Lexington is used to food pairings with premium bourbon. Now Jonathan Lundy, former chef of Jonathan at Gratz Park, is adapting that idea to tequila.
Lundy, who is working with Greer Companies to bring a special event to the Coba Cocina, the upscale Mexican eatery on Richmond Road known for its jellyfish tanks, is offering a premium tequila dinner.
The El Tesoro De Felipe Premium Tequila Dinner will be 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Cobar, the upstairs bar at Coba. The three course tequila-paired menu will be prepared by Lundy with TJ Cox leading a discussion of the tequilas. Call (859) 523-8484 to reserve your table or for more information; $65 per person, tickets online at Cobarevents.wix.com/2014.
■ Tickets are going fast for the Sept. 28 Savory Cycle, a day-long progressive meal along a 65-mile bike ride. Riders will visit and taste food from almost all of Chef Ouita Michel's restaurants (no Windy Corner.) Only 100 tickets available, $100 each, at Savory-cycle.eventbrite.com.
Savory Cycle starts at West Sixth Brewery with pastries from the Midway School Bakery and Magic Beans Coffee Roasters; first stop, after 22-mile ride, is Wallace Station. Then, after a 13-mile ride, lunch at Woodford Reserve. On to Holly Hill Inn, 20 miles away, for antipasto spread before cycling 20 miles back to finish at West Sixth and Smithtown for prime rib with chimichurri, catfish escabeche, vegetable lasagna and more, capped by chocolate bread pudding and bourbon butter sauce. (You knew bourbon had to be in there somewhere, right?)
■ Portofino and Caymus Vineyards present a wine dinner Wednesday. For reservations call (859) 253-9300.
■ The Betsy, a fundraiser for the Markey Cancer Foundation, is Friday at the Kentucky Horse Park's Alltech Arena, during the Hagyard Lexington Classic Grand Prix. Guests can watch the horse-and-rider combinations jump 5-foot-tall fences during and after a gourmet dinner by Catering by Donna, with an open bar and a bourbon tasting hosted by Four Roses. Tickets are $350 per person and can be purchased by calling (859)-323-6448 or texting "Betsy14" to 51555.
■ You only turn 150 once. Jim Beamis celebrating the founder's 150th birthday on Thursday with a party at the Clermont distillery. Cupcakes from Louisville's Bourbon Line and drinks to toast for those of legal drinking age, free while it lasts.
■ Dining Out for Life, the annual fund raiser for AVOL, which provides housing for low-income Kentuckians living with HIV/AIDS as well as free HIV testing, is Thursday. Eat at a partner restaurant and 25 percent of your bill goes to AVOL.
Restaurants include: Hanna's On Lime, Lexington Diner, North Lime Coffee & Donuts, Third Street Stuff & Coffee, a la lucie, Alfalfa Restaurant, Blue Door Smokehouse, Bourbon n' Toulouse, Columbia Steak House (Downtown), Dudley's on Short, Good Foods Market & Cafe, Mad Mushroom Pizza (campus, delivery), Natasha's Bistro & Bar, Nick Ryan's Saloon, Sal's Chophouse, Sidebar Grill, Third Street Stuff & Coffee, Wines on Vine, Bellini's Italian Restaurant, Coles 735 Main, Le Deauville, Saul Good Restaurant & Pub, Smithtown Seafood, Stella's Kentucky Deli, and West Sixth Brewing Company.
■ Friday is National Talk Like a Pirate Day, and Town Branch Market & Deli, 233 E. Main St, has specials, like Walk The (Chicken) Plank sandwiches and more. But you'll need to Talk Like a Pirate to get the deals. Arrrh maties!
■ Three Toads Farmwill offer a "field to vase" class on Sept. 25, at 4 p.m., on making a pumpkin bouquet. Price of $85 includes flowers, pumpkin and all materials, which you get to take home. Call (859) 749-6120 or (859) 229-9450.
■ The Devine's Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch this year honors the Armed Forces by including the emblems of the five branches of the military in the 10-acre maze on their Mercer County farm. Devine's Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch in Harrodsburg offers fall family fun that includes hayrides to the pumpkin patch, hay maze, giant slide and zip lines. Admission includes a pumpkin and all activities except zip lines. Open through Nov. 1. Visit Devinescornmaze.com, Facebook, or Twitter for more information.
■ Grimes Mill Winery, 6707 Grimes Mill Road, will celebrate its third anniversary on Saturdayfrom 1 to 5 p.m. Music by The Troubadours; light refreshments. Free. Call (859) 549-9691 or go toGrimesMill Winery.com.
■ On Friday, Red State BBQ, 4020 Georgetown Road, is teaming up with Bourbon 'n' Toulousefor a special Chili Mac, available at Red State. It incorporates B'n'T's award-winning Red Chili with Red State's creamy mac 'n' cheese. On Saturday Red State will have smoked prime rib, starting at 5 p.m., with two sides and a sweet cornbread muffin for 16.99. And Red State is taking orders for smoked turkeys. Call (859) 233-7898 or email to email@example.com.