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.
Here are some events planned around the two holidays.
Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, parties will be Tuesday, unless otherwise noted.
■ A la lucie, 159 North Limestone. The party begins at 5 p.m., and the menu includes gumbos, creoles, étouffée and bananas Foster. (859) 252-5277. Alalucie.com.
■ Bayou Bluegrass Catering at The Red Mile Clubhouse, 1200 Red Mile Road. Lunch buffet will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; the cost is $16.50. Dinner seatings are at 5:30, 7 and 8:30 p.m.; the cost is $29.50. (859) 233-0814. Bayoubluegrass.com.
■ Bourbon n' Toulouse, 829 Euclid Avenue. The party begins at 11 a.m., and the menu features alligator étouffée and king cake. Call by Monday for take-out orders. A 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. (859) 335-0300. Bntlex.com.
■ Gumbo Ya Ya Cajun Creole, 1080 South Broadway. The menu features alligator sauce piquant, crawfish étouffee, shrimp Creole and free slices of king cake. (859) 252-9292. Gumboyayaky.com.
■ Meadowthorpe Cafe, 1415 Leestown Road. The restaurant will be serving seafood gumbo, red beans and rice, and crawfish étouffee from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (859) 258-2222.
■ Ramsey's Diners. Live crawfish will be served, as well as seafood gumbo, red beans and rice, freshly baked French bread, and king cake. Locations are at Ramseysdiners.com.
■ Willie's Locally Known, 805 North Broadway. 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. (859) 281-1116.
■ Winchell's, 348 Southland Drive. The Mardi Gras menu includes crawfish étouffee and king cake. (859) 278-9424. Winchellsrestaurant.com.
Celebrations will be Feb. 14, unless otherwise noted.
■ Abuelo's Mexican Restaurant at Fayette Mall, 3395 Nicholasville Road. Valentine specials will run Feb. 14 to 17. Included are fajitas for two and dessert for $29.99; and a prime rib special. (859) 971-0922. Abuelos.com.
■ Addie's at The Woodford Inn, 140 Park Street, Versailles. Seatings are at 6 and 8 p.m. A four-course meal for two, with wine, is $90. (859) 873-5600. Thewoodfordinn.com.
■ Alfalfa, 141 East Main Street. Valentine's Day dinner will be served from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Feb. 14 and 15. A vegan entree is available. (859) 253-0014.
■ The Café at Barnes and Noble, 1932 Pavilion Way. On Wednesday and Thursday, the café will have specially wrapped Cheesecake Factory cupcakes and cheesecakes for two. (859) 543-8148. Barnesandnoble.com.
■ Casanova, 855 South Broadway. A three-course menu is $45. (859) 309-3313. Casanovaky.com.
■ Equus Run Winery, 1280 Moores Mill Road, Midway. Kisses and Calories: A Chocoholic Affair will be noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. The Tim Talbert Trio will entertain from 1 to 3 p.m. The cost is $5. (859) 846-9463. Equusrunvineyards.com.
■ Minton's 760, 760 North Limestone. Seatings will be at 5:30, 7 and 8:30 p.m. Feb. 14 and 15. (859) 948-1874. Mintonsat760.com.
■ Soundbar, 208 South Limestone. Soundbar's A Red Affair on Feb. 14 will benefit AVOL (AIDS Volunteers Inc.). (859) 523-6338. Soundbarlex.com.
■ Stella's Kentucky Deli, 143 Jefferson Street. A four-course meal will be $35 with seatings at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Vegetarian options available. (859) 255-3354. Stellaskentuckydeli.com.
■ Thai Orchid Café, 1030 South Broadway. A Thai tapas feast for two is $45 and will be served from 5 to 9:30 p.m. (859) 288-2170. Thaiorchidcafe.net.
■ Winchell's, 348 Southland Drive. Pan-seared scallops and beef tenderloin tips with crabmeat will be served. (859) 278-9424. Winchellsrestaurant.com.
■ Akielo Temple No. 128, Daughters of the Nile, will have 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. The cost is $5. Carry-out is available. Call (859) 277-6869.
■ Holly Hill Inn and Thai Orchid Cafe will exchange chefs Saturday. Toa Green and her mother, Suda Veerasethakul, who operate Thai Orchid, will cook their Thai specialties at Holly Hill. Nat Henton, executive chef at Woodford Reserve Distillery, whose 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 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.
Sharon Thompson: (859) 231-3321. Twitter: @FlavorsofKY. Blog: Flavorsofkentucky.bloginky.com.