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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.

MacFarlanes open Sweet Lily’s yogurt shop

sweetlillysChris and Leah MacFarlane opened their first independent frozen yogurt store in late December and named it after their daughter Lily. Sweet Lily’s Frozen Yogurt and Coffee is at 2573 Richmond Road, in the French Quarter Square.
“We wanted to give Lexington a healthy dessert option that was also delicious. My husband and I are both huge sweet-treats fan but wanted something a little better than ice cream but just as delicious,” Leah MacFarlane said.
The self-serve store offers 15 alternating flavors with gluten- and dairy-free choices available. Sweet Lily’s also sells Kentucky Mountain Coffee, Blue Smoke chips and salsa from West Virginia, and frozen yogurt cakes and pies.
Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Call (859) 335-8661.
New menus
Natasha’s Bistro & Bar, 112 Esplanade, has added bistro chicken to its evening menu. “Likely developed out of the basement kitchens of Parisian apartments where tenants paid for both room and board, it was a saucy and delicious meal all in one skillet that satisfied hard-working French,” owner Gene Williams said. “Natasha’s brined and roasted half chicken does just that: a big portion of juicy chicken with a garlic parsley persillade served with green beans and house fresh cut fries.” The cost is $18. The weekend steak special is grilled filet mignon. Call (859) 259-2754 or go to Beetnik.com.
■ Leo Capezzuto, owner of Casanova Express, now has an authentic Neapolitan lightly fried calzone on his menu. “This calzone is only prepared in this way in some areas of Naples, Italy,” he said. Also available are the traditional oven-baked calzone, white pizza, and whole-wheat margherita pizza. Casanova is at 325 West Main Street, on the ground level of Festival Market. Call (859) 252-7777or go to Casanovalex.com.
■ The winter menu at Jean Farris Winery & Bistro, 6825 Old Richmond Road, features rich and hearty dishes such as chicken chardonnay, lobster pappardelle, and duck cassoulet, and for dessert, bourbon butterscotch pot de creme with peanut butter fudge. Call (859) 263-9463 or go to Jeanfarris.com.

Special events
Azur Restaurant is introducing a food chain chef series that will explore sustainable food practices with dinners that progress course-by-course through the natural food chain of a species.
The first dinner, “Ocean,” will showcase sustainable seafood at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 29. The seven-course tasting menu will feature the indigenous predator of the preceding course, accented with ingredients that highlight each fish species, executive chef Jeremy Ashby said. The cost is $70.
The menu features konbu seaweed dashi with sea bean; shrimp and lobster carpaccio with berbere spice; cold-smoked mullet with meuniére sauce; butter-poached golden tile fish with Asian pear and lemon sauce; mango snapper with Marcona almonds,; amberjack with porcini and truffle risotto; and caramel flan with tropical fruits and coconut meringue.
Azur is in Beaumont Centre at 3070 Lakecrest Circle. Call (859) 296-1007 or go to Azurrestaurant.com.
Announcements
Stella’s Kentucky Deli, 143 Jefferson Street, has opened another dining room that offers five extra tables and space for parties of 10. Stella’s menus are built around local produce and include Colcord Farm beef, Garey Farm chicken, Kenny’s Farmhouse cheese, Stone Cross Farm sausages and pork, and Weisenberger Mill grits. Call (859) 255-3354 or go to Stellaskentuckydeli.com.
Farmers market report
■ Lexington Farmers Market is open on Saturday at Cheapside Park. This week, farmers have eggs, pork, beef, chicken, lamb, kale, potatoes, turnips, dried beans, onions, fried pies, sweet breads, jams, salsas, coffee, and prepared foods. Go to Lexingtonfarmersmarket.com.

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 Jeanfarris.com.

■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 Tedsmontanagrill.com.

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 Lexingtonfarmersmarket.com.
■ 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
Bluegrassbakingcompany.com.
■ 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 Themerrickinn.com.
■ 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 Gomongo.com.
■ 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 Thaiorchidcafe.net, 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 Greentreetearoom.com.
■ The Julep Cup, 111 Woodland Avenue, is offering half-price bottles of wine on Thursdays. Call (859) 226-0300 or go to
The julepcup.com.
■ 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 Greygooserestaurants.com.

