Food & Drink

Voltaggio brothers get top chef billing at Kentucky Proud show

Chefs and brothers Michael, left, and Bryan Voltaggio will be in Lexington in the fall.
Chefs and brothers Michael, left, and Bryan Voltaggio will be in Lexington in the fall.

Fans of Bravo TV's Top Chef are in for a double treat when brothers and chefs Michael and Bryan Voltaggio come to Lexington.

The brothers, who were on season 6 of the reality show — Michael won and Bryan was a runner-up — will be the celebrity chefs at the Kentucky Proud Incredible Food Show, organizers announced Wednesday. They will be cooking at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Oct. 8 at Lexington Center.

This is the third year for the food show but this time, it will be a one-day event instead of two, said Sheila Kenny, director of marketing for Lexington Center.

Bryan Voltaggio is chef and partner at Volt in Frederick, Md. Michael Voltaggio will open his first signature restaurant, Ink, this year in Los Angeles; he was a finalist for the James Beard "Best New Restaurant" Award in 2009.

The Incredible Food Show features product sampling, cooking demonstrations and seminars. Tickets will go on sale Aug. 5. Go to


■ The Ashland-based Italian restaurant chain Giovanni's has opened its 108th store, in Nicholasville. John Goodyear and Brent Ferne opened the store in March at 851 North Main Street. Giovanni's serves pizzas, calzones, Italian subs, baked spaghetti, and lasagna. The buffet is $5.99 at lunch and $6.99 for dinner. Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Call (859) 885-1044.

Merrick Inn, 1074 Merrick Drive, will have a luau Thursday to launch the opening of its new covered patio. The pig roast will feature sandwiches for $9.50 and plate dinners for $10.50 with slaw and baked beans. Hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Call (859) 269 5417.

Sarah's Corner Café BBQ, 4300 Winchester Road, is celebrating its second anniversary during May. New menu items include smoked bologna, smoked turkey breast and homemade ice cream. You can pick up a Boston butt bone for the dog for a donation to the Lexington Humane Society. Call (859) 309-1220.

New menu items

Barnes & Noble Booksellers now sells pizza at its café at the store in Hamburg, 1932 Pavilion Way. Classic pepperoni and four-cheese pizzas are 8 inches and cost $5.95. Call (859) 543-8518.

Special events

Bluegrass Mystery Theatre will present A Wedding to Die For at two locations this month. The show and three-course meal at Equus Run Winery in Midway will be Friday. Wine tastings begin at 6:15 p.m., and the show starts at 7:30. The cost is $45. Call (859) 846-9463.

The show moves to My Old Kentucky Dinner Train in Bardstown on May 21. Tickets are $99.95 for adults, $59.95 for children and include a four-course meal and two-hour train ride. Call (866) 801-3463.

Wingspan Gallery, 191 Jefferson Street, is planning an Italian menu for its dinner Thursday. Included are pasta with pancetta in a spicy tomato sauce, insalata caprese, sautéed chicken cutlets with baby artichokes, and tiramisu. Call (859) 225-5765.

Country Cookin' by George, 1801 Alexandria Drive, is offering an all-you-care-to-eat weekend special. The lunch buffet is $7.45 and dinner is $9.95, and feature barbecued ribs, frog legs and coconut shrimp. Call (859) 276-0001.

■ The Urban Monday special at Nick Ryan's, 157 Jefferson Street, is coconut beef curry and chicken marsala. The cost is $12 and includes soup or salad and a glass of one of the featured wines, La Puerta Torrontes or Darcie Kent pinot noir. Red beans and rice with smoked sausage is served at lunch and dinner Mondays. Call (859) 233-7900.

Farmers Market report

Bluegrass Farmers' Market will have asparagus, lettuce, greens, rhubarb, carrots, onions, herb seasoning, jams, baked goods, honey, veggie plants and hanging baskets this week. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 3450 Richmond Road, in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs. Go to

Lexington Farmers Market now is open on Tuesday and Thursday at South Broadway and Maxwell Street. Hours are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vendors have several varieties of strawberries, asparagus, local and Southern tomatoes, kale, chard, spinach, onions, salad greens, new cow's milk cheeses from Boone Creek Creamery, beer cheeses and cheese spreads, pastries and artisan breads, fresh pasta, nut butters, beef, pork, chicken, bedding plants, fresh flowers and herbs, and hanging baskets.

The downtown Saturday market at Fifth Third Bank Pavilion is open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.


The telephone number for Brown's Bakery, which has moved to 1226 Versailles Road, is the same as at the old spot: (859) 225-8400. The number was incorrect in last Friday's Weekender.