Food & Drink

Sharon Thompson: Lots of options for Father's Day

Sharon Thompson
Sharon Thompson

Father's Day is Sunday. How are you treating dear ol' Dad? Here is what some Central Kentucky restaurants are offering.

Azur Restaurant, 3070 Lakecrest Circle in Beaumont Centre, is serving brunch 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call (859) 296-1007 or go to The menu features steak and eggs; chicken and sage hash; grilled lamb burger; wild mushroom omelet; and crab cakes Benedict.

Casanova Italian Restaurant, 855 South Broadway, will have three specials. Rigatoni al pesto, salmon lasagna, and lobster linguini will be served 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Call (859) 309-3313 or go to

Graeter's Ice Cream is having its fourth annual Father's Day Ugly Tie Day. Dads who wear an ugly tie to the store on Sunday will receive a free scoop of ice cream. Hours are noon to 11 p.m. Locations are at

Holly Hill Inn, 426 North Winter Street in Midway, will serve a special three-course brunch. Entrees include prime rib au jus, grouper with whiskey sour vinaigrette, stuffed pork chops, and roasted stuffed portobello mushrooms. Cost is $25. Hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call (859) 846-4732.

Woodford Reserve Distillery will serve brunch at 12:30 p.m. in the Dryer House. The buffet features Woodford Reserve chicken bourbonnaise and bourbon stave-smoked prime rib. The cost is $40. Call (859) 879-1953 or email

Lunch on the porch, served Friday and Saturday, features bourbon bacon cheeseburgers with bourbon beer cheese, and beer-braised bratwurst with bourbon mustard. The cost is $11.95. Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The distillery is at 7855 McCracken Pike in Versailles. Call (859) 879-1812 or go to

■ Sondra Strunk, owner of Sondra's Wine Creations, will offer samples of candies that are suitable for Father's Day gifts. Strunk will be at Good Foods Market & Café, 455 Southland Drive, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Candy samples include chocolate wine, coffee bourbon, and chocolate wine with red pepper.

■ Weekend specials at Natasha's Bistro, 112 Esplanade, include Lexington Pasta's orecchiette tossed with fresh tomatoes and arugula, and beef tenderloin in a cranberry and walnut sauce served with potato and zucchini pie. Call (859) 259-2754 or go to

The Grey Goose, 170 Jefferson Street, will serve campfire pizza with marshmallows, chocolate chip, and graham cracker pieces, and grilled swordfish over firecracker rice and grilled asparagus topped with watermelon pico de gallo. Call (859) 233-1500 or go to


■ The Ginkgo Tree Café is an ideal spot for a special occasion luncheon, a short respite or take-out lunch this summer. The café, at Ashland, the Henry Clay Estate, 120 Sycamore Road, is operated by Selma Owen's Catering. The menu includes salads, sandwiches and desserts. Hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Call (859) 971-2763 for group reservations, or (859) 266-8581, or go to

Special events

■ The Henry Clay estate's annual Ashland Lawn Party will be June 22. Dupree Catering will serve grilled chicken breasts with fresh peach chutney and peppercorn grilled salmon. Tickets are $100, or $75 for ages 35 and younger. Proceeds go for the preservation of the estate. For reservations, email or call (859) 266-8581. Go to The party begins at 5 p.m. with cocktails and live jazz.

Jim Beam master distiller Fred Booker Noe III will join Jonathan Lundy for a throwback bourbon dinner on Thursday at Jonathan at Gratz Park. Featured will be 114 Old Grand-Dad, Old Overholt, Devil's Cut and Old Crow Reserve. The cost is $85 for a four-course dinner and pairings. Jonathan is at 120 West Second Street. Call (859) 252-4949 or go to

■ Classes at Wine + Market, 486 West Second Street, include American artisanal cheese, 6 p.m. Wednesday, $12; a wine class featuring five chardonnays, 6 p.m. June 24, $15; and monthly beer tasting, 5 to 7:30 p.m. June 26, free. Call (859) 225-0755 or go to

Panagia Pantovasilissa Greek Orthodox Church, 920 Tates Creek Road, will feature a Greek Macedonia menu at its monthly Greek dinner on Saturday. Chefs Jim Scalos and Sondra Scalos-Rice will prepare roasted leg of lamb, chicken pie, and marinated pork kebabs. Hours are 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Go to

Farmers market report

Bluegrass Farmers Market will open its second location Saturday at Stonewall Center, 3101Clays Mill Road. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday. The location at 3450 Richmond Road is in the parking lot in front of Pedal the Planet and FastSigns. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday. Farmers will have strawberries, tomatoes, lettuce, squash, cucumbers, greens, baked goods, herbs, lamb, goat, veal, beef, pork, chicken, and eggs. Go to

■ The asparagus crop at Shelley's Hand-Snapped Asparagus in Woodford County is drawing to a close. The cost is $5 a pound. The farm stand is 9 miles out Old Frankfort Pike from New Circle at Hedden Road. Call (859) 619-4996 for availability.