Want a night off from holiday cooking? On Christmas Eve, Good Foods Co-op, 455 Southland Drive, will have a buffet feast, with everything but the figgy pudding. The holiday hot buffet 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., will feature roast turkey, glazed ham, azteca casserole, vegan shepherd's pie, baked salmon with white wine & lemon sauce, turkey gravy, corn pudding, whipped local sweet potatoes, green beans with pecans and maple vinaigrette, orange-scented beets, roast garlic mashed potatoes, steamed broccoli and Good Foods kale. The hot buffet and salad bar is $8.49 a pound. The store is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Dec. 24. Call (859) 278-1813 or go to Goodfoods.coop for more info.
■ Bakery Blessings & Bookstore @ the Bar, 1999 Harrodsburg Road, is still taking orders for Christmas goodies, pies, and cakes. Call (859) 554-6044 or email Jan@aprilword.com. For January, the bakery's soups will be vegetable beef, hearty chicken noodle, and winter vegetable soup.
■ Willett Distillery, 1869 Loretto Road, Bardstown, will open for Moonlight Distillery Tours from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.Saturday. There will be hot apple cider and egg nog, tastings and Santa. Admission is a suggested donation of $10 or a toy. All proceeds and donations will go to Nelson County's Community Action "Angel Tree."
■ Winchell's Restaurant, 348 Southland Drive, will have a New Year's Eve Lobster Boil. It's $39.99, and reservations are required by calling (859) 278-9424. The serving time is from 4 to 11 p.m. The three-course meal includes clam chowder, whole lobster served with new potatoes and vegetable, fruit cobbler for dessert and a glass of champagne.
■ Natasha's Bistro, 112 Esplanade, has a daily happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. in December. Specials include appetizers, select wines and beers, and well drinks two for one.
■ Town Branch Distillery, 401 Cross Street, has gift boxes of spirits with rocks glasses, wooden, hand-carved Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale ornaments and themed gift baskets priced $49.99 to $64.99.
■ Thai & Mighty is now delivering as well as offering curbside pickup. Winter hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Closed Sunday. Order online at mightyorders.com or call 288-2170.
■ Engine House Deli, 9 W. Lexington Ave., Winchester, has reopened for December from 4 to 9 p.m., Wednesday to Saturday. Call (859) 737-0560 for holiday hours. Bob Tabor has brought back his hot brown with country mornay sauce with sausage gravy, and he's launching a beer cheese hot brown made with his River Rat Beer Cheese which is available in Liquor Barn, Good Foods Co-op, and Critchfield's.
■ Doodles, 262 North Limestone, will be closed Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for the holiday. The restaurant, which features locally sourced produce and meats, will reopen Dec. 26 for normal hours with a brunch menu. Also will be open normal hours on New Year's Eve, and on New Year's Day serving brunch.
■ Lexington Farmers' Market is still on at the Cheapside Pavilion. On Saturday, they will have bacon, grilled cheeses, warm soups, locally grown Christmas wreath displays, hand dipped candles, honey, soaps, heritage pork, homegrown cornmeal, apples, pastured raised eggs, beef, chicken, and lamb, goat cheese, beets, sweet potatoes, turnips, and winter squash. Great gifts as well as holiday meal favorites are available. The market is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. with street parking available on Short Street. Like the market on Facebook (facebook.com/LexFarmMkt) to get the latest updates.