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Solve a mystery at dining venues in January

After the holidays, activities tend to slow down. It’s a good time to take in a relaxing dinner and a show. Bluegrass Mystery ­Theatre will present Manifest ­Murder at three locations this month.
■ On Friday, the show begins at 7:30 p.m. at Equus Run Vineyards, 1280 Moores Mill Road, Midway. Tickets are $48, which includes a three-course meal. Wine tastings, $3, begin at 6:15 p.m. Call (859) 846-9463.
Parlay Social, 257 West Short Street, at 6 p.m. Jan. 20. The cost is $29.95 and includes a three-course meal. Email Parlay@parlaysocial.com for tickets or call (859) 244-1932.
■ Jan. 26 at My Old Kentucky Dinner Train in Bardstown. The cost is $99.95 and includes a four-course meal, 2½-hour train ride and the show. The train leaves at 5 p.m. Call (866) 801-3463 for tickets.

Special events

■ The Kentucky Distillers’ ­Association will offer an exclusive sampling of bourbon brands at the Bluegrass Ball on Jan. 19 in ­Washington, D.C. The pre-inauguration gala is hosted by the Kentucky Society in Washington.
Seven Kentucky distillers will present their premium single-barrel and small-batch bourbons: Bulleit, Four Roses, Heaven Hill, Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, Wild Turkey and Woodford Reserve.
The Bluegrass Ball also will be at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington. Tickets, $250, are available at Kentuckysociety.org.
The ball’s Kentucky-inspired menu will be created by Edward Lee, who is chef/owner of 610 Magnolia restaurant in Louisville and has appeared on Iron Chef America and Top Chef.
The ball’s emcee is former ­Kentucky first lady Phyllis George. The Kentucky Society is one of the only state societies in the capital to host a regular inaugural ball, the group says.
■ Anthony Lamas, chef/owner at Seviche in Louisville, will be guest chef at City Grit culinary salon in New York on Jan. 24.
City Grit is a concept created by chef Sarah Simmons to ­showcase culinary talent from around the country before a New York ­audience. Lamas’ “Southern Spice” dinner will showcase Latin and Southern flavors. Go to Citygritnyc.com.
Lamas was a 2010, 2011 and 2012 semifinalist for the James Beard Foundation’s award for best chef in the Southeast, and the ­restaurant was named by USA ­Today one of the “10 great places for ­Latino flavor and flair” in the country. ­Seviche is at 1538 Bardstown Road. Go to Sevicherestaurant.com.

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Hanna’s on Lime, 214 South Limestone, will reopen Monday after a holiday break. The lunch special will be pot roast with two sides and a roll for $8.25. Hours are 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Delivery is available. Call (859) 252-6264.
Casanova Italian Restaurant, 855 South Broadway, offers a soup and salad special at lunchtime for $6.99. Also new on the menu are chicken arrabbiata, gnocchi basil pesto and low-fat turkey ­bolognese. Call (859) 309-3313 or go to ­Casanovaky.com.

Would you like a blindfold with your menu?

Have you ever thought you were in the dark about  Lexington’s dining scene? At Natasha’s Bistro & Bar you literally could be.
Natasha’s Bistro & Bar, 112 Esplanade, will serve guests a Kentucky Proud menu to eat in complete darkness. It’s designed for the senses of smell, taste, sound, and texture. Participants will remove their blindfolds after each course.
Natasha’s owner Gene Williams quotes Miami chef Adrianne Calvo about the concept of dining in the dark: “The concept of ‘Dark Dining,’ which enjoyed significant popularity throughout Europe for several years before its introduction in various major cities throughout the United States, has been defined as a sensory overload that maximizes flavor by suppressing vision, creating the ultimate in dining experience.” The dinner will be at 6 p.m. Monday. Tickets are $49. Call (859) 259-2754  or go to Beetnik.com.

