Food & Drink

Judges and people pick their favorites at Taste of the Bluegrass

The No. 10 Anniversary Burger at Ted's Montana Grill is a new take on the  cheeseburger. It's made with beef or bison.
The No. 10 Anniversary Burger at Ted's Montana Grill is a new take on the cheeseburger. It's made with beef or bison.

When you head out to eat this weekend, try some of the winners from the 32nd annual Taste of the Bluegrass, which was last weekend at Keeneland.

Judges named McCarty's medallions from Sal's Chophouse as the best entree, Giuseppe's Ristorante Italiano's lump crab cake as best appetizer, and The Soup Kitchen's brown bread as the best bread. The chefs at Sullivan University won best dessert for their local strawberry pavlova.

People's Choice awards went to Louisiana Passion Catering, best appetizer/soup; Great Harvest Bread, best bread; Fresh Market, best salad; Sal's, best entree; and Gigi's Cupcakes, best dessert.

Proceeds from the event go to God's Pantry Food Bank.

Special events

Alfalfa Restaurant, 141 East Main Street, will serve its popular holiday brunch on Monday, Memorial Day. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. In addition to the regular menu, there will be items from farmers markets including fresh peach pancakes and omelets made from Kentucky free-range chicken and cheese from Boone Creek Creamery. Call (859) 253-0014 or visit

■ The 10th anniversary celebration continues at Ted's Montana Grill with the second phase of its fund-raising efforts for Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry. Ted's also has new menu items including the special anniversary "No. 10 Burger," which is a take on Ted's classic cheeseburger, served in beef or bison with a choice of cheese and house-made sweet and spicy pickles. Also new are a house-made veggie burger and a wild berry cheesecake.

Ted's also has a new line of private label wines called Bison Ridge. Included are chardonnay, merlot and cabernet sauvignon. Ted's Lexington location is at 2304 Sir Barton Way. Call (859) 263-5228 or go to

■ Silver Oak, a prized California cabernet, will be the focus of a gourmet wine dinner at Portofino on June 6. There will be tastings from California's Napa and Alexander Valleys, with vineyard representatives leading the tastings and commentary. The cost is $125. The reception begins at 7 p.m., followed by dinner at 8. Portofino is at 249 East Main Street. Call (859) 253-9300.

Smith-Berry Winery's summer dinner/concert series kicks off Saturday with its 10th anniversary celebration. Nervous Melvin and the Mistakes will entertain. The buffet features Chuck's famous barbecue, grilled chicken breasts, Roma green beans, cheese grits and vinaigrette cole slaw. Call (502) 845-7091 or go to The winery us at 855 Drennon Road in New Castle.


■ Weekend specials at The Julep Cup, 111 Woodland Avenue, include pan-seared corvina over coconut basmati rice topped with roasted ginger carrots, and sautéed veal scallopini with tomato and artichoke hearts. The Beth Mankel Group entertains Friday, and John Hedger is featured Saturday. Call (859) 226-0300.

Natasha's Bistro & Bar, 112 Esplanade, will serve lamb moussaka as a special Friday and Saturday nights. A new summer dish is sesame peanut stir fry made with tofu or chicken and served over basmati rice. Call (859) 259-2754 or go to

Caramanda's Bake Shoppe has a new cupcake flavor, black forest. A chocolate cupcake is filled with cherries, swirled with vanilla buttercream and topped with chocolate curls and a maraschino cherry. Locations are 332 Southland Drive, 3805 Dylan Place (off Boston Road) and a kiosk in Fayette Mall.

Farmers market reports

Azur Restaurant's farmers bazaar is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays on the patio. The market features local farmers and artisans. Products include produce, eggs, cheese, meats, pasta, hand-dipped chocolates, flowers, plants, baked goods and crafts. Azur, 3070 Lakecrest Circle, serves brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Call (859) 296-1007 or go to

Bluegrass Farmers' Market is open 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. The farmers have strawberries, greens, potatoes, eggs, tomatoes, cucumbers, Swiss chard, bok choy, Napa and savoy cabbage, herb seasonings, and plants. The market is at 3450 Richmond Road, in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs. Go to

■ Clark County Extension family and consumer sciences agent Jennifer Howard will be at the Winchester/Clark County Farmers Market on Saturday. She will be sampling recipes and giving away kitchen gadgets to the first 50 people. Strawberries, green beans, peaches and corn will be available. The market is open 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays and 3 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 217 South Main Street.

Woodford County Farmers' Market will have beef, eggs, honey, pork and fruit. It's open 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays in downtown Versailles.

Lexington Farmers Market locations are Cheapside Park, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday; Southland Drive, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday; Maxwell Street and South Broadway, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, and the parking lot of the University of Kentucky's Commonwealth Stadium, next to University Drive, 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays. Go to