Years ago, Scott Ahlschwede was watching election returns and noted that the states colored in red were "where all the good barbecue comes from," he said.
Ahlschwede, who grew up in west Texas and is a veterinarian with Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, said the area needed some "good barbecue up here," so in November he opened Red State Barbecue at 4020 Georgetown Road. "It feels like an old- fashioned barbecue joint, which it should be," he said.
The menu includes brisket, ribs, chicken, pulled pork, slaw, potato salad, baked beans, corn pudding, and macaroni and cheese. "We cook everything on site," he said. Sauces are Memphis sweet, Texas spicy and Carolina mustard. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Call (859) 233-7898 or go to RedStateBBQ.com.
The name says it all
Yummy Yummy Asian Cuisine is open in the former Jimmy D's spot at 1395 West Main Street, next to Brown's Bakery. The restaurant serves lunch specials for $4.49. Chef's specialties are happy family, Phoenix dragon, garlic shrimp and General Tso's chicken. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call (859) 288-0368. The restaurant delivers.
Farmhouse open house
It's a holiday open house at Sunflower Sundries Farm in Mount Olivet, and visitors may tour the farm kitchen and soap shop. "We will feature our wild blackberry jam, which is made from the wild blackberries that were picked on the hillsides surrounding our farmhouse," farmer/founder Jennifer Gleason said. Samples of chicken gumbo, made with chicken and okra raised on the farm, will be available along with pickled okra. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The farm is at 5021 Dividing Ridge Road. Directions are at Sunflowersundries.com. Call (606) 763-6827.
A Chateau du Vieux Christmas
Chateau du Vieux Corbeau Winery in Danville is celebrating the Christmas season Saturday. At 1 p.m., Andre Brousseau will read Cajun Nite Before Christmas, and beginning at 2 p.m., winemaker Dominique Brousseau will give a guided tour of the wine cellar. The winery is at 471 Stanford Road. Call (859) 236-1808 or (859) 236-1775.
His and hers nights out
The Dish's "Bubbles and Bangles" party for women on Tuesday will feature a Chandon champagne tasting and a Stella and Dot jewelry show. Tapas plates, $22, will be served. Guests may put together a wish list for their friends and significant others to consider on Thursday, which is "Wine and Wish Lists" night for men. "I will be doing a tasting of some delicious wines from my personal cellar along with two tapas plates," owner Trish Tungate said. "The price for the gentlemen is also $22." Shop and sip hours are 6 to 8 p.m. Call (859) 317-8438 or go to Thedishlexington.com. The Dish is at 438 South Ashland Avenue.
History and spirits of Four Roses
Four Roses Bourbon and the Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation will have a book launch and bourbon tasting from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Hunt Morgan House, 201 North Mill Street.
The book, Four Roses: The Return of a Whiskey Legend, follows Four Roses through the rise, disappearance and resurgence of the brand.
Author Al Young will sign copies of the book, and historian Michael Veach will pour Prohibition-era whiskey. Tickets are $35. Proceeds go to the Blue Grass Trust. E-mail Jason Sloan at firstname.lastname@example.org. Go to Fourroses.us or Bluegrasstrust.org.
■ Greentree Tearoom will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays through Dec. 22, with seatings at noon and 3 p.m. The December menu includes tomato bisque, cinnamon chip scone and spinach timbale with Hollandaise sauce. Call (859) 455-9660. Greentree is at 521 West Short Street.
■ Merrick Inn, 1074 Merrick Drive, will open for lunch beginning Monday. Some of the restaurant's dinner favorites, including calamari tossed with Asian slaw and Maker's Mark barbecued shrimp, will be on the lunch menu. Call (859) 269-5417.
■ Hanna's on Lime, 214 South Limestone, will have its annual pre-Christmas lunch special Wednesday. The menu features turkey, dressing, cranberries, roll and one side for $7.65. Call (859) 252-6264.
Farmers market report
The Lexington Farmers Market moves indoors to Victorian Square beginning Saturday. Vendors will have root vegetables, winter squash, apples, goat cheese and fresh holiday wreaths. The market is open 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.