Posts Tagged ‘Dinner’

We’re 2! Let’s celebrate with some fun incentives!

Posted by chaska on April 18, 2010

Bon Vivant is officially two years old! And we have lots of fun ways for you to share and celebrate with us.

Member Incentives:

  • Book any home party with us by June 15 and as the host, you enjoy the party for free! Party must be held by September 1 to qualify. Minimum of 10 people.
  • Attend any Dining Club Event, i.e. Speakeasys or Wine & Wisdoms, between now and the end of June and be entered to win a champagne hot air balloon ride for two. This trip is valued at $375. Drawing will be held during the Speakeasy on June 27th. Couples and singles are both considered one entry.
  • Join us for any Speakeasy from now through June and members pay only $125 for two people. That’s a savings of $25.

Not a member yet? That’s OK. We have great rates and now is the time to join. If you join us by May 1, you’ll be entered for the hot air balloon tip as well – which makes you also eligible for all the great incentives listed above!

Wondering what we have in store for you? Well let me tell you what fun we have planned…

April 20 – Bourbon Barrel Foods Speakeasy with Matt Jamie and chef Michael Hargrove
May 20 – Floral Themed Speakeasy – which will be featured in Food & Dining Magazine’s September Issue
June – Photography Wine & Wisdom with Dan Dry (date TBD)
June 27 – Dark Room Speakeasy with Dan Dry as our special guest and Dallas McGarity of Z’s Fusion as chef.
July 14 – Down & Dirty Blues Wine & Wisdom and Cajun Boil with Big Poppa Stampley
July 24 – Special Movie Event – Pop-Up Drive in of Wizard of Oz with Live Pink Floyd band playing Dark Side of the Moon
July 29 – Rock & Roll Speakeasy with chef Alison Mann
August – Progressive Dining Speakeasy
September – Multimedia Speakeasy

Hope to see you at an event soon!


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April Supper Speakeasy: Bourbon Barrel Foods

Posted by chaska on March 25, 2010

WHEN: Tuesday, April 20, 6:30p
WHERE: As always, only revealed to those who RSVP
CHEF: Michael Hargrove
COST: $75 per person (tax & gratuity included)
WHAT: 6 courses, plus cocktails & wine, upscale non-alcoholic options also available
RSVP: Please call 502.287.2772 or RSVP using the button below. To avoid service charges, please call to make your reservation.

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I’m delighted to announce a delicious dinner which will incorporate all the wonderful ingredients produced by Matt Jamie of Bourbon Barrel Foods. What better way to start off the Derby Celebrations, than with this perfect home grown dinner that has global influences.

The concept behind this dinner is to take cuisines from different parts of the world and use the bourbon barrel foods products to complete the dishes

Reception –SPAIN

Steamed mussels- chorizo white wine and oregano
Bean and rosemary dip
Albondigas de soffritto


Smoked garlic and country potato soup w/BBF Black pepper creme fraiche

Pasta alla carbonara
Eggs, pecorino romano, guanciale and BBF black pepper

Duck two ways
Sorghum poached breast, Kentuckyaki glazed onions and duck crackling
Duck pho

Beef short rib, braised cabbage, crispy spaetzle, BBF smoked paprika broth

Ice cream trio
Salted caramel/Chocolate soy/Blueberry sorghum

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Choose Your Own Adventure Supper Speakeasy

Posted by chaska on February 2, 2010

Alright, I know I get excited about most of the dinner we here at BVS put together, but this one has a special place in my heart. Not only are we collaborating once again with the mad, creative genius of Stephen Dennison, but the location is one of my top 10 dream sites in Louisville to host a dinner. You truly won’t want to miss this one! And remember, if you’re not a member, you are able to attend one Supper Speakeasy. Once you’ve attended one, you need to become a member to attend future events.

WHEN: Thursday, March 11, 5:00p*
WHERE: As always, only revealed to those who RSVP
CHEF: Stephen Dennison, of the Before and After Dinner at the Planetarium as well as the amazing French Speakeasy with Maker’s Mark
COST: $75 per person or $125 for 2 people (use code: BVS125 when paying online)
RSVP: Please call 502.287.2772 or RSVP using the button below. To avoid service charges, please call.
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WHAT: All courses will offer guests a choice for their actual dish. This is an adventure in dining where not all guests will received the same meal for each course – but you DO have control over which dish you select.

