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Halloween inspires menus and festivities

swthompson@herald-leader.comOctober 28, 2010 

Trick-or-treat candy isn't on the menu, but several restaurants are having Halloween parties this weekend.

■ Merrick Inn, 1074 Merrick Drive, is having a Halloween on the Haunted Hill party Saturday. Drink specials will be offered on the patio. Call (859) 269-5417.

■ Winchell's, 348 Southland Drive, is holding its sixth annual Creepy Karaoke party Friday beginning at 10 p.m. Call (859) 278-9424.

■ Onizim's Furlongs, 735 East Main Street, will serve Halloween-themed entrees, desserts and drinks throughout the weekend. The restaurant will have a costume contest Sunday. Each winner in four costume categories (female, male, couple and child) will receive a $50 gift card. The restaurant will serve a New Orleans brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, and dinner is served until 9 p.m. Call (859) 266-9000 or go to Furlongs.com.

■ The specials for Halloween weekend at Three Suns Bistro in Nicholasville are inspired by Vincent Price and his 1965 cookbook, A Treasury of Great Recipes. The menu includes roasted dates with blue cheese wrapped in bacon, deviled crab-stuffed mushrooms, Cornish hen with herbed stuffing and shallot butter, and chocolate mousse. Three Suns is at 298 East Brannon Road in Brannon Crossing. Call (859) 881-1600 or go to Threesunsbistro.com.

■ Sutton's, 110 North Locust Hill Drive, is having a costume party at 11 p.m. Saturday. Prizes will be awarded for the top three costumes. Mike Golden will entertain from 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Call (859) 268-2068.

Della's specializes in homestyle fare

If you're looking for homestyle cooking downtown, try Della's.

The restaurant space at 124 North Upper Street now is operated by Tom Morris and Mike White. The restaurant is named after Morris' mother, but it also "seems to suit the type of food we're selling," Morris said.

The "Della Daily" special is served weekdays and includes meatloaf on Monday, chicken and dumplings on Tuesday, chef's choice on Wednesday, roast beef on Thursday, and salmon croquettes on Friday. Soup, chili and sandwiches also are served.

"Sides are all home-style, and by that I mean lots of butter or bacon fat in them," Morris said.

Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Call (859) 281-1141.

Stone crabs arriving daily

The stone crabs have arrived at Lexington Seafood Co. "We expect a record harvest," co-owner Michael Yessin said. "We will be getting shipments daily and will provide the mustard to go with the claws." The store is at 867 East High Street. Call (859 266-8888.

Brown's cupcake buffet is back

The cupcake buffet is back at Brown's Bakery, 1398 West Main Street in Meadowthorpe. You can sample 20 cupcake flavors including German chocolate, Italian cream, coconut and caramel, from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday. The cost is $10. A to-go box of 12 is $14.99. The cupcake challenge, which offers $50 in prize money, starts at 4:30 p.m. Call (859) 225-8400.

New for fall at Bella Notte

Bella Notte has a new fall menu. Included are butternut squash soup; orzo with locally grown roasted pumpkin; grilled pork chop with arugula, gorgonzola and poached pear; and caramelized crème custard infused with pumpkin spices. The restaurant is at 3715 Nicholasville Road. Call (859) 245-1789 or go to Bellalexington.com.

Vegetables star at Ramsey's

Ramsey's Diners are having a fall veggie festival. "We will feature certified organic butternut squash and organic sweet potatoes grown by Abell Organics Farm in Franklin County and Kentucky Proud broccoli grown in Williamstown," owner Rob Ramsey said. "We will have baked butternut squash every day, and either fresh broccoli casserole or fresh broccoli with lemon butter, and baked sweet potatoes or sweet potato casserole on alternate days." Locations are at Ramseysdiners.com.

Simply spaghetti

Akielo Temple No. 128, Daughters of the Nile, Marching Patrol will have its annual spaghetti dinner from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5. The cost is $7, $4 for children 10 and younger. It will be at Oleika Shrine Center, 326 Southland Drive.

Farmers market report

Saturday is the last day for Bluegrass Farmers' Market until next season. Available are tomatoes, peppers, squash, potatoes, apples, pears, greens, eggs, jams, baked goods, herbs, honey, berries, pumpkins and gourds. The market is at 3450 Richmond Road, in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Go to Localharvest.org/blog/29529.

Reach Sharon Thompson at (859) 231-3321 or 1-800-950-6397, Ext. 3321.

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