Father's Day is June 21 and what better way to honor Dad than with food?
Here are some options:
■ From 6 to 9 p.m., Azur, 3070 Lakecrest Circle in Beaumont Centre, will have a casual family event on the patio. Chefs will grill and saute ribeye, jerk chicken, St. Louis-style ribs and hot wings, accompanied by a buffet of locally influenced side dishes. The Ridgewood Boys will entertain with acoustic folk and bluegrass music. $35 per person; half price for kids 12 and under.
■ From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Brasabana, 841 Lane Allen Rd., will have a Father's Day buffet for $29.95 featuring queso fresco caprese with chimichurri and raisins, pineapple ham salad with baby spinach and chayote, guacamole and rioja infused plantain chips, Negra Modelo beer-braised ribs, cilantro lime shrimp meuniere and more.
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■ Bakery Blessings & Bookstore @ the Bar, 1999 Harrodsburg Rd., will have chocolate covered bacon for Father's Day. Call to order, (859) 554-6044.
■ Lyles BBQ Co., which built a following with its food truck, has opened a brick-and-mortar restaurant at 1001 Elizabeth St. in Brannon Crossing in Nicholasville. Owner Chandler Lyles said the food truck will continue to operate in the evenings Wednesday through Saturday and the restaurant will be open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, or until it sells out.
■ Crank & Boom fans can get a sneak inside the new Crank & Boom Ice Cream Lounge, 1210 Manchester St. on the James E. Pepper Distillery campus, at a VIP preview from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $30 per person; includes one dessert and one drink, plus three surprise gifts. Limited number of tickets available at Crankandboom.com, under shop online.
■ Reed Valley Orchard, 239 Lail Lane in Bourbon County, will open for the season on Thursday — and before you head out, you might have to make some adjustments to your route. There's a bridge out on Townsend Valley Road. Orchard owner Trudie Reed said there are two ways to get to the farm from Lexington: Follow U.S. 27 to Paris. Turn left at second traffic light onto by-pass. Continue on U.S. 27 North, and when U.S. 68 splits, turn left toward Cynthiana, go 3.5 miles from the bypass split. Watch for detour sign. Turn left on Route 1876, Clay Kiser Road, travel 1/4-mile and turn right on McNease Road and go 2 miles to the end, turn right Townsend Valley Road, cross the bridge and turn left on Lail Lane at the Reed Valley Orchard sign, follow signs 7⁄10 of a mile to the orchard. Apple Barn is on your left.
Or take Russell Cave Road (Rt. 353) and turn right on Townsend Valley Road. This turn is just beyond a four-way stop and there is a small pond on the right side of Russell Cave Road, at Townsend Valley. Go 2.2 miles and turn left at the Reed Valley Orchard sign. Follow signs to the orchard. Call (859) 987-6480 or go to Reedvalleyorchard.com.
■ Downtown Lexington Corp. is supersizing Central Bank Thursday Night Live each week in June, with two bands and two locations, at the Fifth Third Bank Pavilion and at the Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Plaza, both on Main Street. Both locations will have food and beverage vendors. For the bands each week visit Downtownlex.com.
■ Kentucky Cork & Tap, a four-night wine and beer festival series, is back for the second year. The festivals, put on by the Downtown Lexington Corp. at the Fifth Third Bank Pavilion at Cheapside Park, take place from 5 to 9 p.m. on the second Friday of June, July, August, and September. Thursday's Cork & Tap event will feature Kentucky wineries and vineyards, local beers from Lexington's own breweries, Kentucky Proud cuisine, and live music from Donny Brook. No admission fee; patrons 21 and over can purchase wine and beer by the glass or tasting. The next Cork & Tap will be July 10.
■ The Maker's Mark Secretariat Center holds its Sips 'N' Saddles summer celebration from 6 to 9 p.m. June 19 at the Kentucky Horse Park. Along with a live performance by country singer Mark Wills, guests will enjoy Kentucky Proud cuisine from Red State Barbeque, local wines, Kentucky ales, and a special drink from Maker's Mark. Mad Scoops will be offering their custom Bourbon Ball flavored ice cream along with other classic flavors, cotton candy, and kettle corn.
Guests can explore the MMSC barn and meet their Thoroughbreds. Horses available for adoption will also demonstrate their newly learned skills in the arena. Fun outdoor games and a silent and live auction will be held. Tickets are $100, 70 percent of which is tax deductible, with all proceeds aiding the MMSC Thoroughbreds in their preparation for future careers and homes. To buy tickets, go to Secretariatcenter.org or call (859) 246-3080.
■ The Cincinnati Food + Wine Classic, in Over-the-Rhine's historic Washington Park, will return Sept. 11-13 to celebrate the Midwest's culinary flavors and beverage artistry. Tickets are on sale, and early bird pricing is available through June with several packages as well as new individual ticket options. More than 60 local chefs are already scheduled to attend, with 30 more from more than 10 cities across the country.
In addition to the grand tasting and workshops, organizers have added an industry night on Thursday, a day market from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, giant after-parties on Friday and Saturday, and a brunch on Sunday. More information is at Cincinnatifoodandwineclassic.com.
■ Through Sunday, Louisville celebrates the Old Fashioned cocktail, which legend says was invented in the city at the Pendennis Club in the 1880s. The festival highlights several bourbon-related events under way in June, including the Urban Bourbon Trail Restaurant Week, which also runs through Sunday, and ReSurfaced: Bourbon Edition (a pop-up plaza featuring bourbon, local cuisine and more every Thursday, Friday and Saturday in June).
■ Peerless Distilling, 120 N. Tenth St. in Louisville, has opened for tours. The downtown distillery will show visitors the craft of making bourbon from grain to bottle. Afterward, in the tasting room, visitors over 21 can sample their Lucky Kentucky Moonshine until the first bourbon is ready in about four years.
■ Falls City Hospitality Group in Louisville will open Doc's Cantina, a new South of the Border concept, in the former Tumbleweed location, 2301 River Road. The name is a play on Doc Crow's, also owned and operated by FCHG. Construction is scheduled to begin by mid-summer on the 8,000-square-foot site at the foot of the Big Four Bridge. Doc's Cantina is scheduled to open by the end of 2015. Doc Crow's and Doc's Cantina executive chef Jonathan Schwarz is crafting a Tex-Mex inspired menu to go with beverage director Jackie Zykan's bar menu featuring a variety of margaritas, house-made sangria with Louisville's Copper & Kings brandy and several tequila, mescal and brandy options.
■ Ale 8-1 Bottling Co. of Winchester and Shuckman's Fish Co. of Louisville are launching Ale 8-1 Sweet Heat Cheese Spread, available at the local ValuMarket stores in Louisville.