Food & Drink

Parkette plans a party for its Food Network segment

Parkette Drive In is having a party to celebrate its appearance on Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

The segment will air at 10 p.m. Monday, and Insight Communications and Colortyme are setting up TV screens at the drive-in, 1230 East New Circle Road, for the showing.

Parkette co-owner Randy Kaplan said there will be food specials and prizes. Call (859) 254-8723 or go to Theparkette.com.

It's shrimp season in the Bluegrass

It's shrimp harvest time in Central Kentucky. Fill a cooler with ice and head to Henton Farm in Woodford County at noon Sunday to pick up your shellfish. The freshwater prawns are $10 a pound. Call (859) 983-8148. The farm is 435 Grassy Springs Road.

If you don't want to go to the farm, you can pick up fresh shrimp at Bluegrass Farmers Market on Saturday.

Aquaculture graduate students from Kentucky State University will sell freshwater shrimp/prawns that were raised in the school's research ponds in Frankfort. The students will have information about how to process, prepare, cook and freeze the prawns. You'll need to bring a cooler and ice.

Proceeds from the sales will be used for students to attend conferences to present their research.

The Bluegrass market also will have homegrown tomatoes, peppers, squash, green beans, potatoes, apples, eggplant, eggs, jams, honey, baked goods, herbs, berries, mums, pumpkins and fall decorations. 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 Localharvest.org/blog/29529.

Fall comes to Jean Farris menu

The dinner menu at Jean Farris Winery is changing with the season. Featured items for fall are rabbit, prepared two ways; rack of lamb paired with Gruyere bread pudding; house-made ricotta-chestnut ravioli; and chocolate soufflé.

Dining is available on the patio overlooking the vineyard. Classical violinist Agatha Clixby will perform from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, and guitarist/vocalist Nate Jones will entertain Saturday. Call (859) 263-9463 or go to Jeanfarris.com. The winery is at 6825 Old Richmond Road.

Lots of coffee to sip and savor

Superlative Coffee Roasters will have a "Sip and Savor" event Saturday at the roastery, 116 Mechanic Street. "We'll be tasting coffees from around the world and have roasting demonstrations," co-owner Jenny Super said. Superlative's limited-edition barrel-aged, bourbon-infused coffee will be introduced at the open house, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call (859) 252-5000 or go to Superlativecoffee.com.

Bourbon and pizza get together

Four Roses Bourbon and Pazzo's Pizza Pub are celebrating Bourbon Heritage Month by introducing the "bourbon bootlegger" pizza. It includes grilled chicken, bacon, red onions and provolone cheese, and the sauce is made with bourbon. Pazzo's is at 385 South Limestone. Call (859) 255-5125. Go to Fourroses.us or Pazzospizzapub.com.

Al's is now a breakfast bar

Al's Bar, 601 North Limestone, will begin serving Bluegrass Brunch on Saturday. The brunch buffet features local foods and an assortment of breakfast cocktails. Included are buttermilk biscuits, portobello mushroom gravy, chipotle cheese grits, tomato and basil bisque, and carrot cake. Hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Live bluegrass music begins at 11:15 a.m. Call (859) 252-9104 or go to Alsbarlexington.com.

Chef copies from his colleagues

Brandon Ginter, chef at The Julep Cup, is serving dishes from the chefs he's working with at the Cookin' in the Bluegrass celebrity chef dinner series at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. He will cook with Joseph Lenn, chef at The Inn at Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tenn., and Nancy Oakes, chef at Boulevard Restaurant in San Francisco, on Sept. 27. (Tickets to the dinners at the Kentucky Horse Park are $300 and available at Alltechfeigames.com.)

On Friday and Saturday at The Julep Cup, the menu will include Boulevard's fried green tomato and crispy oyster BLT, and spiny lobster paella; and from Blackberry Farm, grilled chili-rubbed prime rib and peach shortcake. On Monday nights, the restaurant will serve Alltech Angus Beef's T-bone steaks.

The Julep Cup is at 111 Woodland Avenue. Call (859) 226-0300.

In the pink for fund-raiser

Merrick Inn, 1074 Merrick Drive, will have a Drink Pink/Keeneland fall fashion show at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. A portion of the proceeds goes to Kentucky Pink Connection, a program that "serves breast cancer patients on a personal basis by reducing and/or eliminating barriers to screening, diagnosis and treatment," according to its Facebook page. Pink food and drink specials will be served. Call (859) 269 5417. Music will be provided by Jon Curtis and Lauren Wilson.

Park's chef wins 'Cast Iron' crown

Kendra Clark, an assistant chef at Greenbo Lake State Resort Park, won the Cast Iron Chef competition last month at the Kentucky State Fair. The ingredients the chefs used were kept a secret until the cook-off began. Clark's winning dish, which she had 30 minutes to prepare, was a New York strip steak with sautéed onions and peppers that was accompanied by linguine, summer squash and green beans.

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