■ The Local Taco, 315 South Limestone, is offering a brunch menu from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Taco specials include ham and Cheddar featuring Browning’s country ham and white Cheddar cheese, and eggs, smoked brisket, red chile sauce and pickled onions. Call (859) 523-3700 or go to Thelocaltaco.com.
■ Ruth Hunt Candies, 213 Walton Avenue, is offering a series of Second Sunday tastings and events. Samplings of Ale-8-One salsa, barbecue sauce, drinks and suckers will be available from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Call (859) 268-1559 or go to Ruthhuntcandy.com.
■ The Bleu Plate Tours are back for the season. The walking food tours are offered at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturdays. Sunday tours will return in May. By touring the city on foot, you’ll visit tucked-away restaurants and establishments that you just don’t see driving by, and take in a few history lessons. Go to Bleuplatetours.com.
■ Ramsey’s Diner, 496 East High Street, is offering a Tax Day special this weekend and Monday: lamb fries with choice of three vegetables for $10.40. Call (859) 259-2708. Patios are open
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■ Thai Orchid Café, 1030 South Broadway, is observing the Thai New Year from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday with a Songkran noodle festival.
“We are celebrating with a delicious menu of our favorite noodle dishes,” chef/owner Toa Green said. “The long length of noodles represents our wish for your prosperity, longevity and good luck.”
Specials include somen noodles topped with pineapple, Thai beef and meatball noodle soup, and garlic noodles and veggies. Call (859) 288-2170 or go to Thaiorchidcafe.net.
■ Wine + Market, 486 West Second Street, will offer a cheese class at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Cheeses from France will be sampled. The April beer tasting will be 5 to 7:30 p.m. April 24, and the monthly wine tasting will be at 6 p.m. April 29. Classes are $12. Call (859) 225-0755 or go to Wineandmarket.com.
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Tags: Bleu Plate Tours, Ramsey's Diner, Ruth Hunt Candies, Thai Orchid Cafe, The Local Taco, Wine + Market
■ The Local Taco, 315 South Limestone, is offering a brunch menu from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Taco specials include ham and Cheddar featuring Browning’s country ham and white Cheddar cheese, and eggs, smoked brisket, red chile sauce and pickled onions. Call (859) 523-3700 or go to Thelocaltaco.com.
Tags: A la lucie, Abuelo's, Addie's at the Woodford Inn, Akielo Temple, Alfalfa, Bayou Bluegrass Catering, Bourbon n' Toulouse, Casanova, Daughters of the Nile, Equus Run Winery, Fat Tuesday, Gumbo Ya Ya, Holly Hill Inn, J Morse on Vine Bistro, Meadowthorpe Cafe, Minton's 760, Ramsey's Diners, Soundbar, Stella's Kentucky Deli, Thai Orchid Cafe, The Cafe at Barnes and Noble, Valentine's Day, Willie's Locally Known, Winchell's
It’s a busy time next week for restaurants celebrating Mardi Gras and Valentine’s Day. Make reservations early if you want to be assured of a seat at your favorite place. Mardi Gras parties will be Tuesday. Valentine’s celebrations will be on Thursday, unless otherwise noted.
■ Tommy Walters, owner of Furlong’s Catering, is the person who will be going to Louisiana to pick up all those thousands of pounds of crawfish that many of these Lexington restaurants will serve on Fat Tuesday. He’s also getting andouille sausage, boudain, and oysters. If you need a large order while he’s there, call (859) 913-5611.
■ A la lucie, 159 North Limestone. Call (859) 252-5277 or go to Alalucie.com. The party begins at 5 p.m. and the menu includes gumbos, Creoles, etouffee, bananas Foster.
■ Bayou Bluegrass Catering at The Red Mile Clubhouse, 1200 Red Mile Road. Call (859) 233-0814 or go to Bayoubluegrass.com. Lunch buffet will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $16.50. Dinner seatings are at 5:30, 7 and 8:30 p.m. Cost is $29.50.
■ Bourbon n’ Toulouse, 829 Euclid Avenue. Call (859) 335-0300 or go to Bntlex.com. The party begins at 11 a.m. and the menu features alligator etouffee and King cake. Call by Monday for take-out orders. Boiled crawfish cannot be pre-ordered. Crawfish boil starts at 6:30 p.m. Extra seating is at The Chevy Chase Inn and The Beer Trappe. The Mojo Tones play at 6 p.m. followed by The Tall Boys at 9 p.m.
■ Gumbo Ya Ya Cajun Creole, 1080 South Broadway. Call (859) 252-9292 or go to Gumboyayaky.com. The menu features alligator sauce piquant, crawfish e’touffee, shrimp Creole, and free slices of King cake.
■ Meadowthorpe Cafe, 1415 Leestown Road. Call (859) 258-2222. Serving seafood gumbo, red beans and rice, and crawfish etouffee, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
■ Ramsey’s Diners. Locations are at Ramseysdiners.com. Live crawfish will be served, as well as seafood gumbo, red beans and rice, freshly baked French bread, and King cake.
■ Willie’s Locally Known, 805 North Broadway. Call (859) 281-1116. Willie’s first Mardi Gras party will feature a crawfish boil, gumbo, and hot beignets with bourbon caramel sauce. The Baja Yetis will entertain at 7 p.m. followed by Zydeco and Cajun music at 9 p.m.
■ Winchell’s, 348 Southland Drive. Call (859) 278-9424 or go to Winchellsrestaurant.com. The Mardi Gras menu includes crawfish etouffee and King cake. On Valentine’s Day, beef tenderloin tips with crabmeat, and pan-seared scallops will be served.
