Food & Drink

Sharon Thompson's Tidbits: Restaurants summerize menus and buy local


As we head into summer, restaurants are buying local produce to jazz up their menus, changing menu items to reflect the season, and opening outdoor venues.

■ The tearoom at Bramble Ridge Orchard, 2726 Osborne Road in Mount Sterling, will open for the season next week. Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Call (859) 598-9123 or go to The orchard barn has fresh apples, jams, honey, cider, cider doughnuts, caramel apples and apple pies.

■ The new Palmers Fresh Grill and Wine Bar, 161 Lexington Green Circle, in the former Regatta space, has live music on the patio on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Call (859) 273-0103 or go to

Wallace Station Deli, 3854 Old Frankfort Pike in Woodford County, is offering a summer music series. Bluegrass and BBQ will be 5 to 7 p.m. Saturdays featuring Lexington musician Danny Williams. He is a mandolinist, a recording artist, a composer, a music educator and a member of the trio The Barry Mando Project. Wallace Station will serve barbecue specials and its regular menu. Go to

Bella Notte, 3715 Nicholasville Road, will introduce its new summer menu on Tuesday. It includes ravioli quattro formaggi with roasted cherry tomatoes and fennel tomato broth; grilled pork chop with wood-grilled potato and pole beans; summer lasagna with summer squash, homemade ricotta and roasted tomatoes; and spice roasted salmon with yellow tomato smoked chili vinaigrette. Call (859) 245-1789 or go to


Mellow Mushroom, 503 South Upper Street, has chosen June as the month to give back. "We offered to give a portion of our winnings to a charity if our Powerball ticket won," marketing director Boomer Oyler said. "It did not, but we still wanted to do something since we had a great deal of charities nominated and people were excited about it.

"We've taken these charities and are allowing people to vote for their favorite on our Facebook page. The winning charity will benefit from a large portion of the sales from a new pizza we will put on the menu for the month of June," Oyler said.

The new pizza has an oil and garlic base, topped with thinly sliced meatballs, mozzarella and provolone cheese, mushrooms, onions and a swirl of red sauce after it's baked. Vote at

Double H BBQ, 1244 Versailles Road, is celebrating its first year with daily customer-appreciation specials June 3 to 7. There will be specials on ribs, wings and "meal deals." Call (859) 523-4227 or go to

Greentree Tearoom, 521 West Short Street, has chosen its menu for June. It includes chilled cucumber soup, cherry scone, tropical chicken salad, tomato aspic, white pimento cheese and carrot round tea sandwiches, amaretto wedding cake and strawberry mousse. Call (859) 455-9660 or go to


■ Weekend specials at The Grey Goose, 170 Jefferson Street, include a dessert pizza with chocolate strawberry shortcake topped with fresh strawberries, chocolate chips, and vanilla cream cheese. The entrée special is grilled salmon with a pineapple and habanero pico de gallo on a bed of couscous and asparagus. Call (859) 233-1500 or go to

Farmers market report

Winchester/Clark County Farmers Market is open at the Blue Grass Heritage Museum parking lot on Main Street. Hours are 8 a.m. to noon Saturday and 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday. Items include early spring vegetables, fresh eggs, flowers, crafts, and canned goods from Beech Springs Farm.

Bluegrass Farmers Market will have strawberries, tomatoes, lettuce, squash, cucumbers, greens, baked goods, herbs, lamb, goat, veal, beef, pork, chicken, and eggs. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 3450 Richmond Road, in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs. Go to

Lexington Farmers Market has local strawberries, lettuces, spinach, asparagus, green onions, green garlic, cheeses, eggs, honey, baked goods, flowers, meats, granola, oils and vinegars and prepared foods. Go to for market hours and locations.