Dining out is often complicated for those who have food allergies, but some restaurants are making it easier for those with celiac disease.
Several Central Kentucky restaurants are educating consumers about their gluten-free menus at Gluten Free Lexington’s annual Vendors on Parade event at 6 p.m. Monday at Imani Baptist Church Family Life Center, 1555 Georgetown Road.
Participants include Outback Steakhouse, Good Foods Market and Café, Bella Notte, P.F. Chang’s, Bourbon n’ Toulouse, Malone’s, Bonefish Grill, Jonathan at Gratz Park, Fat Katz Pizzeria, The Melting Pot, Puccini’s, Carino’s Italian Restaurant, Carrabba’s, Great Harvest Bread and Whole Foods.
Tickets are $20 for non-members, $12 for children 12 and younger. Call Jan Falwell at (502) 542-9059 or go to Glutenfreelex.org.
■ Heirloom Restaurant, 125 East Main Street in Midway, is sponsoring a charity event a month. On Sept. 22, the restaurant will donate 20 percent of its revenue to the Center for Courageous Kids. The camp is designed for children living with medical conditions. The campus in Scottsville includes a medical center, equestrian center, bowling alley, indoor swimming complex, gymnasium and climbing wall. Call (859) 846-5565 or go to Heirloommidway.com.
■ Friends of the late Hal “Woody” Steele are organizing a fund-raiser for his daughter, Sydney, at Village Host Pizza, 431 Old Vine Street. Woody Steele was a teller at Keeneland for more than 25 years. Sydney, a music student at Oklahoma City University, will sing at the event, which begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Call (859) 455-3355 or go to Villagehostlex.com.
■ The ninth annual Edward T. Houlihan Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day party will be Tuesday at O’Neills Irish Pub, 2051 Richmond Road. Hours are 5:30 to 8 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by pianist Mayme Hamby, McTeggart Irish Dancers and Liam’s Fancy Irish Music. The menu, prepared by guest chef Mary Parlanti, includes lamb stew and brown bread. Proceeds benefit the Lexington Sister Cities’ student scholarship fund. Admission is $10 at the door. Call (859) 266-4488 or go to Oneillslex.com.
■ The CastlePost, 230 Pisgah Pike, in Versailles, will have a wine dinner on Sept. 16 featuring Bott Geyl, Cremant d’Alsace. A sparkling wine reception begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m. Chefs who will prepare the meal are Cameron Irvin and Giya Day of CastlePost, Joseph Pugh of Nick Ryan’s Saloon, and Danielle Venditti of Underground Catering. The cost is $110. Call (859) 879-1000 or visit Thecastlepost.com.
■ Onizim’s, 735 East Main Street, will honor all military, firefighters and police officers this weekend, the 10th anniversary of 9/11. With their ID, they will receive a 50 percent discount on entrees. University of Kentucky football fans may show their tickets this weekend for a 25 percent discount on entrees. The specials are for dine-in only. Call (859) 266-9000 or go to Onizims.com.
■ Orchid Flower, 3090 Old Todds Road, is offering a vegan/vegetarian special this weekend. The bento box includes bala bala, fried mixed vegetables; gado gado, freshly steamed vegetables and lightly fried tofu with house special peanut dressing; grilled portobello mushroom and lettuce sandwich with vegan spicy mayonnaise, and agar agar, a dessert made with brown palm sugar and coconut milk. Call (859) 543-1126 or go to
Farmers market report
■ For the second year in a row, Bluegrass Farmers Market has been voted the No. 1 farmers market in Kentucky by American Farmland Trust. This week, the farmers have tomatoes, potatoes, beans and raspberries. Hours and locations for the 100 percent grower/producer-only market are: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at 3450 Richmond Road, in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs; and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Mill Pond Shopping Center. Go to Bluegrassfarmersmarket.org.
■ East End Community Farmer’s Market, 560 East Third Street in the Pavilion at Midland Avenue, will have corn, green beans, melons, tomatoes, butternut squash and peppers. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
■ 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 hours and locations are: 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays at Courthouse Square, Versailles, 3 to 6 p.m. Mondays in downtown Midway and 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays at Versailles Presbyterian Church.
