While fans of Brazen anxiously look forward to head chef Kevin Scharpf’s upcoming appearance on “Top Chef Kentucky,” the wait is over for the latest season of “The Blackboard.” For those unfamiliar with Brazen’s famous blackboard, it highlights a rotating selection of dishes not offered on the regular menu. According to Scharpf, The Blackboard is changed “based on emotion.”

The kitchen staff contemplates their current menu. If guests are loving what is offered, they will leave the current selections. The most recent edition of The Blackboard has definitely been created with fall in mind. It focuses on comfort food, while also invoking pumpkin patches and apple orchards. Of course, Brazen’s intimate, low-lit atmosphere, combined with its rustic hardwood floors, brick walls, and a whole lot of history makes this the perfect location to escape the impending wind and snow of winter.

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Richard G. Shaluly and Melanie Devaney
Richard G. Shaluly is a Southern boy, but he claims that he hasn't missed a beat when it comes to finding warm hospitality and good down-home cooking right here in the Midwest. He has never backed down from a good-looking cheeseburger, but he has also enjoyed getting to the bottom of mouth-watering dishes in cozy spots from California to the Caribbean. His passion for Middle Eastern cuisine keeps him always willing to follow the sound of the adventurous dinner bell, dive in deep, and try something new. Melanie Devaney lives in Epworth. In her ‘other life’ as a singer-songwriter, she has traveled all over the country, as well as in Europe, discovering many delicious meals along the way. With an emphasis on maintaining an overall healthy diet, Melanie strives to find the perfect balance between tasty and nutritious. As a Dubuque County native, Melanie is delighted to see so many new, high-quality restaurants opening throughout the area.

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