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Tour France at Varanese Wine Dinner

Tomorrow, Tuesday, Aug. 29, at 6:30 p.m.Varanese, 2106 Frankfort Ave., is hosting a Tour de France Wine Dinner featuring six wines from different regions of France paired with a 6-course dinner. The special guest for the evening will be Jason Wyatt, Certified Sommelier and Fine Wine Portfolio Manager at Southern Glazers Wine & Spirits, who will be on hand to talk about the qualities and attributes of his selected wine pairings.

The menu, created by the Varanese team led by Chef Erik Abraham, will consist of chilled oysters on the half shell with smoked bacon and jalapeno mignonette, paired with Whispering Angel Rosé, from Provence;  white peach gazpacho paired with Simmonet & Febvre , a Burgundy Chablis; cold smoked duck breast with roasted sweet potatoes, served with Gerard Bertrand Pinot Noir, Languedoc; braised pork belly and house-made sausage cassoulet, served with a Rhone wine, Ogier Lirac; braised lamb neck ragout topped with sliced Spinella ribeye steak with crispy bone marrow, paired with Chateau les Trois Croix Fronsac, Bordeaux; and dessert of fried beignet with caramelized apples served with honey comb and lavender ice cream, and with Trimbach Late Harvest Gewurztraminer, Alsace

The cost of dinner and wine pairings is $65. Call (502) 99-9904 or email letsdine@varanese.com.

Two wine dinners next week

The rhythms of special dinners continue next week with two wine-focused meals, one on Tuesday, July 18 at Varanese, and the other Thursday, July 20 at Proof on Main. The dinner at Varanese, 2106 Frankfort Ave., will feature the wines of BOS vineyards in Napa Valley, while Proof will build its Fork + Bottle series dinner around the wines of Stoller Family Estates in the Willamette Valley of Oregon.

The Varanese dinner begins with a reception at 6:30 p.m., with the dinner at 7. The featured guest speaker will be David Bos the vineyard manager who has been working for a decade with biodynamic and organic farming practices to heal and restore played out farmland. For the menu created by the Varanese team led by Chef Erik Abraham, go to http://varanese.com/events/event/bos-wine-dinner/.

The cost of the dinner and wine pairings will be $65. Calling (502) 899-9904 or email letsdine@varanese.com.

At Proof on Main, 702 W. Main St., the 4-course dinner crafted by executive chef Mike Wajda will feature special guest Melissa Burr, Director of Winemaking at Stoller Family Estate, who will lead tastings of each pairing.

The menu will feature an oyster shooter with tomato water, lemongrass and Calabrian chiles; head-on tiger prawns with lardo and garlic scapes; and Amish-raised rabbit cannelloni with ramp butter. The entree will be a whole roasted wild boar served table side with pickled corn, foraged mushroom jam and house sausage.

Featured wines will include 2016 Dundee Hills Pinot Noir Rose, 2016 Dundee Hills Reserve Chardonnay, 2015 Dundee Hills Pinot Noir, 2015 Reserve Pinot Noir and 2015 Single Acre Syrah.

The Stoller Family Estate Vineyard dinner will be $115. Call (502) 217-6360.

Varanese hosts Russell’s Reserve dinner

Thursday, May 11 at 6:30 p.m., Varanese, 2106 Frankfort Ave. will host a 4-course dinner created to complement pairings of tastings of and cocktails made with various bottlings of spirits from Russell’s Reserve. Jimmy Russell, Master Distiller of Wild Turkey Distillery, will be the special guest speaking on the specific qualities diners can discover in the drink pairings.

The tastings will include a flight consisting of Russell’s Reserve 10 yr., Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel and Russell’s Reserve Rye. The reception cocktail will be a  “Kicking Chicken.”

The menu will start with a seared scallop with Bourbon creamed corn, followed by a salad of tomatoes, cucumbers, burrata cheese and basil pesto. The entrée, served with a “Russell’s Ward” cocktail, will be Bourbon barrel-smoked beef brisket. Dessert will be 10 Year Tiramisu, served with a “Nutty Bird” cocktail

The dinner and drink pairings will be $60. Call (502) 899-9904 or email letsdine@varanese.com.

Wine, beer focus of dinners at Brasserie Provence, Varanese

If you like to explore different wines with dinner, Brasserie Provence has a deal for you this Thursday, April 20. And if you are a beer aficionado, that same night you can enjoy a dinner crafted to pair with beers from Lexington’s West Sixth brewery. Continue reading Wine, beer focus of dinners at Brasserie Provence, Varanese

Varanese offers Lenten specials

Feeling the need of his Catholic patrons to keep to Lenten dietary restrictions, and yet to have a nice meal out, John Varanese again is offering a menu special at his namesake restaurant, Varanese, 2106 Frankfort Ave. Two diners can enjoy a meatless 3-course dinner for $50 every Friday until Easter (which is April 16 this year). Continue reading Varanese offers Lenten specials

Special dinners fill this week

A bountiful choice of special dinners pose hard choices for Louisville-area diners this week. A Bourbon dinner at a distillery? Italian food paired with sparkling wines? An ides of March dinner with small dishes from Provence washed down with French wines? Dinners focused on value wines from American vineyards? Or how about a breakfast focused on compassion for self and others? You pays your money and you takes your choice. Continue reading Special dinners fill this week

A slew of dinners from John Varanese

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

Varanese Progressive Dinner visits 3 restaurants

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