Argentine Wine Dinner – Mayan Café

The Mayan Café focuses on sustainability and farm-to-table service. Chef Bruce Ucan grew up in the Mexican Yucatan Peninsula. There he learned about the value of using local produce and meat as a food source. After moving to Louisville, Chef Ucan opened a food truck seventeen years ago called the Gypsy Van. Highly successful, he opened the Mayan Gypsy restaurant a year later, now known as the Mayan Café.

The restaurant creates delicious entrees by utilizing local resources. All of their meat is purchased from local farms. A majority of the cheeses and produce used also comes from local farms. Chef Ucan is very open about this, as it is the heart of his restaurant's mission. A full list of farms that Café Mayan purchases from can be found on their website. If fresh meat and produce isn’t enough, even the drinks and wines support their sustainable goal. No soft drinks are sold at the Mayan Café. Instead you can choose from juices made in-house with in season fruits. Select wines and beers are available to accompany your dinner as well.

The Mayan Café features a regular menu, as well as a special monthly menu. Each month a different theme is introduced. Recent past themes have included French inspired, lamb, pomegranates and bacon. Along with a special monthly menu, the Mayan Café regularly hosts special events for the public. At home on East Market St., the Mayan Café has a heart and true appreciation for NuLu. In March, the restaurant is hosting NuLu Neighborhood Night. Each Wednesday evening from 8:00 – 10:00 p.m., residents of NuLu are invited to meet their neighbors. Enjoy taco and sangria specials while making new friends right outside your door.

On Thursday, March 13th check out another great event: Mayan Café’s Argentine Wine Dinner. Special guest Martin Castro of Allamand Wines in Argentina will be at the restaurant. Allamand Wines is one of the sustainable and organic providers to the Mayan Café. The Argentine Wine Dinner will feature four tastings. Enjoy Luminish Extra Brut, Allamand Cabernet Sauvignon, Allamand H Cab/Malbec and Luminis Malbec. The four tastings will be paired with a three course meal including botanas, flat iron steak, Mayan soufflé and bacon cookies. The meal will be gluten free and vegetarian options are available. The featured farm partner for the event is Stone Cross Farms of Spencer County.

If you plan on attending the Argentine Wine Dinner, two seatings will be available at 5:00 or 8:00 p.m. The event is $50.00 per person. Reservations are recommended, you can contact the Mayan Café at 502-566-0651. The restuarant is located at 813 East Market St. Visit the Mayan Café website for more information about the event, their farm-to-table philosophy and catering options!

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