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Father’s Day fare designed with dads in mind

Sunday is Father’s Day, and several restaurants are preparing weekend meals Dad will enjoy.
Here is a selection:

■ Sweeten up dad with a cheesecake or cupcake from Barnes & Noble’s Cafe. The store, 1932 Pavilion Way, is offering $10 off whole Cheesecake Factory cheesecakes with any purchase. Flavors include red velvet and orange cream. Cupcakes are $2.25. Call (859) 543-8518.
Furlongs Restaurant, 130 West Tiverton Way, will have a crawfish boil Saturday night. A Father’s Day brunch buffet will be served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Call (859) 523-5500.
Jean Farris Winery & Bistro, 6825 Old Richmond Road, is serving brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. ­Included are shrimp and grits, huevos rancheros and a farm breakfast. Call (859) 263-9463 or go to Jeanfarris.com.
Holly Hill Inn, 426 North ­Winter Street in Midway, will have a ­dinner and bourbon tasting on the lawn ­Saturday. Bourbon from all the ­distilleries on the Bourbon Trail will be paired with hors d’oeuvres. Live music will be provided by Hot Chocolate and the ­Marshmellows. The menu features New York strip steak or seafood catch of the day, farm-fresh Kentucky Proud vegetable sides, and a dessert from The Midway School Bakery. A bourbon tour begins at 6 p.m., and dinner is at 7. The cost is $75. Call (859) 846-4732.
■ Brunch will be served at the ­Dryer House at Woodford Reserve ­Distillery on Sunday. Tours begin at 12:15 p.m., and brunch is at 1. The cost is $40. Woodford Reserve is at 7855 McCracken Pike in ­Versailles. Call (859) 879-1953 or email Catering@b-f.com.
Special events
■ The sixth annual Beer Cheese Festival will be Saturday in ­downtown Winchester. Twenty beer cheese vendors will participate in the event, which is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For $5, ­visitors may sample beer cheese and vote for a favorite. Go to ­Beercheesefestival.com.
Rooster Brewing, 609 Main Street in Paris, will have Ladies Night Out from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. An informative beer school will focus on styles of beer and countries of origin. The cost is $10. Call (859) 707-3436.
Town Branch Distillery, 401 Cross Street, will celebrate National ­Bourbon Day on Saturday. Distiller Mark ­Coffman will sign bottles from noon to 3 p.m. Town Branch will have cocktail specials at Parlay Social, 257 West Short Street; Table 310, 310 West Short Street; and Shorty’s, 163 West Short Street. Call (859) 887-3406 or go to Kentuckyale.com.
Fazoli’s is having bridge parties in June. From 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, Fazoli’s will offer members of the American Contract Bridge League a place to play bridge and a free Italian lemon ice with any entrée purchase. Fazoli’s special program for seniors, Club 62, offers those 62 and older a $4 menu on Wednesdays. A Club 62 card is available at participating Fazoli’s locations. Go to Fazolis.com.
Unlimited Spirit, 404 Southland Drive, is having a tasting of six Jim Beam products from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday. Call (859) 309-2903.
Town Branch Market, 233 East Main Street, is celebrating its third ­anniversary Thursday and June 20. The staff will grill chicken wings with Ale-8-One barbecue sauce from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday. On June 20, there will be an old-fashioned fish fry. Call (859) 280-2122 or go to ­Townbranchmarket.com.
Openings
■ Lexington’s first Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina opens Monday at Regency Centre on Nicholasville Road. The fast-­casual Mexican restaurant serves made-to-order salads, burritos, ­quesadillas, tacos and Mexican pizzas.
The Regency Centre location is the first of three Salsarita’s planned in the Lexington area by Gibson ­Family Enterprises. The restaurant is the fourth Salsarita’s in Kentucky; two are in Louisville, and one is in Owensboro. Go to Salsaritas.com.
New menus
Mandarin Oriental Café & ­Sushi Bar, 2220 Nicholasville Road, in ­Zandale Shopping Center, has added items to its sushi menu. No-rice ­options are available. Call (859) 275-4300 or go to Mandarincafeandsushi.com.
■ The June soup specials at Bakery Blessings and Bookstore @ the Bar are chicken tortilla and chilled strawberry. The bakery is at 1999 Harrodsburg Road. Call (859) 554-6044.
Farmers market report
■ Jeff Dabbelt is leaving his ­position as director of Lexington Farmers Market on June 30. A “so long” ­gathering will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in Cheapside Park, Main Street and Cheapside. Go to Lexingtonfarmersmarket.com.
Bluegrass Farmers Market sells 100 percent locally produced items. It’s in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs, 3450 Richmond Road, and at Azur Restaurant,
3070 Lakecrest ­Circle. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. ­Saturday Go to ­Bluegrassfarmersmarket.org.

