CCC Trail Vineyard Cafe new lunch spot in Ashland
ASHLAND -- Ashland's Pendleton Arts Center has a new lunch option. The CCC Trail Vineyard Cafe opened its doors in on Labor Day.
Owner Jim Ross had already had a tasting room for his CCC Trail Vineyard adjacent to the lunch counter when the space became available last summer. The new Cafe offers a mix of sandwiches, salads, pasta and regional dishes like a Kentucky Hot Brown. Located in Morehead, Ky., the Vineyard is named for the trail blazed by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the great the Great Depression. Ross also owns a restaurant in Morehead named "Celebrations Cafe," which was established in December of 2011.
"This is the first month we've tried doing a more seasonal menu," Ross said. "We initially tried to do everything but that didn't make sense. In April we're going to have Derby Pie in honor of the Kentucky Derby. In May we're going to switch our soup over to gazpacho, which is a cold but spicy soup. We are looking at a mix of things people like."
For St. Patrick's Day the cafe will offer a green "Saint Paddies Benedictine Spread" ($7.50), a traditional Kentucky dish made with cream cheese and cucumbers. There's also Irish potato soup available by the cup ($3.50) and the bowl ($5).
Another regional favorite that the cafe has is transparent pie.
"A transparent pie is made with butter, sugar, eggs, vinegar and vanilla," Ross said. "It's a 100-year-old recipe out of Maysville, Kentucky in the Mason County area. There's about a 10 county area in Kentucky and Adams County Ohio where everyone grew up with it. No one really knows where the name came from. It's sort of like a pecan pie, but lighter. In other parts of the country like Indiana it's called a sugar cream pie."
Each month the cafe will have a blue plate special. Currently it offers a Kentucky Hot Brown ($9) and Spicy Sausage & Pepper Penne with Feta ($9).
The cafe also offers a wine tasting room next door. Customers can sample a tasting of five different wines from the CCC Trail Vineyard for $7.50. That includes a souvenir glass. Bottles of wine range from $12.50 to $15. Wines include Vidal Blanc, Chardonnay and even blackberry and tomatoes wines. Ross purchased the CCC Vineyard in 2008.
The CCC Trail Vineyard Cafe is located in the Pendleton Art Center at 1537 Winchester Ave. It is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is also open for every First Friday Art Walk from 5 to 9 p.m. It is closed Saturdays and Sundays. Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted.
If you go: CCC Trail Cafe
Food: Soups, sandwiches and regional favorites
Address: 1537 Winchester Ave., Ashland
Payment: Cash, checks and all major credit cards
Hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday and 5 to 9 p.m. on First Fridays. Closed on Saturdays and Sundays.