Bluegrass Chapter

 

The Bluegrass Chapter serves the following counties: Fayette, Clark, Bourbon, Bath, Scott, Fleming, Nicholas, Franklin, Woodford, Anderson, Mercer, Jessamine, Madison, Boyle, Garrard, Rockcastle, Jackson, Estill, Powell and Montgomery.

This chapter has always been very active in central Kentucky. There are events and programs that the members are encouraged to participate in. All of these are designed to create awareness for the local area restaurants, and to encourage networking between restaurant members and associate members, who service the restaurant industry with products, services or education.

Each summer, the “Taste of the Bluegrass” is held at Keeneland Race Track. Over 50 member restaurants and beverage distributors, located all throughout central Kentucky, participate. The public can enjoy cuisine and beverages, (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) from the finest restaurants in the area. The event attracts over 1000 people from around the Bluegrass.

The truly special part of this event is that the proceeds go to God’s Pantry Food Bank who feed the less fortunate families in our area and the Kentucky Restaurant Association Educational Foundation who provide scholarships to culinary students. The restaurants enjoy the opportunity to serve potential new patrons with their best recipes, while helping to feed the hungry of our community and educating future chefs at the same time. Contact the KRA State office if you would like to hear more.

In the fall is the annual Golf Scramble. More than 20 teams participate in this event which includes a light lunch and a buffet dinner following the tournament. It’s great time for the restaurant and associate members and their families, with fun competition.

Since 1980, the Bluegrass Chapter had contributed over $70,000 to the Kentucky Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, which provides scholarships to Kentucky students majoring in culinary arts, hospitality service or restaurant management.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2014

OFFICERS

JERRY MORSE
PRESIDENT
Morse Brothers Culinary/J. Morse on Vine
1245 Colonial Drive
Lexington, KY 40504
859-552-3226
jmorse1@hotmail.com

ALLYSON WELLMAN
1ST VICE PRESIDENT
Bluegrass Hospitality Group
3347 Tates Creek Road
Lexington, KY 40502
859-335-6500
allysonw@bhglex.com

2ND VICE PRESIDENT

To Be Determined

VANESSA CAMPBELL
SECRETARY
Quality Cash Register
301 United Court, Suite 8
Lexington, KY 40509
859-948-1765
vcampbell@qcrpos.com
DOUG LONG
SECRETARY
Retired
2676 Crystal Falls Road
Lexington, KY 40509
859-259-9847
longmdoug@aol.com
ACTIVE DIRECTORS

JOHN MCNAMARA
Bluegrass Hospitality Group
3347 Tates Creek Road
Lexington, KY  40502
859-335-6500; johnm@bhglex.com
LYALL SEARS
 Bluegrass Chapter of ACF;
MARY STEBBINS
Mark’s Feed Store
1903 Stanley Gault Parkway
Louisville, KY  40223
502-244-0140
m.stebbins@insightbb.com
GARY WHITNEY
Whitney Foods/Lee’s Famous Recipe
489 Amberley Drive
Lexington, KY  40515
860-803-6167
gwhitney@sbcglobal.net
BRAD WILSON
Ramsey’s Diners
500 East High Street
Lexington, KY  40502
859-231-0731
bwilson@ramseysdiners.com
ASSOCIATE DIRECTORS

JIM BROWDER
Lexington Convention & Visitors Bureau
250 W. Main Street, Suite 2100
Lexington, KY  40507
859- 244-7706
jbrowder@visitlex.com
JOHN PORTWOOD
john conti Coffee Company
1676 Jaggie Fox Way
Lexington, KY  40511
859-253-9773
jportwood@johnconti.com
INVITED AFFILIATED GUESTS

SUSIE BASHAM
God’s Pantry Food Bank
1685 Jaggie Fox Way
Lexington, KY  40511
859-255-0502
swbasham@gmail.com

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