(800) 845-3959  VisitLEX.COM 27 26 2017 LEXINGTON VISITORS GUIDE Food Chain Part of a 90,000 square foot mixed-use project located in an old Rainbo bread factory, Food Chain grows salad greens, herbs and…fish! It’s all done indoors utilizing aquaponics. Take a tour on a Saturday and learn about sustainable food production in an urban environment. Then head to the restaurant next door and taste the results at Smithtown Seafood. Talk about fresh! Head next door from Smithtown and sample a local beer from West Sixth Brewing. foodchainlex.org Make Your Own Pasta Enroll in a Pasta 101 class. Learn the history and art of making pasta on a Friday evening, while enjoying appetizers and wine. Best friends Lesme Romero and Reinaldo Gonzalez of Lexington Pasta have been providing Lexington with fresh pasta since 2009. If you’d rather have them make it for you, just stop by the Pasta Garage, choose your meal, and then watch chefs prepare it from their open kitchen. pastagarage.com Taste the Difference As we like to say, Lexington has been doing the Farm to Table thing since 1775. The area’s nutrient-rich soils are legendary. Local chefs can be found selecting the day’s produce at one of our many colorful farmers’ markets. Saturday’s market in Cheapside Park is a favorite with visitors and often features strolling musicians and an artist’s market. Our farmers have great relationships with our restaurants. We take great pride in the amount of locally sourced food served here, from beef to microgreens. Kentucky Native Café Register for a Wild Thyme With new class themes and meals each day,from“Everything is better with Bourbon,” to “Cookin’ Up Cajun,” and even a “Knife Skills Workshop,” Wild Thyme Cooking School offers one of Lexington’s most fun and rewarding culinary experiences. Led by Kentucky native and respected chef Allison Davis, Wild Thyme provides classes for all skill levels and interests. wildthymecooking.com Time Your Trip With fun and festive annual events dedicated to food, beer, bourbon, and even Beer Cheese, you might want to make sure you plan a trip to take advantage of these culinary celebrations. We have a Craft Beer Week, a Burger Week, a Pizza Week and a Lexington Restaurant Week. The Chew Series celebrates Lexington neighborhoods with monthly farm-to-table dinners paired with local wine, beer and spirits. The Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fest also features live music. CRAVE is a two-day food and music festival that is wildly popular with locals and visitors alike. Check the calendar at VisitLEX.com. Stroll our Vineyards Dedicated vintners are taking advantage of the Bluegrass Region’s temperate climate and famously fertile soil to produce award-winning wines. The area’s picturesque vineyards offer tours, tastings, special events and fine dining. You can witness the revival of winemaking in the Bluegrass at a number of thriving wineries, including the first commercial vineyard in the United States! VisitLEX.com/flavors/wineries Searle began his culinary career in 2008 at Lexington restaurant staples Dudley’s on Short, Bourbon n’Toulouse, and Bellini’s. In 2011, he joined the team at Proof on Main, the acclaimed restaurant at 21c Museum Hotel Louisville, and quickly rose through the ranks to become Executive Sous Chef. Searle helped the restaurant earn numerous accolades including a place on Bon Appetit magazine’s list of “10 Best Hotels for Food Lovers.” With a successful tenure at Proof and a strong network of the region’s craft purveyors, Searle returns to Lexington as the Executive Chef of Lockbox. His menus feature simple ingredients and nod to Kentucky’s rich Southern heritage and Lexington’s unique cultural identity. What’s your go-to for a killer brunch? What about dinner? Favorite thing to order? JS: For brunch,County Club – any special they come up with on weekends.For dinner,Winchell’s – country fried steak, catfish,you name it.There’s hardly a miss on that menu. Why is the Lexington Farmers Market considered the best farmers market in America? JS: The beautiful downtown centralized Pavilion and the amazing variety of purveyors with high-quality offerings. It’s a dream come true being a stone’s throw away. Pick your favorite: Horse Country, Brewgrass Trail or Bourbon Trail. Why? JS: For me, Bourbon Trail, no question. Outside of food, I have no greater passion than bourbon. I can’t imagine living anywhere else, especially with the energy that comes to life in September during Bourbon Month here in Kentucky. What is something that you can experience in Lexington that you can’t experience anywhere else in the world? JS: A truly special combination of Horse Country, Bourbon Country and genuine Southern hospitality. Jonathon Searle Executive Chef, Lockbox BEYOND GRITS Our diverse culinary scene is led by community- minded entrepreneurs and passionate chefs, brewers, distillers and vintners. You’ll discover a proud mix of the traditional and the imaginative. Dig in! BEYOND GRITS