For International Women’s Month, Kentucky to the World is teaming up with the LEE Initiative for a dynamic program featuring multiple female speakers from our booming culinary arts ecosystem.
In the past few years as Kentucky’s reputation as a food and beverage mecca has grown, female chefs have been at the forefront in many ways. With local figures like Damaris Phillips, Loreal Gavin, Annie Pettry and Ouita Michel appearing on nationally televised programs from Top Chef to Next Food Network Star while staying firmly planted in The Bluegrass State, they’re truly doing the work of bringing what we all know is special about Kentucky to the world stage.
The LEE Initiative, co-founded by Chef Edward Lee and Director Lindsey Ofcacek in 2015, stands for Let’s Empower Employment and is currently in their second season of their Women Chefs Initiative program which pairs female chefs with mentors and focuses on community building in an immersive learning experience to advance their careers.
Our program is already shaping up to be a truly special evening. We’re lucky to live in a state with incredible access to local agriculture, an unparalleled connection to bourbon and an absolute wealth of wonderful, local restaurants and exclusive dinners. Our program will touch on all of these points, but in true Kentucky to the World form, we’re going to be shining our spotlight on extraordinary individuals and the experiences that shaped them. If that’s not exciting enough, The LEE Initiative will be announcing their next season of female chef mentees live on stage that night and you’ll be the first to know.
Tickets will go on sale soon.