Posts Tagged 'Alfalfa'

Bru Burger Bar is open in Beaumont Centre

Burgers have taken over the spot where Mexican once reigned. The former El Chico in Beaumont Centre now is Bru Burger Bar. The menu at the gourmet burger place also features  salads, sandwiches, and craft beers.  Burgers choices include the Bru (Taleggio cheese, bacon, tomato jam, caramelized onion); Roma (arugula pesto, prosciutto, roasted red peppers); Kentucky bourbon (bacon, peppercorn-bourbon glaze, horseradish havarti); lamb (cucumber sauce, feta-olive relish); and ground turkey (carrot-ginger slaw, peach compote). Bru is at 3010 Lakecrest Circle. Call (859) 305-0082 or go to


Brown’s Bakery, 1226 Versailles Road, is closing the end of December. Owner James Brown said he has a “new venture, and I can’t wait.” We’ll have to wait until Brown, who participated on Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, and also appeared on Season 3 of TLC’s Next Great Baker, is ready to tell us.  Call (859) 225-8400 or go to
House Food & Wine, 207 South Limestone, has closed. “The time commitment was too much for us with our other businesses,” owner David Jones said.

New Year celebrations

Alfalfa, 141 East Main Street, is serving its annual New Year’s Day brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Specials include raspberry almond pancakes and spinach mushroom omelets. Call (859) 253-0014 or go to
Natasha’s Bistro, 112 Esplanade, is planning a romantic New Year’s Eve  dinner with a four-course prix fixe menu for $60, as well as an a la carte menu. There will be strolling musicians during dinner and at the party afterwards. Seating is from 5 to 9:30 p.m.
Half price movie tickets are available for those dining early and going to the Kentucky Theatre to see  “Nebraska” or “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.”  Call (859) 259-2754 or go to
Thai Orchid Café, 1030 South Broadway,  will be closed Sunday through Christmas Day, and Jan. 1. The café will be open from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. New Year’s Eve, and the party begins at 5 p.m. featuring a  three-course meal for  $25.95. Call (859) 288-2170 or go to

Holiday menus

Bakery Blessings & Bookstore @ the Bar, 1999 Harrodsburg Road,  is accepting last minute orders for Christmas pies, cakes, and goodies. The bakery will be open Christmas Eve until 2 p.m. with no lunch service, closed Christmas Day, and Thursday. Call (859) 554-6044.
Double H BBQ, 1244 Versailles Road, is offering country ham by the pound through the holidays. Also available are smoked pulled pork or chicken, brisket, ribs, 24- and 48-piece wing platters, burgoo, homemade sides, and desserts.  Call (859) 523- 4227 or go to
Red State BBQ,  4020 Georgetown Road, is taking orders for smoked turkeys for holiday meals. “We get our turkeys fresh from Critchfield Meats and will be taking orders right up to close of business on Friday,” owner David Carroll said. Pickup for the turkeys is before 6 p.m. Christmas Eve. Cost is $5 a pound.
The restaurant is offering smoked prime rib as the Friday night special. Cost is $16.50 for 8-ounce prime rib, and $19 for 10 ounces.Red State is offering a 10 percent discount with a Southern Lights ticket stub through Dec. 31. Call  (859) 233-7898 or go to

Weekend specials

■ People who like lamb fries will travel great distances to eat them, and when The Julep Cup offers the southern delicacy as a special, people “drive in from all sorts of counties,” chef/owner Lindsay Brooks Brugh said. Call (859) 226-0300 or go to The restaurant is at 111 Woodland Avenue.
The Grey Goose, 170 Jefferson Street, is serving prime rib pizza and Clare Island salmon with a teriyaki glaze on Friday and Saturday. Call (859) 233-1500 or go to

Two occasions to party next week

It’s a busy time next week for restaurants celebrating Mardi Gras and Valentine’s Day. Make reservations early if you want to be assured of a seat at your favorite place. Mardi Gras parties will be Tuesday. Valentine’s celebrations will be on Thursday, unless otherwise noted.

Fat Tuesday

■ Tommy Walters, owner of Furlong’s Catering, is the person who will be  going to Louisiana to pick up all those thousands of pounds of crawfish that many of these Lexington restaurants will serve on Fat Tuesday. He’s also getting  andouille sausage, boudain, and oysters. If you need a large order while he’s there, call (859) 913-5611.

