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Three excellent special dinners this week

La Chasse, 610 Magnolia and Corbett’s An American Place all are offering special dinners this week. As usual, these dinners allow the  chefs to present dishes not on the usual menu and often introduce diners to interesting value wines (or beers or liquors). Without a doubt, all these offerings are excellent value.

The first of these special dinners is tonight, Monday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m. at La Chasse, 1359 Bardstown Rd. They are dubbing this event a  “Six Course Anniversary Wine Dinner,” celebrating the restaurant’s first year of operation. Different French wines from Marcus Imports will be paired with each course.

The dinner will begin with ceviche of scallops and octopus, followed by avocado and sweet pickled shrimp salad with a grapefruit and chorizo vinaigrette. The third course will be duck rillette fettuccine, with cabernet reduction.

The fourth course will be Herb-encrusted lamb carnitas with bacon-mint pesto, followed by the main  course, charcoal rubbed wood grilled culotte steak, served with bleu cheese gratin, and apple glazed carrots. The dessert will be a lavender Napoleon with chocolate-hazelnut crust.

Dinner and wine pairings will be $95. Call (502) 822-3963.

Thursday, Oct. 27 at 6:30 p.m., 610 Magnolia will host a Sri Lankan Dinner in the Wine Studio across the street from the restaurant. The dinner will be prepared by Samantha Fore, a Sri Lankan-American chef based in Lexington. 

After a reception with passed appetizers of Vadai (lentil fritters with sweet chili Ssauce), spiced beef  cutlets and potato croquettes and coconut curry deviled cggs, guests will sit for a family-style dinner. The “incredibly unique and delicious” dishes that she will present include kale mallum (shredded kale sautéed with onions, coconut and turmeric),  beet curry, deviled shrimp, wambatusalad (fried eggplant with onions, tomatoes, cucumbers and lime) and desserts of watalappan (traditional Sri Lankan custard made with jaggery – Asian raw sugar– and egg) and milk toffee.

The Sri Lankan dinner, which will be served family style in the Wine Studio, will be $45. Call (502) 636-0783.

Also on Thursday, Oct. 27, Corbett’s: An American Place will salute the farmers who supply the restaurant with local quality ingredients. Those farmers, including Willig Caldwell of Rivercrest Farms in Prospect; Dave Garey of Garey Farms in Paris; and Kenny Mattingly and Van Campbell of Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheese in Austin will be the evening’s guests, to talk with diners about what they do and how they do it.

The dinner will begin at 6 p.m. with passed hors d’oeuvres, followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Patrons can savor a wide variety of dishes that showcase the attending purveyors, including a pig-carving station, buffet and passed platters of dishes, such as Rivercrest Farm’s fried chicken. Desserts will include sweet potato ice cream sandwiches.

The dinner is $50. Call (502) 327-5058.