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Summer in December: South American Wine Dinner

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.

This wine dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. and will be $65 per person (plus tax and gratuity.) There is also a $40 per person “food only” option. Reservations must be made in advance with a credit card and can be made in person at 2106 Frankfort Ave, by emailing letsdine@varanese.com  or by calling 502-899-9904.

First Course

Amado Sur, Torrontes

Grilled avocado tostada with chipotle aioli,

tomatillo salsa and queso fresco

Second Course

Marques de Casa Concha, Chardonnay

Crispy fried shrimp over a green cabbage, lime and jalapeno slaw

topped with a habanero jam

Third Course

Casillero del Diablo, Pinot Noir

Smoked chorizo and potato hash topped with a soft cooked egg

finished with a cilantro hollandaise

Forth Course

Trivento Golden Reserve, Malbec

Slow braised pork ropa vieja

served with long grain rice and a black bean puree

Fifth Course

Don Melchor, Cabernet Sauvignon

Roasted leg of lamb served over white sweet potato puree

topped with salsa verde and charred tomatoes

Sixth Course

Frontera Moonlight, Late Harvest Blend

Mango flan with dried mango and macadamia nut crumble

and dulce leche

 

Varanese re-creates Beard House dinner

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

River House now serving at dockside

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

Celebrate the Ohio River and beer at Beer on the Banks dinner

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

River House Restaurant and Raw Bar — A dream deferred

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

New places open new spaces

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

Louisville Chefs bring home more accolades.

“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.

Craft beer, it’s what for dinner at Varanese on July 11

Gotta give Varanese Restaurant (2106 Frankfort Ave.) some props for being one of just a few restaurants in town hosting regular beer dinners. Too often the “blue collar beverage” stays confined to the fridge during paired dinners since, traditionally, wine is king when chefs trot out the big plates. Continue reading Craft beer, it’s what for dinner at Varanese on July 11