NEWS Fresh Thyme Farmers Market is coming to Lexington in the recently vacated Office Max location in Crossroads Shopping Center at Nicholasville and Reynolds Roads. The Macho Nacho in Chevy Chase has closed. The tex-mex restaurant originally opened on December 14, taking over the space previously occupied by GCB (formerly Buddy’s, and prior to that, Roy’s). Mark Wombles (Heirloom, Distilled at Gratz Park) opened his latest restaurant, Mezzo Italian Cafe and Provisions, in March, in Midway. The Seattle-based pizza chain, MOD Pizza, will be coming to Hamburg. The fast-casual pizza restaurant, to be located at 2217 War Admiral Way, will occupy the building that housed Calistoga until 2011. Former Lexington vice-mayor Mike Scanlon will open a Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe franchise in Lexington in April. This franchise will be operated by the Zenith Co. Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe is a 54-restaurant chain. (Fresh Capital Acquisitions, also associated with Taziki’s outlets in TN, bought the former Lynn’s Paradise Cafe in Louisville in March.) EVENTS West Sixth Turns Four celebration at West Sixth Brewing. Friday, April 1 is Bread Box day, featuring a day-long open house of the studio. At 7 pm, there will be a Flashback Friday: the original crew of bartenders will man the bar. At 10 pm, Yamaguchi’s will be setting up a late night Japanese Food Truck. Saturday, April 2 is the Big Day of the Anniversary: 10 am breakfast by Smithtown and Coffee Stout on Tap; Sixfold American Sour bottle release at noon; birthday pint glass giveaway at 3 pm; Cake Rushmore (Firkin Bar) at 3 pm; Snake Cake tapping at 5 pm, and Blind Corn Liquor Pickers & Brett Ratliff play live music starting at 6 pm. Sunday, April 3 is Family Day: there will be a family friendly free magic show in the beer garden starting at 1 pm. On April 1 at 6:30 pm, Pies and Pints is tapping the first keg of 2016 KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) in the state. Along with the KBS, there will be other Founders beers on tap. On April 6-7, the Holly Hill Inn Wine Guild discusses Blending White Rhones. Steve Mancuso, director of the Wine Guild, will taste and compare Marsanne, Roussanne, Viognier, and Grenache Blanc. Seatings available for 6 pm and 7:30 pm each day. Bourbon Social presents a Bourbon Bar Crawl on Thursday, April 7 at 7 pm. “A go-at-your-own pace bar crawl through some of the best bourbon bars in Lexington. Each stop will feature a different bourbon/cocktail – stamp your way through for a prize at the end.” Fresh Food Adventure at the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill on April 9: Join award-winning Lexington chef and author Jonathan Lundy for a classic Kentucky meal. Lundy is the executive chef at Lexington’s Coba Cocina and the author of Jonathan’s Bluegrass Table: Redefining Kentucky Cuisine. The dinner features some of Jonathan’s classic Kentucky dishes with a twist and beverage pairings by TJ Cox. On April 9, the UK Art Museum hosts a House Party at The Carrick House. Featuring TV dinners by Dan Wu and Martine Holzman and drinks by Maker’s Mark and West Sixth Brewing. There will also be 3D printers, arcade games, firepit s’mores, food paintings, home movies, Rubik’s Cube masters, soft sculpting, WRFL DJ’s, and more. The UK African Students Association is hosting Taste of Africa 2016 at Memorial Hall at UK on Saturday, April 9 at 6 pm. There will be traditional and modern African dances, vocal performances, models showcasing the beauty of African clothing, poetry, and African food. Celebrity Chef Alton Brown: Eat Your Science, April 10 at 7 pm, Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts (Louisville). Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science will offer an interactive audience experience with science, music, food and entertainment. CHEW Brunch: Mimosas with Dan Wu at 11 am at Wild Thyme on April 10. “Featuring a 2-course meal by Chef Dan Wu… this meal will be paired with a Mimosa bar (with all the fixings). The meal will be made using locally sourced products, foods, and brands.” Portofino hosts a Master Distiller Bourbon Dinner on April 13, featuring Buffalo Trace. A master distiller will head a bourbon tasting complemented by a dinner. For more info, call 859.253.9300. Record Store Day at HopCat starts at 11 am on Saturday, April 16. The celebration includes free Crack Fries to all guests who bring a receipt from a purchase made at a local record store on April 16. HopCat will also team up with Dogfish Head to feature special beers including American Beauty, Romantic Chemistry, Namaste, and the appropriately named for the occasion Beer To Drink Music To. Saturday, April 16 is the fourth-annual Maker’s Mark® Handcraft Festival from 10 am to 4 pm in Loretto. Enjoy a self-guided tour with food and cocktail samples as well as live music, all while checking out arts-and-craft vendors. All ages welcome. Country Boy Brewing’s 3rd annual Beer Cheese Contest is on Sunday, May 15 from 1 pm - 5 pm. Taste 40+ beer cheese recipes from local cooks. The contest will be held in the warehouse, across the street from the taproom, as part of Lexington Craft Beer Week. The 2016 Taste of the Bluegrass is at Keeneland on Friday, May 20 starting at 7 pm. Central Kentucky food, beverages, live music, and a silent auction all in one place. The 2015 Taste of the Bluegrass generated almost $150,000 for God’s Pantry Food Bank. To submit a Lexington Food, Wine, or Spirits Event to be considered for the Ace calendar, please go to the Ace online calendar, and click “Submit” (upper right on the Menu bar). For restaurant advertising, call Ace Advertising at 859.225.4889 x229. This article also appears on page 10 of the February 2016 printed issue of Ace. 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