Restaurant News & Reviews

Cup of Common Wealth turns 3, throws a party

Farmers market fruits and vegetables will be available in abundance this weekend and at local restaurants, including Hanna’s on Lime and Ramsey’s Diners.
Farmers market fruits and vegetables will be available in abundance this weekend and at local restaurants, including Hanna’s on Lime and Ramsey’s Diners.

A Cup of Common Wealth, 105 Eastern Avenue, will celebrate three years in business with a block party 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, weather permitting. a free breakfast starts at 8 a.m., then Whooo Wants Waffles will be there at mid-morning, selling brunch. At 11 a.m., there will be a street fair with Gastro Gnomes and Crank & Boom Ice Cream. From 5 to 7 p.m., there will be a dinner menu, plus ice cream from Sav’s Chill and Nectar Pops from Vinaigrette Salad Kitchen. An after party will be 9 to 11 p.m. at Crank & Boom Ice Cream Lounge, 1210 Manchester Street.

▪  On July Fourth, from noon to 7 p.m., all Saul Good Restaurant & Pubs will offer all dine-in food (except kids meals) for half-price to encourage donations for Military Missions Inc., a non-profit dedicated to providing care packages and support for every Kentucky soldier deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. For reservations at Fayette Mall, 3801 Mall Road, call 859-273-4663; at Hamburg, 1808 Alysheba Way, call 859-317-9200; and downtown at 123 North Broadway, call 859-252-4663.

▪  Hanna’s on Lime, 214 South Limestone, will offer a farmers market lunch special 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Wednesday., with six items selected from the Tuesday market. Delivery is available; call 859-252-6264.

▪  Ramsey’s Diners employees will kick off their 22nd annual Corn Daze (and ’maters too!) Festival on Monday at the Lexington downtown July Fourth festival. They will grill and give away 1,800 ears of fresh Kentucky Proud corn. All four Ramsey’s restaurants will start the Corn Daze promotion on July 6.

▪  Chrisman Mill Winery will have a grand opening of the new tasting room at 3565 Nicholasville Road, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. July 2. The day will include tastings, food, shopping specials and more. Call 859-264-9463.

▪  Capital Cellars, 227 West Broadway in Frankfort, will host farmers market brunches at 10 a.m. July 2, 16 and 30, showcasing local produce. Call 502-352-2600.

▪  For July, Greentree Tea Room, 521 West Short Street, will have watermelon gazpacho; peach scone with peach jam, butter and Fayette cream; shrimp salad; Parmesan tomato rounds, chicken salad and olive nut tea sandwiches; Italian wedding cookies, pistachio cake and chocolate pots de crème; and summer blend tea. It’s open for luncheon tea at noon Wednesday through Saturday or by appointment. Reservations required; call 859-455-9660.

▪  Centro, 113 Cheapside, is now open during the Lexington Farmers Market on Saturday beginning at 10:30 a.m.

▪  Bluegrass Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 3070 Lakecrest Circle, and 1837 Plaudit Place, will have seasonal fresh produce, eggs, honey, meats, breads, cakes, cookies, jam and jellies, cut flowers and more.

▪  Lexington Farmers Market, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in Cheapside Park and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at Southland Drive, will have seasonal fresh produce, meats, eggs, plants, bread, honey, spring greens and flowers.

▪  Jessamine Growers Farmers Market, 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Main and Rice in Wilmore, will have seasonal fresh produce, local honey and eggs, vegetable garden transplants, cut flowers, perennials and trees.

▪  Valley Oak Produce, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Pedal the Planet, 3450 Richmond Road, will have seasonal fresh produce, eggs and more.

▪  The Great British Baking Show returns on PBS July 3. The show, which will follow 12 amateur bakers as they compete for judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, airs 7 p.m. Sunday on KET and 5 p.m. Thursday on KET2. This year’s version includes challenges with alternative ingredients, including sugar-free cakes, gluten-free pitas and dairy-free ice cream rolls. Another episode focuses on Victorian baking with game pie, fruitcake and charlotte russe.