Stella's Kentucky Deli will have Fancy Fridays throughout the four weeks of Keeneland's fall race meet, which starts Friday and ends Oct. 31.
The restaurant, 143 Jefferson Street, will serve three- and five-course prix fixe dinners from 5:30 to 9 p.m. The three-course menu (salad or soup, entrée and dessert) is $25. The five-course dinner (salad, soup, appetizer, entrée, dessert) is $35.
Friday's menu features apple and bleu, Caesar and Greek salads; tomato bisque and cream of portobello soups; shrimp remoulade; roasted beets and chevre appetizers; rosemary-skewered filet mignon, pork tenderloin and creamy seasonal vegetable risotto.
On Saturdays, Stella's is serving a made-to-order, mix-and-match brunch menu from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call (859) 255-3354 or go to www.stellaskentuckydeli.com.
Joining in Augusta's celebration
Parkview Inn in Augusta will have an Octoberfest celebration as part of the town's Turning of the Leaves Festival on Saturday.
The festival will be on Main Street from Riverside Drive to Second Street and will feature artists and crafts people, wineries, and a pumpkin dessert contest. BB Riverboat dinner cruises, aboard the Mark Twain sternwheeler, will leave the dock at 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. The cost is $36.95. The menu includes Texas beef brisket and barbecued chicken.
Parkview Inn is at 103 West Second Street. Call (606) 756-2603 or go to www.parkviewcountryinn.com. For a festival schedule, go to www.augustaky.com.
Pumpkins and lots more
Baldwin Farms' annual Pumpkins & More festival runs through October. Hours are 10 a.m. until dark daily. Shoppers may buy pie pumpkins, gourds, winter squash, apples, fresh cider, apple butter, Amish sorghum, jams, local honey, mums, corn shocks and Baldwin Farms honey-apple salsa.
Baldwin Farms is at 1113 Tates Creek Road, Richmond. Call (859) 582-5785 or go to www.baldwinfarmsky.com.
Furlongs Catering: Tommy Walters has opened Furlongs Catering Co. "We do everything from formal dinners to honky-tonk barbecues," he said. Call (859) 913-5611.
Max & Erma's: On Tuesdays, children 12 and younger eat free with the purchase of an adult entree. Locations are at 1848 Alysheba Way, (859) 543-8111; and 3030 Lake Crest Circle, (859) 224-3440.
Brown's Bakery: Specialty flavors of the month are turtle, pumpkin and caramel apple. Brown's is at 1397 West Main Street. Call (859) 225-8400 or go to www.brownbakery.com.
Furlongs restaurant: Furlongs: A Louisiana Restaurant, 735 East Main Street, will be open 5 to 9 p.m. Sundays during October. Call (859) 266-9000 or go to www.furlongs.com.
Abuelo's: For a limited time, kids pay what they weigh at the Mexican restaurant, 3395 Nicholasville Road. On Mondays and Tuesdays, children 12 and younger will pay a penny for each pound they weigh for any entree on the children's menu. Call (859) 971-0922 or www.Abuelos.com.
Petra Mediterranean Bar & Grill: The restaurant, 116 Marketplace Drive, has a daily lunch special for $6.99. Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call (859) 272-0044 or go to www.petrainlex.com.
Brunch and betting tips
Before heading to the races at Keeneland, take a side trip to Woodford Reserve for its Bluegrass brunch. Horse handicapper Ellis Starr of Equibase will be at the distillery on Saturdays during October, starting next week.
Chef-in-residence Ouita Michael will prepare a buffet brunch that includes Weisenberger stone-ground white cheddar cheese grits, old-fashioned Kentucky breakfast strata, biscuits and Stonecross sausage gravy, hash brown casserole, bourbon and honey-orange ham, a fall fruit compote in vanilla chardonnay syrup, sour cream coffee cake, and scones. The cost is $21.95.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 17, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 21 and Oct. 31. The distillery is at 7855 McCracken Pike in Versailles. To make a reservation, e-mail Kandi Sackett at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Farmers market report
The Bluegrass Farmers Market will have apples, potatoes, tomatoes, winter squash, kale, turnips, peppers, baked goods, herb seasoning, soaps, jams and jellies, beef and Fayette County eggs. The market is at 3450 Richmond Road, in the Fast Signs and Pedal the Planet parking lot. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Go to www.localharvest.org/blog/29529.