Food & Drink

Tidbits: For her birthday, chef Ouita Michel serves her favorite foods at Holly Hill Inn

Holly Hill Inn owner-chef Ouita Michel will serve a Latin menu, starting Friday, to mark her 49th birthday.
Holly Hill Inn owner-chef Ouita Michel will serve a Latin menu, starting Friday, to mark her 49th birthday. Lexington Herald-Leader

Restaurateur Ouita Michel celebrated her 49th birthday Thursday and will be making some of her favorite things for a culinary fiesta dinner Friday at Holly Hill Inn in Midway.

"I love cooking Latin food, and one of my early jobs in New York City was at Arizona 206, a really high-end Latin restaurant," Michel said. "We will be using all local vegetables and meats, and the seafood and fish are coming from Kelly Probst, flown in straight from the Gulf. It's my last year in my 40s; I want to start it with a bang."

The party starts at 6 p.m. , and the dinner buffet opens at 7. The Kentucky Hoss Cats will entertain from 6 to 9. The cost is $40.

The Latin menu also will be served Saturday and next week. Dinner entrees Saturday include lamb barbacoa and a Guatemalan chicken tamale in a banana leaf. Reservations begin at 5:30 p.m.; the cost is $35 to $65.

Holly Hill Inn is at 426 North Winter Street. Call (859) 846-4732.

Special events

■ Caterers who will prepare your picnic for the annual Picnic With the Pops concerts this weekend include Dupree Catering and Selma's Catering.

Dupree's menu includes a choice of entrees (grilled flat-iron steak, hickory salmon with avocado mousse or roasted chicken breast with salsa verde), eggplant Napoleon and Dupree's signature double chocolate espresso cookies. Call (859) 231-0464 or go to

Selma's Catering offers a choice of seared beef tenderloin, grilled chicken breast with sauté of fresh corn or roasted salmon. Call (859) 971-2763 or email

The concerts are Friday and Saturday at the Meadow at Keene Barn at Keeneland, 4201 Versailles Road. (See story on Page 4.)

Ruth Hunt Candy, 213 Walton Avenue, is holding its annual sale on tins of plain pulled candy. Customers may save 35 percent off catalog prices during August. Call (859) 268-1559 or go to

Winchell's, 348 Southland Drive, will hold its second lobster boil of the summer Thursday. Included are whole lobster with corn on the cob and new potatoes, New England clam chowder and fresh fruit cobbler. Call (859) 278-9424.

New menus

Bella Notte, 3715 Nicholasville Road, is adding locally grown summer vegetables to its menu. Included are heirloom tomatoes from Henkle's Herbs and Heirlooms in Nicholasville, eggplant from Habegger Mennonite Farm in Scottsville, sweet corn from Gallrein Farm in Shelby County, and lettuce and herbs from Vibrant Greens in Richmond. Entrees include peach balsamic barbecued chicken with "street vendor" sweet corn, pasta simmered in slow-roasted eggplant coulis, and cinnamon-spiced pork chop with wood-fire grilled nectarines. Call (859) 245-1789 or go to

Bakery Blessings & Bookstore @ the Bar, 1999 Harrodsburg Road, will offer a gluten-free dessert on Fridays. Call (859) 554-6044.

Furlongs, 130 West Tiverton Way, has a new menu that includes the popular boudin, ground pork, rice and seasonings in a sausage casing. Call (859) 523-5500.

Wing Zone is introducing three new flavors for wing fans: cinnamon maple; barbecued bacon nirvana; and mango fire, which was created by a fan through a flavor competition held on Facebook. Locations are 351 Southland Drive, (859) 259-1300; and 580 Eureka Springs Drive, (859) 259-1400. Go to

Farmers market report

Bluegrass Farmers Market will have corn, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, green beans, potatoes, peppers, melons, lamb, goat, chicken, beef, pork, baked goods, herb seasoning, pimento and beer cheese, jams and eggs. Go to

Lexington Farmers Market will have sweet corn, heirloom tomatoes, green beans, potatoes, onions, garlic, cabbage, peaches, blackberries, watermelons, cheeses, breads, wines and local meats. The annual Taste of the Farm fundraising dinner will be 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 24. Tickets are on sale at all market locations and at

Winchester/Clark County Farmers Market has blackberries, freestone peaches, melons. beans, heirloom and hybrid tomatoes, onions, squash, organic vegetables and herbs, and free-range eggs. The market is on Depot Street in Winchester. Hours are 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.