Food & Drink

You'll have plenty of company at celebration dinners

If you need a reason to celebrate during the next few days, pick one of these: Derby on Saturday, University of Kentucky ­graduation on Sunday, and Cinco de Mayo on Monday. Then, next weekend, May 11 is Mother's Day.

Here are some events and specials around town to accommodate those ­celebrations:

Kentucky Derby: Three Suns Bistro in Nicholasville's Brannon Crossing will serve lamb with mint julep sauce as a ­special on Friday and Saturday. Call (859) 245-0048 or visit

UK graduation:

■ Portofino Restaurant will open at noon and serve its dinner menu until 9 p.m. Regular Sunday hours are 5 to 10 p.m. ­Portofino is at 249 East Main Street. Call (859) 253-9300 or visit

■ Three Suns Bistro will be open for lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Cinco de Mayo: These restaurants are celebrating Cinco de Mayo on Monday. Or, you might want to check out the specials at your neighborhood Mexican restaurant or grocery.

■ Buddy's Bar & Grill, 845 East High Street, (859) 335-1283, Mexican food and drink ­specials beginning at 11 a.m.

■ Durango's, 2121 Richmond Road, (859) 268-0723. Margarita and food specials begin at 11 a.m. A mariachi band will perform and, weather permitting, outside seating will be available.

■ Winchell's, 348 Southland Drive, (859) 278-9424, Featured are homemade red and green ­salsas, posole stew, chicken enchiladas, tacos asado, pork tamales, sopapillas.

Mother's Day: This is one of the busiest days of the year for restaurants. If you're taking Mom out, make reservations now.

■ Azur, Beaumont Centre, (859) 296-1007, Brunch, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; includes crab cakes, lemon-vanilla pancakes and grilled lamb chops.

■ Campbell's in Paris, 519 Main Street, (859) 987-5164, A buffet, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., includes leg of lamb, raspberry chipotle glazed salmon and steamship round of beef. The cost is $26.95.

■ Good Foods Market & Café, 455 Southland Drive, (859) 278-1813, Brunch will feature eggs Benedict with an avocado Hollandaise, ­candied-walnut-encrusted French toast, salmon croquettes, cheese grits, and warm pear and caramel bread pudding. Brunch hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

■ Portofino Restaurant will open early, serving from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m

■ Talon Winery, 7086 Tates Creek Road, (859) 971-9797, Brunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ca”barn“et Barn. Tours of the vineyard will be available.

■ Three Suns Bistro. Brunch menu includes six entrees, salads, cheeses and fruits, crudités, shrimp and a dessert buffet.

■ Tinker's Cake Shop, 109 Springdale Drive, Nicholasville, (859) 224-0639. Tinker's will have chocolate-covered strawberries, champagne truffles and decorated cakes.

Anniversary tastings

The Village Vineyard is celebrating its second anniversary with Chimay beer and Spanish wine tastings from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. The shop is in South Elkhorn Village at 4379 Old Harrodsburg Road. Call (859) 389-6719.

A creamy cucumber treat

Herb'n Renewal will have its herb'n Benedictine available Saturday at Caro's ­Restaurant, 113 South Upper Street. Benedictine, a creamy cucumber spread, is a Derby favorite. It's available from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. To reserve Benedictine, call (859) 548-3516 or e-mail

Farmers market reports

■ The Blue Grass Farmers' Market will have heirloom tomato, pepper and herb plants; asparagus; mustard greens; green onions; rhubarb; mint, and lettuce. Potted flowering baskets also will be for sale. The market is open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs on Richmond Road.

■ Honest Farm Market, 208 Dudley Street in Midway, has plenty of fresh mint for Derby Day juleps. On Saturday, the market will have herb, vegetable and flower plants; hanging flower baskets; flower seeds; fresh watercress, and kale. Call (859) 846-4155 or visit