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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
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
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 ­
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
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
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 ­
■ 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
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
■ 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
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 ­

Restaurants and bakeries will help you prepare the holiday feast

Most restaurants in Lexington are closed on Thanksgiving Day, but there are a few places that are open. Some restaurants will cook the turkey, or the entire meal, for you to pick up the day before. Here are places to dine, or pick up take-out.
■ Jean Farris Winery & Bistro, 6825 Old Richmond Road, will serve a three- course dinner from noon to 7  p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Cost is $55 for adults, and $20 for children age 10 and under. Call (859) 263-9463 or go to

■Ted’s Montana Grill, 2304 Sir Barton Way, will serve a three-course meal on Thanksgiving Day. Cost is $25; children’s meals are $12. Call (859) 263-5228 or go to

Turkey and fixin’s to go
■ Lexington Farmers’ Market will have locally raised turkey and other ingredients for your Thanksgiving feast. The market is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in Cheapside Park. Items include ham, potatoes, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, kale, and spinach. Go to
■ Bluegrass Baking Company, 3101 Clays Mill Road, has specialty breads for your holiday meals. Included are  cranberry-raisin, pumpkin-walnut, 7-grain breads; challah; fluffy white rolls; egg knots; and apple, pecan, choco-pecan, and pumpkin pies. The bakery will hold its 15th annual holiday open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 7. Call 859) 296-0581 or go to
■ Martine’s Pastries, 1039 Industry Road, is preparing desserts for holiday dinners and parties. Featured are pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin roll, gingerbread cookies, apple crumble, and a variety of pies. Call (859) 231-9110.
■ Smokin’ Hogg BBQ, 464 Wilson Avenue in Versailles, is accepting orders for smoked and deep fried turkey, and other meats. Deadline is Tuesday for orders that can be picked up on Wednesday. Call (859) 351-9701.
■ Furlong’s, 130 West Tiverton Way, is preparing fried turkeys and a variety of sides, including green bean casserole, jambalaya, and bread pudding with Chantilly cream. Call (859) 523-5200.
 Thanksgiving Eve parties
■ Merrick Inn, 74 Merrick Drive, will be open on Thanksgiving Eve for those who “like to hide from the relatives,” Jennifer Murray said. The Turkey Eve Bash begins at 6 p.m. with guest bartenders  Tommy Gandolfo and Danny “Sweet” Glass. Ladies Night features half priced wine and martinis. A free buffet opens at 10 p.m. Call (859) 269-5417 or go to
■ Horseshoes Kentucky Grill & Saloon, 1987 North Broadway, is having a Thanksgiving Eve jam from 6 to 11 p.m. Larry Williams & Friends will entertain. Bring a canned food item for God’s Pantry for admission. Call (859) 294-5164.
 Holiday events and specials
■ First Vineyard Winery, 5800 Sugar Creek Pike in Nicholasville,  is having a  Christmas in the Country Craft Fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 30. There will be more than 20 vendors and the winery will introduce its apple pie cider.  A silent auction will benefit the Jessamine County Adult Education Department.
■ Bd’s Mongolian Grill, 2309 Sir Barton Way,  celebrates the holiday season with new menu items and collector’s mugs.
Through Dec. 31, the menu will feature Hunters stew, bacon fried rice, and deep-fried Oreo cookies. Bd’s is selling 25-ounce  Fu Man Brew mug-stache collector’s mugs for $7.99 and when customers bring back their Fu Man Brew mug back to the restaurant, they can have it refilled with a draft beer or soft drink for $4.50.
Groups of six or more that book a holiday party will receive a 15 percent discount and $5 coupon. Call (859) 264-0686 or go to
■ Thai Orchid Café, 1030 South Broadway is celebrating Loi Krathong festival of lights from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday. The event benefits the University of Kentucky College of Design Thailand program.
The café now offers online ordering with car-side delivery. You can order at, park in a priority parking space in front of the café, and the order will be brought to your car. Call (859) 288-2170.
■ Greentree Tearoom, 521West Short Street, is opening on Tuesdays during December. The holiday menu includes tomato bisque, cramberry and white chocolate scone, and chicken Cordon Bleu. Luncheon tea is served at noon Tuesday through Saturday, and at 3 p.m. Saturday. Call (859) 455-9660 or go to
■ The Julep Cup, 111 Woodland Avenue, is offering half-price bottles of wine on Thursdays. Call (859) 226-0300 or go to
■ Weekend specials at The Grey Goose, 170 Jefferson Street,  include carbonara style pizza with an egg cream base, and shrimp and grits. Call (859) 233-1500 or go to

