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Nephew’s now in driver’s seat with Greek food truck

The late George Ouraniou served Greek specialties at community events.

The late George ­Ouraniou left his mark on Lexington by providing authentic Greek dishes to Central Kentuckians at a time when there were few ethnic restaurants in town. Ouraniou served his Greek specialties at many community events, and now his nephew Ilias Pappas is carrying on tradition by taking over Ouraniou’s mobile food-vendor business, the Athenian Grille.
The food truck will be at these ­locations through Oct. 26: 3454 ­Richmond Road, next to Glenn Auto Mall, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; and West Sixth Brewery, 501 West Sixth Street, 5 to 10 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The menu includes spinach pie, moussaka, Greek salad, hummus, baklava and gyros. Call (859) 351-1605  or go to


■ Julian Van Winkle III, president of Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery in ­Frankfort, will join chef Jonathan Lundy for a special dinner Thursday at ­Jonathan at Gratz Park for the third year in a row. The restaurant, 120 West Second Street, will be closed for normal service, and there are limited ­reservations available for the dinner.
The five-course menu will ­complement whiskeys that will not ­arrive in retail stores until later this year. Included are Old Rip Van Winkle 10 year 107 Proof and Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 20 year. Cocktails start at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner seating at 7. The cost is $120. Call (859) 252-4949.
■ The menu for Saturday’s Dinner Night at the Greek Orthodox Church will feature specialties from Romania. Vlad Radulescu, a Lexington physician, will prepare the dinner, and wines will be provided by River Bend Winery. Hours are 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The menu includes roasted pork, sauerkraut rolls and Romanian beef sausages. The church is at 920 Tates Creek Road. Go to
Lover’s Leap Vineyards & Winery, 1180 Lanes Mill Road, Lawrenceburg, will hold its first fall fling from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday. There will be live music from 1 to 3 p.m., and food will be  provided by Talk of the Town in ­Lawrenceburg. Proceeds go to the Anderson Humane Society. Call (502) 839-1299 or go to
■ The South Limestone Association of Merchants is having a Rally Time block party Friday for the University of ­Kentucky homecoming. Businesses along the street will have special deals. Kennedy Book Store will hand out free UK ­basketball calendars until 6 p.m. and Pazzo’s Pizza Pub will have half-price ­appetizers from 4 to 7 p.m. Tin Roof, Local Taco and Two Keys also are participating.


■ Holiday flavors have returned to Graeter’s. The ice cream shop at 836 Euclid Avenue is scooping cinnamon, pumpkin, eggnog and peppermint stick through December.  Call (859) 253-6741 or go to
Ted’s Montana Grill has given its Web site,, a new look that includes several new features, including direct e-gift card purchase. Go to ­
for a chance to win gift cards for ­complimentary menu items through Dec. 31. Ted’s is at 2304 Sir Barton Way. Call (859) 263-5228.
Old Chicago, 1924 Pavilion Way, is having a Halloween mini tour ­featuring eight seasonal beers, ­including ­Woodchuck seasonal cider, Blue Moon harvest pumpkin ale, Widmer ­Brothers Pitch Black IPA and New Castle ­Werewolf. Call (859) 977-4640  or go to
Saul Good Restaurant & Pub and founder Rob Perez have received ­national recognition in the trade ­publication Nation’s Restaurant News. You can read how the sports-bar concept appeals to female consumers at

Farmers market report

■ Myka Smith-Jackson, a winner of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge sponsored by Epicurious and Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative, will be at Lexington Farmers Market on Saturday. She will partner with Alex Jenkins, chef at Good Foods Market and Café, to use fresh market ingredients to prepare her winning recipe for perfect curry chicken wraps. The wraps may be sampled from 9 to 11 a.m. at Fifth Third Bank Pavilion in Cheapside Park. Go to
Bluegrass Farmers  Market will have tomatoes, winter squash, eggplant, peppers, beer cheese, baked goods, soup bean mix, greens, sweet potatoes, eggs, herb seasoning, jams and pumpkins. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at 3450 Richmond Road, in the parking lot  of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs. Go to