A smaller version of Casanova is open downtown

Leo Capezzuto closed his Italian restaurant on South Broadway on July 31 because the building, which once housed The Coach House, was being torn down. While looking for another location, Capezzuto decided to open a small Italian café on Main Street. “Just to not get rusty,” he said. Casanova Café, on the ground level of Festival Market at 325 West Main Street, serves bow tie chicken pesto, lasagna Bolognese, Mediterranean salad, cheese steak sandwich, and Italian wedding soup. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call (859) 252-7777.

Now there’s only one JK’s Cafe

Greg and Alice Keller have sold JK’s Café in downtown Winchester to concentrate on their other location at Forest Grove Grocery.
“The Forest Grove location is a 50-seat restaurant which has been open for a year this month,” Greg Keller said. “It serves a full breakfast menu with meat and eggs, sausage gravy and biscuits, country ham biscuits, breakfast hot Browns, and quiche.” The lunch menu features chicken salad, beer cheese burgers, hot Brown, soup beans and corn bread, and meatloaf subs.
JK’s Café at Forest Grove Grocery is at 4636 Old Boonesboro Road in Clark County. Hours are 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Call (859) 744-4444.

Events

WineStyles of Lexington, 2535 Nicholasville Road, is introducing the new vintage of  “The Prisoner” at a Prisoner Release Party from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday.
“Most wine drinkers know of Dave Phinney, a hot winemaker who makes very interesting wines from vineyards all over the world, and his labels are very creative and slightly edgy. He is probably best known for ‘The Prisoner,’ a red blend from California.  He always releases the new vintage of ‘The Prisoner’ on Halloween,” owner Jim Taylor said. The store will also pour Blindford (a white blend) and Bayonette (a red blend from France).  Cost is  $10 for a flight of all three wines.
Call (859) 278- 9463.
Wines on Vine, 400 Old Vine Street, is having a holiday wine trade tasting on Monday. Wine from eight distributors will be sampled. Cost is $10. Call  (859) 243-0017.
Centenary United Methodist Women is having an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. The menu features pancakes, sausage, and biscuits and gravy. Cost is $5. Gluten-free pancakes are $4.  The church is at 2800 Tates Creek Road. Call Pat Burton at (859) 223-2946.

New on the menu

■ Nat Yuttayong, owner of Nat’s Thai restaurant, 111 South Upper Street, is preparing stir-fry venison tenderloin, with red curry paste and basil, on Friday. “It is the most tender meat I have ever cooked,” Yuttayong said. Call  (859) 433-0197.
Greentree Tearoom, 521 West Short Street, is serving a hearty menu for November. Included are lobster bisque; sweet potato scone;   turkey and berry pilaf in filo; basil mashed potatoes, curried egg salad, brown sugar cupcakes, and citrus spice panna cotta. Call (859) 455-9660  or go to Greentreetearoom.com.
Fazoli’s is forming its first partnership with Ghirardelli Chocolate Company, and participating Fazoli’s locations are serving pumpkin swirl cheesecake. It’s New York Style cheesecake, swirled with pumpkin, and topped with Ghirardelli caramel sauce. Cost is $1.99.  The special runs through Jan. 5. For locations, go to Fazolis.com.

Awards

■ Visitors at the Kentucky Proud Incredible Food Show last weekend, voted for their favorite food items.  Here are the winners:
Overall winner in the sweet category is Crigger Farm, and Willa’s Shortbread received honorable mention. In the savory category, the winner is Single Barrel Sauce Company, and Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheese, received honorable mention. The People’s Choice award went to Red State BBQ.  Winners of the best booth display are La Petite Sucre and The Weekly Juicery.

Farmers market report

Lexington Farmers’ Market is still open on Tuesdays and Thursdays at South Broadway and Maxwell Street, and on Saturdays in Cheapside Park.  Products include broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, potatoes, garlic, dried beans, spinach, lettuce, winter squash, pie pumpkins, eggs, honey, beef, chicken, lamb, goat, and pastured turkeys, which can still be pre-ordered in time for Thanksgiving.  Go to Lexingtonfarmersmarket.com.

