Now that the turkey and fixin’s are a thing of the past and we move on to days of harried holiday shopping, let’s not forget about helping others. Here are some ways restaurants are spreading cheer this holiday season.
■ Heirloom Restaurant, 125 East Main Street, Midway, will have a dinner Thursday to benefit a proposed senior-care center called The Homeplace at Midway. There will be two seatings for the three-course dinner, at 5 and 7 p.m. The cost is $50. The menu includes sweet potato soup or panzanella salad, aged rib-eye or crab cakes, and molten chocolate cake or cranberry walnut crostada. Call (859) 846-5565 or go to Heirloommidway.com.
■ On Wednesday, several Lexington restaurants are participating in Dining Out for Life and will donate a portion of their proceeds to AIDS Volunteers Inc. Go to Avolky.org for a list of participating restaurants.
■ T.G.I. Friday’s is having its third annual Can for a Fan virtual food drive. The company will donate one can of food for every new Facebook fan or Pinterest like. Nine regional food banks will benefit, including God’s Pantry. Go to Facebook.com/eatattgifridays or Pinterest.com/eatattgifridays/canforafan. On Pinterest, users may like the God’s Pantry pinned logo, and an additional can of food will be donated. The food drive ends Dec. 31.
■ Before or after hitting the Black Friday sales, stop by Doodles Breakfast and Lunch. The restaurant, 262 North Limestone, will be open 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, serving omelettes made with local farm eggs, and shrimp and grits. Call (859) 317-8507 or go to Doodlesrestaurant.com.
■ Old Chicago Restaurant, 1924 Pavilion Way, is having a winter mini beer tour featuring beers brewed exclusively for the restaurant chain. The kick-off party is Wednesday, and the event continues through Dec. 31.
Three of the 10 seasonal beers chosen locally by the restaurant are: Old Chicago Black Diamond porter, Sam Smith Winter Welcome ale and Leinenkugel Snowdrift Vanilla porter. Old Chicago World Beer Tour members who complete the winter mini tour will receive a long-sleeved T-shirt. Register at Oldchicago.com. Call (859) 977-4640.
■ A special holiday treat returns to Abuelo’s Mexican Restaurant, 3395 Nicholasville Road, in Fayette Mall. The signature capirotada dessert will be available for $1.99 through Dec. 31. It’s a Mexican bread pudding served warm with a traditional cream sauce and vanilla ice cream. Call (859) 971-0922 or go to Abuelos.com.
■ The weekend specials at The Julep Cup, 111 Woodland Avenue, include smoked sweet potato and chicken soup, roasted beet salad, braised pork shoulder served over skillet potatoes and collard greens, grouper with black beans and rice with pineapple curry and fried plantain, and pear and frangipane pie. Call (859) 226-0300.
■ Cameron Irvin, chef at The Fifth Street Café in Millersburg, has created a new menu for the restaurant at 113 East Fifth Street. Lunch items include roasted chicken salad sandwiches, pork belly Reuben, and an open-face smoked salmon sandwich. For dinner, there’s braised beef brisket, rosemary-roasted half-chicken, Dijon herb-crusted pork chop and pan-seared trout. Call (859) 473-0552 or go to Fifthstreetcafeky.com.
■ Sam Beall, proprietor of Blackberry Farm luxury resort in Walland, Tenn., will sign copies of his new cookbook, The Foothills Cuisine of Blackberry Farm (Clarkson Potter, $60) in Lexington and Louisville on Monday.
Beall will be at the Williams-Sonoma store in Fayette Mall, 3473 Nicholasville Road, from noon to 2 p.m. Call (859) 272-5856.
Beall will travel to 610 Magnolia restaurant, 610 West Magnolia Avenue in Louisville, for a dinner and book signing that evening. Magnolia chef Edward Lee will create dishes based on his inspiration of the recipes and menus from the book. A reception and book signing will be at 6:30 p.m.; dinner with wine pairings will begin at 7. Tickets are $125 and include a copy of the book. Call (502) 636-0783 or go to 610magnolia.com.
