Posts Tagged 'Natasha’s Bistro'

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.

Bru Burger Bar is open in Beaumont Centre

Burgers have taken over the spot where Mexican once reigned. The former El Chico in Beaumont Centre now is Bru Burger Bar. The menu at the gourmet burger place also features  salads, sandwiches, and craft beers.  Burgers choices include the Bru (Taleggio cheese, bacon, tomato jam, caramelized onion); Roma (arugula pesto, prosciutto, roasted red peppers); Kentucky bourbon (bacon, peppercorn-bourbon glaze, horseradish havarti); lamb (cucumber sauce, feta-olive relish); and ground turkey (carrot-ginger slaw, peach compote). Bru is at 3010 Lakecrest Circle. Call (859) 305-0082 or go to Bruburgerbar.com.

Closings

Brown’s Bakery, 1226 Versailles Road, is closing the end of December. Owner James Brown said he has a “new venture, and I can’t wait.” We’ll have to wait until Brown, who participated on Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, and also appeared on Season 3 of TLC’s Next Great Baker, is ready to tell us.  Call (859) 225-8400 or go to Brownbakery.com.
House Food & Wine, 207 South Limestone, has closed. “The time commitment was too much for us with our other businesses,” owner David Jones said.

New Year celebrations

Alfalfa, 141 East Main Street, is serving its annual New Year’s Day brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Specials include raspberry almond pancakes and spinach mushroom omelets. Call (859) 253-0014 or go to Alfalfarestaurant.com.
Natasha’s Bistro, 112 Esplanade, is planning a romantic New Year’s Eve  dinner with a four-course prix fixe menu for $60, as well as an a la carte menu. There will be strolling musicians during dinner and at the party afterwards. Seating is from 5 to 9:30 p.m.
Half price movie tickets are available for those dining early and going to the Kentucky Theatre to see  “Nebraska” or “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.”  Call (859) 259-2754 or go to Beetnik.com.
Thai Orchid Café, 1030 South Broadway,  will be closed Sunday through Christmas Day, and Jan. 1. The café will be open from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. New Year’s Eve, and the party begins at 5 p.m. featuring a  three-course meal for  $25.95. Call (859) 288-2170 or go to Thaiorchidcafe.net.

Holiday menus

Bakery Blessings & Bookstore @ the Bar, 1999 Harrodsburg Road,  is accepting last minute orders for Christmas pies, cakes, and goodies. The bakery will be open Christmas Eve until 2 p.m. with no lunch service, closed Christmas Day, and Thursday. Call (859) 554-6044.
Double H BBQ, 1244 Versailles Road, is offering country ham by the pound through the holidays. Also available are smoked pulled pork or chicken, brisket, ribs, 24- and 48-piece wing platters, burgoo, homemade sides, and desserts.  Call (859) 523- 4227 or go to Doublehbbq.com.
Red State BBQ,  4020 Georgetown Road, is taking orders for smoked turkeys for holiday meals. “We get our turkeys fresh from Critchfield Meats and will be taking orders right up to close of business on Friday,” owner David Carroll said. Pickup for the turkeys is before 6 p.m. Christmas Eve. Cost is $5 a pound.
The restaurant is offering smoked prime rib as the Friday night special. Cost is $16.50 for 8-ounce prime rib, and $19 for 10 ounces.Red State is offering a 10 percent discount with a Southern Lights ticket stub through Dec. 31. Call  (859) 233-7898 or go to Redstatebbq.com.

Weekend specials

■ People who like lamb fries will travel great distances to eat them, and when The Julep Cup offers the southern delicacy as a special, people “drive in from all sorts of counties,” chef/owner Lindsay Brooks Brugh said. Call (859) 226-0300 or go to Thejulepcup.com. The restaurant is at 111 Woodland Avenue.
The Grey Goose, 170 Jefferson Street, is serving prime rib pizza and Clare Island salmon with a teriyaki glaze on Friday and Saturday. Call (859) 233-1500 or go to Greygooserestaurants.com.

