Good Food News
Central Kentucky food events and food ideas remind me of the first small harvest of cherries from our two young Montmorency cherry trees: full of life, juice, and promise, with work still needed. We're at a good place, lots of young growth and possibility.
Put September 21, 2013 on your calendar as Biggest Local Food Day Ever in the Bluegrass. Smiley Pete's irrepressible Robbie Morgan keeps tuning the plans for the brand new Crave Lexington food & music makers' festival in ever more intriguing, rich, deep directions. And Cooperative Extension plans a day of urban farm tours that I cannot yet find described online. Crave Lexington continues on September 22.
Jaci Carfagno, excellent veteran editorial writer and reporter at the Lexington Herald-Leader, warmed every cockle of my heart with Keep it local: Entrepreneurial campus food services feeding, teaching, investing, a particularly finely crafted, persuasive argument for maintaining University of Kentucky Dining Services as a central, wholly owned component of a contemporary state flagship university. We agree.
Other excellent Herald-Leader coverage of changes in our food ways: Fruit trees provide healthy snacks along Legacy Trail, by Morgan Jones, and New food bike provides Lexington kids with healthier options, by Taylor Harrison.
Soon we may have a new news medium to cover local events, including food. Debra's Social Stimulus just announced plans to apply for a low-power FM community radio license. The first source of power: inimitable organizer Tanya Torp, a positive energy force for community and justice. This is going to be fun.
Good Foods Market & Cafe holds its annual Eat Local Celebration on Saturday, July 5, from 11 AM - 2 PM EDT. I will be there with sorghum in a jar and Sweet, Sweet Sorghum on paper. Rumor: Good Foods chefs may offer spoonbread samples to turn your sorghum tasting dial to "U" for ultra-happy. Plenty of fine local producers will be present; this event doubles as the Good Foods monthly Sampling Saturday. In addition to sampling locally produced foods that—speaking from experience—will change your weekly shopping list, enjoy live music, hand-made pizza, and ultra-cheap beer samplings.
The Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning offers a cluster of food writing, cooking, and urban gardening workshops and classes this summer, for every age group. Learn more here.
$25 fixed price menus are up for a few of the 40 restaurants taking part in Lexington's Restaurant Week July 25—August 3. (More restaurants may still join.) Looking for the possibility of local sources and likely goodness, the five small tasting courses Jonathan at Gratz Park plans stand out at the moment, in spite of a salmon offering. (Scroll below the photo for the menu.) Best-looking non-local treat so far: smoked oysters with creme fraiche, the first of five courses at newly opened County Club. The Beyond Grits website, built by Group CJ for the Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau, makes the 112 participating local restaurants look as good as they are, and makes Lexington look good, too. Kudos!
Alfalfa Restaurant returns to a summer habit by offering half price wines with dinner every Wednesday and Thursday night during summer. Alfalfa's commitment to local food sourcing, now in its 41st year, keeps expanding, now with locally grown greens.
The brand new Market on Main continues weekly on Thursday nights in Somerset.
The still youthful and amazing Community Farmers Market in Bowling Green continues weekly on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
In fact, farmers markets are carrying on all over Kentucky. All that effort! All those volunteers! All those growers/berries/squash/carrots/pork chops! Wonder if anyone is offering the "new lettuce in town," salanova?
Alfalfa Restaurant, Debra's Social Stimulus, and Good Foods Market & Café sponsor Savoring Kentucky.