The first day of Keeneland and the blooming of cherry trees also bring patio openings and spring menus.
Dudley's, 380 South Mill Street, has lightened up its menu with Alaskan halibut, steamed calamari and lotus root, Vietnamese beef spring rolls, and warm goat cheese tartlet. Sides feature broccoli rabe, green garlic purple potatoes, caramelized Brussels sprouts, saffron risotto, lobster pearl couscous, and hominy pudding. The patio will be open when the weather permits. Call (859) 252-1010 or visit www.dudleysrestaurant.com.
Outside dining will also be available at Buddy's Bar & Grill, 854 East High Street, when it's warm and dry. Spring additions to Buddy's menu include white chicken chili and corn bread cakes, fried chicken and prosciutto salad, herb-crusted tilapia salad, and filet and risotto stack. New desserts include fried peach turnover, fudge brownie sundae and peanut butter pie. Call (859) 335-1283 or visit www.buddysbarandgrill.com.
Maker's Mark honors Joe B. Hall
Maker's Mark is honoring former University of Kentucky men's basketball Coach Joe B. Hall with a limited-edition bottle that goes on sale Friday. The blue glass bottle, dipped in Kentucky blue wax, marks the 30th anniversary of Hall's 1978 NCAA championship. It sells for about $45 and proceeds go to cancer research at UK.
Hall will sign 1,300 bottles beginning at 6:30 a.m. April 11 at Keeneland Race Course. Maker's Mark President Bill Samuels Jr. and Keeneland President Nick Nicholson will join Hall for the event. If you're up for an all-nighter, tickets guaranteeing a signature will be distributed the evening of April 10. Bottles must be purchased in advance; they will not be for sale at Keeneland. Only 2008 commemorative bottles will be autographed; limit two bottles per person.
For more information on the signing, call Keeneland at (859) 254-3412 or visit www.keeneland.com.
Furlongs celebrates with crawfish boil
Furlongs, 735 East Main Street, will have a crawfish boil beginning at 4 p.m. Monday. Normally Keeneland has a party before the 2-year-old-in-training sale, but ”because it's a two-day sale at night, they have decided to cancel the party,“ owner Tommy Walters said. So, Furlongs is having a crawfish boil for the occasion. Call (859) 266-9000.
Taste of the Village Vineyard
Village Vineyard, 4379 Old Harrodsburg Road, will have a bordeaux wine tasting from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Call (859) 389-6719.
Talon collects medals at WineFest
Talon Winery won three gold medals at the Kentucky Derby Festival WineFest for its cabernet sauvignon Reserve 2005, Monarch 2005 and Coyote Red.
Talon was also awarded a silver medal for its cabernet sauvignon 2005 and three bronze medals for Sweet Evening Breeze, Bluegrass Blush and Vintner's Select chardonnay 2005.
The competition was held March 25 at Louisville's Brown Hotel.
The wines are available for tasting at the Homestead Tasting Room at the winery, 7086 Tates Creek Road. Call (859) 971-3214 or visit www.talonwine.com.