Fish fry promotes invasive Asian carp as seafood

fishfryJeremy Ashby, executive chef at Azur Restaurant, is joining the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources to promote Asian carp as an inexpensive source of domestic seafood.
“These fish have a light taste and excellent texture,” Ashby said.
The Asian carp was imported to the United States in the 1970s to control ­algae and micro-invertebrates in ­extremely fertile waters, including aquaculture or sewage treatment ponds. It took only 30 years for the population to explode and create massive ecological and economic problems, Ashby said.
The Asian carp populations are ­choking out other native fish species and threaten to destroy important economies in Western Kentucky that rely on fishing and recreational boating, Ashby said.
Tickets for Azur’s fish fry, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, are $30, with $10 ­going to Fish and Wildlife Resources to continue efforts to promote ­commercial harvest of Asian carp. A new ­processing facility is under construction in ­Wickliffe. Call (859) 296-1007 or go to ­Azurrestaurant.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.

Natasha’s Bistro hires new chef, makes menu changes

Natasha’s Bistro & Bar, 112 Esplanade, has hired Alex Jenkins as executive chef to develop and implement a new culinary philosophy. Jenkins was classically trained at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I., and Cork Regional Technical College in Cork City, Cork, Ireland.
Owner Gene Williams said “the changes currently being rolled out, place a much increased emphasis on culinary appeal, timely delivery of food to the table, and a palette of new, authentic, and robust flavors.” New menu offerings include fresh seafood, frequent specials, healthier meats, and more tapas-style small plates. Fresh seafood will be served every weekend and world cuisine specials will be featured on Thursday nights. Call (859) 259-2754 or go to Beetnik.com

 Events

Nick Ryan’s Saloon, 157 Jefferson Street, will donate 20 percent of Monday’s lunch and dinner proceeds to The Friends campaign for the restoration of The Kentucky Theatre. A “Seat In” reception/art exhibit will be from 4 to 6 pm. Cost is $25, and 20 percent of  arts sales will be donated to the campaign to help cover the cost of new seats for the theatre. Local artists participating are Ann Nave Bass, Sue Wilmes, Norene Mara, Deborah Westerfield, and Marcia Cone. Call (859) 233-7900 or go to Nickryans.com or Kentuckytheatrefriends.org.
■ Sunday’s musical brunch at Willie’s Locally Known, 805 North Broadway, will feature Ralph Curtis, who presents the Gospel Side of Johnny Cash. Homemade menu items include fried green tomato BLT, fried chicken biscuit, bacon and eggs, and fried egg biscuit. Brunch is served from noon to 3 p.m. Call (859) 281-1116. or go to Willieslex.com.
Jonathan at Gratz Park, 120 West Second Street, will have a pig roast at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Call (859) 252-4949 or go to Jagp.info.
■ Ouita Michel, chef/owner of Holly Hill Inn, continues her summer dinner series with an “ultra local” menu and garden tour. On Friday and Saturday, a three-course menu and tasting menu are available, priced $35 to $65. On Saturday, guests can drop by the garden for complimentary hors d’oeuvres, a glass of sangria, and a tour of the vegetable patch. Holly Hill Inn is at 426 North Winter Street in Midway. Go to Hollyhillinn.com.

A change of menu

■ The August menu at Greentree Tearoom includes items from the farmers market. Included are chilled cantaloupe soup, asiago scone, baked pear with bleu cheese entrée salad; poppy seed egg salad, and ginger chocolate truffles. The tearoom is at 521 West Short Street. Call (859) 455-9660 or go to Greentreetearoom.com.
The Julep Cup, 111 Woodland Avenue, has a new menu. Items include baby back lamb rack with bourbon peach glaze; bourbon barrel ale braised pork cheeks; artisan gnocci with roasted shiitaki mushrooms; and summer corn and pea ravioli. Call (859) 226-0300 or go to Thejulepcup.com.
Addie’s Restaurant at The Woodford Inn, 140 Park Street in Versailles, has a new mid-summer menu. Featured are margherita chicken and pork chop with Vidalia onion gravy. A special tasting will be from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Call (859) 873-5600 or go to Thewoodfordinn.com.’

