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Restaurant week continues

You only have a few more days to enjoy $25 dinners and support our best local restaurants. Lexington Restaurant Week ends Saturday, so go to Lexrestaurants.com and pick a place you haven’t tried before.
Just in time for Lexington Restaurant Week, Clawdaddy’s  began serving premium spirits and cocktails, and adding Italian gelato to its line-up. Clawdaddy’s gelato flavors are available by the scoop or as a whoopie pie sandwich and include bourbon-vanilla and blueberry-cheesecake, which are made in Louisville with milk from a Russellville dairy. The store, at 128 North Broadway, also serves freshly baked gluten-free rolls, and you can order live lobsters from Clawdaddy’s dock in Maine to be delivered overnight. Call (859) 258-2529 or go to Clawdaddys.net.
Events
Oliva Bella products will be available for tasting at 10 a.m. Saturday at  Wine + Market, 486 West Second Street, at the corner of Jefferson Street. Call (859) 225-0755. Oliva Bella, 400 Old Vine Street, is an importer of Italian extra virgin olive oils, balsamic vinegar and seasonal, artisanal food products. Call  (859)  983-3567 or go to Olivabella.com.
The Club at Spindletop Hall and Stuarto’s Olive Oil is having a brunch-themed cooking class from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 13. Cost is $41. Call (859) 263-0088. Menu includes salmon crepes, vanilla French toast with blueberry cane sugar, Tuscan sheered eggs, and blood orange and lemon oil cannoli. Classes are taught by Ed Valente, Timothy Wood, and Stuart Utgaard. Spindletop is at 3414 Ironworks Pike.
■ Cooking instructor Phil Dunn will take his class to Lexington Farmers Market at 8 a.m. Saturday. “We will meet at my kitchen and go to the downtown farmers’ market to pick up ingredients for our lunch. A stop at Sunrise Bakery is added, and then back to the kitchen for a morning full of fabulous cooking. The menu will depend on our fresh finds at the market,” Dunn said. Cost is $50.
Dunn’s other classes are available by calling (859) 533-3553 or e-mailing Phildunn1948@gmail.com. Classes are held at Architectural Kitchens & Baths, 345 Lafayette Avenue.
Farmers market report
Bluegrass Farmers’ Market has corn, tomatoes, green beans, squash, peppers, and melons. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs, 3450 Richmond Road, and at Azur Restaurant, 3070 Lakecrest Circle. Go to Bluegrassfarmersmarket.org.
Montgomery County Farmers Market is open at 7 a.m. Wednesday and Saturday in the Montgomery Square Shopping Center in front of Big Lots, 1342 Indian Mound Drive, Mt. Sterling.
National Farmers’ Market Week is Sunday through Aug. 9. There are more than 155 farmers’ markets in Kentucky that offer a vast array of fruits and vegetables along with cheese, eggs, meats, honey, fresh cut flowers, and crafts.

Lamb’s market offers hot meals, fresh produce

If you drive U.S. 60 between Lexington and Winchester, there’s a great place to stop for breakfast or lunch. Arrettia Lamb took over the old Shopper’s Market across from the Sky Vue Drive-In on April 1. At Lamb’s Shopper’s Market, 5920 Lexington Road in Winchester, you can get deli sandwiches anytime. But from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Lamb serves blue plate specials. Depending on what she wants to cook, you can get meatloaf and mashed potatoes, lasagna, or chicken pot pie. Lamb buys local produce from neighboring farmers to prepare meals, and also to sell. The Wednesday special is “tops and dogs” (two hot dogs with homemade chili and tater tots for $3.50). Breakfast, from 6 to 10 a.m., includes country ham, bacon, eggs, and sausage biscuits. Store hours at Lamb’s Shopper’s Market are 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Call (859) 744-9413.

BBQ spot is moving

 Sarah’s Corner Café, at the corner of Winchester and Cleveland roads, will close Friday. But don’t worry. The smoker is just moving from the outskirts of town to 720 Henry Clay Boulevard, and will re-open in a couple of weeks.
Sarah’s is known for its BBQ cooker attached to a pickup that’s parked in front of the store. “We have a smoker ordered that is twice the size of the one we have now,” owner Ralph Egbert said. Sarah’s new home will be in the former spot where The Lunch Box was located.