A la lucie, 159 North Limestone. Call (859) 252-5277 or go to The party begins at 5 p.m. and the menu includes gumbos, Creoles, etouffee, bananas Foster.
Bayou Bluegrass Catering at The Red Mile Clubhouse, 1200 Red Mile Road. Call (859) 233-0814 or go to Lunch buffet will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $16.50. Dinner seatings are at 5:30, 7 and 8:30 p.m. Cost is $29.50.
Bourbon n’ Toulouse, 829 Euclid Avenue. Call (859) 335-0300 or go to The party begins at 11 a.m. and the menu features alligator etouffee and King cake. Call by Monday for  take-out orders. Boiled crawfish cannot be pre-ordered. Crawfish boil starts at 6:30 p.m. Extra seating is at The Chevy Chase Inn and The Beer Trappe.  The Mojo Tones play at 6 p.m. followed by The Tall Boys at 9 p.m.
Gumbo Ya Ya Cajun Creole, 1080 South Broadway. Call (859) 252-9292 or go to The menu features alligator sauce piquant, crawfish e’touffee, shrimp Creole, and free slices of King cake.

Meadowthorpe Cafe, 1415 Leestown Road. Call (859) 258-2222. Serving seafood gumbo, red beans and rice, and crawfish etouffee, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Ramsey’s Diners. Locations are at Live crawfish will be served, as well as seafood gumbo, red beans and rice, freshly baked French bread, and King cake.
Willie’s Locally Known, 805 North Broadway. Call (859) 281-1116. Willie’s first Mardi Gras party will feature a crawfish boil, gumbo, and hot beignets with bourbon caramel sauce. The Baja Yetis will entertain at 7 p.m. followed by Zydeco and Cajun music at 9 p.m.
Winchell’s, 348 Southland Drive. Call (859) 278-9424 or go to The Mardi Gras menu includes crawfish etouffee and King cake. On Valentine’s Day, beef tenderloin tips with crabmeat, and pan-seared scallops will be served.

Valentine’s Day

Abuelo’s Mexican Restaurant at Fayette Mall, 3395 Nicholasville Road. Call (859) 971-0922 or go to Valentine specials will run Thursday through Feb.17. Included are fajitas for two, plus free dessert, for $29.99; and a prime rib special.
Addie’s at The Woodford Inn, 140 Park Street, Versailles. Call (859) 873-5600 or go to Seatings are at 6 and 8 p.m. Four course meal, including wine, is $90 for two.
Alfalfa, 141 East Main Street. Call (859) 253-0014. Valentine’s dinner will be served from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday. A vegan entrée is available.
The Café at Barnes and Noble, 1932 Pavilion Way. Call (859) 543-8148or go to On Wednesday and Valentine’s Day, the café will have specially wrapped Cheesecake Factory cupcakes and cheesecakes for two.
Casanova, 855 South Broadway. Call (859) 309-3313 or go to A three-course menu is $45.
Equus Run Winery, 1280 Moores Mill Road in Midway. Call (859) 846-9463 or go to  Kisses & Calories — A Choco-holic Affair will be from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. The Tim Talbert Trio will entertain from 1 to 3 p.m. Cost is $5.
J Morse on Vine Bistro, 102 West Vine Street, is serving a four-course Feb. 14-16. Entrees include  peppercorn crusted pork loin with black cherry reduction, pasta pomodoro with grilled chicken or shrimp, and ribeye au poivre. Cost is $80 a couple. Call (859) 368-9888 or go to

Minton’s 760, 760 North Limestone. Call (859) 948-1874or go to Seatings will be at 5:30, 7 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday.
Soundbar, 208 South Limestone. Call (859) 523-6338 or go to Soundbar’s A Red Affair on Valentine’s Day will benefit AVOL.
Stella’s Kentucky Deli, 143 Jefferson Street. Call (859) 255-3354 or go to A four-course meal will be $35 with seatings at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Vegetarian options available.
Thai Orchid Café, 1030 South Broadway. Call (859) 288-2170 or go to A Thai tapas feast for two is $45 and will be served from 5 to 9:30 p.m.

 Special events

Akielo Temple No. 128, Daughters of the Nile, will hold its annual bean soup dinner at Oleika Shrine Center, 326 Southland Drive,  from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday. The menu includes brown or white beans, corn bread, dessert, and drink. Cost is $5. Carry-out is available. Call (859) 277-6869.
Holly Hill Inn and Thai Orchid Cafe will exchange chefs on Saturday. Toa Green and her mother, Suda Veerasethakul, who operate Thai Orchid, will cook their Thai specialties at Holly Hill, while  Nat Henton, executive chef at Woodford Reserve Distillery, (The food operation is run by Holly Hill Inn’s culinary team) will prepare menu items at Thai Orchid.
The dinner at Holly Hill, 426 North Winter Street in Midway, will be from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Call (859) 846-4732. Henton will prepare his favorite Thai dishes at Thai Orchid, 1030 South Broadway, from 5 to 10 p.m. Call (859) 288-2170.

