Buffalo Trace Distillery received three of the spirits industry's most coveted awards recently in two separate events.
The International Wine and Spirits Competition named Sazerac Company, Buffalo Trace's parent company, Distiller of the Year in London at its annual awards. And earlier this month, noted whiskey critic Jim Murray named William Larue Weller Bourbon the "Second Finest Whisky in the World" and Sazerac Rye 18-Year-Old the "Third Finest Whisky in the World" in his 2015 Whisky Bible. Both the William Larue Weller and the Sazerac Rye 18 year old are produced, aged, and bottled at Buffalo Trace Distillery.
■ Bakery Blessings and Bookstore at the Bar, 1999 Harrodsburg Road, is celebrating its third anniversary Saturday on Small Business Saturday. Have lunch there and get a piece of free anniversary cake for dessert. Local Kentucky authors are featured in the bookstore.
■ Sample Oliva Bella products — imported olive oils, balsamic vinegars and tomato and sweet onion pastes from Italy — order or buy holiday gift boxes, and speak with owner Lea Ann Vessels on Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Wine+Market, at the corner of Second and Jefferson Streets.
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■ The Grey Goose Midway, 133 East Main Street, now offers a full breakfast menu on Saturday and Sunday mornings from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Menu includes eggs, pancakes, and omelettes. For reservations, call (859) 846-9933.
■ The Greentree Tearoom, 521 West Short Street, will be open on Tuesdays in December in addition to its regular hours. Larger parties are encouraged to book early for the holiday season. December menu includes tomato bisque, cranberry and white chocolate scone with Fayette cream, chicken cordon bleu with mornay sauce, Parmesan tomato rounds, cucumber-dill and ham salad tea sandwiches, almond tea cookies, Kentucky bourbon balls, red velvet cupcakes and assam tea. The Tearoom is open for luncheon tea at noon, and also at 3 p.m. on Saturdays. Reservations required; call (859) 455-9660.
■ Unlimited Spirit, 404 Southland Drive, will have Wild Turkey Master Distiller Jimmy Russell in the store on Friday 4:30 to 7 p.m. He will be signing bottles and conducting a tasting of two Wild Turkey items — the new Wild Turkey American Honey Sting and Russell's Reserve. For more information, call (859) 309-2903.
■ Learn to cook traditional Italian meals from Tuscan-trained chef Gina Stipo during her new cooking class series Ecco la Cucina "Here's the Kitchen" at Bourbon Barrel Foods, 1201 Story Ave. in Louisville. The courses take place Dec. 2, Jan. 14, and Feb. 4, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Cost is $55 per person, per class. The first class includes demonstrations of how to make traditional Italian holiday dishes, hands-on experience for students to make their own pasta, an Italian bourbon cocktail made with Bourbon Barrel Foods bitters, plus the opportunity to taste everything made that evening. Future courses will focus on how to cook Italian winter meals with dishes including risotto and braised meats. Each class is limited to 20 people. To make a reservation, call (502) 333-6103.
The demonstration for the Italian holiday cooking class Dec. 2 includes polenta fritta con funghi (fried polenta and mushrooms), spaghetti alla chitarra con cacio e pepe (hand-rolled spaghetti, pecorino cheese and Bourbon Barrel Foods cured pepper), maiale arrosto con finocchio (roasted pork loin, fennel pollen and fresh fennel), and panzerotti di natale (fried chestnut ravioli rolled in Bourbon Barrel Foods sugar.)
For more about Stipo and her cooking classes, go to EccolaCucina.com.