The battle on Friday between the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville in the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament is spilling over into Lexington and Louisville kitchens.
Bill Lynch, chef at The Bristol Bar & Grille in Louisville, is challenging Jeremy Ashby, chef/owner of Azur in Lexington, to a wager.
If the Louisville Cardinals lose to the Kentucky Wildcats in Indianapolis on Friday night, Lynch has agreed to wear Kentucky blue and serve Ashby’s signature dishes at Azur. If the Wildcats lose, Ashby will don Louisville red and serve patrons at The Bristol’s Hurstbourne Parkway restaurant.
A date for the dinner has not been announced. Go to Azurrestaurant.com and Bristolbarandgrille.com.
■ Nick Ryan’s Saloon, 157 Jefferson Street, is celebrating the Kentucky-Louisville game with all-night happy hour on Friday. In celebration of the Wildcats’ 26 wins, the restaurant will offer its 8-ounce filet mignon for $26; it’s regularly $29. If the Wildcats win, Nick Ryan’s will serve the special on Saturday for $27. Call (859) 233-7900 or go to Nickryans.com.
■ Seventeen wineries are participating in McConnell Springs’ 7th annual Wine Barrel Tasting on Saturday. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at any participating winery. Call (859) 272-0682 or go to Mcconnellsprings.org.
During the event, Jean Farris Winery, 6825 Old Richmond Road, will offer a limited lunch menu from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Included are filet burger, smoked chicken salad, grilled chicken Caesar, shrimp and grits, and duck sausage pizza. Call (859) 263-9463 or go to Jeanfarris.com.
■ Kathy Archer will serve Howard’s Creek authentic beer cheese at the Taste of the South in Washington, D.C., on Saturday.
Taste of the South was founded in 1982 by transplanted Southerners living in Washington. The group decided to host a party where they could share with Washington residents their love for all things Southern. Thirteen states are represented, and this year, Kentucky is the featured state, with proceeds going to West End School in Louisville. The free alternative school serves at-risk boys from preschool to eighth grade.
■ Sherrie Keller-Pauley and her husband, Ben Pauley, are back in the restaurant business in the same location where their original Three Suns Bistro was, 502 North Main Street in Nicholasville. The Pauleys’ Three Suns opened in 2000. It moved to Brannon Crossing in 2005 and closed in 2012.
Now called The Bistro, the restaurant will offer “some tried and true favorites from the Three Suns Bistro menu including pecan-fried chicken with praline glaze, lobster bisque, and our honey vinaigrette, a Kentucky Proud product,” Keller-Pauley said. The menu includes hand-cut steaks, seafood, pasta, salads and burgers. Hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Call (859) 221-3925.
■ First Watch Daytime Café is offering three new limited-time items for spring: lemon ricotta pancakes; AB&J waffle topped with almond butter, strawberry sauce and granola; and smoked salmon and roasted vegetable frittata. Locations are 3071 Richmond Road, (859) 899-3447; and 1080 South Broadway, (859) 252-2226. A new First Watch will open this spring on Winchester Road in front of Hobby Lobby. Go to Firstwatch.com.
■ Saturday and Sunday specials at 1790 Row House Restaurant, 2117 Old Main Street in Washington, in Mason County, are Hawaiian chicken with grilled pineapple, pesto grilled shrimp, grilled pork chops, sausage quiche, and white chicken chili. Call (859) 907-6093. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
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Tags: 1790 Row House Restaurant, Azur, Bill Lynch, First Watch Daytime Cafe, Howard's Creek, Jeremy Ashby, Kentucky Wildcats, Louisville Cardinals, McConnell Springs' Wine Barrel Tasting, Nick Ryan's Saloon, The Bistro, The Bristol Bar & Grille, Three Suns Bistro
The battle on Friday between the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville in the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament is spilling over into Lexington and Louisville kitchens.
Tags: Akielo Temple Pageantry/Dancers, Azur, Breakfast with Santa, Brown's Bakery, Cathy Vance, Grey Goose, Grimes Mill Winery, Keith Clark, Larry Mac's Beer Cheese, Midway School Bakery, Nick Ryan's Saloon, The Julep Cup, Thyme Cafe and Catering, Tom+Chee, Unlimited Spirit, Winchell's
No matter how empty the fridge and pantry, you can usually come up with a meal of canned tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches. A new restaurant in Hamburg is betting you like that combination so much you’ll go out for its upscale version.
