Jimmy Duggan, owner of Jimmy D's East Coast Café in Lexington, recently bought the former Black Tulip space at 133 Main Street in Midway.
When his restaurant opens in September, it will have the same décor but a new menu and chef.
Duggan can't decide what to call his new place, so he's asking for help. The person who comes up with the most creative name that suits the restaurant will receive a complimentary dinner for four.
The restaurant will serve "simple tasteful food, made with local, seasonal ingredients," Duggan said. The executive chef is Beau Endicott, former executive chef for Dupree Catering and head of research and development for Entrée Vous franchising.
E-mail name ideas to email@example.com or mail to P.O. Box 3549, Midway, Ky. 40347. Call (859) 846-4373.
Indonesian treats for Independence Day
Orchid Flower Restaurant, 3090 Old Todds Road, is celebrating Indonesia's Independence Day on Saturday and Sunday.
Owner Wiwi Harison recently received an e-mail message from the Indonesian embassy "to thank me for opening an Indonesian restaurant in Kentucky, because there was none," Harison said. "I cook and bake every single dish I serve from scratch."
Special dishes for the celebration include tumpeng, yellow rice cooked with coconut milk and turmeric; ayam goreng kuning, fried chicken; empal, beef cooked in coconut milk with coriander; and telur rendang, spicy egg cooked in red curry.
Call (859) 543-1126 or go to www.orchidflowerrestaurant.com.
Drink your way from 1999 to 2005
Chrisman Mill Vineyard and Winery, 2385 Chrisman Mill Road in Nicholasville, will have a winemaker's dinner at 7 p.m. Saturday. The five-course meal will feature a vertical cabernet sauvignon tasting of years 1999 through 2005. The cost is $79.99. Call (859) 881-5007 or go to www.chrismanmill.com.
Melting Pot lauded for wine list
The Melting Pot in Lexington has won the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for 2009. The restaurant's wine list features wines from around the world.
The Lexington Melting Pot, owned by Jerod and Lori Hagen and part of a national chain of 142 restaurants, opened in June 2008. It is at 152 West Tiverton Way.
"I am so pleased that the Wine Spectator places our wine list in high regard along with all the other Lexington restaurants they respect," Jerod Hagen said. "My staff and I work very hard to ensure we have wines from all over the world, that the varietals are diversified, and that the wines are affordable."
The restaurant offers more than 225 fine wines. Call (859) 254-6358.
The five other Lexington restaurants with Wine Spectator Awards of Excellence are Dudley's, Malone's, Portofino, Sal's Chophouse and Summit.
Try it, you might like it
Abbondanza, purveyor of Oliva Bella extra-virgin olive oils from Italy, has added a Cuban coffee beverage to its offerings.
"This authentic coffee recipe originates from the Cuban kitchen of Marta Miranda's abuelita," Abbondanza co-owner Lea Ann Vessels said, using the Spanish word for grandmother. "It is a typical Cuban drink made by boiling strong coffee, various milks and brown sugar with the intent to entice young Cuban children out of bed each morning."
You can sample the product at the Lexington Farmers Market on Saturday or at the Oliva Bella shop, 406 South Broadway, which is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Call (859) 983-3567 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
From pot to plate
Winchell's, 348 Southland Drive, is having a lobster boil from 4 to 10 p.m. Wednesday. The menu features whole lobster, buttered potatoes, corn on the cob, New England clam chowder, and peach and berry cobbler. Call (859) 278-9424 or go to www.winchellsrestaurant.com.
5 courses, all with tomatoes
The Julep Cup, 111 Woodland Avenue, is offering a five-course summer tomato- tasting dinner Friday and Saturday. The menu features tomato and horseradish consomme, sliced tomato and shaved fennel salad, red snapper with tomato confit, Barolo wine-poached beef tenderloin with stewed tomato and blue cheese potato terrine, and green tomato and apple pie with aged Cheddar. The cost is $55. Call (859) 226-0300 or go to www.thejulepcup.com.
Mediterranean meal deal
Ahmet Kunt, chef/owner of Istanbul Palace Turkish Restaurant, is offering a stimulus meal deal that includes one appetizer and two entrees for $14.95. It is available Monday through Thursday. The restaurant is at 393 Waller Avenue. Call (859) 231-1792.
Back-to-school bread specials
Great Harvest Bread Co. is celebrating back-to-school time with a teacher's special: $1 off cinnamon-chip bread. On Friday and Saturday, the special is a freshly baked pretzel and soda for $3.49. The bread variety Wednesday and Friday is apple scrapple. The bakery has stores at Palomar Centre, (859) 223-7603, and Idle Hour Shopping Center, (859) 266-2915.
Farmers market update
■ On Saturday, the Bluegrass Farmers Market will have corn, tomatoes, green beans, squash, berries, potatoes, onions, herbs, eggs, Amish cheese and antibiotic-free, steroid-free and hormone-free beef. The market is at 3450 Richmond Road in the parking lot of Fast Signs and Pedal the Planet. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Go to www.localharvest.org/blog/29529.
■ Honest Farm Market in Midway is accepting orders for canning tomatoes, peaches and corn by the bushel. Call (859) 533-6976 or e-mail email@example.com.