Judges, people pick faves at Taste of Bluegrass

When you head out to eat this weekend, try some of the winners from the 32nd annual Taste of the Bluegrass, which was last weekend at Keeneland.
Judges named McCarty’s medallions from Sal’s Chophouse as the best entree, Giuseppe’s Ristorante Italiano’s lump crab cake as best appetizer, and The Soup Kitchen’s brown bread as the best bread. The chefs at Sullivan University won best dessert for their local strawberry pavlova.
People’s Choice awards went to ­Louisiana Passion Catering, best ­appetizer/soup; Great Harvest Bread, best bread; Fresh Market, best salad; Sal’s, best ­entree; and Gigi’s Cupcakes, best dessert.
Proceeds from the event go to God’s Pantry Food Bank.

Special events

Alfalfa Restaurant, 141 East Main Street, will serve its popular holiday brunch on Monday, Memorial Day. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. In addition to the regular menu, there will be items from farmers markets including fresh peach pancakes and omelets made from Kentucky free-range chicken and cheese from Boone Creek Creamery. Call (859) 253-0014 or visit
■ The 10th anniversary celebration continues at Ted’s Montana Grill with the second phase of its fund-raising efforts for Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry. Ted’s also has new menu items including the special anniversary
“No. 10 Burger,” which is a take on Ted’s classic cheeseburger, served in beef or bison with a choice of cheese and house-made sweet and spicy pickles. Also new are a house-made veggie burger and a wild berry cheesecake.
Ted’s also has a new line of private label wines called Bison Ridge. Included are chardonnay, merlot and cabernet sauvignon. Ted’s Lexington location is at 2304 Sir Barton Way. Call (859) 263-5228 or go to
■ Silver Oak, a prized California cabernet, will be the focus of a ­gourmet wine dinner at Portofino on June 6. There will be tastings from ­California’s Napa and Alexander Valleys, with ­vineyard ­representatives leading the ­tastings and commentary. The cost is $125. The reception begins at 7 p.m., followed by dinner at 8. Portofino is at 249 East Main Street. Call (859) 253-9300.
Smith-Berry Winery’s summer ­dinner/concert series kicks off Saturday with its 10th ­anniversary celebration. Nervous Melvin and the Mistakes will entertain. The buffet features Chuck’s famous barbecue, grilled chicken breasts, Roma green beans, cheese grits and vinaigrette cole slaw. Call (502) 845-7091 or go to The winery us at 855 Drennon Road in New Castle.


■ Weekend specials at The Julep Cup, 111 Woodland Avenue, include pan-seared corvina over coconut basmati rice topped with roasted ginger carrots, and sautéed veal scallopini with tomato and artichoke hearts. The Beth ­Mankel Group entertains Friday, and John ­Hedger is featured Saturday. Call (859) 226-0300.
Natasha’s Bistro & Bar, 112 ­Esplanade, will serve lamb moussaka as a special Friday and Saturday nights. A new summer dish is sesame peanut stir fry made with tofu or chicken and served over basmati rice. Call (859) 259-2754 or go to
Caramanda’s Bake Shoppe has a new cupcake flavor, black forest. A chocolate cupcake is filled with cherries, swirled with vanilla buttercream and topped with chocolate curls and a maraschino cherry. Locations are 332 Southland Drive, 3805 Dylan Place (off Boston Road) and a kiosk in Fayette Mall.

Farmers market reports

Azur Restaurant’s farmers bazaar is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays on the patio. The market features local farmers and artisans. Products include produce, eggs, cheese, meats, pasta, hand-dipped chocolates, flowers, plants, baked goods and crafts. Azur, 3070 Lakecrest Circle, serves brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Call (859) 296-1007 or go to
Bluegrass Farmers’ Market is open 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. The farmers have ­strawberries, greens, potatoes, eggs, tomatoes, cucumbers, Swiss chard, bok choy, Napa and savoy cabbage, herb seasonings, and plants. The market is at 3450 Richmond Road, in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs. Go to
■ Clark County Extension family and consumer sciences agent Jennifer Howard will be at the Winchester/Clark County Farmers Market on Saturday. She will be sampling recipes and giving away kitchen gadgets to the first 50 people. Strawberries, green beans, peaches and corn will be available. The market is open 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays and 3 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 217 South Main Street.
Woodford County Farmers’ ­Market will have beef, eggs, honey, pork and fruit. It’s open 8:30 a.m. to noon ­Saturdays in downtown Versailles.
Lexington Farmers Market locations are Cheapside Park, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday; Southland Drive, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday; Maxwell Street and South Broadway, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, and the parking lot of the University of Kentucky’s Commonwealth Stadium, next to University Drive, 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays. Go to

