La Madeleine Country French Café opens Monday at The 90 on Hilltop Avenue on the University of Kentucky campus, offering dining or take-out. This will be the first Kentucky location of the popular Texas-based bakery café chain.
La Madeleine will be open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; it will be closed on weekends. It will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, featuring 76 made-from-scratch menu items, such as the signature tomato basil soup, Caesar salad, country French breakfast, croque monsieur, and chicken la Madeleine.
The UK café, designed by alumna and la Madeleine director of design Carol Kamenish, will reflect the classic la Madeleine atmosphere, with wood floors, hearth fireplaces, rustic beams and several unique dining rooms, according to the company.
■ Sad news, foodies: Yamaguchi's Sake and Tapas, 125 Codell Drive, announced that the Japanese restaurant is closing at the end of November because owners Hidenori and Shima Yamaguchi lost their lease. According to a post on Facebook, Nov. 29 will the last day for the restaurant, which has been open in one form or another since 2004. Until then, Yamaguchi's is having a grand finale, serving from 6 to 11 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.
■ Noodles & Company, 395 South Limestone and 2468 Nicholasville Road, is sponsoring a Teddy bear drive for Kentucky's Children's Hospital, in conjunction with Partnering for Hope, for the holiday season. Through Nov. 29, guests who donate a new Teddy bear will get a free bowl of noodles.
■ Grimes Mill Winery, 6707 Grimes Mill Road, will offer a chocolate and wine pairing from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 6. Enjoy a flight of wine served with chocolates from Heavenly Confectionery of Lexington. Chocolates also will be available to purchase for the upcoming holidays. Make a reservation ($10) at (859) 543-9691.
Grimes Mill Winery also will host a zinfandel tasting and potluck from 1 to 5 p.m. Nov. 21. You can barrel taste its zinfandel and bottle some to take home. Bring a dish to pass and enjoy an afternoon at the winery. This is a free event.
■ J. Render's BBQ will be at Chase Bank, 201 East Main, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday.
■ Woodford Reserve will host a Master's Collection dinner with master distiller Chris Morris at 6 p.m. Nov. 21 at the distillery and visitors center, 7855 McCracken Pike in Versailles. Get a tour and a taste of the newest addition to the Master's Collection family, 1838 Style White Corn. One bottle of the limited release is reserved for each guest to purchase that evening. The menu includes a seafood bar followed by a harvest dinner paired with bourbons or Sonoma Cutrer wines. Cost is $125 plus tax and tip; call (859) 879-1953 to make a reservation.
■ Once again it's stone crab season, and Lexington Seafood, 867 East High Street, has the Florida stone crab flying in fresh daily. Call (859) 266-8888 to order. And it isn't too early to place Thanksgiving orders for shrimp, smoked salmon and oysters.
■ Lexington Farmers Market will be downtown at Fifth Third Bank Pavilion on Saturday with seasonal fruits and vegetables, including apples and cider, pumpkins and fall squash.
■ For the last time this year, Bluegrass Farmers Market will be at Liquor Barn at 1837 Plaudit Place with seasoning mixes, beef and pork, winter greens and more.