It's hard to look past the Kentucky Derby, but Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner — on Tuesday, in fact.
■ Good Foods Co-op, 455 Southland Drive, will have a special menu on the hot buffet from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., including mole bean enchiladas, mashed potatoes with poblano peppers, arroz rojo (red rice), cabbage tinga, pinto beans refritos, beets piña colada and esquitez (corn with red peppers) for $8.49 a pound. Call (859) 278-1813.
■ Coba Cocina, 2041 Richmond Road, will begin the celebration Friday: They're doing Cincas Dias de Mayo, five days of specials, including drink specials. On Saturday, they'll have the Mezcal Mule; on Tuesday, margaritas.
At 6 p.m. Sunday, Coba will have a family-style pig roast on the patio. Reservations are required; call (859) 523-8484.
■ Brasabana, 841 Lane Allen Road, will have live entertainment and lots of specials, including elotes (boiled fresh corn glazed with spicy mayo and queso fresco) for $4.95; enchiladas de queso for $7.95; and tres leches cake for $5.95 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday. For reservations, call (859) 303-5573.
■ Kentucky Ballet Theatre and Maker's Mark, 3350 Burks Springs Road in Loretto, will present Bourbon & Ballet, a performance and celebrity chef bourbon dinner by Jonathan Lundy at the distillery, at 6 p.m. May 9. Limited tickets are available for $135 each. For reservations, email email@example.com or call (314) 606-3232, or email Roylee.wigginton@MakersMark.com or call (270) 865-2099.
■ Hudson Hollow, 13 Carson Place in Frankfort, will have a Derby Day breakfast buffet from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. Fare will include country ham, hot browns and quiche Lorraine. The buffet is $14.99 for adults and $6.99 for ages 10 and younger. There also be drink specials including mimosas, bloody Marys and mint juleps. Call (502) 352-2000 for reservations.
■ Donut Days Bakery, Euclid Avenue and Southland Drive, will have treats for Derby, including cookies iced to look like jockey silks and caps, and butter biscuits perfect for ham or chicken salad. To place orders, call (859) 277-9414 for Southland or (859) 269-8223 for Euclid.
■ Distilled at Gratz Park, 120 West Second Street, will have a special Mother's Day menu May 10, featuring diver scallops, roasted pork loin or coffee-rubbed filet for $45 a person from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For reservations, call (859) 255-0002.
Distilled also has a new spring menu, featuring warm-weather treats including strawberry buttermilk soup; melon and berry salad; russet potato gnocchi with peas, asparagus and favas; honey baked ham shank; and bacon-wrapped duck breast. Every Wednesday, Distilled serves fresh pies and cakes made by Donna Heard.
■ Kentucky State Parks will offer a Mother's Day buffet on May 10 at all resort parks. The menu includes salad bar, fruit, cheese, roast beef, roast pork with apple dressing, chicken and dumplings, fried catfish and hush puppies, vegetables and desserts. The buffet will be served noon to 8 p.m. at most resort parks. It's $18.99 for adults $8.99 for ages 6 to 12 (drink included). For more information about Kentucky State Parks, go to Parks.ky.gov.
■ Tickets are on sale for the annual Taste of the Bluegrass, 7 to 11 p.m. May 15 at Keeneland's Keene Barn and Entertainment Center. The event is a fundraiser for God's Pantry Food Bank; last year it raised $138,000. Tickets are $85 each, and for that, you can sample from more than 60 great food and beverage purveyors. Order at Godspantry.org.
■ For Derby Day, Bluegrass Farmers Market will have a limited supply of mint at both locations Saturday. Also: green onions; lettuce; kale; Kobe beef; pork; baked goods; jams; herb seasoning; and herb, flower and vegetable plants. Go to Bluegrassfarmersmarket.org for more information.