■ Abuelo’s Mexican Restaurant at Fayette Mall, 3395 Nicholasville Road. Call (859) 971-0922 or go to Abuelos.com. Valentine specials will run Thursday through Feb.17. Included are fajitas for two, plus free dessert, for $29.99; and a prime rib special.
■ Addie’s at The Woodford Inn, 140 Park Street, Versailles. Call (859) 873-5600 or go to Thewoodfordinn.com. Seatings are at 6 and 8 p.m. Four course meal, including wine, is $90 for two.
■ Alfalfa, 141 East Main Street. Call (859) 253-0014. Valentine’s dinner will be served from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday. A vegan entrée is available.
■ The Café at Barnes and Noble, 1932 Pavilion Way. Call (859) 543-8148or go to Barnesandnoble.com. On Wednesday and Valentine’s Day, the café will have specially wrapped Cheesecake Factory cupcakes and cheesecakes for two.
■ Casanova, 855 South Broadway. Call (859) 309-3313 or go to Casanovaky.com. A three-course menu is $45.
■ Equus Run Winery, 1280 Moores Mill Road in Midway. Call (859) 846-9463 or go to Equusrunvineyards.com. Kisses & Calories — A Choco-holic Affair will be from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. The Tim Talbert Trio will entertain from 1 to 3 p.m. Cost is $5.
■ J Morse on Vine Bistro, 102 West Vine Street, is serving a four-course Feb. 14-16. Entrees include peppercorn crusted pork loin with black cherry reduction, pasta pomodoro with grilled chicken or shrimp, and ribeye au poivre. Cost is $80 a couple. Call (859) 368-9888 or go to Jmorseonvinebistro.com.
■ Minton’s 760, 760 North Limestone. Call (859) 948-1874or go to Mintonsat760.com. Seatings will be at 5:30, 7 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday.
■ Soundbar, 208 South Limestone. Call (859) 523-6338 or go to Soundbarlex.com. Soundbar’s A Red Affair on Valentine’s Day will benefit AVOL.
■ Stella’s Kentucky Deli, 143 Jefferson Street. Call (859) 255-3354 or go to Stellaskentuckydeli.com. A four-course meal will be $35 with seatings at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Vegetarian options available.
■ Thai Orchid Café, 1030 South Broadway. Call (859) 288-2170 or go to Thaiorchidcafe.net. A Thai tapas feast for two is $45 and will be served from 5 to 9:30 p.m.
■ Akielo Temple No. 128, Daughters of the Nile, will hold its annual bean soup dinner at Oleika Shrine Center, 326 Southland Drive, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday. The menu includes brown or white beans, corn bread, dessert, and drink. Cost is $5. Carry-out is available. Call (859) 277-6869.
■ Holly Hill Inn and Thai Orchid Cafe will exchange chefs on Saturday. Toa Green and her mother, Suda Veerasethakul, who operate Thai Orchid, will cook their Thai specialties at Holly Hill, while Nat Henton, executive chef at Woodford Reserve Distillery, (The food operation is run by Holly Hill Inn’s culinary team) will prepare menu items at Thai Orchid.
The dinner at Holly Hill, 426 North Winter Street in Midway, will be from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Call (859) 846-4732. Henton will prepare his favorite Thai dishes at Thai Orchid, 1030 South Broadway, from 5 to 10 p.m. Call (859) 288-2170.
Tags: Brad Schooler, Brooklyn Pizza, Carrie Warmbier, Columbia Steakhouse, D'Italia Restaurant, Dining for Women, Marsha Wallace, Midway School Bakery, Thai Orchid Cafe, The Bluegrass Tavern, Toa Green
Ten years ago, Brad Schooler opened two Brooklyn Pizza locations, and then sold the restaurants in December 2007. He’s now reopened the Brooklyn Pizza at 3330 Partner Place, which had closed towards the end of 2010. The Brighton Place store closed a year later.
After selling the pizza parlors, Schooler moved on to work as a food wholesaler, selling product to pizza and Italian restaurants across the state. That job gave Schooler “so much more knowledge than I ever had when I originally owned Brooklyn,” he said.
“I missed the business, I missed my customers and friends … but most of all I missed my pizza. The Clays Mill location has just been sitting here for two years with the equipment in it. So I came in and changed the decor and feel, and built a nice bar area. I’ve been telling the customers that the restaurant has matured with me,” said Schooler, who opened Brooklyn Pizza at the age of 25.
The menu is the same, but the restaurant now has a full bar, big screen TVs, and table service after 4 p.m. on weekdays, and all day Saturday and Sunday. Call (859) 388-9318.
■ Toa Green, chef/owner of Thai Orchid Café is observing her 31st birthday by giving back to the community. The celebration will be a fundraiser for FoodChain, a non-profit organization which is taking over the old Rainbow Bakery on West Sixth Street to grow fish and greens indoors.
The birthday party/fundraiser will be from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Thai Café, 1030 South Broadway. Call (859) 317-3069 or go to ThaiOrchidCafe.net.
■ The Frankfort chapter of Dining for Women will host a community potluck dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church, 211 Washington Street, in Frankfort. Founder Marsha Wallace will be the guest speaker. Dining for Women is a nonprofit national giving circle, and members meet for dinner monthly, and donate to international programs the money they would have spent dining out. Contact Marcie Christensen at (502) 598-9063 or go to Diningforwomen.org.
■ The Midway School Bakery, 510 South Winter Street in Midway, has created a Gluten-free Zone at the bakery, where customers can select from several gluten-free items. Head pastry chef and manager Carrie Warmbier said while most items on the bakery’s menu are made with refined white and whole-wheat flours, she wanted to offer options to those with wheat allergies. “The gluten in the gluten-free baked goods is replaced with a mixture of sorghum flour, tapioca starch, garbanzo flour, potato starch and white fava bean flour,” she said. Gluten-free Zone baked goods include muffins, pies, scones and cookies. Flavors will vary. Call (859) 846-4336.
