Lexington Philharmonic fans across the Bluegrass will be drinking to George Zack with a limited-edition Maker’s Mark bottle.
Zack, who is retiring after 37 years as music director and conductor of the Philharmonic, will be featured on the labels of bottles that will be available for dipping at a party at 6 p.m. Oct. 19 at Sal’s Chophouse in The Lansdowne Shoppes.
Tickets are $250 a couple or $175 a person. Call (859) 233-4226 or go to www.lexphil.org.
New chef service makes it personal
Ashley Vannoy and her mother, Shelia Schad, have opened Nova Gourmets, Personal Chef & Events. Vannoy, a graduate of Sullivan University’s culinary program, focuses on preparing healthful gourmet meals for families or small dinner parties.
“Nova Gourmets can create a romantic meal for two, prepare a holiday meal to be heated later, give a cooking class to a small group, prepare an anniversary dinner, any occasion buffets or prepare a five-course gourmet meal for a small event,” Vannoy said. “Everything is based on the clients needs with the addition of our personal touch.”
Call (859) 523-0599 or (859) 492-8261.
It’s a matter of pride for Women in Agriculture
Kentucky’s taste for homegrown foods is spiraling upward, and with good reason: Farmers and food manufacturers are producing great products.
Consumers may sample many of them at the Kentucky Women in Agriculture Conference from Oct. 29 to 31 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Lexington — The Campbell House.
On Oct. 30, Kentucky first lady Jane Beshear will be the keynote speaker at 9 a.m., and The Taste of Kentucky Proud reception will be at 6 p.m.
The Taste of Kentucky Proud dinner will be at 5 p.m. Oct. 29 at Holly Hill
Inn in Midway. Go to www.kywomeninag.com.
Food & wine
A winery welcome
The 2008 harvest is under way at StoneBrook Winery, 6570 Vineyard Lane in Camp Springs in Northern Kentucky, and the winery is open for tours. A special Stone House tour will be noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 19.
StoneBrook recently received the Silver Spoon Award for best local winery from Cincy Magazine. At the Indy International Wine Competition 2008, its Honey Meade won a silver medal, and the vidal blanc, pomegranate and blackberry wines won bronze medals. Call (859) 635-0111 or go to www.stonebrookwinery.com.
Recipes & contests
Send us recipes
It’s October and we’re getting closer to the holidays and the giving of homemade goodies. This year we’re looking for awesome oatmeal cookie recipes to share with our readers. Send your best recipes by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to Sharon Thompson, Lexington Herald-Leader, 100 Midland Avenue, Lexington, Ky. 40508. Or write your recipe in the comment box below.
Cookbook wants you
Mary Engelbreit Studios and Andrews McMeel Publishing are asking home and professional cooks to submit original recipes for a new series of cookbooks. The books will feature the names of the recipe creators and short personal stories about the recipes.
Submit recipes for one-pot meals and family favorites at www.maryengelbreit.com. The deadline is Wednesday.
One-pot meals could include anything served and/or prepared in one dish, such as soups, stews, casseroles, roasts, stir-fries or entrée salads. Family favorites are tried-and-true recipes for any course that family and friends have asked for over and over again.
The October issue of Fitness Magazine lists the top “superfoods” and tips on how to incorporate them into your diet. Phil Andriano of Chefs Diet offers ways to make delicious meals with these top foods: lemons, broccoli, salmon, garlic, dark chocolate, walnuts, spinach, potatoes, avocado and beans.