Liberty Hall Historic Site's annual fund-raiser on Friday features a 19th-century menu prepared by the chefs at Holly Hill Inn in Midway.
Wines from Capital Cellars, a bourbon tasting and hors d'oeuvres will be served at 5:30 p.m. on the back porch of Liberty Hall, the 1796 home of Kentucky's first senator, John Brown. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. in the dining room and parlors of the 1835 Orlando Brown House.
The menu features canapés of brown bread with pickled bacon and watermelon pickle, butter-roasted and thyme-flavored game hens with crab apple ver jus and pickled crab apples, corn bread dressing, sweet potatoes duchesse, and Woodford pudding with blackberry jam and bourbon butter sauce.
Tickets are $95. Call (502) 227-2560 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Another night of service
Bistro La Belle, 121 East Main Street in Midway, is celebrating its 12th anniversary during October. During the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games and Keeneland fall meet, the restaurant, normally open Wednesday through Saturday evenings, will be open Tuesday, too. Dinner service begins at 5:30. Call (859) 846-4233 or go to Bistrolabellemidway.com.
Orchid Flower's latest specials
Orchid Flower Indonesian restaurant and sushi bar is offering a special dinner menu through Sunday. Featured are pepes ikan, grilled fish wrapped with banana leaves; gudeg, chicken and young jackfruits cooked in coconut milk; perkedel tahu, tofu patties with shrimp; and kue suz, rum cream puffs.
Orchid Flower is at 3090 Old Todds Road. Call (859) 543-1126 or go to Orchidflowerrestaurant.com.
Sutton's puts prime rib on menu
Sutton's Italian Restaurant, 110 North Locust Hill Drive, now is serving prime rib Friday through Sunday.
The weekend pasta special is penne rustica. It includes sausage made from a family recipe with peppers, onions and house marinara.
Ernie Roberts will entertain from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, and Mike Golden from 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday. Call (859) 268-2068 or go to Suttonsrestaurant.com.
Private space for 60
It's not too early to plan holiday outings. Country Cookin' by George, 1801 Alexandria Drive, now offers a private meeting room that seats as many as 60. Call (859) 276-0001.
Pickled about appetizers
The Julep Cup, 111 Woodland Avenue, will feature an appetizer special Friday and Saturday. Cold pickles and salads will include Aunt Jenny's Jell-O salad, beet pickles, ambrosia, deviled eggs, corned beef ball and refrigerator pickles.
Also on the menu are Kentucky soup beans with braised ham hock, roasted garlic cheese grits with grilled shrimp skewers and tomato and tarragon jam, apple cider-brined pork tenderloin with collard green spring roll, and chocolate cake with bourbon-walnut relish.
Folk music on Friday will be performed in the dining room by Ukiah. Kyle Meadows will play the dulcimer for the classical Saturday night series.
The tastes of Oktoberfest
Marikka's Restaurant und Bier Stube, 411 Southland Drive, is celebrating Oktoberfest through Oct. 16. Dinner specials include rouladen with green beans and spaetzle, and schweinehaxen with sauerkraut and mashed potatoes. Call (859) 275-1925.
Thai dinner for 2
Thai Orchid Café, 1030 South Broadway, is offering a special dinner set for two through Oct. 9. It includes an appetizer sampler plate and dessert to share, soup and entrée for $35. Entree choices, some with chicken or tofu, include pineapple tangerine chicken, three-flavored chicken, basil and chili, pad Thai, pad see eiw and red curry.
Hours during the World Equestrian Games are 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call (859) 288-2170 or go to Thaiorchidcafe.net.
Farmers market report
■ Lexington Farmers Market will have its first customer appreciation day on Saturday. There will be drawings each hour from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Customers may sign up for the drawings in the Fifth Third Bank Pavilion at the LFM booth near Short Street. This week, the market has tomatoes, sweet and hot peppers, cabbage, green beans, summer and winter squash, pumpkins, beets, Asian pears, peaches, raspberries, lamb, beef, chicken, Italian and chorizo sausage, bacon, eggs, fresh herbs and cut flowers.
■ Another new farmer has joined Bluegrass Farmers Market, offering mushrooms and garlic. Bluegrass offers only items grown by the farmers. This week, you'll find tomatoes, peppers, squash, green beans, potatoes, apples, greens, eggs and pumpkins. The market is at 3450 Richmond Road, in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and FastSigns.