■ D’Italia Restaurant at 128 East New Circle Road, has closed. The location has been home to a variety of restaurants including Mexican.
■ The Bluegrass Tavern, 115 Cheapside, is featured in the January issue of Southern Living and one of the top 100 Bars of the South.
The tavern, which is recognized under the whiskey bar category, will be participating in Southern Living’s “South-Wide Happy Hour” from 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 1 in honor of the achievement. The featured drink will be Maker’s Mark old fashioned. Call (859) 389-6664.
■ For a few weeks in winter, Columbia Steakhouse treats its customers to a special deal on its most popular menu item. The “Nighthawk” special includes an 8-ounce tenderloin smothered in garlic butter, baked potato, a Diego salad, and homemade rolls, for $12.99. Locations are 201 North Limestone, (859) 253-3135; 2750 Richmond Road, (859) 268-1666,; and 125 Southland Drive (which is carry-out and delivery only), (859) 313-5300, Go to Columbiassteakhouse.com.
Tags: Alfalfa Restaurant, Ashley Minton, Azur, Bluegrass Farmers Market, Bourbon n' Toulouse, Bourbon Review, Bourbon Under the Stars, Dustin Staggers, Evan Gray, German Music Trio, Grimes Mill Winery, Harvest Fest, Horseshoe Bend Winery, Jonathan at Gratz Park, Kentucky Mudworks, Ketch Seafood Grill, Marikka's, Minton's 760, Moveable Feast, Nova Gourmets Personal Chef, Ruth Reichl, Seedleaf, Smith-Berry Winery, Thai Orchid Cafe
Minton’s 760, now open at 760 North Limestone, features a menu that owner Ashley Minton calls “Southern with a twist.” Minton, who also owns Nova Gourmets Personal Chef & Events, said Minton’s will serve many recipes that are “my family’s favorites that I have adapted/changed up,” she said.
Breakfast and lunch are served from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays and dinner is served from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.
“For dinner we will be doing seasonal dishes. They will change every week and be based on what is in season and what we can get from our farmers. We are using as many local products and foods as we possibly can, and will be making many items from scratch, such as sausage and apple butter,” she said.
Breakfast includes French toast, morning hot Brown, potato omelet, and biscuits and gravy. For lunch, there’s tomato pie, Carolina pulled pork, chicken pot pie, fried green tomatoes with ham salad, and chicken and dumplings. Call (859) 948-1874.
■ Kentucky Mudworks and Bourbon n’ Toulouse’s annual Empty Bowls event on Saturday will benefit Moveable Feast Lexington. Starting at 11 a.m., customers can donate $15 and choose a handmade bowl and receive a free bowl of Cajun food.
The ceramic bowls were made by local artists at Mudworks. Moveable Feast delivers hot, freshly cooked meals to people living with AIDS/HIV-related illnesses as well as individuals who are patients of Hospice of the Bluegrass. Bourbon n’ Toulouse is at 829 Euclid Avenue. Call (859) 335-0300.
■ The Bourbon Review magazine’s second annual Bourbon Under the Stars will celebrate Bourbon National Heritage Month. The party will be from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday at Fasig-Tipton, 2400 Newtown Pike. Tickets are $135 at the door. Call (502) 333-0086.
There will be a buffet of bourbons and special guests will be Bill Samuels Jr. of Maker’s Mark, and master distiller Jim Rutledge of Four Roses. Jonathan Lundy, chef/owner of Jonathan at Gratz Park, and Jeremy Ashby, chef at Azur, will prepare special dishes.
■ Alfalfa Restaurant, 141 East Main Street, is honoring author Ruth Reichl with special dinners on Friday and Saturday. Reichl is the keynote speaker at the University of Kentucky Women’s Writers Conference this weekend. Alfalfa will feature recipes from Reichl’s memoir Comfort Me with Apples. Chef Evan Gray will prepare Channing Way shrimp curry, made with fresh local vegetables simmered in a creamy coconut lime curry sauce, and served over brown rice with fresh fruit chutney on side. Hours are 5:30 to 9 p.m. Call (859) 253-0014 or go to Alfalfarestaurant.com.
■ Thai Orchid Cafe will host a celebration of local food and sustainable culture on Saturday. Harvest Fest will benefit Seedleaf, a non-profit organization that aims to increase the availability of fresh, wholesome food to people at risk of hunger in Central Kentucky. There will be live music, and food and beverage tastings from Thai Orchid, Good Foods Market & Café, The Wholesome Chef, West Sixth Brewing, and Elmwood Stock Farm. Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. at Thai Orchid, 1030 South Broadway. Tickets are $40. Call (859) 288-2170.
■ Marikka’s Oktoberfest begins Friday and runs through Oct. 13. German Music Trio will play on Friday and Saturday nights. The menu features smoked pork knuckle cooked in sauerkraut and served with sauerkraut and mashed potatoes; Munich reuben, made with rye bread, bajuval cheese, sauerkraut, and bratwursts; and seasoned ground beef, mustard, and pickle wrapped in a thin strip of steak then covered with brown gravy. Call (859) 275-1925 or go to Marikkas.com. Marikkas is at 411 Southland Drive.
■ Horseshoe Bend Winery is holding its second Dinner in the Vineyard from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday. Dustin Staggers, chef at 60 West Bistro in St. Matthews in Louisville, will prepare the menu. The five-course meal with wine pairings is $75. The winery is at 1187 Lawson Lane in Willisburg. Call (859) 375-0296.
