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With Kentucky’s best-known exports being racehorses and bourbon, it’s only appropriate that the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games hosted there be paired with great food. The James Beard Foundation is sponsoring a series of dinners pairing Kentucky chefs, including five-time James Beard Foundation Award nominee Kathy Cary, with nationally known celebrity chefs during each night of the Games. At Lilly’s Bistro in Louisville, Cary combines the ingredients—catfish, country ham, locally sourced meats, cheeses, and produce— of her native state with flavors and techniques from Europe, Asia, and the Mediterranean to create some of the Bluegrass State’s most innovative dishes.

1147 Bardstown Road Louisville, KY 502.451.0447

Favorite Places Wagner’s Pharmacy 3113 S. 4th St., Louisville 502.375.3800 Jockey, owner, and trainer hangout for breakfast next to Churchill Downs.

Col. Bill Newsom’s Country Ham 208 E. Main St., Princeton 270.365.2482 Best aged ham, a James Beard favorite. Meet Nancy, known as the “ham lady,” and granddaughter of the master.

Wakefield-Scearce Galleries 525 Washington St., Shelbyville 502.633.4382 Beautiful antique store and great restaurant, the Science Hill Inn.

Kentucky Horse Park

Caramelized Onion Pudding SERVES 8-10

INGREDIENTS 12 tablespoons butter 9 cups thinly sliced onions 9 eggs 3 tablespoons flour

Chef: Kathy Cary Restaurant: Lilly’s Bistro

1 tablespoon kosher salt 1 tablespoon baking powder 2 tablespoons sugar 3 cups heavy cream

INSTRUCTIONS: Preheat oven to 350°F. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and cook slowly, stirring frequently, until dark brown and caramelized, about 30 minutes. Pour into a greased 9”x11” pan. In a blender, combine the eggs, flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder. Blend well and add the cream. Pour over onion mixture and bake for 45 minutes or until set.

Celebrating, preserving, and nurturing America’s culinary heritage and diversity. 4089 Iron Works Pky., Lexington 800.678.8813 The beauty of the horse, both in history and real life. Many activities in a wonderful setting.

Holly Hill Inn 426 North Winter St., Midway 859.846.4732 A great regional restaurant in a historic setting.

Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheese 2033 Thomerson Park Rd., Austin 888-571-4029 Family-owned, 200 acre dairy farm known for making a variety of awesome cheese.

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