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Lexington, Louisville chefs bet their food, not their money, on Cats vs. Cards

The battle on Friday between the ­University of Kentucky and the ­University of ­Louisville in the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA men’s ­basketball tournament is spilling over into ­Lexington and Louisville kitchens.
Bill Lynch, chef at The Bristol Bar & Grille in Louisville, is challenging Jeremy Ashby, chef/owner of Azur in Lexington, to a wager.
If the Louisville Cardinals lose to the Kentucky Wildcats in Indianapolis on Friday night, Lynch has agreed to wear Kentucky blue and serve Ashby’s signature dishes at Azur. If the ­Wildcats lose, Ashby will don ­Louisville red and serve patrons at The Bristol’s Hurstbourne Parkway ­restaurant.
A date for the dinner has not been ­announced. Go to and
Nick Ryan’s Saloon, 157 Jefferson Street, is celebrating the Kentucky-­Louisville game with all-night happy hour on Friday. In celebration of the Wildcats’ 26 wins, the restaurant will offer its 8-ounce filet mignon for $26; it’s regularly $29. If the Wildcats win, Nick Ryan’s will serve the special on Saturday for $27. Call (859) 233-7900 or go to
Special events
■ Seventeen ­wineries are participating in ­McConnell Springs’ 7th annual Wine ­Barrel ­Tasting on Saturday. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at any participating winery. Call (859) 272-0682 or go to
During the event, Jean Farris Winery, 6825 Old Richmond Road, will offer a limited lunch menu from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. ­Included are filet burger, smoked chicken salad, grilled chicken Caesar, shrimp and grits, and duck sausage pizza. Call (859) 263-9463 or go to
■ Kathy Archer will serve Howard’s Creek authentic beer cheese at the Taste of the South in Washington, D.C., on Saturday.
Taste of the South was founded in 1982 by transplanted ­Southerners ­living in Washington. The group ­decided to host a party where they could share with Washington residents their love for all things ­Southern. Thirteen states are ­represented, and this year, Kentucky is the featured state, with ­proceeds going to West End School in ­Louisville. The free alternative school serves at-risk boys from preschool to eighth grade.
■ Sherrie Keller-Pauley and her husband, Ben Pauley, are back in the restaurant business in the same location where their original Three Suns Bistro was, 502 North Main Street in Nicholasville. The Pauleys’ Three Suns opened in 2000. It moved to Brannon Crossing in 2005 and closed in 2012.
Now called The Bistro, the ­restaurant will offer “some tried and true favorites from the Three Suns ­Bistro menu including pecan-fried chicken with praline glaze, lobster bisque, and our honey vinaigrette, a Kentucky Proud product,” Keller-­Pauley said. The menu includes hand-cut steaks, seafood, pasta, salads and burgers. Hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Call  (859) 221-3925.
First Watch Daytime Café is ­offering three new limited-time items for spring: lemon ricotta pancakes; AB&J waffle topped with almond butter, strawberry sauce and granola; and smoked salmon and roasted vegetable frittata. Locations are 3071 Richmond Road, (859) 899-3447; and 1080 South Broadway, (859) 252-2226. A new First Watch will open this spring on ­Winchester Road in front of Hobby Lobby. Go to
■ Saturday and Sunday specials at 1790 Row House Restaurant, 2117 Old Main Street in Washington, in Mason County, are Hawaiian chicken with grilled pineapple, pesto grilled shrimp, grilled pork chops, sausage quiche, and white chicken chili. Call (859) 907-6093. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

