Grillers and barbecue lovers will want to pick up the newest Steven Raichlen cookbook — and have it autographed Monday at Fayette Mall.
Raichlen, author of How to Grill and The Barbecue! Bible, and host of Primal Grill and Barbecue University on PBS, will be at Williams-Sonoma at 6 p.m. to sign Planet Barbecue! An Electrifying Journey Around the World's Barbecue Trail (Workman, $22.95). Raichlen will sign only books bought at Williams-Sonoma in the mall, 3473 Nicholasville Road. Call (859) 272-5856.
At culinary camp
High school students thinking about a culinary career learned some basic skills at camp last week.
Juniors and seniors from Kentucky and nearby states came to Sullivan University's Culinary Camp and learned knife skills, baking techniques and how to break down a side of beef.
"It's a very brief introduction to culinary school, but it covers a lot of the basics," Karla Owen said. "It's an introduction to the kitchen, and foods and spices and products they might not have used before."
As a student instructor, Owen was teaching and learning. "It's really cool. I teach them everything I've learned through the program," she said. Chef instructors work with four student teachers and 25 high schoolers during the weeklong camp.
As fresh as coffee gets
There's a new coffee roaster in town.
Superlative Coffee Roasters, 116 Mechanic Street, specializes in organic, fair trade, 100 percent Arabica coffees from around the world. "We roast daily in small batches for peak freshness," said Patrick Meyer, who owns the shop with his wife, Jenny Super.
"We've always loved coffee and have been fond of the micro-roastery concept for some time," said Meyer, who opened the store June 1. "We sell whole-bean and ground, and we grind specifically for those who use the Keurig coffeemakers."
The store also has proprietary blends and single-origin coffees. Call (859) 252-5000 or go to www.superlativecoffee.com.
The company that makes the best commercial beer cheese is Southwind Sports Bar of Winchester. That's according to the people who attended the second annual Beer Cheese Festival in Winchester earlier this month and voted for their favorite.
Howard's Creek Authentic Beer Cheese of Lexington came in second, and Allman's Beer Cheese of Mount Vernon was third.
The top three in the amateur contest were Olivia Hurter Swan of Chicago and Mike Hurter of Lexington, first place; Danny R. Lainhart of Paris, second; and Brennan Gilkison of Winchester, third. There were 39 entries.
Wanna trade cookbooks?
If you have a few cookbooks you'd like to trade, stop by Bluegrass Farmers' Market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday for a cookbook exchange. It's in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs on Richmond Road.