BBQ n Rouxs, a food truck worth finding

BBQ N RouxsIf you stumble upon the BBQ n Rouxs  food truck in Mt. Sterling, you’ve found some great barbecue and gumbo.

Wayne and Cindy Toy decided they would combine both their cooking talents and offer an alternative to hot dogs and burgers. They bought a food truck in North Carolina and opened for business in June. Cindy Toy, a registered nurse, makes the gumbo, chicken salad, and pies; Wayne Toy smokes the pork over hickory wood. They operate the food truck on weekends in the parking lot of City Blue, 1501 Indian Mound Drive, and at events. On Friday, the Toys will be at Rock the Courthouse concert in downtown Mt. Sterling.

The menu includes BBQ nachos (nacho chips, pulled pork, BBQ sauce, white Cheddar cheese and jalapenos); chicken salad on croissant or in a spinach wrap, pulled pork sandwich, and gumbo. Cindy Toy uses her South Louisiana family recipe for gumbo.

Call (859) 749-3874  or check BBQ n Rouxs’ facebook page for events.

Special events

Bourbon n’ Toulouse, 829 Euclid Avenue, will serve a low-country shrimp boil at 6 p.m. Saturday as part of the Chevy Chase Street Fair. The 800 block of Euclid will be closed from 4 to 10 p.m. for the festivities which will include live music.

Bourbon n’ Toulouse will serve West Sixth’s IPA and amber and hurricane drinks. Other food and drink vendors will include Athenian Grill, MonTea, Rincon, Billy’s BBQ, Charlie Brown’s, and Graeter’s. Call (859) 335-0300  or go to Bntlex.com.

■ While in the Chevy Chase neighborhood, drop by the Greek Festival on Saturday. It will be from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Cassidy Elementary, 1125 Tates Creek Road.

The event will include Greek food, music, dancing, and a boutique sale. Cost is $2. Proceeds support the Greek Orthodox Church’s building fund. Call (859) 266-1921 or go to LexingtonGreekFestival.com.

■ The Lexington Farmers’ Market will hold its annual Taste of the Farm Dinner at 5:30 p.m. Saturday featuring recipes from Beyond the Fence: A Culinary Look at Historic Lexington. Ingredients will come from market members and will highlight the quality and breadth of market offerings, market manager Jeff Dabbelt said. Red Barn Radio will provide music. The dinner will be held at the Fifth Third Bank Pavillion in Cheapside Park. Tickets, at $45, are available at any market location or at Lexingtonfarmersmarket.com.

■ The Carper Family brings their retro-acoustic sound to Natasha’s Bistro on Tuesday. The Austin-based trio of Melissa Carper, upright bass, Beth Chrisman, fiddle, and Jenn Miori, guitar, will entertain at 9 p.m. Natasha’s is at 112 Esplanade. Call (859) 259-2754  or go to Beetnik.com  or Carperfamilyband.com.

New chef

The Dish, 438 South Ashland Avenue, celebrated its fifth anniversary earlier this month with the return of the original chef, Jeremiah Bowman. “He is back from working for a year in Cincinnati and has a whole new arsenal of ideas and dishes to share with the foodies in Lexington,” owner Trish Tungate said. “We will be putting out some new late summer additions to our menu in the coming weeks.”

The Dish offers half-price bottles of wine with purchase of two dinner entrees on Wino Wednesday, and happy hour runs all night on Thursdays. Call (859) 317-8438  or go to Thedishlex.com.

Farmers market report

Bluegrass Farmers’ Market will have corn, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, green beans, potatoes, peppers, melons, berries, peaches, apples, lamb, goat, chicken, beef, pork, baked goods, herb seasoning, pimento and beer cheese, jams, eggs, and cut flowers. Go to Bluegrassfarmersmarket.org.

Winchester/Clark County Farmers Market will have sweet corn, tomatoes, green beans, peppers, squash, and melons. Home processors have pickles, relishes, jams and jellies, and fresh baked goodies. Kentucky Proud products include jerky, barbecue sauce, and salsa. Hours are 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday on Depot Street.

