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Azur owners open Cuban restaurant on Lane Allen Road

The chefs and ­owners of Azur Restaurant are branching out to offer Central Kentuckians a taste of Cuba. Their Brasabana ­Cuban Cuisine opened Sunday at 841 Lane Allen Road, the space in Commonwealth Plaza formerly occupied by Friends and Co.
Azur Food Group executive chef ­Jeremy Ashby and co-owner Miguel Rivas, who is from the Dominican Republic, offer a Cuban/Latin menu at Brasabana, which “emphasizes the growing desire of Cuban cuisine with an ‘island’ flair — a movement that is exposing and meeting the needs of a growing Latin influence in this region, media consultant Sylvia Lovely said.
The restaurant is decorated with art from local artists, and the opening exhibit is by Enrique Gonzalez, who recently spent some time in Cuba.
“We decided this is a great way to pay tribute to local artists, many of whom come from Latin American backgrounds,” Lovely said. “In the future, we will curate other artists with a similar interest in Latin culture.”
Menu specialties include papas rellenas, a crispy, beef picadillo meat-stuffed mashed potato ball with chipotle aioli dipping sauce; pork Havana nueva, slow-roasted pork cooked in a garlic citrus marinade served with congris, a fried yucca avocado salad; and ropa vieja, a slow-cooked shredded beef stew with tomatoes, peppers and onions served with black beans, rice, and crispy green plantain tostones.
Brasabana is open 5 to 11 p.m. daily. Call (859) 303-5573 or go to Brasabana.com.

New menus

■ The hand-crafted cocktail bar The Blue Heron is now a dining destination with steakhouse classics. The menu features charbroiled filet of beef tenderloin; New York strip (charbroiled, blackened or au poivre); fried chicken; slow-roasted prime rib; and double-thick cut pork chop with pear marsala glaze. Appetizers and small plates include Virginia oysters on the half-shell with horseradish mignonette; hand-cut fries with malt vinegar aioli and black truffle salt; and baked brie with fig preserves.
The Blue Heron, part of the Grey Goose family of restaurants, is at 185 Jefferson Street. Call (859) 254-2491. The bar opens at 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and the kitchen serves from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
■ The January menu at ­Greentree Tearoom features corn chowder, ­pineapple scone, pasta de’Medici, celery boats with olive nut, curried egg salad and chicken salad tea sandwiches, and Italian cream cupcakes. The tearoom is at 521 West Short Street. Call (859) 455-9660 or go to Greentreetearoom.com.

Specials

Saul Good Restaurant & Pub is celebrating birthdays in 2014. When you dine at any of the Saul Good restaurants on your birthday, you’ll receive a percentage off equal to your age. Turning 40? Get 40 percent off your meal. The older you get, the more you save. The restaurants are at 1808 Alysheba Way, (859) 317-9200; 3801 Mall Road, (859) 273-4663; and 123 North Broadway, (859) 252-4663. Go to Saulgoodpub.com.
Doodles Breakfast and Lunch, 262 North Limestone, is featuring a special “Resolutions Menu” with health-inspired dishes throughout January. Call (859) 317-8507 or go to Doodlesrestaurant.com.
Holly Hill Inn’s dinner club series, “Around the World in 80 Days,” ­follows the travels of author Jules Verne’s character Phileas Fogg via chef Ouita Michel’s menus.
On Friday and Saturday, the theme is a Victorian Christmas in London, and the menu features roasted Christmas goose.
Here are dates and themes for the winter series: Jan. 9-11, Paris; Jan. 16-18, Italy from tip to boot; Jan. 23-25, sailing the Horn of Africa: Ethiopia; Jan. 30-Feb. 1, India; Feb. 6-8, Indonesia with guest chef Brigitte Nguyen; Feb. 13-15, Valentine’s aphrodisiac menu; Feb. 16, sweetheart brunch; Feb. 20-22, China; Feb. 27-March 1, Japan; March 6-8, Omaha prime beef; March 13-15, Ireland; March 16, St. Patrick’s Day brunch; March 20-22, London in 2014.
Holly Hill Inn is at 426 North Winter Street in Midway. Call (859) 846-4732 or go to Hollyhillinn.com.

