Restaurant News & Reviews

LexGo Eat: MonTea celebrates 5 years, time to prepare for holiday dining

MonTea, Lexington's only shop dedicated to all things tea, will celebrate five years of tea this month. Danielle and Miller Montague opened the shop with about 50 types of loose leaf teas. Today they sell more than 100.

As a thank-you for all the support over the past five years the public is invited to a tea party, including free birthday cake, lots of teas to sample, tea cookies and other goodies. MonTea, 814 Euclid Avenue, will host the parTEA from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

MonTea is also releasing its annual line of holiday teas. This year's selection will feature six teas that are sweet, spicy and savory, all for keeping warm this winter. For more information, call (859) 268-8327.

Waveland State Historic Site, 225 Waveland Museum Lane, off Nicholasville Road, is serving tea every Tuesday at 2 p.m., with food provided by local caterer Beth Hensley from Sweet Lilu's. Teas will be served in period clothing with a program that may include singing, a presentation on a historical subject and a tour of the mansion. Reservations, required by Friday before the event, are $25 per person.

■ If Missy's Pies, 500 East High Street, are part of your holiday tradition, it's time to order for Thanksgiving. They always receive more orders than they can fill, so call (859) 253-0449.

■ The Bluegrass Farmers' Market will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Azur Restaurant & Patio, 3070 Lakecrest Circle, with baked goods, farm fresh eggs, beef, chicken, veal, possibly lamb and some fall veggies.

■ Farmers at Lexington Farmers Market are taking orders for heritage turkeys and other meats. Other items available downtown at Cheapside Pavilion from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday include artisan cheeses and breads, jams and jellies, apples and other seasonal fruits and vegetables.

Brasabana Restaurant will host a special dinner from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Nov. 18 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. along with St. Peter Clavier Church and A.B.L.E. (Assisting Better Living Everywhere) with a portion of the proceeds going to build a kindergarten school in Ghana. Chef Miguel Rivas will prepare an internationally inspired three-course meal, beginning with fried avocado, couscous timbale with lump crabmeat and a serrano chile sauce; a main course consisting of Ghana jollof rice (a version of Spanish meat paella) and a dessert of bananas ghana. The meal is $24.95 per person plus beverage, tax and gratuity. Reservations are recommended by calling (859) 303-5573.

Kentuckians For The Commonwealth is hosting the Second Annual Kentucky Kicks Ass Brewfest. More than thirteen Kentucky breweries will be represented totalling more than 40 individual types of beer, ranging from IPA to pumpkin to bourbon barrel stout. The event, which benefits the non-profit citizens' organization Kentuckians For The Commonwealth, is from 5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 22, at The Grand Reserve, 903 Manchester St. You must be 21 to attend.

The breweries include: Against the Grain, Apocalypse, BBC, Beer Engine, Blue Stallion, Country Boy, Cumberland, Ei8ht Ball Brewing, Ethereal, Falls City, Kentucky Ale, Rooster Brew, Sterling, West Sixth, and more. There will be food by Hardwood Pizza Co., Minton's at 760 and Thai & Mighty and a full bar by Grand Reserve for non-beer drinkers.

Tickets are $20 for 20 beer tickets and a commemorative glass. Admission is limited to 800 attendees. Tickets are for sale at West Sixth Brewing and Lexington Beerworks (cash only) and CD Central (cash or credit cards).

Food News & Chews, hosted by Chef Jeremy Ashby and Sylvia Lovely, will highlight Appalachian counties that are becoming food producers for the region. An episode airing at 12:30 a.m. Nov. 20 on KET, with additional airings on KET KY at 9:30 p.m. on Dec. 4 and 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 6, will focus on Grow Appalachia, based in Berea. Partnering with Berea College, Grow Appalachia manufactures and installs high tunnel growing systems for year-round food production. Ashby, Lovely and Grow Appalachia executive director David Cooke will visit Greenhouse 17 in Fayette County, discuss seasonal eating and make an eggplant roulade.