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Plenty of Kentucky Proud food at Commonwealth Stadium; Pen to Plate dinner at Morris Book Shop

Football fans at Commonwealth Stadium can enjoy a slew of new Kentucky Proud favorites, including a Bluegrass Burger and a Spicy Cat Tail brat.

The University of Kentucky has bought goods with at least $90,000 in farm-gate impact to serve at Commonwealth and possibly at Memorial Coliseum, Cliff Hagan Stadium and other UK venues, according to the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.

The Bluegrass Burger, made with ground beef from the Chop Shop, is topped with a slice of Sassy Redhead cheese from Boone Creek Creamery, a green tomato slice from Jones Farm and kale from UK's South Farm on a Klosterman bun.

The Spicy Cat Tail comes from UK's own butcher shop in the College of Agriculture.

Other Kentucky Proud items: popcorn, chili cheese dog with Boone Creek Cheese, corn on the cob, Hickory King Collective corn chips, barbecue sauce on the pork sandwiches, bread pudding and Bev's Brittle peanut brittle.

■ For the First Friday breakfast forum on Oct. 2, the Food Connection at UK is hosting a presentation called "The Crust is in the Wheat" about efforts to come up with a strain of wheat that will grow well in Kentucky and produce a crusty loaf. The forum will be at the Fayette County Extension office, 1140 Red Mile Place, beginning with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. The presentation is at 8:30 a.m. by Bluegrass Bakery owner Jim Betts and UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment faculty and staff, local producers, and advocates for sustainable agriculture and food systems.

■ The next Pen to Plate Dinner at Morris Book Shop, 882 East High Street, will feature Marksbury Farm charcuterie and chef Wyatt Sarbacker cooking from Culinary Artistry by Andrew Dornenburg, Karen Page and James Peterson. Dinner is 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15; $65 a person. Reservations are required; go to Morrisbookshop.com.

■ The last Jon Carloftis Life + Style event of the year is Oct. 3. He will show off the garden makeover at My Old Kentucky Home State Park in Bardstown from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $125 a person and includes breakfast and lunch from Harrison-Smith House, the garden presentations and a Maker's Mark bourbon tasting. Proceeds from the event benefit the garden, grounds and venues. For more information and reservations, go to Gardenlifestyleshow.com.

■ The Split Rock Jumping Tour, a show-jumping competition to benefit UK's Markey Cancer Foundation, returns Oct. 9 to 11 to Split Rock Farm, 4845 Bryan Station Road. The Apiary will cater the VIP hospitality, and there will be a beer garden and food court featuring Smoke This BBQ, Tin Can Coffee Roasters, Hardwood Pizza Co., The Epic Cure, The Weekly Juicery and Popcorn Paradise. For tickets, go to Splitrockjumpingtour.com.

■ The Taste of Louisville, Oct. 7 at Louisville Executive Aviation, at 2700 Gast Boulevard in Bowman Field, will feature nearly 50 participating restaurants, wineries, distilleries, breweries and vendors. Tickets are $50 at TheTasteofLouisville.com, and $55 the day of the event.

Maker's Mark Distillery in Loretto will have a Cajun feast with plenty of Maker's 46 Sazeracs and Hurricanes from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 10. New Orleans chef John Besh will serve chicken and sausage jambalaya, seafood gumbo, cochon de lait and more to celebrate his new cookbook, Besh Big Easy: 101 Home-Cooked New Orleans Recipes. This is the second TasteMaker's Award weekends. Tickets are $45 a person and include an autographed book. Go to Makersmark.com/ distillery/events.

Want to go? LexGo Eat has a pair of tickets to give away, courtesy of Maker's Mark. To enter, "like" LexGo's Facebook page and leave us a comment on the Besh item. We'll draw a name next Tuesday. Only one entry per person, please.

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