Tom+Chee, a grilled cheese and tomato soup restaurant, is open at 2200 War Admiral Way, near Sportsman’s Warehouse in Hamburg.
The restaurant chain originated in a food tent on Cincinnati’s Fountain Square in 2009, and has grown into three Cincinnati-area stores, three in Louisville, and its first location in Lexington. The store has been featured on Shark Tank, The Chew and several Travel Channel shows.
It’s known for its creative renditions of the grilled cheese, including the Armagoetta (Goetta, cherry peppers, fried onions and pepper Jack cheese); hippy+chee (hummus, cucumber, mixed greens, tomato and Cheddar); and pep+chee (pepperoni, tomato sauce and mozzarella). Tomato soup choices are classic, chunky, and creamy.
Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 10:30 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Call (859) 263-0144 or go to Tomandchee.com.
■ The Grey Goose restaurant at 509 Main Street in Paris will close Dec. 21, and new owner Cathy Vance will reopen a cafe in the historic Varden building the first of the year.
Vance, owner of Thyme Café and Catering in Paris, is expanding her business by taking over the Paris Grey Goose, which has been open a year.
Grey Goose owner Keith Clark said he will concentrate on other locations — 170 Jefferson Street in Lexington and 133 East Main Street in Midway — and opening a full-service kitchen at The Blue Heron, 185 Jefferson Street in Lexington. Go to Greygooserestaurants.com.
New Year’s Eve events
■ Nick Ryan’s Saloon, 157 Jefferson Street, will be open regular hours, serving its full menu on Dec. 31. Lunch hours are 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and dinner will be served until 11 p.m. Special menu additions for the evening include prime rib, lobster and pasta, and lamb. Three parking lots are now open for Nick Ryan’s guests. Call (859) 233-7900 or go to Nickryans.com.
■ The Julep Cup, 111 Woodland Avenue, is celebrating with a “Midnight in Paris” theme. Phil Copeland and Friends will entertain. The cost is $100 including a Champagne toast at midnight. Call (859) 226-0300 or go to Thejulepcup.com.
■ Winchell’s Restaurant, 348 Southland Drive, will have a lobster boil and the three-course meal includes New England clam chowder, whole lobster served with new potatoes and seasonal vegetables, apple cobbler and Champagne. The cost is $35. Call (859) 278-9424.
■ Akielo Temple Pageantry/Dancers will have Breakfast With Santa from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Oleika Shrine Temple, 326 Southland Drive. The cost is $5 for adults, $2.50 for children younger than 10, and free for children younger than 3.
■ Brown’s Bakery, 1226 Versailles Road, has a full line of desserts for holiday meals and parties. Included are butterscotch, chocolate meringue, pecan, and pumpkin pies; bourbon chocolate pecan cake with bourbon glaze; and pecan cake with chocolate ganache. The deadline for orders is Dec. 21. Hours on Dec. 24 are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call (859) 225-8400 or go to Brownbakery.com.
■ Larry Mac’s Beer Cheese store, 3101 Clays Mill Road, will have a Christmas open house 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Along with beer cheese, guests can sample Bev’s Best peanut brittle and Sondra’s Wine Candy and jellies. Call (859) 967-6869 or go to Larrymacsbeercheese.com.
■ Grimes Mill Winery, 6707 Grimes Mill Road, is having a holiday open house 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday. The Troubadours will entertain and snacks will be provided by Kenny’s Cheese. Call (859) 543-9691.
■ Midway School Bakery, 510 South Winter Street in Midway, is having a holiday open house 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Chef Carrie Warmbier will have samples of cookies, jam cake, cider and hot chocolate. The bakery staff has created boxes and bags filled with homemade cookies for gift-giving. Call (859) 846-4336.
■ Azur Restaurant, 3070 Lakecrest Circle, is having a Bouchaine wine dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Bouchaine representative Donna Creese will present the wines. The cost is $60. Call (859) 296-1007 or go to Azurrestaurant.com.
■ Unlimited Spirit, 404 Southland Drive, will host two master distillers who will sign bottles for holiday gift giving. Wild Turkey’s Eddie Russell will be at the store 4 to 7 p.m. Friday. Four Roses’ Jim Rutledge will be there 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday. Call (859) 309-2903.
