Want a Derby weekend dine-out experience that won’t break the bank?

Well, won’t break yours, at least. It may put a ding in the Varanese account …

The Beat the Odds dinner at Varanese is back for Derby Eve and Derby night (May 4 and 5), a steal of a deal for $45 per couple—yes, that’s for two. We don’t usually weigh in on press releases, but this sounds almost too good to be true. Diners served between 5 and 6 p.m. only get:

  • A choice of salads: mixed baby greens, sliced cucumbers, shaved red onions
  • and grape tomatoes drizzled with caramelized onion vinaigrette, or crispy romaine lettuce tossed with creamy roasted garlic and parmesan dressing topped with fried polenta croutons
  • A choice of entrees: pecan-encrusted mahi mahi atop whipped sweet potatoes finished with honey butter sauce, or tender grilled flat iron steak drizzled with Chef John’s V-12 sauce served over an infused mushroom and parmesan risotto, or bourbon barrel smoked pork chop topped with apple-bacon chutney and served with au gratin potato.
  • Dessert includes a small bites trio for two

Bargain, eh?

Just remember, you have to arrive before the big rush hits, between 5 and 6 p.m.

For more information, visit its website or call (502) 899-9904.

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Steve Coomes
Steve Coomes is a restaurant veteran turned award-winning food, spirits and travel writer. In his 24-year career, he has edited and written for multiple national trade and consumer publications including Nation's Restaurant News and Southern Living. He is a feature writer for Louisville magazine, Edible Louisville & The Bluegrass and Food & Dining Magazine. The author of two books, "Country Ham: A Southern Tradition of Hogs, Salt & Smoke," and the "Home Distiller's Guide to Spirits," he also serves as a ghostwriter for multiple clients.

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