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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.


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


■ 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
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
■ 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.


■ 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
Ted’s Montana Grill has given its Web site,, a new look that includes several new features, including direct e-gift card purchase. Go to ­
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
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

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
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


Restaurants are ready for racing fans, mothers, UK grads

This weekend it’s all about celebrating horses, mothers and University of Kentucky graduates.
Restaurants are offering special menus and pricing for Derby Day and UK’s commencement on Saturday and Mother’s Day on Sunday, but you’ll miss out if you don’t make reservations right away. Here are some choices.
Casanova, 855 South Broadway, (859) 309-3313. Mother’s Day specials include three new lasagnas (mushroom-spinach-mozzarella; asparagus-zucchini; and meatball-provolone) and raviolis (chicken and lobster).
The Crossroad on Southland, 286 Southland Drive, (859) 309-3904. Derby Day specials are mint juleps for $5; spinach salad with warm bacon vinaigrette, hot Brown with house-smoked turkey and ham, and chocolate-nut pie with minted cream and bourbon caramel. A Derby hat competition offers $75 gift cards for best traditional hat and most bizarre. Entertainment by G. Busy Blues Revue begins at 9 p.m.
The Dish, 438 South Ashland Avenue, (859) 317-8438.  Hours for Mother’s Day and UK graduation parties are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Dish has a new spring menu.
Greentree Tearoom, 521 West Short Street, (859) 455-9660. Tea is served for Derby guests and mothers at noon Friday and Saturday, or by appointment. The May menu features chilled fruit soup, asparagus crepe, and chocolate pots de crème.
Hilton Suites, 245 Lexington Green Circle, in The Mall at Lexington Green, (859) 271-4000. Mother’s Day brunch, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entrees include carved turkey and roast beef, baked fish, shrimp and grits. The price is $35 for adults.
The Julep Cup, 111 Woodland Avenue, in The Woodlands. Call (859) 226-0300. Derby specials on Friday and Saturday include burgoo, prime rib and bourbon bread pudding. On Mother’s Day, the Julep Cup will be open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. serving roasted spring vegetable and heirloom tomato lasagna, phyllo-wrapped Alaskan halibut, and sauteed veal scallopini.
Lovers Leap Winery, 1180 Lanes Mill Road, Lawrenceburg, (502) 839-1299. Celebrate the Derby quietly at the winery. Take a picnic and watch the races on the banquet room’s big screen TV. Reserve your own table with first beverage included for $5 a person.
Natasha’s Bistro and Bar, 112 Esplanade, (859) 259-2754. A Mother’s Day festival of food banquet will be followed by a matinee performance of the play Adventures in Mating, an interactive romantic comedy inspired by the choose your own adventure novels. Lunch is at 11:30 a.m., show time is 2:15 p.m. The cost is $25 for both, or $19 for lunch.
Onizim’s, 735 East Main Street, (859) 266-9000. Derby party, 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, is $35 a person. The seafood, steak and chicken buffet includes barbecued chicken, boiled shrimp and grilled steak.
Portofino, 249 East Main Street, (859) 253-9300. Sunday hours have been extended for Mother’s Day and UK commencement. Hours are noon to 9 p.m. Large parties can be accommodated.
Serafini, 243 West Broadway, Frankfort, (502) 875-5599. Mother’s Day dinner will be served noon to 6 p.m. with full cocktail service plus its Wine Spectator award-winning wine list.
Three Suns Bistro, 298 East Brannon Road, Nicholasville, (859) 245-0048. The Mother’s Day brunch buffet, 11:30 to 3 p.m., features prime rib, braised pork chops, tilapia and crab Napoleon, and pecan-fried chicken. The price is $26.95 for adults.
Triangle Grille, 369 West Vine Street, in the Hilton Lexington/Downtown hotel, (859) 281-3773. Mother’s Day brunch buffet, noon to 3 p.m. features omelet and pasta stations, carved prime rib, breakfast items. Adults, $29.95.

New location

Brown’s Bakery has a new, and smaller, location. James Brown closed the spot on West Main Street, in Meadowthorpe, and now is at 1226 Versailles Road. “We’re scaling down and not making any more yeast products,” he said. “No more doughnuts.” Brown now will specialize in cakes, cupcakes and individual desserts. Call (859) 948-2352.