Tags: A la lucie, Asian carp, Azur, Azur Restaurant, Bluegrass Farmers Market, Bourbon n' Toulouse, Coles 735 Main, Crank & Boom Craft Ice Cream, Crave Lexington, Empty Bowls, Enoteca, First Watch, Furlongs Cajun, Holly Hill Inn, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, Kentucky Mudworks, La Petite Creperie, Marikka's Restaurant & Bier Stube, Masala Indian Cuisine, Nat Henton, Natasha's Bistro, Red State BBQ, The Midway School Bakery, Woodford Reserve Distillery, Yamaguchi’s Sake & Tapas, Athenian Grill
Jeremy Ashby, executive chef at Azur Restaurant, is joining the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources to promote Asian carp as an inexpensive source of domestic seafood.
“These fish have a light taste and excellent texture,” Ashby said.
The Asian carp was imported to the United States in the 1970s to control algae and micro-invertebrates in extremely fertile waters, including aquaculture or sewage treatment ponds. It took only 30 years for the population to explode and create massive ecological and economic problems, Ashby said.
The Asian carp populations are choking out other native fish species and threaten to destroy important economies in Western Kentucky that rely on fishing and recreational boating, Ashby said.
Tickets for Azur’s fish fry, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, are $30, with $10 going to Fish and Wildlife Resources to continue efforts to promote commercial harvest of Asian carp. A new processing facility is under construction in Wickliffe. Call (859) 296-1007 or go to Azurrestaurant.com.
Tags: Alfalfa Restaurant, Ashley Minton, Azur, Bluegrass Farmers Market, Bourbon n' Toulouse, Bourbon Review, Bourbon Under the Stars, Dustin Staggers, Evan Gray, German Music Trio, Grimes Mill Winery, Harvest Fest, Horseshoe Bend Winery, Jonathan at Gratz Park, Kentucky Mudworks, Ketch Seafood Grill, Marikka's, Minton's 760, Moveable Feast, Nova Gourmets Personal Chef, Ruth Reichl, Seedleaf, Smith-Berry Winery, Thai Orchid Cafe
Minton’s 760, now open at 760 North Limestone, features a menu that owner Ashley Minton calls “Southern with a twist.” Minton, who also owns Nova Gourmets Personal Chef & Events, said Minton’s will serve many recipes that are “my family’s favorites that I have adapted/changed up,” she said.
Breakfast and lunch are served from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays and dinner is served from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.
“For dinner we will be doing seasonal dishes. They will change every week and be based on what is in season and what we can get from our farmers. We are using as many local products and foods as we possibly can, and will be making many items from scratch, such as sausage and apple butter,” she said.
Breakfast includes French toast, morning hot Brown, potato omelet, and biscuits and gravy. For lunch, there’s tomato pie, Carolina pulled pork, chicken pot pie, fried green tomatoes with ham salad, and chicken and dumplings. Call (859) 948-1874.
■ Kentucky Mudworks and Bourbon n’ Toulouse’s annual Empty Bowls event on Saturday will benefit Moveable Feast Lexington. Starting at 11 a.m., customers can donate $15 and choose a handmade bowl and receive a free bowl of Cajun food.
The ceramic bowls were made by local artists at Mudworks. Moveable Feast delivers hot, freshly cooked meals to people living with AIDS/HIV-related illnesses as well as individuals who are patients of Hospice of the Bluegrass. Bourbon n’ Toulouse is at 829 Euclid Avenue. Call (859) 335-0300.
■ The Bourbon Review magazine’s second annual Bourbon Under the Stars will celebrate Bourbon National Heritage Month. The party will be from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday at Fasig-Tipton, 2400 Newtown Pike. Tickets are $135 at the door. Call (502) 333-0086.
There will be a buffet of bourbons and special guests will be Bill Samuels Jr. of Maker’s Mark, and master distiller Jim Rutledge of Four Roses. Jonathan Lundy, chef/owner of Jonathan at Gratz Park, and Jeremy Ashby, chef at Azur, will prepare special dishes.
