Best Bites: New JDI opens in Lexington, Wines on Vine adds flight night

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The new JDI is at the corner of Cedar and Broadway.

The new JDI Grille and Tavern, at the corner of Cedar and Broadway, downtown Lexington, will open this weekend (March 1, 2013).  The original Jefferson Davis Inn (JDI) was originally located at West High and Limestone, where Jefferson Davis lived while attending Transylvania University. It was a popular bar and local music venue until it closed in 1996.  The new JDI will offer southern pub food (pulled pork, chicken and waffles, a JDI burger, funnel cake fries, bananas foster waffles), a dozen draft beers, and seventy choices of Kentucky bourbon.

Wines on Vine has added a wine Flight Night on Mondays. For a complete lineup and to RSVP, call 859-243-0017.

Bourbon master Tim Knittel is directing the 1785 Bourbon Society at Holly Hill Inn, a bourbon appreciation society. The mission of the 1785 Bourbon Society is to educate bourbon drinkers from novice to aficionado  – including palate training, mixology, food pairings and cooking with bourbon, along with bourbon history. Knittel is a professional bourbon educator and has been the general manager of the Culinary Program at Woodford Reserve. Email Steve at Holly Hill Inn for info about upcoming events. Click here to read Ace’s Bourbon Chat interview with Tim, by Heather C. Watson.

Azur Executive Chef Jeremy Ashby was selected for inclusion in the 2013 edition of Best Chefs America reference guide that showcases the best chefs in the United States as chosen by chef peers via over 5,000 one-on-one interviews.  Also listed was Anthony Lamas of Seviche in Louisville. Kentucky Proud.

Nick Ryan’s on Jefferson has recently updated their menu, adding a pinto bean burger, butternut squash ravioli, grilled scallops, and bouillabaisse. (Their Saturday brunch features a bloody mary bar.)

 

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