Special events

Bistro La Belle Market and Cafe will join other downtown Midway merchants in supporting The Homeplace in Midway and its “Voices in Cloth” quilt show on Saturday.
Bistro La Belle will serve Laura’s white bean soup and Weisenberger Mills cornbread from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The meal is free, but the café will accept donations for The Homeplace. The regular menu will be available. Bistro La Belle is at 119 East Main Street. The quilt show will be at 128 East Main Street. Call (859) 846-4233 or go to Bistrolabelle.com.
Woodford Reserve Distillery serves a holiday buffet on Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 22. Chef-in-residence Ouita Michel and her culinary team have created a menu of Kentucky favorites and seasonal specialties. Distillery tours are offered before dinner. Seatings are at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Cost is $50. The Distillery is at 7855 McCracken Pike, Versailles. Call (859) 879-1812 or go to Woodfordreserve.com.
■ On Monday, you can help Baby Health Service by dining at Nick Ryan’s. The restaurant’s “Monday Matters” program donates a portion of the day’s proceeds to charities. Baby Health provides free quality health care to children without insurance. Call (859) 233-7900 or go to Nickryans.com.
■ When you make a donation to your favorite charity through Goodgivingguide.net and you could win a catered dinner for eight.  Mulberry & Lime, a gift/home furnishings shop in the historic Matthew Kennedy house at 216 North Limestone, will be the site for the dinner that will be prepared by Dupree Catering. Wine will be provided by Wines on Vine.

New menus

The Village Idiot, 307 West Short Street, has a new winter menu.  Chefs Andrew Suthers and Wyatt Sarbacker have put their personal touches on classic cold weather comfort food. Included are ham hock ragout with Lexington Pasta’s spinach gnocchi and pork belly en croute with pickled onion and whole grain mustard.
On Monday, the restaurant will serve a prix fixe dinner featuring seasonal dishes to compliment selections from Schlafly Beer and wines from Vanguard. The dinner will include a reception of hors d’oeuvres and three courses each paired with wine and beer. Cost is $49. Call (859) 252-0099 or go to Lexingtonvillageidiot.com.
Casanova Italian Restaurant, 855 South Broadway, has some new menu items. Included are bronzini acqua pazza, (a fish owner Leo  Capezzuto imports from the Mediterranean Sea), Neapolitan traditional sausages with rapini, and spaghetti aglio olio scampi. Casanova is accepting reservations for Christmas parties. Call (859) 309-3313 or go to Casanovaky.com.

First Watch now open on Richmond Road

Lexington has plenty of places to grab lunch, but when it comes to breakfast, there aren’t as many choices. First Watch, a breakfast, brunch, and lunch café, now is open at 3071 Richmond Road, in the Kroger shopping plaza.
The menu offers pancakes, omelets, salads, and sandwiches, and specialties include Chickichanga healthy turkey omelet, and fresh fruit crepes. The restaurant is open from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily. Call (859) 899-3447 or go to Firstwatch.com.

Events

■ The annual Moon Festival Celebration will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday in the Moondance Amphitheater in the Beaumont Centre Circle. The event, sponsored by the Kentucky Chinese American Association and the Beaumont Centre Family YMCA, will feature live entertainment and a “Best fresh moon cakes” contest. At 2 p.m., there will be children’s activities at the Beaumont YMCA, including lantern making. Go to KYCAA.org for a schedule.
Ted’s Montana Grill, 2304 Sir Barton Way, is continuing its 10th anniversary celebration and raising funds to support Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. Guests who donate $5 or more while dining Sunday through Sept. 22, will receive a certificate good for $5 off a future purchase of $20 or more. Call (859) 263-5228 or go to Tedsmontanagrill.com.

