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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.

 

Minton’s 760 is open on North Limestone

Minton’s 760, now open at 760 North Limestone, features a menu that owner Ashley Minton calls “Southern with a twist.” Minton, who also owns Nova Gourmets Personal Chef & Events, said Minton’s will serve many recipes that are “my family’s favorites that I have adapted/changed up,” she said.
Breakfast and lunch are served from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays and dinner is served from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.
“For dinner we will be doing seasonal dishes. They will change every week and be based on what is in season and what we can get from our farmers. We are using as many local products and foods as we possibly can, and will be making many items from scratch, such as sausage and apple butter,” she said.
Breakfast includes French toast, morning hot Brown, potato omelet, and biscuits and gravy. For lunch, there’s tomato pie, Carolina pulled pork, chicken pot pie, fried green tomatoes with ham salad, and chicken and dumplings. Call (859) 948-1874.

Events

■ Kentucky Mudworks and Bourbon n’ Toulouse’s annual Empty Bowls event on Saturday will benefit Moveable Feast Lexington.  Starting at 11 a.m., customers can donate $15 and choose a handmade bowl and receive a free bowl of Cajun food.
The ceramic bowls were made by local artists at Mudworks. Moveable Feast delivers hot, freshly cooked meals to people living with AIDS/HIV-related illnesses as well as individuals who are patients of Hospice of the Bluegrass. Bourbon n’ Toulouse is at 829 Euclid Avenue. Call (859) 335-0300.
■ The Bourbon Review magazine’s second annual Bourbon Under the Stars will celebrate Bourbon National Heritage Month. The party will be from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday at Fasig-Tipton, 2400 Newtown Pike. Tickets are $135 at the door. Call (502) 333-0086.
There will be a buffet of bourbons and special guests will be Bill Samuels Jr. of Maker’s Mark, and master distiller Jim Rutledge of Four Roses. Jonathan Lundy, chef/owner of Jonathan at Gratz Park, and Jeremy Ashby, chef at Azur, will prepare special dishes.
Alfalfa Restaurant, 141 East Main Street, is honoring author Ruth Reichl with special dinners on Friday and Saturday. Reichl is the keynote speaker at the University of Kentucky Women’s Writers Conference this weekend. Alfalfa will feature recipes from Reichl’s memoir Comfort Me with Apples. Chef Evan Gray will prepare Channing Way shrimp curry, made with fresh local vegetables simmered in a creamy coconut lime curry sauce, and served over brown rice with fresh fruit chutney on side. Hours are 5:30 to 9 p.m. Call (859) 253-0014 or go to Alfalfarestaurant.com.
Thai Orchid Cafe will host a celebration of local food and sustainable culture on Saturday. Harvest Fest will benefit Seedleaf, a non-profit organization that aims to increase the availability of fresh, wholesome food to people at risk of hunger in Central Kentucky. There will be live music, and food and beverage tastings from Thai Orchid, Good Foods Market & Café, The Wholesome Chef, West Sixth Brewing, and Elmwood Stock Farm. Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. at Thai Orchid, 1030 South Broadway. Tickets are $40. Call (859) 288-2170.
Marikka’s Oktoberfest begins Friday and runs through Oct. 13. German Music Trio will play on Friday and Saturday nights. The menu features smoked pork knuckle cooked in sauerkraut and served with sauerkraut and mashed potatoes; Munich reuben, made with rye bread, bajuval cheese, sauerkraut, and bratwursts; and seasoned ground beef, mustard, and pickle wrapped in a thin strip of steak then covered with brown gravy. Call (859) 275-1925 or go to Marikkas.com. Marikkas is at 411 Southland Drive.
Horseshoe Bend Winery is holding its second Dinner in the Vineyard from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday. Dustin Staggers, chef at 60 West Bistro in St. Matthews in Louisville, will prepare the menu. The five-course meal with wine pairings is $75. The winery is at 1187 Lawson Lane in Willisburg. Call (859) 375-0296.
■ During September, The Ketch Seafood Grill will feature a Maine lobster clambake, including a 1 ¼-pound freshly steamed lobster, steamed clams, corn on the cob, red skin potatoes, and drawn butter. Call (859) 277-5919 or go to Ketchseafoodgrill.com. The Ketch is at 2012 Regency Road.
Grimes Mill Winery, 6707 Grimes Mill Road, is celebrating its first anniversary from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday. There will be live music from 4 to 7 p.m. featuring harmonica and guitar blues. Call (859) 543-9691or go to Grimesmillwinery.com.
■ Chuck’s famous BBQ and old-fashioned cheese grits are on the menu Saturday at Smith-Berry Winery’s dinner/concert. Nervous Melvin and the Mistakes will entertain from 6 to 9:30 p.m. The winery is at 855 Drennon Road in New Castle. Call 1-888-845-7091 or (502) 845-7091 or go to Smithberrywinery.com.

