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Appetizers with Kentucky flair from Ramsi's Café on the World

Updated: Apr 30, 2014 05:48 AM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) --  Throwing a Derby party can be stressful so simple appetizers that can be made in advance are the way to go! Chef Rhona Kamar of Ramsi's Cafe on the World will share her favorite easy treat - stuffed dates with cinnamon glaze - and talk about adding some Kentucky flair to your dishes with local goat cheese and bourbon! Plus she can give tips on making the dish vegan and share her chef tricks for restaurant-quality presentation.

Ramsi's Cafe on the World

1293 Bardstown Road

(502) 451-0700

More recipes and tips on chef Rhona's blog:


Start to finish: 30 minutes

Servings: 24 pieces

½ cup Woodford Reserve bourbon

½ cup raw agave or maple syrup

½ teaspoon cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon cayenne

1/8 teaspoon sea salt

24 fresh medjool dates

8 ounces goat cheese, softened

8 ounces Kentucky pecans, whole and raw

In a small saucepan on medium, cook bourbon until reduced by half and alcohol is burned off, about 2 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes. Transfer to a medium mixing bowl. Add agave, cinnamon, cayenne and sea salt. Whisk until smooth. Set aside.

Cut a small slit in the top of each date and squeeze gently remove pit. Spoon

½ teaspoon goat cheese into the opening of each date. Top with 2 whole pecans and drizzle with bourbon glaze.

(Recipe by Ramsi's Cafe on the World chef Rhona Kamar.)

About Ramsi's Cafe on the World:

Since 1997, Ramsi's Cafe on the World has offered global comfort food in the heart of Louisville's Highlands neighborhood. Known for their eclectic decor and extensive menu of over 100 items, Ramsi's Cafe is a casual eatery with international flavor. It is located at 1293 Bardstown Rd. and open for lunch and dinner. Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call (502) 451-0700, visit, or follow Ramsi's Cafe on Facebook and Twitter

About Chef/Owner Rhona Kamar:

As a partner in life and business, Rhona Kamar collaborates with husband Ramsi in all aspects of Ramsi's
Cafe on the World and Raising Hope Organic Farm. From a young age, Kamar loved to cook with her grandmother using ingredients from the family's farm in Greensburg, Ky. This connection with food and the land carries through to her work developing menus at Ramsi's Cafe. She uses dishes from their travels around the world to bring organic produce from the farm and worldly flavors to the Highlands restaurant.

Her passion for clean eating lead to the creation of her chef's blog, where she shares techniques and insight into restaurant cooking with farm fresh produce. The blog, which is part of Martha's Circle - a collection of blogs handpicked to be featured on, works to give readers confidence in the kitchen to explore and create using highly nutritious ingredients. Kamar has a degree in Journalism from the University of Kentucky and graduated from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.

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