Specials, new menus at restaurants this weekend


■ Weekend specials at The Julep Cup, 111 Woodland Avenue, include iron skillet Nigerian saltwater prawn scampi; blackened grouper served over summer succotash; and braised bluegrass-finished beef shanks over celery root puree. Call (859) 226-0300 or go to
The Grey Goose, 170 Jefferson Street, is serving pan-seared rainbow trout and an Egyptian pizza made with hummus, ground lamb and roasted eggplant. Call (859) 233-1500 or go to
Double H BBQ, 1244 Versailles Road, is offering tailgate packages for football fans. The menu includes smoked pulled pork or chicken, brisket, ribs, 24- and 48-piece wing platters (including carrots, celery and dipping sauces), burgoo, beer can chicken, and a variety of sides and desserts. One pint of any side item is free with each pound of meat ordered. Call (859) 523-4227 or go to
■ The chefs at Jean Farris Winery, 6825 Old Richmond Road, are exploring new recipe ideas and are offering weekday specials. On Tuesday, ribeye produced at Shadwell Farms is served; Wednesday, herb-crusted rack of rabbit; and Thursday, Marksbury Farm lamb loin with mustard sauce. Call (859) 263-9463 or go to

New chef

■ David Danielson is the new executive chef at Churchill Downs in Louisville. Danielson joined the track’s culinary team in 2011 as executive sous chef. He studied at the Dumas Pere School of French Cooking and the hotel school Ecole Hoteliere Tain l’Hermitage in France, and has worked as the executive chef at New York’s United Nations Plaza Hotel, and the Ritz Carlton and Charlie Trotter’s in Chicago. Churchill Downs’ September meet runs Friday through Sept. 29. Go go

New menus

Minton’s at 760, 760 North Limestone, is celebrating its first anniversary 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday with the introduction of gourmet sodas to its menu. Call (859) 948-1874 or go to
Bakery Blessings & Bookstore @ the Bar, 1999 Harrodsburg Road, has added new items to its September menu. Soup specials are chunky Cheddar potato and tomato bisque. The sandwich selection is tuna. Call (859) 554-6044.

Farmers market report

Bluegrass Farmers Market will have corn, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, green beans, potatoes, peppers, melons, berries, lamb, goat, chicken, beef, pork, baked goods, herb seasoning, pimento and beer cheese, jams, wine, eggs, and cut flowers. Go to
Winchester/Clark County Farmers Market has squash, apples, mums, fresh eggs, organic breads, pickles, sauces, and craft items. Market is on Depot Street. Hours are 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Restaurants serving special Easter meals


