Sharon Thompson: Ice carvings go from sideline to separate business

swthompson@herald-leader.comFebruary 28, 2013 

Ice carving champion Michael Stoddart will have several of his creations on display in downtown Lexington on Thursday.

Stoddart is introducing his new company, Lexington Ice Sculptures, with a carving demonstration at 2 p.m. at Triangle Park. An open house at the ice studio, 333 North Ashland Avenue, will be at 4 p.m., with hors d'oeuvres provided by Seasons Catering. Call (859) 266-6661 or go to

The sculptures will be on display at Transylvania University, at Broadway and Third Street; Bigg Blue Martini, 369 West Vine Street; Dudley's on Short, 259 West Short Street; Barney Miller's, 232 East Main Street; the Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Plaza, 120 North Limestone; Atomic Café, 265 North Limestone; Fayette Cigar Store, 137 East Main Street; and Sam's Hot Dog Stand, 109 North Limestone.


■ Abuelo's, 3395 Nicholasville Road, has brought back one of its most popular seafood dishes, pescado Mazatlán, for Lent. The special, offered through April 1, features shrimp and sea scallops in a light lemon sauce and topped with a cucumber salsa.

Other seafood entrées include: wood-grilled Norwegian salmon filet topped with a lemon wine sauce; tilapia sautéed with fresh shrimp, scallops, and tomatoes; crepes filled with fresh guacamole, covered in a wine sauce with shrimp, scallops, mushrooms, fresh spinach and roasted peppers; and wood-grilled barramundi filets. Call (859) 971-0922 or go to

Casanova, 855 South Broadway, will serve three specials this week. Included are bronzini, a fish fresh from the Mediterranean Sea and cooked in a light fresh tomato sauce; a fish trio of grilled lobster, sword fish and shrimp; and fettuccine Montanara, made with fresh fettuccine, wild mushrooms and green peas in a creamy brandy sauce. Call (859) 309-3313 or go to


Alfalfa Restaurant, 141 East Main Street, will have its third annual Casimir Pulaski dinner from 5:30 to 8 p.m. March 8. Pulaski, for whom Pulaski County is named, was a Polish army officer who fought and died in the Revolutionary War. He is reputed to have saved George Washington's life. Specials include Kentucky Stonecross Farm kielbasa, house-made potato Cheddar pierogies, cabbage rolls and Polish beer. Call (859) 253-0014.

■ The Kiwanis Club of Lexington will have its 17th annual "all-you-can-eat soup day" Thursday. The menu includes bean soup, chili, vegetable soup and corn bread. The cost is $8, or two for $15. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, 150 East High Street.

Proceeds go to Harrison Elementary School's backpack program and a health clinic with Shoulder to Shoulder Global in Ecuador. Contact Wayne Sullivan at (859) 619-8130 or

Bluegrass Mystery Theater will present a murder mystery dinner at Equus Run Vineyards at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets for the three-course dinner and Irish mystery show are $48. A wine tasting at 6:15 p.m. is an additional $5. Call (859) 846-9463 or go to The vineyard is at 1280 Moores Mill Road in Midway.

Sharon Thompson: (859) 231-3321. Twitter: @FlavorsofKY. Blog:

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