LexEffect is launching the 2015 Chew Dinner Series, quarterly farm-to-table meals featuring Kentucky Proud local meats, cheeses, produce, and other goods. The first dinner is Thursday at Arts Place, 161 North Mill Street, with Village Idiot Chef Jason Ritchey preparing a winter menu paired with red wines by Old 502 Winery. Reservations required; tickets are $40 per dinner or $120 for all four at Lexeffectky.com/chew. Partial proceeds go to the LexEffect Giving Fund, which donates to local non-profit organizations.
Other dinners are planned for May 20 at the Lexington Art League's home base of the Loudoun House featuring Minton's 760 Chef Ashley Minton and a spring menu with vodka cocktail pairings; July 16th at Gratz Park with Distilled and Heirloom Chef Mark Wombles and a summer menu with craft beer pairings by West Sixth Brewery; and Nov. 18 at Middle Fork with Chef Mark Jensen and a fall menu with a bourbon cocktail.
■ On Saturday, Blue Stallion Brewery, 610 West Third Street, will host Hash Out For Harvey, an all-day event to benefit Harvey Carlson, born with a colorectal birth defect that requires multiple surgeries. The event will feature Louisville bands White Reaper and The Wrists, Lexington bands Hair Things and Our Man Flint, a silent auction, food trucks, a pool tournament, kids' activities and more. It kicks off at 2 p.m. with kid's craft activities. A silent auction begins at 6:30 p.m. Live music starts at 7 p.m. and the menu features food from Lyles BBQ and beer from Blue Stallion (10 percent of the day's total proceeds to the cause).
■ More pizza: Pies & Pints Craft Pizza & Beer is now open in The Square, 400 block of West Main Street, just in time for SEC basketball. Pies & Pints is a craft pizza and beer concept featuring a made-from-scratch menu with eclectic pizza combinations and 36 unique and ever-rotating craft beer taps. Open Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Menu at piesandpints.net. Call (859) 231-7437 for information.
■ And even more pizza: Monday, Mad Mushroom Pizza will open its second location at 561 South Broadway. Wednesday, for the restaurant's grand opening, will be Free Cheesestix Day from 4 to 10 p.m. Anyone who walks in and asks will be given a free order of 10-inch Cheesestix.
■ Wild Eggs has opened a second Lexington location at 1925 Justice Drive, near Hamburg. The Louisville-based restaurant chain serves breakfast and lunch, from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For a menu, go to Wildeggs.com. Call (859) 543-0532 for information.
■ Locally produced Bledsoe Blend Coffees, twelve different blends featuring premium Kona coffee beans with a variety of spices, are available online at Bledsoeblend.com.
■ On Jan. 8, which would have been Elvis Presley's 80th birthday, Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers, 2030 Harrodsburg Road, celebrated the grand opening of its fifth location in Lexington with a visit from an Elvis impersonator and Mayor Jim Gray.
■ Woodford Reserve master taster Marianne Barnes has been selected for a spot on Forbes 30 Under 30 list in the Food & Drink category for 2015. According to Forbes, the 28-year-old is "bucking industry conventions and making her own path" in the spirits industry. Barnes serves as master taster for the Brown-Forman sensory science department alongside Brown-Forman master distiller Chris Morris. Together with Morris, Barnes is responsible for maintaining the Woodford Reserve Brand.