Varanese has been proudly bringing creative, fresh cuisine and nightly live jazz music to the Clifton neighborhood for almost a decade. Since its opening in August of 2007, over 500,000 people have been served at Varanese. To celebrate this 10-year anniversary milestone, the team at Varanese has planned a community party and a special dinner.
Varanese will host a 5-course Retrospective Dinner featuring favorite menu items from the past 10 years on Tuesday, August 22nd with a reception at 6:30pm and dinner at 7:00pm. Chef and Owner John Varanese will speak about his namesake restaurant’s beginnings, and about the triumphs and challenges over the past decade.
The cost of the dinner is $40 per person, and an optional bourbon, wine, and cocktail pairing will be available for an additional fee.
Reservations are required and can be made by calling 502-899-9904. A credit card will be required to secure your reservation. Cancellations with less than 24 hours notice will be charged a $25 per seat fee.
Curried Lamb Empanadas
Stuffed with goat cheese, tomato, and cucumber
Accompanied by a yogurt dipping sauce
With tomato, avocado and cucumber
Tossed with fresh squeezed lime juice and cilantro
Served with fried tortillas
Prosciutto Wrapped Chicken Breast
Stuffed with mozzarella
Mirrored by a rich tomato-sage sauce and risotto
Grilled Marinated Prime Rib
Served with an infused mushroom and garlic whipped potatoes
Finished with a natural pan sauce
Peaches and Cream Crepes
Drizzled with caramel sauce and served with vanilla bean ice cream
Optional pairings- $25
Reception Cocktail: Pappy 10yr.
Entrée Wine: Rombauer Diamond Cabernet
Dessert Port: Taylor 10yr. Tawney
Before it became Varanese Restaurant in 2007, the property was home to The Red Lounge, and prior to that it was Bayer and Driesbach Body Shop. Originally it was built in 1956 as Gulf Gas station, complete with auto bays. In total, Varanese underwent a $370,000 renovation before its opening, including the bays being converted with custom built retractable glass walls to create a four seasons patio. The restaurant also underwent a second round of improvements several years later which included the addition of two private dining room. All of this work was designed to keep the integrity of the 60-year-old building intact as it’s located in the Clifton historic preservation district.
Varanese has always featured locally sourced products and highlighted the use of bourbon in the menu. The regular menu remains fairly consistent, and more creative courses are offered in the nightly specials and in the monthly wine, bourbon and beer dinners.
Chef and Owner John Varanese attributes the restaurant’s success to several things, one being his tenured team of staff. Both Executive Chef Erik Abraham and General Manager David Allen have been with the restaurant since shortly after it opened in 2007.