Jonathan at Gratz Park, 120 West Second Street, is having a Grgich Hills wine dinner on Wednesday. The five-course dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $75. Call (859) 252-4949. Seating is limited for this event.
Stella’s Kentucky Deli, 143 Jefferson Street, continues its Dining for a Cause events on Thursdays. Each week a different non-profit organization receives the proceeds. Here’s the line-up: Broke Spoke, Thursday; Maxwell Legal Clinic, Sept. 27; Community Farm Alliance, Oct. 4; and Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, Oct. 11. Call (859) 255-3354 or go to Stellaskentuckydeli.com.
Wilson Farms will harvest shrimp at 11 a.m. Saturday and Sept. 22. Ponds are in Lancaster on Ky. 1150. Look for signs. The cost is $8 a pound. Bring ice and a cooler to transport the fresh shrimp. Call (859) 339-1802 or (859) 792-1443.
Midway School Bakery, 510 South Winter Street in Midway, is preparing a traditional honey cake in honor of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Honey cakes are made with local honey from Midway, Weisenberger Mill flours, and spiced with cinnamon and applesauce. Cakes will be available Saturday through Sept. 25, the beginning of Yom Kippur. Cost is $8.95. Call (859) 846-4336.
The bakery will have caramel apple funnel cakes, and apple cider glazed cake donuts during Midway’s Fall Festival on Saturday and Sunday.

New menus

■ Leonardo Capezzuto, owner of Casanova Italian Restaurant, 855 South Broadway, has returned from a summer trip to Italy with new recipes for his menu. Included are manicotti Bolognese, penne with ricotta pesto, and lamb osso buco in ragu’ sauce. Call (859) 309-3313.
Nick Ryan’s Saloon, 157 Jefferson Street, has added new items to its Saturday brunch menu. Included are lemon ricotta pancakes and breakfast bread pudding. Call (859) 233-7900 or go to Nickryans.com.
Detroit Coney Island, 1301 Winchester Road, in Eastland Shopping Center, has added three Greek sandwiches to its menu. The restaurant has changed its hours and now is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call (859) 280-9138.

Farmers market report

Bluegrass Farmers’ Market will have green beans, tomatoes, squash, eggplant, peppers, raspberries, watermelons, bok choy, nappa cabbage, kale, and pumpkins.
Locations and hours are: 3450 Richmond Road, in the Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs parking lot, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday; and 730 Millpond Road, in the parking lot of the Willow Oak Pool, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Go to Localharvest.org/blog/29529.

City Barbeque to open Friday

Smoke is billowing at City Barbeque. The chain’s second Kentucky location is scheduled to open Friday at 3292 Richmond Road.
Since opening in 1999 in Columbus, Ohio, City Barbeque has received many awards including Best Barbeque in Columbus and Dayton, Ohio; Best Rib and Best Pulled Chicken in Cincinnati; and Best Tailgate Fare by Ohio Magazine.
The menu offers North Carolina-style pulled pork, beef brisket and pulled chicken. St. Louis-style ribs are slow smoked over aged hickory wood. Every Tuesday is Rib Bone Tuesday, when each rib bone is $1.15. Sides and desserts are prepared in house.
Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Go to Citybbq.com.

Openings

Double H BBQ is a new spot that’s open for lunch at 1244 Versailles Road, next to O’Reilly’s AutoParts. Owned by brothers Ernie and Bill Hanley, the restaurant serves hand-rubbed, hickory-smoked pulled pork, brisket, baby back ribs and tenderloin, prepared on site. Traditional hot and mild red sauces, as well as an Alabama-style white sauce, are available. Hours are 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; takeout and catering are available. Call (859) 523-4227.
■ A new pizza place, Extreme Pizza, is open at 2304 Sir Barton Way in Hamburg Place. The San Francisco-based chain is mostly on the West Coast. “This is the first of its kind to open in Kentucky,” said Lexington franchise owner Vince Swecker. “If you check out the menu you will notice that there are many styles of pizzas, subs, wings and salads available that are not often seen at other pizza restaurants. We offer a wheat crust and a gluten-free crust.” Go to Extremepizza.com. Call (859) 543-0000.