Specialty food producers part of Ky. Crafted: The Market

Kentucky Crafted: The Market returns to the Lexington Convention Center this weekend and is open to the public Saturday and Sunday. In addition to fine art and crafts, the show features locally produced artisan foods. Kentucky Proud producers include Kentucky Specialty Sauces, Screamin Mimi’s Salsas,  Hillbilly Specialties, Shell-Bee’s Homemade Gourmet Sea Salts & Spices, The Sweet Shoppe, Mom Blakeman’s Candy, Ruth Hunt Candy, Elmwood Teas and Boone Creek Creamery. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. One-day tickets are $10, two-day, $15. Discount tickets are available online at


Addie’s Restaurant & Bar at The Woodford Inn, 140 Park Street in Versailles, will have a fish fry at 5 p.m. Friday. The menu includes lobster bites, jumbo shrimp, fish fillet, clams, coleslaw, and hush puppies. The cost is $13 for choice of two, $15 for a platter. Call (859) 873-5600 or visit

Alfalfa Restaurant will have its second annual Casimir Pulaski dinner 5:30 to 9 p.m. March 9. Pulaski, after whom Pulaski County is named, was a Polish army officer who fought and died in the Revolutionary War. Alfalfa chef Paul Nowaki will prepare specials including Marksbury Farm Kentucky-made kielbasa, sauerkraut and house-made potato cheddar pierogies, stuffed cabbage and chicken Kiev. Polish beer will be served. Alfalfa is at 141 East Main Street. Call (859) 253-0014.

■ The Bleu Plate Confidential’s next tour will be March 10. The location, chef, food and all aspects of the dinner are kept a secret until two days before the event. The location is an unconventional spot and is never a restaurant or typical dining spot. “A local chef preparing a four-course meal in a location without a kitchen is quite a feat in itself,” said Bleu Plate Tours owner Laura Mize. “I strive to locate interesting places, and guests not knowing where they are going is a large part of the fun.”

Guests are sent an address, along with passwords that each guest is required to reveal for entry. Tickets are $85. Call (859) 893-1011 or visit

WineStyles, 2535 Nicholasville Road, will host Pere Gomes from the Agricola Falset Marca winery in the Catalonia area of Spain on Friday. Gomes will have selections from the Priorat region of Spain and will discuss the wines from 5 to 8 p.m. The cost is $8. Call (859) 278-9463.


■ Weekend specials at The Julep Cup include osso bucco with fresh gremolata and risotto Milanese, and sole Milanese served with potato croquettes and roasted asparagus and bell peppers. John Hedger entertains on Friday and Bruce Lewis on Saturday. Call (859) 226-0300.

Rossi’s Restaurant, 1060 Chinoe Road, has nightly dinner specials and happy hour at the bar 5 to 7 p.m., and all day on Sunday. A glass of chardonnay or cabernet for $3, or any well liquor for $2.50. The Tuesday special is half-price bottles of wine. Call (859) 335-8788 or visit

New menus

Heirloom Restaurant in Midway has a spring menu that includes coconut yogurt mousse, eggs Heirloom, mache salad, sautéed chicken livers, crabcakes, beef tenderloin, pan-seared Chilean sea bass and duck. The Mary burger is named for chef/owner Mark Womble’s grandmother. Heirloom serves maple-bacon scones for breakfast 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. On Wednesdays, the feature is half-price wines, and there’s live entertainment on Thursdays. Call (859) 846-5565 or visit

■ The menu is going green at Greentree Tearoom, 521West Short Street, for March. The menu features potato leek soup; Irish oatmeal scone; hot brownette; salmon mousse, Benedictine and pesto chicken tea sandwiches; pistachio cupcakes; and grasshopper creams. Luncheon tea is served at noon Wednesday through Saturday. Call (859) 455-9660 or visit

Make reservations now for Valentine’s Day

If you’re looking for a romantic place, or a neighborhood hangout, to take your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day, you have plenty of choices. Here are some places that are offering dinner specials on Feb. 14, unless otherwise noted.

Alfalfa Restaurant, 141 East Main Street, will serve Valentine dinners on Feb. 11 and Feb. 14. Hours are 5:30 to 9 p.m. Call (859) 253-0014. Menu items are seared half rack of lamb with ginger cherry sauce and roasted asparagus, and lobster and spinach crepes with sun dried tomato white wine cream, topped with Boone Creek Asiago cheese.

■ Brown’s Bakery, 1226 Versailles Road, is taking orders for Valentine goodies. Included are chocolate dipped strawberries, chocolate truffles, mini cheesecake, chocolate heart brownies, and assorted Valentine-themed cupcakes. Call (859) 225-8400  or visit

CastlePost, 230 Pisgah Pike in Woodford County, is having a semi-formal dinner which begins at 6:30 p.m. with a complimentary champagne reception. Dinner is at 7 p.m., followed by dancing. Entrée choices are Carmel Valley quail stuffed with Swiss chard, goat cheese and foie gras; and sea bass with beurre rouge served with brown butter gnocchi. Dinner for two is $250. Call (502) 553-7852 or visit Roses for the ladies will be provided by The Best of Flowers.

