Sharon Thompson: New restaurant in Versailles emphasizes gluten-free meals

swthompson@herald-leader.comSeptember 12, 2013 

If you suffer from a gluten allergy, a new restaurant in Versailles might be for you. Illumine serves an international menu, with several Persian items, but the main focus is gluten-free dishes.

The menu at the restaurant, 270 Montgomery Avenue in Versailles, features moussaka, meatloaf, apricot chicken, barbecue brisket, ribs, and roast beef. Items that do contain gluten, such as Mexican chocolate cake with ganache, are clearly marked.

Pamela O'Malley, who has managed The Montgomery Inn bed and breakfast for the past six years, is the chef. Hours are 5 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Call (859) 753-4967.

Special events

Holly Hill Inn, 426 North Winter Street in Midway, will have a winemaker dinner Wednesday, featuring wines from Hirsch Vineyards in California.

The guest winemaker is Jasmine Hirsch, who was named one of Wine Enthusiast magazine's "40 Under 40 America's Tastemakers." Hirsch's father, David, founded the Sonoma Coast vineyards in 1980 to grow the grapes that create wines characteristic of the region's climate and geography.

Hirsch will pour chardonnay and three pinot noirs paired with a four-course menu. The cost is $65. Call (859) 846-4732 or go to

On Sunday, Holly Hill teams with Heaven Hill Distillery ambassador Bernie Lubbers for a bourbon and barbecue event at Happy Jack's Pumpkin Farm, 966 Hickman Hill Road in Frankfort. The event begins at 4 p.m., and the cost is $25.

Old Chicago Pizza, 1924 Pavilion Way, in Hamburg, is celebrating Oktoberfest through Sept. 29. The Oktoberfest mini tour features German-inspired beers and new menu items, including Mike Ditka's sausage stromboli and sausage sliders. Call (859) 977-4640 or go to

■ The South Limestone Association of Merchants will offer specials this weekend for football fans when the University of Kentucky Wildcats play the University of Louisville Cardinals at Commonwealth Stadium.

Pazzo's Pizza Pub, 385 South Limestone, will offer $1 off all local draft beers on Friday and Saturday.

Two Keys Tavern, 333 South Limestone, will have entertainment by C2 Band on Friday, with no cover charge.

Goodfellas Pizza, 333 South Limestone, has a lunch special that includes a slice of pizza, a drink and a side item for $6.

Sav's Grill, 304 South Limestone, will offer guests 10 percent off food orders, and 5 percent discount on ice cream.

The Local Taco, 315 South Limestone, will have $10 buckets of domestic beer and $15 margarita pitchers.

Kentucky Wildcat Den will have a tent Friday at Two Keys, handing out free pompoms and selling UK apparel.

■ The Makenna Foundation's annual fundraiser will be Friday at Equus Run Vineyards, 1280 Moores Mill Road in Midway. The Jimmy Church band will entertain, and the dinner will be catered by DeRae and Friends. Gates open at 4 p.m. There will be a wine tasting 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., the buffet opens at 5:30 p.m., and the concert begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35.

On Sunday, Lauren Mink will entertain at Tunes in the Vines. Italian sandwiches will be available from Mia Nonni food truck. Call (859) 846-9463 or go to

Farmers market report

Bluegrass Farmers Market will have corn, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, green beans, potatoes, peppers, eggplant, melons, lamb, goat, chicken, beef, pork, baked goods, herb seasoning, jams, wine, eggs, cut flowers, and homemade soap. Go to

Winchester/Clark County Farmers Market is holding a Harvest Festival on Saturday. Kentucky Proud products will be on the lunch menu including All Star Barbecue & Hotdogs, Reese's pepper relish, beef jerky, fresh baked breads, granola, and canned pickles. Produce includes pumpkins, cushaw, beans, tomatoes, squash, and peppers. Kentucky Cottage Industry craftsmen will have hand-dyed wool, knitted items, and jewelry. The market is on Depot Street and open from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.

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

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