Food & Drink

Sharon Thompson: Philharmonic fund-raiser will allow guests to taste a Symphony

Menu items were prepared for sampling by chefs at the Hyatt Regency for the Philharmonic fund-raiser, to be held June 19.
Menu items were prepared for sampling by chefs at the Hyatt Regency for the Philharmonic fund-raiser, to be held June 19.

Celebrate the 50th anniversaries of both the Lexington Philharmonic and the orchestra's Guild with the Guild's luncheon, silent auction and fashion show.

The event, 11 a.m. June 19 at the Hyatt Regency, 401 West High Street, will feature fashions from Bella Rose. Attendees are being asked to wear Derby-style hats.

The three-course menu features a prelude of gazpacho with melon, entree of grilled salmon with portobello mushrooms and feta cheese, grilled vegetables and couscous; and, for dessert, Toscanini's tiramisu with a chocolate musical note. A specialty drink, The Symphony, will be served. It's made with ½ ounce Cointreau or Triple Sec, ½ ounce Chambord or raspberry liqueur, and topped with champagne and a raspberry garnish.

Tickets are $50. Proceeds go to the orchestra's Discovery Series focused on music education. To learn more, call (859) 221-6391.Danville's Great American Brass Band Festival takes on a Mardi Gras flair Friday. Bayou & Brass is a new event for the festival, and the New Orleans-themed celebration will be on Main Street, between Third and Fourth streets, and at Weisiger Park. Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Learn more at

Local groups and vendors serving Cajun-style dishes will include:

■ Marksbury Farms: gumbo, muffaletta sandwich, chicken Creole.

■ Kiwanis Club: andouille sausage on a bun.

■ O'Charley's: Louisiana sirloin steak bites and New Orleans pasta.

■ Bluebird Café: shrimp and grits, red beans and rice with andouille sausage.

■ The Twisted Sifter: king cake.

■ Karamel Kreations: pecan pralines, bread pudding with caramel sauce.

The Colonel on Facebook

Colonel Harland Sanders' original manuscript of his autobiography is available free on

The manuscript was discovered last year in the archives at KFC headquarters in Louisville and is being launched exclusively on Facebook. It contains 33 never-before-published recipes including onion pie and Brunswick stew, and dozens of historic photos and countless stories from Sanders.

Also featured on the KFC Facebook page are two videos from celebrity chef Edward Lee, who provides a modern twist on the Colonel's recipes. Lee, executive chef/partner at Louisville's 610 Magnolia restaurant who grew up eating KFC, won an Iron Chef America competition in November 2010, and finished in the top five of Top Chef Texas earlier this year. He was a finalist for The Best Chef Award Southeast from the James Beard Foundation in 2011 and 2012.

Winery's dinner concert

Smith-Berry Winery's dinner/concert series continues Saturday with Leo Night and the Moonlighters. Hours are 6 to 9:30 p.m., and the menu features local items made in the winery's kitchen. Included are grilled bratwurst with peppers and onions, grilled chicken breasts, roasted new potatoes with rosemary, slow-cooked green beans, vinaigrette cole slaw, cookies, brownies and lemon bars.

The winery is at 855 Drennon Road in New Castle. Call (502) 845-7091 or go to

Helpful kitchen apps

Apps for smartphones can help busy cooks with last-minute dinner plans or party ideas. But choosing the right ones can be complicated.

Molly K. McLaughlin of makes it more manageable by sharing this list that highlights what she has found useful.

Epicurious (free for iPhone, iPad, Android, B&N Nook Color, Windows Phone and Kindle Fire): Allows users to search recipes by food, drink, main ingredient, meal/course, type of cuisine, dietary consideration, dish type and season or occasion. Users may save the recipe ingredient list directly to a shopping list. The app has limited scrolling and no advertisements to make viewing simple.

Dinner Spinner (free for iPhone, Android, Windows Phone and Kindle Fire): Lets users select the dish type, ingredients and the time needed for the dish to be ready. In the advanced search field, users may enter text and activate dietary filters (vegetarian, vegan, no dairy, no wheat, high fiber, low fat, low sodium, low carbs). The app also allows users to easily add recipes to their favorites or share them via Facebook, Twitter or email.

Real Recipes (free for iPhone and iPod Touch): Offers several ways to find recipes and provides users with a free "recipe box" to store their favorites in customized folders. It's easy to add a review of a recipe, and sharing via email, Facebook and Twitter is simple. Real Recipes comes with a "Learn to Cook" section, and the app also offers a timer and a customized alarm tone so users know exactly what to do and when.

BigOven (free for iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows Phone): Part social network, part food search service and part personal recipe box. Users at a loss for what to make for dinner may open the app, type in a few ingredients in their fridge or pantry, and BigOven will scrub its 170,000 recipe database (including recipes from sites like Epicurious and All Recipes) and suggest what to cook.

Cook's Illustrated (free for iPhone and iPad): Offers step-by-step guides to more than 50 of Cook's Illustrated's most popular recipes, from prep to plating. The app also provides ingredient and food reviews from Cook's Illustrated, including popular supermarket items, and lets users build a shopping list based on the recipes and ingredients they discover using the app.

Ratio ($4.99, iPhone, iPad and Android): This isn't strictly a recipe search or cooking app, but it's one of the most useful utilities in the kitchen. Ratio will convert a recipe based on how much one wants to make. If a user has a recipe that serves two, the app will help modify it to serve five. Likewise, a recipe for six can be scaled down to serve one. And if the user only has only 1 cup of sugar left, Ratio will figure out how many cookies you can make and how much of the other ingredients are needed. Ratio is not only a time saver, but it can prevent disastrous cooking mistakes due to math errors.