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Tom+Chee opens in Hamburg

No matter how empty the fridge and pantry, you can usually come up with a meal of canned tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches. A new restaurant in Hamburg is betting you like that combination so much you’ll go out for its upscale version.
Tom+Chee, a grilled cheese and tomato soup restaurant, is open at 2200 War Admiral Way, near Sportsman’s Warehouse in Hamburg.
The restaurant chain originated in a food tent on Cincinnati’s Fountain Square in 2009, and has grown into three Cincinnati-area stores, three in Louisville, and its first location in Lexington. The store has been featured on Shark Tank, The Chew and several Travel Channel shows.
It’s known for its creative renditions of the grilled cheese, including the Armagoetta (Goetta, cherry peppers, fried onions and pepper Jack cheese); hippy+chee (hummus, cucumber, mixed greens, tomato and Cheddar); and pep+chee (pepperoni, tomato sauce and mozzarella). Tomato soup choices are classic, chunky, and creamy.
Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 10:30 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Call (859) 263-0144 or go to


■ The Grey Goose restaurant at 509 Main Street in Paris will close Dec. 21, and new owner Cathy Vance will reopen a cafe in the historic Varden building the first of the year.
Vance, owner of Thyme Café and Catering in Paris, is expanding her business by taking over the Paris Grey Goose, which has been open a year.
Grey Goose owner Keith Clark said he will concentrate on other locations — 170 Jefferson Street in Lexington and 133 East Main Street in Midway — and opening a full-service kitchen at The Blue Heron, 185 Jefferson Street in Lexington. Go to

New Year’s Eve events

Nick Ryan’s Saloon, 157 Jefferson Street, will be open regular hours, serving its full menu on Dec. 31. Lunch hours are 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and dinner will be served until 11 p.m. Special menu additions for the evening include prime rib, lobster and pasta, and lamb. Three parking lots are now open for Nick Ryan’s guests. Call (859) 233-7900 or go to
The Julep Cup, 111 Woodland Avenue, is celebrating with a “Midnight in Paris” theme. Phil Copeland and Friends will entertain. The cost is $100 including a Champagne toast at midnight. Call (859) 226-0300 or go to
Winchell’s Restaurant, 348 Southland Drive, will have a lobster boil and the three-course meal includes New England clam chowder, whole lobster served with new potatoes and seasonal vegetables, apple cobbler and Champagne. The cost is $35. Call (859) 278-9424.

Special events

Akielo Temple Pageantry/Dancers will have Breakfast With Santa from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Oleika Shrine Temple, 326 Southland Drive. The cost is $5 for adults, $2.50 for children younger than 10, and free for children younger than 3.
Brown’s Bakery, 1226 Versailles Road, has a full line of desserts for holiday meals and parties. Included are butterscotch, chocolate meringue, pecan, and pumpkin pies; bourbon chocolate pecan cake with bourbon glaze; and pecan cake with chocolate ganache. The deadline for orders is Dec. 21. Hours on Dec. 24 are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call (859) 225-8400 or go to
Larry Mac’s Beer Cheese store, 3101 Clays Mill Road, will have a Christmas open house 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Along with beer cheese, guests can sample Bev’s Best peanut brittle and Sondra’s Wine Candy and jellies. Call (859) 967-6869 or go to
Grimes Mill Winery, 6707 Grimes Mill Road, is having a holiday open house 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday. The Troubadours will entertain and snacks will be provided by Kenny’s Cheese. Call (859) 543-9691.
Midway School Bakery, 510 South Winter Street in Midway, is having a holiday open house 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Chef Carrie Warmbier will have samples of cookies, jam cake, cider and hot chocolate. The bakery staff has created boxes and bags filled with homemade cookies for gift-giving. Call (859) 846-4336.
Azur Restaurant, 3070 Lakecrest Circle, is having a Bouchaine wine dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Bouchaine representative Donna Creese will present the wines. The cost is $60. Call (859) 296-1007 or go to
Unlimited Spirit, 404 Southland Drive, will host two master distillers who will sign bottles for holiday gift giving. Wild Turkey’s Eddie Russell will be at the store 4 to 7 p.m. Friday. Four Roses’ Jim Rutledge will be there 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday. Call (859) 309-2903.

Giada inspires Nat Yuttayong’s weekend dishes

Food Network celebrity Giada De Laurentiis’ recent trip to Thailand has inspired Nat Yuttayong to create some special dishes for this weekend at Nat’s Thai Restaurant.
Yuttayong, chef/owner of the restaurant at 111 South Upper Street, read about De Laurentiis’ trip in the May issue of Food Network Magazine.
“She discovered that authentic Thai food is nothing like American Thai food,” Yuttayong said. “The dinners are spicier, the sweets are sweeter. She was inspired by the bold flavors of the country’s signature ingredients: kaffir lime, ginger and Thai chiles.”
He is serving De Laurentiis’ recipes for shrimp and vegetable yellow curry; turkey larb, or lettuce wraps; and spicy mint beef. Call (859) 433-0197. Also, Nat’s patio is now open.


