St. Patrick's Day is next week, and lots of Central Kentucky restaurants are gearing up.
All events are on Thursday, St. Patrick's Day, unless otherwise noted.
■ An Irish dinner at Alfalfa will feature corned beef from local producers, grilled half-rack of lamb with sweet and sour whiskey chutney, colcannon, and soda bread. Dancers from the McTeggart School of Irish Dance will perform. Hours are 5:30 to 9 p.m. Call (859) 253-0014.
■ Brown's Bakery, 1397 West Main Street, is baking a variety of shamrock cookies and cupcakes. Call (859) 225-8400.
■ Alex Jenkins, chef at Good Foods Market and Café, will prepare an Irish buffet that includes Guinness beef stew, and apple- and potato-stuffed cabbage. Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Good Foods is at 455 Southland Drive. Call (859) 278-1813 or go to Goodfoods.coop.
■ Heirloom Restaurant, 125 East Main Street, Midway, will serve an Irish-inspired menu and an Irish beer flight from 5:30 to 9 p.m. The menu includes wild mushroom and barley soup, green garlic-chevre flan, cider-braised beef brisket, and Guinness crème anglaise. The cost is $36. Ben Lacy will entertain from 6 to 9 p.m. Call (859) 846-5565 or go to Heirloommidway.com.
■ Merrick Inn, 1074 Merrick Drive, will serve a corned beef and cabbage entrée for $12.95, and green beer. Call (859) 269-5417.
■ The Pub Lexington, 3750 Mall Road, starts the celebration early, at 10 a.m. Green Kentucky Ale from Alltech Brewery will be served, along with Guinness stew, a corned beef reuben, and corned beef and cabbage The Pauly Zarb Band will entertain from 5 to 9 p.m. Call (859) 971-2748.
■ Ramsey's Diners will celebrate by adding some Irish favorites to their menu. Included are slow-cooked corned beef and cabbage, Irish stew, and Missy's Bailey's Irish Creme cheesecake. Ramsey's locations are 496 East High Street, 4053 Tates Creek Center, 3090 Helmsdale Drive and 4391 Harrodsburg Road.
■ Winchell's, 348 Southland Drive, is serving corned beef and cabbage, shepherd's pie, soda bread, and green beer. Call (859) 278-9424.
Four Roses, Jonathan team for bourbon debut
Four Roses Distillery in Lawrenceburg will introduce its 2011 limited- edition single-barrel bourbon at a dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Jonathan at Gratz Park, 120 West Second Street.
Master distiller Jim Rutledge selected a 12-year-old bourbon that uses one of 10 handcrafted recipes. The bourbon is uncut and non-chill filtered. Only 3,600 bottles will be distributed in May.
The menu features local spring lamb sausage with pea shoots and mint julep jelly, vanilla bean-skewered sea scallops with bourbon-macerated mandarin oranges and cherries, and bourbon ball truffle cake. The cost is $65. Call (859) 252-4949.
Openings and events
■ The Glitz reopens for the season Thursday. The restaurant at Irish Acres, 4205 Ford's Mill Road, Versailles, serves a three-course luncheon Tuesday through Saturday. The menu changes every two weeks. The opening menu features roasted cauliflower soup; spinach and brie baby portobellos; tamarind-glazed roasted chicken breast with white cheddar potato gratin; pappardelle with Finchville Farms country ham, broccoli florets and Alfredo sauce; and the Nonesuch Kiss. Call (859) 873-6956 or go to Irishacresgallery.com.
■ Casanova Restaurant, 855 South Broadway, now is open for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Traditional favorites include spaghetti and meatballs and lobster ravioli. Call (859) 309-3313.
■ California winemaker Mari Wells Coyle of David Girard Vineyards will conduct a tasting of her estate-grown wines at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Holly Hill Inn, 426 North Winter Street, Midway. The wine flight will be paired with a three-course tapas dinner. Dinner and a wine flight are $20 each. Call (859) 846-4732 or go to Hollyhillinn.com or Dgvwines.com.
■ The Gluten-Free Lexington group will meet for dinner at Carrabba's Italian Grill at 5:30 p.m. Monday. The restaurant, 1881 Plaudit Place, will showcase some of its most popular gluten-free dishes. Call (859) 264-8395.
■ Alfalfa Restaurant, 141 East Main Street, will have a Polish dinner Friday to celebrate the birthday of Revolutionary War hero Casimir Pulaski, for whom Pulaski County is named. Chef Paul Nowaki will prepare Polish specials. Call (859) 253-0014.
Oliva Bella, 400 Old Vine Street, has received its 2010 harvest of Olio Rustico extra-virgin olive oil. Shop hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Call (859) 983-3567.