Farmers market report

Bluegrass Farmers’ Market will have corn, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, green beans, potatoes, melons, lamb, goat, chicken, beef, pork, baked goods, herb seasoning, pimento and beer cheese, jams and eggs. Go to Bluegrassfarmersmarket.org.
Winchester/Clark County Farmers Market is open on Depot Street from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. Items include corn, beans, cabbage, tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, onions. Gourmet 2 You food truck will have breakfast items.

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.

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.

Openings

■ 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 Yoglimogli.com.

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 Goodfoods.coop.
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 Oldchicago.com.

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 Midwayschoolbakery.com.
Michels restaurants are Holly Hill Inn, 426 North Winter Street, Midway, (859) 846-4732, Hollyhillinn.com; Wallace Station, 3854 Old Frankfort Pike, Versailles, (859) 846-5161, Wallacestation.com; and Windy Corner, 4595 Bryan Station Road, Lexington, (859) 294-9338, Windycornermarket.com.
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 Greentreetearoom.com.
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 Casanovaky.com.
■ 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 Beetnik.com.

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 Bluegrassfarmersmarket.org.

Would you like a blindfold with your menu?

Have you ever thought you were in the dark about  Lexington’s dining scene? At Natasha’s Bistro & Bar you literally could be.
Natasha’s Bistro & Bar, 112 Esplanade, will serve guests a Kentucky Proud menu to eat in complete darkness. It’s designed for the senses of smell, taste, sound, and texture. Participants will remove their blindfolds after each course.
Natasha’s owner Gene Williams quotes Miami chef Adrianne Calvo about the concept of dining in the dark: “The concept of ‘Dark Dining,’ which enjoyed significant popularity throughout Europe for several years before its introduction in various major cities throughout the United States, has been defined as a sensory overload that maximizes flavor by suppressing vision, creating the ultimate in dining experience.” The dinner will be at 6 p.m. Monday. Tickets are $49. Call (859) 259-2754  or go to Beetnik.com.

Special events

Bistro La Belle Market and Cafe will join other downtown Midway merchants in supporting The Homeplace in Midway and its “Voices in Cloth” quilt show on Saturday.
Bistro La Belle will serve Laura’s white bean soup and Weisenberger Mills cornbread from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The meal is free, but the café will accept donations for The Homeplace. The regular menu will be available. Bistro La Belle is at 119 East Main Street. The quilt show will be at 128 East Main Street. Call (859) 846-4233 or go to Bistrolabelle.com.
Woodford Reserve Distillery serves a holiday buffet on Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 22. Chef-in-residence Ouita Michel and her culinary team have created a menu of Kentucky favorites and seasonal specialties. Distillery tours are offered before dinner. Seatings are at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Cost is $50. The Distillery is at 7855 McCracken Pike, Versailles. Call (859) 879-1812 or go to Woodfordreserve.com.
■ On Monday, you can help Baby Health Service by dining at Nick Ryan’s. The restaurant’s “Monday Matters” program donates a portion of the day’s proceeds to charities. Baby Health provides free quality health care to children without insurance. Call (859) 233-7900 or go to Nickryans.com.
■ When you make a donation to your favorite charity through Goodgivingguide.net and you could win a catered dinner for eight.  Mulberry & Lime, a gift/home furnishings shop in the historic Matthew Kennedy house at 216 North Limestone, will be the site for the dinner that will be prepared by Dupree Catering. Wine will be provided by Wines on Vine.

New menus

The Village Idiot, 307 West Short Street, has a new winter menu.  Chefs Andrew Suthers and Wyatt Sarbacker have put their personal touches on classic cold weather comfort food. Included are ham hock ragout with Lexington Pasta’s spinach gnocchi and pork belly en croute with pickled onion and whole grain mustard.
On Monday, the restaurant will serve a prix fixe dinner featuring seasonal dishes to compliment selections from Schlafly Beer and wines from Vanguard. The dinner will include a reception of hors d’oeuvres and three courses each paired with wine and beer. Cost is $49. Call (859) 252-0099 or go to Lexingtonvillageidiot.com.
Casanova Italian Restaurant, 855 South Broadway, has some new menu items. Included are bronzini acqua pazza, (a fish owner Leo  Capezzuto imports from the Mediterranean Sea), Neapolitan traditional sausages with rapini, and spaghetti aglio olio scampi. Casanova is accepting reservations for Christmas parties. Call (859) 309-3313 or go to Casanovaky.com.

