Snow and freezing temperatures in Louisiana have put a chill on Mardi Gras celebrations in Lexington. The crawfish aren’t eating and they’re likely to be smaller than normal. Still, the limited amount of crawfish won’t halt crawfish boils at Fat Tuesday parties.
Mardi Gras, aka Fat Tuesday, is Tuesday, the last day before the season of Lent begins. Here’s what some Central Kentucky places have planned.
■ Furlong’s owner Tommy Walters has been in contact with Louisiana fishermen, and he’s telling customers not to expect an abundance of large crawfish. “It’s the worst beginning to any crop people my age have ever seen,” he said. “Hopefully, we’ll get some crawfish that are a nice size. “The good news is that we’ll probably have crawfish all summer long.”
The menu for Tuesday’s party at Furlong’s includes crawfish etouffée, shrimp etouffée, gumbo, jambalaya, boudin and andouille sausage. Furlong’s is at 130 West Tiverton Way. Call (859) 523-5500.
■ Bourbon n’ Toulouse’s annual Fat Tuesday party is so big it spills over to Chevy Chase Inn, The Beer Trappe and other bars and restaurants in the neighborhood. “We’ll be serving up bulk orders all weekend long for people who can’t make it down here on Tuesday,” owner Kevin Heathcoat said.
The Cajun specialties, except boiled crawfish and alligator etouffée, are available by the quart and gallon for carry-out. The deadline for orders is Monday. Call (859) 335-0300 or email Catering@ilovecajun.com.
Tuesday’s festivities begin at 11 a.m., and the menu includes alligator etouffée and king cake from Sunrise Bakery. The crawfish boil starts at 6:30 p.m. Bourbon n’ Toulouse is at 829 Euclid Avenue.
CCI, 833 Euclid Avenue, opens at 11 a.m. to allow for more places for diners to sit (you must be 21, but you don’t have to buy drinks). The Tall Boys will entertain from 7 to 9 p.m.
Also starting at 11 a.m., diners 21 and older may take their food to The Beer Trappe, 811 Euclid Avenue.
■ One of Lexington’s largest Mardi Gras parties is at The Red Mile Clubhouse, 1200 Red Mile Road. Bayou Bluegrass Catering serves a lunch buffet that includes sausage gumbo, crawfish pie and bread pudding. The dinner menu features fried alligator and catfish, shrimp etouffée, seafood gumbo, smoked beef brisket and Cajun fried turkey.
Lunch, $16.50 a person, is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dinner seatings, $29.50, are at 5:30, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. Call (859) 621-3912 or go to Bayoubluegrass.com.
■ A la Lucie, 159 North Limestone, is having a Big Easy/Fat Tuesday party that features shrimp Creole, oysters, beignets and king cake. Call (859) 252-5277 or go to Alalucie.com.
■ Ramsey’s Diners will have its 25th annual Fat Tuesday celebration at all locations. “We’ll be flying 1,200 pounds of live crawfish in from New Orleans,” owner Rob Ramsey said. Also on the menu are seafood gumbo and king cakes baked by Missy’s Pies. Go to Ramseysdiners.com for addresses.
■ Gumbo Ya Ya, 1080 South Broadway, will begin its 11th annual Fat Tuesday celebration on Friday. Chef-owner Greg Todd will serve alligator sauce piquant and several crawfish dishes through Tuesday. Tuesday’s festivities will kick off at 11 a.m. with free slices of king cake and Ale-8-One soft drinks. Order party packs or king cakes at (859) 252-9292 or go to Gumboyayaky.com.
■ Willie’s Locally Known, 805 North Broadway, will have a crawfish boil beginning at 11 a.m. Tuesday, along with gumbo, jambalaya, king cake and beignets. Live music will feature the Baja Yetis. Call (859) 281-1116 or go to Willieslex.com.
■ The lunch and dinner menus at Nick Ryan’s Saloon, 157 Jefferson Street, will feature crawfish etouffée and shrimp Creole. Call (859) 233-7900 or go to Nickryans.com.
