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AVOL’s Dining Out for Life is Thursday; LexGo Eat will be at Carson’s

Carson’s Food & Drink, which serves a caprese appetizer and many other dishes, is one of the Lexington restaurants participating in AVOL of Lexington’s Dining Out for Life event on Thursday, raising money for efforts to end HIV/AIDS and help those living with the disease.
Carson’s Food & Drink, which serves a caprese appetizer and many other dishes, is one of the Lexington restaurants participating in AVOL of Lexington’s Dining Out for Life event on Thursday, raising money for efforts to end HIV/AIDS and help those living with the disease. Herald-leader file photo

AVOL of Lexington’s annual Dining Out for Life, a fundraiser benefiting those affected by HIV/AIDS, is Thursday.

Eat at a participating restaurant, and 25 percent of the price of your meal will go to AVOL, which works to stop the spread of HIV and help those whose lives have been affected.

The LexGo Eat crew will be at Carson’s Food & Drink, 362 East Main Street, so stop by, chat, eat and make a donation.

This year’s participating restaurants include A&W (all three locations), Alfalfa, Blue Door Smokehouse, Bourbon N’ Toulouse, Broomwagon Coffee & Bikes, BRU Burger Bar, Carson’s Food & Drink, Chocolate Holler, Coles 735 Main, Columbia Steakhouse downtown, County Club, Distilled at Gratz Park, Doodle’s Breakfast and Lunch, Dudley’s on Short, Good Foods Co-op Cafe, Graze on Limestone, Hanna’s on Lime, J. Render’s Southern Table and Bar, Le Deauville, Lexington Diner, Liberty Road Cafe, Locals’ Craft Food and Drink, Lussi Brown Coffee Bar, Mad Mushroom Pizza, Minglewood, North Lime Coffee and Donuts (both locations), Pasta Garage, Ramen Ya!, Red Light Kitchen & Lounge, The Sage Rabbit, Sav’s Grill, Sidebar Grill, Smithtown Seafood, Soundbar, Stella’s Kentucky Deli, The Sweet Spot, Third Street Stuff, West Main Crafting Co., West Sixth Brewing and Wines on Vine.

▪  Kroger has launched a line of meal kits, called Prep+Pared, designed to compete with services such as Blue Apron, Hello Fresh, Plated, Home Chef and many more.

The chef-designed meals have all the ingredients, which are measured and prepped, according to Kroger. The kits, which are available in the fresh food section of the store and online on ClickList, too, start at $14 and feed two. Dishes include crispy fish tacos, stuffed poblano peppers, chickpea and tofu tikka masala, and chimichurri steak.

▪  Bluegrass restaurateur Ouita Michel will throw a Kentucky Harvest Celebration on Sept. 23 to benefit the Appalachian Food Summit at her flagship restaurant, the Holly Hill Inn, 426 North Winter Street in Midway. Entertainment will be provided by Amy and Daniel Carwile; Brett Ratliff; Rebecca Howell, poetry editor of Oxford American magazine and poet in residence at the Hindman Settlement School; the Pawpaw Pickers; and Carwile String Studio students.

Dinner will feature a whole roasted Red Wattle hog, a heritage breed raised by Travis Hood in Robertson County, and an old-fashioned outdoor fish fry. Chefs from all of Michel’s restaurants and other invited chef friends will prepare traditional Kentucky side dishes including late harvest beans, greens, biscuits, corn bread, apple stack cake and loganberry pie.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; tickets for the picnic buffet are $35, which includes tax and tip. Wine by the glass, and bottle and craft beer will be available, and there will be full bar service.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Appalachian Food Summit. Reservations are recommended; go to Eventbrite or call 859-846-4732.

Created in 2013, the Appalachian Food Summit is a community of Appalachian heritage enthusiasts that honors the past, celebrates the present and works to support a sustainable future for the region’s food and people.

▪  Are you heading to The Red Mile, 1200 Red Mile Road, on Sept. 17 for the $2 million Sire Stakes?