■ Alfalfa Restaurant, 141 East Main Street, is honoring author Ruth Reichl with special dinners on Friday and Saturday. Reichl is the keynote speaker at the University of Kentucky Women’s Writers Conference this weekend. Alfalfa will feature recipes from Reichl’s memoir Comfort Me with Apples. Chef Evan Gray will prepare Channing Way shrimp curry, made with fresh local vegetables simmered in a creamy coconut lime curry sauce, and served over brown rice with fresh fruit chutney on side. Hours are 5:30 to 9 p.m. Call (859) 253-0014 or go to Alfalfarestaurant.com.
■ Thai Orchid Cafe will host a celebration of local food and sustainable culture on Saturday. Harvest Fest will benefit Seedleaf, a non-profit organization that aims to increase the availability of fresh, wholesome food to people at risk of hunger in Central Kentucky. There will be live music, and food and beverage tastings from Thai Orchid, Good Foods Market & Café, The Wholesome Chef, West Sixth Brewing, and Elmwood Stock Farm. Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. at Thai Orchid, 1030 South Broadway. Tickets are $40. Call (859) 288-2170.
■ Marikka’s Oktoberfest begins Friday and runs through Oct. 13. German Music Trio will play on Friday and Saturday nights. The menu features smoked pork knuckle cooked in sauerkraut and served with sauerkraut and mashed potatoes; Munich reuben, made with rye bread, bajuval cheese, sauerkraut, and bratwursts; and seasoned ground beef, mustard, and pickle wrapped in a thin strip of steak then covered with brown gravy. Call (859) 275-1925 or go to Marikkas.com. Marikkas is at 411 Southland Drive.
■ Horseshoe Bend Winery is holding its second Dinner in the Vineyard from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday. Dustin Staggers, chef at 60 West Bistro in St. Matthews in Louisville, will prepare the menu. The five-course meal with wine pairings is $75. The winery is at 1187 Lawson Lane in Willisburg. Call (859) 375-0296.
■ During September, The Ketch Seafood Grill will feature a Maine lobster clambake, including a 1 ¼-pound freshly steamed lobster, steamed clams, corn on the cob, red skin potatoes, and drawn butter. Call (859) 277-5919 or go to Ketchseafoodgrill.com. The Ketch is at 2012 Regency Road.
■ Grimes Mill Winery, 6707 Grimes Mill Road, is celebrating its first anniversary from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday. There will be live music from 4 to 7 p.m. featuring harmonica and guitar blues. Call (859) 543-9691or go to Grimesmillwinery.com.
■ Chuck’s famous BBQ and old-fashioned cheese grits are on the menu Saturday at Smith-Berry Winery’s dinner/concert. Nervous Melvin and the Mistakes will entertain from 6 to 9:30 p.m. The winery is at 855 Drennon Road in New Castle. Call 1-888-845-7091 or (502) 845-7091 or go to Smithberrywinery.com.
Farmers market report
■ Saturday is the last day for the Bluegrass Farmers Market Willow Oak location, 730 Millpond Road, in the parking lot for the Willow Oak Pool. The main location at 3450 Richmond Road, in the Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs parking lot, will be open for a few more weeks from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, and 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday. Farmers have tomatoes, squash, eggplant, peppers, raspberries, watermelons, bok choy, eggs, herb seasoning, and pumpkins. Go to Localharvest.org/blog/29529.
Tags: Addie's at the Woodford Inn, Azur, Bluegrass Farmers Market, Greentree Tearoom, Greg Spaulding, Jean Farris Winery, Lexington Farmers Market, Natasha's Bistro, Panagia Pantovasilissa Greek Orthodox Church, Puccini's Smiling Teeth, Town Branch Market, U.S. Pizza Team, Winchell's, Winchester-Clark County Farmers Market, Woodford Farmers Market, World Pizza Championship
Greg Spaulding, manager of Puccini’s Smiling Teeth, and his U.S. teammates scored high marks at the 2012 World Championship of Pizza held in Salsomaggiore, Italy in April.
The U.S. Pizza Team was made up of expert pizza chefs and dough-spinning acrobatic performers from pizza restaurants across the United States. Team member Spaulding won the Best in the U.S. award in the classic pizza category. His colleague Tom Carfrae, owner of Tomaso’s Pizza in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, earned Best in the U.S. in the pan category, while Mike Amheiser, owner of Pizza Dock in Fredericktown, Ohio, took home the Best in the U.S. prize for his gluten-free pie. Go to Pizzatv.com or Worldpizzachampionship.com. The U.S. team was sponsored by PMQ Pizza Magazine. This week, Spaulding is competing in the Global Pizza Challenge in Sydney, Australia. Puccini’s locations are Chevy Chase Place, (859) 269-0404;Beaumont Centre, (859) 219-0101,and 3801 Dylan Place, (859) 223-1588.