■ The Blue Heron Steakhouse, 185 Jefferson Street, will serve smoked chicken-andouille gumbo, chargrilled or fried oysters, blackened redfish with crawfish etouffée, duck and shrimp jambalaya, and beignets with dark chocolate espresso sauce. Go to Blueheronsteakhouse.com or call (859) 254-2491.
■ Woodford Reserve Distillery in Versailles will begin its Mardi Gras celebration at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday with a tour of the historic distillery. A Cajun buffet will be served at 7:30 p.m. in the Dryer House. The menu includes jambalaya, crawfish, baby back ribs, king cake and chocolate bread pudding. The cost is $50. The distillery is at 7855 McCracken Pike. Call (859) 879-1953 or email catering@ b-f.com.
■ TAI on Rye, the pop-up, New York-style deli at Temple Adath Israel, returns Sunday. Specials include matzo ball soup and homemade rugelach, a rolled pastry with a nut filling. Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Temple Adath Israel is at 124 North Ashland Avenue. Go to Lextai.org.
■ Wines on Vine, 400 Old Vine Street, is hosting Caitlin Craig, who will pour wines from Willamette Valley Winery in Oregon from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Brian Miracle of Failla Winery in California will be at the store from 6 to 7:30 p.m. March 18. Tastings are free. Call (859) 243-0017.
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Snow and freezing temperatures in Louisiana have put a chill on Mardi Gras celebrations in Lexington. The crawfish aren’t eating and they’re likely to be smaller than normal. Still, the limited amount of crawfish won’t halt crawfish boils at Fat Tuesday parties.
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If you don’t want to cook at home for Easter, Central Kentucky restaurants are serving some special dishes for the holiday.
■ Alfalfa Restaurant, 141 East Main Street, will have brunch 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. The holiday menu includes country ham sliders with blackberry compote, shrimp and cheese grits, and banana granola griddle cakes. Call (859) 253-0014 or go to Alfalfarestaurant.com.
■ Azur Restaurant, 3070 Lakecrest Circle, in Beaumont Centre, will serve an a la carte Easter brunch 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Call (859) 296-1007 or go to Azurrestaurant.com.
■ Bayou Bluegrass Catering is serving a lavish Easter buffet 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at The Red Mile, 1200 Red Mile Road. The cost is $29 for adults, $16 for ages 4 to 8. Call (859) 233-0814 or go to Bayoubluegrass.com.
■ Casanova Italian Restaurant, 855 South Broadway, will serve roasted lamb, along with Italian ragù, and pastiera Napoletana for dessert. Call (859) 309-3313 or go to Casanovaky.com.
■ Country Cookin’ by George, 1801 Alexandria Drive, offers a buffet 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Included are baked ham, roast beef, turkey and dressing, and barbecued ribs. The cost is $11.54. Call (859) 276-0001.
■ Jean Farris Winery & Bistro, 6825 Old Richmond Road, will offer its regular a la carte spring menu along with brunch specials 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. A three-course prix fixe menu is $55 with wine pairings. The annual Easter egg hunt will be at 1 p.m. Call (859) 263-9463 or go to Jeanfarris.com.
■ Le Deauville French Bistro, 199 North Limestone, is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday serving French breakfast specialties along with its regular dinner menu. During weekday happy hour, the restaurant offers a three-course prix fixe menu, for $24.50, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Fresh oysters are on the happy hour menu. Call (859) 246-0999.
■ Portofino, 249 East Main Street, will serve Easter specials along with its dinner menu noon to 9 p.m. Sunday. Call (859) 253-9300 or go to Portofinolexington.com.
■ Serafini, 243 West Broadway, in Frankfort, will open noon to 6 p.m. Sunday for Easter celebrations. Call (502) 875-5599 or go to Serafinifrankfort.com.
■ The Woodford Inn in Versailles will serve a Southern-style buffet 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. The cost is $19.99. Included are glazed ham, shrimp pasta, salads, and deviled eggs. The inn is at 140 Park Street. Call (859) 873-5600 or go to Thewoodfordinn.com.
■ Wines on Vine, 400 Old Vine Street, will have a beer pairing event with Kentucky Eagle Distributors at 6:30 p.m. Monday. The cost is $35. Call (859) 243-0017.
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It’s a busy time next week for restaurants celebrating Mardi Gras and Valentine’s Day. Make reservations early if you want to be assured of a seat at your favorite place. Mardi Gras parties will be Tuesday. Valentine’s celebrations will be on Thursday, unless otherwise noted.
■ Tommy Walters, owner of Furlong’s Catering, is the person who will be going to Louisiana to pick up all those thousands of pounds of crawfish that many of these Lexington restaurants will serve on Fat Tuesday. He’s also getting andouille sausage, boudain, and oysters. If you need a large order while he’s there, call (859) 913-5611.
■ A la lucie, 159 North Limestone. Call (859) 252-5277 or go to Alalucie.com. The party begins at 5 p.m. and the menu includes gumbos, Creoles, etouffee, bananas Foster.
■ Bayou Bluegrass Catering at The Red Mile Clubhouse, 1200 Red Mile Road. Call (859) 233-0814 or go to Bayoubluegrass.com. Lunch buffet will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $16.50. Dinner seatings are at 5:30, 7 and 8:30 p.m. Cost is $29.50.
■ Bourbon n’ Toulouse, 829 Euclid Avenue. Call (859) 335-0300 or go to Bntlex.com. The party begins at 11 a.m. and the menu features alligator etouffee and King cake. Call by Monday for take-out orders. Boiled crawfish cannot be pre-ordered. Crawfish boil starts at 6:30 p.m. Extra seating is at The Chevy Chase Inn and The Beer Trappe. The Mojo Tones play at 6 p.m. followed by The Tall Boys at 9 p.m.
■ Gumbo Ya Ya Cajun Creole, 1080 South Broadway. Call (859) 252-9292 or go to Gumboyayaky.com. The menu features alligator sauce piquant, crawfish e’touffee, shrimp Creole, and free slices of King cake.
■ Meadowthorpe Cafe, 1415 Leestown Road. Call (859) 258-2222. Serving seafood gumbo, red beans and rice, and crawfish etouffee, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
■ Ramsey’s Diners. Locations are at Ramseysdiners.com. Live crawfish will be served, as well as seafood gumbo, red beans and rice, freshly baked French bread, and King cake.
■ Willie’s Locally Known, 805 North Broadway. Call (859) 281-1116. Willie’s first Mardi Gras party will feature a crawfish boil, gumbo, and hot beignets with bourbon caramel sauce. The Baja Yetis will entertain at 7 p.m. followed by Zydeco and Cajun music at 9 p.m.
■ Winchell’s, 348 Southland Drive. Call (859) 278-9424 or go to Winchellsrestaurant.com. The Mardi Gras menu includes crawfish etouffee and King cake. On Valentine’s Day, beef tenderloin tips with crabmeat, and pan-seared scallops will be served.
■ Abuelo’s Mexican Restaurant at Fayette Mall, 3395 Nicholasville Road. Call (859) 971-0922 or go to Abuelos.com. Valentine specials will run Thursday through Feb.17. Included are fajitas for two, plus free dessert, for $29.99; and a prime rib special.
■ Addie’s at The Woodford Inn, 140 Park Street, Versailles. Call (859) 873-5600 or go to Thewoodfordinn.com. Seatings are at 6 and 8 p.m. Four course meal, including wine, is $90 for two.
■ Alfalfa, 141 East Main Street. Call (859) 253-0014. Valentine’s dinner will be served from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday. A vegan entrée is available.
■ The Café at Barnes and Noble, 1932 Pavilion Way. Call (859) 543-8148or go to Barnesandnoble.com. On Wednesday and Valentine’s Day, the café will have specially wrapped Cheesecake Factory cupcakes and cheesecakes for two.
■ Casanova, 855 South Broadway. Call (859) 309-3313 or go to Casanovaky.com. A three-course menu is $45.
■ Equus Run Winery, 1280 Moores Mill Road in Midway. Call (859) 846-9463 or go to Equusrunvineyards.com. Kisses & Calories — A Choco-holic Affair will be from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. The Tim Talbert Trio will entertain from 1 to 3 p.m. Cost is $5.
