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Free celebration ushers in Year of the Ox

The Kentucky Chinese American ­Association will observe Chinese New Year on Saturday at the University of Kentucky Singletary Center.

The free event, from 6 to 9 p.m., will focus on Chinese culture and celebrate the Year of the Ox. A marketplace will be open from 6 to 7:30 p.m., featuring Chinese art, calligraphy and costumes. Blessing Hands Inc. will auction Chinese paintings and calligraphy scrolls that were donated by professional Chinese artists and students from Yangshuo, China. Money raised by the sale will be used to sponsor Chinese students who are in need. For a look at some of the art, go to Call Yingjuan Rogers at (859) 494-6631 or go to

The event also will feature a variety of Chinese performing arts, including acrobats, opera and flutes, in the Concert Hall from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Chinese buffet for a new year

Panda Cuisine, 2358 Nicholasville Road, will serve a Chinese New Year buffet from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The cost is $13.95. Call (859) 299-9798 or go to

They’ll be the judges

Pastry expert Derek Spendlove will be one of the judges at the 19th annual H’Artful of Fun on ­Saturday. Spendlove, chairman of the baking and pastry arts program at the National Center for Hospitality Studies of Sullivan University in Louisville, will join John Schweder, chef/owner of Toast of Kentucky, and Vanessa Haden, owner of The Wedding Cake and 2008 American Culinary Federation Southeast Regional Pastry Chef of the Year. Judges will select winners for most artful table presentation, most ­artful dessert, most artful palate and most artful cake.

The dessert party will be 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday at Big Ass Fans’ new research facility, 2201 ­Jaggie Fox Way. Tickets are $50 in ­advance, $75 at the door. Call (859) 252-5222 or go to Tickets also are available at any Fifth Third Bank in Lexington or at Joseph-Beth Booksellers.

Ramsey’s reopens after fire
Ramsey’s Diner, 496 East High Street, has reopened after a ­“significant kitchen fire” closed the restaurant for almost a week. “Come celebrate our reopening,” owner Rob Ramsey said.
Call (859) 259-2708 or go to

Farmers still go to market

Lexington Farmers Market is open Saturdays at Victorian Square, 401 West Main Street. Farmers who will be at the market ­Saturday are Roland McIntosh of Paw Paw Plantation, Bob Early of Three Toads Farm, Susan Miller of ­Bluegrass Chevre and Carla Garey of Garey Farms. The market is open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the atrium.

Wishing you’ll stop by
On Wednesday, Panera Bread will introduce a line of coffee and raise money to support the Make-a-Wish Foundation in Kentucky. Panera will offer samples of coffee and breakfast items throughout the day. Customers are asked to donate $1 for a cup of coffee; the money will go to ­Operation Dough-Nation Community ­Breadbox. All donations, up to $250 per café, will be matched by Panera and given to the Make-a-Wish Foundation in Kentucky. Go to

For a limited time

O’Charley’s Restaurant is ­offering a “Made For You” limited-time-only menu through March 22. The menu features three new dishes: chili cheese southwestern twisted chips, Southern fried chicken tacos and grilled meatloaf dinner. Go to

Brunch coming to Furlongs
Furlongs, 735 East Main Street, will serve Sunday brunch ­beginning Feb. 1. Brunch hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the menu will feature Cajun omelet, salmon Florentine and bananas Foster pancakes.
Furlong’s will celebrate Mardi Gras Louisiana-style from Feb. 18 to 24. Crawfish boils are planned Feb. 20, 21 and 24. Call (859) 266-9000 or go to

H’Artful of Fun to be Jan. 24

Last year Tinker’s Cake Shop won two awards --- Judges Award for Most Artful Dessert and the People’s Choice Award for Best Chocolate Dessert.

This cake was created by Martine's for last year's H'Artful of Fun.

The Living Arts & Science Center’s 19th annual H’Artful of Fun celebrates the center’s 40 years of creativity with homage to John Lennon and the Beatles.
The party will be from 7 to 11 a.m. Jan. 24 at Big Ass Fans’ new research facility, 2201 Jaggie Fox Way. Tickets are $50 in advance, $75 at the door. Call (859) 252-5222 or go to Tickets also are available at any Fifth Third Bank location in Lexington, or at Joseph Beth Booksellers.
Participating restaurants and caterers include Jonathan’s at Gratz Park, Portofino, Summit, Martine’s, DaRae and Friends, Holly Hill Inn, and Wallace Station. Eight Days a Week, a Beatles tribute band, will entertain. Auction items include an original work of art, jewelry and trips.

Farmers offer Valentine package
Three farmers’ market vendors are teaming up to create a Valentine package for your sweetheart.
The gift package includes lilies from Three Toads Farm in Winchester; a box of six truffles, date nut bread, and a strawberry/chocolate tart for two from Viburnum Valley, and heart-shaped Bluegrass Chevre from Susan Miller. Items are presented in a fruit crate and can be picked up at the Lexington Farmers Market at Victorian Square on Feb. 14. Cost is $80. Call (859) 312-1157 or go to

Cooking class at Varden’s in Paris
Varden’s in Paris, is having a cooking class at 6 p.m. Saturday. Steve Walton will teach a class on soups and stews including basic chicken broth, slow cooker burgoo, leek soup, beer potato soup, and sausage and shrimp soup. Cost is $20 a person, or $30 for two. Call (859) 987-4700 or go to

