Posts Tagged 'Bluegrass Farmers Market'

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.

Doughby’s on S. Broadway has calzones and crepes

Before students return to fall classes at the University of Kentucky, you might want to check out Doughby’s Calzones, Crepes & More, 561 South Broadway. Doughby’s serves 50 calzones, 26 crepes, wings, salads, and ice cream.

Calzones (chicken, pork, veggie, steak, and breakfast) are $6.85. Crepes (savory, veggie, and breakfast) are $6. Sweet crepes range from $3.50 (Nutella) to $5.75 (apples, strawberries, blueberries, bananas, vanilla cream). Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. Monday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 4 a.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday. Call (859) 523-0202  or go to Doughbys.com.   Limited delivery is available.

Events

The Village Idiot, 307 West Short Street, will celebrate its one year anniversary, through Sunday, by offering retired menu items from previous seasons. Cheesy poofs, roast beast, baked brie, the Angry Bird, and the black and blue salad will be on the menu. A new summer menu will be launched on Monday. Dinner is served at 5 p.m. daily, and weekend brunch at 11 a.m. Call (859) 252-0099  or go to Lexingtonvillageidiot.com.

Akielo Temple No 128 Daughters of the Nile will hold its annual corn boil from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at Oleika Shrine Temple, 326 Southland Drive. Cost is $8. Menu includes fresh corn on the cob, green beans, cole slaw, ham, corn bread, and dessert.

Specials

The weekend specials at The Grey Goose, 170 Jefferson Street, include Hawaiian pizza with pulled pork BBQ and pineapple, and honey ginger mahi-mahi with stir-fried peppers, sugar snap peas and shiitake mushrooms. Call (859) 233-1500.

Farmers market report

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

Winchester/Clark County Farmers Market will have Freestone peaches, blackberries, apples, and melons. Heirloom tomatoes include green zebra and Cherokee purple. Bean varieties include white half runners, greasy grits, blue lake, and Italian flat beans. Crafted items include All Star barbecue sauce and beef jerky; Firepit salsa; hand dyed wool; handmade jewelry; goats milk soap, shampoo, and lotions; Kentucky blended coffee; and baked goods. Hours are 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.

House Food & Wine joins South Lime lineup

The 200 block of South ­Limestone is home to ­several ­burgeoning ­businesses. The ­latest to open is House Food & Wine.
The restaurant opened this month in a restored circa 1900 house at 207 South Limestone. The menu is “upscale casual with modern American, Italian and international flavors, all in a budget-friendly and comfortable setting with an open kitchen,” partner David Jones said.
House specialties include panini sliders, burgers, pasta, entree salads and arepas, a Venezuelan corn cake filled with meat or cheese. Soup and dessert selections rotate daily, and the signature House dessert is a brownie with vanilla-bean ice cream.
Other managing partners are Isaac Kurs and Shawn Mitchell and his wife, Venezuela native Carolina, who is also the kitchen manager.
House is across the street from Jones and Kurs’ other venture, Soundbar.
Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Parking is available at 225 South Limestone. Call (859) 379-8207 or go to Housefoodandwine.com.

Openings

■ A new spot to enjoy breakfast and lunch in Paris is Thyme Café and Catering, 602 Main Street. Cathy Vance is the chef. The menu features Belgian waffles, quiches, omelets, hot Browns, Angus burgers, soups and salads. Hours are 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Call (859) 987-1488.

Special events

■ Wes Berry, author of The ­Kentucky Barbecue Book, will be a guest chef at Azur Restaurant at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Executive chef ­Jeremy Ashby has created a menu that ­represents some of Kentucky’s native regional barbecue styles. Dinner and a signed copy of Berry’s book are $55.95. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m.
The menu includes Western ­Kentucky slow smoked and pulled ­Boston butt with bourbon sauce, Daviess County-style sassafras smoked mutton and Monroe County-style pork steaks.
Azur is at 3070 Lakecrest Circle. Call (859) 296-1007 or go to ­Azurrestaurant.com.
Jonathan at Gratz Park, 120 West Second Street, is having a Southern-style pig roast at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. The cost is $25. Call (859) 252-4949 or go to Jagp.info.
■ The dinner/concert at Smith-Berry Winery on ­Saturday ­features the sounds of Nobody’s ­Bizness. The buffet menu includes grilled pork chops and grilled chicken breast. Tickets are $23.95 in advance. Call (502) 845-7091 or go to ­Smithberrywinery.com. The winery is at 855 Drennon Road in New Castle.

