Local restaurants and stores are getting ready for Christmas, with special sweets for the season to take home or to a party.
■ You can learn to make Italian Christmas bread 1 p.m. Thursday from Dr. Philip DeSimone. The lesson is free and at the Markey Cancer Center, room 306 of Whitney-Hendrickson Building.
■ Bluegrass Baking Co., 3101 Clays Mill Road, is doing Christmas baking for you, including two German Christmas stollen — one with marzipan, both with dried fruits and almonds. $11-14 each. Also, buche de noel, sponge cake with chocolate butter cream, decorated with marzipan to look like yule log. $30. Call (859) 296-0581. Orders recommended; treats, as well as dinner rolls, pies, breads and breakfast pastries should be available until Christmas Eve. Hours 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Christmas Eve.
■ European Delights Gourmet Bakery, 221 East Brannon Rd. in Nicholasville, also has holiday baked goods including buche de noel, cranberry cheesecake, cranberry walnut tart, caramel pecan cheesecake, stollen bread, and rainbow cookies. Call (859)271-7000.
■ Need seafood? Lexington Seafood, 867 E. High St., is taking holiday orders for oysters, lobsters, shrimp and smoked salmon. Open Tuesday and Wednesday 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; call (859) 266-8888.
■ Smithtown Seafood chef Jonathan Sanning will serve a traditional Feast of the Seven Fishes on Friday. Menu features fresh seafood such as spear-caught flounder, calamari and white shrimp. The feast is a holiday tradition and a culinary tribute to the Bible's seven sacraments. The feast will begin at 7 p.m. at West Sixth Brewing Co., 501 West Sixth St. Seating is limited to 50; $65 a person, which includes a specially paired and brewed West Sixth Brewing beer tasting with each course. Call (859) 303-4100 for reservations.
■ Tonight, the Bourbon Belle Society, The Bourbon Review and Belle's Cocktail House, 156 Market St., will host Southern Living author Morgan Murphy, for a holiday cocktail party and book signing featuring his release, Bourbon & Bacon. Chef Allison Davis, owner of Wild Thyme Cooking School & Catering, will serve hors d'oeuvres featuring bites inspired by the book. The event is from 6:30 to 8 p.m.; $15 per person or $25 per couple. Signed copy of Bourbon & Bacon is $25. For more info, Bourbonbellesociety.com.
■ Food News & Chews will discuss heritage foods, including corn and ham, on KET, 12:30 p.m. Thursday. Chef Jeremy Ashby and Sylvia Lovely talk with Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and Bourbon & Bacon author Morgan Murphy. Will air again at 9:30 p.m. Thursday and at 9:30 a.m. Saturday on KETKY.