Festival brings top pitmasters to Danville

Famous pitmasters from five states will be at the Kentucky State BBQ Festival in Danville on Saturday and Sunday. They’ll be cooking various styles of Southern barbecue including pork shoulder, ribs, brisket and chicken. The pitmasters are:
Melissa Cookston of Yazoo’s Delta Q in Nesbit, Miss. She won the ­Memphis in May World BBQ ­Championship, ­making her the only female world champion.
Moe Cason Ponderosa BBQ Team of Des Moines, Iowa. He was a finalist on last year’s BBQ Pitmasters show on TLC.
Craig Kimmel of Firehouse BBQ in Orange City, Fla. He has won 12 grand championships and more than 200 awards for his barbecue.
Shelly Hunt of Desperados ­Barbecue and Catering in Angola, N.Y. She is a member of the Kansas City ­Barbecue Society and a certified barbecue judge, and she is on the board of directors of the National Barbecue Association in Louisville.
Carey Bringle of Peg Leg Porker in Nashville. He is the creator of Peg Leg Porker Memphis wet sauce, which was named the No. 2 barbecue sauce in the country by Bon Appetit magazine.
The festival will be at Second Street and Constitution Square. Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Go to

Special events

Sutton’s Restaurant, 110 North Locust Hill Road, will have a benefit for the Catholic Action Center at 9 p.m. ­Friday. Proceeds will help Community Inn provide shelter and services during the holidays and winter. Tickets are $50 in advance, $60 at the door. Included are appetizers, desserts, live music and bourbon tastings. Call (859) 268-2068.
■ Chef Jeff Mayer of Saul Good Restaurant & Pub will host “Cooking for a Cause: Secrets to Good Cooking” on Monday at Sullivan University. The international cooking demonstration and dinner will benefit Sweet Blessings, an ­organization that gives customized ­birthday cakes to underprivileged or seriously ill children. The event will be at Sullivan’s Lexington campus, 2355 ­Harrodsburg Road. Tickets are $50 for the six-course meal. Email Ashley Boyd Gann at
Wines on Vine, 400 Old Vine Street, is having a wine tasting from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Featured are new selections that will pair great with your Thanksgiving meal. Call (859) 243.0017.
Chateau du Vieux Corbeau Winery in Danville will have an open house from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Winemaker Dominique Brousseau will offer guided cellar tours at 1 and 4 p.m. In the Tasting Room, several Kentucky Proud producers will offer samples and sell their products. The winery is at 471 Stanford Avenue. Call (859) 236-1775 or (859) 236-1808.
■ Tables are still available for Holly Hill Inn’s Classic Cassoulet Dinner at 6 p.m. Sunday. Chef Ouita Michel’s ­traditional cassoulet uses white beans, confit of goose, fresh-cured local pork, local lamb and garlic sausage. Guest chef Clay McClure will help make the dinner, which requires more than two weeks of preparation. Clay apprenticed under French master chef Jean-Robert de Cavel at the Maisonette in Cincinnati. French wines from the Languedoc region will be offered by the glass and bottle, and a special wine flight will be available. The cost is $40. Call (859) 846-4732 or go to Holly Hill is at 426 North Winter Street in Midway.


■ The Parkette Drive-In, 1230 East New Circle, will celebrate its 60th ­anniversary Nov. 11. From Monday through Nov. 12, the restaurant is ­offering french fries and Pepsi products for 60 cents each. Call (859) 254-8723 or go to
Portofino, 249 East Main Street, will offer Sunday evening jazz during November and December. On Sunday, at 7 p.m., Jessie Laine Powell will entertain. Call (859) 253-9300.
■ It’s stone crab season, and ­Lexington Seafood is having crab delivered daily from the Gulf. “We will crack them for you and prepare them as a lunch or ­dinner or as an appetizer to go along with any of our fresh fish,” co-owner Michael Yessin said. Call (859) 266-8888.
■ The menu for Greentree Tearoom this month features hearty fall ­favorites. ­Included are lobster bisque, sweet ­potato scone, chicken croquettes, ­curried egg ­salad, citrus spice panna cotta and ­candied ginger cake. Luncheon tea is served at noon Wednesday through ­Saturday. The tearoom, 521 West Short Street, is accepting reservations for ­private parties for the holidays. Call (859) 455-9660 or go to


Hanna’s on Lime, 214 South Limestone, will have its annual pre-Thanksgiving turkey and dressing special Wednesday. It’s served with fresh cranberries and a side dish of your choice, for $7.95. Call (859) 252-6264.
Iron Chef, 3090 Old Todds Road, is offering specials for the weekend. For $15, you may choose an appetizer (crab Rangoon or fried won ton) and two combination meals (General Tso’s chicken, sesame chicken, sweet and sour chicken, beef with broccoli). Call (859) 264-0155.

Farmers market report

Lexington Farmers Market has turnips, carrots, beets, radishes, ­collards, kale, spinach, lettuces, green and ripe tomatoes, rhubarb, potatoes, sweet ­potatoes, garlic, cheeses, sugar pumpkins, winter squash, baked goods, hot sauces, relishes and meats. Vendors are taking orders for Thanksgiving turkeys.
The Southland Drive market has closed for the season. The Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday markets will be open through November.

