Old Kentucky Chocolates just keeps growing.
The company that was founded in 1964 by Don and Pam Hurt is expanding into the store next door, making it a 5,000-square-foot candy store. Stop by and see the new digs and sample one of its specialty candies: bourbon chocolates, Derby mints, chocolate thoroughbreds or old-fashioned pulled cream candy.
To schedule a tour of the candy factory, call (859) 278-4444 or go to www.oldkycandy.com. The store is at 450 Southland Drive.
At the recent Retail Confectioners International annual Candy Clinic, Hurt won the ribbon award in the “best new piece idea” and “the best innovation gadget/
An after-work trip
Skirt! magazine is hosting a special “skirt! after work” event on Oct. 21 to celebrate Kentucky’s bourbon heritage. A shuttle will leave downtown Lexington at 5 p.m. for a private tour of Woodford Reserve distillery in Versailles, followed by cocktails and a bourbon-inspired menu at Holly Hill Inn in Midway. Reservations are limited to 50 women, who will be named charter members of the Women of Woodford society. Cost is $50, and the reservations deadline is Friday. Call (859) 231-3488.
Homemade pasta for your home
Oliva Bella now is offering handmade pappardelle pasta made from locally grown and ground wheat flours, free-range eggs, and imported Italian olive oils and sea salt. The pasta is available at the Oliva Bella tasting room, 406 South Broadway. Call (859) 983-3567 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Lott of music with dinner
Singer/songwriter Chet Lott will present a concert during dinner at Summit Restaurant on Friday.
Lott, a resident of Bourbon County and a native of Mississippi, will sing selections from his newest CD, backed by J.P. Pennington. The concert begins at 9 p.m. and the dinner menu includes Kentucky Proud rabbit. Call (859) 271-1400. Summit is at 1097 Duval Street.
A Maine attraction: lobster
During Keeneland’s fall racing meet, Rossi’s is serving fresh Maine lobster along with a new wine list. On Tuesday nights, the restaurant, 1060 Chinoe Road, offers half-price bottles of wine. Call (859) 335-8788.
A touch of autumn at Dudley’s
Dudley’s chef Jonathan Gossett has created a new fall menu featuring seasonal specialties from local growers.
New items include autumn linguine with a sauce of butternut squash and manchego cheese; harvest salad prepared with Granny Smith apples, toasted hazelnuts and crisp sweet potato with a raspberry vinaigrette; and fricassee of chicken. Call (859) 252-1010 or go to www.dudleysrestaurant.com. Dudley’s is at 380 South Mill Street.
Bonefish Grill adds to its menu
Bonefish Grill, 2341 Sir Barton Way, is offering new menu items that include “handhelds” such as bang bang shrimp taco; petite portions of grouper, rainbow trout and sea bass; and salads including grilled salmon and asparagus with citrus vinaigrette. Call (859) 233-3474 or go to www.bonefishgrill.com.
Feeding the Big Blue faithful
Applecreek Bar-B-Q, 185 Pasadena Drive, has a Big Blue Bar-B-Q package for tailgaters. If you’re feeding a crowd (16), owner Buddy Hall is offering four pounds of pulled pork or chicken, buns, 4 quarts of sides, fried apple pies and sauce for $99. A party pack for eight is $50, and for four, $25.
Orders should to be placed three days in advance. Call (859) 277-1188. The restaurant is at 185 Pasadena Drive.
Dinner and dancing, Latin style
Natasha’s Bistro, 112 Esplanade, is having a Latino dinner and dance party Saturday. Music includes salsa, bachata, merengue and cha-cha, and the menu features poc chuc (char-grilled pork) and tikin xic (whitefish with epazote and banana leaves). Call (859) 259-2754.
Get the horse farm discount
Stonefence Bistro, 730 Main Street in Paris, is celebrating the local horse industry with “Farm Nights” on Friday and Saturday. Employees of Kentucky horse farms — grooms, managers, riders, office employees — will receive 15 percent off dinner entrees. Included are shrimp and grits, Bourbon beef, Guinness battered cod loin ’n’ chips, lobster penne Alfredo, and rack of lamb with a mint-butter dipping sauce. Call (859) 987-1990.
Masala expands to South India
Masala Indian restaurant now serves South India food. Several dishes are on the buffet and the menu. Masala is at 3801 Nicholasville Center Drive, behind Bella Notte. Call (859) 273-1830.
Farmers market report
This week, Blue Grass Farmers Market will have honey, grass-fed beef, Amish cheese, raspberries, cabbage, tomatoes, pumpkins, cut flowers, mums, and Indian corn. The market is on Richmond Road in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet Bike Shop and FastSigns. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday.