Evansville-area food news: 8 bites of food news for you this week

Aimee Blume
Evansville Courier & Press

EVANSVILLE − We're bringing you Tri-State restaurant happenings and food news you need to know. Here's the latest.

Spooky beer dinner

will host a five-course spooky beer dinner on Monday, Oct. 16, beginning at 6:30 p.m. On the menu are chips with guacamole and salsa, Asian chopped salad, 5-meat deep dish pizza, baby back ribs with mashed potatoes and salted caramel "Pizookie," each paired with a beer from Stone Brewing. Tickets are $45 per person if bought in advance or $50 at the door.

BJ's Brewhouse is at 1000 N. Green River Road; 812-550-9320.

Famous Kentucky chef presenting in Henderson

Chef Jason Smith will present on Friday, Oct. 20, from 6-8 p.m. at the in Henderson, Kentucky. He'll be cooking some of his favorite dishes and signing copies of his new cookbook, "Lord Honey: Traditional Southern Recipes with a Country Bling Twist." Chef Smith is Kentucky-born and is a well-known celebrity chef who has appeared on the TV Food Network, A&E, the History Channel and and in other local and national programs. The event is free to attend.

The Preston Arts Center is at 2660 S. Green St., Henderson, Ky.; 270-826-5916.

The Cottage Farmstand & Baking Co. is located just west of Owensboro, Ky. Fall activities include the Pumpkin and Pickle Festival coming up on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 21-22.
Pumpkin and Pickle Fest

will host on Saturday, Oct 21, from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 22, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. There will be pumpkin and pickle-themed foods such as butternut squash soup, pumpkin cheesecake muffins, fried pickles, a pickle burger topped with fried dill pickles, pickle loaded potato tots, pickle seasoned popcorn, and pickle juice slushies. The brew bridge will even be selling pickle beer.

More than 100 local artisans and vendors will be showcasing their wares, and on Saturday there will be a pickle and pumpkin costume contest (you can dress up as a pickle, or just choose pickle or pumpkin-themed clothing) with categories for adults, kids, groups or families, and pets.

The Cottage is at 6869 Highway Ky. 56, Owensboro, Ky.; 270-794-7040.

Dinner and a movie

The will present on Saturday, Oct. 21, beginning at 5:45 p.m. Enjoy a Charlie Chaplin silent movie with live organ accompaniment, then enjoy an unlimited soup dinner. Tickets are $20. Benefits will support the First Presbyterian musicians' summer camp. Call for tickets.

The First Presbyterian Church is at 609 SE Second St.; 812-423-6297.

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Fall Fish Fry

will be holding a fall fish fry fundraiser on Friday, Oct. 20, from 4-7 p.m. On the menu are fried fish, French fries, baked beans, potato salad, hushpuppies and beverages. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 per child. To purchase a ticket, call 812-385-6341; 766-3727; 499-7070; or 454-2720.

The Fort Branch Masonic Lodge is at 6151 South County Road 50 West in Fort Branch, Indiana.

Chili Cook Off and Jack-o'-lantern contest

The will host a on Sunday, Oct. 22, beginning at 10:40 a.m. after services end. Participants will bring chili to taste and the public will vote by placing dollars in each cook's tip jar. Proceeds will benefit New Life Youth.

New Life Church is at 2145 E Columbia St.

Love at First Bite

Love at First Bite: by A Taste of Cuba, is a new food truck in Evansville, serving both Cuban and American specialties. On the menu are Cuban beef empanadas, lechon asado (roasted pork) with black beans and rice, ropa vieja (a stew made with flank steak,) guava pastelitos (turnovers) and Key lime pie. American offerings include burgers and hot dogs, catfish and chicken nuggets, fries, spaghetti and chili. For more information on the truck, call 812-901-3392.

Prime Time Pub & Grill in Newburgh is now offering a series of monthly Bourbon pairing dinners.
Bourbon dinner

in Newburgh will be hosting a Thursday, Oct. 19, beginning at 6:30 p.m. On the menu are 5 Bourbons, 5 small plates, prizes and more. Tickets are $55 per person. Call to reserve.

The Prime Time Pub & Grill is at 8177 Bell Oaks Drive, Newburgh, Indiana; 812-490-6055.