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Kentucky Chefs to Partner with Celebrity Chefs in Dinner Series at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

New York, N.Y.—Kentucky’s favorite chefs will be working side by side with the James Beard Foundation and celebrity chefs from around the United States during the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, which will feature eight world championships in equestrian sport at Lexington’s Kentucky Horse Park from September 25 through October 10, 2010.

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New York, N.Y.—Kentucky’s favorite chefs will be working side by side with the James Beard Foundation and celebrity chefs from around the United States during the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, which will feature eight world championships in equestrian sport at Lexington’s Kentucky Horse Park from September 25 through October 10, 2010.

Cookin’ in the Bluegrass: A Celebrity Chef Dinner Series, will be held at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Farmhouse restaurant during the 16 nights of the 2010 Games. Each night, 80 guests will enjoy dining experiences that replicate the sumptuous dinners held at the prestigious James Beard House in New York City.

The dinner series stems from collaboration between the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, the James Beard Foundation and Kentucky Horse Park Foundation, and is sponsored by Kentucky Proud, a program of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, funded by the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund.

The celebrity and Kentucky chefs will together prepare dishes reflecting their geographic region or culinary specialties, and will have the opportunity to use Kentucky-grown food products. Participation by Kentucky Proud, funded in part by the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund, will highlight the vitality of the farm to table movement and give visiting chefs access to fresh, locally grown food products.

Tickets will be available for purchase in February at www.alltechfeigames.com.

Kentucky-based chefs signed on to participate in Cookin’ in the Bluegrass: A Celebrity Chef Dinner Series include:

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Lawrence Agnew, Avalon, Louisville, Ky.
Jeremy Ashby, Azur Restaurant and Patio, Lexington, Ky.
Andrew Meyers, Bellini’s Restaurant, Lexington, Ky.
Jeffrey A. Newman, Boone Tavern Hotel and Restaurant, Berea, Ky.
Francis Schmitz, Bristol Bar and Grille, Louisville, Ky.
Eric Fowler and Jonathon Gossett, Dudley’s Restaurant, Lexington, Ky.
S. Dean Corbett, Equus and Corbett’s: an American Place, Louisville, Ky.
Javier Lanza, Jean Farris Winery and Bistro, Lexington, Ky.
Jonathan Lundy, Jonathan at Gratz Park, Lexington, Ky.
Kathy Cary, Lilly’s Bistro, Louisville, Ky.
James Gerhardt, Limestone Restaurant, Louisville, Ky.
Dave Cupolo, Malone’s, Lexington, Ky.
Paul Weckman, Otto’s, Covington, Ky.
Michael Paley, Proof on Main, Louisville, Ky.
John Varanese, Varanese, Louisville, Ky.
Dallas McGarity, Z’s Fusion, Louisville, Ky.
Edward K. Lee, 610 Magnolia, Louisville, Ky.
Proceeds from Cookin’ in the Bluegrass will benefit the James Beard Foundation, the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation, and the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

A list of current participating celebrity chefs, many of whom are James Beard award winners, can be found here.

About the James Beard Foundation

Founded in 1986, the James Beard Foundation is dedicated to celebrating, preserving, and nurturing America’s culinary heritage and diversity in order to elevate the appreciation of our culinary excellence. A cookbook author and teacher with an encyclopedic knowledge about food, James Beard, who died in 1985, was a champion of American cuisine. He helped educate and mentor generations of professional chefs and food enthusiasts. Today, the Beard Foundation continues in the same spirit by administering a number of diverse programs that include educational initiatives, food industry awards, scholarships to culinary schools, and publications, and by maintaining the historic James Beard House in New York City’s Greenwich Village as a “performance space” for visiting chefs. For more information, please visit www.jamesbeard.org. Find insights on food at the James Beard Foundation’s blog Delights & Prejudices. Join the James Beard Foundation on Facebook and Twitter.

About the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games are the world championships of eight equestrian disciplines recognized by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI). The Games are held every four years and this will be the first occurrence in the United States.

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The Games will be broadcast on NBC Sports, which has marked the largest commitment to network coverage of equestrian sport in U.S. television history. The 2010 Games are expected to have a statewide economic impact of $150 million, and current sponsors include Alltech, Rolex, John Deere, Ariat International, Inc., Meydan and the University of Kentucky. For more information on the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, please visit www.alltechfeigames.com.

About the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation

Since its inception in 1985 the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation and a prestigious board has been fulfilling the park’s mission to become the unquestioned leading equestrian facility of its kind in the world. The foundation continues to provide funding for the park’s facilities such as show rings and barns for equine competitions, horses and carriages, costumes, signage, demographic research, land surveys and publications. www.khpfoundation.org.  www.kyhorsepark.com

About Kentucky Proud

Kentucky Proud is Kentucky’s official state farm marketing program. Kentucky Proud is dedicated to opening markets for Kentucky producers and helping consumers find Kentucky Proud products. More than 1,800 farmers, processors, retailers, restaurants, farmers’ markets, Kentucky state parks and Kentucky Farm Bureau roadside markets are members of Kentucky Proud. www.kyagr.com/kyproud

Media Contacts:

Alison Goldstein for the James Beard Foundation, 646.695.7040 or alison@rosengrouppr.com
Diane Stefani for the James Beard Foundation, 917-519-8130 or diane@rosengrouppr.com
Amy Walker, Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, 859-255-2010 or awalker@feigames2010.org
Cindy Rullman, Kentucky Horse Park, 859-259-4209 or crullman@kyhorsepark.com

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