Posts Tagged 'Woodford Reserve Distillery'

Rooster Brewing opens in Paris

red_rooster_4Paris businessman Ralph Quillin has a passion for: Shop Local, craft beer, and historic structures. Together, they make up Quillin’s latest venture Rooster Brewing at 609 Main Street in Paris.
The new craft brewery has a tap room and retail space in a restored Main Street (circa 1880) mercantile. In addition to producing its own brews, Rooster carries about 100 different beers. Hours are 5 to 11 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Call (859) 707-3436.
Father’s Day specials
Father’s Day is June 15. Here are some special meals dad will enjoy.
■ Chefs Jeremy Ashby and Miguel Rivas are planning hearty menus for two restaurants:
Azur, 3070 Lakecrest Circle, will serve grilled wagyu burgers, campfire-style shrimp, and grilled andouille sausages. The buffet,   from 6 to 9 p.m., is $35. Cost is $17.50 for children ages 12 and under. Call (859) 296-1007 or go to
Brasabana, 841 Lane Allen Road, will serve a buffet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $21.95. Featured are pineapple-ginger chicken and Cuban-style roasted pork. Call (859) 303-5573 or go to
The Grey Goose, 170 Jefferson Street, is offering two-for-one pizzas for fathers, grandfathers, and step-dads. Call (859) 233-1500.
Woodford Reserve Distillery, 7855 McCracken Pike, Versailles, is serving Saturday dinner and Sunday brunch for dads. A dinner buffet on June 14 begins with a Bourbon Discovery tour at 6:30 p.m.  Cost is $50. The menu, prepared by chef-in-residence Ouita Michel and her culinary team, includes barrel stave smoked prime rib, stuffed trout, loaded new potato gratin, and grilled “dadatouille” (local vegetables prepared in the classic ratatouille style). Brunch will be served at 1 p.m. June 15 in the Dryer House. Cost is $40. The menu features chicken bourbonnaise (roasted chicken tossed in Woodford Spice barbecue sauce) and lapsang BBQ baby back ribs.
Kevin Sanders, also known as “Barrel Man” will be at the distillery’s Visitor Center on June 14 and June 15. He turns American white oak Woodford Reserve whiskey barrels into gift items such as barrel coasters, stave coat racks, and barrel planters.  Call (859) 879-1953 or e-mail
Special events
■ Winchell’s, 348 Southland Drive, will hold its annual summer lobster boil on Tuesday. The three course meal includes New England clam chowder; whole lobster served with corn on the cob and new potatoes; and fruit cobbler. Reservations start at 4 p.m. Cost is $35.99. Call (859) 278-9424.
■  West Sixth Brewing,  501 West Sixth Street, will host a viewing party on Monday for the third episode of MasterChef Season 5. Lexingtonian Dan Wu is a contestant on the competitive cooking reality TV series which airs at 8 p.m. Mondays on FOX. Call (859) 705-0915.
Steak ‘n Shake is celebrating its 80th birthday with an attempt to break a Guinness World Record. At Steak ‘n Shakes across America   customers will gather at 1 p.m. Saturday to vie for the “Largest Birthday Sing-Along” title. Guests who participate can get a birthday cake milk shake for half-price. Steak ‘n Shake is at 1832 Alysheba Way. Call (859) 543-9096 or go to
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts will host the Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 13. Officers from the Kentucky Law Enforcement Torch Run, Lexington Community Corrections, Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, Kentucky State Police, and the University of Kentucky Police Department, will eat, sleep, and play on the rooftop of the Krispy Kreme store, 2893 Richmond Road. Go to
The Pub, 3750 Mall Road, will show every match of the World Cup football games beginning Thursday through July 13 on TVs throughout the restaurant. Food and drink specials will be offered. Guests can obtain a scorecard and each time they visit The Pub and make a purchase on a match day, they will receive a stamp on their scorecard to win prizes. Call (859) 971-2748.
Farmers market report
Bluegrass Farmers Market has strawberries and 100 percent locally produced items. It’s in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs, 3450 Richmond Road, and at Azur Restaurant, 3070 Lakecrest Circle. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Go to

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.

Fish fry promotes invasive Asian carp as seafood

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


Winchester holding Wine About Winter on Feb. 7

There’s no reason to whine about winter when you can enjoy the cold weather sipping wine in Winchester on Feb. 7.
At the annual Wine About Winter event, downtown ­merchants will serve appetizers and wines from local vineyards — Lover’s Leap, CCC Trail, Harkness ­Edwards, Rose Hill Farm, Generation Hill, ­Wildside, McIntyre’s, Acres of Land and First Vineyard.
Merchants along Main and Court streets are ­participating. Hours are 5 to 8 p.m.