House Food & Wine joins South Lime lineup

The 200 block of South ­Limestone is home to ­several ­burgeoning ­businesses. The ­latest to open is House Food & Wine.
The restaurant opened this month in a restored circa 1900 house at 207 South Limestone. The menu is “upscale casual with modern American, Italian and international flavors, all in a budget-friendly and comfortable setting with an open kitchen,” partner David Jones said.
House specialties include panini sliders, burgers, pasta, entree salads and arepas, a Venezuelan corn cake filled with meat or cheese. Soup and dessert selections rotate daily, and the signature House dessert is a brownie with vanilla-bean ice cream.
Other managing partners are Isaac Kurs and Shawn Mitchell and his wife, Venezuela native Carolina, who is also the kitchen manager.
House is across the street from Jones and Kurs’ other venture, Soundbar.
Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Parking is available at 225 South Limestone. Call (859) 379-8207 or go to Housefoodandwine.com.

Openings

■ A new spot to enjoy breakfast and lunch in Paris is Thyme Café and Catering, 602 Main Street. Cathy Vance is the chef. The menu features Belgian waffles, quiches, omelets, hot Browns, Angus burgers, soups and salads. Hours are 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Call (859) 987-1488.

Special events

■ Wes Berry, author of The ­Kentucky Barbecue Book, will be a guest chef at Azur Restaurant at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Executive chef ­Jeremy Ashby has created a menu that ­represents some of Kentucky’s native regional barbecue styles. Dinner and a signed copy of Berry’s book are $55.95. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m.
The menu includes Western ­Kentucky slow smoked and pulled ­Boston butt with bourbon sauce, Daviess County-style sassafras smoked mutton and Monroe County-style pork steaks.
Azur is at 3070 Lakecrest Circle. Call (859) 296-1007 or go to ­Azurrestaurant.com.
Jonathan at Gratz Park, 120 West Second Street, is having a Southern-style pig roast at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. The cost is $25. Call (859) 252-4949 or go to Jagp.info.
■ The dinner/concert at Smith-Berry Winery on ­Saturday ­features the sounds of Nobody’s ­Bizness. The buffet menu includes grilled pork chops and grilled chicken breast. Tickets are $23.95 in advance. Call (502) 845-7091 or go to ­Smithberrywinery.com. The winery is at 855 Drennon Road in New Castle.

Announcements

Minton’s at 760, 760 North ­Limestone, will open seven days a week beginning July 1. Call (859) 948-1874 or go to Mintonsat760.com.
Furlongs, 130 West Tiverton Way, is flying in fresh crawfish and crabs for the Fourth of July celebration. The deadline to place an order is June 28. Call (859) 913-5611.
■ Weekly fish fries are back on Fridays at Addie’s Restaurant at The Woodford Inn, 140 Park Street in Versailles. The menu ­features hand-battered cod, shrimp, clams and calamari. There will be live music on the lawn from 7 to 11 p.m. Dinner service begins at 5. The regular dinner menu also is available. Call (859) 873-5600 or go to ­Thewoodfordinn.com.

Farmers market report

■ Maggie Green, author of The Kentucky Fresh Cookbook, will be at the Lexington Farmers Market at Cheapside Park on Saturday. She will sign copies of her book at the Homegrown Authors table from 9 a.m. to noon. Also at the table will be Eddie Price, author of the novel Widder’s Landing.
Bluegrass Farmers Market will have black raspberries, tomatoes, lettuce, squash, cucumbers, greens, cauliflower, broccoli, baked goods, herb seasoning, pimento and beer cheese, jams and eggs. Go to Bluegrassfarmersmarket.org.
Winchester Farmers Market is open from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday on Main Street in the parking lot of Blue Grass Museum. Market items include ­cucumbers, zucchini, green beans, turnips, green tomatoes, red and green lettuce, onions, green tomatoes, fresh ground or whole bean coffee, black ­raspberries, organic vegetables, fresh ground whole wheat bread, sweet rolls, free range eggs, herbs and fresh flowers. The market also is open 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday.

