Take it straight from Jared Fox Matthews, co-owner of Equus & Jack’s Bourbon Restaurant & Lounge.

Anytime we can help out and give back to Apron Inc., we jump on it. This organization does so much for our industry and the people who serve our community. Serving others is what we do for a living. It’s nice to know there is an organization that has our backs when things get tough.

Equus & Jack’s Bourbon Restaurant & Lounge are next up for APRON Inc.’s Chef in a Box promotion, but first the bigger picture.

On Saturday mornings into May, 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.

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 pickup May 5 and 6, 2021: Equus & Jack’s Bourbon Restaurant & Lounge

Equus & Jack’s Bourbon Restaurant & Lounge
Chef Erik Kalsch
122 Sears Avenue, Louisville KY 
Phone: (502) 897-9721

Chef in a Box Menu for Two

First Course – Caesar Salad
Romaine lettuce, Parmesan cheese, Parmesan croutons and Chef Deano’s famous Caesar dressing.



Second Course– Fried Chicken
Signature beer battered chicken, whipped potatoes, braised kale, sawmill gravy.




Third Course– Chocolate Mousse
Three-layer mousse cake: deep dark chocolate, white chocolate, milk chocolate.




Plus a $25 Equus & Jack’s Gift Card (to be used on a future visit to the restaurant)

To order: Call Equus & Jack’s Bourbon Restaurant & Lounge, (502) 897-9721 (limit 50 boxes total)

Pick up: Wednesday 5 May and Thursday 6 May from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Equus & Jack’s Bourbon Restaurant & Lounge, 122 Sears Avenue, Louisville

(Photo credits: All photos by Dan Dry)