Business’s garden offers food for all

Debra Hensley in her garden. Photo by Hannah Potes | Staff

Debra Hensley in her garden. Photo by Hannah Potes | Staff

It’s eye-catching right now, but like any vegetable garden, it’s beauty will soon fade. Until then, the tomatoes, kale and beans are attracting people who walk and drive along Nicholasville Road, near Commonwealth Stadium.
A garden, planted in the front yard of Debra Hensley’s State Farm Insurance office, has a sign that reads: “Food Grown Here.”
“I wanted to have a micro-community garden. I support Seedleaf and the many wonderful things they are doing. So, having it in the front where there is lots of sun and visibility was a no-brainer for me,” Hensley said.
She will eat some of the vegetables and herbs, but it’s primarily for others and there will be no waste.
Last year, the Lexington Council of Garden Clubs awarded Hensley’s small plot, Best Small Garden (representing the south quadrant of Lexington) in the business category.
“There are not many professional offices that have a small community garden right smack in the middle of the front yard,” she said.
People who walk up and down the street can clip off what they want, and sometimes they leave “sweet little notes,” Hensley said.

Ashby wins seafood cook-off

Chef Jeremy Ashby wins Ky. seafood cook-off

Chef Jeremy Ashby wins Ky. seafood cook-off

Even though Kentucky is a land-locked state, it produces great seafood.
Jeremy Ashby, executive chef at Azur Restaurant, will bring attention to Kentucky’s aquaculture when he represents the state at the Great American Seafood Cook-Off on Aug. 7 in New Orleans.
Ashby will compete with his stuffed bourbon-smoked trout that took top honors at the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Great Kentucky Seafood Cook-Off held June 7. Last year’s winner, John Varanese of Louisville, was runner-up.
Ashby filleted a Kentucky raised trout and stuffed it with a mixture of pan-roasted shiitake mushrooms, goat cheese, bourbon, and a little pureed shrimp with fresh thyme, parsley, and dill. He put some stuffing in the small side of the fillet and rolled it up like a spiral and seasoned the outside with lemon juice and salt and pepper.
The next step was to place the stuffed trout on a metal grate and hot-smoke the fish — over wood chips that have been soaked in bourbon — until it was cooked medium and the stuffing was hot.
As a side, Ashby made corn shooters and garnished the dish with cherry tomatoes that had been poached in olive oil, along with pea shoots and popcorn shoots.
“I am very excited to be a Kentucky ambassador and have the chance to go to New Orleans in August to compete for the title of King of American Seafood, he said.
“At the competition in New Orleans, it is difficult to compete as a land-locked state against other products like sea bass, lobster, coastal shrimp and scallops, but our agenda of making sustainable aquaculture more well- known across the country might grant us a win,” Ashby said.

Good Foods presents film

Good Foods Board of Directors will present a film The End of the Line, about the devastating effect of over fishing in oceans at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the downtown Lexington Public Library, 140 East Main Street.
Jim Tidwell, professor at Kentucky State University’s Aquaculture Research Center, and Angela Caporelli, aquaculture coordinator at the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, will discuss the film. Visit or

Saul Good is raising funds for Military Missions

On the Fourth of July, Saul Good Restaurant will host its annual fundraiser to benefit Military Missions, Inc., a Lexington-based nonprofit organization dedicated to providing care packages for every Kentucky soldier deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan.
To encourage participation and donations, the restaurant is offering a half-price discount on all food items from noon to 8 p.m. The money raised will go toward the creation of care packages which include both sundries (CDs, snack food, video games) and essential items (eye drops, foot powder, socks) for Kentucky soldiers. The care packages will be sent to 1,300 troops from the 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade in addition to several hundred soldiers on the Military Missions’ support list.
Saul Good locations are 3801 Mall Road, in the Plaza at Fayette Mall, and at 1808 Alysheba Way, in Hamburg. Call (859) 321-5600 or visit

Wines on Vine planning Wines for Equines on Monday

Wines on Vine’s second annual fundraising event on Monday will benefit three organizations.
Proceeds from “Wines for Equines” will go to Old Friends Farm, which is dedicated to retired thoroughbreds; as well as the Don McBeth Fund and the Disabled Jockeys Fund, which provide financial assistance to injured jockeys and exercise riders. Hours are 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10. Wines on Vine is at 400 Old Vine Street. Call (859) 243-0017.