Father’s Day dining

Casanova Italian Restaurant, 855 South Broadway, is accepting reservations for Father’s Day. Specials include gnocchi with mozzarella, osso buco, and eggplant Siciliana. Call (859) 309-3313 or go to Casanovaky.com.
Holly Hill Inn, 426 North Winter Street in Midway, will serve a special Father’s Day menu on Sunday. Entrees include prime rib. The cost is $25, and a children’s menu is available. Call (859) 846-4732 or go to Hollyhillinn.com.
■ The Lafayette High School football team is celebrating Father’s Day with a waffle breakfast on Saturday. The breakfast, from 8 to 10 a.m. will be at O’Charley’s Restaurant on Nicholasville Road, at Zandale Shopping Center. Cost is $5.
Azur Restaurant & Patio, 3070 Lakecrest Circle, will serve a special brunch menu from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, and dinner service begins at 5 p.m. The menu includes steak and eggs, grilled lamb chops, and wild mushroom omelet. Call (859) 296-1007 or go to Azurrestaurant.com.
■ In celebration of “Día de los Padres” (Father’s Day) Abuelo’s Mexican Restaurant at Fayette Mall, 3395 Nicholasville Road,  is giving dads who dine in the restaurant on Sunday, June 17 a special Father’s Day card that includes an offer for a complimentary chile con queso appetizer. Call (859) 971-0922.
Saul Good Restaurant & Pub will serve a special Father’s Day menu through Sunday. Included are Black Angus rib eye steak, Cajun chicken pasta, center cut pork chop, and prime sirloin steak. Locations are 1808 Alysheba Way, (859) 317-9200,and 3801 Mall Road, (859) 273-4663. Go go Saulgoodpub.com.

Special events

Wild Thyme Cooking School, 1060 Chinoe Road, is having a bake sale from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday. At the cooking school camp, My Lemon “Aide” Stand, children learned baking techniques and baked a variety of items that will be sold at a bake sale. The money will benefit West Liberty Elementary that was damaged by a tornado earlier this year. Call (859) 523-2665 or go to Wildthymecooking.com.
■ The menu for Greek Dinner Night on Friday features the Ionian region of Greece, and wines from Acres of Land will be served. Dinner will be at the Greek Orthodox Church, 920 Tates Creek Road, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Chef Chris Eliopoulos will prepare chicken in orange glaze, tilapia in spinach, and pork loin. A la carte items are available. Go to Greekdinner.com.
■ The Kentucky Historical Society will host “Food for Thought: The Shakers and the Civil War,” at noon Wednesday, at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History in downtown Frankfort. Tickets are $18 for KHS members and $25 for other patrons. Contact Julia Curry at (502) 564-1792, Ext. 4414 or Julia.curry@ky.gov. Go to History.ky.gov. Reservations deadline is Friday.
■ Family Night is back at Holly Hill Inn, 426 North Winter Street in Midway. On Friday nights, while parents relax with a multi-course dinner and grownup conversation, the staff will make sure the children have a great time with games, crafts and their own menu. Four-course dinner menu is $40 per person. Reservations are available at 6 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. Children’s dinner is served at 6:30 p.m. and supervised child care is provided from 6 to 8 p.m. Cost is $10 per family up to three children, which includes meal and activities, $5 for each additional child. Call (859) 846-4732.

Announcements

The Courtyard Deli, 113 Cheapside,  now is open on Thursday nights for Thursday Night Live, and for dinner on Friday starting at 6 p.m. Saturday begins with a Farmers Market lunch at 10:30 a.m., continuing into Saturday evening hours. Call (859) 252-3354.
Natasha’s Bistro, 112 Esplanade, has installed two new awnings that protect the front patio and the back Alley Bar. Patios are open whenever the restaurant is open. Farmers market brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call (859) 259-2754 or go to Beetnik.com.
Three Suns Bistro has a new summer menu that includes duck quesadilla with corn and black bean salsa; cypress chicken with olives, artichoke hearts, tomatoes, and feta cheese; roasted salmon; and shrimp and mussels in a tomato basil broth. The bistro is at 298 East Brannon Road, in Brannon Crossing. Call (859) 245-0048.

