CaffeMarco, the coffee roastery at 729 Main Street in Paris, will be celebrating its10th anniversary in March. In honor of the occasion, owner Mark Newberry plans to offer all coffee at the store and at Good Foods Co-op for $10 a pound, rather than the regular $13 a pound, for the whole month of March.
“When I moved here, I didn’t know anything about coffee, but I liked to have a good cup — ideally two of them — in the morning,” Newberry said. “I always say that with a bad cup of coffee, it’s not going to be a good day. It’s a small thing but an essential thing.”
In the last decade, Lexington’s coffee scene has changed significantly. Newberry, who moved to Kentucky from California in 2004, said that when he started roasting and blending beans, he was the only local roaster sold at Good Foods. “Now I think there are eight,” he said. “That’s pretty dramatic.”
▪ Selma’s Catering and Events is opening Liberty Road Cafe at 720 Henry Clay Boulevard, in late March. Owner Selma Owens said that her catering business will operating in the back, with a seating area for 40-50 in the front. She will feature soups, salads and sandwiches, as well as carryout items such as dips for parties and pints of her homemade chicken salad. Hours will be 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. In summer months, she said they will grill out on Fridays. Call 859-971-2763 for information.
▪ NiceNPan, a new gourmet soup-salad-sandwich shop, opened last week at 547 South Limestone. Owner Bilal Dura said that the hours will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Besides soup and grilled sandwiches, the shop also has pastries and nitrogen ice cream. That’s a blend of any ice cream-type base (you can get gelato, frozen yogurt, etc.) with toppings and nitrogen, which gives it a smooth and creamy texture, for $5 per 8-ounce cup. Call 859-243-9999 for more information.
▪ A Storybook Inn, 277 Rose Hill Avenue in Versailles, is having Welcome to Spring Teas March 18-20. The traditional afternoon teas will be 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. each day and offer a range of savory finger sandwiches, delicate pastries, fresh fruit creations and teas. There also will be a gluten-free menu this year. In addition, Steven Sawyer will be on site, painting a canvas during each tea, and will also have works available for viewing and purchase. Cost is $32 per person, which includes tax. Reservations required; call 859-879-9993.
▪ For International Night Feb. 24, Alfalfa, 141 East Main Street, will celebrate Canadian cuisine, including Halifax donairs, fish and brewis, vegetable tourtiere, potato dumplings, and poutine. Menu available from 5:30 to 9 p.m. The next International Night menu on March 2 will feature Polish dishes. Call 859-253-0014 for information.
▪ Robert Mondavi Private Selection has launched Bourbon Barrel Aged Cabernet Sauvignon, a limited-release wine aged in barrels from a variety of Kentucky bourbon makers. According to the tasting notes, this “imparts deep toasty flavors and hints of vanilla and brown sugar.” The wine is available nationally for $13.99.
▪ Sazerac, which founded the American Bourbon Association in 2012 to educate people about bourbon whiskey, launched a website, Americanbourbonassociation.com, to share news about distilleries and bourbon brands all over over the U.S. The site gives the history of bourbon by bourbon historian Mike Veach and explains what it is, how it is made, bourbon myths, daily news, and lists of great bourbon bars and retail stores. Links to bourbon-related blogs, bourbon societies, brand and distillery websites, publications, trade associations and much more are also included.
▪ Diageo has released the seventh in its Orphan Barrel line, The Gifted Horse American Whiskey, a blend of 38.5 percent 17-year-old Kentucky straight bourbon distilled in Louisville, and 51 percent 4-year-old bourbon and 10.5 percent 4-year-old corn whiskey, both produced in Indiana. According to a news release, the whiskeys were accidentally mingled at the Stitzel-Weller site in Louisville now owned by Diageo. “As one of my favorite Orphan Barrel releases to-date, The Gifted Horse is proof that not all great inventions are planned,” Ewan Morgan, Diageo master of whiskey said in the release. This whiskey is a one-time release, with a proof of 115 and a suggested price of $50.
According to the tasting notes, Gifted Horse has a nose of apple skin, almond, toffee, raisins and slight milk chocolate, with tasting notes of creamy caramel, Bosc pear and fruit cake. A splash of water brings out the fruity notes.