Farmers market report

■ Saturday is the last day for the Bluegrass Farmers Market Willow Oak location, 730 Millpond Road, in the parking lot for the Willow Oak Pool. The main location at 3450 Richmond Road, in the Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs parking lot, will be open for a few more weeks from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, and 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday. Farmers have tomatoes, squash, eggplant, peppers, raspberries, watermelons, bok choy, eggs, herb seasoning, and pumpkins. Go to Localharvest.org/blog/29529.

Cajun specialties will fill those Empty Bowls

Empty Bowls project benefits Moveable Feast/Photo by Mark Ashley

Empty Bowls project benefits Moveable Feast/Photo by Mark Ashley

The purchase of a handcrafted bowl will help Moveable Feast of Lexington deliver healthful meals to people who are ­homebound.
At the third annual Empty Bowls event Saturday, you can buy a bowl, made by creative children or ­local ­artists, for $15. Then Bourbon n’ ­Toulouse will fill the bowls with its ­Cajun specialties. The bowls are ­donated by Kentucky Mudworks.
Hours are from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Bourbon n’ Toulouse, 829 Euclid ­Avenue. Call (859) 335-0300. Go to Bntlex.com or Kentuckymudworks.com.

What’s new

■ The first Nicholasville ­location of Firehouse Subs is open at 451 Keene Centre Drive. The restaurant’s ­firehouse theme is based on the ­founders’ ­combined 200 years of firefighting heritage. The Nicholasville restaurant is decorated with local fire department artifacts and pictures of well-known area fire scenes. Specialty subs include the New York steamer, inspired by New York delicatessens, which combines corned beef brisket and pastrami topped with provolone cheese. The store has the new Coca-Cola Freestyle machine, which offers more than 100 sparkling and still beverages from a single ­freestanding unit. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. ­Sunday through Thursday and 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Call (859) 882-5011 or go to Firehousesubs.com.
Stuarto’s Olive Oil Co., 2200 War Admiral Way, has added some new products to its lineup. Included are 24 varieties of sea salt in 1-, 2-, and 3.5-ounce packages. Prices range from $1 to $8.75. Flavors include chili verde, Himalayan pink, lemon twist, Spanish rosemary, toasted onion, and sun-­ripened tomato. Call (859) 263-0088.
■ Leo Capezzuto, owner of Casanova Italian Restaurant, has just returned from a trip to Italy. “I enjoyed some food that I haven’t eaten for a long time,” he said. They were traditional family reunion dishes served Sundays. He has added three of the dishes to the menu at the restaurant, 855 South Broadway. They are prosciutto e mozzarella, a classic Italian antipasto; rigatoni alla ­Amatriciana; and veal cotoletta alla Milanese. Call (859) 309-3313 or go to Casanovaky.com.

Events

The sixth annual Holly Hill Inn ­harvest dinner will be Saturday at ­Happy Jack’s Pumpkin Farm in ­Frankfort. Holly Hill chef/owner Ouita Michel and her staff will grill just-picked vegetables from Lee Ann and Richard Jones’ fields. The menu also includes grilled chicken; boneless pork chops; calypso slaw; melon salad; succotash; corn pudding; pickled beets; and sliced tomatoes with blue cheese, bacon and sherry vinaigrette. The cost is $45.
Happy Jack’s is at 966 Hickman Hill Road. In case of severe weather, the meal will be served at Holly Hill Inn, 426 North Winter Street, Midway, which will be closed for regular dinner service that evening. Call (859) 846-4732 or visit Hollyhillinn.com.
Orchid Flower Restaurant, 3090 Old Todds Road, offers happy hour specials from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The happy roll combo, $10, features a choice of two rolls, soup and salad. Call (859) 543-1126 or visit Orchidflowerrestaurant.com.
T.G.I. Friday’s is collecting non-perishable pet toys, treats and items for the Lexington Humane Society through Sept. 8. Customers who donate an item will receive a free appetizer. For ­locations, visit TGIfridays.com.

Farmers market report

Bluegrass Farmers Market is at its peak. Check out the locally grown items at 3450 Richmond Road, in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Hours at the Mill Pond Shopping Center are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 6:30 p.m. ­Thursday. Go to Localharvest.org/blog/29529.
East End Community ­Farmers Market will have tomatoes, squash, okra, ­melons, half-runner green beans and honey. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 560 East Third Street at the Pavilion at Midland Avenue and Third Street.
Lexington Farmers Market is open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in Cheapside Park in the Fifth Third Bank Pavilion; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday on Southland Drive near Sav-A-Lot, and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at South Broadway and Maxwell Street.
Woodford County Farmers’ ­Market will feature a celebrity chef ­cooking ­demonstration Saturday. A chef from ­Addie’s at The Woodford Inn in ­Versailles will prepare fresh produce. Market locations and hours are: 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays at ­Courthouse Square, 3 to 6 p.m. Mondays in ­downtown Midway and 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays at Versailles ­Presbyterian Church.