A smaller version of Casanova is open downtown

Leo Capezzuto closed his Italian restaurant on South Broadway on July 31 because the building, which once housed The Coach House, was being torn down. While looking for another location, Capezzuto decided to open a small Italian café on Main Street. “Just to not get rusty,” he said. Casanova Café, on the ground level of Festival Market at 325 West Main Street, serves bow tie chicken pesto, lasagna Bolognese, Mediterranean salad, cheese steak sandwich, and Italian wedding soup. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call (859) 252-7777.

Now there’s only one JK’s Cafe

Greg and Alice Keller have sold JK’s Café in downtown Winchester to concentrate on their other location at Forest Grove Grocery.
“The Forest Grove location is a 50-seat restaurant which has been open for a year this month,” Greg Keller said. “It serves a full breakfast menu with meat and eggs, sausage gravy and biscuits, country ham biscuits, breakfast hot Browns, and quiche.” The lunch menu features chicken salad, beer cheese burgers, hot Brown, soup beans and corn bread, and meatloaf subs.
JK’s Café at Forest Grove Grocery is at 4636 Old Boonesboro Road in Clark County. Hours are 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Call (859) 744-4444.

Events

WineStyles of Lexington, 2535 Nicholasville Road, is introducing the new vintage of  “The Prisoner” at a Prisoner Release Party from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday.
“Most wine drinkers know of Dave Phinney, a hot winemaker who makes very interesting wines from vineyards all over the world, and his labels are very creative and slightly edgy. He is probably best known for ‘The Prisoner,’ a red blend from California.  He always releases the new vintage of ‘The Prisoner’ on Halloween,” owner Jim Taylor said. The store will also pour Blindford (a white blend) and Bayonette (a red blend from France).  Cost is  $10 for a flight of all three wines.
Call (859) 278- 9463.
Wines on Vine, 400 Old Vine Street, is having a holiday wine trade tasting on Monday. Wine from eight distributors will be sampled. Cost is $10. Call  (859) 243-0017.
Centenary United Methodist Women is having an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. The menu features pancakes, sausage, and biscuits and gravy. Cost is $5. Gluten-free pancakes are $4.  The church is at 2800 Tates Creek Road. Call Pat Burton at (859) 223-2946.

New on the menu

■ Nat Yuttayong, owner of Nat’s Thai restaurant, 111 South Upper Street, is preparing stir-fry venison tenderloin, with red curry paste and basil, on Friday. “It is the most tender meat I have ever cooked,” Yuttayong said. Call  (859) 433-0197.
Greentree Tearoom, 521 West Short Street, is serving a hearty menu for November. Included are lobster bisque; sweet potato scone;   turkey and berry pilaf in filo; basil mashed potatoes, curried egg salad, brown sugar cupcakes, and citrus spice panna cotta. Call (859) 455-9660  or go to Greentreetearoom.com.
Fazoli’s is forming its first partnership with Ghirardelli Chocolate Company, and participating Fazoli’s locations are serving pumpkin swirl cheesecake. It’s New York Style cheesecake, swirled with pumpkin, and topped with Ghirardelli caramel sauce. Cost is $1.99.  The special runs through Jan. 5. For locations, go to Fazolis.com.

Awards

■ Visitors at the Kentucky Proud Incredible Food Show last weekend, voted for their favorite food items.  Here are the winners:
Overall winner in the sweet category is Crigger Farm, and Willa’s Shortbread received honorable mention. In the savory category, the winner is Single Barrel Sauce Company, and Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheese, received honorable mention. The People’s Choice award went to Red State BBQ.  Winners of the best booth display are La Petite Sucre and The Weekly Juicery.

Farmers market report

Lexington Farmers’ Market is still open on Tuesdays and Thursdays at South Broadway and Maxwell Street, and on Saturdays in Cheapside Park.  Products include broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, potatoes, garlic, dried beans, spinach, lettuce, winter squash, pie pumpkins, eggs, honey, beef, chicken, lamb, goat, and pastured turkeys, which can still be pre-ordered in time for Thanksgiving.  Go to Lexingtonfarmersmarket.com.

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.

New restaurants open: First Watch in Lexington, Cattleman’s in Mt. Sterling

First Watch Daytime Cafe’s second Lexington location gives breakfast and brunch fans another option for early morning fare.
Lexington’s First Watch opened in September at 3071 Richmond Road, and the new one is at 1080 South Broadway. The menu features pancakes, omelets, salads, sandwiches, and crepes. Hours are 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Go to Firstwatch.com.

