Food & Drink

Bubble tea has arrived in Lexington

If you're planning to treat friends to a holiday luncheon or tea, try the new Honnah-Lee Bubble Tea, a tea bar in the ShambroLa Bookstore and Gallery, 208 West Maxwell Street.

Bubble tea is a sweet beverage that usually contains tea mixed with fruit, fruit syrup or milk.

"Although many people in our area have still never heard of bubble tea, those who have seem to love it and know it is widely popular across the country and especially in larger cities like New York and Chicago," manager Heidi Radden said.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday. Call (859) 259-0002.

Holiday events

Bourbon n' Toulouse's GoodGiving Guide Day is 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday. The restaurant at 829 Euclid Avenue will donate 20 percent of sales to support 58 local charities that are involved in the inaugural GoodGiving Guide. There also will be two electronic donation stations so customers can go online and donate to their favorite charity. The GoodGiving Guide is a joint effort between Smiley Pete Publishing and the Bluegrass Community Foundation. Go to

■ Celebrate a Cajun Christmas at Chateau du Vieux Corbeau Winery in Danville on Saturday. Andre Brousseau will read the Cajun version of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas at 1:30 p.m. He also will talk about growing up in Louisiana's bayous and swamps. Winemaker Dominique Brousseau will guide a tour of the wine cellar at 2 p.m. The winery is at 471 Stanford Avenue. Call (859) 236-1808 or (859) 236-1775.

■ During the holidays, customers at Iron Chef, 3090 Old Todds Road, will receive a $5 gift card with a $30 food purchase. Call (859) 264-0155.

■ Perryville tea blender and writer Bruce Richardson will sign copies of his latest book, The Book of Tea, during a holiday open house at MonTea in Chevy Chase. He will be at the store at 814 Euclid Avenue from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday. MonTea stocks about 80 teas imported and blended by Richardson. Call MonTea at (859) 268-8327 or Richardson at (859) 332-2400.

Shorty's: The Urban Market, 163 West Short Street, will have a holiday luxury wine tasting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. The cost is $20, or $35 a couple. Call (859) 309-3810or e-mail Shorty's and Shorty's Cellar 157 will have an open house 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 10. There will be food and wine tastings, Christmas baskets for sale, and live music. Weekly wine tastings from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursdays offer six wines.

Windy Corner Market, 4595 Bryan Station Road, will have its second annual holiday bazaar from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Vendors include Berries on Bryan Station, Country Rock Sorghum, Holly Hill Inn Christmas kitchen baskets, Oliva Bella olive oils, cookbook author Rona Roberts, Three Springs Farm, Kentucky Specialty Sauces, Kathy Werking's SoapWerks, and glass painter Gary Wright. Call (859) 294-9338 or go to

Wines on Vine, 400 Old Vine Street, will have a winter beer tasting 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Fort Collins Brewery will be one of the new craft beers presented. The cost is $20. Call (859) 243 0017.

Sunflower Sundries Farm will have an open house to celebrate its 20th anniversary. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. "You'll find a fire in the wood stove with a pot of ham-bone bean soup and a skillet of fresh-ground corn bread cooking on top to greet you upon your arrival," owner Jennifer Gleason said. The farm is at 5021 Dividing Ridge in Mount Olivet. Call (606) 763-6827 or go to


■ On Friday, Fayette County Public Schools is offering a local lunch option at Russell Cave Elementary School to educate students about the benefits of supporting local farms and businesses. The lunch will be served on the hot line at no extra charge. The cost is $3.50 for adults, $2 for siblings not in school. Call (859) 381-3837 or (859) 381-3573.

Jonathan at Gratz Park, 120 West Second Street, will have a wine dinner Sunday featuring wines from Vanguard. The focus is on value, restaurateur Jonathan Lundy said. The cost is $75. Call (859) 252-4949.

■ The South Limestone Association of Merchants will have "Rally Time on Lime" on Friday. Businesses will have special hours, events, and pricing. Kennedy Book Store has extended hours until 7 p.m. Pazzo's Pizza Pub will have half-price appetizers beginning at 4 p.m. Go to

■ The American Culinary Federation, Bluegrass Chapter, will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at Locust Trace AgriScience Farm, 242 Locust Farm Road, off Leestown Road. There will be a tour of the farm; the meeting is open to the public. Go to

■ When Casanova owner Leo Cappuzzuto vacationed in Capri, Italy, last summer, he ate a lot of branzino (European sea bass). "I always loved this fish, which is the favorite fish in Naples. I finally found the way to get it fresh from the Mediterranean Sea," he said. The branzino will be cooked in the same way it is in Naples, called "acqua pazza." Casanova, at 855 South Broadway, is accepting reservations for Christmas parties. Call (859) 309-3313.

Farmers market report

Lexington Farmers Market will move indoors Saturday to the atrium of Victorian Square. Vendors will have beets, turnips, carrots, fresh greenery for decorating, beeswax candles and ornaments, and sheep-milk soaps. Market hours are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.