A smaller version of Casanova is open downtown

Leo Capezzuto closed his Italian restaurant on South Broadway on July 31 because the building, which once housed The Coach House, was being torn down. While looking for another location, Capezzuto decided to open a small Italian café on Main Street. “Just to not get rusty,” he said. Casanova Café, on the ground level of Festival Market at 325 West Main Street, serves bow tie chicken pesto, lasagna Bolognese, Mediterranean salad, cheese steak sandwich, and Italian wedding soup. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call (859) 252-7777.

Now there’s only one JK’s Cafe

Greg and Alice Keller have sold JK’s Café in downtown Winchester to concentrate on their other location at Forest Grove Grocery.
“The Forest Grove location is a 50-seat restaurant which has been open for a year this month,” Greg Keller said. “It serves a full breakfast menu with meat and eggs, sausage gravy and biscuits, country ham biscuits, breakfast hot Browns, and quiche.” The lunch menu features chicken salad, beer cheese burgers, hot Brown, soup beans and corn bread, and meatloaf subs.
JK’s Café at Forest Grove Grocery is at 4636 Old Boonesboro Road in Clark County. Hours are 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Call (859) 744-4444.


WineStyles of Lexington, 2535 Nicholasville Road, is introducing the new vintage of  “The Prisoner” at a Prisoner Release Party from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday.
“Most wine drinkers know of Dave Phinney, a hot winemaker who makes very interesting wines from vineyards all over the world, and his labels are very creative and slightly edgy. He is probably best known for ‘The Prisoner,’ a red blend from California.  He always releases the new vintage of ‘The Prisoner’ on Halloween,” owner Jim Taylor said. The store will also pour Blindford (a white blend) and Bayonette (a red blend from France).  Cost is  $10 for a flight of all three wines.
Call (859) 278- 9463.
Wines on Vine, 400 Old Vine Street, is having a holiday wine trade tasting on Monday. Wine from eight distributors will be sampled. Cost is $10. Call  (859) 243-0017.
Centenary United Methodist Women is having an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. The menu features pancakes, sausage, and biscuits and gravy. Cost is $5. Gluten-free pancakes are $4.  The church is at 2800 Tates Creek Road. Call Pat Burton at (859) 223-2946.

New on the menu

■ Nat Yuttayong, owner of Nat’s Thai restaurant, 111 South Upper Street, is preparing stir-fry venison tenderloin, with red curry paste and basil, on Friday. “It is the most tender meat I have ever cooked,” Yuttayong said. Call  (859) 433-0197.
Greentree Tearoom, 521 West Short Street, is serving a hearty menu for November. Included are lobster bisque; sweet potato scone;   turkey and berry pilaf in filo; basil mashed potatoes, curried egg salad, brown sugar cupcakes, and citrus spice panna cotta. Call (859) 455-9660  or go to Greentreetearoom.com.
Fazoli’s is forming its first partnership with Ghirardelli Chocolate Company, and participating Fazoli’s locations are serving pumpkin swirl cheesecake. It’s New York Style cheesecake, swirled with pumpkin, and topped with Ghirardelli caramel sauce. Cost is $1.99.  The special runs through Jan. 5. For locations, go to Fazolis.com.


■ Visitors at the Kentucky Proud Incredible Food Show last weekend, voted for their favorite food items.  Here are the winners:
Overall winner in the sweet category is Crigger Farm, and Willa’s Shortbread received honorable mention. In the savory category, the winner is Single Barrel Sauce Company, and Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheese, received honorable mention. The People’s Choice award went to Red State BBQ.  Winners of the best booth display are La Petite Sucre and The Weekly Juicery.

Farmers market report

Lexington Farmers’ Market is still open on Tuesdays and Thursdays at South Broadway and Maxwell Street, and on Saturdays in Cheapside Park.  Products include broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, potatoes, garlic, dried beans, spinach, lettuce, winter squash, pie pumpkins, eggs, honey, beef, chicken, lamb, goat, and pastured turkeys, which can still be pre-ordered in time for Thanksgiving.  Go to Lexingtonfarmersmarket.com.