Food & Drink

Lexington chef will get a taste of celebrity status

Chef Jeremy Ashby is promoting the use of Asian carp with a fish fry Thursday at Azur. Proceeds benefit the Kentucky  Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.
Chef Jeremy Ashby is promoting the use of Asian carp with a fish fry Thursday at Azur. Proceeds benefit the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. Lexington Herald-Leader

Jeremy Ashby, executive chef at Azur, is hanging out with celebrity chefs this weekend at the Senior PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville.

Ashby joins renowned French chef Jacques Pepin and Iron Chef Michael Symon at the KitchenAid Fairway Club's chef event during the tournament. KitchenAid is hosting a series of cooking demonstrations with celebrity and local chefs next to the 13th green.

Pepin will teach French cooking skills from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday. Symon will combine his Midwest upbringing and classic culinary training to prepare chops (lamb and veal) and scallops from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday.

You can hear about Ashby's adventures at the PGA event on his radio show, Sunny Side Up, which airs at 11 a.m. Saturday on WLAP-630 AM. His show focuses on local foods and the farm-to-table movement in the Bluegrass.

Azur is at 3070 Lakecrest Circle. Call (859) 296-1007 or go to


■ On Saturday, shops and restaurants in Midway will participate in "Meet Me in Midway." Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Restaurants will serve special dishes, and Superfecta will entertain beginning at 7 p.m. A silent auction will feature items from downtown shops and restaurant gift certificates. The event benefits the Midway Business and Restaurant Association and the Bluegrass Cycle Club Horsey 100.

Jonathan at Gratz Park, 120 West Second Street, is having a special dinner on the patio Sunday. Chef/owner Jonathan Lundy will prepare a low-country boil with lobster, shrimp, clams, mussels, and fresh corn and potatoes. It will be dumped promptly at 8 p.m. Dinner will be served family style and is limited to 25 guests. The dinner is $45 and is by reservation only. Call (859) 252-4949.

Alfalfa, 141 East Main Street, is having a Memorial Day brunch from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday. In addition to the regular menu, the chef will prepare a farmers-market omelet, featuring eggs from Home Pickins Farm, vegetables from Elmwood Stock Farm and cheese from Boone Creek Creamery.

Alfalfa now serves a hamburger made from beef from Circle D Farms in Madison County and dressed with local greens and hydroponic tomatoes. Two wines from Lover's Leap have been added to the Kentucky wine list. Call (859) 253-0014 or go to

■ This is the last weekend to enjoy the May dinner menu at Holly Hill Inn, 426 North Winter Street, Midway. The three course dinner is $35, a five-course tasting menu is $55, and a four-course vegetarian tasting menu is $40.

The menu changes monthly, and so does Carrie's pie supper. May pies are fresh strawberry with white chocolate sauce, orange silk in graham cracker crust, gingersnap peach with crumb topping and caramel sauce, and coconut cream with raspberry sauce. Call (859) 846-4732 or go to

Farmers market report

■ Mary Tyler, also known as "the peach lady," and her son Bobby will have the first crop of their Southern peaches at Lexington Farmers Market on Saturday. They also will have cantaloupes, tomatoes and green beans, and they will be set up at all four market locations. Other vendors will have strawberries, rhubarb, and hydroponic tomatoes and peppers.

Jonathan Lundy, chef/owner of Jonathan's at Gratz Park will give a chef's demonstration and offer free samples at the Saturday market at Fifth Third Bank Pavilion in Cheapside Park.

Bluegrass Farmers Market has strawberries, asparagus, eggs, lettuce, greens, rhubarb, onions, herb seasoning, jams, baked goods, honey, veggie plants and floral hanging baskets. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The market, which sells 100 percent homegrown/produced items, is at 3450 Richmond Road, in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs. Go to

Azur's Farmers Bazaar is open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays featuring local produce. It's open on the patio and front walk of the restaurant at 3070 Lakecrest Circle. Call (859) 296-1007 or visit