Nephew's now in driver's seat with Greek food truck

swthompson@herald-leader.comOctober 18, 2012 

The late George Ouraniou left his mark on Lexington by providing authentic Greek dishes to Central Kentuckians at a time when there were few ethnic restaurants in town. Ouraniou served his Greek specialties at many community events, and now his nephew Ilias Pappas is carrying on tradition by taking over Ouraniou's mobile food vendor business, the Athenian Grille.

The food truck will be at these locations through Oct. 26: 3454 Richmond Road, next to Glenn Auto Mall; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; and West Sixth Brewery, 501 West Sixth Street, 5 to 10 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The menu includes spinach pie, moussaka, Greek salad, hummus, baklava and gyros. Call (859) 351-1605 or go to Facebook.com/AthenianGrilllex.

Events

■ Julian Van Winkle III, president of Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery in Frankfort, will join chef Jonathan Lundy for a special dinner Thursday at Jonathan at Gratz Park for the third year in a row. The restaurant, 120 West Second Street, will be closed for normal service, and there are limited reservations available for the dinner.

The five-course menu will complement whiskeys that will not arrive in retail stores until later this year. Included are Old Rip Van Winkle 10 year 107 Proof and Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve 20 year. Cocktails start at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner seating at 7. Cost is $120. Call (859) 252-4949.

■ The menu for Saturday's Dinner Night at the Greek Orthodox Church will feature specialties from Romania. Vlad Radulescu, a Lexington physician, will prepare the dinner, and wines will be provided by River Bend Winery. Hours are 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The menu includes roasted pork, sauerkraut rolls and Romanian beef sausages. The church is at 920 Tates Creek Road. Go to Greekdinner.com.

Lover's Leap Vineyards & Winery, 1180 Lanes Mill Road, Lawrenceburg, will hold its first fall fling from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday. There will be live music from 1 to 3 p.m., and food will be provided by Talk of the Town in Lawrenceburg. Proceeds go to the Anderson Humane Society. Call (502) 839-1299 or go to Loversleapwine.com.

■ The South Limestone Association of Merchants is having a Rally Time block party Friday for the University of Kentucky homecoming. Businesses along the street will have special deals. Kennedy Book Store will hand out free UK basketball calendars until 6 p.m. and Pazzo's Pizza Pub will have half-price appetizers from 4 to 7 p.m. Tin Roof, Local Taco and Two Keys also are participating.

Announcements

■ Holiday flavors have returned to Graeter's. The ice cream shop at 836 Euclid Avenue is scooping cinnamon, pumpkin, eggnog and peppermint stick through the end of December. Call (859) 253-6741 or go to Graeters.com.

Ted's Montana Grill has given its Web site, Tedsmontanagrill.com, a new look that includes several new features, including direct e-gift card purchase. Go to Facebook.com/tedsmontanagrill for a chance to win gift cards for complimentary menu items through Dec. 31. Ted's is at 2304 Sir Barton Way. Call (859) 263-5228.

Old Chicago, 1924 Pavilion Way, is having a Halloween mini tour featuring eight seasonal beers, including Woodchuck seasonal cider, Blue Moon harvest pumpkin ale, Widmer Brothers pitch black IPA and New Castle werewolf. Call (859) 977-4640 or go to Oldchicago.com/lexington.

Saul Good Restaurant & Pub and founder Rob Perez have received national recognition in the trade publication Nation's Restaurant News. You can read how the sports-bar concept appeals to female consumers at Nrn.com/article/growth-chains-saul-good-restaurant-pub.

Farmers market report

■ Myka Smith-Jackson, a winner of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge sponsored by Epicurious and Michelle Obama's Let's Move! initiative, will be at Lexington Farmers Market on Saturday. She will partner with Alex Jenkins, chef at Good Foods Market and Café, to use fresh market ingredients to prepare her winning recipe for perfect curry chicken wraps. The wraps may be sampled from 9 to 11 a.m. at Fifth Third Bank Pavilion in Cheapside Park. Go to Lexingtonfarmersmarket.com.

Bluegrass Farmers' Market will have tomatoes, winter squash, eggplant, peppers, beer cheese, baked goods, soup bean mix, greens, sweet potatoes, eggs, herb seasoning, jams and pumpkins. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at 3450 Richmond Road, in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs. Go to Localharvest.org/blog/29529.

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

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