It's tax day; do you know where your dinner is?
Coba Cocina, 2041 Richmond Road, has you covered. Because it's April 15, the restaurant's upstairs bar, Cobar, is featuring a tequilas and tacos special from 6:30 to 9 p.m. For $35, you get a Herradura premium tequila tasting, a cocktail and a taco tasting bar, known in Mexico as a taquiza. Brown-Forman tequila expert Liz Edwards will guide you through Herradura's silver, reposado and anejo tequilas and provide some interesting facts about the history of tequila.
■ Clawdaddy's, 128 North Broadway, will be at Thursday Night Live at Cheapside Pavilion on Main Street for the first time Thursday. It will have lobster rolls and whoopie pies, both traditional chocolate whoopie and some specialities such as strawberry with raspberry cream filling, and Elvis whoopies, which are banana with chunky peanut butter and bacon filling.
■ As part of its monthly dining series, Shaker Village on Saturday will have a post-Keeneland event: After the races, enjoy a flavorful race-inspired menu featuring a selection of Marksbury Farm's sustainably raised meats and spirits from Wilderness Trail Distillery. Begins at 6:30 p.m.; $85 per person (reservations and non-refundable prepayment necessary.) Call 1-800- 734-5611.
■ Drop by Morris Book Shop, 882 East High Street, at 1 p.m. Saturday to sample Gents Ginger Ale, a non-alcoholic, all-natural locally made soda. If you like it, refillable bottles known as growlers also will be on sale, and Gents hopes to be at the Lexington Farmers Market soon so you can get a refill.
■ Watch for it: The Food Network's Guilty Pleasures show was in town last week at Dudley's on Short, 259 West Short Street, taping a piece on chef Bobby Flay's guilty pleasure: the tournedos Maxwell, a tenderloin with lump crab and béarnaise sauce for $36. The piece should begin airing around Memorial Day.
■ Kentucky garden guru Jon Carloftis is hosting a Life + Style event at Keeneland next week. The fun begins with a cocktail party from 4 to 7 p.m. April 22 at Botherum, his restored Lexington home, and continues April 23 at the racetrack, with talks from gardening experts from Proven Winners and Pemberton's Nursery, plus Maker's Mark COO Rob Samuels and Keeneland president and CEO Bill Thomason. Includes lunch in the Lexington Room, betting tips and day at the races. Cost is $175 both days; go to Gardenlifestyleshow.com to register.
■ Williams-Sonoma at Fayette Mall will be offering a cooking class 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday on "The Art of the Tart" with French-trained instructor, Melissa Harp. Participants will receive private, hands-on instruction making both pate brisee and pate sucree. Guests get to take home their pastry, recipes from the event and will enjoy a three-course dinner of spinach salad with wrapped goat cheese parcel with strawberry beet vinaigrette, ratatouille tart with a tapenade crust and shortbread cookies with Nutella ice cream. Cost is $40 per person and reservations are required. Call the store at (859) 272-5856.
■ The Bourbon Review and Belle's Cocktail House, 156 Market Street, will host a tasting event from 6 to 8 p.m. April 22 featuring experts from America's three favorite food groups: beer, bourbon and bacon. Sierra Nevada's Steve Dressler and James Dressler will walk guests through their bourbon barrel aged beers; Hunter Chavanne of Willett Distillery will showcase three bourbon selections, including one from the family estate line. And guests will be treated to bacon and country ham from Jay Denham, chef and master charcutier for Woodlands Pork and The Cure House. Cost is $35 in advance or $40 at the door; go to Gobourbon.com for tickets.
■ Keeneland welcomes some of the biggest names in Thoroughbred racing for the jockey autograph signing and It's My Derby events on Friday. Race fans can get autographs of the current jockey colony from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Paddock to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. It's $10 for a Keene land poster; $5 for additional items, limit 3.
Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas will host It's My Derby at the Keeneland Sales Pavilion from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Lukas will be joined by jockeys Pat Day, Angel Cordero Jr., Jorge Velasquez, Chris McCarron and Laffit Pincay Jr. in reliving their Kentucky Derby experiences. Proceeds benefit the Kentucky Derby Museum and Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. Premium tickets, which includes a reception with the jockeys, are $150 ($125 for museum members.) General admission is $50 ($40 for museum members) and includes appetizer food stations and a cash bar. Event-only tickets are $15. You can also bid on unique experience packages, topped by a Derby week brunch at Lukas' house in Lake Forest. Tickets at Derbymuseum.org/Events or call (502) 992-5905.
■ Another chance to help disabled jockeys: At the Thoroughbred Club of America, 3555 Rice Road, at 6:30 p.m. April 27, broadcaster Kenny Rice and Hall of Fame trainer Todd Pletcher will handicap the field for the 2015 Kentucky Oaks and Derby and discuss the many variables which go into picking a winner. The evening is a fundraiser for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund and Camp Horsin' Around, which enriches the lives of children with serious, chronic illnesses and physical difficulties. Guests will enjoy cocktails, hors d' oeuvres and dinner stations. Tickets are $225 or available by table for eight for $1,800 or $2,500 for premium seats. Purchase online at Pdjf.org/events.php.
■ Get your tickets now: The Maker's Mark Secretariat Center will hold its Sips 'n' Saddles Summer Cookout 6 to 9 p.m. June 19 at the Kentucky Horse Park.
Along with Kentucky Proud barbecue and ice cream, partygoers can enjoy local wines, beers, and bourbon. Ticket price is $100, which goes to support our off-the-track Thoroughbreds in their preparation for a new career. For more information or to buy tickets, go to Secretariatcenter.org or call (859) 246-3080.
■ The Bakery at Sullivan University, 3100 Bardstown Road in Louisville, is offering seasonal Kentucky Derby inspired desserts, including a new mint julep cream pie made with chocolate bourbon pastry cream and topped with mint whipped cream, chocolate curls and fresh mint. Past favorites like the Oaks Lily (lemon cake with vodka infused cranberries and lemon icing) and mint julep cupcakes are also available. Boxed lunches, which include a choice of gourmet salad or sandwich, bag of chips and pasta salad, also available for $5.95 to $6.75 each. All boxed lunches orders must be made by April 29 and may be picked up on Derby Day. To order, call The Bakery at (502) 452-1210. For more information, go to Thebakeryoflouisville.com.
■ Louisville-based Copper & Kings American Brandy Co. has launched three absinthe variations made with vapor distilled lavender petals, citrus peels and fresh-chopped ginger. Copper & Kings Vapor Distilled Ginger, Lavender and Citrus Absinthes are available in select markets in 10 states in the South and Midwest. Each of the new absinthes is 130 proof with a suggested retail price of $60.