To drink from a Santa bottom, go to the Miracle Pop-Up Bar at Rye.

Welcome to December and the onslaught of holiday parties. Our city’s restaurateurs are busy with special events designed to thrill your taste buds. Here are a few:

I’ll Take All Three: Be among the first 10 to buy tickets for a special dining experience at Butchertown Grocery and you could win either: West Sixth’s super limited Brandy Barrel Aged Christmas Ale, Copper & King’s 375ml offering of new 3 Marlenas Tequila Barrel Aged Apple Brandy; or $100 to spend at Bobby Benjamin’s popular restaurant. Dates are Dec. 14 and 21, and your $150 ticket includes a five-course Asian-inspired meal, plus brandy and beer selections from beverage director Nic Christiansen. A portion of the meal’s proceeds will be donated to Home of the Innocents.

The Appeal of Repeal: In 1933, America wised up and repealed Prohibition, and we’re still celebrating. Monday is the anniversary of the 21st Amendment, so the Bourbon Society is hosting a party at the Henry Clay from 6 to 9. If it’s your first Bourbon Society event, they’ll let you in free to enjoy food, drink, art and books.  Or, you can celebrate at the same time at Down One Bourbon Bar at a Repeal Day bash sponsored by Angel’s Envy.

No, It’s Not IndiVino: The two area locations of LouVino, operated by Chad and Lauren Coulter, have been a big hit in the Highlands and Middletown. Now, the Coulters are opening a location in Fishers, Ind. Dec. 13. The third location seats 120 inside and 30 on the patio, and, like those in Louisville, will “focus on shareable small plates complemented by approachable yet refined wines.” You can listen to an interview with Chad on EDT podcast #5 here.

Upscale Bake Sale Saturday at C&K: Ever wonder what might happen if 60 local chefs let loose their imaginations in the kitchen to prepare cookies, pies, scones, bread, cakes and candy? You can find out Saturday morning at 10 at the Kentucky chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier (LDEIKY) Bake Sale. Go early, the cookies sold out in an hour last year at Copper & Kings. Sullivan University Hospitality students package the goodies.

‘Tis The Season for Champagne: Brasserie Provence is hosting its 3rd annual five-Course Holiday Champagne Dinner Dec. 8, with wine expert David Dubou of Vintner Select. Highlights include Poached Duck Egg with Hollandaise Sauce, along with Duck Foie Gras Terrine, & Shaved Buttery Asparagus with Fish Roe, and an Asian-inspired Ahi Tuna Steak. A harpist adds to the atmosphere. For reservations, call 502-883-3153. All for $95.

On Tuesday – Bourbon and Cigars at the Levee: Down at John Varanese’s The Levee next Tuesday, you can enjoy a five-course meal with bourbon pairings from Maker’s Mark,

Bobby Benjamin at Lola's. Bill Brymer photo
Bobby Benjamin at Lola’s. Bill Brymer photo

Jim Beam, Knob Creek and Basil Hayden. For $65, you get all that and the chance to enjoy a cigar on the patio. The busy Varanese publicity department also informs us of a Uinta Brewing Co. Beer Dinner the following night at the Varanese location on Frankfort Ave.

Tune in to Rusty: We’ve talked a lot on the EatDrinkTalk podcast about how much we love what Bobby Benjamin has done down at the new Lola’s Lounge, above Butchertown Grocery. Listen in as Bobby explains his vision, and his passion, on the Rusty Satellite Show. It’s available Thursday morning.

 

 

 

 

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