A new place to chow down on falafel, shawarma, fattoush and shish kebab is La Pita Mediterranean Cuisine, which opens Monday.
Nagi Murshed is the owner of the restaurant at 1610 Leestown Road, near Kroger in Meadowthorpe Plaza.
Samples will be offered at the grand opening. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Call (859) 866-8033.
Whole Foods opens wine shop
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Whole Foods Market, 161 Lexington Green Circle, now has a wine shop with more than 500 wines. Plans are to expand to 1,200 wines, including at least 150 bottles for less than $15, and biodynamic, sustainable, organic and sulfite-free wines. Wine, food and cheese tastings are 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Saturday. Call (859) 971-8600 or go to www.wholefoodsmarket.com.
Take a sip for the United Way
Three Paris businesses are hosting a "Wine Down and Win" event to benefit United Way of the Bluegrass. Varden's, Kentucky Bank and Miranda Reynolds of Edward Jones will have an indoor tailgate and wine-tasting party from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Varden's, 509 Main Street, Paris. Tickets are $25. Call (859) 988-0109.
There will be mini burgers and a make-your-own smashed potato station; a create-your-own smoked tenderloin sandwich; hot crab dip in a pastry cup; and desserts: mini bourbon cakes, coconut rum cakes and mini lemon curd tarts.
Sweets for Relay for Life
The Hindman Appalachian Artisan Center's Relay for Life team is selling assorted boxes of homemade candy. Flavors include peanut butter fudge, a peanut butter roll, buckeyes, walnut fudge and white chocolate fudge. A 10-piece box is $5, a 20-piece box is $10. The center will take orders through Sunday, and delivery will be Nov. 20. Call (606) 785-9855 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The Artisan Center is at 16 West Main Street in Hindman.
Sommelier featured at Azur
One of Kentucky's first master som meliers will be at Azur's chef series dinner Nov. 25. Brett Davis of Vintner Select will pair wine with a menu prepared by chef Jeremy Ashby. The Grapes of Wrath master sommelier dinner will be 6:30 p.m. at the restaurant, 3070 Lakecrest Circle. The cost is $55. Call (859) 296-1007 or go to www.azurrestaurant.com.
Open house at Danville winery
Chateau du Vieux Corbeau Winery at Old Crow Inn Farm in Danville will have an open house from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 5, with vineyard tours and a guided cellar tour with wine maker Dominique Brousseau. Cellar tours are at 1 and 3 p.m. Old Crow Inn Farm and the winery are at 471 Stanford Avenue in Danville. Call (859) 236-1808.
Merrick Inn, Murray's ready to party
Merrick Inn and Murray's' Restaurant are getting ready for the holidays.
At Murray's, 3955 Harrodsburg Road, the front dining rooms have been redecorated for holiday parties. Luncheon reservations are being accepted for December, and bottled wine is 40 percent off the retail price. The bar has live music on weekends and dinner specials Monday through Thursday. Call (859) 219-9922.
Merrick Inn, 1074 Merrick Drive, has a fried-chicken special on Wednesday and live music on the weekends at The Big Bar. Call (859) 269-5417or go to www.murrays-merrick.com.
Thanksgiving meal help
Here are Thanksgiving specials at some area restaurants:
■ The English Grill and J. Graham's Café at The Brown Hotel in Louisville will offer dinner on Thanksgiving: $54 at the English Grill and $29 for a buffet at J. Graham's. To reserve a table, call the grill at (502) 736-2996 and the café at (502) 583-1234, Ext. 7225.
■ Brown's Bakery, 1397 West Main Street, is taking orders for sweet potato pie, chocolate meringue pie, transparent pie, Italian cream cake and German chocolate cake. Deadline is 4 p.m. Saturday. Call (859) 225-8400 or go to www.brownbakery.com.
■ Ramsey's Diners will have dinners to go. For $18.95 a person, you get sliced or whole turkey breast with gravy, corn bread stuffing, cranberry-apple relish and dinner rolls, plus any four of the following: honey-mustard carrots, mashed potatoes with gravy, sweet potato casserole, country-style green beans, macaroni and cheese, stewed tomatoes, and cole slaw. Individual sides are $15 each and serve six to eight. Call (859) 252-7926. Desserts are available at Missy's Pies. Call (859) 253-0449.
■ Wednesday is the deadline to order a holiday dessert from Moveable Feast's annual Cause for Pie. The organization delivers meals to critically ill people. Call (859) 252-2867.
■ See's Candies is returning to Fayette Mall for the holidays. The candy kiosk will be open through Dec. 26.
■ Evans Orchard, 180 Stone Road in Georgetown, will have a holiday open house from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Call (502) 863-2255 or go to www.evansorchard.com.