Feb 21, 2006 at 8:05 pm

Mardi Gras celebrations
The Old Stone Inn in Simpsonville, Ky., will host a Mardi Gras Feast on Tuesday, Feb. 28, from 5-10 p.m. Expect a buffet featuring seafood chowder, chicken gumbo, chicken and sausage jambalaya, blackened fish and chicken, and a low country boil of corn on the cob, red bliss potatoes, shrimp and crawfish tails. King cake will be on tap for dessert. For more info, call 722-8200. Also, our own Café Beignet will celebrate Mardi Gras in true New Orleans fashion — sugary sweet beignets and hot chicory coffee served all day (7 a.m.-9 p.m.) on Fat Tuesday. Cafe Beignet is located at 1310 Winter Ave. Call 568-2993. And don’t forget our friends at Café Lou Lou — they’ll be serving jambalaya and crawfish, as well as other traditional Nawlins fixin’s all day long. They’re at 1800 Frankfort Ave. Call 893-7776. —Kevin Gibson

Porcini’s ‘Carnevale’  banquet
Porcini Italian restaurant will host a “Carnevale” banquet, a seven-course food and wine dinner, on Tuesday, Feb. 28. The dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. and features appetizers and entrees like grilled sea bass, house-made duck sausage, grilled wild boar tenderloin and more, concluding with fresh seasonal fruit and fire-roasted nuts with imported Italian cheeses. Cost is $100, and only 125 tickets are available. Porcini is in Crescent Hill at 2730 Frankfort Ave. Call 894-8686 for reservations and more info. —KG

Come Back Inn drops lunch
Beginning Feb. 25, the Come Back Inn’s Louisville location will no longer serve lunch. The new hours will be 4:30-10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The bar will remain open until midnight. We hear the decision was made so the restaurant can pursue more catering ventures. For more info, call 627-1777. —KG