■ Thai Orchid Café, 1030 South Broadway, is closed for vacation and will reopen at 11 a.m. Dec. 18. Go to Thaiorchidcafe.net.
■ Jean Farris Winery & Bistro, 6825 Old Richmond Road, is accepting reservations for holiday parties. Call (859) 263-9463 or go to Jeanfarris.com.
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Tags: AVOL, Dining Out for Life, Doodles Breakfast and Lunch.Old Chicago Restaurant, Heirloom Restaurant, T.G.I. Friday’s
Now that the turkey and fixin’s are a thing of the past and we move on to days of harried holiday shopping, let’s not forget about helping others. Here are some ways restaurants are spreading cheer this holiday season.
Tags: Bluegrass Farmers Market, Brooks Hill Winery, Forest Edge Winery, Heirloom Restaurant, Henry Wombles, Hughes Farm, Lexington Farmers Market, Mark Wombles, McConnell Springs, MillaNova Winery, Pine Mountain Settlement School, Purple Toad Winery, Talon Winery, Thai Orchid Cafe, Wight-Meyer Vineyard, Winchell's, Woodford Reserve Distillery
Heirloom Restaurant owner Henry Wombles and chef/owner Mark Wombles are honoring Pine Mountain Settlement School on Thursday at their Midway eatery.
The second annual fund-raising dinner for the 99-year-old Harlan County school, which offers environmental education and educational support for local students, will have two seatings, at 5 and 7:30 p.m. The cost is $50; wine and cocktails are not included in the price. Call the restaurant at (859) 846-5565 to make reservations
or go to Heirloommidway.com or
Pinemountainsettlementschool.com for more information. Heirloom is at 125 Main Street.
■ Purple Toad Winery of Paducah won two Concordance gold medals at the 2012 Kentucky State Fair commercial wine competition Aug. 11. Judges awarded 101 medals to Kentucky wineries in the competition.
Wight-Meyer Vineyard & Winery of Shepherdsville received a Concordance gold medal for its Moore’s Diamond wine. Forest Edge Winery of Shepherdsville, MillaNova Winery of Mount Washington and Talon Winery of Lexington each earned gold medals.
Wight-Meyer claimed 15 medals, the most in the 2012 competition. MillaNova received 14, Forest Edge and Purple Toad each took home 12, and Brooks Hill Winery of Brooks was awarded 11. For a full list of winners, go to Kentuckywine.com.
■ Winchell’s, 348 Southland Drive, will have a lobster boil from 4 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. Whole Maine lobsters will be served with corn on the cob and new potatoes. New England clam chowder and fruit cobbler also are on the menu. Call (859) 278-9424.
■ McConnell Springs is having an ice cream social Saturday. Activities for children include a scavenger hunt and fossil dig. Hours are 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the park, 416 Rebmann Lane, off Old Frankfort Pike. Call (859) 225-4073.
■ Thai Orchid Café, 1030 South Broadway, will present Noodle Fest at West Sixth Brewing Co., 501 West Sixth Street, at 6 p.m. Saturday. Thai fare will be paired with local craft beers. Noodle bowls include basil beef, coconut noodle, and tofu and veggies. Call (859) 288-2170 or go to Thaiorchidcafe.net.
■ Woodford Reserve Distillery celebrates its 200th anniversary this month with a dinner and specialty tours.
Guests will get behind-the-scenes access to the birthplace of bourbon, including many historical relics on the property. The 200-year-old Pepper House, an original spring house, will be open. Tours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 27 to 30.
A bourbon feast, 6 to 10 p.m. Aug. 25, will be prepared by chef-in-residence Ouita Michel and her culinary team. Included are carved rack of lamb, Woodford Reserve smoked prime rib, Stonecross pork roast with bourbon barbecue sauce, bourbon-marinated quail stuffed with fresh figs, corn pudding, heirloom tomato salad with fresh basil, pickled okra and cucumber, green beans with bacon, corn pones and butter biscuits with tomato jam. The cost is $150. The distillery is at 7855 McCracken Pike in Versailles. Call (859) 879-1812 or go to Woodfordreserve.com.