Smokin’ Hogg brings Texas barbecue to Versailles

Edward Hogg has had several businesses at 464 Wilson Avenue in Versailles, including a car wash and a landscape business. Now he’s cooking barbecue.
At Smokin’ Hogg, “we do Texas-style barbecue in a Caribbean atmosphere,” Hogg said.
He grew up in Houston, and while attending Western Kentucky ­University spent a lot of time at Smokey Pig Bar-B-Q learning how to cook Western Kentucky-style barbecue. He has cooked barbecue “off and on for 30 years,” he said, and started catering about 10 years ago.
Hogg serves beef brisket, pulled pork, chicken, baby back ribs, spare ribs, hamburgers and hot dogs. He also makes Texas-style chili. Sides include baked beans and coleslaw, and he uses his mother’s recipe for potato salad.
Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call (859) 351-9701 or go to Smokinhogg.com.

Special events

■ The second Bluegrass Food Blast will be 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the vacant lot at Main and Vine streets. The event, sponsored by the Bluegrass Food Truck Association, features mobile food vendors. Go to Bluegrassfoodtrucks.org.
■ Special events at Jonathan at Gratz Park sell out quickly, so you’ll want to make reservations right away for this dinner. Bill Samuels Jr., chairman ­emeritus of Maker’s Mark Distillery, will be a guest at a six-course bourbon ­dinner at 7 p.m. July 12. The cost is $85. The restaurant, at 120 West ­Second Street, will not have regular dinner service that evening. Call (859) 252-4949.
The Lafayette senior living ­community, 690 Mason Headley Road, is having a chef cook-off Thursday. The Five Star Chef Showcase will feature chefs from four senior communities: Robert Gilbert, The Lafayette; Clifford Strong, Ashwood Place in Frankfort; Linda Meoak, The Forum at ­Knightsbridge in Columbus, Ohio; and Alan Booze, Meadowood in ­Bloomington, Ind. Judges will include Mayor Jim Gray; Alan ­Lamoureux, ­culinary director for Bluegrass ­Hospitality Group; John Foster, culinary chair at Sullivan University; and Patrick Jones, executive chef at Merrick Inn. Call (859) 278-9080.
The Salvation Army is ­partnering with restaurants to expand this ­summer’s LemonAiD campaign. ­Restaurants will donate a portion of lemonade and iced tea sales from June 29 to July 31 to the Salvation Army to be used for operating expenses for children living in the emergency shelter. Restaurateurs who would like to ­participate may call Bruce Manor at  (859) 252-7706, Ext. 117.
Fazoli’s and Feed the Children are teaming for the Fazoli’s Breadstick Tour to raise awareness and money for ­childhood hunger.
Volunteers from Feed the Children will hand out bread sticks and flyers in downtown areas, neighborhood parks and at local events in 15 cities. The goal is to encourage people to make ­donations to Feed the Children at a ­participating Fazoli’s ­restaurant. In return, Fazoli’s will give them a coupon for $5 off any family meal purchase.
You may follow the tour online at Facebook.com/fazolis. It will be in Lexington through Sunday. Scheduled stops include downtown, Cheapside Park, Shillito Park, Fayette Mall and the Southland Park pool.
Logan’s Roadhouse is having a Wing It Chickin’ Dance Contest on ­Facebook. Logan’s is asking ­customers to perform their best and most ­entertaining dance moves, ­choreographed to a version of The Chicken Dance. Five winners will receive free wings for an entire year. Go to On.fb.me/M1rtux.
■ Former football star Babe Parilli, author of Kentucky Babe, will sign ­copies of his book from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at Casanova Italian Restaurant, 855 South Broadway. The book is $24.95; customers who buy the book will receive a $20 gift certificate to ­Casanova. Parilli is the cousin of ­Casanova owner Leo Capezzuto. Call (859) 309-3313 or go to Casanovaky.com.

