Anthony Lamas, chef/ owner of Seviche in Louisville, has been named a leader of the Latin food revolution by Latina.com. The online destination for Latina culture praises Lamas for blending local ingredients with Latin tradition.
Lamas was a 2010 semi-finalist for the James Beard Foundation "Best Chef Southeast" award, and the restaurant was named one of the "10 great places for Latino flavor and flair" in the country by USA Today. Seviche is at 1538 Bardstown Road, Louisville. Call (502) 473-8560 or go to Sevicherestaurant.com.
Gift baskets at Shaker Hill
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill is creating gift baskets for the holidays. The culinary basket includes dip mixes, dinner napkins, cornmeal mix, mini corn sticks pan, spicy pretzels, chocolates, and butter knife. Baskets of marinades and jams and jellies also are available. Each basket comes with a hand-crafted ornament. Prices range from $15 to $50.
Shaker Village is at 3501 Lexington Road, Harrodsburg. Call (859) 734-5411 or go to Shakervillageky.org.
Tea with B&B tour
The annual Old Louisville Holiday House Tour will feature a Victorian high tea along with visits inside eight homes and bed and breakfast inns.
The tea, hosted by Conrad-Caldwell House Museum, will be at the Inn at the Park, 1332 South Fourth Street. Seatings are at 11:30 a.m. and 1, 2:30 and 4 p.m. Dec. 4 and 5. The menu features recipes from Louisville author David Dominé's newest cookbook, A Feast for the Eyes: Recipes From America's Grandest Victorian Neighborhood.
Tickets are $20. Call (502) 635-5244 or go to Holidayhousetour.com. You can buy tickets during the tour at the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum or at the Inn at the Park. Tour hours are noon to 6 p.m. Tour tickets are $20 in advance or $25 the day of the tour.Sprinkles 'n' Grins is a new Web site that offers instructions, recipes, photos and videos to help you create holiday goodies.
Sprinklesngrins.com features Betty Crocker and Cake Mate decorating products. Projects and recipes are cataloged by the calendar, which has everyday and holiday suggestions, such as peppermint mocha muffins for December.
How-to videos star Clare Crespo, author of Hey There Cupcake! and creator of The Yummyfun Kooking Series on DVD.
Eat wisely, shoppers
Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year. While looking for bargains, don't forget your diet. Health magazine has picked the best foods to eat at the food court. These dishes have reasonable amounts of calories, fat, sodium and fiber. For specific nutrition information, go to Health.com/health/gallery/0,,20437424_1,00.html
The list includes:
■ Asian grilled salmon on brown rice: P.F. Chang's China Bistro.
■ Chicken on flatbread with hummus artisan snack plate: Starbucks.
■ Broccoli beef with white rice from Panda Express.
■ Six-inch veggie delite with Swiss: Subway.
■ Asian sesame chicken salad: Panera Bread.
■ Snack-size fruit and walnut salad: McDonald's.
Haws takes Manhattan
Matt Haws is the master of Manhattan. He created an apple cobbler Manhattan for the Woodford Reserve Manhattan Experience drink recipe contest at CastlePost in Versailles earlier this month.
Haws, owner of Grandview Tavern & Grille in Covington, will represent Kentucky in the final competition in New York on Jan. 10. The Manhattan Experience national winner last year was Jeromy Edwards of Kentucky.
Here is Haws' winning recipe.
Apple cobbler Manhattan
2 ounces Woodford Reserve bourbon
½ ounce apple juice
¼ ounce butterscotch schnapps
¼ ounce maple syrup
Stir ingredients into a Manhattan glass and garnish with Granny Smith apple slice.