If you live in Lexington, then you’ve probably heard the buzz around the opening of The Summit at Fritz Farm. The Summit at Fritz Farm’s grand opening was the weekend of April 26-28. Over that particular weekend, there were several events going on. Ever since then, more and more stores have been opening up each week. The rest of the stores will continue to open throughout the rest of the summer.
The Summit at Fritz Farm is an outside shopping center like no other! It is:
- A unique collection of national brands and local boutiques
- Curated mix of local and regionally sourced restaurants, including Honeywood, a new concept from renowned Bluegrass chef and six-time James Beard nominee Ouita Michel
- The region’s first food hall featuring local food purveyors
- 300,000 square feet of retail
- 120+ room boutique hotel
- 48,000 square feet of Class A office space over retail
- 306 luxury apartments
On May 11, Shake Shack officially opened and it’s the only one located in Kentucky.
I love finding new products to try from local businesses here in the Bluegrass State. I can’t stress enough, but SHOP LOCAL. Something that you may not know about me is that I love to cook. However, if you follow me on instagram, then I know you know that I love to eat hahaha! I love to experiment in the kitchen and try new foods. Over the past couple of years, I have turned from a picky eater into a way more adventurous eater.
I’m a huge fan of pasta, so I figured that I would make shrimp scampi. Usually when I make pasta, I make cheese sauces, so by making this shrimp scampi, it was one of the first wine sauces that I have made. Since it uses wine in the sauce, it was the perfect opportunity to hit up Liquor Barn (the mecca of all things alcohol) and pick up a wine from one of the local wineries. Kentucky may be known for its bourbon, but it has plenty of wineries too! The wine I chose was Kentucky Lady from Old 502 Winery. Kentucky Lady is a white wine.
I just love going out and attending events, especially when it involves bourbon and/or food. Back in early September, I remember seeing a post on facebook about winning tickets to White Dog Day at Buffalo Trace. I couldn’t find much information about the event, but I knew that I just had to go! I would’ve been willing to pay, because it was something that I really wanted to attend.
Around the end of September, I received an invitation in the mail for White Dog Day. I was so ecstatic, because it was something that had been on my mind, and I would’ve been bummed if I wasn’t able to attend. At the event, you would be able to go on a “behind the scenes” tour, do a toast with White Dog, sign a bourbon barrel, and have dinner and drinks.
Some people may be wondering, what is White Dog and why is this event so important? The event, White Dog Day at Buffalo Trace, is to celebrate their 243rd distilling season. They have continuously been operating since 1775. They didn’t even shut down during Prohibition, because they were one of the few distilleries that were licensed by the federal government to distill bourbon for ‘medicinal purposes.’ Buffalo Trace sits on approximately 378 acres of land (actually more now, since they purchased more land not too long ago!). Buffalo Trace has also won more awards than any other distillery in the world in the past decade.
To close out the weekend (October 6-9) with The Bourbon Social, the last event was the Buffalo Trace Distillery Brunch. Everyone loves brunch, and if you don’t, what kind of person are you?!?
Over the last week (October 6-9), there were four amazing events called, The Bourbon Social. The Bourbon Social is a festival celebrating the craft and culture of Bourbon and Southern food. Earlier this year, in February, April, and June were The Bourbon Social Presents… events (see: Beer, Bourbon, and Bacon Garden Party).
For those that don’t know, Buffalo Trace is located in Frankfort, Kentucky. Buffalo Trace is the oldest continuously operating distillery in the United States. Even during Prohibition (1920-1933), they were still producing bourbon. They were allowed by the federal government to continue distilling bourbon for medicinal purposes. Only six distilleries were allowed to produce medicinal bourbon, and there were six million prescriptions written JUST IN Kentucky!