Henceforth on Saturday mornings through May, and perhaps even beyond, Food & Dining Magazine will be previewing 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.

Next up: Picnic Style with Chef Allen “Smooth” Hubbard and Martini Italian Bistro but first the big picture.

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 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.

The table duly set, here’s the main attraction for the coming week.

CHEF IN A BOX for March 24 and 25, 2021: Picnic Style with Martini Italian Bistro and Chef Allen “Smooth” Hubbard

Martini Italian Bistro
4021 Summit Plaza Drive
Louisville, KY 40241
Phone: (502) 394-9797


$50 Chef in a Box Menu (serves two): 

Spring Mix w/ Marinated Cherry Tomato, Mozzarella, Red Onion, Chive Oil /Balsamic Glace w/ Parmesan Croutons




Sliced Blackened Chicken Breast Topped w/ Caponata Salad and Roasted Garlic Aioli (served room temp recommended, can be heated)




Fire Roasted Asparagus w/ Roasted Red Peppers with Garlic and Cracked Black Pepper




Cavatappi Pasta Salad w/ Pesto, Peas, Sundried Tomato and Olive Oil and Parmesan




New York Style Cheesecake w/ Bourbon Salted Caramel, Spicy Candied Pecans and Chantilly Cream




And a $15 gift card

To place your order: To order, call (502) 394-9797

Pickup at Martini Italian Bistro: Wednesday (24 March) and Thursday (25 March) from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

(Photo credits: All photos by Dan Dry)