New York Times writer William Grimes hit the Kentucky doughnut trail and reported what we already know — locally owned bakeries make the best-tasting doughnuts.
In Sunday's New York Times, Grimes took readers on "Twists and Turns Along a Kentucky Doughnut Trail." You can read what he has to say at Nyti.ms/U83IXS. Here are the places he visited in pursuit of sweet fried dough: Burke's Bakery, 121 West Main Street, Danville; Doughdaddy's, 3325 Lexington Road, Versailles; Magee's Bakery, 726 East Main Street, and Spalding's Bakery, 760 Winchester Road, both in Lexington; Nord's, 2118 South Preston Street, Louisville; Stella Jane's Bakery, 809 Paint Lick Road, Berea; and Susan's Country Bakery, 5427 Ky. 643, Waynesburg.
Thanksgiving meals in or out
■ Casanova Italian Restaurant, 855 South Broadway, will be open on Thanksgiving serving the traditional roasted turkey. Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. For reservations, call (859) 309-3313 or go to Casanovaky.com.
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■ Caramanda's Bake Shoppe is adding items to its lineup of holiday goodies. Samples will be available Monday and Tuesday at its locations at 332 Southland Drive and 3805 Dylan Place off Boston Road. Monday features are apple pie, pumpkin bread and yeast rolls; on Tuesday it's pumpkin pie, apple blondies and yeast rolls.
■ Della's Diner, 124 North Upper Street, will prepare menu items for your Thanksgiving feast. The restaurant is available for private breakfasts and dinners throughout the holiday season. Call (859) 281-1141.
■ Hanna's on Lime, 214 South Limestone, will be serving its annual pre-Thanksgiving lunch special on Wednesday. The menu features turkey, dressing, gravy, fresh cranberries and one side choice for $8.25. There will be special chocolate desserts in honor of server Joyce Odean's birthday. Call (859) 252-6264.
■ Ted's Montana Grill, 2304 Sir Barton Way, will be open Thanksgiving Day, serving a traditional turkey meal. Cost is $25. Call (859) 263-5228 or go to Tedsmontanagrill.com.
■ Abuelo's Mexican Restaurant, 3395 Nicholasville Road, will celebrate Veterans Day with a promotion benefitting Operation Homefront. Abuelo's will donate $1 for every chile con queso appetizer sold through Sunday. Operation Homefront provides emergency financial and other assistance to families of service members and wounded soldiers. Call (859) 971-0922.
■ On Sunday, Rossi's Restaurant, 1060 Chinoe Road, will donate a percentage of profits to Radio Eye, a radio reading service for those who are unable to read the printed word. Go to RadioEye.org or Rossis-restaurant.com.
■ Saul Good Restaurant and radio station WVLK-590 AM are raising money for the Marine Corps Reserve's Toys for Tots program. Saul Good will donate 20 percent of its gift card sales Tuesday to the campaign. Locations are 1808 Alysheba Way, (859) 317-9200, and 3801 Mall Road, (859) 273-4663. Go to Saulgoodpub.com.
■ Holly Hill Inn in Midway is serving its fifth annual classic cassoulet dinner at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Guest chef will be Clay McClure, who apprenticed under French master chef Jean-Robert de Cavel at the Maisonette in Cincinnati. Owner/sommelier Chris Michel and Wine Guild master Steve Mancuso will offer French wines from the Languedoc region by the glass and bottle; a special wine flight will be available. Cost is $45. Call (859) 846-4732. Holly Hill Inn is at 426 North Winter Street.
■ O'Charley's Restaurant will celebrate Veterans Day on Monday by providing military personnel with complimentary meals. With military identification or other proof of service, they may choose from O'Charley's "$9.99er" menu. Locations are at Ocharleys.com.
■ T.G.I. Friday's will offer free lunches to military personnel from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday. Proof of service is required. Locations are 1916 Pavilion Way in Hamburg and 144 Rojay Drive near Fayette Mall.
■ Woodford Reserve's culinary tour of bourbon will be 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at its visitor center. Mixologist Tim Knittle and chef-in-residence Ouita Michel will lead the Flavors of Woodford Reserve event. Cost is $50. Call Marnie Walters at (859) 879-1939 or email Marnie_walters@b-f.com. Woodford Reserve is at 7855 McCracken Pike, Versailles.
■ Sarah's Corner Café & BBQ has reopened. The store at Winchester and Cleveland roads was closed for repairs for three weeks after the front wall was damaged when a stolen truck was driven through it. Sarah's is offering special prices on its catering menu through Dec. 31. Call (859) 309-1220.
■ James Brown, owner of Brown's Bakery, will compete on the third season of TLC's Next Great Baker at 9 p.m. Nov. 26. The show focuses on 13 bakers from across the country picked by Buddy Valastro of TLC's Cake Boss. The grand prize is $100,000 and an internship with Valastro. Brown's Bakery is at 1226 Versailles Road. Call (859) 225-8400 or go to Brownbakery.com.
■ Oliva Bella's latest shipment of extra virgin olive oils has arrived and includes the new olio frutatto. Tastings will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The store, 400 Old Vine Street, is now selling products from Lexington Pasta Co. Call (859) 983-3567.