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Steel City Pops opens at The Summit with gourmet goodies

Among the flavors offered at Steel City Pops: avocado. It’s creamy yet vegan. Other choices include blueberry basil, cucumber lime and peach.
Among the flavors offered at Steel City Pops: avocado. It’s creamy yet vegan. Other choices include blueberry basil, cucumber lime and peach. Photo provided

Steel City Pops, which sells gourmet ice pops in flavors such as mint julep and peanut butter, is the latest restaurant to open out at The Summit at Fritz Farm, the new shopping, dining and residential development at the corner of Man O’War Boulevard and Nicholasville Road.

The store officially opened last Friday and will be open noon to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and noon to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. All of their pops are handmade, from fresh, all natural ingredients, sourced locally when possible, the company says. There are lots of vegan and gluten-free options, and you can customize pops by dipping them in several different kinds of chocolate, and dredging and topping with various ingredients.

And Ted’s Montana Grill also opened Monday, featuring bison and fresh “comfort food,” such as crab cakes and breakfast burgers. They join Blaze Pizza, Edley’s Bar-B-Que, Honeywood by Ouita Michel, J. Alexander’s, and Shake Shack. Several more restaurants, including local fixtures in The Barn food hall, are expected to open soon. Stay tuned for more details.

▪  The Bluegrass BBQ Fest begins at 5 p.m. Friday at the Courthouse Plaza and runs from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday with live music and barbecue for sale from a dozen vendors, including Bradford BBQ, City Barbeque, Edley’s, Hogfathers, J. Render’s, Lyles, Red State, Roll ’N’ Smoke, Staxx, Up in Smoke, Willie’s Locally Known and Kentucky Strong Barbeque.

▪  FoodChain has launched a new program at the Lexington Farmer’s Market. Each child participating in the Power of Produce Club (POP Club for short) will receive a POP-branded reusable shopping bag upon signing up and $2 market vouchers (POP Bucks) to be spent by the kids on fresh produce, once per market. Kids choose to spend it on their own $2 selection or save their coupon for a future market. The goal of the POP Club is to empower children to make healthy choices when selecting food to eat. The program runs through July 29 and is open to children ages 5 through 12. Sign up from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturdays downtown.

▪  Lexington Farmers Market, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in Cheapside Park and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at Southland Drive, will have some spring and early summer produce including kale, lettuces, radishes, peas, and green onions, with limited supplies possible of strawberries and asparagus. Summer fruits, such as blueberries and peaches, are starting to appear, as are the first tomatoes, green beans, kohlrabi, cabbages, zucchini and summer squashes. Interested in growing your own produce? There are lots of tomato, herb, pepper, tomatillo, cucumber and squash plants for sale.

▪  Bluegrass Farmers Market — 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday at 1837 Plaudit Place and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Azur, 3070 Lakecrest Circle — will have pork, beef, eggs, breads and baked goods, heirloom tomatoes, squash, zucchini, radishes, honey, potatoes, green beans, onions, cucumbers, flowers, kale, lettuces, red beets, herbs, salsa, jams and jellies, and more.

▪  Jessamine Growers Market, behind City Hall at the corner of Main and Rice Streets in Wilmore from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, will have locally grown blueberries, spring greens, asparagus and other seasonal vegetables, local honey and eggs, vegetable garden transplants, perennials and trees.

▪  Nicholasville Farmers Market, 717 North Main Street, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, will have tomatoes,onions, squash, zucchini, red beets, watermelon, beans, cabbage, jams, jellies, greens, corn meal, roasted coffees, herbs, plants, hanging floral baskets, beef and artisans. Free market shopping bags.

▪  God’s Pantry Food Bank has announced the winners of last month’s annual Taste of the Bluegrass. This year, Carson’s Food & Drink won both People’s Choice and Judges’ Best entree with creole shrimp and grits. Other People’s Choice winners included: Best Appetizer – Bacon in a Glass, Bluegrass Hospitality Group/OBC; Best Non-Alcoholic Beverage – Dasani Water, Coca-Cola Co.; Best Side – Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese, Dad’s Favorites Cheese Spreads & Deli; Best Entrée – Creole Shrimp and Grits, Carson’s Food & Drink; Best Dessert – Nothing Bundt Cakes; Best Bourbon – Four Roses Bourbon; Best Spirit – Rose ’Rita, Four Roses Bourbon; Best Beer – 99 Peaches but a Pit Ain’t One, Blue Stallion Brewing Co.; Best Wine – Peach Sangria, Chrisman Mill Vineyards; and Best Decorated Booth – Shakespeare and Co.

Judges’ Best winners were: Best Appetizer – Bacon in a Glass, Bluegrass Hospitality Group/OBC; Best Non-Alcoholic Beverage – Dunkin’ Donuts Iced Coffees, Coke; Best Entrée – Creole Shrimp and Grits, Carson’s Food & Drink; Best Side – Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese, Dad’s Favorites Cheese Spreads & Deli; Best Dessert – Nothing Bundt Cakes; Best Bourbon – Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits; Best Spirit – Rose ’Rita, Four Roses Bourbon; Best Beer – Kentucky Vanilla Barrel Cream Ale, Alltech Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co.; Best Wine – Cooper and Thief Bourbon Barrel Red Blend, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits/Constellation Brands.

Proceeds from the May 19 event are expected to generate enough food to help provide more than 1.1 million meals.

▪  Brasabana, 841 Lane Allen Road, is hosting a Caribbean Cookout on June 13, beginning at 6 p.m. For $25 per person, you get grilled beef tenderloin pinchos with tobacco and sour orange caramel and tomato-manchego relish; pollo agrodulce, with grilled mango and rum-habanero-glazed sweet potato; chorizo sliders; hickory smoked pork ribs; plantains; yuca fritters; fufu and more. Reservations recommended; call 859-303-5573.

▪  Azur Restaurant & Patio, 3070 Lakecrest Circle, is holding another Lexington Icons Dinner, celebrating trailblazing restaurants of the city’s past at 7 p.m. June 14. This one features Cafe on the Park’s Beer Cheese Soup with rye croutons; the Coach House’s Crab Demos, lump crab meat and wild rice au gratin; Amato’s Chicken Florentine Roberto; the 1880 restaurant’s Kentucky bourbon steak; and Hall’s on the River’s Kentucky River Mud Pie. Dinner is $45 per person plus tax and tip. Call 859-296-1007 for reservations.

▪  The Kentucky Bourbon Affair, an annual insiders’ fantasy camp for bourbon lovers, wraps up this weekend but tickets are still available for several events, including Whisky Live, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday in Louisville. Whisky Live guests can sample more than 150 bourbons, scotches and whiskies from around the world and enjoy a bourbon-infused dinner buffet for $139, with VIP tickets for $199. Tickets are also still available for the Woodford Reserve Kentucky Heritage Dinner by chef Ouita Michel on Friday at the Woodford Reserve Distillery in Versailles; the Bourbon Women Association’s Bourbon Brunch on Locust Grove in Louisville on Sunday; and the Higher Proof Expo, a full-day of bourbon-centric education and tasting sessions, on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

▪  Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen has new items on the menu for summer including a spicy new chicken tender sampler and a new Knob Creek Peach Smash cocktail. Through Aug. 20, go on Cheddars.com to share stories about someone who inspires goodness and you and the person you nominate might both win a $1,000.

Janet Patton: 859-231-3264, @janetpattonhl.

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