Farmers market report

Botanica garden center, 6327 Old Richmond Road, is having an open house 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Pick up vegetable plants, herb baskets, and spring wreaths. Bring a canned food item for Lighthouse Ministry and get 10 percent off purchases. Call (859) 806-9424.
Bluegrass Farmers’ Market will have asparagus, Derby mint, lettuce, greens, rhubarb, carrots, onions, herb seasoning, jams, baked goods, honey and plants. The market is open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 3450 Richmond Road. Visit

As Thanksgiving nears, let’s talk turkey and holiday wines

The holiday season is ­almost here, and ­restaurants and wineries are making plans.
■ To help you celebrate Thanksgiving, ­winemakers at Horseshoe Bend Vineyards in ­Willisburg recommend their Rose of Cabernet, Golden Sun and Red Jester Chambourcin for the holiday meal.
Horseshoe Bend will have tastings on Saturday and Nov. 21. The cost is $10 and includes hors d’oeuvres. A fall ­dinner is planned for Nov. 14 and features ­shepherds pie with lamb; the cost is $35.
The winery will be closed Nov. 26 for Thanksgiving, but will be open Nov. 27 and 28. Call (859) 375-0296 or go to The winery is at 1187 Lawson Lane.
■ Equus Run Vineyards ­officially releases its 2009 Holiday Blush on Saturday. Also Saturday, the vineyard is having its 10th annual Pouring for the Pantry open house from noon to 5 p.m. To get it, bring two or more non-perishable food items for God’s Pantry Food Bank. Call (859) 846-9463 or go to
■ Hanna’s on Lime, 214 South Limestone, will have a pre-Thanksgiving special Wednesday. Turkey, dressing and fresh cranberries with one side is $7.65.
Also, chef/owner Beth Hanna has implemented her “South Lime Stimulus Plan — Phase 2”: Guests may pick up a card at the restaurant that will get them their 16th lunch free after buying 15. This is dine-in for lunch only, she said. Call (859) 252-6264 or go to www.
■ Kentucky State Resort Parks will serve Thanksgiving Day buffets at all 17 restaurants. Entrees include turkey and dressing, baked ham, carved roast beef and fried chicken. Vegetables include candied yams, country-style green beans, and mashed potatoes with gravy. The cost is $16.95. Hours are noon to 8 p.m. Go to for locations and more information.
Putting the vines to bed
Lovers Leap Vineyards and Winery will have a hibernation celebration as its tucks in the vines for winter. The Saturday event begins with “wine in the vines” at 5 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by Roger BonDurant and the Gray Squirrels from 6 to 9 p.m. Chef ­Katie Payne will prepare a Kentucky Proud supper that includes butternut squash soup, barbecued chicken on the pit, purple cabbage slaw with bleu cheese, kale greens with country ham bits, sweet potato fritters, corn ­muffins and apple pie. The cost is $25 for ­dinner, $10 for entertainment only. Call (502) 839-1299 or go to www.lovers
. The winery is at 1180 Lanes Mill Road in Lawrenceburg.
Tapping into True Blue beer
Bluegrass Brewing Co. in Louisville is introducing True Blue Kentucky beer this fall.
It’s a Belgian-style wit beer made with Kentucky hops and ­blackberries grown on Paige and Dan Short’s ­Windsong Farm in Paris.
The beer is expected to be available in mid- to late November, but only in restaurants and bars at first, brewery owner Pat Hagan said. Details about where you can find it are being worked out, but he expects it to be on tap at several bars in Lexington and definitely at BBC, 3929 Shelbyville Road in the St. Matthews area of Louisville.
Call (502) 899-7070 or visit
A menu makeover for Natasha’s
Natasha’s Bistro, 112 Esplanade, has added hearty steak and pot roast dishes to its menu. Natasha’s new chef, Elizabeth Maggi, formerly of Phat Pies, once lived in Key West, Fla.; during her time there she created her own recipe for shrimp scampi. It’s served with garlic-lemon butter sauce and whole wheat pasta. Maggi also brought her specialty, chicken pot pie, to Natasha’s. The new menu also offers sandwiches and a children’s menu. Call (859) 259-2754 or go to
Closing, but only temporarily

Often when a restaurant closes for vacation, rumors fly about the business.
When you see the sign on the door at Istanbul Palace, rest assured it will reopen. It will close Nov. 13 and reopen Nov. 20. The restaurant, at 393 Waller Avenue, offers lunch buffets and live Turkish music on Friday night. Call (859) 231-1792.
Also closing temporarily is Thai Orchid Café. It will be closed Thursday through Dec. 2.
Owners Toa and Mike Green will be ­volunteering with the Jimmy and ­Rosalynn Carter Work Project with Habitat for Humanity in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The Greens and a group of 13 other volunteers from ­Lexington will help build 82 homes. Thai Orchid is at 1030 South Broadway. Call (859) 288-2170.
Farmers market report
The Lexington Farmers Market ­continues to operate outdoors on ­Saturday in Cheapside Park and on Short Street behind the Lexington History Museum. Weekday markets are Tuesdays and Thursdays at South ­Broadway and West Maxwell Street. Seasonal items include winter squashes, spinach, potatoes, sweet potatoes, ­cooking greens, fresh herbs, artisan cheeses, beef, chicken, and turkey.