■ During September, The Ketch Seafood Grill will feature a Maine lobster clambake, including a 1 ¼-pound freshly steamed lobster, steamed clams, corn on the cob, red skin potatoes, and drawn butter. Call (859) 277-5919 or go to Ketchseafoodgrill.com. The Ketch is at 2012 Regency Road.
■ Grimes Mill Winery, 6707 Grimes Mill Road, is celebrating its first anniversary from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday. There will be live music from 4 to 7 p.m. featuring harmonica and guitar blues. Call (859) 543-9691or go to Grimesmillwinery.com.
■ Chuck’s famous BBQ and old-fashioned cheese grits are on the menu Saturday at Smith-Berry Winery’s dinner/concert. Nervous Melvin and the Mistakes will entertain from 6 to 9:30 p.m. The winery is at 855 Drennon Road in New Castle. Call 1-888-845-7091 or (502) 845-7091 or go to Smithberrywinery.com.
Farmers market report
■ Saturday is the last day for the Bluegrass Farmers Market Willow Oak location, 730 Millpond Road, in the parking lot for the Willow Oak Pool. The main location at 3450 Richmond Road, in the Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs parking lot, will be open for a few more weeks from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, and 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday. Farmers have tomatoes, squash, eggplant, peppers, raspberries, watermelons, bok choy, eggs, herb seasoning, and pumpkins. Go to Localharvest.org/blog/29529.
Tags: Bluegrass Farmers Market, Brooks Hill Winery, Forest Edge Winery, Heirloom Restaurant, Henry Wombles, Hughes Farm, Lexington Farmers Market, Mark Wombles, McConnell Springs, MillaNova Winery, Pine Mountain Settlement School, Purple Toad Winery, Talon Winery, Thai Orchid Cafe, Wight-Meyer Vineyard, Winchell's, Woodford Reserve Distillery
Heirloom Restaurant owner Henry Wombles and chef/owner Mark Wombles are honoring Pine Mountain Settlement School on Thursday at their Midway eatery.
The second annual fund-raising dinner for the 99-year-old Harlan County school, which offers environmental education and educational support for local students, will have two seatings, at 5 and 7:30 p.m. The cost is $50; wine and cocktails are not included in the price. Call the restaurant at (859) 846-5565 to make reservations
or go to Heirloommidway.com or
Pinemountainsettlementschool.com for more information. Heirloom is at 125 Main Street.
■ Purple Toad Winery of Paducah won two Concordance gold medals at the 2012 Kentucky State Fair commercial wine competition Aug. 11. Judges awarded 101 medals to Kentucky wineries in the competition.
Wight-Meyer Vineyard & Winery of Shepherdsville received a Concordance gold medal for its Moore’s Diamond wine. Forest Edge Winery of Shepherdsville, MillaNova Winery of Mount Washington and Talon Winery of Lexington each earned gold medals.
Wight-Meyer claimed 15 medals, the most in the 2012 competition. MillaNova received 14, Forest Edge and Purple Toad each took home 12, and Brooks Hill Winery of Brooks was awarded 11. For a full list of winners, go to Kentuckywine.com.
■ Winchell’s, 348 Southland Drive, will have a lobster boil from 4 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. Whole Maine lobsters will be served with corn on the cob and new potatoes. New England clam chowder and fruit cobbler also are on the menu. Call (859) 278-9424.
■ McConnell Springs is having an ice cream social Saturday. Activities for children include a scavenger hunt and fossil dig. Hours are 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the park, 416 Rebmann Lane, off Old Frankfort Pike. Call (859) 225-4073.
■ Thai Orchid Café, 1030 South Broadway, will present Noodle Fest at West Sixth Brewing Co., 501 West Sixth Street, at 6 p.m. Saturday. Thai fare will be paired with local craft beers. Noodle bowls include basil beef, coconut noodle, and tofu and veggies. Call (859) 288-2170 or go to Thaiorchidcafe.net.
■ Woodford Reserve Distillery celebrates its 200th anniversary this month with a dinner and specialty tours.
Guests will get behind-the-scenes access to the birthplace of bourbon, including many historical relics on the property. The 200-year-old Pepper House, an original spring house, will be open. Tours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 27 to 30.
A bourbon feast, 6 to 10 p.m. Aug. 25, will be prepared by chef-in-residence Ouita Michel and her culinary team. Included are carved rack of lamb, Woodford Reserve smoked prime rib, Stonecross pork roast with bourbon barbecue sauce, bourbon-marinated quail stuffed with fresh figs, corn pudding, heirloom tomato salad with fresh basil, pickled okra and cucumber, green beans with bacon, corn pones and butter biscuits with tomato jam. The cost is $150. The distillery is at 7855 McCracken Pike in Versailles. Call (859) 879-1812 or go to Woodfordreserve.com.
Farmers market report
■ Hughes Farm is the newest member of Bluegrass Farmers Market. The farm, which raises rabbits and beef cattle, also sells baked goods at the market. Saturday is Customer Appreciation Day, and a limited number of Bluegrass/Wildcat blue market totes will be given away. Locations and hours are: 3450 Richmond Road, in the Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs parking lot, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday; and 730 Millpond Road, in the parking lot of the Willow Oak Pool, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday. Go to Localharvest.org/blog/29529.
■ Lexington Farmers Market’s annual Taste of the Farm dinner will be Aug. 25 in Cheapside Park. Go to Lexingtonfarmersmarket.com. Fresh at the markets are blackberries, grapes, sweet corn, summer squash, heirloom tomatoes, onions, garlic, potatoes, assorted cheeses, wine, honey, prepared foods and cut flowers.
