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Specials, new menus at restaurants this weekend

Specials

■ Weekend specials at The Julep Cup, 111 Woodland Avenue, include iron skillet Nigerian saltwater prawn scampi; blackened grouper served over summer succotash; and braised bluegrass-finished beef shanks over celery root puree. Call (859) 226-0300 or go to Thejulepcup.com.
The Grey Goose, 170 Jefferson Street, is serving pan-seared rainbow trout and an Egyptian pizza made with hummus, ground lamb and roasted eggplant. Call (859) 233-1500 or go to Greygooserestaurants.com.
Double H BBQ, 1244 Versailles Road, is offering tailgate packages for football fans. The menu includes smoked pulled pork or chicken, brisket, ribs, 24- and 48-piece wing platters (including carrots, celery and dipping sauces), burgoo, beer can chicken, and a variety of sides and desserts. One pint of any side item is free with each pound of meat ordered. Call (859) 523-4227 or go to Doublehbbq.com.
■ The chefs at Jean Farris Winery, 6825 Old Richmond Road, are exploring new recipe ideas and are offering weekday specials. On Tuesday, ribeye produced at Shadwell Farms is served; Wednesday, herb-crusted rack of rabbit; and Thursday, Marksbury Farm lamb loin with mustard sauce. Call (859) 263-9463 or go to JeanFarris.com.

New chef

■ David Danielson is the new executive chef at Churchill Downs in Louisville. Danielson joined the track’s culinary team in 2011 as executive sous chef. He studied at the Dumas Pere School of French Cooking and the hotel school Ecole Hoteliere Tain l’Hermitage in France, and has worked as the executive chef at New York’s United Nations Plaza Hotel, and the Ritz Carlton and Charlie Trotter’s in Chicago. Churchill Downs’ September meet runs Friday through Sept. 29. Go go ChurchillDowns.com.

New menus

Minton’s at 760, 760 North Limestone, is celebrating its first anniversary 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday with the introduction of gourmet sodas to its menu. Call (859) 948-1874 or go to Mintonsat760.com.
Bakery Blessings & Bookstore @ the Bar, 1999 Harrodsburg Road, has added new items to its September menu. Soup specials are chunky Cheddar potato and tomato bisque. The sandwich selection is tuna. Call (859) 554-6044.

Farmers market report

Bluegrass Farmers Market will have corn, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, green beans, potatoes, peppers, melons, berries, lamb, goat, chicken, beef, pork, baked goods, herb seasoning, pimento and beer cheese, jams, wine, eggs, and cut flowers. Go to Bluegrassfarmersmarket.org.
Winchester/Clark County Farmers Market has squash, apples, mums, fresh eggs, organic breads, pickles, sauces, and craft items. Market is on Depot Street. Hours are 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.

New restaurants open: First Watch in Lexington, Cattleman’s in Mt. Sterling

First Watch Daytime Cafe’s second Lexington location gives breakfast and brunch fans another option for early morning fare.
Lexington’s First Watch opened in September at 3071 Richmond Road, and the new one is at 1080 South Broadway. The menu features pancakes, omelets, salads, sandwiches, and crepes. Hours are 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Go to Firstwatch.com.

■ A new location for Cattleman’s Roadhouse is open in Mt. Sterling. Cattleman’s Roadhouse is a locally owned, Kentucky Proud restaurant with locations in Frankfort, Shelbyville, Louisville, and Shepherdsville. The restaurant serves Creekstone Farms premium Black Angus beef from Kansas. The company is originally from Campellsville. Also on the menu are grilled chicken, country fried steak, grilled salmon, and unlimited salad bar. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Cattleman’s is at 304 Silver Lake Drive, off I-64 at Exit 110. Call (859) 520-3021  or go to Cattlemansroadhouse.com.

