Good food for a good cause: GleanKY is hosting its third annual Burgers and Beats fundraiser at Wallace Station, 3854 Old Frankfort Pike, just outside Midway, from 5 to 8 p.m. on July 19. There will be burgers (including veggie options), Crank & Boom ice cream, live music, and games for all ages. Buy tickets online at GleanKY.org for $25 adults and $10 ages 5-12; $35 at the door.
GleanKY has already collected more than 600 pounds of fresh produce this year at the Lexington Farmers' Market. The donations help provide food-insecure individuals of Central Kentucky with access to healthy, fresh fruits and vegetables.
■ Chef and cookbook author Virginia Willis will be in Lexington with her fifth cookbook, Lighten Up Y'all: Classic Southern Recipes Made Healthy and Wholesome. She will be at Morris Book Shop, 882 East High Street, for a book signing and wine reception 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 13. For reservations, call (859) 276-0494.
At 6:30 p.m. July 14, chef Jeremy Ashby of Azur Restaurant & Patio, 3070 Lakecrest Circle, will host chef Willis. The evening will feature five courses of dishes from Lighten Up Y'all, prepared by Willis and Ashby. Tickets are $55 per person; call (859) 296-1007 for a reservation.
Never miss a local story.
■ The Salvation Army's LemonAiD stands, which raise money for homeless children in the area, will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day in July at some area Walmart and Kroger stores and at Fayette Mall. Last year more than $66,000 was raised. Make a donation and get a can of lemonade and a warm fuzzy feeling.
■ Lexington Burger Week runs through July 12. For $5 you can sample a special burger at 20 different restaurants around town (while they last) from the Pole Dancer at a la lucie to the Drunken Cajun Butter at Bourbon 'n' Toulouse. The complete list is at Lexingtonburgerweek.com. Alltech is the title sponsor, so there is a recommended pairing of one of its beers for each burger.
■ All four Ramsey's locations start Corn Daze on Wednesday, featuring fresh corn picked daily at Gallrein Farm in Shelbyville and fresh vine-ripened tomatoes from Lincoln County. Daily vegetables, in addition to the normal 21 fresh veggies, include corn on the cob; creamed corn; fried corn; Parmesan deep fried corn on the cob; marinated cucumbers; onions & tomatoes; sliced tomatoes with cottage cheese; okra, corn, and tomatoes, and fried green tomatoes.
■ Hanna's on Lime, 214 South Limestone, will offer a Farmers' Market Wednesday Special throughout the summer and will feature items from the market daily, including tomatoes, corn, green beans, squash, new potatoes, melon, cucumber, kale and whatever looks good at the Tuesday market. The Wednesday Special will be either four or six of the featured vegetables; $8.25 for four or $8.95 for six. Delivery is available. Call (859) 252-6264. Hours are 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday-Friday.
■ Charlie Brown's, 816 Euclid Avenue, will have summer specials for $8.75 for lunch or dinner, including coconut lime chicken salad or sandwich, garlic sriracha yellow fin tuna salad or sandwich, and a Caribbean chicken pasta salad. The covered patio is newly refurbished. Call (859) 269-5701. The restaurant serves food until 12:30 a.m. Sunday-Thursday and 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
■ July is National Ice Cream Month but it seems like Americans celebrate all year: Last year we bought more than $5.4 billion in ice cream and frozen desserts. About 9 percent of all the milk produced in the U.S. goes into ice cream. Another good reason to eat it: the seasonal peach and watermelon sorbet flavors of Graeter's French Pot Ice Cream are back.
■ On July 10, Food Truck Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Cheapside Pavilion, will benefit the Markey Cancer Foundation. Featured trucks: J. Render's BBQ, CrazyBoutCajun, Pita Social, Cooper Brother's The Meat Wagon, and Sweet Lily's Frozen Yogurt.