Life is an adventure, the grand painting produced over time and as personal as one’s fingerprint. Whether explored across the globe or in one’s own backyard the glory of the experience should be savored, as a great meal. We will be offering a five-course meal with appertif and digestif cocktails and paired with wines. As in life, the journey is finest when shared with companions, new and old. Please join us for this next adventure in our shared culinary experience.

While the location can not yet be revealed, it is a long standing cultural and educational center for our fair city. From a dinner that surprises at every turn to the location of the event, this is one dinner you truly won’t want to miss!

1st special guest of honor announced: Specialist Troy Yocum of “Hike for our Heroes.” When Troy Yocum came home from Iraq, he had just one thing on his mind: hike 7000 miles across America while drumming to raise $5 million for Military Families. During our economic hard times one United States soldier is rallying Americans to help veterans. Starting during Thunder Over Louisville on April 17th, 2010, Iraq war veteran Troy will hike day after day for 16 months to spread the word that help is needed. With a great team backing him, he plans on drumming up support in more ways than one.

*NOTE, the timing is a little earlier on this one to provide for all the fun activities we have in store for your evening. Special guests of honor, a unique entertainment experience and a dinner like none other you have seen.

All dishes served with wine tastings.

Asiana: ‘Dim Sum’ Seafood
Bacon Wrapped Shrimp, Teriyaki Wash      OR
Shrimp-Wrapped Bacon Teriyaki
w/ Tariquet Classic Ugni Blanc/Colombard

Italia: ‘Pasta’ Vegetable
Fresh Mozzarella Ravioli Tomato Sauce        OR
Fresh Pappardelle Gardinia
w/ Di Majo Norante Sangiovese

Franconia: ‘Soup’ Terrine
Lobster Bisque with Asparagus/ Red Pepper    OR
Asparagus/ R Pepper Bisque w/Lobster
w/Miracle One Chardonnay

Germania: ‘Meat’ Beef
Potato and Cheddar Rouladen    OR
Cheddar Schpaetzle w/ Tournedos
w/Miracle One Pinot Noir

Americana: ‘Sweets’ Dessert
Lemon Roll-up (Vanilla Sponge Cake) Strawberry Sauce       OR
Strawberry Roll-up (Choc Sponge) Lemon Sauce
w/Jonesy Port

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The Dickensian Speakeasy – Even Scrooge himself would be pleased

Posted by chaska on November 7, 2009

FeastPicJoin us on Sunday, December 6, for a traditional Victorian feast with a menu that will delight and surprise, created by Chef Michael Hargrove, sous chef at the Jefferson Club currently and past executive chef at Primo. We will dine on historical goodies (menu is currently being finalized), including roast goose and Christmas Pudding, all while enjoying the beauty of a historical home from the period, a bit of wassail and the lovely singing of local carolers.

Non-Members: If you have not attended a Supper Speakeasy before, you may attend one before becoming a member.

Cost, as always, is $75 per person. Please call 502.287.2772 to reserve your space or click below to pay securely online. You will save $4 per ticket in service charges by calling.

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Fresh Eggnog
Hot Cider

Hors d’oeuvres
Sweet and savory scones with clotted cream and young butter
Candied, spiced and roasted nuts

roast-goose-apple-stuffing-tmMain Course
Roasted goose – Cranberry mustard and Bird gravy
Mince meat pie
Baked acorn squash
Onion and chestnut dressing
Mashed potatoes
Glazed carrots
Roasted pearl onions  with bay and clove
Braised Greens

Dark Chocolate Buche De Noel

Buche De Noel
…and a few surprises

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Maker’s Mark Supper Speakeasy with Bill Samuels

Posted by chaska on October 4, 2009

The classics of Kentucky’s history joined together for a night of Maker’s Mark bourbon and French provincial cuisine

WHERE: As always, disclosed upon reservation
WHEN: Tuesday, October 13 6:30pm
COST: $75 – 40 spaces available – price includes 7 course dinner, drinks, entertainment, tax and gratuity
DRESS: Please wear black and/or red
RSVP: Please call 502-287-2772 to save on booking fees or click on the button below to order securely online

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BVS is pleased to work with Stephen Dennison, most recently of Z’s Fusion, for another unique and exciting dinner. This time, Stephen has created an amazing, 7 course, old world French provincial dinner each of which will be accompanied by a different Maker’s Mark cocktail showcasing the versatile and elegant pairing of bourbon and food. The evening will start with a Manhattan Bar offering 4-5 different twists on the classic cocktail while mingling and getting to know the rest of the guests. We’ll sit down to a plated dinner at 7:30 and delight in the combination of food and drink that Stephen will be presenting for the evening. A portion of the proceeds for the evening will benefit the Community Farm Alliance, a non-profit membership organization that assists family farms and urban communities with a locally integrated food economy.