■ Town Branch Market, 233 East Main Street, at the corner of Esplanade, is celebrating its first anniversary on Friday and Saturday. There will be breakfast and lunch specials, and samples of new items, including biscuits and gravy, jumbo cinnamon rolls, and fresh baked personal pizzas. Call (859) 280-2122.
■ Natasha’s Bistro & Bar, 112 Esplanade, is serving farmers market brunch on Sundays. Natasha’s Sunday chef will be shopping at farmers market to buy ingredients for the menu which is served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Items include quiche, fruit plate, biscuits and sorghum, and scrambled eggs. Call (859) 259-2754 or go to Beetnik.com.
■ Jean Farris Winery, 6825 Old Richmond Road, is serving dinner, wine, and a movie in the vines this summer. On Friday, guests can watch The Help on the outdoor movie screen overlooking the estate vineyard. When making reservations for the outdoor movie event you must request a movie table. Call (859) 263-9463 or go to Jeanfarris.com.
■ June’s Greek Dinner Night at Panagia Pantovasilissa Greek Orthodox Church will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 16. The church, at 920Tates Creek Road, will have outside dining areas available, weather permitting. The featured vineyard is Chrisman Mill and the menu includes chicken in orange glaze, pork loin, and tilapia with spinach. Go to Greekdinner.com.
■ The patio is open at Addie’s at The Woodford Inn, 104 Park Street, Versailles, where you can enjoy live music. A fish fry will be held Friday, and the dinner special on Saturday is surf & turf. Call (859) 873-5600 or go to Addiesky.com.
■ Winchell’s, 348 Southland Drive, will hold its annual lobster boil from 4 to 9:30 p.m. June 13. Whole Maine lobsters will be served with corn on the cob and new potatoes, along with New England clam chowder, and fresh fruit cobbler. Call (859) 278-9424.
Tea menu for June
■ The June menu at Greentree Tearoom will help beat the summer heat. Included are chilled cucumber-avocado soup, tropical chicken salad, tomato aspic, and orange panacotta. Greentree is at 521 West Short Street. Call (859) 455-9660 or go to Greentreetearoom.com.
Farmers market report
■ The Bluegrass Farmers’ Market will celebrate the grand opening of the 2012 market season on Saturday and giving away Wildcat Blue market totes to the first 500 customers. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at 3450 Richmond Road, in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs. Go to Localharvest.org/blog/29529.
■ The farmers bazaar at Azur Restaurant, 3070 Lakecrest Circle, is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays on the patio. The market features local farmers and artisans. Azur serves brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Call (859) 296-1007 or go to Azurrestaurant.com.
■ Winchester/Clark County Farmers 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 Lexingtonfarmersmarket.com.
Tags: Azur, Casanova Italian Restaurant, Holly Hill Inn, Onizim's restaurant, Rossi's Restaurant, The Corner Cafe, The Julep Cup
Restaurants welcome fathers with a variety of specials.
■ Casanova Italian Restaurant, 855 South Broadway, is introducing a new menu item for Father’s Day: risotto chicken marsala. Call (859) 309-3313 or visit Casanovaky.com.
■ The Julep Cup, 111 Woodland Avenue, is offering Father’s Day specials Friday through Sunday. Included are West Coast oysters on the half-shell and grilled calamari. On Friday, gourmet pizzas will be served in the bar for Gallery Hop. Call (859) 226-0300.
■ The Father’s Day special at Onizim’s Restaurant, 735 East Main Street, is buy one entree, receive a second entree free on Sunday. On Saturday, the restaurant is having a Louisiana crawfish and shrimp boil, with reservations only. Call (859) 266-9000 or visit Onizims.com.
■ Holly Hill Inn, 426 North Winter Street in Midway, is serving brunch and a dinner buffet on Father’s Day. Call (859) 846-4732 or visit Hollyhillinn.com.