eggs3)If you don’t want to cook at home for Easter, Central Kentucky restaurants are serving some special dishes for the holiday.
Alfalfa Restaurant, 141 East Main Street, will have brunch 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. The holiday menu includes country ham sliders with blackberry compote, shrimp and cheese grits, and banana granola griddle cakes. Call (859) 253-0014 or go to
Azur Restaurant, 3070 Lakecrest Circle, in Beaumont Centre, will serve an a la carte Easter brunch 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Call (859) 296-1007 or go to
Bayou Bluegrass Catering is serving a lavish Easter buffet 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at The Red Mile, 1200 Red Mile Road. The cost is $29 for adults, $16 for ages 4 to 8. Call (859) 233-0814 or go to
Casanova Italian Restaurant, 855 South Broadway, will serve roasted lamb, along with Italian ragù, and pastiera Napoletana for dessert. Call (859) 309-3313 or go to
Country Cookin’ by George, 1801 Alexandria Drive, offers a buffet 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Included are baked ham, roast beef, turkey and dressing, and barbecued ribs. The cost is $11.54. Call (859) 276-0001.
Jean Farris Winery & Bistro, 6825 Old Richmond Road, will offer its regular a la carte spring menu along with brunch specials 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. A three-course prix fixe menu is $55 with wine pairings. The annual Easter egg hunt will be at 1 p.m. Call (859) 263-9463 or go to
Le Deauville French Bistro, 199 North Limestone, is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday serving French breakfast specialties along with its regular dinner menu. During weekday happy hour, the restaurant offers a three-course prix fixe menu, for $24.50, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Fresh oysters are on the happy hour menu. Call (859) 246-0999.
Portofino, 249 East Main Street, will serve Easter specials along with its dinner menu noon to 9 p.m. Sunday. Call (859) 253-9300 or go to
Serafini, 243 West Broadway, in Frankfort, will open noon to 6 p.m. Sunday for Easter celebrations. Call (502) 875-5599 or go to
The Woodford Inn in Versailles will serve a Southern-style buffet 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. The cost is $19.99. Included are glazed ham, shrimp pasta, salads, and deviled eggs. The inn is at 140 Park Street. Call (859) 873-5600 or go to
Special event
Wines on Vine, 400 Old Vine Street, will have a beer pairing event with Kentucky Eagle Distributors at 6:30 p.m. Monday. The cost is $35. Call (859) 243-0017.

Taste the wine before it’s released

970706winebjw3At the end of March when the weather is nice, it’s a great time to plan a visit to Central Kentucky wineries. At the same time you can help McConnell Springs with its restoration and preservation programs.

Friends of McConnell Springs will hold its sixth annual Wine Barrel Tasting tour on March 30. Seventeen wineries, all within an hour’s drive of Lexington, will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. offering samples of wine in its final stages before actual bottling and release of the finished product. Each tasting will give participants the chance to experience up-and-coming wines and an opportunity to discuss the soon- to-be-released samples. Each winery will also have its tasting rooms open for regular tastings of their released wines.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at any winery. Participants will receive a wristband entitling them to one free barrel tasting at each winery visited that day. There will be a limited number of commemorative McConnell Springs wine glasses available. Call Annette Mathy at (859) 272-0682 or go to

Participating wineries are:

Acres of Land, 2285 Barnes Mill Road, Richmond. Call (859) 328-3000 or go to

Black Barn, 4200 Newtown Pike, Lexington. Call (859) 552-2525 or go to

Chrisman Mill, 2385 Chrisman Mill Road, Nicholasville. Call (859) 881-5007 or go to

Chuckleberry,  527 Garrison Lane, Bloomfield. Call (502) 249-1051 or go to

Elk Creek, 150 Highway 330, Owenton. Call (502) 484-0005 or go to

Equus Run, 1280 Moore’s Mill Road, Midway. Call (859) 846-9463 or go to

First Vineyard, 5800 Sugar Creek Pike, Nicholasville. Call (859) 885-9359 or go to

Grimes Mill, 6707 Grimes Mill Road, Lexington. Call (859) 543-9691 or go to

Harkness Edwards, 5199 Combs Ferry Road, Winchester. Call (859) 527-3584 or go to

Horseshoe Bend, 1187 Lawson Lane, Willisburg. Call (859) 375-0296 or go to

Jean Farris,  6825 Old Richmond Road, Lexington. Call (859) 263-9463 or go to

Lovers Leap, 1180 Lanes Mill Road, Lawrenceburg. Call (502)  839-1299 or go to

McIntyre’s, 531 McIntyre Lane, Bardstown. Call (502) 507-3264 or go to

Prodigy, 3445 Versailles Road, Frankfort. Call (502) 352-9400 or go to

Springhill, 3205 Springfield Road, Bloomfield. Call (502) 252-9463 or go to

Talon, 7086 Tates Creek Road, Lexington. Call (859) 971-3214 or go to

Wildside, 5500 Troy Pike, Versailles. Call (859) 321-5046 or go to

Some of the wineries will have recipes for using their wines in a variety of ways. Here are two recipes from Bob and Ann Karsner, owners of Horseshoe Bend Vineyards in Willisburg.

