Manny & Merle gets in the Derby spirit

Tonight, April 30, through Saturday,May 3, Manny & Merle, 122 W. Main St., will hold their first annual Derby MusicFest.

The free event will include The Villbillies’ Justin Reid, Tullie Brae & The Medicine Man Review, Artie Dean Harris & BourbonTown, George Molton, Dustin Collins, George Stearman, Ricky Morse, Justin Lewis and Joey Constantine.  Continue reading Manny & Merle gets in the Derby spirit

Don’t just sip your bourbon….

You can eat it too, you know.  If you didn’t, Chef Nick Sullivan of 610 Magnolia will be at the test kitchen at Bourbon Barrel Foods Saturday, April 26, from 11 a.m. to noon to demonstrate some of his favorite dishes that use Bourbon as a flavor element.

And, he will be offering tasting samples too.

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Bourbon and brunch? Sure! And polo? Why not?

The Kentucky Distillers’ Association inaugural Kentucky Bourbon Affair will close its five-day showcase in style on Sunday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m with a special Bourbon brunch and Polo tournament at the Louisville Waterfront Park

Wild Eggs will provide the brunch fare, and the Original Makers Club, Heaven Hill, Jim Beam and Michter’s Distilleries will provide the Bourbon.  The Lexington Polo Club will provide the polo ponies and riders, and ask the spectators to help replace the divots at half time. Continue reading Bourbon and brunch? Sure! And polo? Why not?

Bored by the same old Derby stuff? Here are a few different ways to have fun

A smokin’-cold Oaks party at the Ice House: East Washington Street behind The Ice House, 217 E. Main St.  will be shut Friday, May 2, from 7 p.m. to midnight for Crushed Ice Events’ Oaks and Smokes Derby Eve gala.

Enjoy live music, Kentucky-inspired drinks and food, and cigars (!) Tickets are $125, which includes food, entertainment and one cigar. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 502-894-9999. Continue reading Bored by the same old Derby stuff? Here are a few different ways to have fun

Sip into some Bourbon history at 21C

Of course, the venerable Filson Historical Society has a Bourbon historian on staff.  That is Michael Veach, author of “Kentucky Bourbon History: An American Heritage,” who will add his expertise to the Derby Week festivities by hosting a Bourbon tasting Tuesday, April 29 at 6:30 p.m. at 21C Museum Hotel, 700 W. Main St.

Veach will pour six samples from three Kentucky distilleries–Brown-Forman, Michter’s and Heaven Hill–and discuss the history of Bourbon and how his samples fit into the spectrum of Bourbon pleasures. The tasting will be accompanied by hors d’oeuvres from Proof on Main’s chef Levon Wallace. Continue reading Sip into some Bourbon history at 21C

Advanced class in Bourbon-ology

The rest of the world continues to discover what Kentuckians knew all along—that Bourbon is a very fine drink indeed.  And it is always fun to take advanced knowledge of Bourbon with you to parties here and elsewhere.

Moonshine University is offering another chance to deepen your understanding of the great American spirit with a course called “Craft to Cocktail: An Artisan Experience” Friday, May 16 at 7 p.m. Continue reading Advanced class in Bourbon-ology

Pick the Derby winner–guaranteed!

Well, in horse racing nothing is guaranteed (except, as my old man always told me, that the horses have to eat–always bet on that).  But, learning a bit about handicapping can make you feel smarter, no matter what happens at the wire.

And you can learn about handicapping the Derby Monday, April 28, at Bourbons Bistro, 2255 Frankfortt Ave., at a dinner with special guests Marty McGee of the Daily Racing Form and Pat Cummings, Director of Racing Information, Trakus. Continue reading Pick the Derby winner–guaranteed!

Edward Lee returns to TV this fall

Edward Lee of 610 Magnolia and MilkWood will star in the upcoming season of the PBS series “The Mind of a Chef.”

Under executive producer Anthony Bourdain, the show’s format,considers, according to PBS’s press material, “what it truly means to cook, think, create and live in the food-obsessed world that is the mind of a chef.” Continue reading Edward Lee returns to TV this fall

Despite what your thermostat says, Spring is here! Farmers markets are open!

Although the Bardstown Road farmers market never “closed” all winter, the pickings were pared down to the root crops and hydroponic offerings of James and Kathy Jackson, eggs from several vendors, and prepared foods such as breads and pickles, and open 10 to noon.

But since the first Saturday in April, the oldest continuing farmers market in town, in the parking lot of Bardstown Road Presbyterian Church, at 1711 Bardstown Rd., has been open its regular season hours, 8 a.m. to noon, still with limited offerings, because the spring has been so slow to warm up, but with more choices every week. Continue reading Despite what your thermostat says, Spring is here! Farmers markets are open!