■ A new frozen yogurt store, Yogli Mogli, is open at 457 Keene Centre Drive in Nicholasville, near Copper River Grill. It offers 16 flavors that are fat-free, low-fat, or no-sugar-added. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Go to

Cinco de Mayo celebrations

Cinco de Mayo is Sunday. Area restaurants’ events include:
Durango’s, 2121 Richmond  Road, will serve special fajitas and margaritas on Sunday. Beef or chicken fajitas for two are $15.95. Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Call (859) 268-0723.
■ The Grey Goose will party in Mexico style at all locations on Sunday. The menus include Mexican pizza with a chipotle marinara base topped by mozzarella and steak. Locations are 133 East Main Street in Midway, (859) 846-9933; 170 Jefferson Street in Lexington, (859) 233-1500; and 509 Main Street in Paris, (859) 987-4700.
Good Foods Market & Café, 455 Southland Drive, will serve a buffet featuring authentic Mexican entrees on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The cost is $7.99 per pound. Call (859) 278-1813 or go to
Old Chicago Pizza, 1924 Pavilion Way, is having a Cinco de Mayo mini tour featuring eight Mexican beers. The special ends Sunday. Call (859) 977-4640 or go to

New menus

■ Gluten-free menus, including sandwiches, are now available at all of Chef Ouita Michel’s restaurants.
“We’ve always accommodated dietary restrictions, including gluten-free requests, at Holly Hill Inn, our fine dining restaurant,” Michel said. “So to help our guests at Windy Corner Market, Wallace Station and our Midway School Bakery who ask about gluten-free options, we evaluated our menus and created special menus that list gluten-free entrees, side dishes and desserts.”
The breads are made at Midway School Bakery, which began the gluten-free menu project. Head pastry chef and manager Carrie Warmbier has created a gluten-free soft bread that’s particularly good in grilled sandwiches. The bakery is at 510 South Winter Street. Call (859) 846-4336 or go to
Michels restaurants are Holly Hill Inn, 426 North Winter Street, Midway, (859) 846-4732,; Wallace Station, 3854 Old Frankfort Pike, Versailles, (859) 846-5161,; and Windy Corner, 4595 Bryan Station Road, Lexington, (859) 294-9338,
Greentree Tearoom, 521 West Short Street, is featuring the flavors of spring on its May menu. Included are strawberry soup, cream scones, a luncheon hot Brown, cucumber dill and shrimp tea sandwiches, dark chocolate mousse, French wafers, and coconut cupcakes. Call (859) 455-9660 or go to
Casanova Italian Restaurant, 855 South Broadway, has a new menu for spring. Featured are spaghetti pizzaiola, penne alla Siciliana and baccala (salted cod) napoletana. Call (859) -309-3313 or go to
■ The weekend menu and entertainment at Natasha’s Bistro, 112 Esplanade, has a Cuban theme. The menu includes baked salmon served with hearts of palm. Peruvian singer Carlos Flores will perform. Call (859) 259-2754 or go to

Special event

Wines on Vine, 400 Old Vine Street, will have a German riesling wine tasting 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Call (859) 243-0017.

Farmers market report

Bluegrass Farmers’ Market will have spring greens, asparagus, lettuce, cucumbers, baked goods, jams, herb seasoning, lamb, goat, veal, beef, pork, eggs, soaps, and vegetable plants. It’s open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 3450 Richmond Road, in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs. Go to

Brad Schooler’s making Brooklyn pizzas again

Ten years ago, Brad Schooler opened two Brooklyn Pizza locations, and then sold the restaurants in December 2007. He’s now reopened the Brooklyn Pizza at 3330 Partner Place, which had closed towards the end of 2010. The Brighton Place store closed a year later.
After selling the pizza parlors, Schooler moved on to work as a food wholesaler, selling product to pizza and Italian restaurants across the state. That job gave Schooler “so much more knowledge than I ever had when I originally owned Brooklyn,” he said.
“I missed the business, I missed my customers and friends … but most of all I missed my pizza. The Clays Mill location has just been sitting here for two years with the equipment in it. So I came in and changed the decor and feel, and built a nice bar area. I’ve been telling the customers that the restaurant has matured with me,” said Schooler, who opened Brooklyn Pizza at the age of 25.
The menu is the same, but the restaurant now has a full bar, big screen TVs, and table service after 4 p.m. on weekdays, and all day Saturday and Sunday. Call (859) 388-9318.