It’s Mardi Gras and the crawfish are boiling

100204mardigrasPASnow and freezing temperatures in ­Louisiana have put a chill on Mardi Gras celebrations in ­Lexington. The crawfish aren’t eating and they’re likely to be smaller than normal. Still, the limited amount of crawfish won’t halt crawfish boils at Fat Tuesday parties.
Mardi Gras, aka Fat Tuesday, is Tuesday, the last day before the season of Lent begins. Here’s what some ­Central Kentucky places have planned.
Furlong’s owner Tommy Walters has been in contact with Louisiana fishermen, and he’s telling customers not to expect an abundance of large crawfish. “It’s the worst beginning to any crop people my age have ever seen,” he said. “Hopefully, we’ll get some crawfish that are a nice size. “The good news is that we’ll probably have crawfish all summer long.”
The menu for Tuesday’s party at Furlong’s includes crawfish ­etouffée, shrimp etouffée, gumbo, ­jambalaya, boudin and andouille sausage. ­Furlong’s is at 130 West Tiverton Way. Call (859) 523-5500.
Bourbon n’ Toulouse’s annual Fat Tuesday party is so big it spills over to Chevy Chase Inn, The Beer Trappe and other bars and restaurants in the neighborhood. “We’ll be serving up bulk orders all weekend long for people who can’t make it down here on ­Tuesday,” owner Kevin Heathcoat said.
The Cajun specialties, except boiled crawfish and alligator etouffée, are available by the quart and gallon for carry-out. The deadline for orders is Monday. Call (859) 335-0300 or email
Tuesday’s festivities begin at 11 a.m., and the menu includes alligator ­etouffée and king cake from Sunrise Bakery. The crawfish boil starts at 6:30 p.m. Bourbon n’ Toulouse is at 829 Euclid Avenue.
CCI, 833 Euclid Avenue, opens at 11 a.m. to allow for more places for diners to sit (you must be 21, but you don’t have to buy drinks). The Tall Boys will entertain from 7 to 9 p.m.
Also starting at 11 a.m., diners 21 and older may take their food to The Beer Trappe, 811 Euclid Avenue.
■ One of Lexington’s largest Mardi Gras parties is at The Red Mile ­Clubhouse, 1200 Red Mile Road. Bayou Bluegrass Catering serves a lunch buffet that includes sausage gumbo, crawfish pie and bread pudding. The dinner menu features fried alligator and catfish, shrimp etouffée, seafood gumbo, smoked beef brisket and Cajun fried turkey.
Lunch, $16.50 a person, is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dinner seatings, $29.50, are at 5:30, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. Call (859) 621-3912 or go to
A la Lucie, 159 North Limestone, is having a Big Easy/Fat Tuesday party that features shrimp Creole, oysters, beignets and king cake. Call (859) 252-5277 or go to
Ramsey’s Diners will have its 25th annual Fat Tuesday celebration at all locations. “We’ll be flying 1,200 pounds of live crawfish in from New Orleans,” owner Rob Ramsey said. Also on the menu are seafood gumbo and king cakes baked by Missy’s Pies. Go to for addresses.
Gumbo Ya Ya, 1080 South ­Broadway, will begin its 11th annual Fat Tuesday celebration on Friday. Chef-owner Greg Todd will serve ­alligator sauce piquant and ­several crawfish dishes through Tuesday. ­Tuesday’s festivities will kick off at 11 a.m. with free slices of king cake and Ale-8-One soft drinks. Order party packs or king cakes at (859) 252-9292 or go to
Willie’s Locally Known, 805 North Broadway, will have a crawfish boil beginning at 11 a.m. Tuesday, along with gumbo, jambalaya, king cake and beignets. Live music will feature the Baja Yetis. Call (859) 281-1116 or go to
■ The lunch and dinner menus at Nick Ryan’s Saloon, 157 Jefferson Street, will feature crawfish etouffée and shrimp Creole. Call (859) 233-7900 or go to
■ The Blue Heron Steakhouse, 185 Jefferson Street, will serve  smoked chicken-andouille gumbo, chargrilled or fried oysters, blackened redfish with crawfish etouffée, duck and shrimp ­jambalaya, and beignets with dark chocolate espresso sauce. Go to ­ or call (859) 254-2491.
Woodford Reserve Distillery in Versailles will begin its Mardi Gras celebration at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday with a tour of the historic distillery. A Cajun buffet will be served at 7:30 p.m. in the Dryer House. The menu includes ­jambalaya, crawfish, baby back ribs, king cake and chocolate bread pudding. The cost is $50. The distillery is at 7855 McCracken Pike. Call (859) 879-1953 or email catering@
Special events
TAI on Rye, the pop-up, New York-style deli at Temple Adath Israel, returns Sunday. Specials include matzo ball soup and homemade rugelach, a rolled pastry with a nut filling. Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Temple Adath Israel is at 124 North Ashland Avenue. Go to
Wines on Vine, 400 Old Vine Street, is hosting Caitlin Craig, who will pour wines from Willamette Valley Winery in Oregon from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Brian Miracle of Failla Winery in California will be at the store from 6 to 7:30 p.m. March 18. Tastings are free. Call (859) 243-0017.