Farmers market report
■ Hughes Farm is the newest member of Bluegrass Farmers Market. The farm, which raises rabbits and beef cattle, also sells baked goods at the market. Saturday is Customer Appreciation Day, and a limited number of Bluegrass/Wildcat blue market totes will be given away. 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.
■ Lexington Farmers Market’s annual Taste of the Farm dinner will be Aug. 25 in Cheapside Park. Go to Lexingtonfarmersmarket.com. Fresh at the markets are blackberries, grapes, sweet corn, summer squash, heirloom tomatoes, onions, garlic, potatoes, assorted cheeses, wine, honey, prepared foods and cut flowers.
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Restaurants are celebrating Fat Tuesday with parties and cajun specialties. It’s the day when people eat all they want of everything and anything as the following day is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of a long fasting period for Christians. The events listed take place on Tuesday, unless otherwise noted.
■ A la lucie, 159 North Limestone, is serving cajun favorites such as jambalaya, gumbo, etouffee, and king cake. The prixe fixe menu is $35. Call (859) 252-5277. Sour Mash Jug Band will entertain.
■ Bayou Bluegrass is having its 14th annual Mardi Gras celebration at the Red Mile, 200 Red Mile Road. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and cost is $15. The menu includes fried catfish, red beans and rice, chicken and sausage gumbo, cajun smoked brisket, chicken creole, and bread pudding.
Dinner seatings are at 5:30, 7, and 8 p.m. and the menu includes boiled crawfish, fried alligator, shrimp etouffee, crawfish pie, king cake, and Na’wlins pralines. Cost is $28. Reservations are necessary. Call (859) 233-0814 or e-mail email@example.com.
■ Bourbon n’ Toulouse, 829 Euclid Avenue, will begin its 7th annual Fat Tuesday party at 11 a.m. with king cakes, and Ale-8-One will be giving away drinks and promotional items. Starting at 6:30 p.m., 750 pounds of boiled crawfish will be served. The Tall Boys will be playing at 7:30 p.m. next door at The Chevy Chase Inn. The Beer Trappe will also open at 11a.m. for extra seating. Carry-out orders are available. Call (859) 335-0300 or e-mail Kevin@bntlexington.com.
■ Gumbo Ya Ya, 1080 South Broadway, will be holding its 9th annual celebration and its menu features alligator sauce piquant, crawfish etouffee, crawfish creole, and free slices of King cake. Call (859) 252-9292 or go to Gumboyayaky.com.
■ The Julep Cup, 111 Woodland Avenue, is serving a New Orleans style menu for the weekend, as well as on Tuesday. Included are chicken and andouille gumbo; sole almondine with stewed tomato and okra and crab jambalaya; roasted pork loin with andouille and crawfish etouffee; and New Orleans style beignets with chicory chocolate sauce. Call (859) 226-0300.
■ Don your Mardi Gras costumes for Ramsey’s Diners’ 23rd annual Fat Tuesday parties. “Once again we will be going to New Orleans to bring back live, and thus cooked to order, crawfish to accompany our homemade seafood gumbo and red beans and rice with fresh baked French toast,” owner Rob Ramsey said. Hours are 11 a.m. “till there ain’t no more.” Locations are at Ramseysdiners.com.
■ Windy Corner Market and Restaurant, 4595 Bryan Station Road, will serve popcorn crawfish with remoulade, oysters on the half shell, crawfish etouffee, red beans and rice, cajun burger, and gumbo. Dinner specials also include crispy stuffed soft shell crabs with shrimp and andouille, and fresh amberjack griddle-seared with cajun spices. The Pawpaw Pickers will entertain. Call (859) 294-9338 or go to Windycornermarket.com.
■ Thai Orchid Cafe and Seedleaf are having the first “Soups In” fundraising series from noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Participants will help prepare Thai Orchid’s roasted butternut squash and coconut soup using fresh local produce from Seedleaf. Cost is $35 a person or $50 a couple. Thai Orchid is at 1030 South Broadway. Call (859) 288-2170.
