Gustavo’s Mexican Grill – Norton Commons is next up for APRON Inc.’s Chef in a Box promotion, but first the bigger picture.

Food & Dining Magazine continues to preview the coming week’s Chef in a Box offering. It’s a tasty fundraising project dating to the summer of 2020, which benefits APRON Inc.’s ongoing grant program.

APRON Inc. was created in 2011 to help provide financial relief to food and beverage industry workers in the Louisville, Kentucky metropolitan area who find themselves in need during times of crises. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, APRON Inc. has stepped up with a far greater volume of assistance to local workers than ever before.

Here’s how Chef in a Box works.

Each week up to fifty people can purchase a Chef in a Box for $50, which actually aren’t boxes but reusable bags provided by APRON Inc. Participating eateries keep $25 toward expenses, while $25 goes to APRON Inc. toward its ongoing grant program.

The contents of Chef in a Box/Bag vary according to the establishment’s specialization and creativity, but you’ll always be able to view the menu in advance and know what you’re getting.

Typically there’ll be tasting selections for two; perhaps a favorite dish of the chef’s, or maybe a meal kit.  Participating eateries also are encouraged to include a gift certificate, coupon, or promotional materials.

Chef in the Box Q & A

    • How do I order the box? You contact the featured restaurant directly.
    • When do I call? You can place your order starting on Friday prior to the restaurant’s featured week.
    • Is it pickup or delivery? Each restaurant makes that decision, but usually it’s curbside pickup only.
    • How much are the boxes? $50.
    • How many boxes does each restaurant sell weekly? 50 boxes, although some have allotted more.

And now, the main attraction for the coming week.

CHEF IN A BOX menu for TWO, $50, pickup August 25 & 26, 2021: Gustavo’s Mexican Grill – Norton Commons, featuring chef and owner Gustavo Reyes 

Appetizer: Large Queso , Chips and Salsa





Dinner: Two Fajita Servings — Pick from Gustavo’s Traditional Chicken, Beef or Veggie Fajita with Tortillas









Cocktails: Two House Margaritas – Frozen or on the Rocks!







Dessert: Pudding, a traditional Mexican bread pudding containing cocoa and raisins. Served with a scoop of ice cream.




Bonus: A $25 gift card for future use

To order: Please call Gustavo’s Mexican Grill at (502) 690-7070

Pick up times for Chef in a Box: Pick ups will be on Wednesday 25 August and Thursday 26 August between 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. at Gustavo’s Mexican Grill, Norton Commons, 10715 Meeting Street in Prospect, KY

(All photos by Dan Dry)