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Incredible Food Show promises to live up to its name

Chef Ouita Michel will be touting her Wallace Station bourbon mustard at the Incredible Food Show.

You can eat your way through the Incredible Food Show at Lexington Center on Saturday.
Samples of beer cheese, wine, chocolates, olive oil, honey, barbecue sauces, ­pasta and Italian ­sausages will be offered. Cooking ­demonstrations will feature Top Chef contestants Bryan and Michael Voltaggio and Sullivan University students.
Food vendors include ­Sunflower Sundries, ­Browning’s Country Hams, Applecreek Orchards, Chef Doug’s Gourmet Foods, Marlowe Granola, Trifecta Sauce and Stuarto’s Olive Oil.Chef Ouita Michel will be touting her Wallace Station bourbon mustard at the Incredible Food Show.

Restaurateur and chef Ouita Michel will introduce the first item in a new line of retail ­products at the food show. ­Michel will offer samples of ­Wallace Station bourbon ­mustard at the Kentucky Specialty Sauces booth from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The mustard was developed for Wallace Station’s reuben sandwich, and it’s served on hot dogs at Woodford Reserve ­Distillery; burgers at Windy Corner Market; and in barbecue sauce, vinaigrettes and as a sauce for rabbit and pork at Holly Hill Inn.
The mustard is $5.95 for a 9.8-ounce jar and is available at Windy Corner Market, 4595 Bryan Station Road in Lexington, and Wallace Station Deli and Bakery, 3854 Old Frankfort Pike, outside Midway. For mail order, call Kentucky Specialty Sauces at (859) 396-9568.

Openings and new menus

■ Kelly and Neal Harris, ­owners of Neal’s Smokebox BBQ on Polo Club ­Boulevard, are opening a second ­location. The Wagon Bones Grill opens at noon Saturday at 591 West Short Street. It serves barbecued pulled pork, sliced brisket, ribs and chicken, grilled corn, potato salad, cole slaw, and macaroni and cheese.
“We smoke our meats for hours and use a Memphis-style with the ­Western Kentucky spin dry rub to form a savory crust,” Kelly Harris said. “Then pull them by hand for the ideal mix of crusty, smoky tender and juicy meat from the inside out. Then we finish them with one of our homemade sauces: a tangy, semi-sweet barbecue sauce or our Western Kentucky dip sauce to complement the spicy rub and smoky meat.”
Call (859) 523-2400 or ­Smokebox BBQ at (859) 293 9300.
Saul Good Restaurant & Pub has added a Fall Fondue Festival to its menu for a limited time. Included are cheese and wine, Grand Marnier and dark chocolate, and white chocolate and raspberry fondues. Saul Good is at 3801 Mall Road in The Plaza at Fayette Mall and at 1808 Alysheba Way in Hamburg. Call (859) 317-9200 or go to
■ Bella Notte, 3715 ­Nicholasville Road, has a new fall menu. Included are crispy polenta, butternut squash soup, wood-roasted chicken, spice-grilled pork chop, autumn spice crème brulee, and pumpkin ricotta torte. Call (859) 245-1789 or go to


The Julep Cup, 111 ­Woodland Avenue, is serving prime rib and fresh Alaskan halibut this weekend. Call (859) 226-0300.

Farmers market report

Bluegrass Farmers’ ­Market will have heirloom beans, herb ­seasoning, pumpkins, squash, eggplant, garlic, baked goods and jams 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
Lexington Farmers Market is open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in Cheapside Park, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday on Southland Drive near Sav-a-Lot, and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at South Broadway and Maxwell Street.