Chef-led classes return at and for God’s Pantry

The next session of “What’s Cooking?” classes at God’s Pantry Food Bank will begin Oct. 12 with Le Deauville executive chef Jean Baptiste Cabout. Lovers Leap Winery will provide wine samples.
The classes, from 7 to 9 p.m., are $40 and are in the Junior League of ­Lexington ­Nutrition Education Center. Other ­participating chefs and dates are: Graham Waller, chef/owner, Winchell’s Restaurant, Nov. 9; Stella Parks, pastry chef at Holly Hill Inn, Jan. 11; Will Pieratt and Kevin ­Heathcoat, owners of Bourbon n’ Toulouse, Feb. 8, and Jeffrey Newman, executive chef at Historic Boone Tavern, March 8.
God’s Pantry is at 1685 Jaggie Fox Way. Call Susie Basham at (859) 288-5332 or go to
Money raised through the classes is used to teach nutrition education programs to low-income parents in Fayette County.

Fall fest features food, wine and ale
Historic Duncan Tavern, 323 High Street, Paris is holding a fall fest to highlight ­Kentucky food, wine and ale.
Talon Winery, Kentucky Ale and Personal Touch Catering will offer samples at the event, 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 12. Musicians Louise Kelly and Ann Hagan-Michael will entertain.
The party will benefit the tavern’s ­preservation fund. Duncan Tavern is the headquarters of the Kentucky Society, ­Daughters of the American Revolution.
The cost is $25 a person, $40 a couple. The reservations deadline is Sept. 5. Call the tavern at (859) 987-1788 from 1 and 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

An Old Friends gathering
Man o’ War Harley-Davidson and Big Ass Fans are joining Equus Run Vineyards to host the Old Friends Benefit BBQ & Concert on Saturday.
The party, 6 to 9 p.m., will be at the winery, 1280 Moores Mill Road in Midway, and will benefit Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farm.
The barbecue menu includes pulled chicken and Texas-style brisket. Kentucky Land & Cattle of Danville will share secrets for great barbecue and give away samples of its dry rub seasoning. Kirby Knob Boys will entertain. Tickets are $35. Go to or call Old Friends at (502) 863-1775.

Kentucky wine makers are bottling award-winning wines. Thirteen ­wineries took home 72 medals, including four golds, at the Kentucky State Fair wine competition in Louisville on Aug. 15.
Four wineries each earned a gold medal: ­Chrisman Mill Vineyards and Winery in Nicholasville for its traminette; Lover’s Leap Vineyards and ­Winery in Lawrenceburg for its Cynthiana; Purple Toad Winery in Paducah for its cabernet franc, and Wight-Meyer Vineyard and Winery in Shepherdsville for its chambourcin.
Twenty-eight silver ­medals and 40 bronze medals also were awarded. Wight-Meyer Winery, Reid’s Livery ­Winery in Alvaton, Stone Brook Winery in Melbourne and Wildside Vines Winery and Vineyard in Versailles each won eight medals; ­Springhill Winery in Bloomfield earned seven; ­Talon Winery in ­Lexington took home six; Chrisman Mill, Elk Creek Winery in Owenton and Horseshoe Bend Vineyards in ­Willisburg won five medals each; Purple Toad and Acres of Land Winery in Richmond each had four; Lover’s Leap won three, and Black Oak ­Vineyards and Winery in Princeton earned one medal.
The medaled wines are on display during the fair, which ends Sunday, in the ­commercial wine department in the South Wing of the Kentucky Exposition Center. For more information about Kentucky’s grape and wine industry, go to or

Healthy choices
When it comes to packing lunches, many parents want to know which pre-packaged foods are nutritious and ­convenient, and that a child actually will eat.
The Fresh Market is ­helping with the lunch-box dilemma. The store ­offers Barney Butter almond ­butter, created in an almond-only facility, which makes it an option for those with peanut allergies. It can be served in Father Sam’s mini pockets, which contain no fat and no cholesterol. Vermont Village applesauce cups are certified organic and pesticide-free, and each 4-ounce cup ­contains two apples.
For a nutritious drink, offer Horizon milk, packaged in individual servings that don’t need to be refrigerated. Back to Nature juices have no added sugars, artificial preservatives, colors or flavors.
For sweet treats, there are Back to Nature mini vanilla wafers or FruitaBü fruit rolls. The vanilla wafers have no artificial ­preservatives, flavors or ­colors, no high ­fructose corn syrup and no ­hydrogenated oils. The fruit rolls provide one serving of fruit in each pack.
The Fresh Market is at 3387 Tates Creek Road. Call (859) 266-0150 or go to

