Here’s the beef: Josh Moore of Volare Italian Ristorante in Louisville, Ky., was named Chef of the Year at the Certified Angus Beef ® brand’s recently concluded annual conference in Asheville, NC.
Chef Moore and Volare are frequent subjects of comment here at Food & Dining Magazine, and justifiably so, with 15 years of success at 2300 Frankfort Avenue.
Filled with contemporary Italian-inspired artwork, a floor to ceiling wine rack and a large mural of Venice, the atmosphere at Volare is nothing short of sublime. Crisp, white-linen tables fill the spacious area with intimate soft candlelight. This refined and welcoming dining area nods to the rustic beauty of Italian eateries with burnished wood and exposed brick. It is the perfect place for your special occasion. Since opening our doors in August 2004, Volare has remained one of the great locally owned and operated treasures within Louisville’s thriving restaurant scene, serving locals and visitors alike.
In an information release, the Certified Angus Beef ® brand provided background to Moore’s award, as well as his commitment to the product.
The New York strip steaks are top sellers, a favorite of restaurant guests and for parties in the restaurant’s back dining room. “I was amazed by the consistency of the Certified Angus Beef ® brand steaks,” Moore says. “I’ve had the opportunity to meet a lot of those farmers across the country and it’s great to be part of that, just learning more about the science behind the beef. I can talk about the brand all day.”
Farming is also part of Moore’s role with the restaurant. He and his wife, Lindsay, own a small farm and provide produce for the restaurant. “It has grown in 14 years from a dozen tomato plants to almost three acres of produce and it’s been a very big thing for the success of the restaurant,” he says. They are raising 60 varieties of heirloom tomatoes and more than 1,300 plants this year.