 Events
■ James “Jazzman” Baker is the new chef at Bridgepointe at Ashgrove Woods, a Christian Care Community for seniors. Baker, who is known for his great barbecue and is former owner of Jazzman Café in Winchester, will be cooking for the center’s Jazzy Days of Summer event, which is free and open to the community, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.  Baker will prepare ribs with Jazzman’s special sauce; fried chicken; three-bean baked beans; loaded baked potato salad;  Jazzman’s coleslaw; and bread pudding.
Bridgepointe is at 5220 Grey Oak Lane, Nicholasville. Call (859) 885-3000.
■ The first Pazzo’s Belgian Festival will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday on the patio. More than 40 Belgian beers will be available. Tickets, at $25, include 20 samples and a tasting glass, and are available at Pazzo’s, 385 South Limestone, and The Beer Trappe, 811 East Euclid. Call (859) 255-5125 or go to Pazzospizzapub.com.
■ The film Hercules opens Friday in theatres and in celebrati

on Red Robin is offering a new Burgers & A Movie  promotion. Available through Sept. 1, the Colossus burger is a fire-grilled beef patty topped with a combination of smoked brisket, provolone cheese, grilled onions, and Red Robin’s campfire and triple S BBQ sauces. Guests who purchase a $25 limited edition Hercules gift card at participating Red Robin  restaurants and Kroger supermarket locations will receive a free movie ticket. Go to  Redrobin.com/herculesmovie.
Customers who see  Hercules during opening weekend  and bring  their ticket stubs into Red Robin from Monday  through Thursday will receive $3 off their purchases. Red Robin is at 101 East Brannon Road, Nicholasville. Call (859) 971-1991.
 Farmers market report
Bluegrass Farmers’ Market has corn, tomatoes, green beans, squash, berries, and melons. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs, 3450 Richmond Road, and at Azur Restaurant, 3070 Lakecrest Circle. Go to Bluegrassfarmersmarket.org .

New Ruby Jean’s Cafe is serving country-style food

If you’re craving ­grandma’s country ­cooking, try the new Ruby Jean’s Café, 450 Southland Drive. Chef Mac McBride always wanted to open a restaurant with “good country-style food.”
“I always said if I did, I would name it after my grandmother,” McBride said. “It’s a ‘meat and two’ and ‘meat and three’ concept with sandwiches, and burgers.” He’s a chef instructor at Sullivan University and has worked at Porcini’s in Louisville, Jonathan at Gratz Park,  The Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia.

A chalkboard menu features breakfast items, fried chicken, fried catfish, green beans, stewed ­tomatoes, corn pudding and corn bread. A brunch buffet is served from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Call (859) 277-0058.

New on the menu
La Petite Crêperie, 191 Kentucky Avenue, has a new chef and now serves wine and cocktails. Chef Gérard Aiache “brings to the Crêperie an amazing French flair which ­reminds me from back home,” co-owner Linda Chambers said. Aiache recently worked at Le Deauville and Bourbon n’ Toulouse ­restaurants. His specialty crepes include savory fresh salmon and ratatouille, fruits de mer, and poulet Basquaise. Call (859) 684-2737 or go to Petitecreperie.com.
■ The summer tradition — fresh peach pizza — is back at Saul Good Restaurant. Fresh peaches, topped with streusel and Belgian white chocolate chips, are cooked on a homemade pizza dough.  Go to Saulgoodpub.com for locations.
■ Gene Williams claims Natasha’s Bistro, 112 Esplanade, has the best fries and best burgers in town. “We’re saying it, our customers are telling us,” he said.
“There really are ‘fry connoisseurs’ out there, and they are finding us. So what makes our fries outstanding? In the first place they are heart-healthy fries. I know that sounds odd, but we use a rice bran oil that actually lowers the bad and raises the good ­cholesterol. The flavor comes from using fresh everything — fresh minced garlic, fresh flat leaf parsley and freshly ground pepper on the spot.”
The Alley burger is made using six ounces of locally raised Marksbury farm beef, served on a toasted brioche bun. The weekend special is the Alley burger topped with  grilled portobello mushrooms and Swiss cheese.
Call (859) 259-2754 or go to Bistro.beetnik.com.
Hanna’s on Lime, 214 South ­Limestone, is featuring its farmers market special from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday. Fresh offerings include corn on the cob, squash, tomatoes, new potatoes, melon, green beans, ­cucumbers and eggplant. Cost is $8.25 and features six items gathered from Tuesday’s farmers market.
Call (859) 252-6264 or go to ­Hannasonlime.com.
Events
Smithtown Seafood sous chef ­Agnes Teresa Marrero Rosa will ­prepare recipes from her native Puerto Rico for this month’s Tanks to Table beer dinner on Thursday. A Kentucky Proud hog from Stone Cross Farm will be marinated 24 hours in ­Caribbean spices, then slow smoked that day until fork tender. It will be served with house-made hot sauces and ­chimichurri sauce. West Sixth ­Brewing will serve a firkin, ­lemongrass wheat with passion fruit and pineapple, with the meal. ­
Dinner begins at 7 p.m. Smithtown is at 501 West Sixth Street. Call (859) 303-4100, or walk up to the pop-up pork station that day and place your order. Cost is $25. Go to ­Smithtownseafood.com.
■ Lexington’s Women Chefs dinner series continues with a Women in World Cuisine dinner at Brasabana,  841 Lane Allen Road, from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. A portion of the proceeds
will go to the Children’s ­Advocacy ­Center of the Bluegrass. Cost is $50. Call (859) 797-8461 or go to ­Brasabana.com.
Participating chefs are Jill Schrank, line chef at The Lexington Diner; ­Libby Allen, chef and culinary ­instructor at the National Center for Hospitality Studies for ­Sullivan ­University; Ranada West-Riley, ­executive chef and owner of The Lexington Diner; Vanessa Willhite, line chef at Azur Restaurant; Amy Harris, who was sous chef at Jonathan’s at Gratz Park; and Shannon Collins, day chef at Azur.
Brasabana is at 841 Lane Allen Road.
Lexington Restaurant Week begins Thursday and runs through Aug. 2. More than 60 restaurants will offer $25 dinners. A list can be found at ­Lexrestaurants.com.
Wallace Station, 3854 Old ­Frankfort Pike in Versailles, is having “Burgers and Beats” from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday. Proceeds go to Faith Feeds/GleanKy, a group that feeds the hungry by ­gleaning and distributing excess fruits and vegetables. Entertainment provided by Silverback. Cost is $25. Go
to Burgersandbeats2014.eventbrite.com.
■ Kentucky Eagle Distributing will be tasting/sampling Table No. 7 wine from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Unlimited Spirit, 404 Southland Drive.
Farmers market report

