Posts Tagged 'Nat Yuttayong'

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.


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
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


■ 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

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

Nat Yuttayong opens Nat’s Thai downtown

Nat Yuttayong has opened a new Thai restaurant downtown at 111 South Upper Street, next to McCarthy’s Irish Bar. Nat’s menu is small but has “authentic true taste of Thai.”
Yuttayong, who recently returned from a trip to Thailand, said, “I have rediscovered the true authentic Thai food again. After many years in the U.S., we all had forgot the real taste of Thai food.”
Yuttayong grew up working with his aunt at Siam Thai restaurant. In 1989, the family opened Bangkok House, and after it was sold, opened Taste of Thai. He most recently worked with his cousin at Mai Thai Restaurant on Tiverton Way.
Yuttayong said the menu will feature “the fresh pad Thai noodle just like back home.” Other menu items include spicy beef and pork salad,  shrimp herb and spice, and fried chicken wings with herb. Curry specials are served on Tuesday and Thursday. Hours are noon to midnight Monday through Thursday, and noon to 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Call (859) 433-0197.

Special events

Holly Hill Inn, 426 North Winter Street in Midway, is taking diners on a trip around the world at its Winter Dinner Club series. The dinner menus are inspired by Jules Verne’s novel, Around the World in 80 Days.
On Friday and Saturday, the culinary tour begins with a contemporary British menu, then for the next few weekends, the menu will reflect stops along adventurer Phileas Fogg’s travels. Specially paired wine flight and cocktail specials will be featured throughout the dinner series. Cost is $40. Call (859) 846-4732 or go to for other dates and menus.
Beginning Friday, Holly Hill’s winter hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 5:30 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.
■ Midway Christian Church is celebrating the annual Feast of the Epiphany at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Piper Dining Hall on the Midway College campus. A medieval menu will be prepared by Ouita Michel and her staff at the Holly Hill Inn.
The feast will begin with the traditional parade of the boar’s head, led by bagpiper Malcolm McGregor. The buffet will feature the roast hog stuffed with sausages; saffron rice pilaf; carrot pudding with currants and dates; sweet-and-sour cabbage and lentils; salad of lettuces, fennel, mint, parsley, flowers and egg; king cake; and poached pears. Entertainment will be provided by Muzik, a medieval music group that plays authentic replicas of ancient instruments.
Cost is $30, $15 for ages 11 to 18, and children age 10 and under are admitted free. Call Midway Christian Church at (859) 846-4102 or go to Midway College is at 512 East Stephens Street in Midway.
■ Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill doesn’t let its activities falter during cold weather. The cozy Winter Kitchen is open for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and for dinner from 5 to 8:30 p.m. through Feb. 10. The winter kitchen is in the West Family Dwelling cellar and offers fireside dining.
Shaker Village is at 3501 Lexington Road, Harrodsburg. Call 1-800- 734-5611, Ext. 360, or go to


■  Doodles Breakfast and Lunch, 262 North Limestone, will reopen on Saturday after its Christmas break. Weekend brunch hours are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call (859) 317-8507 or go to
Greentree Tearoom, 521 West Short Street, has planned a cozy tea menu for January. Included are corn chowder; orange scone with orange curd; quiche Lorraine; olive nut in celery sticks; chicken salad and carrot round tea sandwiches; dark hot chocolate; and Italian cream cupcakes. Luncheon tea is served at noon Wednesday through Saturday, and at 3 p.m. Saturday. Call (859) 455-9660 or go to

Online event pairs Lundy’s food with Scottish whiskey, Maker’s Mark

Jonathan Lundy, chef/owner of Jonathan at Gratz Park, will pair foods with scotch and bourbon on a live Webcast on Friday. Laphroaig Islay single malt scotch will join Maker’s Mark for the Distillery Live broadcast from Maker’s Mark distillery in Loretto.
Laphroaig distillery manager John ­Campbell, Maker’s Mark master distiller ­Kevin Smith and Malt Advocate magazine editor John Hansell will conduct the online tasting at 8 p.m. at
The show is an evolution of Laphroaig Live, the annual online interactive tasting launched in 2007. Laphroaig uses former Maker’s Mark barrels for its maturation process.

Cooking up gator
Lexington Seafood, 867 East High Street, is cooking up gator on Saturday. The cooks will prepare your order beginning at 10 a.m. Cost is $11.99 a pound. Call (859) 266-8888. 

