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There are just 2 people behind 6 Friends Café

swthompson@herald-leader.comJuly 29, 2010 

The 6 Friends Café is a new spot at 191 Kentucky Avenue that serves crepes, paninis, gelato and sorbetto.

The name might imply that six friends own the cafe, but it has only two owners: Dee Cain and Tonya Taylor. "We unabashedly stole the name from the children's book The King With Six Friends by Jay Williams. It's a story of non-judgment, small kindnesses and the true power of friendship," Cain said.

The crepes and paninis are named after the people and pets closest to the owners.

Hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Call (859) 321-6567.

You can taste the freshness

If you have a hankering for country-fresh vegetables, stop in at Kathy's Country Kitchen, 20 Black Creek Road, Clay City. As long as the season lasts, the restaurant will have fried corn, fried zucchini, and new potatoes fresh from the garden. Call (606) 663-4179.

Private-label wine ready to pour

Lovers Leap Vineyards & Winery has produced a private-label wine for The African American Forum. Smooth Jazz Amore' will be released Saturday at the winery, 1180 Lanes Mill Road, Lawrenceburg.

The artwork on the front of the label features a replica of Southern Jazz Groove, an original monoprint by Louisville native and Lexington-based artist Garry R. Bibbs.

The private label is available at the winery in 500 numbered bottles. The cost is $15.99, and proceeds go to the African American Forum capital campaign fund. The forum is a non-profit arts and cultural organization that presents programs that celebrate the African-American experience. Call Debbie Cole at (859) 255-2653 or go www.AAFinc.com.

Who needs meat?

Orchid Flower, 3090 Old Todds Road, is serving a vegan/vegetarian dinner Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The menu features a portobello sandwich with vegan spicy mayo, tofu patties with homemade mango salsa, and fried plantain with jackfruits. Call (859) 543-1126 or go to www.orchidflowerrestaurant.com.

More to love for breakfast

Wallace Station Deli and Bakery, 3854 Old Frankfort Pike, Versailles, has expanded its breakfast menu. New items include the breakfast Brown (scrambled farm-fresh eggs, ham, bacon, tomato and Wallace Station's signature white cheddar Mornay sauce), country Benedict panini (scrambled farm-fresh eggs, country ham, hollandaise butter and tomato), and sardou panini (creamy spinach, artichoke hearts, Parmesan and hollandaise butter). Call (859) 846-5161 or go to www.wallacestation.com.

Wiggle room

Belly dancers will entertain Friday at Petra Mediterranean Bar and Grill, 116 Market Place Drive. The show begins at 8:30 p.m. Call (859) 272-0044 or go to www.petrainlex.com.

Ready for some football

Buffalo Wild Wings at Todds Center, 3090 Old Todds Road, has renovated the dining room and bar and added more high- definition, big-screen TVs.

"We're getting ready for football season," manager Brad Hamilton said.

"We rolled out several new menu items after the remodel and introduced four new dry-rub seasonings for wings: chipotle, salt and vinegar, buffalo and desert heat," he said. "We continue to have 45-cent wings on Wing Tuesday; Wednesday is Kids Night with $1.99 kid's meal; and Thursday we have boneless wings for 60 cents each."

Live music trivia begins at 8:30 p.m. Fridays. Call (859) 263-9464.

A touch of Italian

The Julep Cup, 111 Woodland Avenue, is serving an Italian menu this weekend that features local products. Included are bruschetta with Maker's Mark braised figs, Finchville country ham and Kenny's goat cheese; Kentucky farm-raised shrimp; and grilled veal chop with Sheltowee Farm mushrooms. Call (859) 226-0300.

If you like tomatoes ...

It's the attack of the heirloom tomato at Jonathan at Gratz Park, 120 West Second Street. Chef/owner Jonathan Lundy has gathered bushels of local tomatoes and is serving the tomato in a four-course tasting menu Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Cost is $35. Call (859) 252-4949 or go to www.jagp.info.

Tote your vegetables home

Bluegrass Farmers Market is celebrating National Farmers Market Week on Saturday by giving away market tote bags. "They are Wildcat blue and white," Karin Rasmussen said. Shop early because the supply is limited to the first 250 shoppers. 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. Saturday and 3 to 6:30 p.m. Go to www.localharvest.org/blog/29529.

Reach Sharon Thompson at (859) 231-3321 or 1-800-950-6397, Ext. 3321.

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