Megan and Mike Smith have traveled the world as missionaries and now they’ve settled in Kentucky and opened their dream business. “It started off as a simple idea for a coffee house when we were first married and over the years has grown to encompass our mutual passion for food, antiques and homesteading principles,” Megan Smith said.
The Homestead, 150 Combs Ferry Road in Clark County, serves breakfast and lunch and offers classes on basket weaving, home brewing and baking for children. The menu includes biscuits, muffins, cakes, soup beans and corn bread, and BBQ.
The Homestead is at the corner of Combs Ferry and Todds roads in a 100 year old post office that has been restored. Hours are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Call (859) 333-6266 or visit Thehomesteadky.com.
Wine and dine
■ Natasha’s Bistro & Bar, 112 Esplanade, has a wine preservation system that allows the staff to serve premium select wines by the glass. “The Winekeeper prevents the wine from coming into contact with heat or oxygen for even an instant, allowing us to serve wine, perfect from the first to the last drop, in every glass,” owner Gene Williams said.
During June, Natasha’s is discounting select wines from its preservation system and introducing four new wines: Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Artemis cabernet sauvignon, Napa Valley; Conn Creek Limited Release cabernet sauvignon, Napa Valley; Conundrum white blend, California, and Joel Gott riesling, Columbia Valley, Washington. Call (859) 259-2754 or visit Beetnik.com.
■ Horseshoe Bend Winery is having a Jamaican dinner on June 11. The menu will include jerk chicken, conch soup, Jamaican whitefish, Caribbean salad, and Sir Harvey cheesecake. Cost is $60 a person and includes paired wine tastings. The winery is at 1187 Lawson Lane, Willisburg. Call (859) 375-0296 or go to Horseshoebend-ky.com.
■ On June 14, School Restaurant is having a Tuna Kaitai show. The chefs will breakdown and carve a giant tuna in front of their guests. “Diners who attend the event at 6:30 p.m. will observe firsthand sushi techniques rarely seen outside of Japan and enjoy some of the freshest sushi and sashimi the country has to offer,” general manager Kate Congleton said. School also will offer a discount on tuna sushi and tuna sashimi. The tuna buffet is $30 and includes tuna sushi and sashimi, and tuna spareribs.
During “tuna spectacular week,” School will continue to offer discounts on tuna steak and spareribs. Call (859) 269-0677 or go Schoolrestaurantlex.com.
■ The Kentucky Ballet Theatre is having its 13th annual international dinner at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. It’s an opportunity to meet the dancers and taste authentic gourmet specialties from around the world, prepared by the dancers and patrons. Artistic director Norbe Risco will roast a pig. The dinner will be held at 1146 Lane Allen Road. Cost is $50 a person. Call (859) 277-2227.
■ The June menu at Greentree Tearoom, 521 West Short Street, reflects the season and its bountiful produce. Included are chilled cucumber soup; tomato and basil scone; chicken salad Astoria, and orange pannacotta. Tea is served at noon Wednesday through Saturday and by appointment for private parties. Call (859) 455-9660 or visit Greentreetearoom.com.
Farmers market report
■ The Bluegrass Farmers Market has 100 percent locally grown strawberries, asparagus, tomatoes, eggs, lettuce, kale, green beans, rhubarb, onions, herb seasoning, jams, baked goods, honey, vegetable plants and floral hanging baskets. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at 3450 Richmond Road, in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs. Visit Localharvest.org/blog/29529.