Restaurants celebrate Derby and Cinco de Mayo

A new place in Danville is a great spot to celebrate Cinco de Mayo on Monday.
Lourdes “Lulu” De La Cruz, a senior at Henry Clay High School, has opened her own restaurant at 124 South Fourth Street in Danville. Taqueria Los Amigos serves authentic Mexican cuisine that includes tacos, tamales, burritos, tortas and tostadas.
“My family has a history of owning restaurants, and I always thought one day I would as well,” she said. “That is when I decided I should go for it and open my own restaurant now and go to school for international relations, having the best of both worlds.”
Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
More Cinco de Mayo events
Brasabana Latino restaurant, 841 Lane Allen Road, will celebrate with free snacks, live music and discounted drinks from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday. Special Mexican-inspired menu items created by chef Miguel Rivas include elote hervido (corn with chili mayo and cotija cheese), flautas con chorizo, enchiladas de pollo al mole, and taquitos de carnitas. Call (859) 303-5573 or go to Brasabana.com.
Coba Cocina, 2041 Richmond Road, will serve margaritas for $5 and and Dos Equis beer for $2.50 on Sunday and Monday. Call (859) 523-8484 or go to Cobacocina.com.
Winchell’s, 348 Southland Drive, is partying with Mexican specialties that include posole stew, carne asada nachos and tacos, smoked chicken enchiladas, homemade tamales, and tres leches cake. Call (859) 278-9424.
Kentucky Derby events
■ If your Derby Day menu includes barbecue, try the specialties at the new Blue Door Smokehouse, 226 Walton Avenue, in the former Mary Lou’s BBQ spot.
Jeff Newman and Jon Rigsby say they have been planning their restaurant since 2004, when they both worked at The Mansion.
The Blue Door serves pulled pork, chicken, brisket, smoked sausage, and baby back ribs. Sides include collard greens, stew with ham hock, ranch beans, and potato salad that is a “tribute copycat of Stanley J’s,” they said. Stanley J’s New York Style Deli was open in Lexington from 1989 to 2011 and was well-known for its potato salad.
Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Call  (859) 252-4227 or go to Bluedoorsmokehouse.com.
Holly Hill Inn is celebrating the mint julep with a Derby Day julep bar beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday. Chef/owner Ouita Michel will be making and serving free beaten biscuits on the porch. A selection of special-recipe juleps include the black julep (Bushmill’s Black Irish whiskey) and sorghum julep (Woodford Reserve and Country Rock sorghum-based syrup). Call (859) 846-4732.
Wildside Winery, 5500 Troy Pike in Versailles, will have its first Wild Derby party on Saturday and serve  the “wild julep” and Derby-inspired finger food.
On Friday, the winery will show the running of the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs live about 5 p.m., followed by open mic at 6 p.m. with a  performance by the acoustic duo Brett and Bryan. Hanley’s food truck will serve barbecue.
Call (859) 879-3982 or go to Wildsidewinery.com.
Shopping event
■ On Friday, May 2, County Club is hosting Small Room Collective, a mobile shop in a 1963 Airstream Globetrotter based in Austin, Texas. The shop houses a curated selection of handmade goods from around the country. The mobile store will be set up in County Club’s parking lot, 555 Jefferson Street, from noon and 3 p.m. and  5 to 10 p.m. Go to Smallroomcollective.com. Call (859) 389-6555.
New menus
Charlie Brown’s, 816 Euclid Avenue, has refurbished its patio, and the menu has several springtime specials for outdoor dining. Included are tuna and chicken melts and Tuscan chicken salad. Charlie Brown’s is one of only a few restaurants that serve food until 12:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday and until 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Call (859) 269-5701 or go to Charliebrownslex.com.
■ Soups served at Bakery Blessings & Bookstore @ the Bar, 1999 Harrodsburg Road, this month are chicken and apple and broccoli Cheddar. Call (859) 554-6044.
Greentree Tearoom, 521 West Short Street, will serve strawberry soup; cream scones; asparagus crepes with Mornay sauce; egg salad, cucumber dill, and shrimp tea sandwiches; dark chocolate mousse; French wafers; and coconut cupcakes. Call (859) 455-9660 or  go to Greentreetearoom.com.
Farmers market report
Berea Farmers Market will open at 9 a.m. Saturday in its new outdoor location at 311 Main Street, next to the Berea College Seabury Center, between Ellipse and Chestnut Streets. Hours are 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The market features local and regional growers, artisans, and food vendors.
Berea College’s plant sale will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Gardens and Greenhouse on Scaffold Cane Road.
Events
On Friday, May 2, County Club is hosting Small Room Collective, a mobile shop in a 1963 Airstream Globetrotter based in Austin, Texas. The shop houses a curated selection of handmade goods from around the country. The mobile store will be set up in County Club’s parking lot from noon and 3 p.m. and  5 to 10 p.m. Go to Smallroomcollective.com.