 Strawberry pie

1 baked pie shell

1/2 cup Horseshoe Bend Vineyards Traminette

1/2 cup water

2 pints hulled strawberries

3/4 cup sugar

3 tablespoons cornstarch

Bake pie shell according to package or recipe directions. Cool. Make glaze for strawberries  by combining traminette with 1/2 cup water, 1 cup strawberries, cut into fairly small pieces, and 3/4 cup sugar. Heat until strawberries disintegrate into the liquid.

Dissolve 3 tablespoons cornstarch in 3 tablespoons Horseshoe Bend  Traminette and add, stirring constantly, to the heated strawberry mixture. Cool completely.

Place remaining strawberries into cooled pie shell, cover with cooled glaze, and chill until set–about 2 hours. If desired, serve with whipped cream sweetened with natural sugar and Horseshoe Bend Traminette.


 Black raspberry cabernet sauce

Serve with roasted lamb for Easter or with roast pork, roast beef, and grilled lamb.

Simmer 1 cup beef broth and 1/2 cup Horseshoe Bend cabernet sauvignon until reduced to 3/4 cup. Saute 1 shallot in 1 tablespoon butter until translucent. Add 8 ounces black raspberry all fruit jam and stir for at least 1 minute. Slowly stir in reduced broth wine mixture and cool. Refrigerate. May be re-warmed to serve or served at room temperature.


Winchester holding Wine About Winter on Feb. 7

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

Special events

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

New menus

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

Valentine’s Day dinners

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

Egyptian Festival promises good food and fun





If koshari and kebda aren’t familiar foods, you can discover them this weekend at the Egyptian Festival.
Koshari is a traditional Egyptian dish made with cooked lentils, rice and pasta, and served with a spicy tomato sauce. Kebda is a liver sandwich.
The festival menu also features roasted lamb, grilled chicken, falafel and baklava.
Entertainment includes camel rides, a zip-line course, a petting zoo and “Euro bungee.”
The event, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, will be at The Red Mile, 1200 Red Mile Road. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call (859) 243-0768 or go to

Special events

■ Jean Farris Winery & Bistro, 6825 Old Richmond Road, is having a Beast and Barrel lamb roast Saturday. The winery is celebrating the close of the 2012 harvest season by roasting two whole Kentucky lambs over old Jean ­Farris wine barrels on the lawn. The lamb will be offered as the dinner entrée special. Call (859) 263-9463 or go to
Minton’s at 760 is hosting a ­Halloween party Wednesday. Chef/owner Ashley Minton will greet guests as Mrs. Lovett, the character from Sweeney Todd known for her “meat pies” of ­questionable origin, as part a theme based on the Broadway musical. “We will be serving all sorts of pies,” Minton said. Hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Minton’s is at 760 North Limestone. Call (859) 948-1874 or go to
Georgia’s Kitchen Café, 900 North Broadway, is having a Halloween party at 7 p.m. Saturday. The cost is $30, and there will be live music and ­dancing. Prizes will be awarded for best ­costumes. Call (859) 252-6837  or go to
Wine + Market, 486 West Second Street, has two events planned for November. A class on pairing wines and holiday foods will be 6 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12. Apiary catering will provide appetizers. The cost is $25. A holiday beer tasting will be 5 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14. Five holiday brews will be available for tasting. Cost is $10. Call (859) 255-0577.


Alfalfa Restaurant, 141 East Main Street, is helping Friends of The ­Kentucky Theatre raise money to ­renovate the downtown Lexington icon. On Wednesdays until Nov. 21, 20 percent of dinner sales will go to the theater. Dinner hours are 5:30 to 9 p.m. Also, Alfalfa now serves French-press coffee that’s locally roasted by Caffe Marco, and mimosas, wine nd beer at Sunday brunch starting at 11 a.m. Brunch hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call (859) 253-0014.
■ Two Lexington restaurants, ­Bourbon n’ Toulouse and Sahara ­Mediterranean Cuisine, have been ­included on UrbanSpoon’s list of ­“America’s most popular cheap eats.” According to the user review-based Web site for restaurants, “these are the ones that received the most coverage in the past year, via blogger reviews, food ­critics and diner votes.” Bourbon n’ Toulouse is at 829 Euclid Avenue, (859) 335-0300, and Sahara is at 3061 Fieldstone Way in Beaumont Centre, (859) 224-1138. The Herald-Leader and contribute their restaurant reviews to UrbanSpoon.