■ J Morse on Vine Bistro, 102 West Vine Street, is serving a four-course Feb. 14-16. Entrees include peppercorn crusted pork loin with black cherry reduction, pasta pomodoro with grilled chicken or shrimp, and ribeye au poivre. Cost is $80 a couple. Call (859) 368-9888 or go to Jmorseonvinebistro.com.
■ Minton’s 760, 760 North Limestone. Call (859) 948-1874or go to Mintonsat760.com. Seatings will be at 5:30, 7 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday.
■ Soundbar, 208 South Limestone. Call (859) 523-6338 or go to Soundbarlex.com. Soundbar’s A Red Affair on Valentine’s Day will benefit AVOL.
■ Stella’s Kentucky Deli, 143 Jefferson Street. Call (859) 255-3354 or go to Stellaskentuckydeli.com. A four-course meal will be $35 with seatings at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Vegetarian options available.
■ Thai Orchid Café, 1030 South Broadway. Call (859) 288-2170 or go to Thaiorchidcafe.net. A Thai tapas feast for two is $45 and will be served from 5 to 9:30 p.m.
■ Akielo Temple No. 128, Daughters of the Nile, will hold its annual bean soup dinner at Oleika Shrine Center, 326 Southland Drive, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday. The menu includes brown or white beans, corn bread, dessert, and drink. Cost is $5. Carry-out is available. Call (859) 277-6869.
■ Holly Hill Inn and Thai Orchid Cafe will exchange chefs on Saturday. Toa Green and her mother, Suda Veerasethakul, who operate Thai Orchid, will cook their Thai specialties at Holly Hill, while Nat Henton, executive chef at Woodford Reserve Distillery, (The food operation is run by Holly Hill Inn’s culinary team) will prepare menu items at Thai Orchid.
The dinner at Holly Hill, 426 North Winter Street in Midway, will be from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Call (859) 846-4732. Henton will prepare his favorite Thai dishes at Thai Orchid, 1030 South Broadway, from 5 to 10 p.m. Call (859) 288-2170.
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It’s less than a week until Thanksgiving, and if you’re planning to eat at a restaurant, it’s time to make reservations. Here are some places to call. All meals are Thursday unless otherwise noted.
■ Bayou Bluegrass Catering will serve a buffet in The Red Mile Clubhouse, 1200 Red Mile Road, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $27.95 adults, $22.95 ages 65 and older, and $14.50 ages 3 to 8. Call (859) 233-0814.
■ Cheapside Bar & Grill, 131 Cheapside, will be open Thanksgiving night from 6 p.m. to 2:30 a.m., serving food until 10 p.m. Call (859) 254-0046.
■ Country Cookin’ by George, 1801 Alexandria Drive, will have turkey and dressing, roast beef, barbecue ribs and baked ham on its buffet. Call (859) 276-0001
■ Good Foods Market & Café, 455 Southland Drive, will serve a buffet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m that features bourbon-brined all-natural turkey, roasted turkey breast with confit of leg and thigh, Quorn roast and Tofurky. The cost is $7.99 a pound. Call (859) 278-1813 or go to Goodfoods.coop.
■ The Kentucky State Resort Parks will serve a holiday buffet from noon to 8 p.m. The cost is $17.95 for adults, and $7.95 for ages 6 to 12. Go to Parks.ky.gov.
■ Ted’s Montana Grill, 2304 Sir Barton Way, will serve a three-course classic turkey meal from noon to 6 p.m. Call (859) 263-5228.
■ Wingspan Gallery, 191 Jefferson Street, will have two seatings, at 2 and 5 p.m. The cost is $40, and the reservations deadline is Monday. Call (859) 225-5765 or go to Wingspangallery.com.
Takeout holiday foods
■ Brown’s Bakery, 1226 Versailles Road, is making holiday pies and cakes. Pies include sweet potato, transparent, butterscotch, chocolate meringue and fruit. Cake flavors include Italian cream, German chocolate and carrot. Call (859) 225-8400 to place an order.
Brown’s is celebrating its fifth anniversary this month and is having its annual cupcake buffet from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday. You may sample 20 cupcakes for $10. The cupcake challenge starts at 4:30 p.m. The current record is 14, and the prize is $50.