■ Toa Green, chef/owner of Thai Orchid Café is observing her 31st birthday by giving back to the community. The celebration will be a fundraiser for FoodChain, a non-profit organization which is taking over the old Rainbow Bakery on West Sixth Street to grow fish and greens indoors.
The birthday party/fundraiser will be from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Thai Café, 1030 South Broadway. Call (859) 317-3069 or go to
■ The Frankfort chapter of Dining for Women will host a community potluck dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church, 211 Washington Street, in Frankfort. Founder Marsha Wallace will be the guest speaker. Dining for Women is a nonprofit national giving circle, and members meet for dinner monthly, and donate to international programs the money they would have spent dining out. Contact Marcie Christensen at (502) 598-9063 or go to


■ The Midway School Bakery, 510 South Winter Street in Midway, has created a Gluten-free Zone at the bakery, where customers can select from several gluten-free items. Head pastry chef and manager Carrie Warmbier said while most items on the bakery’s menu are made with refined white and whole-wheat flours, she wanted to offer  options to those with wheat allergies.  “The gluten in the gluten-free baked goods is replaced with a mixture of sorghum flour, tapioca starch, garbanzo flour, potato starch and white fava bean flour,” she said. Gluten-free Zone baked goods include muffins, pies, scones and cookies. Flavors will vary. Call (859) 846-4336.
D’Italia Restaurant at 128 East New Circle Road, has closed. The location has been home to a variety of restaurants including Mexican.

The Bluegrass Tavern, 115 Cheapside, is featured in the January issue of Southern Living and one of the top 100 Bars of the South.
The tavern, which is recognized under the whiskey bar category, will be participating in Southern Living’s “South-Wide Happy Hour” from 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 1 in honor of the achievement. The featured drink will be Maker’s Mark old fashioned. Call (859) 389-6664.
■ For a few weeks in winter, Columbia Steakhouse treats its customers to a special deal on its most popular menu item. The  “Nighthawk” special includes an 8-ounce tenderloin smothered in garlic butter, baked potato, a Diego salad, and homemade rolls, for $12.99. Locations are 201 North Limestone, (859) 253-3135; 2750 Richmond Road, (859) 268-1666,; and 125 Southland Drive  (which is carry-out and delivery only), (859) 313-5300, Go to

First Watch now open on Richmond Road

Lexington has plenty of places to grab lunch, but when it comes to breakfast, there aren’t as many choices. First Watch, a breakfast, brunch, and lunch café, now is open at 3071 Richmond Road, in the Kroger shopping plaza.
The menu offers pancakes, omelets, salads, and sandwiches, and specialties include Chickichanga healthy turkey omelet, and fresh fruit crepes. The restaurant is open from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily. Call (859) 899-3447 or go to


■ The annual Moon Festival Celebration will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday in the Moondance Amphitheater in the Beaumont Centre Circle. The event, sponsored by the Kentucky Chinese American Association and the Beaumont Centre Family YMCA, will feature live entertainment and a “Best fresh moon cakes” contest. At 2 p.m., there will be children’s activities at the Beaumont YMCA, including lantern making. Go to for a schedule.
Ted’s Montana Grill, 2304 Sir Barton Way, is continuing its 10th anniversary celebration and raising funds to support Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. Guests who donate $5 or more while dining Sunday through Sept. 22, will receive a certificate good for $5 off a future purchase of $20 or more. Call (859) 263-5228 or go to

Jonathan at Gratz Park, 120 West Second Street, is having a Grgich Hills wine dinner on Wednesday. The five-course dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $75. Call (859) 252-4949. Seating is limited for this event.
Stella’s Kentucky Deli, 143 Jefferson Street, continues its Dining for a Cause events on Thursdays. Each week a different non-profit organization receives the proceeds. Here’s the line-up: Broke Spoke, Thursday; Maxwell Legal Clinic, Sept. 27; Community Farm Alliance, Oct. 4; and Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, Oct. 11. Call (859) 255-3354 or go to
Wilson Farms will harvest shrimp at 11 a.m. Saturday and Sept. 22. Ponds are in Lancaster on Ky. 1150. Look for signs. The cost is $8 a pound. Bring ice and a cooler to transport the fresh shrimp. Call (859) 339-1802 or (859) 792-1443.
Midway School Bakery, 510 South Winter Street in Midway, is preparing a traditional honey cake in honor of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Honey cakes are made with local honey from Midway, Weisenberger Mill flours, and spiced with cinnamon and applesauce. Cakes will be available Saturday through Sept. 25, the beginning of Yom Kippur. Cost is $8.95. Call (859) 846-4336.
The bakery will have caramel apple funnel cakes, and apple cider glazed cake donuts during Midway’s Fall Festival on Saturday and Sunday.

