Art In Bloom, a fundraising event for the Art Museum at the University of Kentucky, opens Friday with floral designers interpreting art works from the museum's permanent collection. Floral designs will be on view noon to 8 p.m. Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission to see the flowers is free. The museum is in the Singletary Center for the Arts, 405 Rose Street.
To raise money, there will be an evening of art-inspired food, drinks, music and poetry, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday. Food will be provided by some of Lexington's finest chefs, including Cole Arimes of Coles, Renee Brewer of Wine + Market, Seth Brewer and Carrie Arps of Enoteca, Toa Green of Crank & Boom Craft Ice Cream, Martine Holzman of Martine's Pastries, Jonathan Lundy of Coba Cocina, Ouita Michel of Holly Hill Inn, Johnny Shipley of County Club, Nat Yuttayong of Nat's and private chef Dan Wu and.
There will be signature cocktails by Maker's Mark; music by The Carlos Espinosa Trio, the UK String Quartet and singer-songwriter Carla Gover; and art-inspired poetry by Julia Johnson, Maurice Manning, Erik Reece, Katerina Stoykova-Klemer and Frank X Walker. Tickets are $75 and available at the door, online at Finearts.uky.edu/art-museum or by calling (859) 257-6218.
■ Sonny's BBQ, 109 North Plaza Drive in Nicholasville, will feature a menu of local foods for Kentucky Proud Night beginning at 5 p.m. Tuesday. Sonny's will serve pork, beef, ribs, and hamburger from The Chop Shop, a Wolfe County processor and a charter member of Appalachia Proud. Sonny's also will offer Kentucky Proud chicken from Pilgrim's Pride.
■ Saturday marks the anniversary of the Kid's Comedy open mic at Bakery Blessings & Bookstore @ the Bar, 1999 Harrodsburg Road. It starts at 2 p.m., and kids 13 and younger can participate. Call Jan at (859) 554-6044.
■ Noodles & Co., serving noodles and pasta dishes from around the world, has opened its second Lexington store at 395 South Limestone. Chad Colony, CEO and owner of Invictus, said the store will offer unique services, including bike delivery and a late-night menu. Delivery will be available for a radius of approximate 1.5 miles covering UK's and Transylvania's campuses, downtown Lexington, St. Joseph's Hospital, Central Baptist Hospital, and much of the Chevy Chase area.
Colony plans to open five Noodles and Co. restaurants in Lexington and surrounding counties. Invictus plans to hire more than 200 people in coming years.
■ The Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fest is accepting entries for its second annual Alltech Commonwealth Cup competition, the only professional craft-beer competition in Kentucky. Any craft brewery, as defined by the Brewers Association, is welcome to enter. For a list of beer styles and categories, go to the Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fest rules and regulations page online.
Online registration closes May 8. Judging will be May 14 to 15. Winners will be announced May 16 at the Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fest at the Lexington Convention Center. Register at US.alltechbrewsandfood.com.
■ Lexington Farmers Market will have asparagus and wild ramps this weekend. Local musicians are encouraged to email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how they can be involved at the weekend markets at no charge. Also, the market will have new offerings this year, including bubble tea. The market will be open Saturday at Cheapside Pavilion, 241 West Main Street, and Sunday at 348 Southland Drive.
■ Bluegrass Farmers Market at Liquor Barn Hamburg, 1837 Plaudit Place, and Azur Restaurant & Patio, 3070 Lakecrest Circle, will have a limited supply of the season's first asparagus this week, plus lettuce, kale, arugula, baked goods, herb seasoning, soup bean mixes, jams, jellies, handcrafted soaps and many vegetable and flower plants. Go to Bluegrassfarmersmarket.org for times and locations.