Winston's Restaurant at Sullivan University in Louisville will host a dining event June 7 showcasing Jim Beam brands, Storybook Mountain wines, and local authors Albert Schmid and Bernie Lubbers.
A four-course dinner will be prepared by chef John Castro and sous chef Tyson Long, and there will be a wine discussion by Vintner Select's Jeff Hickenlooper, and a mixology presentation by Lubbers and A.J. Holley of Jim Beam Global.
Cocktails will be served at 6:30 p.m., followed by the mixology presentation at 7 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7:30. The cost is $58 a person or $98 a couple. Call (502) 456-0980 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Schmid, author of The Kentucky Bourbon Cookbook, and Lubbers, author of Bourbon Whiskey: Our Native Spirit: Sour Mash and Sweet Adventures, will sign their books. Winston's is at 3101 Bardstown Road.
Summer at Shaker Village
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill is celebrating summer with cruises on the Dixie Belle riverboat.
■ The evening picnic cruise to Blue Heron Rookery will be 6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday. The cost is $60.
■ Evening dessert cruises are 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 9, 16, 23 and 30. The cost is $20.
■ Evening picnic cruises are 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 7, 14, 21 and 28 The cost is $35.
David Larson, overseer of the Trustees' Office dining room, will present "Gifts From the Shaker Garden" from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 21 and 28. He will transform food from the garden into a contemporary meal inspired by the delicious, wholesome feasts prepared by the Shaker's throughout the 19th century. The cost is $65.
After the class, an al fresco lunch will feature the morning's recipes. Call 1-800-734-5611, Ext. 1545 or go to Shakervillageky.org. Shaker Village is at 3501 Lexington Road, Harrodsburg.
Kitchen gizmos for dad
Williams-Sonoma at Fayette Mall, 3401 Nicholasville Road, can help with ideas for Father's Day gifts. The store will have cooking demonstrations featuring gadgets and tools for dad from 5 to 9 p.m. June 7. Call (859) 272-5856.
Food fit for royalty
Cooking instructor Phil Dunn is jazzing up his class schedule with menus fit for a queen.
"I am starting this group of classes with dinners which I prepared for Her Majesty, the Queen, in October 1984, on her first visit to the Bluegrass. This year marks the Queen's 60th anniversary on the throne," Dunn said.
Classes are held at Architectural Kitchens & Baths, 345 Lafayette Avenue. Classes begin at 6 p.m. Farmers market classes are at 8 a.m. Cost is $50. Call (859) 533-3553 or email email@example.com.
Here are dates and topics:
■ Friday: pork tenderloin with mustard sauce.
■ Monday: crown roast of lamb with sautéed cherry tomatoes.
■ Wednesday: steak Diane.
■ June 8: summer brunch.
■ June 11: pasta.
■ June 19: springtime in France.
■ June 21: summer salads
■ June 23: trip to farmers market and Sunrise Bakery.
■ June 26: chilled summer soups.
■ June 29: pizzas for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
■ July 17: cooking for one.
■ July 20: Friday night bistro supper.
■ July 23: pig out on pork.
■ July 26: vegetarian tapas.
■ July 28: kids and parents.
Winning white cake wanted
Since 1995, Southern Living has featured a white cake on the cover of its December issue. Last year, the cake recipe was from a home baker who won the opportunity to have her creation appear on the cover. The magazine is holding its second white cake cover contest, and you may submit your favorite white cake recipe at Southernliving.com/white-cake. The deadline is June 30. Grand prize is $1,000 and a trip to Birmingham, Ala., to visit the Southern Living test kitchen.
Mix food and reading
If you're looking for something to read this summer, The James Beard Foundation has some ideas. "Fourteen Great Reads for Food Lovers" is a list of memoirs, history and fiction for foodies. Selected by an array of culinary experts from the James Beard Foundation Book Awards Committee, the books are:
■ The Art of Eating by M.F.K. Fisher (John Wiley & Sons).
■ Between Meals: An Appetite for Paris by A.J. Liebling (North Point Press).
■ Blood, Bones & Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton (Random House).
■ Day of Honey: A Memoir of Food, Love, and War by Annia Ciezadlo (Free Press).
■ A Debt to Pleasure by John Lanchester (Picador).
■ An Everlasting Meal: Cooking With Economy and Grace by Tamar Adler (Scribner).
■ The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food by Jennifer 8. Lee (Twelve).
■ Heat: An Amateur's Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany by Bill Buford (Vintage).
■ Home Cooking: A Writer in the Kitchen by Laurie Colwin (Vintage).
■ The Man Who Ate Everything by Jeffrey Steingarten (Vintage).
■ Oranges by John McPhee (Farrar, Straus & Giroux).
■ The Oysters of Locmariaquer by Eleanor Clark (Ecco Press).
■ Simple Cooking by John Thorne (North Point Press).
■ The Tummy Trilogy by Calvin Trillin (Farrar, Straus, & Giroux).