The Skylight Inn, Ayden, N.C.; Aaron Franklin, Franklin Barbecue, Austin, Texas; Will Fleishman, Lockhart Smokehouse, Dallas; Helen Turner, Helen's BBQ, Brownsville, Tenn.; Chris Lilly, Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q, Decatur, Ala.; Ed Mitchell, The Pitmaster, Raleigh, N.C.; and Avery Payne, Cook's Barbecue, Lexington, N.C.
Coming up at Good Foods
Good Foods Market & Café, 455 Southland Drive, has a series of activities planned for June.
■ Sampling Saturday, 11 a.m. to noon June 2.
■ Health and wealth seminar, 9 to 10 a.m June 9.
■ Chinese medicine for your health: insomnia, 2 to 3:30 p.m. June 17.
■ Green Sprouts Kids Club, 10 to 11 a.m. June 30.
Call (859) 278-1813or go to Goodfoods.coop.
The James Beard Foundation announced the winners of the 2012 Book, Broadcast and Journalism Awards earlier this month in New York. The list, at Jamesbeard.org, includes:
■ Cookbook of the year: Modernist Cuisine by Nathan Myhrvold with Chris Young and Maxime Bilet, (The Cooking Lab).
■ Cookbook hall of fame: Laurie Colwin, Home Cooking and More Home Cooking.
■ MFK Fisher distinguished writing award: John T. Edge, Saveur "BBQ Nation."
■ Winning cookbooks include: A New Turn in the South: Southern Flavors Reinvented for Your Kitchen, by Hugh Acheson (Clarkson Potter); Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home by Jeni Britton Bauer (Artisan); Ruhlman's Twenty by Michael Ruhlman, (Chronicle Books); Super Natural Every Day: Well-Loved Recipes From My Natural Foods Kitchen by Heidi Swanson, (Ten Speed Press); The Food of Morocco by Paula Wolfert (Ecco); All About Roasting by Molly Stevens (W.W. Norton & Company); and Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef by Gabrielle Hamilton (Random House).
Dressing up ranch
Jazz up your Memorial Day cookout with a new condiment. Hidden Valley Ranch has introduced Hidden Valley for Everything, billed as the new "ketchup." It has the same taste as the traditional ranch salad dressing, but with a creamier, thicker texture for spreading or dipping.
According to Hidden Valley Foods, "The bottle may say salad dressing, but Americans put Hidden Valley Ranch on all types of food," so they created a product just that purpose. It's $3.19 for a 12-ounce bottle. Go to Hiddenvalley.com.