Woodford Reserve on Monday unveiled the 2015 edition of its $1,000 Mint Julep Cup for the Kentucky Derby. This year's cups will benefit the Wounded Warrior Equestrian Program. Now in its 10th year, the 2015 cups were designed by Billy Reid and handcrafted at Louisville-based jeweler From the Vault.
Mixologist Pamela Wiznitzer created this year's julep using Woodford Reserve Double Oaked, coconut palm sugar syrup, chocolate mint sprigs, candied orange and lemon slices, and powdered sugar. The recipe can be found at Woodfordreservemintjulep.com.
You can also buy a cup (there are 90) online; sale closes April 30. There also were 10 gold-plated Winner's Circle Cups for $2,500, but those sold out by Tuesday. Any unsold cups will be available for purchase at Churchill Downs on Derby Day. Purchase of a cup does not include admission to Churchill Downs.
■ Thai & Mighty Noodle Bowls, 1030 S. Broadway, is celebrating Songrkan (Thai New Year) with Thai Fried Chicken night today from 5 to 9:30 p.m. The menu, featuring pasture-raised chicken from Marksbury Farm, includes Thai-style fried chicken, som tam (green papaya salad), sticky rice, and dipping sauces, pok pok wings — crispy chicken wings tossed in a sticky garlic sauce — and free Crank & Boom ice cream with your meal. The regular menu is available, too.
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■ Springtime at Grimes Mill Winery, 6707 Grimes Mill Rd., will be celebrated from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday. Walk in the vineyards and learn what goes on, listen to harp music from 3 to 5 p.m. by Laure Ziebroski. The winery will be introducing its chardonnay. It's a free event, except for the wine. (859) 543-9691.
■ The third annual Lexington Craft Beer Week, organized by LexBeerScene.com, will be May 9-17. The week, featuring events, tappings and tastings at bars and breweries across the city, is sponsored by Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling, Blue Stallion Brewing, Brewgrass Trail, Country Boy Brewing, TOPS in Lexington, and West Sixth Brewing. The week kicks off on May 8 with a Lexington Legends game featuring a local craft beer tasting area where representatives from the breweries will be on hand to talk about their products.
For the third year Country Boy Brewing and West Sixth Brewing will make a collaboration beer. Country Western, Volume III is an imperial red ale aged in bourbon barrels with pecans and chocolate. It will be released May 8. A calendar of events can be found at: Lexbeerscene.com/LCBW.php.
■ Coming in December: Chateau Bourbon, an upscale bed and breakfast that will open in the traditional neighborhood development Norton Commons in Prospect. Missy Hillock, her husband, John, and mother, Carol Thomas, will be the primary innkeepers, chefs, and hosts. Chateau Bourbon will offer upscale accommodations and feature a Southern breakfast. In the evenings, a complimentary cocktail hour with custom-made desserts will be available.