The Recipe and Wild Eggs are open; Mary Lou’s BBQ has closed

It was home to Murray’s, then an outpost of the Chevy Chase restaurant Josie’s, and now the Southern mansion at 3955 Harrodsburg Road houses The Recipe at Sixty-Eight.
It’s still owned by Murray Family Restaurants, which also owns Josie’s and Merrick Inn, and the menu combines favorites from both restaurants. That includes Merrick Inn’s white Italian lasagna and moonshine-smoked pulled pork. Josie’s specialties are featured at brunch, served Wednesday through Sunday.
Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. The lounge has live music Thursday through Saturday nights.  Call (859) 523-6833.
Wild Eggs, a breakfast food restaurant chain that got its start in Louisville, opened in Lexington earlier this week. The restaurant, at 3735 Palomar Center Drive, serves breakfast, brunch and lunch daily. Menu favorites include Kalamity Katie’s border Benedict, which consists of green chili Cheddar corn cakes topped with chorizo, two poached eggs, and avocado; a bananas Foster waffle topped with banana rum caramel sauce and fresh banana slices; and a grits dish of the day. Hours are 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call (859) 277-0402 or go to
Mary Lou’s BBQ, 226 Walton Avenue, has closed its doors. Owner John Dance had told a customer a few weeks ago he was moving to Texas. Dance also owned Good Ol’ Days BBQ a few years back.
Special events
WineStyles is hosting a release party for Planet Oregon, a pinot noir from winemaker Tony Soter of Soter Vineyards in the Willamette Valley. This is the first time it’s available in Kentucky. WineStyles will be pouring Planet Oregon by the glass 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and 1 to 8 p.m. Saturday. WineStyles is at 2535 Nicholasville Road. Call (859) 278-9463 or go to
New menus
Nick Ryan’s Saloon, 157 Jefferson Street, is jazzing up its Saturday brunch menu. The bloody Mary bar is $5 and features beef jerky, bacon and shrimp as accoutrements. Specials include local eggs from the Long farm; shrimp and grits; and pork chilaquiles with spicy tomatillo sauce. Call (859) 233-7900 or go to
Red State BBQ now serves chicken wings. “I had to be persuaded to add it to the menu,” owner David Carroll said. “Turns out one of my servers used to be a sous chef and so he picked up some chicken wings and brought them to the restaurant, put dry rub on them, smoked them, deep fried them, made a Buffalo sauce to go with them, and made me eat them. I’m happy to admit I was wrong. They’re one of the hottest things on our menu now.” Red State is at 4020 Georgetown Road. Call (859) 233-7898 or go to
1790 Row House Restaurant, 2117 Old Main Street in Washington, is serving chicken and dumplings and meatloaf on Saturday. Sunday specials are chicken and rice casserole and Italian meatballs. Also on the menu are quiche, sandwiches,  soups, and desserts. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  The restaurant is in the center of the historic village in Mason County. Call (859) 907-6093.

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.

Hungry? Head to Bubby’s in Corbin

If you’re traveling on I-75 in the Corbin area, you might want to plan a trip around lunch or dinner time. Bubby’s BBQ, Catfish and Steak restaurant will be the place to stop if you’re hungry.
Bubby’s serves a buffet that includes everything Grandma cooks: fried catfish, fried chicken, corn bread, bean soup, dumplings, broccoli-chicken casserole, greens, green beans, beets, hominy, bread pudding, and chocolate cake. A salad bar is included. Prices range from $6.99 to $9.99.
The BBQ menu includes pulled pork and ribs which are smoked on site. Sandwiches and burgers also are available. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Bubby’s is at 2700 Cumberland Fall Road in Corbin. Call (606) 258-9070.