Seedleaf nourishes communities by growing, cooking, sharing, and recycling food to increase the amount, affordability, nutritional value, and sustainability of food available to people at risk of hunger in Central Kentucky.
■ Heirloom Restaurant, 125 East Main Street in Midway, offers half-price wines on Wednesday and the wines are from Spain. Heirloom has live music, tapas specials, and wine flights on Thursday. Call (859) 846-5565 or visit Heirloommidway.com.
■ The monthly Greek dinner at Greek Orthodox Church, 920 East High Street, will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Entrees, priced from $10 to $14, include lamb, slow cooked with bulgur, vegetables and raisins; shrimp, sautéed in wine, olive oil, onions and bay leaves; and penne pasta with white wine, seasonal vegetables and Greek spices. A la carte items are available. Wines provided by Wight-Meyer Vineyards of Shepherdsville.
■ Wines on Vine, 400 Old Vine Street, will have a wine tasting on Wednesday with guest speaker Tom Kenefick, owner of Kenefick Ranch Winery in Napa. He will present four of his wines from 5:30 to 7:15 p.m.
On Tuesday, the topic for the monthly wine class will be how glassware affects the taste and quality of wine. Cost is $20 and includes a magnum level Riedel glass to take home. Hours are 6 to 7 p.m. Call (859) 243-0017.
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Dining out is often complicated for those who have food allergies, but some restaurants are making it easier for those with celiac disease.
Several Central Kentucky restaurants are educating consumers about their gluten-free menus at Gluten Free Lexington’s annual Vendors on Parade event at 6 p.m. Monday at Imani Baptist Church Family Life Center, 1555 Georgetown Road.
Participants include Outback Steakhouse, Good Foods Market and Café, Bella Notte, P.F. Chang’s, Bourbon n’ Toulouse, Malone’s, Bonefish Grill, Jonathan at Gratz Park, Fat Katz Pizzeria, The Melting Pot, Puccini’s, Carino’s Italian Restaurant, Carrabba’s, Great Harvest Bread and Whole Foods.
Tickets are $20 for non-members, $12 for children 12 and younger. Call Jan Falwell at (502) 542-9059 or go to Glutenfreelex.org.
■ Heirloom Restaurant, 125 East Main Street in Midway, is sponsoring a charity event a month. On Sept. 22, the restaurant will donate 20 percent of its revenue to the Center for Courageous Kids. The camp is designed for children living with medical conditions. The campus in Scottsville includes a medical center, equestrian center, bowling alley, indoor swimming complex, gymnasium and climbing wall. Call (859) 846-5565 or go to Heirloommidway.com.
■ Friends of the late Hal “Woody” Steele are organizing a fund-raiser for his daughter, Sydney, at Village Host Pizza, 431 Old Vine Street. Woody Steele was a teller at Keeneland for more than 25 years. Sydney, a music student at Oklahoma City University, will sing at the event, which begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Call (859) 455-3355 or go to Villagehostlex.com.
■ The ninth annual Edward T. Houlihan Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day party will be Tuesday at O’Neills Irish Pub, 2051 Richmond Road. Hours are 5:30 to 8 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by pianist Mayme Hamby, McTeggart Irish Dancers and Liam’s Fancy Irish Music. The menu, prepared by guest chef Mary Parlanti, includes lamb stew and brown bread. Proceeds benefit the Lexington Sister Cities’ student scholarship fund. Admission is $10 at the door. Call (859) 266-4488 or go to Oneillslex.com.
■ The CastlePost, 230 Pisgah Pike, in Versailles, will have a wine dinner on Sept. 16 featuring Bott Geyl, Cremant d’Alsace. A sparkling wine reception begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m. Chefs who will prepare the meal are Cameron Irvin and Giya Day of CastlePost, Joseph Pugh of Nick Ryan’s Saloon, and Danielle Venditti of Underground Catering. The cost is $110. Call (859) 879-1000 or visit Thecastlepost.com.
