Natasha’s Bistro & Bar, 112 Esplanade, has hired Alex Jenkins as executive chef to develop and implement a new culinary philosophy. Jenkins was classically trained at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I., and Cork Regional Technical College in Cork City, Cork, Ireland.
Owner Gene Williams said “the changes currently being rolled out, place a much increased emphasis on culinary appeal, timely delivery of food to the table, and a palette of new, authentic, and robust flavors.” New menu offerings include fresh seafood, frequent specials, healthier meats, and more tapas-style small plates. Fresh seafood will be served every weekend and world cuisine specials will be featured on Thursday nights. Call (859) 259-2754 or go to Beetnik.com
■ Nick Ryan’s Saloon, 157 Jefferson Street, will donate 20 percent of Monday’s lunch and dinner proceeds to The Friends campaign for the restoration of The Kentucky Theatre. A “Seat In” reception/art exhibit will be from 4 to 6 pm. Cost is $25, and 20 percent of arts sales will be donated to the campaign to help cover the cost of new seats for the theatre. Local artists participating are Ann Nave Bass, Sue Wilmes, Norene Mara, Deborah Westerfield, and Marcia Cone. Call (859) 233-7900 or go to Nickryans.com or Kentuckytheatrefriends.org.
■ Sunday’s musical brunch at Willie’s Locally Known, 805 North Broadway, will feature Ralph Curtis, who presents the Gospel Side of Johnny Cash. Homemade menu items include fried green tomato BLT, fried chicken biscuit, bacon and eggs, and fried egg biscuit. Brunch is served from noon to 3 p.m. Call (859) 281-1116. or go to Willieslex.com.
■ Jonathan at Gratz Park, 120 West Second Street, will have a pig roast at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Call (859) 252-4949 or go to Jagp.info.
■ Ouita Michel, chef/owner of Holly Hill Inn, continues her summer dinner series with an “ultra local” menu and garden tour. On Friday and Saturday, a three-course menu and tasting menu are available, priced $35 to $65. On Saturday, guests can drop by the garden for complimentary hors d’oeuvres, a glass of sangria, and a tour of the vegetable patch. Holly Hill Inn is at 426 North Winter Street in Midway. Go to Hollyhillinn.com.
A change of menu
■ The August menu at Greentree Tearoom includes items from the farmers market. Included are chilled cantaloupe soup, asiago scone, baked pear with bleu cheese entrée salad; poppy seed egg salad, and ginger chocolate truffles. The tearoom is at 521 West Short Street. Call (859) 455-9660 or go to Greentreetearoom.com.
■ The Julep Cup, 111 Woodland Avenue, has a new menu. Items include baby back lamb rack with bourbon peach glaze; bourbon barrel ale braised pork cheeks; artisan gnocci with roasted shiitaki mushrooms; and summer corn and pea ravioli. Call (859) 226-0300 or go to Thejulepcup.com.
■ Addie’s Restaurant at The Woodford Inn, 140 Park Street in Versailles, has a new mid-summer menu. Featured are margherita chicken and pork chop with Vidalia onion gravy. A special tasting will be from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Call (859) 873-5600 or go to Thewoodfordinn.com.’
Farmers market report
■ Bluegrass Farmers’ Market will have corn, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, green beans, potatoes, melons, lamb, goat, chicken, beef, pork, baked goods, herb seasoning, pimento and beer cheese, jams and eggs. Go to Bluegrassfarmersmarket.org.
■ Winchester/Clark County Farmers Market is open on Depot Street from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. Items include corn, beans, cabbage, tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, onions. Gourmet 2 You food truck will have breakfast items.