Announcements

■ Edward J. Valente, executive chef at the Club at Spindletop Hall, might have a clue to America’s next food trend. Valente’s recipe for country ham and pimento cheese arancini with roasted red pepper aioli, is a finalist in the Next Top Product contest sponsored by US Foods. Arancini is a breaded and fried rice ball originating in Sicily.
Valente will move on to the next round of judging, a head-to-head cook off at the World Food Championships in Las Vegas, if his recipe is one of the top eight vote getters on the US Foods website. Go to USfoods.com/NTP and vote for his recipe, listed under Midwest region.
Greentree Tearoom’s menu for September features: carrot and ginger soup, apple-walnut scone, artichoke and Swiss quiche, herbed tomatoes in phyllo cups, Italian chicken salad, cucumber-shrimp tea sandwiches, chocolate dipped apricots, and bananas Foster Pettit. Greentree is at 521 West Short Street. Call (859) 455-9660 or go to Greentreetearoom.com.
Bakery Blessings & Bookstore @ the Bar, 1999 Harrodsburg Road, opens at 10 a.m. on Saturdays serving fresh, from scratch, yeast glazed doughnuts. To order one or more dozen, call (859) 554-6044 by Thursday.

Wine event

Grimes Mill Winery is celebrating “The Dog Days of Summer” on Saturday. Guests can bring their “friendly/well-behaved dogs” to the event that will be from 1 to 4 p.m. at the winery, 6707 Grimes Mill Road. Call (859) 543-9691 or go to Grimesmillwinery.com.

Farmers market report

Bluegrass Farmers Market is celebrating Back-To-School Day on Saturday. A limited supply of lunch tote bags will be given away at each market. Farmers will have corn, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, green beans, potatoes, peppers, melons, berries, lamb, goat, chicken, beef, pork, baked goods, herb seasoning, pimento and beer cheese, jams, wine, and eggs. Go to Bluegrassfarmersmarket.org.
Winchester/Clark County Farmers Market is open from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday on Depot Street. Farmers will have mild and hot peppers, squash, corn, beans, watermelon, berries, and apples. Prepared foods such as fried pies, fresh baked breads, and sweet rolls, are available on Saturday.

Natasha’s Bistro hires new chef, makes menu changes

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

 Events

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.

House Food & Wine joins South Lime lineup

The 200 block of South ­Limestone is home to ­several ­burgeoning ­businesses. The ­latest to open is House Food & Wine.
The restaurant opened this month in a restored circa 1900 house at 207 South Limestone. The menu is “upscale casual with modern American, Italian and international flavors, all in a budget-friendly and comfortable setting with an open kitchen,” partner David Jones said.
House specialties include panini sliders, burgers, pasta, entree salads and arepas, a Venezuelan corn cake filled with meat or cheese. Soup and dessert selections rotate daily, and the signature House dessert is a brownie with vanilla-bean ice cream.
Other managing partners are Isaac Kurs and Shawn Mitchell and his wife, Venezuela native Carolina, who is also the kitchen manager.
House is across the street from Jones and Kurs’ other venture, Soundbar.
Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Parking is available at 225 South Limestone. Call (859) 379-8207 or go to Housefoodandwine.com.

Openings

■ A new spot to enjoy breakfast and lunch in Paris is Thyme Café and Catering, 602 Main Street. Cathy Vance is the chef. The menu features Belgian waffles, quiches, omelets, hot Browns, Angus burgers, soups and salads. Hours are 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Call (859) 987-1488.

Special events

■ Wes Berry, author of The ­Kentucky Barbecue Book, will be a guest chef at Azur Restaurant at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Executive chef ­Jeremy Ashby has created a menu that ­represents some of Kentucky’s native regional barbecue styles. Dinner and a signed copy of Berry’s book are $55.95. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m.
The menu includes Western ­Kentucky slow smoked and pulled ­Boston butt with bourbon sauce, Daviess County-style sassafras smoked mutton and Monroe County-style pork steaks.
Azur is at 3070 Lakecrest Circle. Call (859) 296-1007 or go to ­Azurrestaurant.com.
Jonathan at Gratz Park, 120 West Second Street, is having a Southern-style pig roast at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. The cost is $25. Call (859) 252-4949 or go to Jagp.info.
■ The dinner/concert at Smith-Berry Winery on ­Saturday ­features the sounds of Nobody’s ­Bizness. The buffet menu includes grilled pork chops and grilled chicken breast. Tickets are $23.95 in advance. Call (502) 845-7091 or go to ­Smithberrywinery.com. The winery is at 855 Drennon Road in New Castle.

