Jared Fox Matthews, owner, Lou Lou Food + Drink

Any chance I have an opportunity to work with Apron, I jump on it. For years our industry was left in the dark. You get sick, you don’t work, you can’t pay bills. The selfless individuals who started this organization are saints. I have had several employees who would have been homeless without Apron Inc. I love everything they are about.
— Jared Fox Matthews – Owner, Lou Lou Food + Drink

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.

Chef Cristian Garay, Lou Lou Food + Drink

Next up: Chef Cristian Garay and Lou Lou Food + Drink, but first the bigger 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 with goodies, here’s the main attraction for the coming week.

CHEF IN A BOX for March 31 and April 1, 2021: Lou Lou Food + Drink, with Chef Cristian Garay

Lou Lou Food + Drink
108 Sears Ave. (St. Matthews)
Louisville KY 40207
Phone: (502) 893-7776


Chef in a Box Menu for Two

Appetizer: Bleu Cheese Polenta

House made polenta topped with grilled asparagus, portabella mushrooms, red onions, bleu cheese crumbles, and roasted red pepper sauce




Main Course: Chicken Pasta Carbonara

Chicken, fresh mushrooms, red onions, green onions, and bacon in a parmesan cream sauce over linguini



Dessert: Bread Pudding
Oven-baked brioche bread pudding with bourbon vanilla custard and creamy caramel sauce




Plus, a $25 Gift Card to use at a later date

To place your order: Call Lou Lou Food + Drink at (502) 893-7776

Pickup at Lou Lou Food + Drink: Wednesday (31 March) and Thursday (1 April) from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

(Photo credits: All photos by Dan Dry)