■ Underdogs Bar & Grill, 805 North Broadway, has smoked turkeys for $45. If you would like to buy a turkey at the market, Underdogs will smoke it for $20. Call (859) 281-1116. The deadline to order is Monday.
■ Wallace Station, 3854 Old Frankfort Pike in Woodford County, has a take-out Thanksgiving dinner that includes roasted turkey breast, old-fashioned dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, creamy spinach casserole, cranberry relish, rolls, and pecan or pumpkin pie; it’s $24.95 a person. Orders may be picked up between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Wednesday. The deadline for ordering is 4 p.m. Sunday. Call (859) 846-5161 or go to Wallacestation.com.
Wednesday’s dinner at Wallace Station will feature roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, cranberry relish and vegetables for $14.95.
■ The Fifth Street Café at Fifth and Vimont streets in the Millersburg Coal and Lumber Co. building in Millersburg, is available for holiday events. Call (859) 473-0552 or go to Fifthstreetcafeky.com.
■ Rossi’s Restaurant, 1060 Chinoe Road, is accepting reservations for holiday parties in its private dining room. Call (859) 335-8788 or go to Rossis-restaurant.com.
Farmers market report
■ Lexington Farmers Market has goods for a local Thanksgiving feast: Heritage turkeys, beef, chicken, pie pumpkins, greens and assorted lettuces, fall squash, potatoes and sweet potatoes, cabbage, beets, turnips, onions, cheeses, honey, apples, eggs, breads, jams, jellies, herbs, dairy-free pumpkin sorbet and freshly prepared crepes from La Petite Creperie.
The Saturday market will be open through Nov. 26, then move into Victorian Square for the winter. The Tuesday will be open next week, and the Thursday market is closed.
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It just might be the slaw — not the hickory-smoked flavor of the meat — that makes Brooks Bar-B-Que 2 worth trip after trip to the spot on New Circle Road.
While other barbecue restaurants claim secret sauces or spicy rubs are what make their barbecue so tasty, Brooks simply piles on a heap of its original-recipe cole slaw.
The store is owned by Sammie Brooks and his family (Heather, Elizabeth, and Craig) and Tamela and Darrell Jones. The original Brooks Bar-B-Que was founded in the 1960s by Sammie Brooks’ father in Sheffield, Ala., and it is still run by other Brooks family members.
The restaurant is at 771 New Circle Road, between Eastland Parkway and Industry Road in the former Old Kentucky BBQ location. The menu features the signature slaw dog, pulled pork, beef brisket, pulled chicken, ribs, baked beans, green beans, potato salad and bread pudding with bourbon sauce.
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■ The Dish, 438 South Ashland, is 3 years old, and it’s time for a party. From 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, the restaurant will offer half-price drink and appetizer specials. Coralee and the Townies will entertain on the patio. A Maker’s Mark dipping station will be set up to raise money for Habitat for Humanity. The Dish also has a new menu at Thedishlexington.com. Call (859) 317-8438.
■ The Bluegrass chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation will have a big-game banquet at 5 p.m. Saturday at The Red Mile Clubhouse, 1200 Red Mile Road. Bayou Bluegrass Catering chefs Matt Falcone and Jane Webb will prepare elk, antelope, venison, alligator and rabbit. Tom Parlanti will make elk Italian sausage and elk Cajun sausage. Tickets are $40. Call Tom VanArsdall at (859) 536-8963.
■ Natasha’s Bistro & Bar, 112 Esplanade, is offering weekend specials during summer. Included this week are calypso chicken and grilled vegetable en croute. Call (859) 259-2754.
■ Della’s, 124 North Upper Street, is serving quiche made with farmers market ingredients, including basil, tomatoes, sausage and sage. On Wednesday, partner/chef Barry Turner will pan-fry chicken and serve it with mashed potatoes and gravy. Call (859) 281-1141.
