Food & Drink

Sharon Thompson's Tidbits: Red Mango Yogurt opens at Hamburg

Sharon Thompson
Sharon Thompson

The new Red Mango Yogurt & Smoothies store is a little hard to find at Hamburg Place, but it's worth the search.

The address is 2304 Sir Barton Way, but you'll have to wander back behind Versona Accessories and Altar'd State to find the self-serve yogurt shop.

This is the first Kentucky store for the Dallas-based chain, which also offers fresh fruit smoothies, fruit and yogurt parfaits, and frozen coffee drinks. The chain was founded five years ago and now has about 200 stores.

Hours at the Lexington store are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. Call (859) 373-0099 or go to

Special events

■ Hank Shaw, a James Beard Award-winning chef, will be at Azur Restaurant at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Shaw, author of Duck, Duck Goose, will join the Azur chefs for the November Chef Series dinner. The cost is $50. Azur is at 3070 Lakecrest Circle in Beaumont. Call (859) 296-1007 or go to The menu features bourbon-spiked duck-wing burgoo, crispy duck rillettes and grill-roasted duck breast stuffed with chorizo.

■ On Friday, Bourbon n' Toulouse, 829 Euclid Avenue, will donate 20 percent of sales to the Free to Breathe Lung Cancer 5K Run/Walk on Nov. 16. Call (859) 335-0300 or go to

Gluten Free Lexington is having a holiday feast at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Tates Creek Country Club ballroom, 1400 Gainesway Drive. The gluten-free menu includes Heavenly Ham turkeys and hams, corn bread dressing, broccoli casserole, corn pudding and pumpkin pie from Whole Foods Market. Tickets are $10. Go to

Grimes Mill Winery, 6707 Grimes Mill Road, will celebrate the soon-to-open new bridge on Grimes Mill Road, near the winery. Visitors have had to make a detour to the winery, and the "No Bridge Between Us" celebration will be 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday. Entertainment will be provided by fiddler Ron Penn and banjoist Tanner Jones. Call (859) 549-9691.

Oliva Bella has received the holiday shipment of its 8-year-old aged Balsamico, available in 1-ounce and 4-ounce bottles. Samples will be available noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Wine + Market, 486 West Second Street.

Akielo Temple Marching Patrol will have a spaghetti dinner 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at Oleika Shrine Temple, 326 Southland Drive. The menu features spaghetti with meat sauce, salad, garlic bread, drink and dessert. The cost is $7, $4 for children 10 and younger.

Cobar Cantina at Coba Cocina, 2041 Richmond Road, is hosting Nonprofit Nights during November. On the second floor of Coba Cocina, Cobar serves small plates and drinks. Nonprofit organizations will receive 25 percent of nightly proceeds 4 to 10 p.m. on specific nights.

Here's the schedule for this week: Friday, Community Action Council; Saturday, Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras; Sunday and Monday, Tates Creek Presbyterian Church; Tuesday, Lexington Humane Society; Wednesday, Bluegrass Greensource; Nov. 14, Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence; and Nov. 15, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Bluegrass. Call (859) 523-8484 or go to

■ Sondra Strunk, owner of Sondra's Wine Creations, will offer samples of her wine jellies and wine candy for holiday shoppers. Strunk will be at Larry Mac's Beer Cheese Shop, 3101 Clays Mill Road, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday; from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 30, she will be at the Country Art and Craft Fair at First Vineyard, 5800 Sugar Creek Pike in Nicholasville.

■ On Monday, Veteran's Day, Bob Evans restaurants will honor veterans with free all-you-can-eat hotcakes. Veterans and active military personnel must show a valid military ID. Locations are at

Nick Ryan's chefs Joe Hall and James South, both combat veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom, are preparing special entrees for Veteran's Day on Monday. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project, which provides support to injured veterans. The chefs will prepare "A General's Feast" of steak and lobster and a "Ranger" bread pudding. Call (859) 233-7900 or go to The restaurant is at 157 Jefferson Street.

Holiday menus

Staxx BBQ, 11 Carson Place in Frankfort, will cook holiday turkeys and hams. Turkeys and turkey breasts may be ordered smoked or fried; the spiral hams are smoked. Thanksgiving orders may be picked up 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 27 or 8 to 10 a.m. Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28. Call (502) 352-2515.

Barnes & Noble Café, 1932 Pavillon Way in Hamburg, is selling whole cheesecakes for holiday parties and family dinners. Flavors are pumpkin, original New York style, Godiva triple chocolate and red velvet. Each cheesecake is $40 and serves 14. Call (859) 543-8518 and ask for the café.