■ Just before Lexington baker James Brown was scheduled to appear on TLC’s season three of the Next Great Baker, Brown received results from a medical test and decided not to compete. He’s now recovering from surgery for a benign brain tumor, and the bakery at 1226 Versailles Road will be closed until Feb. 8. You can go to Brown’s Bakery Facebook page for updates from Brown’s wife Bridget.


Jonathan at Gratz Park, 120 West Second Street, will have a Wild Turkey bourbon dinner at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Master Distiller Jimmy Russell will be guest speaker. Cost is $85. Call (859) 252-4949 or go to
■ Sondra Strunk, owner of Sondra’s Wine Creations, will offer samples of her pineapple wine jelly at Good Foods Café & Market on Saturday. Strunk will be at the café at 455 Southland Drive, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Alfalfa Restaurant, 141 East Main Street, will serve its holiday brunch on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Specials, served from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, will include heirloom pumpkin pancakes with apple compote, braised Stone Cross pork with pickled butternut squash, and Boone Creek Creamery asiago, spinach and mushroom omelet. Call (859) 253-0014 or go to
Wine + Market, 486 West Second Street, is offering classes this month. “Whiskeys of the World” is the topic for Jan. 24. The whiskey seminar will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and feature whiskeys from Ireland, Scotland, and Canada, and Kentucky bourbon. Cost is $10. “Wine 101” will be from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Jan. 28. Learn how wine is made and tips on tasting. Cost is $12. A beer tasting will be from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30. Call (859) 225-0755 or go to


Nick Ryan’s Saloon, 157 Jefferson Street, is giving a portion of its proceeds on Monday to the Children’s Advocacy Center. Volunteers will be on hand to discuss the nonprofit organization that provides treatment and support to children who are victims of sexual abuse. Call (859) 233-7900 or go to
■ Bob Tabor, owner of the Engine House Deli, 9 Lexington Avenue in Winchester, is turning daily operations over to someone else while he devotes time to making River Rat beer cheese. Laine Rogers and Roy White will run the deli and they will retain the same menu. River Rat beer cheese is sold at retail markets in Central Kentucky. Call (859) 737-0560.
Double H BBQ, 1244 Versailles Road, is offering special packages for Super Bowl parties. Included are smoked pulled pork, beef brisket, and wings. Customers receive a free pint of a homemade side of choice with every pound of meat ordered for the game day party. Double H’s menu also includes soups, country ham, and a stuffed pork chop entree. Customers received free dessert on Mondays and Tuesdays with orders. Call (859) 523-4227, or 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

Smith-Berry Winery is 10 years old

Smith-Berry Vineyard and Winery in New Castle will celebrate its 10th anniversary on Saturday. The “Winearitaville” dinner/concert will have a Key West theme, and Lunar Beach House will entertain with Jimmy Buffet tunes. The menu features Smith-Berry farm-raised beef burgers, and vendors will offer samples of their Kentucky-made specialties. Producers include Rattlesnack Hill Farm, Flying Leap Farm, Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheese, Mr. G’s Kettle Corn, and Primo Oils & Vinegars. Hours are 4 to 10 p.m. Cost is $22.95 in advance, or $27.95 at the door.  Call (888) 845-7091 or (502) 845-7091 or go to


Bourbon n’ Toulouse will serve its famous shrimp boil during the Chevy Chase block party on Saturday. The dish features shrimp, corn, Cajun sausage, and potatoes. Also on the menu are atomic fire hotdogs made from the restaurant’s spicy boil recipe. West Sixth Brewing will have a beer trailer in front of the restaurant at 829 Euclid Avenue. Hours are 4 to 10 p.m. Call (859) 335-0300 or go to
■ On Friday, Horseshoe Bend Vineyards is having a Burgers and Banjos party. Sue Massek from Reel World String Band will entertain. Cost is $10 and the menu features burgers and dessert. Hours are 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The winery is at 1187 Lawson Lane in Willisburg. Call (859) 375-0296 or go to
Caramanda’s Bake Shoppe is asking customers to choose six new cupcakes to go on its fall/winter menu. On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, you can stop by Caramanda’s two locations at 332 Southland Drive and 3805 Dylan Place, to taste three different cupcakes each day. The six cupcakes with the most votes will be added to the menu.


