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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.

Send us your best fruit pie recipe; win a cookbook

applepieApple pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream is as much a part of the  Fourth of July celebration as fireworks and picnics.

Fruit pies of any kind are wonderful desserts for a holiday picnic. If you have a great recipe you’d like to share, send it to swthompson@herald-leader.com. We’ll print the best fruit pie recipes on July 2, and readers whose recipes are published will receive a free cookbook. Deadline for recipes is June 24.

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.

An easy Mother’s Day meal


A Mother’s Day meal doesn’t have to be extravagant. These recipes are simple to make and she’ll love you  even more for taking the time to cook for her.
eggsEggs Primavera Casserole
Makes 6 servings
 
1 cup small red potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 small bunch asparagus, trimmed, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 cup carrots, sliced
1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed
2 scallions, sliced
6 large eggs
1 cup light cream
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1 tablespoon Tabasco®  Original Red Sauce
1 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 9-inch by 9-inch baking dish or 1 1/2-quart casserole. Cook potatoes and carrots in medium saucepan of boiling, salted water about 5 minutes or until just tender; remove to bowl with slotted spoon. Repeat with asparagus; cook 2 minutes.
Drain vegetables well. Beat eggs, cream, Cheddar cheese, peas, scallions, Tabasco Sauce and salt in large bowl; add cooked vegetables; mix well. Pour mixture into prepared baking dish. Bake 40 minutes or until mixture is puffed and eggs are set.
fruitsaladSpring Fruit Salad with Spicy Yogurt Sauce
Makes 8 servings
 
Fruit Salad:
4 cups honeydew melon chunks
4 cups cantaloupe melon chunks
4 cups pineapple chunks
4 cups red or green seedless grapes
2 cups strawberries, hulled and cut in half
2 large kiwifruit, peeled, halved and sliced
Spicy Yogurt Sauce:
2 cups low fat vanilla yogurt
2 tablespoons Tabasco®  Green  Jalapeño Sauce
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons grated orange peel
Toss honeydew, cantaloupe, pineapple, grapes, strawberries and kiwifruit in large bowl.
Combine yogurt, Tabasco Sauce, honey and grated orange peel in medium bowl.
To serve, spoon Spicy Yogurt Sauce over each serving of Fruit Salad.
browniesSmoldering Swirled Brownies
Makes 16 servings
Cream Cheese Mixture:

3 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
3 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon Tabasco® Original Red Sauce

Chocolate Mixture:

1/2 cup (one stick) butter or margarine
2 ounces (two squares) unsweetened chocolate
2 eggs
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup flour
2 teaspoons Tabasco® Original Red Sauce
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 8″ x 8″ baking pan.
Prepare cream cheese mixture. Beat cream cheese and butter with an electric mixer at medium speed until smooth. Add sugar, egg, flour and Tabasco Sauce; beat until well mixed. Set aside.
Prepare chocolate mixture. Melt butter and chocolate in medium microwave-safe bowl. Set aside to cool slightly. Add eggs, sugar, flour, Tabasco Sauce, vanilla and salt. Stir until just blended.
Spoon chocolate mixture into prepared pan. Spoon cream cheese mixture in dollops on chocolate mixture. Cut and twist through batter a few times with small spatula to create a swirl effect. Bake brownies until set, 35 to 40 minutes. Cool completely.

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.

Craft Beer Week starts Saturday

The second annual Lexington Craft Beer Week kicks off Saturday and runs through May 18 with events planned at breweries, craft beer bars, restaurants, and food trucks.  Organized by LexBeerScene.com, a web site focusing on Lexington’s craft beer, has a listing of all the tappings and tastings at Lexbeerscene.com/LCBW.php.
■ Festivities begin with breakfast and coffee beers at 8 a.m. at Country Boy Brewing, 436 Chair Avenue. The Kentucky Ale Brew-Off starts at 9 a.m. at Alltech Lexington Brewing & Distilling,  401 Cross Street. The Brew-Off offers home brewers the opportunity to create their best brew for a chance to be produced and distributed for a limited time.
■ West Sixth Brewing and Country Boy Brewing will release their second ever collaboration, Country Western, Volume 2, a bourbon barrel aged brown ale, in the tap rooms at the breweries, as well as in select bars throughout the city. It will be the featured beer at Wednesday’s Pint Night at Pazzo’s Pizza Pub, 385 South Limestone.
■ The Village Idiot, 307 West Short Street, is hosting a beer dinner featuring West Sixth Brewing beers at 6 p.m. Tuesday.  Executive chef Wyatt Sarbacker will prepare a three-course menu paired with a special West Sixth beer.  Cost is $45. Call (859) 252-0099 after 4 p.m.

Weekend events

■  After a few days of sunshine and hot temperatures, the forecast is for rain on Saturday. But don’t let the inclement weather keep you away from the second annual Kentucky Crawfish Festival at The Red Mile. Large tents will be set up on the grounds and there will be indoor facilities for the event that will feature  Cajun and creole fare.
At last year’s event, organizers weren’t prepared for the 4,000 people who showed up to eat crawfish, but for this event, 5,000 pounds of live crawfish will be boiled, and there will be fried alligator and catfish on the menu. Hours are 4 to 10 p.m. Go to KentuckyCrawfishFestival.com.
■ Grimes Mill Winery,  6707 Grimes Mill Road,  is having a Triple Crowns of Wine event from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday featuring newly bottled reserve malbec. The Troubadours will entertain from 3 to 5 p.m. Call (859) 543-9691 or e-mail Wine@grimesmillwinery.com.

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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