Food & Drink

Downtown Lexington dinner features Maker's Mark cocktail; Ashland celebrates with beer, bourbon and bacon

Maker's Mark chairman emeritus Bill Samuels, chef Jonathan Lundy and mixologist TJ Cox will produce a three-course dinner for 125 guests under the Fifth Third Pavilion to benefit the Downtown Lexington Corp. Foundation.

This harvest supper, billed as a "Farm to Table in the City" dining experience, is 7 p.m. Tuesday. Tickets are $125 per person.

Samuels will provide the entertainment and Cox will kick off festivities with a new craft cocktail, a bottled Maker's 46 Cinna-Manhattan, in special cocktail bottles to commemorate the event.

Lundy's three-course menu will include an hors d'oeuvres trio of walnut bung smoked brisket with a sour mash skillet cake and cask-q sauce, bourbon brined fried chicken with a buttermilk drop biscuit and Kentucky honey and 46 stave roasted salmon with winter squash slaw and chariyaki.

The salad course features shaved Newsom's country ham, goat cheese, Bibb lettuce and pawpaw preserves. The main course includes locally foraged sassafras root braised pork cheeks, black kale and root vegetable pavé. For dessert, a fried apple pie. Seating is limited. Call (859) 335-8640 for tickets.

■ The 24th annual St. Andrew Heritage Festival is Saturday and Sunday on the grounds of St. Andrew Orthodox Church, 1136 Higbee Mill Road. Festival includes ethnic food and dance demonstrations, music, and tours of the church and its extensive hand-painted iconography.

■ The 13th annual Halfway to St. Patrick's Day event, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 30, at O'Neill's Irish Pub, 2051 Richmond Road in Idle Hour, will serve Irish lamb stew and brown bread from chef Mary Parlanti. It's $10 at the door; proceeds benefit Lexington Sister Cities student scholarship fund.

Marikka's Restaurant, 411 Southland Drive, will celebrate Oktoberfest from 5 p.m. to close, Friday to Oct. 10. They'll be serving traditional German fare such as rouladen and schweinhaxen, and plenty of Oktoberfest beer. Live music from their oom-pah band on Fridays and Saturdays.

Woodford Reserve Distillery, 7855 McCracken Pike in Versailles, also is celebrating Oktoberfest 6 p.m. Oct. 3, with bourbon cocktails, Bluegrass craft beer and a German-inspired buffet dinner created by chef-de-cuisine, Nat Henton.

Menu includes German potato salad in sorghum vinaigrette, roasted pork loin, grünkohleintopf (slow braised kale topped with barrel stave smoked beef brisket and local Stonecross sausages), käesespätzle (homemade spätzle topped with smoked emmentaler cheese and crunchy shallots, sauerkraut fermented in Woodford Reserve, and homemade apfelstrudel — fresh apples and raisins baked in a fluffy puff pastry crust drizzled with a Woodford Reserve caramel.

Cost is $55 per person plus tax and tip; reservations required. Call (859) 879-1953 or

Coba Cocina, 2041 Richmond Road, is featuring a different tamale special — everything from veggies to lobster — each Tuesday for both lunch and dinner. Prices will vary.

Failte Irish Imports, 113 S. Upper St., is now serving "a proper cup of Irish tea," and Magic Beans Coffee and scones from Sunrise bakery with Irish jam and butter. Open 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

■ Kentucky authors Albert W. A. Schmid and photographer Carol Peachee will be discussing and signing their books, The Manhattan Cocktail: A Modern Guide to the Whiskey Classic and The Birth of Bourbon: A Photographic Tour of Early Distilleries, at Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 161 Lexington Green Circle, 4 p.m. Sunday.

Ashland, the Henry Clay Estate, 120 Sycamore Rd., will have a Beer Bourbon & Bacon Garden Party at 6 p.m. Oct. 6. Guests will get to enjoy an eclectic menu and pairing in the historic gardens and lawns of Ashland. Bacon infused small plates by chef Jeremy Ashby will be paired with Maker's Mark, Maker's 46 and Maker's Mark Cast Strength signature cocktails and Country Boy bourbon barrel aged beer. Cost is $45 per person; cash bar also available. Tickets at

This is part of The Bourbon Social, a round of 13 bourbon-themed events Oct. 1-11 around Lexington. Other events include a VIP progressive dinner at OBC Kitchen, Azur, Coles 735 Main, Distilled and Enoteca for $175; a Keeneland tailgate for $60; a distillery brunch at Jim Beam for $40; and The Main Event, tastings, cocktail competition and nibbles at the Campbell House for $40.

Bluegrass Catering is moving to the Manchester distillery district. Jill Bakehorn, who co-owns Bluegrass with her mother, Judy, said they bought the warehouse space behind the Barrel House and Grand Reserve venues, which they already owned.

They plan to put a commercial kitchen into 903 Manchester, which they purchased for $1.03 million, and continue doing outside catering as well.