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.

For those just tuning in, 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 3 and 4, 2021: Porcini, featuring Chef John Plymale

Chef John Plymale, Porcini.

2730 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206
Phone: 502-894-8686

Chef in a Box Menu for Two

Caesar Salad.

Salad: Caesar salad with crisp romaine lettuce, toasted garlic croutons, fresh shaved Parmigiana Reggiano, and a creamy traditional Caesar dressing.



Chicken Parmesan Supreme.


Main: Supreme of chicken parmesan with house made marinara and a blend of four melted cheeses accompanied by cappeli D’Angelo pasta tossed in a basil aglio olio sauce and fresh seasonal vegetable.


Sicilian cannolis.


Dessert: Sicilian style cannolis made with mascarpone cheese, Amaretto disaronno, golden raisins, sundried cherries, Belgium chocolate, citrus zest, and toasted almonds & lightly dusted with confectioners’ sugar.



Chef in a Box, Porcini.

Plus a $25 gift card 

To place your order: call 502-894-8686.

Pickup at Porcini: Wednesday (3 March) or Thursday (4 March) between 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

(Photo credits: All photos by Dan Dry)