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Dining out is often complicated for those who have food allergies, but some restaurants are making it easier for those with celiac disease.
Tags: Allman's Hall's on the River, Amato's, Bungalow, C'est Si Bon, Capers, Catering By Donna, Charlie & Barney's, Columbia’s, David Larson, Donna Potter, Executive House, Festival Market, Furlongs, Gabby's Gourmet Grill, Gayle Deaton, George and Gertrude Hall, Georgia Feeney, Ireland's, Jay Rayburn, Jay's Seafood, Joe Reilly, Johnny Allman, La Brasserie, Le Cafe Chantant, Le Cafe Francais, Louis Cease, Lucie Slone, Mary Parlanti, Mesut Sakar, Mississippi River Co., Rick's Place, Rob Ramsey, Roger's Restaurant, Sandy Fields, Sawyer's, Scores Restaurant & Bar, Spring Lake Country Club, Stanley Demos, Steak ’n Ale, T.W. Lee’s, Ted Mims, The Bistro in Chevy Chase, The In-Between, The Little Inn, The Pampered Chef, The Rosebud, The Saratoga, The Stirrup Cup, Tootsie & Tony's, Totsie Rose, W.W. Cousins
Jay Rayburn recently visited Central Kentucky and found a story I wrote about old restaurants. Here’s his comment:
“Last night my wife found the story you wrote about a year ago on old restaurants in Lexington. What a treat to read it! We lived in Lexington during the 70s and 80s and have eaten at almost all of them. We were especially fond of The Bistro. Sandy and my wife taught together at Lafayette High School. She and Lou hosted a special dinner for us and some of the teachers just before we were married. I was a regular at Saratoga (one of those professors) and you are right–what a bunch of characters. Ted Mims was a friend, too. One night one of those “characters” had had entirely too much to drink. As he was heading to his car, he stumbled. Just then he noticed a police car sitting there watching the people who came out of the restaurant. Instead of getting into his car, he went around the corner, crossed the street and went into Domino’s Pizza where he ordered a large pizza with everything. He told the manager to deliver it and him to his address!
Roger’s was also a favorite. I can’t remember the name of the man who owned it, but he was a professor in the dental school. His son worked in the pro shop in Spring Lake Country Club where I was president. And who didn’t go to Hall’s!
Thank you for the great trip down memory lane. We were in Lexington last week for a function at the Governor’s Mansion and spent lots of time just driving around and looking for some of these places.”
Here’s the story that ran March 30, 2008
A restaurant manager runs off with the register receipts; another restaurant’s namesake gets arrested; feather boas and polyester suits catch on fire (a bad bananas Foster incident); and a notorious rogue cop gets shot on the steps of an upscale restaurant.
A few legendary stories came to mind when we found a box of old Lexington restaurant menus, but they also brought back fond memories of special occasions at places like The Saratoga, Executive House, and The Coach House.
The old menus — some still in their leatherlike covers, others discolored by age — were located after a request from cookbook author Regina Charboneau of Natchez, Miss., who came to Lexington earlier this month as part of a book tour. She is collecting old and new menus for the Southern Food and Beverage Museum (www.southernfood.org).
“I think menus are a great way to archive food history. Restaurant menus really tell a story and give a time line for the popularity of ingredients and trends,” Charboneau said.
Museum curator Elizabeth Pearce agreed.
“Menus are by their nature ephemeral, as restaurants change them daily or seasonally, printing them on material not meant to last,” she said. “People rarely save menus, unless they are marking a particularly important, celebratory meal. This is unfortunate as menus are often the only physical remains of a restaurant’s past.”
We decided to take a trip down memory lane and ask a few readers about their favorite restaurants of the past. If this sparks a recollection, we’d like to hear from you, too. We plan to write an occasional series about Lexington restaurants. E-mail your story to email@example.com.
“Hearing the name of a restaurant can have the same effect as a song you hear for the first time in ages. It transports you back in time to a really memorable day or moment, and the details come flooding back for just a few seconds,” said Gayle Deaton of Beattyville.
