The Julep Cup, 111 Woodland Avenue, has received the Wine Spectator Award for Excellence for its wine list.
To celebrate, it will serve a pan-Latin dinner Friday and Saturday. The menu includes snapper seviche with corn tortilla chips and salsa, paired with Conch y Toro chardonnay; poblano stuffed with pulled roasted pork, paired with Conch y Toro pirvada; wild King salmon with paella-style rice, with Conch y Toro sauvignion blanc; and Cuban-style ribs with sweet potato fritters, with Haras de Pirque cabernet.
The cost is $35 as a tasting menu, $50 with wine. Call (859) 226-0300.
Other Central Kentucky restaurants that received the Wine Spectator Award for Excellence are Holly Hill Inn, Midway; Serafini's, Frankfort; and Dudley's, Malone's, Sal's Chophouse, and Portofino, all in Lexington.
Bourbon n' Toulouse extends hours
Bourbon n' Toulouse, 829 Euclid Avenue, is open later this summer. Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The summer feature is Bluegrass BBQ sandwiches, pulled pork or smoked chicken smothered in a bourbon-honey glaze. "We cook this with only the finest Old Crow bourbon," owner Kevin Heathcoat said. Call (859) 335-0300 or go to www.bntlex.com.
The menu's pretty wild
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Bluegrass Chapter, will hold its third annual banquet and fund-raiser at The Red Mile Pavilion on Saturday. Proceeds go to conservation efforts.
The event starts at 5 p.m. with drinks, games and a silent auction. The wild-game dinner will feature elk, alligator, bison and venison prepared by Matt Falcone, chef/owner of Bayou Bluegrass Catering at The Red Mile. Call Falcone at (859) 233-0814 or the Elk foundation at (859) 621-1798.
Harvest buffets at Holly Hill Inn
Holly Hill Inn in Midway will serve a local harvest buffet dinner Sunday. The menu, which has a Latin influence, includes Hickory Run Farm chicken in pumpkin seed mole; pork adobo; enchiladas; white charro beans with green rice, marinated cabbage, melon and salsa fresca; and coconut tremblique with Mike Wright's loganberries.
Holly Hill will serve a monthly local harvest Sunday buffet dinner through October on Aug. 29, Sept. 19 and Oct. 24. Hours are 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. the cost is $35. Holly Hill is at 426 North Winter Street. Call (859) 846-4732 or go to www.hollyhillinn.com.
Taste what they can do
Malone's Banquets is offering a Taste of Bluegrass Hospitality from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday for customers to sample signature items from all the Bluegrass Hospitality Group restaurants. Tickets are $60. Call (859) 335-6500 or go to www.bluegrasshospitality.com/ticket. The banquet facility is above Sal's Restaurant in Lansdowne Shopping Center on Tates Creek Road.
Triangle Grill changes summer fare
Joshua Winslow, executive chef at Triangle Grill, has created a new summer menu, and the restaurant now offers valet parking for its dinner guests.
The seasonal menu includes prosciutto-wrapped Alaskan black cod with Sheltowee Farms gourmet mushrooms; pecan-encrusted rack of Kentucky lamb with oven-roasted garlic mashed potatoes and sautéed spinach; and an Angus New York strip topped with pimento cheese.
The restaurant's Signature Triangle Grille portion of the dinner menu offers two entrée items and two seasonal side dishes for $26. Triangle Grille is inside the Hilton Lexington/Downtown, 369 West Vine Street. Call (859) 281-3773.
Farmers market report
■ The Woodford County Farmers Market will hold a dessert tasting competition among farmers from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Courthouse Square in Versailles. Customers will vote for their favorite.
The market will hold its 10th annual Twilight Festival from 5 to 9 p.m. July 30 in downtown Versailles. The event features the summer's best produce, crafts and value added products. "All offerings are exclusively produced by the members of our market," market coordinator Cindy Sullivan said. Go to www.twilightfestivalky.org.
The market is open 3 to 7 p.m. Mondays on Railroad Street in Midway, 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays in downtown Versailles, and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at Courthouse Square in Versailles.
■ The Lexington Farmers Market has some new vendors: Superlative Coffee Roasters has locally roasted beans; Java Jones offers hot and iced coffee drinks, slushes and Italian sodas; and Fresh From the Boat Seafood sells flash-frozen seafood, including tuna sashimi, Wakame seaweed, crab cakes, sauces and gumbo. Abigail Keam will have jars of once-a-year comb honey.
■ Bluegrass Farmers Market will have corn, tomatoes, peppers, squash and green beans this week. 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.