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Dudley’s is having a bourbon dinner on Aug. 20

 Events
Dudley’s on Short, 259 West Short Street, will have a bourbon dinner on Wednesday in celebration of the 60th  anniversary of Master Distiller Jimmy Russell with Wild Turkey Distillery. The six-course dinner will feature bourbon flavors and the limited Wild Turkey diamond anniversary bourbon.  Cost is $60. Call (859) 252-1010.
Winchell’s, 348 Southland Drive, will hold a lobster boil on Tuesday. The three-course dinner includes New England clam chowder, whole lobster served with corn on the cob and new potatoes, and fruit cobbler. Cost is $35. Call for (859) 278-9424.
Smithtown Seafood chef Jonathan Sanning is firing up the grill for an end-of-summer seafood feast for the monthly Tanks to Table beer dinner at 7 p.m. Thursday. The menu features mixed seafood grill with sauce bar, fresh corn salad, charred potato salad, heirloom tomato salad, fresh-baked bread, and mixed berry cobbler. Smithtown is at 501 West Sixth Street. West Sixth Brewing has created an amber with bourbon and BBQ spices for the dinner. Cost is $25. Call (859) 303-4100.
Chuy’s Mexican Restaurant, 3841 Nicholasville Centre Drive, will hold its annual green chile festival Monday through Sept. 7.
Each spring Chuy’s contracts with farmers in the Hatch Valley in New Mexico to grow more than 1.5 million pounds of green chiles  for its restaurants. Chuy’s will be introducing a menu of eight green chile-inspired dishes during the three-week period, including holy quesadillas, green chile BBQ chicken tacos, and Frito pie enchiladas. Drink specials include prickly pear margarita,  blackberry rocks margarita, and  New Mexican martini, made with green chile infused tequila. Call (859) 245-2489 or go to Chuys.com.
Rooster Brewing, 609 Main Street, in Paris features a food truck each week and on Friday, CrazyBoutCajun will be at the brewery from 5:15 to 9 p.m. Call (859) 707-3436 or go to Roosterbrew.com.
Woodford Reserve Distillery will serve a bourbon Kentuscan dinner on Friday and Saturday. Chef-in-residence Ouita Michel and chef de cuisine Nat Henton are celebrating Italian flavors and local Bluegrass ingredients with a menu featuring  heirloom tomato caprese; vegetable lasagna; bourbon barrel skirt steak; eggplant caponata; gnocchi alla Romana; and almond sponge cake with Woodford Reserve soaked peaches and blackberries.  Cost is $50. The distillery is at 7855 McCracken Pike.  Call (859) 879-1953 or e-mail Catering@b-f.com.
Specials
■ Soup specials at Bakery Blessings & Bookstore @ the Bar in August are chilled peach and pinto bean. Jan Sullivan now is making fresh bread including pretzel roll and Italian. The café is at 1999 Harrodsburg Road. Call 859-554-6044.
Farmers market report
Bluegrass Farmers  Market has 100 percent homegrown corn, tomatoes, green beans, squash, peppers, and melons. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs, 3450 Richmond Road, and at Azur Restaurant, 3070 Lakecrest Circle. Go to Bluegrassfarmersmarket.org.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Father’s Day fare designed with dads in mind

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

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

Rooster Brewing opens in Paris

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

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

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

Openings and closings

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

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

New menus

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

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

Special events

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

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

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

Farmers market report

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

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

Akielo Temple Egyptian Band’s fall tea is Sunday

 

■ The Akielo Temple Egyptian Band will hold its annual fall tea and style show at 2 p.m. Sunday at Oleika Shrine Center on Southland Drive. Tickets are $20. Call (859) 333-0146 or (859) 621-8999.

 

Greentree Tearoom’s menu for October features the flavors of autumn. Included are roasted red pepper soup, oatmeal scones, broccoli and smoked gouda frittata, spiced butternut squash cups, and pumpkin cookies. The tearoom is at 521 West Short Street. Call (859)  455-9660 or go to Greentreetearoom.com.

Events

Bourbon n’ Toulouse, 829 Euclid Avenue, will be making a big pot of alligator étouffée in honor of the football game on Saturday when the University of Kentucky Wildcats play the Florida Gators at Commonwealth Stadium.
The gator étouffée will be served beginning at 11 a.m. Friday.   “We only make this delicious dish a few times a year and it is always a huge hit,” co-owner Kevin Heathcoat said. Tailgating packages include all menu items except the alligator étouffée.  Call (859) 335-0300 or go to Bntlexington.com.
Holly Hill Inn in Midway is celebrating the harvest season with a dinner buffet inspired by Mediterranean flavors at 6 p.m. Saturday. Entrees include chermoula-marinated fresh mako shark and Catalan roast pork with house-pickled plum compote. Cost is $40. The restaurant is at 426 North Winter Street. Call (859) 846-4732.
Wines on Vine, 400 Old Vine Street, is having an Oktoberfest party at 6 p.m. Monday. Cost is $25.  Call (859) 243-0017.
The Ketch Seafood Grill, 2012 Regency Road, is having its annual lobster clam bake through Monday. Included are a 1 ¼-pound freshly steamed lobster with local corn on the cob, red skin potatoes, and drawn butter, for $26. Call (859) 277-5919.
Wilson Farms is holding its 10th annual shrimp harvest at 11 a.m. Saturday. Ponds are located near Lancaster. From Lancaster, take Hwy. 52 west toward Danville. Turn on Hwy. 1150. Ponds are 1/2 mile on left. Look for signs. Cost is $8 per pound. Bring ice and a cooler. Call (859) 339-1802 or (859) 792-1443.
Parlay Social, 257 West Short Street, will host Bluegrass Mystery Theatre’s latest production “Rebounds” at 6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $29.95 and include a three course meal and show.  Call (859) 244-1932 or go to Parlaysocial.com.

