Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort is opening a café, The Firehouse Sandwich Stop, and expanding its tours to seven days a week.
The sandwich shop is in a former firehouse on the grounds of the distillery, 113 Great Buffalo Trace. The firehouse was built in 1951 to protect the highly flammable bourbon barrels in the warehouses. The décor features displays of the original fire coats and boots worn by the employees, and the distillery's 1964 Ford fire truck.
The menu includes barbecue, soups, salads, and sandwiches provided by Staxx BBQ. Hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call (502) 783-5673 or go to Buffalotracedistillery.com.
New menus, specials
■ Azur Restaurant & Patio, 3070 Lakecrest Circle in Beaumont Centre, is introducing authentic Italian pizza to its menu.
"We have been practicing a true Vera pizza Napoletana over the course of the winter to release this year on our patio," chef/owner Jeremy Ashby said. "We have a small wood-fired pizza oven and are following the rules of the Italian DOC (denominazione di origine controllata, or controlled denomination of origin) with Caputo 00 flour and slow overnight cold fermentation."
Call (859) 296-1007 or go to Azurrestaurant.com.
■ The April menu at Greentree Tearoom, 521 West Short Street, includes spring vegetable soup, blueberry scones, asparagus crepes, tea sandwiches and lemon cupcakes. Luncheon tea is served at noon Wednesday through Saturday. Call (859) 455-9660 or go to Greentreetearoom.com.
■ Gator sausage po' boys are back at Red State BBQ, but just until the 70 pounds of gator sausage from T-Mike and Kliebert Alligator Farm in Louisiana runs out. Red State is at 4020 Georgetown Road. Call (859) 233-7898 or go to Redstatebbq.com.
■ Wagon Bones BBQ, 591 West Short Street, now serves barbecue at the concessions at the Lexington Legends' Whitaker Bank Ballpark. Call (859) 523-2400.
■ The Local Taco, 315 South Limestone, is offering a brunch menu from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Taco specials include ham and Cheddar featuring Browning's country ham and white Cheddar cheese, and eggs, smoked brisket, red chile sauce and pickled onions. Call (859) 523-3700 or go to Thelocaltaco.com.
■ Ruth Hunt Candies, 213 Walton Avenue, is offering a series of Second Sunday tastings and events. Samplings of Ale-8-One salsa, barbecue sauce, drinks and suckers will be available from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Call (859) 268-1559 or go to Ruthhuntcandy.com.
■ The Bleu Plate Tours are back for the season. The walking food tours are offered at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturdays. Sunday tours will return in May. By touring the city on foot, you'll visit tucked-away restaurants and establishments that you just don't see driving by, and take in a few history lessons. Go to Bleuplatetours.com.
■ Ramsey's Diner, 496 East High Street, is offering a Tax Day special this weekend and Monday: lamb fries with choice of three vegetables for $10.40. Call (859) 259-2708. Patios are open at all Ramsey's locations. Go to Ramseysdiners.com.
■ Thai Orchid Café, 1030 South Broadway, is observing the Thai New Year from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday with a Songkran noodle festival.
"We are celebrating with a delicious menu of our favorite noodle dishes," chef/owner Toa Green said. "The long length of noodles represents our wish for your prosperity, longevity and good luck."
Specials include somen noodles topped with pineapple, Thai beef and meatball noodle soup, and garlic noodles and veggies. Call (859) 288-2170 or go to Thaiorchidcafe.net.
■ Wine + Market, 486 West Second Street, will offer a cheese class at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Cheeses from France will be sampled. The April beer tasting will be 5 to 7:30 p.m. April 24, and the monthly wine tasting will be at 6 p.m. April 29. Classes are $12. Call (859) 225-0755 or go to Wineandmarket.com.
Farmers market reports
■ Bluegrass Farmers Market opens Saturday with spring greens, lettuce, lamb, goat meat, honey, jams, jellies, baked goods, herb seasoning and homemade soaps. It's at 3450 Richmond Road in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
■ Lexington Farmers Market will celebrate its 38th season when it opens this weekend. Hours are 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays in Cheapside Park, next to the old Fayette County Courthouse. Free parking is in the Financial Center garage. The Southland Drive market is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays. Go to Lexingtonfarmersmarket.com.
Sharon Thompson: (859) 231-3321. Twitter: @FlavorsofKY. Blog: Flavorsofkentucky.bloginky.com.