If you can eat a Triple D burger, it’s free at Anthony’s

If you’re in the mood for a simple, freshly made hamburger, you’ll want to try Anthony’s Fat Burgers. Anthony Adams opened the spot at 1539 Eastland Parkway on May 1. Several years back, Adams ran Anthony’s Coney Island at Third and Jefferson streets. “I got out of the business for a while, and now I’m back,” he said.
Adams also serves chili cheese dogs, fish sandwiches, Philly cheese steaks, ice cream, and milk shakes. If you can eat the three-pound Triple D burger, it’s free. Hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Call (859) 523-2311.

Closed

■ A reader stopped by El Chico Mexican Restaurant at Beaumont Centre last week and was surprised that it was closed. We checked with El Chico corporate office and spokesperson Ellen Courtney said the store closed in January. “The decision to close the Lexington El Chico was a difficult one. El Chico hopes to return to Lexington one day,” she said. Go to Elchico.com.

Memorial Day specials

Alfalfa Restaurant, 141 East Main Street, will be serve a holiday brunch from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday. Featured will be a farmers market omelette made with ingredients available at Saturday’s market. Call (859) 253-0014 or go to Alfalfarestaurant.com.
Staxx BBQ will celebrate Memorial Day weekend with a holiday special Friday through Sunday. When you buy five pounds of pork, chicken, turkey, sausage and/or brisket, you’ll receive four free quarts of sides (baked beans, cole slaw, potato salad, green beans, macaroni and cheese). Staxx is at 11 Carson Place in Frankfort. Call (502) 352-2515 or go to Staxxbbq.com.
The Grey Goose, 170 Jefferson Street, will have specials for the holiday weekend. Included are bruschetta pizza with an olive oil and garlic base, and the entrée special is sauteed mussels with a white wine butter sauce. Call (859) 233-1500.

 

 Special events

Equus Run Vineyards, 1280 Moores Mill Road in Midway, observes its 15th anniversary with an open house from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. Featured music includes the University of Kentucky’s Steel Drum Band and Keith Hubbard and the Hubcats. Call (859) 846-9463 or go to Equusrunvineyards.com.
The Beer Trappe, 811 Euclid Avenue, is celebrating its third anniversary Saturday through May 31. The kick-off party is at 2 p.m. Saturday. The craft beer store will tap three to four special kegs every night during the week. Included are: Avery Tweak; Bell’s Bourbon Barrel Batch 9,000; J.W. Lees Harvest 2011; and West 6th English IPA. Call (859) 309-0911 or go to Thebeertrappe.com.
■ Country singer/songwriter Shelly Rann will perform at Natasha’s Bistro at 8 p.m. Sunday, Rann, who lives in Nashville, is a Lexington native who has shared the stage with country stars Vince Gill, Trace Adkins, and Alabama. Cover charge is $10. Natasha’s is at 112 Esplanade. Call (859) 259-2754.

Farmers market report

■ Shelley Johnson, owner of Shelley’s Hand-Picked Asparagus, has a bountiful crop of asparagus this spring. “I’m picking 40 to 60 pounds daily,” she said. Although Johnson isn’t certified organic, she uses no chemicals or pesticides on the asparagus. Varieties are purple passion and Jersey knights and cost is $5 a pound. The farm stand is 9 miles from New Circle Road on Old Frankfort Pike at Hedden Road. Hours are 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call (859) 619-4996.
Bluegrass Farmers’ Market will have strawberries, lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, baked goods, jams, herb seasoning, beer cheese, lamb, goat, veal, beef, pork, chicken, and eggs on Saturday. The market is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 3450 Richmond Road, in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs. Go to Bluegrassfarmersmarket.org.
Lexington Farmers’ Market now is open from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday on the University of Kentucky campus at Alumni and University drives. Included are local strawberries, lettuces, spinach, asparagus, green onions, green garlic, cheeses, eggs, honey, baked goods, flowers, meats, granola, oils and vinegars, and prepared foods. Markets also are open at Cheapside Park on Saturday, Broadway and Maxwell Street on Tuesday and Thursday, and Southland Drive on Sunday. Go to Lexingtonfarmersmarket.com.

