Now that the turkey and fixin's are a thing of the past and we move on to days of harried holiday shopping, let's not forget about helping others. Here are some ways restaurants are spreading cheer this holiday season.
■ Heirloom Restaurant, 125 East Main Street, Midway, will have a dinner Thursday to benefit a proposed senior-care center called The Homeplace at Midway. There will be two seatings for the three-course dinner, at 5 and 7 p.m. The cost is $50. The menu includes sweet potato soup or panzanella salad, aged rib-eye or crab cakes, and molten chocolate cake or cranberry walnut crostada. Call (859) 846-5565 or go to Heirloommidway.com.
■ On Wednesday, several Lexington restaurants are participating in Dining Out for Life and will donate a portion of their proceeds to AIDS Volunteers Inc. Go to Avolky.org for a list of participating restaurants.
■ T.G.I. Friday's is having its third annual Can for a Fan virtual food drive. The company will donate one can of food for every new Facebook fan or Pinterest like. Nine regional food banks will benefit, including God's Pantry. Go to Facebook.com/eatattgifridays or Pinterest.com/eatattgifridays/canforafan. On Pinterest, users may like the God's Pantry pinned logo, and an additional can of food will be donated. The food drive ends Dec. 31.
■ Before or after hitting the Black Friday sales, stop by Doodles Breakfast and Lunch. The restaurant, 262 North Limestone, will be open 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, serving omelettes made with local farm eggs, and shrimp and grits. Call (859) 317-8507 or go to Doodlesrestaurant.com.
■ Old Chicago Restaurant, 1924 Pavilion Way, is having a winter mini beer tour featuring beers brewed exclusively for the restaurant chain. The kick-off party is Wednesday, and the event continues through Dec. 31.
Three of the 10 seasonal beers chosen locally by the restaurant are: Old Chicago Black Diamond porter, Sam Smith Winter Welcome ale and Leinenkugel Snowdrift Vanilla porter. Old Chicago World Beer Tour members who complete the winter mini tour will receive a long-sleeved T-shirt. Register at Oldchicago.com. Call (859) 977-4640.
■ A special holiday treat returns to Abuelo's Mexican Restaurant, 3395 Nicholasville Road, in Fayette Mall. The signature capirotada dessert will be available for $1.99 through Dec. 31. It's a Mexican bread pudding served warm with a traditional cream sauce and vanilla ice cream. Call (859) 971-0922 or go to Abuelos.com.
■ The weekend specials at The Julep Cup, 111 Woodland Avenue, include smoked sweet potato and chicken soup, roasted beet salad, braised pork shoulder served over skillet potatoes and collard greens, grouper with black beans and rice with pineapple curry and fried plantain, and pear and frangipane pie. Call (859) 226-0300.
■ Cameron Irvin, chef at The Fifth Street Café in Millersburg, has created a new menu for the restaurant at 113 East Fifth Street. Lunch items include roasted chicken salad sandwiches, pork belly Reuben, and an open-face smoked salmon sandwich. For dinner, there's braised beef brisket, rosemary-roasted half-chicken, Dijon herb-crusted pork chop and pan-seared trout. Call (859) 473-0552 or go to Fifthstreetcafeky.com.
■ Sam Beall, proprietor of Blackberry Farm luxury resort in Walland, Tenn., will sign copies of his new cookbook, The Foothills Cuisine of Blackberry Farm (Clarkson Potter, $60) in Lexington and Louisville on Monday.
Beall will be at the Williams-Sonoma store in Fayette Mall, 3473 Nicholasville Road, from noon to 2 p.m. Call (859) 272-5856.
Beall will travel to 610 Magnolia restaurant, 610 West Magnolia Avenue in Louisville, for a dinner and book signing that evening. Magnolia chef Edward Lee will create dishes based on his inspiration of the recipes and menus from the book. A reception and book signing will be at 6:30 p.m.; dinner with wine pairings will begin at 7. Tickets are $125 and include a copy of the book. Call (502) 636-0783 or go to 610magnolia.com.
■ Thai Orchid Café, 1030 South Broadway, is closed for vacation and will reopen at 11 a.m. Dec. 18. Go to Thaiorchidcafe.net.
■ Jean Farris Winery & Bistro, 6825 Old Richmond Road, is accepting reservations for holiday parties. Call (859) 263-9463 or go to Jeanfarris.com.