Announcements

Martine’s Pastries is providing ­desserts for the menu at D’Italia, 128 East New Circle Road. Included are tiramisu, chocolate bombe cake, peanut butter pie and pistachio cake. Call (859) 244-8995 or go to Ditaliacuisine.com. Martine’s is at 1039 Industry Road. Call (859) 231-9110  or go to Martinespastries.com.
Natasha’s Bistro & Bar, 112 ­Esplanade, has installed two awnings that protect the front patio and the back Alley Bar. Patios are open whenever the restaurant is open. Farmers market brunch is served 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ­Saturday and Sunday. Call (859) 259-2754 or go to Beetnik.com.
Three Suns Bistro has a new ­summer menu that includes duck ­quesadilla with corn and black bean salsa; cypress chicken with olives, ­artichoke hearts, tomatoes and feta cheese; roasted salmon; and shrimp and mussels in a tomato basil broth. The bistro is at 298 East Brannon Road, in Brannon Crossing. Call (859) 245-0048.

Farmers market report

■ Corn is in at Bluegrass Farmers’ Market, 3450 Richmond Road, in the Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs parking lot. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. ­Saturday and 3 to 6 p.m. The Willow Oak ­­­ ­location is at 730 Millpond Road, in the parking lot for Willow Oak Pool. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Go to Localharvest.org/blog/29529.

City Barbeque to open Friday

Smoke is billowing at City Barbeque. The chain’s second Kentucky location is scheduled to open Friday at 3292 Richmond Road.
Since opening in 1999 in Columbus, Ohio, City Barbeque has received many awards including Best Barbeque in Columbus and Dayton, Ohio; Best Rib and Best Pulled Chicken in Cincinnati; and Best Tailgate Fare by Ohio Magazine.
The menu offers North Carolina-style pulled pork, beef brisket and pulled chicken. St. Louis-style ribs are slow smoked over aged hickory wood. Every Tuesday is Rib Bone Tuesday, when each rib bone is $1.15. Sides and desserts are prepared in house.
Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Go to Citybbq.com.

Openings

Double H BBQ is a new spot that’s open for lunch at 1244 Versailles Road, next to O’Reilly’s AutoParts. Owned by brothers Ernie and Bill Hanley, the restaurant serves hand-rubbed, hickory-smoked pulled pork, brisket, baby back ribs and tenderloin, prepared on site. Traditional hot and mild red sauces, as well as an Alabama-style white sauce, are available. Hours are 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; takeout and catering are available. Call (859) 523-4227.
■ A new pizza place, Extreme Pizza, is open at 2304 Sir Barton Way in Hamburg Place. The San Francisco-based chain is mostly on the West Coast. “This is the first of its kind to open in Kentucky,” said Lexington franchise owner Vince Swecker. “If you check out the menu you will notice that there are many styles of pizzas, subs, wings and salads available that are not often seen at other pizza restaurants. We offer a wheat crust and a gluten-free crust.” Go to Extremepizza.com. Call (859) 543-0000.

