Elaine Shay of Lexington and Marianne Swintosky of Georgetown have a new artisan food company, Viburnum Valley Farm Confections, and they are making chocolate truffles and European-style pastries. “We are combining traditional European truffle-making with local farm products,” Shay said.
Truffles are made with Susan Miller’s Bluegrass Chevre and Jamieson’s Chocolate.
Swintosky has been making truffles and pastries for friends, family and co-workers for years. She was born and raised in Germany. When she came to the United States, she missed the truffles she could buy in Europe, so she started making her own, Shay said.
The women will have raspberry truffles at the Bluegrass Chevre booth at the Lexington Farmers Market on Saturday. Call (859) 312-1157 or go to www.vvfconfections.com.
Former restaurateur is at home at home
Jennifer Burchett, former owner of Café Jennifer at The Woodlands, is talking about cooking at home instead of at a restaurant on her blog, www.eatwellathome.blogspot.com.
Burchett, a restaurateur for 10 years, said on her blog that she’s “thrilled to be at home with my family and to explore the joy waiting around every corner. I firmly believe that respect for what goes into our bodies, as well as respect for the art of preparing our meals, enriches our lives considerably.” She shares inspirations, ideas and a few recipes.
A beer for every course
The chefs at Azur are pairing food and beer at their October chef series dinner. Sous chef Justin Clark will feature five courses and five specialty beer pairings in his “Side by Side 5” dinner. The Oktoberfest tribute, at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 28, includes five beers selected from three countries. The cost is $55. The menu features yellowtail sashimi, butternut squash and caramel flan, ballotine of duck, char- grilled elk, and beer float with vanilla ice cream and chocolate covered espresso beans.
Kentucky food and wine
Three Suns Bistro will have a Kentucky wine-tasting dinner at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday featuring Talon Vineyards. The menu includes country ham with silver-dollar biscuits, beef sirloin steak with vegetable burgoo, and fried apple pie a la mode with bourbon caramel. Cost is $40. Call (859) 245-0048 or go to www.threesunsbistro.com. The bistro is at 298 East Brannon Road in Brannon Crossing.
Three Suns’ original location, 501 North Main Street in Nicholasville, now is The Little Moon Bistro. The menu features hand-cut steaks, fresh seafood, chicken, pork and Italian dishes. Call (859) 881-8225.
After dinner, the show’s next door
Heirloom Restaurant and Thoroughbred Theatre in Midway are teaming up for dinner and a play.
On Oct. 30, a three-course dinner will be served at Heirloom at 6 p.m., then guests will walk next door to the theater for Racing Toward Murder at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $50.
The menu features choice of Caesar salad or potato-leek soup, and pan-seared salmon over roasted eggplant purée or chicken picatta over ricotta gnocchi. Dessert (choice of chocolate decadence, apple crisp, crème brûlée) will be served during intermission at the theatre. Call Heirloom at (859) 846-5565 or go to www.heirloommidway.com, or call the theater at (859) 494-2877cq or go to www.bluegrassmysterytheatre.com.
The Ketch’s oyster catch
The Ketch Seafood Grill, 2012 Regency Road, is serving fresh oysters from the Gulf of Mexico and Chesapeake Bay. On Monday, you can get a dozen Gulf oysters for half price. Call (859) 277-5919 or go to www.ketchseafoodgrill.com.
Corbett’s An American Place in Louisville is included in Esquire magazine’s best new restaurants roundup in the November issue. Esquire writer John Mariani praises chef/owner Dean Corbett for the stylish restoration of the 150-year-old Von Allman mansion, and chef de cuisine Chris Howerton’s balance of locally informed and international flavor. An American Place, 5050 Norton Healthcare Boulevard in Old Brownsboro Crossing. Call (502) 327-5058 or visit www.corbettsrestaurant.com.
Samples of bourbon and beer
Village Vineyard will be sampling bourbons, wines and beer from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday today. Dad’s Favorites cheese of Lexington will be available for tasting. The store is at 4379 Old Harrodsburg Road, behind Ramsey’s Diner. Call (859 552-8793.
Farmers market report
The growing season is winding down, and Bluegrass Farmers Market will be open until Oct. 28. At the market this week are grass-fed beef, peppers, apples, eggplant, green beans, pumpkins, squash, tomatoes, flowers and baked goods. The market is open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday on Richmond Road, in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and FastSigns.