Still looking for a Valentine's Day treat? Alfalfa Restaurant, 141 East Main Street, is having special brunch offerings of white chocolate passion fruit griddle cakes and lump crab, caramelized onion and goat cheese fritatta served over mixed greens with hollandaise. No reservations necessary.
For dinner, Alfalfa will have pistachio crusted trout with spiced yogurt, stuffed panko crusted chicken breast with sun-dried tomato, goat cheese and basil, served with wilted spinach and champagne cream and crimini and almond stuffed eggplant with balsamic basil marinated cherry tomatoes and romano cheese. For dessert, there will be Champagne-soaked berries with shortbread and cocoa whipped cream and passion fruit panna cotta with crème anglaise. Reservations recommended. (859) 253-0014
■ Ruby Jean's, 450 Southland Drive, will have a hands-on Valentine's date night cooking class. Couples will prepare their meals with some demonstration and instruction, including appetizer, entree and dessert. It's $40 per person; call 277-0058 to reserve spots.
■ Columbia Steak House, 2750 Richmond Road, will have its Nighthawk Special — an 8-ounce tenderloin cooked in garlic butter, with jumbo baked potato and a salad — for $13.99 for Valentine's Day and through the end of February. The restaurant recently opened a new banquet room to seat 75, with garage doors that will open in the summer for a patio feel. (859) 268-1666.
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■ The Sweet Shoppe at Gourmet Goodies, 102 West Oak St. in Nicholasville, has chocolate-dipped strawberries, grapes, and cherries, as well as cookies, cake pops, cupcakes and truffles. (859) 887-1027
■ Besides special Valentine's Day treats, Bakery Blessings and Bookstore @ The Bar, 1999 Harrodsburg Road, will have Richard Webb signing his new release, a children's book, The Secret Magic Rocks in the Land of Miracles, Thursday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. And Lifetree Cafe, which meets every Thursday at 7:11 p.m., will be showing Keeping Love Alive: Keys to staying close every day. (859) 554-6044
■ Lexington Seafood, 867 East High Street, is gearing up for a week of special occasions with lobster for your sweetheart on Valentine's Day, live crawfish for Mardi Gras on Tuesday or fresh fish during Lent, which begins Feb. 18. (859) 266-8888
■ Speaking of Mardi Gras, Bayou Bluegrass Catering will be holding its annual Fat Tuesday celebration on Tuesday with seatings for lunch and dinner in the Round Barn at The Red Mile. And they have fresh crawfish from Louisiana. Go to Bayoubluegrass.com, email info@bayoubluegrass or call Shanna at (606) 560-0376.
■ Gumbo Ya Ya, 1080 South Broadway, will be serving alligator sauce piquant, along with several crawfish dishes beginning on Saturday. Fat Tuesday festivities will kick off at 11 a.m. with free slices of king cake, Mardi Gras beads, chances to win Ya Ya T-shirts and free meal cards throughout the day. Call ahead to order party packs or king cakes at (859) 252-9292 or go to Gumboyayaky.com.
■ Bourbon 'n' Toulouse, 829 Euclid Avenue, will get the Mardi Gras party started at 11 a.m. and continue into the night with music, beer, king cake from Sunrise Bakery, 500 pounds of boiled crawfish, and 30 gallons of alligator étouffée. The Chevy Chase Inn next door will open at 11 a.m., too, for extra seating. Tuesday night, CCI will have hurricane specials and blues from The Tall Boys of Kentucky.
■ Furlongs, 130 West Tiverton Way, will have a Louisiana Cajun buffet on Tuesday with baked red snapper, jambalaya, crawfish etouffée and more, beginning at 11 a.m. Call or text for reservations, (859) 913-5611. Serving lunch and dinner.
■ Alltech News and Brews returns Tuesday at Alltech Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co., 900 W. Maxwell St., with a focus on hops. Registration starts at 6 p.m., happy hour starts at 6:30 p.m., and speaker Scott Eidson of the Kentucky Hops Growers Alliance will talk at 7 p.m. about "Getting Hoppy in Kentucky." Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and Kentucky Ale brews, including a sneak peek of our new spring seasonal. Free, but space is limited. RSVP by Thursday to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alltech also will be releasing its new spring seasonal next week. The Kentucky Rye Barrel IPA is another in the barrel-aged series, this time using rye barrels as well as bourbon barrels and dry hopping.
■ West Sixth Brewing, 501 West 6th St., is launching a series of seasonal canned beers that will be released in limited quantities throughout 2015. The first beer will be the Belgian Blonde, available around March 1 for three months, or until supplies run out. Two other seasonals are planned later in the year.
■ Coba Cocina, 2041 Richmond Road, will be have live music in Cobar from The Big Maracas from 8 to 11 p.m. Feb. 20 and chef Jonathan Lundy will have a special tapas menu available for the evening. On Feb. 22, Coba will have an Oscars Night "Celebrity" Tequila Event, beginning at 7 p.m. Appetizers and various tequila brand tastings, $65 per person. The event is a fundraiser for Dress for Success.
On Feb. 25, Coba will have a Spanish wine dinner, Tapas, Paella, Vino! The event is limited to 25, and will feature cava from Catalonia, albarino from Rias Baixas, tinto del pais from Ribera del Duero, tempranillo from Rioja, and Pedro Ximinez Sherry from Jerez. Region specific tapas will be paired with each wine and paella will be served in a traditional paellera pan. Tickets are $85 per person. (859) 523-8484
■ Noodles & Company will open its second Lexington location on South Limestone in April. Owned and operated by Chad Colony, Noodles & Company will be located at 395 S. Limestone next to Hugh Jass Burgers. The other store at 2468 Nicholasville Rd. just celebrated its first year in business.
The South Limestone location will use bike delivery to serve the UK campus as well as downtown Lexington and surrounding areas. In addition, they'll launch a late night menu, Colony said.
■ bd's Mongolian Grill, 2309 Sir Barton Way, has re-opened for business after being closed for three weeks because of water damage from a burst pipe. The restaurant has been renovated, adding garage doors to allow customers to enjoy the ambiance of outdoor dining, an expanded bar area and additional flat-screen televisions. (859) 264-0686.