As the water finally begins to recede, those who make their living along the Ohio River are just starting their long journey to recovery. The floods were unforgiving for numerous bars and restaurants that dot River Road. So, restaurateur Chef John Varanese made the decision to rally the Louisville community in support of its food community. The Ohio River flooding cut off revenue for several days and now significant resources will be spent to cleanup and rebuild the eateries so they can reopen for business. To help fill that financial void, Varanese, owner of River House Restaurant & Raw Bar, Levee, as well as Varanese Restaurant, will host benefit concerts this Thursday, March 8 through Saturday, March 10, for his colleagues in the food and beverage industry. Varanese will also be delivering food and bottled water to employees and volunteers doing clean up at restaurants on Friday.
Join the Varanese crew — executive chef / proprietor John Varanese, chef de cuisine Erik Abraham, sous chef Callie Critchelow — and guest speaker James Kaiser from Excelsior Wines on Tuesday, December 19 for “Summer in December,” a South American wine experience.
Monday, Nov. 27, at 7 p.m., chef/restaurateur John Varanese will recreate the dishes he and his staff prepared for James Beard House dinners in 2012 and 2017. The dinner, served with top wines from Grgich Hills Estates, will be at Varanese’s River House Restaurant and Raw Bar, 3015 River Rd. Continue reading Varanese re-creates Beard House dinner
If the weather cooperates, stays as it has been for the past few days, Sunday, Oct. 22 will be a perfect day for a clam bake. That is what Chef John is planning for his River House Restaurant & Raw Bar, 3015 River Rd. Continue reading Clam Bake on the River
Soon, River House Restaurant and Raw Bar and Levee at the River House, 3015 River Rd., will offer dockside service for boats that dock at one of the restaurants’ eight boat slips. The expansion of serving downhill to the riverside is part of a larger riverfront expansion that has added more outdoor seating to the already large restaurant. Continue reading River House now serving at dockside
Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 6 p.m., Levee at the River House, 3015 River Rd. will host a 5-course dinner paired with seasonal craft beers from regional breweries outdoors on the Levee patio, overlooking the Ohio River. The Beer on the Banks event is co-sponsored by LEO Weekly. Continue reading Celebrate the Ohio River and beer at Beer on the Banks dinner
We live in a microwave world where most people expect to get what they want immediately. But Chef John Varanese is proof that a little delayed gratification can be just as sweet. Varanese fell in love 15 years ago, not with a person but with a location. It took 15 years for him to get what he wanted, but in March the River House Restaurant and Raw Bar opened on the very spot that Varanese had coveted. That story, from love at first sight to grand opening, had enough twists and turns to fill a romance novel. Continue reading River House Restaurant and Raw Bar — A dream deferred
Three restaurants open within the last year or so have now opened additional spaces at their locations. River House, John Varanese’s long-time dream restaurant on the Ohio River, has opened The Levee, the small plates with dining entertainment space right next door. Le Moo has opened its performing space, Blue Moo, and Galaxie Bar has opened its outdoor patio, dubbed The Outer Space, behind the Green Building. Continue reading New places open new spaces
Chef John Varanese is getting ready to open his new riverfront restaurant, River House Restaurant & Raw Bar, with a soft public opening, with media coverage, on Monday, Feb. 29. The full grand opening will be Monday, March 7. Continue reading John Varanese opens River House
“Best Chefs America Presents: The American South,” the first in a series of regional guides to American cuisine, has recognized a number of Louisville chefs.
Included in 2014 edition are Bobby Benjamin, Adam Burress, Kathy Cary, Dean Corbett, Anthony Lamas, Edward Lee, Brian Lynch, Fernando Martinez, Coby Ming, Josh Moore, Tyler Morris, Hiko Nakanishi, Annie Pettry, Kevin Rice, David Scales, Troy Schuster, Michael Ton, Bruce Ucan, John Varanese, Levon Wallace and Shawn Ward. Continue reading Louisville Chefs bring home more accolades.