Chef Ouita Michel is bringing back her annual Winter Dinner Series, Around the World in 80 Days, for the fourth year. In the first three months of 2016, Holly Hill Inn, 426 North Winter Street, Midway, will take guests on a culinary world tour with guest chefs and exotic stops from London to Paris to Japan and beyond. Specially paired wine flight and cocktail specials will be featured, too. Cost is $45. Vegetarian options available. Reservations required, beginning at 5:30 p.m.; call Donna at 859-846-4732.
First stop: Scandinavia (Jan. 7-9), followed by Russia and Poland (Jan. 14-16), Japan (Jan 21-23), and Korea (Jan 28-31). For India (Feb. 4-6), the dinner will be Lord Krishna’s Vegetarian Cuisine. Full schedule at Hollyhillinn.com.
▪ Shaker Village outside Harrodsburg has planned a year of Fresh Food Adventures, beginning with a chance to dine by candlelight on Jan. 9 in the historic Centre Family Dwelling and enjoy a dinner inspired by classic Shaker recipes and featuring Maker’s Mark premium bourbon. The dinner is $85. Reservations required; book at ShakerVillageKy.org.
Other events include the Bee My Honey Brunch on Feb. 13 that will feature a three-course brunch featuring Old Forester and a tour of Shaker Village’s new 40-hive apiary, $40; the Forest and Fields Vegetarian Feast on May 14 featuring Michter’s Distillery and recipes from Kate Horning’s Healthy Living Redefined, $65; and an Oct. 15 sorghum dinner featuring Wilderness Trail, $85.
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▪ Buffalo Trace Distillery, 113 Great Buffalo Trace, Frankfort, is bringing back its Legendary Craftsmen Dinner Series. The January dinners will focus on three legends in Buffalo Trace Distillery history, each of whom helped shape the National Historic Landmark into a distillery known around the world for its whiskeys and Southern hospitality.
The Jan. 15 William Larue Weller dinner celebrates the distiller credited with being the first to produce bourbon using wheat instead of rye in the mash bill. Weller’s original “wheated bourbons,” with a softer, smoother taster, became extremely popular. The dinner and tasting will take you through some of the Weller collection of bourbons produced at Buffalo Trace.
The Jan. 22 Elmer T. Lee dinner honors the distillery’s first master distiller. In 1984, Lee introduced the world’s first single-barrel bourbon with Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon. Not long after, he was honored with his own single-barrel bourbon of his namesake. This nearly sold-out dinner includes a tasting of iconic bourbons of Lee’s legacy.
The Jan. 29 Classic Cocktail Party pairs cocktails paired with small plates by regional chefs and mixologists. Learn about classic cocktails like the Sazerac and the legendary tales of their creation.
Tickets are $65 per event or $175 for all three. The events start at 6 p.m. with an optional tour, followed by the tasting/dinner at 7. The evenings will conclude about 9. Attendees must be 21 or older. The dress code for the William Larue Weller and Elmer T. Lee dinners is dressy casual, and cocktail attire is encouraged for the Classic Cocktail Party. Reservations required; call 502-696-5930 or go to firstname.lastname@example.org.
▪ Country Boy Brewing, 436 Chair Avenue, will release Nate’s Coffee Stout at noon Jan. 9. Try it on draft or take it home in 750-milliliter bombers. Country Boy also will tap its new Chocolate Milk Stout. In honor of the breakfasty nature of Nate’s Coffee Stout, you can get a flight of four different doughnuts from North Lime Coffee & Donuts paired with a flight of four stouts for $9.50.
▪ Looking for a healthy way to start the year? The worldwide Veganuary campaign is back. Find hundreds of recipes, meal plans, restaurant and product guides, health tips, inspiration, shopping lists, vegan mythbusting, testimonials and more at Veganuary.com.