Farmers market report

Bluegrass Farmers Market’s Willow Oak location now is open  at 730 Millpond Road, in the parking lot of the Willow Oak pool. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The original location on Richmond Road in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday. This location will have fresh corn on Saturday. Go to Localharvest.org/blog/29529.
Midway Farmers Market now is open in downtown Midway in Darlin’ Jean’s parking lot. Hours are 3 to 6 p.m. Monday.
Ted’s Farm Fresh Produce has a vegetable stand in the parking lot of Sarah’s Corner Café, 4300 Winchester Road, at Cleveland Road. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.
Woodford County Farmers Market is open from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday at Courthouse Square in downtown Versailles, and 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Presbyterian Church parking lot.

Restaurants planning specials for Valentine’s Day

Tuesday is Valentine’s Day and bakeries, chocolatiers, and restaurants are offering special menus, pricing, and goodies for your sweetheart. Here’s a selection.

Specials are for Valentine’s Day, unless otherwise noted.

815 Prime, 131 East Main Street in Midway. A Valentine’s dinner will be served 5:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday and Tuesday with live music and champagne specials. (859) 846-4688.

Abuelo’s Mexican Restaurant at Fayette Mall, 3395 Nicholasville Road. Fajitas for two plus free dessert for $29.99, and a prime rib special will be served Friday through Tuesday. (859) 971-0922. Abuelos.com.

BabyCakes Cupcakes has moved from Patchen Drive to 1616 Liberty Road, at the corner of Henry Clay Boulevard. A dozen cupcakes, $22, are decorated with retro heart candy, pink and red swirled icing, and sweet fondant pink, white and red hearts. (859) 317-9619. Bb-cakes.com.

Casanova Italian Restaurant, 855 South Broadway. Regular menu will be served, plus two specials: lobster pappardelle in vodka sauce and lamb osso buco. (859) 309-3313.

Heirloom, 125 Main Street in Midway. Three-course menu, for $50 a person, includes New York strip and pan-seared diver scallops. Celebrate early with breakfast 7 to 11 a.m. (859) 846-5565. Heirloommidway.com.

Holly Hill Inn, 426 North Winter Street in Midway. On Friday and Saturday, a four-course menu with optional hors d’oeuvres will be available for $40. Brunch will be served 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. On Tuesday, a multi-course dinner will be served 5:30 to 10 p.m. The cost is $75 a person. (859) 846-4732. Hollyhillinn.com.

Le Deauville, 199 North Limestone. A three-course dinner for $49 a person will be served 5:30 to 10 p.m. (859) 246-0999.

Old Kentucky Chocolates stores will have chocolate-covered strawberries and grapes, and a new item, chocolate-covered potato chips and caramels decorated with pink sea salt. Locations are at 450 Southland Drive, (859) 278-4444; 3385 Tates Creek Road, (859) 268-4711; and 410 West Vine Street, (859) 252-2639. Oldkycandy.com.

Rossi’s Restaurant, 1060 Chinoe Road. A special four-course dinner is offered. (859) 335-8788. Rossis-restaurant.com.

Saul Good Restaurant & Pub’s new dessert for Valentine’s Day is the chocolate wine glass, a mix of Belgian chocolate and wine. Guests can select any glass of red wine from the menu and for an additional charge of $1.49, the outer rim of the glass will be hand-dipped in chocolate. Locations are at 3801 Mall Road in the Plaza at Fayette Mall, and 1808 Alysheba Way in Hamburg. (859) 317-9200. Saulgoodpub.com.

Stella’s Kentucky Deli, 143 Jefferson Street. Seatings are at 6, 8 and 10 p.m. for the five-course dinner. The cost is $35 a person. (859) 255-3354.

Three Suns Bistro, 298 East Brannon Crossing. The restaurant will have sweetheart specials Friday, Saturday and Monday. The Valentine’s menu on Tuesday will include Angus prime rib au jus and filet mignon medallion with lobster bouillabaisse. (859) 245-0048.

