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You can come to Hangover Brunch even if you didn’t indulge on New Year’s Eve

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The LexGo Eat crew wraps up 2015 food scene and previews what's ahead in 2016.
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Good Foods Co-op will have the third annual Hangover Brunch on Friday. Employees will hand out Hangover Brunch T-shirts to the first 100 customers who buy a plate or to-go box. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., enjoy traditional brunch favorites and some hangover cures including virgin Bloody Mary drinks with your choice of toppings for $2.99. The menu includes Kentucky Proud sausage links and bacon, crustless mini quiche, scrambled eggs, fried chicken, vegan biscuits, cheddar and green onion buttermilk biscuits, sausage gravy, vegan sage gravy, jalapeño and cheese grits, pancakes with maple syrup, macaroni and cheese, vegan organic black-eyed peas and collard greens, steamed broccoli and Good Foods kale.

▪  Also on New Year’s Eve, Dudley’s on Short, 259 West Short Street, will have a special dinner. For $80 a person, guests will have a choice of dishes in three courses from chef Mark Richardson and will be treated to a delicious amuse bouche to start the meal off. Main courses include choice of scallops, arctic char, heritage pork, duck breast, beef-fat poached prime New York strip or roasted tenderloin. Dessert choices from pastry chef Tonya Mays include milk chocolate with brûléed bananas and rum ice cream, bourbon pound cake with pumpkin gnocchi or lemon cheesecake with crème fraiche and figs. The full menu is at Dudleysrestaurant.com. Reservations required; call 859-252-1010.

▪  Sorella Gelateria, 219 North Limestone, will have New Year’s Eve specials: get a gelato float, with a scoop of sorbet or gelato topped with soda for $5.50. Options include lemon sorbet with Mexican cola, berry sorbet with Sanpellegrino Limonata, or berry sorbet with ginger ale. Or get a Kick Me to the New Year affogato: a scoop of whipped cream gelato topped with a shot of hot espresso, for $5.50. Open noon to 9 p.m. Dec. 31.

▪  Stella’s Kentucky Deli, 143 Jefferson Street, will offer a four-course New Year’s Eve dinner. For $35 a person, you get an appetizer; choice of soup or salad; choice of entree, including bouillabaisse with local catfish and shrimp, grass-finished local New York strip au poivre, or farfalle with fennel, shallot and kale in brandy cream sauce; and choice of peanut butter mocha mousse cup, dark chocolate cheesecake or lemon ice box pie for dessert. Call 859-255-3354 for reservations.

On New Year’s Day, Stella’s will be open 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for brunch, then it will close from Jan. 4 to 8.

▪  West Sixth Brewery, 501 West Sixth Street, will host a low-key New Year’s Eve celebration with with all-day specials, tappings, and new beers for the New Year. The event begins at 11 a.m., with $32 mix-and-match flagship cases and three 32-ounce “crowlers” for $20. There will be Smithtown Seafood specials, party favors and Vienna Lager tapping and toast at midnight.

▪  Holly Hill Inn, 426 North Winter Street, has a few reservations left for its New Year’s Eve seven-course Big Night Out menu, featuring cuisine from Southeast Asia, Northern India, Italy, Russia, France and the United States. It’s $75 a person; call 859-846-4732 for reservations. If you can’t make it Thursday, chef Ouita Michel also is offering either the seven-course or a four-course version on Dec. 30 and Jan. 2 for $45. Check out the menu online at Hollyhillinn.com.

▪  Bristol Bar and Grille, 614 West Main Street in Louisville, will host Pappy New Year, a four-course feast prepared by executive chef Ramon Forcelledo complete with a flight of Pappy Van Winkle bourbon that includes one pour of 12-year Van Winkle Special Reserve and highly sought-after Pappy Van Winkle 15-, 20- and 23-year-old batches. The evening kicks off at 5 p.m., with seating until 10 p.m. It’s $90 a person, plus tax and gratuity. Featured dishes include locally sourced meat and produce, including Clark Family Farm’s smoked chicken vol-au-vent, Four Hills Farm stuffed leg of lamb, and New Year’s Eve pastry chef Mariel Gabel’s delectable desserts.

▪  Panera Bread has moved its Regency Center bakery-café to a new free-standing building in the Zandale Shopping Center, 2230 Nicholasville Road. The new space has more parking and a drive-through. The new bakery-café also will integrate Panera 2.0 elements this summer that will allow advance to-go ordering, iPad ordering and other conveniences. The current 30 employees from Regency will transfer to the new store, along with an additional 25 new employees. Panera will be open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.

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