Fine-dining experiences at Winston’s restaurant at Sullivan University aren’t a thing of the past; they’ve just evolved to appeal to consumer tastes.
Tuesday evening, Sullivan University’s executive chef, James Moran, kicked off a new series of pop-up dinners called “A Tale of Five Courses” at in the former Winston’s dining room, located at 3101 Bardstown Road.
For the first pop-up, Moran drew on his Korean heritage. He noted that his mother was full-blooded Korean and raised him as a single parent, before quickly switching to an explanation of the first course and heading back to the kitchen to prepare the second.
Moran joined Sullivan University, his alma mater, last November as head of Juleps Catering. He previously served as chef de cuisine at Seviche, A Latin Restaurant.
The idea for the pop-up dinners came from Moran’s need to keep his creative cooking juices flowing — and Sullivan University had a space that worked well, Winston’s. Two years ago, Winston’s restaurant for all intents and purposes closed to the public. Sullivan University decided to overhaul the fine-dining restaurant and eliminate its professional catering degree program because of a lack of interest.
Sullivan University is planning to revive Winston’s as a regular restaurant at some point, but there’s no timeline for when that will happen and expect the new entity to be different from the old Winston’s. For the foreseeable future, however, the pop-up dinner series will continue on the fifth day of each month.
“Each of these dinners will showcase different ethnic or regional dishes, a seasonal harvest or even a salute to a holiday that gives our guests a distinctive culinary experience,” Moran said.
Seatings for the pop-up dinners will be limited. Continuing with the theme of five, the pop-up dinners have five tables with five seats at each. Future dinner themes include local fall squash and Latin cuisine.
Depending on the dinner, the cost will either $80 or $90 with wine pairings, plus tax and gratuity.