Tags: Azur Restaurant, Bluegrass Farmers Market, Carrie Warmbier, Hanna's on Lime, Holly Hill Inn, Midway School Bakery, Natasha's Bistro & Bar, Oliva Bella, Ramsey's Diner, Thai Orchid Cafe, The Julep Cup, Winchell's, Winchester/Clark County Farmers Market
Ouita Michel and her culinary team from Holly Hill Inn have opened Midway School Bakery.
Pastry chef Carrie Warmbier is running the bakery, at 510 South Winter Street. The menu features currant and oatmeal scones, sugarless blueberry cheesecake squares, and handmade bagels with home-cured lox.
Hours are 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call (859) 846-4336.
Also, Michel will celebrate the heritage of the French restaurant with Holly Hill Inn’s first Bastille Day Supper on Saturday.
All summer, Michel’s multicourse Tour de France menus have featured the best and freshest of Bluegrass farm products in her favorite French recipes. The Bastille Day Supper honors the influence of the French Revolution on the modern restaurant. The cost is $50; a sommelier’s pairing of French wines is $35.
Holly Hill is at 426 North Winter Street, Midway. Call (859) 846-4732 or to go Hollyhillinn.com.
■ Hanna’s on Lime, 214 South Limestone, is serving its farmers market specials on Wednesdays. Selections include corn on the cob, kale, squash, eggplant, green beans, peppers, new potatoes, tomatoes and melon. The cost is $8.25. Call (859) 252-6264.
■ Natasha’s Bistro & Bar, 112 Esplanade, is offering weekend fish specials with seafood provided by Lexington Seafood Co. This week at Natasha’s “All Summer Long Seafood Festival,” the menu features Portuguese-style mahi mahi with savory polenta cakes and grilled green beans. Call (859) 259-2754 or go to Beetnik.com.
■ Ramsey’s Diners are using fresh local corn in a variety of dishes for the next several weeks. The corn is grown in Shelby County by Gallrein Farm. Dishes include corn on the cob, fried corn, creamed corn and Parmesan deep-fried corn. Also on the menu are okra from Berries on Bryan Station and tomatoes from Lincoln County. Go to Ramseysdiners.com for locations.
■ Winchell’s, 348 Southland Drive, is having a pig roast from 4 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. Sides include baked beans, potato salad and corn on the cob, with fruit cobbler for dessert. The menu includes smoked chicken chili. Call (859) 278-9424.
■ The Julep Cup, 111 Woodland Avenue, is celebrating Bastille Day on Friday and Saturday. The menu includes escargot and sweet bread torte, duck confit and frisée with poached egg; sole with vegetable ribbons; and entrecôte, a classic French steak, with house-made fries and French herb sauce. Call (859) 226-0300.
■ Thai Orchid Cafe will hold a Noodle Fest at West Sixth Brewing Co., 501 West Sixth Street, at 5 p.m. Monday. Dishes include basil beef bowl, coconut noodle bowl and won ton nachos. Call (859) 288-2170 or go to Thaiorchidcafe.net.
■ Oliva Bella is planning a trip to Sicily, and you can go along to experience the olive oil and wine harvests. Two 10-day trips are scheduled for Sept. 26 to Oct. 6 and Oct. 10 to 20. The cost is $5,882. Call (859) 983-3567 or email Olivabella@olivabella.com
Farmers market reports
■ Azur Restaurant’s farmers bazaar is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays on the patio. The market features local farmers and artisans. Products include produce, eggs, cheese, meats, pasta, hand-dipped chocolates, flowers, plants, baked goods and crafts. Azur is at 3070 Lakecrest Circle. Call (859) 296-1007 or go to Azurrestaurant.com.
■ Bluegrass Farmers Market has corn, melons, tomatoes and berries. Locations and hours are: 3450 Richmond Road, in the Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs parking lot, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday; and 730 Millpond Road, in the parking lot of the Willow Oak Pool, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday. Go to Localharvest.org/blog/29529.
■ Winchester/Clark County Farmers Market is open 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays in the parking lot of Bluegrass Heritage Museum, 217 South Main Street.
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Lexington pie baker Elizabeth Maggi has given up baking for making sliders. Maggi, formerly with Phat Pie Cafe and Natasha’s Bistro, is the chef at the new T Bar, at the corner of Woodland and Euclid avenues (formerly the Fish Tank). The restaurant serves a variety of gourmet sliders including the Angus beef black and bleu with sautéed onions and hickory smoked bacon; pulled pork with cole slaw; miniature brats; and cordon bleu chicken. Maggi’s dessert specialty at T Bar is a peanut butter and jelly slider, deep-fried and sprinkled with powdered sugar.
Owners are T.J. Gordon and Bob Douglas. Hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday. Limited lunch delivery is available. Call (859) 368-9404 or go to Tbar500.com.
■ Mary Lou’s BBQ is open at 226 Walton Avenue, serving Texas Hill country and coastal bayou style BBQ. The menu includes pulled pork, beef brisket, smoked turkey and sausages. Custom orders are available with advance notice for cold smoked salmon, beef tenderloin, whole hogs, prime rib, and leg of lamb. Meats are hand rubbed and marinated then slow smoked using either hickory, blackjack oak or pecan wood. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call (859) 252-4227.
■ The new Sabio in Dudley Square offers menus for the bar, brunch, lunch, dinner and dessert. At the bar, you can order an artisanal cheese platter, wok-charred green beans, stuffed quail and mussels. For lunch, the menu features salads and sandwiches. Dinner selections include chicken, duck, scallops, pasta, beef, pork and lamb, and for dessert there’s chocolate fondant, bourbon cheesecake and pot de crème. Sabio is at 380 South Mill Street. Call (859) 368-9901 or go to SabioDudleySquare.com.
