Special dinners, based around pairings of wines, whiskey or beer, or around other interesting localized themes, continue to proliferate, indicating to this statistically-not-very-literate writer that they must be a popular offering. Here are three in the coming week or so that sound appealing for a variety of reasons.

  • Tuesday, Oct. 4, at 6:30 p.m., the English Grill’s “Red Red Wine” dinner pits Pinot Noir against Cabernet Sauvignon. Sommelier and general manager Troy Ritchie has partnered with Miana DeGardeyn of Boisset Collection to offer side-by-side pairings of a Pinot Noir and a Cabernet Sauvignon for each course. The wines will be selected from two of DeGardeyn’s favorite regions, Russian River, California and Burgundy, France. They will lead a brief discussion about how each wine plays off its paired dish, and guests will vote for their favorite red wine.

The cost of the dinner and wine pairings will be $79.Call (502) 583-1234.

  • On Friday, Oct. 7, the Main Street Association will stage its 20th annual Progressive Dinner, intended to showcase the restaurants located on and near Main Street. Each of the meal’s four courses will take place at a different location, the Main Street Association providing transportation to each location.

The dinner will begin at 6 p.m. at Copper and Kings, 1121 E. Washington St. with appetizers and a guided tour of the brandy distillery. The second course will feature soup shooters and salad skewers served by Ladyfingers Catering at the Muhammad Ali Center.The main course will be served at 8 p.m. at Passalino’s, 207 W. Market St.. with dishes by Ladyfingers Catering. A live auction benefitting the Main Street Association will take place there, before continuing to

Goodwood Brewery, 636 W. Main St. at 10 p.m. for dessert. Tickets are currently on sale online for $125 each. Order yours here

A portion of the funds raised through the dinner, live auction, and raffles benefit Main Street Association’s newest initiative, Main Street into the Schools in partnership with Lincoln Elementary Performing Arts School.

  • La Chasse, 1359 Bardstown Rd., and Copper & Kings are teaming up for a five-course dinner with cocktail pairings Monday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. La Chasse executive chef Alex Dulaney will pair each course with unique Copper & Kings cocktails crafted by mixologist Isaac Fox. Courses include a grilled quail paired with a lavender-infused French 75 and braised veal breast alongside a brandy Manhattan. The meal will end with an apple tart and a tasting of Copper & Kings latest limited release 3 Marlenas, an apple brandy aged in tequila barrels.

The cost for the five-course meal is $70 per person. To see the full menu and more information, click here.