The Bistro in Chevy Chase
“Restaurants have always been an integral part of the horse scene and wannabes. That’s where the entertainment is,” Donna Potter said.
Potter who owns Catering by Donna, once was a partner in a downtown restaurant called Capers. While attending the University of Kentucky, Potter worked at many of Lexington’s hot spots in the ’70s, including the Bistro at 829 Euclid Avenue in Chevy Chase.
“That was an entertaining place to work,” she said. “There was a lot of money flying around in town in entertainment. People were spending. It wasn’t unusual for me to get $500 in tips a night, and sometimes more, during Keeneland. When the high rollers in the horse business would have a big win — or anyone who had won a lot — they’d be throwing money.”
The little French bistro was the place to see and be seen for about eight years, until owners Sandy Fields and Louis Cease parted ways.
David Larson, who owned The Pampered Chef around the corner on South Ashland Avenue, (it was formerly The In-Between) recalls the Bistro’s glory days. “When I pass by that location today, I laugh and think two things: If only those walls could talk, and if you could somehow harness all the energy expended in that building during those years, you could light Lexington for decades,” he said.
When Cease left, Fields kept the Bistro and hired Georgia Feeney, who had worked at the Bungalow and Le Café Chantant, 137 West Vine Street. Cease went on to open La Brasserie at 210 West Main Street in the old Rick’s Place. In November 1988, Cease opened C’est Si Bon at East Main Street and South Ashland. which has housed many restaurants including The Stirrup Cup, Le Café Français and Furlongs.
After Fields closed the Bistro, she joined a la lucie owner Lucie Slone in a new venture, The Rosebud, in the former site of The Bungalow, 121 North Mill Street.
The Bungalow was where downtown movers and shakers ate lunch and dinner, and it had a lively bar crowd. “The food was fabulous when John Ferguson and Joe Woosley were there,” Potter said. Her first bartending job was at The Bungalow. “I made a killing there, but I never knew what I had.”
Ferguson went on to open Fleur de lys at 216 East Main Street in the old Plaza Café location in February 1987. It was destroyed by fire a few months later, and he moved into the old Gabby’s Gourmet Grille spot at 127 South Upper Street.
At that same time, French-born Alain Rochelemagne opened Acajou at 265 North Limestone, a building renovated by Tim Mellin and his brother James. When Rochelemagne left Acajou in 1990, he opened Le Café Français Restaurant and Piano Bar at 535 East Main Street. Tim Mellin, Lynda Hoff and Dale Holland turned Acajou site into Atomic Café in 1992, serving a Caribbean menu.
Rogers Restaurant, founded in 1923, was Lexington’s oldest eatery when it closed in July 2004. The first time Deaton went to Rogers Restaurant was in the ’60’s; she was 17 or 18 and coming home from the Sweet 16 tournament in Louisville with a friend, a recent UK grad who “was practically drooling by the time we got there,” she said.
Deaton had fond memories of being on a double-date at The Cork & Cleaver, 2750 Richmond Road, (now Columbia’s) after attending UK football games in the ’70s.
“There was a fire in the fireplace near our table, and we had really great steaks, with candlelight to eat them by, and their famous mud pie for dessert. The restaurant was romantic and beautiful and a perfect place to end an autumn Saturday,” she said.
The Little Inn
The Little Inn, 1144 Winchester Road, opened in 1930 as a Prohibition-era roadhouse just outside Lexington’s city limits. It was considered the first restaurant between Lexington and the mountains.
In January, 1989, The Little Inn moved uptown to Chevy Chase to the former site of the Bistro, which had closed in fall 1988. It was a popular spot until August 1989, when a sign was hung on the door that read: Closed for vacation. It never reopened. In January, 1990, the original Winchester Road building was razed.
“It was a very special time, date, to go to The Little Inn on a Friday night for one of their delicious steaks,” Mary Jane Davis of Winchester said. “The first time I went, I was dressed to the nines and remember thinking or praying I would use the right utensils. It was crowded and noisy and, yes, dark.”
The Little Inn was known for its prime rib (a large painting of a prime rib was on one side of the building) — as well as baby-beef liver, frog legs and lamb fries.
