Food & Drink

Sharon Thompson: Bowls won't stay empty for long at Moveable Feast fund-raiser

Sharon Thompson
Sharon Thompson

Kentucky Mudworks and Bourbon n' Toulouse's annual Empty Bowls event Saturday will benefit Moveable Feast Lexington.

Starting at 11 a.m., diners may donate $15, choose a handmade bowl and get it filled with Cajun food. The ceramic bowls were made by artists at Mudworks. The restaurant is at 829 Euclid Avenue. Call (859) 335-0300.

■ The Bourbon Review magazine's second annual Bourbon Under the Stars will celebrate Bourbon National Heritage Month from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday at Fasig-Tipton, 2400 Newtown Pike. It's $135 at the door. There will be a buffet of bourbons, and special guests will be Bill Samuels Jr. of Maker's Mark and Jim Rutledge of Four Roses. Jonathan Lundy of Jonathan at Gratz Park and Jeremy Ashby of Azur will prepare special dishes. Call (502) 333-0086.

Alfalfa Restaurant, 141 East Main Street, is honoring famed food writer Ruth Reichl with dinners Friday and Saturday featuring recipes from her memoir Comfort Me With Apples. Reichl is keynote speaker at the Kentucky Women Writers Conference this weekend. Hours are 5:30 to 9 p.m. Call (859) 253-0014 or go to

Thai Orchid Café will host a celebration of local food Saturday. The Harvest Fest will benefit Seedleaf, which works to increase the availability of fresh, wholesome food to people at risk of hunger in Central Kentucky. There will be live music, and tastings from several businesses. Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. at 1030 South Broadway. Tickets are $40. Call (859) 288-2170.

Marikka's Oktoberfest runs through Oct. 13. A German music trio will play Friday and Saturday nights. The menu features smoked pork knuckle cooked in sauerkraut, with sauerkraut and mashed potatoes; Munich reuben with bajuval cheese, sauerkraut and bratwurst; and seasoned ground beef, mustard and pickle wrapped in a thin strip of steak and covered with gravy. Call (859) 275-1925 or go to Marikkas is at 411 Southland Drive.

Horseshoe Bend Winery is having its second Dinner in the Vineyard from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday. Dustin Staggers, chef at 60 West Bistro in Louisville, will prepare the menu. The five-course meal with wine is $75. The winery is at 1187 Lawson Lane, Willisburg. Call (859) 375-0296.

■ During September, The Ketch Seafood Grill will feature a Maine lobster clambake, including a 1¼-pound freshly steamed lobster and steamed clams. Call (859) 277-5919 or go to The Ketch is at 2012 Regency Road.

Grimes Mill Winery, 6707 Grimes Mill Road, celebrates its first anniversary from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday. There will be live music 4 to 7 p.m. Call (859) 543-9691or go to

■ Chuck's famous barbecue and old-fashioned cheese grits are on the menu Saturday at Smith-Berry Winery's dinner/concert. Nervous Melvin and the Mistakes will play from 6 to 9:30 p.m. The winery is at 855 Drennon Road, New Castle. Call 1-888-845-7091 or (502) 845-7091 or go to

Farmers market report

■ Saturday is the last day for the Bluegrass Farmers Market at Willow Oak, 730 Millpond Road. The main location, 3450 Richmond Road, in the Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs parking lot, will be open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday for a few more weeks. Go to