Farmers market report

■ Saturday is Bluegrass Farmers Market’s last day for the season. Items include tomatoes, winter squash, peppers, lamb, honey, lettuce, baked goods, soup bean mix, greens, sweet potatoes, eggs, herb seasoning, jams and pumpkins. The market is at 3450 Richmond Road in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Go to

Spaulding’s pizza skills highly rated

Greg Spaulding, manager of Puccini’s Smiling Teeth, and his U.S. teammates scored high marks at the 2012 World Championship of Pizza held in Salsomaggiore, Italy in April.
The U.S. Pizza Team was made up of expert pizza chefs and dough-spinning acrobatic performers from pizza restaurants across the United States. Team member Spaulding won the Best in the U.S. award in the classic pizza category. His colleague Tom Carfrae, owner of Tomaso’s Pizza in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, earned Best in the U.S. in the pan category, while Mike Amheiser, owner of Pizza Dock in Fredericktown, Ohio, took home the Best in the U.S. prize for his gluten-free pie. Go to or The U.S. team was sponsored by PMQ Pizza Magazine. This week, Spaulding is competing in the Global Pizza Challenge in Sydney, Australia. Puccini’s locations are Chevy Chase Place, (859) 269-0404;Beaumont Centre, (859) 219-0101,and 3801 Dylan Place, (859) 223-1588.
Special events
Town Branch Market, 233 East Main Street, at the corner of Esplanade, is celebrating its first anniversary on Friday and Saturday. There will be breakfast and lunch specials, and samples of new items, including biscuits and gravy, jumbo cinnamon rolls, and fresh baked personal pizzas. Call (859) 280-2122.
Natasha’s Bistro & Bar, 112 Esplanade, is serving farmers market brunch on Sundays. Natasha’s Sunday chef will be shopping at farmers market to buy ingredients for the menu which is served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Items include quiche, fruit plate, biscuits and sorghum, and scrambled eggs. Call (859) 259-2754 or go to
Jean Farris Winery, 6825 Old Richmond Road, is serving dinner, wine, and a movie in the vines this summer. On Friday, guests can watch The Help on the outdoor movie screen overlooking the estate vineyard. When making reservations for the outdoor movie event you must request a movie table. Call (859) 263-9463 or go to
■ June’s Greek Dinner Night at Panagia Pantovasilissa Greek Orthodox Church will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 16. The church, at 920Tates Creek Road, will have outside dining areas available, weather permitting. The featured vineyard is Chrisman Mill and the menu includes chicken in orange glaze, pork loin, and tilapia with spinach. Go to
■ The patio is open at Addie’s at The Woodford Inn, 104 Park Street, Versailles, where you can enjoy live music. A fish fry will be held Friday, and the dinner special on Saturday is surf & turf. Call (859) 873-5600 or go to
Winchell’s, 348 Southland Drive, will hold its annual lobster boil from 4 to 9:30 p.m. June 13. Whole Maine lobsters will be served with corn on the cob and new potatoes, along with New England clam chowder, and fresh fruit cobbler. Call (859) 278-9424.

