In March 2009, fire destroyed the restaurant and tasting room at Acres of Land Winery in Madison County. It was rebuilt across the road, and it's now open, with a view of the 400-acre farm and vineyard.
The winery's new-release wine is Phoenix, a blend of chardonnay, vidal blanc and vignoles. New lunch menu items include a smoked salmon club sandwich and a crab cake on a ciabatta roll. Dinner items include blackened tilapia, and pork chops with vidal blanc mushroom sauce. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Call (859) 328-3000 or go to Acresoflandwinery.com. The winery is at 2285 Barnes Mill Road.
They'll be smokin'
The annual Wholly Smokers' Blast will be 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at the restaurant, 123 Opera Alley in Georgetown. Swing Street band will entertain from 5 to 8 p.m. Take a lawn chair to watch, if you don't want to participate in the dance contest. The menu features ribs, pulled pork and fried fish. Call (859) 948-3851 or (859) 351-9159.
New hours at Stella's
Stella's Kentucky Deli, 143 Jefferson Street, now is open daily. New hours are 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday through Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. Call (859) 255-3354 or go to www.stellaskentuckydeli.com.
Cross-country peaches in Midway
Each summer, John and Becky Moore bring the peach crop from their ranch in southwestern Colorado to Central Kentucky. The Moores will sell peaches in front of their home, 113 North Winter Street in Midway, starting at 8 a.m. Saturday. Chefs at Portofino Restaurant in Lexington; Serafini's in Frankfort, and Holly Hill Inn in Midway will create special desserts from this farm-to-fork program. Call (859) 221-0094.
Local eggs and more at the market
Bluegrass Farmers Market will have farm-fresh eggs on Saturday as well as corn, tomatoes, peppers, squash, green beans, potatoes, cucumbers, and eggplant. Two farmers market members won awards this month at the Kentucky State Fair. Keith Green's Honey Dew Apiary honey won six blue ribbons, and Kirby Overman, owner of Overman's Bluegrass Fruits & Vegetables, won nine ribbons for various vegetables.
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 Localharvest.org/blog/29529.
New specials at Grape Leaf
Grape Leaf Mediterranean Restaurant, 393 Waller Avenue, is welcoming college students back to campus with specials this weekend. Live music will be provided Friday, starting at 7 p.m. With an ID, students will receive a free baklava with the purchase of an entree. Call (859) 231-1792or go to Grapeleafky.com.
Sutton's rewards loyal customers
Sutton's now has a rewards program that offers free items for regular guests. Details are at the restaurant at 110 North Locust Hill. Acoustic guitarist Ernie Roberts will perform from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday, and Michael Golden will entertain from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday. Call (859) 268-2068.
Autumn's in the air at Greentree
The September menu at Greentree Tearoom, 521 West Short Street, reflects autumn fare. Included are carrot and ginger soup; apple-walnut scone with apple butter; artichoke and Swiss quiche; herbed tomatoes in phyllo cups; Italian chicken salad, and cucumber-shrimp tea sandwiches. Call (859) 455-9660 or go to Greentreetearoom.com.
Thai Orchid Café turns 4
Thai Orchid Café, 1030 South Broadway, will celebrate its fourth anniversary with a buffet on Saturday. Hours are 5 to 10 p.m., and the cost is $16.95 a person. Call (859)288-2170 or go to Thaiorchidcafe.net.
'Murder' at the mystery theater
The Bluegrass Mystery Theatre will perform Murder on the Rocks at 7 p.m. Saturday at Bakers 360, 201 East Main Street. The three-course meal features Southern fried chicken, grilled salmon, and gnocchi as entree choices. Tickets are $47.50. Call (859) 494-2877 or go to Bluegrassmysterytheatre.com.