Food & Drink

With The Homestead, couple's dream comes true

Megan and Mike Smith have traveled the world as missionaries, and now they've settled in Kentucky and opened their dream business. "It started off as a simple idea for a coffee house when we were first married and over the years has grown to encompass our mutual passion for food, antiques and homesteading principles," Megan Smith said.

The Homestead, 150 Combs Ferry Road in Clark County, serves breakfast and lunch, and it offers classes on basket weaving, home brewing and baking for children. The menu includes biscuits, muffins, cakes, soup beans and corn bread, and barbecue.

The Homestead is at Combs Ferry and Todds roads in a 100-year-old post office that has been restored. Hours are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Call (859) 333-6266 or go to

Wine and dine

■ Natasha's Bistro & Bar, 112 Esplanade, has a wine-preservation system that allows the staff to serve premium select wines by the glass. "The Winekeeper prevents the wine from coming into contact with heat or oxygen for even an instant, allowing us to serve wine, perfect from the first to the last drop, in every glass," owner Gene Williams said.

During June, Natasha's is discounting select wines from its preservation system and introducing four new ones: Stag's Leap Wine Cellars' Artemis cabernet sauvignon, Napa Valley; Conn Creek Limited Release cabernet sauvignon, Napa Valley; Conundrum white blend, California; and Joel Gott riesling, Columbia Valley, Washington. Call (859) 259-2754 or go to

■ Horseshoe Bend Winery is having a Jamaican dinner June 11. The menu will include jerk chicken, conch soup, Jamaican whitefish, Caribbean salad and Sir Harvey cheesecake. The cost is $60 and includes paired wine tastings. The winery is at 1187 Lawson Lane, Willisburg. Call (859) 375-0296 or go to


■ The Fort Harrod Beef Festival's grill-off will be Saturday at the Mercer County Fairgrounds, 460 Linden Avenue, Harrodsburg. Teams will compete for the best brisket, steak, ribs and back-yard burger. The cost is $6 to sample and vote for the best griller.

A wine and cheese tasting will be at 5 p.m. Friday, and Saturday's activities include a steak-and-eggs breakfast, chef demonstrations, and arts and crafts. An old-fashioned ice cream social will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at Alexander and Royalty Funeral Home, 304 East Lexington Street. Call (859) 734-5546 or (859) 734-4378, or go to

■ Kentucky Ballet Theatre is having its 13th annual international dinner at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. It's an opportunity to meet the dancers and taste authentic gourmet specialties from around the world, prepared by the dancers and patrons. Artistic director Norbe Risco will roast a pig. The dinner will be at 1146 Lane Allen Road. The cost is $50. Call (859) 277-2227.

■ On June 14, School Restaurant is having a tuna kaitai show. The chefs will break down and carve a giant tuna in front of their guests. "Diners who attend the event at 6:30 p.m. will observe firsthand sushi techniques rarely seen outside of Japan and enjoy some of the freshest sushi and sashimi the country has to offer," general manager Kate Congleton said. School also will offer a discount on tuna sushi and tuna sashimi. The tuna buffet is $30 and includes sushi and sashimi, and spareribs.

During "tuna spectacular week," School will continue to offer discounts on tuna steak and spareribs. School is at 162 Todds Road. Call (859) 269-0677 or go to

■ The June menu at Greentree Tearoom, 521 West Short Street, reflects the season and its produce. Included are chilled cucumber soup, tomato and basil scone, chicken salad Astoria, and orange panna cotta. Tea is served at noon Wednesday through Saturday and by appointment for private parties. Call (859) 455-9660 or go to

Farmers market report

■ Bluegrass Farmers Market has 100 percent locally grown strawberries, asparagus, tomatoes, eggs, lettuce, kale, green beans, rhubarb, onions, herb seasoning, jams, baked goods, honey, vegetable plants and floral hanging baskets. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at 3450 Richmond Road, in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs. Go to