Announcements

Minton’s at 760, 760 North ­Limestone, will open seven days a week beginning July 1. Call (859) 948-1874 or go to Mintonsat760.com.
Furlongs, 130 West Tiverton Way, is flying in fresh crawfish and crabs for the Fourth of July celebration. The deadline to place an order is June 28. Call (859) 913-5611.
■ Weekly fish fries are back on Fridays at Addie’s Restaurant at The Woodford Inn, 140 Park Street in Versailles. The menu ­features hand-battered cod, shrimp, clams and calamari. There will be live music on the lawn from 7 to 11 p.m. Dinner service begins at 5. The regular dinner menu also is available. Call (859) 873-5600 or go to ­Thewoodfordinn.com.

Farmers market report

■ Maggie Green, author of The Kentucky Fresh Cookbook, will be at the Lexington Farmers Market at Cheapside Park on Saturday. She will sign copies of her book at the Homegrown Authors table from 9 a.m. to noon. Also at the table will be Eddie Price, author of the novel Widder’s Landing.
Bluegrass Farmers Market will have black raspberries, tomatoes, lettuce, squash, cucumbers, greens, cauliflower, broccoli, baked goods, herb seasoning, pimento and beer cheese, jams and eggs. Go to Bluegrassfarmersmarket.org.
Winchester Farmers Market is open from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday on Main Street in the parking lot of Blue Grass Museum. Market items include ­cucumbers, zucchini, green beans, turnips, green tomatoes, red and green lettuce, onions, green tomatoes, fresh ground or whole bean coffee, black ­raspberries, organic vegetables, fresh ground whole wheat bread, sweet rolls, free range eggs, herbs and fresh flowers. The market also is open 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Windy Corner menu is kid-healthy


Windy Corner Market, 4595 Bryan Station Road, now serves local beef from Colcord Farms BlueGrass Finished Beef in Bourbon County and Wholesome Living Farm in Clark County. BlueGrass provides rib eye steak from Black Angus steers, and the roast beef comes from Wholesome Living.

betterbitsThe children’s menu at Windy Corner has been certified by the Better Bites program, a project of the Tweens Nutrition and Fitness Coalition. The Better Bites certification program for restaurants helps kids and their parents choose delicious, healthy items easily. The restaurant has added whole-grain tortillas for its grilled cheese and adjusted portion sizes, in addition to its lineup of fruit, vegetables and a grain salad. Call (859) 294-9338 or go to Windycornermarket.com.

■ Recipes from historic Williamsburg, Va., are the inspiration for Holly Hill Inn’s spring and summer menus. Included are peanut soup, which dates to the colonial era; salmon collops (collop is an 18th century cooking term meaning a thin slice of meat); pork tenderloin roulade; and Old Louisville rolled oysters. Holly Hill is at 426 North Winter Street in Midway. Call (859) 846-4732  or go to Hollyhillinn.com.

The Holly Hill Inn 1785 Bourbon Society will explain how to create the perfect mint julep on Saturday. Guests also will learn how to mix a version of the Woodford Reserve $1,000 Mint Julep. Seatings are at 6 and 7 p.m. at the inn. Cost is $35.

Events

■ Tim Farmer, host of Kentucky Afield and Tim’s Country Kitchen, will demonstrate how to cook morel mushrooms at the Mountain Mushroom Festival at 11 a.m. Saturday in Irvine. The festival is held downtown and features a mushroom market and arts and crafts. Go to Mountainmushroomfestival.org.

Oliva Bella’s Olio Rustico from Sicily (2012 harvest) was awarded a gold medal at the New York International Olive Oil Competition on April 18 in Manhattan. More than 700 extra virgin olive oils were entered from 22 countries. You can taste Olio Rustico from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the tasting room, 400 Old Vine Street. Call (859) 983-3567 or go to Olivabella.com.

Specials

■ Once a year the Kwanzan flowering cherry trees “snow” a pink carpet of petals on the patio at Doodles breakfast and lunch. To celebrate, Doodles is serving pink champagne brunch specials from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Doodles is at 262 North Limestone. Call (859) 317-8507 or go to  Doodlesrestaurant.com.