■ First Watch, The Daytime Cafe will open its first restaurant in Lexington in the fall at 3071 Richmond Road, in the Kroger shopping plaza It serves breakfast, brunch and lunch from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily. Go to Firstwatch.com.
■ In a hurry for a quick bite, try the new Happy Falafel, 105 Eastern Avenue. Specialties are falafel, chicken and steak shawirma, baba ganoush and lentil soup. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call (859) 455-8741 or go to Happyfalafel.us.
■ Food photographer Sarah Jane Sanders will have an exhibit of her work at Wine + Market, 486 West Second Street, from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday for Gallery Hop. Sanders photographs desserts for Stella Parks’ BraveTart.com blog and her work has appeared on Ruth Reichl’s Gilt Taste and Ed Levine’s Serious Eats. Wine + Market is at 486 West Second Street. Call (859) 225-0755.
■ Thai Orchid Café, 1030 South Broadway, is celebrating Earth Day on Sunday with dishes featuring local ingredients from Elmwood Stock Farm in Georgetown. Included are Thai style omelet, coconut sweet potato fries and sweet potato pie ice cream. Call (859) 288-2170 or go to Thaiorchidcafe.net.
■ Eddie Montgomery’s Steakhouse in Harrodsburg will host a songwriters and authors event from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Pamela Whinnery will sign Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities and Country Goodness Recipes of Tennessee Celebrities. Songwriters from across the state will perform on the restaurant stage.
In conjunction with the steakhouse event, the fifth annual Kentucky Writers Celeb Showcase will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at West T. Hill Community Theatre in Danville. On Sunday, a second showcase will feature performers from noon to 5 p.m. at Penn Store in Gravel Switch. The events kick off Kentucky Literary Week Celebration, and proceeds go to Historic Penn Store. The store was built in 1847 and was damaged by a flood last year. Go to Pennsstore.com or Eddiemontgomerysteakhouse.com.
■ The artwork of Lexington attorney E. David Marshall will be on display at Della’s Diner, 124 North Upper Street, from Friday to Sunday. Della’s late-night menu on Friday features specials on burgers and fish. “Buy a painting and your dinner is free,” owner Tom Morris said. Call (859) 281-1141.
■ Kenny and Sonia Allen will have their Pitmasters BBQ wagon at Sportsman’s Warehouse, 2200 War Admiral Way, on Saturday. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Open for lunch
■ Le Deauville, 199 North Limestone, now is open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Featured are croque-monsieur and Caesar salad. The bistro will serve brunch from noon to 3 p.m. on Mother’s Day. Call (859) 246-0999 or go to Ledeauvilleresto.com.
■ Holly Hill Inn now is serving lunch and brunch on the weekend. The three-course lunch or Sunday brunch is $18. Hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday for lunch, and for brunch on Sunday. Entrees include Lisa’s famous shrimp and grits, spring vegetable lasagna and pork roulade. Holly Hill is at 426 North Winter Street in Midway. Call (859) 846-4732 or go to Hollyhillinn.com.
Farmers market report
■ Bluegrass Farmers’ Market will have strawberries, asparagus, lettuce, eggs, bok choy, onions, kale, jams, herb seasoning, and bedding, herb and vegetable plants. Hours are 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 Localharvest.org/blog/29529.
■ Lexington Farmers Market is open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in Cheapside Park. Hours for the Southland Drive market are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. The Tuesday and Thursday market at Maxwell Street and South Broadway opens May 1. Go to Lexingtonfarmersmarket.com.
■ Winchester-Clark County Farmers Market has a new location this spring. It’s at 217 South Main Street in the parking lot next to the Bluegrass Heritage Museum, across from St. Joseph Catholic Church. Hours are 8 a.m. to noon Saturday and 3 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.
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A rite of spring is upon us: Two of Lexington’s farmers markets are opening for the season this weekend.
Bluegrass Farmers’ Market opens Saturday. The market is at 3450 Richmond Road, in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Farmers will have locally produced spring vegetables, baked goods, herb seasoning, eggs and jams. Go to Localharvest.org/blog/29529.
Lexington Farmers Market opens Saturday for its 37th season. Items available will include eggs, meats, cheese, bedding and garden plants, honey and wine. Hours are 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The market is in Cheapside Park. Parking is free in the Financial Center garage. The Southland Drive market opens Sunday for the season. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Tuesday and Thursday market at Maxwell Street and South Broadway opens May 1. Go to Lexingtonfarmersmarket.com.
Openings, new hours and menus
■ Coles 735 Main is the newest tenant at the restaurant spot at East Main Street and North Ashland Avenue that has had a long list of proprietors, most recently Furlong’s and Onizim’s.
Cole Arimes is the chef/owner and has returned to Lexington after spending 18 years in Cincinnati. His menu includes a bit of everything, from burgers and steaks to Greek, French and Latin American specialties. Hours are 4 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 4 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Call (859) 266-9000.
■ The second Lexington location of Five Guys Burgers and Fries is open at 3090 Helmsdale Place, in Brighton Place Shoppes. Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Call (859) 263-5555. Go to Fiveguys.com.
■ Stuarto’s Olive Oil Co. will open its second location Saturday at 804 Euclid Avenue in Chevy Chase. The store sells extra virgin olive oils, gourmet oils, balsamic vinegar and wine vinegars, from around the world. The store’s other location is at 2200 War Admiral Way. Call (859) 269-0088.
