The James Beard Foundation has invited top chefs from the Bluegrass to cook at the Beard House in New York City on Wednesday. Ouita Michel, chef/owner of Holly Hill Inn in Midway will join Louisville chefs Dean Corbett, owner of Corbett's; Edward Lee of 610 Magnolia; Michael Paley of Proof on Main; and Shawn Ward of Jack Fry's. Julian P. Van Winkle III from The Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery in Louisville will discuss bourbon, and Judy Schad of Greenville, Ind., will represent Capriole Farmstead goat cheese.
The menu includes Proof on Main's house-cured meats; Scotch eggs and rabbit sausage with hot bourbon mustard; homemade pretzel bites with country ham; peekytoe crab slaw with crispy corncakes; smoked Bluegrass squab breast with dried cranberry, cherry, fig and date compote; thyme-scented spoon bread; and wild boar chop with vermouth-glazed turnips and black barbecue sauce. Go to www.jamesbeard.org.
Fuel up for the egg hunt
Easter Sunday is the perfect time for brunch and an egg hunt. These places have special menus planned for the holiday.
■ Chef John Castro and his culinary team at Winston's Restaurant in Louisville are serving Easter brunch from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Menu items include pancakes with malted chocolate egg and fondant; French toast with banana-marshmallow pudding and vanilla wafer crust with whipped cream; chef's grilled cheese with grilled asparagus salad; and lobster salad with red sorrel, hearts of palm, tomato and saffron aïoli. Call (502) 456-0980 or go to http://sullivan.edu/winstons.
Winston's Restaurant is a teaching center for Sullivan University's National Center for Hospitality Studies.
■ Jean Farris Winery & Bistro, 6825 Old Richmond Road, is having Easter brunch and an egg hunt in the vineyard. In addition to the regular menu, the bistro will offer a three-course prix-fixe menu with wine pairings at brunch, for $45, and dinner, for $55. Egg hunts are at 1 and 6 p.m. The menu is at www.jeanfarris.com/eastermenu.html. Call (859) 263-9463.
■ Jonathan at Gratz Park, 120 West Second Street, is offering a lobster-tasting menu from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The menu features fresh tomato aspic with crème fraiche, Maine lobster salad, lobster brioche croquettes, lobster tail and pork belly, and country captain. Cost is $45. Call (859) 252-4949 or go to www.jagp.info.
■ Bella Notte, 3715 Nicholasville Road, has a new menu for spring. It features Tuscan beef pot roast, porchetta, orange-roasted chicken, and spaghetti with house-cured pancetta in a spicy arrabiata sauce. The restaurant has an extensive gluten-free menu. Call (859) 245-1789 or go to www.bellalexington.com.
■ The weekend specials at The Julep Cup, 111 Woodland Avenue, include King Crab scampi style; panzanella corn bread salad; rosemary-encrusted, rotisserie-roasted prime rib; mango cream pie with raspberry sauce; and deep-fried peach pie. Call (859) 226-0300 or go to www.thejulepcup.com.
■ Yamaguchi's Sake and Tapas, 125 Codell Drive, has a new menu for spring. The restaurant offers a 10 percent discount on the "today's special" from 10 p.m. to midnight. Go to www.sakeandtapas.com.
■ Balwinder (Biny) Singh has returned to Lexington. He is the owner of Taj India Restaurant and has many new dishes to add to the menu. Go to www.tajindiaindianrestaurant.com. Daily buffet is $5.99 Monday through Thursday and $6.99 Friday through Sunday. Call (859) 268-0055.
■ Wines on Vine is having a Goose Island Beer and Chateau Diana wine throwdown from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets are $20. Call (859) 253-0017.