This weekend it's all about celebrating horses, mothers and University of Kentucky graduates.
Restaurants are offering special menus and pricing for Derby Day on Saturday, and UK's commencement and Mother's Day on Sunday, but you'll miss out if you don't make reservations right away. Here are some choices.
Casanova, 855 South Broadway, (859) 309-3313. Mother's Day specials include three new lasagnas (mushroom-spinach-mozzarella, asparagus-zucchini, and meatball-provolone) and raviolis (chicken and lobster).
The Crossroad on Southland, 286 Southland Drive, (859) 309-3904. Derby Day specials are mint juleps for $5; spinach salad with warm bacon vinaigrette, hot Brown with house-smoked turkey and ham, and chocolate-nut pie with minted cream and bourbon caramel. A Derby hat competition offers $75 gift cards for best traditional hat and most bizarre. Entertainment by G. Busy Blues Revue begins at 9 p.m.
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The Dish, 438 South Ashland Avenue, (859) 317-8438. Hours for Mother's Day and UK graduation parties are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Dish has a new spring menu.
Greentree Tearoom, 521 West Short Street, (859) 455-9660. Tea is served for Derby guests and mothers at noon Friday and Saturday, or by appointment. The May menu features chilled fruit soup, asparagus crepe, and chocolate pots de crème.
Hilton Suites, 245 Lexington Green Circle, The Mall at Lexington Green, (859) 271-4000. Mother's Day brunch, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entrees include carved turkey and roast beef, baked fish, shrimp and grits. The price is $35 for adults.
The Julep Cup, 111 Woodland Avenue, in The Woodlands. Call (859) 226-0300. Derby specials Friday and Saturday include burgoo, prime rib and bourbon bread pudding. On Mother's Day, the Julep Cup will be open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. serving roasted spring vegetable and heirloom tomato lasagna, phyllo-wrapped Alaskan halibut, and sautéed veal scallopini.
Lovers Leap Winery, 1180 Lanes Mill Road, Lawrenceburg, (502) 839-1299. Celebrate the Derby quietly at the winery. Take a picnic and watch the races on the banquet room's big screen TV. Reserve your own table with first beverage included for $5.
Natasha's Bistro and Bar, 112 Esplanade, (859) 259-2754. A Mother's Day festival of food banquet will be followed by a matinee performance of the play Adventures in Mating, an interactive romantic comedy inspired by choose-your-own-adventure novels. Lunch is at 11:30 a.m., show time is 2:15 p.m. The cost is $25 for both, or $19 for lunch.
Onizim's, 735 East Main Street, (859) 266-9000. Derby party, 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, is $35. The seafood, steak and chicken buffet includes barbecued chicken, boiled shrimp and grilled steak.
Portofino, 249 East Main Street, (859) 253-9300. Sunday hours have been extended for Mother's Day and UK commencement. Hours are noon to 9 p.m. Large parties can be accommodated.
Serafini, 243 West Broadway, Frankfort, (502) 875-5599. Mother's Day dinner will be served noon to 6 p.m. with full cocktail service plus its Wine Spectator award-winning wine list.
Three Suns Bistro, 298 East Brannon Road, Nicholasville, (859) 245-0048. The Mother's Day brunch buffet, 11:30 to 3 p.m., features prime rib, braised pork chops, tilapia and crab Napoleon, and pecan-fried chicken. The price is $26.95 for adults.
Triangle Grille, 369 West Vine Street, in the Hilton Lexington/Downtown, (859) 281-3773. Mother's Day brunch buffet, noon to 3 p.m. features omelet and pasta stations, carved prime rib, breakfast items. It's $29.95 for adults.
Openings and closings
■ Brown's Bakery has a new, and smaller, location. James Brown closed the spot on West Main Street, in Meadowthorpe, and now is at 1226 Versailles Road. "We're scaling down and not making any more yeast products," he said. "No more doughnuts." Brown now will specialize in cakes, cupcakes and individual desserts. Call (859) 948-2352.
■ Bar Louie Lexington, 161 Lexington Green Circle, will close its doors Saturday night. The bar opened in November 2008. Call (859) 273-7985.
Farmers market report
■ Bluegrass Farmers' Market will have asparagus, Derby mint, lettuce, greens, rhubarb, carrots, onions, herb seasoning, jams, baked goods, honey and plants. The market is open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 3450 Richmond Road. Visit Localharvest.org/blog/29529.
■ Botanica garden center, 6327 Old Richmond Road, is having an open house from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Pick up vegetable plants, herb baskets, and spring wreaths. Bring a canned food item for Lighthouse Ministry and get 10 percent off purchases. Call (859) 806-9424.