The Jax joins Short Street entertainment district

The Jax is Lexington’s newest downtown restaurant to join Short Street’s entertainment district.
Owner Aimee Lovitz said the name originated from fond childhood memories of playing jacks with her grandmother. “With jacks, anyplace can become your playground,” Lovitz said.
The restaurant, lounge, and late night and events venue will feature “globally inspired, locally infused cuisine, cocktails and culture,” Lovitz said. Her brother, Brad, is general manager and Natalie Blake, a season nine contestant on Fox Hell’s Kitchen, is executive chef. Aimee Lovitz consulted with Wild Thyme owner Allison Davis to create a menu of dishes sourced with fresh, local ingredients.
Jax is at 101 West Short Street, at the corner of North Limestone and Short Street. Hours are 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday. Call (859) 721-2339.

Announcements

■ Fresh asparagus from Greenwood Farm in Versailles is on the menu at Ramsey’s Diners. Locations are 496 East High Street, 4053 Tates Creek Centre, 3090 Helmsdale Drive, and 4391 Harrodsburg Road. Go to Ramseysdiners.com.
Gold Star Chili, 350 Foreman Avenue, has reopened and offers an expanded menu that includes gourmet burgers and chicken sandwiches. The store will celebrate its re-opening with Customer Appreciation Day on June 5, offering Gold Star Chili’s signature 3-ways for $3. Call (859) 317-9240. Go to Goldstarchili.com.
■ Construction workers are at Parkette Drive-In but they’re not there for the Poor Boys. The crew is building a cover for the back patio and installing six garage doors around it. “The decor is going to be a retro ‘50s garage,” co-owner Randy Kaplan said. “With the addition, we’ll add more than 90 seats.” The remodeling should be completed by the end of June. Parkette is at 1230 East New Circle Road. Call (859) 254-8723 or go to Theparkette.com.

 Events

■ The seventh annual Kentucky Ale Brew-Off will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Lexington Brewing and Distilling Company, 401 Cross Street. Home brewers will be brewing their craft on site as part of the Lexington Craft Beer Week celebration.
The winning brew will be scaled up to a single, commercial-sized batch by Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and sold on draft locally. The winner will also have his or her batch entered into the 2013 Pro-Am Competition at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver.
■ Chef Chris Eliopoulos is preparing an Ionian menu for Saturday’s monthly Greek dinner at Panagia Pantovasilissa Greek Orthodox Church, 920 Tates Creek Road. The dinner, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., features a choice of chicken in orange glaze, tilapia in spinach, or pork loin. Cost is $12. Call (859) 266-1921 or go to GreekDinner.com.
Staxx BBQ, 11 Carson Place in Frankfort, is celebrating its second anniversary with specials on Friday. Guests can buy any sandwich combo and receive a sandwich combo free from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; buy a pound of pork and receive a pound of pork free from 2 to 5 p.m.; and buy two racks of ribs and receive a rack of ribs free from 5 to 9 p.m. Call (502) 352-2515 or go to Staxxbbq.com.

Farmers market report

Bluegrass Farmers’ Market will have spring greens, asparagus, lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, baked goods, jams, herb seasoning, beer cheese, lamb, goat, veal, beef, pork, eggs, soaps, veggie plants on 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. Go to Bluegrassfarmersmarket.org.
■ The farmers market at Azur Restaurant in Beaumont Centre is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Call (859) 296-1007 or go to Azurrestaurant.com.
■ Lexington Farmers Market vendors will have lettuce, spinach, asparagus, arugula, kale, collards, sweet potatoes, and green garlic. Go to Lexingtonfarmersmarket.com for locations.

Jackson’s in Richmond has homey menu

When Sean Jackson of Richmond found out that the space where Opal’s Restaurant had been was for sale, he knew it would be an ideal spot for his own restaurant. After working for Outback Restaurant for 13 years, he has opened Jackson’s Restaurant at 203 South Third Street in Richmond.
He says he wanted to serve a homestyle menu, and the restaurant has a food bar of homey favorites that change daily. Offerings include country-fried steak, meatloaf, pork chops, catfish, fried chicken, chicken and dumplings, salmon patties, green beans, mashed potatoes, mixed greens, broccoli casserole, and macaroni and cheese. The cost for meat and three sides is $5.99.
The breakfast specialty, served all day, is the country breakfast, which includes eggs, pancakes, meat, potatoes, biscuit, gravy and apples, for $7.99. Burgers, sandwiches and salads also are on the menu. Desserts include chocolate, butterscotch and coconut cream pies, and homemade cakes.
Jackson’s is open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Call (859) 623-2090.

