Irish party, Greek festival appeal to food lovers

swthompson@herald-leader.com,by sharon ThompsonSeptember 6, 2012 

Sharon Thompson

MARK CORNELISON | STAFF

September is the month to party with the Irish and the Greeks, and enjoy wine dinners.

■ The 10th annual Edward T. Houlihan Halfway to St. Patrick's Day Party will be 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at O'Neills, 2051 Richmond Road. Entertainment will be by piper Kevin Murray, McTeggart Irish Dancers and the Irish music band Liam's Fancy. Guest chef Mary Parlanti will prepare lamb stew and brown bread. Proceeds benefit the student scholarship fund for Lexington Sister Cities. Call (859) 266-4488 or go to Oneillsirishpub.com.

■ Lexington's Greek Festival will be Sept. 14 to 16 at The Red Mile Clubhouse, 1200 Red Mile Road. There will be traditional Greek foods, pastries, dancing and live entertainment. Hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Sept. 14, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 15, and noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 16. Admission is $2 at the door. Call (859) 266-1921 or go to Lexingtongreekfestival.com.

Holly Hill Inn, 426 North Winter Street in Midway, is celebrating the cuisine of Brazil and the wines of Chile and Argentina at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Cena de Gala is a five-course feast of Latin foods, including churrasco filet mignon, lamb empanada, seviche of tuna, and snowy grouper with salsas. The cost is $50 for the dinner and an additional $35 for the wine pairing. Call (859) 846-4732.

■ One of the oldest wine producers in Italy, Antinori, will be featured at Portofino restaurant at a Tuscan dinner at 7 p.m. Wednesday. A classic five-course Tuscan dinner will accompany six Antinori wines. Vineyard representatives will provide commentary. Portofino chef Nat Tate has created a menu based on his travels in Tuscany with restaurant owners Susan and Wayne Masterman and visits to the Antinori vineyards. The cost is $79. Call (859) 253-9300.

Weekend specials

■ The traditional seafood version of seviche is the weekend dinner special at Natasha's Bistro & Bar, 112 Esplanade. "Flounder is the most common fish used for Peruvian seviche," owner Gene Williams said. It's garnished with corn on the cob, sweet potato, butter lettuce and Spanish onions. The flounder is marinated with lime juice, onion and chilli, also known as leche de tigre, or tiger's milk.

Announcements

Double H BBQ, 1244 Versailles Road, has expanded its dining hours, and is open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Tailgate and party packages are available for pre-ordering. The menu includes hand-rubbed, hickory-smoked pulled pork, pulled chicken or chicken salad, beef brisket and baby back ribs. Sides include potato salad, corn pudding, cole slaw, green beans, baked beans and freshly baked desserts. Call (859) 523-4227.

Greentree Tearoom, 521 West Short Street, is serving a fall menu this month. Included are carrot and ginger soup, apple-walnut scone with apple butter, artichoke and Swiss cheese quiche, herbed tomatoes in phyllo cups, Italian chicken salad and cucumber-shrimp tea sandwiches, chocolate-dipped apricots, cinnamon oatmeal tea cookies, and bananas Foster Pettit. Luncheon tea is served at noon Wednesday through Saturday. Call (859) 455-9660 or go to Greentreetearoom.com.

Nick Ryan's Saloon, 157 Jefferson Street, offers a bloody Mary bar during brunch on Saturdays. Included are flavored vodkas, a choice of mixers and fresh garnishes. Brunch hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call (859) 233-7900 or go to Nickryans.com.

Farmers market report

Bluegrass Farmers Market has tomatoes, green beans, squash, eggplant, peppers, raspberries, bok choy, kale, pumpkins and herb seasoning. 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. Go to Localharvest.org/blog/29529.

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

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