■ A new location for Cattleman’s Roadhouse is open in Mt. Sterling. Cattleman’s Roadhouse is a locally owned, Kentucky Proud restaurant with locations in Frankfort, Shelbyville, Louisville, and Shepherdsville. The restaurant serves Creekstone Farms premium Black Angus beef from Kansas. The company is originally from Campellsville. Also on the menu are grilled chicken, country fried steak, grilled salmon, and unlimited salad bar. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Cattleman’s is at 304 Silver Lake Drive, off I-64 at Exit 110. Call (859) 520-3021  or go to Cattlemansroadhouse.com.

Announcements

■ Edward J. Valente, executive chef at the Club at Spindletop Hall, might have a clue to America’s next food trend. Valente’s recipe for country ham and pimento cheese arancini with roasted red pepper aioli, is a finalist in the Next Top Product contest sponsored by US Foods. Arancini is a breaded and fried rice ball originating in Sicily.
Valente will move on to the next round of judging, a head-to-head cook off at the World Food Championships in Las Vegas, if his recipe is one of the top eight vote getters on the US Foods website. Go to USfoods.com/NTP and vote for his recipe, listed under Midwest region.
Greentree Tearoom’s menu for September features: carrot and ginger soup, apple-walnut scone, artichoke and Swiss quiche, herbed tomatoes in phyllo cups, Italian chicken salad, cucumber-shrimp tea sandwiches, chocolate dipped apricots, and bananas Foster Pettit. Greentree is at 521 West Short Street. Call (859) 455-9660 or go to Greentreetearoom.com.
Bakery Blessings & Bookstore @ the Bar, 1999 Harrodsburg Road, opens at 10 a.m. on Saturdays serving fresh, from scratch, yeast glazed doughnuts. To order one or more dozen, call (859) 554-6044 by Thursday.

Wine event

Grimes Mill Winery is celebrating “The Dog Days of Summer” on Saturday. Guests can bring their “friendly/well-behaved dogs” to the event that will be from 1 to 4 p.m. at the winery, 6707 Grimes Mill Road. Call (859) 543-9691 or go to Grimesmillwinery.com.

Farmers market report

Bluegrass Farmers Market is celebrating Back-To-School Day on Saturday. A limited supply of lunch tote bags will be given away at each market. Farmers 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, and eggs. Go to Bluegrassfarmersmarket.org.
Winchester/Clark County Farmers Market is open from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday on Depot Street. Farmers will have mild and hot peppers, squash, corn, beans, watermelon, berries, and apples. Prepared foods such as fried pies, fresh baked breads, and sweet rolls, are available on Saturday.

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.

Winchester holding Wine About Winter on Feb. 7

There’s no reason to whine about winter when you can enjoy the cold weather sipping wine in Winchester on Feb. 7.
At the annual Wine About Winter event, downtown ­merchants will serve appetizers and wines from local vineyards — Lover’s Leap, CCC Trail, Harkness ­Edwards, Rose Hill Farm, Generation Hill, ­Wildside, McIntyre’s, Acres of Land and First Vineyard.
Merchants along Main and Court streets are ­participating. Hours are 5 to 8 p.m.

Special events

■ Super Bowl fans can watch the game at Rossi’s Restaurant on Sunday and enjoy food and drink specials. The restaurant, at 1060 Chinoe Road, has three big-screen TVs in the bar, and there will be seating in the main dining room. Call (859) 335-8788 or go to
Rossis-restaurant.com.
Winchell’s, 348 Southland Drive, will serve San Francisco- and Baltimore-themed food specials Sunday for Super Bowl fans. Included are cioppino, crab cakes and soft-shell crab po’ boys. Call (859) 278-9424.
■ If you have dinner or drinks at Sabio at Dudley Square before University of Kentucky basketball games, you can park free and walk to Rupp Arena.
Sabio’s Detention Bar has some new things happening. On Sunday, it’s ­service industry night; Monday, ­bourbon night and all-you-can-eat chicken “lollipops”; Tuesday, half-price bottles of selected wines; Wednesday, half-price house martinis; and Thursday, $4 margaritas.
Sabio is at 380 South Mill Street. Call (859) 368-9901 or go to Sabiodudleysquare.com.