Beef Cook-Off searching for a winner
California wine country will be the site of the 28th National Beef Cook-Off in September. This year’s competition features three new recipe categories for home cooks.
Categories, featuring a “Sonoma-Style” theme, are:
■ Live well with fast and convenient grilled beef recipes. (Healthy and easy dishes for busy families.)
■ Teens cooking with beef. (Teen’s favorite family beef recipe that they prepare themselves at home.)
■ Lean beef in nutrient-rich one-dish meals. (Home cooks pair lean beef cuts with other nutrient-rich ingredients.)
Fifteen home cook finalists will be selected to compete for prizes totaling $70,000 on Sept. 23. One grand prize winner will receive $25,000, three category winners will each receive $10,000 and three runner-up winners will each receive $5,000 in cash prizes.
You can enter the cook-off online at or by postal mail to: National Beef Cook-Off Entries, ANCW, P.O. Box 3881, Englewood, Colo. 80155 by March 31. Mailed entries must be postmarked no later than March 31, and received on or before midnight April 7.

Interactive online game for children
The National Mango Board has an interactive online game that teaches children about mangos and the countries from which they originate. The new Jango geography game takes children on a journey through the Amazon, across oceans and up lush mountains as each activity imparts a bit of mango-inspired culture.
They’ll encounter Salvador the snake in Brazil, Peru Pete, Gail the Galapagos turtle; Haiti Hal, and Miguel the monkey. To play the Jango geography game visit

Get your truffles at Lexington Farmers’ Market

Elaine Shay of Lexington and Marianne Swintosky of ­Georgetown have a new artisan food company, Viburnum ­Valley Farm Confections, and they are making chocolate truffles and European-style pastries. “We are combining traditional European truffle-making with ­local farm products,” Shay said.

Truffles are made with Susan Miller’s Bluegrass Chevre and Jamieson’s Chocolate.

Swintosky has been making truffles and pastries for friends, family and co-workers for years. She was born and raised in ­Germany. When she came to the United States, she missed the truffles she could buy in Europe, so she started making her own, Shay said.

The women will have raspberry truffles at the Bluegrass Chevre booth at the Lexington Farmers Market on Saturday. Call (859) 312-1157 or go to

Former restaurateur is at home at home

Jennifer Burchett, former owner of Café Jennifer at The Woodlands, is ­talking about cooking at home instead of at a restaurant on her blog,

Burchett, a restaurateur for 10 years, said on her blog that she’s “thrilled to be at home with my family and to explore the joy waiting around every corner. I firmly believe that respect for what goes into our bodies, as well as respect for the art of preparing our meals, enriches our lives considerably.” She shares inspirations, ideas and a few recipes.

A beer for every course

The chefs at Azur are pairing food and beer at their October chef series dinner. Sous chef Justin Clark will feature five courses and five specialty beer pairings in his “Side by Side 5” dinner. The Oktoberfest tribute, at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 28, includes five beers selected from three countries. The cost is $55. The menu features yellowtail sashimi, butternut squash and caramel flan, ballotine of duck, char- grilled elk, and beer float with vanilla ice cream and chocolate covered espresso beans.

Kentucky food and wine

Three Suns Bistro will have a Kentucky wine-tasting dinner at 6:30 p.m. ­Wednesday featuring Talon Vineyards. The menu includes country ham with silver-dollar biscuits, beef sirloin steak with vegetable burgoo, and fried apple pie a la mode with bourbon caramel. Cost is $40. Call (859) 245-0048 or go to The bistro is at 298 East Brannon Road in Brannon Crossing.

Three Suns’ original location, 501 North Main Street in Nicholasville, now is The Little Moon Bistro. The menu features hand-cut steaks, fresh seafood, chicken, pork and Italian dishes. Call (859) 881-8225.

After dinner, the show’s next door

Heirloom Restaurant and Thoroughbred Theatre in Midway are teaming up for ­dinner and a play.

On Oct. 30, a three-course dinner will be served at Heirloom at 6 p.m., then guests will walk next door to the theater for Racing Toward Murder at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $50.

The menu features choice of Caesar salad or potato-leek soup, and pan-seared salmon over roasted eggplant purée or chicken picatta over ricotta gnocchi. Dessert (choice of chocolate decadence, apple crisp, crème brûlée) will be served during intermission at the theatre. Call Heirloom at (859) 846-5565 or go to, or call the theater at (859) 494-2877cq or go to

The Ketch’s oyster catch

The Ketch Seafood Grill, 2012 Regency Road, is serving fresh oysters from the Gulf of Mexico and Chesapeake Bay. On Monday, you can get a dozen Gulf oysters for half price. Call (859) 277-5919 or go to


Corbett’s An American Place in Louisville is included in Esquire magazine’s best new restaurants roundup in the November issue. Esquire writer John Mariani praises chef/owner Dean Corbett for the stylish restoration of the 150-year-old Von Allman mansion, and chef de cuisine Chris Howerton’s balance of locally informed and international flavor. An American Place, 5050 Norton Healthcare Boulevard in Old Brownsboro Crossing. Call (502) 327-5058 or visit

Samples of bourbon and beer

Village Vineyard will be sampling ­bourbons, wines and beer from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday today. Dad’s Favorites cheese of Lexington will be ­available for tasting. The store is at 4379 Old ­Harrodsburg Road, behind Ramsey’s Diner. Call (859 552-8793.

Farmers market report

The growing season is winding down, and Bluegrass Farmers Market will be open until Oct. 28. At the market this week are grass-fed beef, peppers, apples, eggplant, green beans, pumpkins, squash, tomatoes, flowers and baked goods. The market is open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday on Richmond Road, in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and FastSigns.