Sharon Thompson: New Lexington bakery-café specializes in gluten-free fare

swthompson@herald-leader.comMay 29, 2014 

Sharon Thompson

MARK CORNELISON | STAFF — mcornelison@herald-leader.com

Denise Walsh says her motive for opening a bakery was her son's illness.

When son Connor was diagnosed with celiac disease — an immune reaction to eating gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye — Walsh was "overwhelmed" by how to feed her child, she said.

After years of making foods that were gluten-free and researching symptoms that result from eating gluten, Walsh opened Gluten Free Miracles Bakery & Café, 145 Burt Road. It offers a number of products for people with food allergies and dietary preferences, including dairy-free and egg-free fare.

"We do custom allergy baking as well," Walsh said. "Everything we make is from scratch."

The café offers lunch specials that include soups, salads and sandwiches; pizzas are served Fridays and Saturdays.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Call (859) 278-8888 or go to Glutenfreemiracles.com.

Openings and closings

■ The beer hall is now open at National Provisions, 264 Walton Avenue, serving a beer-oriented menu that includes meat, game, fish and seasonal items. "We have around 150 beers on the list," owner Krim Boughalem said. The menu board features Kentucky rabbit ratatouille, pork burger, elk and wild boar sausages, sandwiches, daily specials, and desserts. Hours are 4 to 10 p.m. daily; lunch hours will begin next week. Call (859) 303-4763.

The bakery National Boulangerie is in the same building.

Double H BBQ, 1244 Versailles Road, has a second location in Triangle Park in downtown Lexington. The menu includes hand-rubbed and smoked pulled pork or chicken, beef brisket, wings, baby back ribs, and a variety of sides. Seating is available in the park. Call (859) 523-4227 or go to DoubleHBBQ.com.

■ Laura Wolfrom, chef/ owner at Bistro La Belle in Midway, says she is "hanging up the apron." She sold the building that was home to the market and café for the past two years. "I want to explore other opportunities," she said. "I love the food, beverage and hospitality industry, along with the various Kentucky growers and producer organizations. I hope to find something that I can do along that line in the future."

New menus

Smithtown Seafood, 501 West Sixth Street, now serves brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Chef Jonathan Sanning is using fresh seafood, and local meats and produce in the brunch menu, which changes according to farm and sea harvests. Guests order at Smithtown Seafood and then select a table in West Sixth Brewing's beer garden or taproom. The Smithtown staff delivers each freshly prepared order to the table. Call (859) 303-4100 or go to Smithtownseafood.com.

■ The June menu at Greentree Tearoom, 521 West Short Street, features light summer fare. Included are chilled cucumber soup, cherry scones, tropical chicken salad, tomato aspics, white pimento cheese tea sandwiches, Amaretto wedding cake, and strawberry mousse. Call (859) 455-9660. Go to Greentreetearoom.com.

Special events

Equus Run Vineyards, 1280 Moores Mill Road in Midway, is celebrating Kentucky's tobacco farm heritage with Cigars and Zin from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday. The evening features local tobacconist Schwab's Pipes 'n Stuff, Equus Run zinfandel from barrels and tanks, a steak dinner hot off the grill and entertainment by Heart 'n Soul. Tickets are $40. Call (859) 846-9463 or go to Equusrunvineyards.com.

Tunes in the Vines will be 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday featuring the acoustic quartet TDH4, aka Tall, Dark and Handsome.

The Beer Trappe, 811 East Euclid, is celebrating its fourth anniversary through Wednesday. The staff is tapping two to three specialty kegs each day, and a different food truck will be on site each night. Call (859) 309-0911 or go to Thebeertrappe.com.

Farmers market report

Shelley's Hand-Snapped Asparagus is open fro 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The farm stand is on Old Frankfort Pike at Hedden Road in Woodford County. Call (859) 619-4996.

Bluegrass Farmers Market has strawberries and 100 percent locally produced items. It's in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs, 3450 Richmond Road, and at Azur Restaurant, 3070 Lakecrest Circle. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Go to Bluegrassfarmersmarket.org.

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

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