Wallace Station Deli and Bakery, 3854 Old Frankfort Pike. Valentine’s lunch specials will be served Saturday through Tuesday. (859) 846-5161. Wallacestation.com.

Windy Corner Market, 4595 Bryan Station Road. Lunch and dinner specials will be served Saturday through Tuesday. A sweetheart brunch will be offered Saturday and Sunday. (859) 294-9338. Windycornermarket.com.

WineStyles of Lexington, 2535 Nicholasville Road. A Valentine wine pairing event will be 1 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Monday and Tuesday. Wines will be matched with artisanal cheeses, fresh fruit and dark chocolates. Tickets are $38 a couple. (859) 278-9463.

Bluegrass Pride has partnered with Bellini’s Italian Restaurant and Natasha’s Bistro & Bar to hold candlelit dinners on Valentine’s Day as a way to raise awareness and promote energy efficiency in Fayette County. The restaurants will light their dining rooms with candles rather than relying solely on overhead lights. Call (859) 266.1572 or visit Bgpride.org. Bellini’s is at 115 WestMain Street. Natasha’s is at 112 Esplanade.

Events

Akielo Temple, No. 128, Daughters of the Nile, will have its annual bean soup dinner 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at Oleika Shrine Center, 326 Southland Drive. The menu includes white or brown beans, corn bread, dessert and a drink. The cost is $5 for adults, and $2.50 for children younger than 12.

Farmers market report

The Lexington Farmers Market, open Saturdays at Victorian Square, will have beef, kale, turnips, cabbage, beans, eggs, chicken, and turkeys. Students from the University of Kentucky will be at the market 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. to record oral histories of market vendors and visitors.

Cajun specialties will fill those Empty Bowls

Empty Bowls project benefits Moveable Feast/Photo by Mark Ashley

Empty Bowls project benefits Moveable Feast/Photo by Mark Ashley

The purchase of a handcrafted bowl will help Moveable Feast of Lexington deliver healthful meals to people who are ­homebound.
At the third annual Empty Bowls event Saturday, you can buy a bowl, made by creative children or ­local ­artists, for $15. Then Bourbon n’ ­Toulouse will fill the bowls with its ­Cajun specialties. The bowls are ­donated by Kentucky Mudworks.
Hours are from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Bourbon n’ Toulouse, 829 Euclid ­Avenue. Call (859) 335-0300. Go to Bntlex.com or Kentuckymudworks.com.

What’s new

■ The first Nicholasville ­location of Firehouse Subs is open at 451 Keene Centre Drive. The restaurant’s ­firehouse theme is based on the ­founders’ ­combined 200 years of firefighting heritage. The Nicholasville restaurant is decorated with local fire department artifacts and pictures of well-known area fire scenes. Specialty subs include the New York steamer, inspired by New York delicatessens, which combines corned beef brisket and pastrami topped with provolone cheese. The store has the new Coca-Cola Freestyle machine, which offers more than 100 sparkling and still beverages from a single ­freestanding unit. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. ­Sunday through Thursday and 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Call (859) 882-5011 or go to Firehousesubs.com.
Stuarto’s Olive Oil Co., 2200 War Admiral Way, has added some new products to its lineup. Included are 24 varieties of sea salt in 1-, 2-, and 3.5-ounce packages. Prices range from $1 to $8.75. Flavors include chili verde, Himalayan pink, lemon twist, Spanish rosemary, toasted onion, and sun-­ripened tomato. Call (859) 263-0088.
■ Leo Capezzuto, owner of Casanova Italian Restaurant, has just returned from a trip to Italy. “I enjoyed some food that I haven’t eaten for a long time,” he said. They were traditional family reunion dishes served Sundays. He has added three of the dishes to the menu at the restaurant, 855 South Broadway. They are prosciutto e mozzarella, a classic Italian antipasto; rigatoni alla ­Amatriciana; and veal cotoletta alla Milanese. Call (859) 309-3313 or go to Casanovaky.com.

