Holly Hill Inn, 426 North Winter Street in Midway, has a new spring menu. “We have plenty of new vegetables, greens and meats from local producers,” chef Ouita Michel said. Her new four-course dinner menu includes a Kentucky cheese plate, a Kentucky breads basket, spring cocktail specials and a tasting menu (vegetarian available).
▪ Dates for Lexington Restaurant Week have changed. Locally owned restaurants offering special meals for a fixed price will be July 21 to 30, according to organizer Connie Jo Miller. For $26, diners can get a multi-course meal for one (or possibly two, depending on the restaurant). This year, one dollar of every special meal will go to LexArts. Participating restaurants include Al’s Bar, Azur, Bella Notte, The Blue Heron Steakhouse, Brasabana, Charlie Brown’s, Chatham’s Southern Comfort Foods, Clawdaddy’s, Columbia’s Steakhouse, Le Deauville, Distilled at Gratz Park Inn, Dudley’s on Short, Enoteca, The Grey Goose, Holly Hill Inn, The Julep Cup, The Ketch Seafood Grill, Merrick Inn, Minton’s at 760, Palmer’s Fresh Grill, Portofino, Sabío, Saul Good, Stella’s Kentucky Deli, The Upstart Crow, Willie’s Locally Known and Wines on Vine, with more anticipated. Go to LexingtonRestaurantWeek.com.
▪ Now it’s really Kentucky Derby time: Thorntons’ Bourbon Ball Donut is back. The doughnut, which debuted last spring, is a collaboration with chef Matt Jamie of Bourbon Barrel Foods in Louisville. It’s a bourbon cream-filled doughnut covered in bourbon-flavored chocolate icing, topped with a pecan. It’s available through May at all Thorntons stores in Louisville, southern Indiana and Lexington for 99 cents. There will be a limited number of doughnuts at the Taste of Derby Festival on April 26 and at the Thorntons Derby Festival Great Bed Races tailgate party May 2, during the Kentucky Derby Festival.
▪ Caldo is now open at 230 West Main Street in the Proof Fitness gym on the seventh floor. The grand opening, 7 p.m. Thursday, will feature samples along with a fitness fashion show from Proof and giveaways. Breakfast, lunch and corporate catering area available now. A broth subscription service is coming soon.
▪ Alfalfa, 141 East Main Street, will feature Italian cuisine for International Night on April 20. From 5:30 to 9 p.m., you can order seafood linguini, local sausage manicotti, gnocchi, crespelle (house-made crepes rolled with fresh mozzarella, artichoke hearts, mushrooms and Parmesan, baked and topped with a simple tomato sauce with rosemary, garlic, onion and red wine,) and eggplant bolognese. Call 859-253-0014 for more information.
▪ Shaker Village is hosting author Kate Horning for a Forest and Fields Vegetarian Feast, 6:30 p.m. May 14, featuring Sheltowee Farm and Michter’s Distillery. Horning, health coach, chef and author of Healthy Living Redefined: Live It. Share It, will present a creative vegetarian dinner packed with spring veggies and herbs, along with mushrooms from Sheltowee Farm. Pick up new vegetarian recipes and a few cooking tips to try at home. It’s $65; buy tickets at Shakervillageky.org.