Tidbits: It's a Bloody Mary contest; All-Greek to Nick Ryan's

swthompson@herald-leader.com,by sharon ThompsonAugust 21, 2014 

Saul Good's chef Jeff Mayer, right, had developed a signature Bloody Mary cocktail designed specifically to highlight the yellow heirloom tomato. Mayer has entered his Bloody Mary recipe in the Food Network's Chopped contest. Contestants from every state will enter their best Bloody Mary recipe in hopes of winning the state competition and ultimately competing in the finals in New York City in October.

Other Kentucky entrants are Robbi McGregor of Natasha's Bistro, who has created Mango Mary for the competition, and Travis Hall, whose Wild Eggs signature Bloody Mary is also in the running. You can vote at Bit.ly/1sS6YHC.

New menu

Coba Cocina, 2041 Richmond Road, is adding some new dishes to its Mexican-Latin menu. Included are: Sopes trio (fried masa cakes topped with pork al pastor, smoked brisket and ancho chicken); chile-rubbed smoked salmon; quinoa and kale salad; veal skirt steak chimichurri and mezcal-caramel flan. Call (859) 523-8484.

Events

Nick Ryan's Saloon and the Theta chapter of Kappa Alpha Order will team up for Greek Night on Wednesday. A percentage of the proceeds from the night's sales will go to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Also, $2 will be donated for every current or former Kappa Alpha member who attends. Specials include roasted leg of lamb and a Mediterranean-style fish entrée. Nick Ryan's is at 157 Jefferson Street. Call (859) 233-7900.

Holly Hill Inn, 426 North Winter Street, Midway, is having its final Tapas Tuesday of the year next week. Prices range from $5 to $12 a plate, and are sized for sharing. Bourbon cocktails, bourbon flights, craft beers and wines are available. Call (859) 846-4732.

Unlimited Spirit and Falls City Beer will hold a tasting/sampling of three types of Falls City beer from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday.

Unlimited Spirit is at 404 Southland Drive. Call (859) 309-2903.

Azur Restaurant kicks off Labor Day weekend with its 7th annual Latin pig roast. Chef Jeremy Ashby partners with Brasabana chef Miguel Rivas, a Dominican Republic native, to roast a suckling pig on Aug. 29. Cost is $40. Call (859) 296-1007 or e-mail Info@azurrestaurant.com.

The buffet menu includes chicken-stuffed empanadas with local sweet corn butter; smoked chicken and ham croquettes with key lime-honey mustard; seared shrimp with tomatoes, serrano peppers and cilantro; fried sweet plantains; Latin-style grilled corn; tres leches cake with pineapple-vanilla salsa; and ginger-caramel cheesecake with strawberry-rum compote. The party begins at 6:30 p.m. Azur is at 3070 Lakecrest Circle.

Farmers market report

Bluegrass Farmers Market has 100 percent homegrown corn, tomatoes, green beans, squash, peppers, and melons. Hours are 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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