Events

The sixth annual Holly Hill Inn ­harvest dinner will be Saturday at ­Happy Jack’s Pumpkin Farm in ­Frankfort. Holly Hill chef/owner Ouita Michel and her staff will grill just-picked vegetables from Lee Ann and Richard Jones’ fields. The menu also includes grilled chicken; boneless pork chops; calypso slaw; melon salad; succotash; corn pudding; pickled beets; and sliced tomatoes with blue cheese, bacon and sherry vinaigrette. The cost is $45.
Happy Jack’s is at 966 Hickman Hill Road. In case of severe weather, the meal will be served at Holly Hill Inn, 426 North Winter Street, Midway, which will be closed for regular dinner service that evening. Call (859) 846-4732 or visit Hollyhillinn.com.
Orchid Flower Restaurant, 3090 Old Todds Road, offers happy hour specials from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The happy roll combo, $10, features a choice of two rolls, soup and salad. Call (859) 543-1126 or visit Orchidflowerrestaurant.com.
T.G.I. Friday’s is collecting non-perishable pet toys, treats and items for the Lexington Humane Society through Sept. 8. Customers who donate an item will receive a free appetizer. For ­locations, visit TGIfridays.com.

Farmers market report

Bluegrass Farmers Market is at its peak. Check out the locally grown items at 3450 Richmond Road, in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Hours at the Mill Pond Shopping Center are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 6:30 p.m. ­Thursday. Go to Localharvest.org/blog/29529.
East End Community ­Farmers Market will have tomatoes, squash, okra, ­melons, half-runner green beans and honey. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 560 East Third Street at the Pavilion at Midland Avenue and Third Street.
Lexington Farmers Market is open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in Cheapside Park in the Fifth Third Bank Pavilion; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday on Southland Drive near Sav-A-Lot, and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at South Broadway and Maxwell Street.
Woodford County Farmers’ ­Market will feature a celebrity chef ­cooking ­demonstration Saturday. A chef from ­Addie’s at The Woodford Inn in ­Versailles will prepare fresh produce. Market locations and hours are: 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays at ­Courthouse Square, 3 to 6 p.m. Mondays in ­downtown Midway and 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays at Versailles ­Presbyterian Church.

Restaurants offer Father’s Day specials

Restaurants welcome fathers with a variety of specials.

Casanova Italian Restaurant, 855 South Broadway, is introducing a new menu item for Father’s Day: risotto chicken marsala. Call (859) 309-3313 or visit Casanovaky.com.
The Julep Cup, 111 Woodland Avenue, is offering Father’s Day specials Friday through Sunday. Included are West Coast oysters on the half-shell and grilled calamari. On Friday, gourmet pizzas will be served in the bar for Gallery Hop. Call (859) 226-0300.
■ The Father’s Day special at Onizim’s Restaurant, 735 East Main Street, is buy one entree, receive a second entree free on Sunday. On Saturday, the restaurant is having a Louisiana crawfish and shrimp boil, with reservations only. Call (859) 266-9000 or visit  Onizims.com.
Holly Hill Inn, 426 North Winter Street in Midway, is serving brunch and a dinner buffet on Father’s Day. Call (859) 846-4732 or visit Hollyhillinn.com.
Azur, 3070 Lakecrest Circle, will serve a brunch buffet for Father’s Day that’s $19.95 a person. Call (859) 296-1007 or visit Azurrestaurant.com.
The Corner Café, 385 South Mill Street, is the place to go when you want a low-calorie lunch. All the wraps on the menu are less than 450 calories. “We don’t use mayonnaise or cream cheese,” owner Rich Vaux said. You can get half a turkey wrap and a low-calorie smoothie for $6.99. Call (859) 554-5194.
Rossi’s Restaurant, 1060 Chinoe Road, offers nightly food specials, and on Tuesdays you can get bottles of wine at half price with dinner. Call (859) 335-8788 or visit Rossis-restaurant.com.