Food & Drink

At The Wholesome Chef, teaching starts in the kitchen

Preparing healthful meals isn't difficult if you know a few cooking techniques.

The Wholesome Chef, 507 East High Street, is a collaborative teaching kitchen that offers classes on health, nutrition, wellness, and kitchen skills.

"We teach you about why certain foods are healthy and show you how to prepare them in ways that are accessible to the average busy person," owner Carolyn Gilles said. "Cooking and eating healthy should not be stressful or intimidating. This is all about culinary education for the home cook. If you have questions or want to learn about something more specific in the kitchen, we'll meet your needs."

Participants are introduced to recipes and ingredients that promote health and well- being. The space is open to all health- and food-related educators for teaching classes.

An open house from 2 to 5 p.m. June 4 will offer tours of the facility and samples of local and organic foods. Call (859) 379-2192 or visit Thewholesomechef.com.

June classes at Good Foods Market & Café include a beer and cheese tasting. Here's the lineup.

■ Sample foods from local producers. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 4.

■ Beer and cheese tasting. 7 to 9 p.m. June 9. $15.

■ Basics of cooking for health with health coach Paula Antonini and sustainable foods chef Carolyn Gilles from The Wholesome Chef. 2 to 5 p.m. June 18. $29.

■ Green Sprouts Kids Club. 10 to 11 a.m. June 25.

■ The Good Foods board of directors will present the film The End of the Line at 6:30 p.m. June 28. Jim Tidwell, professor at Kentucky State University Aquaculture Research Center, and Angela Caporelli, aquaculture coordinator at the state Department of Agriculture, will discuss the film. Visit Endoftheline.com/film.

Call (859) 278-1813, Ext. 231 or go to Goodfoods.coop. Good Foods is at 455 Southland Drive.

Burgers vs. Wings rematch

Beef 'O' Brady's, 129 Towne Centre Drive, is asking customers to vote on their favorite: burgers or wings. The second annual Burgers vs. Wings competition ends June 5.

Last year, wings won, but Beef 'O' Brady's has stepped up its burger game by introducing fresh Black Angus burgers. Wing lovers, who have 11 sauces to choose from, may try two new dry rubs: lemon pepper and blackened seasoning.

Customers may go to BeefOBradys.com and receive $5 off their next purchase of $25 or more.

Beard award winners

The 2011 James Beard Foundation Awards were announced earlier this month in New York. Here are some of the winners. For a complete list, go to JBFawards.com.

■ Outstanding chef: José Andrés, Minibar, Washington, D.C.

■ Outstanding restaurant: Eleven Madison Park, New York. Owner: Danny Meyer.

■ Rising Star chef: Gabriel Rucker, Le Pigeon, Portland, Ore.

■ Best new restaurant: ABC Kitchen, New York. Chef/owner: Jean-Georges Vongerichten, owner: Phil Suarez.

■ Who's Who of Food & Beverage in America: Jonathan Gold, writer, LA Weekly, Los Angeles; Lee Jones, farmer/owner, Chef's Garden, Huron, Ohio; Charles Phan, chef/owner, The Slanted Door, San Francisco; Frank Stitt, chef/owner, Highlands Bar and Grill, Birmingham, Ala.; Nick Valenti, CEO, Patina Restaurant Group, New York.

■ Cookbook of the year: Oaxaca al Gusto: An Infinite Gastronomy by Diana Kennedy.

■ TV program, in studio or fixed location: Top Chef: Season 7, Bravo. Host: Padma Lakshmi.

■ TV program, on location: Avec Eric, PBS. Host: Eric Ripert.

■ TV food personality/host: Alton Brown of Good Eats, Food Network.

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