Wayne Masterman has done it again. He's pulled all the right people together to open another upscale restaurant.
Summit, 1097 Duval Street, is in the converted farmhouse that Emmett Coons built in 1912. In 1996, descendant Joe Coons turned it into Emmett's restaurant.
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Masterman, who owns Portofino downtown and Serafini in Frankfort, describes the menu as ”classic fare with a modern flair.“ The motif is fine dining, but the dress is casual, he said. The menu features steak and seafood, with a sandwich, salad and small-plate menu for lighter meals. Nat Tate is the chef.
Summit opens at 5 p.m. daily for dinner, and the bar and patio open at 4 p.m. Call (859) 271-1400. Duval Street is off Tates Creek Road, south of Man o' War Boulevard.
From the kitchen to the cellar
Chef John Schweder has traded the heat of the kitchen for the cool of the wine cellar.
Schweder, who has worked at several of Lexington's top restaurants including Dudley's and Idle Hour Country Club, now has his own business, Toast of Kentucky. He is distributing boutique wines from California producers. His first public tastings will be at Wines on Vine from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday and 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday.
Wines on Vine's patio is open for lunch and dinner. Lunch is 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Dinner is 5:30 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday. Saturday hours are 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Call (859) 243-0017.
A party for a garden
The people will come to hear gardener Jon Carloftis, but it just might be the food they talk about afterward.
St. Camillus Academy in Corbin is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. The original building, erected in 1914, is being torn down and replaced with a memorial garden designed by Carloftis.
The Memorial Garden Party will be 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, and Carloftis will speak at 2 p.m. SCA parent Chris Campbell and alumna Gina Valentine are preparing the party food. Menu items include grilled chicken salad, prosciutto-wrapped cantaloupe, couscous with feta, pine nuts and sun-dried tomatoes; and chocolate-dipped, cheesecake-stuffed strawberries sprinkled with hazelnuts.
The academy is at 709 Roy Kidd Avenue. Call (606) 528-5077 or visit http://stcamillusacademy.cdlex.org.
Hamburgers for the holiday
WUKY-91.3 FM, Holly Hill Inn and Alltech's brewing company are celebrating Memorial Day with a Hamburger Hootenanny. The event will be 4 to 7 p.m. May 26 at Holly Hill Inn, 426 North Winter Street, Midway.
Chef Quita Michel's menu features Elmwood Stock Farm organic beef hamburgers and John Medley's Heritage Meats bratwurst with all the fixins, local lettuce salad, potato salad, cole slaw and blackberry cobbler. Kentucky Ale, Kentucky Ale Light and wines will be served for an additional cost. Roger Bondurant will entertain.
Tickets are $15, $7.50 ages 6 to 12. Bring your own blankets and chairs. Call (859) 846-4732.
Dinner is served
Wilson's of Keene is serving dinner on Fridays. The menu starts at $8.99 and includes a choice of meat or fish and two sides. Menus will vary but feature smoked or baked salmon, chicken, ribs, steaks, chicken curry, shepherd's pie and Jamaican tilapia. Dinners are available to go. Live music will feature Louise Kelly and Ann Hagan-Michel. Wilson's is at Ky. 169 and 1267 in Jessamine County. Call (859) 885-0191.
Newest Qdoba opens
Lexington's newest Qdoba Mexican Grill is open at East Tiverton Way and Nicholasville Road, in the former Popeyes. The menu includes burritos, tacos, nachos, guacamole and homemade chips. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Call (859) 271-8282.
Free food from Wendy's
Downtown workers will get a treat Wednesday when Wendy's gives away lunch. Wendy's traveling kitchen will be at Phoenix Park at Main Street and South Limestone, handing out 1,000 free burgers and 2,000 gift cards. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Farmers' market report
Blue Grass Farmers' Market will have asparagus, green onions, greens, lettuce, cut flowers, and vegetable plants including tomato, pepper, eggplant and herbs. The market is on Richmond Road in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet Bike Shop and Fast Signs. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday.