Sharon Thompson: Music, food to help injured restaurateur

swthompson@herald-leader.comJune 26, 2014 

Willie's Locally Known, 805 North Broadway, is hosting a "Musical Feast of Love for Sav" on Saturday.

Mamadou "Sav" Savané, owner of Sav's Grill & West African Cuisine, at 304 South Limestone, was injured earlier this month when boiling liquid spilled over his body, causing second-degree burns. He is out of the hospital, but can't return to work for a while, and friends are helping by having fund-raising parties.

Willie's event begins at 5 p.m. and features local and regional bands, as well as traditional African music from C the Beat; musicians from the African Fellowship at Asbury University in Wilmore; and percussionist Tripp Bratton.

Chef Ben Berry will smoke whole goats in the smoke yard at Willie's and also create some Guinean and other West African specialties to go with them.

Call (606) 233-6612 or go to Willieslex.com.

Special events

Ilumine Restaurant, 270 Montgomery Avenue in Versailles, will host the Bluegrass Mystery Theatre on Friday. The four-course dinner features medallions of beef tenderloin on baby kale salad with Vidalia onion dressing; grilled African whitefish on Persian rice with string beans; and Tuscan chicken with tomato and basil over garlic Parmesan potatoes and string beans. Call (859) 251-4103 or (859) 753-4967. Go to IlumineMe.com.

■ On the Fourth of July, Saul Good Restaurant is helping raise money for Military Missions Inc. The restaurant will offer half-price meals as an incentive to generate donations for the non-profit organization dedicated to providing care packages and support for Kentucky soldiers deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan and other locations. Hours are noon to 7 p.m. Locations are 3801 Mall Road (859) 273-4663; 1808 Alysheba Way, (859) 317-9200; and 123 North Broadway, (859) 252-4663. Go to Saulgoodpub.com or Military-missions.org.

City Barbecue, 3292 Richmond Road, will have a class on how to smoke meats 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. One of the company founders, Frank Pizzo, will present the class. Go to Citybbq.com. Call (859) 317-4430.

Reed Valley Orchard in Paris is holding its annual Blueberry Jubilee and Pancake Day from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Fresh blueberry pancakes will be served until 1:30 p.m., and activities include blueberry picking, dancers and live music. Call (859) 987-6480or go to Reedvalleyorchard.com.

Specials

Staxx BBQ, 11 Carson Place in Frankfort, is offering a Fourth of July three-day special July 3 to 5. Purchase 5 pounds of meat (pork, chicken, turkey, brisket or sausage) and receive four free quarts of sides (potato salad, cole slaw, baked beans, green beans or macaroni and cheese). Call (502) 352-2515.

Kathy's Country Kitchen, 20 Black Creek Road in Clay City, is reaping rewards from local farmers. The restaurant is serving fresh local tomatoes, corn, squash, strawberries, and watermelon. Call (606) 663-4179.

■ The specials this weekend at The Grey Goose, 170 Jefferson Street, include finnocchio pizza with roasted fennel bulb, caramelized onions, and Italian sausage, and pan-seared Arctic char with saffron rice. Call (859) 233-1500.

Farmers market report

Lexington Farmers Market has added another location to its line-up. Farmers will be at the First African Baptist Church from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursdays. The church is at Price Road and Georgetown Street. Go to Lexingtonfarmersmarket.com.

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

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