Food & Drink

Sharon Thompson: $1,500 martini helps fight breast cancer

Sharon Thompson
Sharon Thompson

Lexington's most expensive martini has quite a sparkle.

Shelia Bayes, owner of Shelia Bayes Fine Jewelers, and restaurateur Debbie Long, owner of Dudley's on Short, are teaming up to offer a martini with a price tag of — drum roll, please — $1,500.

During October, when you order the custom-crafted martini at Dudley's, you'll receive a 0.5-karat diamond necklace.

You also will be helping a local charity, Horses and Hope. A portion of the proceeds goes to the organization, which works to help prevent and treat breast cancer among Kentucky horse industry workers and their families.

Dudley's on Short is at 259 West Short Street; call (859) 252-1010 or go to Shelia Bayes Fine Jewelers is at 410 West Vine Street; call (859) 225-4043 or go to

Special events

West Sixth Brewing is holding its second annual Oktoberfest celebration, 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday. As part of the "Sixth for a Cause" series, 6 percent of proceeds from the event will go to FoodChain, a non-profit indoor urban farm that is raising tilapia in tanks and growing leafy greens.

West Sixth will introduce its new pumpkin ale, a single-batch beer made with 80 pounds of local pumpkins grown by farmer Ben Abell and cooked by the staff at Smithtown Seafood. It's a cross between a brown ale and a porter, flavored with cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and allspice, the brewery says.

FoodChain will be selling Oktoberfest beer steins as a fundraiser and offering tours. Go to

■ Lexington's newest craft brewery, Blue Stallion Brewing, is celebrating Oktoberfest through Sunday. The company's focus is on German-style lagers. It's at 610 West Third Street, at Newtown Pike. Call 1-877-928-2337 or go to

Willisburg Bakery and Deli, 89 Chaplin Road in Willisburg, is having its third customer appreciation day Wednesday. Guests will be treated to homemade ice cream and product samples, and there will be a 10 percent discount on jar goods. The store recently added a bakery, which offers salt-rising and sourdough breads, doughnuts and muffins. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call (859) 375-9266.

New menus, specials

Bakery Blessings & Bookstore @ the Bar, 1999 Harrodsburg Road, is adding fiesta corn chowder to its menu for October. Chef/owner Jan Sullivan is taking orders for holiday cakes and pies. Fresh doughnuts are available Saturdays beginning at 10 a.m. Call (859) 554-6044.

House Food & Wine, 207 South Limestone, is expanding its menu and now offers Saturday and Sunday brunch. Brunch hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. On Tuesdays, diners can order two entrees, a bottle of wine and one dessert for $40. Call (859) 379-8207 or go to

■ Weekend specials at The Grey Goose, 170 Jefferson Street, are tomato basil pizza and grilled pork tenderloin marinated in apple cider. Call (859) 233-1500 or go to

Farmers market report

■ Shoppers at Bluegrass Farmers Market are entertained weekly by Two Old Troubadours, Roger Bauer on the fiddle and Clay Naylor doing the vocals and guitar, "provided it's not raining." This week, farmers will have tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, green beans, potatoes, peppers, eggplant, melons, lamb, goat, chicken, beef, pork, baked goods, herb seasoning, pimento cheese, jams, wheatberries, eggs, cut flowers, pumpkins and bittersweet. Go to