Maker’s Mark Manhattan Bar Selection of Manhattan Variations

Country Pate’ Rillet  Duckfat Bound with Various Accompaniments

Pomegranate Whiskey Sours

Lemon Poached Salmon, Zahtar/Dilled Potato Salad, Wilted Basil

Bacon-Larded Bison Tenderloin, Spice Rub Roasted Fingerlings, Makers-Glazed Carrots

Palate Cleanser of Maker’s Mark Macerated Ginger

Ginger-Infused Maker’s Mark, Forced Carbonation

Market-Chosen Triple Cream Cheese Plate

Duck Confit Forcemeat Stuffed Medjool Dates, Crispy Country Ham, etc.

Hearts and Roots Chopped Salad  Served with a spoon…

Snickers Bar-Infused Maker’s Mark Cordial

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Supper Speakeasy Las Vegas

Posted by chaska on September 10, 2009

island-e-version“Come take a Dip” Mediterranean Supper Speakeasy

Bon Vivant Savant, has joined forces with local chefs for Las Vegas’s first foray into the Underground Dining Scene!

WHEN: Sunday, September 20, 2009 6:30pm
WHERE: Las Vegas
SPOTS: 30 spots available
COST: $75 per person or 2 people for $130 (use Buy2 as the promo code) ALL INCLUSIVE (6 courses, wine, welcome cocktail, entertainment, tax and gratuity)
RSVP: 502-287.2772 or to save on fees or purchase securely online using the button below.
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Chefs Keith Slatoff and Raffi Ghanimian have created a fantastic menu based on their love and expertise of Mediterranean Cuisine. We’ll enjoy a truly full cultural experience from food to wine and music. Why not be among the first to enjoy such a unique dining option? Tell your friends, come yourself – we promise you’ll leave with great memories and a full belly!

Mezes- Appetizers
Hummus- garbanzo bean dip w/ pita
Baba Ganoush- roasted eggplant dip w/ pita
Marithes- sautéed smelts with lemon *serve with Raki*
Grilled Haloumi

Horiatiki- Country Greek salad

Rice Pilaf

Chicken Kabob- Garlic sauce *serve with Raki*
Lamb Chops- Garlic sauce *serve with Raki*
Chicken Shawarma- Tzatziki sauce
Gyro- Tzatziki sauce

Baklava- served with Greek coffee

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April Events Preview – Nibble & Sip and Supper Speakeasy

Posted by chaska on March 31, 2009

Spring has sprung in the Derby City and “the” season is upon us… you know, Derby Season? As we all know it’s an epoch all its own. The time for hats, the time to enjoy the blossoms (minus the sniffles and Ohio Valley allergies) and a time to come out from hibernation and start mingling again amongst the masses. So, socialize we will… won’t you join us?

cfalogoNIBBLE & SIP
This year’s Nibble & Sip happy hours are focused on bringing awareness to the Community Farm Alliance. The organization is statewide and strives to create opportunities both in communities and in the legislature that promote local farms and foods. It is my desire to spread the word, through social measures, for what I believe is a wonderful cause. I do hope you’ll join us and discover more about CFA for yourself.

When: Thursday, April 16, 2009  6:00-8:00pm
Where: The Roost Inn at Le Gallo Rosso Restaurant
1325 Bardstown Rd   map
What: Happy hour with food, drinks and live entertainment
Price: BVS Members – $15*; General Public – $20.00 advance/$25.00 at the door
Price includes food, 2 cocktails/mocktails, entertainment, tax AND gratuity

*BVS Members save and additional $5 for each guest they bring, though savings may not go over the cost of the event. Savings will be applied to this event only when calling to make your reservation. If you make your reservation online, you will be given a gift certificate toward use on a future event.
You can avoid service charges by calling to make your reservation at 502.287.2772

Seasonal Menu created and prepared by Sherry Hurley of Farm to Fork Catering

  • Lavender Lemon Bars (local eggs and flour)
  • Mini Chicken Caesar Salads in Wonton Cups (local chicken, cheese, and salad greens)
  • Smoked Salmon Mousse on Cucumber Rounds with Radish Garnish (locally smoked salmon)
  • Goat Cheese Crostini with Roasted Beet Tapenade (local cheese and beets)
  • Asparagus with Roasted Garlic Aioli (local asparagus)
  • Spring Peas and Mint Bruschetta

Please stay tuned for updates on entertainment and seasonal beverages to be included.

