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Judges, people pick faves at Taste of Bluegrass

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

Special events

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


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

Farmers market reports

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

Gigi’s store offers cupcakes galore

It’s finally open: Gigi’s Cupcakes. The store at 2703 Richmond Road, next to ­Starbucks, makes such an array of cupcakes, you’ll be planning daily trips.
Ten to 12 flavors are ­offered each day. Friday’s choices include spumoni (cherry cake filled with chocolate ganache, with pistachio ­buttercream frosting), tiramisu (coffee- and Kahlúa-flavored cake filled with cream cheese, with coffee- and Kahlúa-flavored frosting), and “tiger tails” (yellow cake with raspberry filling, with ­buttercream frosting).
“Top hats” (devil’s food cake piled high with ­buttercream frosting and dipped in ­chocolate ganache) is one of the flavors each Thursday.
Cupcakes are $3 each, or $2.75 each by the dozen.
Gigi’s is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call (859) 269-4444or go to

Something Stinky
A new downtown Winchester restaurant could have been named Don’s Grill or Parsons’ Diner, but that wouldn’t have spoken to customers the same way that Stinky & Coco’s does.
Don Parsons chose to use the names of his cats for his diner at 1 North Main Street, at Main and Broadway.
Parsons, who managed ­restaurants in Chicago, ­followed a love to Winchester in 2008 and stayed. The spot is open 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Specialties include shrimp and grits, and scrambled omelets. Call (859) 744-8100.

Beer and food fest
Saul Good and Goose Island Beer are teaming up for a beer & food event. Lindsey Shafer from Goose Island will talk about the beer. The dinner, from 8 to 10 p.m. Jan. 27 is $30. Call (859) 273-4663.

Valentine’s at Varden’s
Varden’s Bistro, 509 Main Street in Paris, is celebrating Valentine’s Day with its first dinner in its new addition.
Executive Chef Matt ­Corbin’s menu features traditional Southern dishes combined with elements of continental cuisine. He buys Bourbon County beef and lamb, and seasonal ingredients from local vegetable producers.
The Valentine’s Eve dinner, 5 to 9 p.m. Feb. 13, is $50. Entrees for the four-course dinner include chicken and grit cakes, grilled filet mignon, pork roulade, and grilled scallops. Call (859) 987-4700 or go to

Tinker’s makes a move
Tinker’s Cake Shop has left the Nicholasville suburbs and moved to 317 West Maxwell Street, between Mill Street and Broadway in downtown ­Lexington. The new shop is open by appointment and ­specializes in wedding cakes and large party cakes. Call (859) 252-9636 or go to

Hanna’s helps Haiti
Beth Hanna, owner of Hanna’s on Lime, is helping the American Red Cross in its ­effort to help the people of Haiti. Hanna will donate 10 percent of the restaurant’s ­February receipts to the relief effort. This will include in-house dining and delivery, she said. Hanna’s is at 214 South Limestone. Call (859) 252-6264.

Spaghetti specials
The Julep Cup, 111 ­Woodland Avenue, is warming up customers with Monday night spaghetti dinner specials. There’s also live jazz from 8 to 10 p.m. Fridays in the lounge, and Ben Lacey and Bob Bryant will ­entertain Jan. 29. The kitchen closes at 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 p.m. ­Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday. Call (859) 226-0300 or go to

Sunday brunch at Max & Erma’s
Max & Erma’s, 1848 ­Alysheba Way in Hamburg Pavillion, is serving Sunday brunch from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The menu includes omelettes, eggs Benedict and French toast. The restaurant’s winter hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday and Monday, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Call (859) 543-8111.

Orchid Flower’s happy hour
Orchid Flower, 3090 Old Todds Road, now has happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m. ­Tuesday through Friday. ­Appetizers feature Indonesian-style chicken wings with homemade ­dipping sauces. Call (859) 543-1126 or go to