■ Mary Tyler, the peach lady, now has fresh Georgia peaches at Lexington Farmers Market.

Bluegrass Farmers’ Market is in full summer mode with locally grown  corn, tomatoes, green beans, squash, and melons. The market is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs, 3450 Richmond Road, and at Azur Restaurant, 3070 Lakecrest Circle. Go to Bluegrassfarmersmarket.org.

Father’s Day fare designed with dads in mind

Sunday is Father’s Day, and several restaurants are preparing weekend meals Dad will enjoy.
Here is a selection:

■ Sweeten up dad with a cheesecake or cupcake from Barnes & Noble’s Cafe. The store, 1932 Pavilion Way, is offering $10 off whole Cheesecake Factory cheesecakes with any purchase. Flavors include red velvet and orange cream. Cupcakes are $2.25. Call (859) 543-8518.
Furlongs Restaurant, 130 West Tiverton Way, will have a crawfish boil Saturday night. A Father’s Day brunch buffet will be served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Call (859) 523-5500.
Jean Farris Winery & Bistro, 6825 Old Richmond Road, is serving brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. ­Included are shrimp and grits, huevos rancheros and a farm breakfast. Call (859) 263-9463 or go to Jeanfarris.com.
Holly Hill Inn, 426 North ­Winter Street in Midway, will have a ­dinner and bourbon tasting on the lawn ­Saturday. Bourbon from all the ­distilleries on the Bourbon Trail will be paired with hors d’oeuvres. Live music will be provided by Hot Chocolate and the ­Marshmellows. The menu features New York strip steak or seafood catch of the day, farm-fresh Kentucky Proud vegetable sides, and a dessert from The Midway School Bakery. A bourbon tour begins at 6 p.m., and dinner is at 7. The cost is $75. Call (859) 846-4732.
■ Brunch will be served at the ­Dryer House at Woodford Reserve ­Distillery on Sunday. Tours begin at 12:15 p.m., and brunch is at 1. The cost is $40. Woodford Reserve is at 7855 McCracken Pike in ­Versailles. Call (859) 879-1953 or email Catering@b-f.com.
Special events
■ The sixth annual Beer Cheese Festival will be Saturday in ­downtown Winchester. Twenty beer cheese vendors will participate in the event, which is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For $5, ­visitors may sample beer cheese and vote for a favorite. Go to ­Beercheesefestival.com.
Rooster Brewing, 609 Main Street in Paris, will have Ladies Night Out from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. An informative beer school will focus on styles of beer and countries of origin. The cost is $10. Call (859) 707-3436.
Town Branch Distillery, 401 Cross Street, will celebrate National ­Bourbon Day on Saturday. Distiller Mark ­Coffman will sign bottles from noon to 3 p.m. Town Branch will have cocktail specials at Parlay Social, 257 West Short Street; Table 310, 310 West Short Street; and Shorty’s, 163 West Short Street. Call (859) 887-3406 or go to Kentuckyale.com.
Fazoli’s is having bridge parties in June. From 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, Fazoli’s will offer members of the American Contract Bridge League a place to play bridge and a free Italian lemon ice with any entrée purchase. Fazoli’s special program for seniors, Club 62, offers those 62 and older a $4 menu on Wednesdays. A Club 62 card is available at participating Fazoli’s locations. Go to Fazolis.com.
Unlimited Spirit, 404 Southland Drive, is having a tasting of six Jim Beam products from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday. Call (859) 309-2903.
Town Branch Market, 233 East Main Street, is celebrating its third ­anniversary Thursday and June 20. The staff will grill chicken wings with Ale-8-One barbecue sauce from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday. On June 20, there will be an old-fashioned fish fry. Call (859) 280-2122 or go to ­Townbranchmarket.com.
Openings
■ Lexington’s first Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina opens Monday at Regency Centre on Nicholasville Road. The fast-­casual Mexican restaurant serves made-to-order salads, burritos, ­quesadillas, tacos and Mexican pizzas.
The Regency Centre location is the first of three Salsarita’s planned in the Lexington area by Gibson ­Family Enterprises. The restaurant is the fourth Salsarita’s in Kentucky; two are in Louisville, and one is in Owensboro. Go to Salsaritas.com.
New menus
Mandarin Oriental Café & ­Sushi Bar, 2220 Nicholasville Road, in ­Zandale Shopping Center, has added items to its sushi menu. No-rice ­options are available. Call (859) 275-4300 or go to Mandarincafeandsushi.com.
■ The June soup specials at Bakery Blessings and Bookstore @ the Bar are chicken tortilla and chilled strawberry. The bakery is at 1999 Harrodsburg Road. Call (859) 554-6044.
Farmers market report
■ Jeff Dabbelt is leaving his ­position as director of Lexington Farmers Market on June 30. A “so long” ­gathering will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in Cheapside Park, Main Street and Cheapside. Go to Lexingtonfarmersmarket.com.
Bluegrass Farmers Market sells 100 percent locally produced items. It’s in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs, 3450 Richmond Road, and at Azur Restaurant,
3070 Lakecrest ­Circle. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. ­Saturday Go to ­Bluegrassfarmersmarket.org.