And a bit later in the month…

The Dumante Dinner
When: Monday, April 20, 2009   6:30pm
Where: As always, only those who RSVP will be in the know, however, I will let you know that is in Southern Indiana this time
Chef: Annette Saco of Le Gallo Rosso
Price: $75 per person, all inclusive – welcome cocktail, six courses paired with wines as well as tax AND gratuity  20 seats available
RSVP by calling 502.287.2772
Special Note: There are no additional savings on this event for BVS members and non-members may attend if they have not dined a Speakeasy with us before.

Chef Annette Saco is working diligently on our menu and I will be posting more details in the very near future. You can expect 6 courses, paired amazingly with wines by David Dubou of Vintner’s Select (he has a great track record with our events so far!), all enjoyed in a wonderfully unique environment. Stay tuned for more information…

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January Supper Speakeasy

Posted by chaska on January 10, 2009

family-at-dinnerHome is where the heart is…

When: Saturday, January 17 7:00pm
Where: It’s a secret, as always, but the digs are lavish. Details will be sent 48 hrs prior to the event
Reservations: RSVP by calling 502.287.2772 or email me
Cost: $57 per person all inclusive (as opposed to the normal $75 charge)
Space is limited to 20 people.

January, and this time of year, has a special meaning to me. It’s about family and great memories. So, with that in mind, I’ve decided to plan an entire dinner around our family favorites and traditions. My friend Rich and I will prepare some great appetizers from a bygone era, comfort food for our entrees and a ‘twist’ for dessert. I’ll also provide the wine a few classic cocktails to get our evening started, including my Gramma Bobbie’s favorite – the Stinger! As in any good family style dinner, no one will leave hungry. Hope to see you there.

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speakeasy menu for October dinner

Posted by chaska on October 16, 2008


Something wicked this way comes…

When: Thursday, October 23 6:30pm
Where: It’s a secret – but we may be the first to have a dinner here
Reservations: Email me or call 502-287-2772
Cost: $75 per person, but $10 per person will be donated to a worthy Arts cause (you’ll learn more that night)

It’s finally complete! Our dinner for the evening, enhanced by the outdoors (rain or moonlight), basking in the glow of the season, will be served to you in comfortable style. Our evening will start with tales of Louisville’s hauntings by Mr. Ghost Walker himself while enjoying our signature cocktails for the evening, the Houdini (recipe to be posted later). Dinner will follow and our menu is:

Autumn Squash Soup with Gruyere Crostini

Seared Corvina served en Papillote of Banana Leaf

Lamb Shank with a Spiced Fruited Sauce over Roasted Walnut Cous cous

Gourmet S’mores (mmmm) and mulled port

Each course will also be accompanied by a wine pair, but also feel free to BYOB. I also encourage you to bring a bottle of water. And feel free to leave a comment here for Elaine, she can testify as to the deliciousness of the lamb! Dinner will be prepared by both myself as well as Annette Saco from Le Gallo Rosso.

Dress for the evening to be outdoors. Not roughing it per se, but be comfortable for whatever the weather calls for that evening. Masks required as is the password. We have a few spots still available, so make your reservations now.

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Red/Blue dinner with Anne Northup and Congressman John Yarmuth

Posted by chaska on August 9, 2008

Wine & Wisdom…Red & Blue

2Nights—2 Candidates



Bon Vivant Savant’s original series-Wine & Wisdom welcomes political candidates, Anne Northup and Congressman John Yarmuth to the podium in a casual relaxed forum. This politically charged Wine & Wisdom will offer two separate nights of Q&A, fabulous food, excellent wine and good people. We are encouraging people to come to both dinners (menus to be posted soon) as this is a great way to get to know the candidates in a relaxed, intimate and non-fundraising environment.

Primo will offer a sophisticated backdrop for this exciting new dining series and will feature a three-course Italian inspired meal as well as passed hors d’oeuvres during a greet and meet cocktail hour. Selected wines will be presented to accent the courses prepared by Primo. Vegetarian and non-alcoholic options available with advance notifications.

Congressman John Yarmuth -Tuesday, September 2
Anne Northup -Tuesday, September 9
Both nights will begin at 6:00pm

Reservations are required by Friday, August 29
limited seating available
The price to the public is $75pp including tax & tip or $130 for both nights
Members are $65 for each dinner or $120 for both.

Please call Bon Vivant Savant, 502.287.2772, to make your reservation for this new original series highlighting Louisville living!

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