Come celebrate the Year of the Monkey at the Kentucky Chinese America Association’s 11th Chinese New Year Celebration, 7 p.m. Saturday at the Lexington Opera House, 401 West Short Street.
The holiday market with festival foods, crafts, traditional costumes, calligraphy, mini Chinese lectures, cultural displays and family activities will start at 4 p.m.. Tickets are at the Rupp Arena box office in the Lexington Convention Center, 430 West Vine Street. Membership comes with a ticket; you can join the association: families $25, individuals $15, students $10. For information, email email@example.com or call 859-913-2067.
▪ Chinese New Year is Feb. 8, and P.F. Chang’s, 3405 Nicholasville Road at Fayette Mall, is donating $1 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America when you order an item off the Chinese New Year menu or share a wish on social media using the hashtag #PFChangsWish. You also could win free stuff, including a year of P.F. Chang’s. A special menu includes Sichuan chili garlic chicken, Hong Kong-style sea bass, long life noodles and prawns, butternut squash dumplings, mandarin cake and more.
▪ Woodford Reserve’s latest in its Distillery Series, Frosty Four Wood, joins the lineup of Double Double Oaked and Sweet Mash Redux. Developed by master distiller Chris Morris, Frosty Four Wood is a batching of Woodford Reserve bourbon aged in American oak and finished in special barrels. This is the same as the original popular Four Wood whiskey, the 2012 Master’s Collection release, but this version was exposed to record-low temperatures during the 2013 polar vortex, resulting in flocking, or mineral precipitation.
The bourbon was filtered, and the result is a more fruit-forward whiskey with maple hints, the company states. According to the tasting notes, the aroma has rich holiday spice notes and a dried fruit medley with hints of maple syrup and coffee, and the flavor has layers of spice, dried fruit, honeyed oak and maple syrup. Frosty Four Wood can be bought at the distillery and select retailers in Kentucky; it’s 90.4 proof, with a suggested retail price of $49.99 for a 375ml bottle.
▪ Mark your calendars: Country Boy Brewing, 436 Chair Avenue, will celebrate its fourth anniversary Feb. 5 to 7, beginning at 5 p.m. Friday with the annual Cellar Cleaning, when rare favorites return. Gastro Gnomes Food Truck will be there with a menu of greatest hits. At noon Feb. 6, the brewery will release the first of two special-edition anniversary bombers, Whiskey Barrel-Aged Wild Red Ale, which will be available on draft. At noon Feb. 7, it will release Sherry Barrel-Aged Imperial Red Ale with Blackberries. Country Boy will have an open house in the warehouse all weekend, with the UK basketball game on TV on Saturday and the Super Bowl on Sunday.
▪ For February, Greentree Tea Room, 521 West Short Street, will have mushroom with sherry soup, white chocolate scone with cherry curd and Fayette cream, Low Country shrimp and grits, chicken salad, tea sandwiches of white pimento cheese and cucumber, glazed strawberry cake, chocolate pots de crème with raspberry sauce, glazed heart cookies and Darjeeling tea. Reservations are required; call 859-455-9660.
▪ Through February, Brasabana, 841 Lane Allen Road, will have Noche de Familia, or family dinner, on Mondays. Two eat for $20; choose two entrees from among fricasee de pollo, slow-cooked chicken stew with potatoes and vegetables, ropa vieja, classic Cuban slow-cooked shredded beef with tomatoes, peppers and onions, slow-roasted pork and slow-roasted shredded pork served family style with rice and beans.
And for Tapas Tuesdays, you can get three items with tequila pairings for $18.95; choose from grilled chorizo, salmon carnitas, shrimp al ajillo, pork chicharron, parihuela (a Peruvian seafood stew) or blackened tilapia.