Fine Chefs and Perfect Ingredients at Big Kentucky Dinners: Go!

 Holly Hill Inn Harvest Dinner at Happy Jack Pumpkin Farm, 2007

Holly Hill Inn Harvest Dinner at Happy Jack Pumpkin Farm, 2007

The pictures here come from Holly Hill Inn's 2007 Harvest Dinner at Happy Jack's Pumpkin Farm near Frankfort, Kentucky, an event delicious in every way. If you hurry, you MAY be able to go to this year's dinner. It's Saturday, August 21, 7 PM, and reservations are required.

This late summer season brings dinners and tasting events outdoors, or events that combine tastings from several growers, or opportunities to enjoy special meals from our finest locally sourced restaurants. Two more are coming up quickly. First, Slow Food Bluegrass hosts a second important, promising event this very weekend. I don't see the details online, so here they are:

3rd Annual Slow Food Locust Grove Family Picnic, Sunday, August 22nd, 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

The 3rd Annual Slow Food Locust Grove Family picnic will take place, Sunday, August 22nd from 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on the grounds of Historic Locust Grove.

Locust Grove, an 18th century farm, is an original home of "slow food" with our hearth kitchen, smoke house, and dairy - the perfect location to celebrate food and farming.

This family-oriented festival will feature:

*Cast Iron Chef Cook-off contest

* "Best Dessert with local fruit" contest (entry information attached)

*Exhibits and demonstrations by slow crafters and green businesses.

* Screening of a new documentary called FRESH, the movie (see release)

* Bluegrass and Kentucky music by Whistlin' Rufus

Plant, produce and seed swaps are encouraged! Local chefs will prepare local food to purchase and bringing your own picnic basket is also encouraged. Drinks can be purchased on-site. Gelato Gilberto will be serving fresh local gelato. Ears What's Popping will sell local popcorn.

We'll have talks and demonstrations on how to raise chickens in your backyard, canning and preserving your bounty.  Children can learn how to make butter and hearth cooking will take place. Also, learn how to make cheese and to smoke meats.

Admission to the event is only $5 car, bikers & walkers free, and it also includes a visit to the recently restored ca. 1790s home and gardens.

Historic Locust Grove is located at 561 Blankenbaker Lane (between Brownsboro Road and River Road), Louisville, KY 40207.  For more information, call 502-897-9845 or visit

Non profit organizations with a focus on food justice, environmental and healthy lifestyles are welcome to set up a table or booth to share information with attendees. For profit vendors who practice Slow Food, Slow Craft and Slow Gardening principles are also welcome, contact Mark Williams, slowfoodbluegrass for details.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Bonny Wise, Marketing Coordinator, Historic Locust Grove, 502-897-9845, or 502-727-3917 (cell)

 Happy Jack Pumpkin House

Happy Jack Pumpkin House

Second, Louisville's fine Proof on Main restaurant plans a farm tour and Summer Supper on historic Woodland Farm in Goshen, Kentucky, on Sunday, August 29. Details here. From the event description, here is intriguing information about the farm visitors will tour on this occasion:

Woodland Farm is owned by 21c Museum Hotel founders Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson. Brown and Wilson purchased the historic property in 1995 with the desire to help preserve the farmland on which they both grew up. The 1,019 acre farm is home to the bison of Kentucky Bison Company and the Proof on Main Garden. Woodland Farm is the largest single Kentucky property on the National Register of Historic Places.

 Happy Jack Pumpkin House

Happy Jack Pumpkin House

Finally, as you may know, 16 extremely interesting, extremely expensive Kentucky-based dinners will take place at the Kentucky Horse Park during each evening of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. I had a little trouble wrangling the information I wanted from the website, so take what I say with some crunchy crystals of Celtic sea salt. From what I can tell, dinners cost $300/person, and are limited to 75 persons each. One thing about all this is free: a chance to look at the the menus for the evenings (most are posted now). Some of Savoring Kentucky's favorite farms and growers will be featured at these elite dinners.

In spite of the appeal these grand meals hold, the Kentucky foods available to those of us who live here seem like the true wonder to me: slices of perfectly ripe tomatoes, peaches eaten over the sink, the pears and apples that are coming along right now, so delicious with a slice of sharp Kentucky cheddar. Enjoy!

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The world is coming to visit central Kentucky this year for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. To help our visitors know more about Kentucky's food and food ways, Savoring Kentucky is rolling out 116 Savory Kentucky Bites, one for each of the 100 days before WEG begins, and 16 for the days during WEG, September 25 - October 10. Today's Savory Bite is number 67.