Restaurant News & Reviews

Migdalia's adds casual elements to its upscale menu

On Tuesday, Chris Cruse and Tommy Lopresto, chefs at Migdalia's in Paris, will introduce a casual menu to supplement their upscale offerings. The menu, priced from $12 to $16, includes deviled chicken, hot Brown, and rock shrimp and chicken penne. Migdalia's is at 500 Main Street. Call (859) 987-0855.

Dream Dinners issues an invitation

Stephanie Bryan, new owner of Dream Dinners, and her staff are having a holiday open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday. They will have samples from the November and December menus, and show how Dream Dinners can take the stress out of cooking and entertaining for the holidays. The company offers morning and evening sessions for meal preparation. The store is at 115 Codell Drive. Call (859) 269-3463 or go to

During the holiday season, Dream Dinners will have a community giving tree. Customers can donate a dinner to a charity, such as Women's Hope Center, Men's Hope Center and Ronald McDonald House.

See's Candies returns for holidays

See's Candies is back for the holiday season. The West Coast candy store will have a kiosk at Fayette Mall from Nov. 13 through Dec. 26. Go to for a look at its selection of chocolates, truffles and peanut brittle.

Chef will show how to make meals stretch

Classically trained French chef Jimmy Duggan will teach a cooking class from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Jimmy D's Café, 1395 West Main Street. He will show participants how to make sauces to stretch main dish ingredients. Herald-Leader Fru-Gal columnist and blogger Deborah Morris will share money-saving tips. Call (859) 246-1708 or go to

Boone Tavern counts down to renovation

Boone Tavern, 100 Main Street in Berea, is open through Dec. 15, then will close until mid-February for renovations. Guest rooms in the historic hotel have been closed since January. The newly renovated hotel and dining room will reopen in the spring to coincide with Boone Tavern's 100th anniversary. Dining room hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The Tavern will be closed Thanksgiving Day. Call 1-800-366-9358 or (859) 985-3700 or go to

You be the judge

The Bistro at Wines on Vine will hold its first Judgment of Wines: California vs. France at 6 p.m. Monday. The tasting will include eight recent vintage wines from France and California. Cost is $30. Call (859 243-0017.

JD Legends reteams with Woodford Reserve

JD Legends will hold its second annual Night with Woodford Reserve at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Mary Perkins will represent Woodford Reserve Distillery. The menu includes mini hot Browns, New York strip steak and bread pudding with Woodford Reserve sauce. Cost is $25. JD Legends is at 315 North Second Street in Nicholasville. Call (859) 881-5665 or go to

You can taste fall in the food and wine

Three Suns Bistro will have a fall wine pairing dinner at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. The menu features wild mushroom strudel with Fat Cat pinot noir, pumpkin soup with Dr. F. Weins-Prüm reisling, Cornish game hen with Napa Ridge cabernet sauvignon, and caramel apple cheesecake. Cost is $40. Three Suns is at 298 East Brannon Road in Brannon Crossing, Nicholasville. Call (859) 245-0048 or go to

By way of France: cassoulet and wines

Holly Hill Inn, 426 North Winter Street in Midway, is having a Wine Guild classic cassoulet dinner at 7 p.m. Nov. 14. Cassoulet is a specialty of southern France; chef Ouita Michel's version is traditional, using white beans, confit of goose, fresh-cured local pork, local lamb and garlic sausage. Cost is $25. Call (859) 846-4732 or go to

Sommelier Chris Michel will offer French wines from the Languedoc region by the glass and bottle; wine flights will be available, and tasting notes will be provided.