Gustavo’s Mexican Grill 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 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.

Here’s the main attraction for the coming week.

CHEF IN A BOX for TWO, pickup May 26 and 27, 2021: Gustavo’s Mexican Grill, featuring Gustavo Reyes (chef and owner)

Appetizer: Large Guacamole





Dinner: Two servings of Mole Poblano
Traditional mole made with ancho and guajillo – chilies, Mexican chocolate and peanuts served over hand-sliced chicken breast on a bed of romaine lettuce and topped with red onions. Served with rice and warm tortillas.


Drink: Gustavo’s Rita
Herradura Silver tequila, Cointreau, Cointreau noir, Korbel brandy, fresh lime, Herradura agave nectar, sweet n’ sour and a splash of orange juice.





Dessert: Bread Pudding
A traditional Mexican bread pudding containing cocoa and raisins. Served with a scoop of ice cream.



Plus, a $25 Gustavo’s Mexican Grill Gift Card (to be used on a future visit to the restaurant).




To order: Please call Gustavo’s Mexican Grill at (502) 690-7070.

Pick up: Wednesday 26 May and Thursday 27 May between 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. at  Gustavo’s Mexican Grill, Norton Commons, 10715 Meeting Street in Prospect, KY.

(All photos by Dan Dry)