■ Weekend specials at The Grey Goose, 170 Jefferson Street, includes grilled salmon with baked polenta and smoked gouda pizza. Call (859) 233-1500.

Farmers market report

Bluegrass Farmers Market will have spring greens, asparagus, lettuce, cucumbers, baked goods, jams, herb seasoning, lamb, goat, veal, beef, pork, eggs, and soaps. It’s open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 3450 Richmond Road  in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs. Go to Bluegrassfarmersmarket.org.

■ Magic Beans Coffee Roasters will introduce “custom-brewed” drip coffee at its new coffee bar at the Lexington Farmers Market Saturday. Customers may choose from any of Magic Beans fresh-roasted offerings. During the 3 minutes or so that it takes to make a cup, brewmaster Keith Hautala will offer tips on how to brew a better cup of coffee at home.

Market hours are 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays in Cheapside Park, next to the old Fayette County Courthouse. Free parking is in the Financial Center garage. The Southland Drive market is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays. Go to Lexingtonfarmersmarket.com.

 

Buffalo Trace opens cafe in old distillery firehouse

 

distillery-cafe-buildingBuffalo Trace Distillery, 113 Great Buffalo Trace in Frankfort, is opening a cafe, The Firehouse Sandwich Stop, as well as expanding its tours to seven days a week. The sandwich shop is located in a former firehouse located on the grounds of the distillery. The Firehouse was built in 1951 to protect the highly flammable bourbon barrels in the warehouses. The decor features displays of the original fire coats and boots worn by the employees as well as the distillery’s 1964 Ford fire truck.
The menu includes barbecue, soups, salads, and sandwiches, provided by Staxx BBQ. Hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call (502) 783-5673 or go to Buffalotracedistillery.com.

Egyptian Festival promises good food and fun

 

 

 

 

If koshari and kebda aren’t familiar foods, you can discover them this weekend at the Egyptian Festival.
Koshari is a traditional Egyptian dish made with cooked lentils, rice and pasta, and served with a spicy tomato sauce. Kebda is a liver sandwich.
The festival menu also features roasted lamb, grilled chicken, falafel and baklava.
Entertainment includes camel rides, a zip-line course, a petting zoo and “Euro bungee.”
The event, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, will be at The Red Mile, 1200 Red Mile Road. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call (859) 243-0768 or go to Egyptianfestivallex.com.

Special events

■ Jean Farris Winery & Bistro, 6825 Old Richmond Road, is having a Beast and Barrel lamb roast Saturday. The winery is celebrating the close of the 2012 harvest season by roasting two whole Kentucky lambs over old Jean ­Farris wine barrels on the lawn. The lamb will be offered as the dinner entrée special. Call (859) 263-9463 or go to Jeanfarris.com.
Minton’s at 760 is hosting a ­Halloween party Wednesday. Chef/owner Ashley Minton will greet guests as Mrs. Lovett, the character from Sweeney Todd known for her “meat pies” of ­questionable origin, as part a theme based on the Broadway musical. “We will be serving all sorts of pies,” Minton said. Hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Minton’s is at 760 North Limestone. Call (859) 948-1874 or go to Mintons760.com.
Georgia’s Kitchen Café, 900 North Broadway, is having a Halloween party at 7 p.m. Saturday. The cost is $30, and there will be live music and ­dancing. Prizes will be awarded for best ­costumes. Call (859) 252-6837  or go to Georgiaskitchencafe.com.
Wine + Market, 486 West Second Street, has two events planned for November. A class on pairing wines and holiday foods will be 6 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12. Apiary catering will provide appetizers. The cost is $25. A holiday beer tasting will be 5 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14. Five holiday brews will be available for tasting. Cost is $10. Call (859) 255-0577.

