The Fuelery: Devon Rosenblatt, executive chef (left) and Andrew Cubbage, owner (right).

“To me, APRON Inc. is the inevitable result of having spent any substantial time in the service industry; it’s an empathy for what the person next to you is experiencing and the desire to help them through it. Inside of restaurants, industry workers do that for our guests with a great smile and conversation, beautiful and delicious food, and refreshing cocktails. We create an experience and put on a performance like we’re on-stage, allowing guests to momentarily forget about their troubles. But who takes care of us when the lights go off, the curtain closes, and the theater has shut down? APRON Inc., that’s who, and I’m proud to be working hand in hand with them to support my industry family right now.”
— Devon Rosenblatt, executive chef at The Fuelery

The Fuelery 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 28 & 29, 2021: The Fuelery, featuring executive chef Devon Rosenblatt and owner Andrew Cubbage

First Course: Caesar Salad AND Salmon Bites






Entrée: Hot-Apricot Chicken Lollipops AND Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs






Dessert: Brown-Butter Bread Pudding





Bonus: $10 gift card for future use





To order: Call (502) 618-0677 to order

Pick up times for Chef in a Box: Pick ups will be on Wednesday 28 July and Thursday 29 July, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at The Fuelery, 2011 Frankfort Avenue, Louisville, KY 40206

(All photos by Dan Dry)

Executive chef Devon Rosenblatt, The Fuelery.