Martini Italian Bistro in The Paddock Shops 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 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 dinner menu for TWO, $50, pickup December 15 & 16, 2021: Martini Italian Bistro in The Paddock Shops, featuring Chef Allen “Smooth” Hubbard, Sr.

First Course: Arugula with Apples, Sundried Cranberries and Parmesan Croutons and Goat Cheese, Fig Balsamic




Second Course: Pan Seared Sirloin topped with Sauteed Shrimp and Shallots, Roasted Tomatoes, Broccolini and Mozzarella Cheese with Balsamic Drizzle and Basil; Olive Oil Roasted Potatoes with Peppers and Olives; Garlic Rubbed Asparagus


Third Course: Bourbon Bread Pudding with Sauce Anglaise Caramel and Spicy Pecans




Bonus: A $25.00 gift card, valid for use in January and February 2022

To order: Please call (502) 394-9797

Pick up times for Chef in a Box: Pick ups will be on Wednesday 15 December and Thursday 16 December between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. at Martini Italian Bistro at The Paddock Shops, 4021 Summit Plaza Drive, Louisville, KY 40241

The Chef in a Box promotion will continue on a monthly basis in January 2022.

(All photos by Dan Dry)