The notion of opening a 65-seat fine dining restaurant in a tiny town with 1,600 residents seems a little misguided. But not if the town is Midway, KY, home to many of the world's most famous thoroughbred horse breeding operations (last year's Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner, Smarty Jones, resides here now). And definitely not if the restaurant's chef is Ouita Michel. A native of Thermopolis, WY, Michel was valedictorian of her class at the Culinary Institute of America. She met ...

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