New menus

Addie’s at The Woodford Inn, 140 Park Street in Versailles, has a new mid-winter menu that includes pork chops with Dijon garlic sauce, barbecue bourbon burgers, shrimp and grits, and bourbon maple salmon. Call (859) 873-5600 or go to Thewoodfordinn.com.
■ The February menu for Greentree Tearoom reflects a Valentine’s Day theme. It includes mushroom soup with sherry, a white chocolate scone with cherry curd, French radish tea sandwiches, and ­Amaretto bread pudding. Greentree is at 521 West Short Street. Call (859) 455-9660 or go to Greentreetearoom.com.

Valentine’s Day dinners

The Dish, 438 South Ashland Avenue, will serve a four-course prix fixe menu for $50 on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14. A wine flight paired with each course is an additional $24. On Feb. 15 and 16, a three-course dinner is $42, with an optional wine flight for $21. Call (859) 317-8438 or go to Thedishlex.com.
Georgia’s Kitchen, 900 North Broadway, serves only lunch during the winter but will open for dinner on Valentine’s Day. The menu, prepared by Chef Patrick Wilhoit, will be served 4 to 9 p.m. and will include duck a l’orange balsamico, pan-seared seabass and osso buco. Call (859) 252-6837 or go to Georgiaskitchen.com.
Jean Farris Winery & Bistro, 6825 Old Richmond Road, is accepting ­reservations for Valentine’s Day; tables are assigned when reservations are made. A prix fixe menu will be served Feb. 14 to 17. Jean Farris has a new winter menu that includes braised lamb, truffle-crusted cod, lobster, quail and oysters. Call (859) 263-9463 or go to Jeanfarris.com.
Woodford Reserve Distillery is ­offering a lantern tour with its Valentine’s dinner 5:30 to 9 p.m. Feb. 14 and 15. The cost is $50. Entree choices are pan-seared sea scallops, pork mole poblano, and Stonecross pork belly braised in mole sauce. The distillery is at 7855 McCracken Pike in Versailles. Call (859) 879-1953 or go to Woodfordreserve.com.

Nat Yuttayong opens Nat’s Thai downtown

Nat Yuttayong has opened a new Thai restaurant downtown at 111 South Upper Street, next to McCarthy’s Irish Bar. Nat’s menu is small but has “authentic true taste of Thai.”
Yuttayong, who recently returned from a trip to Thailand, said, “I have rediscovered the true authentic Thai food again. After many years in the U.S., we all had forgot the real taste of Thai food.”
Yuttayong grew up working with his aunt at Siam Thai restaurant. In 1989, the family opened Bangkok House, and after it was sold, opened Taste of Thai. He most recently worked with his cousin at Mai Thai Restaurant on Tiverton Way.
Yuttayong said the menu will feature “the fresh pad Thai noodle just like back home.” Other menu items include spicy beef and pork salad,  shrimp herb and spice, and fried chicken wings with herb. Curry specials are served on Tuesday and Thursday. Hours are noon to midnight Monday through Thursday, and noon to 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Call (859) 433-0197.

Special events

Holly Hill Inn, 426 North Winter Street in Midway, is taking diners on a trip around the world at its Winter Dinner Club series. The dinner menus are inspired by Jules Verne’s novel, Around the World in 80 Days.
On Friday and Saturday, the culinary tour begins with a contemporary British menu, then for the next few weekends, the menu will reflect stops along adventurer Phileas Fogg’s travels. Specially paired wine flight and cocktail specials will be featured throughout the dinner series. Cost is $40. Call (859) 846-4732 or go to Hollyhillinn.com for other dates and menus.
Beginning Friday, Holly Hill’s winter hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 5:30 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.
■ Midway Christian Church is celebrating the annual Feast of the Epiphany at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Piper Dining Hall on the Midway College campus. A medieval menu will be prepared by Ouita Michel and her staff at the Holly Hill Inn.
The feast will begin with the traditional parade of the boar’s head, led by bagpiper Malcolm McGregor. The buffet will feature the roast hog stuffed with sausages; saffron rice pilaf; carrot pudding with currants and dates; sweet-and-sour cabbage and lentils; salad of lettuces, fennel, mint, parsley, flowers and egg; king cake; and poached pears. Entertainment will be provided by Muzik, a medieval music group that plays authentic replicas of ancient instruments.
Cost is $30, $15 for ages 11 to 18, and children age 10 and under are admitted free. Call Midway Christian Church at (859) 846-4102 or go to Midwaychristian.org. Midway College is at 512 East Stephens Street in Midway.
■ Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill doesn’t let its activities falter during cold weather. The cozy Winter Kitchen is open for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and for dinner from 5 to 8:30 p.m. through Feb. 10. The winter kitchen is in the West Family Dwelling cellar and offers fireside dining.
Shaker Village is at 3501 Lexington Road, Harrodsburg. Call 1-800- 734-5611, Ext. 360, or go to Shakervillageky.org.

