Food & Drink

Talk about fresh: Café opens in Frankfort garden center

Last July, patrons enjoyed the first Seed to Table dinner at Shaker Village. The gardenside supper is back this year.
Last July, patrons enjoyed the first Seed to Table dinner at Shaker Village. The gardenside supper is back this year.

The new Sage Garden Café is in a wonderful setting: a garden center. Organic produce for the menu is grown there, along with bouquets of fresh flowers and plants for decorating tables.

The idea behind Jennifer Wilson and Tina Emrick's venture at Wilson's Nurseries, 3690 East West Connector in Frankfort, was to make the café a "very fresh alternative."

Chef Emrick previously owned Clare Ann's Catering and Personal Chef. Her specialty items include homemade breads (sourdough and oatmeal walnut), and cranberry chicken salad. The menu includes breakfast items, sandwiches, salads and soups. Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Call (502) 352-2725or go to Wilsonnurseriesky.com.

Upcoming events

■ Gardenside suppers are back at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill. The dinners are held on the Trustees' Office lawn, outside the garden gate. The Seed to Table series of three-course meals will feature heirloom vegetables grown in the Shaker garden, and grass-fed meat, poultry and other produce from nearby farms. Dates are July 9 and 23, and Aug. 13 and 27. The suppers are $85 a person and begin at 6:30 p.m. Shakertown is at 3501 Lexington Road in Harrodsburg. Call 1-800-734-5611, Ext. 1545,or go to Shakervillageky.org.

Doodles, 262 North Limestone, will feature live music on the patio from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. The Old Glorys will entertain with an eclectic mix of Americana, blues and country. Call (859) 317-8507 or go to Doodlesrestaurant.com.

Alfalfa Restaurant, 141 East Main Street, will be open for brunch 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., after the 10k race and before the parade, on Monday, the Fourth of July. Specials on the menu include a farmers market omelet, featuring eggs from Home Pickens; vegetables from Elmwood Stock Farm; cheese from Boone Creek Creamery; and fresh peach pancakes featuring peaches from the farmers market "peach lady," Mary Tyler.

On Wednesdays and Thursdays, Alfalfa will offer wines at half-price. "We'll be trying out new wines throughout the summer, with Kentucky wines playing a more prominent role on our menu," Jake Gibbs said. Call (859) 253-0014.

Weekend specials

The Julep Cup, 111 Woodland Avenue, will features flavors of the Southwest this weekend. Dishes include wild mushroom and sweet corn tamales and tortilla-crusted scallops. The Beth Mankel Group will entertain Friday and Jo Nardilillo on Saturday. Call (859) 226-0300.

Farmers market report

■ The Bluegrass Farmers Market now has a second location: at Millpond Shopping Center, at Boston Road and Man o' War Boulevard. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. There are five to 10 vendors at this location offering 100 percent homegrown produce. This week's selection includes peaches, blueberries, beans, squash and herbs.

It's "little shoppers day" at the Bluegrass market on Saturday at the Richmond Road site. Youngsters will receive free market tote bags. Available items are tomatoes, blueberries, green beans, kale, zucchini, rhubarb, onions, herb seasoning, jams, baked goods, beef, cut flowers and herbs. 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 Localharvest.org/blog/29529.

■ Mary Parlanti and Milton C. Toby will be at the "Homegrown Authors" booth at the Lexington Farmers Market on Saturday. Parlanti is author of From the Kitchen of Mary Parlanti, With Love, and Toby is the writer of Dancer's Image: The Forgotten Story of the 1968 Kentucky Derby. Also, Oliva Bella owner Lea Ann Vessels will offer samples of her newest product, lemon basil pesto, along with artisan olive oil, balsamico, cipollini and pomodori. The market is at the Fifth Third Bank Pavilion at Cheapside Park, Main Street and Cheapside.

■ The Woodford County Farmers Market will offer free personal-trainer consultations and demonstrations, sponsored by Falling Springs Parks and Recreation, on Saturday. Farmers now have peaches, tomatoes, potatoes, cauliflower and broccoli. The market is open 3 to 6 p.m. Monday on Main Street in Midway; 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Versailles Presbyterian Church; and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Versailles Courthouse Square.

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