Sharon Thompson's Tidbits: New Palmers Fresh Grill is on the water's edge

swthompson@herald-leader.com,by sharon ThompsonApril 25, 2013 

Sharon Thompson

MARK CORNELISON | STAFF

It's patio season in the Bluegrass. You might want to check out the new one that's lakeside at Palmers Fresh Grill and Wine Bar, occupying the former Regatta Seafood Grille space at The Mall at Lexington Green.

Owned by Lori and Darrell Lewis, the restaurant focuses on local foods, and the menu includes slow-roasted chicken piccata, Thai chicken pasta, a turkey burger, grilled ahi tuna steak, and bourbon and salted caramel bread pudding.

Palmers is on the lower, lakeside level of The Mall at Lexington Green, at 161 Lexington Green Circle. Call (859) 273-0103 or go to Palmersfreshgrill.com.

New menus

■ Windy Corner Market, 4595 Bryan Station Road, now serves beef from Colcord Farms BlueGrass Finished Beef in Bourbon County and Wholesome Living Farm in Clark County. BlueGrass provides rib-eye steak from black Angus steers, and the roast beef comes from Wholesome Living.

The children's menu at Windy Corner has been certified by the Better Bites program, a project of the Tweens Nutrition and Fitness Coalition. The Better Bites certification program for restaurants helps kids and their parents choose delicious, healthy items easily. The restaurant has added whole-grain tortillas for its grilled cheese and adjusted portion sizes, in addition to its lineup of fruit, vegetables and a grain salad. Call (859) 294-9338 or go to Windycornermarket.com.

■ Recipes from historic Williamsburg, Va., are the inspiration for the spring and summer menus at Holly Hill Inn. Included are peanut soup, which dates to the colonial era; salmon collops (collop is an 18th-century cooking term meaning a thin slice of meat); pork tenderloin roulade; and Old Louisville rolled oysters. Holly Hill Inn is at 426 North Winter Street, Midway. Call (859) 846-4732 or go to Hollyhillinn.com.

Also, the Holly Hill Inn 1785 Bourbon Society will explain Saturday how to create the perfect mint julep. Guests also will learn how to mix a version of the Woodford Reserve $1,000 Mint Julep. Seatings are at 6 and 7 p.m. at the inn. The cost is $35.

Special events

■ Tim Farmer, host of Kentucky Educational Television's Kentucky Afield and Tim Farmer's Country Kitchen, will demonstrate how to cook morel mushrooms at the Mountain Mushroom Festival at 11 a.m. Saturday in Irvine. The festival is downtown and features a mushroom market and arts and crafts. Go to Mountainmushroomfestival.org.

■ Oliva Bella's Olio Rustico from Sicily (2012 harvest) was awarded a gold medal at the New York International Olive Oil Competition on April 18 in Manhattan. More than 700 extra virgin olive oils were entered from 22 countries. You may taste Olio Rustico from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Oliva Bella's tasting room, 400 Old Vine Street. Call (859) 983-3567 or go to Olivabella.com.

Specials

■ Once a year, the Kwanzan flowering cherry trees "snow" a pink carpet of petals on the patio at Doodles Breakfast and Lunch. To celebrate, Doodles is serving pink Champagne brunch specials from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Doodles is at 262 North Limestone. Call (859) 317-8507 or go to Doodlesrestaurant.com.

■ Weekend specials at The Grey Goose, 170 Jefferson Street, include grilled salmon with baked polenta and smoked gouda pizza. Call (859) 233-1500.

Farmers market reports

■ Bluegrass Farmers Market will have spring greens, asparagus, lettuce, cucumbers, baked goods, jams, herb seasoning, lamb, goat, veal, beef, pork, eggs and soaps. It's open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 3450 Richmond Road, in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs. Go to Bluegrassfarmersmarket.org.

■ Magic Beans Coffee Roasters will introduce "custom-brewed" drip coffee at its new coffee bar at Lexington Farmers Market on Saturday. Customers may choose from any of Magic Beans' fresh-roasted offerings. During the 3 minutes or so it takes to make a cup, brewmaster Keith Hautala will offer tips on how to brew a better cup of coffee at home.

Market 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.

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