Restaurant News & Reviews

Chef at Josie's is competing in national breakfast battle

Josie's chef Fernando Garcia's Southern eggs Benedict is his entry in the Thomas' Hometown Breakfast Battle. You can vote for him online.
Josie's chef Fernando Garcia's Southern eggs Benedict is his entry in the Thomas' Hometown Breakfast Battle. You can vote for him online.

Who doesn't love breakfast? Chef Fernando Garcia from Josie's, 821 Chevy Chase Plaza, is representing Lexington in the Hometown Breakfast Battle, in honor of the 135th anniversary of the Thomas' brand of baked goods. Garcia's Southern eggs Benedict tops Thomas' English muffins with country ham and fried green tomatoes. Until Sunday, you can vote for him online at (And FYI, Josie's recently brought back its Breakfast for Dinner menu at the urging of customers.)

Louisville chef John Castro of Winston's Restaurant at Sullivan University also is participating. His Bluegrass bagel has beer cheese, bacon, egg and shredded potatoes on a toasted Thomas' onion bagel. Recipes are online; the winner gets a $25,000 grand prize.

■ New food truck alert: This weekend, Whooo Wants Waffles will be in front of Kennedy's bookstore Friday and Saturday night from 10 p.m. until late at night. It also will be at Masterson Station Park from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Domino's stores are adding Marbled Cookie Brownie. Lexington stores will be giving away free orders to the first 50 carry-out customers from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday.

■ On Oct. 2, chef Ouita Michel of Holly Hill Inn in Midway will host chef Vishwesh Bhatt from Snack Bar in Oxford, Miss., chef Jonathan Lundy of Coba Cocina, and chef Jonathan Sanning from Smithtown Seafood for small plates centered around the street foods of India, Latin America and Asia at Relish 'n' Ramble.

The event is a benefit for FoodChain, whose mission is to bring innovative solutions to the local food system while increasing access to fresh food in underserved communities. The event is 6 to 9 p.m. at FoodChain and Bluegrass Distillery in the Bread Box, 501 West Sixth Street. Tickets are $35 advance via, or $40 at the door.

■ Louisville's Louder Than Life festival, which features rock music, camping and "gourmet man food," has added celebrity chef Edward Lee of 610 Magnolia. The festival, Oct. 3 and 4, will feature Lee's cooking demonstrations along with chef Tom Coghill (Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives). Spudz Chips also will create a hot Brown-flavored chip for attendees. The food and beverage lineup includes sampling with 17 bourbons, a selection of craft beer from six breweries, and the Gourmet Man Food Village, including Doc Crow's, Iron Barley, Highway 61 Roadhouse, Momma's Mustard, Pickles and BBQ, Spotz Gelato, Hi-Five Doughnuts, Art Eatables, and Louisville Dessert Truck. Tickets are at

Lexington Farmers Market, at Cheapside on Saturday and on Southland Drive on Sunday, has seasonal fruits and vegetables including pumpkins, tomatoes, beans, apples, cider, salsa, cut flowers and mums, artisan breads and cheeses, meats, honey and jellies, eggs, garlic and more.

■ The Chevy Chase Farmers Market, at High and Euclid from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, will have beef, pork, sausages, lamb, mutton, chicken, eggs, duck, garlic, tomatoes, beans, sweet corn, squash, zucchini, okra, apples, watermelon, peppers, cucumbers, potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, pumpkins, cushaws and mums.

Jessamine Growers Farmers Market, from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday behind City Hall at Main and Rice streets in Wilmore, will have locally grown tomatoes, eggplant, squash, peppers, greens, potatoes, apples, honey, freshly ground cornmeal, fresh herbs, eggs, cut flowers and perennials.

Bluegrass Farmers Market, at Hamburg Liquor Barn on Plaudit Place on Tuesdays and Saturdays and at Azur, 3070 Lakecrest Circle, on Thursday, will have fall vegetables like butternut squash and pumpkins, tomatoes, beans and peppers.