Greentree Tearoom, 521 West Short Street, normally is closed on Tuesdays, but will be serving tea on Valentine’s Day. Here’s the menu for February: French onion soup; poppy seed scone with cherry curd; Low Country shrimp and grits; corn salsa in phyllo cups; white pimento cheese and red radish ribbon tea sandwiches; strawberry cupcakes; and chocolate pots de crème. Call (859) 455-9660 or visit

Jean Farris Winery & Bistro, 6825 Old Richmond Road, will serve a prix fixe Valentine’s dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. Feb. 10-14. Cost is $75 a person. The menu features lobster bisque, poached pear salad, sea bass or beef Wellington, and red velvet soufflé. Call (859) 263-9463 or visit

The Julep Cup, 111 Woodland Avenue, will have live music and dinner specials include lobster mac and cheese, beef tenderloin with truffles, and sole in phyllo. Call (859) 226-0300.

Thai Orchid Café, 1030 South Broadway, will serve a four-course dinner for two for $49. Entrees include caramel chicken with cashews, chicken curry, and ginger chicken supreme. Call (859) 288-2170.

W.C.Wieners, 289 South Limestone, is offering a “Double Dose” special now through Feb. 14. The sweetheart special is classic Polishes, chips, and sodas for two for $6.99. Call (859) 255-0055.



Winchell’s, 348 Southland Drive, is offering menu specials for Super Bowl Sunday. Included are New England clam chowder, steamed mussels, New York strip steak, pastrami sandwich, New York style cheese cake. Call (859) 278-9424.

Bourbon n’ Toulouse, 829 Euclid Avenue, is serving alligator etouffee in honor of the University of Kentucky-University of Florida game on Tuesday. Alligator will be on the menu on Monday and game day. Call (859) 335-0300 or visit


Cardinal Hill Hospital, 2050 Versailles Road, held its annual Wild Game Dinner & Sport Auction on Jan. 27. Chefs competed for awards and here are the winners. Seth Russell, chef at The Hilary J. Boone Center at the University of Kentucky, won the people’s choice award for fried rabbit and waffles with hazelnut butter, brown sugar bacon, lavender infused maple syrup, and quail egg. The chef’s choice award went to Cardinal Hill chef Cornelious Cunningham for bison and mushroom stroganoff.

New hot dog joint serves a taste of Chicago

At the new W.C. ­Wieners, W.C. stands for Windy City, or Wildcats maybe, but no matter, the locally owned restaurant serves authentic Vienna Beef hot dogs from Chicago and Polish sausages in a variety of ways.
The menu includes cowboy ­doggies, fiery Fido and rural Rover. Homemade chili dogs are a specialty and are on the menu occasionally.
The restaurant, at 289 South ­Limestone (at Maxwell Street), opened Dec. 31. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to midnight Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Call (859) 255-0055.


Alfalfa Restaurant, 141 East Main Street, will serve its popular Martin Luther King Jr. Day brunch on ­Monday. Included are apple pie pancakes and ­omeletes made with Boone Creek Asiago cheese, sun-dried tomatoes and bacon. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call (859) 253-0014.
■ The Night Hawk special is back at Columbia Steak House. The 8-ounce tenderloin, cooked in garlic butter, is served with a baked potato and a Diego salad for $12.99 for a ­limited time. ­Locations are 201 North ­Limestone, (859) 253-3135, and 2750 Richmond Road, (859) 268-1666. Go to ­ ­Columbia Steak Express is at 125 Southland Drive. Call (859) 313-5300 or go to
■ The January menu for Greentree Tearoom features corn chowder and pasta de’Medici. Also on the menu are white chocolate and cranberry scones; mini club, caper egg salad, and ­jeweled pepper tea sandwiches; dark hot ­chocolate; and Italian cream cake. Greentree is at 521 West Short Street. Call (859) 455-9660 or go to ­
■ Gloria and Marcos Moreno, ­owners of La Marquesa Mexican ­Restaurant, 165 East Reynolds Road, are making dessert tamales. The pineapple and cinnamon-raisin tamales will be free 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday. Call (859) 225-4840.
The Julep Cup, 111 Woodland Avenue, is featuring foie gras brulée and roasted quail this weekend. Also on the menu are fresh cod in a Kentucky Ale beer batter, Napa slaw, roast pork with Brazilian hoppin’ John, and fried bananas. Call (859) 226-0300.

