Tidbits: Restaurant Week is winding down, cooking classes gearing up

swthompson@herald-leader.com,by sharon ThompsonJuly 31, 2014 

Sharon Thompson

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

You have only two more days to enjoy $25 dinners and support our best local restaurants. Lexington Restaurant Week ends Saturday, so go to Lexrestaurants.com and pick a place you haven't tried before.

Just in time for Lexington Restaurant Week, Clawdaddy's began serving premium spirits and cocktails, and adding Italian gelato to its lineup. Clawdaddy's gelato flavors are available by the scoop or as a whoopie pie sandwich and include bourbon-vanilla and blueberry-cheesecake, which are made in Louisville with milk from a Russellville dairy. The store, at 128 North Broadway, also serves freshly baked gluten-free rolls, and you can order live lobsters from Clawdaddy's dock in Maine to be delivered overnight. Call (859) 258-2529 or go to Clawdaddys.net.

Events

Oliva Bella products will be available for tasting at 10 a.m. Saturday at Wine + Market, 486 West Second Street, at the corner of Jefferson Street. Call (859) 225-0755. Oliva Bella, 400 Old Vine Street, is an importer of Italian extra virgin olive oils, balsamic vinegar and seasonal, artisanal food products. Call (859) 983-3567 or go to Olivabella.com.

■ The Club at Spindletop Hall and Stuarto's Olive Oil are having a brunch-themed cooking class from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 13. Cost is $41. Call (859) 263-0088. Menu includes salmon crepes, vanilla French toast with blueberry cane sugar, Tuscan sheered eggs, and blood orange and lemon oil cannoli. Classes are taught by Ed Valente, Timothy Wood, and Stuart Utgaard. Spindletop is at 3414 Iron Works Pike.

■ Cooking instructor Phil Dunn will take his class to Lexington Farmers Market at 8 a.m. Saturday. "We will meet at my kitchen and go to the downtown farmers market to pick up ingredients for our lunch. A stop at Sunrise Bakery is added, and then back to the kitchen for a morning full of fabulous cooking. The menu will depend on our fresh finds at the market," Dunn said. Cost is $50.

Dunn's other classes are available by calling (859) 533-3553 or emailing Phildunn1948@gmail.com. Classes are held at Architectural Kitchens & Baths, 345 Lafayette Avenue.

Farmers market report

Bluegrass Farmers' Market has corn, tomatoes, green beans, squash, peppers, and melons. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday 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.

Montgomery County Farmers Market is open at 7 a.m. Wednesday and Saturday in the Montgomery Square Shopping Center in front of Big Lots, 1342 Indian Mound Drive, Mount Sterling.

National Farmers' Market Week is Sunday through Aug. 9. There are more than 155 farmers' markets in Kentucky that offer a vast array of fruits and vegetables along with cheese, eggs, meats, honey, fresh flowers, and crafts. Go to Kyagr.com/marketing/farmers-market.html.

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

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