Like bread, pastries and baked goods but can’t handle the gluten? Chef Allison Davis of Wild Thyme Cooking has a gluten-free baking class just for you, from 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 16. You will learn how to make substitutions for traditional flour, which involves more than changing out all-purpose wheat flour for something else. Class is $55; sign up at Wildthymecooking.com.
And on Jan. 18, when there is no school because of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, Wild Thyme will host a kids’ cooking camp from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with aftercare available until 5 p.m. for an additional $10 an hour. Kids ages 7 and older will spend the day with professionally trained chefs learning kitchen safety, including how to use appliances, knives and tools; meal planning and preparation, clean-up and organization. Camp is $45, with meals (that the kids make) included. Reserve seats at Wildthymecooking.com. Call 859-523-2665 for more information.
▪ As of Jan. 4, a Cup of Common Wealth, 105 Eastern Avenue, is officially part owner of Magic Beans Coffee Roasters, according to coffee shop co-owner Salvador Sanchez. The coffee, one of those served at Cup of Common Wealth, still will be roasted at West Sixth Brewing. Also, Cup of Common Wealth is featuring Pig & Pepper Pies every Wednesday. Individual quiches and pies, meat and vegetarian, $6 each, are made on site by Rian Davis. Large pies are available by order.
▪ The Upstart Crow, 101 West Short Street, has a new cocktail hour special: a fully dressed house burger with duck fat fries and the draft beer of your choice for $14 from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
▪ JDI Grille & Tavern, 319 Cedar Street, is hosting Michter’s for a Cancer Cure, a fundraiser for Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital in Louisville and the Lexington Cancer Foundation. Michter’s master distiller Willie Pratt will lead a whiskey tasting; there will be a buffet of Kentucky Ale beer cheese, BBQ chicken sliders and BBQ ribs, with mashed potatoes and roasted vegetables. Silent auction features two Michter’s baskets. Event is 6:30 p.m. Jan. 20. Tickets are $45. Reservations required; call 859-246-0202.
▪ Crank & Boom owner Toa Green and director of operations and sales Shawn Burns are celebrating their birthdays with a party to raise money for Seedleaf, a local nonprofit that operates 16 community gardens designed to increase access to healthy food.
Toa & Burnsy’s Birthday for a Cause is 7 p.m. Jan. 23 at Crank & Boom Ice Cream Lounge, 1210 Manchester Street. It’s an old-school hip-hop dance party featuring DJ Always, and includes snacks, drinks, cake and more. Tickets are $45 in advance, on sale at Crankandboom.com, or $55 at the door. In lieu of birthday gifts, donations are being urged to Seedleaf, which also offers cooking classes, leadership enrichment and other programs. Prizes for best costume.
▪ LexEffect will kick off a new Chew Brunch series with a two-course brunch featuring spiked coffees and hot chocolates at Crank & Boom. It’s 11 a.m. Feb. 6; tickets are $35. Order at Chewdinnerseries.com.
▪ Cork & Barrel Wine & Bourbon Bar, 2263 Nicholasville Road, will feature a mixed charcuterie, cheese and olive plate this weekend. You can pair this with special wine pours of Orin Swift Cellars Machete, a blend of Petite Sirah, Syrah and Grenache, or Joseph Carr Napa Valley Cab. Available from 1 to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. No reservations required. For more information, call 859-278-9463.
▪ Jersey Mike’s Subs is coming to 867 South Broadway. The sandwich shop is scheduled to open Jan. 27.
▪ On Saturday, West Sixth Brewing is offering Big Beers in the Barrel Room. For $15 from 6 to 10 p.m., you may choose five pours from 10 “big beers” — higher alcohol volume — on tap that night, including old favorites like Winter Warmer. And you get to keep the 5-ounce glass.