New menus

■ Leonardo Capezzuto, owner of Casanova Italian Restaurant, 855 South Broadway, has returned from a summer trip to Italy with new recipes for his menu. Included are manicotti Bolognese, penne with ricotta pesto, and lamb osso buco in ragu’ sauce. Call (859) 309-3313.
Nick Ryan’s Saloon, 157 Jefferson Street, has added new items to its Saturday brunch menu. Included are lemon ricotta pancakes and breakfast bread pudding. Call (859) 233-7900 or go to
Detroit Coney Island, 1301 Winchester Road, in Eastland Shopping Center, has added three Greek sandwiches to its menu. The restaurant has changed its hours and now is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call (859) 280-9138.

Farmers market report

Bluegrass Farmers’ Market will have green beans, tomatoes, squash, eggplant, peppers, raspberries, watermelons, bok choy, nappa cabbage, kale, and pumpkins.
Locations and hours are: 3450 Richmond Road, in the Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs parking lot, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday; and 730 Millpond Road, in the parking lot of the Willow Oak Pool, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Go to

Midway School Bakery is now in session

Midway School Bakery has a variety of pastries and breads.

Ouita Michel and her culinary team from Holly Hill Inn have opened ­Midway School Bakery.
Pastry chef Carrie Warmbier is running the bakery, at 510 South Winter Street. The menu features currant and oatmeal scones, sugarless blueberry cheesecake squares, and handmade bagels with home-cured lox.
Hours are 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call (859) 846-4336.
Also, Michel will celebrate the ­heritage of the French restaurant with Holly Hill Inn’s first Bastille Day Supper on Saturday.
All summer, Michel’s multicourse Tour de France menus have featured the best and freshest of Bluegrass farm products in her favorite French recipes. The Bastille Day Supper honors the influence of the French Revolution on the modern restaurant. The cost is $50; a sommelier’s pairing of French wines is $35.
Holly Hill is at 426 North Winter Street, Midway. Call (859) 846-4732 or to go
Hanna’s on Lime, 214 South ­Limestone, is serving its farmers market specials on Wednesdays. Selections include corn on the cob, kale, squash, eggplant, green beans, peppers, new potatoes, tomatoes and melon. The cost is $8.25. Call (859) 252-6264.
Natasha’s Bistro & Bar, 112 ­Esplanade, is offering weekend fish ­specials with seafood provided by Lexington Seafood Co. This week at Natasha’s “All Summer Long Seafood Festival,” the menu features Portuguese-style mahi mahi with savory polenta cakes and grilled green beans. Call (859) 259-2754 or go to
Ramsey’s Diners are using fresh local corn in a variety of dishes for the next several weeks. The corn is grown in Shelby County by Gallrein Farm. Dishes include corn on the cob, fried corn, creamed corn and Parmesan deep-fried corn. Also on the menu are okra from Berries on Bryan Station and tomatoes from Lincoln County. Go to for locations.
Winchell’s, 348 Southland Drive, is having a pig roast from 4 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. Sides include baked beans, potato salad and corn on the cob, with fruit cobbler for dessert. The menu ­includes smoked chicken chili. Call (859) 278-9424.
The Julep Cup, 111 Woodland Avenue, is celebrating Bastille Day on Friday and Saturday. The menu includes escargot and sweet bread torte, duck confit and frisée with poached egg; sole with vegetable ribbons; and entrecôte, a classic French steak, with house-made fries and French herb sauce. Call (859) 226-0300.
Thai Orchid Cafe will hold a Noodle Fest at West Sixth Brewing Co., 501 West Sixth Street, at 5 p.m. Monday. Dishes include basil beef bowl, coconut noodle bowl and won ton nachos. Call (859) 288-2170 or go to
Oliva Bella is planning a trip to ­Sicily, and you can go along to ­experience the olive oil and wine ­harvests. Two 10-day trips are ­scheduled for Sept. 26 to Oct. 6 and Oct. 10 to 20. The cost is $5,882. Call (859) 983-3567 or email
Farmers market reports
Azur Restaurant’s farmers bazaar is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays on the patio. The market features local farmers and artisans. Products include produce, eggs, cheese, meats, pasta, hand-dipped chocolates, flowers, plants, baked goods and crafts. Azur is at 3070 Lakecrest Circle. Call (859) 296-1007 or go to
Bluegrass Farmers Market has corn, melons, tomatoes and berries. Locations and hours are: 3450 Richmond Road, in the Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs parking lot, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday; and 730 Millpond Road, in the parking lot of the Willow Oak Pool, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday. Go to
Winchester/Clark County Farmers Market is open 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays in the parking lot of Bluegrass Heritage Museum, 217 South Main Street.