Rooster Brewing opens in Paris

red_rooster_4Paris businessman Ralph Quillin has a passion for: Shop Local, craft beer, and historic structures. Together, they make up Quillin’s latest venture Rooster Brewing at 609 Main Street in Paris.
The new craft brewery has a tap room and retail space in a restored Main Street (circa 1880) mercantile. In addition to producing its own brews, Rooster carries about 100 different beers. Hours are 5 to 11 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Call (859) 707-3436.
Father’s Day specials
Father’s Day is June 15. Here are some special meals dad will enjoy.
■ Chefs Jeremy Ashby and Miguel Rivas are planning hearty menus for two restaurants:
Azur, 3070 Lakecrest Circle, will serve grilled wagyu burgers, campfire-style shrimp, and grilled andouille sausages. The buffet,   from 6 to 9 p.m., is $35. Cost is $17.50 for children ages 12 and under. Call (859) 296-1007 or go to Azurrestaurant.com.
Brasabana, 841 Lane Allen Road, will serve a buffet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $21.95. Featured are pineapple-ginger chicken and Cuban-style roasted pork. Call (859) 303-5573 or go to Brasabana.com.
The Grey Goose, 170 Jefferson Street, is offering two-for-one pizzas for fathers, grandfathers, and step-dads. Call (859) 233-1500.
Woodford Reserve Distillery, 7855 McCracken Pike, Versailles, is serving Saturday dinner and Sunday brunch for dads. A dinner buffet on June 14 begins with a Bourbon Discovery tour at 6:30 p.m.  Cost is $50. The menu, prepared by chef-in-residence Ouita Michel and her culinary team, includes barrel stave smoked prime rib, stuffed trout, loaded new potato gratin, and grilled “dadatouille” (local vegetables prepared in the classic ratatouille style). Brunch will be served at 1 p.m. June 15 in the Dryer House. Cost is $40. The menu features chicken bourbonnaise (roasted chicken tossed in Woodford Spice barbecue sauce) and lapsang BBQ baby back ribs.
Kevin Sanders, also known as “Barrel Man” will be at the distillery’s Visitor Center on June 14 and June 15. He turns American white oak Woodford Reserve whiskey barrels into gift items such as barrel coasters, stave coat racks, and barrel planters.  Call (859) 879-1953 or e-mail Catering@b-f.com.
Special events
■ Winchell’s, 348 Southland Drive, will hold its annual summer lobster boil on Tuesday. The three course meal includes New England clam chowder; whole lobster served with corn on the cob and new potatoes; and fruit cobbler. Reservations start at 4 p.m. Cost is $35.99. Call (859) 278-9424.
■  West Sixth Brewing,  501 West Sixth Street, will host a viewing party on Monday for the third episode of MasterChef Season 5. Lexingtonian Dan Wu is a contestant on the competitive cooking reality TV series which airs at 8 p.m. Mondays on FOX. Call (859) 705-0915.
Steak ‘n Shake is celebrating its 80th birthday with an attempt to break a Guinness World Record. At Steak ‘n Shakes across America   customers will gather at 1 p.m. Saturday to vie for the “Largest Birthday Sing-Along” title. Guests who participate can get a birthday cake milk shake for half-price. Steak ‘n Shake is at 1832 Alysheba Way. Call (859) 543-9096 or go to Steaknshake.com.
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts will host the Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 13. Officers from the Kentucky Law Enforcement Torch Run, Lexington Community Corrections, Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, Kentucky State Police, and the University of Kentucky Police Department, will eat, sleep, and play on the rooftop of the Krispy Kreme store, 2893 Richmond Road. Go to Specialolympics.org.
