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The Future of Food is Female

Kentucky to the World
in collaboration with The LEE Initiative presents the Republic Bank Foundation Speaker Series

The Future of Food is Female

The Kentucky Center 501 West Main St Louisville KY 40202

Monday, March 2nd @ 6:30 PM, reception @ 5:30 PM

Kentucky to the World

Location: Bomhard Theater, The Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St | Get Directions
Ages:  All ages
Price: Tickets are $25.00 || Student tickets are $15.00 - available over the phone or in person. 
Running Time:  Approximately 1 hour 30 minutes


For International Women's Month, Kentucky to the World is teaming up with the LEE Initiative on Monday, March 2 for a dynamic program featuring female stars from our booming culinary arts ecosystem.

In addition to the lively conversation about the past, present and future of female chefs at the forefront of Kentucky’s national culinary contributions, The LEE Initiative will be announcing the new mentees selected for Season 3 of The Women Chefs Initiative live on stage.

Beloved Louisvillian and Food Network personality, Chef Damaris Phillips, who uses her wit and her updated take on Southern cuisine to pack a one-two punch in the kitchen, will host the evening's conversation with:

Chef Samantha Fore, Food & Wine Magazine’s August 2019 featured cover chef and proprietor of Tuk Tuk Sri Lankan Bites in Lexington, Ky. One of the few representations of Sri Lankan cuisine in the United States, it reflects Sam’s Sri Lankan upbringing in the American South. She is a 2019 Smith Fellow with the Southern Foodways Alliance and was selected as one of Plate Magazine’s 2018 Chefs to Watch.

Chef Kristen Smith, Chef/Owner/Farmer of The Wrigley Taproom & Eatery in Corbin, Ky —a farm-to-table Appalachian restaurant. Chef Smith is a celebrated foodways evangelist for Southeastern Kentucky that works with area farmers to create a sustainable, supportive economy. She discovered her passion for communicating with honest, thoughtful, engaging food while living and working in rural China. She returned home in 2009 to take over her family’s sixth-generation cattle farm.

Chef Nikkia Rhodes, grew up in Louisville’s Smoketown neighborhood, went to Western High School’s early college program, then to JCTC studying Culinary Arts. From there, she went on to being chosen for the LEE Initiative’s Women Chefs Mentoring program and is now a full-time culinary instructor at Iroquois High School. Nikkia has quite a story to tell that you won’t want to miss.



Kentucky to the World, a Louisville-based non-profit, is dedicated to enhancing the intellectual reputation of the state, its people and its assets through a unique combination of live events and video outreach. We feature and promote extraordinary individuals who are passionate about their Kentucky ties through a speaker series for general and student audiences, videos distributed online, through community partners and KET (Kentucky Educational Television).

Kentucky Performing Arts Donors, order through the Hotlines to receive your FULL BENEFITS, including waived fees. DonorsFirst ($100-499 donors), call (502) 566-5144. CenterCircle Donors ($500+), call (502) 566-5195. Hotlines are open M-F, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Accessibility Services available for this event:

Accessible Seating
Assistive Listening System
Real Time Captioning 

accessible seating  assistive listening   caption theater    

For more information contact the Access Services Hotline at (502) 566-5111 (V) or (502) 566-5140 (TTY) or email Access Services. Additional information can also be found online here.

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