Special events

■ After an absence of three months, TAI on Rye, the pop-up deli at Temple Adath Israel, will be back from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday. Its New York-style offerings include corned beef, pastrami and turkey sandwiches, and homemade chopped liver. Sunday’s special is ­bourbon bread pudding. The full menu is at The temple is at 124 North Ashland Avenue.
■ Kanya and Jonathan Weiss, ­owners of Baan Isaan Thai Gourmet, will celebrate the grand opening of their ­restaurant, at 115 North Locust Hill Drive, Jan. 26 to 29. Tickets are $39.99 for adults, $9.99 for ages 6 to 12, and free for ages 5 and younger. Hours are 5 p.m. to midnight Jan. 26, and 11 a.m. to midnight Jan. 27-29. The four-day party includes Thai music and dancers and all-you-can-eat table service, which is a sampling of the entire menu. The reservations deadline is Jan. 25. Call (859) 309-0534.
Addie’s Restaurant at The ­Woodford Inn in Versailles and the Woodford Humane Society are teaming for Dine Out to Donate on Friday. Ten percent of guests’ checks will go to the humane society. Dinner specials include surf and turf for $18.99. Woodford Inn is at 140 Park Street. Call (859) 873-5600 or go to

New menus

Thai Orchid Café, 1030 South Broadway, has added some lighter items to its menu. Included are fresh Thai rolls, grilled salmon salad, soupy noodle bowl, and steak salad. Call (859) 288-2170 or go to

Farmers market report

■ The Lexington Farmers Market in Victorian Square will have beef and chicken, eggs, kale, collards, winter squash, beets, turnips, dried beans, ­garlic, onions, fresh milk, hot sauce, sweet and sourdough breads, ­coffee, jams, jellies, relishes, sauces and ­mustards. The market is open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Restaurants offer Labor Day specials

Alfalfa Restaurant, 141 East Main Street, will serve its popular holiday brunch on Monday, Labor Day, and the menu includes farmers market omelet and fresh peach pancakes. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The restaurant staff now is using all local free-range eggs. “We use 120 dozen a week so we feel like we’ll have an impact on the local economy while serving our customers a fresher product and a product that has fewer health safety concerns than commercially produced eggs,” Jake Gibbs said. The eggs are from Home Pickins Farm of McKee and Garey Farms of Paris. Call (859) 253-0014 or visit

Staxx BBQ, 11 Carson Place in Frankfort, is offering a Labor Day weekend special: Buy 5 pounds of barbecue (pork, brisket, chicken, turkey, sausage) and receive 4 quarts of sides for free. Sides are jambalaya, baked beans, green beans, coleslaw, potato salad, and macaroni and cheese. The special is good through Sunday. Staxx will be closed Monday. Call (502) 352-2515 or visit


Thai Orchid Café, 1030 South Broadway, is closed for vacation and will reopen Tuesday. Call (859) 288-2170 or visit

The Julep Cup, 111 Woodland Avenue, now is accepting the University of Kentucky’s Plus account. To welcome back students, the restaurant will offer 10 percent off its Saturday brunch and Monday night dinners. Call (859) 226-0300.

Greentree Tearoom, 521 West Short Street, is turning to fall for inspiration for its September menu. Included are carrot and ginger soup, apple-walnut scone with apple butter, and herbed tomatoes in phyllo cups. Call (859) 455-9660 or visit


Saul Good Restaurant, 1808 Alysheba Way in Hamburg, is having a mural dedication party 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday. Artist Jeff Schaller has completed the mural, which depicts the history, personality and progression of Lexington and the Hamburg Place area. Call (859) 317-9200 or visit

Winchell’s, 348 Southland Drive, is kicking off the NFL season with a lobster boil Wednesday. The menu, served 4 to 9:30 p.m., features whole Maine lobster with corn on the cob and new potatoes, New England clam chowder, and fresh fruit cobbler. Call (859) 278-9424.

■ On Thursday, Modern Mercantile and Wine, will introduce Entwine, Food Network’s own brand of wine. The party, 5:30 to 8 p.m., will feature four varietals. The cost is $8. Call (859) 223-0471. The store is at 3101 Clays Mill Road.

Holly Hill Inn, 426 North Winter Street in Midway, will have its first-ever vegetarian feast at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. The multicourse dinner celebrates the local harvest with okra fritters, stuffed eggplant, and “wacky” tomato dumplings. The regular menu will not be available. The cost is $35. Call (859) 846-4732 or visit

Farmers market report

■ The Bluegrass Farmers Market has corn, tomatoes, peaches and beans. Hours and locations are: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at 3450 Richmond Road, in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs; and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Mill Pond Shopping Center. Go to

■ The East End Community Farmers Market will have Customer Appreciation Day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. For every $5 spent on Electronic Benefits Transfer card transactions, customers get an additional $2.

■ The Lexington Farmers Market is open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in Cheapside Park in the Fifth Third Bank Pavilion, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday on Southland Drive near Sav-a-Lot, and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at South Broadway and Maxwell Street.

■ The Woodford County Farmers Market locations and hours are: 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays at Courthouse Square, 3 to 6 p.m. Mondays in downtown Midway and 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays at Versailles Presbyterian Church.