Nick Ryan’s Saloon, 157 Jefferson Street, has $15 specials every Monday night. Each entree comes with soup or salad, and a small carafe of a boutique wine that changes weekly. The restaurant has added a new dish to its menu: a spicy Asian-style chicken crafted by one of the chefs. Call (859) 233-7900 or go to
Rossi’s Restaurant is featuring $15 dinner specials for the remainder of August. Rossi’s is at 1060 Chinoe Road. Call (859) 335-8788 or go to for menu selections.

Farmers market report

John and Becky Moore of Midway have harvested their Colorado peach orchard and will be offering the fruit for sale on Saturday. The peach sale will be in front of their home, 113 North Winter Street, beginning at 8 a.m. until the crates are all sold.
■ Some of the merchants near the Southland Drive location of the Lexington Farmers Market are normally closed on Sundays. But they are opening from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday and having a sidewalk sale as a thank you and to recognize the market vendors, said Mark Marcum of Hallmark Trophies.
Participating merchants are The Soup Kitchen, Ladybug Landing, Geno’s Formal Affair, Gem Source, Aerus Electroux, and Hallmark. The Soup Kitchen will have samples of Mexican corn bread, which won awards at the Taste of the Bluegrass.
■ The Willow Oak location of the Bluegrass Farmers Market will no longer be open on Thursday, but will continue on Saturdays throughout the growing season. Farmers at both locations will have green beans, tomatoes, squash, eggplant, eggs, herb seasoning, rabbit, and beef. 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

The Lunch Box has breakfast and dinner, too

The Lunch Box at 720 Henry Clay Boulevard has all three meals covered, without an ounce of boredom.

Stop by the newly renovated place at the corner of Liberty Road for an omelet and cheesy grits for breakfast, come back for a sirloin burger at noon, and invite friends to meet for ­dinner over a plate of fried chicken and mashed potatoes.

The owners are Shawn and ­Ashley Hanna, and Justin Clark is the executive chef. They have dozens of years’ experience in the kitchen, and they’re ­combining ­talents to produce a Kentucky Proud menu. Hours are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday; it’s closed Monday. Call (859) 258-9671 or go to ­


McAlister’s Deli, a fast ­casual restaurant chain based in ­Mississippi known for its spuds, sandwiches and sweet tea, is scheduled to open Monday at 836 Euclid Avenue in Chevy Chase. Go to or Facebook at

■ It looks as if Lexington will have a new barbecue restaurant in the near future. City BBQ has a sign posted on Richmond Road, just south of Man o’ War ­Boulevard, announcing its future arrival. The Web site for the Ohio-based chain says it combines regional BBQ styles: pork shoulder reminiscent of the southeastern United States, Texas-style brisket and sausage, and ribs that are a blend of ­Memphis and Kansas City styles. Go to


Nick Ryan’s Saloon, 157 ­Jefferson Street, has opened its ­patio and will have specials ­beginning at 8:30 p.m. Friday during the NCAA men’s basketball tournament and Kentucky’s game. Included are a Chicago Italian beef sandwich, Pacific cod and chips, Nick’s saloon burger, and a ­specialty pizza for $9 each. A basket of rosemary-­Parmesan fries with bistro sauce is $5. The game between Kentucky and Indiana is scheduled for about 9:45 p.m. Call (859) 233-7900 or go to

Della’s Diner, 124 North Upper Street, will have its third pop-up art show and burger-inspired menu for the late-night crowd on Friday and Saturday. The works of artist Rick Rose will be featured, along with a “Bri’-bison burger.” Call (859) 281-1141.


■ The Starbucks at 325 West Main Street is changing its hours on weeknights. The store at ­Triangle Center will close at 6 p.m. unless there is a downtown event. The hours will remain the same on Friday and Saturday. Call (859) 977-0525.