Made-to-order program

In June, Sullivan ­University launched a ­program for careers in the personal and private chef industry.
The curriculum of the ­diploma program includes training in basic culinary skills, garde-manger, ­international cuisines, ­dining services, and wines and spirits.
Personal chefs design and prepare meals for clients at the client’s home or in a ­professional kitchen, ­according to the American Personal & Private Chef Association. Go to or

Julia Child hits No. 1

Mastering the Art of French Cooking is a national best seller for the first time. Thanks to the film Julie & Julia, Julia Child’s 1961 classic has inspired a new generation of cooks.
The cookbook ($40) that launched Child’s career has never been out of print and sold 25,000 copies last year, according to the publisher, Alfred A. Knopf.
Child was 91 when she died in 2004.

For diabetics and dieters
Some of the best ­cookbooks for dieters are those from the American ­Diabetes Association. ­Although designed for diabetics, the books offer sensible, low-fat recipes that are easy to prepare.
A new book from the association is The ­Diabetes Seafood Cookbook ­by ­Barbara Seelig-Brown ($18.95). Seafood is ­naturally low in fat and contains healthy omega-3 fats. Recipes include grilled tuna over baby greens, and key lime ­swordfish with apple radish salad.

Spend a little holiday time at vineyards, distillery



Memorial Day weekend is a perfect time for a picnic at a winery or distillery.

■ Lovers Leap Winery in Lawrenceburg is having Picnic in the Vines on Saturday. You can take your own picnic basket and dine on the grounds from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., or you can eat burgers and hot dogs cooked by the staff from 4 to 8 p.m. Live entertainment is 5 to 8 p.m. The winery is at 1180 Lanes Mill Road. Call (502) 839-1299 or go to

■ Horseshoe Bend Vineyards is pairing its third anniversary party with the Willisburg Homecoming and Memorial Day celebration Saturday. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. The winery is at 1187 Lawson Lane in Willisburg.
The winery will offer Sunset Sips on June 19 and 20, along with a summer solstice celebration. Call (859) 375-0296 or go to

■ Maker’s Mark Distillery, 3350 Burks Spring Road in Loretto, is open for guided tours, picnics and lunch at The Toll Gate Café. Tours are every half-hour starting at 10:30 a.m. Monday through Saturday; the last tour begins at 3:30 p.m. Sunday tours are at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Call (270) 865-2099.

The café is open 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. The menu changes with the season, but for spring, the bourbon-inspired items include barbecued pulled pork, grilled chicken sandwich, Cajun turkey sandwich with pepper jack cheese, and chicken salad. Call the café at (270) 865-4982 or go to

Wine and five courses

Black Tulip, 133 East Main Street in Midway, will have a wine tasting with Toast of Kentucky owner John Schweder at 7 p.m. Wednesday. David Vicini, a co-owner of Trecini Cellars in Santa Rosa, Calif., will be guest speaker. The cost is $75 for the five-course dinner. Call Summer Cooper at (859) 846-9923.

Sample some sopapillas

Abuelo’s is making it easy to indulge in dessert. The Mexican restaurant, at 3395 Nicholasville Road at Fayette Mall, is serving sopapillas for less than $1 for a limited time. Two sopapillas are served warm with honey for 99 cents. Call (859) 971-0922 or go to

Calistoga lowers some prices

Calistoga Artisan Sandwiches, 2217 War Admiral Way, has lowered prices on some menu items. With a Calistoga’s rewards card, you can even get free food. Call (859) 543-8642 or go to

Farmers market reports

Here’s what’s fresh at area farmers markets:

■ Woodford County will have kale; mustard; beef and pork free of antibiotics, steroids and hormones; Brown’s beer cheese; shelled black walnuts; sorghum; broccoli; lettuces; greenhouse tomatoes and cucumbers; baked goods; and flower and vegetable bedding plants. The market is open at the Courthouse Square in Versailles from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and on Green Street from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday.

■ Lexington Farmers Market will have strawberries, fresh roasted coffees, olive oil, herb and vegetable plants, flowers, Kentucky wines and “bicycle-powered” smoothies.

