Just because it’s December doesn’t mean you have to give up fresh vegetables. The University of Kentucky CSA Farm Stand is offering the chance to place an online order for fresh, certified organic produce grown at the South Farm through the winter and pick it up in the lot of E.S. Good Barn on Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m.
Go to Farmigo.com/store/ukcsa to see what’s available. The web store will be open from noon Monday until the following 6 a.m. Thursday. Pay by credit card online or bring a check or cash when you pick up your vegetables. Order ahead to guarantee availability; walk-up purchases are welcome.
▪ Martine’s Pastries, 1039 Industry Road, will have a holiday open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Sample holiday and customer favorites. Martine’s has pastries, cakes, pies and gift baskets for holiday entertaining and giving, including pumpkin roll, scones (blueberry, cranberry orange and Cheddar maple bacon), pumpkin cheesecake, decorated sugar cookies and gingerbread cookie families, pies and her signature Bûche de Noël, or yule log, which serves 10 to 12.
“These items are special to me because they remind me of my home in France when I would help my mom bake all the holiday pastries from scratch,” said owner Martine Holzman. “One year, we made 14 desserts for the holidays.”
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Martine’s Pastries is taking orders for all bakery goods until 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22. Call 859-231-9110. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
▪ The 2015 Blue Grass Trust Holiday Party will be 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Dr. Thomas Hunt Morgan House, 210 North Broadway. Reservations are $50 for BGT members; $35 for members younger than35; and $100 for non-members (includes a one-year membership). Order at Bluegrasstrust.org. Food and drinks by Catering by Donna. Cocktail attire.
▪ Azur, 3070 Lakecrest Circle, will host a progressive dinner featuring celebrity chef and Kentucky native Joe Arvin of The Taste and Cutthroat Kitchen at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Cost is $60 pre fixe, benefiting St. Peter Claver Catholic Church and Glean KY, which collects and distributes fruits and vegetables from farms, orchards, farmers’ markets, grocery stores and personal gardens, and donates the food to more than 60 feeding programs in Central Kentucky.
The menu includes crispy chicharron (pork belly) made with hot potato and black truffle; king crab with frozen coconut mousse, cashew and crispy parsnip; yuzu ice with kumquat marmalade; veal cheeks with port wine, prunes, baklava crust and white bean puree; venison with cranberry, persimmon, walnut pudding and cranberry puree; and Nutella panna cotta with espresso syrup and coffee bean soil. Reservations required; call 859-296-1007.
▪ The Kentucky chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International will sell a variety of holiday cookies home-baked by 50 chefs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Copper & Kings distillery, 1121 East Washington Street. Proceeds will benefit a scholarship fund that helps culinary students and professionals pursuing LDEI membership, and Green Table, an initiative connecting urban and rural farms to schools and restaurants. Spearheaded by chef Kim Jones of the National Center for Hospitality Studies at Sullivan University, the roster of chefs and culinary celebrities donating cookies includes Josh Bettis of The Brown Hotel, Joe Castro of GE Monogram Experience Center, Judy Schad of Capriole Goat Cheese, Claudia DeLatorre of Cake Flour, Greg Fearing of Gary’s on Spring, Ghyslain Maurais of Ghyslain Chocolatier, Kelly Ramsey of Art Eatables and more.
▪ Help Kentucky State Troopers and commercial vehicle enforcement officers cram their cruisers with food for needy families. The sixth annual Cram the Cruiser food drive continues through Dec. 11. Food collection sites have been established at all 16 KSP posts throughout the state and at the agency’s headquarters in Frankfort. (Visit Kentuckystatepolice.org for a list of the post locations.)
Suggested nonperishable food donations include canned fruit and vegetables, canned meat, macaroni and cheese, cereal, peanut butter, jelly, canned soups, chili or spaghetti sauce, brownie and cake mixes, coffee, water, powdered milk and juices. The food will be distributed to local shelters, churches or other organizations serving those in need.
▪ Brasabana, 841 Lane Allen Drive, will have the final Havana Nights of the year at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday featuring demonstrations of salsa and other Cuban heritage dances by Reena Cobo Reyes and Abel Reyes of the Salsa Center at 7:30 p.m. Specialty cocktails and half-price appetizers will be served.
▪ Louisville Distilling Company is releasing 7,500 bottles of Angel’s Envy Cask Strength in select markets. Suggested retail price for a 750ml bottle is $169.99. The 127.9-proof bourbon has a nose of caramel, roasted almonds, orange peel and blueberry, and tastes of pound cake, root beer, candy corn and honey, according to the tasting notes.