Sharon Thompson: Mother's Day specials and events at restaurants

swthompson@herald-leader.comMay 8, 2014 

Mother's Day is Sunday. You got your mom a card, right? Here are some of the brunches and dinners that restaurants have planned.

A la lucie, 159 North Limestone, will serve brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. featuring sea bass, New Orleans-style eggs Benedict, and turkey hash on corn cakes. Call (859) 252-5277 or go to Alalucie.com.

Azur, 3070 Lakecrest Circle, will serve brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring bacon-Cheddar beignets, lobster crepes, stuffed French toast, and grilled salmon Benedict. Call (859) 296-1007 or go to Azurrestaurant.com.

The Bistro, 502 North Main Street in Nicholasville, will be open from noon to 8 p.m. Specials include prime rib au jus, sea bass, roasted pork tenderloin, and pecan fried chicken. Call (859) 221-3925.

Brasabana, 841 Lane Allen Road, will offer a buffet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Included are picadillo meatballs, ensalada de calamari, blackened-adobo tilapia, and passion fruit mousse. The cost is $14.95. Call (859) 303-5573 or go to Brasabana.com.

Country Cookin' by George, 1801 Alexandria Drive, will serve its hearty buffet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $12. Call (859) 276-0001.

Furlongs, 130 West Tiverton Way, will serve a buffet from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Included are leg of lamb, crawfish étouffée, roast beef, and jambalaya. Call (859) 523-5500.

Jean Farris Bistro, 6825 Old Richmond Road, will serve a three-course prix fixe menu from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Entree choices are halibut and roasted leg of lamb. The cost is $50. Call (859) 263-9463 or go to Jeanfarris.com.

The Julep Cup, 111 Woodland Avenue, will serve a brunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost is $30. Call (859) 226-0300.

Natasha's Bistro, 112 Esplanade, will offer a "festival of sweets" that includes strawberry basil mousse, profiteroles dipped in chocolate, and mini cheesecakes. Entrees include pork loin, country ham and salmon. Violinist Brice Farrar will entertain. Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $22.95. Call (859) 259-2754 or go to Bistro.beetnik.com.

Portofino Restaurant and its sister restaurant, Serafini in Frankfort, will have special hours for Mother's Day. Portofino, 249 East Main Street, will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; call (859) 253-9300. Hours at Serafini, 243 West Broadway, will be 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; call (502) 875-5599.

Lexington Craft Beer Week

The second annual Lexington Craft Beer Week kicks off Saturday and runs through May 18, with events planned at breweries, craft beer bars, restaurants and food trucks.

It's organized by LexBeerScene.com, a website focused on Lexington's craft beer. The site has a complete listing of all the tappings and tastings, but here are some highlights.

■ Festivities begin with breakfast and coffee beers at 8 a.m. Saturday at Country Boy Brewing, 436 Chair Avenue. The Kentucky Ale Brew-Off starts at 9 a.m. at Alltech Lexington Brewing & Distilling, 401 Cross Street. The brew-off offers home brewers the opportunity to create their best brew for a chance that it will be produced and distributed for a limited time.

West Sixth Brewing and Country Boy Brewing will release their second collaboration, Country Western, Volume 2, a bourbon barrel-aged brown ale, in the tap rooms at the breweries, and in select bars throughout the city. It will be the featured beer at Wednesday's Pint Night at Pazzo's Pizza Pub, 385 South Limestone.

The Village Idiot, 307 West Short Street, is hosting a beer dinner featuring West Sixth Brewing beers at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Executive chef Wyatt Sarbacker will prepare a three-course menu paired with a special West Sixth beer. The cost is $45. Call (859) 252-0099after 4 p.m.

Special events

■ After a few days of sunshine and high temperatures, the forecast is for rain Saturday. But don't let the threat of inclement weather keep you away from the second annual Kentucky Crawfish Festival at The Red Mile. Large tents will be set up on the grounds, and there will be indoor facilities for the event, which features Cajun and Creole fare.

At last year's event, organizers weren't prepared for the 4,000 people who showed up to eat crawfish, but for this event, 5,000 pounds of live crawfish will be boiled. There also will be fried alligator and catfish on the menu. Hours are 4 to 10 p.m. Go to Kentuckycrawfishfestival.com.

Grimes Mill Winery, 6707 Grimes Mill Road, is will have a Triple Crowns of Wine event from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday featuring a newly bottled reserve Malbec. The Troubadours will entertain from 3 to 5 p.m. Call (859) 543-9691 or e-mail wine@grimesmillwinery.com.

Farmers market report

Bluegrass Farmers' Market's second location is open at Azur Restaurant, 3070 Lakecrest Circle, on Saturday. The other location is at Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs, 3450 Richmond Road. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Go to Bluegrassfarmersmarket.org for a listing of produce that's grown only by its farmers.

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

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