Panda Express drive-through
■ Chinese restaurants are noted for their fast, hot food, but what’s even quicker is one with a drive-through lane. Panda Express, 2433 Nicholasville Road, at Dennis Drive, offers indoor dining as well as drive-through with a full menu. Specialties include kung pao chicken, string bean chicken breast, Beijing beef, Shanghai Angus steak, honey walnut shrimp, and eggplant tofu. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily. Call (859) 389-6761 or go to Pandaexpress.com.

Special events

Moveable Feast Lexington is having its annual “Cause for Pie” fund-raiser through Nov. 12. If you buy an apple, blueberry, cherry or pumpkin pie for the holidays ($20 frozen, $25 freshly baked), the proceeds will be used to deliver nutritious, home-cooked meals to critically ill people in Lexington. Pies can be picked up at the Moveable Feast office, 474 Silver Maple Way, on Nov. 20 and 21. Call (859) 252-2867.
■ Blue Grass Community Foundation and Smiley Pete Publishing are presenting the GoodGiving Guide Challenge, an online giving campaign to benefit 68 local non-profit groups. In conjunction with the program, West Sixth Brewing has created a special beer. “Pay it Forward Porter” will be offered during November at the brewery, 501 West Sixth Street. Call (859) 951-6006  or go to Goodgivingguide.net.

Announcements

Brontë Express coffee kiosk now is open at Joseph-Beth Booksellers at The Mall at Lexington Green. It offers freshly baked pastries, grab-and-go food and drink, and coffee and espresso drinks. Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Call (859) 271-5330 or go to Josephbeth.com.
■ Winners of the first International Chef Showcase are Jeremy Ashby, co-owner and executive chef of Azur Restaurant and Patio in Lexington, and his international chef partner for the competition, Petr Elias, executive chef of Hotel Villa in the Czech Republic.
Eight chefs representing Ireland, Italy, Argentina, Spain, France, Peru, Brazil and the Czech Republic were paired with eight chefs from the Bluegrass for the challenge at eight local restaurants.
Georgia’s Kitchen, 900 North Broadway, opened in February and has already expanded its dining room to add an additional 40 seats. Stop by for a look on Friday and be entertained by The Swells starting at 7 p.m. Call (859) 252-6837 or go to Georgiaskitchencafe.com.
Greentree Tearoom, 521 West Short Street, is serving a hearty menu for November. Included are: lobster bisque, sweet potato scone, chicken croquettes with basil mashed potatoes, citrus spice panna cotta, and brown sugar cupcakes with caramel frosting. Luncheon tea is served at noon Wednesday through Saturday. Call (859) 455-9660 or go to Greentreetearoom.com.

New menus

■ Stone crabs from Florida have arrived at Lexington Seafood Co., 867 East High Street. “I have a great contact in Florida, and the stone crabs so far have been the best in a couple of years,” owner Mike Yessin said. Call (859) 266-8888 or go to Lexseafood.com.
Ted’s Montana Grill, 2304 Sir Barton Way, has a new seasonal dessert: apple berry crisp. Featuring Granny Smith apples and a blend of strawberries, red raspberries, blackberries and blueberries, the dessert is baked in a caramel sauce, topped with a crispy oatmeal pecan crust, and served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Call (859) 263-5228 or go to Tedsmontanagrill.com.

Farmers market report

Lexington Farmers Market will be open three days a week through November: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at South Broadway and Maxwell Street; and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays at Fifth Third Bank Pavilion in Cheapside Park. Seasonal items include broccoli, cauliflower, rhubarb, potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, radishes, winter squash, pie pumpkins, kale, honey, cheese, tomato sauces, beef, chicken, lamb and turkeys. Go to Lexingtonfarmersmarket.com.

Nephew’s now in driver’s seat with Greek food truck

The late George Ouraniou served Greek specialties at community events.

