Kat and Suda Veerasethakul, owners of Thai Orchid Café, have a garden full of fresh basil, and the chef, their daughter Toa, is cooking some great dishes using the herb, including basil and chili with ground beef, basil and chili with flank steak, basil fried rice with chicken, and basil noodles with chicken.
“Our sweet basil enhances all these spicy dishes with its aromatic flavor,” Toa Veerasethakul said.
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The restaurant, at 1030 South Broadway, will be closed beginning Thursday and will reopen July 28. Toa Veerasethakul is getting married this month to Mike Green. Call (859) 288-2170 or go to www.thaiorchidcafe.net.
Jack & Maddy's is no more
Jack & Maddy's, 821 Chevy Chase Place, closed its doors June 17. “It's very disappointing because we really tried,” co-owner Lisa Zwick said.
Fresh from the farm to Dudley's
Every Wednesday in July and August, Jonathan Gossett, chef at Dudley's, will prepare menu items with fresh produce and meats from the Lexington Farmers Market. Dudley's is at 380 South Mill Street. Call (859) 252-1010 or go to www.dudleysrestaurant.com.
Honest Farm Market moves in Midway
Honest Farm Market, 208 Dudley Street in Midway, is moving into the former Depot restaurant on Main Street in Midway. The store will open in the new spot at 10 a.m. Thursday. Call (859) 846-4155 or go to www.honestfarm.org.
Wineries compete and win
Kentucky wineries earned gold medals at the Indy International Wine Competition last month in Indianapolis.
Wight-Meyer Vineyard and Winery of Shepherdsville won two of the four concordance gold medals. The winery was honored in American blush/rosé category for its Kentucky rosé and in white American varietal for its diamond wine.
The other concordance golds went to Equus Run Vineyards of Midway for its cabernet sauvignon and Jean Farris Winery of Lexington for its Tempest wine in the red vinifera blend category.
Chrisman Mill Vineyard in Nicholasville won gold in the red French-American blend category for its Sweet River Bend red, and Jean Farris' petite syrah also earned a gold medal.
Other medal-winning Kentucky wines are:
■ Chrisman Mill, bronze, First Vineyard Reserve (chambourcin) and Ensemble (vidal blanc).
■ Jean Farris, silver, viognier.
■ River Valley Winery in Carrollton, silver, Mendovina (pure honey wines/meads) and bronze, Bobby's American Blush (American blush/rosé), cabernet sauvignon and Cynthiana.
■ Shandio Valley Winery in Carrollton, bronze, Bear's Blush (American blush/rosé) and riesling.
■ StoneBrook Winery in Melbourne, silver, Honey (pure honey wines/meads) and bronze, Blackberry (berry), Pomegranate (tropical/citrus) and Estate Reserve (vidal blanc).
■ Talon Winery in Lexington, silver, cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay, and bronze, Blackberry (berry) and traminette.
■ Wight-Meyer, silver, Pine Creek Summer (traminette) and Kentucky vignoles, and bronze, Sweet Berry (berry).
A Wild Horse in the vineyard
John Harrod & Kentucky Wild Horse Band will entertain Saturday for Smith-Berry Winery's summer concert series.
Dinner will feature hamburgers, brats and grilled chicken breast; Mary's homemade potato salad, which is featured only once a year; vinaigrette coleslaw; baked beans, and ice cream sandwiches.
The cost is $19.95 in advance, $25 at the door. Dinner is served from 6 to 7 p.m.; the band plays from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Call (502) 845-7091 or 1- 888-845-7091. Go to www.smithberrywinery.com for directions.
Farmers market report
This week, Blue Grass Farmers Market will have blueberries, cantaloupe, honeydew, rhubarb, cabbage, cucumbers, eggplant, green onions, onions, greens, green beans, okra, peppers, potatoes, summer squash (yellow, magda, zephyr, patty pan, zucchini) and heirloom tomatoes.
The market is on Richmond Road in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet Bike Shop and FastSigns. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday.