Restaurants are celebrating Mardi Gras/Fat Tuesday with parties and Cajun specialties.
It's the day when people eat all they want of everything and anything because the following day is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Lenten fasting period for some Christians.
The events listed take place Tuesday, unless otherwise noted.
■ A la lucie, 159 North Limestone, is serving Cajun favorites jambalaya, gumbo, etouffee and king cake. The prixe fixe menu is $35. Call (859) 252-5277. Sour Mash Jug Band will entertain.
■ Bayou Bluegrass is having its 14th annual Mardi Gras celebration at The Red Mile, 200 Red Mile Road. Lunch, $15, is served 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The menu includes fried catfish, red beans and rice, chicken and sausage gumbo, Cajun smoked brisket, chicken creole and bread pudding.
Dinner seatings are at 5:30, 7 and 8 p.m., and the menu includes boiled crawfish, fried alligator, shrimp etouffee, crawfish pie, king cake and "N'awlins pralines." The cost is $28. Reservations are necessary. Call (859) 233-0814 or email email@example.com.
■ Bourbon n' Toulouse, 829 Euclid Avenue, will begin its seventh annual Fat Tuesday party at 11 a.m. with king cakes, and Ale-8-One will be giving away drinks and promotional items. Starting at 6:30 p.m., 750 pounds of boiled crawfish will be served. The Tall Boys will play at 7:30 p.m. next door at The Chevy Chase Inn. The Beer Trappe also will open at 11 a.m. for extra seating. Carry-out orders are available. Call (859) 335-0300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
■ Gumbo Ya Ya, 1080 South Broadway, will have its ninth annual celebration. The menu features alligator sauce piquant, crawfish etouffee, crawfish Creole and free slices of king cake. Call (859) 252-9292 or go to Gumboyayaky.com.
■ The Julep Cup, 111 Woodland Avenue, is serving a New Orleans-style menu for the weekend, and on Tuesday. Included are chicken and andouille gumbo; sole almondine with stewed tomato and okra, and crab jambalaya; roasted pork loin with andouille and crawfish etouffee; and New Orleans-style beignets with chicory chocolate sauce. Call (859) 226-3000.
■ Don your Mardi Gras costumes for Ramsey's Diners' 23rd annual Fat Tuesday parties. "Once again we will be going to New Orleans to bring back live, and thus cooked-to-order, crawfish to accompany our homemade seafood gumbo and red beans and rice with fresh baked French toast," owner Rob Ramsey said. Hours are 11 a.m. "till there ain't no more." Locations are at Ramseysdiners.com.
■ Windy Corner Market and Restaurant, 4595 Bryan Station Road, will serve popcorn crawfish with remoulade, oysters on the half shell, crawfish etouffee, red beans and rice, a Cajun burger and gumbo. Dinner specials include crispy stuffed soft-shell crabs with shrimp and andouille, and fresh amberjack griddle-seared with Cajun spices. The Pawpaw Pickers will entertain. Call (859) 294-9338 or go to Windycornermarket.com.
■ Thai Orchid Cafe and Seedleaf are having their first "Soups In" fund- raising series from noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Participants will help prepare Thai Orchid's roasted butternut squash and coconut soup using fresh local produce from Seedleaf. The cost is $35 a person or $50 a couple. Thai Orchid is at 1030 South Broadway. Call (859) 288-2170.
According to its Web site, Seedleaf helps communities by growing, cooking, sharing and recycling food to increase the amount, affordability, nutritional value and sustainability of food available to people at risk of hunger in Central Kentucky.
■ Heirloom Restaurant, 125 East Main Street, Midway, offers half-price Spanish wines on Wednesday. Heirloom has live music, tapas specials and wine flights on Thursday. Call (859) 846-5565 or go to Heirloommidway.com.
■ The monthly Greek dinner at Greek Orthodox Church, 920 East High Street, will be 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Entrees, priced $10 to $14, include lamb slow cooked with bulgur, vegetables and raisins; shrimp sautéed in wine, olive oil, onions and bay leaves; and penne pasta with white wine, seasonal vegetables and Greek spices. A la carte items are available. Wines provided by Wight-Meyer Vineyards of Shepherdsville.
■ Wines on Vine, 400 Old Vine Street, will have a wine tasting Wednesday with guest speaker Tom Kenefick, owner of Kenefick Ranch Winery in California's Napa Valley. He will present four of his wines from 5:30 to 7:15 p.m.
On Tuesday, the topic for the monthly wine class will be how glassware affects the taste and quality of wine. The cost is $20 and includes a magnum-level Riedel glass to take home. Hours are 6 to 7 p.m. Call (859) 243-0017.