■ It’s always fried chicken on Mondays and a fish fry on Fridays, but now Wallace Station Deli and Bakery is offering more nightly dinner specials. Chefs Brian Farrell and Ouita Michel will prepare meatloaf on Tuesdays, country-style vegetable plate on Wednesdays, tamales on Thursdays and slow-cooked baby back ribs on Saturdays. Call (859) 846-5161. The restaurant is at 3854 Old Frankfort Pike, Midway.
■ The Julep Cup, 111 Woodland Avenue, is serving Moroccan dishes this weekend. Included are chickpea with lamb Merguez sausage soup, wild striped bass with mango coriander and honey, and lamb shank tagine with dried fruits. Call (859) 226-0300.
■ Greentree Tearoom, 521 Short Street, is preparing its August menu with garden-fresh ingredients. The menu includes chilled cantaloupe soup, Asiago scones with tomato chutney, baked pear and blue cheese salad, sweet pepper and radish tea sandwiches, and coconut buttermilk cupcakes. Call (859) 455-9660 or go to Greentreetearoom.com.
■ Bd’s Mongolian Grill, 2309 Sir Barton Way, has lowered the price on its “all you can eat lunch bowl” to $10.99. The stir-fry menu also includes chicken and beef fajitas, fish tacos, pork carnitas, and cilantro lime shrimp. Call (859) 264-0686 or visit Gomongo.com.
Farmers market report
■ The Bluegrass Farmers Market will have corn, tomatoes, beans and melons. Locations and hours are: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at 3450 Richmond Road, in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs; and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Mill Pond Shopping Center.
■ The Woodford County Farmers Market will hold its annual Twilight Festival from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday in downtown Versailles. Farmers will prepare and serve hamburgers, desserts, fried pies and beer cheese. There will be activities for children, along with square dancing and live music. Go to Twilightfestivalky.org.
■ The East End Community Farmer’s Market is open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Pavilion at 560 East Third Street, at Midland Avenue.
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Silks Lounge bar is new, but its home has a rich history.
Sandy Fields, owner of the Rosebud, has leased the building at 125 North Mill Street since 1996 for La Petite Rose and Scarlett Lounge. She bought it last summer, and the renovations are now complete.
The building dates to 1837, built by by French confectioner Monsieur Giron.
“Ballroom dancing lessons, cotillions and banquets were held on the second floor of the building,” Fields said. “Half of the building was demolished in the early 1900s and is the site of the Rosebud, but the Silks building is original and the oldest commercial building in Lexington, according to David McKnight of the Blue Grass Trust.
“We uncovered the original tin ceiling, magnificent columns, which originally led to an outside courtyard,” she said.
The Rosebud was named for Old Rosebud, the 1914 Derby winner.
“I felt Silks Lounge, and jockey memorabilia, would link the two bars even though Rosebud is a pub and Silks is fancy, upscale,” Fields said.
Silks is open 4 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. daily. Call (859) 254-1907.
Fine dining on the go
Restaurants in the Old Vine dining district will have a progressive dinner on Monday.
Cocktail hour will begin at 6:30 p.m. at The Julep Cup, 111 Woodland Avenue. Guests will walk to Annette’s, 431 Old Vine Street, for the main course and dinner wines, then have dessert and after-dinner wines at the Bistro at Wines on Vine, 400 Old Vine Street.
The Julep Cup will serve country ham and collard green pot stickers, and salmon croquettes. Annette’s will serve spring lamb with mint sauce, duck breast with Woodford Reserve cherry-rhubarb glaze, and battered shrimp on a grits cake. Dessert at the Bistro includes devil’s food chocolate cake with a caramel icing layer, topped with chocolate ganache.
Tickets are $95. Call (859) 296-6444 or go to www.annettescatering.com.
New menu at Jonathan
Jonathan at Gratz Park, 120 West Second Street, has a new menu for spring. It includes a deviled-egg trio (asparagus and chive, house-smoked salmon, country ham); grilled rack of lamb with house-made mint jelly and goat cheese-scalloped potatoes; black-eyed pea-crusted rainbow trout with wilted limestone Bibb lettuce; and King crab cornbread cakes served with arugula and roasted-corn aioli. Call (859) 252-4949 or go to www.jagp.info.