Voltaggio brothers headline Ky. Proud Food Show

Fans of Bravo TV’s Top Chef are in for a double treat when brother chefs Michael and Bryan Voltaggio (Season 6 champion and runner-up) come to Lexington.
The brothers are the celebrity chefs at the Kentucky Proud Incredible Food Show and they will be cooking at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Oct. 8 at Lexington Center.
This is the third year for the food show and it will be a one-day event instead of two, Sheila Kenny, director of marketing for the Lexington Center, said.
Bryan Voltaggio is chef and partner at Volt in Frederick, Md. Michael Voltaggio will open his first signature restaurant, Ink, this year in Los Angeles. He was a finalist for the James Beard “Best New Restaurant” award in 2009.
The Incredible Food Show features product sampling, and cooking demonstrations and seminars. Tickets will go on sale Aug. 5. Go to


■ The Ashland-based Italian restaurant chain Giovanni’s has opened its 108th store in Nicholasville. John Goodyear and Brent Ferne  opened the store in March at 851 North Main Street. Giovanni’s serves pizzas, calzones, Italian sub sandwiches, baked spaghetti, and lasagna. The buffet is $5.99 at lunch and $6.99 for dinner.
Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Call (859) 885.1044.
Merrick Inn, 1074 Merrick Drive, is having a luau on Thursday to launch the opening of its new covered patio. The pig roast will feature sandwiches for $9.50 and plate dinners for $10.50 with slaw and baked beans. Hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Call (859) 269 5417.
Sarah’s Corner Cafe BBQ, 4300 Winchester Road, is celebrating its second anniversary during May. New menu items include smoked bologna, smoked turkey breast, and homemade ice cream. You can pick up a Boston butt bone for the dog for a donation to the Lexington Humane Society. Call (859) 309-1220.

New menu items

Barnes & Noble Booksellers now sells pizza at its cafe at the store in Hamburg at 1932 Pavilion Way. Classic pepperoni and four-cheese pizzas are 8-inches and cost $5.95. Call (859) 543-8518.

Special events

■ The Bluegrass Mystery Theatre presents “A Wedding To Die For” at two locations this month. The show and three-course meal at Equus Run Winery in Midway will be Friday. Wine tastings begin at 6:15 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $45. Call (859) 846-9463.cq
The show moves to My Old Kentucky dinner train in Bardstown on May 21. Tickets are $99.95 for adults, $59.95 for children and includes a four- course meal and two-hour train ride. Call (866) 801-3463.
Wingspan Gallery, 191 Jefferson Street, is planning an Italian menu for Thursday. Included are pasta with pancetta in a spicy tomato sauce, insalata caprese, sauteed chicken cutlets with baby artichokes, and tiramisu. Call (859) 225-5765.
Country Cookin’ by George, 1801 Alexandria Drive, is offering an all-you-care-to-eat weekend special. The lunch buffet is $7.45 and dinner is $9.95 and features BBQ ribs, frog legs, and coconut shrimp. Call (859) 276-0001.
■ The Urban Monday special at Nick Ryan’s, 157 Jefferson Street, is coconut beef curry and chicken marsala. Cost is $12 and includes soup or salad and a glass of one of the featured wines, La Puerta Torrontes or Darcie Kent pinot noir. Red beans and rice with smoked sausage is served at lunch and dinner on Mondays. Call (859) 233-7900.

Farmers Market report

■ The Bluegrass Farmers’ Market will have asparagus, lettuce, greens, rhubarb, carrots, onions, herb seasoning, jams, baked goods, honey, veggie plants and hanging baskets on Saturday. Hours are 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
■ The Lexington Farmers Market now is open on Tuesday and Thursday at the corenr of Broadway and Maxwell Street. Hours are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vendors have several varieties of strawberries, asparagus, local and Southern tomatoes, kale, chard, spinach, onions, salad greens, new cow’s milk cheeses from Boone Creek Creamery, beer cheeses and cheese spreads, pastries and artisan breads, fresh pasta, nut butters, beef, pork, chicken, bedding plants, fresh flowers and herbs, and hanging baskets.
The downtown Saturday market at Fifth Third Pavilion is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.


■ The telephone number for Brown’s Bakery’s new location is the same as the old spot: (859) 225-8400.  The bakery has moved to 1226 Versailles Road. The number was incorrect in last Friday’s Weekender.