Chef Joe Hall has a special menu planned for the clubhouse. Appetizers included country ham and aged cheddar tea sandwiches, mini hot Browns, and a cheese and pickle platter. For mains, there will be herb-roasted pork tenderloin with honey butter and roasted half-chickens with pan gravy; sides include sauteed Brussels sprouts, country-style mashed potatoes, seasonal roasted root vegetables, and sauteed green beans with cold-smoked applewood bacon. Fried pies with local Evans Orchard apples round out the menu. It is $35. Reservations are recommended; call 859-255-0752.

▪  The University of Kentucky Art Museum and 21c Museum Hotel, 167 West Main, are hosting a four-course dinner and cocktail hour to benefit the museum at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 28. Lockbox chef Jonathan Searle will be joined by chef Vishwesh Bhatt of Snackbar in Oxford, Miss., for the benefit dinner.

Tickets are $70 for the dinner and $95 for dinner and drink pairings. Seating is limited; tickets are required. For more information or to buy tickets, go to or call 513-578-6611. Bhatt is a graduate of UK and a multiple James Beard finalist.

“Our free admission policy helps remove any financial obstacle to enjoying what we do,” said Stuart Horodner, director of UK Art Museum. “Like 21c Museum Hotels, we love providing unique art encounters for the citizens of Lexington and visitors to our city from around the world. Events like this ensure the future viability of our mission.”

▪  Heading to Keeneland for the opening weekend of the 2017 Fall Meet? Woodford Reserve Distillery, 7785 McCracken Pike in Versailles, is hosting guided tours, with brunch in the Dryer House for guests 21 and older, on Oct 6, 7 and 8 before the races.

On Friday and Saturday, the tour is at 9:20 a.m., with brunch at 10:30 a.m., and on Sunday, brunch is at 10:30 a.m. with the tour at 11:40 a.m. Brunch only is $33; with a tour, it’s $42. Reserve tour tickets or tour and brunch tickets at

The menu includes frittata of Broadbent bacon, Ricotta salata, spinach and green onion; whole sides of salmon roasted with miso glaze, crafted from local sorghum, miso and bourbon; roasted Brussels sprouts gratin; Weisenberger cheese grits; and chocolate bread pudding with Woodford Reserve butter sauce.

▪  I Ching Asian with Attitude, 2312 Sir Barton Way, apparently has closed. Workers at the restaurant said Friday that Sunday was the last day in business.

▪  Lexington cookbook author Barbara Harper Bach will be teaching several clinics this fall. At 10 a.m. Oct. 7, Wild Thyme Cooking School, 1060 Chinoe Road, will host a holiday pie-baking class with Bach and Allison Davis. Class is $40, with recipes and three hours of pie-making, including autumn apple pie, pumpkin whiskey pie, red velvet pie and gingerbread chess pie. Sign up at

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 3, 4 and 5, Harper Bach will be at My Favorite Things’ Christmas Open House, 2721 Old Rosebud Road, with “The Christmas Clinic” and “The Sweet Confections Cooking Clinic, Cookies, Candies and Other Fancies.” She’ll have lots of sweet holiday offerings from those cookbooks for sampling.

And on Nov. 18 she’ll be at The Kentucky Book Fair at the Kentucky Horse Park, 4089 Iron Works Parkway, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with her new cookbook, “The Southern Wedding Cooking Clinic,” and recipe samples from the book.

▪  Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, 118 Marion at The Summit at Fritz Farm, has a limited-run fall menu including caramel apple cheesecake. Grimaldi’s Pizzeria debuted a fall favorites menu Sept. 1 that includes Buffalo chicken pizza, a twist on a classic with Frank’s RedHot Sauce, fire-braised chicken breast, mozzarella, Gorgonzola crumbles and celery, all atop Grimaldi’s coal brick-oven pizza crust; green apple sangria; caramel apple cheesecake featuring diced green apples served on a cinnamon sugar cookie crust topped with a caramel swirl and whipped cream; and chocolate cheesecake with an Oreo cookie crust.

▪  Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill + Bar is adding to its 2 for $20 value menu with three new entrees, including the whiskey bacon burger, Bourbon Street chicken and shrimp, and chicken breast with bacon beer cheese topper.