Food & Drink

Sharon Thompson: Lexington's second Restaurant Week tied to National Horse Show

While waiting for a table to open up in the full dining room, many guests had drinks from Nick Ryan's bar. Restaurant week improved sales for all participants.
While waiting for a table to open up in the full dining room, many guests had drinks from Nick Ryan's bar. Restaurant week improved sales for all participants. Angela Baldridge

Lexington had its first restaurant week event this summer, and another one is underway already.

In conjunction with the Alltech National Horse Show, Dine Lexington! Restaurant Week is Friday through Nov. 3. More than 30 participating restaurants are offering $25 prix fixe menus. With their receipts, restaurant week patrons get half-price admission to the horse show.

For a list of restaurants — which include such places as Tomo, Enoteca, Columbia Steak House and The Jax — go to

Dupree Catering + Events has partnered with Alltech to open Pearse's Place at the horse show, which is Tuesday through Nov. 3. The restaurant and pub will serve a healthful breakfast after The Biggest Loser Run on Nov. 2, and participate in restaurant week with a two-for-$25 special.

Alltech's Kentucky Gathering, a celebration of the state's horses, heritage, food and drink modeled after The Gathering event in Ireland, begins Tuesday at Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park, 4089 Iron Works Parkway. For more information, go to

Special events

■ Saturday's Kentucky Proud Incredible Food Show kicks off with breakfast at 9 a.m. at the Lexington Convention Center, 401 West Main Street. Food Network celebrity chefs Bobby and Jamie Deen, sons of Paula Deen, are the featured guests at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. in Rupp Arena.

At the food show, you may sample Kentucky Proud products at The Marketplace, which features more than 100 companies. There will be culinary seminars and cooking demonstrations throughout the day. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $40 for a reserved floor seat to the Deens' show.

Go to; the website includes a coupon for $3 off general admission when tickets are purchased in person at the Lexington Center box office.

Nancy Ward, owner of Kentucky Specialty Sauces, will introduce her new brand and label at the show. On the market since 2003, Ward's products have been rebranded as Ward's Kentucky Specialties.

Red State BBQ will be one of several restaurants selling their specialties in the restaurant section — and offering samples of beer cheese, barbecue and sauce — in the Marketplace.

Wines on Vine, 400 Old Vine Street, is having a Maker's Mark and Jim Beam bourbon tasting event from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Monday. The cost is $10. Call (859) 243-0017.

Susan Riegler, author of Kentucky Bourbon Country and The Kentucky Bourbon Cocktail, will have a book signing at the Woodford Reserve Distillery gift shop from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The distillery is at 7855 McCracken Pike in Versailles.

■ Stone crab season has arrived at Lexington Seafood Co., 867 East High Street. "I will be bringing in fresh stone crab daily until the season ends in May. I will have the mustard to go along with them," owner Michael Yessin said. The store also has fresh oysters and salmon smoked on site. Call (859) 266-8888 or go to

Ramsey's Diners' third annual fall Harvest Daze features fall vegetables such as Table Queen variety acorn squash with brown sugar butter; Covington variety sweet potatoes, either baked or as a casserole; and fresh broccoli. Specials are available at all Ramsey's locations. Go to

Red State BBQ, 4020 Georgetown Road, is going pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. On Sunday, 20 percent of every order will be donated to the fight against breast cancer. Call (859) 233-7898 or go to

New menu items

Josie's on 68, 3955 Harrodsburg Road, has a new fall menu that includes pot roast, hot Brown, salmon croquettes and fried chicken, in addition to its "build your own pasta" special and nightly vegetable choices. Call (859) 523-6833 or go to

Town Branch Market Deli, 233 East Main, has to say goodbye until next summer to its popular Kentucky Proud stuffed tomatoes, owner Howard Stovall said. The fall and winter menu features chili, daily soup, and grilled and hot pressed sandwich specials. The store offers a "grab and go" selection of sandwiches and salads. Call (859 280-2122.


■ Weekend specials at The Grey Goose, 170 Jefferson Street, are fig and goat cheese pizza and pan-seared scallops. Call (859) 233-1500 or go to

Natasha's Bistro, 112 Esplanade, will serve bourbon-brined pork loin with green apple, parsnip, bacon and potato hash this weekend. Call (859) 259-2754 or go to

Farmers market report

■ Saturday is the last day for the Bluegrass Farmers Market season. Items include tomatoes, squash, peppers, eggplant, melons, lamb, goat, chicken, beef, pork, baked goods, herb seasoning, jams, eggs, cut flowers, pumpkins, and soaps. Go to

Lexington Farmers Market, in partnership with the Fayette Alliance, will offer a tour of the market with chef Ouita Michel from 8 to 9 a.m. Saturday in Cheapside Park. This Sunday is the final market of the season for the Southland Drive location, open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday markets will remain open through the end of November.