Volare Italian Ristorante is next up for APRON Inc.’s Chef in a Box promotion, but first the bigger picture.

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

Note: The Chef in a Box promotion continues on a monthly basis in 2023.

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 patrons 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 July 19 (Wednesday) or July 20 (Thursday), 2023: Volare Italian Ristorante, featuring chef/managing partner Josh Moore.  

First Course: Mediterranean tomato salad- ripe Moore Farm heirloom tomatoes, cucumber, feta cheese, red onion, basil, and a red wine vinaigrette.



Second Course: Pollo Vesuvio- Sautéed chicken breast with green peas and caramelized pearl onions in a white wine oregano butter sauce. Served with braised collards from Moore Farm.



Third Course: Panna Cotta- Italian custard thickened with gelatin and finished with berries macerated in a sweet aged balsamic.




To order: Please call Volare Italian Ristorante at (502) 894-4446.

Pick up times for Chef in a Box: Pick ups will be on Wednesday 19 July and Thursday 20 July between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at Volare Italian Ristorante, 2300 Frankfort Avenue in Louisville.

(All photos by Dan Dry)