Tea menu for June
■ The June menu at Greentree Tearoom will help beat the summer heat. Included are chilled cucumber-avocado soup, tropical chicken salad, tomato aspic, and orange panacotta. Greentree is at 521 West Short Street. Call (859) 455-9660 or go to

Farmers market report
■ The Bluegrass Farmers’ Market will celebrate the grand opening of the 2012 market season on Saturday and giving away Wildcat Blue market totes to the first 500 customers. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at 3450 Richmond Road, in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs. Go to
■ The farmers bazaar at Azur Restaurant, 3070 Lakecrest Circle, is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays on the patio. The market features local farmers and artisans. Azur serves brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Call (859) 296-1007 or go to
Winchester/Clark County Farmers Market  is open 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays and 3 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 217 South Main Street.
Woodford County Farmers’ Market will have beef, eggs, honey, pork and fruit. It’s open 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays in downtown Versailles.
Lexington Farmers Market locations are Cheapside Park, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday; Southland Drive, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday; Maxwell Street and South Broadway, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, and the parking lot of the University of Kentucky’s Commonwealth Stadium, next to University Drive, 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays. Go to

Bluegrass, Lexington farmers markets reopen

A rite of spring is upon us: Two of ­Lexington’s farmers markets are ­opening for the season this weekend.
Bluegrass Farmers’ Market opens Saturday. The market is at 3450 Richmond Road, in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Farmers will have locally produced spring vegetables, baked goods, herb seasoning, eggs and jams. Go to
Lexington Farmers Market opens ­Saturday for its 37th season. Items available will include eggs, meats, cheese, bedding and garden plants, honey and wine. Hours are 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The market is in Cheapside Park. Parking is free in the Financial Center garage. The Southland Drive market opens Sunday for the season. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Tuesday and Thursday market at Maxwell Street and South Broadway opens May 1. Go to

Openings, new hours and menus

Coles 735 Main is the newest ­tenant at the restaurant spot at East Main Street and North Ashland Avenue that has had a long list of proprietors, most recently Furlong’s and Onizim’s.
Cole Arimes is the chef/owner and has returned to Lexington after spending 18 years in Cincinnati. His menu includes a bit of everything, from burgers and steaks to Greek, French and Latin American specialties. Hours are 4 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 4 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Call (859) 266-9000.
■ The second Lexington location of Five Guys Burgers and Fries is open at 3090 Helmsdale Place, in Brighton Place Shoppes. Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Call (859) 263-5555. Go to
Stuarto’s Olive Oil Co. will open its second location Saturday at 804 Euclid Avenue in Chevy Chase. The store sells extra virgin olive oils, gourmet oils, ­balsamic vinegar and wine vinegars, from around the world. The store’s other location is at 2200 War Admiral Way. Call (859) 269-0088.
Asian Wind, 3735 Palomar Centre Drive, has new hours. It’s open from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday and noon to 10:30 p.m. Saturday. Call (859) 223-0060. Also, children eat free on Tuesday nights with the purchase of an adult entree.
Cheapside Bar and Grill, 131 ­Cheapside, now is open for brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The menu features “cowboy eggs,” Southwest Benedict, “un-holey doughnuts,” a “rise-and-shine burrito,” and croissant breakfast sandwich. The dinner menu is served beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday. Call (859) 254-0046.
Jean Farris Winery & Bistro has a new menu for spring. Included are duck pistachio terrine, Newsom’s Kentucky prosciutto, house-made sausage, house-cured smoked salmon, sea scallops, lamb rack, seared duck breast, Kentucky dry-aged rib-eye and striped bass. The winery is at 6825 Old Richmond Road. Call (859) 263-9463.
The Julep Cup, 111 Woodland Avenue, is serving lamb fries with red-eye gravy as the weekend special. Also available are chipotle-roasted prime rib with Maytag bleu cheese soufflé and Greek yogurt marinated lamb kebabs.Call (859) 226-0300.
Ramsey’s Diner is bringing back its popular chicken salad and fresh local asparagus for spring. Go to ­ for locations of the four Ramsey’s Diners.

Special events

■ Sondra Strunk, owner of Sondra’s Wine Creations, will offer samples of her new product Friday and Saturday at the Kentucky Proud Market in the ­Lexington Convention Center, 410 West Vine Street. Strunk is making ­pineapple wine jelly from her ­homemade ­pineapple wine.
Thai Orchid Cafe is celebrating Songkran, the Thai new year, with ­special noodle dishes through ­Sunday. In Thai culture, the long length of ­noodles represents happiness and longevity, owner chef Toa Green said. Dishes include super noodle bowl, drunken spaghetti, spicy tom yum noodle bowl, and curries over egg noodles. Thai Orchid is at 1030 South Broadway. Call (859) 288-2170 or go to


Berries on Bryan Station is ­adding a pick-up point for its community-­supported agriculture clients. It’s at Wild Thyme, 1060 Chinoe Road, from 1 to 6 p.m. Thursdays. The farm is at 4744 Bryan Station. Call (859) 293-0077.

