Sharon Thompson: New Gara's Kabobs & More features Iraqi specialties

swthompson@herald-leader.comDecember 5, 2013 

Sharon Thompson

MARK CORNELISON | STAFF

Nawal and Rahman Gara opened a Middle Eastern restaurant, Gara's Kabobs & More, last month at 565 East New Circle Road. Rahman Gara came to Lexington some 11 years ago with the dream of owning an Iraqi restaurant. Gara's menu features traditional Iraqi meals, including homemade dolmas, a rice kibbeh or patty called kubat haleb, hummus and falafel. Call (859) 299-4272 or go to Garaskabobs.com.

Special events

■ Nat Yuttayong, right, chef/owner of Nat's Thai Restaurant, is partnering with the Bluegrass Fililpino- American Association for an event to aid the victims of typhoon Haiyan, which struck the Philippines last month. The event will be 6 to 11 p.m. Friday at McCarthy's Irish Bar, 117 South Upper Street. There will be food and entertainment. Donations may be made to BFAAI/Red Cross, c/o Ellis Purwanto, treasurer, Memo Typhoon Haiyan, P.O. Box 23461, Lexington, Ky. 40524.

■ Kentucky outdoorsman and cookbook author Tim Farmer will be a special guest at the Bluebird restaurant in Stanford on Saturday. Farmer is host of Kentucky Afield and Tim Farmer's Country Kitchen. Several of Farmer's recipes will be served, including venison chili with corn bread and venison cheeseburgers. Bluebird is at 202 West Main Street. Call (606) 365-1010 or go to Bluebirdnatural.com.

West Sixth Brewing Co.'s monthly "Sixth for a Cause" will benefit the Lexington Fraternal Order of Firefighters' toy program. The event is 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the brewery, 501 West Sixth Street. Call (859) 951-6006 or go to Westsixth.com. West Sixth will donate 6 percent of sales for the day to the toy program, and patrons may make monetary donations or bring new toys to place under the Christmas tree.

Bakery Blessings & Bookstore @ the Bar, 1999 Harrodsburg Road, is celebrating its second anniversary this month. Chef/owner Jan Sullivan is accepting order for pies and cakes for Christmas dinners and parties. Call (859) 554-6044.

Windy Corner Market, 4595 Bryan Station Road, will have its fourth annual Market Holiday Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The restaurant will be stocked with foods, candies, baked goods, Pomegranate linens, gift baskets, and crafts for your holiday gift giving. Call (859) 294-9338 or go to Windycornermarket.com.

Sunflower Sundries Farm will have its 22nd holiday open house Saturday and Sunday. The farm kitchen will serve homemade soup and corn bread. Samples of cheese, ham and desserts, prepared with Sunflower Sundries jams, mustards and pickles will be available. The farm's Hickory King corn is sold as corn meal or grits in pre-ground 1-pound bags, or you can hand-grind your own. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The farm is at 434 Dividing Ridge Road, Mount Olivet. Call (606) 763-6827.

Old Chicago Pizza, 1924 Pavilion Way, is having a winter mini tour featuring seasonal beers, including a few selections that are exclusive to Old Chicago, through Dec. 29. Call (859) 977-4640 or go to Oldchicago.com.

■ The Greek Orthodox Church, 920 Tates Creek Road, will have its annual holiday pastry sale from noon to 7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Items include kolokithopita, pumpkin custard wrapped in phyllo; baklava; kataife, shredded phyllo in honey syrup; kourambiethes, almond butter cookies; and Greek sweet bread.

Holly Hill Inn, 426 North Winter Street, Midway, is celebrating the Christmas season with holiday luncheons. Midway School Bakery has created a special dessert menu. The cost of the three-course prix-fixe luncheon is $18. Hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily through Dec. 23 (closed Dec. 9) and Dec. 26-29. Call (859) 846-4732.

Farmers market report

Lexington Farmers' Market is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays in Cheapside Park. Available are holiday wreaths and greenery, homemade breads and jams, salsas, coffee, eggs, meats, potatoes, onions, winter squash, spinach, kale, dried beans and cornmeal. Go to Lexingtonfarmersmarket.com.

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

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