Archive for June 8th, 2011

‘Jazzman’ is grilling steak and ribs this weekend

James “Jazzman” Baker, former owner of Jazzman Cafe in Winchester, now is cooking at Cantuckee Diner, 12 Carol Road. Baker is grilling steaks and ribs on Friday and Saturday night. Call (859) 744-7377.

James "Jazzman" Baker and wife Paulette

James Baker and wife Paulette

Once a Quirk, now it’s Prime

A new restaurant in Midway, 815 Prime, was born because its building needed renovating.
When Sarah and Rob Vandegrift bought Quirk Café in 2007, they leased the space that at one time was a hardware store. “The electrical capacity in the building wasn’t sufficient,” Sarah Vandegrift said, “so we purchased the building in 2008 and upgraded the electric, and have been renovating and upgrading … ever since.”
Last year, they renovated the ­basement, which had been a book store for years, and created a full-service pub called Tavern 815. “When the ­renovations were complete, we … realized we had a totally different restaurant and we needed a totally different chef and a totally ­different name to match the extraordinary changes,” she said.
They hired Nicolas Trueblood, a ­Boston native and formerly of The Mansion at Griffin Gate, as executive chef. He calls his menu “contemporary American cuisine with a European flair.”
Lunch is served Wednesday through Sunday, and dinner Tuesday through Saturday. The restaurant is at 131 Main Street. Call (859) 846-4688 or go to 815prime.com.

Here’s the story behind the name:

Why 815?

“It’s not our address so it isn’t that simple. We purchased the restaurant in 2007 and the building in 2008 and since then Rob has worked constantly and diligently to get the improvements completed.  The longest project was the beautiful bar downstairs which took nearly a year to complete and Rob was constantly asked “when’s the bar going to open”?  Rob would reply, “at 8:15 tonight” which became a running joke for many months.  When it came time to name the bar Rob thought it would be funny to call it 8:15 and as it turned out, it opened on 8/15/10 so the name stuck.  The colon did not however.  Several people told us they thought it meant that the bar didn’t open until 8:15 at night and others asked if the 8:15 was a biblical reference.  We dropped the colon but not before I checked biblical references out of curiosity and when I found this one, I knew we had the right name,” Sarah Vandegrift said.

“Then I commended mirth, because a man hath no better thing under the sun, than to eat and to drink and to be merry; for that shall abide with him of his labour the days of his life which God giveth him under the sun”  Ecclesiastes 8:15

Special events

The 6 Friends Cafe, 191 Kentucky Avenue, is sponsoring a benefit/concert/
silent auction for the Stephanie Lynn Padgett family from 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday. Musicians Sylvia Villegas will entertain at 6:30 and Andrea Wirth at 8:30. Call (859) 309-0123. Donations will be accepted in lieu of a cover charge to help the Padgett family pay the funeral expenses of Chase and McKenna Padgett, who died after a traffic accident in Danville on May 31. Fifty percent of all café proceeds Saturday will be given to the family. Donations also may be made to the Stephanie Lynn Padgett benefit fund at Chase Bank.
Also, Bourbon n’ Toulouse, 829 Euclid Avenue, will donate 20 percent of its proceeds Wednesday to the family. Call (859) 335-0300.
The Crossroad on Southland, 286 Southland Drive, is having a pancake breakfast fund-raiser from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday for Lafayette Football Boosters. Chef/owner Steve Atkins will prepare ­pancakes, sausage and fresh-squeezed ­orange juice. “This also will serve as a ‘kick off’ to our weekend breakfast service,” Atkins said. Starting Sunday, breakfast hours will be 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call (859) 309-3904.
Winchell’s, 348 Southland Drive, is having its annual lobster boil ­Wednesday, with New England clam chowder, whole Maine lobster, corn on the cob, new potatoes and fruit cobbler. Hours are 9 to 4:30 p.m. Call (859) 278-9424.
New on the menu
Hanna’s on Lime will featuring a farmers market special on Wednesdays throughout the summer. Chef/owner Beth Hanna will present six items selected from Tuesday’s market. The cost is $7.95. Hanna’s is at 214 South Limestone, with parking available in the adjacent Calvary Baptist Church lot. Call (859) 252-6264. Delivery is available.

Farmers market report

Bluegrass Farmers Market will have tomatoes, blueberries, green beans, eggs, lettuce, kale, zucchini, rhubarb, onions, herb seasoning, jams, baked goods, cut flowers and floral hanging baskets.
■ Lexington Farmers Market has summer squash and zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes, peppers, onions, sugar snap peas, raspberries, Southern peaches, fresh pasta, artisan breads and desserts, Abigail’s locust honey, sorghum, bicycle-powered smoothies, sorbetto, fresh flowers, bedding plants, hanging baskets.