Food & Drink

Free celebration ushers in Year of the Ox

The Kentucky Chinese American Association will observe Chinese New Year on Saturday at the University of Kentucky Singletary Center.

The free event, from 6 to 9 p.m., will focus on Chinese culture and celebrate the Year of the Ox. A marketplace will be open from 6 to 7:30 p.m., featuring Chinese art, calligraphy and costumes. Blessing Hands Inc. will auction Chinese paintings and calligraphy scrolls that were donated by professional Chinese artists and students from Yangshuo, China. Money raised by the sale will be used to sponsor Chinese students who are in need. For a look at some of the art, go to http://picasaweb.google.com/blessingsponsors/CharityAuctionProfessionalPaintings#needs. Call Yingjuan Rogers at (859) 494-6631 or go to www.kyacap.org.

The event also will feature a variety of Chinese performing arts, including acrobats, opera and flutes, in the Concert Hall from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Chinese buffet for a new year

Panda Cuisine, 2358 Nicholasville Road, will serve a Chinese New Year buffet from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The cost is $13.95. Call (859) 299-9798 or go to www.pandaky.com.

They'll be the judges

Pastry expert Derek Spendlove will be one of the judges at the 19th annual H'Artful of Fun on Saturday. Spendlove, chairman of the baking and pastry arts program at the National Center for Hospitality Studies of Sullivan University in Louisville, will join John Schweder, chef/owner of Toast of Kentucky, and Vanessa Haden, owner of The Wedding Cake and 2008 American Culinary Federation Southeast Regional Pastry Chef of the Year. Judges will select winners for most artful table presentation, most artful dessert, most artful palate and most artful cake.

The dessert party will be 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday at Big Ass Fans' new research facility, 2201 Jaggie Fox Way. Tickets are $50 in advance, $75 at the door. Call (859) 252-5222 or go to www.lasclex.org. Tickets also are available at any Fifth Third Bank in Lexington or at Joseph-Beth Booksellers.

For more about H'Artful, turn to Page 5.

Ramsey's reopens after fire

Ramsey's Diner, 496 East High Street, has reopened after a “significant kitchen fire” closed the restaurant for almost a week.

“Come celebrate our reopening,” owner Rob Ramsey said.

Call (859) 259-2708 or go to www.ramseysdiners.com.

Farmers still go to market

Lexington Farmers Market is open Saturdays at Victorian Square, 401 West Main Street. Farmers who will be at the market Saturday are Roland McIntosh of Paw Paw Plantation, Bob Early of Three Toads Farm, Susan Miller of Bluegrass Chevre and Carla Garey of Garey Farms. The market is open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the atrium.

Wishing you'll stop by

On Wednesday, Panera Bread will introduce a line of coffee and raise money to support the Make-a-Wish Foundation in Kentucky. Panera will offer samples of coffee and breakfast items throughout the day. Customers are asked to donate $1 for a cup of coffee; the money will go to Operation Dough-Nation Community Breadbox. All donations, up to $250 per café, will be matched by Panera and given to the Make-a-Wish Foundation in Kentucky. Go to www.panerabread.com.

For a limited time

O'Charley's Restaurant is offering a “Made For You” limited-time-only menu through March 22. The menu features three new dishes: chili cheese southwestern twisted chips, Southern fried chicken tacos and grilled meatloaf dinner. Go to www.ocharleys.com.

Brunch coming to Furlongs

Furlongs, 735 East Main Street, will serve Sunday brunch beginning Feb. 1. Brunch hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the menu will feature Cajun omelet, salmon Florentine and bananas Foster pancakes.

Furlong's will celebrate Mardi Gras Louisiana-style from Feb. 18 to 24. Crawfish boils are planned Feb. 20, 21 and 24. Call (859) 266-9000 or go to www.furlongs.com.

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