Michael Paley, chef at Proof on Main in Louisville, will be guest executive chef for the Jan. 19 Kentucky Bluegrass Ball in Washington, D.C. The ball is a celebration of the presidential inauguration and the kickoff for the 2009 inaugural ball season for Kentucky celebrities, entertainment and foods. The Bluegrass Ball will be at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel and is sponsored by the Kentucky Society of Washington (www.kentuckysociety.org).
Magazine makes orchard a top pick
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Hinton's Orchard & Farm Market in Hodgenville was featured in the fall issue of Southern Living Decorating magazine as one of five places in the South to take the kids for a fall outing.
Hinton's has apples, value-added products and gift baskets available through the holidays. It's at 8631 Campbellsville Road. Call (270) 325-3854 or go to www.hintonsorchard.com.
Want to try some Pie in a Bottle?
Ken Weikel of Louisville, maker of Pie in a Bottle, will offer samplings of his product at the Kentucky Artisan Center in Berea from 10:30 to 2 p.m. Nov. 15.
Weikel created the mixture that is a base mix for pecan pie when he wanted to make a pie and discovered he didn't have all the ingredients. After about three trips to the grocery, he began thinking how con venient it would be to have all the ingredients in one bottle. After experimenting in the kitchen, he came up with Pie in a Bottle. You simply add eggs and nuts.
Weikel Foods, which has been featured on Food Network's Unwrapped, also makes chipotle dry rub.
The Artisan Center is at 975 Walnut Meadow Road, just off Interstate 75 at exit 77.
Holiday buffet is back
Woodford Reserve's annual holiday luncheons begin Nov. 22.
Chef David Larson will serve a buffet featuring seasonal specialties. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, Nov. 22 to Dec. 28. Cost is $24.95. Call (859) 879-1953 or go to www.woodfordreserve.com/reservation. The distillery is at 7855 McCracken Pike, Versailles.
All aboard for the North Pole
My Old Kentucky Dinner Train will have a North Pole Express ride for children on Dec. 21.
"It's an abbreviated run, from our normal excursion, and an abbreviated menu," executive chef Eric Robertson said. The children's menu will include a cereal mix appetizer, chicken fingers, homemade macaroni and cheese, and Christmas cupcakes. The one-hour rides are at 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Cost is $25 for children, $30 for adults. The dinner train is at 602 North Third Street, Bardstown. Call 1-866-801-3463 or (502) 348-7500 or go to www.rjcorman.com.
The Thanksgiving train ride will be at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 23. One of the menu choices is turkey and dressing. The cost is $59.95.