■ Azur, 3070 Lakecrest Circle, will serve a brunch buffet for Father’s Day that’s $19.95 a person. Call (859) 296-1007 or visit Azurrestaurant.com.
■ The Corner Café, 385 South Mill Street, is the place to go when you want a low-calorie lunch. All the wraps on the menu are less than 450 calories. “We don’t use mayonnaise or cream cheese,” owner Rich Vaux said. You can get half a turkey wrap and a low-calorie smoothie for $6.99. Call (859) 554-5194.
■ Rossi’s Restaurant, 1060 Chinoe Road, offers nightly food specials, and on Tuesdays you can get bottles of wine at half price with dinner. Call (859) 335-8788 or visit Rossis-restaurant.com.
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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 Azurrestaurant.com.
■ 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 Alfalfarestaurant.com.
■ 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 Hollyhillinn.com.
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 Localharvest.org/blog/29529.
■ 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 Azurrestaurant.com.
Tags: Al's Bar, Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, Azur, Barrel House Distilling Co., Bluegrass Farmers Market, Heather Trump, Les Miller, Liam's Fancy Irish, Mark McJessy, Mayme Hamby, McTeggart Irish Dancers, O’Neills Irish Pub, Quirk Cafe, Robert Myers, Rossi’s, Sarah Vandegrift, Sister Cities Irish, Tasting Room & Gift Shop, Tea Room, The Cellar Bar and Grill, The Gift Box, The Shamrock, The Signature Club
For 24 years, The Gift Box has provided shoppers with a variety of items that are ideal for giving or for decorating a home. Now it includes a place to meet friends for tea.
The store, formerly in Regency Centre, now is at 3330 Partner Place in Keithshire Plaza, behind the Parent-Teacher store.
The Gift Box Tea Room serves lunch from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The menu includes soups, sandwiches, salads, quiche, hot Brown, and homemade desserts and breads.
Wilma and Don Cracraft own the tea room, and Jamie and David Wilson own the gift shop. Jan Fowler, who started Candleberry Tea Room in Frankfort, is “getting this up and running, and we’re using her recipes,” Jamie Wilson said.
The Gift Box’s Christmas open house will be 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Call (859) 278-2399.
Food $2.50, drinks 25 cents
Al’s Bar, 601 North Limestone, is celebrating the last weekend of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.
“The first 25 people to attend our Bluegrass brunch will receive the brunch buffet for $2.50. The next 25 people who attend will receive 25-cent cocktails,” co-owner Les Miller said.
Live bluegrass music will be provided by the Karly Dawn and Little Sarie Band.
The buffet will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Music starts at 11:15 a.m. Call (859) 252-9104 or go to Alsbarlexington.com.
A jump on St. Patrick’s Day
The Sister Cities Irish committee will hold its eighth annual Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day at O’Neills Irish Pub from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Sunday.
“This year, we honor the 25th anniversary of twinning with County Kildare in Ireland. Special guests will be County Kildare mayor and delegation,” Mary Parlanti said.
She will prepare lamb stew and Irish breads. Cost is $10 at the door and includes entertainment by Mayme Hamby on the piano, McTeggart Irish Dancers, and Liam’s Fancy Irish.
O’Neills is at 2051 Richmond Road. Call (859) 266-4488 or go to Oneillslex.com.
Lounging at Quirk Café
Quirk Café, 131 Main Street in Midway, has opened Tavern 815, a refurbished lounge downstairs.
“It has beautiful stone walls, brick floors and tongue-in-groove wood, and the lighting is amazing,” owner Sarah Vandegrift said.
Mark McJessy, formerly with Azur, is the new chef. One of McJessy’s specialties is smoked salmon served on a potato cake with goat cheese and capers, topped with a balsamic reduction, for $10.95.
Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Dinner is served Thursday through Saturday beginning at 5:30 p.m. The lounge opens at 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call (859) 846-4688 or go to Quirkcafemidway.com.
Playing sports in The Cellar
If you’re looking for a fun place to watch sporting events, stop by The Cellar Bar and Grill. It’s on the lower level at The Signature Club, 3256 Lansdowne Drive.
“We have 30 flat-screen TVs and a 150-seat patio,” Heather Trump said.
It’s operated by the same people who run The Shamrock bars at 154 Patchen Drive and 4750 Hartland Parkway. The menu includes burgers, sandwiches, steaks and pastas. Hours are 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. daily. Call (859) 317-8301.