The Pub, 3750 Mall Road, will show every match of the World Cup football games beginning Thursday through July 13 on TVs throughout the restaurant. Food and drink specials will be offered. Guests can obtain a scorecard and each time they visit The Pub and make a purchase on a match day, they will receive a stamp on their scorecard to win prizes. Call (859) 971-2748.
Farmers market report
Bluegrass Farmers Market has strawberries and 100 percent locally produced items. It’s in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs, 3450 Richmond Road, and at Azur Restaurant, 3070 Lakecrest Circle. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Go to Bluegrassfarmersmarket.org.

National Provisions’ beer hall serves rabbit ratatouille, elk and wild boar sausages

■ The beer hall is now open at ­National Provisions, 264 Walton Avenue, serving a beer-oriented menu that includes meat, game, fish and seasonal items. “We have around 150 beers on the list,” owner Krim ­Boughalem said. The menu board ­features Kentucky rabbit ratatouille, pork burger, elk and wild boar ­sausages, sandwiches, daily specials, and desserts. Hours are 4 to 10 p.m. daily; lunch hours will begin next week. Call (859) 303-4763. The bakery National Boulangerie is in the same building.

Openings and closings

Double H BBQ, 1244 Versailles Road, has a second location in ­Triangle Park in downtown Lexington. The menu includes hand-rubbed and smoked pulled pork or chicken, beef brisket, wings, baby back ribs, and a variety of sides. including potato salad, cole slaw, green beans, baked beans, and corn pudding.­Seating is ­available in the park. Call (859) 523-4227  or go to ­DoubleHBBQ.com.  The ­restaurant’s original location is at 1244 Versailles Road.

■ Laura Wolfrom, chef/­owner at Bistro La Belle in ­Midway, says she is ­“hanging up the apron.” She sold the building that was home to the market and café for the past two years. “I want to explore other ­opportunities,” she said. “I love the food, beverage and hospitality ­industry, along with the various Kentucky ­growers and producer organizations. I hope to find something that I can do along that line in the future.”

New menus

Smithtown Seafood, 501 West Sixth Street, now serves brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Chef Jonathan Sanning is using fresh seafood, and local meats and produce in the brunch menu, which changes according to farm and sea harvests. Guests order at Smithtown Seafood and then select a table in West Sixth Brewing’s beer garden or taproom. The Smithtown staff ­delivers each freshly prepared order to the table. Call (859) 303-4100  or go to Smithtownseafood.com. 

■ The June menu at Greentree ­Tearoom, 521 West Short Street, ­features a light summer fare. Included are chilled cucumber soup, cherry scones, tropical chicken salad, tomato aspics, white pimento cheese tea ­sandwiches, Amaretto wedding cake, and ­strawberry mousse. Call (859) 455-9660.  Go to Greentreetearoom.com

Special events

Equus Run Vineyards, 1280 Moores Mill Road in Midway, is celebrating Kentucky’s tobacco farm heritage with Cigars and Zin from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday. The evening features local tobacconist Schwab’s Pipes ’n Stuff, Equus Run zinfandel from barrels and tanks, a steak dinner hot off the grill and entertainment by Heart ’n Soul. Tickets are $40. Call (859) 846-9463  or go to Equusrunvineyards.com.