Announcements

Minton’s at 760, 760 North ­Limestone, will open seven days a week beginning July 1. Call (859) 948-1874 or go to Mintonsat760.com.
Furlongs, 130 West Tiverton Way, is flying in fresh crawfish and crabs for the Fourth of July celebration. The deadline to place an order is June 28. Call (859) 913-5611.
■ Weekly fish fries are back on Fridays at Addie’s Restaurant at The Woodford Inn, 140 Park Street in Versailles. The menu ­features hand-battered cod, shrimp, clams and calamari. There will be live music on the lawn from 7 to 11 p.m. Dinner service begins at 5. The regular dinner menu also is available. Call (859) 873-5600 or go to ­Thewoodfordinn.com.

Farmers market report

■ Maggie Green, author of The Kentucky Fresh Cookbook, will be at the Lexington Farmers Market at Cheapside Park on Saturday. She will sign copies of her book at the Homegrown Authors table from 9 a.m. to noon. Also at the table will be Eddie Price, author of the novel Widder’s Landing.
Bluegrass Farmers Market will have black raspberries, tomatoes, lettuce, squash, cucumbers, greens, cauliflower, broccoli, baked goods, herb seasoning, pimento and beer cheese, jams and eggs. Go to Bluegrassfarmersmarket.org.
Winchester Farmers Market is open from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday on Main Street in the parking lot of Blue Grass Museum. Market items include ­cucumbers, zucchini, green beans, turnips, green tomatoes, red and green lettuce, onions, green tomatoes, fresh ground or whole bean coffee, black ­raspberries, organic vegetables, fresh ground whole wheat bread, sweet rolls, free range eggs, herbs and fresh flowers. The market also is open 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday.

If you can eat a Triple D burger, it’s free at Anthony’s

If you’re in the mood for a simple, freshly made hamburger, you’ll want to try Anthony’s Fat Burgers. Anthony Adams opened the spot at 1539 Eastland Parkway on May 1. Several years back, Adams ran Anthony’s Coney Island at Third and Jefferson streets. “I got out of the business for a while, and now I’m back,” he said.
Adams also serves chili cheese dogs, fish sandwiches, Philly cheese steaks, ice cream, and milk shakes. If you can eat the three-pound Triple D burger, it’s free. Hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Call (859) 523-2311.

Closed

■ A reader stopped by El Chico Mexican Restaurant at Beaumont Centre last week and was surprised that it was closed. We checked with El Chico corporate office and spokesperson Ellen Courtney said the store closed in January. “The decision to close the Lexington El Chico was a difficult one. El Chico hopes to return to Lexington one day,” she said. Go to Elchico.com.

Memorial Day specials

Alfalfa Restaurant, 141 East Main Street, will be serve a holiday brunch from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday. Featured will be a farmers market omelette made with ingredients available at Saturday’s market. Call (859) 253-0014 or go to Alfalfarestaurant.com.
Staxx BBQ will celebrate Memorial Day weekend with a holiday special Friday through Sunday. When you buy five pounds of pork, chicken, turkey, sausage and/or brisket, you’ll receive four free quarts of sides (baked beans, cole slaw, potato salad, green beans, macaroni and cheese). Staxx is at 11 Carson Place in Frankfort. Call (502) 352-2515 or go to Staxxbbq.com.
The Grey Goose, 170 Jefferson Street, will have specials for the holiday weekend. Included are bruschetta pizza with an olive oil and garlic base, and the entrée special is sauteed mussels with a white wine butter sauce. Call (859) 233-1500.

 

 Special events

Equus Run Vineyards, 1280 Moores Mill Road in Midway, observes its 15th anniversary with an open house from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. Featured music includes the University of Kentucky’s Steel Drum Band and Keith Hubbard and the Hubcats. Call (859) 846-9463 or go to Equusrunvineyards.com.
The Beer Trappe, 811 Euclid Avenue, is celebrating its third anniversary Saturday through May 31. The kick-off party is at 2 p.m. Saturday. The craft beer store will tap three to four special kegs every night during the week. Included are: Avery Tweak; Bell’s Bourbon Barrel Batch 9,000; J.W. Lees Harvest 2011; and West 6th English IPA. Call (859) 309-0911 or go to Thebeertrappe.com.
■ Country singer/songwriter Shelly Rann will perform at Natasha’s Bistro at 8 p.m. Sunday, Rann, who lives in Nashville, is a Lexington native who has shared the stage with country stars Vince Gill, Trace Adkins, and Alabama. Cover charge is $10. Natasha’s is at 112 Esplanade. Call (859) 259-2754.

