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Kentucky Bourbon Festival to be virtual amid virus

Aug. 10, 2020 3:29 AM EDT

BARDSTOWN, Ky. (AP) — Bourbon fans will be doing virtual toasts at this year's Kentucky Bourbon Festival. The festival's board has shifted the event to a virtual experience because of the coronavirus. This was done to help protect the safety of distilleries and the health of bourbon fans and the Bardstown...

Navajo Nation reports 36 more COVID-19 cases, 2 more deaths

Aug. 9, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Navajo Nation health officials have reported 36 more cases of COVID-19 and two additional deaths. That brings the total number of people infected to 9,293 and the known death toll to 470 as of Saturday night. Navajo Department of Health officials said 84,537 people have been...

This photo provided by Dirt Candy shows Amanda Cohen, a leader of the Independent Restaurant Coalition, a new lobbying group formed in response to the economic fallout from the pandemic. She’s the chef and owner of Dirt Candy, a fine-dining vegetarian restaurant in New York.  (Georgi Richardson/Dirt Candy via AP)

Insider Q&A: Leader for independent restaurants hit by virus

Aug. 9, 2020 10:30 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amanda Cohen is a leader of the Independent Restaurant Coalition, a new lobbying group of chefs and restaurants that was formed in response to the viral pandemic. Professionally, Cohen is the chef and owner of Dirt Candy, a fine-dining vegetarian restaurant in New York City. The...

Spiritless, a female-led distillery, launching soon

Aug. 9, 2020 9:53 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A last minute-emergency at an event started the idea. Lauren Chitwood, Abby Ferguson and Lexie Larsen needed to find something non-alcoholic but elevated beyond water or diet soda, to supply an event their company, Olio Event Group, was hosting. They couldn’t find it. ...

After $35M renovation, hotel on Purdue campus reopens doors

Aug. 9, 2020 9:21 AM EDT

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — A 90-year-old hotel on Purdue University's campus has reopened for business following a $35 million renovation that transformed its lobby, expanded its suites and added a restaurant and bar. The 182-room Union Club Hotel reopened Wednesday to guests who inspected the overhaul of...

‘MasterChef Junior’ teen who lost his parents battles tumors

Aug. 9, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

GARY, Ind. (AP) — Ben Watkins loves few things more than cooking but now struggles to stir. The precocious 13-year-old from the Region, who used to cook at the Ben’s Bodacious BBQ restaurant in Miller and appeared on the “MasterChef Junior” television show, has been in too much...

Chef Darnell Ferguson is the star of this Alabama eatery

Aug. 9, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (AP) — At age 33, Chef Darnell Ferguson is a rising star among television chefs. But, even more important to him, he’s a chef in his own right who oversees culinary operations at his three restaurants – including Superhero Chefs, which opened in April of 2019 in downtown...

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, left, looks on as state epidemiologist Linda Bell, right, speaks during a COVID-19 briefing on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in West Columbia, S.C. As of Monday, McMaster says all businesses will be allowed to be open, as long as they adhere to social distancing and capacity limits. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

SC official regrets not voicing concerns with virus response

Aug. 8, 2020 5:07 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The doctor serving as South Carolina’s state epidemiologist said she regrets not speaking out publicly about her concerns as the state reopened close-contact businesses during the coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Linda Bell said in June emails that Gov. Henry McMaster's staff misled...

WIld Hills Winery co-owner Colleen Halverson views the emerging fruit of a grapevine in the vineyard of the business near Muscoda, Wis. Tuesday, July 21, 2020. The winery, formerly known as Weggy Winery, produces about 2,000 gallons of wine a year. Halverson and husband Aaron want to eventually increase production to 10,000 gallons a year. (John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

New wineries tout views, alter business plans amid pandemic

Aug. 8, 2020 1:02 AM EDT

MUSCODA, Wis. (AP) — The ridge a few miles north of here holds 20 varieties of grapes, orchards filled with peach, apple, cherry, apricot and other fruit trees and one of the largest black current patches in the state. What sold Colleen and Aaron Halverson on this 81-acre property in southern Richland...

Some Indiana farmers find surprising bounty in COVID-19 year

Aug. 8, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

SCOTTSBURG, Ind. (AP) — Scottsburg-based farmer Doug Krieger said that in more than two decades of selling at southern Indiana farmers markets, he’s never had a year like this one. “It will go down record-breaking,” he said. “We’re way over triple, probably four times...