Tunes in the Vines will be 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday featuring the acoustic quartet TDH4, aka Tall, Dark and Handsome.

The Beer Trappe, 811 East Euclid, is celebrating its fourth anniversary through Wednesday. The staff is ­tapping two to three specialty kegs each day, and a different food truck will be on site each night. Beers include: Cantillon fou foune, Avery tweak, Founders Barrel aged Red’s rye, Prairie bomb, Deschutes mirror mirror, SweetWater Johnny hash. Call (859) 309-0911 or go to Thebeertrappe.com.

Farmers market report

Shelley’s Hand-Snapped ­Asparagus is open fro 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Varieties picked daily include purple passion and Jersey knight. The farm stand is on Old Frankfort Pike at Hedden Road in Woodford County. Call (859) 619-4996. 

Bluegrass Farmers Market has strawberries and 100 percent locally produced items. It’s in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs, 3450 Richmond Road, and at Azur Restaurant, 3070 Lakecrest Circle. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Go to ­Bluegrassfarmersmarket.org. 

People with allergies now have a safe place to eat

logo-finalDenise Walsh’s motive for opening a bakery was her son’s illness.
When son Connor was diagnosed with celiac disease (an immune reaction to eating gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye), Walsh was “overwhelmed with how to feed my child.”
After years of making foods that were gluten-free and researching symptoms that result from eating gluten, Walsh opened Gluten Free Miracles Bakery & Cafe at 145 Burt Road.
The bakery offers a number of products that cater to customers’ food allergies and dietary preferences, including dairy-free and egg-free.  “We do custom allergy baking as well,” Walsh said. “Everything we make is from scratch.”
The café offers lunch specials that include soups, salads, and sandwiches, and pizzas are served on Friday and Saturday. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Call (859) 278-8888 or go to Glutenfreemiracles.com.

Paris’ new Bour-Bon lights a fire under its food

Bour bon1Joseph Clay, who brought us great food at Amelia’s Field Country Inn in Paris from 1994 to 2003, has a new place. The specialty at Bour-Bon, 616 Main Street in Paris, is cooking with fire.
Executive chef Norberto Piattoni is from Argentina and trained at gaucho cooking expert and author Francis Mallmann’s El Garzón in Uruguay. Sous chefs Pia Morosini and Cristian ­Menéndez also trained under ­Mallmann.
“We offer a farm-to-table dining experience, make all our bread in-house, feature many Parisian and Italian influences in both our cuisine and décor, cook our vegetables in hot coals, and specialize in wood-oven pizzas,” marketing director Journey McAndrews said.
Menu items include a half chicken à la parrilla (grilled) with roasted ­vegetables and criolla sauce, a ­classic Argentine sauce made with red and green bell peppers, red onions, wine vinegar and olive oil; wood-oven spinach and mushroom cannelloni with tomato sauce and asiago; Wagyu beef ribs à la parrilla with chimichurri and potato salad; and rib-eye steak à la ­parrilla with mushroom, fingerling potatoes and chimichurri. Desserts ­include dulce de leche pôt de crème with coffee ice-cream.
The restaurant’s craft cocktail bar program, designed by Hawthorn Beverage Group in Louisville, is similar to its farm-to-table concept in that many ingredients are locally sourced, and syrups are made in-house.
Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Call (859) 987-1662.
Memorial Day holiday events
Monday is Memorial Day.
Staxx BBQ, 11 Carson Place in Frankfort, is offering a holiday special through Sunday. Buy 5 pounds of bar­becued pork, chicken, turkey or sausage, and receive 4 quarts of sides free (cole slaw, potato salad, baked beans, green beans, and macaroni and cheese). The restaurant will be closed Memorial Day.
On May 30, the restaurant will ­celebrate its third anniversary with ­several specials. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., buy any sandwich combo ­(sandwich, side and drink) and receive a free combo of equal or lesser value; from 2 to 5 p.m., purchase a pound of pork and receive a pound of pork free; and from 5 to 9 p.m., buy two racks of ribs and receive a free rack of ribs. Call (502) 352-2515 or go to Staxxbbq.com.
Brasabana, 841 Lane Allen Road, will have a family-style meal ­benefitting the Wounded Warriors Project. From 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. ­Sunday, the ­restaurant will offer a special menu of shared dishes that ­includes pit-roasted pork, jalapeño-pesto potato salad, chicken-chorizo paella and chile-infused vegetables. The cost is $20.95 for adults, half-price for ages 8 to 13, free for ­children younger than 8. Patio ­seating, sponsored by Springhouse Gardens, will be open. Call (859) 303-5573 or go to Brasabana.com.
Specials
■ Friday’s and Saturday’s specials at The Julep Cup, 111 Woodland Avenue, are Bourbon County Berkshire glazed picnic ham with house-baked beans and potato salad; Verlasso salmon tossed with linguini in sun-dried tomato cream; and golden tile fish atop roasted spaghetti squash and house-made bacon jam. Call (859) 226-0300.
Bakery Blessings & Bookstore @ the Bar, 1999 Harrodsburg Road, is accepting orders for high school ­graduation cakes. The deadline is June 4. Call (859) 554-6044. The bakery will close at 2 p.m. June 6 to celebrate the graduation of owner Jan Sullivan’s niece.
Announcements
The Weekly Juicery, 436 Old Vine Street, has opened a location in ­Louisville, at 112 Bauer Avenue. ­Founded by Kimmye Bohannon in October 2011, The Weekly Juicery provides freshly juiced vegetables in two forms: the delivery program and through the retail juice bars.
The company buys produce from Growing Warriors, a partner of the Kentucky Proud Homegrown by Heroes program, and other local farmers. Call (859) 368-8000 or go to ­Theweeklyjuicery.com.
Farmers market report
■ Bluegrass Farmers’ Market, whose offerings are 100 percent homegrown/produced, is open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs, 3450 Richmond Road, and at Azur Restaurant, 3070 Lakecrest Circle. Go to ­Bluegrassfarmersmarket.org.

