Hemp dinner served at Ashland; Life Brewpub opens; Donut Day celebration

In honor of the Salvation Army’s National Donut Day on June 3, Entenmann’s will donate $1 for every entry into their contest to give away free doughnuts for year. Enter on Entenmann’s Facebook page.
In honor of the Salvation Army’s National Donut Day on June 3, Entenmann’s will donate $1 for every entry into their contest to give away free doughnuts for year. Enter on Entenmann’s Facebook page. Photo provided

Ashland, the Henry Clay Estate, at 120 Sycamore Road, is offering a dinner to celebrate the estate’s replanting of hemp, once a key crop for the Kentucky politician known as the “prince of hemp.”

The Henry Clay Hemp-Infused Dining Experience will be 6 p.m. June 11, prepared by Azur, featuring ingredients from Hemp Foods America. For $75, you will get a five-course hemp-infused meal, two adult hemp-infused beverages, and a hemp tote bag full of hemp products from sponsors Hemp History Week and Kentucky Hempsters, Alyssa Erickson and Kirsten Bohnert.

The meal will be the culmination of a hemp symposium that day from 1 to 5 p.m. which will feature speakers on the history of hemp, current research on it, and the political side of the story, including Kentucky Agriculture Secretary Ryan Quarles, UK researchers and others.

Seating is limited to 75 for the dinner, which will include bread made with hemp flour and sour cream cornbread with honey butter; quinoa mixed with hemp hearts, fresh strawberries and crumbled goat cheese, tossed in a green chile-peach and hemp oil dressing; hemp seed-crusted chicken topped with golden raisins, in a bourbon and sorghum glaze; handmade hemp flour fettuccine with basil and hemp seed pesto and bluegrass farmers market vegetables and greens tossed in virgin hemp oil with grated Romano. For dessert, there’s blueberry sour cream pie with hemp crust topped with hemp dusted whipped cream.

Go to or 859-266-8581, or go by the museum store at the estate.

▪  Make plans now: The National Avenue Block Party returns on June 10, from 5 to 9 p.m. on North Ashland Avenue between National and Aurora Avenues, and this year it will be the first of series, according to the announcement.

The event was such a hit last year food and drink vendors were overwhelmed and ran out of food early. This year, food vendors will include Crank & Boom, Crazy Bout Cajun, Pasta Garage, Big Daddy’s Weiners, Popcorn Paradise, Highland Brewing Co. and more, plus National Avenue’s Beer Hall, National Provisions and Locals.

▪  Azur, 3070 Lakecrest Circle, will feature Rombauer wines at a special dinner 7 p.m. June 8. Menu includes scallop carpaccio, 30-day aged dry rib eye tartare, veal medallion with grilled Romaine, and Black Forest cheesecake, all paired with Rombauer wines. Reservations required; $100 per person. Call 859-296-1007.

This will be sous chef Joey Harrison’s last big event at Azur; the Sullivan University graduate is leaving to work at Restaurant August in New Orleans with chef John Besh.

▪  Life Brewpub, 2628 Richmond Road, is having a grand opening June 2 from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Call 859-266-5433 for more information.

▪  Alfalfa, 141 East Main Street, will celebrate French cuisine for International Night on June 1. From 5:30 to 9 p.m. you can get seafood in puff pastry; rosemary pork; champagne crepes with leaf spinach, cremini mushrooms, artichoke hearts and brie cheese; eggplant Provencal; and French peasant stew. Next week: Greek night.

▪  West Sixth Brewing’s Greenroom, 109 West Main Street, is now open from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday with 10 beers on tap, along with several barrel aged bottles and light food provided from Sunrise Bakery, including their cheesecake made with a pecan crust and Pay it Forward Cocoa Porter ganache. The West Sixth Greenroom is also available on other days for private events.

▪  Wondering where all the local chefs have gone? Check the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, June 2-5. Attendees include chefs Ouita Michel of Holly Hill Inn and Jeremy Ashby of Azur, Kevin Ashworth of 610 Magnolia in Louisville, Castle & Key master distiller Marianne Barnes, sommelier Julie Defriend of 8UP Elevated Eatery and Drinkery in Louisville, Four Roses master distiller Brent Elliot, Nick Sullivan of The Oak Room at the Seelbach, and Julian and Preston Van Winkle of the Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery, and many others.

▪  Entenmann’s Bakery has partnered with The Salvation Army for National Donut Day, this year on June 3. To recognize the holiday, originally founded by The Salvation Army to honor those in military service, Entenmann’s Bakery is releasing the new Rich Frosted Party Sprinkled Donut.

You can also enter the “Win Free Donuts for a Year” Entenmann’s Facebook sweepstakes. And $1 for each entry will be donated to The Salvation Army, up to $35,000.

The holiday, held annually on the first Friday of June, was established by The Salvation Army in 1938 in Chicago to honor the “Donut Lassies,” who served these treats to soldiers during World War I, and to help raise needed funds during the Great Depression. The donuts became synonymous with The Salvation Army, as well as the American soldiers who were returning home with the nickname, “doughboys.”

▪  In honor of Global Wellness Day on June 11, the BlueFire Bar & Grill at Hyatt Regency Lexington, 401 West High Street, will give guests and local visitors alike free fruit smoothie samples available all day. Choose from a variety of delicious smoothie flavors combining fresh seasonal fruit, immune-boosting yogurt, protein and other nutritious ingredients to start your day off right.