Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are three choice dining events going on around the city:
Food Network Star Viewing Party
When: Sunday, 8-11 p.m. (show airs at 9 p.m.)
Where: Molly Malone's Irish Pub & Restaurant (933 Baxter Ave.)
What: Watch Louisville's Damaris Phillips compete for her own show on Food Network Star. This Sunday, the Jefferson Community and Technical College culinary arts instructor is in the finals, taking on The Pie Guy and a contestant who calls himself "an underground chef," which sounds like something the health department should investigate. Watch a clip from Phillips's proposed show, Eat Date Love, at the end of this post. And get to Molly Malone's early—it was standing room only last week.
St. Joseph's Orphan's Picnic
When: Saturday, 12 p.m.–12 a.m.
Where: St. Joseph's Children's Home (2712 Frankfort Ave.)
What: There's a time and a place to load up on fried chicken (actually, there are a lot of such times and places in Kentucky), but the St. Joseph's Orphan's picnic is one of the better occasions. For the 164th annual picnic, longtime food purveyor Applebee's is partnering with St. Joe's chef Finbar Kinsella (formerly of Lilly's) and Dean Corbett on the chicken dinner.
Winston's 2013 Heirloom Tomato Dinner
When: Friday and Saturday, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Winston's Restaurant (3101 Bardstown Road)
What: Chef John Castro of Winston's is celebrating the tomato harvest with a heirloom tomato dinner. The dessert? Doughnuts filled with raspberry tomato jam with sweetened cream cheese icing, served with cardamom ice cream. $65 plus $25 for optional wine parings. Reservations at 502-456-0980.