Food & Drink

Sharon Thompson: Reserve your spot at a holiday affair

Sharon Thompson
Sharon Thompson

Reservations for holiday events fill quickly, so it's not too early to make plans for these special occasions.

■ Carlisle/Nicholas County Tourism serves luncheons at the Old Jailer's Home, circa 1823, on the second Thursday of each month. Holiday luncheons will be served Dec. 6 and 13. A holiday tea will be Dec. 1.

The menu for Nov. 8 includes warm purple cherry curry fruit salad with muffin, pork tenderloin with horseradish sauce, honey Dijon vegetables, grits casserole and desserts. The cost is $18.

The luncheons are prepared and served by members of the tourism group. Proceeds are used to maintain the historic jailer's home in Carlisle at 120 West Main Street. Call (859) 289-5174, 1-877-289-4212 or go to

■ The 18th annual Ryle Craft Show will be Nov. 16 and 17 at Ryle High School, 10379 U.S. 42, Union.

The event features several food vendors: Susan Bratton, Dad's Favorites Cheese Spreads; Virginia Ewbank, Sweet Virginia's Homemade Treats; McDowell Farms Salsa; Chuck and Patti Flint's Kettle Korn; Kelsey Jackson, KC Candy; Fran Linkowski, dips and soups; Jim Miller, Cherry Orchard Foods; Doris Pope's Sugar Shack; David Sponcil, Browning's Country Ham; Brad and Margaret Wallace, Cappy's Caramel Corn; Nancy Ward, Kentucky Specialty Sauces; and Lyle Yoest, gourmet nuts.

Hours are 7 to 10 p.m. Nov. 16 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 17. Friday night preview tickets are $8 and are on sale at Ryle High School; Bruster's Ice Cream, 8529 U.S. 42, Florence; or by mail at Ryle PTSA, P.O. Box 299, Union, Ky. 41091. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope. On Nov. 17, tickets at the door are $3.

■ Washington, the historic district of Maysville, will hold its 45th annual Frontier Christmas on Dec. 1 and 2. The event will feature old-fashioned holiday crafts (quilting, weaving, candle dipping) and music (banjo, dulcimer), and seven holiday-decked museums will be open. Call the Visitors Center at (606) 759-7411 or go to The 1700s village is 4 miles south of Maysville on U.S. 68.

■ The Fayette County Cooperative Extension Service will present a holiday edition of its Living Well program Nov. 10.

The event, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., will be presented by the University of Kentucky Bluegrass Family and Consumer Sciences Extension.

Peggy Grady, a member of the Woodford County Garden Club, will demonstrate decorating ideas. Carrie Warmbier of The Midway School Bakery and Tanya Whitehouse of Holly Hill Inn in Midway will present ideal recipes for entertaining. Home décor shops and galleries in the Bluegrass area will display ideas for holiday decorating. The cost is $10. Call (859) 257-5582.

Feed your brain

We make certain food choices for a healthy heart, prevention of diabetes, weight loss or to reduce our risk of cancer, but how often do we think about our brain health?

On Sunday, Temple Adath Israel, 124 North Ashland Avenue, will present a brain-health event featuring Dr. Gregory Jicha, associate professor of neurology at the University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging.

Jicha will talk about the inner workings of the brain and the risk factors for Alzheimer's. He'll also offer suggestions for lifestyle changes to maximize brain health. The presentation is free, and a brain-healthy lunch is $8. Proceeds go to Blessings in a Backpack — Supplemental Healthy Food program at Ashland Elementary School.

Lunch is noon to 1 p.m.; Jicha will speak from 1 to 2 p.m. Call (859) 269-2979 or email

Learn about Oregon wine

Master sommelier Scott Harper of the Bristol Bar and Grille in Louisville will present classes on the wines of Oregon on Monday and Nov. 5.

The classes, presented in conjunction with Bellarmine University's School of Professional and Continuing Studies, will be at the Bristol's downtown location, 614 West Main Street. The two-hour class will focus on the Willamette Valley, Oregon's most significant pinot noir-producing region. Cost is $109 a person or $189 a couple. Call (502) 272-8166 or go to

The Willamette Valley is home to more than 200 wineries and is recognized as the birthplace of New World pinot noir.