■ Onizim’s, 735 East Main Street, will honor all military, firefighters and police officers this weekend, the 10th anniversary of 9/11. With their ID, they will receive a 50 percent discount on entrees. University of Kentucky football fans may show their tickets this weekend for a 25 percent discount on entrees. The specials are for dine-in only. Call (859) 266-9000 or go to Onizims.com.
■ Orchid Flower, 3090 Old Todds Road, is offering a vegan/vegetarian special this weekend. The bento box includes bala bala, fried mixed vegetables; gado gado, freshly steamed vegetables and lightly fried tofu with house special peanut dressing; grilled portobello mushroom and lettuce sandwich with vegan spicy mayonnaise, and agar agar, a dessert made with brown palm sugar and coconut milk. Call (859) 543-1126 or go to
Farmers market report
■ For the second year in a row, Bluegrass Farmers Market has been voted the No. 1 farmers market in Kentucky by American Farmland Trust. This week, the farmers have tomatoes, potatoes, beans and raspberries. Hours and locations for the 100 percent grower/producer-only market are: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at 3450 Richmond Road, in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs; and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Mill Pond Shopping Center. Go to Bluegrassfarmersmarket.org.
■ East End Community Farmer’s Market, 560 East Third Street in the Pavilion at Midland Avenue, will have corn, green beans, melons, tomatoes, butternut squash and peppers. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
■ Lexington Farmers Market is open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in Cheapside Park in the Fifth Third Bank Pavilion, 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.
■ Woodford County Farmers Market hours and locations are: 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays at Courthouse Square, Versailles, 3 to 6 p.m. Mondays in downtown Midway and 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays at Versailles Presbyterian Church.
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Four Roses Distillery in Lawrenceburg will introduce its 2011 limited-edition single-barrel bourbon at a dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Jonathan at Gratz Park, 120 West Second Street.
Master distiller Jim Rutledge selected a 12-year-old bourbon that uses one of 10 uniquely handcrafted recipes. The bourbon is uncut and non-chill filtered. Only 3,600 bottles will be distributed in May.
The menu features local spring lamb sausage with pea shoots and mint julep jelly, vanilla bean-skewered sea scallops with bourbon-macerated mandarin oranges and cherries, Berkshire belly-wrapped roast pork tenderloin with goat cheese scalloped turnips, and bourbon ball truffle cake. The cost is $65. Call (859) 252-4949.
St. Patrick’s Day celebrations
All events are on Thursday, St. Patrick’s Day, unless otherwise noted.
■ An Irish dinner at Alfalfa will feature corned beef from local producers, grilled half-rack of lamb with sweet and sour whiskey chutney, colcannon and soda bread. Dancers from the McTeggart School of Irish Dance will perform. Dinner is served 5:30 to 9 p.m. Call (859) 253-0014.
■ Brown’s Bakery, 1397 West Main Street is baking a variety of shamrock cookies and cupcakes for the youngsters to enjoy. Call (859) 225-8400
■ Alex Jenkins, chef at Good Foods Market and Café, will prepare an Irish buffet that includes Guinness beef stew, salmon croquettes, apple- and potato-stuffed cabbage, and cheesy potato pancakes. Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Good Foods is at 455 Southland Drive. Call (859) 278-1813 or go to Goodfoods.coop.
■ Heirloom Restaurant, 125 East Main Street, Midway, will serve an Irish-inspired menu and Irish beer flight from 5:30 to 9 p.m. The menu includes wild mushroom and barley soup, green garlic-chevre flan, cider-braised beef brisket, and Guinness crème anglaise, The cost is $36. Ben Lacy will entertain from 6 to 9 p.m. Call (859) 846-5565 or go to Heirloommidway.com.
■ Merrick Inn, 1074 Merrick Drive, will serve a corned beef and cabbage entrée for $12.95 and green beer. Call (859) 269-5417.
■ Nick Ryan’s Saloon, 157 West Jefferson Street, is serving Guinness-battered fish and chips and corned beef and cabbage. Customers who ride the trolley to Nick Ryan’s can register for a chance to win a $50 gift card. Call (859) 233-7900.
