Food & Drink

Sharon Thompson: Send us your bean salad recipes

Summer salads reign at picnics, but if you are bored with potato salad and coleslaw, you might want to serve a hearty and healthful bean salad.

We're looking for bean salad recipes that are family treasures, or that you've created. The submission deadline is June 9.

Email them to or mail them to Sharon Thompson, Lexington Herald-Leader, 100 Midland Avenue, Lexington, Ky. 40508.

We'll run some in an upcoming food section.

Ready, set ... grill!

The best pitmasters in Kentucky will put their grills to the test at the Fort Harrod Beef Festival on June 3 and 4 at the Mercer County Fairgrounds in Harrodsburg.

The grill-off teams will compete June 4 for the best brisket, steak, ribs and back-yard burger. Critchfield Meats will provide the beef. There also will be a youth back-yard burger and steak category, for ages 9 to 17. "People's Choice" and "Best of Show" awards will be presented. The cost is $6 to sample and vote for the best griller. Other June 4 events include a steak and eggs breakfast, chef demonstrations, and an old-fashioned ice cream social.

The festival begins at 5 p.m. June 3 with live entertainment, food and crafts, and a wine and cheese tasting. Call LeMayne Ellis at (859) 734-5546 or Dana Anderson at (859) 734-4378. Mercer County Fairgrounds is at 460 Linden Avenue, Harrodsburg. Go to

Gluten-free news

Kentucky gluten-free baking mix manufacturer Bloomfield Farms gets national exposure in an article, "Getting Gluten-free Right," in the May issue of the food-industry publication Snack Food & Wholesale Bakery, for volume bakery, baked-snack and snack-food producers.

The gluten-free baking mixes are available at Whole Foods Market, 161 Lexington Green Circle, and at

Pamela's Products, another manufacturer of gluten-free foods, is having a gluten-free recipe contest June 1 to Aug. 15. The theme is easy and delicious food with a focus on convenience. Contestants are invited to create recipes that are short on time but big on taste, using any of the Pamela's brand products.

The grand prize is a $200 gift certificate to a kitchen-supply store. Two runners-up will receive $100 gift certificates. For entry forms and to check out last year's winning recipes, go to

Test your wine skills

The Court of Master Sommeliers will offer the certified sommelier examination in Louisville on Sept. 25. Master sommeliers Scott Harper, Brett Davis and Matt Citruglia will lead the level II exam at Bristol Bar and Grille, 614 West Main Street.

The introductory sommelier course and exam must be completed before taking the certified exam. The cost is $295. To register, go to