The Saratoga, 856 East High Street, was a Chevy Chase landmark and best known for its characters: bookies, college professors, socialites and city hall types.
Totsie Rose opened it in 1953 and named it after the famous Saratoga Race Track in New York. Ted Mims owned it from 1977 to 1989. He bought it from Ed Whitlock, who had bought it from Rose. Rob Ramsey and Joe Reilly, co-owners of Ramsey’s Diner, owned it for a short time.
A Toga menu, served from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Saturday, featured Mrs. McKinney’s snappy beer cheese ($2.95), fried bologna ($2.50), cold meatloaf on white ($4.95) and fried egg sandwich ($2.50). The hot plate special for a Derby weekend was chicken and dumplings for $6.95.
In the late 1980s, Lexington’s restaurant landscape really began to change.
When Lexington Festival Market opened with a flourish in 1986, it brought Jay’s Seafood, Charlie & Barney’s (now Sawyer’s), and Scores Sports & Stakes Restaurant & Bar. Scores, on the top floor of Festival Market, was owned by David L. Gayheart and Richard M. Noonan. Menu items included Joe B’s trout, filets à la Roy Kidd, Sutton’s steak, and steak Claiborne.
In February 1986, former Mayor Jim Amato and friends opened an upscale Italian restaurant at 535 West Second Street, in the renovated West Jefferson Place. The menu featured Italian dishes prepared from recipes collected by Amato and his kitchen manager, Mary Parlanti. Amato’s was sold to Tracy Farmer in 1988; two years later, Amato’s moved from Second Street to Chevy Chase Plaza, and in 1992 it was bought by Geraldo Favaro, who closed the doors in 1993.
Stanley Demos’ Coach House
Demos opened the four-star restaurant in 1969 at 855 South Broadway, and sold it to his daughter, Tootsie Nelson, when he retired to Sarasota, Fla., in 1989. In 1992, Demos’ daughter Tootsie Nelson and her husband Sam sold it to John and Marsha DuPuy. The Nelsons and master chef Tony Seta had opened Tootsie & Tony’s Restaurant and Bar in Hartland Shopping Center in September, 1991.
Tootsie & Tony’s specialties were wood-grilled pizzas, steaks and salmon cooked in a brick oven imported from France. They introduced Lexington to potato rags, thinly grated fried potatoes covered with ranch dressing, cheese, bacon and green onions.
In 1989, Mesut Sakar, who was maitre d’ at Stanley Demos’ Coach House for nine years, opened 1880 Restaurant & Bar at 270 South Limestone. In 1991, Sakar was featured on Bluegrass Crime Stoppers for bilking Lexington banks out of several thousands of dollars.
Allman’s and Hall’s on the River
Johnny Allman opened his first restaurant in the late ’30s on the Kentucky River, and it was there that he used his cousin Joe Allman’s recipes and created a home for beer cheese and fried banana peppers.
The restaurant flooded many times and burned down twice — or maybe three times.
It was Johnny Allman who started a tradition that the Hall family inherited. George and Gertrude Hall started Hall’s on the River in 1965. Hall’s on the River has seen thousands of regular folks drop by as well as former Govs. Martha Layne Collins and John Y. Brown Jr.; Hollywood legends Lily Tomlin. Lee Majors and Raymond Burr; and members of the British royal family.
The Halls’ son, Steve bought the business from his family in 1981 and in 1983 opened Hall’s on Main at North Ashland Avenue and East Main Street in Lexington, where Furlongs is now.
The early chains
As Lexington continued to grow, chain restaurants began to take over the suburbs. In the early ’70s, Lexington was a test market for chain restaurants, and some of the first on the scene were Ireland’s, Steak ’n Ale, Mississippi River Co., T.W. Lee’s, and W.W. Cousins.
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I will be signing copies of my cookbook, Flavors of Kentucky, at My Old Kentucky Dinner Train gift shop, from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday. The train station is at 602 North Third Street, Bardstown. Call (502) 348-7300 or go to www.rjcorman.com.
Chef/owner Ouita Michel is making some menu changes at Holly Hill Inn in Midway. “For the first time since we’ve owned Holly Hill, we are offering an a la carte menu,” she said.
