Learn about aquaponics, the farming of the future, and taste the results.
At 6 p.m. Tuesday, Fayette County Future Farmers of America is kicking off its Alumni Speaker series at FoodChain, 501 West Sixth Street, a local nonprofit that uses fish waste to grow vegetables. That cleans the water for the fish, and then FoodChain sells both the fish and vegetables to local restaurants.
Rebecca Self, executive director of FoodChain, will give a tour of the organization's 7,000-gallon aquaponics system, which grows both tilapia and greens. Self will offer tips for students on how to get into aquaponics as a farming venture.
And you can eat some seafood at adjacent Smithtown Seafood afterward and get a beer (adults only, of course) at West Sixth Brewery. Dinner and beer are extra.
The cost is $10 for the general public and $5 for FFA students. Proceeds will be split between FoodChain and Fayette County FFA Alumni to support school events and scholarships.
■ The 2014 Kentucky Proud Incredible Food Show last Saturday drew more than 6,300 people to the Lexington Convention Center to sample local foods, wines and beers.
Best of Show winners were:
Winner: The Comfy Cow (Ice Cream).
Honorable Mention: The Delish Dish/Made By Mavis (Jellies/Preserves)
Winner: River Hill Ranch (Alpaca Meat).
Honorable Mention: Cooper Brothers Gourmet Meats
Best Booth Display.
Winner: Two Little Texans.
Honorable Mention: Spotz Gelato.
People's Choice Award: Glier's Meats, Goetta
On Saturday, Food Network chef Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman, gave two presentations in Rupp Arena to a collective audience of 3,500. Recipes for all of the dishes presented during Drummond's presentation can be found at Incrediblefoodshow.com.
■ Holly Hill Inn will offer an authentic, multi-course Sicilian dinner at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, featuring Chef Ouita Michel's cuisine and wines from the Tonnino Estates in Sicily. For $35, plus tax and gratuity, you get a four-course meal and five glasses of wine. For reservations call (859) 846-4732.
The menu includes classic Sicilian Arancini with Tonnino pinot grigio; antipasto of swordfish involtini with Tonnino grillo; pumpkin, pecorino and fresh pasta with Tonnino Mediterraneo (chenin blanc); breast of duck with Sicilian orange sauce with Tonnino Nero d'Avola; and ricotta tart with toasted almonds, bitter chocolate and pear compote with Cantine Francesco Montagna Sangue di Giuda.
■ Bakery Blessings & Bookstore @ the Bar, 1999 Harrodsburg Road, is hosting its second Local Kentucky Author Book Bazaar from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. There will be a soup and sandwich lunch and you can meet 30 authors from across the commonwealth. Contact Jan Sullivan at (859) 554-6044 or Jan@aprilword.com for more information.
■ Puccini's Smiling Teeth in Brighton Shoppes opened last week at 3090 Helmsdale Place.
■ The Bluegrass Farmers' Market will have tomatoes, squash, peppers, sweet potatoes, onions, baked goods, jams, meats, eggs, herb seasoning, etc. It will be on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs, 3450 Richmond Road, or at Azur Restaurant and Patio at 3070 Lakecrest Circle. For more information visit Bluegrassfarmersmarket.org
■ Lexington Farmers' Market will have seasonal vegetables and fruits, mums and pumpkins, artisan cheeses and meats and more. Downtown at the Cheapside Pavilion on Saturday and on Southland Drive on Sunday.