Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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February 23, 2014

Tim Preston: Pizza, Kohl's, chefts and mosquitoes; 2/23/14

ASHLAND — I’m trying to clear out my notebook from my fall trip to Kentucky’s Red River Gorge, and I can’t do that without sharing my final notes of the journey, scribbled while sharing a final meal of the week from the legendary Miguel’s Pizza.

Owned and operated by Miguel Ventura and family, Miguel’s is undoubtedly at the top of the “must do” list for people who know where to find the good stuff at Red River Gorge. Our hosts, Jenn and Clifton Gifford, picked up a couple of pizzas as we were packing up, and it was almost enough to make stick around for a few more days.

In addition to a plain cheese unit (for my picky-eater wife), we shared another pizza loaded with feta cheese, basil, salami and (a first for me) chick peas. I must admit I did not care for the idea of peas on a pizza, but my notes clearly state “Chick peas are KILLER on pizza. This is delicious.” The small crowd enjoying the lunch at Sky Bridge Station also gave a hearty recommendation for Miguel’s rice bowls and pasta bowls.

Miguel’s website states: “Handmade crust and homemade sauce can be custom ordered with up to 45 very fresh and tasty topping choices, many of which are local farm fresh. Crust can also be ordered gluten free.

“Baked fresh in house, our sandwich bread is handmade and can be ordered with up to 45 topping choices, our famous sauce and topped with cheese.

“Or keep it simple with a whole rib eye steak, BBQ pork or BLT. For breakfast, order up a traditional breakfast of eggs, bacon, potatoes and homemade bread. We also have omelets that can be created from the 45 topping choices.”

Miguel’s can be found at 1890 Natural Bridge Road in Slade. For more information, call (606) 663-1975.

Kohl’s confirmed

I’ve been hearing about Kohl’s coming to Ashland since I’ve been back in Kentucky and it is finally becoming a reality.

Mayor Chuck Charles passed along a message stating the retailer’s pad delivery will happen at the end of this month, with footers in place by March 17.

“Open before back-to-school sales begin,” Charles wrote. “This project is 100 percent a go.”

Kohl’s was founded in 1962 and is headquartered in Menomonee Falls, Wis. It has more than 1,000 stores in 49 states. In 2009, Kohl’s had annual sales of $17.1 billion and is a S&P Fortune 500 Company.

Celebrity chefs

An upcoming event in Portsmouth sounds like a great party for a good cause. The sixth-annual Celebrity Chef Dinner and Auction, hosted by the Counseling Center Inc., will be March 11.

The event includes a “tropical inspired” luau dinner with dessert dishes crafted by local celebrity chefs Dr. Johnny and Taralyn Bernard, Charlotte Gordon and Mark Chepp, Father Steve Cuff, Beth Dunlap and her father, Mike Dunlap, Sarah Myers, Jason Sparks, Beth Haney and her mother, Ann Oberling, Dr. Rhoni Maxwell-Rader, Jo Anna Krohn and Traci Maloney, Lisa Knauff and Jordan Henson, as well as Dr. Terry and Jennifer Johnson. The event also will feature a live island band, a hula review, a silent auction and raffles.

Proceeds go to various programs aimed at youth, including prevention and outreach programs for area schools. For more information or to purchase tickets, call Cassie Glock at (740) 354-3829, ext. 234. Tickets may also be purchased at celebritychef2014.myevent.com.

Mosquito Joe

With the snowbanks finally melting, thoughts of spring and summer are on the minds of many. Speaking for myself and others, we look forward to it as a time of year with few things to complain about — other than pests like mosquitoes, fleas and ticks.

Jeff and Melissa Holmes of South Shore, owners of Mosquito Joe of the Tri-State, were recently honored for their efforts in eliminating the pesky insects. The Holmeses were presented with the company’s “The Most MoJo Award” at the company’s first national convention, in recognition of their “passion, positivity and overall enthusiasm.”

The Holmeses opened the local Mosquito Joe franchise last year and were only open for 16 weeks before cold weather set in. Independent Editor Mark Maynard was among those who signed up for their services and he will enthusiastically tell you the program worked wonders in his back yard.

“No mosquitoes. None,” he declares.

Jeff Holmes, who also is a full-time teacher at Portsmouth High School, said he and his wife anticipate an excellent season as warm weather returns.

“We are looking forward to hiring three to five more local people to help us out with the growth we expect in the upcoming 2014 season,” he said, noting they provide services for families “from Portsmouth to Charleston.”

For more information, visit the Facebook page or tristate.mosquitojoe.com or call (855) ASK-A-JOE.

TIM PRESTON can be reached at (606) 326-2651.

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