Here's a great excuse to eat dessert this weekend.
Eight Lexington restaurants are participating in Dine United Week by committing to make a donation to United Way of the Bluegrass for every dessert they sell through Sunday.
The restaurants are Azur, 3070 Lakecrest Circle, Suite 550; Dudley's, 380 South Mill Street; Giuseppe's, 4456 Nicholasville Road; Jonathan at Gratz Park, 120 West Second Street; Malone's, 3347 Tates Creek Road, 3735 Palomar Centre Drive and 1920 Pleasant Ridge Road; Rossi's, 1060 Chinoe Road, No. 104; Saul Good, 3801 Mall Road; and Summit, 1097 Duval Street.
To learn more about Dine United or the United Way, go to www.uwbg.org.
Make some super Super Bowl plans
■ Jonathan at Gratz Park, normally closed on Super Bowl Sunday, will be open for dinner from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Chef/owner Jonathan Lundy will offer a few specials along with the regular menu. The restaurant is at 120 West Second Street. Call (859) 252-4949 or go to www.jagp.info.
■ A popular Pittsburgh sandwich will be on the menu at Winchell's Restaurant on Super Bowl Sunday. The chefs are serving their version of the famous Primanti Brothers sandwich, which, according to www.primantibrothers.com, is made with grilled Italian bread, ham, provolone cheese, coleslaw, tomato, a handful of warm French fries, and mayonnaise. Other menu items include the Roethlis-burger, served with Heinz sauce and named for Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger; and Anquan Boldin spicy Cardinal wings, named for the Arizona Cardinals receiver; carne asada tacos; and chili con queso.
Winchell's is at 348 Southland Drive. Call (859) 278-9424 or go to www.winchellsrestaurant.com.
■ T.G.I. Friday's restaurants have created two specialty drinks in honor of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals, the teams playing in Sunday's Super Bowl. Arizona lemonade and Pittsburgh Punch will be served at the restaurants on Saturday, the night before the big game.
In Lexington, Friday's can be found at 144 Rojay Drive and 1916 Pavilion Way. For more locations, go to www.tgifridays.com.
■ If you'd like a party tray to serve at your Super Bowl gathering, pick one up at J.D. Legends, 315 North Second Street, Nicholasville. The restaurant is offering fried green tomatoes, wings, potato skins, mozzarella sticks, and chicken tenders. Legends will be open until 7 p.m. Sunday. Call (859) 881-5665.
H'Artful of Fun picks its winners
The Living Arts and Science Center gives awards to restaurants and caterers who make outstanding desserts for its annual H'Artful of Fun fund-raiser. Here are the winners of this year's event on Jan. 24.
Most artful table presentation: Seasons Catering's yellow submarine and double-decker bus ice sculpture.
Most artful palate: Valentine's ice cream.
Most artful dessert: Banana cake Foster from Catering by Donna Potter.
Most artful cake: Tinker's Cake Shop's Beatles-themed dark chocolate champagne cake.
People's Choice awards: Lundy's strawberry shortcake, best non-chocolate dessert; Sugar Forest, best chocolate dessert; and a la lucie's graham cracker, honey and chocolate dessert, best reason to skip dinner.
Everyday food and wine
Three Suns Bistro, 298 East Brannon Road in Brannon Crossing, is having a wine-pairing dinner at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. The theme is weekday dinner, everyday wines with everyday foods. The menu includes broccoli and Cheddar soup with Coppola chardonnay, beef brisket with Dynamite cabernet sauvignon, and triple chocolate cake. The cost is $25. Call (859) 245-0048.
More places to do brunch
■ Cleveland's at the Woodford Inn in Versailles is now open for Sunday brunch. Hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Chefs Ouita Michel and Jared Richardson will prepare the menu that includes Stone Cross Farm ham steak, biscuits and sausage gravy, pork chops, quiches of the day, and a big-plate breakfast. Cleveland's is at 140 Park Street. Call (859) 879-6062. The restaurant is open daily serving lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner from 5 to 9 p.m.
■ Summit, 1097 Duval Street, now is open for Sunday brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Menu items include eggs Benedict, omelets, roast chicken, grilled salmon, burgers, bacon and eggs. The dinner menu is available after 3 p.m.
Chris Nelson, owner of Chrisman Mill Winery, will host a Kentucky Proud wine dinner at Summit on Feb. 7. Five wines will be paired with five courses, along with a blackberry wine served with dessert. The cost is $59. Call (859) 271-1400.
Rolling out Barrel House's vodka
Barrel House Distilling Co. of Lexington and The Thoroughbred Shop are introducing Pure Blue vodka from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday. You can meet the owners of Barrel House and get your bottles signed. The Thoroughbred Shop is at 2005 Versailles Road. Call (859) 254-0358.
P.F. Chang's celebrates a new year
P.F. Chang's China Bistro at Fayette Mall is debuting new dishes for Chinese New Year. The newest additions are traditional egg rolls, mahi-mahi, sesame chicken and Cantonese style duck. Call (859) 271-1165 or go to www.pfchangs.com.
T.G.I. Friday's adds winner to menu
The winning recipe from Sunday night's Ultimate Recipe Showdown on Food Network is on the menu at T.G.I. Friday's Restaurants. Jason Hernandez of Germantown, Tenn., won the competition with spicy Southern shrimp, spicy Cajun shrimp and smoky andouille sausage in cayenne and chipotle sauce with grits. The show airs at 9 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 15.