Varanese: Bourbon and Broadway Decadence to Launch Labor Day Weekend

Varanese Bourbon and Broadway Four Course Meal

One of Louisville’s most acclaimed restaurants in town, Varanese is kicking off Labor Day weekend on Frankfort Avenue with foodie style. Ever wanted to relish a creative four-course meal exclusively inspired by the arts? I don’t know about you, Louisvillians, but Broadway musicals and food are two of my favorite things in life. Varanese gets it. And they want to celebrate Louisville’s upcoming 2014-2015 Broadway season in the most appetizing way possible.

This Thursday, August 28th, Varanese’s fourth Bourbon and Broadway dazzling reception starts at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m. Each dish to be delightfully devoured derives inspiration from one of the 2014-2015 Louisville Broadway productions. As this is Kentucky, and we really like our bourbon, the evening will sparkle with even more Southern essence. Prepare to embrace the debut of Four Roses 2014 Limited Edition Single Barrel, along with Four Roses Brand Ambassador, Bourbon Historian, and author Al Young, the guest speaker for the occasion.

Interested in potentially winning a pair of 2014-2015 season tickets to Broadway in Louisville and a Four Roses gift basket? All attendees can enter to win this Louisville lotto!

At $55 per person (plus tax and gratuity), relish an exceptional evening, where foodies, theatre fans, and bourbon enthusiasts can unite in chic merriment. Reservations are a must. Call (502) 899-9904 or email today to start Labor Day weekend early with a truly special evening.

Owner/Chef John Varanese was recently honored as one of our country’s brightest culinary masterminds in the premier edition of Best Chefs America. The Kentucky Restaurant Association awarded Chef Varanese Restaurateur of the Year in 2012. Really fun fact: Varanese is also an official stop on Louisville’s Urban Bourbon Trail.

Here is a preview of the enticing, imaginative menu that awaits you:


Reception Cocktail: Falling Slowly

First Course


Bourbon Barrel Smoked Salmon served over Chive Pancake

with Crème Fraiche and Kentucky Paddlefish Caviar

Four Roses Flight:

Yellow Label-Small Batch-Single Barrel-2014 Limited Edition Single Barrel


Second Course


House-Made Spaghetti Pasta Salad with Forest Mushrooms, English Peas, Roasted Garlic, Coddle Egg and Dwarf Kale

Topped with Extra Virgin Olive Oil


Third Course

“The Lion King”

Entrée Cocktail: Pilipili Chokaa Bourbon

Slow Braised Pork and Chicken with Black Lentils, Tomato, Okra, and Butternut Squash

Served over Basmati Rice with Crispy Flat Bread


Fourth Course

“I Love Lucy”

Dessert Cocktail: Golden Cadillac

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cookie Bar

with Torched Marshmallow and a Wild Blueberry-Bourbon Sauce


I dare you not to drool in anticipation. 

Top Photo: Courtesy of Shutterstock/My Good Images

About Julie Lamb
Curly-haired owner of one massive sweet tooth, believer of Harry Potter and Disney fairytales, and a fierce lover of all things literary and the arts.
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