NEWS A&W Burgers Chicken Floats is opening in downtown Lexington on 652 Main Street on August 8 (Grand Opening Celebration is 11 am to 3 pm). The new Main Street A&W will partner with two charities during the Grand Opening Week (Aug 3 - 9) and will donate 50 percent of sales to Wounded Warrior Project and the Lexington Humane Society. Buddha Lounge has opened at 109 N. Mill Street offering fresh sushi, sashimi, and non-sushi menu items like Korean tacos. Crank and Boom ice cream lounge has opened in the Distillery District. Freakin’ Unbelievable Burgers, a fast-casual artisanal burger joint and Street Craves have opened in the former Hugh Jass burgers location near campus. Don and Barb Wathen have sold Nick Ryan’s on Jefferson to the group that owns Suggins and the Tulip on Romany Road. Juice bar The Press is coming to Kentucky Avenue in August, right in time for the Woodland Arts Fair. It’s opening at the location where La Petite Creperie used to be across from Woodland Park. Chef John Foster’s new farm-to-table concept, the Sage Rabbit, opened in late July on S. Ashland. LEXINGTON’S FOOD AND RESTAURANT CALENDAR Summertime Soul Dinner at the Holly Hill Inn on Friday, July 31 at 6:30 pm. Chef Ouita and the Holly Hill Inn staff create a soul food buffet to accompany a concert on the lawn. Doors open at 6:30 pm; buffet served at 7 pm. Cocktails, wine and craft beer available. Call for reservations: 859.846.4732. Ronni Lundy will sign her new book, Sorghum’s Savor, on Aug 2 at Morris Book Shop. A&W Burgers Chicken Floats celebrates National Root Beer Float Day on August 6 from 2 pm until close. Stop by any A&W location in Lexington and receive a FREE small root beer float, just by asking. Burgers, Bourbon, and Beer is at the Grand Reserve on 903 Manchester Street on Friday, August 7. This 2nd annual event benefits Arbor Youth Services, Inc. Join for live music, a silent auction, and more. Well Crafted Brews + Bands Festival is at the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill on August 8. The festival celebrates local music and food and craft beer while raising funds for sustainable environmental initiatives and programs. Participating breweries include Goose Island, Sierra Nevada, Rooster Brew, New Belgium, Blue Stallion, and West Sixth. Food vendors include Crank + Boom, Rolling Oven, Red State BBQ, and Great Bagel. The 2015 music lineup includes Lera Lynn, Great Peacock, Tyler Childers + The Foodstamps, etc. A&W Burgers Chicken Floats hosts the Grand Opening Celebration of the Main Street A&W on August 8 between 11 am and 3 pm. There will be prizes, music, and games for the whole family. You will also be eligible to win free Root Beer Floats for a year. Holy Smokes BBQ Contest at the Clark County Farmers’ Market on Depot Street in Winchester at 12:30 pm on August 8. Local pit masters go head to head to a BBQ cook off. Guest Chef Night at Best Friend Bar features Stephania Sharkey and Johnny Shipley of County Club on Sunday, August 16. Morris Book Shop hosts a Pen to Plate Dinner on August 20 at 7:30 pm. Chef Brigitte Nguyen cooks from Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking, by Nathalie Dupree and Cynthia Graubart. Each monthly 16-person dinner Pen to Plate Dinner connects diners directly with the chefs, the books, and the food. Sip & Shop to benefit the American Cancer Society is at Country Club Prep on Thursday, August 20. 15% of sales from 5:30 - 8:30 pm will go to the ACS. Chamber Corn Fest is at Baldwin Farms in Richmond on Saturday, August 22 from 4 - 8 pm. The first ever Chamber Corn Fest features food, kid-friendly games, contests, and more. For more info, call 859.623.1720. Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill hosts a Fresh Food Adventure on August 29 at 6:30 pm featuring a classic Kentucky meal with Ouita Michel. The famed Kentucky chef is preparing a fresh-from-the-garden meal featuring recipes from Rona Roberts’ Classic Kentucky Meals. This article appears on page 12 of the August 2015 print issue of Ace. Subscribe to the Ace e-dition for Lexington news, arts, culture, and entertainment, delivered to your inbox every Thursday morning. To submit a Lexington, Kentucky food, wine, or spirits news item for consideration in Ace’s Best Bites, email acelist at aceweekly.com. To submit a Lexington Food, Wine, or Spirits Event to be considered for the Ace calendar, please go to the Ace online calendar, and click “Submit” (upper right on the Menu bar). Turn to Ace every week for Ace Eats Out, the latest in Lexington restaurant news. For Lexington restaurant advertising, call Ace Advertising at 859.225.4889 x229.