Lexington Food News: May 2015

Lexington Food News: May 2015

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Bluegrass Farmers Market has opened its second location in Hamburg (replacing the former Richmond Road location). The new market is located in the Liquor Barn parking lot. There is an additional Saturday market at Azur Restaurant and Patio.

Copper Roux is the new venue from Matt Falcone (Bluegrass Bayou) and is located on South Broadway.

Distilled at Gratz Park is serving pies, cakes, and bread pudding made from scratch by Donna Heard on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

Locals’, a bar and restaurant, is under development at National Avenue in the former Sportsman’s Liquor spot near the railroad tracks.  The restaurant is being developed by Seth Boyd and Billy Oakley, and the chef will be Darren Pirozzi, who’s worked at Grey Goose and Distilled. The bar will offer craft beer, cocktails, seasonal drinks, and American food mixed with international influences.

Noodles and Co. has opened its second location, on South Limestone near UK. Delivery is available in the surrounding neighborhood.

Vinaigrette has opened its second location in The Square (formerly Victorian Square).


The Headley-Whitney Museum’s largest annual fundraiser, Brunch & Bibelots, is on May 3. The brunch occurs on the Sunday following Derby Saturday.

The Lexeffect Chew Dinner Series is back in town on Wednesday, May 20th at 7:30 pm at the Loudon House. The quarterly dinner series celebrates Lexington neighborhoods with chef driven farm to table dinners through a locally sourced, seasonal menu and local beer, wine, and spirit pairings.

Drunk & Sailor’s Beer and Booty Tour returns to Lexington on May 9 at 5 pm. The pub crawl is back for its fifth year.year. Dress like a pirate, wander the town, and drink up on grog. Play games, win pirate prizes, and enjoy the relaxing dulcet sounds of Drunk & Sailor.

Holly Hill Inn Wine Guild hosts Enchanted Wines from the South Pacific. on Thursday, May 14 and Friday, May 15.

may15_TasteOfTheBluegrassTaste of the Bluegrass 2015 is at Keeneland’s Keene Barn and Entertainment Center on May 15, 7 – 11 pm. The 2015 Taste of the Bluegrass showcases over 60 foods and beverages. In addition, there will be live music and a silent auction. More than a thousand people are expected to attend. Last year’s event generated more than $125,000 for God’s Pantry Food Bank.

Think Local, Drink Local 3 is at West Sixth Brewing on Saturday, May 16 at 3 pm. The annual event features a number of beers, including some rare ones, from breweries around the state on tap at West Sixth. The beer list includes Bo & Luke by Against The Grain Brewery, new beers by Louisville’s Goodwood Brewing, something new by Ei8ht Ball Brewing, and beers by Country Boy, Ethereal, Blue Stallion, Rooster Brew, and Beer Engine. At least 6% of sales will go to Broke Spoke Community Bike Shop


Registration for Alltech’s second annual Commonwealth Cup craft brew competition is May 8. Winners will be announced May 16 at the Craft Brews and Food Fest.

Country Boy Brewing hosts Coffee Beer Day on May 9, starting at 8 am. Country Boy features 12 coffee-infused Country Boy beers and 12 of their standards along with a free breakfast at 8 am (until its gone). The breakfast is catered by AP Suggins. There will also be plenty of Nate’s Coffee on hand.

On May 12, Winchell’s hosts the West Sixth Beer Dinner at 5 pm. Winchell’s chefs and owners will create a new and unique menu that pairs up with a number of West Sixth beers, including a special cask for the night.

Country Western Volume III Release Party & Tap Takeover at Arcadium on Friday, May 15 starting at 5:30 pm. West Sixth and Country Boy’s annual collaboration is an Imperial Pale Ale, bourbon barrel aged with pecans & cocoa nibs. At a 13% alcohol content, it’s West Sixth’s strongest beer to date.

The Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fest is at the Lexington Convention Center on May 16, from noon – 8 pm. There will be over 50 breweries attending, including Dogfish Head, Goose Island, Great Lakes Brewing Co, Sierra Nevada, and all our local favorites. Commemorative tasting glasses will be provided, and there will also be over 10 food vendors to wash down the beer with, and live music by local bands.



Lee Carroll’s Soul Jazz Summit Mother’s Day Brunch is at Willie’s on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10. Featuring Lee Carroll, Willie Eames, David Farris, Smith Donaldson, Jay Crutcher Crutcher, Tripp Bratton, Chase Fleming, and surprise guests playing soul, jazz, and funk from the 60’s and 70’s (Grant Green, Herbie Hancock, Jack McDuff, Eddie Harris, Cannonball Adderly, etc).

Mother’s Day Brunch with Gastro Gnomes at Blue Stallion at 1 pm. Featuring special dishes by the Gastro Gnomes and the great company of the Snobby Beer Bitches. There will also be special beer-mosas for the occasion, and rumor has it that Blue Stallion might be tapping a special new test batch brew.

My Old Kentucky Dinner Train hosts a Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday, May 10. Enjoy views of Kentucky’s countryside and a three-course brunch over this two-hour excursion.

This article also appears on page 12 of the May 2015 print issue of Ace.

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