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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.

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.

New wines and music at wineries this weekend

Smith-Berry Winery tasting room

Smith-Berry Winery, 855 Drennon Road in New Castle, is releasing a new riesling on Saturday. The winery’s first off-dry riesling will be available for tasting and sales at the August dinner/concert series from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Entertainment provided by Old School Band. Cost is $22.95. The menu includes grilled pork chop sandwiches and marinated chicken breasts. Call (502) 845-7091 or go to Smithberrywinery.com.

Acres of Land Winery is releasing two new wines on Saturday: late harvest vignoles and a 2006 cabernet sauvignon. Robert Sharp II is the new executive chef at the winery and will serve fresh fruit and imported cheeses from noon to 4 p.m. The winery is at 2285 Barnes Mill Road in Richmond. Call (859) 328-3000 or go to Acresoflandwinery.com. 
Chrisman Mill Vineyards, 2385 Chrisman Mill Road, in Nicholasville, is having a Surf or Turf cookout on Saturday. The menu features steak or shrimp, salad and mashed potato bars, and dessert. Cost is $25. Live music provided by Acke & Hale from 7 to 10 p.m. Call (859) 881-5007, Ext. 1. or go to Chrismanmill.com.
Jean Farris Winery & Bistro, 6825 Old Richmond Road, now is offering Sunday Supper from noon to 7 p.m. instead of separate brunch and dinner seating times on Sundays. The winery is no longer serving Saturday brunch but will open the wine bar at noon serving wine, cheese, and charcuterie. Call (859) 263-9463  or go to Jeanfarris.com.

Wine dinner

■ Chef Ouita Michel is serving a six-course Summer in Madrid wine dinner Saturday at the Holly Hill Inn, 426 North Winter Street in Midway. “We’ll start with vegetarian tapas, three or four small portions, which will include a tortilla with local eggs, and other dishes using the fresh produce coming in from the area farmers, like peppers and tomatoes,” Michel said. The menu includes courses with fresh Gulf seafood and paella. Cost is $50. Optional Spanish wine pairing with dinner is $35. Call (859) 846-4732.

Guest winemaker

■ Rich Parducci from McNab Ridge Winery in Mendocino County, Calif., will be guest winemaker at WineStyles, 2535 Nicholasville Road,  from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday.  Parducci, the great-grandson of John Parducci, will talk about his family’s 70-plus years in the winemaking business. Call (859) 278-9463.   

Midway School Bakery is now in session

Midway School Bakery has a variety of pastries and breads.

Ouita Michel and her culinary team from Holly Hill Inn have opened ­Midway School Bakery.
Pastry chef Carrie Warmbier is running the bakery, at 510 South Winter Street. The menu features currant and oatmeal scones, sugarless blueberry cheesecake squares, and handmade bagels with home-cured lox.
Hours are 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call (859) 846-4336.
Also, Michel will celebrate the ­heritage of the French restaurant with Holly Hill Inn’s first Bastille Day Supper on Saturday.
All summer, Michel’s multicourse Tour de France menus have featured the best and freshest of Bluegrass farm products in her favorite French recipes. The Bastille Day Supper honors the influence of the French Revolution on the modern restaurant. The cost is $50; a sommelier’s pairing of French wines is $35.
Holly Hill is at 426 North Winter Street, Midway. Call (859) 846-4732 or to go Hollyhillinn.com.
Specials
Hanna’s on Lime, 214 South ­Limestone, is serving its farmers market specials on Wednesdays. Selections include corn on the cob, kale, squash, eggplant, green beans, peppers, new potatoes, tomatoes and melon. The cost is $8.25. Call (859) 252-6264.
Natasha’s Bistro & Bar, 112 ­Esplanade, is offering weekend fish ­specials with seafood provided by Lexington Seafood Co. This week at Natasha’s “All Summer Long Seafood Festival,” the menu features Portuguese-style mahi mahi with savory polenta cakes and grilled green beans. Call (859) 259-2754 or go to Beetnik.com.
Ramsey’s Diners are using fresh local corn in a variety of dishes for the next several weeks. The corn is grown in Shelby County by Gallrein Farm. Dishes include corn on the cob, fried corn, creamed corn and Parmesan deep-fried corn. Also on the menu are okra from Berries on Bryan Station and tomatoes from Lincoln County. Go to Ramseysdiners.com for locations.
Events
Winchell’s, 348 Southland Drive, is having a pig roast from 4 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. Sides include baked beans, potato salad and corn on the cob, with fruit cobbler for dessert. The menu ­includes smoked chicken chili. Call (859) 278-9424.
The Julep Cup, 111 Woodland Avenue, is celebrating Bastille Day on Friday and Saturday. The menu includes escargot and sweet bread torte, duck confit and frisée with poached egg; sole with vegetable ribbons; and entrecôte, a classic French steak, with house-made fries and French herb sauce. Call (859) 226-0300.
Thai Orchid Cafe will hold a Noodle Fest at West Sixth Brewing Co., 501 West Sixth Street, at 5 p.m. Monday. Dishes include basil beef bowl, coconut noodle bowl and won ton nachos. Call (859) 288-2170 or go to Thaiorchidcafe.net.
Oliva Bella is planning a trip to ­Sicily, and you can go along to ­experience the olive oil and wine ­harvests. Two 10-day trips are ­scheduled for Sept. 26 to Oct. 6 and Oct. 10 to 20. The cost is $5,882. Call (859) 983-3567 or email Olivabella@olivabella.com
Farmers market reports
Azur Restaurant’s farmers bazaar is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays on the patio. The market features local farmers and artisans. Products include produce, eggs, cheese, meats, pasta, hand-dipped chocolates, flowers, plants, baked goods and crafts. Azur is at 3070 Lakecrest Circle. Call (859) 296-1007 or go to Azurrestaurant.com.
Bluegrass Farmers Market has corn, melons, tomatoes and berries. 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.
Winchester/Clark County Farmers Market is open 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays in the parking lot of Bluegrass Heritage Museum, 217 South Main Street.

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