Lexington chef will get a taste of celebrity status

Jeremy Ashby, executive chef at Azur, is hanging out with celebrity chefs this weekend at the Senior PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville.
Ashby joins renowned French chef Jacques Pepin and Iron Chef Michael Symon at the KitchenAid Fairway Club’s chef event during the ­tournament. ­KitchenAid is hosting a series of ­cooking demonstrations with celebrity and local chefs next to the 13th green.
Pepin will teach French cooking skills from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday. Symon will combine his Midwest upbringing and classic culinary training to prepare chops (lamb and veal) and scallops from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday.
You can hear about Ashby’s ­adventures at the PGA event on his radio show, Sunny Side Up, which airs at 11 a.m. Saturday on WLAP-630 AM. His show focuses on local foods and the farm-to-table movement in the ­Bluegrass.
Azur is at 3070 Lakecrest Circle. Call (859) 296-1007 or go to


■ On Saturday, shops and restaurants in Midway will participate in “Meet Me in Midway.” Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Restaurants will serve special dishes, and Superfecta will entertain ­beginning at 7 p.m. A silent auction will feature items from downtown shops and ­restaurant gift certificates. The event benefits the Midway Business and ­Restaurant Association and the ­Bluegrass Cycle Club Horsey 100.
Jonathan at Gratz Park, 120 West Second Street, is having a special ­dinner on the patio Sunday. Chef/owner ­Jonathan Lundy will prepare a low-country boil with lobster, shrimp, clams, mussels, and fresh corn and potatoes. It will be dumped promptly at 8 p.m. Dinner will be served family style and is limited to 25 guests. The dinner is $45 and is by reservation only. Call (859) 252-4949.
Alfalfa, 141 East Main Street, is having a Memorial Day brunch from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday. In addition to the regular menu, the chef will prepare a farmers-market omelet, featuring eggs from Home Pickins Farm, vegetables from Elmwood Stock Farm and cheese from Boone Creek Creamery.
Alfalfa now serves a hamburger made from beef from Circle D Farms in Madison County and dressed with local greens and hydroponic tomatoes. Two wines from Lover’s Leap have been ­added to the Kentucky wine list. Call (859) 253-0014 or go to ­
■ This is the last weekend to enjoy the May dinner menu at Holly Hill Inn, 426 North Winter Street, Midway. The three course dinner is $35, a five-course tasting menu is $55, and a four-course vegetarian tasting menu is $40.
The menu changes monthly, and so does Carrie’s pie supper. May pies are fresh strawberry with white chocolate sauce, orange silk in graham cracker crust, gingersnap peach with crumb topping and caramel sauce, and coconut cream with raspberry sauce. Call (859) 846-4732 or go to

Farmers market report

■ Mary Tyler, also known as “the peach lady,” and her son Bobby will have the first crop of their Southern peaches at Lexington Farmers ­Market on ­Saturday. They also will have ­cantaloupes, ­tomatoes and green beans, and they will be set up at all four market ­locations. Other vendors will have strawberries, rhubarb, and hydroponic tomatoes and peppers.
Jonathan Lundy, chef/owner of ­Jonathan’s at Gratz Park will give a chef’s demonstration and offer free samples at the Saturday market at Fifth Third Bank Pavilion in Cheapside Park.
Bluegrass Farmers Market has strawberries, asparagus, eggs, lettuce, greens, rhubarb, onions, herb ­seasoning, jams, baked goods, honey, veggie plants and floral hanging baskets. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The market, which sells 100 percent homegrown/produced items, is at 3450 Richmond Road, in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs. Go to
Azur’s Farmers Bazaar is open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays featuring local produce. It’s open on the patio and front walk of the restaurant at 3070 Lakecrest Circle. Call (859) 296-1007 or visit

Four Roses, Jonathan at Gratz Park team for bourbon’s debut

Four Roses Distillery in Lawrenceburg will ­introduce its 2011 limited-­edition single-barrel bourbon at a dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Jonathan at Gratz Park, 120 West Second Street.
Master distiller Jim ­Rutledge selected a 12-year-old bourbon that uses one of 10 uniquely handcrafted recipes. The bourbon is uncut and non-chill filtered. Only 3,600 bottles will be distributed in May.
The menu features local spring lamb sausage with pea shoots and mint julep jelly, vanilla bean-skewered sea scallops with bourbon-macerated mandarin ­oranges and cherries, Berkshire belly-wrapped roast pork tenderloin with goat cheese ­scalloped turnips, and bourbon ball truffle cake. The cost is $65. Call (859) 252-4949.

St. Patrick’s Day celebrations

All events are on Thursday, St. Patrick’s Day, unless otherwise noted.

