Friday, June 5, is National Doughnut Day, as if anyone needed an excuse to eat doughnuts. North Lime Coffee & Donuts, 575 NorthLimestone and 3101 Clays Mill Road, will have glazed doughnuts for 50 cents each, limit three dozen per order.
New for this year: gluten-free options at the Limestone store.
Donut Days Bakery, 185 Southland Drive and 814 Euclid Avenue, will open at 6 a.m. and will have doughnuts (including yeast and cake varieties) for 75 cents and a dozen for $7.50. They also will have apple fritters, honey buns, twists and both cream and custard filled long johns for $1.19 each or $11.90 a dozen.
Krispy Kreme is giving away a doughnut and Dunkin' Donuts is offering a free doughnut with a drink purchase.
â– Just can't wait for Food Truck Friday at the Herald-Leader on June 12? Head to Cheapside Pavilion today, for a Food Truck Friday event to benefit the Lexington Humane Society. J. Render's BBQ, CrazyBoutCajun, Jirl International Foods and Pita Social are scheduled to be there.
â– For summer, Columbia Steakhouse, 201 North Limestone and 2750 Richmond Road, will offer the Nighthawk Special — an 8-ounce tenderloin of beef smothered in garlic butter, served with jumbo baked potato, salad, and bread for $15.99. From 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, drinks are two for one.
â– On Saturday, Bluegrass Farmers' Market will have a grand opening at both locations: the Liquor Barn at Hamburg, 1837 Plaudit Place, and Azur Restaurant and Patio Grill, 3070 Lakecrest Circle, in Beaumont. Vendors will have special prices and surprises. Open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
â– Lexington Farmers Market at Cheapside Pavilion, 241 West Main Street, on Saturday and at 341 Southland Drive on Sunday, will have fresh onions, garlic and garlic scapes from Blue Moon, strawberries and fresh greens, garden transplants, eggs and organic chicken pieces from Elmwood Stock Farm, and artisan cheeses, jellies and honey, as well as fresh flowers, including dahlias from Three Toads' Farm.
â– The Lexington Farmers Market's Double Dollars program has begun: customers can double the buying power of their EBT cards at the market. Double Dollars are also available for local produce at Lexington Market East End (Third and Race Streets) and the Good Foods Co-op on Southland Drive.
â– The Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning, 251 West Second Street, will host its annual literary luncheon at 1 p.m. Saturday with Pulitzer Prize finalist Bobbie Ann Mason. The benefit will feature a reading of flash fiction by the renowned Kentucky novelist, a Kentucky Proud meal and Alltech's Bluegrass Sundown (a coffee and vanilla-infused bourbon liqueur). Tickets are $80 per person. Call (859) 254-4175, Ext. 25.
â– The Chevy Chase Inn, 833 Euclid Avenue, will have a Belmont Triple Crown Party on Saturday. The day will start off with $1.50 Bloody Mary Happy Hour from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., followed by a free Bourbon 'n' Toulouse buffet from 4 to 7 p.m. with chicken etouffee, jambalaya and black beans and corn. "We will give everyone in the bar at the 6:50 post time a free $10 Bourbon 'n' Toulouse gift certificate if American Pharoah can pull off the Triple Crown," said Kevin Heathcoat, an owner of both Bourbon 'n' Toulouse and Chevy Chase Inn.
â– If the Belmont Stakes has you in a New York state of mind, Keeneland will have a special Belmont Day menu. Concessions and full-service bars in the grandstand will have Manhattan clam chowder, Italian meatball sandwich and New York cheesecake, as well as the "Belmont Breeze," the official drink of the Belmont. Go to Keeneland.com for more information.
â– Catch LexGo Eat writer Janet Patton on Food, News and Chews, from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday on WVLK-AM 590 with Sylvia Lovely, Azur chef Jeremy Ashby and host Twitch, discussing the Lexington food and dining scene.