Northern Kentucky Chapter
The Northern Kentucky Chapter is committed to continuing to foster the healthy business climate that has led to our area becoming one of the fastest developing entertainment and tourism regions in the nation. To maintain and grow that healthy climate, the Northern Kentucky Chapter involves itself in a wide variety of initiatives, events and activities that help to advance the restaurant industry and collectively benefit our membership.
Each “Fat Tuesday” the chapter produces a fundraiser for homeless children that has become one of the winter’s most anticipated social events. Called appropriately “Mardi Gras for Homeless Children”, the evening is a feast of culinary delights from over 50 area restaurants and beverage purveyors. The participants donate their time, goods and services so that some 2,000 Mardi Gras revelers may sample treats from traditional Cajun preparations to the latest in food and adult beverage trends. Also included in this high energy night is live entertainment, plus fabulous live and silent auctions. Over the past 20 years, the event has raised over $90,000 with proceeds earmarked to four regional homeless children agencies to assist with their food programs throughout the year. The Mardi Gras has raised over $1,000,000 for regional homeless children agencies. For information on the 2016 Mardi Gras for Homeless Children, click here.
Early summer, the chapter sponsors the Ben Bernstein Memorial Golf Outing. Created in the spirit and memory of one of our area’s most creative, energetic and entrepreneurial men and a visionary in our industry, this outing also benefits young people through contributions to education. A scholarship has been endowed in the name of Ben and the chapter at Northern Kentucky University and has awarded over $30,000 in scholarships since its inception in 1993.
Our efforts in education have also undertaken on a grand scale. Because one of the few negatives in our burgeoning market is the scarcity of employees, in 1996 the chapter’s Board of Directors decided to attempt a bold move to recruit employees through area high schools, creating the Hospitality Internship Initiative in cooperation with the School-to-Work program. By exposing students to our industry in a structured format of job shadowing, we are able to demonstrate the many opportunities available to a wide variety of talents and skills. By exposing parents and educators to our industry we are able to demonstrate that there is no industry better equipped to instill the two skills most in demand by employers, over and above education, “work ethic” and “interpersonal skills”. This effort has been so successful that it has been adopted by our Chamber of Commerce and is now an endorsed part of the curriculum in local school districts.
Legislatively, the chapter and its Board go to great lengths to maintain and rapport with our Northern Kentucky Caucus in the State House and Senate and on the Federal level. These efforts serve us very well in situations that call for communicating the complexities of various issues when necessary requested with our membership.
For more information on how you can be a part of this chapter, call the Kentucky Restaurant Association.
NORTHERN KENTUCKY CHAPTER OFFICE
PO Box 2112
Covington, KY 41012