 

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.

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.

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.

Drink up: Holly Hill Inn is educating bourbon drinkers

Holly Hill Inn in Midway has a new project for those who want to learn about — and sample — bourbons. Ouita Michel, chef/owner of Holly Hill Inn, said the mission of the 1785 Bourbon Society is to educate bourbon drinkers from novice to aficionado about topics such as palate training, mixology, food pairings and cooking with bourbon, as well as the spirit’s fascinating history.
Tim Knittel, professional bourbon educator and former general manager of the culinary program at Woodford Reserve Distillery, will lead the 1785 Bourbon Society. Events will include tasting classes throughout the year, bourbon-themed dinners at Holly Hill Inn, ­presentations by distillers and field trips.
Membership is free. Email steve@hollyhillinn.com.
Members will receive notice of 1785 Bourbon Society events and classes via Proof Read, the society’s periodic e-newsletter.
Holly Hill is at 426 North Winter Street. Call (859) 846-4732 or go to Hollyhillinn.com.

Two occasions to party next week

It’s a busy time next week for restaurants celebrating Mardi Gras and Valentine’s Day. Make reservations early if you want to be assured of a seat at your favorite place. Mardi Gras parties will be Tuesday. Valentine’s celebrations will be on Thursday, unless otherwise noted.

Fat Tuesday

■ Tommy Walters, owner of Furlong’s Catering, is the person who will be  going to Louisiana to pick up all those thousands of pounds of crawfish that many of these Lexington restaurants will serve on Fat Tuesday. He’s also getting  andouille sausage, boudain, and oysters. If you need a large order while he’s there, call (859) 913-5611.

A la lucie, 159 North Limestone. Call (859) 252-5277 or go to Alalucie.com. The party begins at 5 p.m. and the menu includes gumbos, Creoles, etouffee, bananas Foster.
Bayou Bluegrass Catering at The Red Mile Clubhouse, 1200 Red Mile Road. Call (859) 233-0814 or go to Bayoubluegrass.com. Lunch buffet will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $16.50. Dinner seatings are at 5:30, 7 and 8:30 p.m. Cost is $29.50.
Bourbon n’ Toulouse, 829 Euclid Avenue. Call (859) 335-0300 or go to Bntlex.com. The party begins at 11 a.m. and the menu features alligator etouffee and King cake. Call by Monday for  take-out orders. Boiled crawfish cannot be pre-ordered. Crawfish boil starts at 6:30 p.m. Extra seating is at The Chevy Chase Inn and The Beer Trappe.  The Mojo Tones play at 6 p.m. followed by The Tall Boys at 9 p.m.
Gumbo Ya Ya Cajun Creole, 1080 South Broadway. Call (859) 252-9292 or go to Gumboyayaky.com. The menu features alligator sauce piquant, crawfish e’touffee, shrimp Creole, and free slices of King cake.