In-shell peanuts have a smoky flavor

While the steaks and burgers are grilling, let your cook-out guests snack on handsful of Hickory SmokeHouse flavored in-shell peanuts. The new snack is from Hampton Farms and smoke-flavored peanuts go great with summer foods and drinks. A 10-ounce package is $1.99. Visit

The best burger in town? Bunk’s says look no further

Ryan Veith and ­Dallas Rose are claiming to sell the best burger in ­Lexington, so you’ll have to try one for yourself.
Veith and Rose opened Bunk’s Burger, 333 South Limestone, in October inside Two Keys Tavern. “We’ve rented out the kitchen and a portion of the bar,” Veith said. They named their venture after Dallas’ great uncle Bunk, who recently died.
Specialty burgers include Oldham’s Kentucky smokehouse (sharp Cheddar cheese, smoked bacon, crispy onion petals, house-made bourbon ­barbecue sauce), Tuck (Cincinnati-style chili, Cheddar cheese sauce, green onions), Hawaiian (Virginia smoked ham, grilled pineapple, teriyaki, Swiss cheese, red onion), and the breakfast burger (American cheese, smoked bacon, fried egg and white country gravy).
Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday to Wednesday and Friday, and 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. Thursday and Saturday. Call (859) 243-9934.

Tea time is all the time at MonTea
Our choices for loose-leaf tea have skyrocketed in Lexington.
The new MonTea shop is dedicated to selling loose-leaf tea, tea to go and tea accessories.
It’s owned by Danielle and Miller Montague, who four years ago began researching the tea industry. They attended expos, visited retail shops in bigger cities, joined associations, and ­attended classes before opening MonTea at 814 Euclid Avenue.
MonTea features more than 50 types of loose-leaf tea from Elmwood Inn Fine Teas. Varieties include ­Japanese sencha, Ti Kwan oolong, tippy Assam, tropical blend black, Darjeeling white, blueberry infusion and ginger rooibus.
The shop also carries a wide variety of steeping systems, travel mugs with infusers, teapots with or without ­infusers, and biodegradable tea bags. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ­Saturday. Call (859) 268-8327 or go to

A corner on barbecue and more
Sarah’s Corner Café, 4300 ­Winchester Road, a few miles past Interstate 75, is worth the drive for a hearty breakfast or a slab of barbecued ribs.
The barbecue is smoked in the ­parking lot of the café, at Winchester and ­Cleveland Roads in Fayette County, by Ralph Egbert. The menu includes pulled pork, brisket, baby back ribs and chicken. LD Egbert makes sandwiches, and her breakfast menu includes pulled pork or chicken on two biscuits with gravy for $5.95.
Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Call (859) 309-1220.

Happy anniversary, Orchid Flower
Orchid Flower is celebrating its first anniversary Saturday and Sunday. The restaurant, 3090 Old Todds Road, serves Indonesian cuisine. Specials for the weekend include rendang terong (spicy eggplant) from west Sumatra and gudek jogja (chicken, jackfruit and eggs cooked in coconut milk) from south-central Java. Call (859) 543-1126 or go to

Just wait for the next snow day
The weather is warming for now, but when Fayette County schools close for the next snow day, Saul Good ­Restaurant and Pub is the place to go. The restaurant, 3801 Mall Road at the Plaza at Fayette Mall, will offer half-price menu items from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call (859) 273-4663 or go to

Good for you and your heart
Bd’s Mongolian Grill is helping ­dieters stay true to their New Year’s ­resolutions. A promotion running through Feb. 7 features new ­recipes that give guests the ­opportunity to ­create heart-healthy meals. ­Included are sweet lean pork, chicken and ­spinach pasta, Cajun-spiced chicken and ­broccoli, and totally fun stir-fry. The ­restaurant provides food choices for those with special ­dietary ­preferences such as gluten-free, low sodium and vegetarian. ­Caloric, ­carbohydrate, fat, vegetarian and ­gluten content for all sauces is ­displayed in the market area.
Detailed nutrition facts are available at Bd’s is at 2309 Sir Barton Way. Call (859) 264-0686.

Buffalo’s on the menu
Natural Bridge State Resort Park’s Appalachian Heritage Buffalo Night will be Saturday. The Sandstone Arches ­Restaurant will serve roasted buffalo steamship round, barbecued buffalo ribs, buffalo meatloaf, country-fried chicken and fried catfish. The cost is $16.95.
Entertainment is traditional ­mountain-style music and features Cari Norris and Jim McGee, who will ­perform from 5 to 7 p.m. in the ­Hemlock Lodge Lobby. Storyteller and musician John Tierney will entertain from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Call 1-800-325-1710. The park is 2 miles off the ­Mountain Parkway at Slade, Exit 33.