Dinner menu’s new at Rossi’s
Rossi’s executive chef, Robert Myers, has created a new dinner menu. Specialties include Spanish sea scallops, sage-crusted chicken, char-grilled barbecue pork tenderloin, and Italian drunken noodles. Rossi’s wine and martini list has also been updated with new drinks and many wines from around the world. The restaurant is at 1060 Chinoe Road. Call (859) 335-8788 or go to Rossis-restaurant.com.
Barrel House rolls out tasting room
The Tasting Room & Gift Shop is open at Barrel House Distilling Co., a small-batch distiller at 1200 Manchester Street. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Call (859) 259-0159 or go to Barrelhousedistillery.com.
Farmers market report
Bluegrass Farmers Market will have homegrown tomatoes, peppers, squash, green beans, potatoes, apples, greens, eggs, jams, baked goods, herbs, berries, mums, pumpkins, gourds and fall decorations. The market is at 3450 Richmond Road, in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Go to Localharvest.org/blog/29529.
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Here’s a great excuse to eat dessert this weekend.
Eight Lexington restaurants are participating in Dine United Week by committing to make a donation to United Way of the Bluegrass for every dessert they sell through Sunday.
The restaurants are Azur, 3070 Lakecrest Circle, Suite 550; Dudley’s, 380 South Mill Street; Giuseppe’s, 4456 Nicholasville Road; Jonathan at Gratz Park, 120 West Second Street; Malone’s, 3347 Tates Creek Road, 3735 Palomar Centre Drive and 1920 Pleasant Ridge Road; Rossi’s, 1060 Chinoe Road, No. 104; Saul Good, 3801 Mall Road; and The Summit, 1097 Duval Street.
To learn more about Dine United or the United Way, visit www.uwbg.org.
Make some super Super Bowl plans
■ Jonathan at Gratz Park, which normally is closed on Super Bowl Sunday, for a private event, will be open for dinner from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Chef/owner Jonathan Lundy will offer a few specials along with the regular menu. The restaurant is at 120 West Second Street. Call (859) 252-4949 or go to www.jagp.info.
■ A popular Pittsburgh sandwich will be on the menu at Winchell’s Restaurant on Super Bowl Sunday. The chefs are serving their version of the famous Primanti Brothers sandwich, which, according to www.primantibrothers.com, is made with grilled Italian bread, ham, provolone cheese, coleslaw, tomato, a handful of warm French fries, and mayonnaise. Other menu items include the Roethlis-burger, served with Heinz sauce and named for Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback; and Anquan Boldin spicy Cardinal wings, named for the Arizona Cardinals receiver; carne asada tacos; and chili con queso.
Winchell’s is at 348 Southland Drive. Call (859) 278-9424 or go to www.winchellsrestaurant.com.
■ T.G.I. Friday’s restaurants have created two specialty drinks in honor of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals, the teams playing in Sunday’s Super Bowl. Arizona lemonade and Pittsburgh Punch will be served at the restaurants on Saturday, the night before the big game.
In Lexington, Friday’s can be found at 144 Rojay Drive and 1916 Pavilion Way. For more locations, visit www.tgifridays.com.
■ If you’d like a party tray to serve at your Super Bowl gathering, pick one up at J.D. Legends, 315 North Second Street, Nicholasville. The restaurant is offering fried green tomatoes, wings, potato skins, mozzarella sticks, and chicken tenders. Legends will be open until 7 p.m. Sunday. Call (859) 881-5665.
H’Artful of Fun picks its winners
The Living Arts and Science Center gives awards to restaurants and caterers who make outstanding desserts for its annual H’Artful of Fun fund-raiser. Here are the winners of this year’s event on Jan. 24.
Most artful table presentation: Seasons Catering’s yellow submarine and double decker bus ice sculpture.
Most artful palate: Valentine’s ice cream.
Most artful dessert: Banana cake Foster from Catering by Donna Potter.
Most artful cake: Tinker’s Cake Shop’s Beatles-themed dark chocolate champagne cake.
People’s Choice awards: Lundy’s strawberry shortcake, best non-chocolate dessert; Sugar Forest, best chocolate dessert; and a la lucie’s graham cracker, honey and chocolate dessert, best reason to skip dinner.
