Two restaurants in the Meadowthorpe area are shuttered.
The Meadowthorpe Café was a hot spot during the reign of Clay "Bo" Wallace, but other owners never quite captured the spirit and ambience of those early days. Two doors up, Jimmy Duggan closed Jimmy D's East Coast Café so he can devote more time to his newest venture, Duggans, 133 East Main Street in Midway. Call (859) 846-4373.
James Brown, who owns Brown's Bakery, between the two restaurants, talked about the importance of supporting local businesses. "If people would go once a week to a 'mom and pop' business, we wouldn't be losing places," he said.
A horse-race barbecue for a cause
Belmont BBQ, a fund-raiser for Moveable Feast, will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at Conoid Farm, 2492 North Cleveland Road. A wide-screen TV will be provided so people can watch the Belmont Stakes, and there will be live entertainment, including the Imperial Court of Kentucky. Tickets are $25 in advance, $35 at the door, and $45 a couple. Call (859) 252-2867 or (859) 253-3233.
Local eateries as seen on TV
The Food Network show Diners, Drive-ins and Dives will air its visit to Wallace Station Deli and Bakery at 10 p.m. June 28.
One of the Wallace Station sandwiches that host Guy Fieri sampled was the "Big Brown" burger, with ham, bacon, tomato, white cheddar sauce and Parmesan cheese. Wallace Station is at 3854 Old Frankfort Pike. Call (859) 846-5161 or go to www.wallacestation.com.
While filming in the Bluegrass, Fieri and his team also were at J.J. McBrewster's. That segment will air on Sept. 6. "We're thrilled to be aired so close to the equestrian event," owner Susan Mirkhan said, referring to the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, Sept. 25 to Oct. 10. "They ate pork, goat, mutton and turkey, and the melon sauce. They liked all the sauces, but they were impressed with the recipe for the melon sauce, which is our recipe," Mirkhan said. McBrewster's is at 3101 Clays Mill Road. Call (859) 224-0040.
Diners, Drive-ins and Dives also visited the Parkette Drive-In, but no air date has been set for that segment.
Good Ol' Days for WKU alumni
The Central Kentucky chapter of the Western Kentucky University Alumni Association is bringing Toppers on Tour to Good Ol' Days BBQ Farm at 6 p.m. Friday.
Joining WKU's new athletic director, Ross Bjork, is Willie Taggert, head football coach; Ken McDonald, head basketball coach; Chris Finwood, head baseball coach; and Mary Taylor Cowles, women's head basketball coach. Register online at www.alumni.wku.edu/toppersontour.
Good Ol' Days is at 544 Old Frankfort Pike in Midway. Call (859) 873-9520 or go to www.goodoldays.com.
■ Oliva Bella now is offering a line of prepared take-home foods including cassoulet, wheatberry salad and house-made ravioli. The Tasting Room is at 406 South Broadway. Call (859) 983-3567.
■ Winchell's Restaurant, 348 Southland Drive, is having its second annual lobster boil 4 to 10 p.m. Wednesday. The cost is $24.99 for a whole 1¼-pound lobster, with new potatoes and corn on the cob. For $29.99, clam chowder and fruit cobbler is included. Reservations are required for this event. Call (859) 278-9424.
■ The fifth annual Fort Harrod Beef Festival will be Saturday at the Mercer County Fairgrounds, 500 Lindon Avenue in Harrodsburg. Judging for the grill-off begins at 11:30 a.m., and you can sample the best barbecued beef after the final decisions are made. Go to www.fortharrodbeeffestival.org.
Farmers market report
■ The Bluegrass Farmers Market has locally grown tomatoes at the market, which is on Richmond Road in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and FastSigns. Broccoli, strawberries, lettuce, eggs, greens and honey also are available from the 26 participating farmers. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Go to www.localharvest.org/blog/29529.
■ The Woodford County Farmers Market now has longer hours. Farmers are at the Courthouse Square in Versailles from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. They're selling strawberries, peas, lettuce, and beef and pork.
■ New items at the Lexington Farmers Market are lamb and lamb sausages, Italian sausage, wood-fired pizzas with market toppings, Southern peaches and sugar-snap peas. Market locations are Cheapside on Saturday, Maxwell Street and Broadway on Tuesday and Thursday, and Southland Drive on Sunday.