The good news for summer veggie lovers continues, with more dinners and restaurant events planned. Here's an update:
- Azur Restaurant Patio and Restaurant is bringing back its Bluegrass Farmers Market Brunch buffet on July 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. For $20 per person you get a great buffet made with fresh local ingredients sourced from the Bluegrass Farmers Market located in the Azur gardens. The Azur location of the Bluegrass Farmers Market is open every Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Among Chef Jeremy Ashby’s offerings are sweet onions sautéed with Swiss chard and squash, heirloom tomato pie, summer vegetable ratatouille, local market fruit salad, Peaches and Cream corn pudding alongside all your other traditional breakfast favorites and Ashby’s bourbon fried chicken. Call 859-296-1007 for reservations.
- FoodChain also is hosting Ashby for a cooking workshop on how to enjoy the summer bounty July 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. He'll prepare a meal in front of you while you enjoy appetizers and drinks and answer questions on techniques and cooking tricks. Tickets are $40 per person and benefit FoodChain. They are available online at Foodchainlex.org.
- The Fayette County Cooperative Extension Service will present the fifth installment of the Kentucky Proud Evenings series on July 23 with guest author Deirdre Scaggs discussing her book, “The Historic Kentucky Kitchen: Traditional Recipes for Today’s Cook.” The free monthly series celebrates The University Press of Kentucky’s 75th anniversary with author discussions and samples from Plate It Up! Kentucky Proud recipes.The July event will feature Scaggs, interim dean of University of Kentucky Libraries, discussing the 19th- and 20th-century Kentucky dishes she and co-author Andrew J. McGraw collected from handwritten books, diaries, scrapbook clippings and out-of-print cookbooks in the UK Libraries Special Collections. Kentucky Proud Evenings begin at 6 p.m. at the Fayette County Extension office, 1140 Harry Sykes Way in Lexington. Make reservations for the event by calling the Fayette County Extension office at 859-257-5582. Participants may purchase Scaggs’ book at the event.
- Woodford Reserve Distillery in Versailles is continuing its Friday Night Live series featuring music, food, and special distillery tours. Distillery tours ($15) are available 4-7 p.m. with live music 6-9 p.m. Tours with a buffet dinner are available 6:30 to 9 p.m. for $46 per person. An additional ticket may be purchased for a cocktail mixology experience featuring a signature Woodford Reserve cocktail. The July menu features mixed-greens salad, pork bourbonnaise, slow-cooked collard, kale and mustard greens, extra creamy Weisenberger Cheese Grits and fresh pies of the week from Midway Bakery.
- The menu has been released for the South Farm dinner featuring Honeywood chef Josh Smouse on July 18. The all-vegetarian five-course meal is $50 per person, with meat extras available. In addition to a welcome cocktail and wine or cider pairings, the menu includes sweet pepper tempura with herbed goat cheese and basil pesto; Swiss chard dolmas, with potatoes, garlic, onions and eggplant cooked in tomato saffron broth and served with cucumber yogurt sauce; melon, tomato and cucumber salad; corn, squash, zucchini succotash; green tomato pie and cinnamon crème anglaise. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. Cost is $50. Tickets are limited and available at honeywoodrestaurant.com. You must be 21 or older to participate.