There are usually so many intersting, worthwhile, entertaining and even educational dining events going on around town that you need a calendar to to let you know just what will be going on. So here goes, for the week beginning Monday, Dec. 12:

  • Tuesday, Dec. 13, 6:30 p.m.  Varanese, 2106 Frankfort Ave. will join with The Wine Rack, Frankfort Ave., to present a Treasury Estate “Around the World” wine dinner. John Varanese’s 6-course dinner will be paired with wine from Treasury Wine Estates’ well-known brands, including Beringer, Penfolds, and Campo Alegre.

   Both the dishes and the wines will be drawn from a world-spanning array. Wines will include a rosé from France, a Chardonnay from California, a pinot noir from New Zealand and a Cabernet-Shiras fdrom Australia.

The dishes will range from a French tartine to a cioppino from San Francisco and a Spanish torta, and finishing with an Italian panna cotta for dessert.

The meal and wine pairings will be $65. Call (502) 899-9904

  • Brandy and beer dinner at Butchertown Grocery, Wednesday, Dec. 14 and Wednesday, Dec. 21 at 6 p.m. to benefit Home of the Innocents.

Executive chef Bobby Benjamin will prepare a 6-course Asian-inspired menu to be paired with  Copper & Kings brandy and West Sixth beer selections, including brandy and beer cocktails crafted by Butchertown Grocery beverage director Nic Christiansen.

Only 10 seats are available each night. $40 of the $150 dinner will be donated to Home of the Innocents. The meal will include pork dumplings, spring rolls with peanut sauce, hamachi sashimi, Peking duck and spiced Japanese cake with ice cream and caramel corn.

Call 502-742-8315 or email

  • Sunday, Dec. 18 and Monday, Dec. 19, Seviche’s December dinner and a movie will be “A Christmas Story,” shown at 6 p.m. The 5-course dinner (with wine pairings) will include a “breakfast” egg with black truffle and house bacon, “meatloaf #1” (a country paté) and meatloaf #2” (made with veal), “Chinese turkey” (duck in orange and ginger) and “cookies and cream” (dulce de leche with macadamia nut). Cocktail reception, dinner with wine pairings and the movie will be $95. Call (502) 473-8560.
  • Saturday, December 17, 6:30 p.m. 610 Magnolia, 610 W. Magnolia Ave., will host a White Truffle, Whiskeys & Wine dinner in the Wine Studio across the street from the restaurant.

Winter is truffle season in Italy. Chef Edward Lee has planned a 5-course dinner featuring the “best of winter ingredients” like wild mushrooms, lobster and venison.

The courses will be alternately paired with red wines and aged whiskeys, including 20 Year Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon to 17 Year Nikka Taketsubu Whiskey from Japan.

$165 per person for a 5-course dinner with whiskey and wine pairings. Seating for this dinner will be extremely limited. Email or call (502) 636-0783.