Food & Drink

Tidbits: A contest for Napoleon Dynamite

Love those tater tots? Prove it.

Bar Louie is having its second annual "Rock the Tot" tater tot eating contest on Thursday. The person who eats the most tater tots in six minutes will be declared the local "Rock the Tot" champion; after the results from 51 other Bar Louie contests are tallied, a national champion will be named.

Each of the 52 regional champions will receive a $250 Bar Louie gift card, a party for as many as 20 friends and free tater tots for a year. Participants may register at 7:30 p.m.; the contest will begin at 8.

Bar Louie is in The Mall at Lexington Green, 161 Lexington Green Circle. Call (859) 273-7985 or go to

Help celebrate with lots of cakes

Lexington Children's Theatre is celebrating its 70th anniversary with a birthday bash from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Joseph-Beth Booksellers.

A competition for bakeries and pastry chefs will feature cakes themed around titles of children's books that LCT has presented as plays and musicals. For a $5 donation, a guest receives a cake judging ballot and the opportunity to sample the cakes. Participating bakeries include Nom Nom's Masterpiece Cakery, Mondelli's, Magee's, Desserts by Rebecca, The Twisted Sifter, Custom Cakes by Crystal, The Fairy Cake Mother, Brown's Bakery, Mama's Cakery, Amry Cake Design, Bluegrass Barkery and Made by Maria.

Joseph-Beth is in The Mall at Lexington Green, 161 Lexington Green Circle. Call (859) 273-2911.

Italian dinner by the platter

If you're looking for a place to take the family, try Vito's Café, 654 Highland Avenue in Fort Thomas. On Sunday evenings, the café offers Italian-style family platters. Included are spaghetti and meatballs, veal Marsala, shrimp Puccini and rigatoni Bolognese. Call (859) 442-9444 or go to

Smokin' music and meat

Dave McCauley's Big Blue Q mobile smoker grill will be in front of CD Central on Saturday. The menu includes pulled-pork sandwiches and nachos to go along with the live bands that will perform. The event begins at noon. CD Central is at 377 South Limestone. Call (859) 233-3472 or go to

Bakery whips up Derby delights

Brown's Bakery, 1397 West Main Street, is gearing up for the Derby, making bourbon chocolate pies (9-inch and 3-inch minis) mint julep chocolate cupcakes and jockey silk sugar cookies. Call (859) 225-8400 or go to

Winchester farm market reopens

Beech Springs Farm Market is open for the season. The market, 4776 Old Boonesboro Road in Winchester, sells locally and regionally grown produce, flowers and plants from Kentucky greenhouses, and salad dressings, barbecue sauces, jams and jellies. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Call John and Mary Beth Hendricks at (859) 749-2776.

Ramsey's makes it to 20

The first Ramsey's Diner opened April 20, 1989, at 496 East High Street. It's probably the only place in town that hasn't changed much in 20 years — except for some remodeling after a fire and repairs after a car crashed into the building. Ramsey's still offers "meat & three" for one price. Call (859) 259-2708. Other locations are at 4391 Old Harrodsburg Road, (859) 219-1626; 4053 Tates Creek Center, (859) 271-2638; and 3090 Helmsdale Place, (859) 264-9396.

The drink is free at O'Charley's

O'Charley's Restaurants are giving away made-from-scratch strawberry lemonade on Wednesday. It's in honor of administrative professionals, but the offer is available to everyone. If you can't make it, you can pick up a coupon this week that will be redeemable Monday through April 24.

Papa John's starts rewards program

Lexington is one of the first cities to participate in a new loyalty program from Papa John's. The Papa's Points program awards one point for every $5 spent at Papa John's; 25 points gets you a free pizza.

Just follow the new recipes

The East Up! Asian Sensations promotion at bd's Mongolian Grill offers six new recipe cards for customers to create their own stir-fry entrees. The restaurant is at 2309 Sir Barton Way. Call (859) 264-0686 or go to