■ Asian Wind, 3735 Palomar Centre Drive, has new hours. It’s open from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday and noon to 10:30 p.m. Saturday. Call (859) 223-0060. Also, children eat free on Tuesday nights with the purchase of an adult entree.
■ Cheapside Bar and Grill, 131 Cheapside, now is open for brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The menu features “cowboy eggs,” Southwest Benedict, “un-holey doughnuts,” a “rise-and-shine burrito,” and croissant breakfast sandwich. The dinner menu is served beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday. Call (859) 254-0046.
■ Jean Farris Winery & Bistro has a new menu for spring. Included are duck pistachio terrine, Newsom’s Kentucky prosciutto, house-made sausage, house-cured smoked salmon, sea scallops, lamb rack, seared duck breast, Kentucky dry-aged rib-eye and striped bass. The winery is at 6825 Old Richmond Road. Call (859) 263-9463.
■ The Julep Cup, 111 Woodland Avenue, is serving lamb fries with red-eye gravy as the weekend special. Also available are chipotle-roasted prime rib with Maytag bleu cheese soufflé and Greek yogurt marinated lamb kebabs.Call (859) 226-0300.
■ Ramsey’s Diner is bringing back its popular chicken salad and fresh local asparagus for spring. Go to Ramseysdiners.com for locations of the four Ramsey’s Diners.
■ Sondra Strunk, owner of Sondra’s Wine Creations, will offer samples of her new product Friday and Saturday at the Kentucky Proud Market in the Lexington Convention Center, 410 West Vine Street. Strunk is making pineapple wine jelly from her homemade pineapple wine.
■ Thai Orchid Cafe is celebrating Songkran, the Thai new year, with special noodle dishes through Sunday. In Thai culture, the long length of noodles represents happiness and longevity, owner chef Toa Green said. Dishes include super noodle bowl, drunken spaghetti, spicy tom yum noodle bowl, and curries over egg noodles. Thai Orchid is at 1030 South Broadway. Call (859) 288-2170 or go to Thaiorchidcafe.net.
■ Berries on Bryan Station is adding a pick-up point for its community-supported agriculture clients. It’s at Wild Thyme, 1060 Chinoe Road, from 1 to 6 p.m. Thursdays. The farm is at 4744 Bryan Station. Call (859) 293-0077.
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Stanley J’s New York Style Deli closed in September to the dismay of many, but now an Italian deli has taken its place. Rosalia’s Old World Italian Deli serves authentic recipes from the Italian grandmother of owners and sisters Claira Reynolds and Noelle Rayan.
Rodney Reynolds and Khalid Rayan have joined their wives in helping them realize their dream of owning an Italian restaurant that has the flavor of their Italian grandmother’s kitchen on Sundays.
The women grew up in the restaurant business. Their father, John Mione, owned several Mione’s delis in Southern California, but the love of Italian food was born at the table of their grandmother Catherine “Rosalia” Mione.
The menu includes corned beef, Reuben and pastrami sandwiches, soups, salads, cannolis and tiramisu. Coffee is 25 cents. The dinner menu offers spaghetti and lasagna. Hours are 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call (859) 223-3354 or go to Rosaliasoldworld.com.
■ Jonathan at Gratz Park, 120 West Second Street, is having a wine dinner Tuesday featuring wines from Justin, a winery in Paso Robles, Calif., on the state’s central coast. Justin makes Bordeaux-style blends and single varietals, combining Old World tradition with New World techniques. Wines include Justin chardonnay, 2008; Justification, 2008; Isosceles, 2008; and Obtuse, 2009. The five-course dinner, at 7 p.m., is $75. Call (859) 252-4949 or go to Jagp.info, or Justinwine.com.
■ Rodney’s on Broadway, 222 North Broadway in Georgetown, will have a wine dinner at 6 p.m. Wednesday featuring wines from Austria, Australia and Argentina. A guest speaker from Winebow Imports will introduce each wine. The cost is $60. Call (502) 868-7637.
■ Hanna’s on Lime, 214 South Limestone, will celebrate Leap Day on Wednesday by offering turkey and dressing as the daily special for $7.95. Side dishes include mashed potatoes with turkey gravy, kale, green beans, macaroni and cheese, baked sweet potato, corn pudding, broccoli casserole, and lima beans. Delivery is available. Call (859) 254-6264 or go to Hannasonlime.com.
■ As part of the Community Table at Oliva Bella series, owner Lea Ann Vessels and guest Paolo Capretti will co-host “Eat, Drink, Learn Italian” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. March 7. On Wednesday evenings for four weeks, a different region of Italy will be featured and guests will learn about the food, wine, culture, and basic Italian language. Puglia is the first region to be spotlighted. The cost is $100. Oliva Bella is at 400 Old Vine Street. Call (859) 983-3567.
■ The Julep Cup, 111 Woodland Avenue, is offering ahi tuna sashimi with tempura rock shrimp; black grouper with mixed grains; and red curry lamb stew as weekend specials. Phil Copeland and Friends will entertain Friday and Bruce Lewis on Saturday. Call (859) 226-0300.
■ Thai Orchid Café, 1030 South Broadway, is having a seafood feast on weekends through Easter. The menu includes shrimp and coconut cream soup, Thai shrimp trio, salmon hot pot and seafood coconut curry. Call (859) 288-2170 or go to Thaiorchidcafe.net.
■ The Town Branch Market & Deli, 233 East Main Street, has expanded its deli menu to include breakfast biscuits and English muffins with sausage or bacon, egg and cheese. The store now sells donuts from Donut Days Bakery. For lunch, the deli is now preparing hot pressed sandwiches, chili dogs and 7-inch pizzas. Call ahead at (859) 280-2122, and your order will be ready when you arrive.
