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.
The arrival of autumn seems to be the time for restaurants to rethink their offerings, and expand their services. That is the case for several notable eating spots around town, who have introduced new lunch service, menu specials or other enhancements for dining interest. Let’s start with lunch. Continue reading Recent restaurant news: lunch, movies and more
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
Chef/restaurateur John Varanese, long known for his special dinners, is giving his kitchen staffs a special workout next week, with three such dinners. On Tuesday, Feb. 21, at Varanese, 2106 Frankfort Ave., he will serve his annual Tradition vs. Innovation wine dinner, matching pairing of Old World and New World wines with each course. Wednesday, Feb. 22, will see a reprise of his recent Progressive Dinner, with dishes served at each of his three restaurants in turn. And on Tuesday, Feb. 28, he will celebrate the first anniversary of Levee at the River House with a tasting of premium Napa Valley wines, served with assorted appetizers. Continue reading A slew of dinners from John Varanese
If you have been undecided about which of chef/restaurateur John Varanese’s three restaurants – Varanese on Frankfort Ave., River House or Levee at the River House, both on River Rd.– to dine at, you can solve your dilemma of indecision Thursday, Jan. 26 with a progressive dinner that will visit all three locations. Continue reading Varanese Progressive Dinner visits 3 restaurants
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