The Bourbon Classic returns to Louisville from Feb. 23 to 27 for the fourth year. Highlights will include the Bourbon Classic Top Shelf culinary experience featuring Julian and Preston Van Winkle and chef Sean Brock of Husk Restaurant of Charleston, S.C., and Nashville serving pairings inspired by Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon.
The Bourbon Classic Cocktail challenge returns, as does Bourbon Classic University. At the Bourbon Classic Taste, you can mingle with representatives of distilleries and sample great food and bourbon.
Tickets are available through the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts. All-access VIP tickets are $375. Call 502-584-7777 or 1-800-775-7777.
▪ Wild Thyme Cooking has launched a healthy eating/cooking series with classes at 6 p.m. Tuesdays with nutrition educator Robin Westrick. Classes are $45 each and include recipes to take home. There also is a family brunch class, appropriate for ages 7 and older, at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 9 for $35. Book at Wildthymecooking.com or call 859-523-2665 for more information.
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▪ Chef Mark Wombles is working on a new restaurant for Midway. Mezzo Italian Food and Provisions will open in early 2016 at 131 East Main Street, in the spot of the former 815 Prime. “Mezzo will be very causal, with prices to match,” Wombles said. “The food will, of course, be fresh with an emphasis on seasonality. We will be serving new takes on classic Italian dishes.”
▪ Date change: The kaiseki dinner at Woodford Reserve Distillery, 7855 McCracken Pike, has been rescheduled from Jan. 8 and 9 to Jan 29 and 30. Cost is $85, plus tax. The event begins with a cocktail at 5:30 p.m. and a distillery tour at 6; dinner will be served at 7 in the distillery’s visitors center. Reservations are required; contact catering at 859-879-1953 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Go to Woodfordreserve.com for the full menu.
▪ Brasabana, 841 Lane Allen Road, is bringing back Havana Nights on Jan. 12. Dinner reservations start at 6:30 p.m., with Cuban dance performances from the Salsa Center starting at 7 p.m. A free lesson starts at 7:30 p.m. Call 859-303-5573 for reservations.
▪ Natural Bridge State Park, 2135 Natural Bridge Road in Slade, will have an Appalachian heritage wild game feast Jan. 23 at Hemlock Lodge. It will feature buffet from noon to 8 p.m. with a round of bison, venison and rabbit burgoo, Ale-8-One country ham, snapping turtle soup, barbecue buffalo ribs, and buffalo meatloaf and burgers. It’s $18.95 for adults, $8.95 for ages 6-12, free for ages 5 and younger. For more information, call 606-663-2214. Go to Parks.ky.gov for details on lodging and other state park amenities.
▪ HopCat, 410 West Short Street, will offer a four-course Country Boy Beer dinner at 7 p.m. Jan. 18 featuring, among other things, Southern fried chicken and collard greens paired with Infinite Sadness Ale, and cherry cobbler and vanilla ice cream paired with Sexual Dracula stout. Tickets are $30, available online through HopCat Lexington’s Facebook page.
▪ Shakespeare & Co. has begun construction on a third restaurant, at 1908 Bryant Road near the Hamburg shopping area. The $1.7 million restaurant will open this year, according to finance manager Natalie Bailey, who said it’s expected to be ready by summer. This Shakespeare & Co. will be the first in Lexington designed from the ground up, so it will have a different look than the ones at 367 West Short Street and 1060 Chinoe Road, she said. It will have a similar extensive menu and eclectic décor, and space for outdoor dining.
▪ Green Bean Delivery, a regional produce and artisan food delivery service, is expanding its delivery options to include easier mobile ordering, day-before order customization and more order size options, including a new U-pick bin that has no minimum order on produce. For more information, go to Greenbeandelivery.com or call 844-476-2326.