After working for 10 years at a European bakery in California and a short stint at Sam's Club's bakery, Elena Maydanovich has opened her own pastry shop.
European Delights Gourmet Bakery, 221 East Brannon Road, Nicholasville, sells croissants, Danish, scones, muffins, specialty cakes, wedding cakes and tiramisu.
The bakery is open 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Call (859) 271-7000.
Menu features Thai, Vietnamese
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Jasmine Rice Thai and Vietnamese restaurant is open in the former Fusion Café spot at 919 Winchester Road. Pad Thai and pho are specialty dishes, but the restaurant also serves curry, noodle and stir-fry dishes. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 8:30 p.m. Sunday. Call (859) 246-1500.
A pick of pork dishes
The "Belly, Butts and Cheeks" menu at Jonathan at Gratz Park this weekend will feature Berkshire pork. The menu, served Friday to Sunday, includes plum-glazed pork belly with pickled vegetables, achiote-braised Boston butt steamed in banana leaves, and slow simmered pork cheek cassoulet. The cost is $30. Call (859) 252-4949 or go to www.jagp.info. Jonathan's is at 120 West Second Street.
Vive la French food
The Julep Cup, 111 Woodland Avenue, is celebrating Bastille Day on Friday. Chef Brandon Ginter will prepare a French dinner featuring steak tartare, salad of frisée aux lardon, skate with caper and brown butter sauce, fillet en croute, duck cassoulet, and apple tarte Tartin. Guitarist Bruce Lewis will entertain from 7 to 9 p.m. Call (859) 226-0300.
Kids with candy
Lexington Children's Theatre will be transformed into a chocolate factory Saturday. The Charlie and the Chocolate Theatre Tour will offer games, lunch and all the candy you can eat from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call (859) 245-4546, Ext. 247, or go to www.lctonstage.org. The theater is at 418 West Short Street.
They make a fine pair
Portofino, 249 East Main Street, will have a bourbon dinner Tuesday. Master distiller Chris Morris will pair Woodford Reserve and Old Forester bourbons with the five-course menu. Cocktails will be served at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7. The cost is $79. Call (859) 253-9300.
Tomatoes take center plate
Locally grown tomatoes are at their very best right now, and Winston's restaurant in Louisville is celebrating the harvest.
Chef John Castro will present heirloom tomato dinners on Aug. 6, 7, 13 and 14. Featuring a variety of tomatoes, the menu will include charred and chilled tomato soup, braised beef short ribs, tomatoes Romanoff, sweet cream biscuit with tomato, and tomato brulée. Tickets are $75, or $100 with wine pairings. Call (502) 456-0980. Winston's is at 3101 Bardstown Road.
Farmers market report
■ Bluegrass Farmers' Market will have homegrown corn, tomatoes, peppers, squash and green beans. The market is at 3450 Richmond Road, in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Go to http://www.localharvest.org/blog/29529.
■ Lexington Farmers Market will celebrate its 35th anniversary with a Taste of the Farm in the City. The dinner, 5:30 to 8 p.m. July 31, will be in the Fifth Third Bank Pavilion in Cheapside Park. Recipes will be from Central Baptist Hospital's cookbook, Beyond the Fence: A Culinary View of Historic Lexington. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for children.
Also on July 31, the market will host its third annual Farm Tour from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring self-guided tours of seven Bluegrass farms. Tickets are $10 for adults, $2 for children younger than 12. Tickets to both events are available at any of the market locations or at www.lexingtonfarmersmarket.com.
■ Woodford County Farmers Market will have corn and tomatoes, fruit, and homemade ice cream. The market is open from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday on Railroad Street in Midway, and 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in downtown Versailles. The market's annual Twilight Festival will be July 30.