Natasha's Bistro & Bar, 112 Esplanade, has hired Alex Jenkins as executive chef to develop and implement a new culinary philosophy.
Jenkins was classically trained at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I., and Cork Regional Technical College in Cork City, Ireland.
"The changes currently being rolled out place a much increased emphasis on culinary appeal, timely delivery of food to the table, and a palette of new, authentic and robust flavors," owner Gene Williams said.
New menu offerings include fresh seafood, frequent specials, healthier meats and more tapas-style small plates. Fresh seafood will be served every weekend, and world cuisine specials will be featured Thursday nights.
Call (859) 259-2754 or go to Beetnik.com.
■ Nick Ryan's Saloon, 157 Jefferson Street, will donate 20 percent of Monday's lunch and dinner proceeds to the Friends of The Kentucky Theatre campaign for to renovate the historic downtown movie house. A reception and art exhibit will be 4 to 6 p.m. The cost is $25, and 20 percent of art sales will be donated to the campaign to help cover the cost of new seats for the theater. Local artists participating are Ann Nave Bass, Sue Wilmes, Norene Mara, Deborah Westerfield and Marcia Cone. Call (859) 233-7900 or go to Nickryans.com or Kentuckytheatrefriends.org.
■ Sunday's musical brunch at Willie's Locally Known, 805 North Broadway, will feature Ralph Curtis, who presents "the gospel side of Johnny Cash." Homemade menu items include a fried green tomato BLT, fried chicken biscuit, bacon and eggs, and fried egg biscuit. Brunch is served noon to 3 p.m. Call (859) 281-1116. or go to Willieslex.com.
■ Jonathan at Gratz Park, 120 West Second Street, will have a pig roast at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Call (859) 252-4949 or go to Jagp.info.
■ Ouita Michel, chef/owner of Holly Hill Inn, continues her summer dinner series with an "ultra local" menu and garden tour. On Friday and Saturday, a three-course menu and tasting menu are available, priced $35 to $65. On Saturday, guests may drop by the garden for complimentary hors d'oeuvres, a glass of sangria, and a tour of the vegetable patch. Holly Hill Inn is at 426 North Winter Street in Midway. Go to Hollyhillinn.com.
■ The August menu at Greentree Tearoom features items from the farmers market. Included are chilled cantaloupe soup, asiago scone, baked pear with bleu cheese entrée salad, poppyseed egg salad, and ginger chocolate truffles. The tearoom is at 521 West Short Street. Call (859) 455-9660 or go to Greentreetearoom.com.
■ The Julep Cup, 111 Woodland Avenue, in The Woodlands, has a new menu. Items include baby back lamb rack with bourbon-peach glaze, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale-braised pork cheeks, artisan gnocci with roasted shiitake mushrooms, and summer corn and pea ravioli. Call (859) 226-0300 or go to Thejulepcup.com.
■ Addie's Restaurant at The Woodford Inn, 140 Park Street in Versailles, has a new mid-summer menu. Featured are margherita chicken and pork chop with Vidalia onion gravy. A special tasting will be 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Call (859) 873-5600 or go to Thewoodfordinn.com.
■ Casanova Italian Restaurant, 855 South Broadway, in the old Coach House spot, will close Wednesday. "We are planning to move Casanova to another location," chef/owner Leo Capezzuto said. He is looking for a smaller spot with a patio. "Downtown will be our target, but other locations could be an alternative," he said. He will update the restaurant's status on Facebook and Casanovaky.com. Casanova will offer its Beyond Grits: Lexington Restaurant Week specials through Wednesday.
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■ Bluegrass Farmers' Market will have corn, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, green beans, potatoes, melons, lamb, goat, chicken, beef, pork, baked goods, herb seasoning, pimento and beer cheese, jams and eggs this weekend. Go to Bluegrassfarmersmarket.org.
■ Winchester/Clark County Farmers Market is open on Depot Street from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. Items include corn, beans, cabbage, tomatoes, cucumbers, squash and onions. The Gourmet 2 You food truck will have breakfast items.
Sharon Thompson: (859) 231-3321. Twitter: @FlavorsofKY. Blog: Flavorsofkentucky.bloginky.com.