Farmers market report

■ Shelley Johnson, owner of Shelley’s Hand-Picked Asparagus, has a bountiful crop of asparagus this spring. “I’m picking 40 to 60 pounds daily,” she said. Although Johnson isn’t certified organic, she uses no chemicals or pesticides on the asparagus. Varieties are purple passion and Jersey knights and cost is $5 a pound. The farm stand is 9 miles from New Circle Road on Old Frankfort Pike at Hedden Road. Hours are 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call (859) 619-4996.
Bluegrass Farmers’ Market will have strawberries, lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, baked goods, jams, herb seasoning, beer cheese, lamb, goat, veal, beef, pork, chicken, and eggs on Saturday. The market is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 3450 Richmond Road, in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs. Go to Bluegrassfarmersmarket.org.
Lexington Farmers’ Market now is open from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday on the University of Kentucky campus at Alumni and University drives. Included are local strawberries, lettuces, spinach, asparagus, green onions, green garlic, cheeses, eggs, honey, baked goods, flowers, meats, granola, oils and vinegars, and prepared foods. Markets also are open at Cheapside Park on Saturday, Broadway and Maxwell Street on Tuesday and Thursday, and Southland Drive on Sunday. Go to Lexingtonfarmersmarket.com.

The Jax joins Short Street entertainment district

The Jax is Lexington’s newest downtown restaurant to join Short Street’s entertainment district.
Owner Aimee Lovitz said the name originated from fond childhood memories of playing jacks with her grandmother. “With jacks, anyplace can become your playground,” Lovitz said.
The restaurant, lounge, and late night and events venue will feature “globally inspired, locally infused cuisine, cocktails and culture,” Lovitz said. Her brother, Brad, is general manager and Natalie Blake, a season nine contestant on Fox Hell’s Kitchen, is executive chef. Aimee Lovitz consulted with Wild Thyme owner Allison Davis to create a menu of dishes sourced with fresh, local ingredients.
Jax is at 101 West Short Street, at the corner of North Limestone and Short Street. Hours are 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday. Call (859) 721-2339.

Announcements

■ Fresh asparagus from Greenwood Farm in Versailles is on the menu at Ramsey’s Diners. Locations are 496 East High Street, 4053 Tates Creek Centre, 3090 Helmsdale Drive, and 4391 Harrodsburg Road. Go to Ramseysdiners.com.
Gold Star Chili, 350 Foreman Avenue, has reopened and offers an expanded menu that includes gourmet burgers and chicken sandwiches. The store will celebrate its re-opening with Customer Appreciation Day on June 5, offering Gold Star Chili’s signature 3-ways for $3. Call (859) 317-9240. Go to Goldstarchili.com.
■ Construction workers are at Parkette Drive-In but they’re not there for the Poor Boys. The crew is building a cover for the back patio and installing six garage doors around it. “The decor is going to be a retro ‘50s garage,” co-owner Randy Kaplan said. “With the addition, we’ll add more than 90 seats.” The remodeling should be completed by the end of June. Parkette is at 1230 East New Circle Road. Call (859) 254-8723 or go to Theparkette.com.

 Events

■ The seventh annual Kentucky Ale Brew-Off will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Lexington Brewing and Distilling Company, 401 Cross Street. Home brewers will be brewing their craft on site as part of the Lexington Craft Beer Week celebration.
The winning brew will be scaled up to a single, commercial-sized batch by Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and sold on draft locally. The winner will also have his or her batch entered into the 2013 Pro-Am Competition at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver.
■ Chef Chris Eliopoulos is preparing an Ionian menu for Saturday’s monthly Greek dinner at Panagia Pantovasilissa Greek Orthodox Church, 920 Tates Creek Road. The dinner, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., features a choice of chicken in orange glaze, tilapia in spinach, or pork loin. Cost is $12. Call (859) 266-1921 or go to GreekDinner.com.
Staxx BBQ, 11 Carson Place in Frankfort, is celebrating its second anniversary with specials on Friday. Guests can buy any sandwich combo and receive a sandwich combo free from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; buy a pound of pork and receive a pound of pork free from 2 to 5 p.m.; and buy two racks of ribs and receive a rack of ribs free from 5 to 9 p.m. Call (502) 352-2515 or go to Staxxbbq.com.

Farmers market report

Bluegrass Farmers’ Market will have spring greens, asparagus, lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, baked goods, jams, herb seasoning, beer cheese, lamb, goat, veal, beef, pork, eggs, soaps, veggie plants on Saturday. 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. Go to Bluegrassfarmersmarket.org.
■ The farmers market at Azur Restaurant in Beaumont Centre is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Call (859) 296-1007 or go to Azurrestaurant.com.
■ Lexington Farmers Market vendors will have lettuce, spinach, asparagus, arugula, kale, collards, sweet potatoes, and green garlic. Go to Lexingtonfarmersmarket.com for locations.