These places will cook for mom on Mother’s Day

A la lucie, 159 North Limestone, will serve brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. featuring sea bass, New Orleans style eggs Benedict, and turkey hash on corn cakes. Call (859) 252-5277 or go to Alalucie.com.

Azur, 3070 Lakecrest Circle, will serve brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring bacon-Cheddar beignets, lobster crepes, stuffed French toast, and grilled salmon Benedict. Call (859) 296-1007  or go to Azurrestaurant.com.

 Barnes & Noble Cafe, at Pavilion Way in Hamburg, is having a cupcake celebraton Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Treat your mother to a Cheesecake Factory cupcake in chocolate, vanilla, and Oreo cream. Cost is $2.50 and they’re available in a decorative box for gift giving. Call (859) 543-8518.

 The Bistro, 502 North Main Street, Nicholasville, will be open from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday and the specials include prime rib au jus, sea bass, roasted pork tenderloin, and pecan fried chicken. Call (859) 221-3925.
Brasabana, 841 Lane Allen Road, will offer a buffet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Included are picadillo meatballs, ensalada de calamari, blackened-adobo tilapia, and passion fruit mousse. Cost is $14.95. Call (859) 303-5573 or go to Brasabana.com.
Country Cookin’ By George, 1801 Alexandria Drive, will serve its hearty buffet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $12. Call (859) 276-0001.
Furlongs, 130 West Tiverton Way, will serve a buffet from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Included are leg of lamb, crawfish etouffee, roast beef, and jambalaya. Call (859) 523-5500.
■  Jean Farris Bistro, 6825 Old Richmond Road, will serve a three course prix fixe menu from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Entree choices are halibut and roasted leg of lamb. Cost is  $50. Call (859) 263-9463  or go to Jeanfarris.com.
Natasha’s Bistro, 112 Esplanade, will offer a “festival of sweets” that includes strawberry basil mousse, profiteroles dipped in chocolate, mini cheesecakes. Entrees include pork loin, country ham, and salmon. Violinist Brice Farrar will entertain. Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $22.95. Call (859) 259-2754 or go to Bistro.beetnik.com.
Portofino Restaurant and sister-restaurant Serafini in Frankfort will have special hours for Mother’s Day.  Portofino, 249 East Main, will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Call (859) 253-9300.   Hours at Serafini, 243 West Broadway, are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call (502) 875-5599.