The Merc, at Modern ­Mercantile, 3101 Clays Mill Road, is asking the ­community for help and raising money with the Merc Wall of Fame. “Rather than ­counting our losses and ­disappearing like many ­establishments do, we decided to make a plea to our faithful ­followers,” co-owner Athena ­Bradley said. Names of donors will be posted on the stage wall. Call (859) 223-0471 or go to ­­

Early deadline

I will be off the week of April 2 and will not have a dining ­column April 6. If your restaurant is­having a special Easter menu, email ­information to by noon Tuesday to be included in the March 30 ­edition of my Weekender column.

Hall of Fame Day at Old Friends includes barbecue, sauce contest

Old Friends ­Thoroughbred Retirement Farm has partnered with the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame and Nick Ryan’s Saloon to present Hall of Fame Day on Monday.

The event will honor Hall of Fame legend Skip Away, who recently was laid to rest at Old Friends, and Hall of Fame greats Noor and Precisionist, also buried at the farm.

The event starts at 3 p.m. at Old Friends, 1841 Paynes Depot Road, Georgetown, and will be followed by a benefit hosted by Nick Ryan’s at 6. The menu includes barbecue ribs and pulled pork. Roger Bondurant will entertain.

Festivities also include a barbecue sauce bake-off. A classic recipe from Nick Ryan’s chef will face off against a zesty Cajun-style sauce by Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux and a tangy blend created by staffers at Old Friends. Guests will have the chance to vote on their favorites. Tickets are $50. Call Old Friends at (502) 863-1775.

Special events

■ The Bigg Blue Martini at the Hilton Lexington/Downtown Hotel, 369 West Vine Street, will host a tailgate party ­Friday in celebration of Big Blue ­Madness. The first open practice of the 2011-12 season for the University of Kentucky’s men’s and women’s ­basketball teams will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Rupp Arena. Bigg Blue’s tailgate party will be 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and after the practice. Festivities will include live music by Plan B. Go to

■ Once a month, the Greek Orthodox Church at 920 Tates Creek Road serves authentic Greek dinners. The October dinner, prepared by chef Jim Scalos, will be 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Go to

■ The Oleika Shrine Temple Legion of Honor will have its annual all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday. Tickets are $6 for adults; $3 for children; half-price for ­active-duty military members, ­firefighters and police officers; and free for ages 6 and younger. The temple is at 326 Southland Drive.

The Crossroad on Southland, 286 Southland Drive, will celebrate its first anniversary Friday. The menu includes Italian beef with house-made giardiniara; smoked Texas links; smoked beef brisket; and pirlau, a South Carolina fish and rice stew. Call (859) 309-3904 or go to

■ Cameron Irvin, executive chef at CastlePost, will be the guest chef Thursday at Dinner at Wingspan art gallery. The four-course prix fixe dinner is $40 and includes a choice of seared diver ­scallops with vegetable confetti or braised veal bourguignon. Wingspan Gallery, 191 Jefferson Street, serves dinner once a month. The reservations deadline is noon Tuesday. Call (859) 225-5765.

New menus, items and hours

■ Jeremy Simpson, the new chef at Bellini’s, 115 West Main Street, has created a new menu for fall. It includes organic chicken or veal marsala, roast pork stuffed with rabbit and chorizo, pan-roasted halibut with parsnip purée, and rabbit leg with ricotta ­gnocchi. Simpson, a graduate of Sullivan ­University in Louisville, has worked at Jack Fry’s, Basa and Avalon in ­Louisville. Call (859) 388-9583.

Ramsey’s Diner is celebrating its second annual fall harvest festival. In addition to 22 side items, the menu includes sweet pickled beets, Parmesan deep-fried corn on the cob, organic baked acorn squash and sweet ­potatoes, and sweet potato casserole. The ­produce is from Abell Organics in Scott County. Ramsey’s has four locations. Go to

The Dish, 438 South Ashland Avenue, has a new fall menu that includes pan-seared sea scallops on a bed of blanched julienne celery root, lemon-honey brined and roasted airline chicken breast, and pork cheeks slow-cooked in apple juice. The patio, which has a fireplace and heaters, will remain open for a few more weeks. Call (859) 317-8438 or go to

Della’s has added a dish to its breakfast and brunch menu. The Nola Bell, named for owner Tom Morris’ grandmother, features two biscuits topped with sausage, fried green tomatoes, eggs and Hollandaise sauce. Della’s, 124 North Upper Street, now carries locally produced Marlow ­Granola. Call (859) 281-1141.