Now that’s hot stuff
Mai Thai’s menu just got hotter. Chef/owner Nat Yuttayong said the restaurant now offers bhut jolokia, a chili pepper that in February 2007 was certified the world’s hottest by Guinness World Records.
It has a Scoville rating of 1,001,304. By comparison, the habanero chili and Scotch bonnet pepper are in the range of 100,000 to 350,000 on the Scoville scale. Mai Thai is at 130 West Tiverton Way. Call (859) 231-0366.
McConnell Springs celebration
Cruisin’ the Springs is a night of ­dancing to the music of Sassafras and a buffet ­dinner to celebrate the 233rd anniversary of the founding of McConnell Springs, the ­birthplace of Lexington.
The menu includes roast top round of beef, apricot-glazed grilled chicken, fresh vegetables, country corn pudding, rosemary roasted new potatoes, fruit salad, ­spinach salad with hot bacon dressing, bread ­pudding with bourbon sauce and assorted tarts.
Tickets to the party, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, are $50. McConnell Springs is at 416 Rebmann Lane, off Old Frankfort Pike. Call (859) 225-4073.
An Oktoberfest menu
Marikka’s Restaurant is ­celebrating Oktoberfest through Oct. 10. Dinner ­specials include rouladen with green beans and spaetzle, and ­schweinehaxen with sauerkraut and mashed potatoes. The cost is $14.95.
Marikka’s serves pizza until 2 a.m. The house pizza is bratwurst and sauerkraut, $9.99, and a 12-inch works is $15. The ­restaurant is at 411 Southland Drive. Call (859) 275-1925.
Cooking on The Big Green Egg
Housewarmings, 2312 Palumbo Drive, is having its second annual Mega Grill-Off on Saturday. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Food will be grilled on The Big Green Egg. Call (859) 231-0005.
New at Olive Garden
The Olive Garden, 3385 Nicholasville Road, has added menu items. Included are pork Milanese, zeppoli and a children’s cheese ravioli dish. If you would like to learn traditional Italian cooking techniques, go to Call (859) 272-8334.
Music and belly dancing
Petra Mediterranean Bar and Grill is having live music and belly dancers at 9 p.m. Saturday. Petra is at 116 Marketplace Drive. Call (859) 272-0044 or go to
Julep Cup open on Mondays
The Julep Cup, 111 ­Woodland Avenue, now is open Mondays. Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch, and 5 to 9 p.m. for dinner. “All other days, except Sunday, we are open until 10 and do not close in the afternoon,” chef Lindsay Brooks said. Call (859) 226-0300 or go to
Pre-show dining on campus
The Singletary Center for the Arts at the University of Kentucky has partnered with the Hilary J. Boone Center to offer patrons a convenient place to have dinner before ­curtain time. The Boone Center is at the Rose Street and Columbia Avenue, a block from Singletary.
Those attending Bettye LaVette’s ­performance Saturday will receive a 10 ­percent discount with their concert ticket.
Call (859) 257-1133 to make reservations for the pre-show buffet, which features ribs and fried chicken. The cost is $25.
In-store special: Danville winemaker
Dominique Brousseau, winemaker at ­Chateau du Vieux Corbeau Winery in Danville, will discuss her wines and offer samples this weekend at Liquor Barn stores.
She will be at the Hamburg store from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday and at the Beaumont Centre store from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday. Call the winery at (859) 236-1808.
Farmers market reports
Here’s what’s available at farmers markets.
■ The Bluegrass Farmers Market will have apples, watermelon, raspberries, winter and summer squash, sweet potatoes, green peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, green beans, herb seasoning, beer cheese, beef, jams and jellies, soaps, fodder shocks and pumpkins. The market is at 3450 Richmond Road in the Fast Signs and Pedal the Planet parking lot. Hours are 3 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Go to
■ Honest Farm Market in Midway will have tomatoes, organic kale and rainbow chard, organic beets, butternut squash and Candy onions, banana peppers, jalapeños, bell peppers, Indian corn swags, pumpkins, baby pumpkins and gourds, peach and ­nectarine jam, local honey, potatoes and Mutzu golden delicious apples.
The market is at Midway Christian Church, 123 Bruen Street, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Call (859) 533-6976.