Varanese (2106 Frankfort Avenue) offers a constant schedule of events like the coming six-course Chilean Wine Dinner on Tuesday, October 13.

At a time when travel is difficult, themed dinners like these have even greater value than the consistent quality of owner/chef John Varanese’s kitchen, the diverse libations offered for pairing, and the education gained from their presentation.

They’re an escape, and a way for us to get away and be elsewhere for a few hours.

Tuesday’s excursion to Chile at Varanese will feature guest speaker Emily Walz, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Manager for Concha Y Toro. Reception begins at 6:30 p.m., with the dinner to follow at 7:00 p.m. The price is $65 each (plus tax and gratuity), and the meal without wine is $40 per person. Seating is limited, so call Varanese to reserve: 502-899-9904.

Here’s the menu.

1st Course

Cono Sur, Organico Sauvignon Blanc

“Frito Misto”

Fried Calamari, Bay Scallops, Shrimp and Chiles, with a Lemon Aioli and Red Vein Sorrel

2nd Course

Grand Reserva, Chardonnay


Twice Cooked Plantains topped with Spice Roasted Pork, Tropical Fruit Salsa, and a Charred Lime

3rd Course

Marques de Casa Concha, Pinot Noir

Huitlacoche Tamale, with Hominy, Roasted Corn and Green Chile Butter Sauce

4th Course

Grand Reserva, Carmenere

Braised Lamb Empanada with Olives and Tomatoes, served with Pebre Verde

5th Course

Terrunyo, Block Las Terrazas, Cabernet Sauvignon

Char Grilled Skirt Steak, served with Roasted Pumpkin and Sweet Potatoes. topped with Chimichurri Sauce

6th Course

Marques de Casa Concha, Merlot

“Chilean S’more”

House-made Graham Cracker with an Ancho Chocolate Bar, topped with Chocolate Marshmallow and Warm Chocolate Sauce

Executive Chef / Proprietor – John Varanese
Chef de Cuisine – Erik Abraham
Sous Chef – Callie Critchelow