St. Patrick's Day celebrations range from gourmet Celtic inspirations to ordinary corned beef and cabbage.
■ Azur Restaurant chef Jeremy Ashby has planned a four-course Celtic-inspired menu paired with Alltech's complete line of libations. "Celebrate St. Patrick's Day by sampling classic holiday inspired dishes that have been reconfigured with modern preparation and presentation styles," Ashby said. Dinner begins at 7 p.m. Cost is $50. Azur is at 3070 Lakecrest Circle in Beaumont Centre. Call (859) 296-1007.
■ Hanna's on Lime, 214 South Limestone, will celebrate St. Patrick's Day on Wednesday with corned beef and cabbage as the daily special. Cost is $7.95. Sides include corn pudding, baked sweet potato, broccoli casserole, macaroni and cheese, kale, green beans, lima beans and stewed tomatoes. Homemade desserts also are available. Call (859) 255-6264.
■ Holly Hill Inn, 426 North Winter Street, Midway, will observe the spring equinox and Bluegrass Celtic heritage with a four-course dinner menu and six-course seafood tasting during March. The menu features Kentucky lamb; leeks, the national symbol of Wales; fresh briny oysters, mussels and scallops; and house-corned beef. Call (859) 846-4732 or go to Hollyhillinn.com.
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■ Nick Ryan's Saloon, 157 Jefferson Street, will begin a weeklong St. Patrick's Day celebration Monday. Featured are $4 pints of Great Lakes' Brewing Co.'s Conway's Irish ale, special prices on Irish coffee served with house-made Irish cream, and a selection of Irish dishes that change daily. The spring menu offers a new wine list and craft beers. Call (859) 233-7900.
■ Le Deauville Restaurant, 199 North Limestone, is having a five-course wine dinner at 6 p.m. Thursday. Wines from around the world will be featured. Cost is $65. Call (859) 246-0999.
■ A pop-up art show is on the agenda at Della's Diner, 124 North Upper Street. William Goodman's art will be displayed beginning at 11 p.m. Friday for the late-night crowd. His work also hangs in The Kentucky Theatre. Dinner specials include the Elizabeth Taylor burger. For breakfast, the special features home fries, two eggs, bacon or sausage, with toast or biscuit, for $6.25. Call (859) 281-1141.
Specials and new items
■ Weekend specials at Natasha's Bistro, 112 Esplanade, include blackened surf and turf, beef tenderloin medallions and shrimp, alley bar spring rolls, and prime rib roast. Call 859) 259-2754 or go to Beetnik.com.
■ The Julep Cup, 111 Woodland Avenue, has added items to its spring menu. Included are spinach and strawberry salad, Southern fried chicken and vegetable pot pie. Entertainment includes guitarist Michael Fogler on Friday, The Very Garcia Band on Saturday, and John Hedger for Sunday brunch. Call (859) 226-0300.
■ Ted's Montana Grill, 2304 Sir Barton Way, has added salt-and-pepper trout as a healthier, lighter dinner option. The trout is lightly seasoned with kosher salt, black pepper and freshly squeezed lemon juice, then seared in olive oil. Then it's topped with Ted's house-made salsa. Call (859) 263-5228 or go to Tedsmontanagrill.com.
■ Mark Wombles, chef/owner of Heirloom Restaurant, 125 East Main Street in Midway, has added jam cake oatmeal and crème fraîche biscuits to his morning menu. Call (859) 846-5565 or go to Heirloommidway.com.
■ Food & Wine magazine is asking the dining public to select the People's Best New Chef, an extension of Food & Wine's Best New Chefs program. It honors talented up-and-coming innovators who have run their own kitchens for five years or fewer. The field of 100 nominees for the award includes Adam Burress and Chase Mucerino of Hammerheads Restaurant, 921 Swan Street, Louisville. You may vote through Sunday at Foodandwine.com/peoples-best-new-chef.
■ Stella's Kentucky Deli, 143 Jefferson Street, now serves dinner Wednesday through Saturday. "We have developed a dinner menu separate from our lunch menu, complete with specialty cocktails, interesting appetizers, dinner salads, entrees and burgers, all of which feature local produce, spirits, grains, meats and/or cheeses," owner Lester Miller said. "On the nights we are open, we will be serving our lunch menu until 5 and change over to dinner at that point."
Call (859) 255-3354 or go to Stellaskentuckydeli.com.
■ Thai Orchid Café, 1030 South Broadway, is closed for a mini vacation through Tuesday.