Restaurants, home cooks share food at dinner to benefit refugee ministry

LexGo Eat visits J. Renders BBQ

The LexGo Eat team talked with owners Ren and Gwyn Everly of the new J. Renders southern BBQ restaurant on Beaumont Centre Circle and got to sample some of their restaurant and food truck menu favorites.
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The LexGo Eat team talked with owners Ren and Gwyn Everly of the new J. Renders southern BBQ restaurant on Beaumont Centre Circle and got to sample some of their restaurant and food truck menu favorites.

The Kentucky Refugee Ministries will host a fund-raising dinner from 6-11 p.m., June 24 called Passport to Flavor at Manchester Music Hall, 899 Manchester Street. The dinner will feature international cuisine from local restaurateurs and refugee home cooks from around the Afghanistan, Bhutan, Burundi, Cuba and Syria, plus music, dance, arts, and a silent auction.

Coordinated by Dan Wu and Libby Allen, participating restaurants include Jasmine Rice, Brasabana, Sullivan University, Sav’s, Vinaigrette Salad Kitchen, and Athenian Grill. Tickets are $30 for adults, $15 for children 6 to 12, under 6 are free. Tickets can be ordered at or call 859-226-5661.

▪  Table 310, 310 West Short Street, is offering farm-to-table dinner 7 p.m. June 28 featuring Blue Moon Farm, with owners Leo and Jean Pitches Keene. Tickets are $65 per person for a three-course meal of seasonal locally sourced items prepared by chef Chris Smith. Wine pairings will be available for purchase as well. Call 859-309-3901 for reservations.

▪  Mint Julep Tours is offering a special tour behind the scenes of some of bourbon’s most interesting locations, led by historian Michael Veach. The Beyond The Bourbon event on June 30, explores the life of E.H. Taylor who is celebrated as the “Father of the Modern Bourbon Industry.” Veach and guests will visit Vendome Copper & Brass Works, Buffalo Trace Distillery, the City of Frankfort, and the historic Old Taylor Distillery which is now being revived as Castle and Key Distillery outside Versailles.

The cost is $249 per person that includes transportation, admissions, two signature cocktails and appetizers. The tour departs at 1 p.m. from the Mint Julep Tours Gift Shop, located in the Galt House Hotel, 140 N. Fourth St. in Downtown Louisville. The tour returns at about 9 p.m. Tickets and more information are available by calling 502-583-1433.

▪  Brasabana, 841 Lane Allen Road, and the Bluegrass Corvette Club are sponsoring a car show and pig roast to benefit UK Children’s Hospital from 2 to 6 p.m. June 26. Music with Willie Eames and classic cars will be on display. Tickets are $18 per person. Menu will feature slow-roasted pig with sauces, Cuban rice and bean salad, grilled summer vegetables, Adobo potato salad, Mexican-style street corn and mango salad, served buffet style.

▪  Wine + Market, 486 West Second Street, is bringing back monthly beer tastings. From 5:30 to 7 p.m. June 22, they will sample Californian craft brews by brand-new-to-Kentucky The Bruery. For $10 per person, you can sample Saison Rue, Gypsy Tart, Tart of Darkness and White Oak.

▪  On June 23, Enoteca, 191 Jefferson Street, will have a special distillery tasting with Hartfield & Company, 718 Main Street in Paris. Founder Andrew Buchanan will sample his lineup and discuss the distillery’s barrel program. Call 859-687-0346 to reserve a spot.

▪  Alfalfa, 141 East Main Street, will feature Moroccan food for International Night on June 22. From 5:30 to 9 p.m., you can get apricot chicken; chermoula fish (mahi-mahi marinated and seared with cilantro, garlic, ginger, lemon, chilies and spices); vegetable tajine (sweet potato, carrot, zucchini, cauliflower, onions and eggplant simmered with garlic, ginger, mint and spices); and a sampler plate with spinach and cheese phyllo turnovers, roasted pepper salad, tomato salad, cucumber salad and flatbread. Call 859-253-0014.

▪  Creative Table and Kitchen, 185 Pasadena, is hosting Sunday brunches with live music. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., on June 26 the all-you-can-eat brunch buffet is $19.95; free for kids under 8. Menu includes barbecue brisket, bacon, sausage links, cornmeal fried catfish, migas, eggs Benedict with local country ham, cheddar garlic grits, buttermilk pancakes, drop biscuits and pepper gravy, chicken and waffles, southern green beans, hash brown casserole, scratch-made rolls and muffins. Call 859-948-3125 for reservations.

▪  BurgerFi, 141 Rojay Drive and coming this fall to Euclid and Rose, has rolled out a new burger: The CEO is a double patty burger made with two all-natural waygu patties, Swiss cheese, a house-made truffle aioli and hand crafted bacon jam. Also, all the burgers have increased in size along with a new all natural non-GMO bun.

▪  Bonefish Grill, 2341 Sir Barton Way, has launched of a new seasonal menu that includes grilled wild salmon, walleye with citrus aioli and shrimp topping, day boat scallops, and Kate’s Wild North Atlantic haddock, mildly sweet white fish, garlic crumb dusted, wood-grilled and topped with feta, artichokes and lemon basil butter sauce.

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