Announcements

Alfalfa Restaurant, 141 East Main Street, is helping Friends of The ­Kentucky Theatre raise money to ­renovate the downtown Lexington icon. On Wednesdays until Nov. 21, 20 percent of dinner sales will go to the theater. Dinner hours are 5:30 to 9 p.m. Also, Alfalfa now serves French-press coffee that’s locally roasted by Caffe Marco, and mimosas, wine nd beer at Sunday brunch starting at 11 a.m. Brunch hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call (859) 253-0014.
■ Two Lexington restaurants, ­Bourbon n’ Toulouse and Sahara ­Mediterranean Cuisine, have been ­included on UrbanSpoon’s list of ­“America’s most popular cheap eats.” According to the user review-based Web site for restaurants, “these are the ones that received the most coverage in the past year, via blogger reviews, food ­critics and diner votes.” Bourbon n’ Toulouse is at 829 Euclid Avenue, (859) 335-0300, and Sahara is at 3061 Fieldstone Way in Beaumont Centre, (859) 224-1138. The Herald-Leader and LexGo.com contribute their restaurant reviews to UrbanSpoon.

Farmers market report

■ Saturday is Bluegrass Farmers Market’s last day for the season. Items include tomatoes, winter squash, peppers, lamb, honey, lettuce, baked goods, soup bean mix, greens, sweet potatoes, eggs, herb seasoning, jams and pumpkins. The market is at 3450 Richmond Road in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Go to Localharvest.org/blog/29529.

Minton’s 760 is open on North Limestone

Minton’s 760, now open at 760 North Limestone, features a menu that owner Ashley Minton calls “Southern with a twist.” Minton, who also owns Nova Gourmets Personal Chef & Events, said Minton’s will serve many recipes that are “my family’s favorites that I have adapted/changed up,” she said.
Breakfast and lunch are served from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays and dinner is served from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.
“For dinner we will be doing seasonal dishes. They will change every week and be based on what is in season and what we can get from our farmers. We are using as many local products and foods as we possibly can, and will be making many items from scratch, such as sausage and apple butter,” she said.
Breakfast includes French toast, morning hot Brown, potato omelet, and biscuits and gravy. For lunch, there’s tomato pie, Carolina pulled pork, chicken pot pie, fried green tomatoes with ham salad, and chicken and dumplings. Call (859) 948-1874.

Events

■ Kentucky Mudworks and Bourbon n’ Toulouse’s annual Empty Bowls event on Saturday will benefit Moveable Feast Lexington.  Starting at 11 a.m., customers can donate $15 and choose a handmade bowl and receive a free bowl of Cajun food.
The ceramic bowls were made by local artists at Mudworks. Moveable Feast delivers hot, freshly cooked meals to people living with AIDS/HIV-related illnesses as well as individuals who are patients of Hospice of the Bluegrass. Bourbon n’ Toulouse is at 829 Euclid Avenue. Call (859) 335-0300.
■ The Bourbon Review magazine’s second annual Bourbon Under the Stars will celebrate Bourbon National Heritage Month. The party will be from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday at Fasig-Tipton, 2400 Newtown Pike. Tickets are $135 at the door. Call (502) 333-0086.
There will be a buffet of bourbons and special guests will be Bill Samuels Jr. of Maker’s Mark, and master distiller Jim Rutledge of Four Roses. Jonathan Lundy, chef/owner of Jonathan at Gratz Park, and Jeremy Ashby, chef at Azur, will prepare special dishes.
Alfalfa Restaurant, 141 East Main Street, is honoring author Ruth Reichl with special dinners on Friday and Saturday. Reichl is the keynote speaker at the University of Kentucky Women’s Writers Conference this weekend. Alfalfa will feature recipes from Reichl’s memoir Comfort Me with Apples. Chef Evan Gray will prepare Channing Way shrimp curry, made with fresh local vegetables simmered in a creamy coconut lime curry sauce, and served over brown rice with fresh fruit chutney on side. Hours are 5:30 to 9 p.m. Call (859) 253-0014 or go to Alfalfarestaurant.com.
Thai Orchid Cafe will host a celebration of local food and sustainable culture on Saturday. Harvest Fest will benefit Seedleaf, a non-profit organization that aims to increase the availability of fresh, wholesome food to people at risk of hunger in Central Kentucky. There will be live music, and food and beverage tastings from Thai Orchid, Good Foods Market & Café, The Wholesome Chef, West Sixth Brewing, and Elmwood Stock Farm. Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. at Thai Orchid, 1030 South Broadway. Tickets are $40. Call (859) 288-2170.
Marikka’s Oktoberfest begins Friday and runs through Oct. 13. German Music Trio will play on Friday and Saturday nights. The menu features smoked pork knuckle cooked in sauerkraut and served with sauerkraut and mashed potatoes; Munich reuben, made with rye bread, bajuval cheese, sauerkraut, and bratwursts; and seasoned ground beef, mustard, and pickle wrapped in a thin strip of steak then covered with brown gravy. Call (859) 275-1925 or go to Marikkas.com. Marikkas is at 411 Southland Drive.
Horseshoe Bend Winery is holding its second Dinner in the Vineyard from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday. Dustin Staggers, chef at 60 West Bistro in St. Matthews in Louisville, will prepare the menu. The five-course meal with wine pairings is $75. The winery is at 1187 Lawson Lane in Willisburg. Call (859) 375-0296.
■ During September, The Ketch Seafood Grill will feature a Maine lobster clambake, including a 1 ¼-pound freshly steamed lobster, steamed clams, corn on the cob, red skin potatoes, and drawn butter. Call (859) 277-5919 or go to Ketchseafoodgrill.com. The Ketch is at 2012 Regency Road.
Grimes Mill Winery, 6707 Grimes Mill Road, is celebrating its first anniversary from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday. There will be live music from 4 to 7 p.m. featuring harmonica and guitar blues. Call (859) 543-9691or go to Grimesmillwinery.com.
■ Chuck’s famous BBQ and old-fashioned cheese grits are on the menu Saturday at Smith-Berry Winery’s dinner/concert. Nervous Melvin and the Mistakes will entertain from 6 to 9:30 p.m. The winery is at 855 Drennon Road in New Castle. Call 1-888-845-7091 or (502) 845-7091 or go to Smithberrywinery.com.

