Food Truck Friday returns to the Herald-Leader, 100 Midland Avenue, on Friday. Members of the Bluegrass Food Trucks Association will donate a portion of the proceeds from sales to United Way of the Bluegrass.
Food trucks scheduled to be in the Herald-Leader's front lot from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. include Bradford Barbecue, Crazy Bout Cajun, Gastro Gnomes, Rolling Oven, That's How We Roll and Thai & Mighty (which usually means Crank & Boom, too.)
And look for the LexGo Eat video team: we will be out there, too.
Other Food Truck Fridays this year will be June 12, Aug. 7 and Oct. 10, so mark you calendars and come join us at The Herald-Leader.
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■ Azur Restaurant & Patio, 3070 Lakecrest Circle, will offer a worldly dining experience at 7 p.m. April 14. The dinner will feature wine developed in Spain, Italy, Argentina and France, and four culturally infused dishes by chef Jeremy Ashby. Cost is $55, plus tax and gratuity. For reservations, call (859) 296-1007.
■ Early bird tickets are on sale for the Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fest on May 16, from noon to 8 p.m. in Lexington Convention Center's Heritage Hall. More than 120 beers brewed by 40 breweries from across the nation will be featured. Through April 22, tickets are $25 at Alltechbrewsandfood.com or at the Town Branch Distillery Visitor Center, 401 Cross Street. After April 22, tickets are $30 and $35 at the door. All tickets include 20 beer samples. Designated driver tickets without sampling are $10.
■ From Plows to Plates: A Journey Through Kentucky Foodways will be 4 p.m. Thursday at the University of Kentucky Margaret I. King Library, 179 Funkhouser Drive. Discussion includes John van Willigan, author of Kentucky's Cookbook Heritage: Two Hundred Years of Southern Cuisine; Tiffany Thompson, CSA manager, UK Horticulture Research Farm; Kristy Yowell, Good Foods Market & Café; and Ouita Michel, owner and chef of Holly Hill Inn, Smithtown Seafood, Wallace Station Deli, Windy Corner Market and Restaurant, The Midway School Bakery and Glenn's Creek Café at Woodford Reserve Distillery. A local foods reception, resource fair and book signing will follow.
■ A&W Burgers Chickens Floats at 114 Towne Center Drive will celebrate its grand opening from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday with free hand-breaded chicken tenders, which also will be offered at A&W locations in Hamburg and at Fayette Mall. The restaurant will donate 50 percent of sales to charity through Sunday. Shriners Hospital will benefit through Thursday, and the Lexington Humane Society after that.
■ Whisky Magazine recently awarded Buffalo Trace Distillery the title of Innovator of the Year at the Whiskies & Spirits Conference in London, England. Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye Whiskey, which the distillery produces once a year, also was named the World's Best American Whiskey at the 2015 World Whiskies Awards. In addition, eight other whiskeys from Buffalo Trace won awards at this prestigious competition. Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 20 Year was the overall winner for Best Age Statement Bourbon and for Best Bourbon, and Thomas H. Handy Straight Rye Whiskey was the overall winner for Best American Rye.
■ Wild Turkey has kicked off a seven-month #Nevertamed Bourbon Tour, driving a bus-size replica of the Lawrenceburg visitors center across the country. With special appearances by father-and-son distillers Jimmy and Eddie Russell, the tour comes to Louisville for the Kentucky Derby in May. Along the way it will introduce Wild Turkey Master's Keep, Russell's Reserve Single Barrel Rye and Russell's Reserve 1998.