H’Artful of Fun to be Jan. 24

Last year Tinker’s Cake Shop won two awards --- Judges Award for Most Artful Dessert and the People’s Choice Award for Best Chocolate Dessert.

This cake was created by Martine's for last year's H'Artful of Fun.

The Living Arts & Science Center’s 19th annual H’Artful of Fun celebrates the center’s 40 years of creativity with homage to John Lennon and the Beatles.
The party will be from 7 to 11 a.m. Jan. 24 at Big Ass Fans’ new research facility, 2201 Jaggie Fox Way. Tickets are $50 in advance, $75 at the door. Call (859) 252-5222 or go to www.LASCLEX.org. Tickets also are available at any Fifth Third Bank location in Lexington, or at Joseph Beth Booksellers.
Participating restaurants and caterers include Jonathan’s at Gratz Park, Portofino, Summit, Martine’s, DaRae and Friends, Holly Hill Inn, and Wallace Station. Eight Days a Week, a Beatles tribute band, will entertain. Auction items include an original work of art, jewelry and trips.

Farmers offer Valentine package
Three farmers’ market vendors are teaming up to create a Valentine package for your sweetheart.
The gift package includes lilies from Three Toads Farm in Winchester; a box of six truffles, date nut bread, and a strawberry/chocolate tart for two from Viburnum Valley, and heart-shaped Bluegrass Chevre from Susan Miller. Items are presented in a fruit crate and can be picked up at the Lexington Farmers Market at Victorian Square on Feb. 14. Cost is $80. Call (859) 312-1157 or go to www.vvfconfections.com.

Cooking class at Varden’s in Paris
Varden’s in Paris, is having a cooking class at 6 p.m. Saturday. Steve Walton will teach a class on soups and stews including basic chicken broth, slow cooker burgoo, leek soup, beer potato soup, and sausage and shrimp soup. Cost is $20 a person, or $30 for two. Call (859) 987-4700 or go to www.vardens.com.

Beef Cook-Off searching for a winner
California wine country will be the site of the 28th National Beef Cook-Off in September. This year’s competition features three new recipe categories for home cooks.
Categories, featuring a “Sonoma-Style” theme, are:
■ Live well with fast and convenient grilled beef recipes. (Healthy and easy dishes for busy families.)
■ Teens cooking with beef. (Teen’s favorite family beef recipe that they prepare themselves at home.)
■ Lean beef in nutrient-rich one-dish meals. (Home cooks pair lean beef cuts with other nutrient-rich ingredients.)
Fifteen home cook finalists will be selected to compete for prizes totaling $70,000 on Sept. 23. One grand prize winner will receive $25,000, three category winners will each receive $10,000 and three runner-up winners will each receive $5,000 in cash prizes.
You can enter the cook-off online at www.beefcookoff.org or by postal mail to: National Beef Cook-Off Entries, ANCW, P.O. Box 3881, Englewood, Colo. 80155 by March 31. Mailed entries must be postmarked no later than March 31, and received on or before midnight April 7.

Interactive online game for children
The National Mango Board has an interactive online game that teaches children about mangos and the countries from which they originate. The new Jango geography game takes children on a journey through the Amazon, across oceans and up lush mountains as each activity imparts a bit of mango-inspired culture.
They’ll encounter Salvador the snake in Brazil, Peru Pete, Gail the Galapagos turtle; Haiti Hal, and Miguel the monkey. To play the Jango geography game visit www.mango.org/geography.

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