WineStyles, a chain of about 150 wine boutiques across the country, has opened its first Kentucky store, at 135 Moore Drive.
The grand opening will feature complimentary wine tastings from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday through May 15. Owners Jim and Bev Taylor have organized their wines by taste instead of varietals or regions. The store has more than 150 rotating wines, with most priced $10 to $25 a bottle.
Call (859) 278-9463 or go to www.WineStylesLex.com.
A twist on the familiar
Jonathan at Gratz Park has a new menu that features iconic Kentucky ingredients including Ale-8-One and mint julep jelly. New menu items include Capriole goat cheese salad accompanied by cayenne pecan brittle and peach vinaigrette; grilled lamb rack chops with mint julep jelly, soybeans and scalloped potatoes; mushroom-dusted beef tenderloin served with asparagus and mashed potatoes; and Ale-8-One-braised pork belly drizzled in ginger-shallot confit. Call (859) 252-4949 or go to www.jagp.info.
The Julep Cup, 111 Woodland Avenue, is celebrating the University of Kentucky's graduation weekend with a prime rib special. Phil Copeland will entertain Friday, and Al Crabtree will perform Saturday. A Mother's Day menu will be served from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Call (859) 226-0300 or go to www.thejulepcup.com.
Thai Orchid takes a 3-week break
Thai Orchid Café, 1030 South Broadway, will close May 15 for vacation. It will reopen June 7. Call (859) 288-2170.
Hey, Mother's Day is Sunday
Don't wait too much longer to make reservations for Mother's Day. Here are some special menus offered at restaurants and clubs:
■ Brunch will be served Saturday at Fasig-Tipton Main Dining Hall to benefit Blue Grass Farms Charities, Women and Family Services Programs. The event will begin at 10 a.m. Tickets are $30. Call (859) 291-0910. Caribbean Blues will entertain. Fasig-Tipton is at 2400 Newtown Pike.
■ Paisano's Italian Restaurant is normally closed on Sunday but will be open from noon to 9 p.m. for Mother's Day. Two specials, polo impasto and stuffed eggplant Parmesan, will be offered along with the regular menu. Paisano's is at 2417 Nicholasville Road. Call (859) 277-5321.
■ Orchid Flower Restaurant, 3090 Old Todds Road, is offering a Mother's Day special through Sunday. Featured are empanada, chicken enchilada and fried plantain with jackfruit. Call (859) 543-1126 or go to www.orchidflowerrestaurant.com.
■ Three Suns Bistro at Brannon Crossing will serve a buffet from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Included are salad, seafood and dessert stations. Cost is $25. Call (859) 245-0048. Three Suns at Lone Oak Country Club in Nicholasville will serve a brunch menu from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call (859) 881-1600.
■ Mother's Day brunch at Keene Run Golf Club, 5600 Harrodsburg Road in Jessamine County, will include omelet, carving, breakfast and salad stations, and specialties from DaRae & Friends Catering. Seatings are 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost is $19.50. Call (859) 272-8003 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
■ Abuelo's, 3395 Nicholasville Road, is honoring moms with a special greeting card with complimentary food offers for future visits. Call (859) 971-0922 or go to www.abuelos.com.
■ Country Cookin' by George, 1801 Alexandria Drive, will serve a buffet featuring roast beef, baked ham and pineapple shrimp. The restaurant has a new dessert bar. Call (859) 276-0001.
Farmers market report
■ Bluegrass Farmers Market now is open 3 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at 3450 Richmond Road. The Saturday market, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., will have lettuce, spinach, strawberries, onions, baked goods, jams, herb seasoning, eggs, beef, vegetable plants and hanging baskets.
■ Lexington Farmers Market will have asparagus, kale, spinach, strawberries, lettuces and broccoli raab. The market is at Cheapside Park on Saturday; on Southland Drive on Sunday, and at Broadway and Maxwell Streets on Tuesday and Thursday.