Make reservations now for Valentine’s Day

If you’re looking for a romantic place, or a neighborhood hangout, to take your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day, you have plenty of choices. Here are some places that are offering dinner specials on Feb. 14, unless otherwise noted.

Alfalfa Restaurant, 141 East Main Street, will serve Valentine dinners on Feb. 11 and Feb. 14. Hours are 5:30 to 9 p.m. Call (859) 253-0014. Menu items are seared half rack of lamb with ginger cherry sauce and roasted asparagus, and lobster and spinach crepes with sun dried tomato white wine cream, topped with Boone Creek Asiago cheese.

■ Brown’s Bakery, 1226 Versailles Road, is taking orders for Valentine goodies. Included are chocolate dipped strawberries, chocolate truffles, mini cheesecake, chocolate heart brownies, and assorted Valentine-themed cupcakes. Call (859) 225-8400  or visit

CastlePost, 230 Pisgah Pike in Woodford County, is having a semi-formal dinner which begins at 6:30 p.m. with a complimentary champagne reception. Dinner is at 7 p.m., followed by dancing. Entrée choices are Carmel Valley quail stuffed with Swiss chard, goat cheese and foie gras; and sea bass with beurre rouge served with brown butter gnocchi. Dinner for two is $250. Call (502) 553-7852 or visit Roses for the ladies will be provided by The Best of Flowers.

Greentree Tearoom, 521 West Short Street, normally is closed on Tuesdays, but will be serving tea on Valentine’s Day. Here’s the menu for February: French onion soup; poppy seed scone with cherry curd; Low Country shrimp and grits; corn salsa in phyllo cups; white pimento cheese and red radish ribbon tea sandwiches; strawberry cupcakes; and chocolate pots de crème. Call (859) 455-9660 or visit

Jean Farris Winery & Bistro, 6825 Old Richmond Road, will serve a prix fixe Valentine’s dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. Feb. 10-14. Cost is $75 a person. The menu features lobster bisque, poached pear salad, sea bass or beef Wellington, and red velvet soufflé. Call (859) 263-9463 or visit

The Julep Cup, 111 Woodland Avenue, will have live music and dinner specials include lobster mac and cheese, beef tenderloin with truffles, and sole in phyllo. Call (859) 226-0300.

Thai Orchid Café, 1030 South Broadway, will serve a four-course dinner for two for $49. Entrees include caramel chicken with cashews, chicken curry, and ginger chicken supreme. Call (859) 288-2170.

W.C.Wieners, 289 South Limestone, is offering a “Double Dose” special now through Feb. 14. The sweetheart special is classic Polishes, chips, and sodas for two for $6.99. Call (859) 255-0055.



Winchell’s, 348 Southland Drive, is offering menu specials for Super Bowl Sunday. Included are New England clam chowder, steamed mussels, New York strip steak, pastrami sandwich, New York style cheese cake. Call (859) 278-9424.

Bourbon n’ Toulouse, 829 Euclid Avenue, is serving alligator etouffee in honor of the University of Kentucky-University of Florida game on Tuesday. Alligator will be on the menu on Monday and game day. Call (859) 335-0300 or visit


Cardinal Hill Hospital, 2050 Versailles Road, held its annual Wild Game Dinner & Sport Auction on Jan. 27. Chefs competed for awards and here are the winners. Seth Russell, chef at The Hilary J. Boone Center at the University of Kentucky, won the people’s choice award for fried rabbit and waffles with hazelnut butter, brown sugar bacon, lavender infused maple syrup, and quail egg. The chef’s choice award went to Cardinal Hill chef Cornelious Cunningham for bison and mushroom stroganoff.

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