Stella's Kentucky Deli, 143 Jefferson Street, will offer a prix fixe meal of four courses for $35 per person for Valentine's Day on Feb. 14. The menu includes Stone Cross Farm ribeye or braised pork shoulder en croute or saffron and chèvre risotto, plus dessert.
Also, on Thursday, Stella's will be preparing an Appalachian meal — burgoo, Kentucky cassoulet with white beans, greens and ham and Weisenburger Mill cornmeal muffins — for a Kentuckians For The Commonwealth benefit at Al's Bar, 601 North Limestone. The event, called I Love Mountains, Old Time Music Showcase, is the afterparty for KFTC's annual rally in Frankfort and the launch event for the Old Time Music Gathering in Lexington going on during the following few days.
■ Natasha's, 112 Esplanade, will have a four-course chef's table dinner for Valentine's Day. Early seating, with strolling violinist Brice Farrar, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., is $49 per person. Later seating, with R&B band Special Sessions, is $60 per person ($49 for the vegetarian option.) (859) 259-2754.
■ European Delights Gourmet Bakery, 221 East Brannon Road in Nicholasville, has red velvet whoopee pies, raspberry meringue cups, raspberry ganache cake, heart-shaped cakes and chocolate-covered strawberries. Call (859) 271-7000 to order.
■ Spoonful of Sugar Sweets and Such, 18 West Main Street in Mt. Sterling, has heart-shaped fondant covered vanilla cake which can be personalized or topped with fondant roses, a fondant heart-shaped box of chocolates cake and much more. Extended hours during Valentine's Day weekend are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call (859) 497-1955.
■ It's a little outside the heart-shaped box, but the Kentucky Chinese American Association is having a Chinese New Year Celebration — this is the Year of the Sheep — Feb. 14 at the Lexington Opera House, 401 West Short Street, with Chinese songs, colorful dances, a Chinese music ensemble, and other special presentations. There will also be a holiday market, where you can try festival foods, crafts, traditional costumes and family activities from 4 to 6:30 p.m. before the 7 p.m. show. Tickets are $15, sold at the Lexington Center ticket office.
■ From 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Equus Run Vineyards, 1280 Moores Mill Road in Midway, presents Kisses & Calories, a choco-holic feast, with a live performance by the Twiggenburys. No cover charge and no reservations are required. (859) 846-9463.
On Feb. 13, Equus Run is teaming with Thyme Café of Paris for a Murder Mystery Dinner, Till Death Do Us Part. The three-course meal is $45 plus tax each. Reservations and payment are required prior to the event. Doors open at 6 p.m. and dinner starts at 7:15 p.m. Visit Equusrunvineyards.com.
■ In honor of all the Gator Haters out there and to bring good luck to the UK basketball team, Gumbo Ya Ya, 1080 South Broadway, will have Alligator Sauce Piquant, a tangy red gravy of tomatoes, bell peppers, celery, lemon-rind, green chiles, onions, garlic, alligator and a touch of sherry. They will be serving the entire weekend. Call (859) 252-9292.
■ From 12:30 to 2 p.m. Saturday, at Bakery, Blessings & Bookstore @ The Bar, 1999 Harrodsburg Road, Terry Foody will sign her book The Pie Seller, the Drunk, and the Lady. The reading and discussion about Aunt Charlotte, the freed black pie seller and hero of the cholera epidemic, will be at 1 p.m. Available for viewing will be historical documents referenced in the book. In honor of Black History Month, the bakery will have a special apple walnut Aunt Charlotte Pie. (859) 554-6044.
■ Grimes Mill Winery, 6707 Grimes Mill Road, has changed the date of the first series "History of Bread" to 2 p.m. Sunday. The cost is $25. Call (859) 543-9691.