Announcements

■  Furlongs, 130 West Tiverton Way, now opens at noon on Saturday and is offering a Louisiana brunch beginning at noon on Sunday. Menu included poached eggs on crab cake; spinach and lump crab meat omelets, chicken étouffée over poached eggs on a waffle. Furlongs is closed on Monday.
Furlongs’ owner Tommy Walters said he and his daughters,  Emilee Walters Sierp and Haylee Walters, now have a food truck, CrazyBoutCajun. The menu will include:  jambalaya, shrimp po’boys, boudin, and red beans and rice. Call (859) 913-5611.
■ Winners of the fourth annual Bluegrass Pizza Bake-Off are: DiOrio’s Pizza & Pub in Louisville, first place; Puccini’s Smiling Teeth in Lexington, second place; and Papalino’s in Louisville, third place. The DiOrio’s team wins a trip to Italy to compete on the U.S. Pizza team.
The event, sponsored by local restaurant equipment supply company Pizzaovens.com, was held earlier this month at
the Fifth-Third Pavilion at Cheapside Park.

Farmers market report

Bluegrass Farmers Market will have corn, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, green beans, potatoes, peppers, eggplant, melons, lamb, goat, chicken, beef, pork, baked goods, herb seasoning,  jams, wine, eggs, cut flowers, and honey.  Go  to Bluegrassfarmersmarket.org.

Fish fry promotes invasive Asian carp as seafood

fishfryJeremy 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.

 

New restaurant has an international menu, lots of gluten-free choices

If you suffer from a gluten allergy, this new restaurant’s for you.
The Illumine, 270 Montgomery Avenue, in Versailles serves an international menu, with several Persian items, but the main focus is gluten free dishes. The menu features moussaka, meatloaf, apricot chicken, barbecue brisket, ribs, and roast beef. Items, such as Mexican chocolate cake with ganache, that do contain gluten are clearly marked.
Pamela O’Malley, who has managed The Montgomery Inn bed and breakfast for the past six years, is the chef. Hours are 5 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Call (859) 753-4967.

Events

Holly Hill Inn, 426 North Winter Street, in Midway is having a winemaker dinner on Wednesday featuring wines from Hirsch Vineyards in California.
Guest winemaker is Jasmine Hirsch, who was named one of Wine Enthusiast’s “40 Under 40 America’s Tastemakers.” Hirsch’s father, David, founded the Sonoma Coast vineyards in 1980 to grow the grapes that create wines characteristic of the region’s climate and geography.
Hirsch will pour chardonnay and three pinot noirs paired with a four-course menu. Cost is $65. Call (859) 846-4732.
On Sunday, Holly Hill Inn teams with Heaven Hill Distillery’s ambassador Bernie Lubbers for a bourbon and barbecue event at Happy Jack’s Pumpkin Farm, 966 Hickman Hill Road, in Frankfort. The event begins at 4 p.m. Cost is $25.
Old Chicago Pizza, 1924 Pavilion Way, celebrates Oktoberfest through Sept. 29. The Oktoberfest mini tour features German-inspired beers and new menu items including Mike Ditka’s sausage stromboli and sausage sliders. Call (859) 977-4640 or go to Oldchicago.com.
South Limestone Association of Merchants (SLAM) will offer specials this weekend when the University of Kentucky Wildcats take on the University of Louisville Cardinals at Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday.
Pazzo’s Pizza Pub, 385 South Limestone, offers $1 off all local draught beers on Friday and Saturday.
Two Keys Tavern, 333 South Limestone, will have entertainment by C2 Band on Friday, with no cover charge.
Goodfellas Pizza, 333 South Limestone, has a lunch special that includes a slice of pizza, drink, and side item for $6.
Sav’s Grill, 304 South Limestone, will offer guests 10 percent off food orders, and 5 percent discount on ice cream.
The Local Taco, 315 South Limestone, will have $10 buckets of domestic beer, and $15 margarita pitchers.
Kentucky Wildcat Den will have a tent at Two Keys on Friday handing out free pompoms and selling UK apparel.
■ The Makenna Foundation’s annual fundraiser will be Friday at Equus Run Vineyards, 1280 Moores Mill Road, in Midway. The Jimmy Church band will entertain and the dinner will be catered by DeRae and Friends. Gates open at 4 p.m. There will be a wine tasting from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.; the buffet opens at 5:30 p.m.; and the concert begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35.
On Sunday, Lauren Mink will entertain at Tunes in the Vines. Italian sandwiches will be available from Mia Nonni food truck. Call (859) 846-9463 or go to Equusrunvineyards.com.

Farmers market report

Bluegrass Farmers Market will have corn, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, green beans, potatoes, peppers, eggplant, melons, lamb, goat, chicken, beef, pork, baked goods, herb seasoning, jams, wine, eggs, cut flowers, and homemade soap. Go to Bluegrassfarmersmarket.org.
Winchester/Clark County Farmers Market is holding a Harvest Festival on Saturday. Kentucky Proud products will be on the lunch menu including All Star Barbecue & Hotdogs, Reese’s pepper relish, beef jerky, fresh baked breads, granola, and canned pickles. Produce includes pumpkins, cushaw, beans, tomatoes, squash, and peppers. Kentucky Cottage Industry craftsmen will have hand-dyed wool, knitted items, and jewelry. The market is on Depot Street and open from  4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Specials, new menus at restaurants this weekend

Specials

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

New chef

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

New menus

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

Farmers market report

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

BBQ n Rouxs, a food truck worth finding

BBQ N RouxsIf you stumble upon the BBQ n Rouxs  food truck in Mt. Sterling, you’ve found some great barbecue and gumbo.

Wayne and Cindy Toy decided they would combine both their cooking talents and offer an alternative to hot dogs and burgers. They bought a food truck in North Carolina and opened for business in June. Cindy Toy, a registered nurse, makes the gumbo, chicken salad, and pies; Wayne Toy smokes the pork over hickory wood. They operate the food truck on weekends in the parking lot of City Blue, 1501 Indian Mound Drive, and at events. On Friday, the Toys will be at Rock the Courthouse concert in downtown Mt. Sterling.

The menu includes BBQ nachos (nacho chips, pulled pork, BBQ sauce, white Cheddar cheese and jalapenos); chicken salad on croissant or in a spinach wrap, pulled pork sandwich, and gumbo. Cindy Toy uses her South Louisiana family recipe for gumbo.

Call (859) 749-3874  or check BBQ n Rouxs’ facebook page for events.

Special events

Bourbon n’ Toulouse, 829 Euclid Avenue, will serve a low-country shrimp boil at 6 p.m. Saturday as part of the Chevy Chase Street Fair. The 800 block of Euclid will be closed from 4 to 10 p.m. for the festivities which will include live music.

Bourbon n’ Toulouse will serve West Sixth’s IPA and amber and hurricane drinks. Other food and drink vendors will include Athenian Grill, MonTea, Rincon, Billy’s BBQ, Charlie Brown’s, and Graeter’s. Call (859) 335-0300  or go to Bntlex.com.

■ While in the Chevy Chase neighborhood, drop by the Greek Festival on Saturday. It will be from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Cassidy Elementary, 1125 Tates Creek Road.

The event will include Greek food, music, dancing, and a boutique sale. Cost is $2. Proceeds support the Greek Orthodox Church’s building fund. Call (859) 266-1921 or go to LexingtonGreekFestival.com.

■ The Lexington Farmers’ Market will hold its annual Taste of the Farm Dinner at 5:30 p.m. Saturday featuring recipes from Beyond the Fence: A Culinary Look at Historic Lexington. Ingredients will come from market members and will highlight the quality and breadth of market offerings, market manager Jeff Dabbelt said. Red Barn Radio will provide music. The dinner will be held at the Fifth Third Bank Pavillion in Cheapside Park. Tickets, at $45, are available at any market location or at Lexingtonfarmersmarket.com.

■ The Carper Family brings their retro-acoustic sound to Natasha’s Bistro on Tuesday. The Austin-based trio of Melissa Carper, upright bass, Beth Chrisman, fiddle, and Jenn Miori, guitar, will entertain at 9 p.m. Natasha’s is at 112 Esplanade. Call (859) 259-2754  or go to Beetnik.com  or Carperfamilyband.com.

New chef

The Dish, 438 South Ashland Avenue, celebrated its fifth anniversary earlier this month with the return of the original chef, Jeremiah Bowman. “He is back from working for a year in Cincinnati and has a whole new arsenal of ideas and dishes to share with the foodies in Lexington,” owner Trish Tungate said. “We will be putting out some new late summer additions to our menu in the coming weeks.”

The Dish offers half-price bottles of wine with purchase of two dinner entrees on Wino Wednesday, and happy hour runs all night on Thursdays. Call (859) 317-8438  or go to Thedishlex.com.

Farmers market report

Bluegrass Farmers’ Market will have corn, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, green beans, potatoes, peppers, melons, berries, peaches, apples, lamb, goat, chicken, beef, pork, baked goods, herb seasoning, pimento and beer cheese, jams, eggs, and cut flowers. Go to Bluegrassfarmersmarket.org.

Winchester/Clark County Farmers Market will have sweet corn, tomatoes, green beans, peppers, squash, and melons. Home processors have pickles, relishes, jams and jellies, and fresh baked goodies. Kentucky Proud products include jerky, barbecue sauce, and salsa. Hours are 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday on Depot Street.

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