The prix fixe menu is gone and guests can indulge in a multi-course meal, or order a salad and roast chicken. “Our menu will continue to change frequently to reflect the changing crops in our farmers’ fields,” Michel said.
The September menu includes new fangled tomato dumpling, seared ahi tuna, late summer corn bisque, Stone Cross mixed grill of pork, Kentucky raised squab, and vegetarian tasting menu.
Holly Hill Inn will have a Sonoma of the Bluegrass wine dinner at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Cost is $75 a person, $45 excluding wine.
The inn is at 426 Winter Street. Call (859) 846-4732 or go to www.hollyhillinn.com.
September is harvest time at Kentucky’s shrimp farms.
Angela Caporelli, aquaculture marketing specialist for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, said Kentucky has about 30 producers of freshwater prawns, which are larger than average shrimp and have a texture similar to lobster.
Here are Central Kentucky locations where you can pick up fresh-from-the-pond shrimp. Bring a cooler and ice.
■ McCord’s Farm, 4258 Lexington Road, Winchester, (859) 744-4860 or (859) 808-1542.Harvesting is at noon Saturday, Sept. 18, 20 and 27. Tilapia also is available whole or cleaned.
■ G&R Freshwater shrimp, 3972 Levee Road, Mt. Sterling, (859) 498-4158.Call for dates.
■ Bubbasue Shrimp, 4954 Paris Pike, Lexington, (859) 299-2254,Sept. 26.
■ Henton Farms, 6749 Frankfort Road, Versailles, (859) 983-8148, Sept. 20.
■ David Wilson, 402 Danville Street, Lancaster, (859) 792-3232. Call for dates.
This year the Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day party is dedicated to the memory of Edward T. Houlihan who died in April. Houlihan was the chairman of the County Kildare Committee of Sister Cities and the founder of this celebration/party.
The party, from 4:30 to 7 p.m., Sept. 20 will be at O’Neill’s Irish Pub, 2051 Richmond Road. Tickets are $10 at the door.
Guest chef Mary Parlanti will prepare lamb stew and Irish breads. A silent auction will feature items from Lexington’s sister cities in Ireland, France and Japan, and a dinner for eight prepared by Parlanti at her home.
There will be guest bartenders, Irish music and Irish dancers. Proceeds go to the student scholarship fund for Lexington Sister Cities.
Pouring on the Grey Goose
Harvey’s, 200 West Main Street, is having a Grey Goose celebration. The bar is serving Goose martinis for $5 from 5 to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call (859) 226-9333.
The Smith Berry Winery dinner and concert on Saturday features the Bluegrass band Hog Operation. Dinner features hamburgers made with Smith Berry beef raised on the farm, marinated chicken breasts, Shelby County grilled corn, tomato salad, broccoli casserole, cookies and brownies.
Dinner is served from 6 to 7 p.m. and the band plays from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Cost is $19.95 in advance, or $25 at the door. Call (502) 845-7091 or 1-888-845-7091 or visit www.smithberrywinery.com.
Annette’s City Café & Event Center, 431 Old Vine Street, is serving Sunday brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring fresh fruits, vegetables, cheese, seafood, breakfast items, and a carving station. Guest chef Phil Dunn will prepare omelets to order, and Orville Hammond will entertain. Cost is $17.95. Call (859) 296-6444 or (859) 309-9807. Parking is available in Goodwin Square parking lot behind the restaurant.
Wingspan Gallery will serve a four-course, prix fixe dinner on Thursday that includes pasta with fresh tomato, basil and garlic; roasted beets and feta; braised balsamic chicken with wild mushrooms and pancetta, and lemon cheesecake. Cost is $40. Call (859) 225-5765 before noon Tuesday.
This week Blue Grass Farmers’ Market will have grass fed beef, Amish cheese (baby Swiss, white Cheddar, Colby, jalapeno Jack), apples, raspberries, rhubarb, cantaloupes, watermelons, cabbage, cucumbers, eggplant, onions, greens, potatoes, summer squash, tomatoes, pumpkins, mums, and potted herbs. The market is on Richmond Road in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet Bike Shop and FastSigns. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday.