Crave, the Lexington food and music festival, will feature six culinary events at this year's event, Aug. 22 and 23 at Masterson Station, with a variety of tasting options. You can get food and beverage tickets online at Cravelexington.com.
From noon to 2 p.m. on Aug. 22, Marksbury Farms will do a Beef Brunch with beef sausage-making demos. From 2 to 6 p.m. Jonathan Sanning's Puerto Rican pig roast returns. Taste a plate for $5. From 7 to 11 p.m., Dan Wu will make Asian street foods including duck ramen bowls, pork belly boa buns and more at his Late Night Asian Street Food Shack.
From noon to 2 p.m. on Aug. 23, Kate Horning, chef and author of Simply Nutritious by Kate, will serve a fresh and flavorful Sunday morning brunch with items priced at $1, $3 and $5. From 2 to 5 p.m., Albert Hrabak of Europa Fine Foods will serve traditional European flavors, including dishes from Poland, Turkey and the Czech Republic.
And from 4 to 7 p.m., the Anderson County Sportsman's Club will serve up a 75-gallon pot of slow, wood fire-cooked Kentucky Burgoo. Get a bowl for $3.
■ Food Truck Friday returns to the Lexington Herald-Leader from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Friday, in the front parking lot at Midland and Main. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Salvation Army.
Food trucks scheduled to be there include: Bradford BBQ, The Cheesy Mac, Furlongs Crazy Bout Cajun, The Epic Cure, Gastro Gnomes, Pita Social, Rolling Oven, Chef Doug's Snack Shack, Roll This Gourmet Egg Rolls, That's How We Roll, Thai and Mighty Noodle Bowls, Crank and Boom Craft Ice Cream, Sweet Lily's Frozen Yogurt and Spotz Gelato.
The last Herald-Leader Food Truck Friday of the year will be in October.
■ Apples are ready for picking at Reed Valley Orchard, 239 Lail Lane, Paris. Available are Earli gold (great for applesauce), Monarch (tart and ideal for applesauce and pies), Sansa, (sweet for eating), Mollies Delicious (large apple that's tasty in salads), Ginger gold, (an all purpose apple), and Zestar, which is sweet and tangy. Call (859) 987-6480 or go to Reedvalleyorchard.com. The bakery has freshly baked apple, peach, and blueberry hand pies.
■ The building at the corner of Short and Limestone, most recently home to The Jax, has been leased to Tim and Mark Adams, who are bringing back The Upstart Crow, which was a bar and restaurant at Broadway and Angliana in the 1970s. The new incarnation will feature the original 1896 mahogany bar from the first Upstart Crow, Tim Adams said.
"It will be a new American tavern, serve lunch and dinner, and have a 'resurgent' happy hour," Adams said. They hope to open in early September.
■ Drink a beer, fight cancer: Country Boy Brewing, 436 Chair Ave., is hosting an event for #driveoutcancer at 5 p.m. Thursday. Special stickers, T-shirts, hats and pint glasses with the Country Boys and Girls Against Cancer logo on them will be for sale, with proceeds going to the Kentucky Cancer Foundation.
■ If you've been waiting for the return of Lexington Restaurant Week, you'll have to wait a bit longer. The event, in which local restaurants offer special dishes for two for $25 to encourage dining out during the slow month of August, is moving to late February 2016.
"The switch from the traditional August time frame will allow sponsors and all involved to focus energy and resources on the upcoming Breeders' Cup and will position Lexington Restaurant Week to deliver diners during the first quarter — a notoriously slow time for local restaurants," according to a news release from Connie Jo Miller announcing the shift.
Next year's event, from Feb. 25 to March 5, will have new restaurants and menus and a special tie-in with LexArts, she said.
■ Falls City Hospitality Group will open JQ Public House, a mid-century modern beer garden with comfort food, in spring 2016 at 1500 River Shore Dr., Louisville.
■ Italian-American chef and Washington, D.C., native Gina Stipo is opening a new restaurant, At the Italian Table, offering both chef-table dinners and hands-on cooking classes at 2359 Frankfort Ave. in Louisville. At the Italian Table offers dinner for up to 10 guests at a time and is available by reservation only, at 7 p.m., Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. To make reservations for dinner or for a cooking class, call (502) 883-0211 or email GinaStipo@yahoo.com. Chef-table dinners will cost $65 per-person.
■ Buffalo Trace Distillery's Stagg Jr. was named Best of Whiskey at the 2015 Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition. Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon also won Best of Category. The distillery won five gold medals (for Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare Single Barrel, Stagg Jr., Sazerac Straight Rye and E.H. Taylor Small Batch), two silver medals (for Benchmark and Wheatley Vodka) and one bronze medal (for Blanton's Single Barrel.) Complete results of the 2012 LAIWSC are available at Laspiritscomp.com. And Barton 1792 Distillery's namesake brand, 1792 Small Batch, was awarded a gold medal at the 2015 Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition.
■ Rye whiskey, bourbon's spicy cousin, is on fire, according to new data from the Distilled Spirits Council. Since 2009, sales of rye whiskey have grown 536 percent, to more than a half million cases, worth more than $106 million in 2014. If you're looking for a way to enjoy rye, Washington, D.C., bar owner Derek Brown, who is also Imbibe Magazine's 2015 Bartender of the Year and Chief Spirits Advisor for the National Archives Foundation, suggests the Rye Whiskey Sour. Shake 11/2 ounce of rye whiskey, 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice and 3/4 ounce simple syrup together over ice. Strain into a glass and garnish with a brandied cherry.
■ Expect to see more alcoholic gingers and root beers soon: Nashville's Wild Ginger Brewing Company is launching Wild Ginger Alcoholic Ginger Beer to a handful of U.S. states. It's 4 percent alcohol by volume and will be available in 12-ounce cans in Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and North Florida for $8.99-$9.99 a six-pack.