Asuka Japanese Steak House & Sushi is often reserved for those special occasions when you want more than just a plate of food.
The steakhouse offers teppanyaki lunch and dinners, where chefs prepare the meal on surface grills at the table. The newest Asuka is in Hamburg Pavilion, in the former location of Corky's BBQ.
In addition to teppanyaki, the menu features sushi and teriyaki. Call (859) 543-0010 or go to Asukagrill.com. Central Kentucky's first Asuka is at 267 East Brannon Road, in Brannon Crossing. Call (859) 272-0020.
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■ Coba Cocina, 2041 Richmond Road, has a new tapas menu at its Cobar Cantina, on the second floor of the restaurant. Small plates include tapas frías (guacamole, Mediterranean olives, pimento cheese with pan tostado and shrimp seviche) and tapas calientes (queso piccadillo, shrimp diablo and coconut shrimp). Call (859) 523-8484 or go to Cobacocina.com.
■ One of the most popular seasonal dishes is back at Thai Orchid Café, 1030 South Broadway. "Pumpkin curry is one of our most anticipated dishes," chef/owner Toa Green said. "Our pumpkin curry is made with Thai pumpkin in a red curry base. It is served with steamed rice or you can order it as a noodle bowl." Call (859) 288-2170 or go to Thaiorchidcafe.net.
■ Bakery Blessings & Bookstore @ the Bar, 1999 Harrodsburg Road, will have a local Kentucky author book bazaar from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 19. "The authors have ties to Kentucky by having been born here, grown up here, have lived and breathed here for an extended period of time, or currently reside in the state," bakery owner Jan Sullivan said. "Kentucky runs through their veins and is infused into their writing." Call (859) 554-6044.
■ Azur Restaurant is teaming with Stuarto's Olive Oil for a cooking class from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 27 at Azur, 3070 Lakecrest Circle in Beaumont Centre. The cost is $38. Call (859) 263-0088 or (859) 269-0088.
■ Alfalfa Restaurant, 141 East Main Street, will have a Casimir Pulaski memorial dinner from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 18. Pulaski, for whom Pulaski County is named, was a Polish army officer who fought in the American Revolution. He died in October 1779 at the Battle of Savannah. Chef Paul Nowaki will present Polish specials along with the regular menu. Included are locally made kielbasa, potato Cheddar pierogies with sauerkraut, and stuffed cabbage. Call (859) 253-0014 or go to Alfalfarestaurant.com.
■ Red State BBQ, 4020 Georgetown Road, is celebrating its third anniversary this month and serving Santa Maria steak. "We'll be smoking tri-tip, which is the bottom part of the sirloin and is known for its tenderness," owner David Carroll said. "We only serve Critchfield Meats, and we'll start smoking Friday morning." The steak and two sides are $15. Call (859) 233-7898 or go to Redstatebbq.com.
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■ Bluegrass Farmers' Market will have tomatoes, squash, peppers, eggplant, melons, lamb, goat, chicken, beef, pork, baked goods, herb seasoning, pimento cheese, jams, eggs, cut flowers, pumpkins, and soaps. Go to Bluegrassfarmersmarket.org.
■ Lexington Farmers' Market is open four days a week and is now featuring potatoes, lettuces, tomatoes, onions, turnips, garlic, fresh herbs, baked goods, meats, cheeses, pawpaws and some rare, local figs. In addition, customers may stop by the market information booth and register for a chance to win two onstage tickets with The Deen Brothers at the Incredible Food Show on Oct. 26.