Fred Minnick, author of Bourbon Curious, a Simple Tasting Guide for the Savvy Drinker, will be discussing and signing his book at Morris Book Shop, 882 East High Street, at 5:30 p.m. Friday. And he'll bring bourbon to sample, too.
For the book Minnick tasted between 50 and 60 bourbons; his tasting notes are included, along with loads of information about the drink and the distilleries that make bourbon (or don't, as the case may be.) Minnick said the book, which is already in its third printing, is for everyone from the curious bourbon newcomer to "hard-core bourbon geeks."
■ The last movie in the Kentucky Theatre Summer Classics series is The Big Lebowski. To celebrate, there's a block party from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, with drink specials at Natasha's Bistro on Esplanade (including White Russians) and grilled sausages at Town Branch Market. The Dudes, a band, will play in the theater at 7 p.m.; movie starts at 8 p.m. Main Street will stay open. An after party, including a costume contest, starts after the movie in The Bar Complex. The party is free. Movie tickets are $6 each.
■ The first 100-proof Old Forester Birthday Bourbon hits the shelves Wednesday. This is the 14th edition of the coveted 12-year-old product; only 13,200 bottles will be sold.
"This particular lot of barrels is unusual because it matured in the same warehouse location instead of multiple sites. The lot aged near a window and close to a heat cycling duct, exposing all of the barrels to very high temperatures, resulting in the very robust, intense wood-derived characteristics exhibited by this exceptional vintage," said master distiller Chris Morris.
Selected from a single day of production, this limited edition small batch bourbon is vintage-dated June 13, 2003. Suggested price, $69.99-$79.99.
■ Wing Zone is celebrating its 15th anniversary in Lexington from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m. Wednesday, with 50 percent off all wing orders up to 100 wings at both locations — 351 Southland Drive, and 580 Eureka Springs Dr. — said owner Mike Tackett. Place orders in person, by phone or online at Wingzone.com.
■ The University of Kentucky's Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Working Group "First Friday" breakfast forum returns on Sept. 4. Kickoff is at the UK Horticultural Research Farm, known as South Farm, off Man o' War Boulevard at Nicholasville Road. Gathering and breakfast by chef Bob Perry from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.; tour of the organic farm from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. RSVP to email@example.com.
■ Kick off the Labor Day weekend with the 8th annual Latin Pig Roast at Azur, 3070 Lakecrest Circle, 6:30 p.m. Friday. Chef Jeremy Ashby and Brasabana executive chef Miguel Rivas marinate, smoke and braise whole suckling pig on the Azur patio. Dinner, for $40 per person (plus tax and tip), includes empanadas de pollo, chicken-stuffed empanadas with local sweet corn butter; smoked chicken and ham croquettes with key lime honey mustard, and more. Reservations can be made at (859) 296-1007.
■ The Culinary Cats of Anderson County won the 2015 Kentucky Proud Farm to School Junior Chef championship Aug. 28 at the Kentucky Exposition Center. Team members Christina Montgomery, Gracie Inabnitt, Mary Grace Bamburger, Abby Coyle, and Ally Hays won with a Baked Hot Brown penne. Anderson County was coached by Jessica Harley and Jamison Nethery. Pikeville High School's Layered taco bowl took runner-up honors. The Pikeville team consisted of Ja'Mesa Honaker, Zane Akers, and Colin Elder, and was coached by Kelly Scott.
Each Anderson County member won a $6,000 scholarship from Sullivan University. Each Pikeville member won a $4,000 scholarship from Sullivan. Montgomery was named Top Chef of the tournament and won an additional $2,000 scholarship offer.
Recipes for winning dishes are available online at www.kyagr.com/junior-chef.
■ The first Zaxby's restaurant in Somerset is coming to 2039 S. U.S. 27. The fast-casual restaurant known for chicken fingers and wings will open in September.