Tidbits What's cooking at Central Kentucky Restaurants

Restaurants are gearing up for May's many celebrations

swthompson@herald-leader.comMay 3, 2012 

May is a big month for celebrations — Derby, Cinco de Mayo, graduations, Mother's Day — and restaurants are jazzing up their menus for the occasions.

■ Alex Jenkins, chef at Good Foods Market & Café, is preparing an authentic menu for Cinco de Mayo. The buffet includes el Colorado beans, papas de mole enchiladas, chili verde, tilapia empanizada, arroz rojo and papas con rajas. It will be served 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday. The price is $7.99 a pound. Good Foods is at 455 Southland Drive. Call (859) 278-1813 or go to Goodfoods.coop.

The Julep Cup chefs are blending Derby favorites with Cinco de Mayo specialties this weekend. Included are salad with roasted cactus, slow-roasted prime rib with Oaxacan mole, sea bass and lamb fries. The Julep Cup is at 111 Woodland Avenue. Call (859) 226-0300.

Abuelo's is celebrating Cinco de Mayo and Mother's Day with drink specials and activities. "Mexican flag margaritas" are designed to resemble the Mexican flag. Guests who order one of Abuelo's signature La Grandeza margaritas during the celebration will receive an additional shot of premium Corazon tequila in a special take-home shot glass for an additional $2.

Moms who dine in the restaurant on Día de las Madres, or Mother's Day, on May 13, will receive a special greeting card with a recipe for Abuelo's pescado guerrero. The recipe features tilapia or mahi mahi topped with fresh shrimp, scallops, mushrooms, spinach, roasted peppers and sliced avocado. Abuelo's is at Fayette Mall, 3395 Nicholasville Road. Call (859) 971-0922.

Addie's at The Woodford Inn, 140 Park Street in Versailles, is serving a brunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mother's Day. Included are a carving station, assorted pastas, fruits, salads and desserts. Call (859) 948-3974.

Azur Restaurant & Patio, 3070 Lakecrest Circle, is serving brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mother's Day. Entrees include French toast stuffed with bourbon-vanilla cream cheese, scallops and shrimp dumplings, chicken and sage hash, and lamb burgers. Dinner specials will be served from 5 to 10 p.m. Call (859) 296-1007 or go to Azurrestaurant.com.

Jean Farris Winery & Bistro, 6825 Old Richmond Road, is offering a three-course prix-fixe menu for Mother's Day, in addition to its regular brunch and a la carte dinner menu. Call (859) 263-9463 or go to Jeanfarris.com.

New menus

MonTea, 814 Euclid Avenue, has a new line of spring and summer specialty teas. The blends are considered excellent for iced tea. Included are pineapple fruit infusion, piña colada black, summer passion fruit infusion and tropical green. The shop also carries a wide variety of steeping systems. Call (859) 268-8327 or go to Monteashop.com.

■ The garden terrace at Greentree Tearoom, 521 West Short Street, is open and offers a less-formal setting for lunch. Here's the menu for May: strawberry soup, cream scone, asparagus crepe with Mornay sauce, cucumber-dill and shrimp tea sandwiches, and chocolate pots de crème. Call (859) 455-9660 or go to Greentreetearoom.com.

Farmers market reports

Bluegrass Farmers Market will have plenty of fresh mint Saturday for Derby Day mint juleps. Also fresh from the farm are strawberries, asparagus, lettuce, eggs, green tomatoes, cucumbers, bok choy, nappa cabbage, jams, herb seasoning, bedding, and herb and vegetable plants. The market is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 3450 Richmond Road, in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs. Go to Localharvest.org/blog/29529.

Lexington Farmers Market's newest location will open May 23 in the parking lot of the University of Kentucky's Commonwealth Stadium, next to University Drive. Hours are 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 15. Go to www.uky.edu/HR/wellness/farmersmarket.html. Other locations are Cheapside Park, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday; Southland Drive, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday; and Maxwell Street and South Broadway, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Go to Lexingtonfarmersmarket.com.

Winchester-Clark County Farmers Market is in a new spot: 217 South Main Street, in the parking lot next to 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.

Sharon Thompson: (859) 231-3321. Twitter: @FlavorsofKY. Blog: Flavorsofkentucky.bloginky.com.

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