■ Blues, Brews & BBQ returns to the Louisville Water Tower July 10 to 12. Barbecue from some of the best smokehouses in town and craft beer from local breweries will be served. Admission is $12 before 6 p.m, $16 after 6 p.m. and $30 for a three-day pass. Kids 10 and under are free. No pets, outside food or drink are allowed. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome. For more information, go to Louisvillebluesandbbqfestival.com.
■ Williams-Sonoma in Fayette Mall will have a clinic on biscuit making at 11 a.m. July 19 with Barbara Harper Bach. Taste cream-cheese biscuits, soda biscuits, big farmer's biscuits and shortcake for strawberries with free recipes. She'll also demonstrate how to make steam-risen biscuits, a batter biscuit rolled in raw flour that bakes into a pillowy and light biscuit. Her baking book, The Pat A Cake Clinic, Biscuits, Breads and Cakes in a Pan, will be on sale. Call (859) 272-5856 to reserve a spot. Space is limited. Attendees get 10 percent off their entire purchase.
Want to learn how to cook on a saltblock? Williams-Sonoma will have a class at 2 p.m. July 25. You'll cook shrimp on the block as well as bake some cookies. Yes, cookies. And use the block as a serving platter for a watermelon feta and mint salad. The class is $50, including the saltblock. Call (859) 272-5856 to reserve a spot.
■ Snug Hollow Farm, 790 McSwain Branch in Irvine, will offer a workshop with Barbara Napier and Sara Fisher on cooking vegetarian family favorites as part of Berea's Festival of Learnshops, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on July 16. Call (606) 723-4786 or go to email@example.com for information. Go to Berea.com for more information on the Festival of Learnshops.
■ The Kentucky Farm Fest will debut July 11 to 12 in Oldham County at The Maples, a 20-acre farm in Crestwood. You can learn about all things Kentucky agriculture, from raising chickens in your backyard to the future of hemp. And enjoy Kentucky Proud food. There will be more than 100 hours of workshops, plus Bluegrass music and cooking demos from Brown-Forman executive chef Mark Williams, Kentucky Afield host Tim Farmer and more. Tickets are $5. Go to Kyfarmfest.com for more.
■ Grimes Mill Winery, 6707 Grimes Mill Road, will celebrate Freedom Festival, a free event, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. July 18, featuring the music of Laurel Branch from 7 to 9 p.m. For more information, call (859) 543-9691 or visit Grimesmillwinery.com.
■ The English Grill in the Brown Hotel in Louisville will celebrate Southern cookbooks with a five-course dining event at 7 p.m. July 23 with guests Ronni Lundy and Paul Fehribach. Fehribach of Big Jones in Chicago is a three-time James Beard Award semi-finalist and national board member for Chef's Collaborative. His new cookbook, The Big Jones Cookbook, celebrates heritage regional cooking. Lundy is a Louisville native who served as restaurant critic for the Courier-Journal and as editor of Louisville Magazine before moving to North Carolina. Her new book is Sorghum's Savor. The two will partner with Brown Hotel chef Josh Bettis on a menu highlighting beloved Southern and Appalachian cuisine. The cost, including wine pairings, is $69 per person, plus tax and gratuity. For more information or to make reservations, call (502) 583-1234.
■ Tickets are on sale now for A Century of Sinatra, an evening of tasting, dinner, dancing and more celebrating Frank Sinatra's 100th birthday in conjunction with the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships weekend in Lexington. The event, featuring the music of Frank Sinatra Jr., begins 7 p.m. Oct. 29 at Hill 'n' Dale Farms, 640 Yarnallton Rd. Tickets are $500 per person; $5,000 for table for 10. Black tie optional. Sponsored by Jack Daniel's Sinatra Select, it will raise money for Kentucky CancerLink and Kentucky Cancer Foundation. Call (859) 309-1700 or contact VickiB@kycancerlink.org for table and ticket information.
■ Bonefish Grill, 2341 Sir Barton Way, has a new Hooked on Tuesday menu featuring nine meal options starting at $14.90. The three-course menu includes entree, a salad and a choice of signature desserts.
■ LexGo Eat is on vacation. Eat well. The column will return in the July 24 Weekender section.