Food & Drink

Celebrity chef adds his expertise to Bellini's event

Celebrity chef Jon Ashton will be a guest at Bellini's on Wednesday.

Ashton — food correspondent for The Daily Buzz syndicated morning TV show and in-house chef for Relish magazine — will join Bellini's executive chef Andrew Myers and pastry chef Kristie Parker to prepare a la carte appetizers and desserts paired with Bonterra organic wines.

The menu includes seared sushi-grade tuna with heirloom tomato and Gaeta olive relish, grilled shrimp with fresh lemon aioli, and honey-poached peaches with ricotta cheese. The Bonterra wines are merlot, red zinfandel, chardonnay and sauvignon blanc.

Hours are 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Bellini's is at 115 West Main Street. Call (859) 388-9583.

New restaurant unveils its name

The former Black Tulip in Midway now is Duggans. Last month, new owner Jimmy Duggan held a contest to choose a name for the spot at 133 Main Street. The contest generated more than 500 names, and the most popular submission, Duggans, was provided by David Melanson.

Duggan said the menu features "simple, tasteful food, made with local, seasonal ingredients." Included are pan-roasted duck breast with roasted cherries and pancetta; saffron-poached snapper with fennel and tomato orzo; smoked pork tenderloin with blackberry bourbon sauce, slow-cooked greens and buttermilk mashed potatoes; and a seafood trio of prawns with apricot glaze, scallops and tuna with arugula pesto.

Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Call (859) 846-4373.

Featuring the wines of Carol Shelton

Merrick Inn, 1074 Merrick Drive, is hosting a Carol Shelton wine tasting from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday. The cost is $20 for the wine and appetizer pairing. Call (859) 269 5417.

Your choice of Signature caterers

Seasons Catering & Special Occasions and Annette's Catering are sharing the kitchen at the Signature Club.

"Customers who call the Signature Club to rent the grand ballroom for an event will most likely be connected with Annette's Catering," Seasons' Kellie Stoddart said. "Those who wish to have Seasons Catering and Special Occasions cater their wedding, corporate event or party, or order a custom ice sculpture carved by chef Michael Stoddart of Seasons Ice, should call Seasons directly."

For Seasons, call (859) 266-6661. For Annette's, call (859) 296-6444.

Have a ball at the Bash

The Friends of Cardinal Hill Hospital group will have its annual Kentucky Bash on Sept. 18. The party, at 6 p.m. at The Round Barn at the Red Mile, will feature music by Chet Lott, complimentary bourbon tasting, wine tasting, and food by Bayou Bluegrass Catering.

General admission tickets are $65. Call Trish Hatler or Marley Stiltner at (859) 254-5701.

Get a jump on St. Patrick's Day

O'Neill's Irish Pub will have its annual Edward T. Houlihan Half-Way to St. Patrick's fund-raiser on Saturday to benefit the Lexington Sister Cities student scholarship fund. Guest chef Mary Parlanti will prepare Irish lamb stew and Irish brown breads.

Hours are 4:30 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $10. Call (859) 266-4488.

Winery invites helpers to pick grapes

Wine lovers who would like to participate in picking grapes can join the winemakers at Horseshoe Bend Winery on Saturday. Picking begins at 9 a.m., and participants must bring their own pruning shears. Lunch will be provided. Owners Bob and Ann Karsner opened the new winery building in March, and guests are welcome to picnic on the grounds. The vineyard is at 1187 Lawson Lane, Willisburg. Call (859) 375-0296.

Try a taste of six vinos

Village Vineyard, 4379 Harrodsburg Road, will feature six Italian wines at a tasting from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Call (859) 389-6719.

Start wherever you'd like

Perfect Vodka is sponsoring a bar crawl in Nicholasville beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday. Participating bars include The Wine Shop, JD Legends Spotlight Bar and Euro Wine Bar. Call (859) 887-1793.

Tapas for the masses

The Hilary J. Boone Center at the University of Kentucky will serve tapas and Spanish-inspired cuisine on the terrace from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Specialty drinks include sangria and tinto de Verano. The event is open to the public. Call (859) 257-1133. The Boone Center is at 510 Rose Street.

Farmers market reports

Here's what is available at farmers markets this weekend.

■ The Woodford County Farmers Market will hold its annual customer appreciation breakfast from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday on the Courthouse Square.

This week farmers will have fall and summer squash, apples, Asian pears, greens, beans, beer cheese, meat rubs, potatoes, Brussels sprouts and cabbage.

■ The Lexington Farmers Market will have apples, melons, berries, plums, pears, summer and winter squash, pumpkins, field and hydroponic tomatoes, okra, eggplant, basil, cilantro, eggs, organic meats, cut flowers, mums and Abigail's raw, blackberry wine and lavender honey.