Special events

■ Super Bowl fans can watch the game at Rossi’s Restaurant on Sunday and enjoy food and drink specials. The restaurant, at 1060 Chinoe Road, has three big-screen TVs in the bar, and there will be seating in the main dining room. Call (859) 335-8788 or go to
Winchell’s, 348 Southland Drive, will serve San Francisco- and Baltimore-themed food specials Sunday for Super Bowl fans. Included are cioppino, crab cakes and soft-shell crab po’ boys. Call (859) 278-9424.
■ If you have dinner or drinks at Sabio at Dudley Square before University of Kentucky basketball games, you can park free and walk to Rupp Arena.
Sabio’s Detention Bar has some new things happening. On Sunday, it’s ­service industry night; Monday, ­bourbon night and all-you-can-eat chicken “lollipops”; Tuesday, half-price bottles of selected wines; Wednesday, half-price house martinis; and Thursday, $4 margaritas.
Sabio is at 380 South Mill Street. Call (859) 368-9901 or go to

New menus

Addie’s at The Woodford Inn, 140 Park Street in Versailles, has a new mid-winter menu that includes pork chops with Dijon garlic sauce, barbecue bourbon burgers, shrimp and grits, and bourbon maple salmon. Call (859) 873-5600 or go to
■ The February menu for Greentree Tearoom reflects a Valentine’s Day theme. It includes mushroom soup with sherry, a white chocolate scone with cherry curd, French radish tea sandwiches, and ­Amaretto bread pudding. Greentree is at 521 West Short Street. Call (859) 455-9660 or go to

Valentine’s Day dinners

The Dish, 438 South Ashland Avenue, will serve a four-course prix fixe menu for $50 on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14. A wine flight paired with each course is an additional $24. On Feb. 15 and 16, a three-course dinner is $42, with an optional wine flight for $21. Call (859) 317-8438 or go to
Georgia’s Kitchen, 900 North Broadway, serves only lunch during the winter but will open for dinner on Valentine’s Day. The menu, prepared by Chef Patrick Wilhoit, will be served 4 to 9 p.m. and will include duck a l’orange balsamico, pan-seared seabass and osso buco. Call (859) 252-6837 or go to
Jean Farris Winery & Bistro, 6825 Old Richmond Road, is accepting ­reservations for Valentine’s Day; tables are assigned when reservations are made. A prix fixe menu will be served Feb. 14 to 17. Jean Farris has a new winter menu that includes braised lamb, truffle-crusted cod, lobster, quail and oysters. Call (859) 263-9463 or go to
Woodford Reserve Distillery is ­offering a lantern tour with its Valentine’s dinner 5:30 to 9 p.m. Feb. 14 and 15. The cost is $50. Entree choices are pan-seared sea scallops, pork mole poblano, and Stonecross pork belly braised in mole sauce. The distillery is at 7855 McCracken Pike in Versailles. Call (859) 879-1953 or go to

Would you like a blindfold with your menu?

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

Special events

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

New menus

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

Dinner in Midway helps Pine Mountain school

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 ­ or 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

Special events

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
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

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
Lexington Farmers Market’s ­annual Taste of the Farm dinner will be Aug. 25 in Cheapside Park. Go to ­ 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.

Travel the Back Roads Wine Trail this spring

A great way to spend the first weekends of spring is to travel the Back Roads Wine Trail in Northern Kentucky.
Five wineries on the trail are:
■ Camp Springs, 6685 Four Mile Road, Camp Springs,
■ Stonebrook, 6570 Vineyard Lane, Camp Springs,
■ Atwood Hill, 1616 Spillman Road, Morning View,
■ Seven Wells, 1223 Siry Road, California, Ky.,
■ Baker Bird, 4465 Augusta/Chatham Road in Augusta,
You can pick up your Back Roads Wine Trail passport from any winery on the trail, and when all are validated, you’ll receive a complimentary coaster.


■ Superlative Coffee Roasters will have its monthly Sip and Savor from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The staff will demonstrate the new Chemex brewer from 10 a.m. to noon. Used for decades, the Chemex is a classic glass brewer with wood collar. Its manual drip process produces a medium-bodied, clear and complex cup of coffee, Jenny Super said. Organic Honduran and Peruvian coffees will be served. Superlative is at 116 Mechanic Street. Call (859) 252-5000.

■ Matt Jamie, owner of Bourbon Barrel Foods in Louisville, will demonstrate his products at Williams-Sonoma at Fayette Mall at noon Saturday. Bourbon sauces include “Kentuckyaki,” soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce. Bourbon Barrel Foods are now sold at Williams-Sonoma stores nationwide. Call (859) 272-5856. The mall is at 3401 Nicholasville Road.

■ Wines on Vine, 400 Old Vine Street, will have a spring beer tasting at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The cost is $20. Call (859) 243-0017.

■ Soledad Aroaz from the Salentein Winery in Mendoza, Argentina will be at WineStyles of Lexington, 2535 Nicholasville Road, from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. She will pour four different Malbecs, showing the difference in the taste profiles from this grape varietal. Cost is $10. Call (859) 278-9463.

Lunches, dinners and special occasions

■ Thai Orchid Café, 1030 South Broadway, is serving a seafood fest now through Easter. The menu includes butter and garlic shrimp, coconut curry shrimp, ginger shrimp hot pot, and seafood curry rice. Call (859) 288-2170 or go to
■ Casanova Restaurant, 855 South Broadway, is accepting reservations for special events such as proms, graduations and weddings. The catering menu features Italian-style lasagna, chicken parmigiana, spaghetti and meatballs, and fettuccine Alfredo. Call (859) 309-3313.
■ Woodford Reserve Distillery will open its porch for spring Tuesday. Picnic on the Porch features sandwiches, soups, salads and baked goods. Lunch is served 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Beginning in May, the porch will be open Mondays. The distillery is at 7855 McCracken Pike in Versailles. Call (859) 879-1812.
■ The Julep Cup, 111 Woodland Avenue, will feature a prime rib dinner Friday and Saturday. Guitarists Ben Lacey and Bob Bryant will entertain Friday, and Saturday night’s music is by John Hedger. Call (859) 226-0300.