Stinky & Coco’s, 1 North Main Street, Winchester, will be open for ­dinner starting next week. Dinner will be served until 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Call (859) 744-8100 or go to ­ The restaurant opens at 6 a.m. Monday through Saturday.

■ Alice and Greg Keller have taken two Kentucky favorites and jazzed them up to make them specialties at JK’s Café, 50 South Main Street, Winchester. “We don’t use the traditional Mornay sauce on the hot Brown, but we do use country ham,” Greg Keller said. “We’ve gotten great reviews on our burgoo, which is close to Keeneland’s.” Call (859) 744-4255.

Detroit Famous Coney Island, known for its giant fish sandwich, now is making the sandwich with whitefish from the northeastern United States. “It’s a better quality of fish,” owner Charles Martha said. Locations are 825 Lane Allen Road, (859) 278-3982, and 1301 Winchester Road, (859) 280-9138. Go to


Thai Orchid Café, 1030 South ­Broadway, is offering a lineup of fall dishes for the weekend, including butter­nut squash and coconut soup, pumpkin curry, and caramel apple roti. Call (859) 288-2170 or go to

Sarah’s Corner Cafe BBQ, 4300 Winchester Road, offers a plate lunch special for $5.95. Call (859) 309-1220.

Rossi’s Restaurant is featuring fresh oysters prepared a variety of ways through October. Also, the restaurant, at 1060 Chinoe Road, has a new wine and martini list. Call (859) 335-8788 or go to

■ Weekend specials at The Julep Cup, 111 Woodland Avenue, include ­Berkshire pork loin with pumpkin ­gnocchi, sweetbreads with charcuterie sauce, and andouille-dirty rice-stuffed quail. Call (859) 226-0300.


■ Four awards were presented to marketplace exhibitors at the Kentucky Proud Incredible Food Show on Saturday. Judges chose the best sweet, savory and booth display, and show attendees voted for their favorite product.
Best sweet: Applecreek Orchards; honorable mention: Lexington ­Chocolate Co.
Best savory: Kentucky Specialty Sauces; honorable mention: Good ­Shepherd Cheese.
Best booth display: Hillbilly ­Specialties; honorable mention: ­Howard’s Creek Authentic Beer Cheese.
People’s Choice Award: Dad’s ­Favorites.
Gail Greer of Lexington won the God’s Pantry March Madness Dream Dinner, to be prepared by Jonathan Lundy, chef/owner of Jonathan at Gratz Park. Visit

Farmers market report

Bluegrass Farmers Market will have tomatoes, heirloom beans, pumpkins, squash, eggplant, garlic, baked goods and mums. The market is open 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. Go to

Woodford County Farmers Market will have customer appreciation day from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in the Versailles’ Courthouse Square. Farmers will have tomatoes, greens, peppers, beans, pumpkins, squash, gourds, baked goodies, homemade breads, beer cheese, fresh eggs and honey. The market also is open 3 to 6 p.m. Monday on Main Street in Midway.

Friday Fest in the Pavilion starts this week

Downtown Lexington is the place to be Friday nights for the next few weeks. A new concert series, Friday Fest in the Pavilion, will run each Friday through Oct. 28.
Sponsored by the Cheapside Entertainment District Association, Friday Fest, which is a little similar to Thursday Night Live, will kick off at 6 p.m. in the park’s Fifth Third Pavilion.
This Friday, Jeremy Ashby, executive chef at Azur Restaurant, will char-grill oysters, and other food vendors include The Courtyard Deli, which will serve Krissy’s famous chili, and Goodfellas Pizza.
Entertainment, from 7 to 11 p.m. will feature Kenny Owens and Fun With Jello on Friday, and Sunday’s Best on Sept. 30.


