The Julep Cup Restaurant and Seahorse Lounge, 111 Woodland Avenue, had a "soft" opening earlier this month, and now the new restaurant and bar at The Woodlands is ready for the lunch crowds and holiday diners.
The restaurant is the latest venture of Lucie Slone Meyers, owner of a la lucie, and chef Lindsay Brooks. They're calling their food "Southern hospitality cuisine."
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Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Sunday brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call (859) 226-0300. The chef's daily specials include meatloaf, fried chicken, pork chops and croquettes.
"They're doing the Bibb salad that was served at Rogers Restaurant with hot bacon dressing," Carol Brooks said. She's joining daughter Lindsay in the restaurant business.
Buon Natale from Abbondanza
Abbondanza will have its fifth annual Italian-themed holiday celebration Sunday. Samples of Oliva Bella products will be available for tasting from 3 to 5 p.m. Roasted chestnuts, Italian foods and hot beverages will be served. The Oliva Bella tasting room is at 406 South Broadway. Call (859) 983-3567.
Stella's gets ready to serve dinner
For decades, Stella's Deli has been a popular spot for the downtown lunch crowd. Now it can be a favorite place for dinner. Starting Tuesday, Stella's Kentucky Deli will be open for dinner until 9 p.m. The restaurant's hours will be 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Also, Stella's, 143 Jefferson Street, will be closed Dec. 24 to 27, Jan. 1, and Jan. 5 to 11. Call (859) 255-3354 or go to www.stellaskentuckydeli.com.
The owners of Stella's also owns Al's Bar, 601 North Limestone, and now the group has opened Al's Sidecar, next door to the bar, at 607 North Limestone. Al's Sidecar serves Cajun-style food and is open from 6 to 11:30 p.m. Both Al's locations will be closed Dec. 24 to 26 and Jan. 1. Call (859) 309-2901.
A mouthwatering menu
Three Suns Bistro, 298 East Brannon Crossing, will have a holiday wine dinner at 6:45 p.m. Thursday. The menu includes duck confit, lobster bisque, beef Wellington and chocolate bread pudding with white chocolate sauce. The cost is $50. Call (859) 245-0048.
Check out a stellar cellar
Chateau du Vieux Corbeau Winery, 471 Stanford Road in Danville, will have an open house Saturday. Wine maker Dominique Brousseau will give a guided tour of the wine cellar at 3 p.m. followed by a tasting. Call (859) 236-1808.
Take comfort in this buffet
Campbell's in Paris, 519 Main Street, will have a comfort-foods buffet Saturday. Featured are country-style ribs and sauerkraut, beef burgundy with noodles, green beans, sugar snap peas, glazed carrots, Harvard beets and corn bread salad. The cost is $12.95. Call (859) 987-5164.
Order your pick of cakes, pies, more
If you need a few more items for holiday parties or dinners, Brown's Bakery will make them for you. The deadline for orders is 4 p.m. Dec. 23. Included are sweet potato, transparent, bourbon chocolate pecan, butterscotch meringue and fruit pies. Specialty cakes include jam, Italian cream, German chocolate and yule logs.
Also, Brown's, 1397 West Main Street, will have a gingerbread class from 2 to 5 p.m. Dec. 20. The cost is $35 for adults, $10 for children. Call (859) 225-8400.
■ Tinker's Cake Shop, 109 Springdale Drive in Nicholasville, is making yule logs, cakes, cheesecakes, cookies, coffee cakes, truffles and gingerbread men. The deadline for orders is Dec. 20. Call (859) 224-0639.
■ Applecreek Farms, 185 Pasadena Drive, is accepting orders for holiday cakes. Brownie bourbon, jam and apple butter cakes are $29.50. Call (859) 277-1188.
Give the gift of sauces or dressings
Thai Orchid Cafe, 1030 South Broadway, is offering its gourmet sauces and dressings for holiday gift giving. The sauces are made with no preservatives. Included are peanut sauce, pineapple tangerine sauce, tangerine sesame dressing and sweet chili sauce. Call (859) 288-2170.