Food & Drink

Portofino offers whiskey lovers a rare dining, drinking opportunity

Portofino restaurant owner Wayne Masterman has assembled a tasting of Buffalo Trace Distillery's Antique Collection of limited-release whiskeys.

"All of these products are carefully allocated; some are unavailable in the retail market, while others are relegated to collector and cult status for sale on eBay and the like," Masterman said.

The five-course bourbon dinner, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, will offer the bourbons and rye whiskeys to drink as well as a component of each course. Chef Nat Tate's selections begin with an amuse-bouche of Sazarac granita and Buffalo Trace crab dashi, followed by an arugula salad with Humboldt Fog goat cheese and Eagle Rare dressing. The shrimp and grits will be New Orleans-style, and the veal cheeks are served with a Thomas Handy demi-glace. The dessert is "race day tartlet" with William LaRue Weller caramel sauce.

The cost is $79. Portofino is at 249 East Main Street. Call (859) 253-9300.

Serving spaghetti

The Oleika Shrine Center Legion of Honor will have its annual spaghetti dinner 5 to 9 p.m. Friday at Oleika Shrine Center, 326 Southland Drive. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children. Proceeds go to the veterans' organization of the Shriners.

5 courses with Italian wines

Jonathan at Gratz Park, 120 West Second Street, will have an Italian wine-pairing dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Call (859) 252-4949. The cost is $60 for the five-course meal, featuring wines from Albino Rocca of Piedmont and Fontaleoni of Tuscany.

A limit on Sunday night supper

The Julep Cup, 111 Woodland Avenue, is open Sunday nights through May. Dinner is served from 5 to 9 p.m., and brunch is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call (859) 226-0300 or go to www.thejulepcup.com.

Go online at Mulligan's

Mulligan's Gardenside Café, 1804 Alexandria Drive, now offers Wi-Fi access. The restaurant will be open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. March 17, St. Patrick's Day, serving corned beef and cabbage, shepherd's pie, and fish and chips, for $8.95. Call (859) 277-0071.

Rib-eyes for March Madness

Country Cookin' by George, 1801 Alexandria Drive, is celebrating March Madness with a rib-eye dinner special. An 8-ounce steak with a salad bar and vegetable buffet is $7.95 through the end of the month. Call (859) 276-000.

See all the seafood

Thai Orchid Café, 1030 South Broadway, will have a seafood feast through Easter. Included are buttered and garlic shrimp, ginger shrimp hot pot, coconut curry shrimp, panang curry with salmon, and spicy chili fish. Call (859) 288-2170 or go to www.thaiorchidcafe.net.

Brunch, New Orleans style

Furlongs, 735 East Main Street, now serves a New Orleans brunch Saturday and Sunday. Menu selections include oysters Benedict, Cajun omelet and bananas Foster pancakes. Furlongs opens at 11 a.m. Call (859) 266-9000 or go to www.furlongs.com.

Feed those cupcake cravings

Mint-chocolate chip and chocolate mousse are the cupcake flavors of the month at Brown's Bakery, 1397 West Main Street. Also available in March are shamrock cookies. Call (859) 225-8400 or go to www.brownbakery.com.

The fish is in the fryer

Fish Fry Friday returns to Wallace Station. The restaurant, 385 Old Frankfort Pike, in Woodford County, serves beer-soaked catfish, fries and hush puppies for $10.95. Potato salad, cole slaw and a special catch of the day also are available. Hours are 5 to 8 p.m. Take-out is available. Call (859) 846-5161.

Bd's on the bayou

Bd's Mongolian Grill is bringing the taste of the bayou to its restaurants. The Bourbon Street Bash promotion runs through March 28. Guests may make their own "ragin' Cajun" duck, andouille and chicken ragu, and shrimp Creole. Other new items are turkey and sausage gumbo, bread pudding, and a chocolate mousse mini dessert with caramel and pecans. Bd's is at 2309 Sir Barton Way in Hamburg. Call (859) 264-0686 or go to www.gomongo.com.

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