Restaurant News & Reviews

New market gives downtown some European flair and foodstuffs

A little European-style market in downtown Lexington makes you want to live nearby so you can have freshly baked French baguettes every day.

The market portion of Wine + Market, 486 West Second Street, now is open and selling breads, tarts, scones, cookies and imported cheeses. It also has Kentucky-raised meats, eggs and vegetables — and a variety of sandwiches.

Husband-and-wife owners Krim Boughalem and Andrea Sims opened the wine part of the store in March. Hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday. Call (859) 225-0755.

Coinciding with Keeneland

Keeneland's fall racing meet is Friday through Oct. 25, and restaurants are planning special hours and menus.

■ For the next three Sundays, while Keeneland is running, Furlongs will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. The restaurant is at 735 East Main Street. Call (859) 266-9000.

■ Three Suns Bistro in Nicholasville will offer a Kentucky wine-tasting dinner after the races on Wednesdays. Featured wines are Equus Run on Wednesday; Jean Farris on Oct. 15; and Talon on Oct. 22. Each dinner, at 6:30 p.m., will showcase regional cuisine and products produced in Kentucky. Cost is $40. Call (859) 245-0048 or go to www.threesunsbistro.com. Three Suns is at 298 East Brannon Road in Brannon Crossing.

■ Before heading to Keeneland, plan a trip to Woodford Reserve Distillery for a little Bluegrass, Barbecue and Bourbon. Chef David Larson serves a pulled-pork barbecue lunch on the porch at the visitors' center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday through Saturday until Nov. 1. Lunch is $9.95, and a tour of the distillery is $5. Woodford Reserve is at 7855 McCracken Pike, Versailles. Go to www.woodfordreserve.com.

New on the midday menu

Giuseppe's Ristorante Italiano, 4456 Nicholasville Road, has added items to its lunch menu. Included are: fried artichoke hearts with horseradish-sour cream sauce, seafood gnocchi gratin, chicken pepperoni sandwich, grilled Portobello sandwich and pasta Mona Lisa. Call (859) 272-4053.

Heirloom seeds for swap or sale

Tomato expert Bill Best will have an heirloom seed swap on Saturday at the Sustainable Mountain Agriculture Center, 1033 Pilot Knob Cemetery Road, Berea.

Gardeners and growers may bring seeds of their heirloom beans, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers and other vegetables. The swap, which begins at 9:30 a.m., also is open to those who want to buy seeds. Directions to the farm are at www.heirlooms.org.

Holly Hill Inn revamps lunch

Lunch at Holly Hill Inn in Midway now is served a la carte.

The new menu, available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, features: "newfangled tomato dumpling," late- summer red pepper bisque, brochette of beef tenderloin tips, fresh tuna Niçoise, chocolate bread pudding, Woodford County loganberry pie and apple crisp.

Holly Hill Inn is at 426 North Winter Street. Call (859) 846-4732 or go to www.hollyhillinn.com.

Music and movies amid the vines

Several events are planned this month at Talon Winery, 7086 Tates Creek Road. Included are Bluegrass Steakout featuring country music by Austin Cunningham from 6 to 10 pm. Friday; Lunafest film festival, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 24., and Jazz on the Porch, 2 to 5 p.m. Oct. 26. Call (859) 971-9797 or go to www.talonwinery.com.

It's the great Pumpkin Harvest

Botanica will have its Pumpkin Harvest from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the farm, 6327 Old Richmond Road. Events include pumpkin painting, and pumpkins and mums will be for sale. Call (859) 582-4785 or (859) 806-9424.

A martini with your manicure

Wines on Vine, 400 Old Vine Street, will have a Martinis and Manicures event on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. Hours are 5:30 to 8 p.m. The cost is $10. Call (859) 243-0017.

A pile of pancakes

The Oleika Shriners Legion of Honor will have a pancake breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the temple, 326 Southland Drive. The cost is $4 for adults, $2 for children. The Legion of Honor Ladies will have a rummage sale 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call (859) 277-6869.

A gift for teachers

Stonefence Bistro, 730 Main Street in Paris, will celebrate Teacher Appreciation Weekend on Friday and Saturday. Teachers and staff members will receive 15 percent off dinner items. Included are pan-seared pork chops, sesame-seared ahi tuna steak, frog legs, and Mediterranean penne. Entertainment will be provided by After the Rain. Call (859) 987-1990.

Farmers market report

Blue Grass Farmers Market has grass-fed beef, Amish cheese (Baby Swiss, white Cheddar, Colby, jalapeño Jack), raspberries, eggplant, peppers (sweet and hot), potatoes, summer squash, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnips, pumpkins, winter squash and flowers. 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.

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