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Lexington Pasta Garage branches into pizza

Lexington Pasta Garage is adding six-inch pizzas to the menu, available in cheese, pepperoni, daily veggie or gourmet specialties such as this one.
Lexington Pasta Garage is adding six-inch pizzas to the menu, available in cheese, pepperoni, daily veggie or gourmet specialties such as this one. Lesme Romero

Lexington Pasta Garage, 962 Delaware Avenue, has been making pizza dough for a while and selling it at the Lexington Farmers Market. Now, it’s introducing pizza at the restaurant. You get a 6-inch pie cut in four slices, made with premium Caputo flour from Italy, dusted with semolina to make it crisp on the outside. To start with, four versions are available: cheese pizza for $6.99, pepperoni for $7.99, daily veggies for $7.99 and a specialty pizza for $8.99.

The offerings on the daily veggie will vary with the season. Right now it has sun-dried tomatoes, asparagus and onions. Specialty pizza options include proscuitto, Italian sausage, duck egg, mortadella, parmigiano reggiano and pesto.

▪  Elmwood Stock Farm, 3520 Paris Pike in Georgetown, is launching a monthly farm tour series, beginning May 19, with daytime tours on six Thursday mornings and evening tours on six Tuesday evenings. Each event will focus on a different aspect of food and farming that highlights organic production for human, animal and community health.

The daytime tours are 9:30 to 11 a.m., and include a tour of the farm led by Elmwood’s Mac Stone, who will talk about the difference between organic and conventional foods and how Elmwood, in particular, uses sustainable-farming methods to create good food for the community. You will take home ideas that you use in your own garden and home. Other tour topics will include trees in the Bluegrass; reading food labels; beneficial insects; plant production; and livestock, including chickens, turkeys, sheep and cattle.

The culinary tours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. and focus on seasonal cooking and eating topics. There will be a farm-food tasting related to the evening’s topic, and you’ll get to ask your own questions about how to use seasonally available foods. Topics include the ABCs of using your CSA, grilling meats and garden veggies, creating meals from the farmers market, farming for health and flavor, fall flavors in the Bluegrass, and talking turkey.

Advance registration is required; go to Eventbrite.com and search for Elmwood. There is a discount for signing up for all six events at once.

Tickets for the daytime tours are $24 for adults ($20 if you are an Elmwood CSA member), $10 for children younger than 12. Tickets for the evening Culinary Series are $50 for adults ($45 if you’re an Elmwood CSA member), $30 for children younger than 12.

▪  Staxx BBQ, 11 Carson Place in Frankfort, will celebrate its fifth anniversary May 25 to 27, with specials each day. On May 25, buy any sandwich and receive any side and drink free. Call Staxx at 502-352-2515.

▪  On June 1, 1792, the Commonwealth of Kentucky became the 15th state of the Union. On June 1, Boone Creek Creamery, 2416 Palumbo Drive, suite 110, will celebrate Kentucky’s uncommon wealth by offering samples of Kentucky Proud food products at the Kentucky Proud Store. Stop in, meet local food producers, share their stories, and discover what goes into making Kentucky Proud products. An open house is noon to 2 p.m., but the event is open to the public until 6 p.m.

▪  The Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning, 251 West Second Street, will hold a luncheon in Gratz Park with Kentucky Hall of Fame writer Wendell Berry at 1 p.m. June 4. The event will feature a farm-to-table meal and Alltech’s Bluegrass Sundown (a coffee and vanilla-infused bourbon liqueur in coffee). Tickets are $800 for a table for eight or $100 a person. Call 859-254-4175, ext. 21, to make reservations, or book online at Carnegiecenterlex.org. All proceeds benefit the Carnegie Center.

We previewed the annual fundraiser for God's Pantry Food Bank, plus an inventive upcoming GleanKY fundraiser at Morris Book Shop. Lexington Pasta Garage now has pizza and Craft Beer Week continues.

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