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This week, acclaimed Chef John Varanese will be serving up an exciting four-course meal with a selection of beer from New Albanian Brewing Company at Varanese Restaurant, 2106 Frankfort Ave. NABC Owner Roger Baylor will also be on site to discuss each specialty beer. 

Here’s the really good news! Due to its immense popularity, Varanese is adding a second night of beer bliss. Of course, with a power team like this pair, the demand comes as no surprise. You may now book a reservation for February 6th or the 7th at 6:30 pm. The cost of the dinner is $49 per person, plus tax and gratuity. To jump on getting a reservation, call (502)-899-9904 or email [email protected].


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First Course

Black and Blue Grass

Crispy Fried Chipotle BBQ Quail Legs

Served with Beer Battered Onion Rings

With a Horseradish Cream Sauce


Second Course

Elector - Imperial Red Ale

Arugula and Frisee Salad topped with Bacon Lardons, Toasted Sunflower Seeds and Croutons with a Lemon-Cracked Pepper Vinaigrette Topped with Poached Egg


 Third Course

Hoptimus - Imperial India Pale Ale

Beer Braised Short Ribs and House-Made Sausage

Served with Toasted Barley and Carrot Risotto, Buttered Cabbage and Caraway

Finished with a Porter Beer Sauce


Fourth Course


Chocolate-Orange Cheese Cake with Pretzel Crust

Topped with Caramel and Marshmallow Sauce



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If your mouth isn’t watering already, check out this sneak peak of the first and third courses, straight from the chef himself.

We are very excited about the third course, the Beer Braised Short Ribs with the Porter Sauce paired with the very popular Hoptimus Imperial India Pale Ale. Many components of this dish are the same ingredients used to make beer. Also our first course with Chipotle BBQ Quail Legs and Beer Battered Onion Rings because of all the spicy notes we were getting out of the Black and Blue Grass Spiced Belgian Ale.  –John Varanese

If you can't make this opportunity, make sure you stop in Varanese soon. Chef Varanese was recently honored in Best Chefs America and was named restaurateur of the year by the Kentucky Restaurant Association. More information about Varanese can be found at or

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Colette is a food writer for She is originally from Washington State but has been living and eating here since 2002 after visiting and falling in love with the city. While she loves her day job, she spends a lot of time day dreaming of the perfect restaurant. In her free time, Colette enjoys preparing lavish meals with local foods, traveling to strange new worlds, and indulging in playful mischief. She shares her home with her partner Drew and her spoiled dogs Gracie and Musket. Please send comments, questions, and suggestions to [email protected]

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