Food & Drink

Caterer celebrates move to downtown location

Annette's City Café & Events Catering is having an open house to show off its new digs.

The company has closed its catering building on Keithshire Way; the new spot at 431 Old East Vine Street has space for banquets and, beginning next month, will serve lunch and a happy-hour buffet.

The open house events will be 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Call (859) 309-9807 or (859) 296-6444 or go to www.annettescatering.com.

Husband-wife team Annette Jett and Frank Bickel also own Annette's on Vine café at 300 West Vine Street.

2 new arrivals at Hamburg

A strip of new shops on War Admiral Place, behind Sportsman's Warehouse at Hamburg Place, has two new restaurants: Smashing Tomato and Bajio Mexican Grill. A third, Shanghai Bistro, will open soon.

Specialties at Bajio include chicken green chili-stuffed quesadilla, Mexican pizza, ­chimichanga and fajita clásica. You may view the entire menu at www.bajiogrill.com.

­Smashing Tomato, which also has a ­restaurant at The Mall at Fayette Plaza, offers pizzas with a choice of Neopolitan or Arrabiatta sauce, and a tasty wood-fired ­artichoke dip. Bajio and ­Smashing Tomato have patios. Call (859) 264-1500; view the menu at www.smashingtomato.com.

Dinner Train gets a new chef

Eric Robertson is the new executive chef for My Old Kentucky Dinner Train in ­Bardstown. Robertson formerly worked for the Kentucky Department of Parks as ­executive chef at Natural Bridge State Park and in Frankfort, where he managed ­cafeteria operations for the Capitol, and catering functions including the Governor's Derby Breakfast. Take a look at his menu at www.kydinnertrain.com.

Yummy: fried chicken and pot roast

Campbell's in Paris, 519 Main Street, is having a buffet Saturday featuring fried chicken and pot roast with a variety of fresh vegetables and salads. Hours are 6:30 to 10 p.m. Cost is $14.95. Call (859) 987-5164 or visit www.campbellsinparis.com.

Dad won't have to work the grill

Three Suns Bistro, 298 East Brannon Road in Brannon Crossing, is honoring fathers with a special menu Sunday.

Entrees prepared on the grill include fresh salmon fillet, rib-eye, pork tenderloin, chicken breast, shrimp and scallop kebab, and Kentucky bison burger. Sides include corn on the cob, grilled vegetable kebab and assorted salads. Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call (859) 245-0048.

Old Ky. Chocolates making changes

Old Kentucky Chocolates will close its doors at Turfland Mall on Saturday. The staff will move to its other locations: ­Southland Drive, The Lansdowne Shoppes and ­Lexington Center Shops. Owner Don Hurt said plans include enlarging the retail space at the factory on Southland Drive and opening on Sundays at the Lansdowne store. Call (859) 278-4444.

Liquor Barn shares its spirits

Liquor Barn stores will have spirits samplings this weekend. Master distiller Jim Rutledge of Four Roses Bourbon will sign bottles of bourbon and offer samples at the Liquor Barn in Beaumont Centre from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. Lucid absinthe tastings and demonstrations will be 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Richmond Road store and 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Beaumont.

Pairing wine with dinner

Summit, 1097 Duval Street, will host California winemaker Steve Rued, from ­Rutherford Ranch in Napa Valley, on ­Thursday. Chef Nat Tate will prepare a summer eve dinner to complement the wine from a growing area known as the ­Rutherford Bench. Dinner will be at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $50. Call (859) 271-1400.

Farmers market report

This week, Blue Grass Farmers Market will have blueberries; strawberries; rhubarb; asparagus; green onions; greens (collards, mustard); new potatoes; sugar snap peas; lettuce; salad greens mix; zucchini; basil; cut flowers (zinnias, snapdragons); and tomato, pepper and herb plants. The market is on Richmond Road in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet Bike Shop and FastSigns. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday.

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