Giada inspires Nat Yuttayong’s weekend dishes

Food Network celebrity Giada De Laurentiis’ recent trip to Thailand has inspired Nat Yuttayong to create some special dishes for this weekend at Nat’s Thai Restaurant.
Yuttayong, chef/owner of the restaurant at 111 South Upper Street, read about De Laurentiis’ trip in the May issue of Food Network Magazine.
“She discovered that authentic Thai food is nothing like American Thai food,” Yuttayong said. “The dinners are spicier, the sweets are sweeter. She was inspired by the bold flavors of the country’s signature ingredients: kaffir lime, ginger and Thai chiles.”
He is serving De Laurentiis’ recipes for shrimp and vegetable yellow curry; turkey larb, or lettuce wraps; and spicy mint beef. Call (859) 433-0197. Also, Nat’s patio is now open.

Openings

■ A new frozen yogurt store, Yogli Mogli, is open at 457 Keene Centre Drive in Nicholasville, near Copper River Grill. It offers 16 flavors that are fat-free, low-fat, or no-sugar-added. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Go to Yoglimogli.com.

Cinco de Mayo celebrations

Cinco de Mayo is Sunday. Area restaurants’ events include:
Durango’s, 2121 Richmond  Road, will serve special fajitas and margaritas on Sunday. Beef or chicken fajitas for two are $15.95. Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Call (859) 268-0723.
■ The Grey Goose will party in Mexico style at all locations on Sunday. The menus include Mexican pizza with a chipotle marinara base topped by mozzarella and steak. Locations are 133 East Main Street in Midway, (859) 846-9933; 170 Jefferson Street in Lexington, (859) 233-1500; and 509 Main Street in Paris, (859) 987-4700.
Good Foods Market & Café, 455 Southland Drive, will serve a buffet featuring authentic Mexican entrees on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The cost is $7.99 per pound. Call (859) 278-1813 or go to Goodfoods.coop.
Old Chicago Pizza, 1924 Pavilion Way, is having a Cinco de Mayo mini tour featuring eight Mexican beers. The special ends Sunday. Call (859) 977-4640 or go to Oldchicago.com.

New menus

■ Gluten-free menus, including sandwiches, are now available at all of Chef Ouita Michel’s restaurants.
“We’ve always accommodated dietary restrictions, including gluten-free requests, at Holly Hill Inn, our fine dining restaurant,” Michel said. “So to help our guests at Windy Corner Market, Wallace Station and our Midway School Bakery who ask about gluten-free options, we evaluated our menus and created special menus that list gluten-free entrees, side dishes and desserts.”
The breads are made at Midway School Bakery, which began the gluten-free menu project. Head pastry chef and manager Carrie Warmbier has created a gluten-free soft bread that’s particularly good in grilled sandwiches. The bakery is at 510 South Winter Street. Call (859) 846-4336 or go to Midwayschoolbakery.com.
Michels restaurants are Holly Hill Inn, 426 North Winter Street, Midway, (859) 846-4732, Hollyhillinn.com; Wallace Station, 3854 Old Frankfort Pike, Versailles, (859) 846-5161, Wallacestation.com; and Windy Corner, 4595 Bryan Station Road, Lexington, (859) 294-9338, Windycornermarket.com.
Greentree Tearoom, 521 West Short Street, is featuring the flavors of spring on its May menu. Included are strawberry soup, cream scones, a luncheon hot Brown, cucumber dill and shrimp tea sandwiches, dark chocolate mousse, French wafers, and coconut cupcakes. Call (859) 455-9660 or go to Greentreetearoom.com.
Casanova Italian Restaurant, 855 South Broadway, has a new menu for spring. Featured are spaghetti pizzaiola, penne alla Siciliana and baccala (salted cod) napoletana. Call (859) -309-3313 or go to Casanovaky.com.
■ The weekend menu and entertainment at Natasha’s Bistro, 112 Esplanade, has a Cuban theme. The menu includes baked salmon served with hearts of palm. Peruvian singer Carlos Flores will perform. Call (859) 259-2754 or go to Beetnik.com.

Special event

Wines on Vine, 400 Old Vine Street, will have a German riesling wine tasting 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Call (859) 243-0017.

Farmers market report

Bluegrass Farmers’ Market will have spring greens, asparagus, lettuce, cucumbers, baked goods, jams, herb seasoning, lamb, goat, veal, beef, pork, eggs, soaps, and vegetable plants. It’s open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 3450 Richmond Road, in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs. Go to Bluegrassfarmersmarket.org.

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