Food & Drink

Kick off the holiday season with a roast, not of beef but of Everett McCorvey

Chris Ware

Is it too early to think Christmas? The red kettle people don't think so.

On Nov. 5, the Salvation Army will have its 10th annual Christmas Breakfast Roast to kick off the season at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

This year's roast subject will be Everett McCorvey, University of Kentucky voice professor, executive producer of UK Opera Theatre and founder and music director of the American Spiritual Ensemble.

Roasting McCorvey will be Pearse Lyons, Randall Vaughn, Mark Pittman and Kathy DeBoer. Lexington attorney Terry McBrayer will emcee.

The breakfast is the official launch of the Salvation Army's annual Red Kettle Drive. Proceeds from the Breakfast and Kettle Drive are used locally for holiday assistance and to make changes in the lives of homeless women and children, hungry families and those who struggle in poverty.

The Christmas Breakfast and Roast begins at 7:30 a.m. Individual tickets are $50; tables for 10 are $500.

Chef Ouita Michel presents "Ouita's World" Tanks to Table Beer Dinner, 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Smithtown Seafood, 501 West Sixth Street. The "Ouita's World" beer dinner features tapas-style dishes from Holly Hill Inn, Midway School Bakery and Wallace Station Deli, Midway; Smithtown Seafood and Windy Corner Market and Restaurant, Lexington; and Woodford Reserve Distillery's Picnic on the Porch, just outside Versailles.

Each plate will be paired with a $1 tasting glass of beer from West Sixth Brewing Co. Food and beer tickets will be on sale for $1 each at the West Sixth Brewing Co. bar, and are redeemable at each restaurant's station at the West Sixth brewery. Menu prices begin at $5.

No reservations required. More information by calling (859) 303-4100.

■ On Thursday, Locust Trace Agriscience Center, 3592 Leestown Road, will host Food Day, from 6 to 8 p.m. to showcase locally grown food, food trucks and restaurants. Free samples, music, and kids activities. Recipes and cooking demonstrations from chefs. Full meals available to purchase. Participants include Rolling Oven, Whole Foods, Chatham's, Wild Thyme, First Watch, Alfalfa, Bella Notte, Vinaigrette Salad Kitchen, Cuban Pete, Kroger, Orange Leaf, Alltech, Raising Cane's, Crazy 'bout Cajun, Noodles & Co., City Barbeque and more.

■ On Friday, Ground Operations: Battlefields to Farmfields, an award-winning documentary film and social action campaign that supports returning combat veterans who are transitioning into sustainable farming, airs in Lexington. Farm-fresh food will be served.

The film will screen at the Oleika Shrine Temple, 326 Southland Drive, from 7 to 10 p.m. The event is free, but donations will be asked to support Growing Warriors, the local farmer-veteran organization and the Ground Operations national campaign.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion about veterans strengthening America's food security, featuring Dulanie Ellis, producer of Ground Operations, Mike Lewis from Growing Warriors, and other leaders in the community.

Thai & Mighty Noodle Bowls shop is now open seven days a week, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 9:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The restaurant (formerly Thai Orchid) at 1030 South Broadway, also now offers online and mobile ordering, curbside pickup, carry-out, dine-in and delivery. And they have added a "skip the line" option for dine in and carry out: seat yourself, order from your mobile device and they'll bring the food out to you.

Sarah's BBQ at 720 Henry Clay Boulevard is now serving breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m., Tuesday to Saturday. Red velvet pancakes, French toast, omelets, biscuits and homemade gravy and more available. (859) 309-1220.

Subway on Southland Drive, now under the same ownership as the Subway on Richmond Road and the Parkette Drive In Restaurant on New Circle Road, is having a grand re-opening Friday and Saturday. All foot-long and 6-inch subs are buy one-get one free with purchase of a drink.

■ Interested in getting in the hospitality business? Business Lexington is offering a seminar, Eat, Drink & Be Successful, featuring restaurateurs Jeff and Britney Ruby from 4 to 6 p.m. Nov. 12 at James E. Pepper Distillery, 1224 Manchester Street. Industry experts from the legal, financial, hospitality and insurance fields will speak. Panel followed by tasting, tapas and tour with food from Middle Fork Kitchen Bar and Ethereal Brewing. Early bird registration until Friday: $30 each; full price registration (deadline Nov. 7): $40 each. For more information, contact Robbie Morgan at Business Lexington, (859) 266-6537, or

■ From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Nov. 6 at Calvary Baptist Church, 150 East High St., the Bluegrass Kiwanis Club will have its 45th annual Pancake Day. Cost is $6 per person. Proceeds go to purchase shoes for children in the Lexington-Fayette County School System — some 500 pairs of shoes and socks are given to local children who need them.