Sharon Thompson: Paris' new Bour-Bon restaurant lights a fire under its food

swthompson@herald-leader.comMay 22, 2014 

Joseph Clay, who brought us great food at Amelia's Field Country Inn in Paris from 1994 to 2003, has a new place. The specialty at Bour-Bon, 616 Main Street in Paris, is cooking with fire.

Executive chef Norberto Piattoni is from Argentina and trained at gaucho cooking expert and author Francis Mallmann's El Garzón in Uruguay. Sous chefs Pia Morosini and Cristian Menéndez also trained under Mallmann.

"We offer a farm-to-table dining experience, make all our bread in-house, feature many Parisian and Italian influences in both our cuisine and décor, cook our vegetables in hot coals, and specialize in wood-oven pizzas," marketing director Journey McAndrews said.

Menu items include a half chicken à la parrilla (grilled) with roasted vegetables and criolla sauce, a classic Argentine sauce made with red and green bell peppers, red onions, wine vinegar and olive oil; wood-oven spinach and mushroom cannelloni with tomato sauce and asiago; Wagyu beef ribs à la parrilla with chimichurri and potato salad; and rib-eye steak à la parrilla with mushroom, fingerling potatoes and chimichurri. Desserts include dulce de leche pôt de crème with coffee ice-cream.

The restaurant's craft cocktail bar, designed by Hawthorn Beverage Group in Louisville, is similar to its farm-to-table concept in that many ingredients are locally sourced, and syrups are made in-house.

Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Call (859) 987-1662.

Memorial Day holiday events

Monday is Memorial Day.

Staxx BBQ, 11 Carson Place in Frankfort, is offering a holiday special through Sunday. Buy 5 pounds of bar becued pork, chicken, turkey or sausage, and receive 4 quarts of sides free (cole slaw, potato salad, baked beans, green beans, and macaroni and cheese). The restaurant will be closed Memorial Day.

On May 30, the restaurant will celebrate its third anniversary with several specials. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., buy any sandwich combo (sandwich, side and drink) and receive a free combo of equal or lesser value; from 2 to 5 p.m., purchase a pound of pork and receive a pound of pork free; and from 5 to 9 p.m., buy two racks of ribs and receive a free rack of ribs. Call (502) 352-2515 or go to Staxxbbq.com.

Brasabana, 841 Lane Allen Road, will have a family-style meal benefitting the Wounded Warriors Project. From 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, the restaurant will offer a special menu of shared dishes that includes pit-roasted pork, jalapeño-pesto potato salad, chicken-chorizo paella and chile-infused vegetables. The cost is $20.95 for adults, half-price for ages 8 to 13, free for children younger than 8. Patio seating, sponsored by Springhouse Gardens, will be open. Call (859) 303-5573 or go to Brasabana.com.

Specials

■ Friday's and Saturday's specials at The Julep Cup, 111 Woodland Avenue, are Bourbon County Berkshire glazed picnic ham with house-baked beans and potato salad; Verlasso salmon tossed with linguini in sun-dried tomato cream; and golden tile fish atop roasted spaghetti squash and house-made bacon jam. Call (859) 226-0300.

Bakery Blessings & Bookstore @ the Bar, 1999 Harrodsburg Road, is accepting orders for high school graduation cakes. The deadline is June 4. Call (859) 554-6044. The bakery will close at 2 p.m. June 6 to celebrate the graduation of owner Jan Sullivan's niece.

Announcements

The Weekly Juicery, 436 Old Vine Street, has opened a location in Louisville, at 112 Bauer Avenue. Founded by Kimmye Bohannon in October 2011, The Weekly Juicery provides freshly juiced vegetables in two forms: the delivery program and through the retail juice bars.

The company buys produce from Growing Warriors, a partner of the Kentucky Proud Homegrown by Heroes program, and other local farmers. Call (859) 368-8000 or go to Theweeklyjuicery.com.

Farmers market report

Bluegrass Farmers' Market, whose offerings are 100 percent homegrown/produced, is open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs, 3450 Richmond Road, and at Azur Restaurant, 3070 Lakecrest Circle. Go to Bluegrassfarmersmarket.org.

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

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