Oliva Bella is opening space at its new tasting room for community gatherings.
"We want it to be a place where people come for great food, great camaraderie, and to interact with one another over food and drink," co-owner Lea Ann Vessels said.
The first Community Table, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, will feature author Nikky Finney, winner of the National Book Award for her book of poetry Head Off and Split. Finney will read from her book and will hold an interactive conversation with Marta Miranda on the meaning of community and the importance of building it. Tickets are $15 and include a selection of Italian antipasti prepared by Chef Lisa Laufer.
Also, Oliva Bella, 400 Old Vine Street, will have its seventh annual customer appreciation party and holiday open house 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Call (859) 983-3567.
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■ Akielo No. 128 Daughters of the Nile Pageantry Dance Unit will have its annual pancake breakfast with Santa on Saturday at Oleika Shrine Center, 326 Southland Drive. Hours are 8 a.m. to noon. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children younger than 10. Tickets can be bought at the door.
■ Grimes Mill Winery, 6707 Grimes Mill Road, will have a holiday open house 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday. There will be wines for sampling and hors d'oeuvres. Call (859) 543-9691 or go to Grimesmillwinery.com.
■ Hanna's on Lime, 214 South Limestone, will serve its annual pre-holiday dinner Wednesday. The menu features turkey, dressing, gravy and fresh cranberries, plus one side for $7.95. Lunch is served 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and delivery is available. Call (859) 269-6458. Parking is available in the Calvary church lot next to the restaurant.
■ On Thursday, Heirloom Restaurant in Midway will donate 20 percent of its sales to Central Kentucky Radio Eye, a reading service for people who are unable to read the printed word. Heirloom is at 125 East Main Street. Call (859) 846-5565 or go to Heirloommidway.com.
■ Underdogs Bar & Grill, 805 North Broadway, is having a grand opening party at 4 p.m. Sunday, and offering samples of pork, chicken, turkey, brisket, ribs, and sausages — straight from the giant smoker. The restaurant, in the former Buffalo & Dad's spot, serves a lunch buffet 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday for $6.95. The dinner special for December is a 12-ounce rib-eye for $9.95. Call (859) 281-1116.
■ Leonardo's Café, 120 East Main Street, has added three traditional Italian soups to its menu: minestrone, wedding soup, and Italian chili. Call (859) 226-0147.
■ Marikka's, 411 Southland Drive, is offering German specialties for the holidays: Schweinehaxen with sauerkraut and mashed potatoes for $15.95, and Black Forest cake for $1.99. Call (859) 275-1925.
■ This holiday season, Abuelo's Mexican Restaurant, 3395 Nicholasville Road, in Fayette Mall, is serving a dessert called capirotada. Abuelo's version of bread pudding is priced at $1.99 through Dec. 31. It's served warm, with a traditional cream sauce and vanilla ice cream. Call (859) 971-0922.
■ Saul Good Restaurant & Pub is offering its popular pizza in lunchtime portions. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., pizzas range from $6.59 to $7.99. Included are cheese, veggie, Parisian, Mexican and Thai. Locations are 3801 Mall Road, (859) 273-4663; and 1808 Alysheba Way, (859) 317-9200. Go to Saulgoodpub.com.