The late George ­Ouraniou left his mark on Lexington by providing authentic Greek dishes to Central Kentuckians at a time when there were few ethnic restaurants in town. Ouraniou served his Greek specialties at many community events, and now his nephew Ilias Pappas is carrying on tradition by taking over Ouraniou’s mobile food-vendor business, the Athenian Grille.
The food truck will be at these ­locations through Oct. 26: 3454 ­Richmond Road, next to Glenn Auto Mall, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; and West Sixth Brewery, 501 West Sixth Street, 5 to 10 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The menu includes spinach pie, moussaka, Greek salad, hummus, baklava and gyros. Call (859) 351-1605  or go to Facebook.com/AthenianGrilllex.

Events

■ Julian Van Winkle III, president of Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery in ­Frankfort, will join chef Jonathan Lundy for a special dinner Thursday at ­Jonathan at Gratz Park for the third year in a row. The restaurant, 120 West Second Street, will be closed for normal service, and there are limited ­reservations available for the dinner.
The five-course menu will ­complement whiskeys that will not ­arrive in retail stores until later this year. Included are Old Rip Van Winkle 10 year 107 Proof and Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 20 year. Cocktails start at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner seating at 7. The cost is $120. Call (859) 252-4949.
■ The menu for Saturday’s Dinner Night at the Greek Orthodox Church will feature specialties from Romania. Vlad Radulescu, a Lexington physician, will prepare the dinner, and wines will be provided by River Bend Winery. Hours are 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The menu includes roasted pork, sauerkraut rolls and Romanian beef sausages. The church is at 920 Tates Creek Road. Go to Greekdinner.com.
Lover’s Leap Vineyards & Winery, 1180 Lanes Mill Road, Lawrenceburg, will hold its first fall fling from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday. There will be live music from 1 to 3 p.m., and food will be  provided by Talk of the Town in ­Lawrenceburg. Proceeds go to the Anderson Humane Society. Call (502) 839-1299 or go to Loversleapwine.com.
■ The South Limestone Association of Merchants is having a Rally Time block party Friday for the University of ­Kentucky homecoming. Businesses along the street will have special deals. Kennedy Book Store will hand out free UK ­basketball calendars until 6 p.m. and Pazzo’s Pizza Pub will have half-price ­appetizers from 4 to 7 p.m. Tin Roof, Local Taco and Two Keys also are participating.

Announcements

■ Holiday flavors have returned to Graeter’s. The ice cream shop at 836 Euclid Avenue is scooping cinnamon, pumpkin, eggnog and peppermint stick through December.  Call (859) 253-6741 or go to Graeters.com.
Ted’s Montana Grill has given its Web site, Tedsmontanagrill.com, a new look that includes several new features, including direct e-gift card purchase. Go to ­Facebook.com/tedsmontanagrill
for a chance to win gift cards for ­complimentary menu items through Dec. 31. Ted’s is at 2304 Sir Barton Way. Call (859) 263-5228.
Old Chicago, 1924 Pavilion Way, is having a Halloween mini tour ­featuring eight seasonal beers, ­including ­Woodchuck seasonal cider, Blue Moon harvest pumpkin ale, Widmer ­Brothers Pitch Black IPA and New Castle ­Werewolf. Call (859) 977-4640  or go to Oldchicago.com/lexington.
Saul Good Restaurant & Pub and founder Rob Perez have received ­national recognition in the trade ­publication Nation’s Restaurant News. You can read how the sports-bar concept appeals to female consumers at Nrn.com/article/growth-chains-saul-good-restaurant-pub.

Farmers market report

■ Myka Smith-Jackson, a winner of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge sponsored by Epicurious and Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative, will be at Lexington Farmers Market on Saturday. She will partner with Alex Jenkins, chef at Good Foods Market and Café, to use fresh market ingredients to prepare her winning recipe for perfect curry chicken wraps. The wraps may be sampled from 9 to 11 a.m. at Fifth Third Bank Pavilion in Cheapside Park. Go to
Lexingtonfarmersmarket.com.
Bluegrass Farmers  Market will have tomatoes, winter squash, eggplant, peppers, beer cheese, baked goods, soup bean mix, greens, sweet potatoes, eggs, herb seasoning, jams and pumpkins. 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
Localharvest.org/blog/29529.

 

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