Everyday food and wine
Three Suns Bistro, 298 East Brannon Road in Brannon Crossing, is having a wine pairing dinner at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. The theme is weekday dinner, everyday wines with everyday foods. The menu includes broccoli and Cheddar soup with Coppola chardonnay, beef brisket with Dynamite cabernet sauvignon, and triple chocolate cake. The cost is $25. Call (859) 245-0048.
More places to do brunch
■ Cleveland’s at the Woodford Inn in Versailles now is open for Sunday brunch. Hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Chefs Ouita Michel and Jared Richardson will prepare the menu that includes Stone Cross Farm ham steak, biscuits and sausage gravy, pork chops, quiches of the day, and a big-plate breakfast. Cleveland’s is at 140 Park Street. Call (859) 879-6062. The restaurant is open daily serving lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner from 5 to 9 p.m.
■ Summit Restaurant, 1097 Duval Street, now is open for Sunday brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Menu items include eggs Benedict, omelets, roast chicken, grilled salmon, burgers, bacon and eggs. The dinner menu is available after 3 p.m.
Chris Nelson, owner of Chrisman Mill Winery, will host a Kentucky Proud wine dinner at Summit on Feb. 7. Five wines will be paired with five courses, along with a blackberry wine served with dessert. The cost is $59. Call (859) 271-1400.
Rolling out Barrel House’s vodka
Barrel House Distilling Co. of Lexington and The Thoroughbred Shop are introducing Pure Blue vodka from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday. You can meet the owners of Barrel House and get your bottles signed. The Thoroughbred Shop is at 2005 Versailles Road. Call (859) 254-0358.
P.F. Chang’s celebrates a new year
P.F. Chang’s China Bistro at Fayette Mall is debuting new dishes for Chinese New Year. The newest additions are traditional egg rolls, mahi-mahi, sesame chicken and Cantonese style duck. Call (859) 271-1165 or go to www.pfchangs.com.
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Many restaurants still have reservations open for New Year’s Eve. Here are some places to ring in the New Year.
- Azur in Beaumont Centre will celebrate its fourth anniversary with a five-course dinner. Cost is $65 with seatings at 5, 7 and 9 p.m. Lisa & The Men in Back will entertain from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Call (859) 296-1007 or go to www.azurrestaurant.com.
- Buddy’s Bar and Grill, 854 East High Street, will have entertainment by Ember beginning at 9 p.m. in Lucille’s Lounge. Call (859) 335-1874 or go to www.buddysbarandgrill.com.
- Cleveland’s at the Woodford Inn, 140 Park Street, Versailles, is offering a multicourse menu with choices of pan-roasted chicken breast, pork loin chop, prosciutto-wrapped sea bass, filet mignon, and surf ‘n’ turf. Prices range from $30 to $50. Call (859) 879-6062.
- Dudley’s, 380 South Mill Street, will feature its regular a la carte menu with a few specials from chef Jonathan Gossett. Call (859) 252-1010 or go to www.dudleysrestaurant.com.
- Holly Hill Inn, 426 North Winter Street, Midway is accepting reservations from 6 to 10 p.m. The cost is $75 (or $65 for a vegetarian option) for the seven-course menu, which features carved filet mignon and roasted sea bass. Call (859) 846-4732 or go to www.hollyhillinn.com.
- Stonefence Bistro, 730 Main Street in Paris, is having a prix fixe menu featuring lamb medallions, surf ‘n’ turf, roasted chicken and poached salmon. Cost is $48. Dinner service begins at 5 p.m., and live music starts at 6. Call (859) 987-1990.
- Thai Orchid, 1030 South Broadway, will give away dessert with the purchase of a dinner entree from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Call (859) 288-2170 or go to www.thaiorchidcafe.net. The cafe also is open for lunch on New Year’s Eve from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
- Three Suns Bistro, 298 East Brannon Road, in Brannon Crossing, will offer four entree choices: lobster tail, filet mignon, stuffed pork tenderloin and pecan-fried chicken, along with free hors d’oeuvres. Call (859) 245-0048 or go to www.threesunsbistro.com.
- Wines on Vine, 400 Old Vine Street, is accepting reservations for dinner. The menu features beef Bourgogne, lamb or pan-seared sesame tuna. The cost is $35. Call (859) 243-0017 or go to www.winesonvine.net.