Looking for a new sushi place to hang out? Try Sushi Friend.
The sushi bar, 4101 Tates Creek Centre Drive, also serves teriyaki and tempura. Specials include sushi for $1.50 apiece.
Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday and Wednesday through Friday; 5:30 to 10 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday; and 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Call (859) 271-0251.
Napa wines featured at Dudley's tasting
The wines of Villa Mt. Eden and Conn Creek in Napa Valley will be featured at a wine tasting Thursday. Southern Wine and Spirits is providing the wines from 6 to 8 p.m. in Dudley's Wine Room. The cost is $25. Hors d'oeuvres will be served.
Wines include Villa Mt. Eden grand reserve pinot noir, Russian River 2007, chardonnay 2006 and cabernet sauvignon 2007; and Conn Creek's St. Helena cabernet 2005, Howell Mountain cabernet 2005 and Mount Veeder cabernet 2005.
Katherine Cotterill from Conn Creek and Villa Mt. Eden will conduct the tasting. Dudley's Restaurant is at 380 South Mill Street. Call (859) 252-1010 or go to www.dudleysrestaurant.com..
There's a new menu at A.P. Roots
A.P. Roots, which serves a number of Kentucky Proud products and grass-fed beef, has a new menu. Included are sausage bites with Vito's Italian and andouille sausages made in Woodford County, Kentucky Ale cheese dip, pulled pork sliders with Mack's spicy barbecue sauce, fried chicken, corned beef and cabbage, vegetable ragu, pork chops, lasagna and pizza. A.P. Roots is at 355 Romany Road. Call (859) 367-6687.
Annette's is throwing a Carnaval
Annette's City Café and Event Center is hosting Carnaval, a celebration of the Brazilian culture featuring authentic fare, music and dancing. The buffet, 7 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, is $40 a person and $75 a couple. There's a $7 cover charge after 10:30 p.m. The café is at 431 Old Vine Street. Call (859) 296-6444 or go to www.annettescatering.com.
It's never too late for Mardi Gras
Natural Bridge State Resort Park at Slade is having a Mardi Gras party Saturday, with Cajun music and Louisiana fare. The buffet features crawfish bisque, Louisiana roast pork loin, shrimp creole, bayou gumbo, and red beans and rice. The cost is $16.95. Hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Call (606) 663-2214 or 1-800 325-1710.
Quirk Café open during renovations
Quirk Café and Coffee, 131 East Main Street in Midway, is undergoing renovations, but it's still open. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Call (859) 846-4688.
General manager Grayson Vandegrift said plans include "refurbishing the cozy basement with its brick floor and stone walls to add more space for Quirk Down Under and opening for dinner in early spring."
The mike is all yours, funny guys or gals
Think you're funny? Head to 805 Allsports Bar & Grill on Friday nights to try your hand at stand-up comedy. Mike Williams is the house emcee, and the microphone is open at 8 p.m. for anyone who wants to perform. The bar is at 805 North Broadway. Call (859) 425-4840.
Their Irish is up all day
Jean Farris Winery & Bistro is having an Irish celebration Saturday. There will be food, music and dancing from the Emerald Isle. The brunch menu offers an Irish fry-up breakfast, house-made scones, steel-cut oats, and lamb stew in a bread bowl topped with toasted mashed potatoes.
The McTeggart Irish Dancers will entertain from 6 to 9 p.m. The dinner menu includes black and white pudding, colcannon, lamb shanks, parsnip and apple soup, and chocolate Irish soda bread pudding with whiskey sauce.
The winery is at 6825 Old Richmond Road. Call (859) 263-9463 or go to www.jeanfarris.com.
Take comfort in buffet offerings
Campbell's in Paris, 519 Main Street, is serving a comfort food buffet at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Featured are chicken and dumplings, meatloaf, winter vegetables and corn bread salad. The cost is $12.95. Call (859) 987-5164 or go to www.campbellsinparis.com.