Spring brunch at Doodle’s
Doodle’s Breakfast and Lunch, 262 North Limestone, has new hours for its spring brunch, and new menu items fresh from the farmers market. Brunch hours are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Regular hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call (859) 317-8507 or go to www.doodlesrestaurant.com.
Easter Sunday is a huge day for eating out, so make reservations early. Here are places offering special menus.
■ Bayou Bluegrass Catering at The Red Mile will have a lavish buffet and egg hunt from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 12. The buffet will be open in the clubhouse from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., offering chef’s stations for waffles, breakfast, salads, entrees and desserts. The cost is $27.95 for adults and $13.50 for children ages 4 to 8. The egg hunt will be at 12:30 p.m. and is included in the price of the buffet; the egg hunt only is $5. Call (859) 233-0814 or go to www.bayoubluegrass.com.
■ Istanbul Palace Turkish restaurant will serve brunch instead of its usual Sunday buffet on April 12. There will be roast leg of lamb, roast beef, chicken in cream, zucchini pancake and falafel. The price is $14.95. Call (859) 231-1792.
■ Jean Farris Winery is serving brunch Easter weekend. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 11 and noon to 3 p.m. April 12. An Easter egg hunt will take place in the vineyard for guests’ children at 1:30 p.m. both days. A three-course prix fixe menu with wine pairings is $45. Call (859) 263-9463.
■ Easter treats at Tinker’s Cake Shop include bunny-shaped cakes, cupcakes, petits fours, strawberry shortcake, Key lime cheesecake and coffee cakes. The deadline for Easter orders is Wednesday. Call (859) 224-0639. The bakery is at 109 Springdale Drive, in the Paddock Shops in Nicholasville.
Mutton and more, with sauce
Got a craving for barbecued mutton? J.J. McBrewster’s American Smokehouse, 3101 Clays Mill Road, serves Western Kentucky-style barbecue featuring locally raised meats from Bluegrass Goat and Lamb. Smoked meats include pork, salmon, chicken, turkey and beef. Owner Susan Mirkhan said the sauce recipe has been in her family for five generations. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call (859) 224-0040.
Seafood with a Thai touch
Thai Orchid Café, 1030 South Broadway, is offering a seafood special through Easter. Included are three-flavor shrimp, ginger-steamed salmon, butter and garlic shrimp, coconut curry shrimp. The dessert special, served Fridays and Saturdays, is mango and sweet sticky rice drizzled with coconut cream sauce. Call (859) 288-2170.
A sip of Patron
The Thoroughbred Shop, 2005 Versailles Road, will offer samples of Patron XO Café, a blend of tequila and coffee liqueur, 4 to 7 p.m. Friday. Call (859) 254-0358.
Crawfish after the races
Furlongs Catering and Shades of the Bluegrass will have a crawfish boil after the races on Saturday. The party will be at Riptide on the River, 9079 Old Richmond Road. Call (859) 263-3286 or go to www.riptideontheriver.com. Steve Norman’s band will entertain.
Campbell’s goes Cajun
Campbell’s in Paris, 519 Main Street, offers a Cajun seafood special on its dinner menu Saturday. Call (859) 987-5164.
Farmers market at the show
The Lexington Farmers Market will be at this weekend’s Central Kentucky Home, Garden & Flower Show through Sunday. Market vendors will have spring greens, lettuces, organic meats, eggs, and cheese. The event will be at Rupp Arena and Heritage Hall.
Tags: Bayou Bluegrass Catering, Bob Evans, Campbell’s in Paris, Cheapside Bar and Grill, Corky's Barbecue, Cracker Barrel, Four Roses, Jim Rutledge, Mondelli\'s Bake Shop, Scott County Arts Consortium, Thanksgiving, The Thoroughbred Shop, Three Suns Bistro
If you want someone else to cook the Thanksgiving turkey or the entire holiday feast, here are places to call.
