“Apron Inc. is so important to our restaurant community by helping the employees in the restaurant industry who are struggling to be able to pay their bills. We are so happy to support Apron Inc. and the employees in the restaurant community.”
— Alan Jones, owner of Tea Station Asian Bistro

Tea Station Asian Bistro in 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 July 14 & 15, 2021: Tea Station Asian Bistro in Norton Commons, featuring chef Jose Pena Cruz

First Course: Two Veggie Spring Rolls AND Two Chicken Egg Rolls




Entrée: Vegetable Deluxe with Choice of Rice (add chicken if you wish)




Dessert: Tea Station Bistro Homemade Doughnuts




Bonus: $25 gift card for future use





To order: Call (502) 423-1202 to order

Pick up times for Chef in a Box: Pick ups will be on Wednesday 14 July and Thursday 15 July, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at Tea Station Asian Bistro, 9422 Norton Commons Blvd., Prospect KY.

(All photos by Dan Dry)