Orchid Flower, 3090 Old Todds Road, is offering two specials this weekend: tofu satay and Nasi campur bento box (rendang, spicy beef cooked with coconut milk; perkedel jagung, a fried corn cake with shrimp; Labu siam, stir-fried chayote squash and steamed jasmine rice). Call (859) 543-1126 or visit
The Ketch Seafood Grill, 2012 Regency Road, is preparing a fresh Maine lobster clambake throughout September. Included are a 1¼-pound lobster with drawn butter, steamed clams, corn on the cob, and red potatoes. The cost is $25. Call (859) 277-5919 to reserve a lobster.


■ John Varanese, chef/owner of Varanese in Louisville, will be guest chef at Azur Restaurant on Tuesday. Azur executive chef Jeremy Ashby will join Varanese at his restaurant at 2106 Frankfort Avenue, on Thursday.
The dinners will feature the bourbon-smoked trout that won Ashby top honors at the Kentucky Seafood Cook-Off, and was prepared by Ashby and Varanese at the Great American Seafood Cook-Off in August in New Orleans. Dinners begin at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $45. Call (859) 296-1007.
St. Andrew Orthodox Church’s Heritage Festival will celebrate its 20th year this weekend. The festival will begin at noon Saturday and Sunday at the church, 1136 Higbee Mill Road. Entertainment includes ethnic dancers and authentic foods such as falafels, gyros, pierogies, tabouleh, baklava, and zatar bread. Call (859) 223-5091.

The Engine House Deli, 9 West Lexington Avenue in Winchester, is having open mic night on Tuesday. Hannah Mae Rector will participate. The restaurant, which is normally closed evenings, will open at 6 p.m. Call (859) 737-0560.


Underdog’s Sports Bar and Grill, 805 North Broadway, now is serving barbecue. Owner Danny Beile is hickory-smoking pork, brisket, chicken, ribs and wings. Beile also will smoke turkeys for the home cook. The restaurant serves a country-style menu at lunch that includes meatloaf and turkey and dressing. Call (859) 281-1116.
■ The new patio at Nick Ryan’s Saloon opens Wednesday, and the menu features burgers, jerk chicken and cayenne-buttered shrimp. The new bar will offer drink specials including $5 blueberry mojitos. Nick Ryan’s is at 157 Jefferson Street. Call (859) 233-7900.
■ The overall winner of the second annual’s Bluegrass Pizza Bake-off is Puccini’s Smiling Teeth. The pizza makers won a trip to Italy to compete in the World Pizza Olympics. Second-place winner in the traditional category was Sal’s Pizza in Louisville. Winners of the gourmet category are DiOrios Pizza & Pub in Louisville, and Snappy Tomato of Covington.
Addie’s at the Woodford Inn, 140 Park Street in Versailles, has a new management team. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. A brunch buffet is served 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be at 4:30 p.m. Friday with bar and dinner specials all evening. The grand opening celebration will be Oct. 1 with music on the patio with Catch 22. Menu items include shrimp and grits, fried or baked chicken, hot Brown, and prime rib. Call (859) 873-5600.
Six Friends Café, 191 Kentucky Avenue, now offers delivery service. The menu is at Call (859) 309-0123.

Farmers market report

■ The Bluegrass Farmers’ Market will have heirloom beans, watermelons, tomatoes, pumpkins and mums. The market is open 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. The Mill Pond Shopping Center location is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Visit
■ Saturday is customer appreciation day at the Lexington Farmers Market. From 9 a.m. to noon, there will be drawings for free products and gift certificates from vendors, pony rides and activities for children and samples of seasonal foods prepared by Sullivan University.
Vendors will have a variety of apples and pears, greens, squash, pumpkins, cauliflower, broccoli, peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, pawpaws, eggs, meats, sheep and cow’s milk cheeses, herbs, flowers and fresh pasta.
■ The East End Community Farmers Market, 560 East Third Street in the Pavilion at Midland Avenue, is open 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Farmers will have corn, green beans, melons, tomatoes, butternut squash and peppers.

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