Farmers market report

■ Saturday is the last day for the Bluegrass Farmers Market Willow Oak location, 730 Millpond Road, in the parking lot for the Willow Oak Pool. The main location at 3450 Richmond Road, in the Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs parking lot, will be open for a few more weeks from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, and 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday. Farmers have tomatoes, squash, eggplant, peppers, raspberries, watermelons, bok choy, eggs, herb seasoning, and pumpkins. Go to Localharvest.org/blog/29529.

Smith-Berry Winery is 10 years old

Smith-Berry Vineyard and Winery in New Castle will celebrate its 10th anniversary on Saturday. The “Winearitaville” dinner/concert will have a Key West theme, and Lunar Beach House will entertain with Jimmy Buffet tunes. The menu features Smith-Berry farm-raised beef burgers, and vendors will offer samples of their Kentucky-made specialties. Producers include Rattlesnack Hill Farm, Flying Leap Farm, Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheese, Mr. G’s Kettle Corn, and Primo Oils & Vinegars. Hours are 4 to 10 p.m. Cost is $22.95 in advance, or $27.95 at the door.  Call (888) 845-7091 or (502) 845-7091 or go to Smithberrywinery.com.

Events

Bourbon n’ Toulouse will serve its famous shrimp boil during the Chevy Chase block party on Saturday. The dish features shrimp, corn, Cajun sausage, and potatoes. Also on the menu are atomic fire hotdogs made from the restaurant’s spicy boil recipe. West Sixth Brewing will have a beer trailer in front of the restaurant at 829 Euclid Avenue. Hours are 4 to 10 p.m. Call (859) 335-0300 or go to Bntlex.com.
■ On Friday, Horseshoe Bend Vineyards is having a Burgers and Banjos party. Sue Massek from Reel World String Band will entertain. Cost is $10 and the menu features burgers and dessert. Hours are 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The winery is at 1187 Lawson Lane in Willisburg. Call (859) 375-0296 or go to Horseshoebend-ky.com.
Caramanda’s Bake Shoppe is asking customers to choose six new cupcakes to go on its fall/winter menu. On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, you can stop by Caramanda’s two locations at 332 Southland Drive and 3805 Dylan Place, to taste three different cupcakes each day. The six cupcakes with the most votes will be added to the menu.

 Specials

Nick Ryan’s Saloon, 157 Jefferson Street, has $15 specials every Monday night. Each entree comes with soup or salad, and a small carafe of a boutique wine that changes weekly. The restaurant has added a new dish to its menu: a spicy Asian-style chicken crafted by one of the chefs. Call (859) 233-7900 or go to Nickryans.com.
Rossi’s Restaurant is featuring $15 dinner specials for the remainder of August. Rossi’s is at 1060 Chinoe Road. Call (859) 335-8788 or go to Rossis-restaurant.com for menu selections.