Meadowthorpe Cafe, 1415 Leestown Road. Call (859) 258-2222. Serving seafood gumbo, red beans and rice, and crawfish etouffee, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Ramsey’s Diners. Locations are at Ramseysdiners.com. Live crawfish will be served, as well as seafood gumbo, red beans and rice, freshly baked French bread, and King cake.
Willie’s Locally Known, 805 North Broadway. Call (859) 281-1116. Willie’s first Mardi Gras party will feature a crawfish boil, gumbo, and hot beignets with bourbon caramel sauce. The Baja Yetis will entertain at 7 p.m. followed by Zydeco and Cajun music at 9 p.m.
Winchell’s, 348 Southland Drive. Call (859) 278-9424 or go to Winchellsrestaurant.com. The Mardi Gras menu includes crawfish etouffee and King cake. On Valentine’s Day, beef tenderloin tips with crabmeat, and pan-seared scallops will be served.

Valentine’s Day

Abuelo’s Mexican Restaurant at Fayette Mall, 3395 Nicholasville Road. Call (859) 971-0922 or go to Abuelos.com. Valentine specials will run Thursday through Feb.17. Included are fajitas for two, plus free dessert, for $29.99; and a prime rib special.
Addie’s at The Woodford Inn, 140 Park Street, Versailles. Call (859) 873-5600 or go to Thewoodfordinn.com. Seatings are at 6 and 8 p.m. Four course meal, including wine, is $90 for two.
Alfalfa, 141 East Main Street. Call (859) 253-0014. Valentine’s dinner will be served from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday. A vegan entrée is available.
The Café at Barnes and Noble, 1932 Pavilion Way. Call (859) 543-8148or go to Barnesandnoble.com. On Wednesday and Valentine’s Day, the café will have specially wrapped Cheesecake Factory cupcakes and cheesecakes for two.
Casanova, 855 South Broadway. Call (859) 309-3313 or go to Casanovaky.com. A three-course menu is $45.
Equus Run Winery, 1280 Moores Mill Road in Midway. Call (859) 846-9463 or go to Equusrunvineyards.com.  Kisses & Calories — A Choco-holic Affair will be from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. The Tim Talbert Trio will entertain from 1 to 3 p.m. Cost is $5.
J Morse on Vine Bistro, 102 West Vine Street, is serving a four-course Feb. 14-16. Entrees include  peppercorn crusted pork loin with black cherry reduction, pasta pomodoro with grilled chicken or shrimp, and ribeye au poivre. Cost is $80 a couple. Call (859) 368-9888 or go to Jmorseonvinebistro.com.

Minton’s 760, 760 North Limestone. Call (859) 948-1874or go to Mintonsat760.com. Seatings will be at 5:30, 7 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday.
Soundbar, 208 South Limestone. Call (859) 523-6338 or go to Soundbarlex.com. Soundbar’s A Red Affair on Valentine’s Day will benefit AVOL.
Stella’s Kentucky Deli, 143 Jefferson Street. Call (859) 255-3354 or go to Stellaskentuckydeli.com. A four-course meal will be $35 with seatings at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Vegetarian options available.
Thai Orchid Café, 1030 South Broadway. Call (859) 288-2170 or go to Thaiorchidcafe.net. A Thai tapas feast for two is $45 and will be served from 5 to 9:30 p.m.

 Special events

Akielo Temple No. 128, Daughters of the Nile, will hold its annual bean soup dinner at Oleika Shrine Center, 326 Southland Drive,  from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday. The menu includes brown or white beans, corn bread, dessert, and drink. Cost is $5. Carry-out is available. Call (859) 277-6869.
Holly Hill Inn and Thai Orchid Cafe will exchange chefs on Saturday. Toa Green and her mother, Suda Veerasethakul, who operate Thai Orchid, will cook their Thai specialties at Holly Hill, while  Nat Henton, executive chef at Woodford Reserve Distillery, (The food operation is run by Holly Hill Inn’s culinary team) will prepare menu items at Thai Orchid.
The dinner at Holly Hill, 426 North Winter Street in Midway, will be from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Call (859) 846-4732. Henton will prepare his favorite Thai dishes at Thai Orchid, 1030 South Broadway, from 5 to 10 p.m. Call (859) 288-2170.

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.

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