Father’s Day dining

Casanova Italian Restaurant, 855 South Broadway, is accepting reservations for Father’s Day. Specials include gnocchi with mozzarella, osso buco, and eggplant Siciliana. Call (859) 309-3313 or go to Casanovaky.com.
Holly Hill Inn, 426 North Winter Street in Midway, will serve a special Father’s Day menu on Sunday. Entrees include prime rib. The cost is $25, and a children’s menu is available. Call (859) 846-4732 or go to Hollyhillinn.com.
■ The Lafayette High School football team is celebrating Father’s Day with a waffle breakfast on Saturday. The breakfast, from 8 to 10 a.m. will be at O’Charley’s Restaurant on Nicholasville Road, at Zandale Shopping Center. Cost is $5.
Azur Restaurant & Patio, 3070 Lakecrest Circle, will serve a special brunch menu from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, and dinner service begins at 5 p.m. The menu includes steak and eggs, grilled lamb chops, and wild mushroom omelet. Call (859) 296-1007 or go to Azurrestaurant.com.
■ In celebration of “Día de los Padres” (Father’s Day) Abuelo’s Mexican Restaurant at Fayette Mall, 3395 Nicholasville Road,  is giving dads who dine in the restaurant on Sunday, June 17 a special Father’s Day card that includes an offer for a complimentary chile con queso appetizer. Call (859) 971-0922.
Saul Good Restaurant & Pub will serve a special Father’s Day menu through Sunday. Included are Black Angus rib eye steak, Cajun chicken pasta, center cut pork chop, and prime sirloin steak. Locations are 1808 Alysheba Way, (859) 317-9200,and 3801 Mall Road, (859) 273-4663. Go go Saulgoodpub.com.

Special events

Wild Thyme Cooking School, 1060 Chinoe Road, is having a bake sale from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday. At the cooking school camp, My Lemon “Aide” Stand, children learned baking techniques and baked a variety of items that will be sold at a bake sale. The money will benefit West Liberty Elementary that was damaged by a tornado earlier this year. Call (859) 523-2665 or go to Wildthymecooking.com.
■ The menu for Greek Dinner Night on Friday features the Ionian region of Greece, and wines from Acres of Land will be served. Dinner will be at the Greek Orthodox Church, 920 Tates Creek Road, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Chef Chris Eliopoulos will prepare chicken in orange glaze, tilapia in spinach, and pork loin. A la carte items are available. Go to Greekdinner.com.
■ The Kentucky Historical Society will host “Food for Thought: The Shakers and the Civil War,” at noon Wednesday, at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History in downtown Frankfort. Tickets are $18 for KHS members and $25 for other patrons. Contact Julia Curry at (502) 564-1792, Ext. 4414 or Julia.curry@ky.gov. Go to History.ky.gov. Reservations deadline is Friday.
■ Family Night is back at Holly Hill Inn, 426 North Winter Street in Midway. On Friday nights, while parents relax with a multi-course dinner and grownup conversation, the staff will make sure the children have a great time with games, crafts and their own menu. Four-course dinner menu is $40 per person. Reservations are available at 6 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. Children’s dinner is served at 6:30 p.m. and supervised child care is provided from 6 to 8 p.m. Cost is $10 per family up to three children, which includes meal and activities, $5 for each additional child. Call (859) 846-4732.

Announcements

The Courtyard Deli, 113 Cheapside,  now is open on Thursday nights for Thursday Night Live, and for dinner on Friday starting at 6 p.m. Saturday begins with a Farmers Market lunch at 10:30 a.m., continuing into Saturday evening hours. Call (859) 252-3354.
Natasha’s Bistro, 112 Esplanade, has installed two new awnings that protect the front patio and the back Alley Bar. Patios are open whenever the restaurant is open. Farmers market brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call (859) 259-2754 or go to Beetnik.com.
Three Suns Bistro has a new summer menu that includes duck quesadilla with corn and black bean salsa; cypress chicken with olives, artichoke hearts, tomatoes, and feta cheese; roasted salmon; and shrimp and mussels in a tomato basil broth. The bistro is at 298 East Brannon Road, in Brannon Crossing. Call (859) 245-0048.

Farmers market report

Bluegrass Farmers Market’s Willow Oak location now is open  at 730 Millpond Road, in the parking lot of the Willow Oak pool. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The original location on Richmond Road in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday. This location will have fresh corn on Saturday. Go to Localharvest.org/blog/29529.
Midway Farmers Market now is open in downtown Midway in Darlin’ Jean’s parking lot. Hours are 3 to 6 p.m. Monday.
Ted’s Farm Fresh Produce has a vegetable stand in the parking lot of Sarah’s Corner Café, 4300 Winchester Road, at Cleveland Road. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.
Woodford County Farmers Market is open from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday at Courthouse Square in downtown Versailles, and 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Presbyterian Church parking lot.

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