I admit – my interest was sparked the first time I heard about Reinaldo and Lesme. Saturday mornings at my fitness center were abuzz with chit chat about “The Pasta Guys” at the downtown farmers market. I was curious and hungry and decided to investigate further.
My discovery was more than I expected. While sampling pasta and enjoying conversation I learned that Reinaldo and Lesme met in Cleveland OH during college. They instantly had a lot in common with fathers from Spain, mothers from Italy, upbringings in South America, and part time jobs at local “Little Italy” restaurants that specialized in fresh, homemade pasta.
After college Reinaldo accepted an engineering position in Kentucky and also pursued a culinary degree from Lexington’s Sullivan University. Lesme moved to Tampa, FL and worked in the finance industry climbing the corporate ladder. They guys managed to get together for The Kentucky Derby, an annual summer vacation, and Thanksgiving. On a Saturday when Lesme was visiting Lexington, Reinaldo arranged for a trip to the Lexington Farmers Market. They had decided to fix fresh pasta for dinner, play with the fresh Kentucky produce, and discover some flavors they never had in Little Italy.
As always they had a blast making pasta and after dinner, while still at the table, Lesme said, “This tastes so good and it is so much fun. I wish I could make a living doing this.” Reinaldo said in a half way serious tone, “We probably could. With my background in food manufacturing and culinary arts and your background in business, sales, and marketing, we can probably hit it out of the park.” They did – and I highly suggest your try Lexington Pasta for yourself. Their products are featured entrees at Bellini’s, Azur, Dudley’s, Windy Corner Market, A La Lucie, Jonathan at Gratz Park, Portofino’s, Andover Country Club, Nick Ryan’s, Le Deauville, etc. Available locally at Good Foods, Stuartos, Shorty’s Grocery, Whole Foods, The Mousetrap, Critchfield Meats, and Lexington Pasta storefront at 227 North Limestone!
Just in time for World Pasta Day (October 25th), Lexington Pasta is accepting registration (only through Oct. 31st, 2012) for their Pasta Club ($99). Join me as a club member and upon registration you will receive your pasta club membership card and pasta pick up cooler bag. Every two weeks visit one of Lexington Pasta’s approved pick up locations and pick up 4 servings of the pasta of the week (48 servings total). Other Pasta Club membership benefits include 25% off purchases at Lexington Pasta
Shop through the duration of your membership in the Pasta Club and advance email of promotions including recipes! Call (859)421-1764 for info regarding shipping fresh pasta to your door!
Lexington Pasta Club 2012/2013 Calendar
Week of Nov 3rd – Fettuccine (Spinach or Garlic & Herb)
Week of Nov 17th – Gnocchi (Italian Potato Dumpling)
Week of Dec 1st – Ravioli (3 Cheese with Spinach or Chicken with Prosciutto)
Week of Dec 15th – Pappardelle (Spinach or Tomato)
Week of Dec 29th – Gnocchi
Week of Jan 12th – Linguine (Rosemary & Thyme or Roasted Red Pepper)
Week of Jan 26th – Spaghetti with Marina Sauce
Week of Feb 9th – Ravioli (Mushroom Trio or 4 Cheese Blend)
Week of Feb 23rd – Fettuccine (Lemon Pepper or Spinach)
Week of March 9th – Gnocchi
Week of March 23rd – Pappardelle (Garlic & Herb or Rosemary & Thyme)
“MotherStucker Flavor Friday” pasta updates available right here MotherStuckers – stay tuned!