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    Don’t you just love how cool Louisville is? We have the best of so many worlds – great art, spectacular food… We just keep getting more and more attention for all the passion that floats around our city, and our dining scene is truly flourishing. There are several chefs to thank for this, and one in particular is John Varanese, the executive chef and owner of Varanese Restaurant on Frankfort Avenue. His passion for local products is remarkable, his food is delicious, and his professionalism and work ethic have earned him so much peer respect that he will be included in the 1st edition of Best Chefs America!

    Best Chefs America is a Charleston, South Carolina-based annual publication devoted to showcasing America’s most influential and respected chefs. Every chef included has been nominated by his or her peers (other chefs, food service workers, and/or foodies) and thoroughly interviewed. The website ( said that they are self-published and that copies are expected to be ready for sale early this year (likely March 1st). Chef Varanese and his restaurant will be profiled.

    Pay Varanese a visit soon. Have you checked out their current specials? Here they are:


    • Grilled 12oz. Bone-In Veal Chop Served with Fried Gnocchi Finished with a Wild Mushroom Demi
    • Pan Seared Kona Kampachi Served with Roasted Yukon Gold Potatoes and Chorizo Sausage Finished with Salsa Verde and Caramelized Garlic Puree
    • Akers Farm Grilled Dry-Aged 16oz. Ribeye Steak Served with Creamy Potato Hash with Bacon Finished with a Rosemary Demi
    • Grilled Shrimp and Lobster Ravioli Tossed with Cremini Mushrooms and Baby Spinach In a Lobster Butter Sauce with Truffle Ribbon Potatoes

    They all sound great, but I gotta say that the last one sounds extra special. While you’re there, say congratulations to Chef John – he’s truly earned it!



    2106 Frankfort Ave.

    (502) 899-9904

    Open: Sunday – Thursday from 5 to 11 PM, Friday – Saturday from 5 to 12 AM



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    I am a writer/reviewer who has the unique perspective of also being a working professional chef. I don't look up big words in my thesaurus to sound impressive because I'd rather concentrate on having a writing style that makes you feel like a friend. I'll be bringing you news about Food & Dining in our lovely city. :)

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