Food & Drink

Eddie Montgomery's Steakhouse plans a pretty grand opening

Eddie Montgomery's Steakhouse has been open for several months in Harrodsburg, and a grand opening celebration is set for Sept. 14.

Montgomery, half of country music duo Montgomery Gentry, is gearing up for the party at the 20,000-square-foot entertainment and dining complex at 180 Lucky Man Way.

Entertainment will include performances by country singers John Michael Montgomery, Craig Morgan, Colt Ford and Billy Dean. Tickets are $200, and a portion of the proceeds goes to Camp Horsin' Around. Call (859) 734-3400 or go to Eddie

Merrick Inn kicks off football season

Merrick Inn, 1074 Merrick Drive, will have a Big Blue Bourbon and Barbecue Bash on Saturday. The party begins at 3 p.m., and a big-screen TV will be set up on the patio for watching the Kentucky-Louisville football game.

Plate specials include barbecued pork and chicken, potato salad, baked beans and cole slaw. Select bourbons are $5. Call (859) 269-5417.

Birthday Bourbon is always dated

Old Forester has released its 2010 vintage-dated Birthday Bourbon.

Launched eight years ago to honor George Garvin Brown, the founder of Louisville-based Brown-Forman and Old Forester, the Birthday Bourbon is a limited-edition bourbon released annually.

This year's vintage release is crafted from a 72-barrel batch that was put into barrels Oct. 24, 1997. Unlike the standard Old Forester, which is a batch of whisky from several years, Birthday Bourbon is a vintage-dated bourbon, hand-selected from one specific day of production. It retails for $49.99.

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Varden's tweaks its lunch menu

Varden's, 509 Main Street in Paris, has updated its lunch menu. Included are a grilled meatloaf sandwich, pulled pork barbecue, a lobster BLT and a chicken Caesar salad. Call (859) 987-4700 or go to

Direct from Munich

Old Chicago, 1924 Pavilion Way in Hamburg, is celebrating the 200th anniversary of Oktoberfest by featuring an exclusive beer. Until now, the Paulaner Wiesn blond has been served only in the Paulaner tent at Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany. The Oktoberfest kick-off party will be Wednesday. Call (859) 977-4640.

A tip of the glass to Henry Clay

Ten Kentucky wineries will be highlighted at Ashland, the Henry Clay Estate on Saturday at Vintage Kentucky: A Toast to Henry Clay. The wine tasting will be 1 to 7 p.m. The DiMartino/Osland Jazz Orchestra will perform at 5 p.m. on the back lawn. Admission is free, but the wine tasting is $20.

Seafood and spirits

Rossi's Restaurant, 1060 Chinoe Road, is having a Seafood Splash and Spirit Bash on Sept. 10 to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Hours are 7 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are $75. Call Beth Denham at (502) 454-8435 or 1-800-526-8126.

Of middles eastern

Belly dancers will entertain at Petra Mediterranean Bar and Grill, 116 Market Place Drive, at 8 p.m. Saturday. Call (859 272-0044 or go to

Outside entertainment

Sutton's, 110 North Locust Hill Drive, has live music on the patio on Friday and Saturday. Ernie Roberts will entertain from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday, and Billie Sallee will be there Saturday. Call (859) 268-2068.

So long, Max and Erma's

Max and Erma's Hamburg location closed Saturday. The chain was sold in a federal bankruptcy court auction in mid-August, and the new owner closed nine stores. The one in Beaumont Centre closed in November.

Farmer market report

Bluegrass Farmers Market will have corn, tomatoes, peppers, squash, green beans, potatoes, apples, eggplant, eggs, jams, honey, Amish baked goods, herbs, berries and melons. The market is at 3450 Richmond Road, in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Go to