The celebrity guest at this year's Kentucky Proud Incredible Food Show in October will appeal to down-to-earth cooks.
Ree Drummond, star of Food Network's The Pioneer Woman, will present two cooking shows Oct. 11 at Rupp Arena. Long before her TV debut, Drummond was well-known for her blog, Thepioneerwoman.com, which attracts more than 20 million page views a month.
Cooking demonstrations, specialty food companies and restaurants will participate in the event at Lexington Center. Call (859) 233-4567 or go to Incrediblefoodshow.com.
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After church on Easter, which is April 20, many families gather at a favorite restaurant for a holiday meal. Here are places with special menus.
■ Azur and Brasabana restaurants plan Easter brunch specials from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. At Azur, chef Jeremy Ashby will serve lobster crêpes, fried oysters with bacon-praline crumble, and arugula salad with strawberries and duck confit. At Brasabana, chef Miguel Rivas' menu includes huevos rancheros skillet with chorizo, scallions and tomatoes served with a Cuban saffron biscuit.
■ Hours at The Bistro, 502 North Main Street, Nicholasville, are noon to 8 p.m. The menu includes rosemary roasted leg of lamb, brown sugar glazed ham, salmon with tomato dill beurre blanc, and roasted New York strip steak. Call (859) 221-3925.
■ The Julep Cup, 111 Woodland Avenue, is open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The brunch menu, $30, includes chef- prepared omelets, made-to-order pancakes and waffles, chicken and mushroom crepes, shrimp and grits, and a variety of salads. Call (859) 226-0300.
■ Portofino and Serafini restaurants will be open special hours. Hours at Portofino, 249 East Main Street, are 11a.m. to 9 p.m., while Serafini, 243 West Broadway in Frankfort, will be open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Both will feature spring specials and the entire dinner menus. For reservations at Portofino, call (859) 253-9300, or go to Portofinolexington.com; for Serafini, call (502) 875-5599 or go to Serafinifrankfort.com.
Fresh-baked Easter goodies
■ Great Harvest Bread, 3735 Palomar Centre Drive and 2121 Richmond Road, is making honey bunny breads plus ambrosia bread which is made with puréed oranges and lemons. Also available are hot cross buns and decorated Easter cookies. Call (859) 223-7603.
■ European Delights Gourmet Bakery, 221 East Brannon Road, Nicholasville, is baking mango mousse cake, Easter bread, mini white egg cakes, mini choco-egg cakes, and hot cross buns. Call (859) 271-7000 or go to Europeandelightsbakery.com.
■ Bakery Blessings & Bookstore @ the Bar, 1999 Harrodsburg Road, offers hot cross buns and candy eggs. Soups for April are sweet pea and hardy chicken noodle. Call (859) 554-6044.
■ Reconstruction of a bridge on Grimes Mill Road that hindered traffic to Grimes Mill Winery is now complete. The winery, 6707 Grimes Mill Road, is celebrating with a Spring Across the Bridge event from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday. Music, from 3 to 5 p.m., will be by fiddler Ron Penn and banjoist Tanner Jones. Call (859) 549-9691.
■ Wallace Station, 3854 Old Frankfort Pike, Versailles, is celebrating spring with longer hours, plus live music on Saturdays. Hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Shades of Grass will entertain Saturday; proceeds will go to Old Friends Equine. Call (859) 846-5161 or go to Wallacestation.com.
New hours, menus
■ County Club, 555 Jefferson Street, now is open for lunch on Fridays and Saturdays. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The menu includes smoked garlic pimento cheese and house-made pastrami sandwiches, smoked tofu and smoked chicken salad. Call (859) 389-6555 or go to Countyclubrestaurant.com.
■ The April menu at Greentree Tearoom features: spring vegetable soup; blueberry scone with blueberry curd; luncheon hot Brown; chicken salad, cucumber with Parmesan, and olive nut tea sandwiches; strawberry panna cotta; lemon cupcakes; and chocolate truffles. The tearoom is at 521 West Short Street. Call (859) 455-9660 or go to Greentreetearoom.com.
■ Natasha's Bistro, 112 Esplanade, now is delivering box lunches. Included are Mediterranean wrap; chicken salad, ham and Swiss cheese, tuna melt, and sub and club sandwiches; and a la carte salads. Call (859) 259-2754 or go to Beetnik.com.
Farmers market report
■ Bluegrass Farmers' Market will open its 2014 season Saturday. Producers will have spring vegetables, baked goods, meats, eggs, herb seasoning, and cheese. The market is open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs, 3450 Richmond Road. Go to Bluegrassfarmersmarket.org.
■ Lexington Farmers Market opens at 7 a.m. Saturday at Cheapside Park, and 10 a.m. Sunday on Southland Drive. Go to Lexingtonfarmersmarket.com.