The market’s second annual Farm Tour will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 20. Tickets are available at the Friends of the Lexington Farmers Market booth Saturdays and Sundays or online at

■ The Bluegrass market will have strawberries, sugar snap peas, herb seasonings, asparagus, rhubarb, lettuce, green onions, vegetable and flower bedding plants, hanging baskets of lettuces and flowers, tropical plants, baked goods, jelly and jam, and soaps. The market is at 3450 Richmond Road, in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet Bike Shop and Fast Signs. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.




Holiday reservations, open houses, menus and more

If you would like to have ­dinner at Cleveland’s in ­Versailles this holiday season, you should call ahead.
The restaurant is booked for several holiday parties, and ­dinner reservations are limited. Lunch ­seatings are available, except for Dec. 13. Call (859) 879-6062 or go to Cleveland’s is at 140 Park Street.

Season’s eatings at Holly Hill
Holly Hill Inn, 426 North Winter Street in Midway, is serving a holiday lunch menu during December. Entrees are Mediterranean Christmas cod, Camille’s Baltimore crab cakes, chicken marsala with sage and cremini mushrooms, old-fashioned Stone Cross Farm ham steak with cranberry chutney, and gratin of winter vegetables. Desserts include Kentucky jam cake and eggnog chiffon pie. Call (859) 846-4732 or go to

Lovers Leap Winery wants you to stop by
Lovers Leap Winery will have a ­holiday open house from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday. The winery, 180 Lanes Mill Road in ­Lawrenceburg, will have wine tastings, live music and gourmet food gifts for sale. Call (502) 839-1299 or go to

Get your Bulleit signed

Tom Bulleit, creator of the Bulleit Bourbon brand, will be at the Thoroughbred Shop, 2005 Versailles Road, from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday to sign bottles. Call (859) 254-0358.

Inside at the Farmers Market

Even if it is cold outside, you can pick up local products at the Lexington Farmers Market. Vendors have moved indoors to Victorian Square, 401 West Main Street. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Products include beef, chicken, shrimp, tilapia, quail, potatoes, sweet potatoes, root vegetables, winter squash, greens, onions and garlic, goat cheese, breads, chocolate truffles, jams, jellies, lilies, fresh wreaths and dog treats.

Shaker Village is serving teas
Celebrate the holiday season with friends at an old-fashioned Shaker tea. Shaker ­Village of Pleasant Hill, 3501 Lexington Road, ­Harrodsburg, is serving holiday teas this month at the Trustees’ Office Dining Room. The menu features assorted tea breads, ­muffins, sandwiches and miniature desserts. Cost is $10.95. Tea is served 2 to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call (859) 734-5411, Ext. 360, or 1-800-734-5611, Ext. 360.

Varden’s gets into the Christmas spirit
Paris’ Christmas parade begins at 5 p.m. Saturday, and Varden’s is serving hot drinks and a dinner special.
The restaurant, at 509 Main Street in Paris, is serving bottomless chili, salad and freshly baked bread for $10. Also available are hot chocolate, spiced cider, latte, wassail, wines, steamed Christmas pudding, cookies, fruit cake and mincemeat tarts.
Varden’s will have a holiday tea at 4 p.m. Dec. 20. The menu includes scones; soup; chicken salad cup; olive nut, Benedictine, and country ham sandwiches; Christmas cookies; and mincemeat tarts. The cost is $30. Call (859) 987-4700.

Chocolates here, bourbon there

Liquor Barn stores will offer samples of Godiva chocolates at the Beaumont Centre and ­Richmond Road locations. The Hamburg store will have a Woodford Reserve bourbon tasting. Hours are 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. All ­locations will have tastings of Jameson Irish whiskey and Kahlua from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday.

‘Mistletoe’ and a meal
Bluegrass Mystery Theatre is teaming with Heirloom Restaurant and ­Thoroughbred ­Theatre in Midway for a performance of ­Murder Under the Mistletoe on ­Thursday. Tickets are $49 and include a meal at ­Heirloom, the show and dessert at the theater.
The troupe also will perform at Portofino, 249 East Main Street in Lexington, on Dec. 20. Tickets are $45 and include a three-course dinner, parking and show. Call Dana Edison at (859) 494-2877.

Santa starts the day with breakfast

Feed the kids and let them share their wish list with Santa on Dec. 13. The Daughters of the Nile Dancers/Pageantry Unit will have Breakfast With Santa from 8 a.m. to noon at Oleika Shrine Temple, 326 ­Southland Drive. The breakfast features ­pancakes and sausage. The cost is $5 for adults, $3 for children younger than 12.