Keep your eyes on 219 North Limestone, where Sorella Gelateria is expected to open any day now. Co-owner Selma Sulejmanagic, who is opening the shop with her sister, Alma Kajtazovic, hope to open by the weekend, but it might be early December. A native of Bosnia, Sulejmanagic trained in Italy to learn the craft of making gelato and plans to offer a dozen fresh flavors daily, from noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Call 859-797-0085 for more information.
“I love gelato. We grew up eating it more than ice cream,” Sulejmanagic said. “We’re going to have chocolate, strawberry and maybe a peanut butter all the time. A lot of the Sayre kids said they would love to have peanut butter. ... Some will be seasonal. In the summer, we hope to have something new, something fun.”
▪ Holly Hill Inn, 426 North Winter Street in Midway, is open daily in December for its annual holiday luncheon. The restaurant, decorated for the Christmas season, also is open Wednesday through Saturday for dinner. Chef Ouita Michel has created an Italian holiday menu for the season. Reservations are available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch and beginning at 5:30 p.m. for dinner. Group and private room reservations are available for lunch or dinner. The menu also is available at Sunday brunch. The cost for prix fixe lunch or brunch is $20. Prix fixe dinner begins at $45. Call 859-846-4732 or go to Hollyhillinn.com for more information.
▪ Greentree Tearoom, 521 West Short Street, will have tomato bisque, cranberry and white chocolate scone with Fayette cream, chicken cordon bleu with mornay sauce, parmesan tomato rounds, cucumber-dill and ham salad tea sandwiches, almond tea cookies, Kentucky bourbon balls and jam cake, with assam tea for $19.95 a person. For December, the tearoom will serve at noon Tuesdays and 3 p.m. Saturdays in addition to the regular seatings at noon Wednesday through Saturday. Book early, especially for groups. Reservations are required; call 859-455-9660.
▪ In conjunction with Light Up Bardstown, Barton 1792 Distillery give lantern-lit tours of the distillery on Nov. 27. After the official lighting of the City of Bardstown and the Christmas tree on Court Square, Barton 1792 Distillery, 501 Cathedral Manor, will serve complimentary hot cocoa and holiday refreshments in the distillery’s visitor center. The tours are free and will begin every 30 minutes from 7 to 9 p.m. Call 502-331-4879 for more information.
▪ On Dec. 3 Buffalo Trace Distillery, 113 Great Buffalo Trace in Frankfort, will host the Lighting of the Trace, a drive through the distillery illuminated by 110,000 lights. Enter at the traffic light on Wilkinson Boulevard at Fair Oaks Lane. The event opens at 6 p.m., and lights go on at 7 p.m. This free display will feature Santa and carols sung by the Kentucky State University Choir. Candlelight tours are offered. Santa will be available in the visitors center from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 11, 12, 18 and 19. The light display is open from dusk to 11 p.m. through Jan. 2.
▪ Wild Thyme Cooking School, 1060 Chinoe Road, will have a Black Friday sale on cutlery, cookware, holiday-themed kitchen apparel, platters, gadgets, and more for the foodie on your list. Buy a $100 gift card and get $25 free. A custom gift basket with fresh-baked goodies also is available. Call 859-523-2665 for more information.
▪ Grimes Mill Winery, 6707 Grimes Mill Road, will have a chocolate and wine pairing from 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 6, featuring a flight of wine served with chocolates made by Heavenly Confectionery of Lexington. Chocolates will be available to buy for the holidays. The cost is $10. Make reservations at 859-543-9691.
▪ Bour-Bon, 616 Main Street in Paris, stopped dinner and brunch service on Nov. 8 but will continue special events, stage presentations and private dining. Owner, chef and actor Joseph Clay said reservations for the Christmas show The Spirit of Mistletoe, scheduled for Dec. 18, 19, 22 and 23, are available. “For the future, we will do more dinner shows and gastronomic nights for special holidays like New Year’s Eve evening with dinner, dancing and entertainment,” Clay said. For more information on renting the venue for a private party or tickets for performances, go to Bour-bon.com.
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