Etc.

■  Doodles Breakfast and Lunch, 262 North Limestone, will reopen on Saturday after its Christmas break. Weekend brunch hours are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call (859) 317-8507 or go to Doodlesrestaurant.com.
Greentree Tearoom, 521 West Short Street, has planned a cozy tea menu for January. Included are corn chowder; orange scone with orange curd; quiche Lorraine; olive nut in celery sticks; chicken salad and carrot round tea sandwiches; dark hot chocolate; and Italian cream cupcakes. Luncheon tea is served at noon Wednesday through Saturday, and at 3 p.m. Saturday. Call (859) 455-9660 or go to Greentreetearoom.com.

Jackson’s in Richmond has homey menu

When Sean Jackson of Richmond found out that the space where Opal’s Restaurant had been was for sale, he knew it would be an ideal spot for his own restaurant. After working for Outback Restaurant for 13 years, he has opened Jackson’s Restaurant at 203 South Third Street in Richmond.
He says he wanted to serve a homestyle menu, and the restaurant has a food bar of homey favorites that change daily. Offerings include country-fried steak, meatloaf, pork chops, catfish, fried chicken, chicken and dumplings, salmon patties, green beans, mashed potatoes, mixed greens, broccoli casserole, and macaroni and cheese. The cost for meat and three sides is $5.99.
The breakfast specialty, served all day, is the country breakfast, which includes eggs, pancakes, meat, potatoes, biscuit, gravy and apples, for $7.99. Burgers, sandwiches and salads also are on the menu. Desserts include chocolate, butterscotch and coconut cream pies, and homemade cakes.
Jackson’s is open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Call (859) 623-2090.

Panda Express drive-through
■ Chinese restaurants are noted for their fast, hot food, but what’s even quicker is one with a drive-through lane. Panda Express, 2433 Nicholasville Road, at Dennis Drive, offers indoor dining as well as drive-through with a full menu. Specialties include kung pao chicken, string bean chicken breast, Beijing beef, Shanghai Angus steak, honey walnut shrimp, and eggplant tofu. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily. Call (859) 389-6761 or go to Pandaexpress.com.

Special events

Moveable Feast Lexington is having its annual “Cause for Pie” fund-raiser through Nov. 12. If you buy an apple, blueberry, cherry or pumpkin pie for the holidays ($20 frozen, $25 freshly baked), the proceeds will be used to deliver nutritious, home-cooked meals to critically ill people in Lexington. Pies can be picked up at the Moveable Feast office, 474 Silver Maple Way, on Nov. 20 and 21. Call (859) 252-2867.
■ Blue Grass Community Foundation and Smiley Pete Publishing are presenting the GoodGiving Guide Challenge, an online giving campaign to benefit 68 local non-profit groups. In conjunction with the program, West Sixth Brewing has created a special beer. “Pay it Forward Porter” will be offered during November at the brewery, 501 West Sixth Street. Call (859) 951-6006  or go to Goodgivingguide.net.

Announcements

Brontë Express coffee kiosk now is open at Joseph-Beth Booksellers at The Mall at Lexington Green. It offers freshly baked pastries, grab-and-go food and drink, and coffee and espresso drinks. Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Call (859) 271-5330 or go to Josephbeth.com.
■ Winners of the first International Chef Showcase are Jeremy Ashby, co-owner and executive chef of Azur Restaurant and Patio in Lexington, and his international chef partner for the competition, Petr Elias, executive chef of Hotel Villa in the Czech Republic.
Eight chefs representing Ireland, Italy, Argentina, Spain, France, Peru, Brazil and the Czech Republic were paired with eight chefs from the Bluegrass for the challenge at eight local restaurants.
Georgia’s Kitchen, 900 North Broadway, opened in February and has already expanded its dining room to add an additional 40 seats. Stop by for a look on Friday and be entertained by The Swells starting at 7 p.m. Call (859) 252-6837 or go to Georgiaskitchencafe.com.
Greentree Tearoom, 521 West Short Street, is serving a hearty menu for November. Included are: lobster bisque, sweet potato scone, chicken croquettes with basil mashed potatoes, citrus spice panna cotta, and brown sugar cupcakes with caramel frosting. Luncheon tea is served at noon Wednesday through Saturday. Call (859) 455-9660 or go to Greentreetearoom.com.