■ The Pub Lexington, 3750 Mall Road, starts the celebration early, at 10 a.m. Green Kentucky Ale from Alltech Brewery will be served along with Guinness stew, a corned beef reuben, and corned beef and cabbage The Pauly Zarb Band will entertain from 5 to 9 p.m. Call (859) 971-2748.
■ Ramsey’s Diners will celebrate by adding some Irish favorites to its menu. Included are slow-cooked corned beef and cabbage, Irish stew, and Missy’s Bailey’s Irish Creme cheesecake. Ramsey’s locations are 496 East High Street, 4053 Tates Creek Center, 3090 Helmsdale Drive and 4391 Harrodsburg Road.
■ Both Shamrock Bar & Grille locations will serve spotted dog (corned beef, colcannon, carrots), bogtrotter (corned beef, potato salad and cabbage), traditional (corned beef and potato salad) and shepherd’s pie. There will also be a limited menu of non-Irish fare. Locations are 154 Patchen Drive, (859) 269-7621, and 4750 Hartland Parkway (859) 245-9504. “We will have a bag piper stopping by to play several times at each location and we will have t-shirts for sale.” Heather Trump said.
■ Winchell’s, 348 Southland Drive, is serving corned beef and cabbage; shepherd’s pie, soda bread, and green beer. Call (859) 278-9424.
Openings and events
■ The Glitz reopens for the season Thursday. The restaurant at Irish Acres, 4205 Ford’s Mill Road, Versailles, serves a three-course luncheon Tuesday through Saturday. The menu changes every two weeks. The opening menu features roasted cauliflower soup; spinach and brie baby portobellos; tamarind-glazed roasted chicken breast with white cheddar potato gratin; pappardelle with Finchville Farms country ham, broccoli florets and Alfredo sauce; and the Nonesuch Kiss. Call (859) 873-6956 or go to Irishacresgallery.com.
■ Casanova Restaurant, 855 South Broadway, now is open for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Traditional favorites include spaghetti and meatballs, lobster ravioli and veal parmigiana. Call (859) 309-3313.
■ California winemaker Mari Wells Coyle of David Girard Vineyards will conduct a tasting of her estate-grown wines at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Holly Hill Inn, 426 North Winter Street, Midway. The wine flight will be paired with a three-course tapas dinner. Dinner and wine flight are $20 each. Call (859) 846-4732 or go to Hollyhillinn.com or Dgvwines.com.
■ The Gluten-Free Lexington group will meet for dinner at Carrabba’s Italian Grill at 5:30 p.m. Monday. The restaurant, 1881 Plaudit Place, will showcase some of its most popular gluten-free dishes. Call (859) 264-8395.
■ Alfalfa Restaurant, 141 East Main Street, will have a Polish dinner Friday to celebrate the birthday of Revolutionary War hero Casimir Pulaski, for whom Pulaski County is named. Chef Paul Nowaki will prepare Polish specials including Kentucky Stone Cross Farm kielbasa slowly simmered in beer, then grilled and served with sauerkraut, apples, sour cream and house-made mustard. Call (859) 253-0014.
Oliva Bella, 400 Old Vine Street, has received its 2010 harvest of Olio Rustico extra virgin olive oil. Shop hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Call (859) 983-3567.
Tags: Azur, Bluegrass Chevre, Brannon Crossing, Cafe Jennifer, Elaine Shay, European pastries, Heirloom Restaurant, Jamieson's Chocolate, Jennifer Burchett, Justin Clark, Little Moon Bistro, Marianne Swintosky, Talon Vineyards, The Ketch Seafood Grill, The Woodlands, Thoroughbred Theatre, Three Suns Bistro, truffles
Elaine Shay of Lexington and Marianne Swintosky of Georgetown have a new artisan food company, Viburnum Valley Farm Confections, and they are making chocolate truffles and European-style pastries. “We are combining traditional European truffle-making with local farm products,” Shay said.
Truffles are made with Susan Miller’s Bluegrass Chevre and Jamieson’s Chocolate.