Restaurants celebrate Derby and Cinco de Mayo

A new place in Danville is a great spot to celebrate Cinco de Mayo on Monday.
Lourdes “Lulu” De La Cruz, a senior at Henry Clay High School, has opened her own restaurant at 124 South Fourth Street in Danville. Taqueria Los Amigos serves authentic Mexican cuisine that includes tacos, tamales, burritos, tortas and tostadas.
“My family has a history of owning restaurants, and I always thought one day I would as well,” she said. “That is when I decided I should go for it and open my own restaurant now and go to school for international relations, having the best of both worlds.”
Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
More Cinco de Mayo events
Brasabana Latino restaurant, 841 Lane Allen Road, will celebrate with free snacks, live music and discounted drinks from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday. Special Mexican-inspired menu items created by chef Miguel Rivas include elote hervido (corn with chili mayo and cotija cheese), flautas con chorizo, enchiladas de pollo al mole, and taquitos de carnitas. Call (859) 303-5573 or go to Brasabana.com.
Coba Cocina, 2041 Richmond Road, will serve margaritas for $5 and and Dos Equis beer for $2.50 on Sunday and Monday. Call (859) 523-8484 or go to Cobacocina.com.
Winchell’s, 348 Southland Drive, is partying with Mexican specialties that include posole stew, carne asada nachos and tacos, smoked chicken enchiladas, homemade tamales, and tres leches cake. Call (859) 278-9424.
Kentucky Derby events
■ If your Derby Day menu includes barbecue, try the specialties at the new Blue Door Smokehouse, 226 Walton Avenue, in the former Mary Lou’s BBQ spot.
Jeff Newman and Jon Rigsby say they have been planning their restaurant since 2004, when they both worked at The Mansion.
The Blue Door serves pulled pork, chicken, brisket, smoked sausage, and baby back ribs. Sides include collard greens, stew with ham hock, ranch beans, and potato salad that is a “tribute copycat of Stanley J’s,” they said. Stanley J’s New York Style Deli was open in Lexington from 1989 to 2011 and was well-known for its potato salad.
Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Call  (859) 252-4227 or go to Bluedoorsmokehouse.com.
Holly Hill Inn is celebrating the mint julep with a Derby Day julep bar beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday. Chef/owner Ouita Michel will be making and serving free beaten biscuits on the porch. A selection of special-recipe juleps include the black julep (Bushmill’s Black Irish whiskey) and sorghum julep (Woodford Reserve and Country Rock sorghum-based syrup). Call (859) 846-4732.
Wildside Winery, 5500 Troy Pike in Versailles, will have its first Wild Derby party on Saturday and serve  the “wild julep” and Derby-inspired finger food.
On Friday, the winery will show the running of the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs live about 5 p.m., followed by open mic at 6 p.m. with a  performance by the acoustic duo Brett and Bryan. Hanley’s food truck will serve barbecue.
Call (859) 879-3982 or go to Wildsidewinery.com.
Shopping event
■ On Friday, May 2, County Club is hosting Small Room Collective, a mobile shop in a 1963 Airstream Globetrotter based in Austin, Texas. The shop houses a curated selection of handmade goods from around the country. The mobile store will be set up in County Club’s parking lot, 555 Jefferson Street, from noon and 3 p.m. and  5 to 10 p.m. Go to Smallroomcollective.com. Call (859) 389-6555.
New menus
Charlie Brown’s, 816 Euclid Avenue, has refurbished its patio, and the menu has several springtime specials for outdoor dining. Included are tuna and chicken melts and Tuscan chicken salad. Charlie Brown’s is one of only a few restaurants that serve food until 12:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday and until 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Call (859) 269-5701 or go to Charliebrownslex.com.
■ Soups served at Bakery Blessings & Bookstore @ the Bar, 1999 Harrodsburg Road, this month are chicken and apple and broccoli Cheddar. Call (859) 554-6044.
Greentree Tearoom, 521 West Short Street, will serve strawberry soup; cream scones; asparagus crepes with Mornay sauce; egg salad, cucumber dill, and shrimp tea sandwiches; dark chocolate mousse; French wafers; and coconut cupcakes. Call (859) 455-9660 or  go to Greentreetearoom.com.
Farmers market report
Berea Farmers Market will open at 9 a.m. Saturday in its new outdoor location at 311 Main Street, next to the Berea College Seabury Center, between Ellipse and Chestnut Streets. Hours are 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The market features local and regional growers, artisans, and food vendors.
Berea College’s plant sale will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Gardens and Greenhouse on Scaffold Cane Road.
Events
On Friday, May 2, County Club is hosting Small Room Collective, a mobile shop in a 1963 Airstream Globetrotter based in Austin, Texas. The shop houses a curated selection of handmade goods from around the country. The mobile store will be set up in County Club’s parking lot from noon and 3 p.m. and  5 to 10 p.m. Go to Smallroomcollective.com.

 

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