■ Bayou Bluegrass Catering is serving its first Red Mile Clubhouse Thanksgiving Day buffet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The menu reflects the cooking styles of the chefs. Matt Falcone puts a Louisiana flair to the menu; Javier Lanza adds a Central American and French twist to the mix, and Jane Webb brings a taste of New England, as well as her Southern favorites, to the table. The cost is $25 adults, $20 seniors, $15 ages 4 to 8. Call (859) 233-0814. Menu items include honey-glazed turkey, traditional baked turkey and Cajun fried turkey.
■ Bob Evans restaurants are offering the Farmhouse Feast, which feeds six to eight people and is $74.99. Included are roasted boneless turkey breast, dressing, mashed potatoes with gravy, sweet corn, green beans with ham, cranberry orange relish, rolls, pumpkin bread and pumpkin pie. The heat-and-serve meals can be picked up Wednesday. They also are available during December. Bob Evans restaurants are at 2566 Richmond Road, (859) 269-1003; and 2341 Buena Vista Road, (859) 293-1572.
■ Campbell’s in Paris, 519 Main Street, is having a Southern Thanksgiving buffet from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Included are turkey, country ham, oysters, and salads, sides and desserts. The cost is $27.95. Call (859) 987 5164.
■ Corky’s Barbecue has smoked turkeys for $39.99, available for pick-up from 10 a.m. to noon Thanksgiving Day at the Tiverton Way store. Call at least 48 hours in advance. Corky’s private dining rooms are available for holiday parties. Dinners start at $5.79 a person. Stores are at 2300 Sir Barton Way, (859) 264-7675; and 130 West Tiverton Way, (859) 272-7675 . Go to www.lexcorkys.com.
■ Cheapside Bar and Grill, 131 Cheapside, will be open Thanksgiving night. Hours are 6 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Call (859) 254-0046 or go to www.cheapsidebarandgrill.com.
■ Cracker Barrel Old Country Store is cooking a Thanksgiving Dinner to Go for six. The menu includes: oven-roasted turkey breast with creamy turkey gravy, cornbread dressing, baked sugar-cured ham, sweet potato casserole with caramel pecan topping, choice of three vegetables, cranberry-orange relish, biscuits or corn muffins. Cost is $49.99. Call your neighborhood Cracker Barrel to order. Pies – $8.49 each – include pecan pie, chocolate pecan pie, apple pecan streusel pie, and not sugar added apple pie.
■ Mondelli’s Bake Shop, 3120 Pimlico Parkway, has baked goods to round out your holiday dinner. Included are pumpkin bread, pumpkin cake, jam cake, cherry chews, pies, butterflake rolls, butter biscuits and iced turkey cookies. Call (859) 245-5377. Orders may be picked up by 5 p.m. Wednesday.
■ Ramsey’s Diners will be closed Thanksgiving Day, but their cooks will prepare the holiday meal for you. Ramsey’s Thanksgiving dinner-to-go is $18.95 a person. The menu includes turkey breast, corn bread stuffing, cranberry-apple relish, and a choice of four vegetable dishes. Individual side dishes can be ordered for $15 each. Menus are available at all the Ramsey’s locations, or call (859) 252-7926. The deadline for orders is 5 p.m. Monday; pick-up is Wednesday at the Ramsey’s Commissary, 938 Winchester Road, next to Charlie’s Seafood Market.
■ Three Suns Bistro, 298 East Brannon Road, will be open Thanksgiving Day. The buffet will be served 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. A special dinner menu will be served 4:30 to 9 p.m. The buffet includes: herb-roasted turkey, glazed ham, pecan-fried chicken, beef brisket and fresh catch. The cost is $25 for adults, $19.95 for seniors. Call (859) 245-0048 or go to www.threesunsbistro.com.
Feeding the soul and the body
The Scott County Arts Consortium is continuing its Art for the Soul, Food for the Body luncheon series Monday. It will be at 11 a.m. in the parish hall of Church of the Holy Trinity, 209 South Broadway, Georgetown. Call (502) 867-7564. The cost is $10. The menu includes roast pork loin, potatoes au gratin, mixed vegetable medley and pumpkin pie.
Master distiller offers samples
Four Roses master distiller Jim Rutledge will be at The Thoroughbred Shop, 2005 Versailles Road, from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday. He will offer samples of single-barrel bourbon. Call (859) 254-0358.