■ On Fridays through April 6, Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill is having Friday Night Fish Fry at the Trustees’ Office Dining Room. Hours are 5:30 to 8 p.m. The cost is $12.95. Call 1-800-734-5611, Ext. 360.
■ Rossi’s Restaurant, 1060 Chinoe Road, offers daily dinner specials and happy hour at the bar from 5 to 7 p.m. every night, and all day Sunday. Also featured are half-price bottles of wine on Tuesdays. Call (859) 335-8788 or go to Rossis-restaurant.com.
■ Detroit Coney Island is serving its fish sandwich for the Lenten season. Locations are 1301 Winchester Road in Eastland Shopping Center, (859) 280-9138; and 825 Lane Allen Road, (859) 278-3982.
■ Jeff and Kim Bullock, former owners of Friends & Co., are now back in the same location with The Secret Bar & Grill. The restaurant at 841 Lane Allen Road now serves some of the original Friends & Co.’s favorite homemade pies. New menu options include Calabash seafood. Call (859) 317-8673.
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Restaurants are celebrating Fat Tuesday with parties and cajun specialties. It’s the day when people eat all they want of everything and anything as the following day is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of a long fasting period for Christians. The events listed take place on Tuesday, unless otherwise noted.
■ A la lucie, 159 North Limestone, is serving cajun favorites such as jambalaya, gumbo, etouffee, and king cake. The prixe fixe menu is $35. Call (859) 252-5277. Sour Mash Jug Band will entertain.
■ Bayou Bluegrass is having its 14th annual Mardi Gras celebration at the Red Mile, 200 Red Mile Road. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and cost is $15. The menu includes fried catfish, red beans and rice, chicken and sausage gumbo, cajun smoked brisket, chicken creole, and bread pudding.
Dinner seatings are at 5:30, 7, and 8 p.m. and the menu includes boiled crawfish, fried alligator, shrimp etouffee, crawfish pie, king cake, and Na’wlins pralines. Cost is $28. Reservations are necessary. Call (859) 233-0814 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
■ Bourbon n’ Toulouse, 829 Euclid Avenue, will begin its 7th annual Fat Tuesday party at 11 a.m. with king cakes, and Ale-8-One will be giving away drinks and promotional items. Starting at 6:30 p.m., 750 pounds of boiled crawfish will be served. The Tall Boys will be playing at 7:30 p.m. next door at The Chevy Chase Inn. The Beer Trappe will also open at 11a.m. for extra seating. Carry-out orders are available. Call (859) 335-0300 or e-mail Kevin@bntlexington.com.
■ Gumbo Ya Ya, 1080 South Broadway, will be holding its 9th annual celebration and its menu features alligator sauce piquant, crawfish etouffee, crawfish creole, and free slices of King cake. Call (859) 252-9292 or go to Gumboyayaky.com.
■ The Julep Cup, 111 Woodland Avenue, is serving a New Orleans style menu for the weekend, as well as on Tuesday. Included are chicken and andouille gumbo; sole almondine with stewed tomato and okra and crab jambalaya; roasted pork loin with andouille and crawfish etouffee; and New Orleans style beignets with chicory chocolate sauce. Call (859) 226-0300.
■ Don your Mardi Gras costumes for Ramsey’s Diners’ 23rd annual Fat Tuesday parties. “Once again we will be going to New Orleans to bring back live, and thus cooked to order, crawfish to accompany our homemade seafood gumbo and red beans and rice with fresh baked French toast,” owner Rob Ramsey said. Hours are 11 a.m. “till there ain’t no more.” Locations are at Ramseysdiners.com.
■ Windy Corner Market and Restaurant, 4595 Bryan Station Road, will serve popcorn crawfish with remoulade, oysters on the half shell, crawfish etouffee, red beans and rice, cajun burger, and gumbo. Dinner specials also include crispy stuffed soft shell crabs with shrimp and andouille, and fresh amberjack griddle-seared with cajun spices. The Pawpaw Pickers will entertain. Call (859) 294-9338 or go to Windycornermarket.com.
■ Thai Orchid Cafe and Seedleaf are having the first “Soups In” fundraising series from noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Participants will help prepare Thai Orchid’s roasted butternut squash and coconut soup using fresh local produce from Seedleaf. Cost is $35 a person or $50 a couple. Thai Orchid is at 1030 South Broadway. Call (859) 288-2170.
Seedleaf nourishes communities by growing, cooking, sharing, and recycling food to increase the amount, affordability, nutritional value, and sustainability of food available to people at risk of hunger in Central Kentucky.
■ Heirloom Restaurant, 125 East Main Street in Midway, offers half-price wines on Wednesday and the wines are from Spain. Heirloom has live music, tapas specials, and wine flights on Thursday. Call (859) 846-5565 or visit Heirloommidway.com.
■ The monthly Greek dinner at Greek Orthodox Church, 920 East High Street, will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Entrees, priced from $10 to $14, include lamb, slow cooked with bulgur, vegetables and raisins; shrimp, sautéed in wine, olive oil, onions and bay leaves; and penne pasta with white wine, seasonal vegetables and Greek spices. A la carte items are available. Wines provided by Wight-Meyer Vineyards of Shepherdsville.
■ Wines on Vine, 400 Old Vine Street, will have a wine tasting on Wednesday with guest speaker Tom Kenefick, owner of Kenefick Ranch Winery in Napa. He will present four of his wines from 5:30 to 7:15 p.m.
On Tuesday, the topic for the monthly wine class will be how glassware affects the taste and quality of wine. Cost is $20 and includes a magnum level Riedel glass to take home. Hours are 6 to 7 p.m. Call (859) 243-0017.