It's almost here. Chef Jonathan Lundy's collection of his best recipes is now in book form and will arrive from the publisher Dec. 15.
If you would like to pre-order Jonathan's Bluegrass Table, at $35, go to www.jagp.info.
Lundy is chef/owner of Jonathan's at Gratz Park, 120 West Second Street.
Thanksgiving fun and food
Here's a roundup of Thanksgiving meals, parties and carry-out.
■ Sports celebrities Pookie Jones and Austin Kearns will be guest bartenders at Merrick Inn on Wednesday. Wayne Whitehouse will entertain at the Turkey Eve Bash. Dickie Lyons Jr. will tend bar at Murray's on Wednesday for the Get Your Gobble On party. Plan B will entertain. Partial proceeds from both events will go to the Lexington Firefighters toy drive. Merrick Inn is at 1074 Merrick Drive; call (859) 269-5417. Murray's is at 3955 Harrodsburg Road; call (859) 219-9922. Go to www.murrays-merrick.com.
■ Country Cookin' by George, 1801 Alexandria Drive, will be open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. The buffet includes turkey and dressing, baked ham, barbecued ribs, fried chicken and fish. The cost is $8.95. Call (859) 276 0001.
■ Petra Mediterranean Bar and Grill, 116 Marketplace Drive, will serve a lunch buffet from 1 to 5 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. Cost is $25. Call (859) 272-0044. Belly dancer Rurik Amari will perform at 8 p.m. today.
■ Tommy Walters' Furlongs Catering Co. will fry, bake or smoke Thanksgiving turkeys. Walters also offers whole dinner packages. Call (859) 913-5611.
■ Tinker's Cake Shop, 109 Springdale Drive, Nicholasville, is making pumpkin cheesecake and a variety of cakes and cookies. Call (859) 224-0639 or go to www.tinkerscakeshop.com.
■ EarthSave Lexington's 13th annual turkey-free Thanksgiving will be 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday at Unitarian Universalist Church, 3564 Clays Mill Road. Guests are to bring a vegan dish, and restaurant chefs will prepare veggie succotash and rice, West African peanut stew and vegan lasagna. Tickets, $5 with a vegan dish or $10 without, are available at Good Foods Market & Café, 455 Southland Drive. Call (859) 278-1813 or (859) 266-9990, or go to www.earthsave.org.
■ Corky's Ribs & BBQ has 12- to 14-pound smoked turkeys for $39.99, available for pickup from 10 a.m. to noon Thanksgiving Day at 130 West Tiverton Way. Call (859) 272-7675 or the Hamburg store at (859) 264-7675.
■ Wallace Station, 3854 Old Frankfort Pike in Midway, is offering a holiday dinner for takeout for $23.95 a person. The order deadline is 4 p.m. Sunday. Orders may be picked up 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday. Call (859) 846-5161.
■ Campbell's in Paris, 519 Main Street, will serve a traditional buffet from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. Cost is $28.95. Call (859) 987-5164. Campbell's Saturday buffet begins at 6:30 p.m. Featured are chicken piccata and cranberry-stuffed pork loin. Cost is $14.95.
■ The Julep Cup, 111 Woodland Avenue, is preparing a take-out meal for six for $75. A single meal is $16. Reservations deadline is 2 p.m. Tuesday. Pickup is 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Call (859) 226-0300 or go to www.thejulepcup.com.
■ Akielo Temple Daughters of the Nile Marching Patrol will have a spaghetti dinner from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at Oleika Shrine Temple, 326 Southland Drive. Tickets, $7, are available at the door.
■ Great Harvest Bread Co.'s holiday open house will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Locations are Palomar Centre, (859) 223-7603, and Idle Hour Shopping Center, (859) 266-2915.
■ Lovers Leap Vineyards and Winery, 1180 Lanes Mill Road, Lawrenceburg, is having a Taste of the Holiday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Kentucky Proud vendors include Houston's dressings and sauces, Cellar Door chocolates, Bruce's beer cheese, Sapori d'Italia, Nancy's Fancy, Mom Blakeman's pulled candy, Bauer's Candies, Chipotle Chicks, Steve's Ready Dip, Tastefully Simple and Screamin' Mimi's salsa. Call (502) 839-1299 or go to www.loversleapvineyardky.com.