■ An Irish dinner at Alfalfa will feature corned beef from local producers, grilled half-rack of lamb with sweet and sour whiskey chutney, colcannon and soda bread. Dancers from the McTeggart School of Irish Dance will perform. Dinner is served 5:30 to 9 p.m. Call (859) 253-0014.

■ Brown’s Bakery, 1397 West Main Street is baking a variety of shamrock cookies and cupcakes for the youngsters to enjoy. Call (859) 225-8400

■ Alex Jenkins, chef at Good Foods Market and Café, will prepare an Irish buffet that includes Guinness beef stew, salmon croquettes, apple- and potato-stuffed cabbage, and cheesy potato pancakes. Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Good Foods is at 455 Southland Drive. Call (859) 278-1813 or go to

■ Heirloom Restaurant, 125 East Main Street, Midway, will serve an Irish-inspired menu and Irish beer flight from 5:30 to 9 p.m. The menu includes wild mushroom and barley soup, green garlic-chevre flan, cider-braised beef brisket, and Guinness crème anglaise, The cost is $36. Ben Lacy will entertain from 6 to 9 p.m. Call (859) 846-5565 or go to
■ Merrick Inn, 1074 Merrick Drive, will serve a corned beef and cabbage entrée for $12.95 and green beer. Call (859) 269-5417.

■ Nick Ryan’s Saloon, 157 West Jefferson Street, is serving Guinness-battered fish and chips and corned beef and cabbage. Customers who ride the trolley to Nick Ryan’s can register  for a chance to win a $50 gift card. Call  (859) 233-7900.

■ The Pub Lexington, 3750 Mall Road, starts the ­celebration early, at 10 a.m. Green Kentucky Ale from Alltech Brewery will be served along with Guinness stew, a corned beef reuben, and corned beef and cabbage The Pauly Zarb Band will entertain from 5 to 9 p.m. Call (859) 971-2748.

■ Ramsey’s Diners will ­celebrate by ­adding some Irish favorites to its menu. Included are slow-cooked corned beef and cabbage, Irish stew, and Missy’s ­Bailey’s Irish Creme ­cheesecake. Ramsey’s locations are 496 East High Street, 4053 Tates Creek Center, 3090 Helmsdale Drive and 4391 Harrodsburg Road.

■ Both Shamrock Bar & Grille locations will serve spotted dog (corned beef, colcannon, carrots), bogtrotter (corned beef, potato salad and cabbage), traditional (corned beef and potato salad) and shepherd’s pie. There will also be a limited menu of non-Irish fare. Locations are 154 Patchen Drive, (859) 269-7621, and 4750 Hartland Parkway (859) 245-9504. “We will have a bag piper stopping by to play several times at each location and we will have t-shirts for sale.” Heather Trump said.

■ Winchell’s, 348 Southland Drive, is serving corned beef and cabbage; shepherd’s pie, soda bread, and green beer. Call (859) 278-9424.

Openings and events
■ The Glitz reopens for the season Thursday. The restaurant at Irish Acres, 4205 Ford’s Mill Road, Versailles, serves a three-course luncheon Tuesday through Saturday. The menu changes every two weeks. The opening menu features roasted cauliflower soup; spinach and brie baby portobellos; tamarind-glazed roasted chicken breast with white cheddar potato gratin; pappardelle with Finchville Farms country ham, ­broccoli florets and Alfredo sauce; and the Nonesuch Kiss. Call (859) 873-6956 or go to ­
■ Casanova Restaurant, 855 South Broadway, now is open for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Traditional favorites include spaghetti and meatballs, lobster ravioli and veal parmigiana. Call (859) 309-3313.
■ California winemaker Mari Wells Coyle of ­David Girard Vineyards will conduct a tasting of her estate-grown wines at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Holly Hill Inn, 426 North Winter Street, Midway. The wine flight will be paired with a three-course tapas dinner. Dinner and wine flight are $20 each. Call (859) 846-4732 or go to ­ or
■ The Gluten-Free ­Lexington group will meet for dinner at Carrabba’s ­Italian Grill at 5:30 p.m. ­Monday. The restaurant, 1881 Plaudit Place, will showcase some of its most popular gluten-free dishes. Call (859) 264-8395.
■ Alfalfa Restaurant, 141 East Main Street, will have a Polish dinner Friday to ­celebrate the birthday of ­Revolutionary War hero ­Casimir Pulaski, for whom Pulaski County is named. Chef Paul Nowaki will ­prepare Polish specials including ­Kentucky Stone Cross Farm kielbasa slowly simmered in beer, then grilled and served with ­sauerkraut, apples, sour cream and house-made ­mustard. Call (859) 253-0014.
Harvest time
Oliva Bella, 400 Old Vine Street, has received its 2010 harvest of Olio Rustico extra virgin olive oil. Shop hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ­Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Call (859) 983-3567.