Dining out is often complicated for those who have food allergies, but some restaurants are making it easier for those with celiac disease.
Several Central Kentucky restaurants are educating people about their gluten-free menus at Gluten Free Lexington's annual Vendors on Parade event, 6 p.m. Monday at Imani Baptist Church Family Life Center, 1555 Georgetown Road.
Participants include Outback Steakhouse, Good Foods Market and Café, Bella Notte, P.F. Chang's, Bourbon n' Toulouse, Malone's, Bonefish Grill, Jonathan at Gratz Park, Fat Katz Pizzeria, The Melting Pot, Puccini's, Carino's Italian Restaurant, Carrabba's, Great Harvest Bread and Whole Foods.
Tickets are $20 for non-members, $12 for children 12 and younger. Call Jan Falwell at (502) 542-9059 or go to Glutenfreelex.org.
■ Heirloom Restaurant, 125 East Main Street in Midway, is sponsoring a charity event a month. On Sept. 22, the restaurant will donate 20 percent of its revenue to the Center for Courageous Kids. The camp is designed for children living with medical conditions. The campus in Scottsville includes a medical center, an equestrian center, a bowling alley, an indoor swimming complex, a gymnasium and a climbing wall. Call (859) 846-5565 or go to Heirloommidway.com.
■ Friends of the late Hal "Woody" Steele are organizing a fund-raiser for his daughter, Sydney, at Village Host Pizza, 431 Old Vine Street. Woody Steele was a teller at Keeneland for more than 25 years. Sydney, a music student at Oklahoma City University, will sing at the event, which begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Call (859) 455-3355 or go to Villagehostlex.com.
■ The ninth annual Edward T. Houlihan Halfway to St. Patrick's Day party will be Tuesday at O'Neills Irish Pub, 2051 Richmond Road. Hours are 5:30 to 8 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by pianist Mayme Hamby, McTeggart Irish Dancers and Liam's Fancy Irish Music. The menu, prepared by guest chef Mary Parlanti, includes lamb stew and brown bread. Proceeds benefit the Lexington Sister Cities' student scholarship fund. Admission is $10 at the door. Call (859) 266-4488 or go to Oneillslex.com.
■ The CastlePost, 230 Pisgah Pike, Versailles, will have a wine dinner Sept. 16 featuring Domaine Bott-Geyl Cremant d'Alsace. A sparkling wine reception begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:30. Chefs for the meal are Cameron Irvin and Giya Day of CastlePost, Joseph Pugh of Nick Ryan's Saloon and Danielle Venditti of Underground Catering. The cost is $110. Call (859) 879-1000 or go to Thecastlepost.com.
■ Onizim's, 735 East Main Street, will honor all military, firefighters and police officers this weekend, the 10th anniversary of 9/11. With their ID, they will receive a 50 percent discount on entrees. University of Kentucky football fans may show their tickets this weekend for a 25 percent discount on entrees. The specials are for dine-in only. Call (859) 266-9000 or go to Onizims.com.
■ Orchid Flower, 3090 Old Todds Road, is offering a vegan/ vegetarian special this weekend. The bento box includes bala bala, fried mixed vegetables; gado gado, freshly steamed vegetables and lightly fried tofu with house special peanut dressing; grilled portobello mushroom and lettuce sandwich with vegan spicy mayonnaise, and agar agar, a dessert made with brown palm sugar and coconut milk. Call (859) 543-1126 or go to Orchidflowerrestaurant.com.
Farmers market report
■ For the second year in a row, Bluegrass Farmers Market has been voted the No. 1 farmers market in Kentucky by American Farmland Trust. This week, the farmers have tomatoes, potatoes, beans and raspberries. Hours and locations for the 100 percent grower/producer-only market are: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at 3450 Richmond Road, in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs; and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Mill Pond Shopping Center. Go to Bluegrassfarmersmarket.org.
■ East End Community Farmers Market, 560 East Third Street in the Pavilion at Midland Avenue, will have corn, green beans, melons, tomatoes, butternut squash and peppers. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
■ Lexington Farmers Market is open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in Cheapside Park in the Fifth Third Bank Pavilion, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday on Southland Drive near Sav-a-Lot, and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at South Broadway and Maxwell Street.
■ Woodford County Farmers Market hours and locations are: 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays at Courthouse Square, Versailles, 3 to 6 p.m. Mondays in downtown Midway and 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays at Versailles Presbyterian Church.