Farmers market report

John and Becky Moore of Midway have harvested their Colorado peach orchard and will be offering the fruit for sale on Saturday. The peach sale will be in front of their home, 113 North Winter Street, beginning at 8 a.m. until the crates are all sold.
■ Some of the merchants near the Southland Drive location of the Lexington Farmers Market are normally closed on Sundays. But they are opening from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday and having a sidewalk sale as a thank you and to recognize the market vendors, said Mark Marcum of Hallmark Trophies.
Participating merchants are The Soup Kitchen, Ladybug Landing, Geno’s Formal Affair, Gem Source, Aerus Electroux, and Hallmark. The Soup Kitchen will have samples of Mexican corn bread, which won awards at the Taste of the Bluegrass.
■ The Willow Oak location of the Bluegrass Farmers Market will no longer be open on Thursday, but will continue on Saturdays throughout the growing season. Farmers at both locations will have green beans, tomatoes, squash, eggplant, eggs, herb seasoning, rabbit, and beef. Locations and hours are: 3450 Richmond Road, in the Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs parking lot, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday; and 730 Millpond Road, in the parking lot of the Willow Oak Pool, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Go to Localharvest.org/blog/29529.

Restaurants announce new menu items

■ The chefs at Greentree Tearoom have planned their August menu around what’s available at farmers markets. Here’s the menu: chilled cantaloupe soup, asiago scone with herbed cream cheese and green tomato chutney, baked pear with blue cheese, ­poppyseed egg salad and French ­radish tea sandwiches, ginger chocolate truffles, strawberry cupcakes and Key lime ­custards. ­Greentree is at 521 West Short Street. Call (859) 455-9660 or go to ­Greentreetearoom.com.
Ramsey’s Diners’ owner Rob Ramsey says that despite the ­national drought, “our local corn from ­Shelbyville is as good of quality as we have had in years. Tomatoes are ­excellent as well.” Ramsey’s serves fresh produce specials throughout the season. Go to Ramseysdiners.com for restaurant locations.
Rossi’s Restaurant, 1060 Chinoe Road, has added items to its ­dinner menu: Dijon-crusted lamb chops, ­chicken minis, and po’boys. You can enjoy the new items on Rossi’s patio, which has plenty of shade. Call (859) 335-8788 or go to Rossis-restaurant.com.
City Barbeque, 3292 Richmond Road, is celebrating all things pork Aug. 6 to 12 with discounted menu items. Specials include a half-pound pulled pork sandwich, $4.99; pulled pork lunch sandwich, $3.50; 1 pound of pork, $9.99; and a bone-in whole pork ­shoulder, $7.99 a pound. Call (859) 317-4430 or go to Citybbq.com.
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers has added one of the world’s hottest ­peppers to its menu. The ghost pepper, or Bhut Jolokia, is 300 times as hot as the ­jalapeño and will be served on two burgers. The fiery ghost is a burger topped with ghost pepper sauce, fried jalapeños, and pepper Jack cheese; and the cry baby is topped with onion straws tossed in Sriracha dry seasoning, with more onions sautéed in ­Cholula hot sauce, pepper jack cheese and ghost pepper ketchup. Red Robin is in Brannon Crossing at 101 East Brannon Road, Nicholasville. Call (859) 971-1991 or go to Redrobin.com.
Farmers market reports
Azur Restaurant’s farmers bazaar is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays on the patio. The market features local farmers and artisans. Azur is at 3070 Lakecrest Circle. Call (859) 296-1007 or go to Azurrestaurant.com.
Bluegrass Farmers Market has corn, melons, tomatoes, squash and cucumbers. Locations and hours are: 3450 ­Richmond Road, in the Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs parking lot, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday; and 730 Millpond Road, in the parking lot of the Willow Oak Pool, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday. Go to Localharvest.org/blog/29529.
Woodford County Farmers ­Market will have its 12th annual Twilight Festival from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday in downtown Versailles.

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