Hear Ye, Hear Ye: Now I'm a Judge!

Judge Rona prepares to hold court

Judge Rona prepares to hold court

Oyez! Sunday, on the second day of the second ever Incredible Food Show, watch for me strolling around in a cloud of judicial temperament, checking out exhibitors' savory offerings. Several judges will concentrate on sweets, and another several, Judge Rona included, will try the savories. All of us will also be looking for the most impressive booth display.

I'm thinking of this as a little WEG for Kentucky food. Aside from the extremely fancy and limited celebrity chef dinners during WEG, what most of us ate at the Games was expensive, medium-quality, not noticeably from Kentucky, and prepared by a non-Kentucky contractor. Kentucky foods -- particularly Kentucky-grown ingredients and products -- neither vaulted nor rei(g)ned nor endured. Not much, anyway. So - opportunity not taken. We'll do much better next time.

In the meantime, we get this fun, Kentucky Proud-presented Incredible Food Show (at the Civic Center and Rupp Arena) as an opportunity to see what our foods, growers, products, and cooking look like when we dress up a little and show off a lot. Full price tickets for each day are $15, with big reductions for kids, and a $2 coupon, printed from the website, will get you in for $13. In addition to the marketplace of exhibitors -- where you get to be a judge, too, helping choose the winner of the People's Choice award -- your ticket also admits you to cooking demonstrations and food seminars. Lexington Herald-Leader food writer Sharon Thompson (who may also be locating her judge's robes and fluffy wig right about now) described some of them in her column today.

I like that most of the demonstrations emphasize real cooking, for example, making Danish pastries from scratch, and cutting up bulk sections of meat. And I like that some are playful: making a cake from min-veggies, or completing a stir fry as a choreographed dance event. Food is all that -- sustenance and delight.

There's a special mega-BTU chef coming on Saturday - about which more in tomorrow's post. Come find me at The Show. Enter from Vine Street - don't try it from High Street, as that entrance will be closed.