New menus

■ Stone crabs from Florida have arrived at Lexington Seafood Co., 867 East High Street. “I have a great contact in Florida, and the stone crabs so far have been the best in a couple of years,” owner Mike Yessin said. Call (859) 266-8888 or go to Lexseafood.com.
Ted’s Montana Grill, 2304 Sir Barton Way, has a new seasonal dessert: apple berry crisp. Featuring Granny Smith apples and a blend of strawberries, red raspberries, blackberries and blueberries, the dessert is baked in a caramel sauce, topped with a crispy oatmeal pecan crust, and served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Call (859) 263-5228 or go to Tedsmontanagrill.com.

Farmers market report

Lexington Farmers Market will be open three days a week through November: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at South Broadway and Maxwell Street; and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays at Fifth Third Bank Pavilion in Cheapside Park. Seasonal items include broccoli, cauliflower, rhubarb, potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, radishes, winter squash, pie pumpkins, kale, honey, cheese, tomato sauces, beef, chicken, lamb and turkeys. Go to Lexingtonfarmersmarket.com.

Restaurants announce new menu items

■ The chefs at Greentree Tearoom have planned their August menu around what’s available at farmers markets. Here’s the menu: chilled cantaloupe soup, asiago scone with herbed cream cheese and green tomato chutney, baked pear with blue cheese, ­poppyseed egg salad and French ­radish tea sandwiches, ginger chocolate truffles, strawberry cupcakes and Key lime ­custards. ­Greentree is at 521 West Short Street. Call (859) 455-9660 or go to ­Greentreetearoom.com.
Ramsey’s Diners’ owner Rob Ramsey says that despite the ­national drought, “our local corn from ­Shelbyville is as good of quality as we have had in years. Tomatoes are ­excellent as well.” Ramsey’s serves fresh produce specials throughout the season. Go to Ramseysdiners.com for restaurant locations.
Rossi’s Restaurant, 1060 Chinoe Road, has added items to its ­dinner menu: Dijon-crusted lamb chops, ­chicken minis, and po’boys. You can enjoy the new items on Rossi’s patio, which has plenty of shade. Call (859) 335-8788 or go to Rossis-restaurant.com.
City Barbeque, 3292 Richmond Road, is celebrating all things pork Aug. 6 to 12 with discounted menu items. Specials include a half-pound pulled pork sandwich, $4.99; pulled pork lunch sandwich, $3.50; 1 pound of pork, $9.99; and a bone-in whole pork ­shoulder, $7.99 a pound. Call (859) 317-4430 or go to Citybbq.com.
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers has added one of the world’s hottest ­peppers to its menu. The ghost pepper, or Bhut Jolokia, is 300 times as hot as the ­jalapeño and will be served on two burgers. The fiery ghost is a burger topped with ghost pepper sauce, fried jalapeños, and pepper Jack cheese; and the cry baby is topped with onion straws tossed in Sriracha dry seasoning, with more onions sautéed in ­Cholula hot sauce, pepper jack cheese and ghost pepper ketchup. Red Robin is in Brannon Crossing at 101 East Brannon Road, Nicholasville. Call (859) 971-1991 or go to Redrobin.com.
Farmers market reports
Azur Restaurant’s farmers bazaar is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays on the patio. The market features local farmers and artisans. Azur is at 3070 Lakecrest Circle. Call (859) 296-1007 or go to Azurrestaurant.com.
Bluegrass Farmers Market has corn, melons, tomatoes, squash and cucumbers. Locations and hours are: 3450 ­Richmond Road, in the Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs parking lot, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday; and 730 Millpond Road, in the parking lot of the Willow Oak Pool, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday. Go to Localharvest.org/blog/29529.
Woodford County Farmers ­Market will have its 12th annual Twilight Festival from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday in downtown Versailles.

Spaulding’s pizza skills highly rated

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.
Special events
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.

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