Swintosky has been making truffles and pastries for friends, family and co-workers for years. She was born and raised in Germany. When she came to the United States, she missed the truffles she could buy in Europe, so she started making her own, Shay said.
The women will have raspberry truffles at the Bluegrass Chevre booth at the Lexington Farmers Market on Saturday. Call (859) 312-1157 or go to www.vvfconfections.com.
Former restaurateur is at home at home
Jennifer Burchett, former owner of Café Jennifer at The Woodlands, is talking about cooking at home instead of at a restaurant on her blog, www.eatwellathome.blogspot.com.
Burchett, a restaurateur for 10 years, said on her blog that she’s “thrilled to be at home with my family and to explore the joy waiting around every corner. I firmly believe that respect for what goes into our bodies, as well as respect for the art of preparing our meals, enriches our lives considerably.” She shares inspirations, ideas and a few recipes.
A beer for every course
The chefs at Azur are pairing food and beer at their October chef series dinner. Sous chef Justin Clark will feature five courses and five specialty beer pairings in his “Side by Side 5” dinner. The Oktoberfest tribute, at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 28, includes five beers selected from three countries. The cost is $55. The menu features yellowtail sashimi, butternut squash and caramel flan, ballotine of duck, char- grilled elk, and beer float with vanilla ice cream and chocolate covered espresso beans.
Kentucky food and wine
Three Suns Bistro will have a Kentucky wine-tasting dinner at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday featuring Talon Vineyards. The menu includes country ham with silver-dollar biscuits, beef sirloin steak with vegetable burgoo, and fried apple pie a la mode with bourbon caramel. Cost is $40. Call (859) 245-0048 or go to www.threesunsbistro.com. The bistro is at 298 East Brannon Road in Brannon Crossing.
Three Suns’ original location, 501 North Main Street in Nicholasville, now is The Little Moon Bistro. The menu features hand-cut steaks, fresh seafood, chicken, pork and Italian dishes. Call (859) 881-8225.
After dinner, the show’s next door
Heirloom Restaurant and Thoroughbred Theatre in Midway are teaming up for dinner and a play.
On Oct. 30, a three-course dinner will be served at Heirloom at 6 p.m., then guests will walk next door to the theater for Racing Toward Murder at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $50.
The menu features choice of Caesar salad or potato-leek soup, and pan-seared salmon over roasted eggplant purée or chicken picatta over ricotta gnocchi. Dessert (choice of chocolate decadence, apple crisp, crème brûlée) will be served during intermission at the theatre. Call Heirloom at (859) 846-5565 or go to www.heirloommidway.com, or call the theater at (859) 494-2877cq or go to www.bluegrassmysterytheatre.com.
The Ketch’s oyster catch
The Ketch Seafood Grill, 2012 Regency Road, is serving fresh oysters from the Gulf of Mexico and Chesapeake Bay. On Monday, you can get a dozen Gulf oysters for half price. Call (859) 277-5919 or go to www.ketchseafoodgrill.com.
Corbett’s An American Place in Louisville is included in Esquire magazine’s best new restaurants roundup in the November issue. Esquire writer John Mariani praises chef/owner Dean Corbett for the stylish restoration of the 150-year-old Von Allman mansion, and chef de cuisine Chris Howerton’s balance of locally informed and international flavor. An American Place, 5050 Norton Healthcare Boulevard in Old Brownsboro Crossing. Call (502) 327-5058 or visit www.corbettsrestaurant.com.
Samples of bourbon and beer
Village Vineyard will be sampling bourbons, wines and beer from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday today. Dad’s Favorites cheese of Lexington will be available for tasting. The store is at 4379 Old Harrodsburg Road, behind Ramsey’s Diner. Call (859 552-8793.
Farmers market report
The growing season is winding down, and Bluegrass Farmers Market will be open until Oct. 28. At the market this week are grass-fed beef, peppers, apples, eggplant, green beans, pumpkins, squash, tomatoes, flowers and baked goods. The market is open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday on Richmond Road, in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and FastSigns.