The Bourbon Social, which promises "a celebration of bourbon and all things Kentucky," arrives in Lexington on Oct. 10-12, just in time for the fall meet at Keeneland.
The event begins Friday, Oct. 10, at the racetrack with a sold-out day at the races. Tickets are still available for a cocktail reception that night brought to you by Beam, at 6:30 p.m. in the sales pavilion.
The next day, there will be seminars on bourbon at Fasig-Tipton, beginning with Alltech master distiller Mark Coffman. The day ends with another party and a cocktail competition.
On Sunday, you can choose between two brunches: one at Alltech's Brewstillery, the other at Woodford Reserve.
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Tickets range in price by event, with proceeds benefitting The Makenna Foundation. For details and to order, go to thebourbonsocial.com.
■ If you care about where your food comes from (and who doesn't?), the University of Kentucky Gaines Center for the Humanities is offering three free seminars on local food. The first, Wednesday at 5:30 at the Lyric Theater Community Room, 300 E. Third St., features Robert Egger, founder of DC Central Kitchen.
On Oct. 1, also at 5:30 p.m. at the Lyric, there will be a panel discussion on the farm-to-table movement and ways to broaden access and affordability; and on Oct. 9, at 5:30 p.m. at the William T. Young Library Auditorium on the University of Kentucky campus, there will be a discussion on the use of local food in large institutions, followed by a reception featuring Kentucky Proud and local ingredients. All events are free.
For more information about the 2014 Lafayette Seminar, contact the Gaines Center at (859) 257-1537 or go to www.uky.edu/academy/lafayette.
■ Brasabana, 841 Lane Allen Road, continues its Latin American Culinary Heritage Tour with chef Miguel Rivas crafting a different menu each week. Through Sunday, it's a Tour of Central America, with Salvadorian-style papusas with flour arepas stuffed with black beans, pork and avocado Panamanian carne en palito of chicken and vegetable skewers with yellow rice, black beans and sweet plantains and Costa Rican budín de pan (Costa Rican bread pudding).
From Sept. 29 to Oct. 5, it's a Tour of the Caribbean, with Dominican pionono of stuffed sweet plantains with spiced ground beef, Puerto Rican arroz con gandules and lechón asado, and Flan Cubano with custard tart.
The event wraps up Oct. 6-12 with Tour of Brazil and Mexico, Brazilian vatapá of seafood and coconut milk stew, Mexican flautas stuffed with chorizo and potato, and Mexican churros of fried pastry dough.
Offered from 5 to 9:30 p.m. each night; $28.95 per person. For reservations, call (859) 303-5573. For more information, go to Brasabana.com.
■ Grand Circuit Racing starts Thursday and runs through Oct. 5 at the Red Mile Racetrack, 1200 Red Mile Road. The clubhouse opens at 6 p.m., with racing beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, the clubhouse opens at noon, with racing at 1 p.m. For reservations, call (859) 233-0814 or (859) 621-3912.
■ Tickets are still available for the Savory Cycle, 65-mile day-long progressive meal that starts and finishes at West Sixth, taking in Wallace Station, Woodford Reserve, and Holly Hill Inn along the way. Sunday, $100 a ticket at eventbrite.com, proceeds benefit Broke Spoke Community Bike Shop.
■ Fall festivals are kicking into high gear. On Oct. 4, Reed Valley Orchard, 239 Lail Lane in Paris, has its annual Country Festival and Back 40 Nature Walk. Besides pumpkin and apple picking, there will be line dancers, gospel and bluegrass music, wagon rides, handmade craft vendors and food from BBQ n Roux. Admission is free. Call (859) 987-6480 for information.
■ Four Roses Distillery in Lawrenceberg has been named 2015 Whisky Distiller of the Year — America by Whisky Magazine. Four Roses will compete for the world title next spring against winners of the equivalent award in Scotland and other countries. "What an honor it is to have received this award four of the last five years," said Four Roses master distiller Jim Rutledge.
Four Roses also took home other awards, including Visitor Center Manager of the Year for Julie Gorham and Highly Commended Brand Ambassador of the Year for Al Young.
■ Elmwood Stock Farm is offering a variety of CSA shares for the fall season, from mid-October to mid-December. For $276, every two weeks you'll get two boxes of produce including leafy greens like spinach and lettuces; cooking greens like kale; root crops such as beets, turnips, potatoes, and sweet potatoes; fall squashes; onions; and garlic. Egg, beef, and chicken shares also are available, as is a "pantry share" that includes things like jarred salsa and marinara, ground corn meal and lots of other goodies. Go to Elmwoodstockfarm.com to sign up online.
■ Louisville chef Edward Lee co-hosts the third season of the popular series The Mind of a Chef, giving prominent spotlight to Kentucky cuisine:
In episode 304, Louisville, airing Monday at 1:30 p.m. on KET2 and Thursday, Oct. 2 at midnight on KET, Lee examines how the move to Louisville has inspired and shaped his cooking.
In episode 305, Kentucky, airing Monday, Oct. 6 at 1:30 p.m. on KET2 and Thursday, Oct. 9 at midnight on KET, Lee travels Kentucky to explore the culinary treasures of the Bluegrass State, including country ham and sorghum.
In episode 307, Bourbon, airing Monday, Oct. 20 at 1:30 p.m. on KET2 and Thursday, Oct. 23 at midnight on KET, Lee takes an in-depth look at Kentucky's signature spirit, showcasing what it takes to make a perfect bourbon.