Cooking with bourbon just got more appetizing in France.
Albert Schmid's The Kentucky Bourbon Cookbook was recognized as the "Best Book for Cooking With Drinks in the World" at the Paris Cookbook Fair on March 2.
The international Gourmand Award "is such a great validation for the culinary history of Kentucky," Schmid said. "Bourbon is such an integral part of Bluegrass culture, and it is so exciting to see it recognized on an international scale."
Schmid is chairman of Sullivan University's hotel- restaurant, beverage, hospitality management departments in Louisville. The Kentucky Bourbon Cookbook (The University Press of Kentucky, $24.95) features more than 50 recipes and is organized by season, with each chapter showcasing fresh ingredients and Kentucky events.
It's almost CSA season
If you want to make sure your family has the freshest produce this summer, it's time to sign up for Community Supported Agriculture's vegetable subscription program.
David Wagoner and Arwen Donahue, owners of Three Springs Farm in Carlisle, are ready with spring's first crop. "We have many leafy green and root vegetables sprouting in the greenhouse and garden, which puts us on schedule for our spring CSA to start on April 20," Wagoner said.
The early-spring season runs April 20 through May 11 (four deliveries), and is $80. The main season runs May 18 through Sept. 28. The cost is $400 for a full share of 20 deliveries or $220 for a half-share of 10 deliveries. Call (859) 289-2562 or go to Threespringsfarmky.com.
Elmwood Stock Farm in Scott County is expanding its CSA program. Locally grown organic produce will be picked, boxed and delivered to Central Baptist HealthwoRx Fitness & Wellness Center in Lexington Green on Tuesday afternoons.
"Making our wholesome organic produce available at a location focused on health and wellness is just a natural fit," farm owner Ann Stone said. "It will be convenient for folks to grab their vegetable box on the way out the door when they finish exercising or attending one of the classes."
Elmwood's season runs for 22 weeks, from mid-May through mid-October. Three share sizes are offered: mini, $325; regular, $550; and robust, $775. Egg and meat shares also are available. To reserve a share or to review other area pickup locations, go to Elmwoodstockfarm.com or call (859) 621-0755.
Food that's good for your sprouts
The Green Sprouts Kids Club at Good Foods Market and Café offers monthly classes and free organic produce.
The program is designed to educate youngsters about healthy shopping choices. Children 12 and younger receive free membership cards, plus a banana or a produce pick of the month when they show the cards to produce employees.
Good Foods is at 455 Southland Drive. Call (859) 278-1813 or go to Goodfoods.coop.
Vote on your fave cookbook
The International Association of Culinary Professionals has announced the finalists for the 2011 Cookbook Awards. Winners will be named at the Gala Awards ceremony June 2 in Austin, Texas.
Fifty-two books in 17 categories were selected as finalists. Someone looking to build a culinary library could do no better than to consult this list of winners, committee chairwoman Stella Fong said.
IACP members and the public may vote on the "People's Choice" Cookbook Award by selecting a favorite finalist by April 15. A complete list of 2011 Cookbook Award categories and finalists is at IACP.com.
A club for female bourbon fans
Bourbon Women, a new consumer organization, provides networking, educational, philanthropic and social opportunities for women with an interest and affinity for bourbon.
Peggy Noe Stevens, chairwoman of the group, said the organization will target an often overlooked but important group of bourbon consumers — professional women.
Bourbon Women will host seminars, tastings and distillery tours. Membership is $50 a year. To join, e-mail Nick Vaccaro at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (502) 456-1851, Ext. 2.